Howl

by Bre McDaniel

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1.
hey all you lost girls you're covered in mud not afraid of your own blood yet hey head for the woodlands run the shadows of pine needles between your hands
2.
Pipelines 04:28
i saw someone climbing up to the ground they heard something above this well a thousand hungry birds flyin all around a thousand hungry birds in a flurry of sound it's time to bring the past out into the light to the other side let the voices rise like they're still alive it's time we don't pretend to know how to make things right but we've got to try let the voices rise like they're still alive i'm part of a people that are marchin on a thousand pyramids, the elders on the bottom someone tapped my foot that was on their shoulder i looked down and saw a human tower someone tapped my foot that was on their shoulder i looked down and saw a human tower it's time to bring the past out into the light to the other side let the voices rise like they're still alive it's time we don't pretend to know how to make things right but we've got to try let the voices rise 'cause they're still alive so they marked out their graves to tell them what is sacred and they used it like a map to dig up what is sacred and they fired water cannons at protectors of what is sacred there's a mirror, and barbed wire tellin us what is sacred water is sacred what is sacred? it's time we don't pretend to know how to make things right but we've got to try let the voices rise 'cause they're still alive it's time that we predict a difference in our lives i saw forgiveness rise the most powerful pipeline in our countryside
3.
no rest without love no sleep without dreams of love be obsessed with angels be obsessed with machines be mad or be chill, the final wish is love no rest without love no sleep without dreams of love dreams of love that glass is full that dam is breakin loose entire cities underground the water towers have no use that glass is full God’s dam is breakin loose entire cities underground the water towers have no use
4.
Oriole 03:18
the hunter shot down every second bird, said, “it’s just a job, there’s no need to be hurt, or romanticize life from a storybook it’s just a job, and i’ve done worse things when the pay is good..” oriole, she’s got a sea to sky highway to the pyramids oriole, strung up in sap like a crucifix so you lick their legs oh the sweet release when you got their feet right between your teeth all the songbirds are out laws now every song they sing is a protest, and the language of starlings is dangerous oriole, she’s got a sea to sky highway to the pyramids mountain bluebird went missing along with the finches so you lick their legs oh the sweet release when you got their feet right between your teeth oriole, are you a river of gold? i saw you up on the wall sitting right on the shoulder of The Singer oriole, are you a river of gold? you mean something to me but somewhere someone’s using you to get off
5.
Murmuration 00:50
chirp chirp
6.
Ava 00:16
7.
Howl 03:46
hey, all you lost girls you’re covered in mud, not ashamed of your own blood yet hey, head for the woodlands run the shadows of pine needles between your hands how do you know when to go? when your breath gets too shallow how do you know you know? there’s things we don’t have words for how do you know where to go? by the beat of an echo hey all you wild ones courageous and careless catchin sunsets in your eyelashes hey, moss was your compass once read the braille behind resurrection ferns when you forget what you want how do you know when to go? when your breath gets too shallow how do you know you know? there’s things we don’t have words for how do you know where to go? by the beat of an echo howl…
8.
ribbit ribbit
9.
i know there’s a time that it’s best to stay put behind doors i know there’s a time to wrap yourself up safe and warm but i found a map that’s rollin open from the spine of my back and i heard a sound that’s pullin like roots twisted underground take me down to the edge of the woods show me the borders of where we could go take me to the electric fence, to see if it’s off take a look at the air there’s parts of you you’ll only find out there whether it’s pitched black or the light has chewed up the shadow cracks how will you know unless you go unless you see for yourself run right up to the ledge give yourself permission to rise from the dead take me down to the edge of the woods show me the borders of where we could go take me to the electric fence, to see if it’s off there’s a big black wolf moving that's been shadowing my dreams so long sniffin out my scent but i’m gonna go ahead and let her keep coming
10.
11.
Sanctuaries 04:39
this is where you turn aside leave labour and heavy load old growth knows a different time this is where the dappled light powders your sunken cheeks, calls you worthy of ancient rites this is where the pool’s stirred deep blue, you finally fall apart sometimes it’s the best thing to do this is where the chaga grows oracles of age old sitkas talkin low in their secret grove this is where the fireflies drift shadows of wild geese fall on ivy and hyacinth this is where the knot comes loose sanctuary, she keeps on giving she's still got enough room for you sanctuary sanctuary
12.
For Olga 01:05
13.
I heard a story, it wasn’t long ago Here in my city, there were lawn chairs in the snow No one expected much from them, those lazy welfare women If you need a change You’re gonna have to stand In the middle of the tracks sometimes You gotta make demands 1971, a year of protests and petitions They didn’t seem to read the letters Their children could die, it didn’t matter Here comes the Pacific Railway Built on the backs of the Chinese poor If you need a change You’re gonna have to stand In the middle of the tracks sometimes You gotta lend your hands If you need a change You’re gonna have to stand In the middle of the tracks sometimes You gotta make demands you may have to ask forgiveness instead of permission
14.

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released October 26, 2018

Recorded at Monarch Studios in Vancouver, Canada and other locations.
Released on Orphan Girl Records.

All songs written by Bre McDaniel, except the first three stanzas on Allen Ginsberg’s Song based on a poem by Allen Ginsberg called “Song”.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Elisa Pangsaeng.
Mastered by Minerva Pappi at Waudio in Helsinki, Finland.

Artwork and design by Bre McDaniel.


Assistant engineering by Olivia Quan.
Allen Ginsberg Song co-produced by Coco Culbertson.


Bre McDaniel - vocals, ukulele, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar on track 13
Jen Foster - drums
Coco Culbertson - bass on tracks 3, 4
Kathryn Calder - piano on tracks 3, 7, 12 and synth on tracks 3, 7
Lisa Jacobs - bass on tracks 7, 13
Catherine Hiltz - bass on track 11 and electric guitar on tracks 3, 4, 7
Elisa Pangsaeng - bird arrangements, music box, and other magic tricks
Laura Smith - piano on track 2, synth on tracks 4, 13 and rhodes on track 13
Jenny Banai - violin on tracks 5, 7, 11
Trish Klein - electric guitar on track 11


This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Thank you to my generous community who also helped fund the album, and supported me in so many ways.

Dedicated to Olga Chaba.

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Bre McDaniel makes songs, drawings and a home in Vancouver, Canada. Debut full length on Orphan Girl Records 10.26.2018

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