Patchwork

by Geoff Burgess

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Recorded: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2011
All songs written by Geoff Burgess between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 with exception of Tawantinsuyu's Daughter written in 1997
Inspired by family, nature, and loss.

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released July 9, 2011

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Geoff Burgess Ottawa, Ontario

Geoff Burgess is a singer-songwriter in Ottawa, Ontario, who writes songs about love, loss, time, and the natural world.

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Track Name: Baby
Can't wait for you to see this place
Maybe you can feel the water on your mother's skin
Maybe you can hear your father's voice
Or the barking dog when the boat comes in

I can see you building castles in the sand
Build them up high like only you can
Build them to the heavens where your auntie stands
Build them with imagination and your bare hands

You'll be mesmerized by the swaying tree tops
The wind that blows so hard across the lake
The fire burning brightly in the wood stove
The love we all have for you to take

Your mind will surely drift just like a cedarstrip
Adrift on spirits calling out your name
Down comes the danger and up go the flames
Changing forever but always the same
Track Name: Behind The Rain Clouds
On a scale of 1 to 10 I am a 9
Nine for all the times I made you cry
Try to see the stillness in your eyes
Behind the rain clouds are blue skies

A friend of mine was sitting on a dream
Inside a window well it seems
I saw it in his eyes at seventeen
Hiding there but wanting to be seen

Hope is like a sign along the way
Giving you direction to your day
Sometimes they don't mean just what they say
Throw you like a stone into the lake

Hope...
Track Name: Great Depth Of Water
Great depth of water
Black under blue skies
Ripples from the wind blow
Like children's distant cries

Boy leans on the fencepost
Linking to forever more
A father's eyes are broken
He's been here before

I tried so hard to hold it
But the flood came on so hard
The wall of water grabbed me
And made me a floating guard

Your childhood still moves me
As I grow old with time
And you remain the young one
Holding stars inside my mind

I called you when I came out
On the steps down in queens park
Our conversation lingers
And the feelings left a mark

I don't know where you are now
I don't know where you'll be
I know from where you came
And the day you walked with me
Track Name: Oh Yeah She's A Lot Like You
Oh yeah she's a lot like you but I wouldn't kiss her
Oh yeah she's a lot like you but I wouldn't miss her
Like the way I'm missing you
And the things we like to do together

Oh yeah she's a lot like you but I wouldn't kiss her
Oh yeah she's a lot like you but I wouldn't miss her
Cause you're the only girl
With whom I want to see the world
To be places I've never been
To see places I've never seen
Oh yeah

Oh yeah she's a lot like you but I wouldn't kiss her
Oh yeah she's a lot like you but I wouldn't miss her
Like the way I'm missing you
And the things we like to do together
Track Name: Pang For You
Watched a movie the other day
About real things that were blown away
Went up to bed and made love to you
Where the walls were on fire and the ceiling too

You can block it out so easy these days
Just plug in your ears and it will all be erased
Will all these devices merge into one
So we'll never look up for the setting sun

In the movie the scenes were the same
The people were different and the dust fell like rain
We talked of the world like it just got reviewed
And there was nothing that anyone of us could do

Once in a while I'll get this pang for you
I'll tremble inside like it's something new
And the night falls softly on the chosen few
And black emerges from the deepest blue

Right now in some dark back alley of man
A kid feels his way through a garbage can
And in jungles so deep that you can't see the land
A civilization is just running to stand

You can block it out so easy these days
Just plug in your ears and it will all be erased
Centuries decades and years went and came
And we never looked up to see the change

Once in a while I'll get this pang for you
I'll tremble inside like it's something new
And the night falls softly on the chosen few
And black emerges from the deepest blue
Track Name: Patchwork
It's a habit
It's a patchwork
It's sporadic
It's a love I have

Lonely river boats
Some will stay afloat
Some will call this home
Some will stink like stones

Baby you've got a spring in your step these days
And I can't find a pick me up but I'm trying
Oh I'm trying

It's a habit...

Had a dream last night
I was young maybe just five
I was swinging from a rope
All the people gave me hope

Baby you've got a spring in your step these daysAnd I can't find a pick me up but I'm trying
Oh I'm trying

It's a habit...

There was grampa and his stache
And all the colours seems to match
And my sisters on the ground
No longer are around

Baby you've got a spring in your step these daysAnd I can't find a pick me up but I'm trying
Oh I'm trying
Track Name: Silver Angel
Silver angel - wish I had you - flying in the night
Take my insides - turn them out - that don't make it right

I like your spirit when I'm failing you
They can't count you out you know you put in the long long hours
Ain't nothing like your spirit when I'm failing you
Wish I could help you out but I'm under you

All these stories - will they come true - and what happens if they do
It's like hell now - when you're away - and that's my point of view

I like your spirit when I'm failing you
They can't count you out you know you put in the long long hours
Ain't nothing like your spirit when I'm failing you
Wish I could help you out but I'm under you

You asked what I wanted
But I just couldn't describe it
And that's my everyday now
That's my everyday now

When will it stop no one knows
How high will it rise? How low will it go?
When no one knows when will it stop
You train your whole life and never reach the mountaintop
Track Name: Sunrise
Do you ever spend the night in the rain?
The sky falling down brings it all back again
You can taste it
It's everlasting
You can waste it
You don't know what you're missing

Do you ever spend the day in a dream?
Caught between two lives on the balance beam
You don't know it
But you are my sunrise
Come up slowly
Rising in my burning eyes

You know these rocks were made from the sand
And the confusion inside I don't understand
We are lonely
We thought we had it all
Here's the number
You gotta give it a call

This is the loneliest day I've found
This is the loneliest day I've found
You can taste it
It's everlasting...
Track Name: Tawantinsuyu's Daughter
500 years ago down in Peru
I met a gorgeous woman there with stones in her shoes
She said she'd always wanted to be
A runner in the Andes
I thought she was crazy but she proved me wrong

She went up and down the mountain
With a message for the emperor she served

Still I can't get over her and all the things she did
She took me to the plaza when I was just a kid
We rode on llama back
Up the mountain path
I wish I had asked if she would marry me

She went up and down the mountain
With a message for the emperor she served

She died in 1500 before the Spaniards came
She was only 20 and I don't recall her name
They say that when the stones are thrown
Someone dies inside
I remember hiding
When they took her body down

She went up and down the mountain
With a message for the emperor she served