Parade Day

by SUSSEX

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Hollow Log 03:56
Hollow Log (Rob Lutes) I set out walking like a beast into a fog Talk talk talking like a chain talking to a dog With a heavy mind and a heart like a hollow log I carried everything I found all along the way Thinking you never know what you’ll need from day to day My load got heavy but I held on anyway Always worried what was coming up around the bend Every turn could’ve been my final end When you ride on the river, change is your only friend Tried to find some escape on the drugstore shelf To feed the ghosts and relieve my mental health But you run long enough you’re gonna run into yourself I never could make it sweetly through the night My mind has a wheel turning left and turning right It never stops ’til the crack of the morning light
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Truth and Lies (Rob Lutes) We all get our clothes stolen, baby we’re all naked on this lake We get a little rage swollen, then we feel it break When everything’s a wave rolling, everyone’s a wake But it’s only really heavy when you hold it in your mind Everything weighs nothing when you leave it far behind Watch how every step gets lighter right on down the line Oh the storms in the skies Tell you truth, tell you lies The mistakes will make you wise. Surprise, surprise. That’s the only little prize You flew far above the hills and when you breathed the open air The bounty gave you chills when you took the simple dare To let your mind be still until you found yourself aware We all get our clothes stolen baby we’re all naked on this lake We get a little rage swollen, then we feel it break When everything’s a wave rolling, everyone’s a wake Oh the storms in the skies Tell you truth, tell you lies The mistakes will make you wise. Surprise, surprise. That’s the only little prize
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Little Baby 03:53
Little Baby (Rob Lutes) Oh little baby won’t you take me home I’m lost and I can’t find my way The sun has gone down and the trail has gone cold And I need some help today Oh little baby, I’ve wandered so long And I’m not sure where to turn To find the way to where I belong Have all the bridges been burned? Oh I’m gonna come to you soon my love I know your feelings of fear The truth is we are walking the same old road The truth is I am always near Oh little baby I hear your voice It’s coming from deep within It says when I am cornered and I don’t see a choice That’s when the journey begins Oh I will be there so soon my love I’d never leave you to waste Until I get there, you’ll have enough I’ve seen it there in your face Oh little baby you won’t believe I was only turned around in the dark I knew you’d come, I could hold your sleeve That was the seed of the spark That pulled me out of the dark
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Dayton, Ohio – 1903 (Randy Newman) Sing a song of long ago When things were green and movin' slow And people stopped to say hello Or they'd say hi to you Would you like to come over for tea With the missus and me? It's a real nice way to spend the day in Dayton, Ohio On a lazy Sunday afternoon in 1903 Sing a song of long ago when things could grow And days flowed quietly The air was clean and you could see And folks were nice to you Would you like to come over for tea With the missus and me? It's a real nice way to spend the day in Dayton, Ohio On a lazy Sunday afternoon in 1903
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Ginger 03:27
Ginger (Lyrics: Rob Lutes/Monique Riedel) Let’s open our hearts and write our fable Eat this feast that’s on our table Fill our heads with loving words in rhyme Baby life’s so short let’s never worry We’ve got time if we don’t hurry Let’s not rush right to the finish line Oh we all take some tumbles it’s not fun Sometimes we need to lean on someone When we’re gonna flip and fly and fall right through the air I’ll be there when it gets dark Singing to your heart Darling you’re a pearl My most precious find You bring wonder to my world With your perfect mind Let’s take a walk, let nothing guide us Let the wild unfurl inside us Pluck each perfect moment off the vine Just like the birds in silent motion Let the wind blow every notion Out to sea with these romantic lines Darling you’re a pearl Oh the deepest rarest kind And this weird and weary world Is sometimes blind Baby let’s let love reign down its thunder Across the world of seven wonders One for every way I love you dear Head and heart and soul and smile Walking talking down the aisle Lips to whisper these words in your ear Darling you’re a pearl I can’t quite believe you’re mine You bring wisdom to my world With your perfect mind Darling you’re a pearl The deepest rarest kind You bring wonder to my world With your perfect mind
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Eagle on the Moon (Lyrics: Lutes/Riedel/Emenau) Most of it you let go But you could still use a little less Your heart’s still trying to shake off All the pains inside your chest You tell yourself you’re just a dusting Of fine snow on a rail You’re gonna come and go like shadows On a branch beside the trail But then midnight comes a stumbling Like an eagle on the moon With a memory like a steel trap For a famous fiddler’s tune You climbed over the mountains You couldn’t really do your best But you hunted for your daily bread And you kept yourself well-dressed Now you rest in the evening With your eyes up on a shelf You’re staring at the shadows On the pictures of yourself And then midnight comes a stumbling Like an eagle on the moon There’s a barn burning on the skyline And it’s looking like high noon BRIDGE And you stand there at the gate You see it’s not too late What you have carved into your mind Isn’t all there really is for you to find Most of it you’ve let go But you could still use a little less Your mind is slowly learning To put out the fires in your chest The fuel that gets them started Is less than what it seems But all those old infernos Still haunt your restless dreams And then midnight comes a stumbling Like an eagle on the moon A life in lower gravity The freedom makes you swoon
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Listen to the Wind (Lyrics: Rob Lutes) I listened to the wind, I touched the ice I said love’ll be my shadow if I treat it nice I followed every shiver that made me swoon A little indecision was a lead balloon I wandered and I worshipped and I scratched it down I chased it like an echo from the underground But the only time I get it is when I let it get away Heart in hand without a plan for how to make it pay Far out on an ocean that never hits the shore Once I know there’s nothing else, I don’t need nothing more I said, oh baby, don’t be rude Don’t believe in every little thing you do Because everything goes up and down Its gonna take you somewhere but you’re gonna want to turn around But the only time you get it is when you let it get away Heart in hand without a plan for how to make it pay Far out on an ocean that never hits the shore Once you know there’s nothing else, you won’t need nothing more I carried on a while like a drunkard’s son I said it wouldn’t be a good game if everybody won Then I coated up my heart in stainless steel So I could rescue everybody on the battlefield But the only time I get it is when I let it get away Heart in hand without a plan for how to make it pay Far out on an ocean that never hits the shore Once I know there’s nothing else, I don’t need nothing more
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Sparkle Blues (Lyrics: Michael Emenau) I’m thinking about moving back home Roaming, roaming, roaming no more It would really be so nice, I should take my own advice I should pack up and head there today I’m thinking about moving back home Sliding, riding, gliding, biding my time no more It would really be so nice I should take my own advice I’m gonna pack up and head there today The sparkle in your eyes It drew me there before That sparkle from deep inside made me, made me want you more Oh but I won’t I wish I could but I won’t For I have left and gone away
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Up on the Wall (Lyrics: Rob Lutes) I will drink like a demon so I’ll bounce like a ball I want to get up on the wall I will scale shaky ladders, I will bleed and I will brawl I want to get up on the wall Just to see how the view is out across those hills Where the shadows roll under the clouds There’s a vast new horizon that I aim to fill Once I get free from the crowd So i cling to the mortar in a slow desperate crawl I want to be up on the wall I would steal the wings of angels and I’d take the devil’s call I want to get up on the wall If my head could be quiet I could leave this parade But I can’t quite step out of the line There’s a deep voice that’s calling me out of the shade Like a heartbeat under the whine Well you build it and you climb it and you climb it ’til you fall I want to get up on the wall Do you even remember, do you even recall Why you want to get up on the wall Just to see how the view is out across those hills Pull your mind out of the clouds There’s a vast new horizon that you aim to fill If you can just get yourself out of the crowd
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about

Sussex is the brainchild of Michael Emenau and Rob Lutes. The two renowned musicians were childhood friends and high school bandmates in New Brunswick. After graduation, they went their separate ways—Michael to Tokyo, San Francisco and Paris, where he made a name for himself as a world-class jazz percussionist and composer; Lutes to Montreal, where he has recorded six albums and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest songwriters and roots performers.

Reunited in 2012, the pair began to write together for the first time in 20 years. Encouraged by the results, they decided to make a record. Enlisting the services of some of Montreal’s finest players, including Benoit Charest (guitar), Josh Zubot (violin), Sage Reynolds (bass) and Ivanhoé Jolicoeur (trumpet), they went into the legendary Studio Frisson in Montreal in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 and recorded Parade Day.


"...a truly great evening...energy, intricacy, texture, nuance, expressiveness, and power, but all with great subtlety. Suffice to say, a great show."
- Thom Meredith, AD, Sainte-Anne Blues Cafe


Featuring a unique mix of instruments on 11 compelling and diverse originals and the Randy Newman gem “Dayton, Ohio, 1903,” the album represents a modern day love letter to the early jazz, blues and folk music that were their primary musical influences.

In a live setting, this new ensemble calls on its diverse talents and extensive experience to spin this mix of genres into an inspiring and surprising musical experience.

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released November 12, 2015

1. Hollow Log (Lutes) ‒ 3:56
2. Truth and Lies (Lutes) ‒ 2:31
3. Little Baby (Lutes) ‒ 3:52
4. Superman’s Escape (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 4:04
5. Dayton, Ohio ‒ 1903 (Randy Newman - ) ‒ 1:59
6. Ginger (Lutes/Emenau/Riedel) ‒ 3:27
7. Eagle on the Moon (Lutes/Riedel) ‒ 3:27
8. Dare to Stumble (Lutes) ‒ 2:25
9. Listen to the Wind (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 4:04
10. Sparkle Blues (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 2:25
11. Up on the Wall (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 5:16
12. What is Piano (Emenau) ‒ 1:39

Produced by Michael Emenau, Rob Lutes and Fred Bouchard

Recorded by Fred Bouchard and Michel Pepin at Studio Frisson, Montreal
Mixed by Fred Bouchard
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal
Design and Photos by James St Laurent
www.sussexmusic.ca
Lyrics available at www.sussexmusic.ca/lyrics
Contact: sussexrootsmusic@gmail.com
Rob Lutes plays Blueberry Guitars


Front cover painting " La Minerve” by Etienne-Gaspard Robert (1763–1837)


Sussex is :
Rob Lutes Acoustic guitar, vocals
Michael Emenau Vibraphone, percussion, piano

Special guests :

Ben Charest Electric guitar
Ivanhoe Jolicoeur Trumpet, flugelhorn
Sage Reynolds Upright bass
Josh Zubot Violin

Additional percussion on Up on the Wall Fred Bouchard

A very grateful thanks to Ben, Ivan, Sage and Josh who brought their diverse musical talents to these songs; to Fred who understood the direction of the project and was a huge part of realizing the vision; to our friends, families and musical communities for encouragement along the road; and to Kate and Monique for their insight, love and support.

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SUSSEX Montreal, Québec

Sussex is the brainchild of Michael Emenau and Rob Lutes. The two renowned musicians were childhood friends and high school bandmates in New Brunswick.
Reunited in 2012, the pair began to write together for the first time in 20 years. They released their debut album Parade Day in 2016. The Ocean Wide is their second album.
Visit: sussexvibrafolk.com
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