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This rocky shore’s gone cold and grey
I’ve been missing you since you went away
To the mountains with the elk and snow
From there to where, I just don’t know
Autumn’s come now, hard and fast
Your time in this country’s all but past
You’re taking a plane across the seas
Promise that you’ll write, Louise

I met you in March past the land’s divide
Stayed in a house by the old railside
We liked your jokes and you liked our songs
There’s room in the van, won’t you come along?
Heading South through the glaciered peaks
We told you news of our country
The government’s wrecked, hope’s hard to see
Nodding, “sounds like home to me”
Later that night in a mountain town
The bars were closed and the signs were down
We sat in the corner with head to ear
It’s not our place, but I’m glad we’re here
The snow was cold and the river was hard
Standing together ‘neath the glistening stars
We’ll say the shaking’s just our knees
Promise that you’ll write, Louise

We parted ways in a city vast
Said goodbye then you were gone so fast
You went up and we carried on down
Heading east towards the prairie towns
Spring was stirring in the southern fields
But in the north, Winter did not yield
And I missed your warmth, I missed your smile
Day after day, mile after mile
Later on at the farthest place
Forty below with the lights in space
Or heading west back across the plains
Where I find my love, I can’t explain
I know I’ll find it at my Island home
But still I find it on the travelled road
And it leaves me longing, saying please
Promise that you’ll write, Louise

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from Quiet Hum, released May 27, 2016

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West My Friend Victoria, British Columbia

Since West My Friend was conceived in a Victoria café in 2009, they’ve emerged as a unique voice in the city’s music scene. Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, their acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies challenges the conventions of popular music to create a performance that is both engaging and innovative. ... more

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