JUST: Activist Folk (Releasing November)

by David Guilbault

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JUST: Activist Folk

These are song written in 2016 and 2017 about the radical changes happening in our public squares. Leaning more toward activism, because some things gotta be said.
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releases November 1, 2017

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PRODUCED by DAVID GUILBAULT
Digital pre-release by True as Blue Music
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David Guilbault: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
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Words & Music by David Guilbault (BMI)

Recorded on an iPhone 6s.
Mixed in Garage Band.
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Album cover photo by David Guilbault
Portrait painting by Kate Vrijmoet
Portrait photo by Doug Vann
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"Raise Your Voice" © 2017 David Guilbault
"This Hurts My Heart" © 2016 David Guilbault
"I Belong Redux" © 2017 David Guilbault
"I'll Go High" © 2016 David Guilbault
"Take Heart, Take Hold" © 2017 David Guilbault
"Organize" © 2016 David Guilbault
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David Guilbault Seattle, Washington

Seattle singer-songwriter David Guilbault writes, records & performs honest-to-goodness soulful music of love, life and loss - heartfelt songs that live in the truth.

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Track Name: Raise Your Voice (Demo)
"RAISE YOUR VOICE" by David Guilbault

Raise your voice. Even if it shakes.
Raise your voice. Do what it takes.
Raise your voice. Let it be heard.
Raise your voice. Raise your voice.

Raise your voice. Raise it out loud.
Raise your voice. Make your heart proud.
Raise your voice. Make yourself heard.
Raise your voice. Raise your voice.

Raise your voice. Do not be shy.
Raise your voice. Raise it to the sky.
Raise your voice. You will be heard.
Raise your voice. Raise your voice.

When you raise your voice
All will start to hear
The truth that’s rising in the air.

You’ve got to raise your voice
When evil’s thunder roars.
You’ve got to drown out evil’s noise.
You’ve got to drown out evil’s noise.

Raise your voice. Even if it shakes.
Raise your voice. Do what it takes.
Raise your voice. Let it be heard.
Raise your voice. Raise your voice.
Raise your voice. Raise your voice.

"Raise Your Voice" © 2017 David Guilbault
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Track Name: This Hurts My Heart (Demo)
"THIS HURTS MY HEART" by David Guilbault

This hurts my heart.
All this tearing us apart.
All this hate.
This blindness to its fate.
This ignorance that brings the cold and dark.

The wounds - cut deep - and bring the blood,
When knives - are drawn - down in the mud.
All that’s left, what’s fallow and bereft,
Are souls now stripped of faith and sliced of love.

This hurts my heart.
All this tearing us apart.
All this hate. This blindness to its fate.
This ignorance that brings the cold and dark.

Emboldened - are the ones - who fear a world
Where ev’ryone - can raise - a flag unfurled.
Where ev’ry faith, ev’ry gender, ev’ry race
Are knitted all in peace as freedom purled.

This hurts my heart.
All this tearing us apart.
All this hate. This blindness to its fate.
This ignorance that brings the cold and dark.

What dangers - yet to come - are yet to know.
And there are evils - hiding light - still yet to show.
It’s up to us to shine on what is just,
To spark the light of peace and make it glow.

This helps my heart.
All this caring is an art.
All this love. This rising high above.
This joy that braves the cold and fights the dark.
This helps my heart.

"This Hurts My Heart" © 2016 David Guilbault
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Track Name: I Belong Redux (Demo)
"I BELONG" by David Guilbault

Not to worry. Oh, not to cry for
A world grown weary from all of its lies.
Take a stand for what is true,
And watch the whole wide world out gunning for you.

Oh, I, oh, I – I belong. Oh, I, oh, I - I belong.

There’s no place where I shouldn’t be.
Ev’ryone is already free.
All of us are all of this earth.
Never mind the fate of my birth.

Oh, I, oh, I – I belong. Oh, I, oh, I - I belong.

I belong where I’m found.
I belong where I’m around.
I belong where I’m bound.
I belong to this town. I belong.

Here and now is where I will stay.
Ain’t nobody gonna turn me away.
Ain’t no wind that’s got the gust
To blow my truth into the dust.

Oh, I, oh, I – I belong. Oh, I, oh, I - I belong.

I belong where I’m found.
I belong where I’m around.
I belong where I’m bound.
I belong to this town. I belong.
I belong.

"I Belong (Alt)" © 2014 David Guilbault
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Track Name: I'll Go High (Demo)
"I'LL GO HIGH" by David Guilbault

When you go low, I’ll go high.
Throw your low blow. I won’t bat an eye.

You can play your game of fear. It won’t hurt me none.
‘Cause I will still be here
When all is said and done.
‘Cause I go high.

When you preach hate, I’ll show love.
When you denigrate, I’ll rise above.

You can spread your web of lies, I will tell the truth.
You can darken people’s eyes, I’ll give them a clear view.
‘Cause I go high.

High. I’ll go high.
High. I’ll go high. I go high.

When you mock and slam, I’ll offer peace.
When you clench your hand, I’ll turn a cheek.

You can bring a world of hurt, I won’t play along.
You can wallow in the dirt,
I will rise in song.
‘Cause I go high.

High. I’ll go high.
High. I’ll go high. I go high.

"I'll Go High" © 2016 David Guilbault
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Track Name: Take Heart, Take Hold (Demo)
"TAKE HEART, TAKE HOLD" by David Guilbault

There is a place I won’t go.
It’s deep down and full of dark souls.
It’s a hell of hate,
Where they can denigrate.
It’s a crowded, wretched hole.

They’ve come now to drag you’re heart down.
They’re one with the fool in the crown.
Their words are born of bile,
A swamp of lies so vile,
Flooding justice ‘till it’s drowned.

Don’t cry in the night.
Don’t shy from the fright.
Take heart.
Take hold.

Their legions grow louder with fear.
Their victimized violence draws near.
They’re a force that’s strong,
With weapons fierce and wrong,
Drawn to slay all that is dear.

Don’t suffer alone.
Don’t sadly bemoan.
Take heart.
Take hold.

Take heart. We’ll turn this around.
Take hold. We’ll stand on our ground.
Where there’s right, there’s might.
You’ve got to join this fight.
This is where we must be bound.
We’ve got to take the higher ground.

Take heart
Take hold.

"Take Heart, Take Hold" © 2017 David Guilbault
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Track Name: Organize (Demo)
"ORGANIZE" by David Guilbault

Don’t agonize.
Organize.
Do not accept this fate.
Don’t agonize.
Organize.
Don’t ever think that it’s too late.

When fear and ignorance abide,
And truth is painted as a lie.
It’s time to take
A stand against the hate
That raises fisted hands
And strikes you down.

Don’t agonize.
Organize.
Do not accept this fate.
Don’t agonize.
Organize.
Don’t ever think that it’s too late.

When all you see is dark and dim,
It only takes one candle to begin
It’s time to see
The flames of you and me
To burn the light of justice
O’er this land.

Don’t normalize.
Organize.
Do not accept this fate.
Don’t normalize.
Organize.
Don’t ever think that it’s too late.

When millions of people disagree,
And the county lies fallow at our feet.
Plant the seeds,
Do the honest deeds.
It’s takes toil and sweat and tears
To grow a land.

Don’t demonize.
Organize.
Do not accept this fate.
Don’t demonize.
Organize.
Don’t ever think that it’s too late.

When all feels lost and spirits fade,
And all the high costs have been paid.
Pick your self up.
You haven’t done enough.
It’s time to raise your voice
And join the fray.

Don’t agonize.
Organize.
Do not accept this fate.
Don’t agonize.
Organize.
Don’t ever think that it’s too late.

"Organize" © 2016 David Guilbault
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