Live at the Artbar

by Water Bear

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released November 16, 2017

Photo courtesy of Blue Rose Photography: www.facebook.com/bluerosephotoart

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Water Bear Hamilton, Ontario

An alternative rock band that incorporates pop music sensibilities and an exploratory nature with a disciplined and savvy hard rock sound that is universally meaningful, relatable, and familiar, with choices that lift the songs to hold up over time.

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Track Name: You May Not
they think we'll budge
but we'll never budge
we wont give them an inch
we're never giving up on this

arm and arm we're linked strong
held strong by our conviction
made stronger still, stronger still
with every beat of our restless heart

this forest don't need us
but we can't live with out
the flowing streams, the rustle of leaves,
the food, and shelter it provides.

so no you cant lay a finger on it

they think we'll budge
but we'll never budge
we wont give them an inch
we'll make them thinking about this

every hour 3 million dollars
3 million dollars gone to waste
that natural gas or clean water
or clean water or natural gas.

is there any question why we gathered here
i know tempers are high in the august air
but we'll keep you back, push you back
hear our cries they serve us well.

so let your voices scream

you may not
you may not
you may not touch this place
you may not
you may not
you may not cross this line
you will never cross this line
Track Name: Smile and Nod
The lick of the flames illuminate
as rebel sings a tune, of greener days
the water flowed like blood in veins
now the water flows in vein

I struggle a shaky note about
playing in the sun
The sun goes
The sun goes out

it all fell down
(we let it, we let it)
it all fell down
(we made it, we made it)

Holding hands under a Tuesday moon
lets hear another tune, retreat to our lean-too
rebel sings see what tomorrow brings you
I smile and nod

I could die anytime
leave you all alone
catastrophe brought us together
and here we are side by side
rebel strains a low whisper
we made all we need
I smile and nod

it all fell down
(we let it, we let it)
it all fell down
(we made it, we made it)
Track Name: Seeds
I was six years old when my Opa passed away
I peered into the casket as he lay there cold and grey
He looked so different with his mouth sewn closed
They did his makeup wrong, and he smelled of chemicals

Please don't embalm me, when it's me who's finally died
Don't paint my face up, or fill my veins with formaldehyde
You can keep my meat fresh with dry ice and essential oils
Until you're ready to return me to the soil

Feed the earth with my body
All the blood and the guts that made me me
Embrace the beauty of rotting
We are nothing but seeds

The pews were agony at my Opa's funeral
My suit was itchy, and my shoes were too small
The sermon was boring, then the organ wheezed and sighed
My dad had coffee breath, and I wished I was outside

What I want is a festival, a celebration of all life
Djembes and shakers, humans dancing in the night
Host a potluck at a friend's house if you cannot be outside
Sing songs of comfort and hold each other while you cry

Feed the earth with my body
All the blood and the guts that made me me
Embrace the beauty of rotting
We are nothing but seeds

My opa's body was buried in a coffin made of pine
At our current rate of progress it'll outlast humankind
And I say he was buried, but I'm taking that on faith
We draped his box with flowers, turned around, and walked away

Lay me down in a blanket in a hole you've dug yourselves
Toss the soil down on me. Anyone who cares can help
Then let the worms have at me, making good use of my bones
Come back in the springtime; I'm in the flowers that have grown

Feed the earth with my body
All the blood and the guts that made me me
Embrace the beauty of rotting
We are nothing but seeds
Track Name: Rootbound
Can this stench be me?
Forgotten limb gone rancid
Tall man took a piece
Mother forgot to water me
How'd i get this stuck?
Against a terracotta restraint
I nod at the crack in the ceiling
It's the only way i know
To get their attention

Find me
Root bound and wilting
Find me
Perched on my window sill
Find me
Ready to escape

Ever grow tired of surviving?
Ever tried growing feet?
Have you thought of the end days?
Ever wanted to up and go?
Twenty feet below
I'll meet my friend the ivy
Climbing where it wants to go
I even saw it tear down a building.

Find me
Root bound and wilting
Find me
Perched on my window sil
Find me
Ready to escape

Knock me to the floor
And hear this clay pot smash
See me sprawled relaxed
Just another chore to avoid

Find me
Track Name: Summer Rain
While you're biking,
a brilliant flash of lightning
rips across the sky

You feel the thunder
rumble in your bones
And know that you're alive

In the summer rain you will find the joy you lost along the way...

The city glistens
Your eyelashes are dripping
Puddles lay ahead

Wet clothes clinging,
You suddenly start singing
The downpour starts to ebb

In the summer rain you will find the joy you lost along the way
In the summer rain you'll find yourself again

You pedal hard, your tires splashing
You're soaking wet, yet you're laughing

In the summer rain you will find the joy you lost along the way
In the summer rain you'll find yourself again.
Track Name: Thrive
We survived the winter
We survived the winter

I awake on a new day
Wipe the dust from my face
I glance over at my Grey
Brief calm starts to fade
This lean-to ain’t got too much space
It keeps the winds at bay
These walls seem bruised
I can’t believe what they got us through

We survived the winter
We survived the winter

It’s all academic now
No one survives
On their own

After everything else has died you and I, we thrive
After everything else has died you and I, we thrive

We survived the winter
We survived the winter

Zoshounds clawing at my mind
Takers leave nothing behind
Snow-covered derelicts
Help us not to forget
And I know how to run
Grey’s smarts won’t be outdone I fend off beasts
And Grey always finds good eats

We survived the winter
We survived the winter

With the strength of Grey’s steel-cut eyes
And a distant whiff of rot ash I say rebel
You will survive

After everything else has died you and I, we thrive
After everything else has died you and I, we thrive

We do what we have to do
We built this from what we found
We scrounge and collect
We protect what we have left

After everything else has died you and I, we thrive
After everything else has died you and I, we thrive
After everything else has died you and I, we thrive
After everything else has died you and I, we thrive

We thrive.

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