Track Listing

 

  1. Summer School Of Blue
  2. Rail
  3. Don't Forget
  4. My Green Thumb
  5. Staring Contest
  6. Guarantee

 

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Courting Juniper - EP

Reid Jamieson

 

Independent 2009

 


"Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul"
- Globe & Mail

 

 

 

 

 

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This six song EP is a stripped down prelude to the fully fledged LP Staring Contest.


CREDITS

 

All songs written by Reid Jamieson.
Except Rail - Lyrics by Carolyn V. Mill & Reid, + Music by Reid Jamieson Produced by Byron Kent Wong. Reid's vocals and guitar recorded in Vancouver by Michael Frost, Blackfish Sound. Lovebirds (from silver pendant) by Kurt Morrison, Hornby Island CD artwork, Web Site Design & Management: Carolyn Victoria Mill


Drawings by Reid Jamieson.
Lovebirds charm by Kurt Morrison.
Executive producer, Management,
Design & Photography Carolyn V. Mill

 

Lyrics / Players

 

SUMMER SCHOOL OF BLUE

 

Wait for me on the swings in the park
Behind your house before it gets deathly cold outside
I hear this winter is gonna be a bad one
I barely knew you in the last one
But I went to the summer school of blue

I have grade four secrets to give to your ears
The prettiest sculptures of flesh
Have you heard that I think you’re cool
You unspool me and rule my mood
Attendance was high
at the summer school of blue

Let me propose a Koolaid toast
to marriage in twenty years
Who was that sandy haired boy
with the glossy teeth at your party?
He looked like your cousin,
I hope he’s your cousin
or this winter ,this winter
will be a very bad winter.

Wait for me in the emergency room
Accidents happen, I wrongly assumed
I could jump from that high in the air
The leaves on the tree were yellow and red
And falling for you,
I’m falling for you
All my answers were right
in the final exam
In the summer school of blue
The summer school of blue
The summer school of you.

 


RAIL

 

Put your ear to the rail, you can hear my love come down
Where hearts and heroes fail, I won’t be turned around

Sleepwalking these rails, I let the grass grow long
Oh my memory fails, and I forgot my song
Blackberries grow wild, smell of pitch in the sun
Weeds roll over my mind, and they almost won

But I said no more, no more, no more,
no more, no more, no more, no more

Put your ear to the rail, you can hear my love come down
Where hearts and heroes fail, I won’t be turned around

Tearing up these weeds, blow the smoke in my stack
Sound of steel on steel, and there’s no going back
I got a head full of coal, hear the lightning crack
Light a fire in my soul, and get me back on track

Put your ear to the rail, you can hear my love come down
Where hearts and heroes fail, I won’t be turned around

No more driving this blind, time to throw that switch
Drives a spike in my mind, and makes my fingers itch
You better get on board, or get out of my way
Hauling heavy and slow, but I’m leaving today…

And I said no more, no more, no more,
no more, no more, no more, no more, no more

And I know that I’ve been here before,
And it’s taken its toll on me
But I’m not giving up anymore,
No I’m not giving up on me…

 

DON’T FORGET
(Reid Jamieson/Carolyn V. Mill)

You know how much it’s gonna hurt
'til that needle is inserted in your vein again

You try to pretend there is no pain
But I see it in the stains under your fingernails

Hold on tight, Keep looking for an answer
Hold on tight, remember younger days
When dreams were something you could say you had
Don’t forget because the world forgot you

When night falls is the newspaper your bed
Does it have you seeing red
What the people with money complain about

You’re drunk on a can of aerosol
And your tales are getting taller
Than the will to make it work

Hold on tight, keep looking for an answer
Hold on tight, remember younger days
When dreams were something you could say you had
Don’t forget because the world forgot you

You spoil your self while asleep
With sweet precious dreams
Held in the arms of your mother

It’s gone the fire in your eyes
The face you recognize is just another sad memory

Hold on tight, keep looking for an answer
Hold on tight remember younger days

Hold on tight, keep looking for an answer
Hold on tight, remember younger days
When dreams were something you could say you had
Don’t forget because the world forgot you

 

 

MY GREEN THUMB
(Reid Jamieson)

My green thumb
I hate to think of what I would become
Without your hands to guide me through the mud and rain
It’s a sorry, sorry sight

I’ll plant a kiss
Upon the forehead of the girl whose mysteries
Unfold like blossoms on a day in spring
It’s a beauty, beauty sight

You shovel hard
The golden rule and it sometimes smarts
To peel away the layers of my throbbing heart
It’s a gory, gory sight

Let me be your garden gnome
I’ll clean your knees, I’ll clean our home
Anything to keep you turning
Tilling soil till we turn to dust

Put on your gloves
And pull my weeds out with your gentle touch
I’ll use my seed to grow a song to save the world
Or at least make you stay mine

My green thumb
I dare not think of what I would become
Without your love to guide me through the mud and rain
You’re a pretty, pretty sight
A compliment that fits just right
What are you doing for the rest of your life?
My green thumb

 

 

STARING CONTEST
(Reid Jamieson)

Oh I long for the touch
of your hand in mine
Oh I long for the touch
of your hand in mine

Yes I’ve been waiting for you
Yes I can wait just a little longer
Now that I’m facing the truth

It’s a staring contest
between your heart and mine…

I can move past things
I can learn language
that no one else will learn for you

If there are secrets at all
they will be small enough to evaporate
like tiny evening tears

You open your baby eyes
Watching the moon rise
from the window of our bedroom
Another day with you

It’s a staring contest
between your heart and mine
It’s a staring contest
between your heart and mine

Oh I long for the touch
of your hand in mine

 

GUARANTEE
(Reid Jamieson)

People like to say they have somewhere to go
People like to feel they are needed
People like to do what they can to ease the pain
Have you become a person like me?

In the first year of our life
We learn to use our eyes
Following the smiles of the giants

In the last years of our life
We learn we are afraid to die

But are you afraid to live like me?
Are you afraid to live like me?

Are you afraid of the changes
That are racing through your body?
Pushing you towards the end of all you know

Are you afraid to be alone
And left with no one there to hold you
And tell you that it’s ok to go

People like to stay in one place for a while
Change may be the hardest thing to do

Would you like a guarantee
That I will never leave your side
Cause I would like that guarantee from you

Yes I would like that guarantee from you
Yes I would like that guarantee from you