Open Shore

by Jon Davis

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1.
Overcome 02:21
Looks like good glory is coming down To sit at this window, light candles round Your room cold dark closed, open, open up To some new arrangement love, lady luck How do you learn to overcome? You in the rough or hole in one Funny how easily we fall off track Pain in your chest hits and holds you back You need sunlight to guide your steps over rutted ground A yellow brick road to carry you uptown How do learn to overcome? You in the rough or hole in one Funny how some things never go your way You sneak up from behind to surprise the day Build up, wind back, turn, face left from the other side Just to plant your poor head in the sand How do you learn to overcome? You in the rough or hole in one When these things all come undone You in the rough or hole in one When these things all come undone How do you learn to overcome?
2.
Si tu m’aimes, j’arrête tout ça, tout ça Si tu m’aimes, j’arrête tout ça, tout ça I see you looking at me Through the crowd from the gallery What drew you to me The bright lights or the verse in G Cause pretty soon you’ll find out That the streets aren’t paved and the phone line’s out Si tu m’aimes, j’arrête tout ça, tout ça Si tu m’aimes, j’arrête tout ça, tout ça There’s something you should know about Who I am when the lights go out I’m out of gas in between Halifax and the next bar scene ‘Cause pretty soon you’ll find out That the streets aren’t paved and the phone line’s out Si tu m’aimes, j’arrête tout ça, tout ça Si tu m’aimes, j’arrête tout ça, tout ça
3.
Better 04:14
Eyes up to the sun Opened wide Can anyone see Couldn’t anyone see It’s gonna get better Been a long cold winter sleep Thought it would never end Can anyone see Couldn’t anyone see It’s gonna get better It’s gonna get warm Warmer Use your child eyes to see It’s time to wake Couldn’t anyone see she’s just asleep? Didn’t anyone think to wake her? It’s gonna get better It’s gonna get warm Warmer
4.
Tire squeals and blazing horns barely whisper in the wood Leaves cut the wind and soften the sounds on the street While the warm sticky butterscotch sun Is sifted into a sugary light Dai da dai da dai da dai da dai da dai da dum Sweet dappled flowers nod to their reflections in the stream (by Alisha Ruiss) As fragile mossy arch bends a fraction beneath the weight Of the tree frog and the toad eyeing the crosswalk and the road And the curious man alone sitting cross legged on a log Dai da dai da dai da dai da dai da dai da dum
5.
Prince’s shadow, lost and lean Last in some hazy forest seen Devils chased him through the fog Snorting grey and reddish smog Where are you? Then the prince stumbled from his dream To a too quiet place with strangled screams Slumped awake, stranded in between The city and the forest green Where are you? The King took the Prince to himself Breathed onto him the warmth of health Oh, clean the cobwebs off the shelf (line by Jon Davis) He’s comin’ home, He’s comin’ home (line by Jon Davis) And all the demons, having quelled He mounted his horse, the trumpets swelled Ring the healing Sunday bells He’s comin’ home He’s comin home, he’s comin’ home Prepare the feast prepare his robes He’s comin’ home, he’s comin’ home
6.
Curtain 03:11
It’s not about getting sold On the corner for cold-cuts You learn to be bold Sink your teeth break the mold It’s never time to feel old As the curtain unfolds Get your car on the road Wear your best hat and coat Oh, oh, oh you’re a star Oh, oh, oh you’re a star You know you are It might’a been you were told By a man who took hold Of your mind and blindfolded Your innocent soul That you’re worth more in gold As a thing to be sold On the corner stone-cold Break away from his hold Oh, oh, oh you’re a star Oh, oh, oh you’re a star You know you are It’s not about getting sold On the corner for cold-cuts Learn to be bold To sink your teeth break the mold It’s never time to feel old As the curtain unfolds Get your car on the road Wear your best hat and coat It’s never time to feel old As the curtain unfolds Get your car on the road Break away, take control Oh, oh, oh you’re a star Oh, oh, oh you’re a star You know you are
7.
A lone sunflower peaks through the snow At the end of the night Reaching out for the dawn The only colour in sight While below a man made of fabric and straw Watches the land thaw with the rising sun Her glorious height Was greater than he’d ever seen Her summertime light Bursting through the curtain’s open seam Dusted his brow with glistening gold Her virgin face Blooms too high in the sky For the murder of crows To ever fly The scarecrow reaches out to touch her sticky vine Her glorious height Was greater than he’d ever seen Her summertime light Bursting through the curtain’s open seam Dusted his brow with glistening gold He clambers up over rocks and through Gushing glacier mountain streams and morning dew In a bound clears a forest wall His straw hat flies off in a squall But then at the peak His hands on her violet-brown cheek Oh, the scarecrow feels her golden hair brush his face
8.
I see you now out on Aylmer Street Drinking time away on the concrete In a ripped shirt drenched with dirty sweat Ian there’s always a cure Don’t let your stories die I found you there in a patch of scorching sun Passed out all day till the ambulance had come Couldn’t hot scabs burn enough to wake you? Ian there’s always a cure Don’t let your stories die Ian, you can do it You can fight it You can beat it Ian, start over Turn the page And throw the book down
9.
Open Shore 04:03
This boat is drifting to an open shore I’m seeing so much clearer than I did before We fought to leave the shipwreck on the ocean floor Now let the fish swim through the captain’s door All I can see Are the waves laughing ocean spray at me We salvaged the compass and the map I’m so happy to hold you through the wind and whitecaps As we crash towards the safety of the pier Oh I’m smiling so much wider now the way is clear We salvaged the compass and the map I’m so happy to hold you through the wind and whitecaps As we crash towards the safety of the pier Oh I’m smiling so much wider now the way is clear
10.
Believe me, if all those endearing young charms Which I gaze on so fondly today Were to change by tomorrow, and flee in my arms, Like fairy gifts fading away, Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art, Let thy loveliness fade as it will, And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart Would entwine itself verdantly still. If all those endearing young charms should flee in my arms Thou wouldst still be adored It is not while beauty and youth are thine own, And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear, That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known, To which time will but make thee more dear; No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets, But as truly loves on to the close, As the sunflower turns on her god, when he sets, The same look which she turned when he rose. If all those endearing young charms should flee in my arms Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art.
11.
Why is my mind after the treetops And the longed-for key to crop its peak? I’d like to paint jack pines like Thompson Then canoe on a river Even just for a sliver Dissolving in the air Before I can draw a sketch I’m just a man grasping at dreams Shuffling through the clouds, randomly reaching out When in the end there’s a strong hand To bind or free me No matter what I achieve So I will release and destroy My need for the birds

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released April 26, 2013

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