A Soft Place to Fall

by Kathryn Cloward

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As production on Kathryn Cloward’s Free to Fly debut music album took a brief pause, she picked up her guitar and started writing more songs. Realizing that her intention and purpose were aligned when she voiced healing messages of love, Kathryn unearthed even more to share in A Soft Place to Fall. Through this revealing collection of songs, you are invited into the vulnerable world of a woman’s growing pains that follow emancipation. From soulful cries of her heart to an empowering anthem of transformation, these songs dive into a deeper authentic space between love and heartache, hope and healing—a space others may find themselves in from time to time, a space of lessons. Kathryn’s second album reflects a woman who is now a fully free wanderer, living with her heart exposed, seeking safety and sanctuary in A Soft Place to Fall.

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released May 21, 2015

Song lyrics and music composed by Kathryn Cloward
© 2015 Kathryn Cloward | ℗ 2015 Kandon Unlimited, Inc.

Executive Producer – Kathryn Cloward
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Jeff Berkley
Mastered By Gavin Lurssen

Drums — Bob Sale
Bass — Rick Nash
Acoustic Guitars — Marc Intravaia
Electric Guitars — Jeff Berkley
Keys — Ben Moore
Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin & Fiddle — Dennis Caplinger
Pedal Steel — Doug Pettibone
Backing Vocals — Sharon Whyte
Duet Vocals — Jeff Berkley
Vocals — Kathryn Cloward

Photos by Rebecca Antuna (Pixels Collide)
Graphic design by Molly Alice Hoy and Drew Bailey

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Kathryn Cloward San Diego, California

Recognized as Best Americana Artist by Indie Music Channel’s 2016 Radio Music Awards and recipient of four 2015 West Coast Country Music Association awards, singer-songwriter Kathryn Cloward is bringing forth a fresh perspective of lyrical storytelling. A prolific and untethered writer, Kathryn’s songs reveal the woman she is and the journey of transformation and unconditional love she’s been on. ... more

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Track Name: Let's Go Back
Let’s Go Back
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

Let’s go back to that week
When love between us was wild and free
When we laughed and talked and hugged
And stayed up all night long making love
It was so sweet everything was perfect
Between you and me

Let’s go back to that night
When you drove for hours and hours in the moonlight
Then at 2am I ran downstairs
We embraced in the street in your headlight’s glare
It was so magical everything was wonderful
Loving you made me feel whole

Let’s go back
Let’s go back

Let’s go back to when love was simple
Before life held back our dreams
Before we lost sight of what it means
To be love to feel free
When you and I together we were we
Let’s go back

Let’s go back to that day
When we decided to get in your car and drive away
Eight hours on the road never listening to the radio
Then in a parking lot we watched fireworks
While holding hands
And talked about our future plans

Let’s go back
Let’s go back

Let’s go back to when love was simple
Before life held back our dreams
Before we lost sight of what it means
To be love to feel free
When you and I together we were we
Let’s go back

Let’s go back
Let’s go back
Track Name: Lightning Love
Lightning Love
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

Lightning love it happened so fast
Striking my soul rerouting my path
Lightning love it awakened my heart
Magnetic attraction right from the start
Lightning love it electrified me
Opposing charges destined to meet

Lightning love

Lightning love it sparked passion’s flame
Igniting my senses a fire uncontained
Lightning love it radiated heat
Blazing desire engulfed me complete
Lightning love it changed everything
Moved me to places I’d never been

CHORUS
One one-thousand two one-thousand
Three one-thousand four
I’m standing by waiting to hear
The sound of the thunder roar
One one-thousand two one-thousand
Three one-thousand four
I’m standing still waiting to see
What’s next for me
Lightning love

Lightning love it singed fertile ground
Flashed and retreated without a sound
Lightning love it flared up hope
But soon those dreams went up in smoke
Lightning love it burned me down
Among the ashes my heart can be found

One one-thousand two one-thousand
Three one-thousand four
I’m standing by waiting to hear
The sound of the thunder roar
One one-thousand two one-thousand
Three one-thousand four
I’m standing still waiting to see
What’s next for me
Lightning love
Track Name: Thank You
Thank You
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

I was struggling hard
My life was falling apart
And I didn’t know what to do
Broken open from inside
My grief I tried to hide
From everyone but you

Red rocks stained with tears
The unknown my greatest fear
And you gently let me be
In silence you held space
100 miles I couldn’t face
Because going home wasn’t easy

You protected me
And you held the line
When I needed it most
You invested your time
I’m not sure what I can say
Or if there’s anything I can do
That will ever truly express
How much I cherish you
Perhaps this song will do
And a heartfelt thank you
Thank you

Yet it took me another year
To trust I could see clear
And know when the time to leave was right
All along you stood by me
As I stretched to be free
Because you knew that I could shine bright

There were stories being spun
And ants follow anyone
But butterflies have wings to fly
Most lessons I’ve come to know
Are learned as we grow
And friends like you stick by

You protected me
And you held the line
When I needed it most
You invested your time
I’m not sure what I can say
Or if there’s anything I can do
That will ever truly express
How much I cherish you
Perhaps this song will do
And a heartfelt thank you
Thank you
Track Name: A Soft Place to Fall
A Soft Place To Fall
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

Some days it’s just too much for me
And I reach my max capacity
When I can’t seem to handle it all
That’s when I need a soft place to fall
A soft place to fall

I can’t tell you how hard it is for me
To say what it is that I really need
When the tears crowd my eyes and silence calls
That’s when I need a soft place to fall

A soft place to fall into you
Let me crawl into your arms
And hide away
You make me feel safe
With your love
Crumbling my walls
Releasing it all
You’re my soft place to fall

Many people only see strength in me
But I have equal parts of sensitivity
And I know this is true for the long haul
I’ll always need a soft place to fall

A soft place to fall into you
Let me crawl into your arms
And hide away
You make me feel safe
With your love
Crumbling my walls
Releasing it all
You’re my
Soft place to fall into you
Let me crawl into your arms
And hide away
You make me feel safe
With your love
Crumbling my walls
Releasing it all
You’re my soft place to fall
Track Name: 500 Miles
500 Miles
Lyrics and music written by Kathryn Cloward

I woke up at 4am
Knowing what I needed to do
I had to find out if there was still hope
Or if we were through

Headed north bound to San Francisco
As the sun rose from the east
Carried on wheels of hope
Seeking love and peace

But as the miles stretched on for hours
It became clear to me
That sometimes being courageous
Borders on being crazy

I drove 500 miles
On a pilgrimage of hope
Hoping to salvage what was left of us
Before coming back home
But I never got to see you
Or hear your voice again
And I had to accept that sometimes things
Just come to an end

I drove 500 miles
On a pilgrimage of hope
‘Cuz I realize that love can only grow
Where energy flows
But the messages in the miles
Helped me know
That sometimes the only place to drive
Is straight back home

You silence said everything
And you wouldn’t give me time
I risked it all for love
Even though it broke this heart of mine

I gathered up all my strength
And put the tissues away
Then I turned my car around
And drove home the very next day

As the miles stretched on for hours
I let my angels lead the way
‘Cuz sometimes the only way to heal
Is to surrender and pray

I drove 500 miles
On a pilgrimage of hope
Hoping to salvage what was left of us
Before coming back home
But I never got to see you
Or hear your voice again
And I had to accept that sometimes things
Just come to an end

I drove 500 miles
On a pilgrimage of hope
‘Cuz I realize that love can only grow
Where energy flows
But the messages in the miles
Helped me know
That sometimes the only place to drive
Is straight back home

I drove 500 miles on a pilgrimage of hope
Track Name: Being Me
Being Me
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

I used to wear a mask that was molded carefully
To maintain an image of what everyone wanted me to be
For most of my life it was all I knew
Until that day when there was nothing left to do

But take it off it didn’t serve me anymore
To play it safe that’s not what I’m here for
And I started to live by just being me
Content with the treasures of my authenticity

This is what I know to be true for me

I dream big
I love passionately
I give it my all
Yes that means sometimes I fall
But that’s all right
My wings always resume flight
I feel free
I cherish loyalty
I laugh real loud
I seldom follow the crowd
I choose to live
Joyfully
I’m proud to shine
By just being me

It has been a long journey to find my way back to me
Removing the layers imprinted by society
Uncovering my truth what’s always been me within
And trusting what I feel with my intuition

I’ve let go of many things with courage and grace
And I’m grateful for the lessons that got me to this place
Now I enjoy just being me wearing the skin of vulnerability

This is what I know to be true for me

I dream big
I love passionately
I give it my all
Yes that means sometimes I fall
But that’s all right
My wings always resume flight
I feel free
I cherish loyalty
I laugh real loud
I seldom follow the crowd
I choose to live
Joyfully
I’m proud to shine
By just being me
Track Name: I Will Be Going
I Will Be Going
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

His bags are packed again
He’ll be two weeks gone
Goodbye is never easy
Even one night feels long
Wrapped in his arms
My tears stain his sleeve
Holding me close he said
You must know this before I leave

I will be going
I take you with me
I will be going
It’s how it’s meant to be
I will be going
But I won’t be too far
Because my heart will always be
Where you are

He’s all grown up now
Our precious baby boy
Eighteen years of love
Our hearts never knew such joy
He’s ready to move on
It’s what we prepared him for
But we couldn’t know this feeling
As he stood at the door and said

I will be going
I take you with me
I will be going
It’s how it’s meant to be
I will be going
But I won’t be too far
Because my heart will always be
Where you are

As she laid in the bed
I held her hand in mine
Doctors came and went
The clock on the wall clicked time
Her breath slowly fell
And in her eyes I could see
The time had come
And she softly whispered to me

I will be going
I take you with me
I will be going
It’s how it’s meant to be
I will be going
But I won’t be too far
Because my heart will always be
Where you are
Where you are
Track Name: Let Me Love You
Let Me Love You
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

I need to hear you say you love me
I need to feel your touch
I need to spend time with you
And know that I’m enough

I need to feel safe
With my trust in you
I need to know forever
Is what you’re dreaming of too

And maybe just maybe
You need these things too
So let me just let me
Start by simply loving you

Let me love you
Let me love you
Let me love you
Let me love you

I need to hear you say you love me
I need to feel your touch
I need to spend time with you
And know that I’m enough

I need to feel safe
With my trust in you
I need to know forever
Is what you’re dreaming of too

So maybe just maybe
You need these things too
So let me please let me
Start by loving you

Let me love you
Let me love you
Let me love you
Let me love you

And maybe just maybe
You need these things too
So let me please let me
Start by loving you

Let me love you
Let me love you
Let me love you
Let me love you
Track Name: Miss You
Miss You
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

Is this what over feels like
Because I don’t like it at all
I don’t know what happened to us
I don’t understand why you don’t call

I’ve been holding on to hope
I’ve been holding on to us
I’ve been holding on to the dream
I’ve been holding on to love

And now I know I’ve got to let us go
I’m so sad but I’m trying not to let it show
But being strong feels all wrong
When all that I can do is miss you

Is this what over looks like
When all of the pictures get boxed away
And we go from lovers to strangers
I can’t believe we turned out this way

I’ve been holding on to memories
I’ve been holding on to bliss
I’ve been holding on to the moments
I’ve been holding on to our first kiss

And now I know I’ve got to let us go
I’m so sad but I’m trying not to let it show
But being strong feels all wrong
When all that I can do is miss you

Yes I know it’s time to let us go
I’m so sad but I’m trying not to let it show
But being strong feels all wrong
When all that I can do is miss you
Miss you
Track Name: Together Again
Together Again
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

It’s out of my hands I’ve done all I can do
I put my heart on the line again with you
And the ball has been in your court for some time
I’ve been hoping that with space you’d find
Your way back to me so that we could be
Together again

It’s all about choices and what we decide
And sometimes it’s about the pieces we hide
With hope I’m still tethered to the dream
That you and I can move past anything
Because only love matters to me
And I trust we’ll be

If it’s meant to be
You’ll come back to me
And we’ll start all over again
But until then
I’ll hold my heart for you
Because I’m not through
No I’m not through
Loving you

Hope is such a powerful thing
It provides strength even in the suffering
You were a bridge and I a detour
It is foolish to think we could be more
But you hold the key to choose to be
Together again

Perhaps again for us it’ll never be
But at the moment I need hope to carry me
‘Cuz the wounds of leaving need time to heal
And I’m giving myself permission to feel what I feel
In time I’ll see if the road will lead

If it’s meant to be
You’ll come back to me
And we’ll start all over again
But until then
I’ll hold my heart for you
Because I’m not through
No I’m not through
Loving you

Yes I’ll hold my heart until then
And I’ll hope we’ll be together again

If it’s meant to be
You’ll come back to me
And we’ll start all over again
But until then
I’ll hold my heart for you
Because I’m not through
No I’m not through
Loving you
Track Name: When Love Slips Away
When Love Slips Away
Lyrics and Music Written by Kathryn Cloward

I fell for you hard and fast
As I hoped our love would last
At the start it seemed it could
And every time we touched I would
Fall deeper and deeper for you

Through tears I shared my heart
As the distance tore us apart
I gave everything I had
I wanted us so bad
Because I oh I loved you

But now it seems
We both need different things
And there’s too much space between
With so much to say
Isn’t there another way
Before we let this love slip away

But the gap is wide
With you on the other side
While I’m holding on with hopeful pride
Because it was real
But I guess this is how it feels
When love slips away

Without you it feels so strange
There are dreams I need to rearrange
When did we let it all go wrong
Lonely nights feel just too long
Oh I yes I still love you

For a while we had it all
At the bay is where I started to fall
But it was working that took you away
And my love couldn’t make you stay
You had other things to do

And now it seems
We both need different things
And there’s too much space between
With so much to say
Isn’t there another way
Before we let this love slip away

But the gap is wide
With you on the other side
While I’m holding on with hopeful pride
Because it was real
But I guess this is how it feels
When love slips away

So yes it seems
We both need different things
And there’s too much space between
With so much to say
I wish there’s another way
But I’ll have to let this love slip away

Because the gap is still wide
With you on the other side
While I’m left holding on with hopeful pride
Because it was real
And I can’t stand how this feels
When love slips away