Ditch Flowers

by Earthbound Trio

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Earthbound Trio’s latest effort, ‘Ditch Flowers’ explores ideas of perseverance and growth, both from a personal and social perspective, and it’s title is a nod to the famous Neil Young quote, "Traveling there [the middle of the road] soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I met more interesting people there.”

“None of us really live in the middle of the road,” Earthbound Trio’s songwriter and guitarist Doucette says, “but in the ditch we’ve found a whole ecosystem thriving and growing. We all know growing can be fulfilling but tough at times… In this release we’ve got some lyrics that are a little darker than what you might expect for upbeat songs - sometimes that’s what life offers up: A little dark with the light.”

Recorded by John McLaggan at Porchlight Studios and produced with Grant Heckman, Earthbound Trio intentionally kept the making of Ditch Flowers a local affair. Captured live off the floor with only a handful of overdubs, the band aimed to release a recording that was more indicative of their live shows: An album which simultaneously embraced and showcased their broad musical horizons yet maintained a lively, unscripted feel throughout.

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Album features: Lisa McLaggan - Backing Vocals (4)/ John McLaggan - Backing Vocals (1,2,3,8,10)/ Grant Heckman - Electric
Guitar (7), Baritone Guitar (4), Lap Steel (4)/ Ray Legere - Mandolin, Fiddle (2)/ Tim Isaac - Cello (5)/ Kelley Waterhouse - Backing Vocals (6,7) Before the Mast- Backing Vocals (9)
All songs written by Dwayne Doucette/ Recorded and Mixed by John McLaggan @ Porchlight Studios/ Produced by Grant Heckman, John McLaggan, Dwayne Doucette/ Mastered by James Gauthier @ MediumRare Productions/Album Artwork by Shane Mercer

This album has been made possible by our Indiegogo campaign contributors, FeelsGood Promotions, Arts NB, and the Province of New Brunswick.

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released September 9, 2015

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Earthbound Trio Saint Andrews, New Brunswick

Earthbound Trio is a band of music-loving, earth stomping, ‘nice boys’ from southern New Brunswick, Canada. On stage they resemble a traditional acoustic trio, but they blend elements of folk, funk, reggae, rock and effects to create a sound you wouldn’t expect from the acoustic instruments on stage. ... more

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Track Name: Let It Go
She walks into the room
Like a puppet on a string
She sees everyone
But it don't mean a thing

Twisting in the shadows
Under darkness of the night
She sees the sun come up
But she doesn't see the light

Try letting go
Try letting go
Try letting go
Baby try letting go

Like a pile of dry wood
Ready for the burn
Steady through the valley dear
Beyond no return

Just keep me
Oh just keep me satisfied
You say its curiosity
But that don't make it right

Try letting go
Try letting go
Try letting go
Baby try letting go

Try letting go
Try letting go
Try letting go
Baby try letting go
Track Name: Harbour Town
This old town ain’t so little anymore
Cars are driving where they never did before
People won’t stop they got a place to be
I’m listening to stories from the man across the street

And the rain keeps pouring - crashing down
And the fog creeps in all around
And the tide rushes by and covers the ground
The ghosts of this old town

The theatre on the corner, oh where has it gone
They say Chaplin was there once when this place was strong
The last ship has sailed, Clear across the sea
This glorious city is now down upon its knees

And the rain keeps pouring - Crashing down
And the fog creeps in all around
And the tide rushes by and covers the ground
The ghosts of this old town
This old town
This old town

Beautiful building they never gave it a shot
Now it’s lying on the ground soon to be a parking lot
Don’t tell me theres nothing in those old walls
If history repeats itself, it will make a fool of us all

And the rain keeps pouring - crashing down
And the fog creeps in all around
And the tide rushes by and covers the ground
The ghosts of this old town
This old town
Track Name: Plant A Seed
Waiting here in the dark
wondering when it starts
a little light to guide me through
I didn’t figure it out until

Grandpa told me to stand up straight
Take pride in what you make
Spend your days here outside
If It makes you feel alive

Feel the changing of the seasons
Winters darkness begins to fade away
Plant a seed and you let it grow
Plant a seed and you let it grow
Plant a seed and you let it grow
Plant a seed and you watch it grow

We moved out to the country
a place where we can grow
I don’t need to move away
Here is where i want to stay

living off the land
Providing with our hands
The whisper in the wind
Has led me home again

Feel the changing of the seasons
Winters darkness begins to fade away

This town of empty fields
Barren farm land can still be healed
Feel the changing of the seasons
Winters darkness begins to fade away

Plant a seed and you let it grow
oh oh ohh oh oh oh oh
Track Name: Waste of Time
This is as far as I can go,
Where it ends no one seems to know
House on the hill by the willow tree
Finally has taken ahold of me

There were times when the road was clear,
A little dark but we still could steer
Winter came and took our breath away
We could have changed but not today

Don’t tell me it's a waste of time
Don’t tell me it's a waste of time
Don’t tell me it's a waste of time
Just don’t tell me I wasted my time

The chimney stands alone
It's all that remains from a burnt out home
Fields as far as the eye can see
The tall grass just swallows me

Don’t tell me its a waste of time
Don’t tell me its a waste of time
Don’t tell me its a waste of time
Just don’t tell me I wasted my time
Track Name: Take the Day Off
There's a hole in this place
Where water likes to lay
Raising up to the surface
What is laying underneath
Yeah-h-h

Feel the wind it grows
Shadows creep by as it flows
Start the fire now
Close the shutters
Latch them down

You could hide beside me
Watch the orange embers glow
Whisper words to each other
So that no one will know

Will this storm subside
Leave us unharmed inside
These four walls are strong
The foundation is whats wrong

You could hide beside me
Watch the orange embers glow
Whisper words to each other
So that no one will know

We can fix the roof no no no
Stop the rain from coming in no no no
We can do it in the fall no no no
I will take the day off

I'll take the day off
the day off
the day off
the day off

I'll take the day off
the day off
the day off
the day off

I'll take the day off
I'll take the day ay yea
Day ay yea
Day ay ay yea
Day ay yea
Day ay ay ay
Track Name: Dig That Bone
Sweet little momma
why you gotta dance with me
This has been going on
since i was eighteen
Feeling like I’ve been here
to many times before
And here you come around again
Knockin at my backdoor

Darlin
Why you gotta, why you gotta Dig up that bone Girl
Why you gotta, why you gotta Dig up that bone
Why you gotta, why you gotta Dig up that bone Girl
Why you gotta, why you gotta Dig up that bone

Now i gotta new girl
and i told you stay away
That little ray of sunshine
awee brightens up my day
I run home from work
like i never did before
But here you come round again
knocking at my back door

Darlin
Why you gotta, why you gotta Dig up that bone Girl
Why you gotta, why you gotta Dig up that bone
Why you gotta, why you gotta Dig up that bone Girl
Why you gotta, why you gotta Dig up that bone
Track Name: Big Man
Slithering around hiding out in those back rooms
You don’t think were gonna figure out just what you do
Take a little piece away, a little bit at a time
There's people walking round here, thinking everything is just fine

Big ole man thinking your so strong
You think that were weak, were gonna prove you wrong
Big ole man thinking your so strong
You think that were weak, were gonna prove you wrong

From up on the hill its easy to throw stones
While you eat like a king, Tossin us just the bones
Rush into the streets its time to let people know
Tic Toc goes the clock, man its time for you to go

Big ole man thinking your so strong
You think that were weak, were gonna prove you wrong
Big ole man thinking your so strong
You think that were weak, were gonna prove you wrong
Track Name: Miner's Song
I work my days down in the coal mine
Been there days and days on end
It's been a week since I've seen the sun shine
That sun is my old friend

My hands are stained black now
Been since I was fourteen
I'm just proud to keep my home
Give my family what they need

Digging deeper underground
Puts food on the table
A better life for my kids
So they don't have to live like me

Whoa oh oh oh ohhhh
Whoa oh oh oh ohhhh

Another baby not he way
I'm gonna try and raise my pay
There's little work in this town
I guess the mine is where I'll stay

Digging deeper under ground
Puts food on the table
A better life for my kids
So they don't have to live like me

Birds that sing keep me from going out of my mind
Friends like brothers standing by my side
I'm washed away, I will feel no pain
Like the dust I'll rise and you will hear me sing

Whoa oh oh whoa oh
Whoa oh oh whoa oh

Whoa oh oh whoa oh
Whoa oh oh whoa oh oh oh
Track Name: Soil and Ash
There’s a screeching I hear
Calls to me like an old freight train
And I’m screaming for you
dont pull away from me yeah

Your afraid and i know
I will be there some day
twisting darkness I feel
so torn away

This feeling inside
somehow will bring me back to you
I want you to know
I’ll be ok

This feeling inside
somehow will bring me back to you
I want you to know
I’ll be ok



The strength that I get
from you touching my hand
pulls me from shadows
back into the light

we will stand strong I know
no matter which way it goes
you’ll be waiting for me
dont fade away

this feeling inside
somehow will bring me back to you
I want you to know
I’ll be ok

this feeling inside
somehow will bring me back to you
I want you to know
I’ll be ok