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New Ways

by Leif Vollebekk

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-- Lyrics -- Just two kinds of people The mad ones and the blue Sometimes you drift between em Sometimes you head straight on through   Have you seen another Have you touched him with your hand Held him close and then rocked him slow Like a little rocking band   It’s not raining but I wish it was Like the night we struck a deal You took me where I want to go To the way that you feel
-- Lyrics -- She’s my woman and she loved me so fine She’ll never be back, never be back   I was afraid that I was running down the line You were afraid that I would never find the time Just two kinds of people the mad and the blue Drifting between ‘em or heading straight through See so many faces just looking at yours One called me a scoundrel, one called me a boy One said I was crazy to love like I did That ain’t to mention the one that you hid A face like a myth and it’s soft like the sea Can’t see your eyes when you’re looking at me Blade to the blade just to sharpen the truth I know your eyes so much better than you Mirrors ain’t nothing, they’re backwards for you In photos they’re flattened you know that it’s true I know exactly the shade of the blue I know exactly the shade of the blue   Between your two lips I can feel it inside Collapsed in the stairway just heading outside No one’s ambition is blind to the sun Can keep up for now but can’t keep it for long Round about midnight the first that I knew Staring at me with those oh so blue Hot sweat in August no condoms that time Said don’t come inside me it shattered my mind Smiled and kissed me and drifted asleep Streetlight was pouring all over the sheets Walking to work nothing under your dress I still live in that summer babe I must confess Now independent yes truly you are Used to be free now convinced by the stars Not so much science but pseudo it seems Leaves so much room for my memories and dreams Not making a case for you or for trying But there’s energy swiftly defying the silence   It was never easy It was never like that Always leaving in the morning But you were always coming back She’s my woman and she loved me so fine Never be back, never be back
Hot Tears 04:07
-- Lyrics -- Maybe I’m just drawn to the wonder I can feel it coming do you hear the ninth? From the river bridge I hear the thunder Eye of the storm your skin on mine   Tell me what’s the story my morning glory Whisper it to me in a grand hotel Telling me all the time I’m sorry Baby don’t I know it, it ain’t hard to tell   Well I know you get so low before you get high Before you go, come say hello I’m never gonna find the way to say goodbye Hot tears   Lightning evening in the holy highlands Down in the hall up against the wall I know you’re struggling what to call it Why you gotta call it anything at all   Is it a dream or some softer poison Eyes looking away til they bled the blues Is it a dream or some softer poison  Eyes looking away, eyes looking away Well I know you get so low before you get high Before you go, come say hello I’m never gonna find the way to say goodbye Hot tears   Heavenly love is right on time But is it enough You gotta find the light
-- Lyrics -- Before sunrise I’m dazed and confused Just like Julie Delpy like Léa Seydoux I wanna see you roll your eyes  In a televised interview I wanna make you mine   God’s handiwork in the clouds You navigating the crowds Of the festival You’re lighthearted Heavyhearted too Something I wouldn’t put my worst enemy through Now I’m looking at the sun through My eyelids My eyelids   Now I’m drifting in the astral plane When will I see you again Are you drifting in the astral plane When will I see you again    So why don’t you come on over Start talking to me One thing I can tell you You look good when you’re tired On a transatlantic flight
Phaedrus 02:54
-- Lyrics -- The way that it was The way that it was The way that it was Is the way it should be   Now I have had visions  Ever since I was a child And when you kissed me and smiled It was all I could see   Now were you with me  Or was I with you When I drank from the Lethe Tell me wasn’t it you?   The way that it was Yeah, the way that it was  The way that it was Is the way it should be
-- Lyrics -- Coincidence is piling up, don’t know if it’s a sign Sometimes you got no choice in the matter You gotta shake the tree of time You see I finally found another that I’d like to introduce Do you know what I’m thinking, can you tell me who I am Do you think that I am doomed?   You’re my blood brother What am I gonna do You’re my blood brother She’s just like me and you   I really fell hard for you baby, I won’t fall for that again With my mind twisted and turned in all directions til I don’t know who I am You know your lips whenever they kiss me it’s like a gun against my skin But if ever they cut you down with a dagger, only I would feel it going in   She’s my blood brother What am I gonna do She’s my blood brother What am I gonna do   My life is on the radio, they’re saying it’s a dream I can tell that the lights are fading but it’s just a change of scene You know sometimes it’s like I’m weightless and it’s just like I ain’t here In fact for my next performance, I’m gonna plain disappear   She’s my blood brother It’s just like I ain’t here She’s my blood brother I’m gonna plain disappear It’s just like I ain’t here I’m gonna plain disappear
Change 04:54
-- Lyrics -- Change    See what it brings I got all new strings Quiet as she sings Of change   What it does to me Bottomless as the sea Top down in the breeze Come on and answer me  With change   See what it brings I got all new strings Quiet as she sings Quiet as she sings Yeah, quiet as she sings Of change 
-- Lyrics -- Standing in line at the filling station Love the smell of the gas just waiting  I know I shouldn’t breathe it in But I do anyway   See the lights now that I’m getting to the city Drifting in thrift stores I see something pretty See a jacket I’d wear til I gave it to you I’m not your lover anymore   Lilac and dogwood in the summer air Kentucky grass wishing you were there With your hand on my knee Put your head on my shoulder where you want it to be I’m not your lover anymore   You shake my spine until you sublimate it Pour the wine til I can’t separate it from my brain You’re a sign on the highway covered in rain I’m not your lover anymore
Wait a While 02:18
-- Lyrics -- You gotta be humble babe if you wanna find it  You gotta stumble for a while if you wanna get behind it You gotta run your mouth off once or twice You gotta eavesdrop when it don’t seem right   You gotta run with the devil before you see it So you can come back later just to free it You gotta be steel-eyed and driven You gotta be hard and unforgiven   You gotta run those dogs in the rain and snow Til you turn where it is you need to go And when you arrive you will praise it Every hair on your arm I will raise it   But you’re gonna have to wait a while But you’re gonna have to wait a while But you’re gonna have to wait a while
-- Lyrics -- Is it wrong to call your name On the Apalachee Plain When I know it’s been called A thousand times If at all Is it wrong  To call your name Once again   Wishing’s easy If you try Don’t get bogged down And don’t you cry If it comes true So be it And if it don’t just believe it To be the way That it always Ought to be   Mustang’s kicking in the field I saw it all behind the wheel But it woulda never had that feel If you weren’t right there at my heels Holding up Your end Of the bargain   So how about your lean on in Just this one time give me that grin The one I first saw laying in bed With your hair about our heads When the sky it was deserted   In the space of a couple lines I’m reminded from time to time You were in and throughout Before the flood, before the drought Before the sunlit garden grew Before the ashes filled the tombs No there ain’t nothing I can change about me now No there ain’t nothing I can change about me now No there ain’t nothing I can change about me now


Whereas Twin Solitude was about self-reflection, New Ways is about engaging and changing, touching and being touched. It’s a physical record, with louder and tighter grooves, and the rawest lyrics the musician has ever recorded—tenderness and violence, sex and rebirth, Plato and Julie Delpy. What mattered most was the feel of each the groove, the distance between the kick and the snare.“If it didn’t feel right, we'd do another take, or switch from piano to guitar, or change the drum sound,” Vollebekk says. 10 different tracks for 10 states of motion, each with its own pulse. There's the heat of the night and the cool blue of morning, hints of Prince and Bill Withers.

Only when everything was finally over—when the mixes were perfect, and the masters cued up—did Vollebekk really understand what he had made. “Now I knew what was going to happen,” he remembers. “The moments didn’t feel fleeting—they felt eternal, almost fated. The songs spoke to me differently, but they hadn’t changed. I just heard them in New Ways.”


released November 1, 2019

All songs written and arranged by Leif Vollebekk

Recorded at Breakglass Studios, Montreal by David Smith, except The Way That You Feel, Wait A While, and Apalachee Plain recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles by Steve Genewick, assisted by Jeff Fitzpatrick

Mixed by Chris Allen, except Never Be Back and Hot Tears mixed by Chris Shaw with additional mixing by Chris Allen

Mastered by Greg Calbi
Produced by Leif Vollebekk

Artwork by Olivia Baldwin
Photography by Vanessa Heins
Design by Andrew Robinson

Published by Secret City Publishing Inc.

2019 Secret City Records Inc.


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Leif Vollebekk Montreal, Québec

Some artists go on feeling like secrets long after they've started being told. Leif Vollebekk is one of these treasures. Born in Ottawa in 1985, he taught himself music using instruments inherited from his grandfather: harmonica, guitar, piano, an old fiddle. Leif has release 3 albums so far : Inland, North Americana and Twin Solitude. ... more


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