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Cootes Paradise

by Cootes Paradise

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    Maple Blues Nominated self-title first release by Canada's Cootes Paradise band. 12 tracks covering everything from love and loss, to activism and thought-provoking themes.
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    Cootes Paradise's first self-titled CD. Gorgeous album artwork with a 16-page booklet included, designed by A Man Called Wrycraft.

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1.
Well are you ready, are you ready Because you know where a little tenderness can be found Come over here and lay me down Are you ready to receive Ready baby to accompany me Let the moon and the stars dance all around Come over here and lay me down Are you ready, let love come down like rain Ready baby to join a love’s sweet refrain Get on up, you can be spellbound Come over here and lay me down Deep within this river of life Lies the key to happiness A wave of love swept us up on the shore of peacefulness Love move the blind ’til they know they see ’Til your man he start moving in ecstasy With this love we can do anything Hey baby, all I’m asking you Are you ready for some time out of mind Ready baby to leave your world behind Deep inside you can feel your heart starting to pound Come over here, take your shoes off darlin’ Come over here, ah you know I love you Come over here, oh I wanna get next to ya baby Come over here Come over here and lay me down Are you ready, ready to be set free Ready to accompany me Oh so steady baby, tenderly Drink from that river Drink on up Feel the loving cup Come over here and lay me down Come over here and lay me down Come over here and lay me down Come over here and lay me down
2.
Lily's Pad 04:26
There’s a place that I know Down near the swamp I like to go Where I get myself all I need It lifts me up and carries me Yes I always feel better How could I feel bad When we get together groovin’ Down in Lily’s pad, down in Lily’s pad (Listen) More than once I’ve been lost Now I’m found and I know what I want When I roll in that rhythm, get wrapped in the rhyme High on harmony in that funky boogie time Chorus Well I don’t just like it, sister, I love it It’s like a little slice, mmm paradise It’s like a Hallelujah comin’ to ya If I get the blues, well I know just what to do Chorus
3.
It's True 03:53
Hey tell me baby now what are we supposed to do You got your feelings, boy, I’ve got my feelings, too You headed down on a southbound train I was right behind you callin’ out your name It’s true, I wanna be with you Some people follow their dreams, boy I follow my heart It ain’t for everyone, but for me it’s a good place to start I take a plane to a foreign land, just so I could stand there and hold on to your hand It’s true, yeah, I wanna be with you My baby has how you say, a certain “Je ne sais quoi” He don’t care where I come from, ’cause he knows where I’m a headin’ for Lord, ain’t got a nickel, but I’m using wooden plugs for dimes If the law ever catches me, I guess I’m gonna do me some time I couldn’t wait to get upon that bus And get my sorry ass out of the great state of Texas It’s true, I wanna be with you My baby has how you say, a certain “Je ne sais quoi” He don’t care where I come from, ’cause he knows where I’m a headin’ for Kid shined my shoes down in Raleigh, North Carolina (spit and polished) They say nobody ’round here could do it finer Could barely see when the sun hit my shoes I can’t wait to twist and shout with you It’s true, mmm, I wanna be with you I wanna be with you I wanna be with you
4.
Better Stop 04:20
We’d better stop, before the bridge is burnin’ We’d better stop, before the bridge burns to the ground Maybe I should shut my mouth before the whole damn thing goes south We’d better drive, can’t you feel the storm is coming We’d better drive, before the wind blows the damn dam down The atmosphere is getting thin and the clouds are rollin’ in Time has come to turn around There’s danger if we stay Find ourselves some higher ground Live to love another day Time has come to turn around There’s danger if we stay Find ourselves some higher ground Live to love another day We’d better slide, I can hear the ice is breaking We’d better slide, before it breaks and the fire drowns We can make it through this night if we both just hold on tight
5.
More Love 04:08
I knew you were born with a restless heart I’ve tried to hold on right from the start What can I do, darlin’, what can I say To keep you, to keep you from slippin’ away Chorus I’ve got more love in my little finger Than she has in her wildest dreams I’ve got more heart and more soul Why don’t you come back home to me So many nights, I’ve laid here alone I’m counting the days ’til you make it home When the last star falls from the sky You’ll be right here, oh right here, layin’ by my side Chorus One of these nights, you’re gonna rise up Rise up from your knees When you realize just how much you really love me Chorus
6.
I’m not scarin’ off, I’m not backin’ down I’m not givin’ up, or turnin’ around ’Cause I’m seeing it straight, I’m playin’ it true I know about losin’, but I’m tellin’ you Chorus This time, this time, this time I’m playin’ to win. I’m playin’ to win. I’m playin’ to win. I’m playin’ to win Old wounds can whisper, like a devil at your side ’Til your resolve has faded, before you even try You can pretend it’s nothing, treat it like a game And maybe it is baby, but all the same Chorus All the sweet lies we welcome All the whispers in the night Wake up now, it’s time, it’s time to open your eyes Don’t tell me I should wait, what should I be waiting for I’ve been that person, I’m not that person any more ’Cause I’m seein’ it straight, I’m playin’ it true So you better get ready, ’cause I’m seein’ this through Chorus
7.
When I have you wrong, I try to make things right In spite of all I do, you won’t treat me nice I wanna know, oh oh What make you so cold When I call you over near, you don’t seem to wanna hear All the sweet little things, I have to whisper in your ear I wanna know, oh oh What make you so cold I don’t know what’s on your mind I’m just a girl in love and I been so kind One of these days and it won’t be long You gonna look for me and I’ll be gone The things you do and say, make me feel this way Better take a new chance, on a hot romance I wanna know, oh oh What make you so cold I don’t know what’s on your mind I’m just a girl in love and I been so kind One of these days and it won’t be long You gonna look for me and I’ll be gone The things you do and say, make me feel this way Better take a new chance, on a hot romance I wanna know, oh oh What make you so cold I wanna know, oh oh What make you so cold I wanna know, oh oh What make you so cold
8.
Broken lines, broken strings, Broken threads, broken springs, Broken idols, broken heads, People sleeping in broken beds Ain't no use jiving Ain't no use joking Everything is broken Broken bottles, broken plates, Broken switches, broken gates, Broken dishes, broken parts, Streets are filled with broken hearts Broken words never meant to be spoken, Everything is broken Seem like every time you stop and turn around Something else just hit the ground Broken cutters, broken saws, Broken buckles, broken laws, Broken bodies, broken bones, Broken voices on broken phones Take a deep breath, feel like you're chokin', Everything is broken Every time you leave and go off someplace Things fall to pieces in my face Broken hands on broken ploughs, Broken treaties, broken vows, Broken pipes, broken tools, People bending broken rules Hound dog howling, bull frog croaking, Everything is broken
9.
This train is gone It left the station quite a while ago This train is gone Goin' down that railroad track No lookin' back This train is movin' Headin' south as far as I can tell This train is movin' - rollin' down that railroad track No turning back This train is rollin' It's too late to turn it all around This train is rollin' – but everything is gonna be just fine No going back It's a one way ticket to a new life down the track No lookin' back Yeah, clickety clack This train is rollin' down that railroad track
10.
My emotions, they bounce around Like broken glass, shattered, dancing on the ground Chorus When you come near me, pretty little baby When you come near me, when you come around My red-faced fumbling, my blue desire Gives me away, like smoke from a fire Chorus I try, I try to tell you But my words they come out all wrong I get tongue tied when I’m beside you You just whisper my name And I fall right down on my knees I try, I try to tell you But my words they come out all wrong I get tongue tied when I’m beside you Well my heart knows what to say But my head gets in the way My emotions, they bounce around Like broken glass, shattered and dancing on the ground Chorus
11.
The sky sets down a lonely, lonely patch of grey And then another one… Laying tiles of loneliness until the evening’s done The first blue taxi shines a dim and hopeless light Calls down a rain that could go on all night (all night) Upstairs is theology Downstairs is a pizza joint We live between our appetites and our need to feel redeemed The bodhisattva pigeons on the fire escape are right Survival is resistance Calls down a rain, that would go on all night. All of the years are like water And all of the days are like drops of rain We are born into this falling And in the end, we just trickle away, we trickle away We are born into this falling In the end, we just trickle away, we trickle away Yesterday is fading like a photo on a windowsill Tomorrow is a shot glass, just waiting to be filled The last tired taxi crawls slowly out of sight Shoulder to this rain that could go on all night
12.
Wake Up 05:24
feel my way around I need to find a way to higher ground I cannot sleep I watch the news at night Here we go again, I feel my throat get tight Wake up, look around, and build a fire [Wake up, look around] Wake up, raise your voice, lift it higher [Wake up, make a sound] Raise your hands, make some peace, come and join the choir It’s gettin’ so cold Can’t tell truth from the lies It’s time for us to open up our eyes History repeats Same story, different cast Have we learned nothing from the centuries past Wake up, look around, and build a fire [Wake up, look around] Wake up, raise your voice, lift it higher [Wake up, make a sound] Raise your hands, make some peace, come and join the choir Build a bridge to truth and justice Tear down walls of fear and hate Let the light rip through the darkness Now’s the day, we cannot wait Build a bridge to truth and justice Tear down walls of fear and hate Let the light rip through the darkness Now’s the day, we cannot wait Etc.

credits

released November 6, 2017

Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Nick Blagona
Executive Producer Lily Sazz

Bed Tracks Recorded at Grant Avenue Studio, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Engineered by Amy King, with assistance from Andrew MacPhail

Additional Tracks Recorded and Engineered by Nick Blagona at Psychotropic Studio, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada

Art Direction and Layout
A Man Called Wrycraft

Cover Image
Colleen Sgroi

Photography
Melanie Gillis

Cootes Paradise is: (alphabetically)

Amy Di Nino (drums, percussion, background vocals)
Wayne Krawchuk (guitar, lead and background vocals)
Sue Leonard (lead and background vocals)
Lily Sazz (keyboards, lead and background vocals)
Ian Taylor (bass)
Mark Volkov (saxophone, flute, violin)

And…

Nick Blagona (Extra percussion, magic tricks, and fairy dust)

The Grand River Voices on “Wake Up”
Arranged and conducted by Amy Di Nino
Recorded at QED Media, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
(Thank you to all of you for taking the time to learn and perform “Wake Up”.)

Karen Bell
Jon Cowie
Alysia Covey
Etta Di Leo
Danielle Garber
Louise Grisdale
Arvin Hill
Vicci Jenkins
Andrea Joseph
Chantal Laudano
Brad Lawrence
Charlie Linington
Jim Linington
Brenda Parker
David Smith
Pauline Smith
Dana Vautour

We Are Grateful to…

Paul Fayter, for his unconditional love, support, freshly ground fair trade coffee, and his happy relinquishing of peace and quiet on rehearsal nights.

MJ Russell at Psychotropic Studio for her unmatched warmth and hospitality (plus her bonus guest vocal with the Grand River Voices)

Doug Smith for his friendship, support, and technical expertise.

Tiffany Thompson for her friendship, photography, website expertise, and support.

Our family members, fans, and presenters who have believed in us and supported us from the start.

For booking information, media inquiries, etc:
Lily Sazz
www.cootesparadiseband.ca
lilypad@cootesparadiseband.ca
905-730-LILY (5459)

For more information about our namesake conservation area, Cootes Paradise (the original name of Dundas, Ontario), please visit our website and explore the links to the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, and more.

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Cootes Paradise Hamilton, Ontario

Cootes Paradise specializes in original roots based music that is bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Their music is an infectious, groove-based sound with a mix of super cool covers and originals that easily stand up to the rest of the repertoire.

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