Whalers

by Ryland Bouchard

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Recorded in 2016/2017 at home in Polo, IL. Copyright 2017, Swim Slowly Records.

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released June 19, 2017

Ryland Bouchard (vocals/guitar/piano/clarinet/bass/drums), Chad Matheny (piano)

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"One of the most creative and potentially scary minds of our generation" - Daytrotter

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Track Name: Sleep Late My Love
sleep late my love / let the day go by
there's no need to fear / these storms will pass in time

let's talk all night / and watch the sunrise
we only have so much time / it's why I'm thankful you are here

sleep late my love / let the day go by
there's no need to fear / these storms will pass in time

let's turn off the lights / and lay in the dark
look up to the sky / and watch all the stars shine

sleep late my love / let the day go by
there's no need to fear / these storms will pass in time
Track Name: Blue Eyes
she's got blue eyes / she's got blue eyes
deep as the seas / blue as the skies

my sweet girl / bless her soul
shares her light / everywhere she goes

she's got a warm heart / she's got a warm heart
sweet as the spring / light as a breeze

my sweet girl / bless her soul
shares her light / everywhere she goes

she's got blue eyes / she's got blue eyes
she's got blue eyes / she's got blue eyes
deep as the seas / blue as the skies
deep as the seas / blue as the skies
Track Name: Whalers
up before dawn / rise in the oceans
i am one / born of the current
restless on ground / cast in the nets
i am the waves / carving away what's known

I am a whaler's son
the sea is the home I know
the sun rises sets and is gone
alone

my ship is a sail / the wind is another
the water is old / tamed by no one
oh mystic seas / kings of the depth
there's calls from the hills:
"it's not a whale I seek"

I am a whaler's son
the sea is the home I know
the sun rises sets and is gone
alone

I am a whaler's son
the sea is the home I know
the sun rises sets and is gone
alone
Track Name: Everyday Stars
there's time for sadness, time for grief
everyday hearts are rebuilt (or destroyed) by these

the leaves are golden, as they fall
everyday changes can divide (or bind) us all

it's time for fighting if you believe
everyday life might one day cease to be

who are we
to decide the fate

of every star
and every wave?

who are we
to decide the fate

of every star
and every wave?
Track Name: Lions
A pit of lions tearing apart
what's left of good
what's left in your heart

Eagles in the air
agents of terror
no one will see them
when they're put to sleep
Track Name: The Balance
when we were young I didn't know
the things we have don't stay that long
my father is gone, my mother too
(no one knows what'll happen to you)

when we were old I didn't think
the things we did could help or bring
new light to the dark
(or was it really too hard?)

the balance it can not shift
no matter what you give
the balance it can not shift
no matter what you give

now maybe there's a simple way
to keep the past close but far away
and maybe there's a better way
to live your life without its weight

when we were gone I didn't try
or even bother to ask why
sometimes we come to life
but mostly it just passes by

the balance it can not shift
no matter what you give
the balance it can not shift
no matter what you give
Track Name: Willow Trees
down by the willow trees
where the seasons took our home
down the riverside
where the floods feed the ground

I won't bother to ask the skies
what I know will pass

brought down by an endless rain
the landslide shapes its own
brought down by a battle call
these walls were built to fall

I won't bother to ask the skies
what I know will pass

swept here by an ocean tide
you can't force where they go
washed off my skin to find
the dirt became my own

I won't bother to ask the skies
what I know will pass

I won't bother to ask the skies
what I know will pass
Track Name: Can't Not See
we're homeless, bankrupt, we've got nothing left

is freedom more than waiting to die?
is freedom more than waiting to die?

we're starving, we're sick, we've got nothing left

these words don't feed
I need something more

these words don't feed
I need something more
Track Name: All That We've Built
out in the open
out in the plains
out in the prairies
where the working men say:
oh do I try, oh do I pray
but every single day I carry new weight

up in the mountains
up in the trees
up in branches
where the birds do sing:
oh do I try, oh do I pray
but the nests that we build the wind takes away

out in the water
out in the sea
out in waves
where you live by your needs:
oh do I try, oh do I pray
but all of these currents they pull as they change

out in the night
out in the dark
out in the place
where you are who you are
oh do I try, oh do I pray
but as soon as we wake life takes us away

up in the mountains
out on the seas
climbing to the top of an old fir tree
oh do I know, oh do I say
all that we've built will soon pass away

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