Canvas

by Margot MacDonald

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released 05 November 2013

All songs written by Margot MacDonald, with the exception of “Teardrop” written by Elizabeth Fraser and Massive Attack

Produced by Marco Delmar
Recorded and Mixed at Recording Arts LLC
Engineered by Marco Delmar, Ken Barnum,
Jessica Baber and Stephanie Milne
Pre-production assistance by Daniel Cohn, JamClass
Mastered by Bill Wolf, Wolf Productions Inc

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Margot MacDonald: vocals, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, bottles, glockenspiel, crystal glasses

Piano: Margot MacDonald (4.7) Alan Kayanan (1.5)
Electric guitar: KC Hatton (1.10.11) Aaron Geller (8)
Cello: Wytold Lebing (2.3.5.6) Katie Chambers (4.10)
Bass: Ken Barnum
Drums: Nik Hughes (1.6.7.10.11) Paul Garisto (2.3.5.8)
Alan Kayanan (4)

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Photos by FrancescoSapienza.com
Album design by Margot MacDonald



My heart belongs to the generous Indie Gogo contributors who made this album possible. My sincerest thanks to top supporters Den Hollinden, Pascal Openshaw, Tom Henigman, Peyton Loftis, Brick Barientos, Jonathan Ben-Ami, Julie Gantz, Hortencia Torres, and the many other contributors.

Additional thanks to Moms & Pops (and Doodles); the musicians that brought this album to fruition; Fred Cannon for all the love and support; Melanie Boyer for the endless help and humor in organizing the Indie Gogo campaign; and Mizzar for watching over it all. I hold the warmest of fuzzy feelings for all of you.



© ℗ 2013 Margot MacDonald BMI

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Track Name: Speed of Sound
If you say that you want to leave
I will let you be
Box the memories and kiss your cheek
But my heart will still beat

Faster than the speed of sound I’ll come around to you
Faster than the speed of sound I’ll come around to you
Feet are flying off the ground
I’m running round, I’m running round
Faster than the speed of sound

Just call my name
Call my name, call my name, call my name

If you say that you want to leave
I will let you be
Take your T-shirt, yes I want my key
Heart on pause and repeat

Faster than the speed of sound I’ll come around to you
Faster than the speed of sound I’ll come around to you
Feet are flying off the ground
I’m running round, I’m running round
Faster than the speed of sound

Call my name, call my name, call my name
Call my name, call my name, call my name
I’m scared that you’re still around
Don’t wanna loose my ground

Uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, Running outta breath breath
Uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, uhuh uhuh

Faster than the speed of sound I’ll come around to you
Faster than the speed of sound I’ll come around to you
Feet are flying off the ground
I’m running round, I’m running round
Faster than the speed of sound

Uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, Running outta breath breath
Uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, Love doesn’t rest rest
Uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, Running outta breath breath
Uhuh ehoh, uhuh ehoh, Speed of sound
Track Name: Straight Talk
Oh I’m trying
To get to where you’re going
And I know you know it

The quiet ignite
Of love swept words tiptoeing
I know you know it

I know you know it
And you know I know it

Straight talk, Hear the beating now
I know that we could be somehow
I know, we could feel it now
I know, we could feel it

Tiresome trying
To keep my heart in hiding
When I know you know it

Don’t wait too long
To find our thoughts colliding
I know you know it

I know you know it
And you know I know it

Straight talk, hear the beating now
I know that we could be somehow
I know, we could feel it now
I know, we could feel it

Here it goes, quiet your bright eyes
Here it goes, I’m always so tongue-tied

Straight talk, hear the beating now
I know that we could be somehow
I know, we could feel it now
I know, we could feel it
Track Name: Feel Free
Suffocate your sorrow
I heard you’ve been wholly hallow
And you’ll get there, you’ll get there, I swear
Just take these pills and swallow

You wanna feel like… Oh! Uh huh
Oh! But you’re feelin’… ooooooh
Whatchu want ain’t whatchu want
Just wanna feel… Oh! Uh huh
Oh! But you’re feelin’… ooooooh
Sanity don’t seem so hot

Just wanna feel free, free

It takes intoxication
To ease your mind’s dictation
And you’ll get there, you’ll get there, I swear
To a world of your creation

You wanna feel like… Oh! Uh huh
Oh! But you’re feelin’… ooooooh
Whatchu want ain’t whatchu want
Just wanna feel… Oh! Uh huh
Oh! But you’re feelin’… ooooooh
Sanity don’t seem so hot

Just wanna feel free, free

But escaping to your world
Twisted and absurd
Won’t get ya heard

It’s a damaging phase
You’re lost in the haze

Oh! Uh huh
Oh! But you’re feelin’… ooooooh
Whatchu want ain’t whatchu want
Just wanna feel… Oh! Uh huh
Oh! But you’re feelin’… ooooooh
Sanity don’t seem so hot

Just wanna feel free, free, free, free

So you take these pills and swallow…
Track Name: Beautiful Strangers
Rushing down the crowded street
Pushing past the veiled and vast
Stone walls and tell-alls around

Just say a word, just say a word
I’ll give you all that I can

Beautiful strangers, beautiful strangers
Beautiful strangers, I wanna know you

Future lovers under cover
Stories spill at my will
Cutting corners, breaking borders down

Just say a word, just say a word
I’ll give you all that I can

Beautiful strangers, beautiful strangers
Beautiful strangers, I wanna know you

Stranger, you’re no stranger than me
Stranger, you’re not stranger than me
Just a different story

zowwwwww zowwwwwww
mmm bey mm mmm beeeeey

Beautiful strange, beautiful strange
Beautiful strangers, I wanna know you

So many faces, faces unread
Track Name: Call
Whatchya gonna do if you’ll never be a dancer?
The fire’s in your eyes, you don’t have the answer
Oh, whatchya gonna do if you’ll never be a dancer?
I’ve been waiting for you

And whatchya gonna do if you’ll never be a rock star?
Your eyes on the prize but you lost the guitar
Say whatchya gonna do if you’ll never be a rock star?
I’ve been waiting, waiting for you

Call me a light, Call us right, Start a fight
Just call me
Call me the one, Call us done, I’ve just begun
Now call me

And whatchya gonna do if you don’t have the answer?
Your heart’s on the move, but it’s pulling an anchor
Oh, whatchya gonna do if you don’t have the answer?
See I’ve been waiting for you

Call me a light, Call us right, Start a fight
Just call me
Call me the one, Call us done, I’ve just begun
Now call me

I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting for you

Call me the one, Call us done, I’ve just begun…
Track Name: To the Ground
Eye of the sculptor, don’t you complain
You’ve molded your own terrain
And you wanna stay inside your life of dismay
But I can only meet you halfway

You said, you said happiness, oh
Still waiting for it to come around
Daydreaming life as you want it
Until it all falls to the ground

And those clean little pictures on your mantle piece
They show what you think will make your life complete
But they’ll only dance for you behind closed doors
And that can't be what you’re looking for

You said, you said happiness, oh
Still waiting for it to come around
Daydreaming life as you want it
Until it all falls to the ground

But I cannot watch, my dear
No I can’t watch

You said, you said happiness, oh
Still waiting for it to come around
Daydreaming life as you want it
Until it all falls to the ground

You said, you said happiness, oh
Still waiting for it to come around
Daydreaming how you would change it
Until it all falls to the ground

Fall to the ground, fall to the ground
Fall to the ground, fall to the ground
Fall to the ground, fall to the ground
Track Name: Changing Times
Walking along, singing a new song
And I, I recall you

Broken smile and a free style
And I, can’t really define
Why you came to mind

Trying to rely
On the changing times
But I’m paralyzed here

Pictures frame us a small flame
But we were blazing

Cast to the past, memory colorfast
But are we designed to rewind?

Trying to rely
On the changing times
But I’m paralyzed here

Oooooooh ehhhh ohhhhhh

And I’ll find a reason for anything
Yes, I’ll make a reason for anything

Why I’m walking along singing a new song
And I, I recall you

Trying to rely
On the changing times
But I’m paralyzed here

Oooooooh ehhhh ohhhhhh
Track Name: Bubble Wrapped Heart
Oh, who wants to bet?
That this bubble wrapped heart
It’s not open yet

Oh, I hold a steady hand
Each and every move
So carefully planned

But you, you started a flame
Set fire to all my cards
In this lover’s game

It may not be a perfect fit
But I like the way that you kiss
It may not be a perfect pair
But I’ll let you be the king of my heart

Oh, I’ve seen love before
Felt it and I dealt it
Showed it to the door

But now I’m gonna bet it all
Just hoping that your love
Is worth the fall

It may not be a perfect fit
But I like the way that you kiss
It may not be a perfect pair
But I’ll let you be the king of my heart

Ooooooooooooh oooooooooooooh!
Win or lose, you’re who I choose

Oh, who wants to bet?
On this bubble wrapped heart

It may not be a perfect fit
But I like the way that you kiss
It may not be a perfect pair
But I’ll let you be the king
Let you be the king of my heart
Track Name: Pretty Little Cage
Once upon a time, there was she
In a pretty little cage by the sea
Puppeteered by what she feared
So she pulled some strings and cut them free

And on a clear day, she crossed that ocean
And a symphony of waves set in motion
But the skies remind of what she left behind
Just her two cents and a notion

That it’s not over, over
Over till you let it go

And grasping for pebbles and sand
The moment slipped right her hands
Palms to the ground, what you thought was sound
But this orb is ever turning, burning, yearning

And it’s not over, over
Over till you let it go

And with a seaside breeze she’d get the chill
Of sifting through the past, thinking still
Of painted eyes and silent goodbyes
Yea, once in a while I’ll get that chill

But it’s not over, over
Over till you let it…

Ahhhh, ahhhh
Ahhhhhhh, ahhhh

Don’t let it go
Track Name: Someday/Monday
You try to creep outta your sleep
Raise your eyes to the sunshine
Empty bed and words unsaid

But I’m just a, just a heartbeat away

Cause I know your story, you know mine
And our paths, they may intertwine
Again, someday, someway… on Monday

You’ll take a walk down your block
To a shop where you’ll stop
It’s a routine that I’ve seen

You’ll sit and sip your double shot café
And I’m just a, just a heartbeat away

Cause I know your story, you know mine
And our paths, they may intertwine
Again, someday, someway… on Monday

I’ll sneak in intently
We’ll meet incidentally
I’ll act sentimentally
Oh it’s so elementary

I never, ever know what to say
But I’m just a, just a (boomboom boomboom) away

Cause I know your story, you know mine
And our paths, they may intertwine
Again, someday… on Monday
Track Name: Colorblind
Sun been up for hours
Crawling cross this earth
Are you sleeping still?

I wonder, I wonder

Or are you restless too
A canvas not yet used
Just color me your mood

Cause I wonder, I wonder oh
I wonder…

Oooooh, Oooooh
Got me colorblind, c-colorblind
Oooooh, Oooooh
Colorblind, ha ha

Sun been shining down
Orange and red rays found
A face inside the crowd

Does he wonder, I wonder, oh
Like I wonder

Oooooh, Oooooh
Got me colorblind, c-colorblind
Oooooh, Oooooh
Colorblind, ha ha

I am full of cautious yellow
For your white noise lies
Green with envy, pink with laughter
Drawing outside the lines

Black and blue but pushing through
To the light I had
These overwhelming tangled feelings
I must be mad

Oooooh, Oooooh
Got me colorblind, c-colorblind
Oooooh, Oooooh
Colorblind, ha ha
Track Name: Teardrop
Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Fearless on my breath

Gentle impulsion
Shakes me makes me lighter
Fearless on my breath

Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
Ah ha haooo ah ha haooo ah ha haaaaa

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath

Teardrop on the fire
Of a confession
Fearless on my breath

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
Ah ha haooo ah ha haooo ah ha haaaaa
Ah ha haooo ah ha haooo ah ha haaaaa

Stumbling a little, stumbling a little, stumbling a little bit
Stumbling a little, stumbling a little, stumbling a little bit
I’m just stumbling a little, stumbling a little, stumbling a little bit
I’m stumbling a little, I’m just stumbling a little, stumbling a little bit

On a confession
A teardrop on the fire