This Vessel

by Queen's Brigade

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What started as folk has progressed to something more, giving Queen’s Brigade a unique sound. The full harmonies, splashes of texture from a diverse array of instrumentation, and interesting melodies offer something imaginative and engaging. From hints of jazz in Summer Haze, a darker energy in The Geese know Better, to the simple acoustic nature of Crash, This Vessel leaves the listener with a little bit of everything, while still retaining a linear coherence throughout the album.

The title, a lyric in one of the songs, illustrates the theme of journey and growth that pervades the album. With honest themes, the hope of the band is to both uplift and challenge their audience to look at things in a new way. Its whimsical nature leaves room for interpretation and links the mundane with a greater search for truth.


released September 25, 2013

Joel Jolly - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Beth Dueck - Piano, Vocals, Glock
Dave Ward - Bass, Accordian
Daniel Rempel - Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Vocals
Ryan Turnbull - Violin, Vocals
Yuri Hladio - Drums, Percussion

Alanna Giesbrecht - Guest Vocalist

Produced by: Yuri Hladio and Sameer Mukul - Sky dB Studio



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Queen's Brigade Winnipeg, Manitoba

Queen's Brigade's is a six-piece folk band whose thought-provoking lyrics honestly explore daily encounters, faith, and the constant motion of the journey through life. The band brings full harmonies and instrumentation, unique melodies, and quirky arrangements as it strays between a quirkiness, whimsicality, and sensitivity that captivates listeners and invites them to be a part of their music. ... more

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Track Name: Awake In The Morning
She's looking at you with her perilous eyes
And she tired of hiding and hiding to try
And if lately the way that she turns away
When you come is not personal in any way

And you're tired of waiting
and wishing and you
Are awake in the morning with nothing to do
And the way that the sun pierces into your back
Is starting to make you start wondering 'bout that

And the way the path
Takes its winding up
Is getting harder on your tired back

And when the moon is dark
And when the stars are out
You find your way into the city where the lights are on

Oh, follow all
The people looking down
Until you find
There's nothing to be found

So you asked for a challenge
You asked for a test
And your wishes were granted
Your wishes were met

And when it got harder
You seemed to forget
And you begged for mercy and begged for less

So the tickets are sold
And the trains have all left
In the meantime when you were
Between you and yourself

You're wishing that you had
The courage to pick
Up your legs to the counter
And wake up yourself
Track Name: Kingdom
You were a city and your height was great
You fed the masses with good things
They raised you up and they saw you tower
They raised you up and they saw you flower

You were a carnival parade
All the pretty things you made
You showed them off amongst your brothers
Your kaleidoscope of every colour

But as you watch your whole kingdom fall
The sky slips under and down
The dust falls, crushing the sound
And that sound is all that is left of your city

You were the voice of the magazine
The screaming pages in your dirty streets
They raised you up and they saw you tower
They raised you up and they saw you flower

The subway walls held your disguise
In the hazy morning hours you climbed
The coats of tired men asleep
On the dusty corners of concrete
Track Name: Crash
When the lights spread a canopy beneath me
The wings of this vessel bear me over the sea
I will wait as the currents complete me
As the tides overwhelm all the settling in me

All the waves will crash into the ocean
Crash into the sea
They will crash their water weight together
They will become a part of me

We are all a collection of stories
We all are weaving our way into peace
And we slide our words into each other and
They wind their way into each other's histories

And when our stories crash into the ocean
Crash into the sea
We will pick our words up together
All sea-salted and clean

When the gap is too much to handle
The ocean wider, our hands out of reach
I will put the pieces together
I will weave your stories into every part of me

And when my heart crashes in ocean
Crashes in the sea
It will land amongst all the other hearts
That will become a part of me

Oh lay your heavy head
Down on the distant
Oh lay your heave head down
And wander no more
Track Name: The Geese Know Better
In the morning when it's dark
The geese know better
Take their wings to where we're not
And maybe we should know
And maybe we should go

So wrap your fingers, wrap them long
Long and thin around our arms
Wrap our throats in winter scarves
Drown our voices in your song
Clear our eyes up with your chill
Freeze our breath, parading, still
Knock our doors down with your fists
Knock our doors down, come on in

In the evening when it's dark
Afternoon has taken its shadows home to where we're not
And maybe we should know
And maybe we should go
Track Name: Deep Inside
Look deep inside
To the darkest of places
All I see is someone who doesn't measure up

People around
Doing great deeds
Here I am - down, down on my knees

Whoa ...

So I wait by myself
Like a book on the shelf
Waiting for someone to come by and get lost in it

So I look to above
For your great love
And watch it descend down on me just like a dove
Track Name: Grow
Once when I kept silent my bones grew old
The moths nested there in the marrow and the cold
Once when I was quiet my body groaned
And the flies and the sparrows joined the nest in my home

But you should not stay
For it is not safe
For my feet are headed where the wind is great

So you have to go
Fly away sparrow
For as the words tumble out they grow grow grow ...

Once we were a people all looking at
Each other but not seeing yet
Once we were a people all looking at
Each other but not seeing yet

You'll find our tracks
Lead all over the grass
There and back and there and back

Check their sizes so
You for sure will know
That as they lay in the grass they grow grow grow ...

Once when I kept silent my bones grew old
The moths nested there in the marrow and the cold
Now I'm no longer silent and my spirit groans
And the moths and the flies can find another home
Track Name: Summer Haze
It was a summer hue
It was a haze of gold and yellow
You had your music on
It was a daze of sentimental

Days -
lasted as long as we wanted them to
The light started to glow
And it crept in like under a microscope

There are cities here
Inside my chest they make a racket
They smell colourful, they smell
Like cigarette smoke on their jackets

Strangers are -
kissing in the streets
As the sky explodes
Like ticker tape and settles around their feet

Like trombones and honey
Is how you make me want to feel
Like trombones and honey
Is how you make me feel today

Their kisses are what make me want
To live forever
Their kisses are what make me live
Forever here

Track Name: Under All The Layers
Under all the layers
We planted a seed
Don't know what it's growing
Or what it'll be

Drown in the anthem
In the ancient prayers
Sit in the silence
And find yourself there

In the winter I find though the days are so cold
The sun shines brighter the colder it grows

May your feet take you home