Arbitrary Lines

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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

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from Contraries, released January 30, 2009

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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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