Hillsburn (self​-​titled EP)

by Hillsburn

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released October 29, 2014

All songs written and arranged by Hillsburn.

Recorded in the MacAloney Room at the Dalhousie Arts Centre,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Oct. 11th and 12th, 2014.

Rosanna Burrill: vocals, violin
Jackson Fairfax-Perry: vocals, mandolin, tenor sax, tenor banjo, piano
Clayton Burrill: vocals, guitar, mandolin
Paul Aarntzen: vocals, ukulele, mandolin, guitar, banjo

Album artwork by Stuart Johnston.
Band photo by Out Of Phase Photography.

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Hillsburn is a five-piece indie rock band from Nova Scotia.

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Track Name: Nobody But Me
Yesterday in the mor', in the morning,
Found I leapt up out of bed without warning.
Kitchen counter was a drum, I was humming,
And stumbling out into the street I went running
'Cause you, you said you love nobody but me.
Is it true? You really want nobody but me?

Air balloons up in the sky, people waved hi,
Music floated out of windows in high-fi.
Was a time I might have scoffed at the beauty.
Lately life it sends a shiver right through me
'Cause you, you said you love nobody but me.
Is it true? You really want nobody but me?

We may never build a castle tall,
May run and run and end up nowhere at all.
But we don't give a damn for fancy things
All that you need is a friend to lean on.
You can lean on me
If I can lean on you.

You, you said you love nobody but me.
Is it true? You really want nobody but me?

I went running through your door, "I adore ya!"
I shouted, "Honey, tell me what I do for ya?"
You were stringing your guitar in the sunlight.
You smiled and I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew
That you, you're gonna love nobody but me.
Is is true, you really want nobody but me?
Track Name: Hold Me Now
I snuck upon a train,
And through the rain I heard a trailing police siren.
And yet a hopeful moon
I rattled under through the towers, smoke, and ruin.

I've got a future planned:
A dozen acres of the sweetest serene land,
A smart and pretty girl,
Who through a meadow every day and night I'll twirl.

Hold me now.
I've felt a little lost in the big world lately.
Help me out, or try.

And such a family I
Will father over thanking god for wrongs she'll right.
And when I die, they'll linger sad and long.
All my good friends will sow my body singing love songs.

Hold me now.
I've felt a little lost in the big world lately.
Help me out, or try.

Paris and Haiti, the pretty Euphrates, I'll see them all.
You can only be beaten so long.
I'm meek now.
Soon I'm gonna be oh so tall.

Under a rail bridge:
A shadow chorus with its faces barrel-lit.
A lonesome whistle blew,
A little cloud went unwanted toward the moon.

Hold me now.
I've felt a little lost in the big world lately.
Help me out, or try.
Track Name: Red Red Rose
I used to call the moon a grin,
Was confident that I was raised to win.
But since you left
It's like I've fallen down.

And sure it's commonplace to see:
A soaking of the liver, a quiet need
To drown it quick
So it can't make a sound.

Red, red rose
This river it flows
And I have laid out in it,
Found out where the hell it goes.
It's darker than you'll ever know.

When you finally went away,
For a little while I used to play
That you'd built a boat
And were sailing 'round the world.

I ride that bike you used to own.
People say I'm cured, but what they don't know
Is I race your ghost
And we fly like the wind.

Red, red rose
This river it flows
And I have laid out in it,
Found out where the hell it goes.
It's deeper than you'll ever know.

Cities fall into the sea,
Centuries of growth return to weeds.
Destruction seeds,
And sometimes seeds will sprout.

Now these days when the moon is thin,
I sit out in the grass by the hole you're in
And I don't speak.
I let the crickets cry.

Red, red rose
This river it flows
And I have laid out in it,
Found out where the hell it goes.
It's deeper than you'll ever know.
Track Name: Send Me Some Love
Send me some love.
I've been hurting, I could use it.
The kick and the shove
Of modern living's got me down.
We're getting older, the colder
Weather's getting harder.
So send me some love.
Lately I've been feeling low.

Cheer up, my pretty darling.
I'm still so wild about you now.
Winter's long, but spring is starting.
Here comes the sun.

The snow is gone.
Toss your jacket, let's go dancing.
We stumble on,
And life's a heavy thing to bear sometimes.
But pick 'em up, pick 'em up,
I'm gonna help you feel fine.
Take your hands now and
Stick 'em up, stick 'em up,
And always know I,
I love to have you around.

Cheer up, my pretty darling.
I'm still so wild about you now.
Winter's long, but spring is starting.
Here comes the sun.
Send me some love.
Track Name: Quarter To Midnight
Well the water’s rising up,
Current knocks you to your knees.
And everybody that we know
Set their anchors to the flow.

Now your sister’s got a kid,
And she says we should get one, too.
And put our bodies to the work
Of making something of the hurt.

Meet me on the corner quarter to midnight.
Pack a little suitcase, lace up your shoes.
Meet me on the corner quarter to midnight.
I don't want to live for nobody but you.

Well I waited there for hours,
'Til the sun it blushed the sky.
A bottle fell off of a truck,
And something deep I shut it up.

Meet me on the corner quarter to midnight.
Pack a little suitcase, lace up your shoes.
Meet me on the corner quarter to midnight.
I don't want to live for nobody but you.

We were born for walking on the river,
Not for life under water.
Lay your hand in mine
Track Name: Farther In The Fire
Lost my whole family to a germ on the breeze.
They weave their bodies through the roots of the trees.
I'm sinking farther in the fire.

You go to work, you pad your organs with fat,
Dress up in fictions all your sadder of facts.
I'm sinking farther in the fire.

Red light motel, I balaclava my face.
She says I’m thriving, she can tell by the pace.
But I’m sinking farther in the fire.

Why we live and why we die.
You throw your hands up in the sky,
But no one's listening, no one knows.
You're in the wilderness alone.

Take out the garbage, patch the roof where it leaks.
Of what love drives us to we scarcely should speak.

Turn on the burners, fill the house up with fumes.
Take out a lighter, stand alone in the room.
Am I sinking farther in the fire?

Why we live and why we die.
You throw your hands up in the sky.
Such a mystery, no one knows.
You're in the wilderness alone.

I'm sinking farther in the fire.