Grand Pre

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A collection of songs about moving, slowing, staying and growing, inspired by our year in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia.

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released August 17, 2018

Produced & Engineered by Matt MacDonald
Recorded in Grand Pre, NS, Canada
Mixed & Mastered by Brett Baird
Additional production & arrangement by Brett Baird

Cello by Brian Chan
Violin by Caleb Chan

Album art layout by Alex Sprungle
(sprungle.co)
Cover photography by Matt MacDonald & Kristie MacDonald

Vocal Few is:
Matt MacDonald
Kristie MacDonald

Songs written & arranged by Matthew James MacDonald, Scotsman (ASCAP)

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Vocal Few Seattle, Washington

Matt & Kristie MacDonald make pop/folk songs that tell stories of travel & change & dreams & struggles. Life's a trip. A roadtrip.

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Track Name: Go
oh, the things our eyes have seen
and we're still wasting our time chasing dreams
‘cause you’re either more alive
or slowly dying
the only thing we know is we know nothing
but we still try

we’re ready to go
say goodbye to our home
and now our bed is where we make it
out on the road
we’re ready to go
and we don't even know
whatever way the wind will take us
but our eyes are aglow
and we’re ready to go

oh, our destination’s old
tribal drums ring in the distance
mark 400 years of friendship
and the path we take is older still
all our ancestors traversed it
trading comfort for wilderness

‘cause every savage is
someone’s brave
and every path to life
goes through the grave
it’s just one broken link
to break the chains
words are spoken and then
chaos is arranged


go, say goodbye to your home
and make your bed in any place
that isn’t part of the show
you’re ready to go
when you don’t even know
whatever way the wind will take you
but your eyes are aglow
Track Name: To the Ocean
east in june
trade the brightest of greens of summer
for the dreams of navy blue
east in june
leave the calm pacific breeze
for an atlantic rendezvous

‘cause I’ve been driving for days
on down a dusty road
(we’re gonna get there, we’re gonna get back home)
can’t wait to dive in the waves
can’t wait to lighten my load
(we’re gonna get back to the coast)
and as the sun dips down I know
(we know)
no matter where my body goes
(we go)
every road eventually leads me back home
(to the ocean we know)
every road eventually leads me back home

i am gonna see if I can get to tennessee and write a song
about the sea that we can sing along to
i am gonna see if I can get to tennessee and write a song
about the sea to cure my landlocked blues

to the ocean
to the ocean
my hearts tied to the coast
if I stay I’ll be a ghost
you wouldn’t like me anyway

to the ocean
to the ocean
I take my air with salt
I hear the wind and waves a-calling
it’s not my fault it’s dna

thats the way its got to go
when I drive back through nashville
gonna stop and say hello
just long enough to write a song
that will get me to seattle
Track Name: Out of Order
all that’s new comes from chaos
when the old is out of order
and the final series of layoffs
sends the workers out to the borders

and there’s still no comfort that comforts
all those who stay within the frames
because whatever it is that keeps them stable isn’t
able to give them their names

for every fifty half-known faces
there is one acknowledged soul
who walks within the waste of
of mysteries untold
while they’re still singing

work, buy, use, die

for every five of the ones who travel
there is one who returns to their home
to tell a story that over time unravels
’til it’s canonized in their tomes

I make my decision
out past the door
no ammunition
into the war

there’s no protection
where good souls are born
wind shifts direction
here come the wolves

here come the wolves

here come the wolves
Track Name: Time Travel
haven’t slept in days
mind is in a maze
happens when you paint
outside the lines
they say

I keep losing track
I’m moving too fast
time to travel back
into the past

into the past

I’m starting to crave
some wide open spaces
happens when your cave
is pierced with light
they say

I keep losing track
I’m moving too fast
time to travel back into the past

into the past
Track Name: One Step Further
what could I offer
what could I gain
everything always
staying the same

except the degree to
which it decays
everything always
staying the same

and I don’t know how
we ever walked this road alone
so let us lead the way home

somebody suffers
someone elates
somebody starving
food on my plate

guilty fill coffers
innocent chained
everything always
staying the same

and I don’t know how
we ever walked this road alone
so let us lead the way home
but I can see now
we’ve got to let our burdens go
so let us lead the way home

we’re not going one step further
without giving up what we’ve known
we’re not going one step further
til we find the faith to let go

we’re not going one step further
without giving up what we’ve known
we’re not going one step further
we’re not going one more alone
Track Name: Stay
missing months of time
following behind
planning day and night
for where we would fly

slow to settle in
fixed in position
windows in our minds
dare to draw their blinds

in one moments time
into conscious light
I can see whats mine
I forfeit the fight

so what is today
if we’re not awake
and how can we save
the moments at stake
If I keep moving
I’m gonna break
what are we losing
by choosing to stay

we moved far too fast
what we were is past
vision clouds inside
in blind spots you hide

in one moments time
in your tearful eyes
I can see whats mine
I forfeit the fight

So what is today
if I’m not awake
and how can I save
the moments at stake
If I keep moving
we’re gonna break
what am I losing
by choosing to stay

why don’t we stay

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