Songs of Last December

by Williston Irvine

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Cover photo taken in an old barn ruin in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland
Inside photo taken on a street in Akureyri, Iceland
Recorded in my bedroom during the winter of 2015

Songs of Last December
Williston Irvine

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released May 23, 2015

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Williston Irvine Halifax, Nova Scotia

Williston Irvine is a local folk singer and songwriter. Williston released his debut album “Songs of Last December” in which he recorded alone in his bedroom on May 23rd 2015.

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Track Name: Ocean Song
I'm going mad and my mind is runnin
Darlin, I need a change a pace, I'm so damn restless

Well, take me down, I want to see the ocean
Maybe it'll keep me sane for awhile

I said I want to move to the woods, a little cabin
Darlin, I've lost my mind and I'm feelin absent

So take me down, I want to see the ocean
Maybe it'll keep me sane for awhile
Track Name: Annalee
Oh, Annalee, put the car in gear
Let's get on the road, let's get the hell out of here
I've been saving up all my nickels and all my dimes
For a rainy day, oh, I think that it's time

Oh, Annalee, we will be the night sky
Hollow as we are, this ride we won't deny
Down the highway, through valleys low
To the mountain tops, oh, we will go
Track Name: Eight
The nighttime’s come along
And another cheap song plays on the radio
But we can’t be bothered to listen
The night stretches on for hours
And the northern lights dance in the sky
And we stare in perfect silence

I’m waiting for you and you’re waiting for me
Babe, it’s your move, go
Babe, it’s your move, go
Well I’m wondering, yes, I’m wondering, what will you do

You strip down to the bone
And you run towards the sea and you jump right in
I follow you without missing a beat
You yell out “it’s colder than hell!”
Well babe I must agree, let’s go get some drinks
And warm our bodies up

I’m waiting for you and you’re waiting for me
Babe, it’s your move, go
Babe, it’s your move, go
Well I’m wondering, yes, I’m wondering, what will you do
Track Name: Mountain Song
I thought that I told you I will not fight
I've got that right, don't I dear?
Through mountains and fields I will follow me
I will follow my own steps

You've got a reason to call me out
But I don't want any bad blood

The words that you say tear me apart
I wish we could get past this
The rain washes out the road and I'll take the woods
The forest will keep safe

You've got a reason to call me out
But I don't want any bad blood

I wrote you a letter all full of lines
Wish you would write me back
The rivers, the valleys, and all the mountain tops
They will feel my sorrow again

You've got a reason to call me out
But I don't want any bad blood
Track Name: River Song
Oh, there's a river
Miles and miles long
And it leads to you
So if I paddle hard
I might see you soon

Oh, it's noon now
So if I jump right in
I might make it there for dinner
So keep it warm for me
I'd do the same for you

Oh, it's a Sunday
And the world is not so bright
But we'll make it lovely
In your house tonight
I'll sing for you

And when I get there
I'll hold you in my arms
And I'll feel you smile
As I kiss your lips so soft
So soft
Track Name: Paper Cup
Tell me where you think I ought to be
Oh, Amy, won't you tell me what you think?
I'm anxious and I had too much to drink
Oh, Amy, won't you talk me back to sleep

Cheap wine and old regrets
Frequent your mind
And we're stoned too much of the time

Your long red in curls, kisses your face
And, oh, Amy all my love is in your hands
Glasgow is a town that you've always held so dearly babe
So tell me, Amy, why do you want to leave?

Cheap wine and old regrets
Frequent your mind
And we're stoned too much of the time
Track Name: Gas Station Blues
Well, I found my heart out on the open road
I opened my mind and I opened my soul
And for the first time I felt at ease and at home
It’s awful tough finding your way on your own

Gas station blues are a killing kind
But what do I know about leaving a life behind?
Feel awful tough when you’re driving these lines
Feel awful tough when you’re driving these lines

Cigarette smoke and cigarette jokes
On a different night, I would have stayed alone
But you brought me out and I’m grateful for that
Is it awful to say that I don’t want to go back?

Well, I found my heart out on the open road
I just opened my mind and I opened my soul
I felt at home
It’s awful tough finding your way on your own
Track Name: Valley Song
Let's go down the valley
Oh, down the valley let's go
In the early morning
I'll follow you through the snow

I want to watch the sunrise
And let the memories flow
Talking about past winters
And in the evening we'll go

And it'll be like it always was
Talkin about the days before
You were on the road
And I was in my mind
Being drunk and weary all the time

Tell me about the north, babe
Oh, tell me all your tales
I won't bore you with my year
Cause I didn't even learn to sail

You say you're heading south now
The south it calls your name
But I don't want to lose you
And be all alone again

And it'll be like it always was
Talkin about the days before
You were on the road
And I was in my mind
Being drunk and weary all the time
Track Name: This Time, No
I drink my coffee as I’m sitting here talking to you
It’s the same thing everyday, through and through
We talk, but talks don’t end up like they used to

We always get into some stupid fight
And then you run out into the pale moonlight
But I don’t chase, because I know you’ll come running back

And this time, no, I will not take you back

I pick this six string as I’m sitting here watching the news
And I wonder what you’re doing, and if you’ve still got my shoes
And if you do, well I’d like them back

Oh this old garden, no it no longer falls apart
Since you’re no longer around here, it gets my whole heart
I see no weeds, because it rejects your love

And this time, no, I will not take you back

I feel the light upon my shoulder
I’m the silhouette you’ll never see
I sing the songs of the last December
The melodies that mean the world to me

And this time, no, I will not take you back