Verses vs. Homelessness

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released June 23, 2016

Vocals (in order of appearance):
Jess Smith, Jordan Williams, Lenny Howell, Mariya Stokes, Perry Wilson, Christian Hudson, Tyler Wilson, Debra Power, Rosalee Goshinmon, and Michael Frisby

Electric & Acoustic Guitar:
Kris Demeanor, Michael Frisby, Neil Gunhold, Lenny Howell, Mariya Stokes, and Perry Wilson

Bass: Chris Byrne
Drums: Kent Macrae
B3 Organ: Mike Little
Piano & Synth: Steve Dierkens

Recorded by:
Steve Dierkens @ Studio D, Calgary, AB
Lorrie Matheson @& Arch Audio, Calgary, AB

Album Artwork & Design:
Steven Baldwin, Jasmine Atay, Jake Shapka, & Steve Baldwin
Photography:
Breeze Photography and Manisha Ghooi

Executive Producer: Steve Baldwin
Album Producer: Steve Dierkens

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Shelter From the Storm Calgary, Alberta

In 2015, a group of staff, clients and volunteers at Canada's largest homeless serving agency - the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre - joined forces to write songs, share experiences and transform the way their stories are told.

The project has since resulted in concert performances, an ongoing TELUS web-series, and 2 full length studio albums.

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Track Name: Jess Smith & Jordan Williams - Feelin' For Your Love
(Jess Smith)
Please don’t let me drown
Water in my lungs
I won’t let you down
Revolve around your sun
Since you came around
It’s like a star fell from above
And now I’ve got this…

Feelin' for ya
Feelin' for ya
Feelin' for your love

Fate won’t fail me now
Got this fire in my heart
That can’t be put out
I’ll set a flame to all that’s dark
Don’t know where or how,
but I know I’ll make my mark
Ever since I got this…

Feelin' for ya
Feelin' for ya
Feelin' for your love

(Jordan Williams)
Chaos all around
I’m racing to your beacon
Your every heavy sound
And every single reason

You’re like every perfect song
With every perfect meaning
Shifting through complexities of
living
And simplicities of being

Guide me through waves of
confusion
Find the harbour of love, like
where the map at
Old souls, new fun
Won’t come undone
Had us clickin' like a snapback

Now there’s chaos all around
A fire remains within us though
Associate ourselves with love
Like a sail to a sail boat
Heart’s remain on guard
Just a castle with a big old moat

And I’ve always had this feeling
For that something that I’ve
never seen
You’ve shown me
Every side of you
Is everything I long to be
So please…

“Please don’t let me drown”

(Jess Smith)
Cause I’ve got that…
Feelin' for ya
Feelin' for ya
Feelin' for your love
Track Name: Lenny Howell - Horse
MY GRAMMA SHE ONCE TOLD ME, IN HER SMALLTOWN
SOUTHERN WAY
YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER,BUT YOU CANNOT MAKE HIM PRAY
THE BLANKET OF YOUR SOLITUDE,IS PURGATORY BOUND THE TANGLING OF YOUR WIRING,IS LIKE A LOST AND FOUND

WHEN YOUR POCKETS GET TOO EMPTY, WHEN SOMEONE KILLS YOUR HEART
WHEN THE BURDEN IS TOO HEAVY, TOO HEAVY FROM THE START
BEFORE YOU TAKE THAT FINAL STEP,TAKE ONE LAST LOOK AROUND
THERE MIGHT BE SOMEONE REACHING OUT,TO HELP YOU OFF
THE GROUND

WHEN I LOOKED UP FROM MY EDGE OF CHOICE, APPEARING LIKE ST.JAMES
OR PETER ,PAUL, OR MAYBE SAUL, I CAN'T RECALL THEIR NAMES
I ASKED ARE YOU A MAN OF GOD, SENT HERE TO INTERVENE
HE SAID "NO I'M JUST A HOMELESS MAN, BUT YOUR VIEW IS ONE I'VE SEEN"

WHEN YOU STANDIN' ON THE PRECIPICE,AND THE MERMAIDS STARIN' BACK
THE SMILE OF HER FORGIVENESS,THE COLD OF HER ATTACK
AND AS YOU TAKE THAT FINAL BREATH, YOUR LIFE BEFORE YOUR EYE'S
IS WHAT YOU ARE REMOVED FROM TIME, WITHOUT YOUR LAST GOODBYE

HE SAID YOU SEEM UNCERTAIN, IS THERE SOMETHING LEFT UNDONE
WERE YOU THINKING OF YOUR LEGACY,OR THINKING OF SOMEONE
REFLECTION ON YOUR INNER SOUL, WHILE STARING AT THE DEEP
IS SOMETHING THAT ALL MEN MUST DO, BEFORE THEY TAKE THE LEAP

I FELT MY BLOOD BEGIN TO BOIL , DISMISSED HIM WITH MY HAND
I SAID NO WAY ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH, YOU COULD EVER UNDERSTAND
WHEN HE TURNED I HEARD HIM CHUCKLE, AND I SWEAR I HEARD HIM SAY
YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER, BUT YOU CANNOT MAKE HIM PRAY

I TURNED MY FACE BACK TO THE SUN, AND HOLLERED OUT MY NAME
IN CASE I'D BEEN FORGOTTEN, LIKE A MAN WHO'S GONE INSANE
BUT MY GRAMMA DIDN'T RAISE NO FOOL, SO I TURNED AND WALKED AWAY
CAUSE YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER, BUT YOU CANNOT MAKE HIM PRAY
Track Name: Mariya Stokes - Lucky
You don’t walk to the beat of your own drum
You lead the band
And you sure changed the tune I was singing
When you took my hand
Every love I’d ever known
Let me down
But something in my soul was hummin’,
When you came around

You saw my insecurities and kissed them softly to sleep
Somehow I was always yours, before you ever met me
How did I get so lucky, how did I get so lucky
To have you lovin’ me

Always said that you had two left feet
Took me dancin’ anyway
Somehow you made me laugh
On my worst days
You knew everything about me
All my secrets, and my dreams
Felt like I could do anything
With you next to me

You saw my insecurities and kissed them softly to sleep
Somehow I was always yours, before you ever met me
How did I get so lucky, how did I get so lucky
To have you lovin’ me

We were gonna sit on our front porch at 83
Watch our kids grow up, move out, and get married
But after 15 years of love, life changed our plans
And when my body broke, you pulled me close, and took my hand

You saw my insecurities and kissed them softly to sleep
Somehow I was always yours, before you ever met me
How did I get so lucky, how did I get so lucky
To have you lovin’ me

You saw my insecurities and kissed them softly to sleep
Held me as I slipped away, but part of you left with me
I need you to remember who you used to be
For all the pain you carry our love, it was twice as deep
You might think we’re unlucky
Not everyone gets this lucky
Track Name: Perry Wilson - I'm Done
Butterflies and rainbows
Playing in mom’s backyard
‘Cos my little dog’s keeping guard

I’m done flying kites
I’m done with the curfews
The White picket fence
My mom and her issues
I’m Done, I’m Done, I’m done

Driving ahead of my headlights
Flying under the radar
Don’t care about the world
Except dodging knives and sneers from my father

I’m Done with the lies
I’m done with the hiding
This isn’t a life
To get rich or die trying
I’m Done, I’m Done, I’m done

Rows of seeds in the garden
Birds nesting in the trees
All my cares in the world
Are right here next to me

Flown all my kites
Told all my lies
I didn’t get rich
But I didn’t die tryin’
I’m done, I’m done, I’m done

I’m starting to grow
It’s starting to show
A wife and a home
My daughter chasing rainbows
I’m Done, I’m Done, I’m done
Track Name: Jordan Williams & Christian Hudson - Wake Up
(Christian Hudson)
Wake up
Stop telling myself a lie
Telling myself I'm alright
Sleeping away my life

Wake up
Stop telling myself a lie
Telling myself I'm alright
Sleeping away my life

(Jordan Williams)
They say time is money
Money is a blessing
But why
When its the cause of most our stressing
Isolate myself
As if this rooms is correction
lately I've been tryn'a make a little room
For corrections
And these scars on my arms say I learned a few lessons

But I'll be damned
If get if I get crushed again
In these waves of depression
Were all good people
But that's something they rarely mention
Something we don't hear
Un-acceptance, un-forgiven

A sub conscious root of all fears
Like how you beat a beast
That's stalked you for years
Walk away from drama
Nah I won't feed it
If we can't wake up
Than how we defeat it
No more running
Like I been defeated
been through hell once I ain't gotta repeat it

(Christian Hudson)
Wake up
Stop telling myself a lie
Telling myself I'm alright
Sleeping away my life

Wake up
Stop telling myself a lie
Telling myself I'm alright
Sleeping away my life

(Jordan Williams)
When leaving what you knew
Becomes nerve racking
Like pink socks
In new schools
I gotta wake up and when
Its when I’m sleeping I lose
Never bought into the hype long enough
We all do

My eye used to be blind
Now it’s open like a lotus uh
I'm slowly tryn'a watch this flower bloom
this is a message to myself
Maybe you feel it to?

(Christian Hudson)
I don't wanna get out of bed
Gotta get out of my head

I don't wanna get out of bed
my body is heavy as lead

I don't wanna get out of bed
you’re alive and playing
Dead

Wake up
Stop telling myself a lie
Telling myself I'm alright
Sleeping away my life

Wake up
Stop telling myself a lie
Telling myself I'm alright
Sleeping away my life
Track Name: Tyler Wilson - Healer
Your home could be anything
A peace of mind in simplicity
Pick me up cause I’m losing steam
I hear you laughing from the corner of the street

I’m a friend, I’m a son, I’m an actor
I’m a comedian; an animal trainer
So much has happened since the last time that i saw her
I’m feelin’ famous, thinking “maybe I'm a healer?”

We live in the same world
They're so lost when they tell me that’s absurd
Give me a minute, I'm a light in the dark
Show them the truth; there’s a beauty in the bark.

I’m a friend, I’m a son, I’m an actor
I’m a comedian; an animal trainer
So much has happened since the last time that i saw her
I’m feelin’ famous, thinking “maybe I'm a healer?”

Comin’ out, there’s no doubt “Cause that’s just me!”
Within these walls I'm standing tall, feelin’ free
Taking the good with the bad, I'm singing loud
I’m feeling happy every time I hear that sound.
Track Name: Max Ciesielski & Kris Demeanor (feat. Ellen Close & Mariya Stokes) - Never Break
14 people sleeping on the floor
Caring for them all at 5 years old
Hardly ever see the sun
Hiding food for when the money runs out

First thing I learned was dance and keep dancing
Keep everyone happy
And so I danced and I danced and I danced

Bullied about second hand clothes, boys clothes
Haircut with a bowl
No money for lunch
Teachers pitch in to get me some

Toys thrown in a plastic bag
Grandma's hockey stick
Chase him out of the house
Eviction notice on the door
What could be better than something else?

hard, fast hits Fear, pain, lost, drunk, pulled, bullied, why, down, drowning
hurt, hurt, hurt, hurt

But like the tall grass by the Bow, I will blow and bend but never break

When I was alone
I was saved by the promise of happiness
Then you fostered my dreams
And you taught me forgiveness
Thank you for showing me

And my little one, who has already seen too much
From now on
You will always see the sun
You will always see the sun
My son
Track Name: Pierre LaRochelle (feat. Debra Power) - Soul Groove
Slide. Slide over here, if you can lend an ear
Slide, slide over there, if you really just don’t care
We’re looking for a soul groove, we’re spirits born free to move
Ain’t he just like you and me, to stand tall and be free
Won’t you listen to this sister, She will make you a believer

A story ‘bout a brother, who’s looking for an answer
Up and down and all around, he’s yearning for some common ground
He didn’t have a plan, then along came a man
He said listen son carefully, just between you and me
You can call home, pick up the phone
When you’re lonesome and all alone
Don’t be torn, just be free, fly like an eagle to the sea

Slide. Slide over here, if you can lend an ear
Slide, slide over there, if you really just don’t care
We’re looking for a soul groove, we’re spirits born free to move
Ain’t he just like you and me, to stand tall and be free
Won’t you listen to this sister, She will make you a believer

He’s a feather in the wind, blown away but not forgotten
Bewildered, bothered, but still driven, to climb the towering mountain
To sprout his dream, in a sunlit stream, reflecting like a glowing beam
Of journeys yet to be discovered, trusting faith to be remembered
Moving forward into unknown, to carve his seat, on the winner’s throne
To gaze at the corner stone, and find some place to call his own
And finally reach a destiny of being free
Eternally

Slide. Slide over here, if you can lend an ear
Slide, slide over there, if you really just don’t care
We’re looking for a soul groove, we’re spirits born free to move
Ain’t he just like you and me, to stand tall and be free
Won’t you listen to this sister, She will make you a believer

Slide. Slide over here, if you can lend an ear
Slide, slide over there, if you really just don’t care
We’re looking for a soul groove, we’re spirits born free to move
Ain’t he just like you and me, to stand tall and be free
Won’t you listen to this sister, She will make you a believer

Yeah I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, that’s my demeanor,
A user, a liar, a cheater
A loner, a wanderer, a dreamer
But by the end of the day, all I truly have to say
It’s to be free, him, you and me, and all of humanity

Looking for a soul groove, looking for a soul groove
Looking for a soul groove, looking for a soul groove
Track Name: Trevor Williams (feat. Rosalee Goshinmon) - Just Might Be Getting To Me
Haunted haunted
We once had a name
'Til the changes came
Haunted I'm haunted
Name was then lost
Cast aside just like dross
Haunted it just might be gettin to me

Sojurn Sojurn
It's time to move
Get some dust on these shoes
Sojurn Sojurn
Here we can't dwell
Countries torn up to hell
Sojurn it just might be getting to me

Conscience Conscience
Aware of my sin
They said it’s within
Conscience Conscience
They called us the first
Ain't the place of our birth
Conscience it just might be getting to me

Malice malice
The only release
Where I find some peace
Malice Malice
I just wanna rage
But remain in this cage
Malice it just might be getting to me

Silence silence
The noise resounds
Buries me in the ground
Silence Silence
Led heavy heart
Overwhelmed by the dark
Silence it just might be getting to me
Track Name: Michael Frisby - I Wish I Was Home
Been 10 years since the death threats came.
And the life I chose tore me away from you.
Suddenly.
This ain’t my country or my home
But I’ve found some shelter, found some work to do
And I’m lonely.
I still live in fear, it’s like background noise.
If I came back that night I’d have led them straight to you.
And the children.

Now I miss you. I miss you.
If this hasn’t killed us, there’s nothing death can do.
Away from my family, in exile alone
Working and waiting. I wish I was home.

Thousands of tears wait behind my smiles
I’ve lost things most men can’t bear to lose
But I’ve kept my faith, my health
And my love for my babies

Sweet Maria was 9 years old
Manuel was growing strong. Miguel was too.
I have a granddaughter now.
And I so want to hold her.

Always wondered how they played
How they laughed, why they cried
How they feel, what they say, and do?
How do they get through?

Now I miss you. I miss you.
If this hasn’t killed us, there’s nothing death can do.
Away from my family, in exile alone
Working and waiting. I wish I was home.

Catching my breath, I pause to recover.
Been running since I left, now it’s time to discover
Between life and death, I hear the voice of my Mother.
“Wake up my Heart” she sang, to me and my brother.

There’s life in our dreams
Can I return, Is now the time
There’s life in our dreams
If I open this door what will protect me?
There’s life in our dreams
If I reach for your hand, will it still be there?
There’s life in our dreams

I miss you. I miss you
If this hasn’t killed us, there’s nothing death can do.