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by Justine Vandergrift

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released May 20, 2011

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Justine Vandergrift Calgary, Alberta

“Occasionally a new artist emerges that immediately demands respect and attention. Justine Vandergrift is one such artist. She will make a solid impact on anyone who has the privilege of hearing her songs.”

-Bill Bourne (Juno awarding Canadian Folk Artist)
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Track Name: I Stand in the Way of Wrecking Balls
I’ve been walking in circles all day long with my mind
I wish I was in my backyard sipping on cold white wine
I’ve been singing these sweet songs when I really just feel like crying
Don’t you wonder sometimes how we all got so good at lying?

You are a wounded child soldier
I stand in the way of wrecking balls
We cringe at the sound of yelping dogs
Scan the crowd for our Mother’s open arms

I’ve been walking in circles everyday with my mind
Just when it starts to make sense I wake up to another foggy morning
I keep thinking it through and it gets me every time
But I can hide it alright because I’ve gotten so good at lying

Well I’ve been walking in circles my whole life with my mind
I wouldn’t get anywhere even if I am your wife
But today I convinced you we were walking in a real straight line
Well that’s the game that we’re playing and it seems you’re doing fine
Track Name: Waiting for Nothing
It looks like it could come for us if we don’t get away
Everybody in this town’s-starting to act the same

I think its true if you make friends with fear it won’t own you
I sleep with my door open now just like we used to do

I’m waiting for nothing
there’s nothing to prove
we may disagree
but I’ll always be true
the stories are ringing
good riddance and everyone around
has been made new

his voice grew loud while feeble spirits gave themselves away
and walked along the cobblestone and swore they’d never stray

hundreds maybe thousands now we’ll never know for sure
now that it’s through I look at you, how much did you endure?

this morning I was living in my meaningless routine
but tonight I think I’ll try to ask what you mean
Track Name: By and Buy and Bye
I love you was all you ever said
Over and over and over again
Love is the briefcase in his head
I never should have opened

I found his map of love meets me fear
And watch the border drawing near
But looking in my rearview mirror
I could see it passed me by

I meant every word I said
Over and over and over again
But love you did not understand
The words we all keep saying

But I’m too young to talk it through
I wasted so much time on you
And bought all of those proud lies too
Love’s not something you can buy

I love you was all you ever said
Over and over and over again
And smoking our last cigarette
Every time he’d light it

Beside the road and broken down
He waits for love to come around
To show off what he hasn’t found
And teach her how to say goodbye
Track Name: Nothing Like the Rain
These days Almeria’s face is long
She thinks about how you done her wrong
She said I don’t know why I ever fell for you
Cause it’s the one damn thing I wish I didn’t do

And hell don’t have a fury like a woman scorned
She’ll wake up sad - get out of bed with vengeance
She says hey the sky looks angry and darling so am I….

She goes out-side, walking in the rain
On the dry grass that’s watered for a change
She says baby, there’s nothing like the rain

Almeria watches in her pain
The thunderclouds dissolving into rain
Her spirit soaring through the stormy skies
The lightning strikes there’s fire in her eyes

But I won’t stay in
Because my heart’s pouring
I think I’ll put it to use
Track Name: The Ballad of Analytical Lovers
To the sand you are the tide
Rolling in to be at it’s side
Like stones shaped
By crashing waves
Your love it moves through space in perfect time

To the moon, you are the night
You’re the only reason it shines
The stars illuminate in your deepest shade
Your love it gives a purpose to the light

Well you and me are land and sea
The morning and the evening
The words to fit my melody
Your love I’m taking everywhere with me

For the earth you are sunshine
You are sunshine
You ripen all the fruit on the vine
You make flowers arise
Open up to the skies
Your love it brings the colour into life
Track Name: Garden Song
Just another wedding I witnessed today
And I’m glad those aren’t my shoes
Oh the look in his eyes as he watched his bride
Slowly walking down the isle

Well he said I do
And she said ‘me too!’
And they kissed like in the past
But that kiss symbolized their final goodbyes
To their sacred separate lives

I buried my love
Deep in the garden
And I know it won’t grow here
But if conditions are good
I may pull it up and plant my love in you

Well she laughed as he literally
Swept her off her feat
And now go they away smiling to say
We’re finally married happily

I buried my love
Deep in the garden
And I know it won’t grow here
But if conditions are good
I may pull it up and plant my love in you

Her father did cry
At his forced goodbye
But still she appeared at peace
She whispered “Daddy don’t cry-
This isn’t goodbye, I’m still your sprouting seed”

Don’t plant your love
Won’t plant my love
Don’t plant your love
Won’t plant my love
Don’t plant your love
Won’t plant my love
Don’t plant your love… Until the soil is right
And you’ll be you
But still be mine
I’ll be me
But still be yours
And we will grow…….

I buried my love
Deep in the garden
And I know it won’t grow here
But if conditions are good
I may pull it up and plant my love in you
And you will plant your love in me
Track Name: Everyone Walks By
She said that sound
It’s the wind
Coming from the south
It’s moving in
I feel deep down
It’s one resounding sigh
Because heaven is a place on earth that everyone walks by

Hey Mama, Hey Mama, Hey
Everyone is moving away

Young man
Sing out on your stage
You look more like a bird in a cage
But if I listen close
I can hear you cry
Heaven is a place on earth that everyone walks by

Hey Mama, Hey Mama, Hey
Everyone is moving away

Bearded, homeless
Worn out clothes
How can you believe
This is what he chose
As I walk by
I read on his sign
Heaven is a place on earth that everyone walks by

Hey Mama, Hey Mama, Hey
Everyone is moving away

She’s down at the bar
Asking why
Bartender line me up
Whiskey gin and rye
I can’t drink this away
But I think I’ll try

Hey Mama, Hey Mama, Hey
Everyone is moving away
Track Name: Bring Me Home
I’ve been down this road before
I just can’t remember what for
Something tells me turn around
But if I do this won’t be found

I’ve been tied for seven years
Probably shed a thousand tears
The hated things that keep you there
Will I ever know what’s fair

Love knows no bounds
So pick me up off the filthy ground
Justify my human course
And bring me home

You’ve been down this road before
It must have been before the war
But I can hear it in your voice
You never really had the choice
Track Name: Off Beat
I wanted to love you, I wanted to love you more
But it was so hard so hard on the hardwood floor
It could have been better and I knew you never knew
Because I kept on dancing, dancing round in circles with you

Well I must have been blinded by the light of your smile
I couldn’t see where I was going,
You were acting like a child
And so, so, so was I

We were spinning,
I was tripping
All over
Your feet
I was trying
To tell you
You’re off beat

I wanted to love you I wanted to love you more
But I didn’t know how, as you could probably tell

Still I thought I knew what I was doing

But I must have been blinded by the light of your smile
I couldn’t see where I was going,
You were acting like a child
And so, so, so was I

We were laughing,
You were always
So quick on
Your feet
But I wanted
To tell you
You’re off beat
Track Name: Strawberry Patch
It was a surreal time of day
It was a like a dream like a within a dream
But this dream woke me from my sleepy holiday
And I saw who I was and where I’ve been reality

We spoke and made it work out
It was self-conscious therefore I wasn’t really focused
We agreed on authenticity
But as we went our separate ways
I wondered if what’s genuine to you is to me too

I think back to that time
We were in a strawberry patch
Where all the roots run long
But only two or three inches deep
They’d been spraying out the weeds
So it wouldn’t get too crazy, crazy
Under rows and rows of leaves
Are hardened hearts with nothing left to taste

I just want to go home and watch the news tonight
A brief escape from this small bubble
Who was it who first said
Your freedom lies in ignorance
They said my world would be perfect if you played my cards right

Come back, come back to me
My wild, wild strawberry
Because under these rows of leaves
Are hardened hearts with nothing left to taste
Track Name: The Rubble
The girls are all so fast
To be what you want
The boys are all so slow
To want what they feel
The old clocks are broken
And there’s time to kill
So I’ll bring the party, if you take the bill
If you take the bill

The church bells still ringing
But rich men won’t sing
Their women are happy
With blood diamond rings
The angel said her voice hushed and low
If you don’t rebuild it to hell it will go
To hell it will go

So bring me an idol
When I’m feeling weak
And someone to feed me
The words I should speak
When I just can’t seem to make my own amends
That’s how you will make me the means to your end
The means to your end

Every day
The rubble in this place that you know
If you don’t rebuild it to hell it will go
To hell it will go