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Migration Stories

by M. Ward

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Josh Sullivan
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Josh Sullivan M. Ward is a fantastic songwriter and I love this record. He's one of the most consistent artists out today and his music always blows me away.
Oynque
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Oynque A wonderful collection of laid back songs that I discovered from NPR's New Music Friday podcast. Favorite track: Heaven's Nail and Hammer.
Séb
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Séb C'est tellement un bel album. Parfait pour les matins tranquiles ou les soirées relaxes.
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It's such a beautiful album. Perfect for quiet mornings or relaxed evenings. Favorite track: Migration of Souls.
J. Dickey
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J. Dickey This album may not explore new territory, but it delivers what makes M. Ward great--impeccable instrumentation and production, beautiful open tuning acoustic guitars, warm and raspy vocals, vintage aesthetics, and an effortlessly elegant vibe. Favorite track: Migration of Souls.
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Sailing on past Space and time that’s How I’ll get back to you Sailing on past Space and time that’s How I’ll get back to you From the Wilshire To the future Take my footprint Past the sunset From the Rio To the astro That’s how I’ll get back That’s how I’ll get back That’s how I’ll get back to you Sailing on past Space and time that’s How I’ll get back to you
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In the night With voices low, low, low And all the cars Are off the road That’s when heaven's nail and hammer Starts nailing holes in the sky I see heaven, heaven, heaven Through the holes I see heaven’s nail and hammer Nailing holes in the sky I see heaven, heaven, heaven Through the holes Now on with the show I see Slow Down Jo Who died long ago I'm still down here with the old man Jo, Jo We’ll see heaven’s nail and hammer Nailing holes in the sky We’ll see heaven, heaven, heaven Through the holes We’ll see heaven’s nail and hammer Nailing holes in the sky We’ll see heaven, heaven, heaven Through the holes Now when this show is through You get a hard hat Silver hammer and steel toe boots And if you’re lucky, if you’re lucky you join That heavenly crew Look up there, little kid Way up there, little kid And see if I do Join that heaven's nail and hammer Nailing holes in the sky Heaven, heaven, heaven Through the holes You’ll see heaven’s nail and hammer Nailing holes in the sky You’ll see heaven, heaven, heaven Through the holes
3.
Shut the door on yesterday Bring down the lightning in a jar Proud Mary wheels so proudly rolling Long after daytime ends How do you like to celebrate Now this fire is embers and ash? Blue heron echo down the motorway Says “Can we make this night last?” Every traveling show Needs a host with the most Who can conjure a bed from a couch “If its a wrestling pin That the worlds got you in You'd better have yourself a friend When your lights go out” “Tomorrows outta my range Here now’s all there's to know We shut the door on yesterday Here at this traveling show”
4.
When I’m not home with you Find me on the phone with you Saying “I need you bad” Like Major Tom without you Way too far gone without you Cause I need you so bad I need you so, so bad So bad that I can’t understand What I meant when I said "I’m your independent man" Can’t get high without you Won’t get by without you Cause I need you bad Way too far gone without you Cause I need you so bad I need you so, so bad So bad that I can’t understand What I meant when I said "I’m your independent man"
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Unreal City 04:05
All my life my heart in search of what? Well who can say the words In a dream I hitched a helicopter ride I saw the big one strike And the forest slide into some kind of Continent divide (And so) Anywhere the sun strikes the pavement Anywhere there’s feet on the street I feel the most in the moment I found peace in the Unreal City Unreal City Unreal City Where the big one sleeps tonight On the metro page in search of when and where And who can say the words In a dream I saw the final tidal wave Yeah I saw the big one break And the forest start into some kind of Continental shake (And so) Anywhere the sun strikes the pavement Anywhere there’s feet on the street I feel the most in the moment I found peace in the Unreal City Unreal City Unreal City Where the big one sleeps tonight Now anywhere the rain strikes the pavement Anywhere there’s feet on the street I feel the most in the moment I found peace in the Unreal City Unreal City Unreal City Where the big one sleeps tonight
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Real Silence 02:55
Silence Real silence That is all stars can say And tonight it’s radiating Downward Silence Real silence Is the only strike These mission bells Will get tonight And if yesterday was bombs away Pray tonight we find the antidote Where silence, real silence Explodes And if yesterday was bombs away Pray tonight we find the antidote Where silence, real silence Silence, real silence Silence, real silence Explodes
8.
Angels come to paint the desert nightly When the moon is beaming brightly Along the Santa Fe Trail Stardust scattered all along the highway On a rainbow-colored skyway Along the Santa Fe Trail Beside you I'm riding every hill and dale Wide shadows hide you Just like a pretty purple veil Thereby hangs a tale I found you And the mountains that surround you Are the walls I built around you Along the Santa Fe Trail Beside you I'm riding every hill and dale Wide shadows hide you Just like a pretty purple veil Thereby hangs a tale I found you And the mountains that surround you Are the walls I built around you Along the Santa Fe Trail (along the Santa Fe Trail, along the Santa Fe Trail) I found you along the Santa Fe Trail (along the Santa Fe Trail, along the Santa Fe Trail) I found you along the Santa Fe Trail (along the Santa Fe Trail, along the Santa Fe Trail)
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Opening your heart One chamber left to go That’s the one the music knows The one the music knows Baby hold on tight Baby don’t let go To the world the world don’t know The world the world don’t know Sole mio Cantobo mihi Sole mio Cantobo mihi Sole mio Cantobo mihi Sole mio Cantobo mihi Cantobo mihi Baby hold on tight One chamber left to go That’s the one the music knows The one the music knows The one The one
10.
Torch 03:05
Up on the rooftops trying to jump across Schoolyard blacktop and looking down Westcote and I and cypress runes Steps on the gravel the only sound And when I look down “Heart beats in rhythm to its own” “Heart beats in rhythm to its own” “Heart beats in rhythm to its own” She said “between you and me and the lamp-post We can be anyone you wanna be now the leap is through” When I thought that she was gone She took my by the arm and said “Even you can take the soul where you want it to” And I’m living proof “Heart beats in rhythm to its own” “Heart beats in rhythm to its own” “Heart beats in rhythm to its own” “Heart beats in rhythm to its own” “Heart beats in rhythm to its own” “Heart beats in rhythm to its own”
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Rio Drone 01:34

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released April 3, 2020

PRODUCED BY: Craig Silvey and M.Ward
(except “Steven’s Snowman,” “Chamber Music,” and “Rio Drone” – produced by M.Ward)
ENGINEERED BY: Craig Silvey and Max Prior at Sonovox Studio in Montreal and at Toast in London
ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING BY: Pierre DeReeder at 64 Sound in Los Angeles
STRINGS ENGINEERED BY: Larry Crane at Jackpot! in Portland
STRINGS ARRANGED BY: M.Ward
ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING BY: Tim Kingsbury in Montreal

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY: M.Ward
(except “Along The Santa Fe Trail,” written by Al Dubin, Wilhelm Grosz)

Published by Crooked Spine Music (ASCAP), administered by Kobalt Music

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M. Ward Portland, Oregon

M. Ward is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Portland, Oregon music scene. In addition to his solo work, he is known as a member of She & Him and Monsters of Folk.

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