2​+​2​=​4

by Kathy Muir

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2+2=4 was written during 2016 and 2017 but was influenced as early as January 2016 by domestic and world events. The Other Side was the first manifestation of this moment in time. I felt I needed to write about love and intolerance and about never forgetting how beautiful we are as people and not to lose hope in each other. Stereo Stickman did a beautiful review of the song.

stereostickman.com/reviews/kathy-muir-the-other-side/

The other songs on “2+2” explore this more but from various perspectives.

Musical influences were also very much present, which is why the songs are stripped down in feel so as to support the lyrical content. These songs are bound by the same woven thread running through them: they are bare, organic, honest and lyrically poetic.

Exclusive to Bandcamp are extracts from my writing notebook using sketches to form the storyline and quotes from Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr's book 'Wayfaring Strangers' which mentions how old Scots-Irish songs made their way to Appalachia like 'carrying streams'. This was part of the inspiration for the song.

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released July 28, 2017

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Kathy Muir Stamford, Connecticut

Kathy brings a unique spectrum of songs to the stage. Whilst comfortable playing acoustic pop, her jazz and blues influences weave through her songs. Kathy's vocal and lyrical style remains singular and instantly identifiable: an expressive range that is soft and intimate, yet sassy and upbeat with a natural, unforced delivery that captures the imagination. ... more

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Track Name: The Other Side
I turn around 360°
And what I find right in front of me
Is a beautiful land full of forest trees
Standing tall, they softly dance with the breeze

I feel we're all the same
Living life side-by-side of nature's grain

Can you hear them coming, breaking life's true laws
'cause they hate to see this love in our eyes
They build their walls high, till they can't even see or think straight
And try to push us to the other side

So hear my brothers and my sisters call
And the weeping mothers for children they have lost
We'll rise above, be all for one and one for all
And we'll refuse to either bend, break or fall

'cause we're all the same
Living life side-by-side of nature's grain

Can you hear them coming, breaking life's true laws
'cause they hate to see this love in our eyes
They build their walls high, till they can't even see or think straight
And try to push us to the other side

Love is stronger if we hold together now
Let the sound
Of hatred, fear and ignorance
Become a deafening silence

We'll stop you coming, breaking life's true laws
'cause you hate to see this love in our eyes
You build your walls high, till you can't even see or think straight
We defy you to push us to the other side

Life is so sweet, don't let it pass you by
Is this what you really want to leave behind
Track Name: River Running
Water vapor falling from the sky, an infant stream
Flowing gently down the mountainside, forming nature’s seam
Fold into the ground, echo history’s sound

You, you, you, you’re a river running
You, you, you, you’re a river running, running to the sea

Years you journeyed far across the land and stayed your course
Even stormy times you never could have planned for, never took you from this source
Deep inside of you, spirit shining true

You, you, you, you're river running
You, you, you, you’re a river running

Those who force their man-made creed
Would have you bend if not believe
Try to cut you down to size
Which only makes your waters rise
Neither rancor nor remorse for those who try to change your course

You, you, you, you’re a river running
You, you, you, you’re a river running

River is your name, blood pouring through your veins
Flowing wildly to your heart where only goodness starts
You’re splintering the ground where lie the fallen sounds
Streaming are your hands that reach out to the empty echoes of the faithless

River running free
River running free
Track Name: Try Coming Round
“Everybody's preaching at me what to say”
It ain't no mystery, you just got to pray
“What? For a better land or a better life?”
Yeah, well it was always there, why d'you give yourself so much strife?

Just try coming round, try coming round

“Everybody's searching for a different sound”
Just sing your tune though you don't think it's loud
“They think they see it all but they're really blind”
Well maybe they found what they're looking for but you're just too proud

To try coming round, try coming round

You say no one's there for you but I've tried to call
You say it's hard to pin you down
Then you say no one cares for you, no one really cares at all, hey…
You can't see the woods for the trees but you'll cry me a river
You try to save the air that you breathe; you say it won't last forever
You better learn what you need before it's too late


Try coming round, try coming round
Try coming round, hear the sound
Of a different time, you know can be found but

You're giving it this, you're taking that
You're wanting it all as a matter of fact
But I don't believe you've ever tried

Coming round
Track Name: You Never Knew Me
Sipping softly on a sunlit day
Wish the sun would never go awayBrush my hands along the summer grassI look up high and see a skyThat's holding all my dreams
Slowly drifting on a summer breeze
Cast myself out to an open seaWhere the storm is taking over meI look up high and see a skyThat's raining down on me
You may say that it's all a state of mindDisbelievers are of every shape and kindYou think it's easy as one, two, threeYou know me now, but you never knew me

Where the storm is taking over meI look up high and see a skyThat's raining down on me

You may say that it's all a state of mindDisbelievers are off every shape and kindYou think it's easy as one, two, threeYou know me now, but you never knew me

I look up high and see a skyThat's raining down on me

You may say that it's all a state of mindDisbelievers are off every shape and kindYou think it's easy as one, two, threeYou know me now, but you never knew me

Sipping softly on a sunlit day
I look up high and see a skyThat's holding all my dreams
That's holding all my dreams