Free to Fly

by Kathryn Cloward

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An intimate body of work about liberation and individuality, over two years in the making, Free to Fly is Kathryn Cloward’s debut music album. Transparent, lyrical storytelling tracks her journey toward release and high-flying perspective. Woman. Wayfarer. Kathryn catalogues uplifting insights in both gentle, expressive ballads in "Love's Worth Fighting For" and "Unconditionally," and empowering vibrancy with "Free to Fly" and "Phoenix Rising," all of which charts the transformational estuaries along "The Healing Road" that may of us experience when we choose to allow ourselves to untether and become fully free. Melodies take flight in Kathryn’s vulnerable, earnest vocal delivery, and lush musical arrangements soar. Coming out from behind her illustrated likeness in her children’s franchise, Kathryn the Grape, Kathryn reveals the emboldened woman that she is, as well as her life’s dream to share her heart through songs. Explore this library of warm, hard-won anthems about empowerment, transformation, and unconditional love.

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released May 21, 2015

all songs written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley*
Except songs 3 & 10 written by Kathryn Cloward and Astra Kelly**

*© 2015 Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley
*℗ 2015 Kandon Unlimited Inc. and R A Wiley Music
**© ℗ 2015 Kathryn Cloward and Kandon Unlimited, Inc.

Executive Producer – Kathryn Cloward
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Ben Moore
Co-produced by Rich Wiley
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen

Guitars — Rich Wiley
Bass — Rick Nash
Drums — Brian “Nucci” Cantrell
Keys — Ben Moore
Mandolin & Fiddle — Dennis Caplinger
Backing Vocals — Gayle Skidmoore
Choir Vocals (song 1) — Dakota Berkley, Samantha Prince, Alex Roller & Lori Wilson
Vocals — Kathryn Cloward

Photos by Tessa Desharnais
Graphic design by Drew Bailey and Molly Alice Hoy

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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: Love's Worth Fighting For
Love’s Worth Fighting For
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

I don’t care what they say
I’m gonna live my life this way
I’m not scared not anymore
What we have’s worth fighting for
Love’s worth fighting for

I am proud it’s been a long road
And at times such a heavy load
But we are strong and our love grows
What we have’s worth fighting for
Love’s worth fighting for

Love’s worth fighting for
Whatever comes around
What I have found
Love’s worth fighting for
Each and every day
No matter what they say
Love’s worth fighting for

Tears I’ve cried over true love’s cost
Much is gained and much is lost
But peace we’ll have and so much more
What we have’s worth fighting for
Love’s worth fighting for

Love’s worth fighting for
Whatever comes around
What I have found
Love’s worth fighting for
Each and every day
No matter what they say
Love’s worth fighting for

Love’s worth fighting for
Whatever comes around
What I have found
Love’s worth fighting for
Each and every day
No matter what they say
Love’s worth fighting for
Track Name: Only One Dreaming
Only One Dreaming
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like
Sometimes I wonder what I would do
If you took a moment to look in my eyes
And know like I know that I’m the one for you

Sometimes I dream about you coming by
Or talking for hours with you on the phone
Then higher and higher I reach for the sky
And I dream that you dream about us being alone

What’s that you say love
I know that it can’t be
Is it all inside head
Or am I just crazy
Well my friends
They all tell me so
But I still disagree
Because the dream that I dream
Is still just as sweet
If the only one dreaming is me

Sometimes I find myself drifting away
Lost in a fantasy world of my own
Amazed and in love with the sweet things you say
You’re unlike any lover that I’ve never known

What’s that you say love
I know that it can’t be
Is it all inside head
Or am I just crazy
Well my friends
They all tell me so
But I still disagree
Because the dream that I dream
Is still just as sweet
If the only one dreaming is

What’s that you say love
I know that it can’t be
Is it all inside head
Or am I just crazy
Well my friends
They all tell me so
But I still disagree
Because the dream that I dream
Is still just as sweet
If the only one dreaming is me
Track Name: In The Flow
In The Flow
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Astra Kelly

Breathe just be
Take it slow
I’m always here
Connect with the flow
Close your eyes
Let it go

The river flows
We come and go
It’s all the same
As years ago
The river flows
It’s easy
Just be in the flow
It’s easy

Be still now
Take your time
Allow for space
Quiet your mind
Open up receive
Beauty Divine

The river flows
We come and go
It’s all the same
As years ago
The river flows
It’s easy
Just be in the flow
It’s easy

No fear
You are safe here
Let it go
No fear
Let it go
Be in the flow
Let it go
Let it go
In the flow
Track Name: Facts Don't Lie
Facts Don’t Lie
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

I protected you
And I held your secrets close
Even when it hurt
What was right still mattered most
You blamed me
I guess it was easier that way
But I don’t understand
Why the truth was just too hard to say

The facts don’t lie
Even when you claim it’s otherwise
True is true you know
The facts don’t lie
No matter how you twist them round
And try to change the story in your mind
The facts don’t lie

Was I too trusting
Because you played me for a fool
When the patient words I spoke to you
Came back to me so cruel
Changing your direction
When I called you to account
For everything you did in darkness
The light is sure to draw it out

The facts don’t lie
Even when you claim it’s otherwise
True is true you know
The facts don’t lie
No matter how you twist them round
And try to change the story in your mind
The facts don’t lie
Even when you claim it’s otherwise
True is true you know
The facts don’t lie
No matter how you twist them round
And try to change the story in your mind
The facts don’t lie
Oh the facts don’t lie
Track Name: Unconditionally
Unconditionally
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

When I say things that I don’t mean
And we’re falling apart at the seams
Don’t be dismayed
Love me anyway

When your mind won’t let you agree
With the choices that feel right to me
Don’t close the door
Love me even more

I love you all of the time
There is nothing that can change my mind
Don’t you see
I love you unconditionally

When the space between us is wide
With the walls we find safety behind
Let’s try and be brave
Love will lead the way

When it’s unclear which way to go
We can chance it together I know
We’ll be just fine
Love’s the starting line

I love you all of the time
There is nothing that can change my mind
Don’t you see
I love you unconditionally

Love
Without shame
Without pride
It is true
There is nothing
That you have to do
It’s a gift
That I’m offering to you

I love you all of the time
There is nothing that can change my mind
Don’t you see
I love you unconditionally
Track Name: Merry Go Round
Merry Go Round
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

I can’t go on this ride with you
Around and around like we do
It’s so hard to stop and let go
Change everything that you know

Agreeing to just disagree
No longer does it for me
It hurts me to leave and to say
But I’ve just got to get away

And it’s time to step down
Off this merry go round
Changing my point of view
Is just something
Something that I’ve got to do
I’m looking to see
What could be
As I step down off this merry go round

Time is a gift now I see
Calm where the storm used to be
Unsure in the space that’s before
My hands shake as I open the door

Stepping out into the new
Changes that I’m growing through
Shinny brass rings in the past
Reaching out for the things that will last

And it’s time to step down
Off this merry go round
Changing my point of view
Is just something
Something that I’ve got to do

And it’s time to step down
Off this merry go round
Changing my point of view
Is just something
Something that I’ve got to do
I’m looking to see
What could be
As I step down
Off this merry go round
Track Name: Mary Jane
Mary Jane
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

Mary Jane I know who you are
From the moment we met
I knew right from the start
I said I was fine when asked if I mind
I just wanted to see what I wanted to see
The happiness I thought we’d find
Was really just an altered state of mind

Mary Jane we never play fair
We circle around but going nowhere
You think it’s me and I say it’s you
But we can’t see the trees
Or the forest that grew
Between what was and what could be
And giving up just came so easily

Behind the veil it’s only me
Bending to the shape
Of how I thought that things should be
I struggle to speak and tell you true
I’m sorry for the hurt that we walked through
A rose by any name would smell the same
I don’t blame you anymore
Mary Jane

Mary Jane my lips were sealed
I got the shame while you got to heal
It is what it is I swallowed the pill
While you walk away and I foot the bill
The emptiness is hard to face
Because there’s just some things
You can’t replace

Behind the veil it’s only me
Bending to the shape
Of how I thought that things should be
I struggle to speak and tell you true
I’m sorry for the hurt that we walked through
A rose by any name would smell the same
I don’t blame you anymore
Mary Jane
Track Name: Phoenix Rising
Phoenix Rising
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

Go on and have her I hope she’s worth it
We can’t undo what has been done
I’m moving past this I know I’m worth it
Breaking free I’ve got to run

After every day another finds its way
With the rising of the sun

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes
What was old has become new
Like a phoenix rising as time passes
I’ll know exactly what to do

I know you see me as scared and helpless
There was a time when that was true
I’m stepping forward I’m clear and purposed
Mighty and strong I’ve become new

After every day another finds its way
With the rising of the sun

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes
What was old has become new
Like a phoenix rising as time passes
I’ll know exactly what to do

Deep inside me I’ve always known it
There’s so much more of me to give
No life in boxes no empty pages
It’s up to me just how I live

I’m a phoenix I’m rising from the ashes
What was old has become new
I’m a phoenix I’m rising as time passes
And I know exactly what to do
Track Name: The Healing Road
The Healing Road
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

Early morning cold straight to my bones
I gotta get up I gotta get on the road
I’m moving ahead with all I have
Just another notch in the totem that I am
And every day is just another day
Angels guide the way with pennies on my path

So afraid to look to see myself
And all the years I’ve stacked upon the shelf
In the valley was rest transformed by time
Now I’m soaring above all the troubles I left behind
But I never can forget the tears I cried
And what my scars provide they’re a lesson to my soul

To my soul…

The healing road
It’s a chance we take
The healing road
It’s a choice we make
The healing road
Is never far
The healing road
Starts right where we are
You can start
Right where you are

The old rolls away as I crest the hill
Breathing deep just drinking in my fill
Rising on the wind the world falls below
Like an eagle I can see it all and know
That where I am is where I dreamed I’d be
My crimson heart and me on a journey that unfolds

That unfolds….

The healing road
It’s a chance we take
The healing road
It’s a choice we make
The healing road
Is never far
The healing road
Starts right where we are
You can start
Right where you are
Track Name: Believe
Believe
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Astra Kelly

Believe it to be true
That you and me are meant to be
Connected living as one
We all have something to give
To receive our piece of love

Loving kindness
Loving kindness
Loving kindness

Believe
That you that me
That we are love
Believe believe
Believe
That you that me
That we are love
Believe believe

Believe it to be true
That you and me are meant to be
Sharing loving as one
Be grateful for what we have
And who we are our piece of love

Loving kindness
Loving kindness
Loving kindness

Believe
That you that me
That we are love
Believe believe
Believe
That you that me
That we are love
Believe believe

Believe
Believe
Believe it to be true
Track Name: Free to Fly
Free To Fly
Lyrics Written by Kathryn Cloward and Rich Wiley

Don’t try to control me
I’m not clay for you to mold
(Don’t box me in)
Don’t you try to cage me
I’m not a bird for you to hold
(Don’t box me in)

I can’t be held down
And I don’t want to hang around

Because I was meant to fly
My wings are open wide
So I can soar so high
I was meant to fly
Yes I’m free to fly
Free to fly

Don’t take me for granted
I refuse to be a fool
(Don’t box me in)
Don’t you try to change me
I’ve already been to school
(Don’t box me in)

I can’t be held down
And I don’t want to hang around

Because I was meant to fly
My wings are open wide
So I can soar so high
I was meant to fly
Yes I’m free to fly
Free to fly

Because I was meant to fly
My wings are open wide
So I can soar so high
I was meant to fly
Yes I’m free to fly

Free free free to fly (repeat)