edmontone demos volume four

by braden gates

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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
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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
3.
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
4.
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
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maple leaves 04:50
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
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strangers 03:54
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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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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