Awoken

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released 10 December 2013

Music written and performed by Bigtree Bonsai
Lyrics by Brandon Hagstrom and Zach Mullan
Violin and cello arrangements written by Ben Peterson
Violin and cello arrangements performed by Rachel Knipfer, Britt Peterson and Margit Severson
Produced by Bigtree Bonsai, Jake Dilley and Bill Moriarty
Engineered by Zach Hollander at Pearl Recording Studios, Minneapolis, Mn
and Jake Dilley & Zach Mullan at Wrinkle Studios, Minneapolis, Mn
Mixed by Bill Moriarty at Waking Studios, Philadelphia, Pa
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering, Brooklyn, Ny
Artwork and design by Brandon Hagstrom
Photography by Emily Gable and Jordan Dibb at The Wilderness, Minneapolis, Mn
Duplication and packaging by Copy Cats Media, Minneapolis, Mn

Bigtree Bonsai is Matthew Duea, Brandon Hagstrom, Jack Kolb-Williams, Zach Mullan and Ben Peterson.
©2013 Bigtree Bonsai www.bigtreebonsai.com

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Bigtree Bonsai Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rather than settle into one particular genre, they forged ahead and created their own, blending the sounds of Americana, alt- country, and vintage rock into something evocatively familiar, yet completely new. Bigtree’s unique brand of “whiskey rock” features driving rhythms, powerful harmonies, and deeply rooted lyrical themes of renewal, reflection, and redemption. ... more

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Track Name: Awoken
I once had a plan
But I wrote that shit in sand (wrote it down )
Then it washed away too far now, I can't see

I once wrote a book
Then I torn all the pages out
And I set to fire all the chapters that plagued me

I once and while
Look for answers in the clouds
But they rarely make me feel as though I should believe

For too long I fell deep
Into the shackles of my defeats
Now awoken, yet in jest, the lights still flicker

Why do I
Sing these words that best describe
They way I feel and look for you to reply

So long, farewell
to demons that reside
In and around, beneath me, they've all shattered
Track Name: Wayside
As I grow up I’ve started to think
How could my dreams be bigger than they felt back then?
I wonder where the hell they went

A cup of coffee and a cigarette
Spending my nights out and up way too long
And it was all just for fun

Though each day they claim
We’ll fall to the wayside
And complacency reigns
Where we most desire
I can’t tell if I feel sorry
We lost control and began to hurry
With each day we fall to the wayside

Not tomorrow and not today
That’s I hear, that’s all they ever say
And look we’re still stuck in place

I’m all ready packing my bags
Oh, this city isn’t what it used to be
Walking with a dollar short of nothing
And the roots of yesterday

As I grow up I’ve started to think
How could my dreams be bigger than they felt back then?
Oh, as they felt back then***

Though each day they claim
We’ll fall to the wayside
And complacency reigns
Where we most desire
I can’t tell if I feel sorry
We lost control and began to hurry
With each day we fall to the wayside

We'll fall to the wayside
Track Name: Back On Your Feet
Once you get on your feet
They’ll come a time
They will see
Truth be told,
You’ll lay it done

When the scents renew
From the winter’s test
Warm again does spring confess
Waking in the sun as
my heart beats through my chest

Said I like that, let’s go there; let’s never look back

Boy you know it’s hard to live
Sometimes cornered you must fit
Frame it up and build it out

Observe the time you might’ve missed,
Swallow pride, steal a kiss
Extend a hand and put away your fists

Said I like that, let’s go there; let’s never look back
Said I like that, let’s go there; let’s never look back

Take your time and pace yourself
Boy, you know you’re bound figure it out

When you get back on your feet again
When you get back on your feet again
When you get back on your feet
They’ll come a time that they will see
When you get back on your feet again

True love is gold some may say
Others, a drug that’s hard to break
Either way, you might have to wait

Till the scents renew
From the winter’s test
Warm again does spring confess
Carefree and foolish

Said I like that, let’s go there; let’s never look back

Take your time and pace yourself
Boy, you know you’re bound figure it out

When you get back on your feet again
When you get back on your feet again
When you get back on your feet
They’ll come a time that they will see
When you get back on your feet again
Track Name: Rollin' Down The Road
Sarah, while you're fast asleep
I'll be on the road
Doing well what I know best
Rolling down the road

I've seen those mountains, river valleys
Rolling down the road
Catching wind in these cold hands
Longing to make their way home

Rolling down the road
My face and smile have grown
It's dead in the streets
I'm tired and my feet
Are longing to make their way home

Careful of what you say
What's done is done yesterday
It's ok to be
Fearless or afraid
Don't look back, just start again

Like fine whiskeys after taste
Loving you, I can't replace
It's ok with me if we're
Dancing in the rain
We'll look back on yesterday

Rolling down the road
My face and smile have grown
It's dead in the streets
I'm tired and my feet
Are longing to make their way home

I’ve been rolling, Rolling down the road
My face and smile have*, My face and smile have grown!

Rolling down the road
My face and smile have grown
It's dead in the streets
I'm tired and my feet
Are longing to make their way home
Are longing to make their way home

Hope is open doors I make and
Late nights are how it goes
Sarah, while you're fast asleep
I'll be almost home
Track Name: All That You Want
Take all your friends and your money
Throw 'em down the drain
Because there’s nothing that satisfies you lately

On and on, there you go, you say
If only I could be
But we’ve all stood in line to know
It doesn’t come that easily, yeah
We’ve all stood in line to know
You have to wait for the key

Pick up the pieces of our broken hearts
We’ve tried this long enough
To know it was broke from the start

All that you want
It’s not just gonna fall into place, oh lord
All that you want
It’s not just gonna fall into place, oh no
All that you want

All that you want
It’s not just gonna fall into place, oh lord

(It’s never gonna come, never gonna come, it’s never gonna come that way)
Why are you wasting?
Track Name: For You
The floor is littered with the clothes from last night
We got to kickin' when the sun went down
On Minnie apple's south side
And my two left feet never led you astray
And my worst habits they, they kept themselves at bay

I can't put this plainly,
But I'm as crazy as they come
And all my bones are shakin,
For you, I can't get enough

I woke up to sounds of airplanes bringing
Thoughts of distant places
And I hope it's not too late
But all this waiting may have led you astray
And my worst habits they may haunt us someday

I can't put this plainly,
But I'm as crazy as they come
And all my bones are shakin,
For you, I can't get enough

All I see are these fake magazines and the news, well I can't watch,
I've kept this open mind from wicked things, still I can't seem to stop
But there might be a few things that I feel so sure about, That death will come, you must love once and sip one on the rocks
When all the lies and white noise had led me astray
And running blind, but your ways were kind as you led me here to today

I can't put this plainly,
But I'm as crazy as they come
And all my bones are shakin,
For you, I can't get enough
Track Name: Where It Grows
And during the night I hear you whisper
Don’t leave me
But that’s not what I want
It’s not who we are
That’s not what I foresee

Nothing’s perfect, this I know
This ain’t how my love ends
It’s where it grows

In broad day light
I see you momentarily
We’re making the best and that’s all we care
It’s within our reach

But they’ll be valleys, this I know
We’ll fall off the deep end and swim a shore

We’ve seen this ship blow up in flames
Simmer back down, happy again
Ah, just to be, stuck here for good,
Well maybe we should

Open your heart,
Throw down your barricade
Sometimes running in circles,
We roll off the page

Open your heart
Throw down your barricade
If what you want feels right
You’ll find a way

We’ve seen this ship blow up in flames
Simmer back down, happy again
Ah, just to be, stuck here for good,
Well maybe we should

This ain’t how my love ends, it’s where it grows
This ain’t how my love ends, it’s where it grows
This ain’t how my love ends, it’s where it grows*
Track Name: Let's Fall
Weren’t we just talking, yeah didn’t I just say
The same bodies we live are the ones we decay
Oh, and everybody knows something about this or that I’m sure

In my mind, in my head, there’s a view I create
And no one can take, change, break or remake
I’m forming my ways, some say stuck in one place and that I’m lost

Well, what to say?
I led with my good heart a few times
And fell off the train

Weren’t we just talking, yeah I think I just said
I’m not going back, only forward from here
Oh, and everybody knows something about this or that I’m sure

In my mind, in my head, there’s a view I create
And no one change the way I might perceive the day
I’ll roll into town, turning things upside down

Well, what to say?
I led with my good heart a few times
And fell off the train
Face it, maybe some day
There’s hope in me now,
But for this while,
Let’s fall off the train
Track Name: There's No One Else, Except All Of Us
Upon the window drips dew of the new day,
Slipping beneath us as we say goodbye to yesterday
So long to yesterday

The fading memories of all our younger ways
It’s awfully hard to see in this world of monochrome
With these masks and the T.V. shows

Spring is arriving,
The clouds begin to cry
Your smile awakens
From all this winter time
From all this winter time

Glowing horizon
It’s late in the evening
Shutting our eyes now
Doesn’t seem
Quite as easy
As it should be

So we sing songs to pass the time
And drink ourselves from our troubled minds
Now there’s no one else, except all of us
Can’t you hear these voices screaming for trust
Changing ways to escape our fates
Living how we want now,
Just in case,
Day by day
Day by day

Whatever you want to do, you could have a billboard with your face
Though we say we want the world, you know you wouldn’t fix a God damn thing
Before now and since then it’s changed

So we sing songs to pass the time
And drink ourselves from our troubled minds
Now there’s no one else, except all of us
Can’t you hear these voices screaming for trust
Changing ways to escape our fates
Living how we want now,
Just in case,
Day by day
Track Name: Shine A Light
Life's more than a stage, It can offer some truth
You may watch it unravel, And look for some clues
As to how this could happen, but there's no one, but you
This life can be a maze, Trapped, feeling like a fool

What this life has to offer, Well that's up to you
Push through the storms, ‘til the sun shines through
Never is it easy, Living in pain
So cut all your loses, start living again

And If there's no one to live for
And you're convinced your all alone
Now you're yelling on the hillside,
Oh lord, please let me go, or let me know

Why's it have to be so simple, The exits right in front
Then watch it all slip and fray, To bare bones you saw
Dancing with the devil, And it’s only him you blame (and his needle in you veins)
Crash and burned, ya cried the wolf, No evening thought of shame

Is it something you're after? That place of serene?
But turns out its madness, and tearing from the seams
Timeline says trouble, And your face it sure shows
This life can be a cage, When no body knows

And If there's no one to live for
And you're convinced your all alone
Now you're yelling on the hillside,
Oh lord, please let me go, or let me know
That somewhere on the inside, there's a bright bright bright shining light,
That somewhere on the inside, there's a bright bright bright shining light,