Courage

by Treelines

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released November 18, 2011

Produced by Shawn Cole and engineered by Paul Boechler at FaderMaster Studios in Vancouver B.C. very slowly over the Summer and Fall of 2011. Mastered by Brock McFarlane.

All songs were written by Matt Lockhart, Matt Kelly, Steve Lockhart and Grant McKinnon. Lyrics by Matt Lockhart.

This album was funded by Music BC and 100.5 The Peak FM who are due our eternal thanks.

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Track Name: Ode To The Prairies
There's something proud about tilling ground,
On a generation hand-me-down,
A half day's drive from the nearest town.

Where the grain grows tall and the sky low,
And those old prairie breezes know,
A little trick with tide to make those golden waves roll.

We crossed the country,
Followed those railroad lines,
Out to the prairies,
Country of never-ending sky,
To find a new life,
Grown from the ground,
Built on the bedrock,
Of dirty hands and sweaty brows.

There's a little bit of faith in the seeds we sow,
And those grain elevators know,
Sometimes you're high and sometimes your low.

And sometimes you pray for a little luck,
Like when the Red River rises up,
And those sandbag walls just don't seem high enough.

We crossed the country,
Followed those railroad lines,
Out to the prairies,
Country of never-ending sky,
To find a new life,
Grown from the ground,
Built on the bedrock,
Of calloused hands and sweaty brows.

We crossed the country,
Followed those railroad lines,
Out to the prairies,
Country of never-ending sky,
To find a new life,
Grown from the ground,
Built on the bedrock,
Of dirty hands and sweaty brows.
Track Name: Linked Arms
I used to see them on South St.,
Shuffling back from the store,
His grey suit fresh-pressed every morning,
Those patterned dresses she wore from the bargain store.

I used to dream about their history,
He might have served in the war,
They might have met at a vet fundraiser,
She volunteered at the door many years before.

Frail legs walk on,
With linked arms held strong.

And as they passed out of view I wondered what is the glue of forever?
When the hurricanes came how did the head sail stay stitched together?
How were they able to balance the books in their ledgers,
When the loans that defaulted were taken against their hearts?

We all want a hand to hold onto,
To walk down the sidewalks of our lives,
When the debt starts to grow and the wind begins blowing against us,
We'll wait out the rain and beat down those credit lines,
With your arm in mine.
Track Name: Courage
You used to stand as strong as cement,
And prouder than a marching band.
Yeah you always said that having half a plan,
Was only having half a man.
But there was no way to tell,
That the cars wouldn't sell,
And that's your last factory closing bell.
You get home that night,
To a little surprise: She's gonna have her father's eyes.

Now there's a thief you can't see,
In the dark--he's stealing your sleep.
So you lay there restless postponing your dreams,
And telling yourself it's not as bad as it seems.

Courage is a lie until morning,
When darkness knows that your bluffing.

You went in last week,
It started routine,
Then they saw something on the machine.
And it won't be long,
She'll be able to tell,
That you are not well.

Now the calendar's filled,
With doctors and schedules for pills,
They gave you six months but it's been a year,
You've been falling asleep with death's whisper in your ear.

Courage is the will to keep fighting,
When darkness knows that you're coming.

Your best-laid plans were damned from the start,
And your body's been cursed to fall apart.

Courage.
Courage is fighting the night.
Track Name: The Vancouver Song
This is a song about a town you'll find,
If you trace the Fraser down,
And leave your finger at the place,
Where the river meets the Georgia Straight.

We come from all around the globe,
In many languages we call this home,
What we eat and what we wear may differ,
But that just makes our culture richer.

You may complain about the rain,
But those are just tears from the clouds out here,
Cause they can't stay every day.

We like to have a little fun,
We'll host a party and invite everyone,
But you would know that if you came to visit,
For Expo 86 or the Olympics.

We love our hockey team too,
Decked out in green and white and blue,
We know it wasn't unpatriotic,
When we would cheer for the Russian Rocket.

You may complain about the rain,
But those are just tears from the clouds out here,
Cause they can't stay
Yeah they know they won't stay,
No they won't stay every day.

In the shadow of snow-capped mountains,
Tucked in by the blanket of the sea,
Built on over a century of history,
A melody's evolved and we all sing along,
To Vancouver's Song.

You may complain about the rain,
But those are just tears from the clouds out here,
Cause they know can't stay,
Yeah they know they won't stay,
No they can't stay every day.