WILD ONES

by peirson ross

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about

WILD ONES is a dedication album to wildlife and to those living the "wild life". It marries art, music and design for the greater social good. The project began in Peirson's New York apartment in the spring of 2012. When the original analogue recordings were water-damaged in the flood caused by hurricane Sandy, Peirson re-recorded the songs digitally while paper cutting the Inuit style artwork.

Armed with scissors, Japanese linen paper, one roll of reflective tape, a portable recording rig and an irrepressible urge to create, Peirson spent months in solitude re-recording the record while cutting and pasting his Canadian animals on the walls around him. Although Peirson initially referred to his paper-cutting as naive kindergarten catharsis, gallery curators and art critics alike have since praised his work as the most modern representation of nature on the art scene today. While Peirson's designs have a contemporary feel, the source of inspiration was born out of the simple desire to recreate and celebrate reminders of home by imagining the natural world in a small urban work space. "The more time that I spend working in different cities, the more I feel the need to surround myself with reminders of home. I mean I love travelling but I think I might have subconsciously made Wild Ones to pay tribute to Canada because I missed it. The best way I found to recconnect with my roots in the wilderness while working in the city was by cutting and pasting images of nature, animals and the wild spaces we used to share when I was a young kid. So far, Wild Ones has given me a new found appreciation for the land I grew up in and helped to curb that feeling of homesickness".

WILD ONES is also Peirson’s first attempt at playing all of the 20+ instruments himself including; cello, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, harmonica, percussion, dramnyen (Tibetan guitar), banjo, lap steel slide, melodica, beat-boxing, bass recorder, piano, bells, baritone ukulele, jaw harp, accordion, singing bowl & vocals.

Although this is Peirson’s sixth studio album, it is his first self-produced work to date. Initially, these songs were supposed to remain unreleased and act as guide tracks for the eventual live-off-the-floor band recording but after much encouragement from band mates and friends, he agreed to release the songs in their original form. The sixteen songs and animal designs are represented by ten provinces, three territories, three oceans and the wild ones that reside within these fragile Canadian habitats.

WILD ONES is a dedication album not only for endangered species and their natural habitats at risk but also for the independent thinkers who have fought to preserve their wild sub-culture, rituals, values and essential spirit that was born out of our natural world. This is for the wild ones.

A portion of proceeds from Wild Ones merchandise will be donated to grassroots organizations.

The remastered version of Wild Ones will be available on iTunes in early 2016. Worldwide digital release date TBA.

credits

released August 26, 2014

Bunt Stafford-Clark - Mastering engineer on title track #11. Wild Ones
Peirson - artwork & designs, cello, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, harmonica, percussion, dramnyen (Tibetan guitar), banjo, lap steel slide, melodica, beat-boxing, bass recorder, piano, bells, baritone ukulele, jaw harp, accordion, singing bowl, producer, mixing & vocals.
John Hurlbut - Primary Mastering engineer on fifteen remaing tracks
Josh Williams - Hammond Organ on track #1, #3 and bonfires
Benjamin Bombier - Bass on track #3 and #13,
Lana Slezic - Band Videographer
SOOJITSU DESIGNS - Web graphics
COSEWIC - Wildlife data
National Geographic - topographical information
Frans Brüggen - Telemann - fantasie nr. 3 sample on track #12
Gibson Guitars NYC, LA & TO - studio space, guitars
Irmgard Koerner - bass recorder donation
Inuit Artist Collective - land and gallery guides

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Track Name: Daylight in the Shade
Old soul wrapped in sorrow
Has your sunshine come and gone?
May your daydreams of tomorrow
Keep you sheltered from the storm

Then somewhere we must have been
In a tunnel we can’t see
I feel the light come shining in
Now it’s shining down on me

Cause there’s daylight in this darkness
Daylight in the shade
There’s daylight in our troubles and in our hearts of pain
Daylight in our worry, daylight when we stray
Daylight blessed daylight in the shade

When you started playing Judas
We could hardly keep from crying
I just thought of Old Teresa
And her home life with the dying

Oh it pays to follow your heart
When your lightness weighs a ton
Until your sky is blown apart
In the house of the rising sun

Cause there’s daylight in the darkness
Daylight in the shade
Daylight in our toubles and in our clouds of rain
Daylight in our worry, daylight when we stray
Daylight blessed daylight in the shade

Daylight, daylight... please don’t fade
Away (In the shade)
Track Name: North Star
Soft and yellow light
The moon
Glowing through the night
Your pale light skin

Calling of the leaves
The shhhh
Blowing through the night
Your frail white grin

You light my dark
You are my North star

Sharp and brighter light
The sun
Shining through the day
Your heart-felt mind

Calling of the loons
On glass water
Ripple of the moon
Your soul just shines

I feel like I can swim way out
Just because you’re looking out for me
And the further that I go from shore
I really couldn’t ask for more

I am free

You light my dark
You are my North star
Track Name: Outta My Mind
I used to think then that time wouldn’t end
Til the day that you left me behind
But it’s plain to see that it wasn’t up to me
Now I can’t get you outta my mind

Remember when we believed that by speaking we could cope
And conquer the worst of our fears
Til the words we never spoke turned the silence to cold
What’s the point in holding back these tears?

Cause I can’t get you outta my mind
No matter how hard I’ve been tryin’
I’m just tryin’ to shake this dumb heart ache
But I can’t get you outta my mind

Maybe it’s the weather or the black raven’s feather
That could make all the difference this time?
And I’ll hold my breath for as long as it takes
Or at least til I sleep through the night

And if it’s no then I’ll go and count all the ways
I could change all my days into night
I’ll caw with the crows at all the big shows
But I’m not gonna give up the fight

Cause I can’t get you outta my mind
Every time I see the moon I think it’s a sign
Like the spirit you believed in who’s watching all the time
I just can’t get you outta my mind

I’m not looking for an answer or the reason why
I just can’t get you outta my mind
Track Name: The Year that Winter Never Came
Quiet still life of the fire burning our malaise
Secrets we keep safe just come out anyway
Hibernation healthy absence in our slower days
You came out a silver splinter when winter never came

Like the sun shining through the rain
A message from the lonesome whooping crane

Strange and early comes the springtime like our first mistake
Loving in our secret dwelling our sacremental place
I thought I lost you with the spirit deep inside the cave
The year my silver splinter came out when winter never came

But now I’m just so glad to see you again
Coming out again

Like the sun shining through the haze
A message from the pining whooping crane

Quiet still life of the fire burning our malaise
Secrets we keep safe just come out anyway
Hibernation soul revival in our slower days
You came out my silver splinter

The year that winter never came
Track Name: Bird & Bee
You and me
Me and you
Where do we go
When all the dreaming’s through

Do you believe in a light above
Or did you say we’re falling out of Love?

It’s a living but not the living we dreamed of
I don’t grow fonder
I just miss your human touch

Me and you
Bird and bee
If I let you go would you fly back to me

If all you have is your love of love
Would you leave when the pushing comes to shove

Love’s not loving the stupid cupid we dreamed of
I don’t stronger
I just miss your human touch

It’s a living but not the living we dreamed up
I don’t grow fonder
I just miss your human touch

I don’t grow stronger
I just miss your human touch

Me and you
Bird and bee
If I let you go would you fly back to me?
Track Name: No Other Way
I loved you like the one, the one I never had
I said I didn’t need
Now far from home I run to a place where I’m alone
With a thousand hearts that bleed

Now I hardly see the sun and I’m missing you like mad
As the moon shines over me

If I found out you were gone I’d give up all I had
There’d be nothing left to need

I’m gonna hold you babe and I won’t let you go
I love no other way I just need to let you know

You said that I should go like the bird that you set free
Singing songs out on the road
So I’m living for the show but now this teenage dream
It seems it’s getting old

I’m still working hard but I’m hardly working smart
Been out here way too long
Without your shining eyes will I ever find
The place where I belong

I’m gonna hold you babe and I won’t let you go
I love no other way and I need to let you know

I’m gonna hold you close and I’m not letting go
I love no other way and I need to let you know

I love no other way
And I need to let you know
There’s no other way
Track Name: Dream
Lay me down
On the blue ocean floor
Where there’s noone else around
You can hear that silence roar

And dream

Of a world you can hear
In a song you can sing
And hold on to it dear
And I’ll see you in your dreams

Weigh me down
With the heavy stones of love
And pin me to the ground
Until the spirits lift me up

And dream

Mettez-moi au lit
Sur le fond de l'océan bleu
Là où il ya personne d'autre autour de
Vous pouvez entendre ce silence rugissement

Et rêve

D'un monde que vous pouvez entendre
Dans une chanson, vous pouvez chanter
Et de tenir à elle chère
Et je vais vous voir dans vos rêves

Peser mon corps vers le bas
Avec les lourdes pierres de l'amour
Et moi broche à la terre
Jusqu'à ce que les esprits me fortifient

Et rêve
Track Name: Anyone
She said call me if you need a place to stay in Spain
No really call me if you need to get away from the pain

It will all go to waste if you keep up this pace
Will you never feel the same?
Said you want to erase all the vows that you break
Will they ever mean a thing?

Did you know I’d follow you into the dark
Yes I’d follow you anywhere
And if you don’t feel the spark
Then I might as well go

So call me if you need a place to stay in Canada - Oh Canada!
No really call me if you need to get away from the same old place
Oh what a waste I’ve been losing my taste will I never find the one?
I don’t want to erase all the dreams that we made
Could you ever be my one and only one?

Who follows me into the dark
Would you follow me anywhere?
And if you don’t feel the spark
Then I might as well go

Go away for a long while and never speak with you again
Seems you’re looking for a stranger kind of love
Anyway, anyhow, anyone

Anyone!?
Track Name: After the Fall
Don’t worry child
There are just a few more miles for us to go
Before we go down this road

Don’t worry child
It’s just the wild calling
Not everyone hears their call
Most get caught up and trip over falling
But you’ll get back up after the fall

It’s not the lightening above you
You just heard the thunder
Of every echo that becomes you
That won’t break the spell you’re under
Until you see beyond the shadows
That have chained you to that number

There’s no lightening above you
You just heard the thunder

So don’t worry child
It’s just the wild calling
Not everyone hears their call
Most get caught up and trip over falling
But you’ll get back up after the fall

Don’t worry child
There are just a few more miles
Before we can go back home
Track Name: Wild Ones
I'm not going to tell you what you already know
You make your own rules, only you could choose this road

This is for the wild
This is for the wild ones

I'm not going to show you what you've already seen
The damage in the Heartland or the killing machines

This is for the wild
This is for the wild ones

This is not the holy scripture
This is not the new commercial
This is not the competition

This is not the computer speaking
This is not a euphemism
This is not apathy or superstition

This is for the wild
This is for the wild ones
Track Name: Change
I always end up in this place, dreaming that I’d see her face
One more time, just one more taste, I tell myself it’s not too late
To change

Our impressions that we made once we forgave how we behaved
In yesterday’s mascarade, it’s funny strange how time can fade
Like all our golden escapades, our wanderlust with no restraint
The only constant in those days was giving way to our next change

Like songs of old that kept us young, much younger than everyone, an old soul never really has an age
When newness is your only friend, oh tell me how, when will it end, can’t you see that this is not a phase
It’s our age of change.

On the black walls with white chalk we organized our crazy thoughts
We wrote to do lists and then we’d talk about the lists of what to do not
On our skin with oil paint against the canvas that we hanged
On the wall your imprint stayed the praying mantis you became
My teacher of the little things, how every little one is great
How love and hate are both the same, I loved you more than anything

Like songs of old that kept us young, much younger than everyone, an old soul never really has an age
If lightness is our only friend, our heavy days may never end, can’t you see that this is not a phase!
It’s our age of change

I agreed right from the start that this was all just for the art
Of living just the way we are, tending to the garden
With our hearts and bodies twisted ‘round, our mortal parts together found
Everything we dreamed is in this massive little circle spinning ‘round and ‘round and ‘round and ‘round

All redemption songs we made to sing tomorrow like today
Giving everything away, loving wholly, unafraid of change
Track Name: Seraphine
Sheppardess of Sacred Heart, naive her world was blown apart
Simple nights by harder days knew a child named Seraphine

Oh the child who could be saved

Dates and times of births and deaths, no job could hold her interest
Paint by candles lite her way, the urge preserved the memory

Of a child who could be saved
Holy child named Seraphine

Of all the pages meant for you, she couldn’t mail the letter through
Ill-prepared to win the Great Depression took the memory

Of the child who dreams to play
Holy child named Seraphine

Dreams of children calling out without a fear there’d be no doubt
No matter how many times we change
As long as that’s the one sure thing

In a child who makes your day
For the wild in Seraphine

Hear the child who could be saved
Holy child named Seraphine
Track Name: Time
I’ve been standing right here listening to you
But I can’t seem to hear you at all
To hell with this fear and the laziness too
If we stay in this scene you know we’re bound to fall

It’s about time

You’re sitting right there looking at me
But I can’t seem to see you at all
I’m missing your love and your craziness too
Won’t you turn off that screen and break down your wall

It’s about time

It’s time to tell her
It’s time to show him
It’s time to wave goodbye

No el effecto espiritu
Look them in the eyes

It’s time hold on
It’s time to let go
It’s time to ring the bell

It’s time to make peace
It’s time to stop hate
It’s time to love her well

It’s time
It’s about time
Track Name: High Line
Riding Westward on horseback waving your red flag
On the High Line railway all my riches turned to rags
When you left me without a sign

On the High Line it’s a fine line
Between a B-line and a first goodbye

With your new eyes on Swann’s Way reading out your truths
Too familiar and intimate just two souls in their youth
Then I crossed you at a bad time

On the High Line it’s such a fine line
Between a green light and a caution sign

So high above the ground
The finest details can’t be found

On the High Line it’s such a fine line
Between a B-Line and a last goodbye
Track Name: No Place Like Heaven
One day left to love the world we barely knew
By the Redwood on the stone I’ll be waiting there for you

When there’s no place like Heaven

There’s something in this grey sky with a million shades of blue
Somewhere under the rainbow there’s a colour just for you

When there’s no place like Heaven

Where do you want to go now that we are here
With the spirits in the air or the spirits way down here?

In Heaven
When there’s no place like Heaven

Titans with stolen fire you’ll be scorched by the sun
As the wild North wind blows, it cries out to noone
None but Gaia who left you here on this mountain high alone
To find hope in that jar, in her heart is your home

When there’s no place like Heaven
There is no place like home
When there’s no place like heaven
There is no place like Heaven