Wild As A Child

by Great White North

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The debut full-length album. Recorded in the spring of 2015 in Oliver BC, Canada.

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released June 23, 2015

Michael Szalay - Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Harmonica, Banjo, Percussion, Mandolin, Melodian, Accordion
Carson Ruhland - Piano, Drums, Banjo, Backing Vocals
Polo Veintimilla - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Sean Petersen - Drums, Piano, Backing Vocals
Sid Ruhland - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals

All words and music by Michael Szalay

Cover photo by Lewis Hine

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Great White North Kelowna, British Columbia

With the splitting of Tusk Mountain, Mike Szalay set out a plan to reintroduce himself as a solo artist under the name Great White North. With the forthcoming release of songs off the debut album, audiences will be familiarized with sounds stemming both from hard-hitting past projects such as Tusk Mountain, as well as a new softer side which has grown off of experience as a solo singer-songwriter. ... more

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Track Name: The Factory
Every morning in the winter, the winter winds are stirring
and they're returning to their warm cups of coffee
the coffee keeps their eyes up but not their mouths shut, anything but

The sun comes up around seven
Well, seven hours are something when you're nothing
but a number to the factory
The factory owner's an asshole and you know it
Track Name: Northern Man
Woke up with my head buried in the snow
and all you dark-skinned women, where do you all go
when there's nothing left of summer but an ocean's breeze
it's 10 below zero, but 30 more until we freeze

The dust blows through the prairies like a mad man on the run
He thinks he feels at home until he looks at what he's done
He's setting sails on nothing and hoping he's coming back,
He's got nothing distracting from keeping him on track.

It's not like I was left out in the cold,
I was gonna make it big but I got too old
Well, the snow's up to my back, but my boots will stay on track
I'll hold it in my hand 'cause I'm a northern man

He gets up at 4:30 and he's on the ice at 6
He's not much of a lover, but he's magic with that stick
Now he's dropping out of school and getting by on luck
Well, you don't need too much luck when you're that good with the puck

It's not like I was left out in the cold,
I was gonna make it big but I got too old
Well, the snow's up to my back, but my boots will stay on track
I'll hold it in my hand 'cause I'm a northern man
Track Name: Bring Me Down
Oh my neighbour, call me down
I just don't feel like dying
And my father, tell me now
About your love and lying

Would you bring me down and find yourself
Another man that we both knew
And the song she sang came from the bones
Of the man that she left dying

My first love was a Christian girl,
She put her trust in God before me
But when the time came to push me out,
Her love in him had disappeared too

Would you bring me down and find yourself
Another man that we both knew
And the song she sang came from the bones
Of the man that she left dying

Oh my neighbour, call me down
I just don't feel like dying
And my father, tell me now
About your heart of a lion
Track Name: The Queen of Something
We went out and built a new house
Along that winding country road
My mother blessed me with a brother, and another
All the love I came to know

My sister left us for the city
The day she turned just twenty-two
Well, through the rain her face appeared the same
But her heart, well we knew was turning blue

You held your ghosts out on nothing
Then take your seat upon your throne
One day you'll be the queen of something
But this old house here ain't a home

I'm told it gets cold by September
So we'll warm our bones beside the fire
Your humbled thoughts have left me here to do some thinking
You lack the voice that we require

Then we got married in the winter
The snow fell on your white dress
Well I held her hand, but couldn't bring myself to kiss her
This whole wedding was a mess

You held your ghosts out on nothing
Then take your seat upon your throne
One day you'll be the queen of something
But this old house here ain't a home
Track Name: Some Different Thing
You came back fleet-foot and asking me for more
I haven't seen that fire since 1994
I know that you loved all them songs I wouldn't sing
You said, "I love you", but I know now that you meant some different thing

Why don't you go and light yourself on fire
You can warm yourself on someone else's desire
Haven't you heard those words that you sold
Well, I just don't know all the meanings of the stories that I'm told

Boxes and boxes of letters that you wrote
I take them out and then I read them and I choke
I know that you heard all them lovely words before
That's alright with me if you turn around and take them out the door

Why don't you go and light yourself on fire
You can warm yourself on someone else's desire
Haven't you heard those words that you sold
Well, I just don't know all the meanings of the stories that I'm told

Your lying eyes will somehow see the way
In which you came and left with nothing more to say
And if I awake and you're still lying in my bed
I could live without all your fairy tales and bullshit in your head

Why don't you go and light yourself on fire
You can warm yourself on someone else's desire
Haven't you heard those words that you sold
Well, I just don't know all the meanings of the stories that I'm told
Track Name: Born To A City
I was born to a city, the city lights shone down on me
The road traveled down into some small town
Lord knows that's where I'll be

Take me down to that river where I will baptize my young
Well, the water rose up and spilt over my cup
Washed the black from my tongue

I won't remember where I should be
I won't wait for nothing, nothing waited for me

Lay me down in that valley, where I ran wild as a child
And when my love dies and if I'm in her eyes,
Lay her body next to mine

I won't remember where I should be
I won't wait for nothing, nothing waited for me

Take me back to that city, the stars will light up my way
Put me up on that stage with lines on my page
I'll put my life on display
Track Name: Long Brown Hair
I was young once and I stayed the same
I took your hand and hoped that you'd take my name
Well I go on back down just like the pouring rain
And if your love gone robbed me blind, I won't complain

Later on on that drive back home
You looked at me and said you feel alone
How can love feel that way after all the seeds we've sown
And if your love hadn't robbed me blind, I might have known

Your long brown hair was blowing up in the wind
You looked at me and thought, what might have been?
If you had never loved a poor boy like me
And if your love hadn't robbed me blind, I might have seen

You got my heart, you got my mind

Now Vancouver's colder than I recall
I looked to you and then I watched you fall
from your cloud into your little broken home
And if your love gone robbed me blind
And if you're having trouble with your mind
And if your love gone robbed me blind, I wouldn't mind
Track Name: Bible Belt Blues
Oh Jesus Christ, for Heaven's sake
Only the good Lord knows of all the trouble I make
It's not all about the blind man and the water into wine,
It'll take some kind of miracle to keep my soul alive
Don't judge me on my haircut, at least I've got my beard
Father tell me something that will keep my conscience cleared

According to that good book, I might as well be dead
Just don't tell anybody that I made love before I wed
Maybe I'll be forgiven if I get her to marry me
As long as it don't end in D.I.V.O.R.C.E
If you're headed to the grave with another man you love
Don't count on being welcomed by the angels up above

I do love my neighbour, my family and my god
It's just that I find some of his rules a little odd
Well bless me father for you know that I have sinned
It's been ten long years since I first let those demons in
It's not just for the fact that I'm a lyin', stealin' cheat
I sometimes work on sundays, won't you wash my dirty feet
Track Name: Sailor's Song
I was a sailor, sailing out from Spain
I'm sick of how those seas exhausted all my pain
Left my love to wander and you know that I'll pay the price
I'm heading further away and I'm praying on Jesus Christ

I traced the Fraser down to the coast
My love was left at home so I'll be sending her my ghost
I'll pass the time with liquor and sweet cocaine
I'm hoping before I die that somebody knows my name

How long can these days keep rolling on
Withdrawn my mind until it's gone
I've misplaced my sense of place too long ago
And now my bones they lie below

I've sailed the oceans and conquered every storm
I've seen America's best and my love is home to mourn
From the prairies I've waited out the snow
I'm packing my bag again and I'm heading down to Mexico

Jacques Cartier and the great white north
Saint Lawrence will save me and I'll be back by the fourth
Superior's waters have taken more than she's put
If my ship shall sink then I'll be going on light foot

How long can these days keep rolling on
Withdrawn my mind until it's gone
I've misplaced my sense of place too long ago
And now my bones they lie below
Track Name: Bear 66
Grizzly, Grizzly got me down
Blood flows down her fur of brown
And she left three little ones alone
Looking over her pile of bones

And I saw them weeping
Gonna take them home
They were going to the city
Gonna take a look around
A train that's coming down the rail
Bear 66 was going down

Train tracks made of steel
Let you know that this was real
Sometimes I feel like a motherless bear
when I saw them there

And I saw them weeping
Gonna take them home
They were going to the city
Gonna take a look around
A train that's coming down the rail
Bear 66 was going down

And I saw them weeping
Gonna take them home
They were going to the city
Gonna take a look around
A train that's coming down the rail
Bear 66 was going down
Track Name: To Alberta
I was awoken by words unspoken
Going out there ain't for me
The winter it blew up and swallowed you up
The cold air took her away

Alberta once called you
and I just fell too short to call you my way
You made a decision that there'd be a rescission
Forget the winter and spring

And the love that you had known
would be gone before you go

Alberta once called her and pulled her yonder
Away from the words I spoke
She left here crying, a poor man dying
Ten months since last time they spoke