Edmontone Demos Vol. Four

by Braden Gates

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recorded on April 25th w/ Jesse Northey at Edmontone Studios

recorded using a 90 dollar guitar purchased at Lilo's Music on Whyte Avenue - they put out old beater guitars on the floor if they can't really fix them up and label them as 'busker guitars' and sell them for cheap. I strolled in one day just wandering around and found this little gem that you hear. It's an old yamaha, classical guitar. It feels great to play. The back is held on with black electrical tape it looks like, and it's spray painted black haha. I keep it in my car and noodle around on it whenever I have some spare time - which is always! LOL. I love the way it sounds - especially in 'Mama, I've Tried'

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released April 26, 2016

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Track Name: Can I Take Your Coat?
up on the 13th floor of the Mayfair South
if I was the superstitious kind, I’d consider getting out
going down to level ground and planting my feet
but I can recall a similar place to this
something unforgettable, quite like a first kiss
between awkwardness and bliss, and trembling knees

come in can I take your coat
stay awhile, you don’t have to go
you don’t have to leave, the night is young
and so are we, so are we
can I take your coat, stay a while with me

when I first met Sarah she wore a nervous grin
still the kind of smile that doesn’t go out of fashion
I gained a passionate point of view through her eyes
she said, ‘I think that everyone just needs some body to talk with
and that is love in its simplest
it’s not in riches or wishes or cloudy skies’

come in can I take your coat
stay awhile, you don’t have to go
you don’t have to leave, the night is young
and so are we, so are we
can I take your coat, stay a while with me

there are nights when I catch a glimpse of angel wings
there’s music but I’m never sure what song it is
it sounds a little like Bill Morrissey after dark
those are the nights I like to hold on to
they ring like silver, shine like gold, through and through
a love so new is always true at the start
Track Name: Just A Little Bit More
mama’s in the chicken coop looking for some eggs
poor little hens have not been laying these days
and daddy killed the rooster now he’s not going to crow
mama’s still looking for a little bit more

not anything less than a little bit more
tell me baby, whatcha got in store
watcha got in store, baby I gotta know
I’m dying here for just a little bit more

I ain’t ever happy with what I got
poor me a single, I want a double shot
I’ll drink so much I’ll hit the floor
bartender please, just a little bit more

not anything less than a little bit more
tell me baby, whatcha got in store
watcha got in store, baby I gotta know
I’m dying here for just a little bit more

I’ve got me a woman with pretty little feet
got me a woman with kisses so sweet
as soon as she walks out through my door
I say, ‘baby come back I want a little bit more’

not anything less than a little bit more
tell me baby, whatcha got in store
watcha got in store, baby I gotta know
I’m dying here for just a little bit more
Track Name: Killling Myself Slowly
these days I’ve been killing myself slowly
trying to stay alive
lord oh lord take over my body
I want to know what it’s like to fly
I want to know what it’s like

these days I’ve been wasting my time
trying to find the diamond in the rough
I’m not sure it’s anything I’ll ever find
I want to know what it’s like to be happy enough
I want to know what it’s like

these days I’ve been thinking about Eva
and all of the little things that have changed
this big old world has come between us
I want to know what it’s like to hold her again
I want to know what it’s like
Track Name: Mama, I've Tried
I've tried, I've tried mama
to find my way
everyone's got something to sell
I don't want to play that game
I don't want to play win or lose
I've tried, I've tried mama
to shake these blues

I've tried, I've tried mama
to find my way home
through every small town and barroom
'long this crooked road
and it's on this crooked road
where I may lay down to die
I can't shake these blues
oh, but mama, I've tried

I've cried, I've cried mama
for the way things were
I remember harmony
joy and laughter
I remember laughter
'tween sister and you
I've cried, I've cried mama
I can't shake these blues

I've cried, I've cried mama
for the way things used to be
long before the devil
got the best of me
I wish I was a freight train
rolling down the line
I can't shake these blues
oh but mama, I've tried
Track Name: Maple Leaves
how's it overseas all alone
do you miss the maple leaves of your home
how's your german language skill
have you picked it up or are you struggling still
danke shon, that's all I know
do you miss the maple leaves of your home

it's raining here and it's colder than it's been in a long time
from a window seat on a bus I watch the world go by
I've wanted to kiss you so many times
I just didn't know when to, I didn't know how
it's raining here and it's colder now

forgive me for losing touch
dealing with my own shit is hard enough
and you're so far away
that it doesn't really matter anyways

I remember one Christmas you came home
we had a couple drinks and shared a cigarette
my hands were so cold that it slipped
down your coat and burned your neck
scars will fade in time much like a love will pass you by
before you know, do you miss the maple leaves of your home

forgive me for losing touch
dealing with my own shit is hard enough
and you're so far away
that it doesn't really matter anyways
Track Name: Strangers
there are forty pairs of shoes in the front door, I’m having trouble finding my left
she finds it in the corner, I say, ‘thanks’ she says, ‘don’t mention it’
we slip out onto the front porch, it’s another Friday night
she’s got the cigarettes and I’ve got the light
and our feet are hanging over the edge as we watch people come and go
some are friends and friends of friends and friends of those we know
and some are strangers to us now but none more strange than me
the look in their eyes reminds me of the man I used to be

strangers become new lovers
new lovers become old
and old lovers become strange

the living room is crowded and the music is too loud
I can’t hear the words that slip her tongue and fall gently to the ground
the n3k trio is banging out bangers for the kids
deans on bass, ross on keys and Connor’s stoned on the kit
big bens in the basement and he’s dealing with a broken heart
I say, ‘benjamin whats wrong my friend’ he says, ‘tell me where to start
she just does not love me in quite the same way that I love her
I suppose that’s just how it goes, ain’t it funny how love works

strangers become new lovers
new lovers become old
and old lovers become strange

clara’s blackout wasted, she passed out in the bathroom sink
you never know just where you’ll end up after one too many drinks
Jasper’s in the corner, he’s sipping on a bottle of wine
it doesn’t happen so often but we all gotta let a little loose sometimes
and I feel her standing next to me and whisper into her ear
‘what do you say, we steal away, I think it’s time to get out of here’
she says, ‘let me get my coat and say goodbye to a few friends
I can see and I’m sure you’d agree that this thing may never end’

strangers become new lovers
new lovers become old
and old lovers become strange
Track Name: The Streets of Reykjavik
I have been around the world, to France and Italy
I have been to Austin and to Memphis, Tennessee
I have been around the world, to London and to Spain
I have been to Amsterdam to get high out in the rain
here I am in Iceland where the landscape makes me cry
for everything that I have left behind

there are strangers in the streets of Reykjavik
and her face in every glance
this life is only what you can make of it
you may never get a second chance

I have been around the world, Louisiana in the spring
I have been to Mexico to hear the mariachi sing
I have been around the world, through mountain and through snow
I have been to Hollywood to try and steal the show
here I am in Iceland where the landscape makes me cry
for everything that I have left behind

there are strangers in the streets of Reykjavik
and her face in every glance
this life is only what you can make of it
you may never get a second chance
Track Name: Wake Up And Smell The Coffee
wake up and smell the coffee
it’s time to start the day
the world is mine and nothing will stop me
nothings going to get in my way
wake up and smell the roses
it’s such a joy to be alive
children in their summer poses
looks like something I should try

it’s harder done than said
I am living in my head
lay my weary head to rest
find sweet peace
give me comfort in my dreams

wake up and smell the coffee
there is so much to do
if there’s one thing this life has taught me
it’s that nothings ever going to wait on you
wake up and smell the roses
baby, it’s a beautiful world
find what you love and do your best to hold it
I’m in love with a blue eyed girl

it’s harder done than said
I am living in my head
lay my weary head to rest
find sweet peace
give me comfort in my dreams

wake up and smell the coffee
temptation at my door
I can’t say it’s ever caught me
but it gets closer every morn
wake up and smell the roses
and how they burn like kerosene
give me Jesus, give me Moses
give me comfort in my dreams
Track Name: The Way She Leaves
she left town faster than I could say goodbye
sometimes it’s easier just to split
no prolonged fare thee well
no embrace, not one last kiss
when a woman has to go, a woman has to go
you can’t blame her for the world she sees
but if you find me crying when she’s gone
it’s something in the way she leaves

you may find her in coastal California
bathing in the deep blue
you may find her as the tide rolls in
you may find her love to be true
but love can be fleeting, it can be fast
love can haunt your dreams
be wary of the one I love
be wary of the way she leaves

I miss the way she would dance in the kitchen
almost like she had no where else in mind
now I see it all for what it was
and I see it what she has left behind
there are horses in the black hills of South Dakota
they are young and wild and free
when I see those horses run
they remind of the way she leaves
Track Name: When Molly Comes To Town
search the world around and back for the picture perfect moment
watch it slip right through my hands just as I try to hold it
I can’t say that I’ve found true love, I can’t say that I know how
but I think I get a little closer when Molly comes to town

I spend my nights out listening to the bands on music row
every line a broken rule to how this life may go
I don’t dance quite like I used to I just listen to the sound
and I save a little do-si-do for when Molly comes to town

there are strangers in the night that look like ghosts out in the street
I am just as strange to them as they are strange to me
and with every moment fleeting, I get up and I fall down
just another moment before Molly comes to town

search the world around and back for the picture moment
watch it slip right through my hands just as I try to hold it
bartender, bartender pour me just one more round
and I think I’ll save the next one for when Molly comes to town