The Valley

by Stewart Gunn

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Recorded January - March 2014 at BWC Studios by Greg Dawson, with additional overdubs recorded at the Rogue Studios by James Paul and at Third Street Studios by S. Gunn.

Mixed By Darryl Neudorf

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released May 15, 2015

Stewart Gunn - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synths
Dave Joseph - Bass, Piano, Guitar
Erick Bruck - Drums, Percussion
Wally Jericho - Sax, Trumpet

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Stewart Gunn/Stew Gunn Band Orangeville, Ontario

Stewart Gunn has played with the bands Mono Plaza, Hamburger Hotdog, the Faceless Lazers, the Haymakers, Grande Fir, DDL, and the Stew Gunn Band. He lives in Orangeville, Ontario, and enjoys summer days spent sipping a beer in the back yard. Thank you for listening! ... more

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Track Name: Welcome
Welcome

Waiting on the moment, looking for a sign,
I'm offline, more and more these day
Banging on the door they're trying to get inside
I'm airtight, learned from past mistakes

Memorized the script and followed every word
Details added in that only just occurred
I'm trying to say the lines I'm feeling so unsure

Changes happened so fast
Now it's a thing of the past
I'm awake I'm alive
For the first time in years

Welcome to the moment, welcome the new age
It's so strange, all the time these days
Struggling to prove it, shout from centre stage I'm okay
There's that line again

Momentary slip that left you in the dark
Wondering the twilight searching for a spark
Welcome dear you're just in time for the best part

So damn hard to decide
But I'm so glad that I tried
I'm awake I'm alive for the first time in years

All of the nights spent so alone
Wandering so far from home
Just up the street so unsure on my feet moving on

Now each new day I'm farther away
Glad to be rid of the load
A little bit stronger each day a bit farther to go
Track Name: What was I thinking?
What was I thinking?

Sundown, and I could tell the news was bad
before I picked up the phone

Silence, If I said how scared I was
would you have gone on alone?

What was I thinking?
Courting disaster I passed her the keys
Try to sleep while we're speeding down County Rd. 3
Why are we running now?

Awaiting disaster slumped low in my seat
Try to sleep we're careening down County Rd. 3

Daylight, and I'm squinting in the sunlight
from the backseat below

Hindsight, If I had known you'd go this far
I would have just told you no

What was I thinking?
Courting disaster I passed her the keys
Try to sleep while we're speeding down County Rd. 3
Where are we going now?

Faster and faster slumped low in my seat
Try to sleep we're careening down County Rd. 3

What was I thinking?
Courting disaster and passed her the keys
Try to sleep while we're speeding down County Rd. 3
Why are we running now?
Track Name: A walk in the woods
A walk in the woods

It knocked me down
It wore me out
It left me tired as hell
On the verge of despair
Shaken and scared
You were knocking on my door

I tried to shake the doubt
And keep the demons away
Praying every new day
Aware and awake
Our time has just begun

I hope that we can make our way
Together for another day
It's heavy but we got the will and the way

I know in time the end will come
Dissolve and slowly we're undone
We're walking but we're still a long way from home

Wandering wondering where were went wrong

I'll always hold you close your voice in my head

A light, the morning sun
And we're together as one
Shouting out to the world
From the top of the hill
To the echos in the distance

Alive, feet on the ground
The world still spinning around
And the sun's getting low
It's time that we go
There's nothing else to find
Track Name: Rise and shine, shotgun
Rise and shine, shotgun

Good morning, fight the fear
It's in the air we breath
Just try to hold on tight
I think I'm alright ya

Don't know what came over me

All the years
The wait and the longing
You can't turn around
But what will today bring?

I wonder what today will bring?

The weather is fair
But I'm feeling complacent
It's wearing me down
But it's just entertainment

The moment I realised
How hard I would have to try
It seemed like too much
I almost gave up
Another chance wasted

Then when I talked it through
I knew that I trusted you
You said it's okay
Just get up again
Tomorrow's another day

A sober second thought
A door I couldn't shut
A shadow of a doubt
I knew something was wrong ya

Just couldn't figure out what

But don't feel bad
Things aren't what they seem here
The shadows we cast
May be our whole lives dear

The devil don't care
He's always been patient
The message gets out
It's all entertainment
Track Name: The river
The river

Return to the river
Remembering lost summer days
The signs of erosion
The places the old bank had caved

All alone I roamed this land
Walked the valley end to end
Knew every trail and path

I broke for the forest
Through branches and dense creeper vine
'Til I found my bearings
The rusted “No Trespassing” sign

Trace the scar as evidence
The time I fell climbing the fence
It's fading with the past

And I'll wait
Drift away

If you change your mind
I'll be searching in the shadows

If you have the time
Cross the river where it's shallow

You'll see the other side

Slow walk in the meadow
Hands trailing in dry summer grass
Return home in sorrow
Retracing the overgrown path

It's left behind, it's sun and sky
Nobody cares, no one to find
I found my way at last

Back then this was freedom
But now memories crowd in too close
Unsure of this feeling
Afraid of what I need the most

It's time to go, it's not my home
I don't live here anymore

The wind begins to blow
Track Name: Tell me so
Tell me so

Please don't leave me in the dark
Give me a hint to go on
I've got a problem to solve
But my questions dissolve
As they leave my lips

Tell me if I miss the mark
Tell me if I'm getting close
I'm looking off to the sides
When it's here in plain sight
At my finger tips

I feel so dense
I can't make sense
And that's a problem ya I know
At least you tell me so

Guess it must be obvious
I'm tying myself up in knots
I'd be a fool to ignore
The evidence anymore
No the fix is in

Close the door
Still so unsure
I always get lost in the plot
I tried to follow a plan
It slipped out of my hands
I just had to stop

But I cant quit
I'm over it
And that's the only life I know
I'm trying to let it go

On the threshold
So damn scared
Give me the strength to go on
Think I've been here before
But I chose the wrong door
Try my luck again

Wait in silence in the dark
Watch for the light of the dawn
If I get through the night
I'll know things are alright
And I'm moving on

I'll take my time
Stay outside
Out of phase
That's my way
Track Name: The end of the day
The end of the day

Empty bottles in a line
It's snowing softly outside
And we're talking like old friends
Thick as theives

Started out so insecure
I tripped myself on each word
But as the night wore on
You put me at ease

I told you that I'd walked
Under a metal grey sky
Down the highway
With my face to the wind

When I'd finally hitched a ride
I was so worn out and tired
I forgot about
The trouble I was in

Like a bolt from the blue
Such a long way from home
So I was really glad I ran into you

If I look tired it's the truth
Since I left home last night
I must have walked a hundred miles in these shoes

Hard to find you're so aloof
By the end of the day
I was sure I'd never make it to you

If I look tired it's the truth
Hey babe thanks for the ride
But I'll walk on from here, no it's cool

Two AM and there's rebellion
Rising out of the void
A subtle meanness etched on every face

Across the table one last sip
And slap some cash on the bar
And you told me “Let's get out of this place”

In the alley snow is falling
And the night's at an end
I tried to tell you why I needed to leave

You cut me off your speech is slurred
You search for keys in your purse
I'm walking on alone at quarter past three

Like a bolt from the blue
Such a long way from home
So I was really glad I ran into you

If I look tired it's the truth
Since I left home last night
I must have walked a hundred miles in these shoes

Hard to find you're so aloof
By the end of the day
I was sure I'd never make it to you

If I look tired it's the truth
Baby thanks for tonight
But I can walk on from here, no it's cool

Ah, no, I really have to go before too long

Ah, no, I really have to know if I've been wrong