Shiver Stories

by Suzanne de Bussac

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1.
03:05
THE CITY Suzanne de Bussac 2018 Let’s all go down to the heart of the city The girls are proud and the boys are pretty Let’s go downtown to get some energy I feel it rising through the souls of my feet In the city Sweet city City Give me the sound of a streetcar that’s rolling Give me the crowd at the festival Give me the lovers who are kissing and hugging They’re making out in the middle of the park Free - I love to be free in the city Free - I love to be free alone in the crowd Take me to the city Where all my faces are allowed In the heart of the city, I‘m calling you I’m calling to you man – can you hear my sound? I’m summoning the spirits from the present and past Take me through the maze show me your heart Take me I am free for just one night In the city Sweet city City
2.
03:38
RUNNING RACE Suzanne de Bussac 2018 The time is here I hear the wind It’s calling me to a higher understanding I kick my fear into a foxhole Must ensure the road’s prepared For the running race The running race I’m running in a running race It’s crystal clear the ball is rolling Down the hill and gaining speed Step aside I need momentum If I’m going to keep my place In the running race, the running race Running from you, running to find some truth Well I don’t expect an easy time But I’m so tired of running on anxiety Its wearing me down robbing me of all my energy I’m not a machine I’m just a human being And I’m stepping out of the running … Regulate my breathing Isolate the actions Gaining some momentum Gaining my momentum Run! Running from you Running to find my truth
3.
THROUGH THE BACK DOOR Suzanne de Bussac 2018 Dreamy monday and I stroke my guitar Misty water coloured memories….drifting Hear that magic mountain music Call from the upper floor Through my back door Let me linger in this secret abyss I love the way it feels when the strings cut me Helps me realize there’s more to this Than I was bargaining for Through the back door I climb up that hill and I slide down again And I roll with the punches, I get up again And I sing for my soul to the Gods and the legends I will not offend you…..at least I promise... I'll try my best Through my back door.
4.
03:53
LAZY BONES Suzanne de Bussac 2018 The breeze feels like a cool hand on my burning cheek Brushing off the roughness from the freshly finished week The sky is grey and hazy like my memory Lately I’ve been chasing dragons Scattered like the leaves Oh please release me from my lazy bones Wake me up, baby turn the heat up Lazy bones wake me up, save my soul The politics are bugging me Election day is soon Politicians calling names like spoiled children do I find it so embarrassing I want to hide my face Has it really come to this? This is our human race Oh please release us from our lazy bones Wake us up, baby turn the heat up Lazy bones wake us up, save our souls She says “it’s not he who falls who fails at all…. But he who cannot rise above it all Get up! Shed your tears and shed your skin…move on Move on…brush the dust off say your prayers Brush the dust off say your prayers Get up…GET UP!" I believe that we all know exactly what we do Some of us can face ourselves and other others can’t bear to It’s hard to face those faults and it’s easy not to care Especially when those lazy bones are in that easy chair Oh please release me from my lazy bones Wake me up, baby turn the heat up Lazy bones wake me up, save my soul Lazy bones ….get up!
5.
WAKE UP ELAINE Suzanne de Bussac 2018 She drinks all day, don’t sleep at night I think she’s on a useless plight She’s wishing that her life would change Without an ounce of fear or pain She’s thinking it’s going to get better She thinks that it’s going away She hopes, thinks, cries, screams, shouts and prays…. To a man that she’s hoping is real To the earth and the stars and the sun and the trees And she prays to whomever will listen today Wake up wake up wake up Elaine Wake up wake up wake up Elaine Her lover is falling to pieces Found six empty bottles today But she can’t say shit though her mouth is full of it And she’s thinking it’s going to get better And she thinks that it’s going to change But it’s the same damn thing day after day And she drinks Chardonnay with the moon and the stars And she pines for the times when it wasn’t this hard And she staggers to bed in her drunken denial Wake up wake up wake up child Wake up wake up wake up babe Wake up wake up wake up Elaine
6.
SHIVER STORIES Suzanne de Bussac 2018 Darling leave the light on Night has awoken in morning I see light rising up from the water I hear the voices of those shiver stories in the dark She loved and bore him children Hoped that the love would be cherished Instead he choked left her broke and embarrassed I hear the voices of those shiver stories They haunt the universe Embossed into the energy Like fossils carved in stone Those are Shiver Stories that you feel They catch you on a cosmic ferris wheel Chill you to the bone and raise your hair Shivers of awareness everywhere in the air Secretly they trickle in They’re in the energy We cannot un-see all the things we’ve seen Darling turn the light on Night has awoken in morning I heed advice from those old shiver stories Suzanne de Bussac copyright 2017
7.
BLASTING AWAY Suzanne de Bussac 2018 Every now and then I hear a distant conversation Saying meet me at the station at half three Bring some luck and twenty bucks we’ll have a conversation Talk is cheap these days and time is free We’ll settle into nowhere get our heads around this minute Stay until we’re finished versus late Get outside the neighbourhood, become a stranger’s visit Get drunk fall down and cry until we’re straight Blasting away … leave it for another day Blasting away … blasting past this frantic state The great escape Leave the rings the rugs the rabbits foot and paraphernalia Leave all the creature comforts that you clutch Leave the books the cars the keys The carpets, cards and planners Because where we’re going things won’t get you much We’ll get onto that train and take a trip out to the desert Ride into the sunset…disappear Head out to the wilderness, get naked with the Maker Gonna find out what the hell we’re doing here Blasting away … leave it for another day Blasting away … blasting past this frantic state The great escape Yeah baby let’s take a train ride to the other side Release ourselves from here Hit the lonely old road we will roam all alone We will roam and we’ll roam until we find our way home And the lonely old road disappears Every now and then I hear a distant conversation Saying meet me at the station at half three Bring some luck and twenty bucks, we’ll have a conversation Talk is cheap these days and I am free Blasting away
8.
03:48
KEEP DANCING Suzanne de Bussac 2018 So happy to meet you dear Lovely and sweet you’re like the cool summer breeze in my hair I’d really like to get to know you I’m hoping that you’ll hang out until tomorrow I don’t want to say sayonara I just want to hold on to you …. can we go dancing? Don’t want to say sayonara I just want to hold on to you ... let’s go dancing Baby where did you get those baby blues Tell me what’s your secret How do you keep so well and un-bruised? This life is like a vat of tacks and fables How do you keep yourself so phat and able Mable? She says “I get up I walk I fall down all the meanwhile I keep on dancing …“I get up I walk I fall down all the meanwhile I keep on dancing … Yes dear you’re going to stumble again You’ll take a U turn instead of sticking on your path through it You will get spooked and feel scattered Like a young horse with some talent, but without the experience Yes…. success is built upon train wrecks The trick is how to survive them I get up I walk I fall down all the meanwhile I keep on dancing …
9.
SCAR CLAN CAPE Suzane de Bussac 2018 Sebastian was lost He didn’t know what he was thinking Been counting the cost Of all he lost while he was sinking if he had a nickel for every price he’d paid Sebastian’s been shining the medallions on his scar clan cape Been tattered and tossed Been dragged across the burning cinders Lost all of his trust And now his heart is cold like winter He was never fickle until he lost his faith Sebastian’s been shining the medallions on his scar clan cape Sebastian was lost He stumbled off his path while wishing For another shot at making his a life worth living And if he had a nickel for every drop of rain… Sebastian’s been shining the medallions on his scar clan cape
10.
MEAN OLD WIND Suzanne de Bussac 2018 Come and take a little walk with me baby Time to cool yourself right down Time to step outside and breathe Come and have a little talk with me Maybe it’ll help to lay your burden down You can lean on me until you need You’ve got to put one foot in front of the other baby Plant the other down bolt it down into the gutter So that mean old wind won’t blow you down C’mon and kick one heel high into the clouds Then plant the other down deep into the ground Don’t let that mean old wind blow you down. I am on a search for tranquility maybe I’m going to find it after the seven billionth time I’ve kissed that cold concrete Some say that humour is made up of emotional chaos Remembered in times of inner peace As fleeting as they seem to be C’mon and kick one heel high into the clouds Then plant the other down deep into the ground Don’t let that mean old wind blow you down You’ve got to take your lumps, they’re going to come around We all make mistakes, you can’t let them keep you down Don’t let that mean old wind blow you down. I say…don’t let your fury leave you all blurry In fact, I bet if you wait ten more seconds you might find some kind of clarity Measure your words, your momentum, it’s all a part of your story Measure your words your intentions and strive to find inner peace Inner peace …….. You’ve got to put one foot in front of the other baby Plant the other down , bolt it down into the gutter So that mean old wind won’t blow you down C’mon and kick one heel high into the clouds Then plant the other down deep into the ground Don’t let that mean old wind blow you down. Oh what’s your story morning glory? Have I told you that I love you yet today? Cmon baby I know you’re gonna make it through just one more day

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”Every once in a while, you come across music that’s totally uncategorizable but entirely enchanting. That’s what you’ll find on this album. Ignore it at your peril.”
Alan Cross – The Ongoing History of New Music / A Journal of Musical Things

“Shiver Stories is a courageous and engaging work in which Suzanne de Bussac tackles the demons that we all face simply by being human. Through incisive lyrics and an incredibly diverse range of musical styles, de Bussac makes it just a bit easier to face the fears and challenges of life. This is healing music to revel in.”
Rob Bowman – Grammy Award winning Professor of Musicology

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released October 10, 2018

All songs written by Suzanne de Bussac (SOCAN2018)
Produced by Dean Drouillard & SdB
Engineered by Ron Chilton / additional recording by Arran Fisher
Mixed by Dean Drouillard
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova
Recorded at Starbird Headquarters, Durham Ontario, Hepbourne Lab, Toronto, and Acoustikitty Studio in Calgary AB.
Suzanne de Bussac-Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Accordion
Dean Drouillard-Bkgd vox, Electric Guitars, Mandolin
Mark Mariash-Drums & Percussion
Todd Lumley-Keyboards, Piano on track 10
Paul Vienneau-Bass
Caleb Hamilton-Trumpet
Aleksandra Danicic-Violin
Zak Keller-Cello

Photography and artwork by Dick Averns

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Suzanne de Bussac Calgary, Alberta

Suzanne de Bussac, whose music Exclaim once wrote is for “anyone who can appreciate the fine art of songwriting, accompanied by fleeting moments of Kate Bush brilliance,” is back with a new album, Shiver Stories, scheduled for release during Mental Health Week in October 2018." It's neoclassical in places and post punk in others...kind of neoclassical post-punk pop" she laughs ... more

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