Even Though The Sky Was Falling

by Karyn Ellis

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"a magical way with song... Leonard Cohen has no copyright on the word hallelujah." — Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

A celebration of the beauty and redemption to be found in chaotic times — a breakthrough album that pairs her quirky songwriting and sensual, naïve vocals with strings, horns, choirs and glockenspiels, all woven together with help from co-producer Don Kerr, best-known for his work with Ron Sexsmith.

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released November 1, 2009

Produced by Karyn Ellis & Don Kerr
Mixed by Ken Friesen at The Signal Path
Mastered by David Travers-Smith at Found Sound
Recorded in Toronto, Canada

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Karyn Ellis Toronto, Ontario

Her songs are at once sad and hopeful; her voice delicate and dynamic. Described as a “gentle powerhouse of a songwriter” Karyn Ellis delivers thoughtful, crafted lyrics about every day wonders, beauty and hope.

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Track Name: Low
LOW

I’m doing everything that makes me happy
Doing everything that makes me happy
If I’m doing everything that makes me happy
Why am I so low?

Look at all the people splashing in the river.
Look at all the people splashing in the river.
All the happy people laughing in the river.
Why am I so low? Why am I so low?

Sun shining brightly lighting up the skyway
Sun shining brightly but I feel like I could cry.

Strumming my guitar, I’m singing to the melody
Strumming my guitar, singing to the melody
Strumming my guitar to such a pretty melody
So why am I so low?

Sun shining brightly lighting up the skyway
Sun shining brightly but I feel like I could cry.

It takes rain to make a rainbow, you know
It takes rain to make a rainbow, you know
It takes re to make so-la-ti-do
So why am I so low?

Doing everything that makes me happy
Doing everything that makes me happy
If I’m doing everything that makes me happy
Why am I so low?
Track Name: Even Though The Sky Was Falling (One Beautiful Day)
EVEN THOUGH THE SKY WAS FALLING (ONE BEAUTIFUL DAY)

Nobody knows what they had
But everyone’s sure that they’ve lost.
Counting the days like pennies spent,
Like paying rent instead of owning your own.

Oh but to have one beautiful day more
With you and me happy again.

Nobody’s sure of the words
But everyone knows just how it goes.
Under their breath humming along,
This secret song - this timeless record of you.

Oh but to have one beautiful day more
With you and me happy again.

We grabbed our bikes and we rode through the city
When the sky turned dark with silver, and it crashed with gold.
We were laughing; we didn’t care.
We pedaled faster into the wind - we let it carry us away.

And I thought we’d make it home.
I thought we’d make it.
I thought we’d make it home
Even though the sky was falling.

Oh but to have one beautiful day more
With you and me happy again.
Track Name: Bitter Grasses
BITTER GRASSES

You don’t hear a word I said. No, you don’t hear a word I said.
I’m banging my head on the bedroom wall.

Like talking to the back of your head. I’m talking to the back of your head
You’re playing dead, not rolling with this at all.

And every moment that passes here among the bitter grasses
It’s another chance lost to lay a path across and get past this.

You think I’m an ice cream cone. Yeah, you think I’m an ice cream cone.
You think I’m cold; I won’t leave your head alone

Or you think I’m a telephone. Well, you think I’m a telephone.
You pick me up and put me down, then you pretend that you’re not home.

And every moment that passes here among the bitter grasses
It’s another chance lost to lay a path across and get past this.

I’m harder than a concrete slab.
I’m hotter than a Cajun dance.
I’m madder than a string of fire ants
And I think that freaks you out!

And every moment that passes here among the bitter grasses
It’s another chance lost to lay a path across and get past this.

You don’t hear a word I said. No, you don’t hear a word I said.
I’m banging my head on the bedroom wall.

Like talking to the back of your head. I’m talking to the back of your head.
You’re playing dead, not rolling with this at all

And every moment that passes here among the bitter grasses
It’s another chance lost to lay a path across and get past this.

And every moment that passes here among the bitter grasses
It’s another chance lost to lay a path across and get past this.
Track Name: Not Looking For Love
NOT LOOKING FOR LOVE

I’m not looking for love
This foolish thing left behind.
I’m not looking for love,
But I hope it finds me.
When will you find me…

A double feature ticket to the afternoon show.
But what’s the point in laughing, even the lights are low.
A full popcorn bag on an empty seat, in an empty row.
The curtain’s going up, but I think I’ll go.

I’m not looking for love
This foolish thing left behind.
I’m not looking for love,
But I hope it finds me.
When will you find me…

A table by the kitchen it’s the only single in the house.
I brought along my favourite book, and I read it aloud.
Cause one-sided conversations kept getting me kicked out.
Is there anything else, dear? Now here’s your bill, dear.
Make room for the new round.

I’m not looking for love
This foolish thing left behind.
I’m not looking for love,
But I hope it finds me.
When will you find me…

Love, you were hiding in the back seat
You kissed me and pulled out a map of Canada and showed it to me.
Love, now I’m standing by the side of the road.
I couldn’t go – I was too afraid to leave my home.

I’m not looking for love
This foolish thing left behind.
I’m not looking for love,
But I hope it finds me.
When will you find me… love.
Track Name: Motorcycle Ride
MOTORCYCLE RIDE

Motorcycle training course, I took it on the weekends
Me and my first boyfriend, we bought ourselves
An old bike with our savings. We were gonna to ride.

He was so much taller and he mostly did the driving
I’d throw my arms around his waist, my heart
Racing. Fear rushed through me like lightening.

If you’re gonna ride, gravity is pivotal
Be careful of a heart held in the peripheral
They say the first time you fall is the hardest
But I tell you, it was easy.

Throwing caution to the wind that brushed against our cheeks
We drove into the middle of a field of wheat
We were flying, helmets strapped to the back of the seat.

And blossoming like cherries growing wild in the orchard
Our arms and legs were bare in the scorching heat
And the fruit was ripe, dropped like rain from the sky.

If you’re gonna ride, gravity is pivotal
Be careful of a heart held in the peripheral
They say the first time you fall is the hardest
But I tell you, it was easy.

Every now and then I think about him
I heard that he got married and moved down to
The States. Two kids with his beautiful bride.

Now I don’t ride a motorbike, though I still have my license
Trying to make sense of all the years, and how the road
Unwinds. I wonder, does he ever think of that time?

If you’re gonna ride, gravity is pivotal
Be careful of a heart held in the peripheral
They say the first time you fall is the hardest
But I tell you, it was easy.

Motorcycle training course, I took it on the weekends
Me and my first boyfriend, we bought ourselves an old bike.
We were gonna to ride.
It was easy, we were gonna ride
Track Name: Little Grey Sparrow
LITTLE GREY SPARROW

Little grey Sparrow hanging ‘round the garden shed
Shake off the cobwebs from your sleepy wings
For winter’s heading out.
Pack up the nest, leave the rest
We’re gonna be alright, I’ll be
Chasing the summer, I’m a boxcar runner
Gonna be alright, I’ll be
Home.

Wherever you roam no matter how far
Wherever you go remember that’s where you are

True as an arrow sticking to the apple tree
They said she was a tiger, she never quit fighting
With the circus clowns
In love with the freedom, each town an Eden
Gonna be alright, I’ll be
Up on the wire, I’m a big top flyer
Gonna be alright, I’ll be
Home.

Wherever you roam, no matter how wide
Wherever you go remember you’ll be fine
So fly… little sparrow
Fly… little teacup
Fly… little arrow
Heart’s an archer, she points you to the marrow.

Do-doo-do-doo

In love with the freedom, each town an Eden
Gonna be alright, I’ll be
Chasing the wire, I’m a big top flyer
Gonna be alright, I’ll be
Home.

Little grey Sparrow
Little grey Sparrow
Little grey Sparrow
Track Name: Shooting Star
SHOOTING STAR

I’m no one trick pony
In a one horse town
Kicking away at the afternoons
Till I do my rounds.

I’m done with lonely
You know I’m getting out
I’m opening up the stable door
No more feeling down.

You’re just what I needed, you’re just what I needed
(You are my shooting star!)

I’m no one hit wonder
In Karaoke Town.
Singing along with the cowboy tunes.
It’s to the range I’m bound.

You’re just what I needed, you’re just what I needed
(You are my shooting star!)

You are my shooting star.
Kiss me, kiss me…wish me on…


You’re just what I needed, you’re just what I needed
(You are my shooting star!)

I’m no one trick wonder
In a one horse town
I’m opening up the stable gate
It’s to the range I’m bound.

You’re just what I needed, you’re just what I needed
You’re just what I needed, you’re just what I needed
(You are my shooting star!)
Track Name: Be My Girl
BE MY GIRL

My hands are tied behind my back
To the chair, to the wood, to the side of me
That is afraid.

Be my girl, be my girl
Be my girl.

Standing wave, flightless man
Stinging bee – Cause she can’t
Grow the wings, shake the bond, throw the night,
Take back those things that belong to you.

Be my girl, be my girl
Be my girl

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
I’m gone
When the day breaks into shards of sun
And pierces dawn.

Be my girl (All the love we could have)
Be my girl (All the love we should have)
Be my girl (All the love that we desire)
Track Name: Ten Stories
TEN STORIES

There’s always a reason, isn’t there?
Love came down from the trees
For something so pleasing how is it
Love has such gravity?

Me on the street
You on the balcony
Ten stories up, and climbing
You’re rhyming off reasons without ever answering.

What once was so easy
At the start of it, you gave so willingly
But for the seasons
That weathered your heart, and took you from me

Me on the street
You on the balcony
Ten stories up, and climbing
You’re rhyming off reasons without ever answering.

Why do we need
Need it to be
So heavy?
You’re rhyming off reasons without ever answering.

Me on the street
You on the balcony
Ten stories up, and climbing
You’re rhyming off reasons without even answering.

Why do we need
Need it to be
So heavy?
You’re rhyming off reasons without ever answering.
Track Name: Beauty
BEAUTY

Like an eggcup fills the shell
Like gravity fills a well
Like a churchyard fills a bell
Like a desert fills the sand
Like music fills the band
Like details fill a plan
Like a finder fills the view
I am filled with Love

Like a reader fills a book
Like a cranny fills a nook
Like a lover fills a look
Like a sunrise fills the dew
I am filled with Love

Beauty begs of us
Embrace the wonder in all our splendor
Though it be coy
Beauty begs of us
That we be filled with Joy - we be filled with Joy

And like a mountain fills the trail
A wheat field fills a bale
Like a tall ship fills a sail
I am full of love
Like a cymbal fills a swell

Like an ocean fills a shell
Magic potion fills a spell
Like a shoelace fill a shoe
I am full of love

Beauty begs of us
Embrace the wonder in all our splendor
Though it be coy
Beauty begs of us
That we be filled with Joy - we be filled with Joy