Old Future

by Norma MacDonald

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1.
The birds all changed direction just before the sun went down And you just watched and wondered what you’re doing in this town There’s a darkness and a freedom, there’s a sound you’re trying to hear Come the morning fall you’ve lost it all in this temperamental year You never even had the time to learn from your mistakes ‘Cause your fortune’s moving so fast between good luck and heartache And it felt so good to laugh then, though you ended up in tears Every step you take they raise the stakes in this temperamental year And they told me it was coming They said there’s no point, no point in running And they told me it was coming Just like that, like it was nothing The wind breaks through the windows and the sun sneaks through the trees And I feel like a pawn of this not-so-young century Is there no place left for hiding, is there nothing left to fear All you thought you knew is lost on you in this temperamental year And they told me it was coming They said there’s no point, no point in running And they told me it was coming Just like that, like it was nothing The birds all changed direction just before the sun went down And you just watched and wondered what you’re doing in this town There’s a darkness and a freedom, there’s a sound you’re trying to hear Every step you take they raise the stakes in this temperamental year All you thought you knew is lost on you in this temperamental year
2.
It’s too hot to sleep, it’s too early to walk the streets Trying to find, trying to seek out something missing I’m too rattled to know if I got anything left to show For that warm humming glow I relied on Why’s it so hard to get it right All these shadows that we hold so tight Gotta let go it’s just a trick of the light It’s too early to say I won’t get carried away By the sweet words you say when we’re laughing I thought this bird had flown but she just flew right on home Gave up being along by intention Why’s it so hard to get it right All these shadows that we hold so tight Gotta let go it’s just a trick of the light Trick of the light Trick of the light It’s too hot to sleep and these secrets I keep Are bound to make me meet my maker If you showed me the door I wouldn’t know what to use it for Got my feet stuck to the floor by your anchor Why’s it so hard to get it right All these shadows that we hold so tight Gotta let go it’s just a trick, gotta let go it’s just a trick Gotta let go it’s just a trick of the light
3.
Golden Age 03:12
Free as a sparrow, poor as a thief I great the day with a sigh of relief Oh love, oh love you’ve set the stage Don’t let me down with this golden age Feet in the harbour, hands in the air Thought that I could see the future I swear Oh love, oh love don’t turn the page Don’t turn your back on this golden age Come back, oh come back, don’t fall on me now A thousand white horses brought us here somehow Come back, oh come back, don’t go away We knew we’d both end up back here someday Moon on the water had something to say And I’m fighting this feeling to throw it away Oh love, oh love it’s hard to change We’re losing our grip on this golden age Oh love, oh love it’s hard to change We’re losing our grip on this golden age
4.
One Man Band 04:04
You are not a simple man, of that we’re both sure The lost half of a one man band, with both feet out the door But I’m here to tell you there’s a warm wind blowing through I’m here to tell you that part of me still loves you I’m here to tell you though the clouds may hide the light I’m here to tell you everything’s gonna be alright I’ve been spinning ‘round the stars, reflected in the sea But what’s reflected in your eyes, oh it don’t look like me But I’m here to tell you there’s a warm wind blowing through I’m here to tell you that part of me still loves you I’m here to tell you though the clouds may hide the light I’m here to tell you everything’s gonna be alright You and I are sailing ships, each bound for their glory But maybe someday the wind will shift and you’ll come back to me But I’m here to tell you there’s a warm wind blowing through I’m here to tell you that part of me still loves you I’m here to tell you though the clouds may hide the light I’m here to tell you everything’s gonna be alright Everything’s gonna be alright Everything’s gonna be alright
5.
I loved you but not enough to give up everything I needed some room to grow, some space to stretch my wings She was down and hanging around, I’d seen her here and there We said good-bye, I blinked and eye and then you two were a pair But I don’t want you to go and cry for me ‘Cause all I ever wanted was to be free And though it’s true that I didn’t want you anyway I’ll still sit here and shed a tear on your wedding day I’ll still sit here and shed a tear on your wedding day I loved you but it was rough we never saw eye to eye You need someone who’ll pick you up and dust you off by and by I may be a lackluster duster, but you can’t have it all We had some good times, we said good-bye and now your back’s against the wall But I don’t want you to go and cry for me “Cause all I ever wanted was to be free And though it’s true that i didn’t want you anyway I’ll still sit here and shed a tear on your wedding day And I want you to know that I’m ok And I’m glad that I’m a thousand miles away And though it’s true that I didn’t want you anyway I’ll still sit here and shed a tear on your wedding day I’ll still sit here and shed a tear on your wedding day
6.
You’re a wonder in the summer You’re a cool and steady breeze You’re the ocean, a commotion You’re the cure to my disease And I don’t want to fight it so I don’t And I don’t want to lose it so I won’t You’re a wonder in the summer You’re the rain after the drought You’re the deep end of the weekend Oh you’re my ticket out And I don’t want to fight it so I don’t And I don’t want to lose it so I won’t And I don’t want to fight it so I don’t And I don’t want to lose it so I won’t All of the years that I, I looked up to the sky And asked the sky oh why All of the years I tried to let it all go by Let it all go by You’re a wonder in the summer You’re a cool and steady breeze You’re the ocean, a commotion You’re the cure to my disease And I don’t want to fight it so I don’t And I don’t want to lose it so I won’t And I don’t want to fight it so I don’t And I don’t want to lose it so I won’t
7.
Slow down Marie You’ve gone a-running away with the keys There was a time when you wanted to be Out on your own Out on your own All of your life You’ve loved the shimmering shock of the night Shone like the glint on the edge of a knife Out on your own Out on your own If you slipped in the river this time would you do it again If you fell through the tiniest crack could you still be your own best friend You love the fight Hanging a thousand wrongs on one right Show the ghosts how to walk into the light Out on your own Out on your own If you slipped in the river this time would you do it again If you fell through the tiniest crack could you still be your own best friend Slow down Marie Maybe I’m only speaking for me But there was a time when you wanted to be Out on your own Out on your own
8.
You offered me a shadow, but I already have a shadow It follows me wherever I go Like your voice I don’t want another secret I already have some secrets, but be certain I will keep this Close to my heart Everytime you close the door I am that much more sure Get my feet back on the ground Until the next time comes around I can’t take another good-bye, oh I know we had some good times Maybe somewhere on down the line When you won’t need an alibi And what about tomorrow, did you really think it over You never closer, you don’t want to say the words Everytime you close the door I am that much more sure Get my feet back on the ground Until the next time comes around And while you wait for it to slowly fall apart You accidentally break my heart It’s hard to see just where the line blends Oh we were such good friends Now I see it through a finer lens All the means and all the ends Oh you offered me a shadow, but I already have a shadow We both know that somewhere down below You don’t want to say the words Everytime you close the door I am that much more sure Get my feet back on the ground Until the next time comes around
9.
I’ve always been a lover of unreason I always leave the chain outside the door Longing for the changing of the season While I curse and crave and mourn the one before A shadow of a doubt was all I needed As proof of all I never held as true A strange old sinking feeling that I’ve been here That I’ve been here once or twice before with you Oh my soul, what have you done There is a hole where once was the sun Oh my soul, what have you done There is a hole where once was the sun I’ve always been a lover of unreason I always leave the chain outside the door Longing for the changing of the season While I curse and crave and mourn the one before While I curse and crave and mourn the one before
10.
Some Days 03:03
Some days you feel like you can’t ever lose Some days you can’t see the greens for the blues Some days you stack the cards until they’re bound to fall Some days nothing happens at all Some nights you feel the walls close in around ya Some nights you die a slow death by nostalgia Some nights you spend your time in other company Some nights are you dreaming of me All the love, joy and the sorrow If you look they will all be here tomorrow Sometimes you know it’s bound to go your way Some days, some days Some days you feel the world will do your bidding Some days you think my god you must be kidding Some days you just sit at the centre of it all Some days nothing happens at all Some days nothing happens at all

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released April 24, 2020

All songs by Norma MacDonald (SOCAN 2020)
Produced by Norma MacDonald and Dale Murray

Engineered by Thomas Stajcer at New Scotland Yard, Dartmouth, NS and Dale Murray in Port Howe, NS
Mixed by Dale Murray
Mastered by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering, Mineville, NS
Album photography and graphic design by Corey Isenor


Performed by:
Norma MacDonald- lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, electric guitar (track 7)
Dale Murray- electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, piano, organ, percussion, bass (track 10), backing vocals
Adam Fine- bass
Jordi Comstock- drums
Phil Sedore - cello (tracks 4 & 7)
Anna Wedlock - violin (track 4)

Released by Noyes Records www.noyesrecords.com

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Norma MacDonald Halifax, Nova Scotia

Norma MacDonald’s new album, Old Future, merges 1960’s country with 1970’s California folk-rock. Co-produced with Dale Murray, the songs swing between “good luck and heart ache” without cliché, balancing light and dark. Her four previous albums were critical darlings, receiving award nominations and airplay in North America and the UK. ... more

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