Belljar

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    Album artwork by Matthew Hinther,
    Cover Design by Andrew Oliver,
    Photograph by Aaron Mason ,
    Produced by James Bunton
    Music by Ansley Simpson

    I would like to acknowledge the support of the OAC in helping to fund this album. Miigwech.

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Words and Music by Ansley Simpson
Produced and mixed by James Bunton at The Glen Gordon
Drums recorded at Dream Date Studio
Mastered by João Carvalho at João Carvalho Mastering

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Belljar

You’re the dusk when I’m sleepy
You’re The wind when I’m slow
Pushing hard against my back
and in the face of all my foes

I’m the moan of the streetcar
As it slowly rounds the bend
Near the place that you’ve been working
Trading bottles for sins

The people all start hustling
As the wind licks at their backs
But the driver’s apathetic
Five more hours on these tracks
And this city’s got her wondering
If empathy is dead
And her daughter won’t stop asking
If she’ll be home in time for bed

And I’ve got all the strength of timber caught by fire

In a moment you’ll walk over
Just as the stars no longer hide
Hanging heavy like a memory
In the west end’s blood red skies
I can tell that you’ll be tired
But you’ll tell me that you’re good
How am I not good
Then that smile
Then that touch
And then that look

I’ve got all the strength of timber caught by fire
But I’ll light up all those buildings
Watch my flames put up a fight

I will hide all of these moments
In a belljar by the bed.
Whisper dreams into your sleepy ears
Run my hand across your head

I will hide all of these moments
In a belljar by the bed.
Whisper dreams into your sleepy ears
Run my fingers through your hair

I will hide all of these moments
In a belljar by the bed.
Whisper dreams into your sleepy ears
As our bodies turn to lead.

I’ve got all the strength of timber caught by fire
But I’ll light up all those buildings
Watch my flames put up a fight

I’ve got all the strength of timber caught by fire
And I’ll light up all those buildings
Watch my flames put up a fight.
Watch my flames go wild.

Ohhh…. Oh yeah

You’re the dusk when I’m sleepy
You’re the wind when I’m slow
Pushing hard against my back
And in the face of all my foes

credits

from Breakwall, released April 26, 2017
Ansley Simpson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
James Bunton: Drums
Heather Kirby: Bass, Electric Guitar
Mika Posen: Viola
Cris Derksen: Cello
SOCAN 2017

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Ansley Simpson Toronto, Ontario

Ansley Simpson is an emerging Anishinaabe singer-songwriter from Toronto. A weaver of haunting vocals and poetics, her songs unfold as stories, immersing the listener in vibrant imagery and journeying us through themes of vulnerably, love, and the raw emotion of heartbreak. ... more

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