Jewels Under Glass

by Stacey Dowswell

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1.
I Wish 03:25
I WISH Music and Lyrics by Stacey Dowswell I wish I could write you a love letter I wish I could speak my mind But every time I try words seem to fail They seem to fall between the lines And every dusty memory that sticks between my teeth Reminds me of the lips I’d kiss; the lips I long to keep I wish I could hear you say All the things that I dream you’d think If only I’d the courage to admit to All the wishes I have made And every moment of discovery that falls between our feet Reminds me of the breath I hold whenever our eyes meet I wish that you could hear me Singing songs I cannot say I’d offer every word to you If they weren’t standing in my way If only I could look to you and Open up and say... I wish I could keep you near I wish I could touch your cheek I wish I could hold you close I wish you were mine alone
2.
Don’t mind me staring It’s not that I care too much Or that I see you seeing me It’s just that you caught me Caught in a moment And I was lost in the space in between In the space between Where we can be we And we can hold on to the brightness we’ve seen In the space between Where nothing else matters And no one is watching except you and me What does it matter If the chaos outside Comes crashing over The walls we’ve contrived In here we’re protected In a blanked of stillness In here we retreat; in here we can hide If I find you there will you meet my eye? If I hold you there can we stop time?
3.
Greater Good 04:28
So many faces pass me day to day Avoiding my eyes without a thought or a compromise So many traces of stories left untold Here’s one of mine One of mine How could I have known That five minutes indiscretion could hurt so much? Superficial as it was to me I should have foreseen it would cut you so deep So very deep So for your benefit I’ll fade away And for your greater good I won’t say a single solitary word But don’t you go think for a moment I’m not peering from my nest On my side of the world Wishing you the best We’re all doing our best just to touch the sky Soaring on ricepaper wings Counting down the days till we say goodbye We all know that one day the fall will come But we never suspect the hands that stand Beside us in the here and now
4.
Winter 03:11
Across a frozen field There’s a forest wreathed in snow It burned in autumn fire Now lost in winter’s cloak But summer heat beats on In the steam of every breath That mingles in the spaces Where both our minds had met So take my hand And we will go Make tracks together In the fallen snow And where we tread will grow Though frost may find the seeds we sow The light that lights your face Denies December cold Wind plants our cheeks with roses Kisses lips that words have laced Winter may preserve the darkness But our will can sustain Across a frozen field There’s a forest wreathed in snow It burned in autumn fire Now lost in winter...
5.
A little white lie Landed by your side You gave it a glance and turned away As with so many things That you didn’t see Here was a sign you didn’t recognize And what can I say that hasn’t been said Like “I love you, but our time is growing thin” And what can I do to honour you When the distance you feel can’t be denied You cradle your words I fumble with mine We trade them like jewels under glass sometimes We set them in gold To have and to hold In the past tense where our story is told And what can I say that hasn’t been said Like “I love you, but our time is growing thin” And what can I do to honour you When the distance you feel can’t be denied So we stand Hand in hand Daring to peer round every bend ‘Cause ties that bind Are seldom denied The bittersweet cadence at an end

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released June 15, 2017

PERFORMANCES
Stacey Dowswell (vocal, guitar, percussion)
Jeff D. Elliott (additional instrumentation)
Michael Peter Olsen (cello)
Iain Gardner (violin - I Wish)
Raha Javanfar (violin - The Space Between)

Produced by Jeff D. Elliott and Stacey Dowswell
Recorded and mixed by Jeff D. Elliott at Eggplant Studios, Toronto Canada
Additional Recording BY Michael Fong, Michael Peter Olsen, and Stacey Dowswell
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering, Toronto Canada

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Stacey Dowswell Toronto, Ontario

Stacey Dowswell is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. Her flexible vocal stylings give way to an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, and country. Born and bred on and off stages in Sarnia, Ontario, she wears her dramatic flair and many influences on her sleeve; introspective lyrics and non-standard tunings support a voice that soars or soothes as the moment requires. ... more

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