The Canadian Project

by Jay Arana

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Acoustic album featuring tunes that range from Folk to Indie to Blues.

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released January 1, 2013

Written, played, mixed and produced by Jay Arana over a period of 8 months in Toronto Canada.

New Album "Gemini" due out Winter 2015. Written, played, mixed, produced by Jay Arana in Toronto Canada.
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Studios in Boulder Colorado.
Artwork (In Progress) by Mario Sanchez Nevado

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Jay Arana Portland, Oregon

Jay is primarily a folk/psych folk, Americana acoustic artist, singer/songwriter. He has played in a number of successful original bands over the years (post grunge era in the mid to late 90s, early 2000s) mostly in the Portland, Oregon area. He is a self-taught guitarist and plays by ear, utilizing a number of alternate tunings that add to the depth of his sound.
New album "Gemini" due out 2015
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Track Name: I'm Awake
Woke up to an unnerving sound
The children outside where all gone
and the ground was neglected and I was ashamed to have been at the scene
I'm watching these people just wander around
Their eyes in a glaze, their heads to the ground
Avoiding the contact that we as the human might need

But I'm awake, I'm in love, I've got silver in my blood
I can't live forever but I'm sure as hell gonna try
and when this sun sets over my head, thats as real as it can get
I'm not dragging a life of regret to my grave

Void of the truth and some old world style
We've lost all our swagger and never get high
and wait for the moment that last breath caresses our lips

Singularity will come one day
Won't think for ourselves and the records won't play
I'll be screaming in silence just look up and look around

Cause I'm awake, I'm in love
I've got silver in my blood
I can't live forever, but I'm sure as hell gonna try
and this sun sets over my head
That's as real as it can get
not dragging a life of regret to my grave
I'm awake, I'm in love
I've got music in my blood
I can't live forever but I'm sure as hell gonna try
and the sun sets over my head
that's as real as it can get
I'm not dragging a life of regret to my grave

I'm awake, I'm in love, I've got silver in my blood
Track Name: It's Been Dying To Rain
I'm taking the high road
Digging out of this ditch
In the valley below, you know it's hard to breathe and I can't see shit
Back home they're reading the classics
Inflating the facts
The mystery of the old and the mystery of the wise keeps them coming back
It's been dying to rain
and this well is dryer than it's ever been
I'm digging deep through this dust and the sand
and my head stays thirsty
It's been dying to rain

It's been dying to rain
and this well is dryer than it's ever been
I'm digging deep through this dust and the sand
and my head stays thirsty
It's been dying to rain
Track Name: Slice of Life
High was the way
We kept driving to the East
Stopped for gas the mind was thirsty
Chocked the dust and washed the windows down
Stopped for lunch the greasy diner
Slice of life don't get much finer here
Don't get much finer here
Track Name: Same Old Story
6 am and the coffee is on
Look out the window into the dawn
Throw on a coat and face that cold, bright, bitter day
Down that gravel road the land stretches flat
and the smell of the springtime pines brings you back to that woman you loved seems so damn long ago

It's the same old story different day
Folks get by in different ways
Driving down a backroad lying on the hood staring into space
Its just the same old story different day
Same old story different day

The sky burns red over the golden fields
and the rain won't come and the summer is near
you're miles from town and the souls that need you the most
The records on bouncing off the wall
The sweet melody carries down the hall
The lights are dimmed and your shadow's your only friend

It's the same old story different day
Folks get by in different ways
Driving down a backroad lying on the hood staring into space
Its just the same old story different day
Same old story different day
Track Name: A Pocket Behind the Sun
Mother
Are you feeling better
Did the air betray your lungs
Or the other way around?
For five long days my body had a fever
Time stood still like a black hole in my mind
But I've been waiting in the wings
Watching over everything
But it's not safe here so I'll pack my things
And I'll be living in a pocket behind the sun
Living in a pocket behind the sun

Father, I'm sorry about your brother
The world won't be the same with Johnny not around
I've been thinking there must be something better
A place where we can go where trouble stays behind

But I've been waiting in the wings
Watching over everything
But it's not safe here so I'll pack my things
And I'll be living in a pocket behind the sun
Living in a pocket behind the sun

Here I am living in a pocket behind the sun
The air is clean, the water is warm and sadness doesn't come
You can come and bring your things there's room for all of us
The war's been won
We're all up here in the pocket behind the sun
Track Name: Shiner's Blues
I was driving down that old, red road
Just a checking on my shine
Yeah, I was driving down that old, red road just a checking on my shine
Ahh you know that lawman he never far behing
I'll be cooking through the night

When that rain came down it flooded- washed my worries away
When that rain came down it flooded - washed my worries away
Ahh you know them moonshine blues keep a good man alive
We be sipping every day (since we was twelve)
Track Name: Caught up in Shaniko
Daylight is running out on me
and I dont know if there's gonna be much
I took a shortcut down through the mountains to the valley where the sagebrush dries
I walked the rivers edge until the water ran dry
Headed North then followed the sky
Walked this dusty trail until my feet bleed red
With a desperate look in my eye

You said to meet you when the world thaws out in Spring
When the cherry blossoms scatter like the snow
I did my best to get there got caught up in Shaniko
Lost my way but never lost the thought of you
Lost my way but never lost the thought of you

You know my dreams aren't made of gold, don't always dream in color
and I can't predict the bad things that might come
I've been known to believe in one thing or the other
But I will catch you when you're falling
I will catch you when you're falling
Track Name: 2000 Miles
Said goodbye with a fake, half-smile
Heading 2000 miles away
The Black Hills rolled into the plains and there we drove for days
They said son don't worry about a thing, we gonna be alright
The crickets sang with all they had and slipped into the night
The days they came the days they went and summer lost to fall
The leaves died slowly on the stem
The wind he took them all
This cold, sharp pain deep in my bones I miss my only home
The prodigal son left them some
A whisper on the phone

The watchman says the garden died last summer
The sun dried up the worry in this town
The shallow graves can't quite contain the humor
We were wrong
and I'm 2000 miles away

The watchman says the garden died last summer
The sun dried up the worry in this town
The shallow graves can't quite contain the humor
We were wrong
and I'm 2000 miles away
Track Name: The War
Out of the black into the world again
Skin burned deep and eyes blind white
Running reckless down the trails once more
Wilted leaves and twisted thorns inside
I was lost for day returned to find that things had changed
The lines were crossed
The weapons drawn
It seems you've started a war
Opened the door to the darkest of days
Where nothing shines bright and sun doesn't radiate
They say the enemy kills with a smile on his face
It's a look in your eye
It's a message you've started a war
Track Name: Time- He's a Hero
I'm awake
I'm alive here
World keeps spinning round and round
We've got what it takes to survive here
The Northern wind
The distance between
Life, the smallest moment
The universal flash
The grains of sand
Time- he's a hero
Saving us from ourselves
Track Name: Beneath This Hollow Sky
They threw us in
Into the wilderness
We walked down
Hand in hand
Ready for the wold
But if we stand up and fight this
Will the levy break flooding us all?
We were dancing in the cold wind
Like two feathers caught in a storm
I thought this was a mistake
I've got my reasons tucked away
Beneath this hollow sky

But if we stand up and fight this
Will the levy break flooding us all?
We were dancing in the cold wind
Like two feathers caught in a storm
I thought this was a mistake
I've got my reasons tucked away
Beneath this hollow sky