Dar Williams

The first part of every day for me is good

I've got the bus stop in my neighborhood

And everything's on purpose everywhere they go

Hiding in my car and running in the snow

Running with the friends they'll know for years

I've seen it all from here, from here

It happens every day, before they go to school

They play until the bus drives up beside my lawn

And there's always been a mother who waits 'til they are gone

Then she turns away

It happens every day

Noon comes and turns this campus upside down

I watch the students in this college town

You would think they're carefree, I have seen their trials

Frowning into Shakespeare and practicing their smiles

Even underlining Nabokov

When I am not in love, in love

It happens every day with their journals in cafes

Looking up at their reflection on the other wall

With every new idea wondering if they've changed at all

And then they look away

It happens every day

Well, life is as hard and as easy as they say

Walking the steps we've chosen on this day

Some will be outrageous, some have rarely shown

Some will walk in couples, some will walk alone

As I think about the world I see

They stare and smile at me, at me

It happens every day at the crossing of the street

Walking out to see what's new and what is just the same

And the only word for love is everybody's name

And that will always stay

It happens every day

And every day will happen without you


American singer-songwriter Dar Williams lives at the intersection of pop and folk. She fuses many genres (blues, rock, jazz), resulting in a rather organic sound. She has been making music for over a decade.

Her studio album My Better Self finds Dar at an unequivocally brazen crossroads. Reflecting on American politics, the disillusionment and apathy of youth, and the female experience, Dar makes no apology for her outspoken beliefs.

Her 2008 album, entitled Promised Land. ... Read More