Hope From The Forgotten Woods

by Amanda Rogers

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"To Hope is to fear", so goes an ancient chinese proverb, and like the yin and yang, and all things of light and goodness in need of darkness to be complete, this could not be more accurate when speaking of Hope From The Forgotten Woods, Amanda Rogers 7th Album release due out April 24th on Make My Day Records. Amanda's songs have always held a filmic quality to them like imagery and score moving along the plot to a silent film, so it comes as no surprise that she would eventually make a concept album, like the musical equivalent to a risque crime drama film of the 1930's. Hope From The Forgotten Woods is Ms. Rogers most intimate and revealing album to date, full of honest self-observation. Digging deep to the core of a single emotion felt by the tragedy and despair brought on by the cruelty of others and fully realizing the fantasy of the "what if", Amanda conceptually fulfills the urges of her true hearts' desire. Like Satisfying an itch, Ms. Rogers lets her mind slip to the dark side to explore a feeling so deeply that she was able to fabricate such circumstances of emotional truth that you could never believe it was partially rooted in pure fiction.
Hope… is a 16 track album that was conceived of and written 3 years ago, during which time Amanda explored other musical ventures, and while these songs sat and simmered in her heart and mind, the story began to unfold - revealing more to Ms. Rogers about herself than she ever expected. Amanda is always sure to let the creative process happen to her rather than to make it happen, and so once this story unravelled, she spent night and day alone in the studio and recorded every spark just as it flowed into her, creating a dark and intimate soundscape that supports the confessions of a would-be serial killer full of pain, passion, vengeance, and liberation.
Can you dream up an alternative ending to the story to help mend your broken soul and seek revenge on a wicked world without leaving the confines of your mind?
Well, yes, with songs like "Get Your Heart", and "Ms. X" , Amanda's Hope From The Forgotten Woods has done just that.

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released April 27, 2012

All Songs and Lyrics written by Amanda Rogers
Copyright 2012 Amanda Lynn Rogers / Amandas Piano Music (ASCAP)
www.amandaspiano.com / www.ditrecords.com / www.thepleasantsmusic.com / www.makemydayrecords.de
All Sounds Recorded, Engineered, and Produced by Amanda Rogers at Mt. Hollywood Studios, Belmont,VT
Mastered by Tom Waltz at Waltz Mastering in Watertown, MA
Amanda is a YAMAHA Performing Artist and uses their Digital Pianos and Synths in the studio and on the road.
All artwork, graphic design, and layout by Amanda Rogers
All My Life and Hope From The Forgotten Woods Lyric book Portraits taken by Stéphane Lord
Ms. X Self Portraits by Amanda Rogers - Back Cover Portrait and all other photos of Amanda - by Mike Matta.

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Amanda Rogers Syracuse, New York

With 9 albums in tow, upstate NY native, Amanda Rogers is often compared to the likes of Tori Amos for her fairy esthetic and classical roots, Tom Waits for her dark and literary lyrics, and Carole King for her Tin Pan Alley Pop sensibility. She has continued her 15 year musical journey on her self paved career path as an original, indie touring and recording artist, and as a self-proclaimed Muse. ... more

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Track Name: All So Lovely
When your heart begins to flow with life and love it fils completely , stings so deeply, sings so sweetly,
it's all so lovely, all so lovely, all so lovely, why can't you see it's all so lovely, all so lovely.
when you find the one you dream of, all your thoughts go blankly, fainting your heart completely, and oh so deeply,
it's all so lovely it's all so lovely, it's all so lovely, why can't you see, it's all so lovely, it's all so lovely.
your love will lead me, your love will feed me, your love will keep me,
why can't you see, it's all so lovely, all so lovely
When you near the end you hear of how your love goes faintly, breaking your heart completely, and oh so deeply,
it's all so lovely, all so lovely all so lovely, why can't you see, it's all so lovely, it's all so lovely……………….
Track Name: The Message Is Getting Old
Is anybody home? Somebody pick up the phone,
It's your sister, and your daughter, and she's all alone on the longest road she's ever known.
farther from home, farther from home...
This message is getting old…………………………………………
Is anybody home? hey dad - how's the weather? Is it a stormy summer?
Hey mom - I heard your painting a picture, but your probably done now that I'm,
Farther from home, I'm farther from home…
This message is getting old…………………………………………
Hey little sister - I heard he kissed her, but don't you worry bout that now cause you're the prettiest girl in the world.
Is anybody home, somebody pick up the phone, somebody pick up the phone,
Somebody please pick up the phone!
This message is getting old………………………………………….
Track Name: Taming Of The Lonely One
Taming Of The Lonely One

Will she fall in love like she always does, yeah just because she needs someone in Hollywood,
and you knew she would cause that neighborhood's a lonely one (1,2,3,4)
turn away and do as you did before, you never cared for anyone more, more than yourself.
You always turn and look away as the world begins to fringe and fray,
and you're always free and you're aways brave you say,
but why do you turn and look away, why do you turn and look away.
Would you care to know if she found a friend, if she found a man who understands,
her tired hands, silly things she says, standing strong yet bends as if they're one (1,2,3,4)
turn away and do as you did before, you never cared for anyone more, more than yourself.
You always turn and look away as the world begins to fringe and fray,
and you're always free and you're aways brave you say,
but why do you turn and look away, why do you turn and look away.
Tell me you tried to love her, tell me you held her tighter,
you never ever beat her, you never left her side, and she never says goodbye,
when she falls in love like she always does, yeah just because she needs someone,
who never can, no you never can, you can never tame a lonely one…
So turn away and do as you did before, you never cared for anyone more, more than yourself.
Track Name: All My Life
Give me something more to remind me of what I really want,
I've been waiting all my life, I've been waiting all my life.
Across the ocean, across the line, I've been looking for a sign on the other side of the world,
and I've been trying all my life, I've been trying all my life.
In the darkest shadow of the night, I've been listening and I've been hearing all the lies,
And I've been crying all my life, I've been crying all my life.
10,000 ancient grains of sand in the palm of my hand, someday I'll understand all these question I have,
that have me wondering all my life.
So give me something more to believe in, there's a reason I was born,
and I've been loving all my life, and I've been loving all my life.
When the night's unfolding and the silence is holding me in,
I'll be running all my life, I'll be running all my life.
And I'll be dying all my life, and I'll be dying all my life.
Track Name: Serenade
Your love takes me away from a place called yesterday,
your love takes me away from that place everyday,
when we hoped and prayed we stayed awake to finalize our great escape
and by the sun we'll finally sleep, through paper walls I'll serenade you,
I'll Serenade you.
And I still don't know what to say other than "God, I'm glad we got away."
And all I prayed was that the van would make it 10 hours away on an empty tank.
We drove all night, the panic held us tight, the fear inside won't take our lives.
We drove all night, the panic held us tight, but with all your love, I knew we'd be alright, we'd be alright.
Cause your love, takes me away, from a place called yesterday.
when we hoped and prayed we stayed awake to finalize our great escape,
and by the sun we'll finally, through paper words I'll serenade you,
Our secret names, the notes we saved, the things we silenced - we could not say,
the things we left cause we couldn't take another day in that crazy place.
When we hoped and prayed we stayed awake, to finalize our great escape, and by the sun your'll finally sleep,
though paper walls I'll serenade you, I'll serenade you.
Track Name: Tiger Lily Hill
We tame the road, the only way we know to go, pass the house I love on the tiger lily hill
we're driving slow with the raging road for nothing more than to fill the space between the words we're letting go.
when the lines can't guide us home anymore, when the lines can't guide us home anymore,
when the lines can't guide us home, there's hope in a thought I hold of tiger lily hill.
We hold our own then we wait for all the noise to go, where all the people go for all their highs and lows,
Our eyes aglow from a brilliant show behind the bottles lined up in a row, sunrise, sunset I'll never know.
when the lines can't guide us home anymore, when the lines can't guide us home anymore,
when the lines can't guide us home, there's hope in a voice I know on tiger lily hill.
My hands feel the winter come and yours bring the thunder,
my heroine of the plains, Miss Calamity Jane, she claimed he had it coming anyway,
when the thunder surely brought the rain, now tiger lily hill remains.
When the lines can't guide us home anymore, when the lines can't guide us home anymore,
when the lines can't guide us home, there's hope in a thought I hold of tiger lily hill.
Track Name: What You Do
Pull over you fool,
nothing you can say or do,
will undo what your about to do to me.
Track Name: Armageddon My Love
When it's war you desire, and these hands are on fire, I give to you Armageddon my love.
when underneath the earth doth shake and bursts our hearts into flame,
armageddon my love, armageddon my love, armageddon my love.
Track Name: Raggedy Anne
Old love, fools, beggars and gold, false hands won't break this raggedy Anne,
to give, to save, to say you live in the game, now and then won't break this raggedy Anne.
Won't break this raggedy Anne, but I can…
I'm the mother of my self destruction button,
I'm the mother of my hold me back inventions,
I can make a name that I will always hate - call me the Raggedy Anne.
Old love, people who take and they take, desert lands won't break this raggedy Anne.
pots and pans, broken dishes and glass, a drunken man won't break this raggedy anne.
Won't break this raggedy Anne, but I can.
I can make a cage where I will learn to wait,
I can compensate for all the things you say,
I can figure-eight around my own heartache,
cause I'm the Raggedy Anne.
Old - Love - Fools - Beggars and Gold - False - Hands - Won't Break This Raggedy Anne,
To Give - To Save - To Say You Live In The Game - Now and Then - Won't Break This Raggedy Anne,
Old love, people who take and they take, desert lands won't break this raggedy Anne.
pots and pans, broken dishes and glass, a drunken man won't break this raggedy anne,
another bruise, won't break this body you use,
I can, I can, cause I'm the Raggedy Anne,
I am, I am, call me the Raggedy Anne………………………………………….
Track Name: A Sea Of Love
It's a sea of love, a sea of love out there, but I love the rain, but I love the rain.
It's a sea of love, a sea of love out there.
I've got more to lose than gain, but I only love the rain.
It's a sea of love, a sea of love out there, sea of love…………………………….
Track Name: Get Your Heart
When I get your heart, when I get your heart where I want it,
when I get your heart I'll break it, when I get your heart I'll take it apart,
when I get your heart, and when I get your heart you'll be,
down on your knees, begging me please and I'll show no mercy like the summer heat
you got a record of all your dirty deeds and for the ones you hurt, I'm gonna get your heart.
I'm gonna get your heart…………………..
When you take their love, take it like a one-way ticket, take a trip and then forget it,
take no blame so there's no shame right from the start.
I'm gonna get your heart, and when I get your heart you'll be,
down on your knees begging me please and I'll show no mercy like the summer heat,
you got a record of all your dirty deeds and for the ones you hurt I'm gonna get your heart.
I'm gonna get your heart……………………
Out of the darkest night I find a Love you can not merely pry out of my hands,
though you think you can, though you think you can,
rewind this life I've learned to live, you can't deny of the plans that I have made,
you drive me to my grave, drive me to my grave,
with things you used to say, the games that you still play,
I'm gonna get your heart, I'm gonna get your heart,
I'm gonna get your heart and you'll be,
down on your knees, begging me please and I'll show no mercy like the summer heat
you got a record of all your dirty deeds and for the ones you hurt, I'm gonna get your heart.
I'm gonna get your heart…………………..
Track Name: Ms. X
Face down in the water, smokey gun still in his hands, you could not wait to meet your maker,
this will be our last time together, so truly I'll miss thee.
Awhoo, whoo, awhoowoowoo.
Where you goin' in a hurry mister, can't you wait for me?
Where you goin' in a hurry mister, can't you wait for me?
Where you goin' in a hurry mister, can't you wait for me?
When you get to the bottom, mal de mer, can not get any air,
another sip of your fire water, one last sip fills your heart's desire…
a big bruise on the back of your head, you got tiny scratches on the back of your neck,
could be the proof of loving you or could be the proof that it's the end of you,
next time I'll see this through, but tonight I've got things to do.
Awhoo, whoo, awhoowoowoo.
I got the plan in my pocket, I'll bring you back to my apartment,
kick off my shoes and I'll dance for you, I'll even wear your hat and tie for you,
I'll fix your drink just how you like it, a little magic from my special locket,
and truly I'll miss thee.
Awhoo, whoo, awhoowoowoo.
Where you goin' in a hurry mister, can't you wait for me?
Where you goin' in a hurry mister, can't you wait for me?
Where you goin' in a hurry mister, can't you wait for me?
Track Name: The Best Things In Life Aren't Things To A Fugitive
My sacrifice it lay in a ditch on Wheaton Road, of pride and joy I give to you neither empty nor full,
my love, just me, my love, to take or leave my love, farewell, farewell, farewell to 23.
There's truth in having nothing, but it's falling out my sleeves, beside the road 10 miles from home,
I'll leave this blood and run, my love the weeds will save us, my love we'll soon be free,
our innocence, or crimson lips, farewell to 23.
It should be easy, small rivers still run to the sea, farewell, farewell to 23.
a thousand miles of silence, a thousand miles to go,
each picture tells a thousand words, but they're all lies you know,
my love your words deceived us, my love you proved your strong,
so dare to run, I'll get my gun for what I know you've done,
I hear the train a comin', I hear the sirens scream,
your time has come, now look at me, farewell to 23.
It should be easy, small rivers still run to the sea, farewell, farewell to 23,
no evidence that leads to me, farewell, farewell to 23.
Track Name: 9 Years On The Inside
Why oh Why can't I?
with a knot tightly tied round the light years of my distant sky,
Oh why, why can't I?
Why oh Why can't I?
with my eyes fixed on the inside so I can make a list of all the things I'm gonna someday try.
live for ever……………………………………...
It's been 9 years on the inside, all these hard times like dirt in my eyes,
so can I get some water for this thirst before I die.
Why oh why can't I?
with my voice low like a whisper, then I wish my for my lover,
I can't wait for the summer cause this body is always cold.
I'll send a letter…………………………………..
It's been 9 years on the inside, all these hard times like dirt in my eyes,
it's been 9 years on the inside.
It's been 9 years since my last crime, it's been 9 years since my last line,
it's been 9 years trying to find what's in my backyard,
trying' to hide what is mine but it gets too hard on the inside,
On the inside………………………………………..
OOH………………………………………………….
9 years on the inside, all these hard times like dirt in my eyes,
it's been 9 years on the inside, so can I get some water for this thirst before I die.
Die……………………………………………………
Track Name: Leave A Light On
Will she leave a light on for your love?
You wait for forgiveness but your always on the run,
when you come home will she be gone,
or will she leave a light on, will she leave a light on for your love.
Will she leave a light on for your love?
Will she leave a light on, light on, light on,
Will she leave a light on, light on, light on,
when you've done her wrong.
And you wait for your welcoming song,
but you know she's already gone,
and you can't blame a heart that pumps strong,
and you hope that she won't be gone long,
so will you leave a light on,
will you leave a light on,
will you leave a light on for her love?
Like anchoring ships that drift toward the sun,
one heart-tugging promise lets you know,
hearts just can't be strung.
When she comes home will she hear her song?
And will you be singing along, And will you be singing along, And will you be singing along?
and will you leave a light on, will you leave a light on, will you leave a light on?
Will you leave a light on for her love?
Will you leave a light on, light on, light on?
Will you leave a light on, light on, light on?
When she comes home will you be calm?
And will you leave a light on, will you leave a light on for her love?
Track Name: Hope From The Forgotten Woods
Hope from the forgotten woods you write,
as you close the book, hat on the hook,
your smile took a second to fade before he looked,
Feel the hope, from the forgotten woods you write,
with hands that shook, thanks to the crook,
the picture took only a second to fade before he looked.
Oh me, Oh my, your finally letting out that sigh,
I'm so proud of you, I'm glad you made it out alive.
Oh me, Oh my, I'll feel sorry when he dies,
well if that's a lie, you better quote me on it.
Hope, from the forgotten woods you write,
as you close the book, the lies they cook - the lies they cook.
And the leaves that shook, the leaves that shook,
that made you look toward the sky,
with an answer that saved your life,
and your only hope - your only hope,
was a book of quotes that fits in a pocket right next to a heart that is broke.
Oh me, Oh my, your finally letting out that sigh,
I'm so proud of you, I'm glad you made it out alive.
Oh me, Oh my, I'll feel sorry when he dies,
well if that's a lie, you better quote me on it.
Oh me, Oh my, you maybe get the blues,
but I would not dare to walk a mile in your shoes,
Mine wear the mileage of the paths I choose,
and I would not bother you with my own truths.
Oh me, how I do feel sorry for you………………..
Oh me, Oh my, I'll feel sorry when he dies,
that's a terrible awful lie,
your heart has spoken, your eyes reopen,
a day worth noting, your feeling fine,
so open that book and rewrite the rest of your life,
For hope from the forgotten woods saved your life.