Paper Sun (Re​-​release)

by Kim June Johnson

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Paper Sun was first released in 2012 with the help of a FACTOR grant and re-released in 2014 when the first run of hard copies sold out. The re-release version contains the same songs, but two of the versions have been changed (Calgary and Parachute). An additional song (Saturday) was added.

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released January 1, 2012

Nine of the songs on this record were produced by Colin Linden and three were produced by Danny McBride. (See individual song credits for specifics.)

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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: Calgary
It was that open window
and something aching in my head.
Something ain’t right when you can’t get out of bed.
It was that old grey carpet
and the phone call at 2 am.
I can’t believe I fell for that again.

Goodbye baby
It’s too soon for you to tell
but I’ve learned my lesson well.
Wait and see.
Next time you think of me
I’ll be half-way down the road to Calgary.

It was the rain on the driveway
and you pulling out again.
It was the smell that was left on your skin.
It was the radio playing
a broken-hearted little tune.
I packed my bags in the dreary afternoon.

Now I’m pulling onto the highway
and the trees are blurring by
and I hate to say it
but there’s not one cloud left in the sky.
Track Name: Early Spring Outing
In the late morning
we drove to the water
and what a time it was
After that long winter!
We watched as rainclouds
gathered along the hills
but the rain just passed us by
Oh, the rain just passed us by
Oh, the rain just passed us by

Later, with chowder
at the small bakery
we sat by the window
the light nearly blinding
Two sweet old ladies
smiled as they passed
and waved you a goodbye
and waved you a goodbye
and waved you a goodbye

Back on the highway
The rain started down
and I felt my life
in its pure, perfect timing
And I heard you sigh
And say: I like today
And I said So do I
And I said So do I
And I said So do I
Track Name: Parachute
I sit by the window, cup warm in my hands.
Outside the sky is the color of sand.
I’m so tired of being stuck inside,
all closed up, I want to open wide.
It’s time I left this barren ground.
I’ve been here too long and it’s wearing me down.
It’s time I found another road.
It’s time I pulled my parachute out.

Everybody talks of tragedy,
The world is dying they say, Can’t you see?
But I’m looking out at the sparrow on the line
and the wind that’s blowing the back yard pine.
And now the light is full, clear across the hills.
Winter is coming and I’ve got the chills.
But it’s time I left this winter coat.
It’s time I pulled my parachute out.

Been down this road a hundred times,
it just goes on for miles and miles.
But I think it’s time that I moved on,
what’s done is done, what’s gone is gone.
I want to leave this weary world behind
like the blackbirds sailing off across the sky.
I can’t keep living with all this doubt.
It’s only ever tired me out.
And there’s a little girl spinning in the back yard,
I want to open like that—it’s not so hard.
It’s time I remembered what it’s all about.
It’s time I pulled my parachute out.
Track Name: You Sent Me a Letter
(for Colby)

Walking West along Bernard,
thinking about you and how you are.
Walking up the path to the bridge,
thinking about you out where you live.

You sent me a letter that said you’d love the fall this year.
You sent me a letter that said the sun’s been shining here.

Doesn’t it seem like a lifetime ago
when I crashed your car after that show?
I still feel that city beneath my feet,
the winter’s hard cold and the damp summer heat.

You sent me a letter that said you’d love the fall this year.
You sent me a letter that said the sun’s been shining here.

But I’ve spent way too many years
looking back to see if the coast was clear.
Track Name: First Loved
Look for me,
I’ll be coming down the road.
The war is done
and they’re sending us soldiers home.
Will it be like before?
Will it be like I remember?
Will it be the way you swore it would be,
like when you & I first loved?

Darlin’,
I remember those harsh words we spoke.
Let’s not keep
any burden too heavy to hold.
Let it be like before.
Let it be like I remember.
Let it be the way you swore it would be,
like when you & I first loved.

I’ve seen loss
and I’ve seen so many things taken.
There’s no time
for any living to be wasted.
Track Name: Long Drive Home
Waiting for Christmas.
We drive as the sun
lights the backs of the hills
blue and gold.
The ice on the river
looks just like candy, you say
and your eyelids slowly close.

I want you here with me always,
asleep in the backseat against the door
on this long drive home.

The clouds form a line
across the horizon:
streaks of pink as the day closes up.
A train whistles loud
as it passes
and there, the streetlights at the edge of town.

I want you here with me always,
asleep in the backseat against the door
on this long drive home.
Track Name: Blackbird Sitting on the Line
Blackbird sitting on the line,
My lover’s gone again, he left me without a dime.
And just when I thought that things were going fine.
Blackbird sitting on the line.

Blackbird sitting on the line,
I was so cold to him, I was so unkind.
He was the best man I thought I’d ever find.
Blackbird sitting on the line.

Tell me, what do I do this time?
What do I do this time?
You’re out there singing your song
while I’m in here crying.
Blackbird sitting on the line.

Blackbird sitting on the line,
I’ve been so careless, I’ve been so blind.
I told him I was sorry, told him I was trying.
Blackbird sitting on the line.

Blackbird sitting on the line,
Now I’m so lonesome, so broke up inside.
How do I get me a little piece of mind?
Blackbird sitting on the line.