Standing Still

by Kyra Shaughnessy

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1.
Island 04:47
Island my mother was born on an island my father was born surrounded by the sea and in my turn I’ve learned to be an island and many a lad has travelled far and lost himself out at sea searching, seeking among the waves but never reaching me for I am safely moored along these rocky shores and I will never need anyone but me ooooh... just like I told you I’ve got no patience for being close and I’m a fire that will burn down your white picket fence posts and I would leap straight out of the window of my own eyes just to keep anyone from seeing my soul inside my mother was born on an island my father was born surrounded by the sea and in my turn I’ve learned to be an island an island… an island…
2.
Envie de Tomber comment te dire que ma force est une forme de tendresse? comment m'ouvrir un peu plus à chaque fois qu'on me blesse? comment savoir quand courir et quand m'assoir en silence au centre de moi-même pour attendre... la réponse comment voir clair quand le coeur veut tellement? comment croire dans un voyage qui se fait petit pas par petit pas? comment grandir en dehors des lignes du possible? comment vivre en humilité sans être invisible? comment naître et renaître, comment être entier entre un rêve irréel et l'envie de tomber comment connaître deux vérités sans vouloir les comparer? comment sauter dans le vide sans jamais le regarder? comment te dire “je ne sais pas”? comment te dire, je ne sais plus... comment te dire que parfois j'aurais envie de quelqu'un peut-être de toi... comment naître en renaître comment être entier entre un rêve irréel et l'envie de tomber
3.
Standing Still *text in Atikamekw translated and spoken by Sakay Ottawa when the breath of your body gives itself up to the sky when the flame that lit your life slowly fades when your story has been written and you turn the final page the old ones will grow on, grow on in grace they will be standing still, standing still... when the walls around us crumble when we step into the light when we look out on the ruins of what was when we cut the ties that bind us to the safety that we crave when we see that none of us is free as long as one of us is chained we will be standing still, standing still... Peikwaw ni ki nakicken e micta micak aka ka kiskeritakok, e kice misiweiak ite tapickotc ka ici matcikopisowok, ite ka ici nakeckotatomikok kaskina arimowewina, ite, ka ici capitaweckatek kipaskohikana kotc ka wi nakackakemokok awatc ki tipiraweatisinano *Original poem before translation Un jour je me suis trouvé face à l'immensité de l'inconnu, du grand tout qui nous tisse ensemble,là où les voix se rencontre, là où, à travers tous les barrières, les frontières et les murs imaginaire… Nous sommes libre
4.
Dans Tes Bras chaque instant contient l'éternel quand on sait étirer le temps tout comme chaque cellule de nos corps écoute la lune et appartient à l'océan et comme je sais bien que tout ne dure qu'un temps ce soir je voudrais m'endormir dans tes bras sans attente comme le ciel accueille le miracle de l'aube avec une prière sur les lèvres que l'amour existe, tout simplement et comme je sais bien que tout ne dure qu'un temps ce soir je voudrais m'endormir dans tes bras, dans tes bras…
5.
I May Not 04:08
I May Not I may not have any answers nor any secrets worth your time I may not know what to tell you when you ask if everything'll be alright and I may not always be certain which direction I should turn but I know how to be humbled by the beauty of this world ohhhh... I may not have some solution that will ease your troubled mind and I may not know what to tell you when you say you're just tired of tryin' and I may make stupid mistakes and get frustrated in my turn but I know how to be grateful for all the lessons that I've learned ooooh.... so if you're askin' for some wisdom I'll say “just listen when you're alone...” and if you're askin' for an answer the only truth I know if my own but if you're askin' for a reason to keep on dreamin', not giving up if you're askin' what I believe in the only thing I can say is “love...” ohhhhh....
6.
Tout Passe 03:46
sous le firmament tout n'est que changement, tout passe et quoique l'on ne fasse les jours s'en vont courant plus vite qu'un torrent, tout passe s'il est une vérité hormis l'éternité, tout passe faisons valoir la grâce, le temps est précieux tandis que sous nos yeux, tout passe les petits les grands, les charges et les rangs, tout passe chacun prend une place puis disparaît un jour dans ce mortel séjour, tout passe comme le vaisseau qui glisse au loin sur l'eau, tout passe Il en ai plus de trace, ainsi vont les honneurs les biens et les grandeurs, tout passe jeunesse et beauté, plaisir, force et santé, tout passe tout ce flétrir, s'efface, rien ne resiste au temps comme une fleur des champs, tout passe tout passe…
7.
Can You Hold Me I am learning how to dance with both eyes closed when I don't understand I am waiting for a time when the world will be patient and kind doo doo doo doo.... I am yearning for those wings to hold and enfold me whenever I'm uncertain I am waiting for I know there's wisdom within that keeps us each afloat doo doo doo doo... we gotta break ourselves open to let the light get in... can you hold me?
8.
Attendre 03:45
Attendre attendre...le bon moment se construire des châteaux, des fantaisies, des idéaux en attendant le temps...qui passe devant qui tient tes rêves entre ses mains qui t’offre tout mais tu n’prends rien en attendant en attendant t’entends...un chuchotement ton cœur comme un bourgeon qui s’ouvre et te répond mais t’attends quoi ?... si je pouvais te prendre par la main t’amener au-delà de tout ce qui t’empêche d’être toi-même oooooh…
9.
Samhradh Samhradh *Irish trad., arr. Kyra Shaughnessy, inspired by The Gloaming version, translation from songsinirish.com, translator unknown. samhradh, samhradh, bainne na ngamhna, thugamar féin an samhradh linn. samhradh buí na nóinín glégeal, thugamar féin an samhradh linn. thugamar linn é ón gcoill chraobhaigh, thugamar féin an samhradh linn. samhradh buí ó luí na gréine, thugamar féin an samhradh linn. bábóg na Bealtaine, maighdean an tsamhraidh, suas gach cnoc is síos gach gleann, cailíní maiseacha bán-gheala glégeal, thugamar féin an samhradh linn. cuileann is coll is trom is caorthann thugamar féin an samhradh linn. an fhuinseog ghléigeal bhéil an átha thugamar féin an samhradh linn. samhradh, samhradh, bainne na ngamhna, thugamar féin an samhradh linn. samhradh buí na nóinín glégeal, thugamar féin an samhradh linn. samhradh, samhradh samhradh, samhradh Summer, Summer summer, summer, milk of the calves we have brought the summer in yellow summer of clear bright daisies we have brought the summer in we brought it in from the leafy wood we have brought the summer in yellow Summer from the time of the sunset we have brought the summer in mayday doll, maiden of summer up every hill and down every glen beautiful girls, radiant and shining we have brought the summer in. holly and hazel and elder and rowan we have brought the summer in. and bright ash-tree at the mouth of the ford we have brought the summer in. summer, summer, milk of the calves, we have brought the summer in. yellow summer of clear bright daisies, we have brought the summer in. summer, summer summer, summer
10.
Wash me Clean don't ask me where I've been , ask where my heart is as I travel through each day I find my home in the breath between each step there is a moment where the troubles of this world all seem to fade til they're gone... don't ask me what I've done, ask what I cling to when my wounds are raw and it feels like I may break when I'm kneeling by the side of my own sorrow and I long to disappear beneath the waves where we are free and there is peace and I don’t worry bout the world we leave tomorrow cause I am free and there is peace and any change we choose to make is possible it’s already begun don't ask how far i've come, sit there in silence let the earth beneath our feet speak for itself we're all so caught up in our own importance we don’t heat the stories stones and stars may tell where we are free, and there is peace and I don’t worry bout the children of tomorrow cause I am free and there is peace and any change we choose to make is possible, probable cause we are free, there is peace and any change we choose to make is possible, it’s already begun wash me clean, or let me be…

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released April 11, 2018

words and music by Kyra Shaughnessy except for lyrics of Tout Passe and Samhradh,Samhradh (trad.).
produced by Kyra Shaughnessy and Cédric Dind-Lavoie

Kyra Shaughnessy - guitar, vocals, hand drum
Cédric Dind-Lavoie - bass, accordion, piano, wind chimes
Estelle Lavoie - kora
Anais Constantin - cello

Mixed and mastered by Louis Morneau
Recorded at Wild Wind Studios (Lac-Mégantic, QC) and Cédric Did-Lavoie's home studio in Montréal.

cover art: Ben Fry (www.benfrymovies.com)
graphics: Tim Doherty and Ben Fry

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Kyra Shaughnessy’s music and writing invoke presence and awakening. Of mixed heritage, born, raised and unschooled in Québec, composing in multiple languages across genres, Kyra’s work represents a unifying vision of humanity through an artistic practice grounded in a holistic perspective of healing and respect for the interconnectedness of all life. Visit www.patreon.com/kyrashau for updates! ... more

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