The Pretty Leaves Are Following Us

by Christopher John

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Making something is the fun part. Putting it out there is the hard part. I am known to family and friends as the worst self-promoter of all time. I have spent 5 years procrastinating getting this music off my hard drive to where it can be heard. No more excuses. In the words of Seth Godin, “Here, I made this”. I hope you enjoy.

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released March 31, 2017

All songs by Christopher John
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Jonathan Anderson
Mastering by Noah Mintz
Thank you Jeremy Crowle for your Artwork
Thank you Michelle Scott for your voice
Thank you Nathan Wylie for your Drumming
All other instruments by Christopher John or Jon Anderson

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Christopher John Vancouver, British Columbia

Christopher John is a former member of Canadian rock band, Stabilo. He now enjoys sharing his love of music with students at an elementary school where he teaches. Between teaching, growing food in his garden, sailing, and trying to be a good dad, he still manages to carve out some time to make music. If you appreciate the music, please consider supporting it. All proceeds go towards making more. ... more

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Track Name: Restless Sleeper
On the bank of the river
I am forever lost in my mind
Crossing the river,
Darling I never made the other side

Restless sleeper don't you fear
Many are lost, we all end up here

This is the fever that took my head
This is the chill that is in me
Here is the silence that never ends
I wrapped it around me, got so lost and never looked back

At the mouth of the river
Darling I never knew myself
This body I held on so tight to was only a shell

The waking world is under a spell
The borderlands are calling out
And every breath, it takes me down
And closer to the drowning

This is the fever that took my head
This is the chill that is in me
Here is the silence that never ends
I wrapped it around me, got so lost and never looked back

Wasp in the meadow
Wind and the shadow
Nothing was as it seemed
This life that I held on so tight to was only a dream
Track Name: Hanging By A Thread
Sunday in the garden
I am forgotten
I lay down on the stoney ground
A thousand tiny voices whisper Hallelujah
I open up my eyes but there's nothing there

When I lay down I come undone
I want it to shine when I fall asleep for the last time
And I wanna know what it all meant
Was it all just in my head,
Or are we hanging by a thread over eternity?

Friday in the city
All the lights are spinning
I lay down on the bathroom floor
A thousand angry voices shout "what's it too ya?"
I close my eyes, I can't take it anymore

When I lay down I come undone
I wanted to shine when I fall asleep for the last time
And I wanna know what it all meant
Was it all just in my head,
Or are we hanging by a thread over eternity?

City lights or angels in my imagination
I can't tell on my own anymore

When I lay down I come undone
I want it to shine when I fall asleep for the last time
And I wanna know what it all meant
Was it all just in my head,
Or are we hanging by a thread over eternity?
Track Name: Out of Eden
Come closer my friend
What do you see?
Does this dark highway end?
Do the people go free?

I don't know how to radiate
And I worry I don't have what it takes
but If you can imagine a brighter day
Darling I'll sneak out with you, dig under the gate

And chase the demons out of Eden
And begin the healing

Walk with me awhile
What do you hear?
Are people giving up?
Or giving up their fear?

I know I've made all the same mistakes
And I worry I don't have what it takes
But if you can imagine a brighter day
Darling I'll sneak out with you, climb over the gate

And chase the demons out of Eden
And begin the healing

But I do not know any more than you do
Where are we to go, what are we to do?
If there is one thing that I know is true,
It's I do not know any more than you do

I do not know any more than you do
Where are we to go, what are we to do?
If you can see it then maybe it's true
Another world is possible here

And chase the demons out of Eden
And begin the healing

Come closer my friend
What do you see?
Does this dark highway end?
Do the people go free?
Track Name: Stop Running
When it all goes down, all we really need is each other and a blanket and a tree to lean up against as we fall asleep, tired and amazed by everything we've seen.

When you get to the end and you open your hand, what is left but the love that you had and the life that you shared?

We trust each other with all these memories. Try not to forget what is is underneath. And in our busyness, we try to keep the peace, and remember that the storm was just a breeze.

When you get to the end and you open your hand, what is left but the love that you had and the life that you shared?

Everybody just stop running and be where you are now

When you get to the end and you open your hand, what is left but the love that you had and the life that you shared?
Track Name: She Haunts Me
Beautiful stranger you're in my way.
And I can't look away from the seeds that you're scattering
The scattering of everything

I'm buried your heart where there is a world of magic
Can I stay forever in the dark, surrounded by the sound
Of everything changing

And she haunts me

Beautiful danger we're living in
I had a dream that I went to the dance of the skeletons
We were shuffling our feet with them

I'm still buried in your heart where there is a world of magic
Can I stay forever in the dark, surrounded by your song
And everything changing

And she haunts me

And all of the sirens were singing through the night
But with the morning they were spinning out of sight

Will we grow up and out of this eternal wandering bliss?
Will we grow up and out of it? The questioning of everything?

And she haunts me
Track Name: The Many Lives I've Lived
I was a star in the blackness
I burned for you with all my might
But then I fell out of your orbit
A spiral cloud of dust and light

Then I was a tree in the forest
I drew you up from underground
And through my leaves I released you,
but then the wind, it blew me down

The many lives I've lived, of you I never get my fill
And time will not stand still

Then I was a drop of dew in the morning
I fell upon your spider web
You hurried down to wet your lips with me
But then the sun took me away again.

The many lives I've lived, of you I never get my fill
And time will not stand still
Round and round we go, and where it stops god only knows...
When we will meet again.

Come down my love
Calm down my heart
Take it back to begin
Take it back to the start

The many lives I've lived, of you I never get my fill
And time will not stand still
Round and round we go, and where it stops god only knows...
When will wel meet again?
Track Name: Don't Know What to do with Myself
Your secret scattered eyes
Your poison tongue, your whispered lies
What have you done?
You were the one, you are my love

Where are you going? What's that sound?
The windows open
and you're body's talking so loud
You were the one, you are my love

But now your secrets are getting clearer

And baby baby I don't know what to do with myself
Your smile, the way you look away,
Makes me want to be somebody else

The silence of the telephone
Your sweating hands, they chill me to the bone
You were the one, you were my love

And now your secrets out
your filthy bed, there is no doubt there's someone else
You were the one, you were my love

And baby baby I don't know what to do with myself
Your smile, the way you look away,
Makes me want to be somebody else
At night I never come around here
No matter where you go, I don't wanna know
It makes me want to disappear

And baby baby I don't know what to do with myself
Your smile, the way you look away,
Makes me want to be somebody else
At night I never come around here
No matter where you go, I don't wanna know
It makes me want to disappear
Track Name: The Real World's a Fake
I wrestle myself out of bed and for what?
The madness of the day
The push and the pulling to get what you want
But it never seems to stay

I don't care about who's in or who's out
Or who's wearing the diamond ring
I won't climb no ladder
I don't want to get to the top of anything

I don't believe it
Don't want it or need it
I guess we just didn't see it
The real world's a fake

I was brought up on TV and Ritalin
to care what the experts say
Kept distracted and entertained
So I won't get in the way

My inheritance, well it never made any sense to me
They said if you work hard and keep your head down
You can be what you want to be

I don't believe it
Don't want it or need it
I guess we just didn't see it
The real world's a fake

So sit up, keep a good look around
Is your head in the clouds? Are your feet on the ground?
Do you see the same scene that I see?
The world that we made just ain't worth believing in

I don't believe it
Don't want it or need it
I guess we just didn't see it
The real world's a fake
Track Name: Lucid Dreamer (The Oneironaut)
In the middle of the night
I was awoken with a fright
Saw a dancing little light above my bed
I'm paralyzed

And then my body starts to shake
I ask myself, "am I awake?"
Surely this must be a dream
As I float up to the ceiling

We're wandering
The night is long
And it's time for moving on
Careful where you don't belong
Or wandering the night, you'll be lost

Higher than I've ever been
Seeing what I've never seen
Far below the city lights
Sparkle like my starry eyes

The haunting choir starts to sing
Hold on to the silver string
It's the only way you'll find
Your way back to bed tonight

We're wandering
The night is long
And it's time for moving on
Careful where you don't belong
Or wandering the night, you'll be lost