Eyre Corvidae

by Joanna Chapman-Smith

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released August 7, 2007

All Songs Written by Joanna Chapman-Smith
Produced by Joanna Chapman-Smith, Co-Produced by Jesse Waldman
Recorded by Jesse Waldman at Redlight Sound
Tracks 4 & 11 Recorded by Marc L'Esperance at Heavyosonic Studios
Mastered by Marc L'Esperance
Graphic Design by Mircea Juverdeanu
Artwork by Virginia Ivanicki

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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: Hit The Drums
Hit the Drums
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Hear the tears from my eyes hit the drums, dear friends, for we soon will die
Hear the tears from my eyes hit the drums, dear friends, for we soon will die

Verse 1:
Here in the strict city streets, We’ve been
Raised to follow on the sidewalks walking down to
The great buildings stretching up ever high, leading
On to the way where we’re meant to thrive

Chorus:
Hear the tears from my eyes hit the drums, dear friends, for we soon will die
Hear the tears from my eyes hit the drums, dear friends, for we soon will die

Verse 2:
See all the men in their ties moving
Through those buildings with their briefcase casing up their
Thin truth; lies in their straight white smiles, straightened
Out by money kept in place by drive

Chorus:
Hear the tears from my eyes hit the drums, dear friends, for we soon will die
Hear the tears from my eyes hit the drums, dear friends, for we soon will die

Verse 3:
But you and I march on by we’ve been
Trained to overlook the purpose purposefully
We are guided by in single file, on a
Path, to a beat that commands our lives.

Bridge:
We are arming ourselves; we are taking up arms
We’re handed principles; we are invincible
They are creating us, and those invading us
What can we do if they want us to lose?

Chorus:
But - Hear the tears from my eyes
Hear the tears from my eyes hit the drums, dear friends, for we soon will die

End:
Do something today
Don’t just do what “they say”
Please - Do what you wanna do –
I always thought that you might want to stand up to
“They”
But if you’re okay, then you will
Stay.
Track Name: Moment of Green
Moment of Green
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Chorus:
A moment of Green,
That’s how we could come to think of them
A moment of Green, whoa

Verse 1:
Riding rubber over
the linear trails with no breeze in our hair
The soundscape just air
Rushing over, rushing over engines
And maybe a radio
Streaks of white and yellow
Blaze beneath us, blaze beneath us
As moments of green
Blink forever on the periphery

Chorus:
A moment of Green,
That’s how we could come to think of them
A moment of Green, whoa

Verse 2:
And I think of
All the big ones I’ve never seen
And I think of
My country sitting secondhand smoking
And we kill them tree by tree

Verse 3:

And I think of my friends
Who wait for love to come to them
They take on lovers
But only speak with their friends
And I grow afraid every time I don’t
Fall in love again
When I can’t hold onto the spark
And I think, “If we’re not careful, we could lose this, too”
And the green barely peeks through

Chorus:
A moment of Green,
That’s how we could come to think of them
A moment of Green, whoa
A moment of Green, Lahoo...
A moment of Green, whoa
Track Name: Beautiful Space
Beautiful Space
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Tight lips and a tighter heart
Squeezing out the soothing hand
So unclean when living
for one.

But unwilling to live for anyone
other than oneself
In its kaleidoscopic crash course
Every explanation
Seems trapped up in a time and a place

Alone and feeling alone
No extra comfort
Uncomfortable now
to be back on my own
Had just a little let myself go

Just a voice and a guitar
And the beauty of the emptiness around
Getting circulated
Cold grows warm
A line for a brazed line written
Soothing strokes of self
As self comforts self
Back to health
Track Name: Bad Girl
Bad Girl
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Verse 1: I’ve been a girl
Flashing the red lights in my head to myself
And you have been boys
Seeing the green light bright instead
Bad girl
… and bad boys

Verse 2: You say it’s up to me
To wear the “no” sign on my sleeve
If you’re not right for me
You say it’s up to me to leave
… me to leave

Chorus: But bad boys
Why would you wait for the
Girl to close her eyes?
And bad boys
Why would you wait
For a friendly yellow light?
And bad boys
Why would you wait
‘Til she doesn’t say outright
“Not tonight”?

Verse 3: Well here I am on a stage
Here I am for you to see
But though I’m on display
You don’t get what you see
I’m turnin’ to face you
Nice to meet you
It’s nice to meet your Gaze

End: So if you don’t mind staying
I really don’t mind playing
And maybe you will finally hear
What I am finally saying
Track Name: Rain
Rain
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Chorus: It’s time for it to rain
It’s time for it to rain

Verse 1: Well, no one’s meant to smile
All of the time
No one’s meant to fool themselves that
Thing’s are just fine
Well, I’ve been thinkin’
A lot about the rain
‘Cause sunny is a beauty
But too much is a pain

Chorus: It’s time for it to rain
It’s time for it to rain

Verse 2: Well, the rain might make today
A little less bright
It may well make us stay
Inside for tonight
But with time to sit
And that beautiful sound
Knockin’ on our windows
We can let our worries all slide away
Don’t delay

Chorus: It’s time for it to rain
It’s time for it to rain

Bridge: Underneath the skin
We carry an ocean
Don’t let yourself drown
When there’s a tide to share
So let it rise up
And let it rise out
And let it pour down
Give it out; give it air
‘Cause there’s a current out there . . .

Verse 3: The river runs between us
The tides they pull
No Mercury of Venus
Can harness our souls
A people is a phoenix
It can’t be controlled
But the fire doesn’t clean us
So we still need the rain

Chorus: It’s time for it to rain
It’s time for it to rain
Track Name: Little Sister
Little Sister
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Verse One:

I have to wonder - Why we wander alone
I had a little sister - But she don’t want to be my sister anymore
I see her head for the door
And I know she feels - She has to go
I make her face her deamons - I growl at her with deamons
I am a little deamon - I know, I know . . .
I know, I know, I know - I could have done things different

Verse Two:
Two little judges sit on my bones
They look at her and she looks back through powdery blue
But her eyes were never blue before
I see her head for the door
With her man in one hand - and her complex in the other - I know, I know
I know, I know, I know I let her down

Transition:
And I know her eyes are really brown
And that they recede inside her
She is a little tiger
She has to run wild
And I know, I know she is not my child
And I know she feels she has to hide
I see her standing behind her boyfriend’s blue-eyed smile
And I know she’s not my sister anymore
So I head for the door.

Bridge:
Alone we faced each other
And she told me that she’d missed me - and I
know we need some time together
To feel that home we have -- together
Now I have my little sister
And I know now that I’ve missed her
So I hold her and I kissed her
I know . . .

End: That I don’t want her to have to wander alone
Track Name: Unspoken
Unspoken
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Verse 1: Unspoken, our conversation hangs in the air
My bold idea unformed, unshaken, unshared
If I picked our discussion out of the air
And put our game in the spotlight
Would I shock you too greatly?
Would the game grow stale?
Has the idea lost electricity? Anticipation? The
raw elation?
Does our attraction fade?
And was the game better was the game better
was the game better unplayed?

Verse 2: For a little while you had your feathers
displayed
I realize I was running my finger over a blade
That you weren’t fine to hold
But I am not the kind to try to make you mine
That wasn’t what I had in mind
When youput your hand in mine

Verse 3: For a change I wanted affection to grow
For a change I wanted to let it go slow
Not the rush to get together
Just so we can rush to fall apart
But now you’re pullin’ away
No patience to play
And I don’t want to have to be the one to try
to make you stay

Verse 4: Well I’m glad that you came along
And I’m glad that you played along
‘Cause the game is always better played
At least it’s better to play than be afraid

End: And you get to be the one who walks away
And I get to be the one who had a little more
fun.
Track Name: Closing My Door
Closing My Door
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Verse One:
Do you feel that? When we touch?
QUIVER
And you say that you don’t want me
But you come back to my bedroom door
And stare longingly
Well for now you are my baby,
So I’ll put you to bed
And I’ll run my fingers across your sweet head

Chorus:
But then I’m closing my door until morning
Oh yes I'm closing my door

Verse Two:
Well I want to close my eyes and feel for love
And I wanna be done with you
Because I know that I don’t love you
It just feels like I do
Well all those times you gave me apologies
Every time I gave them away
I knew if
One of them ever got through - I’d be ready to be done with you
Well for now you’re still my baby,
So I’ll put you to sleep
And I’ll run my fingers, and I will weep

Chorus:
But then I’m closing my door until morning
Oh yes I'm closing my door until morning
Oh I am closing my door until morning
Oh yes I'm closing my door
Track Name: Just A Kiss
Just a Kiss
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Verse 1:
Just a Kiss on the corner as we meant to say “Goodbye,”
And the last bus turned and walked away
And we knew you had to go
But our bodies played like yoyos – and we pulled in close
And the traffic hit our ears like waves ‘gainst the shores
They crashed and we stayed

Verse 2:
Just a kiss on the corner that I pass every day
Now that you’ve really gone away
And I knew you had to go
But I’m in love with your ghost
For making this city feel more like my home
For the traffic hits my ears
And there’s bustle and there’s noise
But this corner is on a map of my memories
From the night you were here
You know I’ll always hold you dear.
Track Name: The Dealer
The Dealer
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Verse 1:
You entered into a cold heart
I didn’t notice you come in
But then your touch was on my mind
And my heart was on my skin

Chorus:
The Deal’s Done once the heart settles on one
Even if it’s the wrong one
The Deal’s Done once the heart settles on one
Even if it’s the wrong one

Verse 2:
I love to feel my arms around you
I love it all to feel so right
But I lose you in the Darkness
And you hurt me in the night

Chorus:
The Deal’s Done once the heart settles on one
Even if it’s the wrong one
The Deal’s Done once the heart settles on one
Even if it’s the wrong one

Verse 3:
Well I want a farewell forever
I want you not to let me go
But isn’t it beautiful before the storm
As the trees juggle the air kind of slow

Chorus:
The Deal’s Done (once the heart settles on one )
Even if it’s the wrong one (even if it's the wrong one)
The Deal’s Done (once the heart settles on one )
Even if it’s the wrong one (even if it's the wrong one)

End:
Takes a little time to move on, takes a little time to move on
If home is where the heart is for the wrong one
Takes a little time to move on, takes a little time to move on
And Moving along just seems to take too long
If the Deal’s Done and the heart's settled on one
Even if it's the wrong one

Chorus:
The Deal’s Done (once the heart settles on one )
Even f it’s the wrong one (even if it's the wrong one)
The Deal’s Done (once the heart settles on one )
Even f it’s the wrong one (even if it's the wrong one)
Even if it’s the wrong one (even if it’s the wrong one)
Even if it’s the wrong one
Track Name: Adrienne
Adrienne
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Chorus: Adrienne, stuck in her home in the corner of
the big, big city
Why do we always have to break what’s
pretty?
Adrienne, I used to be your friend
Now I look back on you with pity

Verse 1: You led us around with your confidence
A tiny leader with your balled up fists
You were so loud – But never spoke of what’s
filled your head
You pushed ahead – Ends loose in your stead
Filling the emptiness by filling your bed
I heard your call I heard your lies
Saw you scream from inside your canyon
I was your silent companion
I saw your fall – I saw your eyes

Chorus: Adrienne, wanted to go at sixteen
You were tellin’ us that you were ready
Why are children told to just hold steady?
Adrienne, your parents kept you in
You were tellin’ us that they were just being
petty.

Verse 2: Stuck home alone in your own apartment –
Parents a useless gate below
By a light in the middle of the night – You
readied to go
Polished your boots – Made your costume glow
Ready to leave, nail caught on a sleeve, and
the jagged edge
It made you bleed

Bridge: At day you broke away from school
To run, run as far today as you can
‘Til class is over and you’re trapped again, again
Beside you I ran
I watched you staring down the end
Someday you’ll catch your horizon, too
Watch it lose its red and end cool blue
Adrienne, I still worry about you

Chorus: Adrienne, stuck in her home in the corner of
the big, big city
Why do we always have to break what’s
pretty?
Adrienne, I used to be your friend
Now I look back on you with pity
Track Name: Passion
Passion
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Verse 1: She says, “Darlin’ why do you feel on the
outside lookin’ in?”
She says, “Darlin’ why do you look on the
outside all the time?
Well I am much older than you – And I can tell you
This doesn’t have to change
So before you decide to leave
Make sure you’ve tried a remedy
And before you decide to go, remember
You bring yourself wherever you go.
Go”

Verse 2: Well, I’m 20 years old livin alone, livin alone
with a heart of bone
I enter into the night to search for my own
And they scream,
“Passion! Passion! Pasion!”

Chorus: And I think, “When did I lose the gift to fall in
love?”
And I think “When did I dry up inside?”

Bridge: But I know, I still dream
I dream of revolution
I dream of a day
When the west will rise up
And pass away
Those trappigs that we’ve taken to forget
That we ride on the back of the world
Privilege is always a privileged ride!

Chorus: And I scream, “Passion! Passion! And Desire!
And I scream, “Passion! Passion! And Desire!”

End: But I (but I, But I)
Oh I (Oh I, Oh I)
Still feel on the outside
Still feel on the outside lookin’ in
Track Name: Closer
Closer
Words & Music by Joanna Chapman-Smith

Verse 1:
Come Closer
Please trust me
Let me hold you so that you can sigh
Rest your baggage here, under my eyes - now
Relax, it’s ok - ay, You’re all right

Verse 2:
Do you know how beautiful you are?
And do you know how much I love you?
For now, settle in here - Take my spine
And stand a little taller as you walk away
I’m so proud of you
When you smile that way

Verse 3:
Now hold me close, I am very tired
But do you need to cry?
Pour freely then, and dry your eyes
Hang that heavy towel on my cheekbones
As you say goodbye.

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