Canon

by Thom Donovan

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Recorded in my home in East Nashville on a laptop. The cello on "Canon" was recorded in a church in East Nashville. Roberta Harrison's lovely background vocals on "Canon" were recorded at her studio in Toronto.

Press:

Allowing his self-penned music to speak for him shows the country that influences him is not the '& Western' variety, but resides, for the most part, on the other side of the pond. While there's a lot of indie-Brit pop leaning in tracks like "Hello", "My Love Goes With You", and "So Long Yesterday", the most interesting track is "Shipwreck"; a beguiling collaboration with ex-Fugee Wyclef Jean, and guest vocalist Ruby Amanfu, where a drum machine backs distorted guitar loops. - DAVE ESSON (SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS) 4 STARS.

From The Deli Magazine: “…bending pop music to his classically-trained sensibilities—Such endeavors result in high-brow concepts such as tracks inspired by poems from 1562 (“The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet,” Arthur Brooke) with unusual instrumentation and a mind towards ear-catching repetition.” - TERRA JAMES-JURA (THE DELI MAGAZINE).

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released June 16, 2014

All songs by Thom Donovan. © 2014 Elevator to a Penthouse Music/JMHB Music (BMI). Admin by Kobalt.

Produced & performed by Thom Donovan. Mixed by Vance Powell. Assisted by Eddie Spear. Mastered by Richard Dodd.

Recorded at the Control Tower, Nashville, TN.
Mixed at Sputnik Sound, Nashville, TN.
Mastered in Nashville, TN.

Additional musicians:
Michael Samis: cello on "Canon"
Roberta Harrison: vocals on "Canon"
Ruby Amanfu: vocals on "Shipwreck"
Wyclef Jean: guidance on "Shipwreck"

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Track Name: Canon
Down come the buildings
Another bomb then
Another quake bends
Robbing children

Another bloodstain
Under the hot rain
Predator v. prey then

What will be said when?
There’s nothing left but animal shells
And the putrid smells of lost souls

We’ve gotta find a way, find a way before it’s over now
We’ve gotta find a way, find a way before it’s over now

We blacken blue skies
We bring the sun down
Systematic breakdown
Fields are burning

What can be said then?
When there’s nothing left but broken bells
And the eulogies on dead scrolls

We’ve gotta find a way, find a way before it’s over now
We’ve gotta find a way, find a way before it’s over now
Track Name: Bhutto
Stuck on a wire
Between two towers
I don’t know where to lean
I don’t know where to lean

Catch me when you leave
I need something I can see
‘Cuz I’ve fallen to my knees
Rebirth in a mental Spring
Becomes a part of me
‘Cuz I’ve fallen to my knees

Fixed by the hour
Submerged in power
I don’t know what it means
I don’t know what it means

Stuck on a wire
Between two towers
I don’t know where to lean
I don’t know where to lean

Catch me when you leave
I need something I can see
‘Cuz I’ve fallen to my knees
Rebirth in a mental Spring
Becomes a part of me
‘Cuz I’ve fallen to my knees

History teaches ... No need for shamans and preachers
No supernatural reaches ... Cosmological breaches
Just open the borders ... And let the traffic pass
Bring in the grains and the rice ... Ending the ethical fast
Tribal tendencies broken ... Universal languages spoken
We stop the planet from smoking ... Subtract the papers and tokens
Passed out on beaches ... Antique ideas without reaches
Big banging stars into seasons ... There’s no life without reason

Catch me when you leave
I need something I can see
‘Cuz I’ve fallen to my knees
Rebirth in a mental Spring
Becomes a part of me
‘Cuz I’ve fallen to my knees
Track Name: Shipwreck
“Let it go, let it go, let it go”, was all you said
Here we go, here we go, here we go, take my hand

A jealous wave in my room
Covered my mouth with a hurricane
Idle hands they did the rest, I did my best
Tragedy a feuding tree
Do we unite in spite of dusky days and hunger pangs?
Tell me now show me now

If you go I will follow you to the grave
Empty love has no use for me should I stay

“Let it go, let it go, let it go”, was all you said
Here we go, here we go, here we go, take my hand

Love me not love me do
Poison my mouth because I’m missing you
No Montagues no Capulets, We did our best
Tragedy a family tree
Like the dagger in your chest from your steady hand
Tell me now show me now

If you go I will follow you to the grave
Empty love has no use for me should I stay

“Let it go, let it go, let it go”, was all you said
Here we go, here we go, here we go, take my hand

When I close my eyes we’re only sleeping still breathing
Under stars they shine a light on our love

“Let it go, let it go, let it go”, was all you said
Here we go, here we go, here we go, take my hand
Track Name: Apology
Every time I turn a corner
I toss and turn like a fish without water
A battery empty and corroding
A muddy river filling up the road we’re on

Every time I hit a speed bump
A fascist hill born from a tiny lump
Socrates with another question
A victim hung with a deadly potion

It’s still you on my mind each time I turn away
It’s still you on my mind each time I turn away

Every time I turn a corner
I toss and turn like a fish without water
A battery empty and corroding
A muddy river filling up the road we’re on

Every time I hit a speed bump
A fascist hill born from a tiny lump
Socrates with another question
A victim hung with a deadly potion

It’s still you on my mind each time I turn away
It’s still you on my mind each time I turn away
Track Name: Hello
Such a beautiful light that shines over you
When you walk in a room
Open up with a smile words softly fall
Not a worry at all
Notes perfectly sound you breathe harmony
You define melody

Don’t say goodbye, I’d rather say hello
Don’t say goodbye, I’d rather say hello

Flowers never bend down
Colors won’t fade as the rain penetrates
Feel the warmth from the sun
Hands on my chest, you’re an angel in dress

Don’t say goodbye, I’d rather say hello
Don’t say goodbye, I’d rather say hello

If this is a dream then I don’t want to take it slow
Just hold on to me because I’m afraid I can’t let go
Through your eyes I see there is hope in an ugly world
And I don’t want to go home lonely

Don’t say goodbye, I’d rather say hello
Don’t say goodbye, I’d rather say hello
Don’t say goodbye, I’d rather say hello
Don’t say goodbye, I’d rather say hello
I’d rather say hello
I’d rather say hello
Track Name: Lucky
What you said when you screamed you were hurting
You tried hard to make this stone bleed
I couldn’t bear to look so I turned to say
There is nothing, nothing to make this go away

There’s a crack on the bridge from the backs that are broken
Another loser has spent a lifetime choking
What if the game is rigged when your number is spoken?
Do you feel lucky?
Do you feel lucky?

What I felt when you left I was hoping
You would change your mind towards me
We couldn’t bear to look so we turned to say
There is nothing, nothing to make this go away

There’s a crack on the bridge from the backs that are broken
Another loser has spent a lifetime choking
What if the game is rigged when your number is spoken?
Do you feel lucky?
Do you feel lucky?

Another game an unavoidable heartbreak
Too late to see what was easy how we misplaced
It’s hard to breathe when we panic from a nosebleed
We keep the needy in the rear view out of sight never mind
Slide into place like loose change
Under the rug is where we sleep with a cold face
Am I lucky to be living in my born place?
With a head start false start I can see the finish line

There’s a crack on the bridge from the backs that are broken
Another loser has spent a lifetime choking
What if the game is rigged when your number is spoken?
Do you feel lucky?
Do you feel lucky?
Track Name: So Long Yesterday
So long yesterday
As you move behind us
How your memory remains
In time machines we make

So long yesterday
As you move, move, move away
I keep chasing you to stay

So long yesterday
As you fade behind us
Your voice on the tapes
In time machines we make

So long yesterday
As you move, move, move away
I keep chasing you to stay
So long yesterday
As you move, move, move away
I keep chasing you to stay
Track Name: My Love Goes With You
Beautiful boy you’ve got me on
Beautiful boy you’ve got me on
I’m standing on the edge of your tiny hand
I’m standing on the edge of your tiny hand

My love goes with you
My love goes with you

A clean diamond in this mine
A clean diamond in this mine
Beautiful boy you’ve got me on
Beautiful boy you’ve got me on

My love goes with you
My love goes with you
My love goes with you

My love goes with you
My love goes with you
My love goes with you
Track Name: Day Becomes Night
Do you ever feel so far away?
So far off the map that nobody knows you’re alive
Does the mountain get steep when you blink?
You want to climb but instead you slide, you slide

Just pick up those feelings
Pretend you are dreaming
Feel it explode inside
Your head stops banging
When walls start crashing
When day turns to night

Day becomes night becomes day becomes night …

Does the water taste like gasoline?
You pay the bill but still there’s no light
Does the ocean get deep when you swim?
The crest of the wave gone with the tide, the tide

Just pick up those feelings
Pretend you are dreaming
Feel it explode inside
Your head stops banging
When walls start crashing
When day turns to night

Day becomes night becomes day becomes night …
Track Name: Rosalia
Free
Tell me who is free?
When lights go out
Is it you or me?
Tell me how this works
When ships set sail
Heavy on the sea

Masses on the heights
Come in with tides
Victory will bloom from defeat
Tomorrow we’ll see the sun
We’ll include everyone
Victory will bloom from defeat

Speak
Tell me how to speak
In a stubborn world
That’s cold and bleak
I just want to run
When I hear those sounds
Fall on deaf ears

Masses on the heights
Come in with tides
Victory will bloom from defeat
Tomorrow we’ll see the sun
We’ll include everyone
Victory will bloom from defeat