Whitesleeves

by Stacey Dowswell

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Whitesleeves began their existence as custom-curated EPs available at shows. Each track is a self-produced realization of a song as it occurs from the beginning, and serves as the basis for band arrangements and later professional production approaches.

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released November 28, 2015

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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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Track Name: Shades of Grey
SHADES OF GREY
Music and Lyrics by Stacey Dowswell

Something I’ve come to realize
Trying to define wrong and right
Is that lines come in so many thicknesses these days
For every blessing in disguise
There’s a heartbreak hanging in the wings
Just waiting for your fences to fall away

So what’s the point in trying
If the hurt is everywhere
Just waiting for its chance to take the stage
Take away your cares

Dressed in watercolour
Drawn in hazy lines
Wrong and right seem to fill the scene
But every blessing in disguise
In vivid hues they seem to shine
They cast their shadows on darker times

So here’s the point in trying
It’s the moments hanging in the air
They’re yours for the taking
And they come in a thousand shades of grey

Something I’ve come to realise
Standing between wrong and right
Is that anyone can paint your grey away.
Track Name: The Space Between
THE SPACE BETWEEN
Music and Lyrics by Stacey Dowswell

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

CHORUS
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

CHORUS

BRIDGE
If I find you there will you meet my eye?
If I hold you there can we stop time?
CHORUS
Track Name: Broadway
BROADWAY
Music and Lyrics by Stacey Dowswell

The night is darker now that it's fallen around me
The plot obscured now that its pages are torn right in front of me
And why should I deny
All the things that I have come to know
And how can I go on
Just stuttering and muttering my way by

How bittersweet is the moment when you realize
That your focus has been misplaced all this time
So fly from these skies
The only choice left is to test these wings
And if I should happen to die
Before I wake give my regards to Broadway

But who am I
To suggest anything
Just another soul
Lost in the ranks
I can't go on
Living your lies
If this is all
That can become of mine

How bittersweet is the moment when you realize
You were wrong all this time
Track Name: I Wish
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