Maggie Willow

by Hawthorn

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Named after a character Hawthorn (Heather Scott and Taylor Holland) imagines as a shared ancestor, Maggie Willow is created from parts of our mothers, grandmothers, wise people before them, and ourselves. The songs are a series of moments throughout Maggie’s life, exploring such complex themes as divorce, moving, parenting, healing from trauma, preparing for birth, and facing death. All the songs are either co-written or co-arranged by Taylor and Heather, centered in the powerful two-voice blend Hawthorn has come to be known for: “when they harmonize, the edges of their voices bleed together like watercolors on paper” (WBUR).

This sophomore venture from the Boston-based duo expands to a new soundscape with some of New England's finest instrumentalists: Alex Gasser, Lucia Pontoniere (The Ladles), Justin Nash Fisher (Los Elk), and Marco Giovino (Norah Jones, Robert Plant). Written in New England, recorded and mixed at Riverview Sound in Waltham, and with a release tour supported by the Passim Iguana Fund, Maggie Willow represents the best of the Boston area music community.

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released March 8, 2019

Heather Scott & Taylor Holland - vocals, guitar, banjo, songwriting

Justin Nash Fisher - lead guitar, Rhodes piano
Lucia Pontoniere - fiddle
Alex Gasser - upright bass
Marco Giovino - drums
Izzy Heltai - songwriting (In The Morning)

produced by Rebecca Gray, Taylor Holland, Heather Scott
mixed and engineered by Sam Margolis at Riverview Sound
mastered by Bobbi Giel at Georgetown Masters

lettering by Sophie Greenspan
photography by Ally Schmaling
design by Dave Tschiegg, Heather Scott, Taylor Holland
special thanks to Sandy Scott, Paul Reilly, Mary Elverhoy, Jon Holland, Eleanor Elektra

copyright Hawthorn 2019, all rights reserved.

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Hawthorn Boston, Massachusetts

The women of Hawthorn craft songs with “a weight that sits with you long after their audible presence fades” (Red Line Roots). With a powerful vocal blend surrounded in old-time banjo, seascape guitar, and dreamy electric lines, Hawthorn is quickly claiming a place in the music of New England and beyond. Their second album, Maggie Willow, lands in February 2019. ... more

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Track Name: Burn
keep some of it and throw some away
you need do no more
devil’s in the holding tight to the light
till the breathin’s gone and it just ain’t right
and the fire don’t burn no more

go down to the roots of who you are
till you fill your sound
running on empty out in the world
been shot down since you were a girl
it’s time you made some ground

no rich man’s coat, no singin’ in silk
gonna cover your pain
take mama’s old dress for a spin
till flowers grow upon your skin
and the veil no more remains

take what you need, to death you pray
man’s law keeps no fair score
and the devil don’t mean that much on sight
when the breathin’s full and there’s no more fight
and the fire don’t burn no more and the fire don’t burn no more
Track Name: Honey & Fire
where are you now
I can't hear you
are you just there
over the hill
hidden by the grass

the crow flies overhead
circling around
I'll keep on sending out
my honey and my fire

do you hear my words
send some kind of sign
oh dear one
do you recall
what we used to sing

the sun dies for the night
and the crow keeps talking
I'll keep on sending out
my honey and my fire

by the watch of the crow
memories beneath my collarbones
the ache of the pressing

where are you now
I can't hear you
are you just there
over the hill
hidden by the grass

the crow flies overhead
circling around
I'll keep on sending out
my honey and my fire
Track Name: The Way It Goes
hauling through the bitter cold
through the stormy oceans roll
she remembers losing grace
she remembers each man's face
one more silence
one more broken child

see her tears distilling clear
tiny crystals on her chin
wish she hadn't touched your hand
wish she hadn't let you in
one more silence
one more broken child

I have seen the faces of sorrow
they don't shake me now
I have seen how friendships grow strange again
I command the wind

watch the winters come and go
whisper in the silent snow
all the women oh they know
tear apart the way it goes

I have seen the faces of sorrow
they don't shake me now
I have seen how friendships grow strange again
I command the wind

memories go with the air
lessons of a season spent
here you were and here I am
there you are and here I stand
how you wander
how you run away again
Track Name: Far Away
it happens when I am alone and surrounded
I can’t find the right grave to grieve at
far away, far away
I don’t know where to look it’s not here

don’t tell me I’m fine
don’t say you’re by my side
don’t tell me I’m the only one you love
don’t talk about time
when you’re so hard to find
it doesn’t matter what you say
you’re far away

it happens when you’re no longer listening
I can’t find the right way to leave
far away, far away
I don’t know how to see, I’m still here

don’t tell me I’m fine
don’t say you’re by my side
don’t tell me I’m the only one you love
don’t talk about time
when you’re so hard to find
it doesn’t matter what you say
you’re far away

you’re in and out, you’re in and out

don’t tell me I’m fine
don’t say you’re by my side
don’t tell me I’m the only one you love
don’t talk about time
when you’re so hard to find
it doesn’t matter what you say
you’re far away

it happens when I remember
I can’t find the words to say
far away, far away
wherever you have gone
you’ll still be here
Track Name: Maggie Willow
oh Maggie Willow
put your roots down
life has been changing around your hometown
you’ve been wandering and waiting
for so many years,
oh darling, stay here

oh Maggie Willow
they thought you a fool
but lightning brings silence and houses are cruel
you’ve been seeking answers
in the Eastern call
oh darling

oh, Maggie look up
what was broken has floated away
see the cloud mosaics tumbling down

oh, sweet Maggie
you stand in the snow
though the dark lingers, you know it’ll go
it’s never so quiet
as it feels in your hall
oh darling

oh, Maggie climb out
you hold the charcoal of weathering faces
and you’ve felt the boxes becoming small

think what you’ll do
with the time you have won
writing and dancing to songs that you love
a chair on the front porch
another in time
Oh darling, you’re doing fine
Track Name: One Day
one day you’ll stay
close to me, home from sea
the wind is slow, the crops can grow
around here

my heart told me
watch the sun, you will run
and burn your wings, although we sing
the same tune

all the jewels have no shine
when the wind is sighing

these days we say
take your time, I’ll be fine
remember me with every tree
that shades you

rain pours down in the night
washing through the valley

one day you’ll stay
close to me, home from sea
the sky is calm, the crops are strong
around here
Track Name: Adeline
Adeline
she walked away
I didn’t know what she could hold
Adeline she
runs through the woods
her fears broken and tied

Adeline
she turned away
I didn’t know what she’d recall
Adeline she
runs to the sea
carrying fistfuls of fire

oh Adeline
alone she has run
Let go of her and she’s flown
oh Adeline
if she’d just meet my eyes
I’d go to her myself

Adeline
she tried to stay
I’ve seen her tumble and rise
Adeline she
echoes the mountain
casting stones on the fire

oh Adeline
alone she has run
I let go of her and she’s flown
oh Adeline
if she’d just meet my eyes
I’d go to her myself

oh Adeline
alone she has run
let go of her and she’s flown
oh Adeline
if she’d just meet my eyes
I’d go to her myself
I’d go to her myself
Track Name: Oh Mama
warm the hearth, get out the wine
he’s back, it’s felt like a long time
she makes and plans with the land he knows
he plants and builds and they grow
she hears “I love you” when he says “oh mama”
oh mama

kittens and chickens running everywhere
tending the home they share
no they don’t speak the same way she does
but she kisses and cooks and she loves
she hears when they say, “oh mama, oh mama”
oh mama

together they dream
of a girl they’ve never met
laugh and play under the moon
maybe her name will be June
she can already hear
her voice saying, “oh mama”
oh mama
Track Name: Lover Trees
I go to a place that I know very well
he waits for me my lover in the apple tree

every year brings the turning
I have known him again and again
I will know him oh so long

apple tree don't you see
lovers come and lovers go
I will be a little lighter knowing how your apples grow

I go to a place that I know very well
he sings to me my lover in the cedar tree

every breaking brings his song
I have known this again and again
I will know this oh so long

cedar tree don't you see
lovers come and lovers go
I will be a little lighter when your roots go on alone

I go to a place that I know very well
she waits for me my lover in the willow tree

every time brings me home
I have known her again and again
I will know her oh so long

willow tree I can see
lovers come and lovers go
I will be a little lighter watching how your branches flow
Track Name: Come & Gone
come and gone, come and gone
my time here has run too long
my time here has run too long

you go east, I’ll go west,
back to the land that I love best
back to the land that I love best

don’t know where my love has gone
love is wild and love is strong
love is wild and love is strong

taking off my winter clothes
saying goodbye to the rain and snow
saying goodbye to the rain and snow

I ain’t coming round no more
my home’s on the other shore
my home’s on the other shore

don’t know where my love has gone
love is wild and love is strong
love is wild and love is strong

tired of feeling so alone
where’s the place that I’ll call home
where’s the place I’ll call my home

setting sun will lead me west
back to the land that I love best
back to the land that I love best

don’t know where my love has gone
love is wild and love is strong
love is wild and love is strong
Track Name: In The Morning
at home he sits and waits
counting the days till December
the holes in her sweater
he prays that she will stay a little longer

outside he walks the garden
unfolding a heart that had hardened
a cedar that might grow again

at night he remembers a time
when sitting alone was a joy
throwing stones at a portrait of you
learning to lose the life that he had

I’ll be there for you in the long run
I’ll call again in the morning

the bare open walls in the back of his mind
starting to recognize memories
of dreaming that he’d pushed aside

at home children are gone
missing the games that were all kinds of colors and only for them
watching the time they’ve gotten older

I’ll be there for you in the long run
I’ll call again in the morning
Track Name: The Weaver
on the souls of my feet are written prayers
and the weaver’s words are written in ash
I can hear the weaver’s call
I can hear the weaver’s call

she says build me homes with nothing but breath
canyon walls to find your drum

on the souls of my feet are written prayers
and the weaver’s words are written in ash
I can hear the weaver’s call
I can hear the weaver’s call

she says climb the sky on ladders of wind
carve a crown of bullhorn stars

on the souls of my feet are written prayers
and the weaver’s words are written in ash
I can hear the weaver’s call
I can hear the weaver’s call

she says find the river guarded by death
swim the current, take it’s teeth
steal the stones of speaking

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