Still Life

by Gen Why

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The debut album "Still Life" from Canadian folk-rock group Gen Why reflects the themes of hope, spirit and the beauty of song to help transform the world both within and around us.

The name Still Life reflects the fact that despite the many threats to life piling up today on our planet, there is still a lot of life left here in the world around us, and it's really incredible and worth celebrating and standing up for.

Album download includes 8 unique musical tracks, one bonus conversational track with the band, and 3 digital downloads of Gen Why artwork including: album cover art, a unique collage of the band, and the album poster. Each track also comes with its own unique artwork as thumbnails (viewable by clicking on each track separately here). We hope our album will be one piece in creating a better world, rich in spirit. Enjoy!

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released June 16, 2014

Gen Why is:
Kai Reimer-Watts: Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Mila Petkovic: Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele
JustLive: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Enrique Solórzano Toledo: Percussion
*For Still Life, percussion was done by Juan Santos

Album Producer: JustLive
Recording / Mixing / Mastering Engineer: JustLive
Assistant Engineers: Kyle Grover, Dylan Bowen
Album Cover Artwork by Aimee Clark
Album Track Artwork by Kai Reimer-Watts and Better Creative
Recorded on location.
Released by Music All Day Everyday www.MADE-Media.org

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Gen Why Toronto, Ontario

The name of our band, Gen Why, reflects the open question our generation and others to come are now being faced with of how we can best shape our future in the face of large-scale, rapid global change.

We hope our music will encourage positive change in the world around us, drawing attention to what matters: respect for life, love and the amazing human spirit that can transform our world. Enjoy!
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Track Name: Forced Readjustment
Forced readjustment, putting on a face
Chewing my tongue through all this small talk

Refrain:
And if I refuse to pretend, can we still be friends?
And if I refuse to pretend, can we still be friends?
Play the game, play the game – are you in or out? Are you in or out?

As the pieces crumble and fall
How long can we reconstruct ourselves?
My wall is poor – do I make you uncomfortable?

Refrain

I had a dance with crazy, almost split apart in two
Pretending not to see through this wall, this wall, this wall

Refrain
Track Name: Bang Bang
What some people call low
Just a new height to go
What some people call high
Just a new low in the sky
Bang, bang: you call the shots
And save us any extra spots
Bang, bang: you rule the show
Now is it high or low you go?

Been going up and down
A sad and happy clown
To take your life and pull it out from underground
Bang, bang: you set the stage
Fill it with either love or rage
Bang, bang: tell me my age
Now is it you or I encaged?

Refrain:
Mmm, I wish
Mmm, I wish
Mmm, I wish
The bang, bang just didn’t exist

How some people say hi
Others just say goodbye
How some people let go
Others just cling you know
Bang, bang: you make the call
Is it you or I who falls?
Bang, bang: still standing still
Why is my back against the wall?

Refrain

Bang, bang... bang, bang... bang bang
Track Name: This Tree
I had a dream I was soaring
From the heavens to the seas
Suspended in a swing
From somewhere in the sky
Bounding from clouds
Through air, through water
And back again, with no fear

Refrain:
This world, this world is limitless
This cord, this cord is boundless
This tree, this tree is bigger than me
This tree, this tree is bigger than me

Never know which way the leaves are gonna blow…
Never know which branch you might go out on…

This tree, this tree is bigger than me
This tree, this tree is bigger than me
Track Name: Take It Back
I am more than what you saw in me
I am more than what we made-believe
I am more than the power beneath
And you are more, you are more to me

Refrain:
We take it back from them, just once before they take it back
We take it back from them, just once before they take it back
We go... just once before they take it back
We go... just once before they take it back

I forgot how to live for free
I have torn up my hands and feet
I told you don’t ever lose the beat
And you are more, you are more to me

Refrain
Track Name: Insanity Humanity
Where do I begin?
You know our actions just leave my head swimming
Take a noose and tighten it, then wonder why we’re not winning
We might have good intentions, or at least we’re pretty good at pretending
I don’t think we have a clue, just how close we are to an ending

What’s life mean to you?
Is it just a joy-ride, passing through?
I wonder if you think about the girls and boys come after you
We seem to believe that we can spit on everything and we will continue to breathe
We must be nuts

Refrain:
The insanity of humanity
People are pretty nuts
The insanity of humanity
We trash it, then ask what’s the fuss?
People just can’t keep destroying this planet
and expect it to just keep supporting us
We must be nuts

F-fucking nuts, f-fucking nuts, f-fucking nuts, f-fucking nuts
F-fucking nuts, f-fucking nuts, f-fucking nuts, f-fucking nuts

We take what we want then throw it out
Then somehow we have our doubts
When people say “You’ve got to care”
We say “Why? It will always be here”
We trash the earth, then wonder why suddenly we’re saying goodbye

Refrain

We burn some oil, then wonder why
Suddenly it’s clouding our sky
Things are fine, or so it seems
Suddenly there’s a million pipe dreams
People start to get angry when you tell them
maybe we need to do things a little differently
We must be nuts

Where do I begin?
You know our actions just leave my head swimming
Take a noose and tighten it, then wonder why we’re not winning
We might have good intentions, or at least we’re pretty good at pretending
I don’t think we have a clue, just how close we are to an ending
Just how close we are to an ending
Please don’t let this be our ending
Track Name: Required Sacrifice
Was a kid went away
To forget yesterday
Hid among the hipper crowds
Not too quiet, not too loud
Found a nice middle-of-the-road, and said
“That’s where I wanna go now”
“That’s where I wanna go now”

Was a kid down below
“Say how’d you get so high, ya know?
I’ve been waiting all my life,
Well, you know it just don’t seem right!”
And a kid up above, said
“What, you tired of the push and shove?
Whatcha doing down below?
Don’t you know where you wanna go now?
Don’t you know where you wanna go now?”

Refrain:
So what am I standing on?
Just one life or ten thousand strong?
Who’s gonna pay the price?
Who’s gonna make the required sacrifice?
Required sacrifice

Was a kid, paid the price
For somebody’s sacrifice
Never knew where, never knew who
Couldn’t tell what was fake or true
And somebody up in the air, said
“I know all about down there:
Gotta learn how to push and shove
If you ever wanna get above!”

Refrain (x2)
Track Name: Deerfish
I thought that I was over you
Yeah I’ve got a new love now
But someone said your name
And caught me like a deer in the headlights
A mouth wide open like a fish
A heart flip-flopping on the floor
And I’m gasping for air
And I’m gasping for air

I knew that I would fall for you
But I didn’t know how hard
I didn’t know how hard
You slipped back from the back of my mind
Like a shadow clouding my vision
You slipped back from the back of my mind
Like a shadow clouding my vision

(repeat lyrics twice)
Track Name: Riddles
I woke up, sun was shining and the sky was blue
Colors on the trees had changed with visions soft and new

Oh to be the one to change them
Oh to know the tune

Riddles of the world keep clouding up my afternoon
Riddles of the world keep clouding up my afternoon

I looked out one fine morning water filled the air
Splashed through ’til my head was all that was left standing there
Oh the colored lights that passed and flashed beneath my feet

Riddles of the world keep setting me up for defeat
Riddles of the world keep setting me up for defeat

Built a house above the water, watched it flowing past
Cast a net into the water, colors didn’t last
Made some extra colors printed in a magazine

Riddles of the world keep sticking me right in-between
Riddles of the world keep sticking me right in-between

Night was cold and water colder, made a fire there
Smokestacks rose above the water, ‘filtering the air’
Water churned and fire smoldered, made it stronger still

Riddles of the world keep tasting like a bitter pill
Riddles of the world keep tasting like a bitter pill

I woke up one fine morning and the sky was grey
Colors that had once been free, well, now you had to pay
Waited for the sky to thunder, rain to clear the air

Riddles of the world were answered: now the world was ‘fair’
Riddles of the world were answered: now the world was ‘fair’

Jumped back in my car and drove to where the sky was blue
Others jumped in theirs cause they all had the same thought too
Pushed the grey sky ever-further, blue it could not last

Riddles of the world are answered in the looking glass
Riddles of the world are answered in the looking glass

Broke the looking glass and tossed it in a dirtied stream
No one wants to see their face in something so unclean
Made a glass that’s so much better, show’s me what I ask

Riddles of the world have become someone else’s task
Riddles of the world have become someone else’s task

Sky cracked open like a curse as if to say goodbye
In my room took those blue pages, pasted them up high
Covered walls with pictures of the trees in magazines

Riddles of the world said “don’t cry, everything’s a dream”
Riddles of the world said “don’t cry, everything’s a dream”

Visions of the world were singing
Visions of the world were singing
Visions of the world were singing