VANCOUVER

by Deborah Holland

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1.
I wanna be a Canadian Get played on Canadian radio I wouldn’t care if the rest of the world didn’t know about me I wanna live in a country You don’t claw your way to the top And people genuinely seem to care about other people I’ll give up California sun Nights at Dodger Stadium Backyard avocado trees And jacarandas swayin' in the breeze I wanna be a Canadian If I’m sick in a Canadian hospital Won’t experience losing my lunch when I get the bill If I became a Canadian Wouldn’t vote for the president If Sarah Palin becomes it I’ll already be gone Goodbye Independence Day On Thanksgiving no parade Trader Joe’s, a house that’s mine And inexpensive Napa Valley wine I’ll learn the names of the territories and provinces Drive at the speed of kilometers shiver in Celsius I’ll even learn “O Canada” on accordion Oui et même parler français s’il vous plait merci I wanna be a Canadian Take the Trans-Canada highway to Labrador See the Canadian Rockies in the springtime The Canadian government Doesn’t bully the rest of the world And when you travel abroad people like you when you’re Canadian Farewell cousins so long friends They may not let me back again So get your passport, book a flight Come on up see a different kind of life
2.
If he’s a work in progress that you can fix You better run run run If all your time and effort go to this Well then you’re done done done And you’re insecure nearly all the time nothing else matters cause he’s on your mind you’ve been second guessin’ what he’s gonna do Someone better break the news to you that ain’t love no no no no no that ain’t love Though it feels like it, seems like it’s All that you’ve been dreaming of that ain’t love if you swear he’s not what your friends all think you got it bad bad bad if he says “I love you” just when he drinks well you’ve been had had had cause a guy like him that’s just the way he acts you’re the one who gets to calculate the facts you’re digging deeper and deeper it’s bottomless pit someone better pull you out of it
3.
Home 04:25
How much time do I have left I think it’s long But unpredictable at best And I could be wrong Is there more, I place no bets But bells would ring So my goal is no regrets This I can sing Chorus: So I’m hitching on the highway goin’ everywhere I’ll be traveling as far as I can roam And if I decide I’ve changed my mind and I don’t care I’ll go home Home Every day I count them up Say no goodbyes Is a joy, a stroke of luck The winning prize
4.
Vancouver 04:07
It’s snowing again They say that it’s rare This hasn’t happened in 20 odd years But I wouldn’t know I’m newly arrived A provisional immigrant Tryin' to survive Ooh Vancouver Ooh Vancouver I’m here cause my son Can get what he needs In American schools he could not succeed So we packed up our lives And drove from our home Leaving half of the family To make it alone Ooh Vancouver Ooh Vancouver It’s dark when I wake Dark before I sleep It fosters a feeling I try not to keep Now the snow’s disappearing It’s raining instead It rained all day yesterday And rain lies ahead Ooh Vancouver Ooh Vancouver The permanent residents Shrug off the storms Just something you do Till the city’s reborn When everything’s heavenly A paradise found But those are the months We won’t be around Ooh Vancouver Ooh Vancouver
5.
California 05:01
A broken gate Unpaid bills Mold in the bathroom Sleeping pills Carpet stains A browning lawn Rooms needing painting A boy withdrawn Chorus: But the sun is shining and it’s warmer there I got friends and I don’t have to be alone The love of my life’s’ in an office chair It’s the only place I’ve known That I’ve ever been at home California, California Computers down No toothpaste A favorite pair of earrings Both misplaced Ragged towels Sheets with holes Screws that could use tightening I’ve no control (But the sun…) A fairy tale Gone awry Hope’s in the corner Standing by Shootin’ down Desperate straights Get back in the saddle To a solid state (‘Cause the sun...) Here I come, here I come, here I come, here I come California Right back where I started from
6.
Money 04:02
Chorus: Money, sick a-talkin’ ‘bout money (such a drag) Money, tired a-worryin’ ‘bout money I can’t forget cause I’m too much in debt It can’t buy me happiness Can’t buy me love But when your pockets are filled with emptiness (But when your car is about to repossessed) (But when you’re pawnin’ your antique necklaces) It’s all you’re thinking of Checkin’ my balance Checkin’ it twice I check again But it’s still no dice Talk to the teller Say hey where’s my - dough I need it quick Or I’m gonna be on skid row The collectors are callin’ Can’t answer the phone The mortgage is over due I’m losin’ my home My credit’s pathetic My assets on the - line I ain’t had savings Since back in 89-ine I kicked the habit Fine wines and foods That fancy lifestyle Went down the tubes I will be lucky Got a roof over my - head Could be sleepin’ at the mission With a bible and a bunk bed
7.
I don't like roses I like chocolates way too much Regret when I finish off the box And Hallmark cards just end up in the trash That kind of sentiment can’t last These are things you already know When you've lived this long with someone There's little left to be exposed But still a secret hangs in the air It’s not something we want To share I may be dressed up But I’m a messed up Valentine A messed up Valentine I used to wonder Why anyone would quit After hanging in for so long But some situations you must experience to get And then the light goes on These are words I barely can say But after all this time together I cannot look the other way Whatever I do hearts are at stake An unbearable choice To make Now that I’ve ‘fessed up I’m still a messed up Valentine So how’re we gonna spend this holiday It’s probably our last We should put our party clothes away And hold on to each other, hold on to the past These are tears that were waiting to fall There’s only so much holding on The brakes are shot, we’ve hit a wall Not every patient can be saved We gotta give up the ghost Be brave We gave our best up I’ll always be your messed up Valentine
8.
John Lennon - Paul McCartney
9.
There are plenty of concrete reasons to blame this on Plus a little bit of free floating nebulous stuff that’s never gone It’s been goin’ on 6 months of gray, cold and rain For a California girl that’s too much for her sunny side up brain Went to the doctor and for a hundred bucks He said there’s nothing you can do you’re just out of luck Chorus: You (I) got a bad, bad, bad Bad case of sad You got a bad case of sad A really really bad case The sun was shining for a couple of hours today I sat on the front porch step in a down coat shivering away Determined to get some Vitamin D and a serotonin fix though that’s no guarantee The weather and my mood have been as thick as thieves I need every bare branch to be covered in leaves Even when it’s beautiful outside I don’t have the best disposition I constantly must conquer and divide a melancholy condition Maybe it’s just another excuse I can hide in my head and be a social recluse If I could be a little stronger in the blink of an eye The days will be longer and I can say bye-bye to a
10.
You’re makin’ really bad decisions Been burnin’ every bridge in sight Now you’re droppin’ the ball Losing it all Mixing up your wrong from right Your love is getting’ in the way-ay-ay of your life You’re doin’ lots of second guessin’ Keep changin’ at the speed of light Someone’s pullin’ your strings Clippin' your wings Nipped you with a nasty bite Your love is getting’ in the way of your life Somebody’s pumpin’ Blowin’ up your ego They got you hook line and sinker You swallowed it hole Somebody really wants total control yeah yeah You’re old enough you should know better And strong enough to put up a fight But you’re somebody new Stupider too Snugglin’ up with kryptonite You’re gettin’ the goods today But tomorrow there’s hell to pay Your love is gettin’ in the way-ay-ay of your life
11.
When I was born my mother said My cup runneth over I got a girl her hair is red My daddy said lets take her home We’re movin' to a house we own Her brother’s sittin' waitin' for her ooh I grew up in the Garden State A place called New Jersey Frozen food was all I ate We weren’t rich we weren’t poor Took my allowance to the store Bought another top ten 45 yeah ooh Chorus: For all that I know This is how it should go No need for pretending I can stop waiting around Cause I’ve already found My happy ending I had a son then another son Both born in California Just in time I got that done I taught ‘em both to roller skate, To thy neighbor tolerate Arrive on time ‘cause it’s rude to others ooh Some days, stuck inside my head, seems like gettin’ out of bed is hardly worth it But I drag my body out Drink a cup of coffee, open up the blinds and to my surprise - the sky is perfect
12.
You’re a lucky so and so Yeah you got it made but don’t know it You seem to expect something you never get And day after day you blow it yeah yeah You’ve got shelter, food and love But you’re under a dark cloud whining With all of your stuff it’s never enough You’re blind to the silver lining yeah yeah You’re a lucky so and so But your negative side is driven Start singing a song and forget what is wrong Kick up your heels, stop spinning your wheels Raise up your glass you pain in the ass And say thanks to all you’ve been given ‘Cause oh what a good life you’re livin’ yeah yeah

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As the lead singer, songwriter and co-founder of Animal Logic with drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police and jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, DEBORAH HOLLAND was introduced to the world via two critically acclaimed albums, appearances on David Letterman, The Tonight Show, VH-1, MTV, a recorded duet with Jackson Browne, and live performances at major venues throughout the world. After four solo CDs that garnered international radio play and glowing reviews, she went on to record and tour with Cidny Bullens and Wendy Waldman as a member of the folk/Americana “super-group” The Refugees, whose CDs UNBOUND and THREE won multiple awards and were recognized on many “best of” lists. Deborah has also scored several films, and has written and/or performed dozens of songs for film and television.

For the past three years she has been living and working in Vancouver, BC. The new city and country served as a powerful muse and on June 4th, 2013 she will release a new solo album titled appropriately, VANCOUVER, on her own RageOn Records. The album was recorded during visits to Los Angeles with Steve Wight co-producing and engineering. The team of Rob Hoffman and Wendy Waldman mixed and many who have already heard the record feel it’s her strongest yet. As on Deborah’s past solo records, the musical styles vary, from “Animal Logic” pop to the more roots-based music she has been involved with recently, but all with her smart and poetic lyrics out front.

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released June 4, 2013

Produced by Deborah Holland and Steve Wight
Co-produced by João Pedro (J.P.) Mourão
Mixed by Rob Hoffman and Wendy Waldman
Engineered by Steve Wight and J.P. Mourão
Mastered by Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab, Inc.

Photography by Lance Craig
Make-Up/Hair by Kriz Crane
Artwork and Graphic Design by Mark Nubar

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Deborah Holland Vancouver, British Columbia

DEBORAH HOLLAND was introduced to the world as the lead singer and songwriter of Animal Logic, (with Stewart Copeland of The Police and jazz bassist Stanley Clarke). She went on to record 4 solo albums, 2 with the folk-Americana "super-group" The Refugees, scored 5 films, and wrote and performed dozens of songs for film and TV. Her new solo album, VANCOUVER, will be released on June 4th, 2013. ... more

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