Stepping Stone

by Doug Hoyer

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Maureen Murray
Jesse Northey
Matthew Gooding
Connor Ellinger
Peter Demakos
Tyler Butler
Aaron Bergunder
Jim Cuming
Evan Freeman
Alex Berkley
Joe & Beth Gurba
Matthew “Mangled Tapes” Belton
& You, for listening

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released February 10, 2017

“Old Ugly House” & “My First Star Trek Convention” were recorded at Edmontone by Jesse Northey in Edmonton, AB, with Connor Ellinger on drums, Matthew Gooding on bass, & Jesse on Wurlitzer.
Maureen Murray sang backups on “Snail Shell”.

The rest of the album was recorded by Doug Hoyer in Athens, GA.

Mastered by Jon Martin at Green Recording Company in Lethbridge.

All songs written by Doug Hoyer except “Old Ugly House”, written by Doug Hoyer & Jim Cuming. All songs SOCAN.

Artwork by Aaron Bergunder, layout by Matthew Belton.

Tapes will be available from Mangled Tapes here:
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Track Name: Welcome Back
Welcome Back

I haven’t seen you for a long, long time,
but you’ve been here before.
Haven’t seen you for a long, long while,
but I’ve been keeping your seat warm.

So stretch your legs and rest your feet, there’s nowhere you gotta be.
Take a breath and close your eyes, and spend some time with me.

Welcome back, been waiting here for you
Welcome back,
I’ve got some songs
I wanna sing for you
Track Name: Snail Shell
Snail Shell

We’re packing up our lives
taking time for a long goodbye
seeing ourselves in the friends we leave behind

The u-haul’s locked, it’s time to go
we’re in our snail shell slippin down the road
it takes a week to watch this continent blur by

So chase your dreams
I’ll follow wherever you lead

I didn’t know what too expect
I don’t have any regrets,
it’s just a different place
in a different time

We’ll chase our dreams
We’ll follow wherever they lead
Track Name: Old Ugly House
Old Ugly House (D. Hoyer / J. Cuming)

Park at the hair salon. Don’t knock, just walk right in; broken windows, black mould, and your friends. If you see a guitar, pick it up, sit on the couch or behind the drums. This won’t last, but let’s pretend.

So what do you say when you’re passing by in the winter? That old and ugly house is uglier than you remembered. What do you say when it’s all done and gone?

Pour yourself a drink, if you can find a clean glass. Do a chin-up on the door, draw a dick on the fridge. You’re nodding off by the fire, the flame couldn’t stay awake. You’re pissing in the backyard, one last time.
So what do you say when you’re passing by in September?
That old and ugly house is uglier than you remembered.
What do you say when you’re passing by in December?
That old and ugly house is uglier than you remembered.
What do you say when you’re passing by in the winter?
“Hey, that ugly house… it’s uglier than I remembered.”

What do you say when it’s all done and gone?
Track Name: Ode to Shows
Ode to Shows (Packing It In For The Night)

You’re heading for the club and waiting for the band to start.
There’s no one in the room, the doorman’s playing darts.
You’re staring in your phone,
thinking you should go,
maybe packing it in for the night.

There hasn’t been a soundcheck so you’re leaning on the bar.
The singer’s making rounds: it’s his night to “be a star”.
But you’re only here because the rhythm section’s tight
or you’re packing it in for the night.

You heard that the opening band got a 7.0 on Pitchfork, but why can’t they start on time? It’s never been done before!
And now they’ve got you sippin' on another Miller Lite.

Now you’re looking at the merch and everything is overpriced:
You wanna buy a shirt but they don’t have your size.
You grab one anyway, help them on their way
‘cause they’re doing it night after night.

Alright.

You think you wanna go and so you’re heading for the door.
You take a final step as the band strikes a chord.
The heavens open wide, a tear falls from your eye,
guess you’re sticking around for the night.

You’re sticking around for the night.
cha cha cha.
Track Name: Feel Better
Feel Better (D. Hoyer, SOCAN/BMI)

tired of talking to yourself
so you sing to your cat
the fur ball unfurls a yawn
and peers at the thermostat

there’s a world outside your window
pull the sheets back from your eyes
see a shadow in the corner
that’s reaching for your mind

look towards tomorrow
and all the things you’ve gotta do
your mind is running circles
but you can hardly move

you feel a little better when you get things done
you feel a little better when you get out of the house
you walk a little taller
feel a little stronger
feel better

fumble through the fridge
where condiments are king
succumb to a numb hunger
if you eat anything

you feel a little better when you get things done
you feel a little better when you get out of the house
you walk a little taller
feel a little stronger
feel better

tired of talking to your cat
He’s heard it all before
wonders why it took so long
for you to step towards the door
Track Name: My First Star Trek Convention
It was my first Star Trek convention
I'd never been to one of those before

Everyone was there that you'd wanna see
All of your favourites from TNG
I even got to ask Beverly
about choreography with David Bowie

at my first Star Trek convention
I'd never been to one of those before

The show gave me hope in a better humanity
One without currency or poverty
But here they're selling junk and gouging me
I'm in the temple shouting "blasphemy"

It was my first Star Trek convention
I'd never been to one of those before
It was my first Star Trek convention
I gotta say, I'll probably go to a few more
Track Name: Stepping Stone
Stepping Stone
(by Doug Hoyer, SOCAN/BMI)

I’m a stepping stone, watch the world wash by
I’m a stepping stone;
Hello, Goodbye

I lift you up & keep you on your path
Don’t bother looking back
You’re on a quest, your journey has an end
I wish you luck, my old friend
Help you get where you need to go
I’m a stepping stone

I’m a stepping stone, watch the world wash by
I’m a stepping stone;
Hello, Goodbye

The water’s dark, the water’s deep
the current clips along, without sleep
I keep my head just above the stream
so you can walk all over me
and help you get where you need to go
I’m a stepping stone

I’m a stepping stone, watch the world wash by
I’m a stepping stone, hello, goodbye
Track Name: A Link to the Past
Do you feel up against the entire world
and you can’t see change down the line?

When your faith is completely blown away,
what’s left to say except goodnight.

Then, you see the stars that shine
Years ago they sent such light
as if to reach your eyes

Step outside into the air we’ve sold away
hoping our cash will pay for tomorrow’s lives.

There, you’ll see the stars that shine.
Years ago they sent their light

Before our time came and went
Before industry had lives to spend
Before we copyrighted seeds
Before jealousy paired with greed
Long before they sold it all
Before we thought of building walls
Licking hands that never feed
Watching brothers as they bleed
We were really nothing then,
We’re nothing still, let’s not pretend
That the universe was made for us
A playground that we’ve let rust
We’ve tossed away
Our world of blue
So hold me now,
And i’ll hold you
And let our iris try to find
The ageless ancient stars at night
A gentle glow, with no intent,
To find our eyes, their journey ends tonight
Track Name: Into the Wild
Into The Wild
(by Doug Hoyer, SOCAN)

I miss your scent
on your pillow
Or hearing mistakes
when you practice cello
I miss your touch
and dancing in the kitchen
or how you always love
whatever I’m cooking

When you go
back into the wild
I’ll be home
Waiting for you

I’m scared of idle hands
gotta keep ‘em busy
so I feed the cats
keep the furballs purring
take out the trash
wash some dishes
pretend to have a blast
watching Netflix

When you go
Back into the wild
I’ll be home
All alone
Waiting for you
Track Name: Thank You
Thank You

I wanna thank you
for lending me your ear
when there’s so much
in the world to hear:
the song of a grandmother
humming on a bus
whose brakes are starting to rust

or the magpie
who wakes the neighbours up,
& your roommate, who tells the bird off.
the whistle of the kettle
whose steam starts to sing
the smoke alarm that won’t stop beeping.

the wind seeking
cracks in your home
the seasons reciting their tome
the huff of a postman, stepping into fresh snow
the calls of kids playing Pokemon Go.

I wanna thank you
for giving me your time
in person or streaming online
when you’re spinning a record
when you came to a gig
it means more to me
than you might think

so thank you
for lending me your ear
for being with me
throughout the years
If only for a moment
we’re together in time
then it passes,
and we say our goodbyes

I wanna thank you:
thank you