LIGHTS

by Brock Tyler

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1.
City Lights 03:21
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Mountainside 02:50
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
5.
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
6.
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

about

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.

credits

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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