Echoes in Time

by Sills & Smith

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Echoes In Time is the fifth studio album of Sills & Smith, independent rock band led by singer-songwriters Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith. The album was produced by Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound in Ottawa.

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released November 10, 2015

All songs composed by Sills & Smith: Frank Smith (words and music), Jeremy Sills (music), except The Chalice/The Blade, The Sacred Valley and Pick Me Up With Song: Frank Smith and Jeremy Sills (words and music).

Recorded, engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from July 2015 - October 2015. Various musical arrangements by Phillip Victor Bova. Kevin Breit played and recorded at his studio in Guelph, Ontario.

Frank Smith - vocals
Jeremy Sills - vocals, acoustic guitars, piano (4, 10, 12) electric guitar (3), trumpet (1)
Phillip Victor Bova - electric and acoustic bass
T. Bruce Wittet - drums and percussion
Blair Michael Hogan - electric guitar (3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13), mandolin (1)
Kevin Breit - electric guitar (2, 9, 7, 10, 12), electric mandolin (7)
Don Wallace - electric guitar (5, 6, 8)
Jim McDowell - Hammond organ (4, 9), Farfisa organ (7), Vox Continental organ (8)
Roddy Ellias - electric guitar (3)
Tara Holloway - vocals (2)
Linsey Wellman - alto saxophone (4)

1. We Are Receiving (5:10)
2. Slicing Up The Clouds (5:15)
3. The Chalice/The Blade (8:55)
4. One Step Behind (4:37)
5. They Don't Come Knocking (4:18)
6. Reverberations (2:43)
7. I Was Really Something (3:26)
8. Echoes (3:43)
9. The News (7:32)
10. After The Smoke Clears (3:26)
11. Is The Mirror Reflecting You? (4:18)
12. The Sacred Valley (3:07)
13. Pick Me Up With Song (3:05)

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Sills & Smith Ottawa, Ontario

Sills & Smith, led by Ottawa singer-songwriters Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith, has independently released five studio albums of music that boldly blend and bend elements of folk, alternative rock, progressive rock, with hints of blues and jazz. The new album Echoes In Time features 13 powerful, melodic original songs; the boldest Sills & Smith musical adventure to date. ... more

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Track Name: We Are Receiving
A melodic shard
Across the universe
A temporal spark
Fires the engine room

An harmonic shift
In the celestial plane
At the speed of light
At the speed of sound

We are receiving
We are receiving
We are receiving
We are receiving
We are receiving

Falling, out of control
In the centre of it all
A holy choir sings
Beauty abounds
A pastoral aura forms
So magnificent and free
And infinite beyond belief

A tonal splash
A psychic call
Down a rabbit hole
Reach the motherlode

A radiant glow
Strike the magic chord
Cymbals crash
Horns blow

We are receiving
We are receiving
We are receiving
We are receiving

We are receiving
We are receiving
We are receiving
We are receiving
Track Name: Slicing Up The Clouds
Tumbling through
This brick
Red sky

Slicing up
The clouds
Slicing up
The clouds

Boarding pass
Near whiskey
Sour

Slicing up
The clouds
Slicing up
The clouds

Ocean view
No horizon
Found

Slicing up
The clouds
Slicing up
The clouds

It's surreal
Man
A holy
Terror and

Whipped through
The eye of hurricane
Whipped through
The eye of hurricane
Of a hurricane
Of a hurricane

Plummeting
Thick
Black smoke

Slicing up
The clouds
Slicing up
The clouds

Luggage crashing
Down the
Aisle

Slicing up
The clouds
Slicing up
The clouds

Panicked
White knuckled
Down...

Slicing up
The clouds
Slicing up
The clouds

Did she need me?
Did she love me?
Did she want me?
Did she...

It's surreal
Man
A holy
Terror and

Whipped through
The eye of hurricane
Whipped through
The eye of hurricane
Of a hurricane
Of a hurricane
Track Name: The Chalice/The Blade
The chalice, the blade
Eternal battles
The blood of
Our ancestors
The ties
To the past

I'll take you
On a journey
Through unsettled
Histories
As the planets
Collide and we
Rest for awhile

The genetic fabric
The consequences
of fate
Our worth
Is measured by
What we give
Not take

In past lives
Or reincarnated futures
Slipping back and forth
Time
Is elastic

I'll take you
On a journey
Through unsettled
Histories
As the planets
Collide and we
Rest for awhile

I'll take you
On a journey
Through unsettled
Histories
As the planets
Collide and we
Rest for awhile

I'll take you
On a journey
Through unsettled
Histories
As the planets
Collide and we
Rest for awhile

I'll take you
On a journey
Through unsettled
Histories
As the planets
Collide and we
Rest for awhile

I'll take you
On a journey
Through unsettled
Histories
As the planets
Collide and we
Rest for awhile

I'll take you
On a journey
Through unsettled
Histories
As the planets
Collide and we
Rest for awhile
Track Name: One Step Behind
When it all
Just comes
Crashing down
It was held
By a thread

Nothing is easy
Life is like that

When the
Final curtain
Unfurls
On the stage

I’m hearing
A sweet requiem
The angels
Would sing

So long for
Now
‘til we meet
Again

I’m right by
Your side
One step behind
One step behind

How do you
Measure
The worth of
A man?

Does anything
Last
Once your
Dust in the wind?

There are remnants
And memories
Photos and letters

Bright as a sunrise
Dark as an eclipse

So long for
Now
‘til we meet
Again

I’m right by
Your side
One step behind

So long for
Now
‘til we meet
Again

I’m right by
Your side
One step behind
One step behind
Track Name: They Don't Come Knocking
"Please no soliciting here"
We made up the rule
After several pints
Of beer
In the
Staggering dark

And "Please no sympathy here"
It's not written down
They know it by rote
And ignore it just
The same

But they don't come
Knocking anymore
Thick dust in the yard
Cakes the old
Blue Ford

They don't come
Knocking anymore
Years of neglect
Peeled paint
Off the bright
Wooden door

"Please no violence here"
The gangs rule
With iron fists
Where the children
Once played in
Our streets

And "Please no excuses here"
They rained down so long
They poisoned our wells
The parade left
Our town
For good

But they don't come
Knocking anymore
Thick dust in the yard
Cakes the old
Blue Ford

They don't come
Knocking anymore
Years of neglect
Peeled paint
Off the bright
Wooden door

Off the bright
Wooden door
Off the bright
Wooden door
Track Name: Reverberations
It accumulates
And multiplies
Reverberates through
Our lives

Decisions that
We take
In the blinking
Of an eye

We are falling
Down
Stumbling around
Diggin' a brief
Foothold

Traumas
That we face
Marks we
Can't erase

No one ever
Said this
Would be easy

We're hurtling
Headlong into
The dark

No one ever
Said this
Would be easy

It's bloody cold
And lonely
In a crowd

Centrifuge
Spinning fast
Relationships that
Don't seem to last

We're blessed
And we're cursed
From bad to worse

In country markets
Or urban sprawl
We rarely can
Escape at all

It's slipping
Through our hands
Fetid dust and sand

No one ever
Said this
Would be easy

We're hurtling
Headlong into
The dark

No one ever
Said this
Would be easy

It's bloody cold
And lonely
In a crowd

No one ever
Said this
Would be easy

We're hurtling
Headlong into
The dark

No one ever
Said this
Would be easy

It's bloody cold
And lonely
In a crowd
Track Name: I Was Really Something
I was really
Something
Before I met
You

Fast cars
And fine
Wines
In 1962

I was really
Hot
When I made
Love
Back then

Now I’m faking
Borrowed
Moves
Like other
Old men

Uptown or downtown
I’ve lived
In hovels
And brownstones

That was then
This is now
Holy cow

That was then
This is now
Holy cow

I was really
Primed
To make
Bells chime

Now I’m living
Hand to mouth
On my
Last dime

I was really
Special
Before
Electricity

I was a smooth
Operator
Living in
The city

Uptown or downtown
I’ve lived
In hovels
And brownstones

That was then
This is now
Holy cow

That was then
This is now
Holy cow

I was smoking
Reefers like
There was
No tomorrow

Now I drink
Jack Daniel’s
To drown
My sorrows

Uptown or downtown
I’ve lived
In hovels
And brownstones

That was then
This is now
Holy cow (x 2)
Track Name: Echoes
We don't understand
What you're saying
Is that some foreign
Language?
Or are you
Speaking in tongues?

We can't relate
To where you're praying
It's not consecrated ground
It seems so
Unholy

It echoes
Through the land
It echoes across the sky
It echoes around the globe
No one's deciphering
The code

It echoes
Through the land
It echoes across the sky
It echoes around the globe
No one's deciphering
The code

We don't like
The clothes you're wearing
Is that a crown or a shroud?
Won't you follow
The crowd
Like the rest?

We don't like
The flag you're waving
Its colours are unknown
Will it bring violence
To our homes
And our schools?

When all looks
Hopeless send
The envoy in
We need more
Diplomacy
Don't let the
Hawks win

Many are bred
For hatred
Not able to discern
That a crying baby
Is the same
Everywhere

It echoes
Through the land
It echoes across the sky
It echoes around the globe
No one's deciphering
The code

It echoes
Through the land
It echoes across the sky
It echoes around the globe
No one's deciphering
The code
Track Name: The News
It twists and turns
In the wind
Cigarette burns
On the carpet
Upstairs
Can't be
Hidden along with
Your sins

It howls like
A wolf
In the woods
Lip-stick marks
On coffee cups
Tossed in the kitchen
Sink

I'm getting
The picture
I'm hearing
The news
Broadcast in
Stereo
With technicolour
Hues

I'm getting
The picture
I'm hearing
The news
Broadcast in
Stereo
With technicolour
Hues

It rests
Like a corpse
In the morgue
Books have

Been moved
On that shelf
In the den

Near the
Grandfather
Clock

It's frayed like
A live wire
Someone's moved
That old rocking
Chair
Where we once
Made love by
The fire

I'm getting
The picture
I'm hearing
The news
Broadcast in
Stereo
With technicolour
Hues

I'm getting
The picture
I'm hearing
The news
Broadcast in
Stereo
With technicolour
Hues
Track Name: After The Smoke Clears
And after the
Smoke clears
The balloons
And the clowns
Leave
We're left
With remorse
And regrets

A circle of
Faces
Spinning ever
So quickly
They arrive
And disappear
Off the map

An old man on
A park bench
Surrounded
By pigeons
Why does he
Look so bereft?

I didn't
Figure it out
Until it was too
Late

I was never
Equipped for
The ride

I always counted
On you to carry
Me through

I'm cold and
Weary to the core

I walked by
The river
Heard the
Laughter of
Children

They were throwing
Bread for
Some geese

I know this
City like
The back of
My hand now
It's dank corners
It's stark truths

I didn't
Figure it out
Until it was too
Late

I was never
Equipped for
The ride

I always counted
On you to carry
Me through
I'm cold and
Weary to the core
Track Name: Is The Mirror Reflecting You?
I recall when
your melodies
Sounded so fresh

When you played it
Like you meant it
And they always
Demanded more
Before they left

I remember hearing
The invention and the verve
The way you bent notes
On a gorgeous,
Celestial curve

Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Or is that merely
A sad distortion
Of who you once
Were?

We listened to
Your records after dark
They beguiled us
And gave us the fire
And the spark

Your voice could make
Us cry
You moved with ease
From an anguished scream
To a tranquil lullaby
To a tranquil lullaby


Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Or is that merely
A sad distortion
Of who you once
Were?

Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Is the mirror
Reflecting you now?
Or is that merely
A sad distortion
Of who you once
Were?
Track Name: The Sacred Valley
The sacred earth
The sacred valley
Lush green mountains
Masters of the
Spirit realm

Standing on
The threshold
Between life
And death
All creation
Mysteries unfold

You came to me
With open heart
You came to me
With outstretched hands
Enfolding great love
Enfolding great love

On retreat
Sitting in the dark
Wait patiently
For what is
To come

Soaring visions
Unsettling dreams
By the river
Eyes closed
Eyes open
Nothing as
It seems

You came to me
With open heart
You came to me
With outstretched hands
Enfolding great love
Enfolding great love

You came to me
With open heart
You came to me
With outstretched hands
Enfolding great love
Enfolding great love



The sacred earth
The sacred valley
Lush green mountains
Masters of the
Spirit realm

Standing on
The threshold
Between life
And death
All creation
Mysteries unfold

You came to me
With open heart
You came to me
With outstretched hands
Enfolding great love
Enfolding great love

On retreat
Sitting in the dark
Wait patiently
For what is
To come

Soaring visions
Unsettling dreams
By the river
Eyes closed
Eyes open
Nothing as
It seems

You came to me
With open heart
You came to me
With outstretched hands
Enfolding great love
Enfolding great love

You came to me
With open heart
You came to me
With outstretched hands
Enfolding great love
Enfolding great love
Track Name: Pick Me Up With Song
The elements
Of reason
Gathering sense
From the abyss

There are
Special moments
We're bound
To miss

I was searching
Because of you
I was found

There is
Beauty on
This earth
Heavenly
And profound

Pick me up
With song
It won't be long

Pick me up
With song
It won't be long

From now
My dear
From now
My dear
From now
My dear

The concrete jungle
Asphalt and tar
Everyone lost
Right where
We are

Celebrated triumphs
Calculated risks
Your song
calling me
Reminding me
There is more
Than this

Pick me up
With song
It won't be long

Pick me up
With song
It won't be long

From now
My dear
From now
My dear
From now
My dear