You Can't Carry it Around

from by Norma MacDonald

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A trip to Ireland turned into a meditation on the intangibility of experience.
That accordion is too heavy to take on the train.


Strangers on a train to a town you never knew
Watching for the greenest oceans of the fields
And you want to take it all and try to pin it down
And you want to sing the notes that ring without a sound
But you can’t carry it around

Talking in a voice like an old cathedral bell
Waiting for a chance to pour your heart not made of stone
And you want to wear it like a jewel in your crown
And you want to shout from mountains all you’ve lost is found
But you can’t carry it around

Dreaming on a plane over water black as night
Someday you’ll paint portraits of castles in the dirt
But you won’t let this moment kick you when you’re down
‘Cause you’ve loosened the chains an inch that held you bound
And you can’t carry it around


from Burn the Tapes, released June 8, 2015



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Norma MacDonald Halifax, Nova Scotia

Norma MacDonald likes Gram Parsons records, potato chips, talking to strangers, David Lynch movies and swimming in the ocean. Her fourth album, "Burn the Tapes" was recorded over 13 months in rural Upper Musquodoboit, NS.


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