To the North (Full Album)

by Lora Bidner

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With the release of her debut independent solo album To the North, Ottawa singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lora Bidner has announced her arrival as a breathtaking new voice on the Canadian artistic landscape – whose work is marked by dramatic, orchestral arrangements; lush, layered vocals; and a riveting, driving emotional pulse. A progressive folk album reminiscent of Florence and the Machine, Lana del Rey or Regina Spektor. "To the North" will take you on a journey through a sonic landscape filled with thought provoking poetry and mournful harmony and melody; the album is innovative, it's edgy and it's highly emotive.


released September 13, 2015

Writers and Arrangers
Music and Lyrics written by Lora Bidner unless otherwise specified:
Drum beats by Mike, Dean, Lora and Danford Egar
String accomp. Written and arranged by Lora in Tracks 1,3,6
Cello accomp. Written and arranged by Raphael in tracks 2,4,7,8
Lyrics in “Ignite” by Lora and Jamaal Jackson Rogers

Recording By Dean Watson at Gallery Recording Studio
Produced by Dean Watson and Lora Bidner
Mixed by Dean except Track 3 by Cody Gilchrist
Mastering by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering
Album Art by Dom Laporte

Lora: Piano, Guitar, ukulele, 8 string uke,
vocals, vibraphone, synths
Dean: Bass, Mandolin, Programming
Mike Giamberardino: Drum set and aux. percussion
Raphael Weinroth-Browne: Cello
Jamaal Jackson Rogers: Spoken Word
Agnes Malkinson: Cello in Track 3
Natasha Macdonald and Kiri Hauk: Violin
Cody Gilchrist: Bass in Track 3

Special Thanks to my parents Kevin and rosa Bidner for your love and support, Giselle Minns for your guidance, Friends and family, Mogs Bidner, Steve Letwin,Allister Morrison and all my supporters on pledge music including cHRIS bailey and Danford Kelley

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Lora Bidner Toronto, Ontario

Bidner is a compelling singer-songwriter and film composer living in Toronto. She recently won the 1st Prize SOCAN Canadian Young Audio-Visual Composers Award for her original score written for the animation short Missing by Stephanie Chewy (2016) and her original song "3,000 Volts" has been nominated for the 15th annual Independent Music Award in the category of "Story Song". ... more

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Track Name: When we were Young
When we were young
We fought battles in our yard
When we were young
all the castles were ours

And now
I’ve forgot what it’s like to breath
And oh
I look back on those sweet memories

And all of them
they’re lost
in time
And all of them,
they’re lost
in time
<Instrumental break down>
When we were young
We were dreamers without cause
And now my mind’s stuck on envy not grace
and I ache
And it’s easy to fall, when you’re already down
Oh you’re lost, in time

<Instrumental break down>
When we were young
We fought battles in our yard
When we were young
all the castles were ours
Track Name: The Tide (ft. Raphael Weinroth-Browne)
All my life
I have been waiting with eyes
That hunger for the shore, the sun
The glistening sand beneath my feet

I seek a clear view of the sky
Untarnished by the veil of the ocean’s surface
I long to breath the sweet air
To dry in the breeze

I look to the tide
the tide

Though I will miss the haunting whale calls
The deep and dark abyss
The reef I called my home
The rhythm in the current

I look to the tide
the tide

The stars above, they call to me
Their melody beckoning
In the cove I peer unnoticed
I seem a myth
But I am here
Soon I’ll wash up in the tide, the tide
Track Name: I Awoke
I stood for so long I was stone and I was gone
Then when I arose I felt the light on my face I like that very much
Then I walked, I ran, and my knees peeled
And soon my hair was washed and my feet to, and I was just like you
I awoke, to a memory
and I felt the earth firm beneath my feet
Oh just like history
When I arose I felt the vines release me, oh release
It all crumbed down
All of my dreams, my love, my own
And how did it feel?
When my power raised, heard it hardened your face
I always worshiped the moon, ordained by the sky
And I followed its light, oh to shadow
And I lay my laurels down
I look to you, a side I never knew

Did you see me in your dreams?
Did you hear me in the night?
Could you still hear my cries?
Well I hope my tortured eyes, are still in your mind
I hope it haunted you for life

I awoke, to a memory
and I felt the earth firm beneath my feet
Oh now it’s history
When I arose I felt the vines release me, oh release me
Couldn’t hear me crying out?
Didn’t you hear me call for help?
Couldn’t you feel what I felt?
Well, I hope my tortured eyes, are still in your mind
Oh I hope it haunted you for life
Track Name: Author
I’m the author of my own life
I got out just what I put in
And at the time it just seemed right
Now I sit in sunken skin
And you won’t give to me no, you walk on
I’m sittin’ lonely now, you walk on
And my life it seems like it has already gone,

But I keep holding on x2

And now I sit here my, trickling
These endless hours of solitaire don’t do anything
And I know I’ll be sitting here for hours more,

Cause Sunday is my only holiday x3
Track Name: Understand
We'll understand when time has past
Though all that we do is sit back and laugh oh
This is the time of the last, a life slips past

Maybe we understood when we were young
Soon forgot it all
we'll understand when we're too old
memories cold and our stories told
or we'll know it all when we've gone from this place
on to the next, far and away

Maybe we'll get the picture piece by piece
as stones are thrown and and wars are fought
and though you've lost your train of thought
it keeps on driving on and on


The best, the brightest day,
are our darkest nights
and there's only time, before there's only us

verse 2

They climb all mountains,
Fly over all clouds,
valleys they walk to find out

I'm sure I'd do the same here what they've got to say about

Chorus X2
Track Name: Sandcastle Honesty
If Honesty were a house
Mine would be a suburban one all calm and cute
Sittin’ next to yours, with kids biking past
And in the morning I’d get my paper,
I’d do my garden, I’d watch my shows, and it would be nice
It would be nice
I’d say hello to my friendly neighbour I’d say I’m fine thanks
How are you? You’d say you’re fine to

But, late and night I’d lie a walk, thinking of sandcastles by the sea
In my living room I’d have a big sand chimney and a window above my kitchen sink
So I could peal my potatoes by the ocean
Just, gaze right into that vast sea
Back my casserole, placidly
at the pace of the rhythmic sea
I’d rather be honest than free

And a sandcastle house is not the practical thing, I do know
But I’d rather be happy than safe in a suburban home
So, all you do, is cup some sand, there you’ve got it,
Use your pinky, build a window
And if oh, late at night a storm would come,
I’d tie my, teddy bear to my ankle
Grab my surf board and make for the roof
And I’d just ride that tsunami right out to sea
Just, ride away my vulnerability
Let my home, wash back to the sea
That’s ok I’ll build it back the next day
I’d rather be honest than safe
It didn’t have an on-suite bathroom anyway
I’ll build it back with a walk-in closet the next day
let my home wash back to the sea
That’s ok I’ll build it back the next day
I’d rather be honest than safe
I’d rather be honest than safe
Track Name: To the North
To the north, yeah we’ll go
To the north , yeah we’ll go
To the North, yeah we’ll go
Neon lights and paper snow
To the North, yeah we’ll go

There used to be vines on this hill
Now they’re all gone
And I’m sure they tried
But no cup to fill
No cup to fill
No cup to fill

Followed tracks to get here
Lost my way again
Two rocks do make fire
Smoke signals in my eyes again
And I try, but I miss
And I miss the way that it was
Globe of glass, that I’m in
I’d fall if not frozen.

To the North!
Track Name: 3,000 Volts
Hey now I save the best for the last.
Held me down and I fought me back
Until I was a barren, black hole.
And oh, happiness?
I only dreamt of it
In black and white,
Then when I’d open my eyes, a nightmare was my life.

So I couldn’t take it anymore,
So I took it to his throat.
And I never felt more free
Than when I drew that blade close.
Yeah well I told them it was me;
The handcuffs on my wrists were cold.

And well you should’a seen their faces,
when I took the stand, I raised my right hand.
Yeah I had my reasons,
But they could never understand.
Yeah well I, I knew where my fate lied when I felt his blood all on my hands.

But I confess,
I’ve never taken my life so seriously, ’till I was looking down death row.
And yeah father, you can pray for me, but I am quite sure of where I’ll go.
No no, it’s not heaven, hell or limbo, it’s a place that you’ll never know.
But you’ll be watching in the front row,
While my head’s pumped with 3,000 volts.
I’ll light up like a firefly,
Then I’ll be gone like those memories when I was five.

Jars in our hands,
Oh running through the fields,
Eyes wide.

Hey now I save the best for the last.
My big finish when I finished him off
And now my contempt lies six-feet under the grass.
I may look like a caged bird to you now,
Just wait until they set me free
Yeah I’ll light up like a firefly,
I’ll be those sparks shining in your eyes.
Your eyes your eyes
Your eyes, your eyes
Track Name: Ignite (ft. JustJamaal ThePoet)
We have no idea
Where we are right now
Lost in emptiness
Candles of hope no longer burn bright
The shores of peace a distant memory
With palms pressed to glass Our own reflection turns away
Locked out from the inside
Screams for help in soundproof rooms
We are drowning in the crescendos of survival Waves of doubt crashing down Like tides falling under full moons
and the belief in new beginnings
Fades to darkness
But even then
When gravity grips you
And reality is stranger than fiction
For what it’s worth
Only the pain can keep the lights on


It will come to you in time
I know your candle doesn't burn as bright, in the cold
Deep down, I know you must know
That I'll be by your side
Oh I know, I'll ignite, I'll ignite, ignite.

Verse 2

We seem to forget
That even when your heart has been abandoned far too long
Left to find something from nothing And the bitter cold surrounds you
As long as there is life, there will always be light
There is no escape from heartache
We can’t clap our hands to make it go away
But we can let go of our cries
Bring rain to the thunder
Strike fire on dusk
Hold hands when all seems lost
Until, one day, someday, soon
Clarity comes to mind
And somewhere between the blink of an eye
And a new sunrise You hear a voice
That distant friend
The honesty you once knew so well
Calls you by your name,
Tells you
Do not be afraid


Verse 3

Show the world we are more than just a body of harsh storms
Of lost stars
Of burn scars
We are embers
We are Sparks
No two moments are alike, what will you do, will you let your flame die or will you ignite?