edmontone demos volume one

by braden gates

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1.
I know a woman, she's crazy for love she cries in the morning and still can't get enough she fell for the poetry of a ramblin, gamblin man cleans herself up and tries her luck again it's so hard to watch it all unfold and even harder now to let it all go I used to drink myself to the point of passing throw up in the morning and still go out in regular fashion I used to think I was courting some desperate muse I'd clean myself up and go out with the desolation blues it's so hard to watch it all unfold and even harder now to let it all go
2.
baby don’t say anything at all leave the talking to the walls take my courage, take my strength take my beauty, take my name take my hand, read my palm my disposition for the holy psalm but baby, don’t say anything at all anything at all baby don’t cry for anything at all leave the tears for the girls with roses and pearls take my youth, take my pride take my muse, take my mind take my heart, take its fire take my lust from its desire but baby don’t cry for anything at all anything at all make well of all bad intention count to ten and count your blessings baby it’s been one hell of a fall but I wouldn’t change it for anything at all anything at all baby don’t give in to anything at all leave it to those weak in heart and soul take my demons, take my wine take my crutch and take my time take my pleasure, take my pain my love for you will still remain baby don’t give in to anything at all anything at all make well of all bad intention count to ten and count your blessings baby it’s been one hell of a fall but I wouldn’t change it for anything at all anything at all
3.
back in town 02:10
In the doorstep where the day begins, the sun seems to shine a little brighter and the lady delivering mail has an extra step inside her and the usual things that trouble me, none of them seem to matter nothing gets me down when my baby's back in town Oh my baby's back in town fleeting moments with the speed of sound I do my best to live in the here and now while my baby's back in town I laugh at every joke I hear although some of them ain't funny those are the moments it's clear to me that happiness ain't bought with money and even the hobo's paradise is a land of milk and honey oh nothing get's me down when my baby's back in town Oh my baby's back in town fleeting moments with the speed of sound I do my best to live in the here and now while my baby's back in town
4.
after school we'd hit the outdoor rink slapshots until our ears would ring he had a hell of a shot, he was quick on his feet and I did my very best to compete but some people in this world are born to be great and some just don't have what it takes, born to be great the year he was drafted he turned eighteen only a kid headed straight for the big leagues he met all of the heroes that he put up on his wall and he never looked back despite leaving it all some people in this world are born to be stars and some don't know who they are, born to be stars people lose touch, people part ways people reminisce about the good old days he was a brother, he was a friend now I only see him on the internet born to be stars I used to spend all my time out at that open mic and I'd drink too much to get over stage fright I got lost in her words, lost in her voice all of us did, we didn't have a choice some people in this world are born to be great and some don't have what it takes, born to be great she sang Lucinda Williams and a few of her own and I was the one who got to take her home but she packed her bags and she headed east in control of her own destiny some people in this world are born to be stars and some don't know who they are, born to be stars people lose touch, people part ways people reminisce about the good old days she was a lover, she was a friend now I only see her on the internet born to be stars some people in this world are born to be great some just don't have what it takes some people in this world are born to be stars some just don't know who they are some just don't know who they are some don't know how lucky they are
5.
coffee shop 03:55
beautiful women in a coffee shop laughing over espresso shots hear the latest gossip spread around so and so is married she's leaving town so and so is married, she's getting' out and one cup of coffee ain't quite enough the waitress comes around with a second cup today's drug of choice is a little caffeine and a table at a shop on ninth street where beautiful women drink coffee close your eyes for just one minute take your time but don't take too long bless the beauty in the small things and bless the small things when it's gone beautiful women in a coffee shop either they're not married or their rings are off they talk about school, they talk about work they talk about love and how much it hurts they talk about love and how much it can hurt and how it can come in mysterious ways when you least expect it love comes in waves sometimes as easy as one sugar, one cream at a table in a shop on ninth street where beautiful women drink coffee close your eyes for just one minute take your time but don't take too long bless the beauty in the small things and bless the small things when it's gone beautiful women in a coffee shop they talk about travel and wanderlust they talk about london, I over hear spain they dream about paris in the pouring rain they dream about paris in the rain I've been to england and I've been to france I've kissed the mona lisa and held the queen for a dance sailed the atlantic in summer time heat now I'm in a shop on ninth street where beautiful women drink coffee close your eyes for just one minute take your time but don't take too long bless the beauty in the small things and bless the small things when it's gone
6.
wine glass stained with lipstick, lips stained with wine maybe we should slow down, maybe call it a night or maybe just one more bottle, that last one that bought let's not think about tomorrow, that's for when tomorrow comes back home it just hit dinner time, we've already rung that bell whether or not this will all work out, it's too soon to tell so kiss me like it's the last time, hold me like it's the first give me everything you've got that you can't put into words I'm just about tired of losing, but I'm not quite ready to win It's somewhere in between where I have lost myself in I am not a gambling man, but this may appear untrue because baby, I believe in you when I think of yellow roses, sometimes they are red when I dream of wild horses it's when I'm taking you to bed candlelight on the table, table full of fire shadows on the wall suggest of a power to us higher and is it really magic, or is magic just a trick do you think that as it happens the truth can still exist kiss me like it's the last time, hold me like I'm your own give me one last number that you'd use to steal the show I'm just about tired of losing, but I'm not quite ready to win It's somewhere in between where I have lost myself in I am not a gambling man, but this may appear untrue because baby, I believe in you
7.
change 04:50
everyone seems to have some good advice a piece of wisdom they like to carry home but a man ain't subject to much changing until he can hold it for his own sometimes it takes a little more than losing the things that matter most to you sometimes you don't know just how much they mean unit they're not yours to lose baby, I'm ready now baby, I can change I want to see the sunshine I'm tired of the rain I've been killing myself slowly day after day baby, I'm ready now baby, I can change I can't remember if we said goodbye i've been filling my time with strange women and booze but none of it means a god damn thing to me I'd trade it all for you someday I'd like to look back and laugh all about it maybe you'd be there right by my side it all feels like such a distant dream like the far away look in your eyes baby, I'm ready now baby, I can change I want to see the sunshine I'm tired of the rain I've been killing myself slowly day after day baby, I'm ready now baby, I can change
8.
there's a mystery in how things came between us and our love but there's a certain way that things fall into place the only worse than losing everything we've come to know is losing it all without a touch of grace if I should ever become a stranger nothing more than another casual encounter know I've loved you from the day we met and I will until I die if I should become a stranger, let this be one last goodbye there's so much to talk about but so little left to say to hell with the roses and romance I think love is so much more than what we've come to realize there may be heartache, but there's so much more than that if I should ever become a stranger nothing more than another casual encounter know I've loved you from the day we met and I will until I die if I should become a stranger, let this be one last goodbye
9.
I work at the payless selling shoes sell so many until it gets to you don't get me wrong I like a pair or two but working there is just something to do sometimes I dream about getting away I drink too much on Saturday rent is due, I've got bills to pay it's the end of the month and I'm always late make me a mexican wrestler the leader in my own parade or how about a thieving bandit about to make a narrow escape make me a model in paris or a singer in tennessee take me out to hollywood and put me in the movies it's christmas time at the londonderry mall kids line up to meet santa claus pictures of jesus for the wall it's his birthday after all and there's another year rolling in I'll start thinking about quitting again going some place that I've never been or the thoughts that fill my head make me a mexican wrestler the leader in my own parade or how about a thieving bandit about to make a narrow escape make me a model in paris or a singer in tennessee take me out to hollywood and put me in the movies
10.
at night, I go to the movies grab a bag of popcorn and an iced cold pepsi stare at the screen, study the acting everyone is so damn attractive at night, I go to the theatre slip into the back and disappear sometimes it’s busy, but often I’m alone that’s when you’ll hear me crying as the credits roll my friend Amber says that as you cry you’re making space let go of one thing and have another take its place my friend Amber says, life goes on I guess at night, I go to the Denny’s grab a cup of coffee and some eggs benny I read the journal, I read the sun I watch someone leave without even payin’ at night, I go to the diner find a booth at the back in the corner on Fridays it’s busy and during the week it’s slow only a few folks with nowhere else to go, at night my friend Amber says that as you cry you’re making space let go of one thing and have another take its place my friend Amber says, life goes on I guess At night, I drive around aimless I pretend my car is the fastest I run yellows and I run reds I’m a nascar driver while everyone’s in bed at night, I’m racing the clock try to make it home before the morning rush traffic will kill you if you’re the restless kind It try not to be so precious with my time, at night my friend Amber says that as you cry you’re making space let go of one thing and have another take its place my friend Amber says, life goes on I guess
11.
I ran into my old roommate Erin on the side of the street outside the shopper’s drug mart in the south she was with her new fiancé, looking forward to her wedding day which I had heard about through word of mouth she said, ‘hello Braden, how are you?’ I said, ‘I’m pretty good and looks like you are to, I’m just taking this life just one day at a time’. and after we exchanged a few conversational clichés it was once again time for us to say goodbye goodbye, nice to see you, what a pleasant surprise as I take this life just one day at a time goodbye, nice to know you, what a casual delight as I take this life just one day at a time I ran into my friend Ken Stead outside the staples print shop next to the home depot he was printing posters for a show I had just got into Edmonton, a little weary from all of the traveling, now Ken was getting ready to hit the road he said, ‘I’m headed west through Calgary, then onto the islands of BC and I’m going to take the highway one mile at a time’ and after we played catch up on all the little things that pass us it was once again time for us to say goodbye goodbye, nice to see you, what a pleasant surprise as I take this life just one day at a time goodbye, nice to know you, what a casual delight as I take this life just one day at a time I was walking down whyte avenue, there in the distance a face I knew of a lover from a long long time ago it brought back laughter, it brought back pain, I remember dancing in the rain I remember finding love and watching it go as we crossed we said hello but not much more that’s just how it goes love can leave you one day at a time now the more I think about it, the less I seem to doubt that sometimes it makes more sense to say goodbye goodbye, nice to see you, what a pleasant surprise as I take this life just one day at a time goodbye, nice to know you, what a casual delight as I take this life just one day at a time
12.
old strathcona farmer’s market, it’s a Saturday kind of thing listen to the melody that the buskers sing the boys they buy their fruit, and the girls they buy theirs too and the only thing that’s missing from this market is you what are you doing working on a Saturday what are you doing working on the weekend what are you doing working on a Saturday what’s the point of living if you work your life away old strathcona farmer’s market, it’s an organic kind of thing hippy dippy artsy fartsy, man I fit right in! the boys they buy their vegetables, and the girls they buy theirs too and the only thing that’s missing from this market is you what are you doing working on a Saturday what are you doing working on the weekend what are you doing working on a Saturday what’s the point of living if you work your life away

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recorded on January 2nd, 2016 at Edmontone Studios by Jesse Northey

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