• The Lost And Found EP (2009)
    THE STORY

    Royal Wood had a river to cross. On one side was the critically acclaimed full-length A Good Enough Day, which featured songs smooth as pebbles polished by water’s caress. Over and above the rave reviews the album received, Royal’s efforts earned invitations to tour nationally with the likes of songstresses Sarah Slean, Kathleen Edwards, Jill Barber and Serena Ryder.

    On the other bank awaited the much-anticipated full-length follow-up, when Royal would build on the experience gained in so many trips across Canada, Europe and the US honing songs old and new for appreciative audiences. New material had been heard in recent shows, including several sold-out sets and a stellar night at the Mod Club in Toronto that was recorded for national radio on CBC Canada Live.

    To bridge these albums, on March 24th 2009 Royal released The Lost and Found EP – a “message in a bottle” collection that would assure fans and critics that Royal is not lost at sea, adrift on an ocean of highway on tour.

    Royal had only one rule to apply to the equation. “To do something unlike anything I had done. I wanted to base the entire recording on the lyrics and the string arrangements. Those had to be the defining measurements”.

    The result was exactly that – a collection of songs taken directly from his heart and perched upon his emotive orchestra.

    CREDITS

    Produced by Royal Wood and Dean Drouillard
    Written, arranged and performed by Royal Wood
    Strings arranged by Royal Wood

    The guest players included:
    Adam Warner – drums
    Chris Banks – upright bass
    Sandy Baron – 1st violin
    Chris Church – 2nd violin
    Johann Lotter – viola
    Kevin Fox – cello

    Recorded at Canterbury Sound by Jeremy Darby
    Vocals and strings recorded at BoomBox by Jeff Elliott
    Mixed by Royal Wood and Dean Drouillard
    Mastered by Fedge

    Lyrics

    Its with a veil she gives her heart
    Is she afraid that they’ll fall apart?

    It’s with a word whispered alive
    The depths of his heart
    There it confides
    Swallowed in fear and handled in doubt
    Afraid that he can’t go on without

    Will they miss the rose if blind to the bloom?
    Darkness for light and shadows to lose
    The beacons for them
    The calling of stars
    A pleading for two
    Don’t fall apart

    They met at the gate late afternoon
    The mouths of the trees whispered the news
    Shoes underfoot and souls lit alive
    Unsure of themselves but feeling the tide

    Will they miss the rose if blind to the bloom?
    Darkness for light and shadows to lose
    The beacons for them
    The calling of stars
    A pleading for two
    Don’t fall apart

    Do…

    It’s with a lock they offer their souls
    Guarding the ghosts from so long ago

    Will they miss the rose if blind to the bloom?
    Darkness for light and shadows to lose
    Yes will they miss the rose if blind to the bloom?
    Darkness for light and shadows to lose
    The beacons for them
    The calling of stars
    A pleading for two
    Don’t fall apart


    Fiddle-De-De
    Fiddle-De-Dum
    I will not be the sadder one
    Hi-De-Hi
    Hi-De-Ho
    Well there’s more to this
    You should know

    If I’m the one you wish to paint
    You cannot brush away my mistakes
    If I’m the muse for amusements sake
    Then I will bid farewell

    Fiddle-De-De
    Fiddle be done
    I’m no savior
    Just a son
    Hi-De-Hi
    Hi-De-Ho
    If you pray for this
    You should know

    If I’m the one you wish to paint
    You cannot brush away my mistakes
    No good will come from measuring up
    This glass just isn’t full
    No…

    If I’m the one you wish to paint
    Please know I’m a man
    But not a saint
    No good will come from measuring up
    This glass isn’t full
    But it’s full enough to love
    Love…

    If I’m the one you wish to paint
    Please take what I am
    O Eden and snake
    No good will come from measuring up
    This glass isn’t full
    But it’s full enough to love
    Love…


    Carving her name in the tree wood
    Like a schoolboy I’d return to where I found her
    Like a sleeping cat in the door way
    I arouse the suspicion of the neighbors
    “What could he be thinking about?”

    I’m recalling a girl in a city
    Far away she won my truth over the ocean
    And how these words are to reach her
    Like a kite to pull the strings and then retrieve her
    That is what I’m thinking about

    Do do do do…

    And if she returns will I tremble?
    Like a fall leaf on a tree left in November
    Please if she does may I join her?
    And we’ll make sweet lasting music of the weather
    That is what I’m thinking about
    Yes that is what I’m thinking about

    Do do do do,,,
    Do do do do…


    How this evening madness won me
    An arrow to its home
    Dead to mark
    A true assailant
    Silently I’m stoned

    Oh how this night the sadness hung me
    A noose around my bones
    Fighting for a breath to draw on
    And desperately alone

    It weighs on me
    It weighs on me
    It weighs on me now

    Oh how this room the shadows blind me
    And drape across my eyes
    Windowless
    No spark to find me
    And no way from my mind

    Oh I don’t know if I will make it out again
    I’m kneeling for the shelter from a storm
    With your lips please offer me an olive branch
    A dear relief of sounding off alarms

    It weighs on me
    It weighs on me
    It weighs on me now
    It weighs on me
    It weighs on me
    It weighs on me now

    How this evening madness won me
    An arrow to its home


    Open the bow
    You ought to know
    That all of your life
    Is waiting inside

    Pull on the string
    A marvelous thing
    Awaiting alight
    Is all of your life

    Yet you hide away with barricades
    I’m sad to say you poor little world

    It is a gift
    But sands they will shift
    And scenery dies
    For all that survives
    Is the pain that exists
    From all that you missed
    Bathing in fire
    Is all you desire

    But you hide away with barricades
    I’m sad to say you poor little world

    I think it’s time
    Cast your eyes to the signs
    Let them teach you
    And shine on the truth
    You have to hold
    All the glory and know
    That it’s love that will carry you through

    But your constant escape
    Is planning your fate
    You’ve set your plate
    So dine in alone

    While you hide away with barricades
    I’m sad to say you poor little world…
    Yes you hide away with barricades
    I’m sad to say you poor little world…

    Do do do…


    May you always be my dearest
    Till the end of all is near us
    Eye to eye and truest faith of two

    May love ever be our purpose
    Never lost or once desert us
    On your finger is a star that’s shown

    I will be the one to hold on
    When the walls around are undone
    And waters pacing over rivers edge

    For I will breathe to be your lover
    Many layers of us uncovered
    A moth escapes to be a better man

    Stone on stone and breaking bread
    We build a house of us ahead
    And talk of all our good and many plans

    I will last when all is lost
    And never once a worried cost
    I’ll gladly offer you my final bow
    I will be the one to hold on
    When the walls around are undone
    And waters pacing over rivers edge

    This I promise you all of my life
    This I promise all of my life
    This I promise you all of my life
    This I promise all of my life