Freedom

by Ariana Gillis

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Hassles Just adore the individuality of her voice & the way she chooses to deliver it. Very distinctive music - I've been a fan since 'Forget Me Knot" & think this is better.
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Greg Burd Really enjoy all the tracks on this album.
Also think that the cover art is Awesome.
Very nice package! Favorite track: White Blush.
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released November 7, 2014

Produced & *Mixed by David Gillis

vocals and guitars: Ariana Gillis
guitars, banjo, nashville guitar, keyboard: David Gillis
drums & percussion: Ben Rollo
drums: Jorn Andersen
bass: Bill Dillon
bass: Mark McIntyre
bass: Russ Boswell
trumpet: Bill Melymuka
strings: Kevin Fox
piano, pump organ: Mark Llama
background vocals: Ariana Gillis, Briar Gillis,
Prairie Gillis, David Gillis

Recorded at The Canterbury Music Company by Jermy Darby.
*Driving to Heaven Mixed by Cory Barnes

Very Special thanks to:
Ben Rollo, John Graham, Daniel Wolff, Dave Marsh, Bernie Taupin, Steve Wozniak, Bob Ezrin, Joel Moss, Cory Barnes, Jeremy Darby, Kevin Breit, Bill Dillon, Richard Flohil

Management Six Shooter Records
Cover Photo Steven Elphick
Inside Photo Heather Pollock

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Ariana Gillis Toronto, Ontario

"I'm staggered by how good she is. I can honestly say she's the most exciting thing I've heard in a long time."
– Bernie Taupin, Elton John's cowriter

"I've never seen an unknown performer with more power as when I saw Ariana performing at a music convention – I couldn't stop talking about her. The last performer I felt this way about was Bruce Springsteen"
– Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone Magazine
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Track Name: Freedom
Light, quick lightening,
Thundering, blundering.
I said I prayer,
I inked it to my arm,
I inked it to my arm.

Freedom, freedom where have you been?
I've been missing you so long.
Guns and soldiers, bullets, patrollers,
Freedom never felt so wrong.

All around me they're making up stories,
Saying we got good things coming.
But Freedom took off before that talk,
Ever since then I've been running.

My future's dead, shot in the head,
Forgive me don't care about nothing,
But finding the light, for too long I've been blind,
And the truth's gotta count for something.

Freedom, freedom where have you been?
I've been missing you so long.
Guns and soldiers, bullets, patrollers,
Freedom never felt so wrong.

Light, quick lightening,
Thundering, blundering.
I said I prayer,
I inked it to my arm,
She inked it to her arm,
I inked it to my arm.
Track Name: Jeremy Woodstock
Jeremy Woodstock is the only man I know,
the only man I know without a heart.
They made a deep incision, and cut into his cage,
and ripped the screaming organ out.

Said the heart to the man, "I am not your enemy,
Let me fill you up, let me help you breathe!"

When the doctors sewed him up
Jeremy was vacant of feeling anything toward the heart.
And when they asked him what he wanted to do with his vessel,
He told them to put it in a jar.

Said the heart to the man, "I am not your enemy,
Let me fill you up, let me help you breathe!
Let me make your veins pulse, let me make your lungs rise,
Let me make your mind burst, put me back inside,
I will be your best friend, I won't let bad happen,
Please, please, please, please, please...Jeremy."

But Jeremy Woodstock wouldn't listen to the heart,
He couldn't bear to hear it's words again.
'Cuz every night in his dreams he would see his wife and daughters,
and feel it pounding in his chest.

Said the heart to the man, "I am not your enemy,
Let me fill you up, let me help you breathe!
Let me make your veins pulse, let me make your lungs rise,
Let me make your mind burst, put me back inside,
I will be your best friend, I won't let bad happen,
Please! Please!"

"I will make your veins pulse, I will make your lungs rise,
I will make your mind burst, put me back inside..."
"But Heart! Can't you see?! I trusted you!" cried Jeremy,
"And I will never trust in you again..."

Jeremy Woodstock is the only man I know,
the only man I know without a heart.
Track Name: Black Snake
You snake, you black, black snake,
You hide inside the light in the filament waiting to bite,
Don’t smile, ‘cuz I can see your fangs,
Hovering o’er my skin,
When I flip the switch ready to dig in.

I never wanted anything, never wanted any venom ‘cuz it stings.
Camouflaged back, difficult to spot,
Thought you’d get me, get me got, you thought, you thought.

You play with such an art,
You lead me into snares, I think you care,
But your much too smart for love,
And for you, love is war,
Where you strangle and you gore,
Your prey is left in feathers on the floor.

And I never wanted anything, never wanted any venom ‘cuz it stings.
Camouflaged back, difficult to spot,
Thought you’d get me, get me got, you thought, you thought.

You snake, you black, black snake,
With diamonds in your scales attract the doves to your jaws and impale.
I’m not looking for the shine,
‘Cuz there’s nothing there to find,
Just a constricting grip holding on my mind.

And I never wanted anything, never wanted any venom ‘cuz it stings.
Camouflaged back, difficult to spot,
Thought you’d get me, get me got, you thought, you thought.
You thought you’d get me, get me got, you thought, you thought.

Camouflaged back, difficult to spot,
Thought you’d get me, get me got, you thought, you thought.
Track Name: White Blush
Am I fair in the lights? Can you see my feelings?
On the stage, in your arms, can you see the difference?
And I’m scared ‘cuz you think that I’m the one for you.
Brush a dust on my face to cover up what’s true.

And I need blush,
White, white blush.
White, white blush.
White, white blush.

Are you caught in a trance? Did it overtake you?
Do you know who I am? Or did the lights mistake you?
Thought I knew, but I don’t and now I have to pay for it.
When you looked, when you stared, wanted me running through your fingertips.

And I need blush,
White, white blush.
White, white blush.
White, white blush.

In these lights my heart is crushing,
The blood is rushing, you think I’m blushing.
In these lights my heart is crushing,
The blood is rushing, rushing and I need blush.

Blush,
White, white blush.
White, white blush.
White, white blush.
Oh and I need blush,
White, white blush.
White, white blush.
White, white blush.
Track Name: Going off to War
I'm going off to war,
I'm going off to war,
I know I'm never coming home.

Don't come knocking at my door,
You won't see me anymore,
I know I'm never coming home.

Replaced an angel with your face inside my head,
Bought a package of cigarettes just to smoke 'em.
I made calls and I mailed letters to my friends,
I don't think it matters anymore…it doesn't matter anymore,
Cuz I'm going off to war,
I'm going off to war.
Track Name: Driving to Heaven
It’s a thin, paper photo,
The one you outline while you close your eyes,
You’ve held so hard, your knuckles are white.

You’re not the same, not what you were,
All this time has beaten on your flame,
You’re looking to get it back again.

Get in the front seat,
I brought the car to your place,
I hope you told your friends,
We’re driving to heaven.

Said I’ll come back for you,
I’ll come back for you, I swear,
I’ll come back for you we’ll go somewhere.

Get in the front seat,
I brought the car to your place,
I hope you told your friends,
We’re driving to heaven.

Get in the front seat,
I brought the car to your place,
I hope you told your friends,
We’re driving to heaven.