Small Joys - EP

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Recorded in assorted back rooms and basements with nothing more than a USB mic and an outdated version of Audacity, "Small Joys" is a celebration of life, tenacity, and most of all, music as an extension of all human beings. Make the most of what you have, follow your passions, and enjoy.

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released 08 February 2012

Dan K. (guitars, percussion, melodica, vocals)
Olivia Rae (vocals, guitar, piano)

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Small Joys Portland, Oregon

Don’t be fooled: at a collective height of 22’9” Small Joys has a sound as big as your mother is sweet. Bringing a contemporary and assertive twist to the age-old musings of life and song, lyricist Olivia Awbrey combines the intimacy of Frank Turner's storytelling with Springsteen-like theatrics. A mix of acoustic heart and electric soul will carry you through tales of love, loss, history and home ... more

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Track Name: Small Joys
Small joys gliding to me
When I thought they were far away
I'll set out on foot with you tonight
And we'll be so far away

If you know the truth
That all we have is time and luck
I'll have to ask you to keep it to yourself
That's a secret that's still out of bounds

And our wheels
They will be turning back and forth
And we'll let our heavy burdens weigh their worth
And our burning, burning torches will run out
And we'll go to sleep safe and sound

But I'm worried for you my dear
You've got a heart that others fear
I'm learning that fear for myself
And I can't let you down
From this place that I've found
In my heart
It's all for you
It's all for you
No I can't let you down
From this place that I've found
In my heart
It's all for you
Track Name: These Hands
My family came here on a ship full or soldiers and sails
Bargained hard for a spot to keep, while keeping their souls elsewhere
And two hundred years ago these hands were worked so hard
But these valleys are still unknown even though we have come so far

These hands, they are not yours, they are not yours, to keep
These hands, they are not yours, they are not yours to keep
Keep

I knew a man who was covered in dust and had taken a few years on to his face
Outside he was brittle, he was torn a little, but inside he knew his only place
I took him by the hand and said come on, take a stand, under the hot white sun to raise our arms
He did the best he could and it was better than good because he flew off, I won't see him again

These hands, they are not yours, they are not yours to keep
These hands, they are not yours, they are not yours to keep
Keep

My hands have held a book or two and they've played and they've waved and they've made
Now they hold something dearer then that, it's another hand holding right back
And even though we will be covered in dust, we will first be nurtured in out trust
In the valley that we then will know; after searching so long we will let go

But these hands, they are not yours, they are not yours to keep
These hands, they are not yours, they are not yours to keep
Keep
Keep
Track Name: Ventriloquist
Never thought I’d see the day -
the look in her eyes;
the words she would say;
armed to the teeth with her tongue just to prove that the
sticks and stones weren’t half as bad.

It isn’t that hard to forget what it means
to do unto others and
forgive us those things
that muddle the thoughts in our heads when our hearts
have broken with the beat of what was

Meant to maintain the love and goodwill
between mothers and brothers
and thaw through the chill of the
hunch that this crutch of a God might have gone and
broken both the legs we used to

Walk through the deserts and wade through the streams
to the fields and homes
in the back of our dreams
that our children to lose as they run on ahead
to make our mistakes their own.



Chorus:
I’d like to throw a voice
to all the ears that refuse to hear the
cries of years gone-by, all
asking why goodwill became a running joke to the

Kids brought up to move and groove
to the rhythm of the fleeting, seething urge to
doubt the best and break the rest, and
blame the ocean when their boats are left adrift at sea.


Verse 2:
Never seems that hard at first;
one or two drinks at the most
and the thirst will
dry up like rain in the face of the sun.
But wait, you can hear it bubble…

back through the cracks and the lines in a face
that your friends used to trust
and your lovers would embrace,
broken by woe and the risk that was run in
standing in contempt of how your

Father was a teacher and mother was a bride.
Your life was always grounded in the
privilege you’d hide from the
critics, naysayers and unquestionable foes,
who’d dare to call you out on all the

Bullshit you’d use to bury your shame,
your life and love can't be
played like some game you can
bend and then twist to produce the results
that will quiet that little drone.

Chorus:
I’d like to throw a voice
at all the ears that refuse to hear the
cries of years gone-by, all
asking why goodwill became a running joke to the

Kids brought up to move and groove
to the rhythm of the fleeting, seething urge to
doubt the best and break the rest, just
aching to prolong the thrill.

I’d like to throw a voice
to all the ears that refuse to fear the
cries of years gone-by, all
asking why goodwill became a running joke to the

Kids brought up to move and groove
to the rhythm of the fleeting, seething urge to
doubt the best and break the rest, and
blame the ocean when their boats are left adrift at sea.
Track Name: Stories Untold
It was a biting winter but a hot and loose July
And she took the love that saved her, it was all that she could try
Painting a decent picture both of blue and endless nights
She knew would soon be mounted on that great December sky
And oh the luscious valley that bloomed in spring
Where she had settled and where she would sing
Offered her the comforts she had yearned for so long
A country told in whisper and a place to call home

'Cause 16 miles out of town
And 6-feet underground lay a lover she knew so well
His lips they were still cold
Left from the stories still untold
He saved her for to take and tell

Honey, we will never understand this land
We were not made to in our lives
We are the wildlife in big demand
The rising souls who must survive

I heard from paradise that it has an empty nest
All its children have grown up and there's no more struggle left
They had quite the invitation to move over seas
Live their lives backwards and rewrite history
'Cause now kids count their follies one by one
On the fingers they've been given by the great and holy sun
And she counts the wings on the crows over head
Wishing everyone was a day he wasn't dead

'Cause 16 miles out of town
And 6-feet underground lay a lover she knew so well
His lips they were still cold
Left from the stories still untold he wish he'd had the time to tell

Honey we will never understand this land
We were not made to in our lives
We are the wildlife in big demand
The rising souls who must survive

'Cause 16 miles out of town
And 6-feet underground lay a lover she knew so well
His lips they were still cold
Left from the stories still untold he wish he had cared to tell

'Cause honey we will never understand this land
We were not made to in our lives
We are the wildlife in big demand
The rising souls who must survive
And honey we will never understand this land
We were not made to in our lives
We are the wildlife in big demand
The rising souls who must survive
The rising souls who must survive
The rising souls who must survive...
Track Name: Go Walkin'
Are you cheatin' yourself again
Caught in your own web
The ground beneath you has begun to spin
And you have forgotten what it is like to
Go walkin'

We all lose our balance from time to time
But the saying is true, it will return after a short while

But this red tin can buried deep inside your chest
Has rusted from giving up and taken too long of a rest
And your feet, they miss the feelin' of gravel beneath their souls
If there's one thing we were made to do
It's to breathe out and
Go walkin'

We all lose our balance from time to time
But the saying is true, it will return after a short while

So lay down in the heart of this sleepin' town
It will provide with the comfort your lookin' for
Put on your best coat, your favorite scarf to warm your throat
Head into winter, leaving the sun
So careless and bold

'Cause your feet, they miss the feelin'
Of gravel beneath their souls
And your heart is breakin' a fever
From beating on its own
Build up from the ground
The simple home you know
Reach out to hold a hand
Breathe out and
Go walkin'