North Star Falling

by Jeffery Straker

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North Star Falling is the new 2015 studio recording by Canadian singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker.
About the album, North Star Falling:
A navigational reference point in the night sky, the North Star has been looked to for ages as a guide. It’s a constant. It’s dependable. And it’s helped lead the journeys of everyone from early explorers to slaves escaping under cover of darkness. But what if it fell? We’d suddenly not have this beacon on our side, and our sky would look very different. We’d likely need to change course, and take a different route. We might end up at a different destination altogether and discover something new, or we may end up where we initially intended but just via a different route with different experiences along the way. Sometimes life does throw us a curveball and in that moment we either fall in defeat or rise to the occasion. Take a chance, push forward, and go about your journey in a different way and see where it might lead you. Be open to a new adventure in the wake of a “North Star Falling”.

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released March 10, 2015

All tracks produced by Dean Drouillard
Mixed by Howie Beck at Studio H (Toronto ON)
Except tracks 3,9,12 mixed by Dean Drouillard at The Hepbourne Lab (Toronto ON)
Recorded at The Rogue (Toronto ON) by James Paul, Studio One (Regina SK) by Jason Plumb. Additional recording at The Hepbourne Lab by Dean Drouillard
Strings recorded by Drew Jurecka at Small Dog Studio (Toronto ON) & by Kevin Fox
Horns recorded by Bryden Baird at Bryden’s Audio Massage Theatre (Toronto ON)

Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel (Toronto ON)
Artwork/Design: Avril Biggin
Album cover photo: Emma-Lee Photography
Additional photography: Emma-Lee Photography and Jason Plumb

String arrangements by Drew Jurecka and Kevin Fox
Horn Arrangements by Bryden Baird and Dean Drouillard
Backing Vocal arrangements by Dean Drouillard

Jeffery thanks FACTOR and SaskMusic for the financial assistance in producing this album.

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Jeffery is a Canadian singer-songwriter-pianist touring 100+ shows yearly. He performs in living rooms, clubs, theatres, & at festivals. He's performed in concert with a symphony orchestra & debuted at Canada's National Arts Centre.
Chicago Free Press says: “Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential & beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list”
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Track Name: Summer Love
SUMMER LOVE
We were drinking on red wine from a thermos and paper cups
Lying on a blanket sun setting over us
Singing Joni Mitchell forgetting all about time
Singing along with heartstrings your hand in mine

Chorus
Summer love sun above holding on to you
Dancing out in the fields barley in the ballroom
Summer love sun above spinning round & round
Laughing like coyotes ya our heads up in the clouds

Headed out on the gravel windows rolled down
The cotton and the ice cream overhead floating round
Radio was buzzing playing our song
Had no cares at all save for one

Said I wanna grow old here, ya will you grow old here with me?
Every now and then I think of that summer
And wonder if you think of me?
Track Name: Run
RUN
When I was young I’d dream of the day
The traveling show’d come to town I’d slip away
Live a gypsy life out on the road, town to town never heading home
Take me away ya take me away

Chorus
I'm gonna run run runaway run gonna run
Run to where there's something new to become
Run so far they'll forget about me
Gonna run, ‘til I'm running running free

Thirty years & drifting through a nine to five
Collision course with a dead end it’s passing me by
A house a car a loan you pay your dues blink of an eye it happens to you
Take me away ya take me away

Bound for leaving stumbling on my doubts
Searching for something might not be found

I’m wrinkled, grey and moving slow w a walking cane
And I’m looking back on the shimmer of my glory days
Close my eyes smile at what I see, to go back I'd give anything
Take me away ya take me away
Track Name: Calling it Quits
CALLIN’ IT QUITS
I’m tired of the aching through with the heart breaking
The partaking crying and shaking that comes after it
I’m done with the confusion I’m through with the cruising
Tired of the bruising and the losing, I’m packing it in

Chorus
Oh I’m, calling it quits I know I’ve said it before
I’m calling it quits but this time it’s for good

The court and the spark to the blazing of 2 hearts
Marching hand in hand through the wedding arch is it my imagination oh
Maybe I fall too fast? Maybe it just never lasts? Maybe it’s in the stars and this
Too shall pass but do I trust the constellations?

If I were a book I’d take me out of circulation
Been looking for love but only found a fabrication
Track Name: Step into the Fire
STEP INTO THE FIRE
These streets are yours to walk in all your technicolour glory
No need for you to hide behind your black and white story
You ain’t getting no younger now the years are shooting stars
No waiting for stronger I’ll tell you you are

Chorus
Step into the fire now and feel the burn
No flirting with desire, no more waiting on your turn
It’s boiling up inside the flames are high and they ain’t backing down
Step into the fire now

You’ve broken all your mirrors from all that looking deep inside
Nothing ever seemed so difficult thoughts run on overdrive
Lean into the wind no thinking twice it’ll prop you up
Take off your clothes bare feet on the embers standing tall

Ain’t no looking back now ain’t no more looking back
The drum beats for you nothing to lose
Track Name: Like it's the Last One
LIKE IT’S THE LAST ONE
Someday you might not be there to meet me at the door
Someday we might not be stokin’ this fire no more
I don't know what I'd do without your hand to hold
Hoping that together we can grow old
But until then until then

Chorus
Let’s treat today like it’s the last one we’ll ever have
Treat today like it’s the last one no turning back oh
Come on come on come on with me
We’ll chase the sun live it carefree
Treat it like it’s the last one baby you and me

Lookin’ back gonna be no regrets in sight
Lookin’ back baby we’re gonna say we did it right
Two lovesick fools in the park making out
Givin’ them something to talk about
We’ll do it again do it again

Say those things we’ve never said got no time to waste
Live it large til our time is up ain’t never ever too late
Track Name: Luck Ain't Chasin' Me
LUCK AIN’T CHASIN’ ME
I've tried a crystal ball that didn't help at all
Tried makin’ potions in my kitchen sink that didn't work I don't think
I prayed out loud I prayed in vain tried everything I racked my brain
Even tried slowin’ down to wait but luck ain’t chasin’ luck ain’t chasin’ me

Chorus
Sometimes it feels like there's no hope in hell
I wonder was it something that I did?
Losing my mind trying to break the spell
I'm down on my knees oh luck ain’t chasin luck ain’t chasin me

I've loved and I have lost piece of my heart always the cost
Got bruises from playing the game some call ‘em growing pains
Oh how much more before I break? I'm not asking much for heaven's sake
Just a little change of scenery oh luck ain’t chasin luck ain’t chasin me

I thought of falling stars been combing the sky but not a single one has caught my eye
Those stars make their own light maybe I'll start making mine?
Track Name: I Wanna go back There
I WANNA GO BACK THERE
It’d be easy to just turn and walk away
It’d be simple oh
What we had was amazing ya meant to be
Well worth saving
You can call me crazy but I don’t want to give it up give it up

Chorus
Wherever it went I wish that we could go back there
Whatever it was it’s gone it just ain’t fair
I don’t want to settle for less than incredible
Ain’t nothing we can’t repair
Wherever it went ya I wanna go back there

Used to be crazy every time we’d kiss
Nothing else mattered but us
So perfect together oh yeah we were the best
Don’t you remember?
I don’t wanna give it up, give it up, give it up, I don’t wanna give it up
Track Name: Nowhere Heart
NOWHERE HEART
I'm a somewhere man with a nowhere heart
Looking for a place where it belongs
Time is a one-way road but love’s a two-way street
Keep my eyes on the horizon and a hope inside of me
That you will be what I've always wanted and I will be the one that you need

Chorus
I am just a somewhere man looking for a place to land
Waiting for a perfect hand I’m taking my time
Deep down in this nowhere heart I’m looking for a place to start
A light that leads out of the dark but until then I'm a somewhere man
A somewhere man with a nowhere heart

I've got an emptiness inside my chest
Just a few tiny pieces left of what I once had
And you could say I'm lost but I'm just not looking back
I been wandering and wondering blowing with the wind searching for my path
You will be what I've always wanted I will be the one that you need

You're the place where my nowhere heart belongs
And I’ll find you yes I’ll find you my love
Track Name: These Bones
THESE BONES
These bones don't seem to fit inside my skin any more
It seems so sudden and different and I can't ignore
The signs I just need some time alone close the blinds turn off the phone
Think of all the time that's flown
These bones don't seem to fit inside my skin anymore

These feet have walked ten thousand miles or maybe more
I been losing track of where I've gone and what I'm heading for
Looking back on the path I chose up the highs and down the lows
Did I just go where winds would blow
These feet have walked ten thousand miles or maybe even more

Chorus
And if I had the chance to do it all again would I do anything different?
If I had the chance to start again from here would it all be clearer?

This heart has loved and this heart has lost
Knowing emptiness has been the only cost
I've had it filled to overflow covered it from some heavy blows
Now it seems I'm fine all on my own
This heart has loved and this heart has lost it has lost

These bones don't seem to fit inside my skin anymore
It seems so sudden and different and I can't ignore
The signs I just need some time alone close the blinds turn off the phone
Count the years that have all but flown
These bones don't seem to fit inside my skin anymore
These bones don't seem to fit inside my skin anymore
Track Name: Different Drum
DIFFERENT DRUM
Sometimes I feel like I’m a stranger here so far from it all I could buy souvenirs
Don’t get me wrong I see the door but I’m staying put couldn’t ask for more
I lean a little bit left I’m a little bit bent no not outta shape that’s quite well kept
My heart beats in three’s when four’s are the rage I’m a little Strauss waltz in my own parade
Oh grab your clarinets your saxophones your ticker tape baby
I’m bringin’ it home yes I’m

Chorus
Marchin’ marchin’ to the beat of a different drum and I don’t know
Don’t know where that rhythm’s comin’ from oh yes I’m
Marchin’ marchin’ to a war aint gonna be won oh
Strike up the band and watch me walk alone

Feels like I’m singing with the Jackson Five in a choir that only knows lullabies
I’m no daredevil as far as I’m concerned I see the lines I just like ‘em blurred
I’m a perfect tower more Pisa than Eifel spit shine with a little plaid flannel
I’m a thoroughbred cut out for the race but I tend to run it at my own pace
Oh grab your clarinets your saxophones your ticker tape baby
I’m bringin’ it home yes I’m

I fought so hard for the perfect fit could have marched in November with the veterans
But I’ve let down my guard no more Joan of Arc I’m keeping my eye on the north star

Watch me walk alone into this great unknown oh honey I can hold my own
Track Name: Gravity
GRAVITY
Gravity I can’t resist ain’t no saving me from this dizziness
I’m head over heels and it almost feels like the ground’s been pulled
From under me oh gravity
Up up and away, up up and away, up up and away

Chorus
Look at us now this is Venus this is Mars
When I’m hand in hand with you I’m up amongst the stars
You can hold me like the moon to the sea it’s hard to understand
You give me a soft place to land

Oh the gravity in between our two hearts has me weak in the knees
And out of the blue I felt the pull you kissed my lips
My heart was full oh gravity
Up up and away, up up and away, up up and away

Gravity you set me free I been hoping now for an eternity
This is far far far more than I ever ever ever longed for
Ya thankfully oh gravity
Track Name: You Make Me Want To
YOU MAKE ME WANT TO
I used to wonder what it would be like to spend all my waking hours
With someone like you in my life and if I would know how
And I’m the best kind of overwhelmed you’ve got me all to yourself
I give you everything I’ve got, that’s what I do, that’s what I do
You make me want to

I keep losing all track of time days all disappear
Ya it’s like I’m walking blind and you’re the voice I hear
You’re the melody that guides the way I’m the harmony that never strays
I give you everything I’ve got, that’s what I do, that’s what I do
You make me want to

Want to stay awake never close my eyes I’m moved in ways I never realized
Never thought I’d want to, oh never thought I’d want to
Ya but you make me want to, you do