Astronomy

by The Chimney Swifts

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This album is the culmination of two years in the home studio, as the band meticulously crafted each song, with Jesse Potter producing and engineering. It features ten of the band's original songs, as well as two songs written by other folk musicians from the area. The winding path of Astronomy explores many flavors of music, featuring layered harmonies, fabulous guitar arrangements, and thought provoking lyrics.

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released December 14, 2019

Jesse Potter: Producer, Sound Engineering, Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar.
Reggie Rand: Guitar, Vocals
Eric Rand: Drums, Vocals
Ashlin Warner: Guitar, Vocals
Jordan Dunham: Vocals

Halifax artist Emily Powers helped us realize our vision for the artwork, influenced by the sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci, and steam punk styles.

Mixing was done by Paul Ranson.

CDs were manufactured by Atlantic Disc, who also did the mastering for the album.

Special thanks to former member Jamie Loughead for recording the bass for the album.

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Sweeping Nova Scotia up in a whirlwind of unique original music. The Chimney Swifts captivate audiences with their insightful lyrics, tasty guitar solos, and five unique voices. Weaving together a variety of genres, the band keeps you on your toes, and sends tingles down your spine at their live shows. Check out their brand new album "Astronomy" today! ... more

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Track Name: Bones
Bones
by Jesse Potter

Verse 1
Yeah we met way back in school, something about a dynasty, and no one could play.
Well I'd be chillin' with Parker, Parker Johnstonstein, you know I'm funny that way.
Down to the reservoir, you know it's warmer than the sea, well we'd go every day.
And when I'm even flyin' by, I know you'll even fly with me, I'd be like even hurray.
Pre-Chorus
Well I'm through with makin' sense.
I'm talkin' gibberish, but I...
I know you'll understand-stand-stand
what I say
Chorus
Bones tell me what is your opinion? I know you got one on everything.
Well why might the sky be blue and why might the grass be green?
Tell me whaddya think about life, and death, and everything in between?
It's you and me, and we're takin' on the world.
Verse 2
We're takin' on the world bones, Oh-oh-oh, we're takin' on the world.
(Scat)
Well that's a little thing that we call scat,
I know how funny you'll find that, but it's all just a matter of opinion.
So let's sit d-d-d-down and watch my voice go trailin' off down the train tracks, takin' all my sense with it.
Pre-Chorus
Chorus
Solo
Chorus
Outro
We're takin' on the world bones, Oh-oh-oh, we're takin' on the world.
Latda-da-datda-da-de-dum-dum-dum, we're takin' on the world bones.
It's you and me, and we're takin' on the world.
Track Name: Travel the World
Travel the World
by Jesse Potter

Intro
Verse 1
Waiting for the door to open, me and all my friends.
Well it seems the locks are frozen,
you gotta be on fire if you wanna get in.
Craving a magic moment, how many hours do I gotta spend?
A lifelong gamble, to rove and ramble,
Singin' til my end
Chorus
Wanna travel the world, before it gets too late, oh fate,
shadowing the comfort of my home with the unknown
Wanna go for a whirl, a soaring hurricane, and in my
wake, I'll leave a favorite tune for you to find inside your mind,
and be on my way

Solo
Verse 2
So save a song from silence, well they're waiting in the air.
Pray they get their mileage, that they reach another ear.
Well playin' aint a science, unless you'd rather go there.
Well maybe I could try this, I got so many songs to share.

Chorus
Bridge

Oooooo Ooooo Oooooooooooooooo x4

Chorus
Track Name: Astronomy
Astronomy
by Jesse Potter 2009

Intro
Verse 1
City lights, blend in with the sky, think of all the life, that’s waiting to be found.
Tired eyes, picture in your minds, what's on the other side, it turns your head around
Chorus
And the satellites are catching my eye. Watching them revolve around my life.
And the circle of the sun the moon and tides, move so slowly to the rhythm of time.
Refrain
While we’re all just stuck in orbit
Round and round we go
We’re all just stuck in orbit
Round and round we go
x3
Verse 2
So take a peek, at the games of hide and seek, on all the different frequencies, turn lost and never found.
Well what do you see, when you look into a starry sea?
Obsessed with your astronomy. while The sun spins us around.
Chorus
Refrain
Track Name: Uphill
Uphill
By Jesse Potter 2008
Intro Solo
Verse 1
And if we fall after all the labour life’s put us through, well I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna get right back up again.
I know your stressed and life’s a mess, but people depend on you,
you’re gonna have to push on through. You’re gonna have to see this to the end.
Pre-Chorus
And I know it’s hard, it’s almost out of your hands.
And I know you’re so tires, but you’ve got to understand, that...
Chorus
Life only goes uphill from here, too bad you’re carrying a load.
But the further up you go the grass gets greener.
Check out the scenery before it’s down below.
Always climbing, just to find the top a little bit further away.
But every single day it’s undeniably closer, than it’s ever been before.
Solo
Verse 2
Life’s a box of chocolates filled with all sorts of mystery,
You’re gonna have to wait and see. Tell me what flavor did ya choose?
Well these are just the blocks you’ll use to build your tower way up above the world, the one where your dreams unfold, the one where you can kick it back and snooze.
Pre-Chorus
Chorus
Outro solo
Track Name: Life
Life
by Jesse Potter

Intro
Verse 1
Do you believe in the words that you speak, the air that you breathe is of deceit.
Gone so far, I don't know where you are. Orbit another star, but it's not ours.
Pre-Chorus
So why do you even try to change my ways?
I'll spread my wings and fly out of my cage.
You've gotta empathize, see another way.
Sit and close your eyes, let go of the rage.
Chorus
And someday you'll look over your shoulder, gazin' so expectantly, seekin' out an enemy. It won't be me, lookin' you back in the eye.
And every day I get a little older, well that's a technicality when living in reality. Well can't you see, I've gotta move on with my life.
Intro
Verse 2
Well I am hypnotized, by the ocean tides, carry away our minds, satisfied. A note encased in glass, will never be unmasked.
Think that you've got class, you throw it back.
Pre-Chorus
Chorus 2
Solo
Outro
Track Name: Lost in a Song
Lost in a Song
by Jesse Potter

Intro
Verse 1
Well I'm blue like the ocean, you're hot like the desert.
I'm sick with devotion, you're quicker to sever ties.
I realized that you descended from heaven,
fire in your eyes.

Your heart's in the furnace, where the other guy left it.
I try to discern this, getting burned every second inside.
I find you had misguided intentions,
desire to roll the dice.
Chorus
You dropped an anchor in the deep deep depths of my soul, ohwoh-oh.
I feel the anger when you keep-keep stringin' me a long.
I thought I'd thank you if you'd reap-reap-reap what you sew, ohwoh-oh.
Well these blues have got a hold on me
and I'm lost in a song.
Verse 2
Well I'm red when I'm around you, you're cold when I'm distant.
I finally found you, well you're gone instantly.
Fleeting for my vision confounds you,
seems a muse is all you see.

Well your mind is brilliant, but you're staying so vigilant.
You're one in a million, I come undone when I think of it.
Now, I can't allow myself to revisit
the road we started down.
Chorus
Solo
Chorus 2
You dropped an anchor in the deep deep depths of my soul, ohwoh-oh.
I fought with anger cause you kept-kept stringin' me a long.
I thought I'd thank you if you'd reap-reap-reap what you sew, ohwoh-oh.
Well these blues have got a hold on me
and I'm lost in a song.
Outro
Track Name: Nova Scotia Blues
Nova Scotia Blues
by Jesse Potter

Verse 1
I came to Nova Scotia when I found my soul set free.
Knew that I was gonna when I left my last body.
Whenever I get thinkin' 'bout those lives I've lived before,
of all the many places I would come back here once more.
'cause everytime I leave this lovely place I get those Nova Scotia blues.
Chorus
Blooo-oooo-oooo-oooo-ooooos
Blooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooos
Everytime I leave this lovely place I get those Nova Scotia Blues.
Verse 2
Some say that it's a cylce, mayhaps the by and by.
I'll ride by on my bicycle, perhaps out on the dykes.
Wheel just keep a turnin', like the planets round the sun.
Representin' yearnin' for a journey just begun.
'cause everytime I leave this lovely place I get those Nova Scotia blues.
Chorus
Solos
Outro Chorus
Blooo-oooo-oooo-oooo-ooooos
Blooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooos
Every time I leave this lovely place
x3
I get those Nova Scotia Blues
Track Name: This is the Life
This is the Life
by Jesse Potter

Intro
Chorus
This is the life, and it feels so right to be right here.
You and I, take it in, never watin', another passin' year,
to hold inside. Don't despair, it's so beautiful out there.
You and I are on the bright side, but the edge is always near.

Verse 1
So step lightly, we're walkin' on the path to enlightenment.
Frightenin', I know, take it slow, take it all in.
Those eureka moments, tend to happen instantly,
you're growin' neurologically from infancy.
Your beliefs, a unique reality, what you percieve may not be so real to me. But really, somebody's sufferin', what can be done for them?
The saddest souls in need, set 'em free!

We're gettin' close, but our brothers are movin' farther away,
say another piece like Martin Luther King.
Well I have a dream, can we step into the light,
come together for a day and endeavor through the night.
See the difference, between right and wrong.
Are we forgiven? Can we enjoy this calm,
before the weather comes home, the seeds we've sewn, and that dream we've grown. Can we even call our own?
Chorus
Verse 2
And that blade cuts deep, when you're moving past the edge.
I know it's hard to believe, we're so inequal to the one percent.
Got news, these dudes aint mythical, so what can you do? One single individual, you, wake a sleeper to the truth that they never expected, that deeper directive, they're forever affected by who they elected, and I won't go blind. Will you rise too?

We'll stand together while a palace falls, we're bringin' the walls down.
Make way for peace, check the lost and found for every note John Kennedy wrote before he croaked. Feds spendin' every penny to keep it up in smoke. That's a joke. But nobody's laughin', nobody's craftin' a way to take action. Give me a reaction, won't you get some satisfaction if you know. That you are not alone.
Chorus
Solo
Outro Chorus
Track Name: Black Dove
Black Dove
by Micah O'Connell

Intro
Verse 1
Where are you tonight, my little black dove?
Wings spread out like peanut butter, in the arms of someone's lover.
I wonder where you've gone, in the rain, in the storm?
City doesn't look so pretty, come to think it's kind of shitty.
Well I remember once, when hogtown was my home.
Gleaming streets have given way to entropy and slow decay.
Chorus
A canary from a coal mine would have done me good,
a slipshod lantern to light my way home.
Solo
Verse 2
Here I go again, I'm chasing after you.
Run until my blood is fire, to the source of my desire.
Well I'm no Sherlock Holmes, I'm no Dashiell Brown.
Harvest only getting redder, devotion like an Irish Setter.
Barking
And what I wouldn't give, for a drag of that cigarette.
Remember how I quit before? You told me that I smelled like tar.
Chorus
Track Name: I Get Up
I Get Up
by Adam Bazinet

Verse 1
Well the morning comes together, the alarm clock and the weather.
When I stretch it's like I'm reachin', when I rise I will see stars.
So I stay this way for hours, just to spite some greater power.
Keeps me wonderin' where I'm goin', though I know it's not that far.
Chorus
And I get up, I get up and I go out,
I got out and I come home,
I come home and I get used to being alone
x2
Verse 2
Well inside my heads a vacuum, and inside my brain's your perfume.
And inside my mind's a rec room, where me and all my saviors sit.
And we talk about the weather, and we talk about forever.
Sure we talk sometimes however mostly we don't talk one bit.
Chorus
Solo
Verse 3
The universe it teeters, on your neck above your shoulders,
and the whole wide world it smolders like a fire below your feet.
From beneath a pile of choices come the sound of ancient voices,
all your memories join forces 'til you cannot take the heat
Outro Chorus
Track Name: Blue Smoke
Blue Smoke
by Jesse Potter

Intro
Verse 1
This is a testimony to the jester hidin' in your brain.
At best he's lonely, don't protest, you're driving him insane.
So take your chances, you know the answer is on the other side.
Ignore the glances, hold your stance, you're opening your mind.
Chorus 1
Blue smoke, risin' up, never ever know where it comes from.
Post-Chorus
Well is this make believe? I don't know anymore,
and it's only just begun.
Intro
Verse 2
This experimental, technological age is not the same.
With an exponential growth of potential, praises to the flame
that started it all, the big and the small, risin' through the smoke.
Starting to lol, we follow the call, right until we choke.
Chorus 2
Blue smoke, risin' up, never ever know where it comes from.
Blue smoke, settle down, never ever know what I have found.
Post-Chorus 2
Well is this make believe? I don't know anymore.
x3
I have come undone.
Chorus 2
Post-Chorus 3
Well is this make believe? I don't know anymore.
x3
I put my feet back on the ground.
Outro
Track Name: Blackbird
Blackbird
by Jesse Potter

Intro
Verse 1
My black birdie's gone away.
Gone so far, into the machine.
You know what I mean
They put her on a plane, they took her wings away.
Hold on tight to your dreams.

And I've got a black hole.
It's right where you left it, in the back of my mind.
And it's holdin' me tight.
Haunts me in the night, keeps me occupied,
I'm just dreamin' of a glimpse of your eyes.
Chorus
Words upon a screen, they just won't suffice.
You're like a moth to a flame, you just reach for the light
at the end of the tunnel, that caved in long ago.
So dig, dig, dig your way out.
don't let go.
Verse 2
Well my baby used to live a happy life.
Thrown in the deep end, smothered in strife.
Just livin' out lies.
Changed her own name. Played the wrong games.
Just tried to survive.
Chorus
Solo
Verse 3/outro
My black birdie's gone away.
Gone so far, into the machine.
You know what I mean
They put her on a plane, they took her wings away.
Hold on tight to your dreams
my black birdie.

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