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The Gilberts: One

by The Gilberts

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1.
Not Always 02:48
A cherry seed was planted In a garden on a hill The soil was dry and nothing would bloom in the cold winter chill No grass would root there No flowers would grow The ground was always buried In a blanket of snow Oh, oh, oh It’s not always easy in the snow, oh, oh To see the sun shine down You’ll find your roots Grow tall and strong The sun will shine upon you Just listen to this song When winter came we were buried Snow filled up the ground The freezing wind that whistled Was the only sound No one thought to look out At the cherry tree that grew Until the snow stopped blowing all around And our eyes could see right through Oh, oh, oh It’s not always easy in the snow, oh, oh To see the sun shine down You’ll find your roots Grow tall and strong The sun will shine upon you Just listen to this song When springtime came we went out To the garden on the hill To find the cherry tree was growing Through the winter chill The blossoms grew all summer And then instead of snow The ground was full of flowers That finally could grow
2.
Tell Me 04:01
Go to the woods and find the tallest tree Climb to the top, tell me what you see I saw the birds flying in a V Tell me what you see, tell me what you see Sail on the ocean and don’t look behind Look down below, tell me what you find I saw the fish swimming straight in a line Tell me what you find, tell me what you find Run through the fields with the wind in your hair Search all around, tell me what is there I saw the grass blowing in the air Tell me what is there, tell me what is there Visit the chapel and don’t shed a tear Listen very close, tell me what you hear I heard a choir deep in my ears Tell me what you hear, tell me what you hear *instrumental* Ahh, ahh Ahh, ahh Tell me what you hear, tell me what you hear (Ahh, ahh) Tell me what you hear, tell me what you hear (Ahh, ahh) Tell me what you hear, tell me what you hear
3.
It's like a puzzle with missing pieces when he goes up and down the main street And he doesn't know the address but he wants to find this sadness And he knows that when he gets there he'll be met with that intense stare But he can't break it now or he'll be gone When he sees her smiling face, he'll understand why she's been gone For so long, and she won't be coming back to him tomorrow When he comes up to the front door, he sees all that he's seen before It's all the same, to tell the truth, but now he smiles and that is new He doesn't understand what this is all about But that's okay with him at least for now When he sees her smiling face, he'll understand why she's been gone For so long and she won't be coming back to him tomorrow I can see my time has come now I don't want to be a breakdown I can see my time has come now I don't want to be a breakdown It runs on in the family, you see (I can see my time has come now) I want to break that sad consistency (I don't want to be a breakdown) It runs on in the family, you see (I can see my time has come now) I want to break that sad consistency (I don't want to be a breakdown) It's like a puzzle with missing pieces when he goes up and down the main street And he doesn't know the address, but he wants to find this sadness And he knows that when he gets there, he'll be met with that intense stare But he can't break it now or he'll be gone He'll be gone
4.
Sown 05:03
When you've plowed all your fields And you've tilled all your rows You can feel the slow drip Of the sweat in your clothes You've built all your walls and you've shingled them too No matter what The water won't ever get through Well, you know you can find All that order and calm 'Cause you've finished the job And the good now can come You've built all your walls and you've shingled them too No matter what The water won't ever get through You've climbed all your mountains, you've swum all your seas and you still don't know Don't know what it means To be out on your own on your hands and your knees You've dug at the ground and you've sown all your seeds Ahh, ahh Ahh, ahh You've climbed all your mountains, you've swum all your seas and you still don't know Don't know what it means To be out on your own on your hands and your knees You've dug at the ground and you've sown all your seeds Ahh, ahh Ahh, ahh You've climbed all your mountains, you've swum all your seas and you still don't know Don't know what it means To be out on your own on your hands and your knees You've dug at the ground and you've sown all your seeds Ahh, ahh Ahh, ahh You've climbed all your mountains, you've swum all your seas and you still don't know Don't know what it means To be out on your own on your hands and your knees You've dug at the ground and you've sown all your seeds Ahh, ahh Ahh, ahh Ahh, ahh
5.
Figurines 04:10
Driving in his car To get away so far Soon enough he was there The map had helped him find his way Sitting at the table, he tries to remember How they'd run around in circles Chasing each other every day He finds the same old things on the shelf The books he never found the time to read The dusty figurines and broken pieces Of all the things he's done and seen The sunlight shines through The dusty window And settles on the glasses Set to dry He finds the same old things on the shelf The books he never found the time to read The dusty figurines and broken pieces Of all the things he's done and seen In the deep light of the fading afternoon He lifts his arms at sunset near the water Everything is quiet all around The birds fall silent, woah He finds the same old things on the shelf The books he never found the time to read The dusty figurines and broken pieces Ooh ooh ooh Ahh ahh ahh *Instrumental* He finds the same old things on the shelf The books he never found the time to read The dusty figurines and broken pieces The dusty figurines (All the things he's done and seen) The books he’ll never read (All the things he's done and seen) Ooh, they’re all he sees (All the things he's done and seen) All the things he’s done and seen
6.
Bereft 02:27
She clung to a photo, all she had left of the boy she once knew She was cold and bereft The heat was intense as she turned in her bed She couldn’t sleep, all her family was dead But no words were sung for those soldiers who’d died Few tears were shed, few children cried Dressed up in uniform, boys, just nineteen years old Like in Vietnam, fired as they were told Mary Ann could cry, she could scream till her voice was gone But no help would come for four students, dead on the lawn But thousands more cried and raised up their voice And took to the streets, yeah, to make some noise Now in Vietnam Agent Orange has hurt Generations to come, in the soil, in the dirt, In the water they drink, there’s no way to avoid The effects of the war on these young girls and boys The trees have grown back but they’re not like before And generations were lost in the pit of the war Soldiers who fought could return to their homes But they couldn’t escape the sounds of the bombs Echoing in their minds for years As they struggled to fight against oncoming tears Addiction would haunt them till their dying day And those who weren’t killed would just wither away
7.
When the floors have been swept And the shelves aren’t dusty The clothes are well-kept And the pans aren’t rusty When the windows are shiny and sparkling clean When the house smells so pretty And the mirrors all gleam There are stories to tell of the good times and bad Of the ways that we acted And the things that we had Now the party is over, we’ve had all our fun And it’s time to return to before we’d begun Now we’re sleeping on floorboards and borrowing words We’re running through hallways and chasing at birds Having baths in the daytime and eating at night Catching flickering moments of colourful light There are stories to tell of the good times and bad Of the ways that we acted And the things that we had Now the party is over, we’ve had all our fun And it’s time to return to before we’d begun The only reason to stay awake during the day Is thinking of ways to enjoy the rest of our stay There are stories to tell of the good times and bad Of the ways that we acted And the things that we had Now the party is over, we’ve had all our fun And it’s time to return to before we’d begun There are stories to tell of the good times and bad Of the ways that we acted And the things that we had Now the party is over, we’ve had all our fun And it’s time to return to before we’d begun

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All songs recorded live off the floor in one take, with one mic, in one room. The Gilberts: One.

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released July 29, 2020

Music and lyrics: The Gilberts
Vocals: Maisie Gilbert, Reuben Gilbert, Frieden Gilbert
Guitar: Reuben Gilbert
Mandolin, keys: Frieden Gilbert
Percussion: Maisie Gilbert

Recording engineer: Reuben Gilbert

Recorded: At home!

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The Gilberts Nova Scotia

2021 Canadian Folk Music Award winners and 2022 nominees The Gilberts bring soulful lyrics, memorable melodies and close three-part harmonies to their original songs -infused with choral, Celtic, and Americana influences. Siblings Frieden, Reuben and Maisie are based in Nova Scotia, Canada, and were winners of the Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year at the 2021 Music Nova Scotia Awards. ... more

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