Chrysalis

by Sonia Johnson

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released November 15, 2019

Producers: Sonia Johnson & Padraig Buttner-Schnirer
Arrangements: Sonia Johnson
Additional arrangements: Mark Alan Haynes (1-4-6-7-9-11), Stephen Johnston (7)
Recording: Planet Studio, Montreal – April-May 2019
Sound and mixing engineer: Padraig Buttner-Schnirer
Assistant recording engineers: Jacob Lacroix-Cardinal, Jordan Barillaro
Mastering: Guy Hébert, Studio Karisma
Production and publishing: Les Productions Sonia Johnson
Photography: Chloé McNeil
Hair: Caroline Heffern
Make-up artist: Annabelle Deschamps
Stylism: Sonia Johnson and Mélanie Brisson
Design: Orazio Fantini
Butterflies pictures: Sonia Johnson
Lyrics revision: Stanley Péan, David Homel

Sonia Johnson: voice, composition, arrangements
Stephen Johnston: guitars, composition
David Ryshpan: piano – keyboards
Mark Alan Haynes: electric bass, composition, arrangements
Max Sansalone: drums and percussions
Jean-Pierre Zanella: flute
Samuel Blais: alto saxophone – clarinet
Frank Lozano: tenor saxophone – bass clarinet
Jean-Nicolas Trottier: trombone
Rémi Cormier: trumpet
Judith Little-Daudelin: voice
Elie Haroun: voice
Extra vocal participants in We Need to Know: Anthony Rozankovic, Emmanuelle Sloutsker, Félix Stüssi, Geert Fieremans, Helen Sung, Karl Lloyd, Mathew Anderson, Massiel Yanira, Nora Toutain, Renu Heir, Stanley Péan, Tania Osorio

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Track Name: Storm
I know, it's time, this night has been a mystery for me
I know you want me to leave my ways
It's time to think about the plus and the minuses
The wind is cold, I don't want to be alone

Can you hold my hand in the storm that is coming?
Can you understand that the worst will fade away?

I know, it's time, for you, to carry your soul in the sun
I know you want me to be happy
It's time to rest in the beauty of the moment
But the clouds and the wind are strong and I don't want to be alone again

Can you hold my hand in the storm that is coming?
Can you understand that the worst will fade away?

I know, it's time, for me, to see the light of a new day
I know you want me to lead the way
It's time to change the lines and to be at ease
But the storm has peaked, and I'm too weak, to reach you overseas

Can you hold my hand in the storm that is coming?
Can you understand that the worst will fade away?
Track Name: Everywhere
Everywhere the wind shall blow
You know that I will go with you, go with you
Even though you're not around
You know that I can find my way, find my way

Dancing on the waves
Running streets of joy and laughter
Driving in the rain
Flying bright and stormy weather

Hitch hiking a desert road
Sometimes I feel I'm all alone
But I know if I trust my heart
Those beams of light can show me ways
To catch that train and make sure that I'm never lost in Spain

So if the wind shall blow
You know that I will be with you
I'll be with you
Track Name: Lay Myself Down in the Garden
Oh, was this love all in vain
In my search of immortality
Cause I thought that
you were meant to be my man.

Funny how I would go back in time
Just to lay down by your soul again.
I can't understand that it's the end
Of what we could have been.

I will lie down in the garden
My treasure, my heirloom,
I'll rest my head in the garden
Where the flowers ceased to bloom.

Gonna lay myself down,
Lay myself down,
Lay myself down in the garden.

Was all of this imagination
What I felt when you
Had faith in me?
Cause I thought
that you would ease the pain
And just be my man

I will lie down in the garden,
My treasure, my heirloom.
I'll rest my head in the garden
Where flowers cease to bloom.

Why did I deserve such treason?
And why is my heart now so insecure?
I was sowing seeds for you in our garden,
While you were sharing it with another.
Track Name: Prelude to Danger
Before the sunset
Next on the line
You're taking a chance

Between the last dance
And the first kiss
And the deep pitfall

Feels like home but he's a stranger
Prelude to danger
Seems like hope, you're no teenager
Prelude to danger
To danger

Expecting the best
Something sublime
Almost in a trance

Before the secrets
Before the chime
You're well in advance
Between the entrance
And the abyss
Should you leave the ball

Feels like home but he's a stranger
Prelude to danger
Seems like hope, you're no teenager
Prelude to danger
To danger

Expecting romance
Longing for bliss
You're ready to fall
Track Name: Sleeping
Everyone's looking up to the sky everyday
But I'm sleeping.
They all go to work, hoping for some luck
While I'm sleeping, I'm sleeping.
Let me be lonely, let me be bored.

Everyone's looking up to the sky everyday
But I'm dreaming.
I'm searching for you, in a cloud or two,
While I'm dreaming, I'm dreaming.
Let me be lonely, let me be bored.
Let me be lonely, let me be.

Everyone's looking up to the sky,
Looking up to the sky.

Everyone's looking up to the sky
But I'm sleeping,
I'm sleeping,
Sleeping.
Track Name: Hidden Places
Let him go away to his favorite dream
Let the children play along an endless stream
He can feel that simple things turn to gold
A bird, a branch, a seed,
Yellow dots on the road
A field of corn so bright under the sun
So find what heals your soul
And chose what turns to gold
Going back to search the stones
You left behind on your way home
Come to the secret hidden places we call love.

Let him go astray if the need may be
Let the children shout and see what he should see
He knows that simple things turn to gold
So run, have fun, beyond
All those limitations
The world imposed on your expression
Go and get yourself a life
That means more than what you hide
Going back to search the stones
Scattered around to build your home
Just play in the secret hidden places we call love.

Won't you run away to your favorite dream
Be like the children who play along an endless stream
And just as the simple things turn to gold
Treasures, unfolds and shine
Over the fears and doubts
That growing old forced in your path
So find what heals your soul
And chose what can turn into to gold
Stop throwing all the stones
Find ways to make yourself a home
Rest in the secret hidden places we call love.
Track Name: They Stole Your Song
They stole your song
Just like you took my heart
With no shame
They plagiarized
They used your lines
Your beats, your rhymes
They sensed your pain
That is so lame

They stole your song
Just like you took my heart
With no shame
Who whips some tracks?
Lie in your back
Bootleg to fame
Using your name
Oh! please explain.

Just like the deserts have lost all their water
Some folks are shallow, they truly don't bother
To get better instead of greedier
And John Lennon told the world one day
Instant Karma's going to get you, anyway

They stole your song
Just like you took my heart
With no shame
Under contract
You played it right
Bridges, hooks and time
AABA – Now, it's all gone away.

Just like the deserts have lost all their water
Some folks are shallow, they truly don't bother
To get better instead of greedier
Carly Simon would not change a verse for you
You're so vain, you know she would say
that this song is not about you
Track Name: Darkness and Light
In the darkness of your fears
There is no place for joy.
Just a spark no one can ignite
As you disappear in the night.
In the chambers of my heart
There's a place for you
And a match waiting for a sign
To kindle a fire in the night.
In the secrets of our souls
There's a path leading to love.
It's a space to be wild and free
Will you join me there in the night?
Track Name: Monsters
For all the monsters crawling under your bed,
For all the princes that you will never wed,
For all the answers that have been left unsaid,
I'll wait.

I will stand with a light
Through your nights
Like a guide.
The stars above will be bright,
Just sleep tight.

For all the monsters crawling under your bed,
For all the strangers that you have never fed,
For all the dangers bouncing inside your head,
I'll wait, I'm awake
I'll wait, I'm awake.


I'm stronger than those creatures,
I'll show them what I've got.
I'll carry them in nightmares
Until the door is locked.
They will face their last hour,
I'll crush them with my thoughts,
I'll eat them with my fork.

I will stand with a light
Through your nights
Like a guide.
The stars above will be bright,
Just sleep tight.

For all the monsters crawling under your bed,
For all the slaughters for which you've never bled,
For all my sisters who have been so misled,
I'll wait.
Track Name: Changing my Ways
Relax and tell me everywhere that you've been
You know, my dear, I think of you and grin
It's been so long that we could sit down to tea
To be with you again in harmony.

We laughed we cried, I thought you were leaving me
My ship near sunk, the seas were rough you see
I'm happy you're happy, we're happy as we can be
The storm has passed and now we're both set free

Even if I don't know the way
If I can't find the words to say
You me, and everything here
Changing my ways of feeling real
You, me, here

Embrace the thought of paradise in my heart
Season's passing, gives love a new start
Have faith in faith and trust till the end of time.
Kingdom come, your heart be next to mine
Track Name: We Need to Know
We need to know
Why we're crying
We need to know
Why we're dying
We need to know
It is falling apart
It's falling apart

We need to know
What they're tracking
We need to know
What's in our drinks
We need to know
When we're falling apart

We need to know
Who is lying
We need to know
What they're thinking
We need to know
When winds are changing
Where it's falling apart
It's falling apart

Inside the hills
High on the top
Where they decide
What we are not
Here in the streets
Where we stand
Hand in hand
And we do what we can

We need to know
We need to know

It's our land, our tears, their laws, our fears, their lies, all those secret bunkers
Theirs guns, but stop, no fools, no russian roulette in the hands of these clowns.

We need to know
We want to win
While we are fighting
We need to know.

We need to know
While we are rising.
We need to know
Why, it's, falling apart
Track Name: Kaladja (Pour Normand)
Noir est ce jour qui meurt
Tous ces regards en pleurs
Dort au milieu des fleurs Ton cœur
C'est l'heure du grand départ
Cet ultime au revoir
Pour toi nous danserons Ce soir
Des pas de deux, sur rythme lent, dernière étreinte
Ton souvenir illumine le soir couchant

Sad is the day that dies
Loved ones with tears and sighs
You sleep in the garden
Of delights
Colored wings on your back
It's the ultimate flight
For you will laugh and dance tonight
Some slower moves
One last embrace
We'll say goodbye
Your memory will light up every sunset sky
Track Name: Chrysalis (Epilogue)
Instrumental

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