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1.
Snowshoe 04:03
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?
2.
Water 02:59
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.
3.
Lovers 04:23
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Silver 03:59
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.
7.
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.
8.
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.
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In December 03:25
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.
10.
Winter Wind 04:12
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.

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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 Montreal, Québec

Anna Atkinson is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter, composer and performer. Trained as a classical violist, she creates music that combines elements of art song, minimalism and electro-pop. Anna has contributed, both as creator and performer, to dozens of projects in theatre, film, music and dance. ... more

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