Peace (EP)

by The Leonas

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released August 8, 2015

written (in part) by Steph Plant and Sarah Vie
recorded and mixed by Adam Long
photo by Chris Bauer

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The Leonas Saint Louis, Missouri

The Leonas are an acoustic duo based in St. Louis. Forged from familiar hymns and myths, their songs and stories are their own. Steph Plant plays guitar, Sarah Vie violin, and together they sing. Soulful and earnest, their music offers celebration and unflinching appraisal in equal measure. They strive for peace, but do not overlook the obstacles.
Steph and Sarah established The Leonas in 2015
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Track Name: Girl
Girl, you better keep your mouth shut, hold your tongue
Don’t say something we’ll make you regret

Girl, you better keep your door shut, keep your door shut
The devil’s out prowling, I bet

Girl, you better keep your mind shut
This book hasn’t failed us yet

Girl, you know about keeping those legs shut, right?
No, don’t make me get into it

Girl, you better keep your mouth shut, hold your tongue
Just listen to what we have to say

Girl, you better keep your door shut, shut the lights out
Get on your knees and pray

Girl, you better keep that mind shut
Stay in here with us where it’s safe

Girl, you better keep those legs shut
’Til we tell you when it is okay

And it’s never okay
‘Til we say it’s okay

You ought to be ashamed

Girl, you better keep your mouth shut, keep your door shut
Keep your eyes shut

Girl, you better keep your mind shut, keep your heart shut
Keep ‘em shut

And cover it up

Girl, you turn those questions off, you’ve said enough
Now listen to us

And don’t fuss

Girl, you know you’re better off when you’re not yourself
And that’s what we want

And we get what we want
Better give us what we want
Track Name: Simple Gifts
It’s a gift to be simple, it’s a gift to be free
It’s a gift to come down where we ought to be
And if we find ourselves in the place just right
We’ll be in the valley of love and delight

It’s a gift to be gentle, it’s a gift to be fair
It’s a gift to wake and smell the morning air
And everyday to walk on the path we choose
It’s a gift we pray we’ll never come to lose

When true simplicity is gained
To bow and to bend we will not be ashamed
To turn, turn will be our delight
’Til by turning and turning we come ‘round right

It’s a gift to be loving, it’s the best gift of all
Like a quiet rain, it blesses where it falls
And if we have the gift we will truly believe
It is better to give than it is to receive
Track Name: Seekers
So far from home without a phone or a photo identification, just part of creation
Breathing air with the ferns, and the fungus is alive
We’re trying to thrive, oh, despite all the complications of civilization
Tuck me into the moss on the hillside, I’ll sleep
Just trying to keep my mind quiet without distraction, warm and open
As I hear my heart beating in rhythm with the sky, thundering high and exciting
The power of weather, in love more than ever with the knowledge I keep
That the magic is real, I know ‘cause I feel it around me
It’s humble and holy, it’s inside my body
And my hungry hurt hopes for the help that is here
I know I’m sincere in my searching, I’m patiently learning that everything’s turning
So I turn, and I twirl, and I’m changing

Boots on my feet, joining the street in its rhythm
A spirit of movement under the pavement
When our heels hit the ground and the pulse comes alive
Fueling the lights in the windows
We’re quietly living with loud aspirations
That prove our existence while visions come true
Knowing that you are beside me here in this city
We are one body
Breathing in, breathing out, life sustaining

I know I”m sincere in my searching, I’m patiently learning that everything’s turning
So I turn, and I twirl, and I’m changing
Track Name: Peace Like a River / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul
I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul

I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul
I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul

Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home

I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul
I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul