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1.
If I Wake 03:24
If I wake before I die If I wake before I die If I wake before I die, oh, there’s gonna a big change my oh my If I wake before I die, if I wake before I die I walked into a bar and I ordered a drink They were watchin’ the news, I didn’t know what to think Asked the man beside me, please explain about the news He said, 'Son, in this world the bad guys win, the good guys lose' If I wake before I die If I wake before I die If I wake before I die, oh, there’s gonna a big change my oh my If I wake before I die, if I wake before I die I met some people and they seemed real nice The more that we talked the more they tried to entice me to join in their causes, didn’t interest me at all they said 'see you at the march,' I said 'see you at the mall' If I wake before I die If I wake before I die If I wake before I die, oh, there’s gonna a big change my oh my If I wake before I die, if I wake before I die Now there are thieves in the alley, there are thieves in bed There are thieves who are starving, some have been wellfed There are thieves with guns and bright shiny boots, The ones you really gotta watch are the ones in suits They’re swimming in the black while the planet bleeds red Soon it’ll all be gone just like the prophets said If I wake before I die If I wake before I die If I wake before I die, oh, there’s gonna a big change my oh my If I wake before I die, if I wake before I die
2.
Another party in an apartment on the other side of town at times like these I wonder why I follow you around I’ll have to watch you in your role as a temptress and as a fool You got the touch it takes to make those wild-eyed dreamers drool These eager girls and grinning boys that you say are your friends Trying so hard to convince themselves they’re women and they’re men Attempting to impress with desperate lies They don’t even believe themselves, you can see it in their eyes And at times like these I wanna ride out to the city’s ragged edge All I wanna do is ride Like the brave and empty vagabonds with nothing left to show and nothing left to hide You talk about the trips you’ll take someday to Paris and Rome and I sit and watch the game, and I wait to drive you home Once again it’s plain to see you’re the star tonight you spent two hours at the mirror so you could look just right And at times like these I wanna ride out to the city’s ragged edge All I wanna do is ride Like the brave and empty vagabonds with nothing left to show and nothing left to hide The prairie stretches wide, it invites me To lose myself in its open spaces Stop runnin’ these human races we run You and me babe, our race is run, all done And at times like these I wanna ride out to the city’s ragged edge All I wanna do is ride Like the brave and empty vagabonds with nothing left to show and nothing left to hide
3.
Freeway, freeway, what secrets do you hold? What mysteries do they pursue? Well I used to follow too But here I am walkin down this sweet country lane and the shade of the trees and the cool of the breeze make me sane again Freeway, freeway, you used to lead me where I’d go But now I’ve breathed the country air And I want to be there So here I am walkin down this sweet country lane and the shade of the trees and the cool of the breeze make me sane again What is to be gained from the rush of the crowd? Workin at nothing and talkin so loud And God give me hope making my choice between the freeway and the lane Freeway, freeway, don’t you beckon with your luring charm A city kid like me might heed Though I bet you’d do me harm But here I am walkin down this sweet country lane and the shade of the trees and the cool of the breeze make me sane again What is to be gained from the rush of the crowd? Workin at nothing and talkin so loud And God give me hope making my choice between the freeway and the lane (x2) between the freeway and this sweet country lane
4.
Blackbird 02:55
Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly, all your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these sunken eyes and learn to see all your life You were only waiting for this moment to be free Blackbird fly, blackbird fly Into the light of the dark black night Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly, all your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise You were only waiting for this moment to arise You were only waiting... for this moment to arise
5.
Nuestra primavera siempre tarda en llegar Mientras el resto del continente se divierte con el sol brillante para nosotros siempre hay que aguantar… un poco más Tenemos que esperar algunos días largos que venga ese calor tan deseado a derretir a nuestros corazones congelados Nuestra primavera siempre tarda en llegar Mientras el resto del continente se divierte con el sol brillante para nosotros siempre hay que perdurar… un poco más Tenemos que esperar algunas semanas largas que venga esa luz tan anhelada a encender a nuestras almas congeladas Nuestra primavera aunque tarde en llegar Que sea presa en el hielo del nefasto invierno Sabemos que un día vendrá a derrocar al tirano
6.
Briefcases in hand, we've come up from the south, come with the truth ready to spew from our mouths we've come here to show you that life can be good to help you to live the way we think you should We want you to know that we're full of ideals we want you to know our good intentions are real but now that it's winter we don't know what to think there's nothing to do but watch TV and drink Come now Rosie, won't you turn out the light Come warm up this northern Saturday night Everybody's gone down to the community hall the place is in a haze of cigarettes and alcohol everyone's here just to have some good fun everyone's here except the priest and the nuns See all those young people they've come from the reserve They wear their hearts on their sleeves just to cover their nerves and those drunks in the corner that can't hardly see well the big one's an off-duty RCMP Come now Rosie, won't you turn out the light Come warm up this northern Saturday night Rosie I'm tired and bewildered and drained this is not turning out to be just what I claimed it would be way back when, so won't you give me your hand though I see in your eyes that you don't understand Come now Rosie, won't you turn out the light Come warm up this northern Saturday night
7.
When the muse calls out When the muse calls your name When the muse comes by When the muse comes your way When the muse floats along When she’s floating on a breeze When the muse calls out When the muse calls and speaks to your heart and sings to your soul When the muse comes to play don’t turn away When the muse slides by When the muse graces your day When the muse steps out When the muse says that you may When the muse shines When the muse shines a light When the muse calls out When the muse calls and speaks to your heart and sings to your soul When the muse comes to dance don’t miss your chance
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Everybody wants a big house in the burbs Everybody wants to lie on a Caribbean beach Everybody wants a big flat screen TV Everybody wants to drive an SUV Nobody ever wants to count the cost Nobody thinks about what's been lost Nobody wants to hear the sirens of doom Nobody wants to see the planet's wounds And we don't ask why, only wanna know how The future's got no place in the dictatorship of now Big Image, Big Ego, Big Dreams Polish up your life make it shine on the screen Big Data, Big Oil, Big Lies Party on while the wheel of progress slides (into the ditch) And we don't ask why, only wanna know how The future's got no place in the dictatorship of now And we don't ask why, only wanna know how The children got no hope in the dictatorship of now Everybody thinks they should have it all
10.
I want to ask a question, please answer if you can is there anybody's children can tell me, tell me What is the soul of a man? I heard some people talkin, I just came up in time They was teachin the lawyers and the doctors, that a man ain't nothin but his mind Won't somebody tell me, answer if you can I want somebody to tell me, tell me now, what is the soul of a man I've travelled distant countries, travelled to the furthest land I couldn't find nobody could tell me, tell me nothin 'bout the soul of a man But I read the Bible often, and I try to read it right so far as I can understand, it ain't nothin but a burnin light Won't somebody tell me, please answer if you can I want somebody to tell me, tell me now, what is the soul of a man? When Jesus taught in the temple, the people all stood amazed he was teachin the lawyers and the doctors how to raise a man up from the grave Won't somebody tell me, answer if you can I want somebody to tell me, tell me now, what is the soul of a man?

about

I didn't expect to be back in the studio recording and releasing a new CD just three years after my first one, but 'life, clever life' (as Golding called it) intervened and here we are.

'If I Wake' includes eight originals and two covers. I don't really like stamping labels on songs, but for the record (sorry), you'll hear some folk, some folk-rock, some jazz, a bit of country and a bit of blues.
So stylistically this CD is almost as wide-ranging as the first one
– but diversity is a good thing, right?

Chuck Kroeker: vocals/banjo/acoustic, electric and slide guitars
Daniel Roy: drum set/percussion
Jane Martens: keyboards/accordion
Jonathan Wong: cello/electric and upright basses
Ken Gold: flute/alto and tenor saxophones
Nancy Finlay: vocals

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jordan Jackiew at Tailored Recording

Photography and design by Carolyne Kroeker

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released December 1, 2017

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