North​/​East​/​South​/​West

by Kate MacLean

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baby's first full-length album!

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released June 14, 2015

All songs written and produced by Kate MacLean, SOCAN
Recorded in Toronto, ON by Phil Spencer and Curtis Murphy, at Humber Studios and our basement, respectively. Except track 5, recorded by Taylor Lucas at Wood Street Studios, London, ON.
tracks 3, 6 and 10 mixed by Simon Larochette
track 5 mixed by Taylor Lucas
track 7 mixed by Phil Spencer
all other tracks mixed by Curtis Murphy
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal, QC.

thanks to the musicians:
Curtis Murphy, Rob McLaren, Nick Maclean, Dan Rougeau, Paul Barton, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Steven Gore, Julie Fitzgerald, Mara Nesrallah, Emily Rockarts, Justin Lund, Alex Mason, Quinton Strutt and Taylor Lucas.

oh! and thanks to you, whoever you are!

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Track Name: Directions
well hello!
are ya lost and found?
did all the roads lead you here?
lay me down, in the ground
buried with the hatchet,
but still breathin
you didn't know
i didn't care

did you find what you were lookin' for?
or do you still need directions?
with the world knockin' at your door
you still need directions home

compass rose
be my sword and shield
we lost the battles
but won the war
alone in fear, but i'm here
cute as a button
and still kickin'!
whoever thought i'd get this far?

did you find what you were lookin' for?
or do you still need directions?
with the world knockin' at your door
you still need directions home

north, east, south, west
two maps and a compass
where are you now?
where are you now?

and i found what i was lookin' for
but you still need directions
directions home
'cause i was lookin' for
what you were lookin' for
still need directions?
directions home

where are you now?
where are you now?
Track Name: North
still river
even the pines are thin here
but the girls
oh, the girls
they're all smiles

it's winter
my lips are cracked and bleeding
and the ice goes on
for miles and miles

what am i, endless?
did i think i had forever?
here, i should know better
even the pines are cold

initials
painted in hearts on rock walls
but how many of those
are still in love?

still river
even the pines are thin here
& don't try to be poetic
it gets lonely

what am i, stupid?
said i needed time for thinkin'
if you thought that i'd been drinkin'
well, honey,
you'd be right

what am i, youthful!
a tongue-in-cheek admission
i believed in indecision
so i'm alone tonight
alone tonight

but i would say yes now
i would say yes now
i would say yes


we're headed north
Track Name: Yer Love
you shook my hand and we said goodnight
they were closin' down
it was almost nine
well, i could be wrong
but i could be right
did your eyes meet mine a second time?

you look so good by laptop light
you say your days are numbered
and you can't fight anymore
i could be wrong, but i could be right
you're just tired

& your love was all that i asked for
but it was down in the cold, cold ground
your love - it's all that i'm after
could you bring it round?

give up the grudge, girl
i'm on your side!
i know it's hard, but baby,
everybody hurts sometimes
and i could be wrong, but i could be right
you're just tired, you're just tired

& your love is all that i asked for
but it was down in the cold, cold ground
your love - it's all that i'm after
could you bring it round?

i could be wrong, i could be right
i could be wrong, i could be right
i could be wrong, i could be right
i could be right
Track Name: Northeast
so you fell off the wagon?

get back in the car
there's nothin' here
that defines who you are

it is just a place
no more than that
home should be more
than where you hang your hat

and welcome
is more than a word on the mat
that you stepped over
on your way out the door

on your way out the door
Track Name: Beekeepers
one swallow doesn't make a summer
just like two notes don't make a song
three weddings in august this year
how i wish we could get along, get along

four was the number of times that i called
and four times i hung up
don't know if i should blame this on the weather
or on our own dumb luck (dumb luck!)

if i was feelin' alive i'd be five hundred miles from here

six more hours of travel then i'm back in my own bed
grew my hair seven inches
then gave up and shaved my head
i can't take it anymore!
i'm headed for the east
pack my car with youth, the dogs and you
and a healthy swarm of bees

yeah, and we're feelin' alive headin' five hundred miles from here
yeah we're feelin alive
it's you and me in the SUV
and a long stretch of open road
you and me and the bees
in the SUV
what could possibly go wrong?

we would sit for hours and talk of many things
like who would win the olympics?
and could elvis even sing?
it was going swimmingly
'til i killed you off last spring
how the hell did you never tell me
you were allergic to bee stings?

if i was feelin' alive you'd be(e) right here
and we'd be feelin' alive

but now it's me and the bees
and my aching knees
it ain't much: but it's home
yeah it's me and the bees and my aching knees
and this stupid honeycomb

if i was feelin' alive
i'd be five hundred
five hundred
Track Name: East
last night i called from faraway
to find you scramblin' eggs all day
by god! i curse my tendency to roam
so i hung my head and shut my eyes
and listened to you heave a sigh
so heavy that i could feel it through the phone

baby, i apologize
i'm not there, i'm not there, i'm not there
and i know that you're well
and you're good
but maybe not happy

so i ask: 'who are you missin'
in that chair in the kitchen?'
you said, 'baby, won't you please
please, come home?'

last night i dreamt up a great event
the eiffel tower was a circus tent
while cleanin' cages
i'd watch you swing on a trapeze
i awoke, alone
and slightly confused
thinkin' of all i'd got to lose
and sinkin' remembered how it used to be

when my mother had me mystified
it was dark, i was young, i was scared
but she'd take me in to her arms
and send me out smilin'

& my father had me petrified
of his voice, and his words, and his beard
but his heart was of gold and i knew it
so i'd stop cryin'

they say: 'kate, you been livin',
but surely forgettin'
that honey, there's no place quite like home!'

so i'm comin' home to you
i have seen the world
and it's nothin' compared to
comin' home to you

i'm comin' home to you
Track Name: South
my worth is measured in seeds and pelts
and grass that's greener everywhere else but here (i fear)
my time is counted in grains of sand
and lines that formed in my weary hands this year

my dear,
did you pack your bags?
are ya headed south?
well i guess the answer is no
and i'm questioned out
but i got one left:
am i ready to let you go?

well you carved your name in my side that night
then looked surprised when the morning light appeared
it's clear
that our nails are bitten, our eyes won't meet
and all you're askin' is:
'why are you still here?'

why are you still here
if goin' back and forth was all we came for
lift a mountain just to let it lie
if goin' back and forth was all we came for
well, now we've come and gone
so say goodbye

did you pack your bags?
are ya headed south?
well i guess the answer is no
and i'm questioned out
but i got one left:
am i ready to let you go?
Track Name: Your Heart's Not In It
i got a gut feelin'
and you got a bottle of wine
let's put 'em together
and somehow,
somehow, we'll have a good time
'cause all i know is tonight
forget tomorrow
all i know is tonight
so baby let's go

what's wrong with feelin' lonely?
there's nothin' wrong with killin' some time
or so i thought

but, 'your heart's not in it, is it?'
you said to me
'like a conscious, ever-growing wave of apathy,
your heart's not in it,
it ain't in it honey,
so set me free
if your heart's not in it - would you let me be?'

i left your house early
felt like a thief in the night
but what did i steal, exactly?
i just grabbed two wrongs and a right
and did i know what it was
to be together?
now all i know, these three words:
nothin'. lasts. forever.

i woke up
still feelin' lonely
when i thought i had made up my mind
(but oh, i guess not!)

'your heart's not in it, is it?'
you said to me
'like a conscious, ever-growing wave of apathy,
your heart's not in it,
it ain't in it honey,
so set me free
if your heart's not in it - would you let me be?'
Track Name: Southwest
& i'm not crazy
i ain't even mad
i'm just holdin' on
to what we had

i'm not certain
hell, i ain't even sure
i'm just clingin' on
to what we were
what we were
Track Name: West
you had stars on your ceiling
and plaid on your sheets
it's funny the memories
i choose to keep
like the sun in your eyes
the moon on your skin
i can't believe what's happenin'

but if this is over
say it is over
and i'm headed west to find
fame and glory
write me in your story,
i'd love to be on your mind

'see, that's the thing about endings
they let you be free,'
or at least that's what
you said to me
and so is this freedom?
is that what you believe?
well, I didn't ask for it
this is not what I need

but if this is over
say it is over
and I'm headed west again
for fame and glory
write me in your story
sayin' you knew me when

'cause if this is over
then say it is over
if this is over
then say it

...but
i would love to be on your mind
i would love to be on your mind
i would love to be on your mind
all the time (it's over)

it's over now
Track Name: Prodigal Summer
predators and prey
which one am i again?
moths to a flame
you love and you die

oh, i didn't see this comin'
not for miles
i remember you in winter
with your snow-caked smiles

now here i am
all dressed in black
you know, it never was my colour
standin' at your grave
and prayin' for a prodigal summer

prodigal son
you owe me one
prodigal son
you owe me one

predators and prey
which one am i again?
am i?