Nick Ferrio & His Feelings

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Joined by Ryan Perks on lead guitar, Emmott Clancy on drums, Liam Wilson on bass, Chris Altmann on pedal steel, Caylie Staples and Spencer Burton (of The Grey Kingdom) on harmony vocals, Nick Ferrio & His Feelings made a record of country music the way it was recorded generations ago - with ribbon mics and tape machines.

The album was recorded by Ian Romano and Kenny Meehan in December 2011 at Tapes and Plates, a 2″ 16 track studio in Welland, ON. It was mixed by Dan Weston (City and Colour, Daniel Romano) and mastered by Harris Newman of Grey Market Mastering. It will be released on September 18, 2012 on Shuffling Feet Records, a record label run by Jonas Bonnetta and Sylvie Smith of Evening Hymns.

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released 18 September 2012

Recorded by Ian Romano and Kenny Meehan in Welland, ON, December 2011.
Mixed by Dan Weston.
Mastered by Harris Newman.

Nick Ferrio & His Feelings: Ryan Perks, Emmott Clancey, Liam Wilson, Chris Altmann, Caylie Staples.

Spencer Burton appears courtesy of Dine Alone Records.

All songs by Nick Ferrio (SOCAN 2012).

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Nick Ferrio & His Feelings Peterborough, Ontario

Nick Ferrio is a recording artist and songwriter from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. His music is deeply steeped in the traditions of country and folk, at once starkly honest and filled with tall tales. He often tours Canada and Europe with a rotating cast of sentimental ladies and gentlemen under the moniker of Nick Ferrio & His Feelings. ... more

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Track Name: Night Garden
I went looking around
just to see if I had found
the path to your night garden

I looked high and I looked low
but it was dark, so I don't know
if I chose the right path to be on

Other pastures of green
don't mean anything to me
No, I wait for your night garden

Your branches and vines
how I wish they were mine
Oh, to be in your garden again

But, I wait and I find
that the path just winds and winds
will I ever see your garden again?

All these cities and all the towns
oh, the places I've found
none compare to your garden for me

Other pastures of green
don't mean anything to me
No, I wait for your night garden

Your branches and vines
how I wish they were mine
Oh, to be in your garden again
Track Name: Popular Flower
You - you're a popular flower
and you grow everyday
did you know that you're the state flower
of the garden state, Tennesse

But I - Im no garden flower
I'm a cut when you shave
I'm the one who just barely makes it
at the last moment - before it's too late

I want to go where the Iris' grow
from Knoxville all the way to Memphis
I want to stay with those flowers all day
so I can stay with Iris

You - you're the Greek word for rainbow
you're a spectrum of light in the sky
you're the messenger between Earth and Heaven
and you appear at the end of a rainbow
to say everything is alright

But I - I'm no summer rainbow
I'm the act of stealing away
I'm the one who follows a rainbow
to pocket the pot of gold
for another rainy day

I want to go where the Iris' grow
from Knoxville all the way to Memphis
I want to stay with those flowers all day
so I can stay with Iris
Track Name: Always Searching
I’m always searching for a way
To say the things I want to say
If you and I were left alone
Instead of talking on the phone

I’ve tried to speak to you in code
So that no one else will know
But the band’s all in the van
And they always understand

I’m always searching for a way
To say the things I’d like to say
The little details on my mind
Are just static on the line

I’ve tried it underneath my breath
But you can’t get the full effect
I’ve tried to whisper in your ear
But that’s not what you want to hear

You want to hear me say
What I really want to say x3
You want to hear me say
That I want to fuck you
Track Name: Free Man, Switzerland
You can twist my arm in a bathroom stall
Search me, strip me bare and all
Ask me questions or shoot point blank
Slap my wrists for the mistakes I make

You can speak with words I don’t understand
In a foreign tongue, in a foreign land
You can walk me over to some Swiss bank
To walk back out with fist full of Franks

But I am a free man, Switzerland
I am a rock that can’t be stopped
I am a free man, Switzerland
I am rock that can’t be stopped
Not by some Swiss cop

You can keep me up way past dawn
But tomorrow morning we’ll be rolling on
To another town to sing another song
If you come looking we’ll already be gone

You can remind me I’m a long way from home
Laugh at my nation - the place I come from
But know your scolding and your jail cell
Are just another story for me to tell

‘Cause, I am a free man, Switzerland
I am a rock that can’t be stopped
I am a free man, Switzerland
I am rock that can’t be stopped
Not by some Swiss cop
Track Name: Otonabee
I went for a walk with my bride to be
We strolled along the banks of the Otonabee
And what should I see there, with my bride to be
A floatin’ in the waters of the Otonabee?

Out there in the water, drifting fast and free
Was the golden ring of my bride to be
Hanging off the branch of a hollow tree
Travelling down the banks of the Otonabee

To fetch the wedding ring of my bride to be
I stretched out from a rock to that old hollow tree
But to my surprise the rock was covered in algee
And I slipped beneath the water of the Otonabee

I reached for the hand of my bride to be
For I feared that I may drown in the water, you see
She uttered not a word and pulled her hand from me
And stepped back from the banks of the Otonabee

I went for a walk with my bride to be
We strolled along the banks of the Otonabee
And what should I see there, with my bride to be
A floatin’ in the waters of the Otonabee?
Track Name: Story's Long, Story's Old
This story’s long, this story’s old
This story is better left untold
Some might say, let this story fade away
To the grave, where the story ends
Twists and turns, foes and friends
With no amends just odds and ends
Left untied

The night she died or disappeared
Drinks were drank, drinks were cheered
No one knew something that bad
Could happen here

A fight broke out, a lover’s quarrel
But for him and her that was normal
They went separate ways
He went south, She went north:
She never returned

And now she’s gone, Long gone
And he’s singing his haunted songs
About her ghost, and I hope
Time can forgive his troubled mind
Some time, some time

The cops attempted to make contact
With the driver of a Pontiac
Word came down after a couple of days
He’d been found

Twine was tied above a wooden chair
An awful stench hung in the air
A swaying creak echoed loud and proud
For anyone to hear

Maybe she lived and ran away
Got a job and changed her name
But that’s all the same
It’s neither here and neither there

A fight broke out, a lover’s quarrel
But for him and her that was normal
They went separate ways
He went south, She went north:
She never returned

And now she’s gone, Long gone
And he’s singing his haunted songs
About her ghost, and I hope
Time can forgive his troubled mind
Some time, some time
Track Name: The Trial of Mary Harshbarger
Who’s that coming through the woods?
Who’s that coming through the woods?
Looking through her scope
It’s a bear she surely hopes
Who’s that coming through the woods?

Mary shot her husband that evening
Said she thought he was a bear
She looked down the barrel of that rifle
She did not see her husband standing there
She did not see her husband standing there

So, who’s that coming through the woods?
Who’s that coming through the woods?
It’s Mary Harshbarger
But her husband is not with her
Who’s that coming through the woods?

Mary returned to the hunting cabin
The cabin cook was the first one that she saw
She said, “I’ve shot my beloved
I shot my husband, and my whole world.
I shot my husband, and my whole world”

Who’s that coming through the woods?
Who’s that coming through the woods?
Mary thought she saw a bear
And shot her husband standing there
Who’s that coming through the woods?

Mary returned to Newfoundland
For her crime she had to face the law
But since his death she’d married another
She held the hand of her brother in law
She’d married her brother in law

Who’s that coming through the woods?
Who’s that coming through the woods?
It’s Mary - she’s returned
To stand trial – it’s her turn
Who’s that coming through the woods?

The judge and jury all had the same question
“How could a man be mistaken for a bear?”
A man walks in an upright position
There is no making a mistake there:
a man walks nothing like a bear
Track Name: Köllnischer Park
In Berlin bears live in Kollnischer Park
There’s a pair living there
They’re close to my heart

They search all day
For a way over the wall
While outside their cage
Children play with soccer balls

And the bears watch them run
Play and have fun
And hope for a ball to come over the wall

So they can slash it with their claws
Bite it with their jaws
Destroy the soccer ball
In a feat of brute strength

But mostly they spend the day
Waiting for dark
When the sun goes down
The children leave
Kollnischer park

And I wonder if it were like this on Noah’s ark
Just a pair of bears spending their days
In the dark

On the back of some boat
With all the sheeps and goats
Waiting for a hand to set them free on dry land

So they can slash it with their claws
Bite it with their jaws
Destroy the herbivores
In a feat of brute strength

Tear them limb from limb
Pull all the meat from them
Feast like kings of the forrest
Back atop the food chain

In Berlin bears live in Kollnischer Park
There’s a pair living there
They’re close to my heart
Track Name: When We Sang Together
When we sang together
It felt like we could sing forever
We sang country songs
And we sang them all night long
When we sang together

No matter if hard times come
We always had a song for them
If I didn’t know the words
All I had to do was hum
Because we were singing together

Then you said it’s time to change the band
Said I played with too heavy a hand
Said you didn’t like my songs
Or maybe I got it wrong
But now we don’t sing together

So, when I sing harmony
There is no one singing with me
These old country songs
weren’t meant to be sung alone
But now we don’t sing together