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released October 27, 2016

All songs by Anna Atkinson SOCAN © 2016
Anna Atkinson - voice, viola, piano, accordion, guitar, saw, celeste
David Occhipinti - electric and acoustic guitars, celeste

Produced by Anna Atkinson and David Occhipinti
Recorded by Dennis Patterson at CBC Studio 211
Assisted by Lily Wen
Edited and mixed by David Occhipinti
Mastered by Peter J. Moore at the E-Room
Artwork and layout by Yesim Tosuner of Backyard Design

Much thanks to Graham Campbell, Andrew Downing, Molly Gardner, Mascia Manunza, George Meanwell, Sofia Occhipinti, Suzanne Roberts-Smith, Warren Sheffer

For Mary Walzak Atkinson

When The Night Has Passed and Winter Wind were commissioned and premiered by the Canadian Men's Chorus in 2015

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Anna Atkinson Toronto, Ontario

Born in the 80s on the shores of the Detroit River not far from a 200-year-old cathedral during choir practice. Raised on Schubert and Bach mingled with Motown and pounding piano in the shade of the Ambassador Bridge.

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Track Name: Snowshoe
Snowshoe walking
Sky stacked full of suggestions
And numerous questions
You've given all of your heart
To the snow on your eyelash
And your numb frozen cheeks.
Why shouldn't you?
Track Name: Water
Floating with my face into the water
I'd pause a moment asking you to join me
But floating faces still and barely breathing
You'll finally know what I'm talking about.
If the water is clear, my friend
Then why can't I find the end?
I could build you a boat of metal and leather and rope
I could lend you a suit and flippers and snorkel, to boot.
Track Name: Lovers
Lovers holding steady and fast
Alas have come unclasped
And open clasps leave many aghast
This night, a gloomy November
Each retreats to a bed
Quilted with dread and the feelings they'll swallow
But neither can help but consider the long line of lovers they follow
Who've no one to hold dear
But the bread they baked that day
Rose just like all the other loaves each day before it
And the butter spread on steaming loaves of bread
Just like it did each day before it
Track Name: When We Were Young
When we weave our sad stories together
Maybe we could knit a sweater
Gather silk scraps and cashmere
Embroidery threads
Morsels of blankets all tattered in shreds
And the quilts that our mothers unfurled on our beds
When we were young
Track Name: Nobody Knows You
Nobody knows you like I do
Not even you
People say that you're real bad
But I know that you're just real sad
Track Name: Silver
When the ground is covered in silver
When the lightning strikes by the river
Come for me
When I'm flying over the country
When the ceiling's covered in stars
And we just heard a chapter from the story
Come for me
When your brain is no longer broken
When you send me word 'bout the rainbow
In the morning when we're forgotten
And when nothing else can be broken
Come for me
Parcel up these bits all together
Those we long for and those we've had
In the end, I guess there's no difference
Come for me.
Track Name: I'll Buy You Lunch
I'll buy you lunch someday
Just don't give your life away.
The littlest bumblebee
Gargantuan manatee
I'll hold them both close to me
Just don't give your life away.
We're all inside playing cards
The kids play out in the yard
They'll dig through the dirt to clay
Just don't give your life away.
Track Name: When The Night Has Passed
Raise your weary head
Find me when the night has passed
Through your heart
I'm already dead
Find me when the night has passed
Through your heart
I have longed to hear you singing in the night
At last I do.
Walk the garden path
Seeing how the pink and green
Blue and gold
Raise their dewy glasses
Find me when the night has passed
Through your heart
I have longed to hear you singing in the night
At last I do.
Track Name: In December
And the moon drove by in her car
Above our glowing faces in the rain
When you left me in December.
But that silver light never quite got bright enough
To see our shining selves again
When you left me in December.
If your heart grows cold
Darling promise me
If you find that you cannot remain
Never leave me in December.
Track Name: Winter Wind
What have I done to prepare for the cold this year?
You've got the right idea and maybe I should follow suit.
Slept on a mountain I cleared for a home
With you
Nights on the mountain are cold
But in the morning I walk into town
Hunker down in cafés
Read the gossip and news
Borrow books from the library too.
Oh, you lousy winter wind,
You're a champion and a friend.