Speck

by O'mally

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Recorded on Mayne Island and released by Fiddle Head Records, “Speck” was unleashed to a welcoming audience in May 2010. Produced, recorded and tracked on by her brother Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird), "Speck" spent its debut month receiving tons of national airplay, with O'mally supporting it on an extensive cross Canada tour of performances and interviews. Backing O'mally on the album and live is Elise Boeur on fiddle, and a rotating cast of talented players, while the album contains appearances from such notable western Canadian musicians as Oliver Swain (bass), Adrian Dolan (accordion/keyboards) and Tim Tweedale (lap slide). It's a fabulous collection of songs that's catching ears across the country, wrapping listeners in its warmth, instrumental splendor, and inspired vocals and lyrics. Think Joni Mitchell, Dirk Powell or Nick Drake, and the combination of generations worth of musical influence, everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead, and you have a sense of all that is O’mally.

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released May 1, 2010

Performed By:
Meg Iredale-Gray, Adam Iredale-Gray, Elise Boeur, Ben Kelly, Ryan Boeur, Adrian Dolan, Jenny Ritter, Danielle Lebeau-Petersen & Tim Tweedale

Mixed and Mastered By:
Adam Iredale-Gray and Adrian Dolan

Produced by Meg and Adam Iredale-Gray

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O'mally Victoria, British Columbia

O’mally’s well paced clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar layer her strong and earthy vocals, and are complimented by the clear harmonies of fiddle player Elise Boeur, culminating in a collection of delightfully orchestrated yet simple old time and folk songs. ... more

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Track Name: Don't Miss Don't Need
Don't miss don't need

I'm 'a ride out of town
leave my mark far behind
leave me there settle down
leave me there till I find my mind

and If I write you a letter
read it twice that one line sayin'

chorus:
I don't miss you
I don't need you
but I'll love you
till the end of time

I'm 'a ride through this town
find that place where the cold winds whine
I'll stay there till I settle down
in that place where the sun don't shine

and if I call you one the phone
pick it up, listen for the dial town

sayin' I don't miss you
I don't need you
but I'll love you
till the end of time

As this road rolls
through the mountains into the pines
I have found my home
among these yellow highway lines

I don't miss you
I don't need you
but I'll love you
till the end of time

yes I'll love you till the end of time
Track Name: Dreamscapes
What is this life
but a sequence of dreamscapes
what keeps me here
when there's no one around to hear
why don't I disappear

What is this air we breathe
so clear we can't see
that it keeps us here
when there's no one around see
that it is what keeps us here

This life is
the most beautiful
dream

With you here
and there's no one around to see
and into your eyes
I can disappear
Track Name: Speck
Take the long way home
Let me roll down the window
and Watch the trees fly past
feel the miles under me

'cause this road is much older than I
ever hope to be

The road that's built along side
the rail-line that follows the fraser
Tracks built on stolen land
by men who's backs were already broken

and You can feel the history
embedded in the steel

I've been told that I don't belong here
and I've been shown that my roots are shallow
I make no claims
to this land
no I'm just a Speck on a long highway line

Take a piece of this
a piece of my history to
I'm gonna watch the trees fall down
feel the years in-front of me

'cause my generation is searching
for their home
Yes my generation is searching
for their place.
Track Name: Simple Song
Sing me a song as I fall asleep on my lonesome
tell me that you love me
Play me a tune that you wrote just for me when you called me
and you were lonely

'cause I miss you in the morning
and I miss you in the evening

Sing me a Simple Song one that's a sing-along
play me a silly tune, one that you'll teach me soon
Squeeze me like a teddy bear keep all my letters
and don't forget to love me

Will you think of me when your working
will you think of me when your playing
will you think of me when your older
will you think on this song

will you miss me in the morning
in the evening
will you miss me when I'm gone
will you miss me till I'm home
Track Name: Tideline
You cannot see past your insecurities
I am too tired to be your mirror
You spent my love too fast
Still I live to give to you
everything you'd ever need
still you are my whole world

Your head is filled with changing swells
my heart is full the tide now needs to wane
Your rowed to my shore
Now you want to see the door
Now you know what my hearts for
Take with you my whole world

Your back is turned your eyes are closed
I know your gone but I'm still here
I was not done
Whispering in your ear
secrets songs you loved to here
having you be my world
Track Name: Stay
Oh No! there's puddles of tears on the floor again
and whiskey sweet whiskey on my lips
and you are standing in that spotlight by the front door
with a look that say's please be here when I get home

'cause it's that same fight
over and over each night

it always end's with the question
why do I stay

We met in the winter but I left in the spring-time
you'd call and you'd ask me 'baby who is it way out there'
I came back in the summer and in the fall we moved in together
now here comes the question how long will you stay

'cause it's that same fight
over and over each night

It always ends with the question
why do You stay

It always ends with the question
why do we stay
Track Name: Take Your Time
Take your time
Take my time too
You'll be fine
If you know your mind

I wear my heart
Up in my ear
Whether your far
or whether your neer
you'r all I hear

I wear my soul
Down in my shoes
To keep myself
From getting too bruised

If you want my soul
you can have that too
just take your time
to try my shoes

I wear my mind
Down in my gut
Sometimes my gut
it rot's my mind

You don't need my mind
No yours works fine
Just take your time
take your time
take your time


Take your time
Take my time too
You'll be fine
If you know your mind

you know my mind
I know my mind
you know my mind
it's always on you
Track Name: Ghost
Your ghost hangs around here
like a shroud of fog
and I'm watching out the window
for a sign of a storm
You built this old house up
with the metal of your back
You brought you whole family
off the beaten path

Now I can feel that storm coming
and it's coming from within
as all your children quarrel
about who where and when
I can feel your ghost wailing
take me home
where I belong

Suddenly I'm standing at your side
your telling me all about the great divide
how all rivers must flow to the sea
just some by west and some by east
and if I walk through the field
to the trees where you lay
I can sometimes hear you calling
I am home
where I belong

I hope your memory haunts me
For as long as I live
I hope someday I will find you
Take me home where I belong
do you ever hear me calling
take me home
where I belong

Do you ever hear me calling
take me home
where I belong
Track Name: Cold Town
It doesn't snow here much at all
it just rains and rains and rains and rains and it rains
we go out walking all year round
it doesn't get to cold to bear

so go home without me
I'm too busy thinking about times before

and that cold cold town that stole my heart
froze it in the ground

Do you remember when we took the train
through the mountains and across the prairies
we got to Toronto just in time you went to montreal
I went to that cold cold town

and when I got there I got ice in my boots
Snow in my hair frost in my air

that cold cold town, it stole my heart
froze it in the ground

So when you found me in that cold cold town
there was ice in my boots snow was comin down
you said we are lucky we've come so far
and this town is ours not the other way around

so go home without me
I'm stuck here frozen in this cold cold town

This cold cold town
it moves around won't let me settle down >< 3