Light Diamond

by Peggy van Zalm

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"Peggy van Zalm continues to write some of the most affecting moving music around. With a voice that suggests the tenderness of Joni Mitchell and the sly finesse of Chrissy Hynde, van Zalm's work is always rich in wisdom and heart."
"With her beguiling voice and thoughtful lyrics, Van Zalm is the sonorous, almost maternal guide, giving a musical tour through the universes’ many mysteries..
Vowels soar, consonants gracefully glide, and the songs come together as elegant emissaries of a rich and talented musician.
Alex Green Discoveries Magazine USA

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released November 2, 2016

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Peggy van Zalm Australia

Former lead singer of the late ’80s Perth outfit Martha’s Vineyard, Peggy’s solo career has yielded five albums of thoughtful and meditative folk. With a voice that suggests the tenderness of Joni Mitchell or the sly finesse of Chrissy Hynde, Van Zalm’s work is always rich in wisdom and heart. ... more

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Track Name: Mercy
Mercy © Lyrics & Music Peggy van Zalm

Climbing up the wall, temperature's rising
Oh dear Yin, draw us in til we're up to the brim
Where we swim through the thick and the thin
Oh sweet summer's gatherin us in

Rising up so tall yeah started out so small
On a whim and a song it's what carries us along
Through the tears and smiles
Yeah we're travellin 'cross those miles

Been chasin shadows from our sight
Disappearing with the light
Oh mercy knows us all so well
Our intentions pave the way
Draw the night or paint the day
Oh Mercy she can tell so well but She won't say

Hey

Burning stronger darlin
Linger longer darlin
Sing our song oh darlin
Shine love divine

See the walls fall temperature's risin
See the walls fall temperature's risin
See the walls fall temperature's risin

oh oh oh oh
oh!
Track Name: Distant Hearts
Distant Hearts © lyrics & music Peggy van Zalm

Where ya been ya been long gone?
Forgotten how to sing our song.
The enemy in disguise
Torn apart from all the lies ya tell them to yourself
Oh distant hearts.

Travelling underground
How ya gonna make it now?
Silver lining upside-down
Gloomy darker sides of town I fell into a spell
Oh distant hearts.

Falling fast the distant past comes crashing in....

Why ya been ya been too long?
Singing all those different songs
Facing inner demons now
Searching through the lost and found
A living hell we've known too well
Oh distant hearts
Too distant hearts
Too distant hearts
Track Name: Crazy Daze
Crazy Daze © lyrics & music Peggy van Zalm

Whatever happened to the fairy princess?
She got kidnapped by reality police
Ransomed her beauty and her innersense
Sold her to tabloids now its all she believes

..and baby aint it a shame?
and baby aint it a shame?
oh its insane, it's so insane.

Whatever happened to that small-town boy?
He made it big time in the big city
Busting crime but he walks a fine line
through corridors of shadows in his mind

..and baby aint it a shame?
and baby aint it a shame?
oh its the same, the same old game

Just treading water
hey skin deep
Been treading water
hey skin deep in the sea
yeah crazy daze

Hey yeah crazy daze
Hey yeah crazy daze
Hey skin deep in the sea
Hey yeah crazy daze
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah crazy daze
Oh skin deep in the sea

Treading water hey skin deep
Been treading water hey skin deep in the sea
hey
Today's the day
Today's the day yeah
Today's the day we dream ourselves awake
Today's the day make no mistake
Today's the day let's will to power
Today's the day our finest hour
hey yeah
hey yeah
hey yeah
hey yeah
Track Name: Strange World
Strange World © Peggy van Zalm

Upon the window's ledge
Walking in her sleep
Closer to the edge
That's where she found her feet
So very far above the passing cars
She's searching for a home amongst the stars

Waiting in the wings
Trembling by her side
You pressed your lips against the shadow of a smile
Like a hand is drawn into a flame
So she stood upon the ledge
and called your name

It's a strange world
And she's a stranger
But no need to talk it over
Just move a little closer to her

Whisper in your ear
Breath upon your skin
Closer to the edge
Until you see the street
ahh you're anxious for her touch
you know there's nothing that you needed
or wanted quite so much

It's a strange world
And she's a stranger
But no need to talk it over
Just move a little closer to her

Down below the streets are full of dreamers
Wanderin through the shreds of yesterdays streamers

Upon the window's ledge
Closer, closer to the edge
Like a hand is drawn into a flame
So you stood upon that ledge
and called her name

It's a strange world
And she's a stranger
But no need to talk it over
Just move a little closer I said
Move a closer
Move a closer oh yea
move that little bit closer
to her
Track Name: Last Chance Cafe
Last Chance Cafe ©Peggy van Zalm

A moment of insanity
Periods of schitzophenity
oh depressive, manically
Reality's lost it's grip on me
Yeah, this is it now
The pressure cooker to knock ya
To sock it to ya

The midnight hour
The darkness
Before the promised proverbial
Sweetest kind of dawn

Paranoia been a frequent visitor
Persecution complex raisin a riot inside my head
Oh delusion, wasn't it Confucious who say
Interesting times may they come your way

Yes the midnight hour
The darkness
Before the promised proverbial
Sweetest kind of dawn


Well this is it now
The pressure cooker to knock ya
To sock it to ya

Last Chance Cafe only 5k's away
Been driving this angst away
Stop, Revive, Survive they say
An instant coffee might just keep us all alive tonight

Oh the midnight hour
The darkness
Before the promised proverbial
Sweetest kind of dawn

The midnight hour
The darkness
Before the promised proverbial
Sweetest kind of dawn
Track Name: Rivers
Rivers ©Peggy van Zalm

Stars in the sky
Rain's been pouring down
Sun rising up ahead
The desert's been our bed

How long til at last
This field of dreams is cast
We see the endless stars but
Still we're feeling lost

Rivers are running dry
Sacred moon singing down
Sun is beaming a blaze
but a drowning song we're hearing these days

Streams of conscience test
This traveller's unrest
No time no fear this quest
The secret within the secret

So now set us free
From pain and agony
In silence - hear me

Rivers are running dry
Sacred moon singing down
Sun is beaming a blaze
but a drivin song we're needin these days

Wo ooh oh oh oh

Deeper love, deeper love, deeper love we're living for
Deeper love, deeper love, deeper love
Singing down
Sun is beaming a blaze
And a flying song we're hearing these days

Deeper love we're living for
Deeper love
Deeper love

Deeper love, deeper love, deeper love we're living for
Deeper love, deeper love, deeper love

Deeper love
Deeper love
Deeper love
Track Name: Listening In
Listening In ©Peggy van Zalm

Rivers flow and love's undying
To stand along we suffer trying
Disentangle, slip
Free from the grip of pain

Pulled right in
Up through the roots
Gross mishandling
Of disputes
Hey
Everyone of them proof
I'm the one left crying

When it's all been said and done
I'm the one left crying
I been crying

The who's who take all the glory
But tell the truth
They're so gory
The masquerading hit parade
They'll be shootin the slaves
in the morning

When it's all been said and done
We know they'll come undone
We'll be the one's high flying
We'll be flying
ooh ooh ooh ooh

Headin them off at the pass
True cynics enter their last

One last thing
'fore I go
If you think I'm off target at all
To hit the bullseye
You gotta know why
it's a listening thing
it's a listening in thing
keep listening in
For the sound of the call

ooh ooh ooh ooh

Keep listening in
Keep listening in
Keep listening in
Keep listening in
Track Name: Rise
Rise ©Peggy van Zalm

Rise on Westerly wind, know the road
and never falter
We're carving out our fate
All familiar love and hate
Rise, rise , rise, rise
Let's Rise

See our world blind-folded
Can our destination be guided?
Winds of fate shake faith entrusted
Hearts will lead us unencumbered
Rise, rise , rise, rise
Common rise

To destiny's gate wide open
All who unriddle their burdens
Sphinx-like living mythology
Drink of this Chalice
Set ourselves free

Rise with the Easterly wind
Soaring high all is new
The gifts that emptiness bring
The grace of a songbird
I hear you sing

To destiny's gate wide open
All who unriddle their burdens
Sphinx-like living mythology
Drink of this Chalice
Set ourselves free

Rise
Hearts will lead us
Hearts will lead us
Hearts will lead us
Unencumbered
Track Name: Beautiful Hues
Beautiful Hues ©Peggy van Zalm

I won't push it
I won't shove
Rising on the currency of love
and we're makin every day
shapin it in every way
and takin it
one foot then the other yeah
freedom's an attitude of mind
beautiful, beautiful

I won't push it
I won't shove
trustin in the power of love
but it's hell we paid
you know you know
and the devil we made
don't you know
that ya know
Heaven paved
is already ready
yeah
freedom's an
attitude of mind

Beautiful hues
these window are my mirrors
Your eyes sparkle and shine
Tender feelings
are well-springing
and this is all for you
Everything that I do
It's all yours
Everything
that's mine

High on a hill out on a limb
A whole new cycle of life begins
Been cold morning
So cold at night
Forever wondering
Will we ever arrive?

Hear the highway
never distant
Yours and my way
seize the instant
Darker shadows
seem to grow
Silver lining
Us all aglow

Beautiful
Beautiful

Beautiful hues
these window are my mirrors
Your eyes

Beautiful hues
these window are my mirrors
Your eyes

Beautiful hues
these window are my mirrors
Your eyes
sparkle and shine
Tender feelings
are well-springing
and this is all for you
Everything that I do

This is all for you
It's all yours
This is all for you

This is all for you
It's all yours
This is all for you
It's all yours
This is all for you
It's all yours

Everything
that's mine
Track Name: Harvest
Harvest ©Peggy van Zalm

Your card arrived today
With pictures of gondoliers and
brightly coloured memories
rush to greet me
'cross the years

Oh I know your heart
Oh I can hear guitars
Oh I could read your thoughts
Cos we were of like mind

So many boats
So many boats
So many horizons
So many songs we'd sing
A true life symphony of love
Played from the heart
and still resounding
Oh we knew there was more
than the eye could see
We took good care of each other
and faith you know still holds that key

In the heart of the wheatbelt
Perfect circles there at harvest time
The wind in the fields
like golden waves turning in the tide
Oh seasons of love
Cannot be explained
But true love never dies
It may rise to fall
To begin again

Oh seasons of love
cannot be explained
But true love never dies
It may rise to fall
just to begin again
Track Name: Entwined
Entwined ©Peggy van Zalm

Free spirits wandering Earth and Sky
Free spirits wandering through the deep divide
so cold tonight
How far how wide how long is loneliness?
in truth we're so entwined

Fleeting moments
Our days into years
Weaving moments
This tapestry of love
Uncovering the tears
How far how wide how long is emptiness
In truth we're so entwined

Tides they turning
They're turning us all
Tides they are calling
They're calling our call
Invisible
Invisible walls

I'm takin those dreams ya ever spent
and makin them all
Unspeakable, unthinkable
Comical, ironical