Progression

by Church of Trees

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1.
Crumbs (There's Only Now) by Bernard Frazer and Felicity DeCarle ©2016 Verse 1 Never in a straight line, I walk the trail alone Suddenly I look back, the crumbs I left are gone So scared of the unknown Don't know where I came from, don't know where to go Looking back what do I see? All I know is what's in front of me Chorus: There's only now There's only now There's only now There's only now Verse 2 Clear away the brush now, a palace in the trees I can make a home here, my marigold and me Who like saltines anyway? Science class seems like yesterday The crumbs I left myself Are food for someone else Chorus: There's only now There's only now There's only now There's only now Bridge: Moment to moment the memory is slipping away But I don't want it back Chorus There's only now There's only now There's only now There's only now Quiet half chorus (whispers) There's only now There's only now Chorus There's only now There's only now There's only now There's only now
2.
Always Away 05:30
Always Away By Bernard Frazer and Felicity DeCarle ©2016 I never see you anymore Where'd you go, what'd you run for? Sitting here on your couch Wondering what it was all about But oh oh today You'll never make me go crazy Cause I'm always away Away… I'm not here, even now I try to be I’m not here, even now I try to be but don't know how Stop myself, what am I searching for? For my health, identify the hole I tore Now that you’re gone, I’ve found a way Dancing around myself, I’m always away Always… Everybody's going home Not me, I'd rather be alone I'll stay away from the hole Or you'll bury away my soul But oh oh today You'll never make me go crazy Cause I'm always away Away… I'm not here, even now I try to be I'm not here, even now I try to be but don't know how Stop myself, what am I searching for? For my health, identify the hole I tore Now that you're gone, I've found a way Dancing around myself, I'm always away Always… Always, always, always Always away Always away, always, always I’m always away, Always away…
3.
PRIMITVE CREATURES Written by Bernard Frazer and Felicity DeCarle ©2016 It used to be so sweet and easy Staying up all night, trying to get our heads right, baby You'd be the moon, I'd be your starshine Catching waves, hopin' someday we'd make a dime   Primitive creatures, heavenly monsters Cry and love That's us forever   Caught in the light, I want the darkness back, please Too much glitter, I need the dirt to ground me It's not enough to say that I'll get there Work it off, sweat the gold out, it's everywhere   Primitive creatures, heavenly monsters Cry and love, That's us forever Holy Priestess, Fairy Princess Wish we could crawl back to her forever   You say that it's all too much for you Won't get lost in us, not like you used to do Fairytale ends here; you won't go on You won't live inside us like you Promised.... You promised Primitive creatures, heavenly monsters Cry and love That’s us forever Holy Priestess, Fairy Princess Wish we could crawl back to her forever
4.
Like Gary Numan by B.R Frazer ©2018 I found a recipe On a darknet site A kind of formula That turns water into wine Take a drink and you're Trump-proof From all the sick shit His minions dish up When they're digging into it Are we living in the darkest time in history? No surprise we want to disappear From all this fear I want to be like Gary Numan Live in my car, be an auto inhuman Don't like the melting pot They want to purify the line But in reality They are as muddy as they're blind They cannot listen Because they will never submit They do not understand time Or that we're running out of it Could we be whisper close to eternity Could we be a single breath from insanity I want to be like Gary Numan Live in my car, be an auto inhuman Under cover, and utter illusion Here in my car, I'm in total seclusion Like Gary Numan L-l-l-l-l like Gary (Gary, Gary) Like G-g-g-g-g-g Like Gary Numan I want to be like Gary Numan Live in my car, be an auto inhuman Under cover, an utter illusion Here in my car, in total seclusion Like Gary Numan Like Gary Numan Like Gary
5.
Listen 2 Love by B.R Frazer ©2015 Had too much of what people say Their words jump out then they fly away I want some that can really stick To fill me up, make my life trip I want to live in a better world Where strangers smile when you pass 'em by I want to live like my momma did Start giving back, it don't matter why I want to listen 2 love Listen to my heart beat I want to listen 2 love Listen to my soul speak Love, Listen to my heart beat Love, listen to my soul speak I want to listen 2 love Listen to my heart beat I want to listen 2 love Listen to my soul speak Love, Listen to my heart beat Love, listen to my soul speak So much stress trying just to walk around We're on edge in a perpetual frown I want to change, get a little sick Some random act of kindness shit I want to live in a better world Where strangers smile when you pass 'em by I want to live like my momma did Start giving back, it don't matter why I want to listen 2 love Listen to my heart beat I want to listen 2 love Listen to my soul speak Love, Listen to my heart beat Love, listen to my soul speak I want to listen 2 love Listen to my heart beat I want to listen 2 love Listen to my soul speak Love, Listen to my heart beat Love, listen to my soul speak (repeat) oooooh oooh oohh oooh make the world go round oooooh oooh oohh oooh such a beautiful, beautiful sound I want to listen 2 love Listen to my heart beat I want to listen 2 love Listen to my soul speak I want to listen 2 love Listen to my heart beat I want to listen 2 love Listen to my soul speak Love, Listen to my heart beat Love, listen to my soul speak I want to listen 2 love Listen to my heart beat I want to listen 2 love Listen to my soul speak Love, Listen to my heart beat Love, listen to my soul speak (repeat)
6.
Mister Maybe 02:47
Mister Maybe by B.R Frazer ©2018 Crowds a'flock like buzzy bees They wander (ooooh) In throughout my consciousness they flow All distractions interfere and cover up my view The walls of noise they block me from you Is you is or ain't you ain't my baby In you come then out You're Mister Maybe Won't hold my breath 'til you come back (Nooo!) Late at night your pebbles scratch my window A carnal call, you cum and go what's new Must admit, the usual's getting pretty boring Hard swallowing your non-committal view Is you is or ain't you ain't my baby In you come then out You're Mister Maybe Won't hold my breath Is you is, I bet you ain't my baby In you come then out you're mister maybe Won't hold my breath I won't hold, no I won't hold Won't hold my breath, nooo Is you is or ain't you ain't my baby In you come then out You're Mister Maybe Won't hold my breath Is you is, I bet you ain't my baby In you come then out you're mister maybe Won't hold my breath 'til you come back (Nooo!)
7.
I can't be loved by B.R Frazer ©2017 It's with sympathy I tell you Everything must change Packed my guitar and tone Took the Macy Gray Had suspicion for the longest time Things were not quite right Guess this is where I pay In the back room Your bodies tightly pressed In the shadows Drinking his caress I can't be loved Oooh I can't be loved (I Wish that I knew why) I can't be loved (Ahhh ahhhh) I can't be loved No no no In my stark and swollen mind I had to follow you Imagination moved to a darker side If people have the power To manifest their will I not only took the pill I drank the kool-aid In a dark room Your bodies tightly pressed I watch your shadow swallow his caress I can't be loved Oooh I can't be loved (I Wish that I knew why) I can't be loved (Ahhh ahhhh) I can't be loved No no no
8.
Scream in Silence by B.R Frazer ©2017 All roads to ruin start with a stumble tragedy feeds off small mistakes It's purification, act one of delusion in a plutocratic state I tried to be quiet, stayed mum to the riot But I can't ignore this loaded game A puppet & tool, the worst April fool Too rich to relate I can only scream alone in silence I can only hide the pain away I can only breathe in cold defiance Burning in the hell that you create A man on the edge, pride on the brink A finger poised to cast our fate You mock him & spit in a schoolboy fit And nudge him closer to the bait Do you even know It's Armageddon you sow When you blink It's too late I can only scream alone in silence I can only hide the pain away I can only breathe in cold defiance Burning in the hell that you create I can only I can only I can only scream alone in silence (silence, silence, silence) It's too late
9.
Heaven's Waiting by B.R Frazer and DeeDee Butters ©2018 Waiting For some bell to ring An ethereal voice Alone to sing Looking back Guess I reaped just what I sowed Heaven's waiting At the door for me And I'm praying That it's going to be Everything the preacher Said it would be Dreaming In a sea of scorn On the Hesperus Lashed to a mast in the storm So many changes that I should have made Listening To my wild heart beat Waiting Til it ceases to be A child of the damned One of the cursed few The release of love Lou said it would be One life's gift to eternity The day all liars finally speak their truth Heaven's waiting At the door for me And I'm praying That it's going to be Everything the preacher Said it would be Angel's waiting to put wings on my feet My Gabriel Blows his horn so sweet Carry me oh won't you set me free
10.
Paralyzed 03:21
Boy, I lived in your squalor I lived in your shit and all your places of shame I breathed in your poison swallowed your filth played this ridiculous game Boy, I sat at your table I took your abuse you just spat in my face you stole my data My brand and my blood until I was erased when I resisted you called me criminal but truth ain't your ally not even close, it ain't no friend at all Paralyzed Give me strength to go on Paralyzed Give me the power to stay strong Boy Ok, you've got it all you've got money, power and control Will you lead us away from the brink Before we start to fall Boy Are you wise enough to see the truth as it slaps your face Foolishly you put commerce ahead of the whole human race when we resist you call us criminal but the truth ain't your friend And you've got no friends at all Paralyzed, Paralyzed Paralyzed Give me strength to go on Paralyzed Give me the power to stay strong Paralyzed 10 billion people caught in the fray Paralyzed In the blink of an eye our existence melts away our existence melts away Paralyzed
11.
Eyes Up 02:48
Eyes Up every l'il thing come out your mouth they're lies of desperation every word that you say float far beyond the truth every thought, just verbal junk I know cause i've been listening only thing you ever meant was bye and i got proof Eyes up Climb up & out the gutter Eyes up Get strong & crack the whip Eyes Up Tell the truth, try not to stutter ya best believe get what ya need uh uh give it good ya every l'il thing that you do, so vile and so deceptive every action that you take so foul & self-absorbed Got to break for a double take look deep into the mirror Gotta track who's staring back then "bam" kick down the door Eyes up Climb up & out the gutter Eyes up Get strong & crack the whip Eyes Up Tell the truth, try not to stutter ya best believe get what ya need uh uh give it good ya talk small walk tall be brave Humans should live well don't tell Eyes up Climb up & out the gutter Eyes up Get strong & crack the whip Eyes Up Tell the truth, try not to stutter ya best believe get what ya need uh uh give it good ya
12.
End Of Days tripping uptown late at night doors are locked, I'm out of sight I'm cruising just cruising stores are empty, bars are closed apocalyptic tears, who knows cruising, I'm cruising and it feels like the end of days And these fears, not just words I say I feel it's the end of days wish they'd all fade away shutting down all signs of life emotions off, a dimming light I'm losing, losing Broken down, a shell of me There's a crack along eternity losing Are we losing and it feels like the end of days And these fears, not just words I say I feel it's the end of days wish they'd all fade away fade away ooooh fade away oooo-ooooh-oooh-ooooh fade away oooooooh fade away and it feels like the end of days And these fears, not just words I say I feel it's the end of days wish they'd all fade away ooooo-oooooh-ooooh ooooo-oooooh-ooooh
13.
Lose It 03:51
Every now and then i get a little bit tired every once in a while i kinda lose it every now and then i have a shameful desire and i want take this life and bruise it you take a tiny step up but they push you back you want it full of light but they paint it black you take a big deep breath as they start to attack what in the world can you do? every now and then i get a little bit closer every once in a while i feel I'm in it good every now and then i have a need to be bolder then i want take this life and throw it you take a tiny step in but they push you out you think you've got it made then you're filled with doubt you wanna hold it in then you start to shout what in the world can you do? every now and then i feel a little bit older every once in a while i feel it slip away every now and then i get a little bit colder and i want take this life and lose it lose it lose it lose it
14.
Blond .. girl ... at a cock – tail bar “Where did things go wrong?” “Gave him everything I had And turned my insides out” Cranks ... herself ... to oblivion Blind to the real Goes downtown to pay the bill Sucks deep in denial Some say No way Can't get to heaven on your knees Too late Bad date Here's 50 bucks in disease Some don't listen well Others gotta lose control But she's got no sense of it at all Some don't pay the bill Others dig a living hell But she still bangs her head on the wall Let it out / Some don't listen well Let it out / Others gotta lose control Let it out / she still bangs her head on the wall Let it out / Some dig a living hell Let it out / she's got no sense of it at all Some don't listen well Others gotta lose control But she's got no sense of it at all Some don't pay the bill Others dig a living hell But she still bangs her head on the wall

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Progression is a chronological retrospective of Church of Trees from 2016 to 2020. It weaves together the pivotal songs from the first four years of their journey. Included, are notes and comments by Church of Trees founder, Bernard Frazer, about the making of these songs and the people who helped bring them to life.

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released October 28, 2020

Vocals by: Felicity DeCarle, DeeDee Butters, Tara Holloway, Andrea Matchett, Jill Beaulieu, Tara Hope, Allison Stanton, and Bernard Frazer

Synths, bass synths, drum/bass programming, SFX by Bernard Frazer except for End of Days (rOb PreuSS version): synths, programming, and percussion by Rob Preuss)

Guitar by Jordon Zadorozny

Mixed and mastered by Jordon Zadorozny at Skylark Park except for End of Days (rOb PreuSS version): mixed and mastered by Rob Preuss.

Produced by Bernard Frazer and Jordon Zadorozny, except for End of Days (rOb PreuSS version): produced by Rob Preuss.

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Church of Trees Ottawa, Ontario

The Ottawa‐based synth/dream pop project broke onto the scene with 2017's Primitive Creatures, a collection of chill grooves, lush synths, and catchy melodies.

In 2018, they unleashed The Dark & the Light, introducing an edgier sound and a host of new voices.

In 2020, they launch New Bold Dawn, a collection of songs describing the fear, anxiety, and desperation of a world under lock down.
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