Small Seed of Hope

by Ahna Phillips

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    A NOTE FROM AHNA regarding "name your price" ~ This is the part where I trust you to pay what you can afford in relation to the value you place on something (maybe my music) that enriches your life in some way. We're all just humans here. And I love humans. And I want my music to be available to every human who wants it. I also would like to keep paying my rent and such. You know how it is. So, you can think about it for a sec, and then pay what you're able. And if you're not able, that's OK, too. Everyone belongs. Love, Ahna

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released March 30, 2012

Words and music by Ahna Phillips

Produced by Jonathan Anderson at Buena Vista Audio, Langley, BC, Canada | buenavistaaudio.com

Ahna Phillips: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mountain dulcimer, various percussion, and glockenspiel

Jonathan Anderson: Acoustic and electric guitars, bass, Wurlitzer, banjo, organ, vocals, pedal steel, drums, and other percussion

Art and design by: Mary Adams | maryadams.co.nz

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Ahna Phillips Austin, Texas

Accompanying herself on guitar and mountain dulcimer, Ahna Phillips writes songs about things like birds and shadows -- that sometimes aren't really about birds OR shadows. They might be about her, or you. Originally from the Blue Ridge mountains of Georgia, Ahna earned her Master's degree in Theology and the Arts in Vancouver, Canada, and now works with artists with disabilities in Austin, Texas. ... more

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Track Name: Weary One
"Weary One"
by Ahna Phillips


O weary one

O weary one

O weary one

Do not give up

The time will come

Do not give up


O heavy heart

O heavy heart

O heavy heart

It will come right

Be made right

It will come right



Ooohh

The crown of life first has thorns

The thorns are on the vines

Then the vines, they bloom

With such sweet perfume
Track Name: If I Were Brave
"If I Were Brave"
By Ahna Phillips



If I were brave I’d take down my mirrors,

have bare feet, and put up my hair

And I would dance, free and strong,

not worry about what I was doing wrong


If I were brave I’d swim in the ocean

I wouldn’t just sit there in sunscreen lotion

And I wouldn’t fear what I can’t see

I’d just revel in the mystery


If I were, if I were, if I were brave


If I were brave I’d mail the letter

that’s been in the pocket of my sweater

Then you’d know just how I feel

and maybe we both could start to heal


If I were, if I were, if I were brave

If I were, if I were, if I were brave
Track Name: Stephen
“Stephen”
by Ahna Phillips

Stephen, they were shooting off the city fireworks

while I was at your grave on my knees

I traced my finger on the marks

of your gravestone in the dark

It doesn’t seem it’s been so many years


Stephen, I remember your eyes were green, size shoe fourteen

And oh, for one more Christmas Eve –
You and your dad would sing:


O holy night, the stars are brightly shining

Fall on your knees


Stephen, I remember the time that you apologized

in Gatlinburg for something I overheard

We were sitting at the top of the stairs

You looked at me like you really cared

It meant so much to a high school girl


Stephen, I remember your love for running, for being funny

And best of all was Christmas Eve –
You and your dad would sing:


O holy night, the stars are brightly shining

Fall on your knees


Stephen, you will never be more than fifteen

And now you sing what angels sing eternally
Track Name: Who Loves You In the Dark
“Who Loves You In the Dark”
by Ahna Phillips


Night is thick as wool, and you’re still awake

The only sound you hear is the chiming clock


Silver slice of moon slips behind the clouds

And the dark soul night wraps all around


Do you know who loves you in the dark?


No one would ever guess what night has come to mean

You wonder if there’s hope for your secret dreams


Do you know who loves you in the dark?

Do you know who holds you in his heart?
Track Name: I See You
“I See You”
By Ahna Phillips

I’ve seen your smile

I know it’s just emotional camouflage

I’ve seen you trying to sleep at night

Only lying there in total fright


Ooo… you try to hide

Ooo… I am watching you with a smile


I see you, I see you, I see you, my dear

I see you, I see you, I see you, my dear


I’ve seen you crawl through desert land

Drinking water that’s only sand

I’ve seen you try harder still

Trying to bend the world to your will
Track Name: None Too Soon
“None Too Soon”
by Ahna Phillips


None too soon, you come through

None too soon



Eleventh hour is your specialty

When hope seems withered as a winter tree

Where you’ve been until now – Who can say?

You show up in your time, your way
Track Name: Everything Will Change
“Everything Will Change”
by Ahna Phillips


The forecast called for sun all week

But now these dark clouds threaten to ruin our beach trip

All on its own not worth so many tears

But it’s a symbol of this crazy year


I’m truly amazed we can still stand

Under the weight of losses we can’t understand

Just keep holding my hand


Everything will change, we just don’t know when

Everything but love goes away in the end


Waiting makes my heart catch in my throat

Entangled with my fear is this small seed of hope

Quite on their own my wonderings take flight

Trying to rein them in is like capturing light


I’ve gotta dream myself awake

Imagine the never-ending day

Love will have its say


Everything will change, we just don’t know when

Everything but love goes away in the end



I hate to hurt but this ache is an invitation

to see what’s in and beyond all of creation
Track Name: Absence of Shadows
“Absence of Shadows”
by Ahna Phillips


This absence of shadows lends itself to prose

Lends itself to singing, and dreaming about Home


This absence of shadows carries its own weight

Carries its own burden, so heavy it might break


I see… I see Love


This absence of shadows I’m wearing like a pearl

I’m wearing like a treasure that’s worth the whole world


I see…I see Love

I see… I’m not alone


Oooo…



I see…I see Love

I see…I’m not alone
Track Name: Never Not Belong
“Never Not Belong”
by Ahna Phillips


Fallen angels could not ache for home like you do

Neither mercy nor anger can make the truth be more true


If you had the wings of a dove,

You would fly, oh fly away

But don’t be afraid


I will draw you into my circle

I’ll extend the line of my love

You will always know that where I am is your home

And you will never not belong


Smiling strangers can break your heart right in two

Leave your past, leave your future, take away all you thought you knew


If you had the wings of a dove,

You would fly, oh fly away

But don’t be afraid


I will draw you into my circle

I’ll extend the line of my love

You will always know that where I am is your home

And you will never not belong