Orchard

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All songs written by Jess Hill
Produced by Aaron Joyce
Co-produced by Jesse Gander
Recorded at The Hive Creative Labs in Burnaby, BC in the summer of 2009
Al songs arranged by Aaron Joyce except STAGGER arranged by Joyce, Holmes, Charles, Steemson, Hill
Engineered by Jesse Gander with assistance from Tanis Gibbons
Mixed by Jesse Gander with Aaron Joyce
Mastered by J.J. Golden
Album Artwork by Caroline Ballhorn
Photographs by Amanda Bullick

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released March 29, 2011

Jess Hill - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Aaron Joyce - weissenborn, National style 4 tricone resonator guitar, organ pedals, add'l piano
Jeremy Holmes - upright bass, mandolin
Steven Charles - banjo
Juli Steemson - drums, percussion
Kathleen Nisbet - violin, viola
Cris Derksen - cello
Lee Hutzulak - sounds
Jesse Gander - pump organ
Hilary Grist - piano and wurlitzer
Sam Cartwright - piano on Gimme Your Ghost
Boys Choir - Aaron Joyce, Corbin Murdoch, Cory Curtis, Matt Smith
Stomps and Claps - Aaron Joyce, Juli Steemson, Jeremy Holmes, CJ Leon
Barbecue -Ma and Pa Hill

Special thanks to Andre Walchuck (GIBSON), Michael Dunn (NATIONAL), and Jeremy Holmes (HARMONY) for the loan of their guitars.

~THANK YOU~
~Aaron Joyce for believing. You are the muscles and flesh of this music. This album is yours, too.
~Jesse Gander for his tireless ears, winning smile and willingness to go above and beyond.
~CJ Leon for the love, the inspiration, the push and the shove, the kinship, the joy and the memories.
~Ma and Pa for never saying no. For always staying to hear the last song. For the nourishment of my body, my heart and my soul.
~The players for playing their hearts out. I am humbled and elated by the talent and joy you brought to the studio everyday. Thank you.
~Caroline for her meticulous handy work
~Amanda for her belief in the magic we could make. Let's play dress up!
~The Flinchum Family for putting me up, wheeling me about, and just generally being the best bnch of housemates a girl could ask for.
~The Hall family for their surprising and enormous generosity.
~and You, my fellow dreamer. Year after year you remind me what a community is; these apples are for you.
~THANK YOU~

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Jess Hill Vancouver, British Columbia

Jess Hill is a storyteller whose delicately constructed lyrical worlds captivate, standing firmly with her blues-draped compositions. Inviting the audience into her realm with a voice like the sound of a well-rosined bow across heartstrings she can pull a room of strangers into her palm, crushing them with stinging emotions and releasing them reborn into the night. ... more

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Track Name: A Common Bird
At the end of a year
At the end of some tears
It appears, we've only known
One memorable hello
There in the street
Numbered days at our feet
A man putting coins in your hand
We hover and pass
And later at last
I put a small kiss on your cheek
But I'm not even fooling me
With all of this vague secrecy
A common bird sings
For the dawn as it brings
New light to the love she has known
Blossoms they bloom
Grow and push through
The soft parts of the ground
One memorable hello
Kiss my cheek, but then go
I'm not even fooling me
With all of this vague secrecy
I'm not even fooling me
With all of this vague secrecy
Track Name: Stagger
Yesterdays stagger led me astray
Out of the water and onto the train
Humming blind, reaching for the sky
Headed toward a height that even
Eagles only dream to fly

You see it's not that I'm not happy
It's not that I don't like you
It's just that it still gets lonely
Here so far from the dark side of blue

Living with love's plague
Will bring you closer to God
You're always closer to heaven, baby
When we're on the mountains top

The season's the sound of murder
And like a lonesome crow
I'm gonna give you my heart
Just because I know you're gonna let it go

You see it's not that I'm not happy
It's not that I don't like you
It's just that it still gets lonely
Here so far from the dark side of blue
Track Name: Precariously
Put me precariously in a situation I can't escape
Like a rose pressed between the page
Hard cover, make it holy, on a shelf just out of reach
Near a window that overlooks the sea
Clouds full of secrets dropping hints through the air
Loosening the sky's tight grip on despair
Leave me, where the blues imitate the gray
With a furrowed brow, arms outstretched
I'll push myself near to the edge
And see if you can't get to me

Oh, you've been a long time coming
I've been a long time gone

Nightshade, dandelion, a bittersweet vine but still I'm trying
The part that blossoms, will only poison you
They open up the heavens, they open up the gates
Do we open up our eyes, or is it just too late?
Is love gone from this place?

Put me precariously in a situation I can't escape
Like a rose pressed between the page
Track Name: One Crow Calling
Poppy, poppy blossoming
In the cold still air
Standing tall with your head bowed down
I have seen you there
All I know is what I have
Grey sky and green grass
Blue eyes crying
A hard rain falling
On the dark heart in my hands
When all hope is gone
I'll linger on
Like a small rain falling
For my black crow calling
You know I'll take my love down
Like a small rain falling
For my black crow calling
You know I'll take my love down
Like a small rain I fall
For my black crows call
Like a small rain I fall
For my black crows call
Track Name: In The Evening
Oh, our love is gonna out fall the rain
Yeah, our love is gonna out fall the rain
You know our love is gonna out fall the rain
It's gonna swell the oceans 'til they flood the plains

Baby, don't you cry for me
I'm your blue eyed babe
Tie a ribbon to your finger
Bring forget me knots to my grave

And when the sky opens up
When the black wind blows
Think of all the weather we fared
Open your heart up to my ghost

In the evening
Come on close
In the evening
Take me home
In the evening
Come on close
Be the devil I know
The devil I know

Because our love is gonna out shine the sun
Yeah, our love is gonna out shine the sun
You know our love is gonna out shine the sun
Your mama's good silver and your papa's gun
Track Name: Apple Tree
Red apple tree
I will plant your seeds
You have been blue too
And while you grow
Whether rain or snow
I will stay so true
All things bright will fade
And I'll be there to blame
All through the grey
All of our darkening days
Won't bother me
So long as you'll be my apple tree
Grey, grey skies are blue, blue skies too
Grey, grey skies are blue, blue skies too
You have been blue,
Haven't you?
Track Name: Orchard
When I'm called to the Orchard
I'll call the sparrow and the wren
I'll call the crow and the blue bird
To cast a shadow on the land

When the diggin's done
When the ashes are ashes and the dust is dust
When all it takes is one tear fallin'
To stop my weary heart with rust,


Will you just, leave me with the old fashioned sinners
A bottle and be quick to deliver
This soul of mine
Sure as the wine ain't water
Mama, this father's daughter is gonna be just fine

I wanna be the howl in the wind
I wanna go where the thin air begins
I wanna be the one to keep loving you
From somewhere between heaven and a birds eye view

Will you just, leave me with the old fashioned sinners
A bottle and be quick to deliver
This soul of mine
Sure as the wine ain't water
Mama, this father's daughter is gonna be just fine

When I'm called to the Orchard
I'll call the sparrow and the wren
I'll call the crow and the blue bird
To cast a shadow on the land
Track Name: Give Me Your Ghost
Give me your ghost
Don't leave my side
Give me your ghost
If only for the night

Give me your ghost
Fallen from grace
Give me your ghost
Keep it out of harms way

Give me your ghost
And I'll give you mine
On the outskirts of town
In the shadows of the pines

Give me your ghost
Don't leave my side
Give me your ghost
If only for the night

Give me your ghost
Heaven can wait
The free and the mighty lined up at their gate
Give me your ghost
Let them go in your place
Let them go in your place
Track Name: Open Letter To My Heart
Moth like heart beat your wings
On a moonless night
In spite of the darkening
A little wind to dust you off
Start to howling, rouse you if the beating stops

Once so true a course
For the moon, a gravity of force
Pulling you with the tides
But when the bare bulb shines
Know that's my love
And come take my love from me

My heart, my heart, my heart
A moonless night
A moonless night
Track Name: Of A Shadow
Streetlamp, perfect view
Of a shadow born of two
Parched hearts, still dry
From the light passing through
You are paper folded just so
A rare bird, the bud of a rose
Pursed lip quiet for the wake of your ghost

Love, don't go star crossed
Make me a liar
Oh, love, don't go star crossed
Make me a liar

While we wait
The season does change
While we wait
The season does change
While we wait
The season does change