Break Me Down

by Joline Baylis

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"Break Me Down" marks the debut release from Canadian indie folk-rock artist Joline Baylis. With her rich, warm voice and compelling lyrics, Joline has been captivating audiences for the past 4 years with her honest and stirring performances. For "Break Me Down," she has brought together some of Vancouver's finest to create a lush sound and a firm foundation for the raw emotion and vulnerability of her songwriting.

Recorded at Afterlife Studio (formerly the iconic Mushroom Studios), and co-produced by Kenton Loewen, "Break Me Down" features Loewen on drums (Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Marin Patenaude), Wynston Minckler on bass (Aerialists, Emily Millard), Paul Pigat on electric guitar (Cousin Harley, Neko Case), Tyson Naylor on piano/organ (Dan Mangan + Blacksmith), and Peggy Lee on cello (Waxwing). The result is an album that feels slightly nostalgic, with echoes of classic rock and laid-back country, while the band plays with a chemistry and inventiveness that yields something altogether new.

"Break Me Down" explores the complexities of love and connection, the upheaval of change and rebirth, and the beauty of enduring optimism.

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released April 18, 2017

All songs written by Joline Baylis
℗© 2017 Joline Baylis

Produced by Kenton Loewen and Joline Baylis
Recorded by John Raham at Afterlife Studio, Vancouver, BC

Joline Baylis: vocals, acoustic
Kenton Loewen: drums, percussion. vocals
Wynston Minckler: bass
Paul Pigat: electric guitar
Tyson Naylor: piano, organ
Peggy Lee: cello

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Joline Baylis Vancouver, British Columbia

Impeccably crafted indie folk-rock - fresh, haunting, and profoundly honest.

Joline Baylis has recently released her debut full-length album, "Break Me Down," recorded at Afterlife Studio in Vancouver, BC
and produced by Kenton Loewen (Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, The Crackling).

She has appeared in venues and festivals throughout BC and Alberta, building a loyal following wherever she performs.
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Track Name: Break Me Down
I'm waiting for something to make me feel alive
I sit by my window, watching strangers pass by
And Lord knows it's been so long since I let someone in
You were the last time

And I'm still haunted, your voice in my head
The way that you claimed me, the things that you said
And I'm praying for someone to help me forget
But I haven't found him yet

Lord break me down
Take these walls of stone and send them crashing down
Make me naked, and shake me to my bones
Oh Lord, break me down

Well I've reached for some comfort, a warm place to turn
To help with the struggles and the lessons I've learned
I've turned friends into lovers, so no one gets hurt
But I want that fire, I wanna burn

Lord break me down
Take these walls of stone and send them crashing down
Make me naked, and shake me to my bones
Oh Lord, break me down
Track Name: Sins
The sun shines through the window in the morning when I rise
And he's lying there beside me when I open up my eyes
And my heart sinks like a sailor, darkness closes in
And I know I still belong to him
Well I know I still belong to him

Now there's shackles on the bedposts and locks upon the doors
And he makes damn sure that I know the sins I'm paying for
He quiets me with pleasure when I can't take no more pain
Then he leaves me in that darkened room again
Oh he leaves me all alone again

Well he lies to me
He says if I give him what he wants he'll set me free
And he knows I aim to please
Well he's the only one who brings me to my knees
Oh he's the only one who brings me to my knees

And there've been times in the darkness, I've talked about good-bye
He says, you think you want to leave me, well I'd like to see you try
If you're fool enough to try and get away from where you are
Well I promise you, you won't get very far
No, I promise you, you won't get very far

Well he lies to me
He says if I give him what he wants he'll set me free
And he knows I aim to please
Well he's the only one who brings me to my knees
Oh he's the only one who brings me to my knees

So I ain't taking nothing with me, gotta leave it all behind
By the time they come a-lookin' oh I know what they will find
Well the door is swinging open, there's a blood-stain on the floor
And you won't see me 'round here no more
No you won't see me 'round here no more
No you won't see me 'round here no more
Track Name: No Lines
I have cried on your shoulder
Oh so many times
Seen your eyes how they smolder
And felt the place where they touch me inside
I've seen your heart broken
And I've helped you find your mind
And I've held myself open
Shown you all the places I hide

And when I say that I love you
I don't know quite what I mean
But I've promised you simple truth
No lines to read between
And I don't know what I'm seeing in you
But I know that I won't look away
And I hope that you stay

I thought that life was a path of stepping stones
And love was a promise you make
But I'm finding out it's an unlit road
And being certain, well, it don't make you safe
And my thoughts are quieter when you're around
And oh baby, I like it that way
And if you find yourself on shaky ground
May my eyes be your resting place

And when I say that I love you
I don't know quite what I mean
But I've promised you simple truth
No lines to read between
And I don't know what I'm seeing in you
But I know that I won't look away
And I hope that you stay
Track Name: The Price You Pay
I'm gonna miss you when you go
I say the same to everyone I know
Yeah everyone
Cause time takes the best of them away
And nothing I can do will make you stay
Once you get the urge for going in your blood

But they say that's the price that you pay
For love

I'm gonna love you when you leave
I know that you will fill my dreams
Oh I know
I'll wait till you're half a world away
And in the dead of night I'll think of you and pray
That you don't find yourself another home

But they say oh, the price that you pay
Is what you owe

I'm gonna miss you when you go
I say the same to everyone I know
Yeah everyone
Track Name: Restless Wind
Wake up darling it's time to go
Road is calling, it wants us home
They will try to tie us down
If we stay too long in this town

Wave good-bye we'll be back again
Blowing through on a restless wind
Can't you hear its lonesome cry
We can't let it pass us by

We can lay neath the prairie sky
Or build our home on the oceanside
And when the tide comes crashing in
We will set our sails again

Wake up darling it's time to go
Road is calling, it wants us home
Track Name: Something Real
All my songs turn out wrong
The fire in my heart has gone cold
And all these days feel the same
I'm running and I don't know the way to go

Won't you give me a little
Something to feel
Won't you give me a little
Something real

All my best laid plans seem to fail
Like I'm waiting for that last ship to sail

Won't you give me a little
Something to do
Won't you give me a little
Something new
Track Name: Ruffled Feathers
I can't promise I won't fall in love with you
And I don't think that I'll survive it if I do
I've seen you bring much stronger women to their knees
And you don't want to make me beg
Don't make me beg, no baby, please

I can't promise I won't want you for my own
And I know you got that woman there at home
But you say one night of pleasure's all you need
Well you may do that with the rest
But don't pretend you can with me

Spare me those eyes, oh spare me those eyes
Don't you tell me I'm the best they've ever seen
Spare me those eyes, oh spare me those eyes
Don't say you love me if you don't know what you mean

I can't promise I won't fall in love with you
And I think that you'll regret it if I do
You'll wake with ruffled feathers in your bed
Even the surest thing can change
You know there's danger up ahead

Spare me those eyes, oh spare me those eyes
Don't you tell me I'm the best they've ever seen
Spare me those eyes, oh spare me those eyes
Don't say you love me if you don't know what you mean
Track Name: Save Yourself
It's always a good night, but then where do you go
You thought you got it right, but oh, what do you know
Cause the sun is coming up, and someone's in your bed
There's an aching in your lungs and a pounding in your head

Save yourself

Well darkness takes your days, you barely see the sun
And every night that falls has got you on the run
You're wasting precious time with your head up in the stars
But you can lose your mind if you let it go too far

Save yourself
Track Name: The Water
I want you to miss something in me
If ever I'm not around
I want you to know that I'm not
Gonna go underground
And if I run and hide, I always want to be found

'Cause I may not know where I'm headed now
But I know where I've been
And I know what I'll find if I
Walk down that road again
If I stay this time, I'm gonna need a friend

Oh the air is sweet
Summer's coming for me
And I can feel the freeze
Giving way to the water that runs in me

So I won't run for the shadows again
To hide the things that I've done
I'll make my mistakes on the open stage
With the hot lights and the hum
I'm gonna sing my song with all the breath in my lungs

Oh the air is sweet
Summer's coming for me
And I can feel the freeze
Giving way to the water that runs in me