Ocean

by Soressa Gardner

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1.
We are lost in static dreams Tossing styrofoam beads at a vintage TV screen Layers of dancing snow Obliterate the TV show We try like mad to brush it away An exponential breeding craze The humming beads turn silver grey Mercury a shimmering poison play A million beads in great cascades Roll to ever corner of the space Gather me, gather me all Into one giant luminous ball There’s work to do in outer space You know your role you know your place I wake up sweating, tense and afraid We are lost in static dreams...
2.
Ocean 05:00
my head’s jammed in the sand how could you understand what it takes to stay my course on such a day your parade’s my invitation to lock myself indoors stretch out on the floor drink whiskey by the glass cursing ’til I pass out to dream or to drown in my ocean sunlight glitters on the past the time before the aftermath I had a 50/50 chance of a workable mind a walkable path what gift might you grant a strategy or chant to drive off the insane voices that remain they drown the whale songs in my ocean the ostrich I admire for defeating his desires persisting not to see all his life could be jammed his head in the sand with good reason chorus I don’t know where you go when I need you the most I don’t know what to do in this new life without you I’ll give it one more year of brittle nerves and fear nothing more to do oh for an excuse I’m alone in this ocean chorus
3.
Don't Talk 03:50
call it a day been working too hard you can’t unsay it once you start better not start counting all the friends you’ve lost who fell away plaster to dust all the friends you’ve lost I don’t like the way I don’t like the way you talk don’t talk to me don’t talk to me sing it how you want it sung don’t tell me first I’ve sung it wrong sing it how you want pulling the reins on who you love it’s not okay don’t push your luck pulling the reins on who you love Chorus now you’ve gone too far where’d you learn to push so hard now you’ve gone too too far Pushing so hard Pushing so hard call it a day been working too hard you can’t unsay it once you start don’t start Chorus
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Hold Me 04:26
Can’t starve it forever snake’s out of the jar I’m tossing back sadness in this hillbilly bar Broke us a promise when I twisted your arm We’ll drink ’til it’s dark and stumble home by the stars Down by the river the water runs cold so far from friends feeling so old Paying the penance for bruising you heart how many times can I promise a fresh start? Hold up Suspend time scroll back in my files was there a time even as a child that she’d hold me? Ya, I know dreams collapse I failed to leave town petty crime’s been driving the both of us down Feeding a habit precious as a good crown ya, yank out my tooth I’d try to pawn it downtown Hold up suspend time build a profile from my files is there a time in my life that she’ll hold me?

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released October 3, 2017

Vocals and electronics - Soressa Gardner
Keyboard/piano (track 1) - Cat Toren
Audio processing effects (track 1) - Brent Cross
All songs composed by Soressa Gardner
Co- recorded, mixed and produced by Soressa Gardner and Brent Cross
Mastered by Brent Cross at The Grizz, Vancouver, BC

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Soressa Gardner Vancouver, British Columbia

Soressa Gardner is vocalist, laptop composer/improvisor, and sometimes songwriter. She currently resides in Victoria, BC. Her keen sense of mood, colour, humour and gravitas are expressed through extended vocals enhanced by electronic manipulations and sound-worlds carefully crafted from a variety of audio processing techniques. She performs regularly with VEE (Vancouver Electronic Ensemble). ... more

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