Safe Harbour

by Christa Couture

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Tiptoe 02:17
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
4.
Rebuild 03:39
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
5.
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
6.
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

about

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.

credits

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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