To Grow

by Richard Garvey

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To Grow - A collection of songs inspired by a community that desires justice, collaboration and well-being. The songs explore what it means to grow as individuals and collectively. Richard searches for joy through the sorrows of pulling the weeds of consumer/worker roles from our lives to begin harvesting the fruit of intentional community.

The CD was recorded live off the floor with a small community sing-along supporting Rich as he shared his heart and invited the impromptu choir to take part.

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released July 27, 2011

Richard Garvey – voice, guitar
Laura Ashfield – vocal harmony (4 & 6)
Jeremy Bernard – engineer

Group singers – Janice Lee, Polly Edwards, Darren Creech, Joey Bell, Michelle Horel, Laura Ashfield, Amy Hunter, Adam ‘F’ Lewis, Ciaran Myers, Kali Greve, Florian Ong, LtwothaJ and more

Cover Photo by Keegan Quart

Photo Art by Polly Edwards

Mixed and Mastered at Station Records, Stratford, ON.

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Track Name: Like a tree
Like A Tree [4/4]

A/Bm/D/F#mE/
(same chords for intro, verse, bridge)

Oh to be rooted, lalala lalala in mother earth
Oh to be rooted, lalala lalala in mother earth

I still have hope
For peace of mind
For love that’s true
That’s hard to find

Still I dream
A far off place
A beautiful space
That’s hard to find

G D A A7 (X 2) E E7 E
Its hard to rest my head at night
When every day I’m called out to fight

A Bm D E (X4)
Like a tree I stand (I stand)
Under the stars
Reach for heaven (reach for heaven)
So far

Unkept and clean
The way love should be
Unlocked and hoping
The way your hearts free

I still have time
Maturing not aging
Bring a joyful song
Straight to your ear

Oh to be rooted, lalala lalala in mother earth
Oh to be rooted, lalala lalala in mother earth
Oh to be at peace, lalala lalala in mother earth
Oh to be at peace, lalala lalala in mother earth

Key change (B Major)

B C# E F# (X4)
Like a tree I stand
Under the stars
Reach for heaven
So far

Like a tree I stand
Under the stars
Reach for heaven
So far (End on B)

words and music by Richard Garvey
Copyright 2010
Track Name: Grow
The grass is so green
and ancient wisdom we cut down
been growing green forever

If I could be a blade of grass
I'd stand up straight every time
they cut me down

the trees are so strong
branches reaching out
the friendliest of friends stand together

If I could be a tree
in a forest with roots deep
I'd give my shade for free
and tiny woodland animals a place to sleep

but I am less than a tree
but not much more than a blade of grass.
because sometimes I let people
walk all over me

the workers are tired
an aging engine can break down
you can't get ahead on overtime forever

If I was the whole working class
I'd walk straight out and not look back
depend on the nature growing through the cracks
and sell all of my things

mother natures worried
oh the blissful path we've taken
can't plead your ignorance forever

Mother nature spoke to me
said leave behind man's mediocrity
ignore consumer hypocrisy
and come on home to mama

because you are more than a worker
so much more than a consumer
so don't let people
walk all over you

Let me plant you in my soil
you have roots to grow
before you can bare your fruit
or share the beauty of your spring blooms
so let me plant you in my soil

and you'll be just like a blade of grass
stand up straight and grow back up
every time they cut you down
and you'll be just like a tree
in a forest with roots deep
branches reaching out
so humanly

and you'll have so much love
and more will come back
and so you will free
Track Name: The Neighbour Song
The Neighbour Song

I moved into this city reluctantly, I feel
Trapped in this apartment like an animal in an overpopulated shelter
My neighbours are just like me
Their locked in above, below and all around me
So we never get to meet

Well occasionally, on the street, in the parking lot, or the hallway
The elevators my favourite,
Which floor, seven, I’m Richard, unit 23,
Won’t you come and visit me

You might see me
Standing at the top of the stairs
Screaming at my neightbours
I love you, oh I love you
But I don’t know how
I love you, oh I love you
Show me how
Open up your door
Let me in
Or come on out
Where we can begin

Classic example, old man in the foyer
I’m acting like a hippie being really friendly again
He asks me, condescendingly
Where are you going?
Where do you see yourself in five years, son?
I am where I am, I’m where I’d like to be
If you’re here too, spend sometime and teach me a thing or two. Sir.

Another example, attractive young woman in my hallway, mmm.hmmm.mmm
I say hi, as she passes by, and she ignores me, so I ask her her name
She turns to me, accusationally
Who do you think you are, and why are you talking to me
I am who I am I’m who I’d like to be
Question where your expectations come from
And sweet heart you could have a conversation with me

Chorus
To see eye to eye, discover less is more
Poverty should make your heart not your eyes sore
Sorry I’m saying this, but there’s a lot left to be desired here.
And don’t even started talking about the suburbs.

Chorus, verse one.
Track Name: Starving Artist
The starving artist

Now I know I’m not a winner, and I’ll probably never be

but I don’t wanna spend my whole life, in urban poverty

So I’ll stand in the welfare line, and I’ll eat in the soup kitchen

and if I never find a job, guess I’ll have to live creatively

If i wanna see, the most beautiful art

and I’ll shake that artists hand and ask em how he got his start

and its’ Mr. Picasso. what does it mean

is the beauty that its simple or to complex to see for me

I will master this craft or I will starve

and I’ll never taste the sweetest wines and say how grape they are

I’ll find a canvas and never put my brushes down

and I’ll pay that gallery their expensive competition fee

and everyone will see the most beautiful art

and they’ll shake my artist hand and ask at how much do they start

and its Mr. Picasso what does it mean

is the beauty that its simple or to complex to see for me

then I’ll pass a child who draws chalk on the side walk

and never puts a hat out says all art should be free

and I’ll meet a hippie singer with torn jeans and broke guitar

and he’ll say pay what you can i don’t wanna starve

and try and see the most beautiful art

was made by starving artist hands

who never waited for a break to start
Track Name: Share the Circle Earth
I'm gonna try and force a smile
Hope I feel better in a little while.
And when I feel the sunshine
Oh I start to feel fine
When I see a rainbow
I start to glow
Like everyone share's the circle earth
So everyone share the circle earth
And if you break the ground
share the food
And if you didn't do the work
come on and pay what its worth
And everyone will share the circle earth

If I push through like yesterday
There's less worry for tomorrow when you love today
And when I feel the sunshine
Oh I start to feel fine
When I see a rainbow
I start to glow
Like everyone share's the circle earth
So everyone share the circle earth
And if you break the ground
share the food
And if you didn't do the work
come on and pay what its worth
And everyone will share the circle earth

There's enough to go around
So let's share our wealth until everyone is fed
Until everyone's in good health
And just imagine, oh imagine a way
And let there be a will
And everyone will share the circle earth
Oh everyone will share the circle earth
Oh everyone will share the circle earth
Oh everyone will share the circle
Track Name: The Harvest
The Harvest

Like the sun, The sun rise
I’m heading, heading west
Like the wind the cold north wind
I may never find my rest

But my home is waiting
my home is calling
my home is ancient
westward mountains

like the work the workers day
The fruits of my labour are never my wage
like the pain the workers pain

i may never go away
buy my home is waiting
my home is calling
my home is golden
fields of wheat
for the harvest

the harvest is plenty
the harvest is plenty
but the workers are nowhere in sight

so like the war, the war we’re waging
i am bloody, i’m a sacrifice
like the hatred, the hatred thats winning
i don’t know how to live my life

my home is waiting
my home is calling
my home is sacred
like a tree
standing so tall

Verse one
Track Name: Listen Well
The life I live
is so comfortable
so its hard to see
the lives
my privilege costs

But I'm waking up slowly
reality's harsh on me
i was never really
living the dream

the days have gone when I've felt nothing at all
the days will come when I fear nothing big or small
So hold on to truth my friends
Hold on to freedom
hold out your helping hand
and truly love will be yours again

I have friends
who still plead ignorance
and they're living in
a yuppie bliss
pursuing capital
happiness

the days have gone when I've felt nothing at all
the days will come when I fear nothing big or small
So hold on to truth my friends
Hold on to freedom
hold out your helping hand
and truly love will be yours again

listen, listen well
we wanna see the trees standing tall
you can hear the native voices calling
feel the drum beating so loud
see the people dancing so loud
only sacred fires now
Track Name: Wake up your love
I got bills due and a line up of gigs that probably won't pay
So I work and work until I'm too tired to play and sing

ladedadeda hey hey
ladedadeda hey hey
Something about changing the world I wrote yesterday

So I read a book and watch some tv and dream about a different me
and he's younger and taller and when he sings everyone listens and believes

so ladedadedade hey hey
ladedadeda hey hey
somethings screaming

Wake up, wake up, your love, your love

wake up child its early
watch my sunrise
come to bless you
and lift your spirits up

Wake up, wake up, your love, your love

And I pray and tears run down my face
As I praise the earth beneath
the words of grace

Wake up, wake up, your love, your love

use your gifts
chase your dreams