Strings

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I picked Strings to start this album for a couple of reasons. It's a play on the idea of making the strings of my guitars characters in the songs they've played, and so is a song about songs (including some on this album) . It was the last song that I wrote for this album, and in fact the only song that I wrote specifically for this album (the others just met together here like friends at a pub). Finally, the last stanza of this song is a tribute to Leonard Cohen. At the time of his death I thought about releasing She as a single as a tribute to him and the impact he's had on my writing but She wasn't finished to my satisfaction then, so I held off. Together Strings and She I think act as perfect book ends to this album.

lyrics

Bm G
I’m on my last set of strings
G Bm
Pulled them straight, wound them up and let them sing
C G Bm
They lie like lovers vibrating never touching
G
Song after song they get weakened
Bm Bm
Until they’re pulled too far, pushed too long
Am C G
And they break, under the weight of their final song

Am C
On the floor over there all wound in bronze
G Bm
played a love removed that still stayed strong
Am G
After too many nights cold and alone
Bm C
It broke on the bridge of the lonesome song

Am C
After time and time and time again
G Bm
The second string got tired of trying
Am G
After pleading for a man that was left behind
Bm C
It broke a hole in the chord of his desperate crying

Refrain

Am C
An anthem with the highest refrain
G Bm
passion of youth forever remain
Am G
And shrill was the sound of that thunderous chord
Bm C
snapped in the sweat of the crowd wanting more






Am C
A love song drifts on the quiet of night
G Bm
While lovers bask in the softening light
Am G
As they wind themselves like so many refrains
Bm C
Unbroken silence is all that remains

Am C
In a quiet chord
G Bm
A choir sang that would please the lord
Am G
But before their songs could rise together
Bm C
The lowest string was silenced forever

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from Twenty Three, released December 15, 2017

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Keith Jolie Toronto, Ontario

Blues and roots inspired

City-Folker

Background

Keith started singing in music bars in the Brantford area in the 1990s. through a residency at punk music venue The Turnaround,and solo gigs with bigger bands he figured out how to earn the attention of an audience.

Continuing to write, record and perform and is now living in Hamilton. His latest album "twenty three" is due out late 2017.
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