LIGHTS

by Brock Tyler

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And now, the story:

This EP began in June 2012 with what was really supposed to be a demo (I'm not just making this up to have a cool story to tell you, plus this story isn't even cool).

I had just written the opening track "City Lights" and was recording it so I wouldn't forget the melody. I played and sang it into a single microphone before rushing off to go grocery shopping, or swimming maybe. I listened back later and didn't mind the sound, even though it wasn't very professional sounding. Over the next several weeks I recorded 6 or 7 more in the same way, guitar and vocals into a single microphone. Then I layered on everything I could think of, including an Akai AX60 synthesizer, D.I.'d slide guitar, a Helpinstill portable piano, and half a drum kit (where's the hi-hat?). I picked the best six songs and eventually finished them, and now I'm sharing them with you. Hope you enjoy. Lots more to come.

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released December 12, 2012

Written, produced, and performed by Brock Tyler. Karmyn Tyler sang on "The Stars on Your Way" and "My Love For You", Becky McClelland sang on "City Lights" and "Frenchman Valley", Nathan Carroll played pedal steel on "Mountainside".

Recorded and mixed June-November 2012.

Artwork: "Northern Lights" by Tom Thomson

Thank you to Karmyn, Becky, Tim, Aaron, my family, and everyone who has supported me and my music.

Very special thanks to Nathan Carroll for playing and for making this release possible.

This period of obsessive-compulsive music making was in part facilitated by various brands of sparkling water, delicious Transcend Coffee, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Edmonton's river valley, frozen pizza, Minecraft, Robinson Crusoe, Kate Bush, STAX Records, summer, fall, winter, and facial hair.

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Track Name: City Lights
You said "don't get lost" but I feel like crying
Staring at the moon pulling at the tide
Feeling empty as a street beneath the city lights
Cold December dark pushing on the night

Now we shuffle in our shoes on the boulevard
Your eyes so soft in a world so hard
Nothing left to sell but your diamond ring
You don't want to talk, I don't want to sing

But everything I do is for you
Everything I do is for you

Lewis knows a man who runs a factory line
I'll see him tomorrow if I feel alright
Ain't worked in forever cause my body's bent
But no one's tears gonna pay the rent

And everything I do is for you
Everything I do is for you

So hold on to me honey if you feel like crying
Heavy like a storm filling up your mind
Still got each other beneath the city lights
Christmas moon's filling up the night
And everything I do is for you
Track Name: The Stars On Your Way
I couldn’t say where you’re going to
I couldn’t say what you’re gonna do
Just look at the stars on your way

I don’t even know your middle name
Your easiest secret but it’s all the same
Just look at the stars on your way

It’s been so long since you stared at the night
When you gonna stop and make it right?
(Stars on your way)

Leave the streetlights behind, hop on your bike
You’ll find your way once you’re lost in the night
(stars on your way)

Sometimes when I’m feeling really down
Like I’m going insane without making a sound
I look at the stars on my way

My father in heaven watches over me
He’s got a basket full of light and curious mercies
Just like the stars on my way

When everything’s wrong and nothing feels right
Just lay in the grass and get washed by the light

Leave the streetlights behind and drive in my car
I’ll find my way it’s not too late to start
Yeah I’ll find my way it’s not too late to start again
Track Name: Morning Flowers
Morning flowers, they swayed in the early breeze
Waking eyes of the field underneath the trees
“Don’t be long” is what they said to me when I left at dawn
But I’m sick of hurrying and I know they’re wrong

Took the bridge across the North Saskatchewan
Watched the birds, and I stood in the summer sun
“Take your time” is what they say to me and I think it’s fine
Think I’ll linger here til it turns to wine

Morning flowers tell you many secrets in those early hours
See you tomorrow oh my morning flowers
Track Name: Mountainside
Martha, the day has slowed now to a heartbeat
Although the earth, it groans
I can feel it in the wind all through the valley
And the rocks and stones, don't you hear them cry?

They say that darkness has overwhelmed our holy mountain
And that the clouds won't rain
They just hang heavy as the hands of all the people
As they gather things and stay alive
Creation sighs

Home, Lord I am ready to go
Won't you come now to me?
Oh, are you around? Don't you know?
Or are you lost at sea?

Remind me of a song that somebody played me about the darkest hour
And how it lingers only moments til the dawn bleeds
Into the eastern morn until it dies
In western skies

Home, Lord I am ready to go
But where's your fire and your wind?
Oh, but you'll come in the way that you please
On this mountainside
So softly, still
Track Name: Frenchman Valley
Open road going home, stretching miles across the ground
Often I'm scared that something will happen to you
September's gone and it's moving on to shorter shadows casting down
Into the snow to watch as the autumn leaves

But just look at the stars, the way they smirk and shine
And sing through the darkness and reminisce of light
The moon is a door that's always left half-wide
It's full as the morning in the dark of night

Who can know where paths will lead us, they twist and curl like streams
That wash you up on the banks to lie down and rest for awhile
Or they'll take you down to Frenchman Valley with edges burning blue
You just never know, but I never worry with you around you know

I just look at the stars, the way they smirk and shine
And sing through the darkness, and reminisce of light
The moon is a door that's always left half-wide
It's full as the morning on the other side

It's full as the morning on the other side
It's full as the morning in the other side
It's full as the morning on the other side
Track Name: My Love For You
I have loved you now for many years
I sing this song for you to hear
I’m on your side

Moments seem to last forever
Days like water drift on out to sea
And there’s no try

And the wind may blow, but what is that to us?
The snow may fall, but what is that to us?
And the sun may die, but darling you know
I’m already dead if I just can’t show you now
My love for you

You have loved me now for many years
To hear your words fall on my ears
You’re on my side

We could drive for miles together
Hit the coast and stare out at the sea
As the days drift by

And the wind may blow, but what is that to us?
The snow may fall, but what is that to us?
And the sun may die, but darling you know I’m
Already dead if I just can’t show you now
My love