Etched

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With three previous, critically acclaimed independent alternative rock albums stoking the creative fire, Sills & Smith has released their fourth, and most accomplished studio album of originals to date! Named for its title track "Etched", this 13 track musical and lyrical adventure is both powerful and melodic. The full-length, 53 minute recording explores the human experience and social justice issues to a hard driving, guitar-based sound. Sills & Smith is an Ottawa, Canada based band led by singer-songwriters Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith. The music is a genre bending and blending stew that touches on folk, alternative rock and progressive rock styles. Produced and recorded by the legendary Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound in Ottawa.

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released August 7, 2014

All songs on Etched were composed by Frank Smith (words & music), Jeremy Sills (music). The musicians: Frank Smith (vocals); Jeremy Sills (vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, crystal bowls); Phil Bova (bass), T Bruce Wittet (drums & percussion), Kevin Breit (electric guitar, electric mandolin), Don Wallace (electric guitar, dobro), Roddy Ellias (electric guitar, nylon string acoustic guitar), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello).

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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: Where you'll find it
Here's where
You'll find it
Just beneath
The surface
Roots and
Dark branches
Chains and
Barbed wire
Narrow
Twisted tunnels
Disconnected
Synapses
Ties that
Bind you
Pills that
Soothe you
There is a
Right path
Just near
The wrong
Path
Helpless
Confusion
Feeling
So trapped
Feeling
So trapped (x2)
Cold dark
void
Suspended
World
Release me now
From this
Vice
Neuro-tendrils
Echo chambers
Take me
Where it's
Warm and
Nice
Here's where
You'll find it
A long rapid
Descent
Pillows for
The landing
Rocks on the
Sea shore
Friends for
The moment
Enemies on
The right
Flank
Silhouetted
Landscape
Dimmed
And forgotten
Clocks slowly
Ticking
Measure the
Hours
Dizzying
Silence
Shadows
And towers
There is a
Right path
Just near
The wrong
Path
Helpless
Confusion
Feeling
So trapped
Feeling
So trapped
Track Name: Meet out by the lake
Grab the phone
And car keys
We'll meet out
By the lake
A picnic lunch
On Sunday
Shiraz with
Cheddar aged
Pack up all
Your troubles
What he did
To you
Leave it all
Behind us
A clean break
Start anew
There were razor blades
Not poetry
There were sheer cliffs
Not gentle plains
The camera was
A Nikon
Pastel shades
To blackened eyes (x2)
The smell of
Your perfume
It lingers
In the mist
Your sweetness
Just consumes
Me
He was a monster
To do this
I hold you by
The water
Your arms
Tighten
They won't
Let go
Love was meant
To be like this
A tear stained
Shirt
With tender words
There were razor blades
Not poetry
There were sheer cliffs
Not gentle plains
The camera was
A Nikon
Pastel shades
To blackened eyes
Track Name: What you deserve
Souls in Free fall
Object Lessons
Lack of Conscience

You get What you deserve In the end
You get What you deserve In the end

Concrete Jungle
Exhaust fumes Choking
Children Screaming

You get What you deserve In the end
You get What you deserve In the end

Spiritual Melt down
Human Wasteland
Stupid Intelligence

You get What you deserve In the end
You get What you deserve In the end

It's all Such a shame
We could have Been great
It's all Such a shame
We could have Been grand
We pillaged The water
We plundered The land
It's too late
It's too late


You get What you deserve In the end
You get What you deserve In the end
Track Name: A love for all seasons
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

Hold me in Your arms In the winter
Cradle me Like a baby In the fall
Caress me Through the Rains of Spring-time
Comfort me Through the Blazing heat
Of summer Honey doll

I need A love for all Seasons
The kind of love That won't let go
I need A love for all Seasons
The kind of love That won't let go
The kind of love That won't let go

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

There's an idiot wind That bears ill
There's furious Heat That will melt Your soul
Hard to think With all this Turmoil
That threatens To swallow You whole

I need A love for all Seasons
The kind of love That won't let go
I need A love for all Seasons
The kind of love That won't let go
The kind of love That won't let go
Track Name: Space junk
Space junk Over Houston
Cedric scans The sky
Flying saucers Over Cleveland
People moan And cry
Molten lava On the hillside
Another swig Of wine
Doris is Getting nervous
It's God on The line

Weird shit Happening to us
We ruled the Planet Now we're Doomed
Weird shit Happening to us
We ruled the Planet Now we're Doomed
Now we're Doomed

A crater In the cornfield
Smouldering Smokey plume
A serpent In the fish tank
A 'gator in Your room
Bubba lights A doobie
Billy snorts A line
Zombies In the Graveyard
Martians On the lawn

Weird shit Happening to us
We ruled the Planet Now we're Doomed
Weird shit Happening to us
We ruled the Planet Now we're Doomed
Now we're Doomed
Track Name: To be embraced
Summer time
Sleepless nights
Counting sheep In a row
In open Fields
by A brook
Vivid dreams Are sown
Lace spider Webs
Cinder blocks
Apple trees In bloom
I lay me Down on Cotton sheets
Enchanted in Your womb

It's all quite Wondrous
It's all quite Strange
It's all We'd hoped For
To be Embraced
To be Embraced

Open eyes
Emerald green
Sparkling In the haze
Of August Heat and
Thunder claps
Long forgotten Days
Through corridors
key hole cracks
Stories Your mother told
Flickering lights
On island Shores
Childhood memories

It's all quite Wondrous
It's all quite Strange
It's all We'd hoped For
To be Embraced
To be Embraced
It's all quite Wondrous
It's all quite Strange
It's all We'd hoped For
To be Embraced
To be Embraced
Track Name: Please please save me
Falling, slowly
Dark holes And caverns
Star light Pokes through
Luminous Presence
Pulse rate Quickens
Head pounds Chest tight
:c:
Please, please Save me
Please, please Save me Now!
Please, please Save me
Please, please Save me Now!
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta get Out of here
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta get Out of here
:
Weightless Heat blast
Shell shocked Running
Piercing Sharp pain
Wind-storm Frightened
Numbing Wailing
Water Flowing
:c:
Please, please Save me
Please, please Save me Now!
Please, please Save me
Please, please Save me Now!
:
Crimson Purple
Green glow Legs weak
Rippling Bubbling
Can’t breath Drowning
:c:
Please, please Save me
Please, please Save me Now!
Please, please Save me
Please, please Save me Now!
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta get Out of here
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta get Out of here
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta get Out of here
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta, Gotta get Out
Gotta get Out of here
Track Name: In dreams
Let me take you
Through the
Valley
Of vivid dreams
And lullabies
There's a sign
Post by the
River
A glimmer in
A child's eyes
In that moment
We'll gather
Near a
Forest of
Emerald green
Strange music
Sweetly playing
An eagle soars
Above the scene

In dreams We long
In dreams We yearn
Better days Ahead it all Will turn
In dreams We long
In dreams We yearn
Better days head it all Will turn

Warm sunshine
From the heavens
A gentle breeze
In your sails
Daffodils will
Greet you
As you float
And ride
The rails

In dreams We long
In dreams We yearn
Better days Ahead it all Will turn
In dreams We long
In dreams We yearn
Better days head it all Will turn
In dreams We long
In dreams We yearn
Better days Ahead it all Will turn
Track Name: Etched
Etched in A scrap-book
From the days When we were Closer
Charcoal sketches Of your face
Smudged Where it Softens
Alabaster skin
Like the finest Silken Porcelain
It never Was as Good after
That first Night in Paris

Seeing you again
Makes it all Seems so Petty
The fights Over nothing
Such an awful Pity
If I could Change a thing
In this life Full of folly
I'd make it up To you
I'd make it up To you
:
Etched in A scrap-book
From the days When we were Closer
The edges Of the page
Yellowed Near spiral Binding
There's one Of you In profile
Smiling Through The Winter
The light In my drawing
Is fractured And splintered

Seeing you again
Makes it all Seems so Petty
The fights Over nothing
Such an awful Pity
If I could Change a thing
In this life Full of folly
I'd make it up To you
Seeing you again
Makes it all Seems so Petty
The fights Over nothing
Such an awful Pity
If I could Change a thing
In this life Full of folly
I'd make it up To you
I'd make it up To you
Track Name: End times
It’s a scene
Those currents Will pull you Under
Was a placid stream
Those eddies will Rip you Assunder
Grab that branch
That’s stretched Across the river
Or a talisman
To protect you When your Threatened

It’s all a bit too much To bear
There’s screaming
But we pretend Not to hear
Someone listen Up and listen Clear
Better listen Up and listen Clear

It’s a cross
We shouldn’t Bear it Lightly
Radioactive Ash
An Apocalypse Is coming
There’s a chance
As this ozone layer is thinning
To change our course
Before that Sunlight Is searing

It’s all a bit too much To bear
There’s screaming
But we pretend Not to hear
Someone listen Up and listen Clear
Better listen Up and listen Clear
It’s all a bit too much To bear
There’s screaming
But we pretend Not to hear
Someone listen Up and listen Clear
Better listen Up and listen Clear
Track Name: The sound
The sound of A rain fall
The sound of The wind
A pelting A howling
The turmoil Within
The sound Of a prayer
The sound Of a choir
As it builds And it resonates
Higher And higher

You gave me The secret
You gave me The key
I held it Briefly
It was swept Out to sea
This cancer's A black Hole
This cancer's A curse

The rush Of a waterfall
So mighty and Now so small
Path taken Through forest Green
Lush landscape
Not what it Seems
What it seems
What it seems

The sound Of your Heartbeat
The sound of Our love
The sound Of the Thunder
Crashing Above
The sound Of your Last breath
As I held You close
Nothing else Matters
You were Always the Most

You gave me The secret
You gave me The key
I held it Briefly
It was swept Out to sea
This cancer's A black Hole
This cancer's A curse
You gave me The secret
You gave me The key
I held it Briefly
It was swept Out to sea
Swept Out to sea
Track Name: Give us peace
There's a Fine line
Between right and wrong
What divides us
should Make us Get along
Sick and Tired of
Maimed bodies And bombs
Seen through CNN cameras At dawn

Give us Peace
Give us Hope
Give us Peace
Give us Hope
Give us Peace

Red poppies The colour of blood
Green grass Innocents
Drowned by A flood
What we Need is
Much more Love
Compassion And courage
Like the wings Of a dove

Give us Peace
Give us Hope
Give us Peace
Give us Hope
Give us Peace
Give us Peace
Give us Hope
Give us Peace
Give us Hope
Give us Peace
Track Name: Endings and beginnings
A stone skips Across the water
Like the loon It calls and dives
Then out of sight
You can't Freeze-frame life It marches on
You can't hold The moon
In the night

With everything We see
And everything We do
There are endings And beginnings too
There are endings And beginnings too

The day I Was born
My great-grandmother Died
How strange and So Unfair
I remember The moment
When Kennedy Was shot
To young To die
I Saw it all Re-played through
The TV's glare

With everything We see
And everything We do
There are endings And beginnings too
With everything We see
And everything We do
There are endings And beginnings too
There are endings And beginnings too