Barn Raising

by Naviger

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released February 22, 2016

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Andrea Simms-Karp - vocals
Jeff Gleeson - vocals, guitar, bass, synth, mandolin, banjo, piano, glockenspiel
Brian Simms - vocals, guitar, synth
Philip Shaw Bova - drums
Kirsten Wright - trumpet

Mini choir:
Natasha Coldevin
Dene Swan
Rob Burnfield
Malak Ghanem

All songs written by Andrea Simms-Karp (except for A Body Needs, written by Mia Sheard, used with permission)
Produced by Jeff Gleeson

Recorded by Dean Watson at Gallery Studio in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(and in our basements and living rooms)
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova at Bova Lab Studio

Graphic design by Yobé Graphic Design
Cover art by Stefan Thompson
Naviger logo by Gary Jezégabel

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Track Name: Inverlea
I will keep walking east
To where you lived on Inverlea
I'm not afraid of sentiment except when I so obviously am
You can't even call this rain
It's only fogging up again
I'm no closer to understanding why you love this weather
No closer to understanding why we're not together
I'm pulling at my cuffs and I am fucking up your sweater

I checked all your favourite haunts
The alley by the restaurant
The old abandoned factory
The corner by the library
The warehouses they're tearing down
It's not even your part of town
But I will just keep walking in the hopes that you'll feel better
I'm pulling at my cuffs, but I will stitch them back together
No closer to understanding why you love this weather

Put down the phone
And get yourself back home

What is it that you hope to find
Sadness of a different kind
A note that doesn't quite resolve
A puzzle that'll never solve
I don't know much more than you
All my books are overdue
I'm no closer to understanding why you love this weather
No closer to understanding why we're not together
I'm pulling at my cuffs and I am fucking up your sweater

Barn barn raising
Heart heart breaking
Wide awaken
Rearranging

Put down the phone
And get yourself back home
Track Name: Panacea
The darkness doesn't go away
But it changes shape
The patterns on an old front porch or a garden gate
The shadows thrown by candlelight on the fire escape
The darkness doesn't go away

Now is it any wonder how you've got this pull
So tragically, at least to me, irresistible
Despite all my best efforts to the contrary
You always seem to have your hooks deep into me

And I was lying down
Just to rest my eyes before the night shift
With the creaking of the ceiling up above
Always hoping for a panacea
Hoping for your love

The neighbourhood it changes as it stays the same
A hundred years of give and take and water mains
And I wonder if I ever even left at all
If only I was that damn indestructible

And I was lying down
Just to rest my eyes before the night shift
With the creaking of the ceiling up above
Track Name: Nervous System
I don't know what to tell you
I am writing in the margins
I am walking through your neighbourhood
I am running from a bargain

I don't know what to give you
Maybe my voice from all the yelling
Maybe my blood from all the rushing
Or maybe nothing, maybe nothing

And I don't know what you're thinking
But I'm not making any of this up
Maybe my nervous system gave it all
And has finally given up

Loving you gets me nowhere
And I've known since the beginning
That you make me want to enter
When there's no chance of me winning

Oh, loving you makes me angry
But it sure don't make me better
Like a forecast I'm dreading
Like a week of rainy weather

And I don't know what you're thinking
But I'm not making any of this up
Maybe my nervous system gave it all
And has finally given up

I don't know what to tell you
I am writing in the margins
I am walking through your neighbourhood
I am running from a bargain
Track Name: Victoria Weather
I'm never gonna be your lucky ticket
I'm never gonna be your favourite tune
You say that I'm the sun at the end of August
But I'm the start of March when nothing's in bloom

And you're never work it out unless I tell you
So I'm letting you leave with lots of time
Before you try to love me
Before you try to love me
Before I start believing that you might be mine

There's nothing here to see but a work of fiction
Just a paperback in a discount bin
Maybe you had hoped for Victoria weather
But I am from the valley I live in

And you'll never work it out unless I make you
So I'm letting you leave with lots of time
Before you try to love me
Before you try to love me
Before I start believing that you might be mine

Think that I'll mess it up less on my own
Track Name: A Body Needs
If this were a ball of clay, I’d mold you something beautiful
Show you the potential that’s been hiding in the grey
But it’s just my head looking for a thumb
Longing for approval from a mother’s kiss, or yours, or from anyone

Would you pull me aside and give me one more of those smiles
I like, I like, I like
‘Cause a body needs to know when it’s alright

If this were the only sound
I’d hear it as your voice
Slow waves coming out of you in whole notes, nothing forced
But it’s just another song adding to the din
Of every unknown chorus sung by nobody
Blowing in the wind

Would you pull me aside and give me one more of those smiles
I like, I like, I like
‘Cause a body needs to know when it’s alright
Track Name: Dolly Cassette
Road cut into the shield
Never done driving
Old abandoned motels housing the ghosts
And I think to myself, is it surprising
that I'm always alone when I need you most

Well I tied a flag to the back of my truck, but I'm out of luck again
I've got nothing to haul but this wreck of my heart, my cannonball
I guess I'll be driving a while so I might as well play this Dolly cassette
And just sing it
Try to feel it

The answer's not in a glass, not in a bottle
It's not holding a sign down by the split
It's not breaking your bones into the plaster
Whatever you're looking for, that won't be it

Now the geese wake me up, flying formation
And I'm stuck with the things I wish I never knew
Driving into the dawn like revelation
Darkness falling away in the rearview

Well I tied a flag to the back of my truck, but I'm out of luck again
I've got nothing to haul but this wreck of my heart, my cannonball
I guess I'll be driving a while so I might as well play this Dolly cassette
And just sing it
Try to feel it

Now we're passing Mazinaw
Now we're passing Kishkebus
Drive until there's nothing left
Leave me in the wilderness
Track Name: My Own Darling
I am my own darling
I am my own love
I am my own everything
Until one of us gives up

I will talk myself down
I will take myself out
I'll bring myself around
Until one of us gives up

Oh and you
You heartbreaker
Making me do the work
I've gotten good at this
Being my own dream girl
You heartbreaker
Making me pull the weight
I've gotten good at this
Watching you slip away

We keep climbing mountains
We keep building homes
Every minute of the day
Trying to be less alone

We keep singing praises
Echo in empty rooms
I am my own darling
Whether I'm anything to you

Oh and you
You heartbreaker
Making me do the work
I've gotten good at this
Being my own dream girl
You heartbreaker
Making me pull the weight
I've gotten good at this
Watching you slip away

I am my own darling
I am my own love
I am my own everything
Until one of us gives up