Safe Harbour

by Christa Couture

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Thank you, Jim, for saying yes to making this with me. You are fun and kind and I’m so glad, because I was a fan long before we met, and it would have been a small heartbreak if you were neither. Peter, Philippe, Keri, Kinley, Marshall, and Anna, thank you for your time and talents, it’s a delight to be in these songs with you. Ansley and Michelle, my heart soars to have your voices here. Thank you, Jen, who sees my ideas better than I see myself; Susan, my endless soundboard, virtual stylist, and longest friend; and Marsha, my love, who listens to every note and thought along the way.

My last albums have been filled with losses and a need to understand them; this time, I got to write and record for the enjoyment, thoughtfulness and pleasure. I got to write from a safe harbour. “Like Water, Like Earth” was written for Maldewin Weskijinu / Blood Soaked Soil by Louis Esmé. “Rebuild” was written for the APTN series Amplify and is inspired by the book The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. “Far, Far Light of the Stars” is for my QT + 2Spirit fam.

Thank you, always, for listening.

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released March 20, 2020

All songs by Christa Couture.
Produced by Jim Bryson.
Recorded by Jim Bryson at Fixed Hinge, Stittsville, Ontario, except:
“Rebuild” was recorded by Tim Vesely at The Woodshed, Toronto, Ontario; and Ansley Simpson and Michelle St. John were recorded by Sam Gleason at strawberry studio in Toronto, Ontario.
Mixed by Jim Bryson at Fixed Hinge.
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova.

Photography by Jen Squires. Hair and makeup (and eye for style) by Kelty Lewis. Haircut by Israel Garcia. Design by Andrew Oliver.

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“A remarkable chanteuse, singing superb material,” deems Roots Music of Christa Couture, an award-winning indie artist who has built a reputation for transforming tragedy into musical triumph, with sharp-shooting wit, effortless grace, and heart-on-sleeve intensity. ... more

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Track Name: Like Water, Like Earth
Mother. Creature, in need of comfort
Her heart beating though buried in concrete
Hold them closer, hold them close
Like water, like earth, like soil and sky
Like firmament I am like water like birth
Like blood and like sky, like firmament
I am like water, like earth
Track Name: Far, Far Light of the Stars
Are you a writer?
Keeping your distance on paper
The medium is much safer
And maybe they’ll understand later
I can’t believe that anyone would ever cause you harm
But here you are in danger
I wish we were the far, far, far light of the stars
Chances are you won’t make it
Even if you fake it
But who are we to take it?
No matter the shape they will break it
I can’t believe that anyone would ever cause you harm
But here they are, and they hate it
I wish we were the far, far, far light of the stars
Don’t tell me that things will get better
There’s no sign of a change in the weather
And don’t tell me to calm down, settler
I see that you’re making no effort
I can’t believe that anyone would ever cause us harm
But here we are in armour
I wish we were
I wish we were
I wish we were
the far, far, far light of stars
shining at a safe distance
Track Name: Tiptoe
We’ve got a secret you and I
Like we tiptoe through the morning
Careful not to disturb
And we’re gonna keep it you and I
In an envelope marked “sorry”
(But sorry isn’t the word)
Until it grows into a bird
Transient and blue
Until it flies away and fades from view
We’ve got a secret you and I
Like we translate into meaning
A language that isn’t our own
And we’re gonna keep it you and I
As the language of our feelings
Feelings we shouldn’t know
For they are transient and blue
Long overdue
To fly away and fade from view
Track Name: Rebuild
Know we’ll make it back, we’ll rebuild like always
And though under attack, we’ll rebuild always
Careful you’re in shock -- like I’m on to talk
A lustrum of this loss and still in its grasp
Once it catches, all is ashes
This is quite important:
However it takes, let yourself be broken
Travel the ache
When you’re ready, tell your story
We know you’ll make it back, we’ll rebuild like always
Though under attack, we’ll rebuild always
I dream, I dream, I dream
If there is a buoy, a key to employ
Find a target for tend and adore
There is weight to those who claim you
We know you’ll make it back, we’ll rebuild like always
Though under attack, we’ll rebuild always
I dream, I dream, I dream
Track Name: Water to Sail (Safe Harbour)
There’s a point that I get to
There’s a line that I cross
There’s a moment that I notice – I notice I’m lost
When I reach the horizon
When I reach for the flame
When I reach the conclusion there is no one to blame
Oh safe harbour, I see your light
I’m headed for you, ya I need you tonight
I’ve been weeping, You probably can tell
But only weeping gives me water to sail
I don’t know what to do here
I don’t know where to go
I don’t know what I’m saying
So I stutter – I stutter and choke
If you’re a canyon, I’m a plain
I’m a desert and I’m ready for rain
Oh safe harbour, I see your light
I’m headed for you, ya I need you tonight
I’ve been weeping, you probably can tell
But only weeping gives me water to sail
Call out my name I don’t want to be strange
Track Name: Waitlist Lullaby
I wake from dreaming
And call your name into the night
If I keep believing
Will it be true I’ve your heart?
I’ve your heart
Sternotomy, thoracotomy
They cut to that part of me
When I wake from dreaming

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