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Jasper

by Alex Mason

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Recorded and mixed from February-August 2015 at the Sugar Shack in London, ON by Simon Larochette. Mastered by Jeff Hartling.

Co-produced by Simon Larochette and Alex Mason. Track 4 co-produced by Danielle Fricke. Artwork and design by Danielle Fricke.

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada's private broadcasters.

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released November 20, 2015

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Track Name: Jasper


Two of my paths diverged in wood

I took the one less travelled by

Thought that it would

Stiffen up my shoes



But I used up all my arrows

Shooting down the sparrows
That I thought were only cherubs

Sent from you



Back before the dawn

Still I just kept moving on

I don’t know what
Pursued me on my way



But the western sky grew dim

The further that I reached for it
The farther that it seemed
To stretch away



But I’m gonna go down to Jasper
To see just what comes after

All this pain

When I get down to the water
I know that I’ll be cleaner once again
That’s why I just have to go my friend



So i read the dead sea scrolls

Talked to all the animals
And I read up every sign
Along the way


They didn’t say too much

The legends I have heard enough

I thought that they could never
Change my fate



But I’m gonna go down to Jasper

To see just what comes after

All this pain

When I get down to the water
I know that I’ll be cleaner once again

That’s why I just have to go my friend



I know that there’s no sign

No preaching past or peace of mind

That ever could relieve me all my days

The desert’s made of sands

The sky it tries with feeble hands
To hold onto the wind that slips away



But I’m gonna go down to Jasper
To see just what comes after
All this pain

When i get down to the water
I know that I’ll be cleaner once again



Two of my paths diverged in wood
I took the one less travelled by

Thought that it would

Stiffen up my shoes

Track Name: Found A Light

Crawl beneath the underpass
Wade into a place to find a dream

Follow me you know you see
No one’s face but no, it ain’t me

Babe it ain’t me



When you’re crawling on my knees
To find the place you know

It’s somewhere in your sleep

But you go those places that you know

Could never be, except for where it seems
You tell me



But I found a light

One day you might

But I found a light
One day you might

Now you see, in me

The darkest light



Fought to find the oceanside

Stumble from a place you can’t hide
See you stare from miles away

Sitting on the stairs while you stay



When you’re crawling on your knees
To find the place you know it’s somewhere
 in your sleep

Well that wind is gonna wind up

Cloud your mind and hole up all the things inside

That you hide



But I found a light

One day you might

But I found a light
One day you might
Now you see in me

Oh you see clearly

What don’t you find?



And you walk

In that field where we used to lay

"Come back to me now” 
I heard you say

And I found a light and now I know
To burn away

Every trace of what you call “someday”
Track Name: Family Tree
This family tree
Is rotten inside of me
All those names on the wall
That just don't relate to me

No depression don't run
It limps in my family
And ever since I've been backing away
So slowly

Boy where did you get it from
Boy where did you get it from me?
You better watch your mouth
Where did you learn those words you speak
In this house, under my roof
You take after me

This family tree
Has taken a hold on me
Passed down, I'm passed out
Branching out to the fallen leaves

Boy where did you get it from
Boy where did you get it from me?
You better watch your mouth
Where did you learn those words you speak
In this house, under my roof
You take after me

I guess that one apple
Could spoil the bunch
I was bobbing with my head
While all you did was watch

When i picked it from the tree
I think that it picked me
So when I carved in my initials
The roots were too deep to see

After me, after me
I guess you take
Track Name: Roadside
It's not what it looks like
No it's not what you think
You had too much drive
And not enough to drink

It's not what you asked for
No it's not even close
You just take off your head
And you sleep in your clothes

You got the right to remain silent
Now, speak for yourself
When you say I'm heaven sent but you're just
Giving me hell

Well on the roadside sign
Walk that fine line
In my cuffs holding hand in hand
You say forget it, it's fine
It's my crime

It's for your own good
They gave you a chance
And you bought yourself time
With a bedroom advance

And will they put you away
When they sentence me to life
But if you don't get out (once in a while)
How will you survive

You got your right to one call
Well if you recall what I said
When I read your basic rights
And you screamed, then go ahead

You made appeals
The jury's out on this one
But on a trial basis
You'd rather be on the run
It's my crime

You're on your best behaviour
You might as well go free
You couldn't stomach your pride
So i swallowed the key

You did 50 to life
But that's nothing to me
Are you still in your chains?
That you wore for me

You do your time
But love's a petty thief
You get charged
But it's my crime