Canyons

by Chris Pickering

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lisa torrence May end up as my No. 1 album of 2016. From start to finish, it is flawless. Catchy hooks, especially on the dazzling "Canyons" with lush alt/country nuances recalling a beatle-esque troubadour kind of feeling. Favorite track: Canyons.
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06:27
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04:36
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04:07
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03:25
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03:39
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8.
03:20
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12:40

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released August 23, 2016

Produced by Chris Pickering, Adrian Mauro, and Andrija Tokic.

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, and 9 produced by Chris Pickering and Adrian Mauro and recorded at Hicksville, Joshua Tree, CA.

Tracks 2, 6, 7, and 8 produced by Chris Pickering and Andrija Tokic, and recorded at Bomb Shelter, Nashville TN.

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, and 9 mixed by Ben Tolliday.
Tracks 2, 6, 7, and 8 mixed by Andrija Tokic.

Mastered by John Baldwin.

All Instruments and Vocals by Chris Pickering except for:

Backing Vocals on 6: Caitlin Rose
Backing Vocals on 2 and 8: Mark Fredson
Backing Vocals on 2 and 9: Chloe Turner

Pedal Steel Guitar on 2 and 6: Grant Johnson
Pedal Steel Guitar on 1, 3, 4, and 9: Michael Flanders

String Arrangement on 3 by Savannah Jo Lack
Strings: Savannah Jo Lack
Cello on 5: Ben Tolliday

Synthesizers and effects: Adrian Mauro

Original artwork by Tracy Ellerton
Design and Layout by Paul Underwood

"We just need a song we can sing along to...."

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Track Name: Canyons
You have no need to be afraid of me
I am not vicious like they say
I was just a boy then, I have done as
Anyone might do in my place

I was the second son, my father's gone,
I know there is no farmer's life for me
When the creek ran dry, the gang and I
Did what we could to feed our families

To the Canyons we shall ride
But we can't hide forever

With a price upon our heads, we moved out further west
Towards the sandy sea
If the troopers ever track us down
They'll see how brave a farmer's boy can be

To the Canyons we shall ride
But we can't hide forever
In the Canyons we are safe
But we can't run forever
Track Name: Circles
I don't want to talk anymore
It hasn't achieved a thing
It's just words going 'round in circles
And waiting for the other to blink

You'll never get to understand me
You're better trying to raise the dead
You've ground the life out of the party
And it's messing up your pretty head

We've gone a little far for excuses
The fiction's too rich for denial
So maybe we should ease up on each other,
If just for a while
Please don't make me suffer
Any more than I really have to
It's hard enough being in love
With one who doesn't love you

I wrote it all down on paper
Then tore it up and threw it away
The message was a little uncertain
The message was just shades of grey

It's not so hard to see through the numbers
Breaking the unbreakable code
There's a bomb in the lonely briefcase
Step back, because it's gonna blow

We've gone a little far for excuses
The fiction's too rich for denial
So maybe we should ease up on each other,
If just for a while
Please don't make me suffer
Any more than I really have to
It's hard enough being in love
With one who doesn't love you
Track Name: Andalusia
Andalusia
Too far away you are
A destination
Tacked on a shooting star

Cold you be my preciosa?
We just need a song we can sing along to

Andalusia
Your nylon string guitars
Play a dance, a flamenco dance
Wherever we are

Could you be my preciosa?
We just need a song we can sing along to

So you played with your parchment moon
We said farewell too soon
Did Federico notice?

And you are my preciosa,
We found us a song we can sing along to
Track Name: Snowflake
Are you someone who likes to catch a falling snowflake on your tongue?
Do you take a few together or catch them one by one?
It's the greatest puzzle faced by humankind

And in Berlin, does inspiration come without or from within?
Does it happen when each snowflake melts upon your skin?
That's how I like to see it in my mind

Delicate in every way
As different as can be
Stand so still, let them kiss your face and
Imagine that it's me
Track Name: Other Weaknesses
Oh Miss Price,
I know that we've met
But I can't pick the place or time
Never mind,
Both of us are gonna get along just fine

I might be wrong,
It's never as simple as just getting along
It's so much more,
And once you give in completely
It's nothing at all

We're so fond of
Love and other weakness,
Love and other weaknesses
We're so fond of
Love and other weakness,
Love and other weaknesses

On any side
There are those who work hard
And those just along for the ride
I can't decide if some of us fit
Or some of us get left behind

We're so fond of
Love and other weakness,
Love and other weaknesses
We're so fond of
Love and other weakness,
Love and other weaknesses

Oh Miss Price,
Bandits and heroes embody our hopes and desires
Don't be surprised
You can be anything,
You can be anything you like

We're so fond of
Love and other weakness,
Love and other weaknesses
We're so fond of
Love and other weakness,
Love and other weaknesses
Track Name: Trivia
Pop quiz,
Question number one
What unravels and comes undone?
It's probable, but no certainty that

Trivia has got a hold on me
Trivia

Pop quiz,
Question number two
Are you happy, false or true?
The greatest minds of the century all thought that

Trivia is an inconstancy
Trivia
I must be so naive
To think that trivia
Trivia
Trivia

Actual, not factual
Actual, not factual
Actual, not factual
Actual, not factual

Pop quiz,
Question number three
You must answer honestly
We're so in love when we want to be

But Trivia will get the best, you'll see
Trivia
I must be so naive
To think that Trivia
Trivia
Trivia was something to believe
Track Name: Broke My Own Heart
Your eyes are a window, I gaze at my risk
I try not to look but temptation insists
So put on your red shirt and pretty white dress
Let's try to find some way out of this mess
We're so helpless for our part
For choosing romances so doomed from the start
Falling for you
I broke my own heart

I hate that I love you, I hate that you know
I hate that we have to go on with the show
I hate that I'm never going to forget
These feelings we've had since the day that we met
We're so helpless for our part
When all these stray bullets somehow found their mark
Falling for you
I broke my own heart

I'd paint you a picture if only I could
Of two little children alone in the woods
I'd make sure that girl looked a little like you
But that little boy's face would be hidden from view
To hide his tears in the dark
For he knows at the edge of the woods they must part
Falling for you
He broke his own heart
Falling for you
I broke my own heart
Track Name: Oscillate
Any kind of road our thoughts can take
Gravity can hold, or give and take
Mix up the elements, give them a shake
Turn science into art

Particles and waves where stars collide
Matter in the dark, no place to hide
Between the time and space
Between the time and space

You oscillate
You oscillate my heart
You oscillate
You oscillate my heart

What do you say when the light goes out?
When the air runs out?

You oscillate
You oscillate my heart
You oscillate
You oscillate my heart
Track Name: The Wash
It's no secret that your devotion
Can break my already fragile emotions
After all
After all
It all comes out in the wash
It all comes out...

Heavy hearts and sunken features
The hand to save us might just reach us
After all
After all
It all comes out in the wash
It all comes out in the wash
It all comes out in the wash
It all comes out...