Counting Sheep

by Emma Cook

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This EP was born after a falling tree branch caused a serious head injury and forced me to take a hiatus from music to focus on recovery. After a three year battle with Post-Concussive Syndrome, I am releasing a two-part EP this summer and fall of 2016 and this is the first installment. Counting Sheep was produced by myself and Mitch Girio (Emma-Lee’s Never Just a Dream) and supported by amazing guest musicians Gary Craig (Kathleen Edwards, Jann Arden), Christine Bougie (Justin Rutledge) and Bryden Baird (Feist). The cover of Counting Sheep is a tree branch, an ode to my ongoing fight to recover from my injuries and the power of music to get us through the hardest of times.

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released July 8, 2016

Produced by Mitch Girio & Emma Cook
Recorded and mixed at Slaughterhouse 754 and The Slow Cooker by Mitch Girio
Drums recorded at 6 Nassau by A. David MacKinnon

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Emma Cook Toronto, Ontario

Emma has logged over 100 shows across Canada, the US and the UK and had official showcases at NXNE, CMW & Indie Week. She was a 2008 Toronto Independent Music Awards nominee and both of her albums have garnered fantastic reviews and sought the attention of campus radio, CBC and the Verge on XM Satellite Radio. ... more

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Track Name: Sixteen
Don't ask her now, she won't hear what you're saying
She's too far gone, she's done listening
She's a bull on the run through blood red streets
Nostrils flaring and stamping her feet

Sixteen and just like her mother
With the weight of the world on her shoulders
Sixteen and thinks her life is over
Not yet a woman and definitely not a girl

Don't chase her now, you won't catch up to her
She's moving too fast, she's too far ahead
Running scared, she'll fall down hard
Keep the home fires burning until she gets tired

Sixteen and just like her mother
With the weight of the world on her shoulders
Sixteen and thinks her life is over
Not yet a woman and definitely not a girl

Nobody said it would be easy
But nobody said it would be this hard
She's throwing punches every which way
Everything is different, she's no longer omnipotent
And nobody understands

Sixteen and just like her mother
With the weight of the world on her shoulders
Sixteen and thinks her life is over
Not yet a woman and definitely not a girl
Hitting everyone she ever loved
Track Name: If He Can't Have It All
He's a traveling man, he writes songs for a living
Though he wouldn't put it that way, he gets by anyway
He looks for an audience, a place to fit in
In an industry just looking for the next big thing

And so he leaves his only home
Driving a car that's just on loan
Just a guitar to call his own

What will he have if he can't have it all?
What will he have if he can't have it all?

He says he's leaving, she says don't come back again
Because I'm tired of saying goodbye, I'm giving up this time
He says I'm sorry, she says I'm sorry too
Because I know what you're searching for don't exist in this world

And so he leaves his only home
Driving a car that's just on loan
Just a guitar to call his own

And what will he have if he can't have it all?
What will he have if he can't have it all?
What will he have if he can't have it all?

Twenty years later and still no record deal
But he's still writing songs on that old guitar
Every town a new line on his face
Singing songs of leaving
Singing songs of loneliness
Singing songs of lost love

What will he have if he can't have it all?
What will he have if he can't have it all?
What will he have if he can't have it all?
What will he have if he can't have it all?
Track Name: Counting Sheep
You and me ain't got nowhere to be
So we'll just keep counting these sheep until we fall asleep
You still don't know everything about me
Every curve of my body or how I wrinkle the sheets

And I still don't know you
But I know that I want to
All these things I can't explain
But I know are true
Every time I learn something new
You know I'm not surprised, it just makes me love you

Maybe one day we'll live in a boat on the Thames
The shores will be our fences and things will make sense
Your world and mine will intertwine
You'll learn how to cry and I'll appreciate red wine

And I still don't know you
But I know that I want to
All these things I can't explain
But I know are true
Every time I learn something new
You know I'm not surprised, it just makes me love you

And maybe we'll take a train down to France or Spain
Sipping on Mohito's or grand Cafe Creme
Maybe we'll never come home again
You know you just never know what might happen

And I still don't know you
But I know that I want to
All these things I can't explain
But I know are true
Every time I learn something new
You know I'm not surprised, it just makes me love you