Little Grey House

by Kim June Johnson

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released January 1, 2006

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Kim June Johnson British Columbia

Kim June Johnson is a poet and award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter. Her new album, Canvas & Clay was released in May 2014. Produced by Marc Atkinson (The Bills) it features guest performances by Daniel Lapp (trumpet and fiddle) and Scott White (upright bass). It is Kim's most pop-oriented record to-date and garnered her a 2015 Vancouver Island Music Award. ... more

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Track Name: Broken Window
At the close of day you said
"Should I go?" and I said "Stay"
And the wind came through the broken window
That was when all the leaves were falling
And the light shone through the color of lemonade

Ba ba ba ba da da

Some things just seem simpler this way
And I would never move if the wind kept blowing through
Sometimes the pieces rattle, all these pieces rattle
Deep inside, deep inside, deep inside of me

Ba ba ba ba da da

She was born in the early wild morning
It was late June when all the world was in bloom
And I cried and cried, cuz all things die
And you couldn't stay, you couldn't stay
Nothing stays, nothing stays, nothing stays

Ba ba ba ba da da
Track Name: Don't Go Now
Don’t go now
I know it’s late
and the light is growing dim
But I just like the way
You feel beside me
on the front steps
Not yet

Sing me one more song,
The one about the girl
Who finds the whole wide world

Don’t go now
I know it’s late
and the dark is folding in
But I just like the way
Your fingers close around my hand
So grand

Sing me one more song
The one about the girl
Who finds the whole wide world

Don’t go now
I know it’s late
and the light is spreading thin
But I just like the way
The shadows pattern on the road
Don’t go

Sing me one more song,
The one about the boy
Who never lets h
er go
Track Name: Half-Way Through Me
He said Do you ever feel you’re getting old
Sitting here half-asleep sometimes?
And he put his head down
scratched the top of his ear
Said: It’s easier just to stay here
That way nobody gets hurt
Smiled half-way through me

He said sometimes he sees himself in dreams
Running down the highway
Nothing changes, all the same old
Blurred-out fields and miles of grain
You mean a lot to me, I think you know
But there has got to be another road

He said Do you ever feel you’re getting old
Something fraying like a kite-string?
Something tired of pretending
Something breaking, something mending
And he went away that day
Smiled half-way through me
Track Name: Leaves Turn
There is a sky so wide and blue up there
It’s blinding and I swear it makes the day feel so unsure
I don’t know how I thought that I could leave
I think I just believed the world would somehow right itself in time again

When the leaves turn I get so sad inside
An ocean gaping wide, I’m stranded and my ship is sinking
Don’t know how I’ll ever find the shore
Wait a little more or try a little harder than I was before

I lost my way, forgot the road to take
All that’s left to say hangs suspended in the air
On windy days, I feel a little sad, think of what we had
And wonder if I’ll ever get back home again

I’ll be okay, I think I’ll be just fine
I think I just need time
to sit and watch the leaves turn gold
outside my window
Track Name: Leah
Face pressed up close to the glass
Wondering how the birds take flight
& where the sun will go at night
Face pressed up against the glass
Making small circles of breath
& counting all the pieces left

Dreaming of somewhere far away
Where things get born and never feel lonely
Dreaming of one day going there, 'cause here
You gotta keep too many things inside
You gotta keep too many things inside

Breathing in shallow breaths
Feeling gentle heartbeats
& crawling underneath the sheets
Summertime, still light outside
Can't seem to penetrate
All the dark that's wanting to escape

What are those birds called
That cannot live in captivity?
Something wanting to stay alive
So she's keeping all those things inside
Track Name: I've Been Thinking
I've been thinking
About the sky up there
Pretending I'm not aware
Of the little pieces falling
I've been thinking
About the birds today
A million miles away
And I'm small here in my chair

I've been thinking
about the world spinning 'round
And my two feet on the ground
In my house with four blue walls
I've been thinking
That I'd like to grow my hair
And fly away from here
While it trails out in the wind behind me

I've been thinking
'Bout how the seasons change
It seems a little strange
But I think I'm tired of waiting
I've been thinking
That I'd like to have you near
Not a million miles from here
We could go up the street for ice cream
Track Name: Winter Lullaby
Watch over me
Don't let the dark touch too close
Let me fall asleep tonight to the sound of your breathing

Tell me about when you were young
Tell me about that place we'll go
When all snow is gone
And the sun comes up

Watch over me
Flatten the space where the cold climbs in
And I will fall asleep tonight to the sound of the wind

Tell me about when you were young
Tell me about that place we'll go
When all snow is gone
And the sun comes up