Mt. St. Helens

by Wand

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released 21 August 2012

WAND is, on this record,

DEREK JANZEN - Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Piano, Rhodes,
Yamaha RM1X, Yamaha DX-9, Yamaha PSS-270 Portasound,
Roland GAIA, Casio CA-110, Casio SK-1, Korg Microkorg,
Korg Monotron, Suzuki Omnichord, Autoharp, Trumpet,
Accordion, Samples, Drums, Lead Voices

JORDAN SOLES - Lead Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Voices

JENELL PIERSON - Saxophone, Voices

MAGNUS VON TIESENHAUSEN - Saxophone

COURTNEY LOBERG - Violin

ASHTON KLASSEN - Voices

All Songs written by Derek Janzen 
All Lyrics written by Derek Janzen 
Produced by Derek Janzen in Grande Prairie, AB from May 2011 - July 2012
Drums and Rhodes recorded by Cody Flynn 
Mastered by Ashton Klassen 
All Songs Copyright Wand 
Art by Magnus von Tiesenhausen 
Text and layout by Derek Janzen and Jessie Friesen

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Wand Victoria, British Columbia

Wand is Victoria, BC musician Derek Janzen. He has been quietly recording and releasing homemade music from out of his bedroom since 2008. Over the years he has played along side some great acts including Frog Eyes, Blackout Beach, Radical Face, Cousins, and Jordan Klassen. He has also performed at the Rifflandia Music Festival. He is currently working on a new album to be released next year. ... more

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Track Name: Ceremony
O my heart, where are you now?
i'm returning to my home town
O the night has fallen here
while we're sleeping though-out the year

O my god, the sun's gone down
Where has all your light gone now?
under this dirt, i hear those words
I'm giving all of them to my lord
beneath these waves, there is a place
a place for all of you

And I will rejoice for my home and for my family
And i'll lift my voice for you a ceremony

In my dream i was swimming
out in some horrible sea
beneath your glorious bridges
you built to keep above me
so when you cover this island
this island under the sun
i hope you shine down onto me
down on top of everyone

but coming down from that mountain
into the furious dark
you drew the blood of my homeland
and drew the light from its heart
so when i burn all these bridges
i'll keep my eyes on that sun
while all these fires burn brightly
we'll fire our guns all at once

And I will rejoice for my home and for my family
And i'll lift my voice, for you a ceremony

This must be the place where we can stay now,
to get out of the night and from the summer.
Track Name: There Is A Place
On an old fiery road
my father raised his sword
into the suns ferocious glow
singing where did all the feeling go?
i hear the roaring of the ocean from my home
and i lift my voice up to the thundering storm
and under the branches, there is a place i know.
O you kids in empty palaces
you'll be burning all of your violins
when you say, "I'm not hiding
in the places that I wanted to be found."
but in the morning I can see you on the coast
i lay my body down onto the forest floor
cause under the branches, there is a place i know.
Track Name: We Will Never Write You Off
When I dream, I dream of oceans
and hiding places I can feel safe
So when you walk over the water
I hope the smoke will not be bothered

In the night I heard you call,
"where did all the light go now?"
We will never write you off
We will never write you off.

The fire in my chest is in my chest is in my chest O.
(We will never write you off)
Track Name: Beach People
I can feel your eyes all the time
burning holes into my head
and i can see that you've won
all the medals that make you a real man.

I can see your face
in the light of the flames.
when are you ever going to
hand me those prizes i won for you?

I can hear your voice
echoing to me on the beach
you say, "my heart is where our home was
before it burnt down."
Track Name: Holy Mountain, Holy Ghost
Beneath all the pine, has been said
are the bones of the dead
and the trumpets that ring through the dark
o this is the place that i found
where the sun, every night, settles into the ground
heating up all the blood in my heart
and i know these waves have past by
as the horns of victoria play through the night
i am cutting off both of my hands
and if there is a wind in my head
may it blow to the top of this mountain instead
of this place, oh this place where i am

i've heard the hiss of the shore
bury all of the houses, not burning before
from the mouth, from the mouth of the sea
I know that i heard you sing,
from the side of that mountain down onto the beach,
like a trembling wind, onto me.
There is a town near that coast
from the top of a house
i can see all the smoke
coming out of the it's volcanic veins
and i know what song you have sung.
secret hymns for this spirit, wanting to be freed from
this place, oh this place that i made.
And it all burned down.

This blood is running down the sides of the hill
But i'll take care of all of you until the dawn is coming to.
Now this light is shining though the pine in the night
But i'll take care of all of you until this night is through

O ferocious ghost, are you lost inside of all these empty homes?
You say all these flames have spread down to the coast.
Wild animal, are you caught in the traps i set for you below?
You say, "all my lungs are filling up with smoke."
Track Name: Where Did All The Light Go Now?
There was a light here
a light that shined on top of everyone i know
now this crystal country's been burning underneath
all of this fallen snow

There is a wind here
a wind that's blowing though all of our empty homes
now this town is buried
beneath the fires covering our winter bones

"Where did all the light go now?"
"Where did all the light go now?"

oh my god, david said, "5 more years is all we have left"
oh my heart, it has bled from the top of mt st helens
oh my god, david said, "5 more years is all we have left"
Track Name: Empty Palaces
O Lover,
over the water
I could hear your magic voice
like waves on the wind
and i saw a darkness,
that fiery mountain.
as i ran beneath the silent moon
down onto the beach
And on the ocean
In the evening,
I could see the lights of town
shinning through the trees.
And I was afraid
I was afraid
I was afraid
of the choices I'd made
From our empty palaces
to palisades.
"O Lord, I have not been strong enough for thee"
Now the Lord is calling your name
He's calling your name, He's calling your name
In the night.
Track Name: Let My Spirit Rise
A tower of smoke.
A tower of holy ghosts
has covered this place like the soil on the bones i laid
but I was not made to be that brave.
Clouded eyes over an arid face,
a storming mind from all the thundering of life.
O will you let my spirit rise?

O the howling glow
the lonely sound of voices slowly echos
into the bright flame like a log beneath a rolling wave
But I was not made to be afraid
Fires dancing on a houses shape
but fires die a lot like our old country sides
O will you let my spirit rise?

In the magic hour on the southern shore
I can see your shape in the dirty water
At the break of day, in the morning light
I will lift my hands to the holy mountain
as my body lies on the forest floor
I can hear the drums of the feral ocean
and on the silver wind, I will lift my voice
to the Son of Man, I will sing your praises.

Let my spirit rise.
Track Name: My Heart Is Not At Peace Anymore
I've been living in a city burning from the blood that has been running from me.
O these flames have covered all our homes
So I've been waiting on this pier
for you and all your friends to someday make it back here.
O my heart is just an anchor O

O my heart, it is not at peace anymore
So send it down to the bottom of the ocean floor

I have seen this crystal country glowing from the light that's finally shining on me
O don't ever let the feeling go
when my spirit slowly rises up into the night, from its earthly disguise
I know, my heart is just a volcano

O my heart, it is not at peace anymore
So send it down to the bottom of the ocean floor
O my heart, it is not at peace anymore
So send it down to the bottom of the ocean floor
O my heart, it is not at peace anymore
So send it down to the bottom of the ocean floor

I might as well
have done this all for myself
I know this fire in my chest
has slowly been put to rest
I might as well
have done this all for myself
All of my blood now has dried
onto this cold mountainside
Track Name: I Can See It Coming (Bonus Track)
I can see it coming
in the air tonight
I have heard the roaring sky
trembling our golden homes.

I've got a long, long way to go
and you said you have no regrets
O I'm waking all the sleeping wolves
as the sound of my voice echos

I can see it coming
down the mountainside
I have felt the molten light
covering our ancient bones

I've got a long, long way to go
and you said you have nothing left
O I'm dreaming underneath the snow
with all of the dancing ghosts.