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The past four years have been full of triumphs, sorrows, incredible experiences, many miles traveled, lots of amazing people, and an incredible musical journey. This album, Dearestly, chronicles much of that journey: the highs and lows, the love and loss, and everything in between. It’s been a labour of love, and a collaboration of many, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you. With this release, I decided to go against the grain and do a pay-what-you-feel digital download to try and get the album into as many ears as possible. Since I don’t have a lot of industry support, my fans and friends are what will help get the word out. So, if you are excited about what you hear, I would love it if you’d share the digital download link with your friends and help me spread Dearestly far and wide. Above all, I hope these songs are an inspiration to you.

Lauren.


“Honest and affectionate, with a little bit of whimsy.”

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released July 8, 2016

All Music and Lyrics by: Lauren Mann

Produced by: Josh Rob Gwilliam and Howard Redekopp
Engineered by: Josh Rob Gwilliam
Recorded at: OCL Studios - Chestermere, AB
Mixed by: Howard Redekopp
Mastered by: Joao Carvalho


The Fairly Odd Folk:

Kurt Dahle - drums, vocals on track 15

Chris Byrne – bass on tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 14

Howard Redekopp – bass on tracks 3, 4, 9, 12, 13, 15

Charlie Hase – pedal steel on tracks 5, 8, 12, 14, 15

Denis Dufresne – violin on tracks 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15

Logan Gabert – electric guitar on track 3, 7, 8, 9

Jonah Krieser – electric guitar on tracks 2, 13, 15

Jon Purschke – acoustic guitar on track 2, 3, 4

Dane Letourneau – vocals on track 8, electric and acoustic guitar on track 13

Kevin Sullivan II – clarinet on tracks 10, 12, flute on tracks 14, 15

Josh Gwilliam – percussion on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Andrew Ball – percussion on tracks 6, 13

Spencer Cheyne – percussion on track 12

Zoltan Szoges – percussion on tracks 4, 10, omnichord on track 6

JJ Shiplett – vocals on track 14

Jesse Jansen – vocals on track 8

Adam Stanton – vocals on tracks 2, 4, 5, 16

Lizzy Munson – vocals on tracks 2, 4, 5, 16

Scott Henderson – vocals on tracks 2, 4, 5, 16

Choir 1 – Track 12
Amy Wood, Henry White, Jess Purschke, Jon Purschke, Kevin Sullivan II

Choir 2 – Track 4
Amy Wood, Jonathan Li, Kevin Sullivan II, Laura Wilson, Mel Renaud

Choir 3 – Track 6, 10, 13, 15
Alisha VanWieren, Bill Black, Kevin Sullivan II, Laura Wilson, Mel Renaud, Roman Siderov

Choir 4 – Track 8
Alisha VanWieren, Laura Wilson, Mel Renaud

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Track Name: Idyll I
We traveled through
Wheat and stars
Always be with you

Through the pines
Over the rocks
Always be with you

Past the rain
Over the sea
Always be with you

Plant our roots
Hand in hand
Always be with you
Always be with you
Always be with you
Track Name: New Beginning
I’m leaving home
There’s nothing left for me
In this flat land town
When there’s so much more to see

So don’t chase me down
Don’t come after me
I’ve made up my mind
This is how it has to be

Let’s write a new beginning
I need a new beginning
This town is stifling
I need a new beginning

We had such a nice time
In your small town streets
Smiling at strangers
And them waving back at me

If I speak honestly
I’ll miss you dearly
But the time has come
For me to be leaving

Let’s write a new beginning
I need a new beginning
This town is stifling
I need a new beginning
Track Name: Brave Face
Who are you supposed to be
Are you slave or are you free
Oooh oo ooh oooh
We watch the stars to find our way
But we’re afraid of what they say
Oooh

Set course to love
Make stops on the way
Frame all the finest memories
Set course to love

Put your heart on the line
It’s too late for playing it safe
So put on a brave face

Tell me something I don’t know
Open up your heart and soul
Oooh
We watch the stars to find our way
Still afraid of what they say

Set course to love
Make stops on the way
Frame all the finest memories

Put your heart on the line
It’s too late for playing it safe
So put on a brave face

Take it one step at a time
Set your sights on a distant horizon
You’ll make it there someday

Do you even know
Where you want to go
Are you happy now
Are you wanting more

Nothing stays the same for very long
Everything’s moving too fast
To have a change of mind
Change of mind

Set course to love
Make stops on the way
Frame all the finest memories

Set course to love
Make stops on the way
Frame all the finest memories
Set course to love

Put your heart on the line
It’s too late for playing it safe
So put on a brave face

Take it one step at a time
Set your sights on a distant horizon
You’ll make it there someday x2
Ooh, ooh, ooo – o – o – o - oh

Who are you supposed to be
Are you slave or are you free
Track Name: Beautiful Place
We are all fools
Fooling around for something new
Something euphoric to make us feel
Like we’re still alive

Who are you
You don’t belong here you know it’s true
When they’re not around I can see right into
Your charming eyes

Don’t waste your time

The world is a beautiful place
You don’t want to go it alone
The world is a beautiful place
You don’t want to go it alone

All the bright lights
Are brighter when you are by my side
Let’s see what treasures we could find
In the moonlight

When the world
Shows itself in painted skies
True colours reflected in
Your perfect eyes

Don’t waste your time

The world is a beautiful place
You don’t want to go it alone
The world is a beautiful place
You don’t want to go it alone

See the world for what it really is
People feeling all the same things you feel
You’re not alone in this
Everyone’s wondering
How do I make this real

The world is a beautiful place
You don’t want to go it alone
The world is a beautiful place
You don’t want to go it alone x2
Track Name: Talk of Leaving
We talk a lot about leaving
To the Southern Gulf Islands
But it’s just an idea
On a distant horizon

If I had the courage
I’d say let’s get packing
But I’m still a bit nervous
To start over again

The ocean is calling me home
Someday we’ll find where we belong

Remember how it felt when
We crossed over the water
Breathing salty air in
We knew that jwe belonged here

I want to see your face
Looking at me in the rain
And find our sense of adventure
All over again

The ocean is calling me home
Someday we’ll find where we belong
The ocean is calling me home
Someday we’ll find where we belong
Track Name: Hibernate
Time keeps moving on
At a pace we can’t escape
Trapped in its rhythm
Day to day to day to day

Time is both friend and foe
Never leaving us alone
Marked by its passage
It’s something that we can’t ignore

So take a little time
Oh, take a little time

To hibernate
While imagining
When it all starts to look the same
It’s time to hibernate

Dusk comes early these days
The night is full of mystery
Constellations
Reflect the skies of history

I’ve seen it all before
These sentiments are getting old
I need a new perspective
To make it come alive again

(Time keeps moving on)
So take a little time
(Time keeps moving on)
Take some time
(Time keeps moving, time keeps moving)
Take a little time
(Time keeps moving on)
Oh, take a little time

To hibernate
While imagining
When it all starts to look the same
It’s time to hibernate

It’s time to hibernate
While imagining
When it all starts to look the same
It’s time to hibernate
It’s time to hibernate
Track Name: Idyll II
Dark and light
And love, in time
And buried treasure
In your eyes

Give and take
And travel far
We cross the water
To find our love
Track Name: I Wanna Know
Tell me all of your secrets
And give me a little time
To find a bit of courage
And tell you all of mine

I wanna know all about you
Even after all these years I wanna know
I’ve only just scratched the surface
Of all the treasure that’s between us

We’re like fire and water
Sometimes disaster strikes
But if we pick up the pieces
We’re stronger every time

I wanna know all about you
Even after all these years I wanna know
I’ve only just scratched the surface
Of all the treasure that’s between us
I wanna know, oh I wanna know
All about you

Give me all of your burdens
I’ll carry them for you
And I’ll tell you what scares me
Just promise we’ll make it through

I wanna know all about you
I wanna know all about you
I wanna know all about you
Even after all these years, I wanna know
I’ve only just scratched the surface
Of all the treasure that’s between us
I wanna know all about you
Even after all these years, I wanna know
I’ve only just scratched the surface
Of all the treasure that’s between us
I wanna know
Track Name: Make Smooth
Make smooth my rough edges
Turn me into something
That through time and trial
Will make me something special

I find solace in your rhythms
And repetitive motions
But I feel your power
And the threat of destruction

If I ever get down to the bottom of this
Will you help me make it back to the surface
I know there’s something hidden deep under your waters
And I won’t rest until I find all of your secrets

You are full of contradictions
And I’ve become your victim
For as soon as I find comfort
You sweep me under

If I ever get down to the bottom of this
Will you help me make it back to the surface
I know there’s something hidden deep under your waters
And I won’t rest until I find all of your secrets x2

One thing is sure and it’s that you know
What I’m looking for
Hidden truths that shine like treasures
On the ocean
One thing is sure and it’s that you know
What I’m looking for
Hidden truths that shine like treasures
On the ocean floor

If I ever get down to the bottom of this
Will you help me make it back to the surface
I know there’s something hidden deep under your waters
And I won’t rest until I find all of your secrets x3
Track Name: St. Lawrence
I found an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River
Where everything I knew became clearer
As I walked between the land and the sea
I watched the stars at night and hid in the wood in the afternoon
Forgetting all the things that I had to do
All I knew was what surrounded me

J'ai trouvé une île au milieu du fleuve St-Laurent
Où le connu est devenu transparent
Comme je marchais entre terre et la mer
Regardais les étoiles la nuit et me cachait le jour au sous-bois
Oubliant tout ce que je devais faire
Je connaissais seulement cet univers

And all this time I never felt so alive
And all this time I never felt so alive
Et touuuut ce temps, je n’me suis jamais sentie aussi vivante
Et touuuut ce temps, je n’me suis jamais sentie aussi vivante

Ooo – o – oh
Ooo – o – oh
Ooo – o – oh

Ooo – o – oh
My island in the river
My island in the river
My island in the river

And all this time I never felt so alive
And all this time I never felt so alive
Et touuuut ce temps, je n’me suis jamais sentie aussi vivante
Et touuuut ce temps, je n’me suis jamais sentie aussi vivante
Track Name: Idyll III
When we get home
We’ll start a fire and
Talk about all
That we saw and

Make some plans
For our new life
In our home
On an island


When we get home
From our travels
Let’s be still
For a little while

I don’t need much
Just your loving
Quietly
By the sea
Track Name: Oregon
The forest is burning to the ground
The ponderosa pines are coming down, down, down
The water is running dry
And I don’t know why, I don’t know why

Where did everybody go?
Empty houses removed of all they know
Memories abandoned on the floor
A new life, the fear is gone

Oh Oregon, sing me a sad song
Oh Oregon, when it all goes wrong
Oh Oregon, help me understand
Why everything comes to an end

Nothing will ever be the same
History is something we can’t escape
When it seems like the end
Begin again, begin again

Oh Oregon, sing me a sad song
Oh Oregon, when it all goes wrong
Oh Oregon, help me understand
Why everything comes to an end

Even the mountains, strong and silent
Crumble to dust someday x2

Climb a mountain to see where you come from
Follow your footsteps back to the forest
You belong here, out in the wilderness
Among the dust that brought you up

Oh Oregon, sing me a sad song
Oh Oregon, when it all goes wrong
Oh Oregon, help me understand
Why everything comes to an end

Even the mountains, strong and silent
Crumble to dust someday x2
Track Name: Show Me the Way
I went on a journey under the earth
To see what treasures lay under the ground
Darkness rose up out of the depths
And slowly wrapped me in a cold embrace

Somewhere along the way
I felt alone
Somewhere along the way
I carried on

I lit my lantern to see what surrounded me
Stranger beauty I had never seen
Shadows leapt and danced beside me
Beckoning me deeper and deeper

Somewhere along the way
I felt alone
Somewhere along the way
I carried on

In the darkness there is much reward
Find the treasure you’ve been searching for
In the darkness there is much reward

In the darkness there is much reward
Find the treasure you’ve been searching for
In the darkness there is much reward

Somewhere along the way
I felt alone
Somewhere along the way
I carried on
Somewhere along the way
I felt alone
Somewhere along the way
I carried on

Show me the way
Show me the way
Show me the way
Show me the way
Track Name: You Are Fire (feat JJ Shiplett)
You are fire, I am water
We bring destruction when together
I was blinded by your brightness
You were drowning in my presence

I’ll put you out
When you’re burning down
Just hold these floodwaters back
And save me

You are fire I am water
Existing in the same space
You are fire I am water
When you’re weak I give you strength
You are fire I am water
Elements coming together
You are fire I am water

When we’re together it’s electric
But that same force could destroy us
When I’m without you I am drifting
In an ocean, be my island

I’ll put you out
When you’re burning down
Just hold these floodwaters back
And save me

You are fire I am water
Existing in the same space
You are fire I am water
When you’re weak I give you strength
You are fire I am water
Elements coming together
You are fire I am water

And it came like a flood
Spreading like wildfire
And it consumed us both
But we never let go
And it came like a flood
Spreading like wildfire
And it consumed us both
But we never let go

I’ll put you out
When you’re burning down
Track Name: Wooden Heart
Oh your wooden heart
Doesn’t beat the way it used to
You lost it by the seashore
And it weathered into driftwood

What brought you to the sea
Were you looking far away
Or staring at the depths
Holding onto something

Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh

We’ll never be
Really, truly free until
We let go of the world
And all it holds for something more

Look beyond the sky
Past the waves, past the tide
Someday your wooden arteries
Will beat with life again

Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
Ooh, ooh

Oh, your wooden heart
Your wooden heart
The ocean
Oh, it pulled you apart
Your wooden heart
Your wooden heart
The ocean
Oh, it pulled you apart
Track Name: Idyll IV
The ocean for you and I is home
We’ll plant seeds and watch our loving grow