In the City

by Terra Spencer

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Terra Spencer's songs are single-serving stories of complicated lives from simpler times of wood paneling and nylon strings. In the City is a love song for Halifax and a certain someone, with a string arrangement by Anna Wedlock performed by the Bela String Quartet.

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The place that I come from has only one city
The traffic lights through the windshield were festive and pretty
Christmas shopping at Zellers and Sears when I was a kid
I dreamed someday I’d live there, and for two years I did
My mom cried, and Princess Di died the day I left for college
Where I stayed up too late writing papers and faking my knowledge
Of philosophy, history, lectures that I had slept through
I had only enrolled just to say I had something to do
I would walk through the snow and the wind of winter park lane
See the spring garden flowers grow in the spring garden rain
The streets named for trees were a forest to me
With no one to hear when I fell
In the city that hid me so well
A twenty-four hour IGA grocery store
A two-bedroom apartment above that I couldn’t afford
Video Difference, suspense drama and horror
Like the night I called cops to bust into a locked bathroom door
Where a scorned former boyfriend unbottled his feelings inside
Talking madness and swallowing sadness to make subside
Though I tried to be cool and calm I was terrified
When they took him away I can’t even say if I cried
I collected my thoughts, called collect from a public pay phone
For my regular checking to chat with my mother back home
Too stubborn to say I had screwed up and I was in trouble
I pretended I only saw rainbows from inside my bubble
I would walk through the wind and the snow of winter park lane
See the spring garden flowers grow in the spring garden rain
The streets named for trees were a forest to me
With no one to hear when I fell
In the city that hid me so well
Like a daisy finding its way through a sidewalk crack
The love of a friend called my heart and my heart called him back
He’d walk home cross the commons alone at 3:30am
With a sandwich he’d stolen, Bologna or PB and jam
A confessional booth at a Wendy's with Burgers and Fries
We shared our mistakes over milkshakes and untied our lies
He had flunked out of school, a secret he’d carefully covered
Then and there we decided that we’d rather study each other
We would walk through snow and the wind of a winter park Lane
See the spring garden flowers grow in spring garden rain
The streets named for trees where he walked next to me
With no one to hear when we fell in love
In the city he loved me so well

credits

released November 5, 2018
Terra Spencer - vocals and piano
Anna Wedlock - string arrangement, violin
Anthony Rissesco - second violin
Alex Bates - viola
Catherine LIttle - cello

Produced by Terra Spencer and recorded by Mike Hastings at Sonic Temple, Halifax, with special thanks to Jason Michael MacIssac.

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Terra Spencer Windsor, Nova Scotia

Terra Spencer's songs are crafted from autobiographical details woven with gentle instrumentation on piano and guitar. Her debut album, Other People's Lives, is a collection of complicated relationships, told with a warm wistful voice.

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