Northern Lights

by Trevor W Hall

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about

It's hard to trace all the steps taken to release this
album. Eight months and many late nights later, here it
is! I'm happy with the result and hope you enjoy the
musical journey it provides. Thanks for listening!

I'd like to express my infinite thanks and gratitude
to all of the people who very kindly donated their
time and talents to this project. They are Jeff Hall,
Barb Steed, Stephanie Nutting, Sue Parker, Mark
Eberhardt, Steven Zuccala, Jeff Carter and Kevin
Sullavin. This CD wouldn't be the same without you!

Also I'd like to thank my family for their support and
understanding of my frequently recited line "I'm just
heading down to the studio"! This stuff takes a lot of
time and your patience is greatly appreciated!

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released November 7, 2014

All Songs were written, arranged, recorded, mixed and produced by Trevor W Hall at Whiskey Tango Studio in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2014

Mastering by Jeff Carter of Sky Studio in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Musicians:

Trevor W Hall - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Organ, Piano, Drum
Programming, Percussion (except as noted)
Barb Steed - Piano (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
Jeff Hall - Drums (2,5,6)
Mark Eberhardt - Percussion (7,10,11)
Steven Zuccala - Drums (9)
Stephanie Nutting - Backing Vocals (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,11)
Sue Parker - Backing Vocal (1,2,3,5,11)

CD Design by Trevor W Hall

Cover/Disk photo - John A Davis//Back Photo - Filip Fuxa
Guitar - Christine Saunders//CD Tray - Anne Brett Hall

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Trevor W Hall Guelph, Ontario

Trevor W Hall is a Canadian musician/writer who self-produces his own music. He released his first album, Mistaken Identity, in 2013 and a second, Northern Lights, in 2014. These albums both move smoothly through many musical styles and are marked by thought provoking lyrics. ... more

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Track Name: It Just Ain't the Way It Used to Be
Life, you know it ain’t no movie
Starring you, and you alone
Could be time for a total re-write
Try to understand
Try to understand

Ride that distant highway
Fly up to the moon
It’s time to pull yourself together
And let your world rock on!
Let your world rock on!

It just not the way it used to be
It just not the way it used to be
You’re not the way you used to be
I like the way you used to be

Cold wind blows, hot new sounds,
Listen to the music all around
Sun comes up then the sun goes down,
Things get lost and then they’re found
Leaves turn green and then they turn brown,
Hop on that train headed southbound
And let your world rock on!
Let your world rock on!

It just not the way it used to be
It just not the way it used to be
You’re not the way you used to be
I like the way you used to be

Cold wind blows, hot new sounds, listen to the music all around
(Ride that distant highway)
Sun comes up then the sun goes down, things get lost and then they’re found
(Fly up to the moon)
Leaves turn green and then they turn brown, hop on that train headed southbound
(It’s time to pull yourself together)
And let your world rock on!
Let your world rock on!
Track Name: It's Time to Change
Looking at the trees I see the fate of all humanity
Seeds are swept away
Stress is showing from the fall of purity amongst us all
We're standing on cracked clay

It’s time to change
What’ya gonna do?

Driving cars may get you there but doesn’t anybody care?
What’s down the road?
We’re burning oil off foreign soil, it’s leading us to globe toil
Believing what we’re told

It’s time to change
What’ya gonna do?


Mother Nature knows our game, but she will beat us just the same
Time is on her side
Perspective of our relevance, we’re tiny mice to elephants
Conscience be your guide

Sun will shining on through,
With or without you
Track Name: Temporary Breakdown
Shine like there's no tomorrow
Try to forget your sorrow
You were working towards your goal
But you fell down in that hole
Just a temporary breakdown

You turned in the wrong direction
Hoping to avoid incriminating detection
But now you're running from the law
Feeling scared from what you saw
In your temporary breakdown

Now you're scared of your own reflection
From then to now there ain't no connection
You've been taking all the blame
But you really haven't changed
From your temporary breakdown
Your temporary breakdown

Get you feet back on the ground
It's just a temporary breakdown
Temporary breakdown
Temporary breakdown
Temporary breakdown
Track Name: Living on the Edge
Money in your pocket Time on your hands
Gonna have a good time In this foreign land
Man in the corner He’s lookin at you
Your life’s about to change Nothing you can do

There you were feeling fine
Unaware of the line
Ignoring all the signs
Living on the Edge

Things were going good Top of the world
Never saw it coming Never thought it would
Then out of nowhere Just like that
Your life has changed No going back

There you were feeling fine
Unaware of the line
Ignoring all the signs
Living on the Edge

Better watch your back And look all around
Careful what you say Better stand your ground
Their out there watching Every day
Don’t give ‘em a chance Don’t give it away

There you were feeling fine
Unaware of the line
Ignoring all the signs
Living on the Edge
Living on the Edge
Living on the Edge
Living on the Edge
Track Name: Simple Guy
Cup of coffee and a bagel
Leave my change on the table
Cadillac is not my style
I’ve had this old car for awhile
I’m just a simple guy
Don’t always dot my i’s

A ham sandwich is my staple
I eat it at my kitchen table
Caviar's much to fine
I drink my beer instead of wine
I’m just a simple guy
Don’t always dot my i’s

Watching TV wastes my time
I play my music then I’m fine
When my baby comes to me
She loves to sing “Can’t You See”
I’m just a simple guy
Don’t always dot my i’s

I’m not into details
I never buy it retail
I seem to ride the trailing edge
Only rarely trim my hedge
I’m just a simple guy
Don’t always dot my i’s
I’m just a simple guy
Don’t always dot my i’s
What’d I tell ya?
I’m just a simple guy
Don’t always dot my i’s, no, no
Now crack me a beer
Track Name: Kaleidoscope
Life is a Kaleidoscope
Turning through the years
If you see it’s beauty
It may embrace your fears

Sometimes in the middle of the night
When the moon is shining bright
You feel it all just slipping away
Holding on real tight
Using all your might

Ohhh Ohhh Ohhh
Ahhh Ahhh Awww
Ohhh Ohhh Ohhh
Ahhh Ahhh Awww

Life is a Kaleidoscope
Blurring all the lines
It’s driven by the light
Lacking rhythm or rhyme

Sudden change in atmosphere
Coloured crystals disappear
You think you’ve got it figured out
White turns to beige
Preconceptions fade

Ohhh Ohhh Ohhh
Ahhh Ahhh Awww
Ohhh Ohhh Ohhh
Ahhh Ahhh Awww
Track Name: It's up to You
If you try, you will see
It’s up to you who you will be
It comes to you from within
It’s always been

You seek guidance and want to learn
You need to reach, you need to yearn
I can’t tell you everything
Or what to bring

Gather knowledge, look everywhere
Read and watch and listen with care
It comes to you in funny ways
Day by day

Don’t tell me now that you’re too old
Try your best and watch it unfold
Keep your sights within and true
It’s up to you
Track Name: Northern Lights
Instrumental
Track Name: Progress
The craftsman is a dying breed
All because of people’s greed
He works so hard to get it right
Sharpening tools into the night

We like your work, it’s really fine,
but can you make it in less time?
Quality can be nice
But sorry man, it affects the price

Now cut the cost and make it cheap
Think of the profits we will reap
Can’t make it here, go overseas
They work for nothin’, they aim to please

We’ll corner the market and call it “Depot”
That’s where all the people will go
They’ll buy from us, they’ll have no choice
You the craftsman, you have no voice

Control their minds with all our flyers
We have the power to make a buyers
For us to stay, kids are our prey
And in the future, they will pay

Now Big Box stores are everywhere
Does anybody really care?
They buy their junk from low cost mills
And over the years the land fills fill

The craftsman is a dying breed
All because of people’s greed
He works so hard to get it right
If only we could see the light
Track Name: Sacred Grounds
Instumental
Track Name: Beacon in Time
You left home seems like yesterday
I was all choked up, no words to say
I lived with you for so many years
Many laughs, rarely tears
Your time had come to fly
But you are always on my mind

Twenty-two years since the day you were born
You came to the world soft and warm
Mismatched socks and your purple dress
You were always more and never less
Your time had come to fly
But you are always on my mind


The mysteries of growing old
Unravel watching life unfold
You are a beacon in time
One for me that will always shine
Your time had come to fly
But you are always on my mind
You will always be with me