All We Ever Need

by Michael Averill

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This album is symbolic of many things - Community, connection, collaboration, mentorship, patience, friendship, family, love, adventure, inspiration, and humour. It is the result of engaging with hundreds of people through walking thousands of miles of Canada, listening to their stories, and taking time to learn. It is the surprise answer to the question that "I'd Rather Walk," set out to discover in 2013.

"All We Ever Need," came to life because of YOU! My deepest thanks to all who participated in the crowd funding endeavour to make this album a reality. I have never felt so proud of something in my life, and it wouldn't exist without your help.

Special thanks to Creative BC and the BC Music Fund for supporting the creation of this album www.creativebc.com

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released March 20, 2017

Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Jonathan Anderson
Acoustic Guitar, Cello, Ukelele, Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Drum Fill Composer – Michael Averill
Electric Guitar and Bass – Jonathan Anderson
Vibes – Jonathan Anderson, Michael Averill
Harmony Vocals – Shera Kelly, Jonathan Anderson
Drums – Darren Beattie, Jonathan Anderson
Congas and Djembe – Chris Couto
Bodhran – Blake Williams

Album Artwork and Design – Bre McDaniel
Photo Reference and Support – Ali Bordbar
Mentorship and coaching - Jay O'Keeffe

Recorded at Protection Island, Maple Ridge, BC

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Michael Averill Vancouver, British Columbia

Wanderer….Philosopher….Fun Doctor…..This tradesman of sound was born to bring people together, to make light of a troubled day, and to administer a steady I.V. of positivity to the world. Emerging in Vancouver as an intriguing Folk artist and community builder, his magnetic melodies and warm demeanor unite for an experience that dissolves woes and change perspectives. ... more

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Track Name: Lovely Lady
I am a gypsy, a traveler of sorts
I pack up my things and I go
I’ve had my options and offers to stay
But none of them I would call home
Well we met on the corner, in the middle of nowhere
She kindly invited me in
Opened her doors to a wandering stranger
Grabbed me like no place I’ve been

And she wrapped her arms round me with slow rollin’ hills
And sweet gold embrace of her sky
She held my heart softly in the rock of her waves,
Her wind gently kissed me goodnight

Well I’ve found myself in all kinds of places
Yes, I have been down a few roads
And many a time I have lost my direction
With no mind for where I was going
Well all roads lead some place, sometimes to treasures
That hook your attention so fast
They catch you off guard when they show up, surprise you
They alter and change all your plans

Now I want to be wrapped in the arms of her with slow rollin’ hills
And sweet gold embrace of her sky
She can hold my heart softly in the rock of her waves,
Her winds, they can kiss me goodnight

Some say that luck is a matter of chance and good timing
But if you go looking for things, you’re likely to find them

Well I want to live in the woods near the ocean
In a house I built with my hands
Wakin’ up daily with my own lovely lady
Who equally cares for this land

We’d stroll down the clay path in the mist of the morning
And play with the good farmer’s dogs
We’d host crazy parties in our open frame kitchen
Sharing our stories and songs

And she’d wrap her arms round us with her slow rollin’ hills
And sweet gold embrace of her skies
She’d hold our hearts softly with the rock of her waves
Winds blowin’ kisses goodnight

Yes, I want to live in the woods near the ocean
In a house I built with my hands
Wakin’ up daily with my own lovely lady
Who equally cares for this land
Track Name: Green Meadow
Green Meadow

Way on down where the hummingbirds play
A warm spring sun is kissin’ your face
A little Kung Fu in a photograph,
The silly things really are the things that last

And you make me a king with your petaled crown
The one you made with the roots you found
Well I’d be a happy man to rule
A kingdom in the forest with a queen like you

And now we’re sittin’ on a scarf in a green meadow
Takin’ it easy, livin’ life slow
Sittin on a scarf in a green meadow
Takin it easy, letting love grow

We could hang your hammock from a tree
In the Bloedel Conservatory
We’d hide it in the corner so it won’t be found
I’d swing you in the sky, so high above town

But the hands on the clock say it’s time to go
Way on down to where the lazy river flows
You teach me a message I’m supposed to send
And write it on my hand so I won’t forget

And now we’re walking through the fields of a green meadow
Takin it easy, livin’ life slow
Walking through the fields of a green meadow
Takin it easy, letting love grow

Well if everyday is a road that winds
And any one thing is just a matter of time
We’d better make a stop for groceries
We’d better be prepared for our destiny

Now we’re floatin’ through the fields of a green meadow
Takin it easy, livin’ life slow
Floatin’ through the fields of a green meadow
Takin it easy, letting love grow

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Ba Doo Doo
Track Name: The Most Beautiful Song I Know
The Most Beautiful Song I Know

Rivers may sing sweet melodies
And the birds they may whistle their hearts to the breeze
They sound pretty, but not lovely like you

The wind may conduct a choir of trees
When it blows they recite a grand carol of leaves
It’s a cute lullaby, but not enchanting like you

You are……you are….The most beautiful song I know

I hum to your tune, cause I know you by heart
I sing you out loud, when we are apart
I could lay down and listen to you for the rest of my life
And I dance in your verses like soft falling rain
Your love is my anthem, my favourite refrain, no,
You never grow old, you grow fonder on me

Cause you are….you are….The most beautiful song I know

The most beautiful song I know
Track Name: Stronger Together
Stronger Together

It takes one to have a bright idea
Two to share the worry
It takes three to split the weight when it’s too much to carry
It takes four to build a shelter that withstands the weather
Anyone can do it alone, but we’re stronger together

Like links in a steel chain (We are stronger together)
Like a tool belt full of tools (We are stronger together)
Like muscles in the body (We are stronger together)
Anyone can do it alone, but we could all use a little help

Like a roaming pack of wolves (We are stronger together)
Like feathers on a wing (We are stronger together)
Like laughter with a friend (We are stronger together)
Anyone can do it alone, but we could all use a little help

Like members of a family (We are stronger together)
Like a forest full of trees (We are stronger together)
Like water in a river (We are stronger together)
Anyone can do it alone, but we could all use a little help

It takes one to have a bright idea
Two to share the worry
It takes three to split the weight when it’s too much to carry
It takes four to build a shelter that withstands the weather
Anyone can do it alone, but we’re stronger together
Track Name: All We Ever Need
All We Ever Need

Sarah goes to work everyday at 9
Fixing the world, trying to make it right
Tired of searching for a man online
Cuddles with her roommate every Saturday night

Judith cuts through lies like a razor blade
A senior partner, yes she has it made
Lives in the city, but she can’t stay
Moves to a town where the people wave

All we ever want is a little affection
Somebody to hold at the end of the day
All we ever need is a little connection
Somebody to tell us everything’s okay

Richard loves his wife and her soft embrace
Rubs her feet and plans getaways
But she works too much to reciprocate
He calls it quits cause she’ll never change

All we ever want is a little affection
Somebody to hold at the end of the day
All we ever need is a little connection
Somebody to tell us everything’s okay

Well the heart only wants a few things
The simple tune and touch of love
Is all it really needs…..

And all we ever want is a little affection
Somebody to hold at the end of the day
All we ever need is a little connection
Somebody to tell us everything’s okay

And all we ever want is a little affection
All we ever need is a little connection
Track Name: Old Friend Life
Old Friend Life

I met a wise woman, on river valley walk
Three feet of snow, just talking to her dog
She said “Excuse me sir, awful long face for the morning”

Well old friend life, kicks you in the ass when you need it

Well it didn’t take long, for her to identify where I went wrong
Being stubborn like a new age country song, first to be the one to point the blame
She said “It really is a shame, seems quite clear to me
You’re trying to pave your way, pushing and pullin’ so hard against the grain
Soon enough an engine’s gonna blow”

“Well old friend life, kicks you in the ass when you need it
If you don’t pay it mind, you’re gonna have to go and repeat it”

“So you spent 5 years, waking up before the sun rises high
Waiting for the moment that could clarify
All the things you didn’t want to know
So you ran on low, feet draggin’ on the ground
You forced your soul, in opposite direction of the river flow
Thinkin’ it’s a due you gotta pay”

And old friend life, kicks you in the ass when you need it
If you don’t pay it mind, you’re destined to repeat it

Well I thanked that woman, and her little dog for their honesty
And taking time to talk to a wandering man, and his troubled thoughts in the morning
And since that day, I’ve found it quite clear to me there’s always other ways
To get where you’re going, but you gotta take some blame
Ditch your ego at the door

Cause old friend life will come and kick you in the ass when you need it
If you don’t pay it mind, you’re destined to repeat it
And it keeps on kickin’, till you learn to let go
It keeps on kickin’, till you learn to let go
Just let go..
Track Name: I Remember
I Remember

I remember walking through the courtyard
Where market fleas would peddle ancient coins and vintage lampshades
And kids with hungry eyes for ninja turtles, feeding their addiction
To the sugar rush of deep fried mini doughnuts
The ones all dressed in cinnamon
The kind that you could eat all summer long
I used to find them there on Sundays, but development tore down that big old hall

And I remember waterslides and sunscreen
Kamikaze carpets
The flavour of banana freezy pops
Inner tubes and tunnels, twisting turning
Wipe out competitions
Molten pavement screaming at my feet
The first time a pretty girl had given me her phone number to call
I used to go there with my brother, but development tore down that waterfall

And I was told everything changes
Some things you love, they’ll go away
And it may be the sign of growing older

And I remember dinosaurs and train rides
Hopping off and hiding in the cave to scare my family
Prehistoric push cars, mini golf, Forty Foot Fred
Standing at his post, always waving
To where Alapalooza was the first live show I ever saw
Nearby in a building called The Boardwalk, but development tore down its dusty walls

And I was told everything changes
Some things you love, you’re gonna hate to see’em leave
And it may be the sign of growing older
But you still remember

They say a salmon, it can find its own way home
From instincts in the water tied to microscopic particles
It knows it when it gets there, it feels the moment memory starts flooding in
And it finds out there are streams it can no longer swim
Old chapters sometimes close, making way for new beginnings
Looking back is hard, when all your favourite rocks are out of place
Well you can reminisce in sadness or look back with a smile
Upon your face

And I was told everything changes
Some things you love, you’re gonna hate to see’em leave
And it may be the sign of growing older
Well I’ve seen everything changing
Some things I loved, they are long long gone
And it must be the sign, I’ve grown older
But I still remember
I’ll always remember
Track Name: How Me Wear Me Socks
How Me Wear Me Socks

Some people think I’m crazy, that I’ve surely lost me mind
When they looks upon me mis-matched feet they often ask me why
I answer in the honest, I’d never tell a lie
It’s how me wear me socks and I be feeling mighty fine!

It’s how me wear me socks b’y it’s how me wear me socks
It may seem quite peculiar to the ordinary flock
But I be not tryin’ to fool ya b’y, it’s how me wear me socks

Some say it’s in the dryer where the socks all go to die
Some believe it’s in the wash machine where many are left behind
No matter way you looks it, there be socks there all alone
Those socks they be survivors and I gave’em all a home

They may be different sizes and the patterns may be wrong
But diversity in any situation makes for strong
My lefts and rights are yin and yang and every kind of shui
Harmony of lights and darks as do the nights and days

It’s how me wear me socks b’y it’s how me wear me socks
It may seem quite peculiar to the ordinary flock
But I be not tryin’ to fool ya b’y, it’s how me wear me socks

And socks they be alive, full of personality
The shorties love the sunny shine, the woolies love the sea
The fuzzy ones are happiest when gazing at the stars,
The red ones if you piss’em off, will kick you in the arse

So if you still thinks I be crazy there be one thing I can say
Mix and match a pair of socks and brighten up your day
Save a few from lonely isolation in the pile
Wear them like the socks they are and wear’em all with style!

It’s how me wear me socks b’y it’s how me wear me socks
It may seem quite peculiar to the ordinary flock
But I be not tryin’ to fool ya b’y, truth be all I got
Simply how me wear me socks, b’y it’s how me wear me socks
It’s how me wear me socks b’y it’s how me wear me socks
It’s how me wear me socks b’y it’s how me wear me socks…………
Track Name: On Your Own
On Your Own

When you were a child, in a hurry to get older
You couldn’t wait to bust out of your stroller
And get out on the road

Wasn’t very long before you started walking
Fell a bunch of times, but your parents, they caught you
And all that you remember is that you did it on your own

That you did it on your own
That you did it all alone
And you felt so proud thinking that you did it on your own

You grew up pretty fast on your way to make your fortune
Learned lots of lessons, lots of people told you that
If you’re gonna make it, you better make it on your own

So you killed yourself to prove that you were better
Pushed every button, and pulled every lever
All so you could say you did it on your own

That you did it on your own
That you did it all alone
And you burned a lot of bridges saying that you did it on your own

Well you wanted all the credit, you did anything to get it
Sold bits of your soul to save a little pride
Sooner or later, you figured it out you would’ve landed in the gutter
And without the help of others

You’d be on your own
All alone
Without the helps others you’d be sitting there, on your own

Nobody does it on their own
Nobody does it all alone
Without the help of others you’d be sitting there on your own
Without your mother and your father you’d be standing there all alone
Without your brother and your sister, all your teachers and your cousins
All the strangers on your journey who became your friends and lovers
You’re all in this together and nobody does it on their own
Track Name: Thank You
Thank You

There are stories that you hear about that break your beating heart
That hit you like a freight train, and leave you blown apart inside

And there are stories that will lift you up, higher than the clouds
That warm you for a lifetime, and you never come back down

Well I know both sides of the coin, the shiny and the dirt
I know how good love feels, and also how it hurts
I’ve felt the breath of pressure breathing down my naked back
And sweet relief of sunshine, pushin’ through those cracks

I got 100 million questions bout the way the world works
And there’s 200 million answers that I’ll never understand
One thing I’ve come to know is that things will always change
And while I’ve got this chance I want to take the time to say

Thank you, for the strength I couldn’t find
Thank you, for the peace I feel inside
Thank you, for the kindness in your smile, your gentle helping hands
I’ve never known a better friend

Thank you, for your thoughts and open ears
Thank you, you’ve always been there through the years
Thank you, for the kindness in your words
For standing by my side, I hope you know how much you changed my life

Thank you…..

Well there’s one thing that I’ve come to know is we’ll all be gone someday
And while I have the chance, I want to take the time to say……

Thank you……

Thank you, for your truth and honesty
Thank you, for the hope you’ve given me
Thank you, for the kindness in your heart
For giving me a chance and taking time to understand

Thank you, for your love and open arms
Thank you, just for being who you are
Thank you, for the kindness in your soul, the comfort in your eyes
I hope you know how much you’ve changed my life

Thank you……….