A new Holiday / Christmas song.

2017-04-05T18:52:38+00:00

To the People That We Lost Last Year

To the People That We Lost Last Year is a new holiday song, a tribute to those who were lost in the previous year, which was commisioned by Forte Theatre for their “Naughty but Nice” show in Calgary. I had actually started the song many years before, the Christmas after my Mother had passed away. I remember sitting by the Christmas Tree and reflecting on her being gone, and though I missed her, I was also very thankful. This song is meant to be a thank you to those who’ve touched our lives who will no longer be with us in the years to come.

In the fall of 2016 I gathered some of Toronto’s top musical theatre talent to record the song at the Canterbury Music Company, to create a video of the song to share with the world.

In the tradition of Christmas and Holiday tunes, I’d also love to hear other interpretations of this song. If you’re an Artist who would like to perform or record this song, please contact me here.

CREDITS:
By Grant Tilly
Arranged by Konrad Pluta
Musical Director and Pianist Reza Jacobs

Singers:
Sara Farb
Kelly Holiff
Jeigh Madjus
Robert Markus
Cameras by Kevin Sarasom and Fred Yurichuk
Editor Fred Yurichuk
Recorded at the Canterbury Music Company
Recording Engineer Julian Decorte

BEFORE MY EYES: Debut folk/comedy album.

2017-04-05T18:40:54+00:00

BEFORE MY EYES

The debut album, produced by Konrad Pluta, recorded at Area 52 in Halifax, released 2003.
Includes the songs Beauty, My God’s Better than Your God, and the hidden track Everybody’s Dead.

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Now you know that it’s killing me
To watch you say goodbye with tear stained eyes
You say this is how it’s gotta be
But I can’t understand when you won’t tell me why

And I know
That you say everything is fine
And I know
We both need a little time

But there’s something hiding behind your eyes
That I don’t think you realize
See there’s just one thing
I still want to know

Do you miss me?
If you lost yourself in a moment’s rush
Would you kiss me?
Do you still long to feel my touch
The way I do for yours?

Then open up the door and let me in
I long to see the moonlight on your hair
And your soul bared again
Before my Eyes

And I know life’s not easy
And love’s not something written down in stone
But when I held you close to me
Well it just seemed we had so much more to go

And I know
You say we’ve been through it all before
But I know
This is still worth fighting for

So before I’m gonna let you go
There’s just one thing I’ve gotta know
You see you’ve told me almost everything
But still I’m left here wondering
See there’s just one thing
I still want to know

Do you miss me?
If you lost yourself in a moment’s rush
Would you kiss me?
Do you still long to feel my touch
The way I do for yours?

Then open up the door and let me in
I long to see the moonlight on your hair
And your soul bared again
Your Soul bared again
Yes your Soul bared again
Before My Eyes

Lying in bed there’s nothing I can do
But toss and turn and think about you
And how one kiss always turns to two
Or walking these tourist streets without a care
As the sun shines off your beautiful blond hair
Sure it’s brown underneath but I don’t care
One touch from your hand
I fee like I’m twelve years old again
Where would I be what would I do
No I’ve never seen a sky so blue
When I’m with you
When I’m with you
Oh and you take me off to places where I’ve never been before
What with Moonlit walks or midnight talks or
Suzanne’s fabled shore and I
Don’t know where we’re going but I hope it stays the same
Just laughin’ lovin, livin’ for the day
And that’s okay
And you make me tea and we turn the lights down low
And you tell me things I may not want to know
But you’ll always be pure as falling snow
And you make me crazy and you make me feel so strange
Like Jack said you make me want to change
And I don’t care if my life’s been rearranged
 One touch from your hand
I fee like I’m twelve years old again
Where would I be what would I do
No I’ve never seen a sky so blue
When I’m with you
When I’m with you

Now I’ve been thinking
About the things you said
And they all seemed so damn pretty
When I lined them up inside my head

Seems you had so many problems of late
And you needed some time off to get things straight
And when you said it’s not you it’s me
It was something that I actually believed

So when I left you
On that fateful day
All I could do was feel sorry for you
And hope that you would be okay

See I would offer you my help
But you needed to do this by yourself
So I just gave you your time
Hoping someday you’d come back and be mine

So can you blame me for this state I’m in
When I find the whole time
You were with him?

Now how can I believe anything is true
When you say one thing and you do:
Somebody else
Somebody else
Somebody else
Somebody ESL—

I’m not too good at language
But when I called you late the other night
You know I still seemed to manage
Despite the booze everything seemed to come out right

And though I know that I said some things
(Slut bitch whore)
That maybe should have just been left unsaid
Still it’s fair since I’ve been wondering

How you tell that you care for me
Somehow I thought that you’d be there for me
Can you blame a guy for going a little insane
When you take his whole world and throw it down the drain

Now how can I believe anything is true
When you say one thing and you do
Somebody else
Somebody else
Somebody else
Somebody EMS—

Someone get me a bandage
‘Cause I feel like I’ll be torn in two
‘Cause while my brains on a rampage
My heart is saying it’s still in love with you

And I remember once when your love went dark
You took me to our moonlit park
You said you’d like to try again

And though I know you only wanted make up sex
Still I know I’d take you back
Maybe from the self-respect I lack
If you stabbed me in the heart
Then I’d give you a knife, and say
Do it again!  Come on and do it again!
I love you!
I hate you!
I hate you ‘cause I love you, yeah!

And I think I’m ready to be friends
Can’t you tell I’m ready to be friends
My wounds have all healed
I’m sane for real
I’m ready ready ready to be friends

*&*@#$#&*%%&*!

And when I see you
You say you’re doing well
And I know that I should be happy for you
But all I can think is
Go to hell

You see it simply isn’t fair
For me to put up with this shit when you don’t care
And I know you’re only nice to me
So it won’t affect your precious popularity
Still if you want to apologize
You’ll find I’m quite a forgiving guy

If you walk through the desert on your hands and knees
Call me every day just begging me please
To forgive me for the shit that you put me through
And even though I deserve better than you
That I should take you back
That you make a mistake
That your smile only hides all your
Tears and heartache
And that you’ll love me forever
‘Til the day that you die
But how’m I gonna know that it isn’t it a lie

‘Cause how can I believe anything is true
When you say one thing and you screw
Somebody else
Somebody else
Somebody else
Somebody
E L S E
Somebody else

You looked so beautiful when I saw you last night
Worst thing was:
You knew it
From the girls you could feel their glare
But from the boys that lustful stare
Still you pretended you never noticed

And oh the power that you felt
You knew you could have anyone you wanted
Anytime you felt

But what you gonna do when your beauty runs away from you?
What mask are you gonna hide behind
What you gonna do when your beauty runs away from you?
How many friends are you gonna find
Are you gonna find

And when you see me you’ll come over and ask me how I’ve been
‘Til then you notice I’m not on your side
And you can try everything in your power just to win
But so many wrongs they won’t make it right

And I know it’s terrible but it’s true
This is the only way
We can get through to you

What you gonna do when your beauty runs away from you?
Who’s gonna dry your pretty eyes
What you gonna do when your beauty runs away from you?
Who’s gonna hold you when you cry

What you gonna do when your beauty runs away from you?
What mask are you gonna hide behind
What you gonna do when your beauty runs away from you?
How many friends are you gonna find
Are you gonna find?

Ben
He’s just a guy
He sings real high
Still he’s just a guy

You
You’re my girlfriend
I called to see if you were busy
For the weekend

Then
You asked if I’d mind:

If Ben took you away
To the mountains for the day
So you could go and play
Out in the sun

What’s Ben got?
Besides singing like his balls are cut off?
I know I sing low
I still love you so
I still love you so

Now I
Don’t want to make you cry
But if you go out with Ben
I’ll have to say goodbye

But there’s one thing
That I haven’t tried
And I just might give it a chance
Before I die

See there’s
This doctor guy

He could give me an operation
It’s a simple amputation
I never wanted children
Anyway

All the girls will sigh
When I’m singin’ oh so high
And you’ll thank God above
When you find it’s me that you love
It’s me you love

Now Ben
He’s not doing so hot
He hasn’t said a word for days
Seems his voice is shot

The Doc says
It’s due to vocal strife
Looks like he’ll be singing bass
For his whole life

Now you
Have got a choice

You can stick with a guy who’s frazzled
Who’s chords are soundin’ scrambled
Or come back home with me
Where you belong

Don’t be alone
Come on and take this baritone home
I may not sing high
But I’m a really nice guy
So pick up the phone
And make this baritone
Your own

Now I used to think life was so pretty
So many colours burning bright
But then thank the lord I finally met you
And you showed me you were right

See you lifted me up upon your shoulders
But I couldn’t see from such a height
No it wasn’t until you finally dropped me
That I think I finally saw the light

Now I want to thank you for teaching me that people are shit
(Teaching me people are shit)
There’s some people out there, they don’t care one bit
(Some people don’t care one bit)
And if ever you find yourself needing a helping hand
I won’t be there
(I won’t be there)
You taught me well

And you may find it odd that I should thank you
For leaving me as such a wreck
But you showed me just what life had to offer
Yeah you showed me just what I could expect

Now I want to thank you for teaching me that people are shit
(Teaching me people are shit)
There’s some people out there, they don’t care one bit
(Some people don’t care one bit)
And if ever you find yourself needing a helping hand
I won’t be there
(I won’t be there)
You taught me well

And it’s crazy how you
Go around turning all the people’s smiles into frowns
Did somebody hurt you
Who was it desert you
To make you have to bring me down?

Oh thank you for teaching me that people are shit
(People are shit)
There’s some people out there, they don’t care one bit
(Some people don’t care one bit)
And if ever you find yourself needing a helping hand
I won’t be there
(I won’t be there)
You taught me well

I used to lie awake in bed at night
Just thinking about you holding me tight
And all the kind and lovely words you’d said
And if the phone would ring I’d pray it was you
You were there in everything that’d I’d do
The future seemed so bright for us ahead
So many things got left behind
My family, friends, sometimes my mind
Which makes it oh so strange when
Now I finally find
That I don’t know why
But I feel so fine
Being back to myself again
So many times
I didn’t think
I’d make it on my own
And sure there may be a song or two
That reminds me of you
It’s all right, between us
I’m doing fine
Now on the day you left I cried and cried
Somehow I thought that I might die
Without you there how could I make it through
But the morning came and I woke up
Alone but it wasn’t quite that rough
And with each new day I found I didn’t need you
So my life went on and on
I made new friends I wrote this song
And finally realized I could make it all along
That I don’t know why
But I feel so fine
Being back to myself again
So many times
I didn’t think
I’d make it on my own
And sure there may be a song or two
That reminds me of you
It’s all right, between us
I’m doing fine
You got a crazy way about you
You think the world revolves around you
Well I can’t blame you ’cause I thought so too
Looks like I finally learned the truth
That I don’t know why
But I feel so fine
Being back to myself again
So many times
I didn’t think
I’d make it on my own
And sure there may be a song or two
That reminds me of you
It’s all right, between us
I’m doing fine

My God is better than your God
My God could kick your God’s ass
My God wouldn’t want to share

This place this holy space
Where someone once saw heaven’s gates
And in a moment of God’s grace
Felt understanding peace and love
So get the hell off of it, you Goddamn Motherfucker!

‘Cause my God’s better than your God, yeah!
My God’s better than yours!

And my God’s Mom is still a virgin
Your God’s mom always did get around
My God says even though you’re a savage

I should help you see the light
And show you that my way is right
And lead you to that
Bright and everlasting place
And if you don’t convert, we’ll exterminate your race!

‘Cause my God’s better than your God, yeah!
My God’s better than yours!

My God doesn’t like the clothes you’re wearing
My God says foreskins are passé
My God says that everything’s for sharing
Just keep out of his chosen people’s way
Or we’ll unleash God’s fury!

Your God is one of thousands
My God’s better ‘cause he’s split into three
That guy says that there’s only one God

Who loves us all the same
He just uses different names
And all he wants is us to love each other as he would do
And that’s the only guy that I hate more than you!
‘Cause my God’s better than your God, yeah!
My God’s better than yours!

From the Hindus

My God’s better than your God, yeah!
My God’s better than yours!

From the Jews

My God’s better than your God, yeah!
My God’s better than yours!

Ukrainian Orthodox

My God’s better than your God, yeah!
My God’s better than yours!

From the Atheists!

…………..
…………..

My God’s better than your God yeah,
My God’s better,
So damn better,
My God’s better than yours!

What can you say?
When the smoke has all cleared
When our promises made
Have all melted away?

What can you do
When we look at ourselves
And the tattered remains
Of that love that we made

Just don’t turn away

Tell me there’s more to living this life
Then loving and turning away
Won’t you just give me something
So I can get by
And tell me, c’mon tell me

Tell me that you’ll still be there at the end of the day

Where did you go?
When I needed you most
When I reached out for you
You were so far away

You were lost in yourself
As I scrambled to find
Some trace left behind
Of that love that we made

When you turned away

Now I believe all the stories I’ve read
Of lovers who just turned away
And this heart won’t be mended
With needle and thread
If you’d tell me, c’mon tell me

Tell me that you’ll still be there at the end of the day

I used to think endings could still be beginnings
And no matter what there would always be a time for forgiving
But these dirty wounds they don’t heal quite the same
And when I hear thunder I walk in the rain
Just hoping that somehow I’ll wash out your memory
Your stain

The tables have turned
You look for the best
I find only the worst
Of that love that we made

The times that we had
Won’t outweigh the regret
Or the innocence lost
The price that was paid

When you turned away

Now I believe all the stories I’ve read
Of lovers who just turned away
And this heart won’t be mended
With needle and thread
If you’d tell me, c’mon tell me

Tell me that you’ll still be there…

‘Cause I would have been there for you at the end of the day

You tell me you’re tired of believing
In what you’d call this fairy tale of love
It seems the world has left you bleedin’
After giving so much how can you think you’re good enough
But you’ve made it through the hard times
And when your tears have dried I know you’ll find
You still have love inside
And I want you to know; it’s a bitter world out there
Until we find somebody who cares
And I want you to know

And I don’t have all the answers
Don’t know how to make things right again
You may never again be lovers
You may find you’re better off as friends
And I know that you’ve been hurt
And I know you’ve got your pride but I believe
There’s gotta be a softer side
And I want you to know

It’s time to stop thinking how much it hurts
Make it happen try to make it work
Take a chance and you will see
There may still be something left to believe

I know I’m tired of believing
In what we’d call this fairy tale of love
It seems the world has left me bleedin’
After giving so much how can I think I’m good enough
But I’ve made it through the hard times
And when my tears have dried I know I’ll find
I still have love inside
And I want you to know; it’s a bitter world out there
Until we find somebody who cares
And I want you to know

For when the lines that we drew for ourselves
All start to blur
And when we find that we’re not the people
We once thought we were

Then may our children grow
To be all that we would have been
To be all that we should have been
So long ago

And may our children learn
To love one another
Though we can’t love each other
Is that how it works?

For when we find that the worlds not the place
We once thought it was
Then may our children believe in that hope
That once was in us

Then may our children grow
Reading and writing and learning to be
To be all that we would have been
The people that we always hoped that we’d be
To be all that we should have been
Knowing what’s right and what’s wrong
So long ago
And being so sure

And may our children learn
Ethics and values and Christian morality
To love one another
Do unto others and love one another and—
Though we can’t love each other
Do as we say, not as we do
Is that how it works?

But when they find how the world truly is
How will they stand?
When they find the rock where they built their foundation
Is only just sand

Still let our children grow
Reading and writing and learning to be
To be all that we would have been
The people that we always hoped that we’d be
To be all that we should have been
Knowing what’s right and what’s wrong
So long ago
And being so sure

And may our children learn
Ethics and values and Christian morality
To love one another
Do unto others and love one another and—
Though we can’t love each other
Do as we say, not as we do
Is that how it works?

Mommy took the dolly ran it straight into the trolley
Now you’ll never see mommy again
Daddy took the Tram ran it straight into Gram
Now we’ll never see her again
When Daddy called the cop a Fatty that’s the last we saw of Daddy
Now we’ll never see him again
Brother took a knife to Sister was convinced that no one’d miss her
Now we’ll never see her again

Because
Everybody’s dead, everybody’s dead, everybody’s dead
Dead in the heart and dead in the head
Yes everybody’s dead

When Grandpa asked how sister died Brother took a chance and lied
That they still might see her again
Grandpa took him for a ride it was a double suicide
Now we’ll never see them again
When Suzie social worker found out that the family was a drop out
That she’d never see them again
Suzie went insane put a bullet in her brain
Now we’ll never see her again

Because
Everybody’s dead, everybody’s dead, everybody’s dead
Dead in the heart and dead in the head
Yes everybody’s dead

A little bit softer now:
Everybody’s dead, everybody’s dead, everybody’s dead
Dead in the heart and dead in the head
Yes everybody’s dead

Bring it home!

Everybody’s dead, everybody’s dead, everybody’s dead
They’re all so dead in the heart and dead in the head
Yes everybody’s—

I am dead and you are dead and some old guy named Stu is dead
Brother Sister Father Mother oops uh-oh there goes another
If you call I’m sorry but I won’t be there to answer
‘cause I’m dead!

Ah, youth! Young love! Young love that leads to a break up that takes you to a dark place and inspires a bitter trilogy of darkly comic songs! This is no “Jagged Little Pill” and yet I found it a cathartic experience, and interspersed among Bitter Songs  #1, 2, and 3 I included some comedy songs, like Ben (the first non-musical song I ever wrote which summed up my high school jealousy of being a Baritone in a Tenors world… I was a geek!), and the song “My God’s Better than Your God” (self-explanatory). Vocal back ups by the fine folks at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre, where I was performing at the time. Further below you’ll find all the lyrics, in case you want to sing along.

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“Tilly opens ears and eyes with songs from the folk pop album Before My Eyes from the light, lost-love track Somebody Else to the hilariously tongue-in-cheek My Gods Better Than Your God.”

MIKE BELL, CALGARY SUN

“Grant Tilly blew the roof off the Solocentric fundraiser last night”

ALLAN BOSS, CBC RADIO, IN THE KEY OF A

THE WORLD KEEPS PASSING BY – Follow up folk/roots Singer/Songwriter Album.

2017-04-05T18:41:38+00:00

THE WORLD KEEPS PASSING BY

The World Keeps Passing By, follow up folk/roots Singer/Songwriter Album.

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Should you want me you know I’ll be waiting
I’ll be waiting here with open arms
And yes I’m aware of the trouble I’m making
By plying you with these charms

And I can’t understand what you’re going through
I’ve never been where you’ve been
And I can’t say I’d want to
So take your time, take every road every street
But should you find in the end only me

Then should you want me you know I’ll be waiting
I’ll be waiting here with open arms

Oh and, maybe I’m just fooling myself
You’d say I’m only wasting my time
Well, maybe but that time is mine
And that last time I checked, hope wasn’t a crime

And should you want me you know I’ll be waiting
I’ll be waiting here to take you home
But until that day we’ve both got our stargazing
And many miles that we must roam

And I already know all the things that you’d say
And I’ll admit that you’re crazy but I mean that in a nice way
So take your time, take every road every street
But should you find in the end only me

Then should you want me you know I’ll be waiting
I’ll be waiting here with open arms

Oh my darling
I know that I should go
The lady down the block
And the psychic told me so

You’re no good for me
They say you don’t play nice
I know if I was smart
I’d take their advice

But don’t you know when you talk like that
You could tell me anything
And I’d believe it

So take this love
Or just leave me flat
Go on and tell me anything
‘Cause I couldn’t leave you if I wanted to

It’s too late for me
And I’m used to your ways
If there’s one thing that I know
Being with you pays

All those precious words
Come tripping from your lips
They’re running down your arms
And through your fingertips

And don’t you know when you talk like that
You could tell me anything
And I’d believe it

So take this love or just leave me flat
Go on and tell me anything
‘Cause I couldn’t leave you if I wanted to

I’d put a chair against the door
I’d draw a line across the floor
Say are you in or out
Tell me now, just what side are you on
I know I’d fail in my endeavour
Just when you’d say “forever”
That’s when I know
Without a doubt that in the morning
You’ll be gone

Oh my darling
It simply isn’t fair
I try to pin things down
You leave them hanging in the air

Then you smile at me
And say why should we fight
Why try to set the terms
Why not just sleep on it tonight?

And don’t you know when you talk like that
You could tell me anything
And I’d believe it

So take this love or just leave me flat
Go on and tell me anything
‘Cause I couldn’t leave you if I wanted to

Oh I’ve dated
And I’ve mated
I’ve seen the prospects
And I’m not elated

It seems I’m better off on my own
Until I’m with you

I’ve picked up
I’ve been fixed up
Oh but lately seems all I’ve been
Is mixed up

So I’ll be spending my fridays alone
Until I’m with you

Oh this is not
A declaration of love
I just want to be with
Someone I want to be with

I never thought
I could get tired of
Just living day to day
But you’re getting
In the way

See I’d get these emails
From random females
I’d try to take them home after one
Too many Cream Ales

But I’ll be doing my drinking alone
Until I’m with you

Oh this is not
A declaration of love
I just want to be with
Someone I want to be with

Seems all I’ve got
To grab a hold of
Is when you feel like this
You start to see
All that you might miss

I took my chances
Had my romances
But now I’m too tired for all those
Same old dances

I’m just hoping you might
You might let these poor arms hold you tight
‘Cause I know that my life won’t be right
Until I’m with you

And I’ll be doing my drinking alone
Until I’m with you

Phone call
We’d like to talk to you
Heard you were the greatest
Back in the day

Come on downtown
To the studio
We’ve got your old records
That we’d love to play

But there’s an old man’s frame
Loose skin and tattoos
A shadow of who he once was

He’s got one hour back in the spotlight
And it’s gone

But tonight he’ll take a six pack
Out to the park
Have a few as he lays in the grass
And dreams beneath the stars
Of the tours and the lights
The girls and the fights
And the music
Oh the music
Then it’s up with the bus in the morning
To catch the bus home

Tell us about the old days
Things were better, the music was true
Those guys you played with got famous
You feel bad that never happened to you

But then the old fire’s back
In those eyes in an instant
No I never expected a thing
Just one brief moment of light
And it’s gone

But tonight he’ll take a six pack
Out to the park
Have a few as he lays in the grass
And dreams beneath the stars
Of the tours and the lights
The girls and the fights
And the music
Oh the music
Then it’s up with the bus in the morning
To catch the bus home

Well you can go back for your car keys
Your change left at the store
Go back for your credit card
It may not be there anymore
Go on back for seconds, thirds, or fourths at the buffet
But it may come back to get you the next day

And if that air mattress you bought just doesn’t work
Or won’t inflate
Take it on back to Canadian tire for a refund or a rebate

But our warranty’s expired
And the holes have all worn through
I think this time goodbye
It’s gonna have to do

So no, we can’t go back
We can’t go back
No not this time
Though it may hurt so
To leave my love
We’ve got to leave this love
Leave this love behind

So go on back to high school
And finish your degree
Yeah but you may find that these days
You need your PHD
Or go back for that shirt
Thrown in passion ‘neath the bed
Well you can even go back on what you said

Or go back for your reunion dress up like the senior prom
Yeah hang out with the less hairs
The more weights or the new moms

You can go back in for your memories
Even when the house is on fire
Yeah but sometimes I think it’s best
To just let the flames go higher and higher

So no, we can’t go back
We can’t go back
No not this time
Though it may hurt so
To leave my love
We’ve got to leave this love
Leave this love behind

It’s like that small town your family went to
When you were just a kid
You always hoped it’d stay the same
Yeah look like it always did
But between the tour bus and the Walmart
Somehow things feel strange
Yeah you can go back
But you know that
It won’t ever be the same

So no, we can’t go back
We can’t go back
No not this time
Though it may hurt so
To leave my love
We’ve got to leave this love
Leave this love behind

Oh I know that you’re already taken
I can tell that you’re out of my league
I guess that’s why I’m sitting here shaking
Like a leaf on a tree

If there’s one thing that I know for certain
Being with you is bad for my health
So let’s call it a night
I’m not quite feeling myself

Guess I’ll just lay low
Still I’d like you to know

You can stay out until early hours
‘Til the lights from the stars all grow dim
Smile when he brings you flowers
But please, don’t give your heart to him
Oh please don’t give your heart to him
Don’t give your heart to him

All this waiting it’s making me nervous
Like an itch that’s just got to be scratched
But it doesn’t seem right
When I know that you’re still attached

Still it seems like the problem is these days
Everyone’s playing for keeps
And he show gets the prize
Makes his move while the other man sleeps

But I hesitate
So for now I’ll wait

Go on let him hold your hold your hand tight
Fly you down to New York on a whim
He may charm you but try as he might
Please, don’t give your heart to him
Oh please don’t give your heart to him
Don’t give your heart

Though I know he’s be lying beside you
Where I might be
Still I hope somehow your heart
Is gonna guide you
Here to me

So go on let him melt in those glances
Pull you close as the morning creeps in
As for me I’ll be taking my chances
But please, don’t give your heart to him
Oh please don’t give your heart to him
Don’t give your heart to him
Don’t give your heart to him

Let’s buy that little house out on the edge of our old town
The down payment’s small because it’s so run down
But there’ll be lots of fresh air and good people around
We’ll dig in both our hands and we’ll raise it from the ground

We’ll both get jobs who knows working in what store
And I might try my hand at what my father’s father did before
My dad missed out when he struck out on his own
But aybe that life is still there it’s just buried in these bones

If that’s a simple dream, guess I’m a simple man
‘Cause for this dream I’ll do all I can

We may not have enough but we’ll have kids in that old house
Do our best to teach them just what this life’s about
We’ll raise good people, citizens through and through
And that’s more good to this world than any bank account could do

If that’s a simple dream, guess I’m a simple man
‘Cause for this dream I’ll do all I can

They’ll be high years and low years
That sun might refuse to shine
But in twenty or so years
Believe it or not, that house could be yours and mine
We came to this city
Each looking for a bit of success

Now we’re reaching for that carrot
But we haven’t got it yet
Meanwhile just scratching by
Means slipping into debt
Now a simple dreams not simple anymore
A simple dreams not simple anymore

Let’s buy that little house out on the edge of our old town
The down payment’s small because it’s so run down
But there’ll be lots of fresh air and good people around
We’ll dig in both our hands and we’ll raise it from the ground

Look at that Sky
In all it’s oranges and blues
How one colour blends into another
Fading into the night

And who’d have thought I
Could melt so easily into you
No you can’t tell one from the other
As we collide
Oh, and you ask yourself
Am I ready for this?
I had so many plans
A whole life I might miss

As all the dreams I had,
How they all get washed away

But it’s not giving up
See I know what I lose
I’ve been down all those roads
Now it’s you that I chose

I guess that’s the thing with dreams
Sometimes they’re subject to change

And oh, I want to take you away
Oh just let me take you away

As darkness descends
And we start out on our own
Mists and shadows might hide the path
We walk upon

It curves and it bends
But I have faith I’ve never known
Just trust the moon will light our way
Until the dawn

So now I’m learning to love
And enjoying the ride
It’s the freedom I feel
While still here at your side

So why keep moving on
When all you want to do is stay

And who knows what lies ahead
What this road has in store
I guess I’ll have to forget
How I plotted each course

For now we’ll be just fine
We’ll make it up along the way

And oh, I want to take you away
Oh just let me take you away

All of my life I’ve been chasing these dreams
All these shadows might have let me pass you by
But now I see that while these were just dreams
Here with you, this is living
This is life

‘Neath this blanket of stars
As we’re holding on so tight
All my fears and doubts are lost
In these clear skies

Tomorrow is ours
But now let’s not waste this night
As we’re waiting for that sun
If we could only slow that sun
Two lovers waiting for that sun
To rise

He’s not young anymore
That’s what everyone keeps sayin’
What the hell’s he waiting for
It’s time he got his life in gear
Seems like everyone else
They’ve got the answers
They all know where he should go
What he should do how to get there
From here

Almost thirty now
With nothing to hold on to
He’s scratching by somehow
Odd jobs to pay the rent
Dawn breaks
And feet pass by the basement window
He keeps waiting for a change
Still it hasn’t happened yet

And at night he dreams
Of back when life was perfect
Just a kid playing ball
Get up every time he’d fall
‘Cause now it seems
Getting up just ain’t worth it
Feels like he’s been left behind
And the world keeps passin’ by

He’s got these photographs
Of days he still remembers
He just looks at them and laughs
How soon he’s gotten old
On the corner now with the old men
Who wait to work construction
As the world keeps driving by
They wait out in the cold

And still night he dreams
Of back when life was perfect
Just a kid playing ball
Get up every time he’d fall
‘Cause now it seems
Getting up just ain’t worth it
Feels like he’s been left behind
And the world keeps passin’ by

He still remembers that first kiss
Still remembers that taste
All those summers of pure bliss
Out at his Grandfathers’ lake
Sleepin’ outside
Looking up at those stars
And wonderin’ what his life might be
Yeah, anything but this sad pathetic black sheep
Of the family

Now he’s on a bus
Bound west for Vancouver
He’s not like the rest of us
His dreams just can’t be ours
He’d leave a note but he’s sure
No one is gonna miss him
Now he can sleep outside all year
Still starin’ at those stars

So let them dream
Of back when he was perfect
Just a kid playing ball
Get up every time he’d fall
‘Cause now it seems
Getting up just ain’t worth it
Feels like he’s been left behind
And the world keeps passin’ by
The world keeps passin’ by

For this album I decided to re-unite with my good friend and collaborator Konrad Pluta as Producer, and we gathered some of Toronto’s best folk and blue-grass talent, including Brian Kobayakawa (Creaking Tree String Quartet), David Baxter (Justin Rutledge) and Ayron Mortley (The Mahones) to record with Jeremy Darby at the Canterbury Music Company.

I am very proud of this album for it’s songwriting and roots feel, and you can see the influence of musical theatre craft starting to creep in, particularly with the triple rhyme scheme of “Until I’m With You”.

Below you’ll find all the lyrics for the songs on the album, but hey, why not just buy the album?!

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“It’s the songwriting that stands out with Tilly. His lyrics are thoughtful and unpretentious. He’s honest without being sappy or laden down with self-pity.  This alone sets him apart in the all-too earnest world of folk music.”

PETER KEARNS, T.O. SNOBS MUSIC (March 02, 2012)