Threshold

by Cordelia Stephens

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Debut album by Cordelia Stephens whose voice combines power with vulnerability, and whose inventive songwriting explores the contradictions of modern life and love, with wistfulness and humor belying a darker turn of mind. Cordelia's influences range from acoustic artists such as Gillian Welch to female rock/blues singers such as Aimee Mann and Bonnie Raitt.

“The album’s title describes a step into a new musical era and arena” says artist Cordelia Stephens; “It also alludes to the themes of love and loss- to taking a leap into the unknown and to the delight of finding out what is on the other side.” 
 
The heart of the record is found in the upbeat jams evoking the sounds of the late 60s, complete with trumpet section, in songs such as You’ll Know the Words and It Used to Be So Easy.  It is an eclectic album encompassing all out rock songs such as I’ll Find a Way and Drive, with gentler British folk sounds heard in the nostalgic reflection that is The Shapes of London and in the romantic voice & cello duet Fall Slowly.  The lap steel in Fine Line and slow 6/8 grove of Remember to Forget introduce a country sound- crowned by the bar room hootenanny of Spring Break Up. 

Producer Riley McMahon’s skillful arrangements and electric guitar sounds and Cordelia’s distinctive voice and vision bring the album into the myriad focus of a kaleidoscope.

*********RECORD RELEASE PARTY is at The Living Room, NYC on January 11th, 2012 at 8pm **********

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released January 11, 2012

Produced by Riley McMahon

All songs written by Cordelia Stephens

Kevin Cordt- Trumpet

Gjilberta Lucaj-Gelaj- Cello

Tony Lauria- Piano (tracks 6 & 8) &
Accordion

Riley McMahon- Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar (tracks 2,3 & 12), Piano (tracks 4 & 7), Banjo, Organ, Mellotron, Wurlitzer, Lap Steel, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals, Percussion, Arrangements of Horns, Strings & Vocals

Pemberton Roach- Bass

Pete Sinjin- Background Vocal

Cordelia Stephens- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar & Flute

Tom Patrick Stephens- Voiceover

Dylan Wissing- Drums & Percussion

Jonathan Zalben- Violin

Photographs by Circe Baumgartner
Paintings by Cordelia Stephens
Layout by Jonathan Mason

Recorded and mixed by Riley McMahon at New Warsaw Studio www.newwarsawstudio.com

Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering
www.kevorkianmastering.com

All songs written by Cordelia Stephens
www.cordeliastephens.com

C. and P. CordeliaKS Music 2011
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Cordelia Stephens New York, New York

English- American singer-songwriter, Cordelia Stephens has been part of the music scene in NYC for almost a decade. Influenced by artists such as Gillian Welch, Aimee Mann and Laura Marling, Cordelia Stephens’ songwriting has depth and range, which is well matched by her sensitive and soulful voice. Her debut album Threshold was released in 2012 and Wide Awake Dream was released in October 2016. ... more

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Track Name: Threshold
THRESHOLD

The Sun is setting on the first day of July
And clouds of pink and blue trail ribbons through the sky
My mind is turning to the things it must decide
Not knowing, not showing
What is on the other side

You make me laugh, you make me cry so get me out of here.
You make me laugh, you make me cry my dear

The Moon is rising but it’s eighty-nine degrees
Its icy face belies the incandescent heat
My heart blows hot and cold, its hopes and fears abide
Not knowing, not showing
What is on the other side

You make me laugh, you make me cry so get me out of here
You make me laugh, you make me cry my dear.

Will I look over my shoulder
As you carry me over the threshold?

You make me laugh, you make me cry so get me out of here
You make me laugh, you make me cry my dear

You make me laugh, you make me cry so get me out of here
You make me laugh, you make me cry my dear
Track Name: I'll Find a Way
I'LL FIND A WAY

I certainly don’t mind extending favors
You can always pay me back some time
Your gratitude comes in so many flavors
One day it’s diamonds the next day dimes

I’ll find a way (to make you love me) I’ll find a way
I’ll find a way (to make you love me) I’ll find a way

People have said you’re too hot to handle
Maybe I’ll just put you down a while
Hoping that you’ll run back guns a blazing
Ain’t nothing good boy about goodbyes

I’ll find a way (to make you love me) I’ll find a way
I’ll find a way (to make you love me) I’ll find a way

Walking around with my eyes wide open
I finally feel like I’ve recognized
What you really mean by “I’ll call you later”
I’m feeling like the consolation prize

But I’ll find a way (to make you love me) I’ll find a way
I’ll find a way (to make you love me) I’ll find a way
But I’ll find a way (to make you love me) I’ll find a way
I’ll find a way (to make you love me) I’ll find a way
Track Name: All I'm Asking
ALL I’M ASKING

Salt glistens on the sidewalk and rubs the wounds of
heart and soul
And it melts all my footprints in the snow
Now I know that nothing’s certain and all is fair in
love and war
It’s just that I think I’ve been here before. And

All I’m asking is a question, and all I’m wanting is to hear
Where do you think that we should go from here?

With the snow so quickly melting, it’s harder to
retrace my steps
But walking on doesn’t mean that I like what’s next
And what I really want to tell you, and maybe you
already know, my
Heart’s gonna break if you choose to go

All I’m asking is a question, and all I’m wanting is to hear
Where do you think that we should go from here?

‘Cause I don’t think the time is right to hide the things we hold inside
And I hope you understand, I can only play the cards in my hand

But all I ask you is a question, so all I get to hear
Is where you think that we should go from here
I wonder if I’d told you everything, could that have
changed your mind?
I just want you to know, oh nothing, never mind

I guess I am looking for some answers, but all I
really want’s a sign
That you want to be mine
Track Name: The Shapes of London
THE SHAPES OF LONDON

All the shapes of London form patterns in my mind
Patterns made of mixed up shapes that I'd like to realign. The

Globe is just a circle, and the Circle Line's a square
And the Elephant and Castle, well I’ve looked
But they’re not there
They’re not really there. But

I think kaleidoscopes are cool and I heard
Britannia ruled long ago.

Angels over Islington fly to the cross of Kings. And I’m
Going south on the Northern Line but all the time
I’m wondering why the
Princes killed the barons and the queen has lost her Crown while the shepherds and the bakers they’ve all made their way to town
Their way to town. But

I think kaleidoscopes are cool and I heard
Britannia ruled long ago

Gates, greens and circuses form patterns in my mind
Crescents, squares and corners wrapped in
Bows of coloured twine and
Cleopatra’s Needle threads a tapestry through time
Made of all the shapes of London my kaleidoscope
and I can realign
Track Name: Fall Slowly
FALL SLOWLY

I think you’ve got the raw material
And I’ve got a needle and thread
I’ll sew a blanket with room for two
To rest beneath with you

We’ll fall slowly but surely, like sunsets in June
Fall slowly but surely, like hot air balloons
Like snow in the wintertime falls from above,
We'll fall slowly but surely in love

I think I’ve found, an architect’s plan
And you’ve got the bricks and the beams
Let’s dig a well, and wall by wall
We’ll build the house of our dreams

And fall slowly but surely like sunsets in June
Fall slowly but surely, like bonfire plumes
Like mist from the mountains falls from above,
We'll fall slowly but surely in love

We'll fall slowly but surely in love
Track Name: It Used To Be So Easy
IT USED TO BE SO EASY

I’m splashing through the puddles of my ordinary muddles I’m
Trying to keep my hairdo from the rain. But I
Had a late rehearsal and now this role reversal means that
I’m the one who’s missed her cue again

It used to be so easy to meet friends and make ends meet
It used to be so easy when the world was at my feet
But my day job is a nightmare, and I know it’s going nowhere and yet
I’m refusing to admit defeat!

I’m running for the bus again I’m hoping that the dress I’m in will
Straighten out before I get to work. But
I’m not getting rich and yeah I feel that life’s a bitch
Cause fame and fortune aren’t on my list of perks

It used to be so easy to meet friends and make ends meet
It used to be so easy when the world was at my feet
But my day job is a nightmare and I know it’s going nowhere, but I
Know I’ve got to hang on ‘cause it’s all I’ve got to lean on so
I’m refusing to admit, yeah I’m refusing to admit defeat!

I’m nearly at my cubicle, I’m chewing on my cuticles
In case my boss can see I’m sneaking in. But I
Won’t attract attention if I settle for convention when
All I want is cars and cash and gin

It used to be so easy to meet friends and make ends meet
and it used to be so easy when the world was at my feet
But my day job is a nightmare and I know it’s going nowhere, but I
Know I’ve got to hang on cause it’s all I’ve got to lean on, but I’m
Bending over backwards and it feels a little awkward but I’ve
Got to get back on my back on my feet and
I’m refusing to admit defeat!
Track Name: You'll Know the Words
YOU’LL KNOW THE WORDS

The sun is sinking, and the light goes dim and
I’ll be much closer soon to him to him to him
So, I buy a bottle. A cheap one I confess
And I hope that I can still recall my best friend’s address

I’m hoping that this song will make a difference
I’m hoping one day you’ll know the words by heart

The party’s jumping and
The music’s loud
I wonder if you’ll notice me
in this beautiful crowd

Well we talk for hours
Until you finally confess
That someone else has caught your eye
She lives at this address

I’m hoping that this song will make a difference
I hope that one day you’ll know the words by heart

The party’s over and
As I walk home
I swear the moon shines brighter than
I have ever known

And though you’re not with me
Somehow I feel complete
And I thank the Lord that he allowed
The two of us to meet

And after all this song will make a difference
I know in time it’s gonna heal my heart
Track Name: Fine Line
FINE LINE

Look at the bright side of the Moon next time
Look at the leaves and not the gaps between
Cause I don’t think its clear to you that
Life’s a choice, so chose to see it through

And try waking up just before your alarm goes off and
Drink from the full half of your glass for once
Cause I don’t think you understand, that
Life’s a choice so live it while you can

But take a little time, take a little time, to find that fine line

Try walking down the sunny side of the street, some time and
Look at the view as you make the climb
‘Cause I don’t think you understand that
Life’s a choice so choose it while you can

But take a little time, take a little time, to find that fine line
To find that fine line

Don’t color in the dots of your polka dot dress
Come up for air next time you plumb the depths, plumb the depths
‘Cause I don’t think it’s clear to you that
Life’s a choice, so choose to see it through
Track Name: Spring Break Up
SPRING BREAK UP

Well I thought that we’d go skiing in Colorado. Or that we’d
Take an Amtrack train up to Maine. Or that we’d
Hop on the Chinatown bus up to Boston. But I
Guess your Spring break plans weren’t the same. And darling you are my

Spring break up, yes, you’re my Spring break up and I’m
So glad that Spring break is here. The
Crocuses and daffodils will never know how much it kills me that
Spring break broke my heart this year

Well you said we should steps towards separation. That we should
Take some time out of the relationship. Yeah, while
Letting me down gently may seem kinder to you, honey. It only takes one
Step to fall off a cliff. And darling you are

My Spring break up, yes, you’re my Spring break up and I’m
So glad that Spring break is here. The crocuses and daffodils will
Never know how much it kills me that
Spring break broke my heart this year

So while kids are hunting for chocolate eggs and candy. We’re all
Enjoying the first ball games of Spring. You know
School is out and so is the Sun and I’m not going to let you steel my fun
I’m going to
Find me a new a new summer fling. ‘Cause darling you were my

Spring break up, yes, you were my Spring break up and I’m
So glad that Spring break was here, because
School is out and so is the Sun and I’m not going to let you steel my fun,
I’m going to find me a new, find me a new,
Find me a new Summer fling
Track Name: Blue and Green
BLUE AND GREEN

Some think the world is black and white a simple
Case of wrong and right but try to
Find the line between
Because it’s blue and green

Go ask a spaceman near the stars to hold a
Mirror from a far. The Earth looks
Small and so serene
Because it’s blue and green

The books we read and the games we play
The chalkboard plans we’ll soon erase
They won’t last long, they won’t even last a day

Aliens we’ve never seen except on
Sci-fi movie screens they look like
They live right here to me
Because they’re blue and green

The books we read and the games we play
The chalkboard plans we’ll soon erase
They won’t last long, they won’t even last a day
They won’t last a day. They won’t last a day

Though it ain’t easy being green, and
Blue’s a word for a sad mood
Together they form something true
Because they’re green and blue
Because they’re green and blue
Because they’re green and blue
Because they’re green and blue
Because they’re green and blue
Because they’re green and blue
Track Name: Night Sky
NIGHT SKY

You are my night sky and you are my daylight
You mean the world to me
I know it’s been a long time but since things went wrong I
Feel I’m all at sea

And I sing la la la la La la la la
La la la lala

You’re my horizon. You are the ground I stand on
I want you here with me
But then we’ll know in time
That was not so kind

And I sing la la la la La la la la
La la la lala

la la la la La la la la
La la la lala

You are my night sky
You are my night sky
Track Name: Remember to Forget
REMEMBER TO FORGET


Remember to forget about me
Remember to forget about me
Please let right my wrongs, by writing them in sweet, sad songs that will
Remind you to forget about me

And I’ll remember to forget about you
I’ll remember to forget about you
My memory’s like a sieve, but I don’t think I’ll forgive myself if I
Forget to forget about you.

So throw away the photographs you keep
And drag my emails to delete
‘Cause every day we’re fading, and I’m anticipating
The day this song is obsolete

So just remember to forget me and you
Just remember to forget me and you well our
Friends say it’s the end and
I don’t think they’re going to let us forget to
Remember, to remember, to remember, to remember
To remember to forget me and you
Track Name: Long Time
13 LONG TIME


It took a long time but the Sun is finally shining
My silver lining is coming in to view
It took a long time but my heart is finally healing the hurt is gone
And so soon it will be made new

And the stars shine bright and the
Moon is high and my
Spirit is light as dew

It took a long time but my world is finally turning
I guess I’m learning, a new point of view
It took a long time but my burden is finally lifted, the weight is gone and I knew that I’d pull through

And the stars shine bright and the
Moon is high and my
Spirit is light as dew

And I don’t think much about the troubled times back in our past and
I hope that you’ve found your peace

And the stars shine bright and the
Moon is high and your
Spirit is light as dew

Cause the stars shine bright and the
Moon is high and my
Spirit is light as dew

But it took a long time
It took a long time
Track Name: Drive
DRIVE


Start driving in your car. Drive so far that you
Forget where you are, or who you are
Keep moving right ahead. Don’t you stop until you’re
Clear in your heart, clear in your head

Not waiting for someone to tell you where to go from here
Not waiting for nothing other than your heart to make it clear. So

Roll the windows down. Wind the seat back until
You can’t see the ground
Don’t stop until you’re there. Until then enjoy the
Breeze on your face, and in your hair

Not waiting for someone to tell you where to go from here
Not waiting for nothing other than your heart to make it clear

Step cruise control. Throw the map away and
Follow your soul, follow your soul
Drive until the sun goes down. Drive until there’s
No one but you nothing but you around
No one but you nothing but you around
Nothing but you nothing but you around
No one but you nothing but you around
No one but you