• We Were Born To Glory (2012)
    THE STORY

    WE WERE BORN TO GLORY is inspired by the idea that all life is born with the potential for glory. I therefore distilled my journey into individual songs that are emotional snapshots of life through my lens as a human being. Of which I am viewing not only my own life (past, present and future) but the world at large. It is a celebration of experience.

    Musically I set out to make a timeless pop rock record like the albums I loved when I was growing up – all the while keeping my voice as an artist and staying true to modern times. I am still contemporary, and I have certainly not made a period piece. However, I wanted to take myself on an emotional journey through song, like I experienced when I was first discovering music. My lyrical sensibility had to remain intact and honesty of message as well. The reason I loved those old records so much is that everything had a melody. Not just the vocals, but the bass lines, the guitar lines, the drum fills – everything had a purpose. Nothing was superfluous. Each note had intent. I also wanted to remain current and embrace modern colours, so I have incorporated drum loops and ambient creations.

    CREDITS

    All music and lyrics written by Royal Wood
    Published by Songs of MapleMusic Publishing

    All string, horn and orchestral arrangements by Royal Wood

    Produced by Dean Drouillard and Royal Wood
    Recorded at Studio PM by Pascal Shefteshy. Strings and horns recorded at Revolution Recording by Joe Dunphy. All additional recordings done by Dean Drouillard at Hepbourne Loft Studio, except self-engineered sounds recorded at Verge Music Lab by Josh Van Tassel.


    Mixed by Pierre Marchand at Studio PM, except “When The Sun Comes Up” mixed by Howie Beck at 13 Clouds Studio.

    Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Joao Carvalho Mastering

    Royal Wood – vocals, pianos, acoustic guitar, rhodes, wurlitzer, synths, glockenspiel, percussion, stomps, handclaps
    Dean Drouillard – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, synth, bass, upright piano, pump organ, stomps, handclaps
    Adam Warner – drums, percussion, stomps, handclaps
    Steve Zsirai – bass guitar, stomps, handclaps
    Josh Van Tassel – additional drums, percussion, loops, atmospheric wonderment
    Sarah Slean – vocals on “Brand New Life” and “ The Glory”

    Gang vocals on “Always Will” by Royal Wood, Sarah Slean, Steve Zsirai, Adam Warner, Ron Leary, Frankie Whyte, Jason Chesworth, Kaye Sargeant and Leslie Pike

    Horns performed by Byrden Baird (trumpet), William Carn (trombone) and Perry White (baritone sax)

    The Foxy String Section – 1st Violin: Drew Jurecka (Concert Master), Rebekah Wolkstein, Kathryn Sugden, Tanya Charles. 2nd Violin: Sandy Baron, Bethany Bergman, Aisslinn Nosky. Viola: Johann Lotter, Kathleen Kajioka, Karen Moffatt. Cello: Kevin Fox, Alex Grant

    Lyrics

    Oh love we can stand
    As long as we stand in the thick of it
    As one

    Oh love we can cry
    As long as we cry in the thick of it
    As one

    Oh love we can dance
    As long as we dance in the thick of it
    As one

    We’ll see the morning light
    We’ll feel the morning light
    Well it’s the morning light
    Rising through the thick of it

    As long as it’s us in the thick of it
    As one


    Like the furnace of the sun
    When our bodies fused as one
    ‘Til the last of the urge was done
    Well I will never ever know
    How the heat from our love turned dark
    Like the smoldering of a spark
    Can we ever go back to the start?
    Well I will never ever know
    Just where all the fire did go?
    Well I will never ever know

    In the passion of our youth
    We were lost in a haze of two
    All I needed I found in you
    Well I will never ever know
    How the heat of our touch went cold
    And the ways of our hands seemed old
    We have nothing at all to show
    Well I will never ever know

    Oh how the way that our lips did burn
    Well I felt it turn


    This room barely alive
    From all the ghosts we have
    I witness in your eyes
    We may have nothing left
    What is the meaning of?
    The lies we tell as truth
    One thing I’m certain of
    Is that I’ve little more to lose

    Well faith means little if
    We have no where to stand
    This wound is deeper now
    And I’m a broken man
    You held your words. A knife
    The weapon armed again
    But I’m not walking from
    Our dream it grows as I begin
    Giving up. Not giving up. Giving up

    I used to feel us so on fire
    And now I feel heat for the truth
    With every flame of my desire
    I’m not giving up on you

    How love can teeter on
    The edges of a blade
    On either side it waits
    The light and darkness play
    I am not banking on
    A simple twist of fate
    I’m on a holy war
    And how the battle ends today


    Will we ever learn?
    From what we’re feeling
    Will we ever learn?
    As sorrows deepen

    Will you ever see?
    Just what you mean to me

    Will we ever learn?
    It all but breaks us
    Will we ever learn?
    When it forsakes us

    Will you ever say?
    How much you love me
    Will you ever say?
    No one above me

    Oh my we’re wasting time
    Oh my we’re wasting time
    Oh yes we’re wasting time again
    Will we ever learn?
    Will we ever learn?

    Will we ever be?
    Behind the curtain
    Will we ever be?
    In a life that’s certain


    Well now I see you
    Your pretty dress
    I skip a beat I must confess
    For I am stealing a glance
    A look
    It over takes me and I shook

    I Want Your Love

    You can’t be real
    You’re fantasy
    I fall to you on bended knees
    I can’t believe it this lightenin’ bolt
    Let’s get naked and begin the show

    Well now I feel it
    Your hands
    Your lips
    You take me places as I sip
    I must be dreaming
    I feel the wine
    My skin is hot over the line


    I don’t believe it
    It’s back again
    And it is creepin’
    Inside my skin

    Cause’ now I feel the boat is sinking. Turn the lights down.
    I need to close my eyes again and think it through
    I need to gain a new perspective. Turn the lights down.
    I need to close my eyes again and wake anew

    Oh it will better when the sun comes up
    Oh it will be better for us two
    Oh it will better when the sun comes up
    Oh it will be better if we choose

    Will we escape it?
    Will we survive?
    A new beginning
    Another try

    Cause’ now I feel the plane is crashin’. Turn the lights down.
    I need to pull the covers up and think it through
    I need to join a new collective. Turn the lights down.
    I need to pull the covers up and wake anew

    It’s always better when the sun comes up
    It’s only hours to go
    It’s always better when the sun comes up
    It’s only hours to go
    It’s only hours to go
    Yeah!

    Oh it will better when the sun comes up
    Oh it will be better for us two
    Oh it will better when the sun comes up
    Oh it will be better if we choose

    Know it will be better when the sun comes up
    Know it will be better for us two
    Know it will be better when the sun comes up
    Know it will be better if we choose


    Reasoning. Oh the final move
    I’m a fallen man knowing what to do
    I hit the ground for illusion’s through
    I’m no longer waiting on me and you

    I’ll be gone…

    Stand alone in your battered dream
    As the water falls a remembered scene
    Suffering is a calling card
    When the drama soothes
    And the joy is hard

    Life’s a wager that cannot lie
    For it leads ahead as we cast the die
    Now we one are divided here
    As our fists are clenched
    And our tempers flare

    You can stay where you are in your barren yard
    Scribbling plans every day in your house of cards
    Finding truth finally with the curtain drawn
    Open wide in the light knowing I’ll be gone

    Another sign in the sky ahead
    Yes a burning star in a moment lead
    Knowing now it will carry me
    For the river flows
    I don’t need to see


    I woke to find my day brewing in the cup
    With voices in my head refusing to give up
    They’re here again, my love
    Invading like the rest
    Upon the doubt they feed and beat within my chest
    The fear arrived in the morning
    On the back of a dream
    Oh my dear did you feel it to?
    Hold me like you always will
    And I will be renewed
    Hold me like you always will
    It’s all that we can do

    Fearing what we’ll lose if we fall apart
    Like a movie screen I watched them in the dark
    The images alone projected in my eye
    When we drift away and something in us dies
    The fear arrived in the morning
    On the back of a dream
    Oh my dear in the night it grew

    For if we manage to
    Oh the way will be shown again
    In the light of the morning


    Life’s too short to waste our time
    If we’re hungry
    Let’s get wine
    Feel our heart stir from within
    All this beating
    All this sin

    Sha-la-la…

    You’re so pretty where you sit
    Let’s pour ourselves over it
    In this moment
    In this life
    In this bedroom
    In this night

    I know you’re a woman
    I’m in need of what you hold
    Oh yes you’re a woman
    And I’m buying what you’ve sold
    Yes I’m buying what you’ve sold
    I need you now…

    Let your dress fall to the floor
    I’ll hang my hat on the door
    Now we fall back into it
    All this longing
    In our lips


    Come away
    Take our leave from mistakes
    Be reborn
    To a world that is warm
    It’s a brand new life of love

    In your eyes
    Oh the stars they survived
    No regrets
    To be left
    For the sun always sets
    It’s a brand new life of love
    And we’ll both get swallowed up
    Yeah we’ll drink from the holy cup
    My love…

    All the hurt
    Turn away from the worst
    And forget
    And forgive
    That’s the gift that we give. That we give.

    Oh when the moments are tough
    It’ll be enough. It’ll be enough
    Oh when the waters are rough
    It’ll be enough. It’ll be enough


    Oh follow the way to the edge of the bay
    And we’ll sail in your oceans blue
    And the weight of the world it can all fall away
    As we stare in the eyes of truth

    Oh love’s not a hard thing to find my baby
    Love’s not a hard thing to find

    In the heart of the soul we can lose all control
    As I dive in your waters deep
    And surround all our skin with the light that’s within
    We will say as we drift asleep

    If it takes all night to believe me dear
    Well there’s no place I’d rather be
    Then inside you alive with the love and the prize
    In the pulse and the sweat and heat


    Oh say you will
    Or say you won’t
    Deliver peace. Release me
    Oh say you will
    Or say you won’t
    Deliver peace. Release me

    You’re drowning all the love we follow
    Cursing every vow we made
    But I can see the place where we sprang from
    I know we can be saved
    You offer this
    But handle that
    Enough. Enough. Release me
    These frantic lies
    To satisfy
    I read your mind. Release me. Release me

    Oh say you will
    Or say you won’t
    Just open up. Release me
    Oh say you will
    Or say you won’t
    Just open up. Release me. Release me

    Oh you’re drowning all the love we follow
    Cursing every vow we made
    But I can see the place where we sprang from
    I know we can be saved
    Oh I know we can be saved
    Oh but I know that you’re afraid


    We were born to glory
    It filled us up with love
    Living out the story
    Since lightening from above
    Yes we can have it all
    We can be merciful
    Go dancing at the ball

    But we’ve been talking lately
    About just what we feel
    Caught in earthly drama
    Instead of walking free
    But we can hold it all
    Outside ourself dissolved
    Yes we can hold it all again

    The light goes on and on
    Forever it has shone…
    Forever you