"Beauty and Loss"

by Opal Canyon

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Opal Canyon is a place where modern country finds psychedelic escape, featuring Debra DeMuth, Dave Houghton, Bob Hennessy, Ray Mason and Jason Smith.
Early buzz for the album:
"Heartful and true songs, beautifully played and sung. Debra's voice is gorgeous, and the harmonies are killer!"- Tanya Donelly, Belly and Throwing Muses
"Right up the Americana line...it will play well and find a good home in Nashville." - Rob Thomas, AEG Live
"Great people making great music. Opal Canyon forever."- Mark Mulcahy, Miracle Legion
"Opal Canyon disarms you with a breezy Americana sound and soulful harmonies. Behind every song there is a story we all want to tell."- Nick Urata, Devotchka
Debra DeMuth’s voice with an emotive, old-time resonance is featured vocally and Dave Houghton (of indie-rock groups, Fancy Trash and The Reejers), adds a dissonant vocal harmony along with his well-mastered guitar playing which can sway between delicate to furious in an instant. Sheryl Hunter of the Recorder notes, "DeMuth has a sweet country folk vibe that nicely contrasts with Houghton’s edgier punk background. Together, they combine their voices and varying musical influences to create a one-of-a-kind Americana sound." DeMuth and Houghton previously teamed up as duo, And the Neighbors, with Opal Canyon they have added a full-band of talented, experienced musicians. Celebrated artist, Ray Mason, of the Lonesome Brothers and The Ray Mason Band offers his bass playing prowess, Jason Smith who has played drums for Chris Smither and Erin McKeown adds drums and percussion and Bob Hennessy who has played with Treefort and Ware River Club adds in electric guitar, mandolin, piano and organ.
The 8 song record, Beauty and Loss, is the first for Opal Canyon and was engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab Studios and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering. It will be released digitally as well as on vinyl.

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released April 26, 2019

All lyrics and melodies written by Debra DeMuth
All music written by Dave Houghton with the exception
of Sunday Driving and Forgive the Giving music by Bob
Hennessy and Dave Houghton.
Love Song courtesy of Smith, Gallup, Williams,
Thompson, O’Donnell, Tolhurst.
Produced by Debra DeMuth and Dave Houghton
copyright 2019, Opal Canyon; Mudflower Music/ASCAP

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Opal Canyon Northampton, Massachusetts

The music of Opal Canyon evokes a dreamy place where you want to climb in, sit back and absorb the sounds. It is modern country with a psychedelic escape. The Opal Canyon band members are Debra DeMuth, Dave Houghton, Bob Hennessy, Ray Mason and Jason Smith. Beauty and loss, was recorded at Sonelab Studios by engineer, Justin Pizzoferrato. Mastered by John Golden, Golden Mastering. ... more

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Track Name: High Road
HIGH ROAD (for KG)
Met you in a lower East side apartment.
You looked away but I knew what your face meant.
You were a long way from home, a long way from home.-----
Learned to climb on my back to reach the stars.
You didn’t realize it only left me with scars.
You tried to make me your home, make me your home

I’ll take the high road for all to see,
On the way back it’ll be the low road for me. I ‘ll kick I’ll scream kick dirt in his face
Then I would say, I never needed you in the first place

You found what you needed on other people’s dimes.
You filled us up with all your lies.
You left our happy home. Left our happy home.------
You spun my head with your awkward tune.
You made it a public open bleeding wound.
You took your pain back home.
Took your pain back hooome.

I’ll take the high road for all to see,
On the way back it’ll be the low road for me. I ‘ll kick I’ll scream kick dirt in his face
Then I would say, I never needed you in the first place
Outro
I’ll take the high road for all to see
Track Name: Eres Mi Mundo
ERES MI MUNDO/You Are My World
Eres mi mundo, eres mi mundo
Eres mi mundo, eres mi mundo
You are my world big and wide
You are my world all mine to find

Let’s move to a 1 room house where we don’t have to lock it
Shake the shutters when the rain comes down and come out smiling
Let’s move to the country and be each other’s ground
I’ll lay down like the meadow and you can be the breeze that rolls around

Eres mi mundo, eres mi mundo
Eres mi mundo, eres mi mundo
You are my world big and wide
You are my world all mine to find

Lets move to the city and be each other’s sky
Fill the night with sticker stars and keep our dreams alive
Lets go to the ocean where the waves make the sound
Cheer loud as the sun sets another day that goes around

Eres mi mundo, eres mi mundo
Eres mi mundo, eres mi mundo
You are my world big and wide
You are my world all mine to find
Outro
You are my world a gem to hide
Track Name: Lost Boy
LOST BOY
Hey hey lost boy on the sea
Hey hey lost boy among the trees
Hey lost boy some day you might need to come home home home
X2
How long can we pretend
Not knowing what is next
There’s no place and there’s no time
Only chords and only rhymes

Hey hey lost boy on the sea
Hey hey lost boy among the trees
Hey lost boy some day you might need to come home home home

If I gave you my mind for the day
Would you understand why you went away
There is beauty and there is loss
In life there’s no remorse
Hey hey lost boy on the sea
Hey hey lost boy it’s only me
Hey lost boy some day you might need to come home home home
Track Name: Wartimes
WARTIMES
Unfurl the fist of your heart
Unfurl the fist of your heart
Lay down your arms and find shelter with me
In the wartimes, in the wartimes
mmmm, mmmmm

There’s glory in the morning when the mist turns to rain
And the birds stop by for a while
Pull the sheets tight and hideaway, in plain sight…
mmmm

Unfurl the fist of your heart
Unfurl the fist of your heart
Lay down your arms and find shelter with me
In the wartimes, in the wartimes
Mmmmm

Black or white, pink or blue
Love should be love, should be love
Love should be love should be love
Love should be love love should be love should be love
Ooo oo oooo

When you’re on the battlefield of your day to day
And the farm’s gone to seed’
Remember there’s a place in the soft, soft hills
Where kindness comes for free

Unfurl the fist of your heart
Unfurl the fist of your heart
Lay down your arms and find shelter with me
In the wartimes, in the wartimes
mmmmm

Love should be love, should be love
Love should be love should be love
Love should be love love should be love should be love
Track Name: Sunday Driving
SUNDAY DRIVING
Sunday driving on a Saturday
Sunday driving on a Saturday
It’s our hometown holiday
Sunday driving on a Saturday
hey hey hey…

Snow came down before the sun came up
Another one waits for the early hustle
My baby’s restless and I’m just spent
You go your way, I go mine
We’re all just running, running for time

Sunday driving on a Saturday
Sunday driving on a Saturday
It’s our hometown holiday
Sunday driving on a Saturday
hey hey hey…hey, hey, hey

Bus trains airplanes
Waited in the cabbie line
Been waiting for you to take me for a ride

Sunday driving on a Saturday
Sunday driving on a Saturday
It’s our hometown holiday
Sunday driving on a Saturday
hey hey hey…hey, hey, hey

We’re Wishing the 9 to 5 away
Finding a place that’s our escape
It’s a low burn that always lights
Stay with me and I’m just fine
We’re all just running running from time

Bus trains airplanes
Waited in the cabbie line
Been waiting for you to take me for a ride
Bus trains airplanes
Waited in the cabbie line
Been waiting for you to take me for a ride
waiting for you to take me for a ride
Track Name: Forgive the Giving
FORGIVE THE GIVING
If I had the answer would you ask me the question
If I had the rhyme would you read me the poem
If I could solve all your troubles
Would you let me
Keep you safe at home
Keep you safe alone
If I told you the ending could we have a beginning
If I loved the sunset would you greet the dawn
If I could turn the clock backwards would you give me
Would you give me the time
Would you give me the time

Forgiving, forgiving, forgive me the giving
Forgiving, forgiving, forgive me the giving

Once there was a path that lie between us
And we could find a way
But now its grown over with the hurt that I made
The ground’s the only thing that stayed
The ground’s the only thing that remains

Forgiving, forgiving, forgive me the giving
Forgiving, forgiving, forgive me the giving
forgive me the giving
Track Name: Love Song
LOVE SONG (SMITH, GALLUP, WILLIAMS, THOMPSON, O'DONNELL, TOLHURST)
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
whenever I’m alone with you
you make me feel like I am whole again

Whenever I’m alone with you
you make me feel like I am young again
whenever I’m alone with you
you make me feel like I am fun again

However far away I will always love you
However long i stay I will always love you
whatever words I say
I will always love you
i will always love you

Whenever I’m alone with you
you make me feel like I am free again
whenever I’m alone with you
you make me feel like I am clean again
However far away I will always love you
However long i stay I will always love you
whatever words I say
I will always love you
i will always love you
ooooo oooo oooo
Track Name: On the Mend
ON THE MEND
You’ve gotta fight the need to fix it
It was broken long ago
It’ll piece together from the inside
It’ll be a long while before it shows
Try not to turn your head away as ugly as it can be
You know the nights at its darkest
Just before the light ya see
Stretch your arms as wide as they go
Lean back and let the weight unfold
Put your head up and your armor on cuz it’s a whole lot to hold
It’s a long road to hoe it’s a whole lot to hold.

You can’t unbury a ghost and expect it to live
Sorry fire and brimstone
You can’t be born again
There aint choosing family
Cuz that’s reserved for friends
What they’ve been given just cracks on the mend

Stretch your arms as wide as they go
Lean back and let the weight unfold
Put your head up and your armor on cuz it’s a whole lot to hold
It’s a long road to hoe it’s a whole lot to hold.

Things are just things
Remember that less is always more
Find the place with good company and put your bags on the floor
These cracks they’ll mend one at a time and then you will see
If you fight the need to fix it
What will be will just be

Stretch your arms as wide as they go
Lean back and let the weight unfold
Put your head up and your armor on cuz it’s a whole lot to hold
It’s a long road to hoe it’s a whole lot to hold.

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