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Volume Vs. Voice

by Chris Page

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When I buy a rocket with my own savings Take it to the river the first sign of Spring Shoot it for the stars and hang out where the space junk flies Can I hoist the moment in a world we trust Thank our lucky stars until our engine’s rust Capturing the moment until I can barely see No one is so sure about this stage in life All I try to do is make it home alive Counting on the hopes and the prayers You may want to drive Can I fix your motor if I swear I’ll sing And shower all around you with these promise rings Listening for the sun as it dips beyond our range
2.
Keep your antenna up With any luck, we’ll kill off this farewell One ticket for the train Enduring pain and one room cheap hotels My hair is almost dry Without a lie, I can barely see I never use a comb Its left alone but I’ll let you cut it for me You promised me you’d stay For the pleasure bike rides to the art cafes And I’m following a reunion Oh countless needs escape You coughed and started to hallucinate And I’m following a reunion If you keep your radar up With any luck We’ll kill off this farewell.
3.
Hunker Down 02:54
Daylight seemed so simple When it came back to me The prospect didn’t phase me So I fell back asleep Though the whole wide world is here with me You looked rather smashing When you leaned in to kiss my cheek I captured all those memories Though the vision’s incomplete And the whole wide world agrees with me And I ache to have you closer Like a promise made to order As I shield myself from exposure
4.
Speak to the man tell him that I’m worried and I’m tired He’ll understand I’m sick of being young and uninspired But I won’t back down off this old chaise lounge To retire Speak to the kid tell him that there’s merit in being wasted It was bad what we did Gave up on a dream before we chased it I’ve got false hope now So I should show you how To hide your smile Before it’s broken I won’t lie If you don’t notice Take your time Don’t lose your focus Speak to the man Tell him that the medicine expired He’ll play his hand To stay forever young was what transpired Well I won’t back down Off this old chaise lounge
5.
The city’s claimed our hands To guide us as the light dies So hold me where we land On concrete under night sky The ghosts that dragged you home On Magnetic Fields fireflies A favourite of our friends Who power through these lullabies
6.
Don’t leave me here Don’t sell me short My focal point Take my temperature If you’ve found a cure To harness all this noise Sit alone by the radio crackle Tuned in to our song The frequency leaves a hole in the dial If you’re already gone Like a flash in the pan you held my hand Lend me power tubes And let me work this through Volume versus voice It’s just you and me With zero guarantee My focal point Stop by, say hey If you’ve lost your way My focal point.
7.
I hate to see you go Bring you down from the mountain Before it snows Rescue effort underway alone From a cozy room and disconnected phone I know the paint is worn Newer windows stabbed in walls Won’t keep you warm I can almost hear you calling out From that shoreline Where we both waste the coolest time The promise bulbs in the ground In the springtime we’ll light fires And release your sound But for now neglect just flows And I don’t ever need to know Why I hate to see you go. And though we hate to see you go Who will get you to the show?
8.
Save me from going down to the water Cause I can’t tell if I should stay On this hill a little longer You wade and I’ll sink a little farther Let the sun kiss your face As I learn to tread water
9.
Will you ever have a worry? Will you ever live a lie? Will you ever drown in comfort Under long lost rural skies? Her face lit up to tell a story Around the time the Reverend died We had camped out by the river Under long lost rural skies But now they’re gone Victory laps withdrawn And disappointment lingers on If I told you that I loved you Would you take that to the bank? In the mows they’ve loved that story But there’s no one left up there to thank Because now they’re gone Victory laps withdrawn The disappointment lingers on
10.
When I asked you ‘Would you dance to this?’ I might have come a bit unglued Or did you notice? That I fade through the swells The drummer dumped on us. If it offends you, let’s try a cigarette I hoped to share the evening moon But now I’m over it As we cave to the sound When the music stumbled in. Forget I asked you if you would dance to this Because when I framed It was no accident So it’s time to dispel Yeah it’s time to dispel

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Liner notes for Volume Vs. Voice:

Admittedly I’ve always wanted to make an acoustic record.

And for a long time now I’ve toyed with that cliched artist dream of isolating myself in a secluded cabin surrounded by bottles, pens, guitars, paper, Christmas lights doing summer duty. I could feel the river beach sand in my old Vans. I could hear the welcoming cricket chorus. There would be no internet, TV or phone, though there would be a radio to keep some loose tabs on the outside world.

And there would be a recording device hooked up to a microphone or two.

As the vision goes, I slowly take a breath, a sip, then reach across the acoustic guitar cradled in my lap to hit record. From there, I let the fates, the muses, the local ghosts take over.

The result of living out that little fantasy over 5 days is my new LP “Volume Vs. Voice”. These numbers all came to life in the crisp mountain air, on a few summer evenings in a dimly lit cabin in rural Quebec, Canada.

The songs and the way they are recorded here are meant to be as cozy as that old coveted cheap guitar and as fragrant as the warming tubes of your parent’s old gramophone.

Companions for quietly contented, lonely evenings.

It was a soul satisfying thrill to get this out of my system.

credits

released April 21, 2015

This record is 100% independent, so thank you for your support!

All songs written and recorded by Chris Page.

Recorded in a cottage on a mountain, overlooking a majestic river in rural Quebec, 2013.

Bandeeto Colin and Morgan sing back up on "Calling All Kids Reunion", "Hunker Down", "My Focal Point" and "The Persuasive Injury".

John Higney plays pedal steel and slide guitar on "Rocket + Savings" and "Disappointed A Few People".

Mixed and mastered by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn Prods. in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Special thanks to Dawn Loucks, champion of the karma economy.

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Chris Page Ottawa, Ontario

Songwriting for indie garage bands Expanda Fuzz, The Stand GT, Camp Radio, and all these folk songs I strum quietly to myself, just below the din.

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