Valley in the Mirror

by Rorie

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released January 31, 2020

Dance, Train, Lion on the Highway, Apogee, Sun, Drift – music and lyrics by Rorie, vocals and piano by Rorie, production/acoustic guitar/electric guitar/bgvs/mixing by Chris Cubeta, production/bass/programming/synths/piano/bgvs/mixing by Gary Atturio, drums by Jake St. John
Love Alive, Cadence – music and lyrics by Rorie, vocals by Rorie, production/programming/guitars by Jordan Sapp
Just Right, Up in Smoke – music and lyrics by Rorie, vocals and piano by Rorie, production/piano/programming by Charlotte Martin, mixing by Lynn Gräber
Mastering by Alex DeTurk
A special thank you to Robert Hemmig, Madeline and Joe Dummerth, David Hemmig, Beverly Rose, Matthew Rea, Kathryn Rea, David Rea, Steven Ochocki, and all Kickstarter Backers for helping to make this album possible!

Executive Produced by Erin Rea Ochocki
Design by Camilla Dorinsky
Photography by LaRue Photography
© 2019 Rorie, All Rights Reserved. roriemusic.com

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Track Name: Dance
It’s like waking up in a dream
Letting go when you can’t see
I knew we were more than make-believe
That cold night back in Queens

People say a lot of things that could be right
But I’ve been waiting for your kind of light

It’s that kind of love makes you dare to start
Up at a thousand feet, not for the faint of heart
Ooo can I dance with you forever, forever?

Train rides up and down the coast
Kissing you standing in the snow
Oh we know it won’t be easy
But I promise it’ll be the real thing

It’s that kind of love makes you dare to start
Up at a thousand feet, not for the faint of heart
Ooo can I dance with you forever, forever?

And I’d trade anything to know we made a
Home worth coming home to

It’s that kind of love makes you dare to start
Up at a thousand feet, not for the faint of heart
Ooo can I dance with you forever, forever?
Track Name: Train
Train

I know the right place to go
Know the right place to be
But my mind is tangled on the tracks
That lead to what we need

Fighting with all my heart
Letting go of false starts
Find it hard to shake the rhyme
It might take a bit more time

We’ve been running circles in this town
Caught a cab and rode it round and round
And I know I’ve been driving you insane
But we will we will catch that train

Tired of talking to myself
Wanna be with you and no one else
Chasing down a perfect ending
Still working out the beginning

We’ve been running circles in this town
Caught a cab and rode it round and round
And I know I’ve been driving you insane
But we will we will catch that train

Wires crossed, seeing colors
One thought and the other
Help me draw the line
Where you and I collide

We’ve been running circles in this town
Caught a cab and rode it round and round
And I know I’ve been driving you insane
But we will we will catch that train

We will we will catch that train
We will we will
Track Name: Drift
Drift

Sitting in the coffee shop at midnight
When they closed we left like we were friends
You were shaking when you asked
If we could make this last and I thought
“I don’t really know if this is right”

Snow was sticking to your coat
Take a chance, take it slow
You said you’d go anywhere at all, but
Anywhere at all meant you’d mean it for a while
And slowly drift away in the fall

I know it’s been a few long months
There are things that I’ll no longer tell but
I’m still finding reasons to figure you out
Because I don’t understand myself

Sitting on the porch again at midnight
Too late to find a place where we’d agree
Even when we tried we were wind and firelight
So you drifted far away from me

I know it’s been a few long months
There are things that I’ll no longer tell but
I’m still finding reasons to figure you out
Because I don’t understand myself

Summer days are drifting in and out now
And I’m running out of time to comprehend
The way we wander round these same old roads
And still can’t seem to make amends

I know it’s been a few long months
There are things that I’ll no longer tell but
I’m still finding reasons to figure you out
Because I don’t understand and

I know it’s time to face this life
And take some time to figure it out cause
How can I explain the ways of someone else
When I don’t understand myself?
Track Name: Lion on the Highway
Lion on the Highway

You wake up where you never thought you’d be
Shadows in the kitchen on a Friday evening
Phone in your hand, you can’t seem to breathe
Somebody tell me this isn’t happening

When you’re eighteen you still gotta dream
But it starts to fade, it starts to bleed
Til you’re out on the highway with blood on your sleeves
Wondering where the road signs lead

When you’re on the run, something’s gotta change
When nothing can erase where you’ve been
Feeling done with all the give and take
Cause everything you gave was spent

Heard there’s a grace that meets you where you’re at
Wanna believe in a love like that
A seat at the table, place to hang your hat
Knows what we need before we ask

You know when you’ve been in the desert too long
Down on your knees, need a new song
Please don’t believe that you’re too far gone for freedom

When you’re on the run, something’s gotta change
When nothing can erase where you’ve been
Feeling done with all the give and take
Cause everything you gave was spent

We’re going back to the heart of it
We’re going back to the heart of it now
We’re going back to the heart of it
We’re going back to the heart of it now

We’re going back to the heart of it (repeat x4)

CHORUS
Track Name: Love Alive
Love Alive

I’ve been wrapped up in a story of love
Can’t get it out of my head
It shines in the dark, awakens our hearts
Brings to life what was dead
Hallelujah I have been set free
And my ever wandering heart can see

Love alive it’s evergreen
Roots run deep by the stream
Of living water that floods the earth with peace
Love alive it’s evergreen

The one who would leave a whole pasture of sheep
To find the one lost along the way
Welcomes us home where we don’t walk alone
And all our debts have been paid
This living well does not run dry
All the riches in this world can’t buy

Love alive it’s evergreen
Roots run deep by the stream
Of living water that floods the earth with peace
Love alive it’s evergreen

Lamb of God, Prince of Peace
You flood our hearts, all we need

Love alive it’s evergreen
Roots run deep by the stream
Of living water that floods the earth with peace
Love alive it’s evergreen
Track Name: Sun
Sun

Heavy heart and empty pockets
All this work weighing me down
Won’t amount to much but still I try
To carve a statue from the stone
Ribbon highways pave the maps of Virginia
And I go flying through places I’ve grown
Try to hold still but everything is changing
And I know this life is not my own

Now I’m sinking in the depths of the sun
Can’t pretend to hide from anyone
There’s no holding back the light to stay
Where I’ve been waiting, where I’ve been waiting

Start to wonder when you hear that you’re winning
And all you see are places you fell
What’s it take, take to be real?
Cause I’m about to break this shell

Now I’m sinking in the depths of the sun
Can’t pretend to hide from anyone
There’s no holding back the light to stay
Where I’ve been waiting, where I’ve been waiting

Holding on to hope
Done with waiting around
Haunted by the time I’ve wasted wishing I was
Someone else, someone else

Now I’m sinking in the depths of the sun
Can’t pretend to hide from anyone
There’s no holding back the light to stay
Where I’ve been waiting, where I’ve been waiting x2
Track Name: Up in Smoke
Up in Smoke

Don’t wanna self-destruct
I know I think too much
But if I think too much
Maybe I’ll find a way out of this labrynth
Should’ve seen the patterns
It’s the kind of glass that shatters and
We’re words away from endings now

We’d better breathe before we go up in smoke
Like I’m a haunted house, you’re the ghost and
Nobody else wants to get close to this
Can’t you see it’s done

Try to sort it all in boxes, and act like I don’t care
But it wraps around the chimney in the winter air
We could’ve still been friends but we said too much
It was a slow burn but it’s speeding up

We’d better breathe before we go up in smoke
Like I’m a haunted house, you’re the ghost and
Nobody else wants to get close to this
Can’t you see it’s done

Words are just words til you use them wrong
And they stay around for way too long (x2)

We’d better breathe before we go up in smoke
Like I’m a haunted house, you’re the ghost and
Nobody else wants to get close to this
Can’t you see it’s done (repeat)
Track Name: Just Right
Just Right

That August night, the porch lights were dim
Dropped me off, didn’t know if I’d see you again
Stood there thinking of all I’d missed
Unprepared to be honest I

Didn’t know, didn’t know I could feel so sure
You’ve got me up all night
Staring at the ceiling, I’ve been wrong before
But something’s different when you’re on my mind
It’s just right

Summer sky and stop motion dreams
The bridge, you, empty streets of DC
The feeling when you know life is changing
But someone’s there to hold you when it’s raining

Didn’t know, didn’t know I could feel so sure
You’ve got me up all night
Staring at the ceiling, I’ve been wrong before
But something’s different when you’re on my mind
It’s just right

You’ve got me running back to your car
Abandoning my broken heart
Believe me love, we will make it
Pieces of a new mosaic

Didn’t know, didn’t know I could feel so sure
You’ve got me up all night
Staring at the ceiling, I’ve been wrong before
But something’s different when you’re on my mind
It’s just right
Track Name: Apogee
Apogee

Awake, watching the car lights
You never sleep at night anyway
On your face, shades and colors
We’re running from another kind of spell

The way to fight loneliness is to seek out the lonely
Stare it in the eyes, refuse to let it win we’re only
Far as we’ll ever be
Far as we’ll ever be

The road gets harder but I’ll paint your heart on mine
There are safer places, but here we’re so alive
Don’t wanna turn my back trying to buy time
And in the end be left with just a faulty compromise

The way to fight loneliness is to seek out the lonely
Stare it in the eyes, refuse to let it win we’re only
Far as we’ll ever be
Far as we’ll ever be

Far as we’ll ever be
Far as we’ll ever be (repeat)
Track Name: Cadence
Cadence

In the quiet hour I wait
The cadence of your heart inside my veins
There’s a reason for the space
Between the finish line and this broken place

All my life I am satisfied in your endless love
In your steady tide
I will rise, knowing that you’ve won
Your grace took every fall when I was on the run

Though the storms rage on again
Trading what was built in faith for rubble and regret
I will not forget, that you are stronger yet

Even wind and the waves obey
Everything you say, for you are good
I will rise, knowing that you’ve won
Your faithfulness abounds surely as the sun

In the end your love endures
Step by step through every turn
A valley of dry bones
Breathed to life on the way home

What was lost surely will be found
Your glory echoes out through all that’s yet to come
I will rise knowing that you’ve won
Time is marching on to the sound of love
The sound of love, your love your love

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