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1.
Nothing could have prepared me for this moment But I’m glad nothing did We’ve had incredible adventures so far With a lot more to come A friend sang, “it all means nothing when you’re not here.” And it’s true, I wouldn’t be who I am today If it wasn’t for you From the first time I said it Until the last chance I get I will love you With my heart and my head From the first time I said it Until the last chance I get I will love you With my heart and my head Laughter, love and commitment What else could we need A lifetime of smiling for us before we go to sleep They say that no one is perfect But to me, you are And I know from now, ‘til my dying day I want to be yours From the first time I said it Until the last chance I get I will love you With my heart and my head From the first time I said it Until the last chance I get I will love you With my heart and my head *Instrumental Break* From the first time I said it Until the last chance I get I will love you With my heart and my head From the first time I said it Until the last chance I get I will love you With my heart and my head
2.
You gave me a call down in Mexico To tell me that we would soon be a trio I just need a moment of silence Sat down beside a fire hydrant I’d do anything. Anything. Anything. I wish we could make believe Standing, spinning, singing you to sleep There was no one else around As your cool became a meltdown I’d do anything. Anything. Anything. If I could hold you close Every single day I’d never let you go I want you with me right here I’m always trying to be the best For those that I keep closest to my chest My peers don’t understand me They try to reprimand me They just don’t get that I’d do anything. Anything. If I could hold you close Every single day I’d never let you go I want you with me right here To me you’re everything You’re my sun and moon I’d do anything Yeah, I would do it for you I would do it for you I would do anything, oh anything I won’t be afraid ‘Cause you’re my everything in this world If I could hold you close Every single day I’d never let you go… To me you’re everything You’re my sun and moon I’d do anything Yeah, I would do it for you I would do it for you
3.
I’ll lay on my left side You’ll be on your right My shoulder feels uncomfortable But I’ll be here all night Eyelids they feel heavy But I cannot rest my mind This bed it feels so empty With a cold spot next to mine I can’t sleep without you I can hardly breathe I can only hope That it means you were meant to be with me I’ll lay on my right side You’ll be on your left There’s something here between us That I just can’t express I can’t sleep without you I can hardly breathe I can only hope That it means you were meant to be with me That it means you were meant to be with me I just want you in my reach I need to know you make me feel The way I’ve never felt I can feel my heart melt I just want you here with me I can’t sleep without you I can hardly breathe I can only hope That it means you were meant to be with me That it means you were meant to be with me That it means we were meant to be with…
4.
Let Me In 03:34
I’m just a person like you I try to be honest When I can I buy food I know you’ve got the right to refuse I wouldn’t normally ask But at least I’ve got shoes Would you let me in? I don’t have much to offer But I’ll be your friend If you let me in You’ll see that I am much more Than old clothes and skin But you won’t, that’s fine, I’m gone. I don’t want to put up a fight I hate to be imposing But I think I’ve earned the right Feels like I’m traveling light But I’m running like a victim Though I’ve got nothing to hide Would you let me in? I don’t have much to offer But I’ll be your friend If you let me in You’ll see that I am much more Than old clothes and skin Will you let me in? I promise that I’ll be the best me I can be But I can’t, you won’t, I’m gone. *Instrumental break* I know I don’t deserve a warm bed But I’ll take a cold floor It’s better than freezing It always sounds worse in my head I know that we’ve been here before But less words were said Would you let us in? We don’t have much to offer But we’ll be your friends If you let us in You’ll see that we are much more Than old clothes and skin Now it’s sinking in If we don’t have a place to go Then we’ll just have to go back home Oh wait, it’s gone. We can’t, it’s gone. That’s fine, we’re gone.
5.
*Instrumental*
6.
Love Is 03:23
Love is familiar Holding open arms Love is a stranger Saving you from harm Love is like the laughs we shared when we were kids Picture perfect, promises we vowed to keep Love is believing That everything’s alright Love is forgiving Of every word said in a fight Love is like the laughs we shared when we were kids Picture perfect, promises we vowed to keep Movie moments, make the most of every day That’s what love is That’s what love is That’s what love is *Instrumental break* Love is like the laughs we shared when we were kids Picture perfect, promises we vowed to keep Movie moments, make the most of every day That’s what love is That’s what love is That’s what love is That’s what love is
7.
Ahead are tough decisions Made by hard divisions And in our opinions What do we even know? I fear I’m merely floating Free to fall apart in knowing Part of a freefall showing Reap what you sow Yeah, reap what you sow Salt friendly Give me a grain of truth to trust Sweet but faulty Now you’re causing everything to rust Your anger isn’t righteous And if left unconscious It will surely haunt us I’m sorry to say Alienated allies Shouldn’t seem so surprised As they felt maligned And only in the way And only in the way Salt friendly Give me a grain of truth to trust Sweet but faulty Now you’re causing everything to rust I could be your rock But you’d whittle me away I could let you talk But it’s you you’re convincing anyway I fear I’m merely floating Free to fall apart in knowing Part of a freefall…
8.
Ragged Angel 05:02
I was sitting at a bar all alone In a tiny town on the edge of the Atlantic The walls looked worn and the band hadn’t shown You leaned in close and asked if the food was good And yes, my belly was full I had had too much and we struck up conversation You weren’t from town but you looked like you belonged here I came from the west and when I mentioned my town Your memory took you much farther away than either of us And about thirty years back So there we were, me sitting and you standing While you shared your tale In the land of saints or simply good Samaritans Man, it’s hard to tell Your voice was soft and so I listened closely I leaned in to hear of the time you traveled East On a Greyhound bus with two babes in your arms Away from the man that threatened you harm You were better now, at least better than that The bus was full of people, but only strangers A man with darkened, weathered skin kept staring His eyes were the colour of steel you shared The same as the tap on the bar over there I just listened to every word you said I don’t know why you felt compelled to tell me But I’m glad you did The story of saints or simply good Samaritans It’s hard to tell Thirty hours in with another twenty You handed your children off to the only friend you made A ten-minute walk and a shorter rush back You choked back a cry as you started to crack When a man appeared with something to give In his tanned, worn hands was a styrofoam cup The dirty prints showed his life had been tough As he handed it over with some food for the kids I brought you things that both my son and I liked He’s no longer with us but I thought we could be helpful She took that cup, bewildered and grateful She looked back up to the face of her angel But he wasn’t there - he had disappeared So there we were both on the verge of crying While you shared your tale In the land of saints or simply good Samaritans Man, it’s hard to tell So that night I shared tears with a stranger With no hello and just a hug farewell I hope that we might all find ragged angels In the land of saints or simply good Samaritans
9.
The sun is rising early in the morning The light catching every speck of dust Spreading warmth to every being on this planet Some nice weather says the newsman we can’t trust There’s beauty all around us We can start to finally see The details that we failed to recognize It just takes time, to see the little things Birds are singing in the branches of a dead tree They remind me that spring is coming soon There are children playing outside on the one-way-street Counting cars and days until we get to June There’s beauty all around us Even sights I’ve seen before The details that we failed to recognize It just takes time, to see the little things I see clouds, they’re moving up over the houses No more shadows casting on the lawn A bit of shade for the young boy throwing papers He can’t stop now, no not until the last one’s gone There’s beauty all around us Even on the darkest days The details that we failed to recognize It just takes time, to see the little things There’s beauty all around us Through these newly opened eyes There are moments that we normally wouldn’t see If we just took time, and saw the little things
10.
This didn’t used to be an empty room No more reminders though it feels more like I’m running out of matches just to keep the spark alive There’s one left in this matchbook but you are no match of mine You hate the way I called our house a home You disagreed for 20 years, there’s just no way To leave the past behind us as we fall apart You said that you forgave me with your mind but not your heart Give me a chance to catch my breath Take this boulder off my chest Give me time to right my wrongs But I always felt you stringing me along Oh, oh Don’t leave me alone Oh, oh You put the book of matches in my hand Taken from the shaky ground on which we stand The beams were catching fire as you left and locked the doors As your right foot left the threshold I collapsed upon the floor Give me a chance to catch my breath Take this boulder off my chest Give me time to right my wrongs But I always felt you stringing me along Oh, oh Don’t leave me alone Oh, oh Give me a chance, I know I'm wrong Won’t just write another song Give me time, I'll try my best Need to work out all these words inside my head Oh, oh The things I could've said Oh, oh My lips are sealed instead Oh, oh The things I could've said Oh, oh

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released May 31, 2019

Jean-Paul De Roover: Vocals (all), Acoustic Guitars (all), Electric Guitars (all except 1), Bass (all), Organ (2, 6, 8), Glockenspiel (2, 6), Autoharp (1, 5, 6), Harp (6, 10), Seaboard (all), Synths (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8), Percussion (2, 3, 5, 7, 10), Synths, Electric Piano (7, 9), Piano (7), and Additional Programming (all except 3, 9).
Dennis Dumphy: Drums (1, 2, 4, 6, 10) and Percussion (4, 5, 8).
Raine Hamilton: Violin (1).
Adam Iredale-Gray: Violin (4).
Shannon Lepere: Vocals (3).
Jamie Smith: Vocals (7).
Craig Smyth: Piano (3).
Tim Walters: Accordion (6), Organ (8).

Produced by Jean-Paul De Roover

All songs (c) 2019 Jean-Paul De Roover (SOCAN)
Except “Salt Friendly (c) 2019 Jean-Paul De Roover & Jamie Smith (SOCAN)

Recorded and Mixed by Jean-Paul De Roover at Blueprints in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada.
Principal Acoustic guitars engineered by Chris Dorota at Redwood Church in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada.
Violin on “Let Me In” recorded by Adam Iredale-Gray at Fiddlehead Studios in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Mastered by Jon Törnblom at Transparent Mastering in Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Photography by Mike Pianka.
Layout and Design by Scott Mackay.

Funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council.

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A touring and recording artist from Thunder Bay, ON that continues to explore different musical territories.

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