Zoë Wren

As a songwriter, I’m inspired by the world around me, by interesting stories and people, by social and environmental issues, and I want to use my voice and platform to sing about these things that are important to me, and to do so through my love of folksong.
Although folk music has very much influenced how I write and perform, and I do sing some traditional songs, I wouldn’t exactly call all of my songs ‘folk’. As with most musicians, I have been inspired by a wide range of artists and styles, but describing myself as ‘a folky singer-songwriter with country and Americana tendencies and the odd jazz chord, who is also influenced by indie pop and world and fusion’ doesn’t quite have the same ring on a gig programme. 

Elephants and Drums is a track of Zoë’s 2020 album Reckless River. Watch the video below the lyrics.

ELEPHANTS AND DRUMS
There were elephants and drums
I don’t remember
He had a tattoo of a gun
But I don’t remember
I thought I fell in love and washed out in the tide
There were kings and queens who always made me cry

Did I dream in black and white
Or technicolour
Did you dance with me that night
Or with another
I thought I saw a glimpse of heaven through the hurt
Thought I saw the future written in the dirt
Oh written in the dirt.

And if I take this chance
Will the morning find me
All alone with horizons in my eyes
And if I take this path
Will the darkness blind me
Down this reckless river I will ride
But I still have visions of that night

So I join this lost parade
Through empty hallways
And I dream of simpler days
With a hope that’s always there
Oh you caught me like a herring in your jaws
And I fought you like a war without a cause
Like a war without a cause
And if I take this chance

Will the morning find me
All alone with horizons in my eyes
Andif I take this path
Will the darkness blind me
Down this reckless river I will ride
But I still have visions of that night

And if I take this chance
Will the morning find me
All alone with horizons in my eyes
And if I take this path
Will the darkness blind me
Down this reckless river I will ride
But I still have visions of that night.

© Zoë Wren

For more information, visit Zoë’s website: http://www.zoewren.com
Reckless River and her other recordings are available from Bandcamp https://zoewren.bandcamp.com/album/reckless-river

Cecilia is a track from Zoë’s album Reckless River. It tells of Zoë’s Slovene great grandmother who gave up her dream of becoming a nun in order to marry a widower and look after his young children.Watch the video below the lyrics.

CECILIA

Cecilia walks through the cloisters alone
She’s packed up her bags and they’re sending her home
It seems God can’t even save her now
But Cecilia knew she was stronger than that
So she fought for her life til once more she was ready to go
But heaven above only knows

That nothing’s as frail as the plans that we make
Is it life, is it God, is it chance, is it fate?
Oh Cecilia
So much love in your heart

News of a death came and knocked at their door
The poor wife of a far-removed brother in law
They all cried ‘oh pity those motherless babes’
So Cecilia’s sent off to a man she’s not known
To care for his children like they were own
And her dreams faded into the dark sky

For nothing’s as frail as the plans that we make
Is it life, is it God, is it chance, is it fate?
Oh Cecilia
So much love in your heart
What if you had the freedom to go your own way
Even then, was it truly your own all the same?
Oh Cecilia
So much love in your heart

As the years slipped away
She lost her old longing for yesterday
Then one morning
She brought a baby girl to the world

When her daughter was lost how Cecilia cried
She thought never again would her eyes become dry
Til one night she appeared before her in a dream
‘Daughter, why is your night dress so cold and so wet?’
‘Oh mother, I’m soaked in the tears that you shed
But it’s time, you don’t need to cry anymore’

For nothing’s as frail as the plans that we make
Is it life, is it God, is it chance, is it fate?
Oh Cecilia
So much love in your heart
What if you had the freedom to go your own way
Even then, was it truly your own all the same?
Oh Cecilia
So much love in your heart.

© Zoë Wren

Zoë started her musical career as a busker and still works regularly on the London Underground. She also plays folk clubs, festivals and other venues as a solo performer, in the duo Roswell with Jasmine Watkiss, and in The Honeybees, a trio,   She helps organise singing workshops in prisons for the grassroots charity Sing Inside, and has raised money with her live-streaming performances for the C4WS Homeless Project

For more information, visit Zoë’s website: http://www.zoewren.com
Reckless River and her other recordings are available from Bandcamp https://zoewren.bandcamp.com/album/reckless-river