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Me Daza

by Reid Jamieson

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1.
EVERGREEN (Love song for the Crone) Bring to me love’s late desire Turn the season, build the pyre All will be enduring fire Knowing my flame climbs ever higher Let the leaves curl on the vine Burn the fields and bend the spine As the blood soon turns to wine True colours a deeper hue in time The blade a finer line Evergreen. You are my only one. All other lovers wrong Believe. You are my chosen one. Forever we belong. Bring to me your faded gold Crown of silver, linen folds. Twisted hand still warm to hold Our history speaking to my soul The only story told Evergreen. You are my only one. All other lovers wrong Believe. You are my chosen one. Forever you belong. With me. On and on our love will go. Deeper roots will only grow When summer’s rain has turned to snow Ill never leave you, not alone Ill love you; maiden, mother, crone Your sweet green leaves, your weathered bones If I still breathe our love goes on Evergreen. You are my only one. All other lovers wrong Believe. You are my chosen one. Forever we belong. Believe.
2.
PERFECT STORM You’re only lonely on your own You’re only lonely holding on Hold on to what we’ve got You’re only lonely on your own You’re only lonely holding on Hold on to what we’ve got Here tonight There’s nobody holding back Deep inside There is only what you lack The rest just fades to black You’re only lonely on your own You’re only lonely holding on Hold on to what we’ve got You’re only lonely on your own You’re only lonely holding on Hold on to what we’ve got Open wide You drink all defenses down Wounded pride Where the best intentions drown Don’t buy another round Stars align Promise release should they collide And ties that bind, they Can’t compete with rising tides Of need so long denied Just hold on There’s too much here to lose When morning comes There’s no way to undo And what went wrong Isn’t fate, no, its down to you Here tonight Only forward, no way back You decide What you break, and what’s just cracked Is that too much to ask? You’re only lonely on your own You’re only lonely holding on Hold on to what we’ve got You’re only lonely on your own You’re only lonely holding on Hold on to what we’ve got Let go of what we’re not
3.
Enough 04:17
ENOUGH Small inside As you wander through your day How hard you try, to justify Not take up too much space Are you good enough Worth a little love? Are you enough? Kneel and bow You just give yourself away And swallow down The tiny sounds Of what you had to say Are you smart enough Worth a little love? Are you enough? You learned early on that You were somehow flawed The reason that he went away If anything went wrong You made the blame your own And paid…. Burdened by The weight of past mistakes You paint the lie With masks you buy That make up for a fake Facing shame You quickly turn away Reflections in The window’s pane Haves nothing kind to say Do you rate enough? Rate a little love? Are you enough? I don’t who told you You were never born to Be the one that anyone needs Just the way you are has Always been enough For me You deserve So much more Than you take To stand up proud And sing out loud Believe me when i say That you’re good enough Worthy of all my love Yes you’re enough…..
4.
Circles 03:33
CIRCLES We’re always running around In circles, circles Back to the beginning here we go We’re always running round In circles, circles Where it stops, nobody can know I’ve seen this light before It’s shining in my eyes Now i can’t see no more Have you been keeping score? Well anyone can tell It’s not worth crying for We’re always running around In circles, circles Back to the beginning here we go We’re always running round In circles, circles Where it stops, nobody can know Nobody can know Just walking out the door And then another year And not one minute more Have you been keeping score? Well anyone can tell It’s not worth fighting for We’re always running around In circles, circles Back to the beginning here we go We’re always running round In circles, circles Where it stops, nobody can know Nobody can know Nobody can know Too much to ignore Another night of fear Enough to start a war Have you been keeping score? Well anyone can tell It’s not worth dying for We’re always running around In circles, circles Back to the beginning here we go We’re always running round In circles, circles Where it stops nobody knows We’re always running round In circles, circles Back to the beginning here we go We’re always running round In circles, circles Where it stops, nobody can know You just gotta let it go Nobody can know You just gotta let it go Nobody can know You just gotta let it go Nobody can know
5.
DON’T GO DOWN Through the glass I can see the stars Yeah I was born with a wishing heart… No matter what life brings I won’t let it rattle me When I’m up against a turning tide And everything starts to twist inside Won’t go down on my knees Gonna let it ride over me Aaaahhhooooohhh x 3 When life has got me up against the ropes It’s raining punches, there’s nowhere to go… I’m gonna float like a butterfly and sting like a bee Aaaahhhooooohhh x 3 When I’m tangled in the mess of things And all the troubles that living brings… Won’t go down on my knees Gonna let it ride over me Aaaahhhooooohhh x 3 Through the glass I can see the stars Yeah I was born with a wishing heart… No matter what life brings I won’t let it rattle me When I’m up against a turning tide And everything starts to twist inside Won’t go down on my knees Gonna let it ride over me Aaaahhhooooohhh x 3 Won’t go down on my knees Gonna let it ride over me x 6 Gonna let it ride….
6.
Dominoes 03:36
DOMINOES This is the story Hear how it goes We get to worry Dogs on a bone Be in a hurry Be all alone Fall on each other like dominoes This is the story Hear how it goes We judge each other Fish in a bowl Follow the leader Go with the flow Fall on each other like dominoes We fall like dominoes Just doin’ what we’re told We’re sellin’ what we’re sold We fall like dominoes This is the story Hear how it goes We hurt each other And no one knows Birds of a feather Thorn on a rose Fall on each other like dominoes We fall like dominoes Just doin’ what we’re told We’re sellin’ what we’re sold We fall like dominoes We fall like dominoes Just doin’ what we’re told We’re sellin’ what we’re sold We fall like dominoes
7.
Better Man 03:14
So hard to be the better man Takes all you can to make a stand Sometimes you can’t get up again A chore to shake the upper hand You might get by without a plan Can always take the test again Until they make you pay the man You’re gonna fake the confidence In the end It’s not worth knowing You just pretend You know where you’re going Get back up again But you’re always falling down So hard to be the better man You play it safe yet still offend Wait around till the weekend Where you can break instead of bend You hang on ‘til the bitter end Give what it takes and make amends There’s no check out just try again And hope that you still want it then In the end It’s not worth knowing You just pretend You know where you’re going Get back up again But you’re always falling down (even further than you thought you’d be) always falling down (they catch you sleeping there’s no time to bleed always falling down (there’s always someone you forgot to be…) So hard to be the better man Takes all you can to make a stand Sometimes you can’t get up again A chore to shake the upper hand
8.
She 05:28
SHE All it took was a moment How easily he pulls away And now a time for atonement Where for his precious gift she’ll pay A willing passion play, Or trust betrayed. Whatever choice she makes For this mistake She’ll pay and pay and pay We, count the crosses row on row Not the dirt in where we sow their seeds She, a harbour or a vessel below We stand above With every stone she bleeds Two lie awake in the darkness A long hard day, an age-old need The love they make they soon part with The weight of one more mouth to feed Working twice a day For half a wage Oh, and when he breaks For this mistake She’ll pay and pay and pay We, count the crosses row on row Not the dirt in where we sow their seeds She, a harbour or a vessel below We stand above With every stone she bleeds All alone by the millions In shame they suffer silently Do we care where her life ends Hospital bed or back alley Keep her on her knees Tending seeds Oh, but who will feed Those unwanted When they turn to weeds We, count the crosses row on row Not the dirt in where we sow their seeds She, a harbour or a vessel below We stand above With every stone she bleeds She, was more than just where flowers grow What else she’d be we’ll never know, will we? She, was more than just a vessel you know She…
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Instrumental

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“This latest album might be Jamieson’s finest moment. Jamieson’s voice is a crystal clear instrument that can cover an immense range with superb phrasing.” Vancouver Province

Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson returns with his most daring record to date!

Recorded in the wilds of West Cork Ireland (Schull) with producer Kieran Kennedy (Maria Doyle Kennedy), the new all original record is titled ‘Me Daza’, which is Cork slang for ‘most excellent’, – tho the direct translation is ‘I’m dying’ – but aren’t we all? There is nothing traditional about this record, or the dynamic duo behind it. Mature themes range from loving a woman during and after ‘The Change’, to Ireland’s abortion referendum, to coping with mental illness, social media, and overcoming – call it a soundtrack for the second act. And while there are unexpected beats and cinematic soundscapes on this new outing, Reid’s soaring vocals and spirited playing on nylon stringed guitar supply an organic anchor for listeners to still find their acoustic groove.

Husband and wife together 17 years, Reid and Carolyn are unique in that they have a somewhat Bernie Taupin / Elton John relationship on the songwriting front, however, with a woman often writing the lyrics being sung by a gifted male vocalist. They wrote each song together, with the exception of ‘Don’t Go Down’ written by the late great Fergus O’Farrell (Interference) and Glen Hansard (Swell Season, The Frames). Fergus’ was a much admired Schull local whose vocals appear posthumously as he passed away (duo to complications of Muscular Distrophy) before he was able to properly release the track himself. All of this unbeknownst to Reid and Carolyn when they chose the tune from a selection of potential Irish covers sent by their producer.

It was Canadian/Irish legend Mary Margaret O’Hara who introduced artist and producer at a Toronto concert where she had joined Reid’s band on stage for the night. Kieran and his wife (actor Maria Doyle Kennedy) also enjoy a musical partnership, and have created many beautiful albums together under her name. That night a friendship was struck and plans were set in motion that went on to inspire an epic trip to the Emerald Isle, and perhaps their best record to date. Why record in Ireland some ask? It may be the only place on earth where a man can cry and sing at the same time without feeling the least bit self conscious.

A vocal powerhouse committed to making music that moves us, Reid is known for his regular appearances on Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, to recording with Cowboy Junkies, he shines his light with compelling originals and killer covers of everything from 50s era gold to their latest tribute to Leonard Cohen. A uniquely compelling acoustic duo live, and a classic introvert / extrovert combo, Reid performs with his saucy wife and long-time song-writing partner Carolyn , together they won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and wrote their way into the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Shows coming up in BC, WA, CA, ON, and eventually Ireland and the UK, of course. You won’t want to miss what they do next!

Dedicated to our precious Road Families. xo

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released March 22, 2019

Recorded and Produced by Kieran Kennedy in Schull, Co. Cork Ireland.
All songs written by Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Victoria Mill,
except ‘Don’t Go Down’ by Fergus O’Farrell and Glen Hansard.
Mixed at home in Vancouver, BC Canada by Reido. Artwork by CVM.
Vocals by Reido. BG vocals and Gin-infused glockenspiel by CVM.
Improv piano parts by Vincent ‘The Chancer’ Collins.
All other instruments / sounds by KK and Reido.
Mastered by Elisa Pangsaeng at CPS.

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Reid Jamieson Vancouver, British Columbia

“Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul” – Globe & Mail. Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson is a vocal powerhouse committed to making music that moves us. Known for appearances on CBC’s Vinyl Café to recording with Cowboy Junkies, they shine with compelling originals, plus killer covers. The latest is a new original album ‘Me Daza’ recorded in Ireland, and with a timely tribute to John Lennon JOHN 20:20. ... more

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