Light Pollution

by Bre McDaniel

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released March 4, 2016

Tears of St Lawrence, Swoon, Spark written by Bre McDaniel
Chrysolite written by Bre & Joshua McDaniel
Stardust written by Bre McDaniel & Stephanie Ratcliff
Light Pollution written by Bre McDaniel & Yiya Yin

Produced by Jordan Klassen
Recorded and mixed at The Space Studios by Daniel Klenner in Vancouver, BC.
Assistant engineer: Daniel Child
Mastered by Jonathan Anderson at Protection Island

Cover art & design by Bre McDaniel

Background vocals:
Jordan Klassen, Daniel Klenner, Stephanie Ratcliff & Bre McDaniel

Acoustic guitar, vocals, banjo-tar, music box:
Bre McDaniel

Additional acoustic guitars, bass, electric guitar, synth, ukulele angels, bowed glockenspiel, harmonica, piano, rhodes:
Jordan Klassen

Drums, trumpet, electric guitar, random percussive objects, tenori-on, doing stuff with an old tape machine:
Daniel Klenner

Cello, piano:
Brian Chan


© Bre McDaniel 2016
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I would like to thank FACTOR, the government of Canada and most of all my community for supporting this project. This was entirely a gift to be able to make.

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Bre McDaniel makes songs, drawings and a home in Vancouver, BC. Smokey-dream-folk-pop.

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Track Name: Chrysolite
I’m all packed up to leave town
driving through the night
waiting for a glowing ruby
to turn to emerald light

It started raining rhinestones
the road is turning into pearl
it’s looking like a chance of flurries
all over the world

there’s a city with no borders and it’s tall as it is wide
after all these years still shining, i can see it in my mind
no matter where I’m coming from, there’s a gate on every side
and i know that this is just snow, but what i see is chrysolite

i’m in a cloud of diamonds,
a fog that’s held up by the breeze
it’s the shape of your breath
when you’re standing close to me

there’s a city with no borders and it’s tall as it is wide
after all these years still shining, i can see it in my mind
no matter where I’m coming from, there’s a gate on every side
and i know that this is just snow, but what i see is chrysolite

light

there’s a city with no borders and it’s tall as it is wide
made of jasper, clear as crystal, i can see it in my mind
no matter where I’m coming from, there’s a gate on every side
and i know that this is just snow, but what i see is chrysolite

light....
Track Name: Tears of St Lawrence
he was burned to death on a gridiron for the way he saw
all the criminals whose crime is being poor and staying alive,
defied the emperor whose every word was law

the tears of st lawrence are lighting up the sky
and the jewels of cornelia are standing by her side

three days left before he died
hid everything among the crippled and the blind,
stepped right up to the judge, his hands in cuffs
said, "these are the riches of the church and you look poor to us,"

the tears of st lawrence are lighting up the sky
and the jewels of cornelia are standing by her side
saying

these are the treasures
Track Name: Stardust
it’s part mystery, part speculation
holding on to what is true
it’s a blurry thought, some cloudy matter
stardust made of me and you

oh we’ve come so far
and oh so far to come

wait for it, close your eyes and you’ll miss it
wait for it, close your eyes and you’ll miss it

someone said silence is golden
and gold has come from way out there
looking up at big explosions
breathing in the ancient air

oh we’ve come so far
and oh so far to come

wait for it, close your eyes and you’ll miss it
wait for it, close your eyes and you’ll miss it

wait for it, if it’s dark enough you can’t miss it
wait for it, you can’t miss it
Track Name: Swoon
you are in my dreams already
i’m not sure who let you in
must’ve left the window open for a breeze;
but i caught the wind

you’re coming closer but you’re still far
can we turn the meteors back to shooting stars
oh you’re calling me to love-- is that such a bad thing
oh you’re calling me to love

something about you makes me think of
things that i’ve never seen
maybe you’ve also made a vow
to never wake up without a dream

you’re coming closer but you’re still far
can we turn the meteors back to shooting stars
oh you’re calling me to love
is that such a bad thing
oh you’re calling me to love

swoon

you’re coming closer but you’re still far
can we turn the meteors back to shooting stars
oh you’re calling me to love
is that such a bad thing
oh you’re calling you're calling me
oh you're calling me to love
to love
Track Name: Spark
smoke creeps under the door, doesn’t mind the mess,
it just eats up whatever it can get
smoke creeps under the door, doesn’t mind the mess,
it just eats up whatever it can get
smoke creeps under the door, doesn’t mind the mess,
it just eats up whatever it can get
smoke creeps under the door, doesn’t mind the mess,
it just eats up whatever it can get


your heart’s got a mind of it’s own it can hurt in places
you never knew you owned
your heart’s got a mind of it’s own it can hurt in places
you never knew you owned
your heart’s got a mind of it’s own,
got a wooden throne and a few matchsticks for bones
your heart’s got a mind of it’s own,
got a wooden throne and a few matchsticks for bones

and here comes the spark

spark
Track Name: Light Pollution
i've never been to new york but i have been mugged
been stolen from while i saved up for a skyscraper love
i've never been to kansas but i've seen wild winds
been blown around been ripped up with no soft landing

light pollution has stolen the stars
venus and mars behind the headlights of cars

i've never seen the biggiest city on earth
but the density
electricity
near-sightedness is blinding me

light pollution has stolen the stars
venus and mars behind the headlights of cars

meteor showers straight ahead, scattering dreams over our beds
I miss the old dark nights of a thousand falling stars, stars, stars

looking for Orion above a glass tower,
the kids are leading picket lines to shut down the power
looking for Orion above a glass tower,
the kids are leading picket lines to shut down the power

meteor showers straight ahead, scattering dreams over our beds
I miss the old dark nights of a thousand falling stars, stars, stars
don’t stop counting them
stars stars stars