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by A Rancher's Son

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released September 9, 2016

℗© 2016 B4 Poetry Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
MADE IN CANADA
Executive Producer: Alexander Shenton (B4 Poetry - Pincher Creek, AB)
Engineer : Aspen Beveridge (Skullcreek Studios - Piapot, SK)
Mixed by Aspen Beveridge (Skullcreek Studios - Piapot, SK)
Mastered by: Stephen Marcussen (Marcussen Mastering - Los Angeles, CA)

Songwriter / Composer: Alexander Shenton (SOCAN)
“The Bush” - Co-written with Dylan Evans
“The River” - Co-written with Aspen Beveridge
“The Wind Blows” - Co-written with John Dale

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals & Percussion - Alexander Shenton
Banjo on "Wild Rose Thorns" & "Itherapy" - Colton Crawford
Drums on "Wild Rose Thorns", "The Bush", “The Wind Blows”, "The River" & "Cece" - Grieg Beveridge
Fiddle on "Cece" - Ben Beveridge
Flute on "The Bush" by Sam Mitchell
Vocals on "Wild Rose Thorns" - Justin Labrash & Will Ardell
Vocals & Lead guitar on "The River" - Aspen Beveridge
Vocals & Lead guitar on "The Wind Blows" - John Dale
Vocals on "The Bush" - Dylan Evans

Artwork, photography & graphic design by Alexander Shenton
www.aranchersson.com 

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Track Name: Wild Rose Thorns ft. Will Ardell & Justin Labrash
‘Wild Rose Thorns’ - Written/Composed By Alexander Shenton - 2015/11/15

Tax man he came along and said what’s half of yours is all of mine
Oh and by the way we gotta bump back your property lines
My family got a hundred years of blood worked down in this soil
Grandma broke horses and grandpa drove cattle and drilled for oil

That’s the way it was.

These are the days your know, we’ll talk about when we’re old
The government they came and called all the pastures parks
Didn’t your momma tell you if it ain’t broke don’t make a fix
A group of city people sitting in a city room telling country folk how to live

The best thing about bad things is they always come in threes
Death, taxes, and lies our government guarantees
The best thing about bad things is they always come in threes
Wild rose country folk, gonna weather this storm in damn good company

Laws ain’t gonna do much good if we’re still short on that common sense
Just cause you got a neighbour don’t mean he know how to go ahead and fix his fence
Some rules might help out but bureaucracy is built to steal
I don’t think a corporate driven food structure is gonna give you mercy on the price of your meals!

The best thing about bad things is they always come in threes
Death, taxes, and lies our government guarantees
The best thing about bad things is they always come in threes
Wild rose country folk, gonna weather this storm in damn good company

The best thing about bad things is they always come in threes
Death, taxes, and lies our government guarantees
The best thing about bad things is they always come in threes
Wild rose country folk, gonna weather this storm in damn good company
Track Name: Coach
‘Coach’ - Written/Composed By Alexander Shenton – 2016/03/17

Wish I had sick handles like a major baller
Instead I got bad knees work a blue collar
I enjoy doing what I do to make a dollar
So I don’t mind donating my time to these young scholars

I try to emphasize that they are the architects
Of every single situation that they ever wrecked
Find the lessons don’t trip keep your temper checked
Keep calm, play on, and you won’t get decked

Imagine all the powers you have yet to find
Practice anything that you can think in your mind
Fly a kite, ride a bike, shoot your threes blind
Do what you gotta do, but be kind

So you wanna be a major baller? Got some advice for you son.
Put in work and pay those dues. Spend your nights, make your dreams come true.
So you wanna be an all star player? Gonna hafta put your back into it.
Put in work and pay those dues. Spend your nights make your dreams come true.

Spent so many days bouncin’ balls and chasing dreams
Taking shots from half, imagine how the crowd screams.
Practiced till I puked just to make the fucking team
Not a motion wasted, face it, I’m as magic as I seem.

Theres something special about every single game night
Walk on the court, feels like I’m shining light
Hearts full, chin up, eyes are so bright
Ref’s go whistles blow, we’re about to take flight.

Now and then I wish I could go back in time
Tell my younger self a little reason for my rhyme
But the confidence of youth is so sublime
I’d probably ignore what’s in store and focus on the grind.

So you wanna be a major baller? Got some advice for you son.
Put in work and pay those dues. Spend your nights, make your dreams come true.
So you wanna be an all star player? Gonna hafta put your back into it.
Put in work and pay those dues. Spend your nights make your dreams come true.
So you wanna be a major baller? Got some advice for you son.
Put in work and pay those dues. Spend your nights, make your dreams come true.
So you wanna be an all star player? Gonna hafta put your back into it.
Put in work and pay those dues. Spend your nights make your dreams come true.
Track Name: The Bush ft. Dylan Evans
‘The Bush’ - Written/Composed By Alexander Shenton & Dylan Evans– 2016/04/20

Wanna go out and about upon a journey bro?
I’ll take you down to the swamp where nobody goes
Learned my life lessons here; they came so hard and fast
Cougars bears tried to test me man but I passed…
With flying colours, earned my stripes and ruffled up some feathers
Kept myself alive with nature’s bounty and some blessed weather.
Learned to be humble, learned to be kind, learned my place in this line
Came back with a new respect for this thing we call mankind

That’s what it’s like to live in harmony
I get down, like the birds and bees
That’s what it’s like to live in harmony
Just a mammal in a natural hierarchy

Ya I been living in bushes and shrubs
Still going to shows, made a nest out of ticket stubs
Only human though, not a bird or a bug
I’ll be cuttin’ a rug in my bunny hug
Straight ranching I’m herding the words
Ranging from strange to really absurd
I’m searching for the beat with the baddest bounce
I use a short word, or one that’s hard to prounounce
What?

That’s what it’s like to live in harmony
I get down, like the birds and bees
That’s what it’s like to live in harmony
Just a mammal in a natural hierarchy
That’s what it’s like to live in harmony
I get down, like the birds and bees
That’s what it’s like to live in harmony
Just a mammal in a natural hierarchy
Track Name: The River ft. Aspen Beveridge
‘The River’ - Written/Composed By Alexander Shenton & Aspen Beveridge– 2016/05/15

A stone that intends to roll is gonna find a way
I hate to admit to this but my feet can’t stand staying still
I can’t even count the times that I’ve chased my heart and left it all behind
I’m sorry if you had it in mind that I might change, aw hell…

Honey I’m the rock the river flows around
I hope you weren’t waiting for a call
I’ve been so lost in these dreams of mine
It seemed like no time at all.
It seemed like no time at all.

I ask myself just one more time
What’s it gonna take, what do I need
I’ve been scratching and clawing at my brain
I’m so lost.

Honey I’m the rock the river flows around
I hope you weren’t waiting for a call
I’ve been so lost in these dreams of mine
It seemed like no time at all.
It seemed like no time at all.

Honey I’m the rock the river flows around
I hope you weren’t waiting for a call
I’ve been so lost in these dreams of mine
It seemed like no time at all.
It seemed like no time at all.
Track Name: The Wind Blows ft. John Dale
‘The Wind Blows’ - Written/Composed By Alexander Shenton & John Dale– 2016/01/17

What’s that rustling in the pines?
It’s kicking up dust… just taking it’s time.
There’s a breeze coming in from the east
The little ole breeze she’s a pickin’ up steam
Now a gale force wind is coming my way
I run for the cellar door, that’s when I hear a voice call out my name.

I’m here to help you brother
Don’t you live in fear of me.
I’m here to help you brother,
I am the wind get of your knees

I stand up tall don’t look away
The trees around me begin to sway
Branches fall, branches crack
Blocks the way back home no turning back
Now I’m standing in the eye
I feel a lump in my throat, I’m far to young man
I don’t wanna die

I’m here to help you brother
Don’t you live in fear of me.
I’m here to help you brother,
I am the wind get of your knees

Now the sun begins to rise
The rooster crows I wipe the sleep from my eyes
I direct my gaze up to the sky
The storms gone it’s passed me by
And I’ll keep just a rambling on
I’ll let the wind flow through…
I guess it meant no trouble after all.

I’m here to help you brother
Don’t you live in fear of me.
I’m here to help you brother,
I am the wind get of your knees

I’m here to help you brother
Don’t you live in fear of me.
I’m here to help you brother,
I am the wind get of your knees
Track Name: Chains
'Chains' - Written by Alexander Shenton - 2015/04/03

Baby wore her chains, tied into her veins
Managed to smile and lie, said “It ain't so bad, but
I need you to listen, cause I need you to know
I need your forgiveness because I want to let go.”

In that moment I lived a thousand lives
Saw the clouds of pain painted in her eyes
Baby don't despair, you already know you're strong
Keep on fighting girl, don't worry it won't be long

Baby's gonna break her chains, she said
“We're all born to die anyways”
Baby's gonna break her chains.
She always gets her way

I've never been so scared to say goodnight
I never left her side, I held her hand so tight
Woke up to an empty bed, filled with my hollow stare
Was everything left unsaid? Did she know how much I cared?

Baby, baby please don't go.
You know I need you so.
I know that it hurts so bad…
But you're all I have.

Baby's gonna break her chains, she said,
“We're all born to die anyways”
Baby's gonna break her chains
She always gets her way.
Track Name: Cece
‘Cece’ - Written/Composed By Alexander Shenton – 2016/02/22

Son you’ve been living so godamn fast… but you weren’t raised that way
You’re gonna go out, out in the world… but please remember where you’re from

A picture perfect poet looking for some pills to pop
I’ve done things I ain’t proud of thank god I stopped
Hellbound driving drunk on the highway
Carpe diem baby, gonna live it my way
It’s all crystal clear looking in the rearview
How many friends have to die to prove it’s true?
Music heals, scars fade, but you don’t come back
You only get one shot man, that’s a fact
Appreciate what you got, when you got it good
Grandpa told me and it played out like he said it would
I shoulda listened man, instead of living godless
Build it right once instead of trying to fix a fucking mess.

I know what’s been killing me lately, old wounds but they hurt like crazy
I’d give up everything I had, for one more day with my granddad.
I know what’s been killing me lately, old wounds but they hurt like crazy
I’d give up everything I had, for one more day with my granddad.

I moved back to the valley now, I think he’s proud
Gives me hope to think he’s upstairs smiling down
Every day I wake up wishing he was there
Crack a joke and say, “Son cut your hippy hair.”
Live without regret… fuck that’s a huge lie.
I never came home I never thought he could die
Who woulda known that hand I dealt would be the last
Every game of crib we played locked in the past
The final words we spoke were all around pretty rough
Deep down he loved me, god, but he made me tough.
I thank my stars everyday for I got
I belong here Cece – I never forgot.

I know what’s been killing me lately, old wounds but they hurt like crazy
I’d give up everything I had, for one more day with my granddad.
I know what’s been killing me lately, old wounds but they hurt like crazy
I’d give up everything I had, for one more day with my granddad.

I know what’s been killing me lately, old wounds but they hurt like crazy
I must have been out of my mind, cause I heard his words…
But paid him no mind.

I know what’s been killing me lately, old wounds but they hurt like crazy
I’d give up everything I had, for one more day with my granddad.
Track Name: Itherapy ft. Colton Crawford
‘Itherapy’ - Written/Composed By Alexander Shenton – 2015/11/21

I never saw the shine with my own eyes
You can make a difference brother don’t act surprised
You’re the brightest star, the brightest of us all
But remember man how hard a shooting star falls
Wanna change the world? Go ahead and do it son
I’ll even do your dirty work cause you’re the chosen one
Your knowledge empowers the words that you speak
But you can’t lead a army full of dead greeks
Don’t be a deaf god, trying to lead the blind
I did everything I could the re-arrange your mind
Get those ideas out of your head;
Get em out boy before you wind up dead.

Nothing really lasts forever baby,
Death is just a pale horse we all must ride
Nothing really lasts forever baby,
How can you live with wasting your time

You’re more of a brother to me than you’ll ever know
I’m so proud of how you’ve grown
Without you by my side I forge on
Took a winding road and found myself gone.
Those times were tough but my heart feels light
Don’t forget me man and remember to write
A rancher wielding words from the hills of Pincher Creek
I miss the poetry and the wisdom in the words that we’d speak.

Nothing really lasts forever baby,
Death is just a pale horse we all must ride
Nothing really lasts forever baby,
How can you live with wasting your time

Death is just a pale horse we all ride.