Tides

by Kayla Ringelheim

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released February 1, 2005

All music and lyrics by Kayla Ringelheim
Recorded on the Yamaha C7 Piano at The Center for Arts in Natick www.natickarts.org
Engineered by Steve Friedman at Melville Park Studios www.melvillepark.com
Fine silk art on cover by Rebecca Lynn www.juicyfabric.com
Color portrait by Susan Wilson www.susanwilsonphoto.com
Additional photos by Cyndi Jones

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Kayla Ringelheim Providence, Rhode Island

A singer-songwriter from the Boston area who now calls New Haven home, Kayla Ringelheim is a young woman with impressive piano chops, ancient tales to tell, and a voice of honey to tell them with. Since her first open mic at age 13 on the stage at Cambridge’s fabled Club Passim, Kayla hasn't stopped playing. ... more

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Track Name: Mapmaker
Step by step I walk away
From paved out roads that led the way

Breathing the sights
Setting aside the wrong and right
Morning, noon and night
Free to roam the cobblestone

Passing the time
Minutes and hours combine
Rhyme and reason redefined
As I roam the cobble stone

Step by step I walk away
From paved out roads that led the way
Stone by stone I build a road
Mapmaker on my own

I know regulation
I know obligation
But now this temptation takes my hand
As I roam the cobble stone

Step by step I walk away
From paved out roads that led the way
Stone by stone I build a road
Mapmaker on my own

I’m getting hungry eyes
They crave uncommon grounds
Hungry eyes lead the hands
The hands lay the stones

Now I am building a road
Mapmaker on my own
Track Name: Reality
You are strong
You are brave
You are loved
You live life day by day
You are crazy and you’re free
You help us to see the reality

Tears fall
Full of sympathy but lack of understanding
Oh they fall
From the eyes of those who never knew you truly
Oh tears fall
From the helpless souls who always will tell you

You are strong
You are brave
You are loved
You live life day by day
You are crazy and you’re free
You help us to see the reality

Now there’s
Only you who took the biggest chance of all
Only you
Who knew exactly what you wanted and you needed
Only you
Who can lead the way and we will follow you


You are strong
We have faith
You are loved
We’ll be with you everyday
You are crazy and you’re free
I hope that you know what you mean to me
Track Name: Beside You
She shrugs it off no big deal it’s happened before
We ask are you sure
But she says she’s not bothered anymore

We see your face
We see you laughing to try to hold the tears in
We see your face
But we see right through

Sometimes we all have our secrets
That we want to keep inside
But did you really think we’d miss this
You can still hide just know that we’re beside you

What should we do what can we do
What do we say
There’s fire in your eyes
Oh don’t just lead us away

Let us know
We’re standing here waiting to go but holding back
Just let us know
To stay or to go

Sometimes we all have our secrets
That we want to keep inside
But did you really think we’d miss this
You can still hide just know that we’re beside you

We’ll help you feel
We’ll help you stay
Stay whole for one more day
You know you don’t have to crawl
Cause if you start to fall you’ll hear us say

Sometimes we all have our secrets
That we want to keep inside
But did you really think we’d miss this
You can still hide just know that we’re beside you
Track Name: Meet Your Eyes
When I was young I would dream
About you
Maybe my hopes were extreme
But still my hunger grew

And all I wanted was the one who’d kiss me goodnight
Or if it happened to work maybe love at first sight

When I was young I was scared
To find you
Ironic but I didn’t care
I still had learning to do

And now as the happiness knocks at my door
I’m finally ready to see what’s in store

In my eyes look to find
How they change when they meet
Your stare
How they smile
How they soften
When they meet your eyes

Well I am still young and I dream
About you
But now I’m not scared I am free
Free from the lack of you and me

It seemed like I waited and waited for so long
But now I am sure I am where I belong

In my eyes look to find
How they change when they meet
Your stare
How they smile
How they soften
When they meet your eyes

And now as the happiness knocks at my door
I’m finally ready to see what’s in store

In my eyes look to find
How they change when they meet
Your stare
How they smile
How they soften
When they meet your eyes
Track Name: Strings of Letters
Mind racing
Wheels churning
Clock ticking
Minutes go by

Words go down
So easy
Prince charming
Seems good to me

But words are only strings of letters
And even though I might know how to put them together
It really doesn’t mean that much
Cause I lack the concept of follow through

Moons up
The light is on
Illogical plans oh
Don’t seem so wrong

In my corner in my chair
Oh in my head in my bed
The thoughts are fair

But words are only strings of letters
And even though I might know how to put them together
It really doesn’t mean that much
Cause I lack the concept of follow through

Sleep doesn’t come natureally but that’s just me
Instead the thoughts they come racing madly
Oh silence has never been this loud before
I could do so much more
But then the sun rises

But words are only strings of letters
And even though I might know how to put them together
It really doesn’t mean that much
Cause I lack the concept of follow through

Words go down
So easy
Strings of letters
Seems good to me
Track Name: Butterfly
That empty seat
That old lonely bed
That deafening silence
Pounding in my head
That resting pencil that’s yearning for life
Those teary eyes
That painful sigh

This disbelief is real
But we all know that she still feels

Cause she is a butterfly set free
Let her wings spread wide
How it was meant to be
Let her live in a world
Among her fantasies
Let her keep alive those hungry eyes and
Glide on through the sky

A poets words never rang so true
Turning the light on brings faith restored to new
Gone but not lost is beauty defined
Not left behind, just floating on with time

Chorus
This disbelief is real
But we all know that she still feels

Cause she is a butterfly set free
Let her wings spread wide
How it was meant to be
Let her live in a world
Among her fantasies
Let her keep alive those hungry eyes and
Glide on through the sky
Track Name: The Distance Grows
The distance grows between
What I feel and what I say
The distance grows between my heart
And my brain
The distance grows between my daydreams
And reality

My heart is shouting go, go, go
Then I’m fighting no, no, no, no, no
My gut is saying show
Show it all but
Then I fall
Back to the shadows

The distance grows between
What you feel and what you say
The distance grows between your heart
And your brain
You can see quite a similarity
Between you and me

My heart is shouting go, go, go
Then I’m fighting no, no, no, no, no
My gut is saying show
Show it all but
Then I fall
Back to the shadows

We’re in shallow water and managing just fine
There’s no sense of danger here
The thought of going deeper
Is brewing in my mind but then stops
With the thought of drowning
It just brings too much fear

My heart is shouting go, go, go
Then I’m fighting no, no, no, no, no
My gut is saying show
Show it all but
Then I fall
Back to the shadows
Track Name: The World To Me
It’s funny how some things are always the same
For so long
I never knew anything ever would change
But I was wrong

Cause now I see you so different from before
And with this new you I love you even more

And I just wanna let you know that you mean the world to me
And I don’t wanna see you go
I wish that time could slow
So you could stay here with me

I feel like I’ve thrown all these years down the drain
What a waste
Just now I’ve found out it was all insane
Slow down the pace

Cause now I know you so better than before
And now I want to know you even more

And I just wanna let you know that you mean the world to me
And I don’t wanna see you go
I wish that time could slow
So you could stay here with me

I wish I knew this all then
But time has slipped through
My fingers
Oh once again

And I just wanna let you know that you mean the world to me
And I don’t wanna see you go
I wish that time could slow
So you could stay here with me
Track Name: Grey
Leaves change
Green fades to red and yellow
Then they fall
As if they never changed color at all

Snow floats down
White crystal flakes are all around
Then the diamonds melt away
Moving on it’s a new day

Who knew life would fly by
Who knew time knows how to lie
It’s got a mind of its own
It won’t stop if you can’t hold on
All the colors of my life turn to gray

Picture frame
Lookin through the shiny glass again
My favorite phrase
Is I remember the old days

Who knew life would fly by
Who knew time knows how to lie
It’s got a mind of its own
It won’t stop if you can’t hold on
All the colors of my life turn to gray

Minutes they turn into years
Taken for granted time now turns to fear
The future turns ancient with constant speed so
Now my wish is eternity

Who knew life would fly by
Who knew time knows how to lie
It’s got a mind of its own
It won’t stop if you can’t hold on
All the colors of my life turn to gray
Track Name: Tides
Well I always heard those words they said
Telling me all that was true
But I managed to have them fly right through my ears
Use your face to deny what I knew

Well I went through all the rotations
With smile filled cheery-eyed turns
And now I see truth in all its simplicity
But still I’m controlled by my lies

Cause I change
Like the tides of an ocean
In and out in my fickle ways
Sometimes I make salt fill my wounds
Other times I get a sweet taste of what’s new
But these days
I just float on with the waves

The stars and the moon
Bring black and white reality to me I find it spelled out so clear
And in my dreams life without you is revealed
But still I am crippled by fear

Cause I change
Like the tides of an ocean
In and out in my fickle ways
Sometimes I make salt fill my wounds
Other times I get a sweet taste of what’s new
But these days
I just float on with the waves

My hunger for happiness
Tempts me to stay
Here you can find me
Locked away with the image of you
Cause who wants to be lonely
Who knows if I want to escape

Cause I change
Like the tides of an ocean
In and out in my fickle ways
Sometimes I make salt fill my wounds
Other times I get a sweet taste of what’s new
But these days
I just float on with the waves