Any Colour

by Don Ross

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released April 1, 2009

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Don Ross Toronto, Ontario

Canadian guitarist and vocalist Don Ross has influenced a generation of new acoustic musicians over his 25-year career. He tours internationally and has won numerous important awards. In addition to guitar, Don also plays piano, bass, drums, slide acoustic and end electric guitars, and a host of other instruments. Born in Montreal, he currently lives in Toronto. ... more

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Track Name: Any Colour But Blue
this frozen road winds on past nameless towns
a river of black carved through a desert of white
promises of silver lead me from the hearth
lifeless side roads lead past laden trees

breath of ice takes its toll, my chariot
only an hour gone, still four to go
we clamber onto hired wheels back through the white curtain
no line to guide us, only shadows of steel

life is the song and the show must go on and on
make it come true
life is the song and the road goes on and on
paint this song any colour but blue

eyes ears and hands reach out, meet the sound
warm in the evening glow, the welcome fire
the gift is given, the seed is sown
now back through darkness to the light of home
Track Name: If I Could
you saw the writing on the wall
and you took a hidden moment to take a hidden chance
and if you’d just assume that all
all i ever needed was just a glace

undermine my ways
intuition plays mind and matter games while i
throw away a word and draw the line

if i could only see inside you
if i could only be beside you

you heard some voices by the stair
recalling all the things you thought you should have known
and if you’d just remember where
where you used to run to be alone
Track Name: Spirit Wars
down here in this world of chains
one man’s loss is another man’s gain
there’s a broken half that makes us whole
we’re all comrades in the spirit wars

comrades in the spirit wars
broken half that makes us whole
i will never forget what i already know
we all have a common soul

remember the time we all were slaves
when our only reward was an early grave
our spirits lived behind closed doors
like a lighthouse burning out in a storm

remember the time we all were kings
hoarding power and material things
weath enough to dim the stars
from those days we bear these scars

remember the time we all were free
there was no distance between you and me
power of god renew our souls
like light pouring out from an empty bowl
Track Name: Brand New Day
when all your words are said and done
and the truth is on the table
you will walk away a brand new day
and in time you'll find you're able

to see the light in another's eyes
and to feel it shine upon you
that is when you'll know it's time to go
no fables left to haunt you

when everyone has come and gone
and you're left alone to ponder
the choices made this strange parade
the weakness and the wonder

you just might find some peace of mind
unravelling the tangles
but until that day you must survey
the view from every angle

and every day is golden
and every dark night ends
and every heart that's broken
will mend again

if ever you should see clear thru
to love and understanding
you will walk away a brand new day
and you'll walk with grace commanding
Track Name: Love Will a Way
looking o’er my shoulder
horizon’s in your eyes
you’re talking ‘bout tomorrow
i’m turning to the sky
i drift into the memory there’s not much we can say

don’t leave me in this time of changing
love will, love will a way

colours flying autumn
whirling in the wind
your eyes are dancing with them
i just tumble in
i’m staring at the fading sunlight
waiting for the words to say
Track Name: Don't Feel Your Touch
in front of a newborn moon pushing out its glistening dome
i kiss these departing companions, take the next step alone
i've just said goodnight to the closest thing I have to home
oh and the night grows sharp and hollow as a junkie's craving vein
and I don't feel your touch again

to be held in the heart of a friend is to be a king
but the magic of a lovers touch is what makes my spirit sing
when you're caught up in this longing all the beauties of the earth don't mean a thing
oh and the night grows clear and empty as a lake of acid rain
and I don't feel your touch again.

the last light of day crept away like a drunkard after gin
a hint of chanted prayer now whispers from the fresh night wind
to this shattered heart and soul, held together by habit and skin
and to this half-gnawed bone of apprehension buried in my brain
as I don't feel your touch again
Track Name: Head and Heart
there's just now way to say how much I love you
you never made me cry and that's just fine
I’ve only got my fear to put above you
you know we all get scared from time to time

love me with your head and heart
love me from the place it starts
love me with your head and heart
love me like a child

laying down the ways to say I need you
scared of looking tall and feeling small
running through the days i have beside you
scared of being wrong and that’s it all

love me with your head and heart
love me from the place it starts
love me with your head and heart
love me like a child

love me with your head and heart
love me from the place it starts
love me with your head and heart
love me when i’m wild

there's just no way to say the things I'm feeling
no way to tell you all the things i mean
every day I only feel like stealing away
to where I know I can be clean

love me with your head and heart
love me from the place it starts
love me with your head and heart
love me like a child