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by Stephanie Hatfield

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Hatfield's 3rd album reveals a vast space of abandonment and rue. And yet it is undeniably beautiful, not in spite of but because of its evolution—and the traces of stories trembling in the air, ready to be spoken to those who dream, imagine, and listen.

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released January 10, 2017

Stephanie Hatfield - Vox, Guitars, Piano & Percussion
Bill Palmer - Guitars & Percussion
R. Bruce Phillips - Keys & Piano
Noah Baumeister - Bass
Arne Bey - Drums
Eric Ortiz - Trumpet
Santiago Romero - Guitar & Vihuela

All songs written by Stephanie Hatfield
Produced by Stephanie Hatfield & Bill Palmer
Recorded & Engineered by Bill Palmer at Frogville
Mastered by Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering

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Stephanie Hatfield Santa Fe, New Mexico

Although originally from the Detroit area, this eclectic singer hails from a Kentucky hillbilly heritage with a rich poetic history. Her music embodies the emotional release of having your heart ripped apart and lovingly put back together again, but it’s the raw power of Hatfield’s expansive voice that makes her the perfect soundtrack for an adrenaline junkie who craves the rush. ... more

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Track Name: Leigh's Song
Don’t lead me in or you’ll see me cry
Can’t be the kind to turn a blind eye
When I saw them lying on the frozen ground
Scraps of fabric and scarves they had found

I can’t pretend. No, I can’t forget
Turn around the bend
Can’t shield my eyes, can’t tell the same old lies
No one will die

A frail towhead girl with no front teeth
No heat tonight, can I take her with me
She runs away when I turn around
Now I’m the one lost in her town

I can’t pretend. No, I can’t forget
Turn around the bend
Can’t shield my eyes, can’t tell the same old lies
No one will die

The more I see the more I have to close my eyes
I know I’ll find her one child at a time
Hold her tight as she wails and screams
Let her beat her broken heart out on me

I can’t pretend. No, I can’t forget
Turn around the bend
Can’t shield my eyes, can’t tell the same old lies
No one will die

I can’t pretend. No, I can’t forget
Turn around the bend
Can’t shield my eyes, can’t tell the same old lies
No one will die
Track Name: Stay Lover Strong
It’s ok to let me see you fail
I know the price of fear
It’s ok to let me hear you wail
When all your faults seem too near

Stay, stay lover strong
So wild, wild in my arms
Won’t you fall, fall into me
Just like a song, we’ll always be

I could not love you anymore
Then when I finally see you crumble
For richer or for poor
You’re the man who made me stumble
I stumble

Stay, stay lover strong
So wild, wild in my arms
Won’t you fall, fall into me
Just like a song, we’ll always be

So on a Sunday evening
When I reach for you
Will you wanna feel me trembling
And make a love that’s new
I do

I can’t stand another cloudless day
What I’d give for a little rain
Then we’d see it’s not what we say
That will wash away our pain
Track Name: Season Too Soon
Sugar in my coffee, such a rare delicious treat
Crow is on the fence calling for someone to meet
An empty page demands a verse from which to feed
Here I sit, I’ve never been so out of touch with me

I can ride the high tide of my pain
I can weather the most blinding of rains
But I can never seem to find
Peace with what I’ve left behind

Spring has come too early, all the apricots in bloom
Seems hard to enjoy a season come too soon
A few more lines I’ll try to bleed from this open wound
So little life, so little time to try to prove

I can ride the high tide of my pain
I can weather the most blinding of rains
But I can never seem to find
Peace with what I’ve left behind

Behind, it seems
You’re my illusion
Living a dream
Only leaves confusion

Sometimes it seems like this was all just a joke
Where would I be, where else would I go
Having a choice is just a trap to want a little more
I’ll never have, I’ll never know what I could never hold

I can ride the high tide of my pain
I can weather the most blinding of rains
But I can never seem to find
Peace with what I’ve left behind
Track Name: Lost from Me
She eats you up in a voice that kills
But you don’t think you think about her still
The dreams you want are the ones that scare
But these are small things in the face of a dare

He said how long I’ve waited for this moment with you again
To tell you under this cool moon in this hard, hard wind

It was never the same, when you weren’t there I had
Nothing tangible left, I could go nowhere
It was never the same, couldn’t breathe couldn’t bear
Being the one you had left, I could go nowhere

Where you weren’t lost from
You weren’t lost from me

Wasn’t it true that she knew all you said
Was meant for someone else in someone else’s bed
When do the years catch up with what we still can touch
You lost another bright one feeling less too much

He said how long I’ve waited for this moment with you again
To tell you under this cool moon in this hard, hard wind

It was never the same, when you weren’t there I had
Nothing tangible left, I could go nowhere
It was never the same, couldn’t breathe couldn’t bear
Being the one you had left, I could go nowhere

It was never the same, when you weren’t there I had
Nothing tangible left, I could go nowhere
It was never the same, couldn’t breathe couldn’t bear
Being the one you had left, I could go nowhere

Where you weren’t lost from
You weren’t lost from me
Track Name: Talking to the Dead
I had this dream about dying, my body couldn’t move suddenly I found
I couldn’t dart across the yard, taking on a million things, readying for friends
The project that I began fell loose from my hand, incomplete to the ground
The song that was playing on the radio, I’d never know exactly how it ends

A thousand moments spent with ease
Our strength fell with the leaves
I never saw us grow that old
But that’s the story you always told

I had a dream
You finally came back here for me
Hang your mourning head
Talking to the dead instead of me

Years that were made of moments of star-crossed love we desperately tried to stop time
Fingers laced in the sand rocks glowing in our hands as the rain found its way down
Anything to capture our new found rapture was never to be mine
Take a photo, write a song, you know it won’t be long ‘fore all of this will be gone

A thousand moments spent with ease
Our strength fell with the leaves
I never saw us grow that old
But that’s the story you always told

I had a dream
You finally came back here for me
Hang your mourning head
Talking to the dead instead of me

I had a dream
You finally came back here for me
Hang your mourning head
Talking to the dead instead of me

Talking to the dead instead of me
Track Name: Taste the Air
I know everyone says I’m a strong one
But I don’t feel very strong today
Can’t shake off the ache that’s coming on today
When I realize how far I am away

I can taste the air holding on to the day
Wasting not a care while the maples they sway
While the maples they sway

In my dresser drawer is found an acorn
Found at the grave of Apa Lona
My name, a badge worn, distance never torn
Great-grandma, wish I would have known

I can taste the air holding on to the day
Wasting not a care while the maples they sway
While the maples they sway

Can you tell me why I decided to live
So far away
So far from my side, never far from my mind
Hating all the time between

A cold day in ‘96, my car was on the hitch
Ready to drive myself far away
Now that I stayed, seems like everyday
Is made up of ways to feel less far away
Track Name: Wrap My Limbs
Can’t hear a thing over the wind
But I still walk past that broken fence to let you in
Trailing my hand over what time just couldn’t mend
Where was I when everything came to an end?

When I come back home
Why do you follow me down this broken road?
Throw your head back and look to the star rich sky
I wrap my limbs around you, like our last goodbye

Can’t tell when the animals came last
When they tore through all we left when leaving so fast
Pieces strewn to the corners now just remnants of our past
How could we leave everything for which we had asked?

When I come back home
Why do you follow me down this broken road?
Throw your head back and look to the star rich sky
I wrap my limbs around you, like our last goodbye

Guess the trees were stronger than the rest
Pulled down all but the chimney under which we slept the best
Precious nights spent with blankets pulled up around our chest
We believed that nothing could destroy our perfectness


When I come back home
Why do you follow me down this broken road?
Throw your head back and look to the star rich sky
I wrap my limbs around you, like our last goodbye

The voice I heard that night
Sounded exactly like mine
Hung in the air like a death
Carried down the road that led, straight to our home

When I come back home
Why do you follow me down this broken road?
Track Name: Sold and Stolen
I know it wasn’t long ago when I asked for what I’ve got
I know it wasn’t long ago I remembered what I’m not
So why do I expect to feel thunder only when I sleep
What is it to me?

Times that I have looked back on have worn away on all I dreamed
But never did the pain expel the hope that they would soon be reached
So why do I see passion as nothing but a history
What is it to me?

I’ve sold myself to every line
I’ve stolen love that was not mine
So where does that leave me now
Digging through memories like I,
I could relive them somehow

You were just a luckless love when the sun was moving slow
We awoke from faded dreams smelling in the air of snow
I could feel our time had changed, reluctantly I left all the same
What is it to me?

I’ve sold myself to every line
I’ve stolen love that was not mine
So where does that leave me now
Digging through memories like I,
I could relive them somehow

Digging though memories like I,
I could relive them some
Track Name: Confession
Standing in the kitchen, friends and family running round
He stares at me intently, says “I can’t stand what I’ve found”
This is not just a sincere exchange over the counter, over wine
What he says throws all the covers off what I’ve been doing all this time

All this time
All this time
All this time

Had I known, should I know, what do I say, what will I do
Cause what he says somehow is more real than any part of me and you
I see through him like a winter’s lake, revealing all its bottom lying stones
And if I do I may dive into a watery grave I once foretold

All this time
All this time
All this time

So I walk, I run, I hide in a bathroom down the hall
Sink to my knees and hold my head as if somehow I can stop the fall
He was gone and so I carried on, but I left most of me behind
With this confession I can see it now, my life if I could just rewind

All this time
All this time
All this time
Track Name: Exposed
Running under a threatening sky, waiting for a rain
I recall how it seems that I made a fool of myself again
Maybe I expose it all to burn up in flames
Cause everything that came before has always done the same

If you can hear my voice under yours
I’ll have nothing left to force
If you can wrap your arms, wrap your arms around me now
If you can wrap your arms, wrap your arms around me now

This conversation cuts like a knife through already heavy air
I beg myself ‘don’t walk out the door’ cause surely I still care
As I sit on our living room floor, I’m frozen in my gaze
Could I admit my unhappiness in wave after wave

If you can hear my voice under yours
I’ll have nothing left to force
If you can wrap your arms, wrap your arms around me now
If you can wrap your arms, wrap your arms around me now

For the smallest time I allowed myself not to be this version of me
Widen my eyes to see beyond when the wind would whirl and scream
The storm that I had baited on was full of my own fears
Now I watch them fall, letting the rain drum distance in my ears

If you can hear my voice under yours
I’ll have nothing left to force
If you can wrap your arms, wrap your arms around me now
If you can wrap your arms, wrap your arms around me now
If you can wrap your arms, wrap your arms around me now
If you can wrap your arms, wrap your arms around me now