Maps - Burned or Lost

by Sills & Smith

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1.
On The Edge 04:19
Dynasties Travesties Tumbling Through The ages Despots Tyrants Litter History's Pages Philistines Nouveau-riche Lining their Silken pockets Bottom-line Trickle-down A plague For the masses On the edge On the knife's Edge On the edge On the knife's Edge Catastrophe Averted For now On the edge On the knife's Edge On the edge On the knife's Edge Catastrophe Averted For now A light house In the Fog A beacon Twinkles Then is Gone Sign posts Along the way We've nothing Left to say Nothing left To say Senators Congressmen Beholden And Unrepentant Opulence Decadence A pox On all your Houses City lights Shiny cars Trinkets To hide The carnage Twists and Turns Humpty's Fall We can't Align The pieces On the edge On the knife's Edge On the edge On the knife's Edge Catastrophe Averted For now On the edge On the knife's Edge On the edge On the knife's Edge Catastrophe Averted For now On the edge On the knife's Edge On the edge On the knife's Edge Catastrophe Averted For now On the edge On the edge On the edge On the edge On the edge
2.
Kings 04:42
Swirling deep In your glass Past dusk Smokey and peaty As this single malt Thick with the Sacrifice We've made To be neither safe Or secure "Freedom" is a Hollow word It grips with Idealism then Settles in rage Set fire To the foundations We laid While never Thinking or Forming a plan We were the Kings Of this castle We were the Lords Of this land We ran circles 'round pretenders Captains of industry Pillars of infamy We were the Kings Of this castle We were the Lords Of this land We ran circles 'round pretenders Captains of industry Pillars of infamy Opportunists in Tailored suits Collide With fascists Sloganeers Carnival barkers Fresh from History's lessons We never learn Steadfast in ignorance Doomed To repeat A shift in Global tensions They don't Give a damn Stroking Their egos Numb to What's certain Numb to What's certain We were the Kings Of this castle We were the Lords Of this land We ran circles 'round pretenders Captains of industry Pillars of infamy We were the Kings Of this castle We were the Lords Of this land We ran circles 'round pretenders Captains of industry Pillars of infamy
3.
So much Hope So many Dreams Slip inside A Monet Painting You'll know Exactly what I Mean Summer was Short Winter Was Long When The ice Measured One foot Deep We'd skate For miles On the lake Emotions Rushing in It's a freight Train Shaking like A leaf In this cold Rain Emotions Rushing in It's a freight Train Shaking like A leaf Can't bear The strain Can't bear The strain So much Chatter So little Truth When I Summon All my courage I can't Begin to Recall our Youth Whisper now Then Don't make A sound You'll hear The pitter Patter of tiny Feet on the Old oak floor Emotions Rushing in It's a freight Train Shaking like A leaf In this cold Rain Emotions Rushing in It's a freight Train Shaking like A leaf Can't bear The strain Can't bear The strain
4.
Maps 05:09
Can't let go Of this rope Can't let go Of this tether Can't let go Of this rope Can't let go Of this tether There's trouble All around Us now Prayer won't Make it Any better The maps Have all been burned Or lost This compass Will not Guide us I put my trust And faith In you and Your infinite Kindness Can't touch Both feet On the ground Can't find Any air In this Cavern The vultures Circle high Above They'll pick Our bones When they're Good and Ready The maps Have all been burned Or lost This compass Will not Guide us I put my trust And faith In you and Your infinite Kindness The maps Have all been burned Or lost This compass Will not Guide us I put my trust And faith In you and Your infinite Kindness
5.
Waves 05:59
On a sun Drenched day They set out On the Ocean In a fishing skiff With all of their Gear To scuba dive The Great Barrier Reef Endless islands Florescent Coral There are waves There are waves And there are stars There are waves There are waves And there are stars The nexus of the Universe is right here Where we are (chorus x 2) When they dove Real deep there Were seven And they swam Together For most of The day But the currents Shifted two of Them eastward Where green Sea Turtles Majestically Swam And the boat Took off near Sunset The captain In a panic As waters were Rough The two Were left To the sea's mercy As sharks circled For days In a frenzied Dance There are waves There are waves And there are stars There are waves There are waves And there are stars The nexus of the Universe is right here Where we are There are waves There are waves And there are stars There are waves There are waves And there are stars The nexus of the Universe is right here Where we are (chorus x 2) "Can anyone help us Now? Can anyone save us Now...."
6.
No Measuring 05:01
There’s no measuring The grief We feel At times like this Healing is Slow You can Stretch it out Or cut it Short Either way The scars Will last I was hoping You’d come Around Sunlight Streaks the yard No matter what I’ll be holding You up Or you’ll fall I’ll cradle you Until You have strength to deal With it all The windows Are fogging up It’s a miserable Day The wipers can’t Keep up Wet leaves Stuck to the blades “Were his affairs In order,” seems Such a final phrase Papers to sign Appointments to keep It goes on and on No matter what I’ll be holding You up Or you’ll fall I’ll cradle you Until You have strength to deal With it all No matter what I’ll be holding You up Before or you’ll fall I’ll cradle you Until You have strength to deal With it all
7.
Take Care 04:39
Sitting on A pedestal Won't harden Your failed Resolve Summer's almost At an end With winter Coming Hammering Home Take care Of yourself No one else Will do it For you Take care Of yourself As if no one else Was in your corner We never Ever know What Awaits Us We never Ever know How hard It will get You were Always at Your best When rations Were running Low Settle now But don't Sell short It's all a mess With consequences Take care Of yourself No one else Will do it For you Take care Of yourself As if no one else Was in your corner Take care Of yourself No one else Will do it For you Take care Of yourself As if no one else Was in your corner
8.
The Offer 05:28
The offer's Still there On the table Between us Stare out Into space Broken and torn I was a supplicant To your beauty And wit Your lack Of pretense Your shine Through the dullness Of this life Of this life Of this life The handshake Is firm Not gentle Like the caress I recall The tension Is real Caught up in a web Like that fly On the wall To your beauty And wit Your lack Of pretense Your shine Through the dullness Of this life Of this life Of this life The room It spins Not from The drink But from The jarring recriminations I held up My end Every bargain Every turn Of the page To your beauty And wit Your lack Of pretense Your shine Through the dullness Of this life Of this life Of this life To your beauty And wit Your lack Of pretense Your shine Through the dullness Of this life Of this life Of this life
9.
When did the pendulum Swing So low? Struggling For air In the Face of It all When did The suffering Not matter Anymore? To leaders Whose Egos Are ten Feet tall There's a Grave fascination You cannot Believe It's gripping Our nation Full of bigotry And greed There's a Grave fascination You cannot Believe It's gripping Our nation Full of bigotry And greed When did The fire Scorch The earth? There's Bluster Empty Promises No escape When did The slaughter Not touch Our hearts? Make us So callous We do Nothing To stop it There's a Grave fascination You cannot Believe It's gripping Our nation Full of bigotry And greed There's a Grave fascination You cannot Believe
10.
Wash Away 04:19
Breathe in Deep Here all Alone The candles Are alight Throwing Shadows On the wall Was there For your birth I'll be there When you die The spirit moves In all of us Generous But contrite Wash away The hurt Wash away The pain There's purpose To this randomness It's a gift And it's a curse On the water Floating in A boat The gentle Breeze stirs The craft From bow To stern Was there In the ether Was there Across the stars Counted every Broken promise Humanity Had sown On a Whisper On a Sigh There's plenty Of magic Left to counter Every vicious Lie Wash away The hurt Wash away The pain There's purpose To this randomness It's a gift And it's a curse Wash away The hurt Wash away The pain There's purpose To this randomness It's a gift And it's a curse
11.
Miss Us 04:39
Light streaming In the parlour Dawn of Day You sip Your jasmine Tea Frightened And alone Mahogany Bannister On the Stairway Dust circling In eddies Sun flecked And floating Away Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Oh, oh, oh, oh Will they miss us Will they miss us Will they miss us Oh, oh, oh, oh Books line The hallway Walls pattern grey The Cure on the Stereo It soothes And you sway But those Tears coming Rushing down In torrents On this inevitable Decision day Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Oh, oh, oh, oh Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Oh, oh, oh, oh Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Oh, oh, oh, oh Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Will they miss us? Oh, oh, oh, oh
12.
Mercy 04:12
I am always Searching for A reason and A rhyme For the brutal Way we Treat each other Most of The time You can Raise folks Up or cut 'em down Like a scythe Cutting hay If there's One thing I've Learned by Being knocked About is There's a Better way Let there be Mercy Let there be Mercy Let there be Mercy I've walked Around this Forsaken town I know every Sordid secret From dive Bars to Boutique shops There are People hurting People You can cry A lot and Not be heard Instead be Taught a lesson If your Skin's too few If you're Vulnerable You'll need An inner Peace Let there be Mercy Let there be Mercy Let there be Mercy Let there be Mercy Let there be Mercy Let there be Mercy
13.
Late for the Tube in The morn She slept In a little Past nine Fog Off the Thames On the rise The wine leaves Her deep In a trance The window Through her mind Is so serene And sublime She almost Blocks all the Darkness out There are billowy Clouds and Kaleidoscope Fields They stifle the tears And the sorrow Afraid and Alone in Her room Years past The engagement And the shame Portraits of Family on The walls They never Visit anymore Nails bitten To the quick Once again Cold steak And kidney Pie congealed on the Counter The window Through her mind Is so serene And sublime She almost Blocks all the Darkness out There are billowy Clouds and Kaleidoscope Fields They stifle the tears And the sorrow The window Through her mind Is so serene And sublime She almost Blocks all the Darkness out There are billowy Clouds and Kaleidoscope Fields They stifle the tears And the sorrow
14.
And at the End of the Day Forget all Your troubles Put your Things away There's so Much we need To say But we're fragile And damaged Like those China Dolls on display We move In slow motion We dance on A pin And no one knows What we're hiding Within What we're hiding Within And at The end of Day Collapse On the sofa Drain a bottle Of Gamay And all Of the gifts We waste The oak clock Is ticking On the mantelpiece We move in Slow motion We dance On a pin And no one knows What we're hiding Within What we're hiding Within (x 2) And at The end of Day Take all of Your worries Throw them Right away Let me share Them with you Breath after breath By the fireplace We move in Slow motion We dance On a pin And no one knows What we're hiding Within What we're hiding Within (x 2)

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Maps - Burned or Lost, the sixth Sills & Smith studio album, released on January 1st 2018 features 14 original songs, nearly 70 minutes of music: from pastoral folk, to trippy indie rock, to explorations into progressive rock! Recorded and produced by Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound. Maps - Burned or Lost has garnered rave reviews in Exclaim!, Progression Magazine, Spill Magazine, Ottawa Life Magazine and Ottawa Showbox.

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released January 1, 2018

Sills & Smith - Maps - Burned or Lost

Frank Smith - vocals
Jeremy Sills - vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, piano and trumpet
Phillip Victor Bova - electric bass, keyboards, strings, hammond organ, tambourine
T. Bruce Wittet - drums and percussion
Don Wallace - electric guitars
Jesse Stewart - percussion
Marianne Dumas - keyboards, tambourine
Jim McDowell - hammond organ and wurlitzer organ
Brian Tansley - flute
Petr Cancura - mandolin, soprano saxophone
John Findlay - electric guitars on Miss Us

1. On The Edge (4:19)
2. Kings (4:43)
3. A Freight Train (4:52)
4. Maps (5:09)
5. Waves (6:00)
6. No Measuring (5:02)
7. Take Care (4:40)
8. The Offer (5:28)
9. Grave Fascination (4:22)
10. Wash Away (4:19)
11. Miss Us (4:39)
12. Mercy (4:12)
13. Window Through Her Mind (4:42)
14. At The End of The Day (4:56)
Total running time: 67:51

All songs composed by Sills & Smith: Frank Smith (words and music); Jeremy Sills (music), except At The End of the Day: words and music Frank Smith and Jeremy Sills.

Recorded, engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from June 2017 to December 2017. All strings and orchestral sections and various musical arrangements by Phil.

Layout, design and photography: Grace Smith

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Maps - Burned and Lost available world-wide January, 2018 on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, CD Baby and in select box stores.

On The Edge

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass, Tambourine
Don Wallace - Electric Guitars
Jim McDowell - Hammond, Wurlitzer

Kings

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass, Strings, Mellotron, Tambourine
Don Wallace - Electric Guitars
Jesse Stewart - Cymbals, Handpan

A Freight Train

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass, Strings, Tambourine
Don Wallace - Electric Guitars
Jim McDowell - Hammond, Wurlitzer
Marianne Dumas - Synth
Jesse Stewart - Talking Drum, Caxixi, Shaker

Maps

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass, Strings
Don Wallace - Electric Guitars
Jim McDowell - Wurlitzer
Marianne Dumas - Synth
Petr Cancura - Soprano Sax

Waves

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass, Synth
Don Wallace - Electric Guitars
Jim McDowell - Wurlitzer
Jesse Stewart - Cajon, Cymbals

No Measuring

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass
Marianne Dumas - Synths
Jesse Stewart - Bowed Cymbals
Flute - Brian Tansley

Take Care

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phil - Bass, Strings, Tubular Bells
Marianne Dumas - Piano, Glockenspiel
Petr Cancura - Mandolin

The Offer

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars, Piano
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass, Hammond
Don Wallace - Electric Guitars

Grave Fascination

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass
Don Wallace - Electric Guitars
Marianne Dumas - Farfisa, Mellotron

Wash Away

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars, Piano
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass
Don Wallace - Electric Guitars
Jim McDowell - Wurlitzer

Miss Us

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Trumpet
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass
John Fraser Findlay - Electric Guitars
Jesse Stewart - Shakers, Congas

Mercy

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass
Marianne Dumas - Synth, Vibes, Harpsichord
Jesse Stewart - Conga, Waterphone

Window Through Her Mind

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass
Jim McDowell- Wurlitzer
Petr Cancura - Mandolin

At The End Of The Day

Jeremy Sills - Acoustic Guitars
T Bruce Wittet - Drums
Phillip Victor Bova - Bass, Strings
Marianne Dumas - Synth, Tambourine

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Sills & Smith, led by Ottawa singer-songwriters Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith, has independently released six studio albums of music that boldly blend and bend elements of folk, indie rock, progressive rock, with hints of blues and jazz. The new album is Maps - Burned or Lost released on January 1st, 2018. ... more

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