Contraries

by Joanna Chapman-Smith

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released January 30, 2009

Performing:
Joanna Chapman-Smith - Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Clarinet
Featuring 'The Tryst':
Wayne Adams - Drums, Backing Vocals
Justine Fischer - Stand-Up Bass, Backing Vocals
Dawn Zoe - Accordion, Backing Vocals
And With Special Guests:
Tim Chapman-Smith - Whistling
Dan Chapman-Smith - Vocals
Christina Zaenker - Cello
Marc l'Esperance - Tenor Saxophone, Violin
Carolyna Loveless, Sarah MacDougall & Chris Suen - Backing Vocals

All words and music by Joanna Chapman-Smith except tracks 9 & 10 (Chapman-Smith / The Tryst) and 13 (Chapman-Smith / Bucky Coe)
Recorded and Mixed by Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Sound & Song
Co-Produced by Joanna Chapman-Smith & Adam Popowitz, except tracks 11 & 13 (recorded & mixed by Marc l'Esperance at Heavy-O-Sonic Studios, co-produced by Chapman-Smith & l'Esperance) & track 5 (vocals recorded by Peter Katz at Peter's Underpants Studio & drums recorded by Wayne Adams at P.D. Padee Podee Production Studios)
Mastered by Todd Simko at Hearing Protection Required.
Design by L. Basil McMahon (www.undrtheweather.org)

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Joanna Chapman-Smith Toronto, Ontario

"Uniquely talented... She’s got the whole package" - The Toronto Star [CAN]

“Chapman-Smith... rises above the herd of folkie singer-songwriters, her musical self-portrait painted with an unusually large palette of moods and colours.” - The Georgia Straight [CAN]

“Exceptional… a creative and skilled vocalist.” - NPR [USA]

“The slinky-voiced Canadian" - Q Magazine [UK]
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Track Name: Urbanity
I used to dream of leaving the city
Of going to New Zealand and living off the land
And Under the sky
But by now I’m tied to the city

I grew up in Toronto, Canada
Went to a little art school where
I learned to paint and dance and play
It was in an old building
I always preferred the old to the new
Now I’m an artist living in Vancouver
I stay in a yellow house where I rent a room
And by now I’m tied to the city

I love the city lights
And the freeway at night
When the golden sun melts down
The city comes to life
So many faces
And such anonymity
Fragmented Stories
And Changing Identities
And by now I’m tied to the city
Yes by now I’m tied to the city
Track Name: Arbitrary Lines
Where are you from?
Or better yet:
Where are your parents from?
Or should I ask after your particles,
Your ashes and your dust?

These arbitrary lines they’re getting in my way
They’re getting in my way
These arbitrary lines they’re getting in my way
They’re getting in my way

So what is pure?
And what is right?
How 'bout natural and real?
Where do these lines first come from?
Who marks them down and why?

These arbitrary lines they’re getting in my way
They’re getting in my way
These arbitrary lines they’re getting in my way
They’re getting in my way

He took my heart
He took my home
He took everything I owned
But who am I to draw a line
That says what’s his and what is mine?
But then again!
Sometimes I need a line to lead the way
And then again to whisper sweetly
To hold me close and say:

These arbitrary lines they’re getting in my way
They’re getting in my way
These arbitrary lines they’re getting in my way
They’re getting in my way
Track Name: A Glass Of Right & Wrong
I have a flare for folly and a talent for torment
What is fear if not my friend?
These feelings get me through
And I don’t know why but I think of you
I drank a glass of wine and I saw you looking oh so fine but I
Didn’t think we had the time
So I just kept on dreaming how I’d make you mine

I try try to get it right
But it feels so right to get it wrong
Why why get it right when it feels much better just to get along?

I visited my family but not stay
I filled up my glass and put it away
But there’s a hole in the bottom that I just can’t make
Any better without first making it break

I try try to get it right
But it feels so right to get it wrong
Why why get it right when it feels much better just to get along?

Well water gets through anything
It just drips and drips and lets itself in
One day I will always win
But for now I don’t know where to begin
I seek happy ends in wine and wisdom and all of my friends
I’ll fill my glass again but for now
I just don’t know when

I try try to get it right
But it feels so right to get it wrong
Why why get it right when it feels much better just to get along?
Track Name: Between The Minds
My mind: a box and a line that I cannot define
Why I believe what I believe, would make me bow my head in shame if I only knew
If we say there are thousands of us, and call our dreams our own,
Let’s agree to disagree on the things we cannot hold

My mind, I can feel it sometimes, like when I behold your eyes from the other side and I think:
“I’m not mad because of anything you do. I just need some sleep and the turning of the moon”
So I rest and I sleep and I hold you tight, the smiles and the butterflies are silver and bright
And we breathe before our passions rise

Ooooh.

I believe: the truth it lies between us, the truth it lies between us
And I will do my best to reach – to try to reach to you – to try to tough the truth
So maybe we fight

My mind, I can feel it sometimes: a box and a line that I cannot define
Why I believe what I believe would make me bow my head in shame, if I only knew
So maybe we fight
(The truth it lies between us)
So maybe we fight
(The truth it lies between us)
So maybe we fight
(The truth it lies between us)
So maybe we fight
(The truth it lies between us)

The truth it lies between us
Between us
Track Name: Things Are Gonna Go Wrong
Things Are Gonna Go Wrong
Things Are Gonna Go Wrong
I’m gonna make mistakes sometimes
Things Are Gonna Go Wrong
But now that I know
I can let off that load
Things Are Gonna Go Wrong
Things Are Gonna Go Wrong

Things Are Gonna Feel Bad
Things Are Gonna Feel Bad
I’m gonna get hurt sometimes
Things Are Gonna Feel Bad
But now that I know
I can let off that load
Things Are Gonna Feel Bad
Things Are Gonna Feel Bad

Gonna lay down my worries
Gonna lay down my fears
‘Cause I ben carrying them for far too long
Gonna move my load on
Gonna take my mind away
To find myself a better day
On this road that I’m on
This road I’m carrying on

Things Are Gonna Go Right
Things Are Gonna Go Right
If I try as I might
Things Are Gonna Go Right
But now that I know
I can let off that load
Things Are Gonna Go Right
Things Are Gonna Go Right
Track Name: Tactile World
I want to live in a tactile world where each line in my skin, each pulse of my heart
Stretches, extending, unfolding, unfurled, massaging in
To each piece, each part
The touch of my skin, begins sinking in
Devouring the pristine and trading for, mmmmm,
Feeling, bradaoo, feeling, bradaoo

With deep lines and one-of-a-kind, this clay and marble art sets my senses free
Free to the touch, no laws, no lines, no glass, no guards,
No lock, no key
This touch, to me, it means so much
Feeling, bradaoo, feeling, bradaoo

One day, I’m going to need to hold you
What is love if we never do?
Overwhelm me, I beg of you
This could be beauty

I write this in an ancient book with leather skin that crumbles and frays
And thick pages I am just writing away
As it finally lives today
Today, today
Feeling, bradaoo, feeling, bradaoo
Track Name: Melodies
Snow where now there’s summer
Hunger now I’m full
A Charcoal masterpiece in the sand
The crow that flew away
Melodies fading fast
Memories just flying past
Some of these will never last
What’s then left to say?

In the morning light
In the morning light
I roll to my right
And open my eyes
And I see you there
Yes I see you there
Well some of these were built to last
What’s then left to say?

Canvas now there’s colour
Quiet in a chord
An empty hall in a crowded room
The day you said you’d stay
Melodies fading fast
Memories just flying past
Some of these will come at last
What’s then left to say?
Track Name: In The Quiet
I’m a snowflake falling on a desert floor
I close my heart up to yours
And fix it to be free
The mind and the body can be
Bitter enemies
Do you know what I mean?
I ride the wind and I scream
From the pleasure and with pain
I lose my voice again and again and again

I lost my voice around the time I lost you
And cried for joy or sorrow into a glass or two
(sigh)
Some things take shape in the negative space
Opposition, resistance, control
Struggling to let it all go
Happy ends means letting you go
Go Go Go Go

Silence holds a circle round
I have been too proud
I listen to my heart in the quiet now
It whispers what it will not allow
I ride the wind and I scream
From the pleasure and with pain
Some things I learn again and again and again
Track Name: For Good
You first came along
Written like a riddle that only I had read
Now that you’re going
I find myself thinking of all the tears I shed
And we still say: I love you
And the pity is: every word’s still true
If this is the last time
I know I’m going to miss this soon

Because if this is the last time
We are gonna wish that we could be back here real soon
And yes if this is the last time
We are gonna wish that we could be back here for good – for good
Ooh.

You push me away every time I go to embrace
And you push me away
When my lips lean in to kiss
And you make me leave when all I wanna do is stay
I wait for the moments just like this

Because if this is the last time
We are gonna wish that we could be back here real soon
And yes if this is the last time
We are gonna wish that we could be back here for good – for good
Ooh.

I dream of infinity
I dream of infinity
And I will wait for you
My angel
My marble statue

Because if this is the last time
We are gonna wish that we could be back here real soon
And yes if this is the last time
Track Name: Carnival Song
You’re not the only one
You’ll have your day in the sun

Where has the carnival gone?
Where has the carnival gone?

You’re not the only one
The freaks and the strangers will come

Where has the carnival gone?
Where has the carnival gone?

I’m not the only one
A freak and a stranger I’m one

Where has the carnival gone?
Where has the carnival gone?

Let the games begin
As the tilterwhirl starts to spin
My house is open, come in
The mirrors here twist and grin

A shadow and an echo of fun
You’re lost and you’re left all alone

Where has the carnival gone?
Where has the carnival gone?

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