Common St.

by David R. Elliott

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releases December 25, 2019

Produced by David R. Elliott
Engineered by Charles Austin and Frank Lopes at Echo Chamber, Halifax, NS
Additional engineering by James O'Toole at Echo Chamber
Additional engineering by David R. Elliott at Sexplosive Studios
Mixed by David R. Elliott at Sexplosive Studios
All songs written and arranged by David R. Elliott
Track 6 co-arranged by Evan Matthews
Copyright 2016/2017 Working Class Records

'Causeway'

guitars, vocals - david r.
vocals - becky siamon

I was a young guy living in the south end.
I was too distracted by the beauty in your eyes
to realize I was one of those guys.
I followed your lightweight footsteps under the train bridge,
broke some bottles but I kept the one you signed
so that I could share a drink with you.

I was a smart guy and I dressed really well.
I was too distracted by the people I despised to realize
I was one of those guys.
I bought some pretty cheap bottles, busted open
sipped on slowly but I kept the ones we signed
so that I could remember you.

So much wine on my timeline,
I was sure I was in love with you the second you said goodbye.
So much time spent online,
reading about you, writing about you, sleeping in, going on.

I've been around some
won't let you leave without one.
I was around some
won't let you in without one.

'Blue Song'

drums, bass, tamborine, vocals - david r. elliott
piano - jason keddy
violin - dave fultz
vocals - kim d'ambrosie
vocals - becky siamon
guitars - justin lamb

When you're young everything is blue, or it's going to be blue.
Or it's shades of blue, or it's almost blue like it's supposed to.
When you're young, everything is true, or it's going to be true.
Or it's almost true, or it's mostly true when you need it to.

So tell me where you want me,
tell me that you need me,
tell me how I'm sposed to feel,
cause I'm blue.

When you're dead, everything is black, or it's going to be black.
When you left just like that, you left it like that.

So tell me where you want me,
tell me that you love me,
tell me how I'm sposed to feel,
cause I'm blue.

I'm over you,
you quite so new,
I stare into you.

'On The Run'

bass, guitars, vocals - david r
electric organ - jason keddy
drums - colby jardine
vocals - becky siamon

I take the bus more freely now
when I come where I'm from.
You can remember me
as the one you are running from.

I see the trees dote over me
I'm on the run.

I take the wine less cheaply now
when I drink after work,
you can reach out to me
I'm the one you are loving.

I see the leaves fall over me,
I'm on the run.

I see the cracked shingles in the back
scattered on the grass peeking past my last bottle.
I see the last embers in the ash burning in my grasp,
shadows on the path hollow.
I see the key reach out from me,
I'm on the run.

I take your trust more freely now
when I reach out for it,
you can rely on me, I'm the one.

'Good Morning Heartache'

drums, bass, guitars - david r
piano - jason keddy
vocals - becky siamon

Good morning heartache, I've got something new,
comes in this bottle that I hold onto,
shiny plastic red and not to chew,
say you'll come with me when I do come to

and I will, one pill; one, two.

Good morning heartache, it's the afternoon,
let's get to walking til we can't find room,
blue silk and sinking into you entombed,
say you'll come with my baby dreams come true

and I do, take you; one, two.

No one is with me when the dark starts pulling down.
I can't control it all the motion and I'm drowned in sound.

Good morning heartache, you're an empty room,
you're pins and needles that my dreams can't choose.
A stucco ceiling floating into fumes,
I can't control you, you're a blue/grey bruise

and I will, one pill; one two.

'Maybe Tomorrow'

guitars, bass, vocals, drums - david r
violin - dave fultz

Maybe Tomorrow,
inviting me in to cover me up.
You're on your own,
just how you were, just when you need.

Hold me up or pull me under.

Maybe tomorrow,
inviting me in to cover me up,
I'm on my own,
just how I was, just when you need.

Hold me up, or pull me under.

Under your skin, under your breath, under your wing,
pull me under.

Pull me under.

'Something About The Way'

piano - jason keddy
vocals - becky siamon
harmonica, vocals - david r.

When I split my kids,
I am unproud and my chin drops.
But I shouldn't have to reason with myself,
don't be so unreasonable with yourself.

I can never live,
I am no allowed to be the boss.
But I made my mind up by myself,
make it up to all of us in hell.

I don't know how I been stuck for so long,
there's something bout the way he treats me wrong.

You should get to know before you beat me,
convenient that you're grieving tell me when you need it.
You shouldn't get to know me before you leave me,
convenient that you're grieving,
tell me what you needed.

I don't know how I been stuck for so long,
there's something bout the way he treats me wrong.

She presses her hand up to her chin,
she says I'm coning home, I'm being yours again.
But the faith she found couldn't be deep enough, deep enough.
When she says she's gonna leave me still,
I can tell she's serious.

'Elliott/Carmarthen'

guitar, bass, vocals - david r
piano - jason keddy
drums - colby jardine
vocals - becky siamon

Walking home I see the fires on
the sidewalk all in rows,
no one knows.

I'm in love with this feeling,
it's appealing, it's where I wanna go,
no one knows.

Sunshine, stay outside my window,
break in the back door, bring on the snow.
Carmarthen, you're my horizon.
In your eyes is where I've been
and where I'll go when I'm alone.

Passing out I leave the TV on,
the bottles are aglow,
no one knows.

I'm afraid of this feeling,
I've been dealing,
it's where I always go,
and no one knows.

I'm too scared to do all the things I wanted that you sold,
I think you oughta know,
why I've lost you and
I'm too scared to see all the different people that I owe,
I think I oughta go.

'Hallway To Hell'

vocals - david r
violin - dave fultz
piano, electric organ - jason keddy

Please remember me again,
I'm in the clouds, drowned in my sin.

And it's a long, grey, hallway to hell.

If you've been in my room,
you can hear me punctured into
a milion me's.

And it's a long, grey, hallway to hell.

'Xmas Is Over, Sunshine'

guitars, vocals, bass - david r
piano - jason keddy
drums - colby jardine

Christmas is over, Sunshine,
christmas is over, for good.
I had a love for the first time,
that was enough.

And it's over,
you can see it from your hotel window,
where you used to walk under silver,
now it's blue.

And it's over, forever.

Christmas is over, sweetheart,
christmas is over, for good.
I had a love for a long time,
that was enough.

And it's over
you can see it from the cracklin shingles.
Where the marigolds mound down main street,
to you.

And it's over, forever.

Christmas is over.

The Common Street

by Helen Gray Cone

The common street climbed up against the sky,
Gray meeting gray; and wearily to and fro
I saw the patient, common people go,
Each with his sordid burden trudging by.
And the rain dropped; there was not any sigh
Or stir of a live wind; dull, dull and slow
All motion; as a tale told long ago
The faded world; and creeping night drew nigh.
Then burst the sunset, flooding far and fleet,
Leavening the whole of life with magic leaven.
Suddenly down the long wet glistening hill
Pure splendor poured—and lo! the common street,
A golden highway into golden heaven,
With the dark shapes of men ascending still.

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David R. Elliott Saint John, New Brunswick

David R. Elliott is a prolific Canadian songwriter, with a unique perspective anchored in a childhood split evenly between rural and urban poverty. His respect for the craft of song is inclusive of all genres and his exploration of lower working class struggles is a specifically East Coast answer to Bruce Springsteen, Randy Newman and Jim Croce. ... more

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