Mt. St. Helens

by Wand

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1.
Ceremony 13:28
O my heart, where are you now? i'm returning to my home town O the night has fallen here while we're sleeping though-out the year O my god, the sun's gone down Where has all your light gone now? under this dirt, i hear those words I'm giving all of them to my lord beneath these waves, there is a place a place for all of you And I will rejoice for my home and for my family And i'll lift my voice for you a ceremony In my dream i was swimming out in some horrible sea beneath your glorious bridges you built to keep above me so when you cover this island this island under the sun i hope you shine down onto me down on top of everyone but coming down from that mountain into the furious dark you drew the blood of my homeland and drew the light from its heart so when i burn all these bridges i'll keep my eyes on that sun while all these fires burn brightly we'll fire our guns all at once And I will rejoice for my home and for my family And i'll lift my voice, for you a ceremony This must be the place where we can stay now, to get out of the night and from the summer.
2.
On an old fiery road my father raised his sword into the suns ferocious glow singing where did all the feeling go? i hear the roaring of the ocean from my home and i lift my voice up to the thundering storm and under the branches, there is a place i know. O you kids in empty palaces you'll be burning all of your violins when you say, "I'm not hiding in the places that I wanted to be found." but in the morning I can see you on the coast i lay my body down onto the forest floor cause under the branches, there is a place i know.
3.
When I dream, I dream of oceans and hiding places I can feel safe So when you walk over the water I hope the smoke will not be bothered In the night I heard you call, "where did all the light go now?" We will never write you off We will never write you off. The fire in my chest is in my chest is in my chest O. (We will never write you off)
4.
Beach People 03:40
I can feel your eyes all the time burning holes into my head and i can see that you've won all the medals that make you a real man. I can see your face in the light of the flames. when are you ever going to hand me those prizes i won for you? I can hear your voice echoing to me on the beach you say, "my heart is where our home was before it burnt down."
5.
Beneath all the pine, has been said are the bones of the dead and the trumpets that ring through the dark o this is the place that i found where the sun, every night, settles into the ground heating up all the blood in my heart and i know these waves have past by as the horns of victoria play through the night i am cutting off both of my hands and if there is a wind in my head may it blow to the top of this mountain instead of this place, oh this place where i am i've heard the hiss of the shore bury all of the houses, not burning before from the mouth, from the mouth of the sea I know that i heard you sing, from the side of that mountain down onto the beach, like a trembling wind, onto me. There is a town near that coast from the top of a house i can see all the smoke coming out of the it's volcanic veins and i know what song you have sung. secret hymns for this spirit, wanting to be freed from this place, oh this place that i made. And it all burned down. This blood is running down the sides of the hill But i'll take care of all of you until the dawn is coming to. Now this light is shining though the pine in the night But i'll take care of all of you until this night is through O ferocious ghost, are you lost inside of all these empty homes? You say all these flames have spread down to the coast. Wild animal, are you caught in the traps i set for you below? You say, "all my lungs are filling up with smoke."
6.
There was a light here a light that shined on top of everyone i know now this crystal country's been burning underneath all of this fallen snow There is a wind here a wind that's blowing though all of our empty homes now this town is buried beneath the fires covering our winter bones "Where did all the light go now?" "Where did all the light go now?" oh my god, david said, "5 more years is all we have left" oh my heart, it has bled from the top of mt st helens oh my god, david said, "5 more years is all we have left"
7.
O Lover, over the water I could hear your magic voice like waves on the wind and i saw a darkness, that fiery mountain. as i ran beneath the silent moon down onto the beach And on the ocean In the evening, I could see the lights of town shining through the trees. And I was afraid I was afraid I was afraid of the choices I'd made From our empty palaces to palisades. "O Lord, I have not been strong enough for thee" Now the Lord is calling your name He's calling your name, He's calling your name In the night.
8.
A tower of smoke. A tower of holy ghosts has covered this place like the soil on the bones i laid but I was not made to be that brave. Clouded eyes over an arid face, a storming mind from all the thundering of life. O will you let my spirit rise? O the howling glow the lonely sound of voices slowly echos into the bright flame like a log beneath a rolling wave But I was not made to be afraid Fires dancing on a houses shape but fires die a lot like our old country sides O will you let my spirit rise? In the magic hour on the southern shore I can see your shape in the dirty water At the break of day, in the morning light I will lift my hands to the holy mountain as my body lies on the forest floor I can hear the drums of the feral ocean and on the silver wind, I will lift my voice to the Son of Man, I will sing your praises. Let my spirit rise.
9.
I've been living in a city burning from the blood that has been running from me. O these flames have covered all our homes So I've been waiting on this pier for you and all your friends to someday make it back here. O my heart is just an anchor O O my heart, it is not at peace anymore So send it down to the bottom of the ocean floor I have seen this crystal country glowing from the light that's finally shining on me O don't ever let the feeling go when my spirit slowly rises up into the night, from its earthly disguise I know, my heart is just a volcano O my heart, it is not at peace anymore So send it down to the bottom of the ocean floor O my heart, it is not at peace anymore So send it down to the bottom of the ocean floor O my heart, it is not at peace anymore So send it down to the bottom of the ocean floor I might as well have done this all for myself I know this fire in my chest has slowly been put to rest I might as well have done this all for myself All of my blood now has dried onto this cold mountainside
10.
I can see it coming in the air tonight I have heard the roaring sky trembling our golden homes. I've got a long, long way to go and you said you have no regrets O I'm waking all the sleeping wolves as the sound of my voice echos I can see it coming down the mountainside I have felt the molten light covering our ancient bones I've got a long, long way to go and you said you have nothing left O I'm dreaming underneath the snow with all of the dancing ghosts.

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released August 21, 2012

WAND is, on this record,

DEREK JANZEN - Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Piano, Rhodes,
Yamaha RM1X, Yamaha DX-9, Yamaha PSS-270 Portasound,
Roland GAIA, Casio CA-110, Casio SK-1, Korg Microkorg,
Korg Monotron, Suzuki Omnichord, Autoharp, Trumpet,
Accordion, Samples, Drums, Lead Voices

JORDAN SOLES - Lead Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Voices

JENELL PIERSON - Saxophone, Voices

MAGNUS VON TIESENHAUSEN - Saxophone

COURTNEY LOBERG - Violin

ASHTON KLASSEN - Voices

All Songs written by Derek Janzen 
All Lyrics written by Derek Janzen 
Produced by Derek Janzen in Grande Prairie, AB from May 2011 - July 2012
Drums and Rhodes recorded by Cody Flynn 
Mastered by Ashton Klassen 
All Songs Copyright Wand 
Art by Magnus von Tiesenhausen 
Text and layout by Derek Janzen and Jessie Friesen

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Island Eyes Vancouver, British Columbia

Island Eyes is Vancouver, BC musician Derek Janzen. He has been quietly recording and releasing homemade music from out of his bedroom since 2008.

Over the years he has played along side some great acts including Wolf Parade, Mount Eerie, Car Seat Headrest & Frog Eyes.
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