Staring Contest

by Reid Jamieson

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The new album STARING CONTEST showcases a winning mix of Reid’s musical mojo, with 11 all original songs that include special appearances by songbird Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Anne Lindsay (Blue Rodeo) on violin, and Vinyl Cafe bandmate John Sheard on piano. Garden gnomes, unstoppable trains and no less than three proposals (!) can be found within the lyrics of this unabashedly romantic collection. Completely self funded and collected over some pretty change-filled years of his life, this record should help Reid make his mark on the world stage as not only a show stopping performer but as a composer of compelling songs in the tradition of Neil Finn and Roy Orbison.

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STARING CONTEST HIGHLIGHTS

RAIL won the grand prize for folk in the JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST.

RAIL made the top 10 in SHORE104's SUMMER SONG SEARCH.

RAIL is featured in SyFy's series BEING HUMAN

MY GREEN THUMB is featured in the CBC series 18 TO LIFE

THE COMBINATION made it to the top 5 in BC for SUZUKI's PLAYLIST FOR THE PLANET

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released July 30, 2012

All songs written by Reid Jamieson
* except tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 written
by Reid Jamieson & Carolyn V. Mill

All rights Reid Jamieson Socan.

Produced with affection by Michael Frost.
Recorded, Engineered & mixed by
Michael Frost, Blackfish Sound, Vancouver, BC .
Remastered with care by Michael Holland.


Drawings by Reid Jamieson.
Lovebirds charm by Kurt Morrison.
Executive producer, Management,
Design & Photography Carolyn V. Mill

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Reid Jamieson Vancouver, British Columbia

"Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul" - Globe & Mail. Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson has appeared regularly on CBC’s Vinyl Cafe, and has recorded with Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and members of Blue Rodeo. From award winning originals, to 50s era classics to Leonard Cohen. Performing alongside his long-time songwriting partner and saucy wife, Carolyn Victoria Mill, they are all about the songs. ... more

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Track Name: Rail
RAIL

Put your ear to the rail,
you can hear my love come down
Where hearts and heroes fail,
I won’t be turned around

Sleepwalking these rails,
I let the grass grow long.
Oh my memory fails,

and I forgot my song.
Blackberries grow wild,
smell of pitch in the sun.
Weeds roll over my mind,
and they almost won.

But I said no more...

Put your ear to the rail,
you can hear my love come down
Where hearts and heroes fail,
I won’t be turned around


Tearing up these weeds,
blow the smoke in my stack.
The sound of steel on steel,
and there’s no going back.
I got a head full of coal,

hear the lightning crack.
Light a fire in my soul,

and get me back on track.


Put your ear to the rail,
you can hear my love come down
Where hearts and heroes fail,
I won’t be turned around


No more driving this blind,
time to throw that switch.
Drives a spike in my mind,
and makes my fingers itch.
You better get on board,
or get out of my way.
Hauling heavy and slow,

but I’m leaving today.


And I said no more...


And I know that I’ve been here before,
And it’s taken its toll on me.
But I’m not giving up anymore,
No I’m not giving up on me…
Track Name: Summer School Of Blue
SUMMER SCHOOL OF BLUE

Wait for me on the swings in the park
Behind your house before it gets deathly cold outside.
I hear this winter is gonna be a bad one
I barely knew you in the last one
But I went to the summer school of blue.
I have grade four secrets to give to your ears
The prettiest sculptures of flesh
Have you heard that I think you’re cool?
You unspool me and rule my mood
Attendance was high at the summer school of blue.
Let me propose a Koolaid toast to marriage in twenty years.
Who was that sandy haired boy with the glossy teeth at your party?
He looked like your cousin, I hope he’s your cousin
Or this winter, this winter will be a very bad winter.
Wait for me in the emergency room.
Accidents happen, I wrongly assumed
I could jump from that high in the air.
And the leaves on the tree were yellow and red
And falling for you, I’m falling for you.
All my answers were right in the final exam
At the summer school of blue
The summer school of blue
The summer school
of you.
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Track Name: Hard To Swallow
HARD TO SWALLOW

Oh sunny day you came too late. Oh sunny day, you came too late.
We drilled a hole into the middle of the earth.
The blackness spilled out like a blossom, like a birth.
The message had to make it through the tangle first.
The lines went down. Our happiness is in the lost and found.
I know it’s hard to swallow. It’s for sure we won’t survive.
Oh sunny day, you came too late. Unhealthy love is on my plate.
I drilled a hole into the middle of my head.
I found a city with its citizens half dead.
The big exhaustion comes from all the big regret.
Hope breaks through the ground.
It looks around for clues, it listens for the sounds.
But the blossom, it dies.
My pride is hard to swallow, how does anything survive?
Oh sunny day, you came too late.
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Track Name: Don't Forget (Dreams)
DON’T FORGET

You know how much it’s gonna hurt,
‘til that needle is inserted in your vein again.
You try to pretend there is no pain.
But I see it in the stains under your fingernails.
Hold on tight, keep looking for an answer.
Hold on tight, remember younger days,
when dreams were something you could say you had.
Don’t forget because the world forgot you.
When night falls is the newspaper your bed?
Does it have you seeing red what the
people with money complain about?
You’re drunk on a can of aerosol. And your
tales are getting taller than the will to make it work.
Hold on tight, keep looking for an
answer. Hold on tight, remember younger days when dreams were something you
could say you had.
Don’t forget because the world forgot you.
You spoil yourself while
asleep, with sweet precious dreams,
held in the arms of your mother.
It’s gone the fire
in your eyes.
The face you recognize is just another sad memory.
Hold on tight, keep looking for an answer.
Hold on tight, remember younger days.
Hold on tight, keep looking for an answer.
Hold on tight, remember younger days,
when dreams were something you could say you had.
Don’t forget because the world forgot you.
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Track Name: My Green Thumb
MY GREEN THUMB

My green thumb, I hate to think of what I would become
Without your hands to guide me through the mud and rain
It’s a sorry, sorry sight.
I’ll plant a kiss upon the forehead of the girl
Whose mysteries unfold like blossoms on a day in spring
It’s a beauty, beauty sight.
You shovel hard, the golden rule and it sometimes smarts
To peel away the layers of my throbbing heart
It’s a gory, gory sight.
Let me be your garden gnome, I’ll clean your knees, I’ll clean our home
Anything to keep you turning, tilling soil, till we turn to dust.
Put on your gloves, and pull my weeds out with your gentle touch
I’ll use my seed to grow a song to save the world
Or at least make you stay mine.
My green thumb, I dare not think of what I would become
Without your love to guide me through the mud and rain
You’re a pretty, pretty sight. A compliment that fits just right
What are you doing for the rest of your life? My green thumb
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Track Name: The Combination
THE COMBINATION

Mother Nature turn your eyes
The planet is in deep denial
Waiting for your loving arms to save the day again.
Mother Nature, flap your wings
Cause the tide to swallow villages
Whole and leave an empty space
Where the blood will feed the flowers.
Change the nature of the core
Change the nature at the heart of things.
Change the nature of the core
Change the nature at the heart of things.
Holy Father, where have you been?
Drowning in great pools of alcohol
Knee deep tears will bleach your fears
And leave the job for someone else.
Come on school boy, pull up your socks
The future’s heavy and padlocked
It’s stainless steel, the combination is lost.
Change the nature of the core
Change the nature at the heart of things.
Change the nature of the core
Change the nature at the heart of things.
The heart of things...
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Track Name: By Your Side (feat Samantha Parton)
BY YOUR SIDE

I hear that music again.
Must have come in through your window
This love somehow found its way in.
Asked it to leave but it won’t go
But if you decide this little verse can stay
I’ll play along and make it last all day.
When I see you again,
Songbirds fly into windows
The right words might find a way in
So I’ll tell you everything I know.
And if you can help me get the story right
I’ll sing that song and make it last all night.
And when you open up your eyes,
I’ll be by your side.
I heard that songbirds never die,
It’s true, I wouldn’t lie.
When I see you again
All my senses crowd to the windows.
Try, but I can’t hold it all in
You know it’s hard to hide how my love grows.
And if you will let this feeling come again,
I’ll write a song with you that never ends.
And when you open up your eyes, I’ll be by your side
I heard that songbirds never die, It’s true, I wouldn’t lie,
I couldn’t lie to you, Even if they do...
And when I see you again (I’ll be by your side)...
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Track Name: Under The Bed
UNDER THE BED

Afraid to turn the light out
And race across the floor
For fear of what’s been hiding
Hidden waiting, under the bed
It’s here we place possessions
Shoeboxes filled with fear
Words from the past are waiting
To be thrown out,
under the bed,
under the bed
And then
we moved ourselves
Across the room
Exposing feelings long ignored
A world so new to me,
still unexplored
We fall asleep on our past
And dream of days to come
The weight of all these memories
Pressing down
and under the bed...
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Track Name: Staring Contest
STARING CONTEST

Oh I long for the touch of your hand in mine.
Oh I long for the touch of your hand in mine.
Yes I’ve been waiting for you.
Yes I can wait just a little longer.
Now that I’m facing the truth.
It’s a staring contest between your heart and mine…
I can move past things.
I can learn language that no one else will learn for you.
If there are secrets at all,
They will be small enough to evaporate
like tiny evening tears.
You open your baby eyes.
Watching the moon rise
From the window of our bedroom.
Another day with you.
It’s a staring contest, between your heart and mine.
It’s a staring contest, between your heart and mine.
Oh I long for the touch of your hand in mine.
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Track Name: Love Worth Making
LOVE WORTH MAKING

Explode, Into a billion pieces we will
One day, You and I will not be here
Love, Is the only thing worth making
Oh this wondrous life
Oh this wondrous life
Oh this precious life
I, I will fight your pain away
Try, Make the romance always stay
Oh this wondrous life
Oh this wondrous life
Oh this precious life
Oh this wondrous life (take my heart forever)
Oh this precious life (take my heart forever)
Oh this wondrous life (take my heart forever)
Oh this precious life (take my heart forever)
Oh this wondrous life (take my heart forever)
Oh this precious life
Love, Is the only thing worth making
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Track Name: Guarantee
GUARANTEE

People like to say
they have somewhere to go
People like to feel they are needed
People like to do what they can to ease the pain
Have you become a person like me?
In the first year of our life
We learn to use our eyes
Following the smiles of the giants
In the last years of our life
We learn we are afraid to die
But are you afraid to live like me?
Are you afraid to live like me?
Are you afraid of the changes
That are racing through your body?
Pushing you towards the end of all you know
Are you afraid to be alone
And left with no one there to hold you
And tell you that it’s ok to go...
People like to stay in one place for a while
Change may be the hardest thing to do
Would you like a guarantee
That I will never leave your side?
Cause I would like that guarantee from you
Yes I would like that guarantee from you
Oh yeah, I would like that guarantee from you...
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