Dream Life

by Doug Hoyer

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Doug Hoyer's third album, "Dream Life".

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released September 8, 2015

Produced & Recorded by Jesse Northey & Doug Hoyer in many bedrooms, basements, lofts and living rooms throughout Edmonton, Canada & Prague, CZ. Additional overdubs recorded at Edmontone Studios.

Credits:

Everything was performed by Doug Hoyer and Jesse Northey with the help of:

Matthew Gooding - bass on “Time Will Leave You Behind”
Sophie Heppell - violin
Mitchmatic Holtby - bongos
Tasy Hudson - drums (1,2,4,6,7,9-11), piano on 4, backing vocals
Dean Kheroufi - bass on 'Cave', 'Real Problems' and 'Heart String'
Ashanti Karimah Marshall - backing vocals on 'Cave...', 'Walking on a Bridge' & 'Time...'
Scott McKellar - drums on 'Walking on a Bridge'
Maureen Murray - cello on 'Real Problems'
Spencer Murray - flute on 'Show Me Your Heart'
Doug Organ - Clavinet on 'Cave...', vibraphone on 'Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight', Wurlitzer on 'Believe in Anything'

All songs written by Doug Hoyer except
'You're Mine (and I'm Yours)', 'In My Dreams' & 'Show Me Your Heart' written by Doug Hoyer & Jesse Northey
'Get It Right' lyrics by Doug Hoyer & Maureen Murray, music by Doug Hoyer

Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios, London.

Album Art by Tallulah Fontaine
Original photo by Joel Verhagen

Thanks to RAWLCO for supporting the creation on this album.

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Track Name: Show Me Your Heart
We have one song to sing
such a simple tune
and I’d like to harmonize with you

Show me your heart
that’s a good start
we’re in the moment now,
but we won’t hold it for long
Show me your heart
That’s a good start

We have one life to live
a tragic truth
a single season
for our seed to root
behold, for we’re in bloom!

Show me your heart
that’s a good start
we’re in the moment now,
but we won’t have it for long
Show me your heart
that’s a good start
Track Name: You're Mine (and I'm Yours)
I can’t remember
how it ends
I do recall the plot
a business dinner
with your boss
I’m asked to come along

A wrinkle in time,
changing my shirt
You want me lookin’ my best
Steam my suit
You’re in the shower
I’m tryin’a dress to impress
I straighten my tie, you say with a sigh,
“You’re mine, and I am yours"

We left on a dime
and got there on time

And every time I see your face
words won’t leave my mouth
My tongue is tied far too tight
a drink relieves the drought

The bartender calls me “old fashioned”
is that a drink or my name?
The sweetness fades and starts to turn bitter
the look you give me’s the same

I’m switching to wine,
I know I’ll be fine,
cause you’re mine
and I am yours

I lean in to make my move
in the back seat of a cab
You roll your eyes and rub my head
as I fall asleep in your lap
Drag my feet to the top of the stairs
rest my head on the door
You turn away as I start to puke
lying on the bathroom floor
it’s a pitiful scene,
but you’re holding me,
'Cause you’re mine
and I am yours
Track Name: Get It Right
GET IT RIGHT
Lyrics by Doug Hoyer & Maureen Murray, Music by Doug Hoyer


What are you looking for tonight
Underneath these city lights
Leave the comfort of your home
Now you’re out there on your own
You’re just trying to get it right

The night calls to you
Daylight comes too soon

What are we looking for tonight?
Is it hidden in plain sight?
What will tomorrow bring,
Why are we still searching
For the words that never leave our tongues

The night calls to you
Daylight comes too soon
The night calls to you

What are we looking for tonight
Underneath these city lights
Leave the comfort of our homes,
Find that we aren’t so alone
We’re just trying to get it right
Yeah we’re just trying to get it right.
Track Name: Believe in Anything
If you say the word, my dear
Babe I’m here
If you call my name, it’s clear,
Babe, I’m here,
Tonight could be the last time
to look me, in the eyes
and tell me the truth
and I’ll believe in anything
I’ll believe in anything
I’ll believe in anything
for you

Every farmer knows to sow
Those wild oats
If it falls upon the road
They won’t take hold

Tonight could be the last time
to look me in the eyes
and spill your excuse
and I’ll believe in anything
I’ll believe in anything
I’ll believe in anything
for you
Track Name: Walking on a Bridge
I was walking
all alone
I was walking
just me and the moon
I could see my breath
I could count my breaths

how many left?

and I’m walking on a bridge tonight

Stare in the water
stares back at me
stare in the water
What do I see?
I can hold my breath --- under water
Until I see my breath --- under water

under water

and I’m walking on a bridge tonight
and I’m walking all alone
yeah I’m walking on a bridge tonight
and I’m walking alone
Track Name: Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight
Meet me in the pale moonlight
Find me in the forest green
Meet me where you don’t want to be seen

Shame on me
Askin’ for what I can’t get
Down by my knees
Cicada’s singin' into the wind
Beneath pine trees
A low cloud is rollin with the foggiest notion
that’s hangin' by the thinnest thread

So meet me in the pale moonlight
Find me in the forest green
Meet me where you don’t want to be seen
Seek me at a fading sunset
Chase me down a wayward stream
You make me wish for things I’ve never seen

Shame on me
for hoping that i’d see you again
How could I sleep?
singin' like a bird in the wind
If time should leave
The evening is over
Tomorrow leans closer
I’m watching the sun rise again

Meet me in the pale moonlight
Find me in the forest green
Meet me where you don’t want to be seen
Seek me at a fading sunset
Chase me down a wayward dream
You make me wish for things I’ve never seen

Meet me in the pale moonlight...
Track Name: Cave Becomes A Canyon
There is a place that exists in the corner of your eyes
If you look for it you'll never find the secret life.
The Dream Life.

Do you know that you're alive before you open your eyes,
before the morning light? In the secret life.
The Dream Life.

A cave becomes a canyon.
A canyon hides a cave.
Every place that you lay your feet was someone else's grave.
A cave becomes a canyon.
A canyon hides a cave.
Every place that you lay your feet was someone else's.

How can you tell if you're falling if you've never hit the ground?

The things that you want forever out of reach.
The distance can be breached with the secret life.
The Dream Life.

A cave becomes a canyon.
A canyon hides a cave.
Every place that you lay your feet was someone else's grave.
A cave becomes a canyon.
A canyon hides a cave.
Every place that you lay your feet was someone else's.

How can you tell if you're falling if you've never hit the ground?
What do you see when you're missing,
when you're never found?
Track Name: In My Dreams
In my dreams happiness is what it seems
a simple feeling you can hold in your hands
held ‘til your long in the tooth

In my dreams we find own family
built out of bonds with the friends that we love,
a trust that we grew in our youth

but then I wake up full of fear
that everything has changed:
I see you
You’re the same
I see you
We’re the same as we were yesterday.

In my dreams nobody has any needs,
nobody has to put a lock on their door
our trust in each other is true

and I can see that you’re lying right next to me
there’s nothing else that I care about
my fantasy found: with you

But when I wake up full of fear
that everything has changed:
I see you.
You’re the same.
I see you.
We’re the same.

I SEE YOU
WE’RE THE SAME
I SEE YOU
YOU’RE THE SAME
Track Name: Real Problems
I met my friend for coffee
earlier this week
we started talking shop
and then he spilt the beans

He said he’s under pressure
He can hardly pay his rent
Flunking out of school
& his student loan is spent

Ever since his partner left him
his self confidence is shot,
second guessing every moment
riding a bad train of thought

I know there isn’t much that I can do
Except tell my friend: “Hey, I’m here for you”

I pay the bill, we step outside
as we embrace, I empathize:

I’ve got some friends withs some real problems
Oh, how I wish that I could solve them
I’ve got some friends with some real problems
and I’ll listen! I’ll listen to them

I answered my phone
and there was sobbing on the line
I knew this call was coming
I always saw it in her eyes

I tried to find a ray of light
to brighten up her day
but instead I let her talk
until she found her way

Ive got some friends withs some real problems
Oh how I wish that I could solve them
I’ve got some friends with some real problems
and I’ll listen! I’ll listen to them
Track Name: Heart String
There’s a gossamer thread
that guides your heart to your home
it’ll never break no matter how far you roam

When I was younger I could not wait to grow up
and hit the big city

The lights and the bands & the bars and the bums:
my new life felt gritty

The people I’d meet, the books that I’d read,
the late night “All Happy”

I found philosophy, I found a new me
as I criss crossed the country

You can’t be faulted
for feeling the tug in your heart
follow the pull and it takes you right back to the start

There’s a gossamer thread
that guides your heart to your home
it’ll never break no matter how far you roam


Now that I’m older
I pretend to know better & recall my memories
Like ink on a paper distorted by water
with images shifting

We piece together the things that we were
they shape this moment
now look at yourself and know that tomorrow
is built from your choices

I know today I’m different
from anyone I’ve been before
but every new day stands on
what came before

There’s a gossamer thread
that guides your heart to your home
it’ll never break
no matter how far you roam
Track Name: Time Will Leave You Behind
There was a time in your life
when you had no expectations
you saw the day before the sunset
blinding your eyes

There was a time in your life
when you were living for the moment
and you could really just enjoy it
see your life before your eyes

But time, it will leave you behind

There was a time in your life
when you could recognize the faces
of those who loved and hated
and those who sit between

There was a time in your life
when you knocked the lamp that shattered
but it didn't really matter
it was replaced before your eyes

But time, it will leave you behind,
in time.
Yes, time, it will leave you behind
in time.