The Frogs Sang Symphonies

by Me & the Mrs.

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released December 10, 2014

Produced by John Paul Peters and Me & The Mrs.
Recorded and mixed by John Paul Peters at Private Ear Recording (July 2014).
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering
String and Brass arrangements by John Zacharias and John Paul Peters (tracks 2, 3, 8).
Brass Arrangement by John Paul Peters (track 7).
String Arrangement by Daniel Wiebe (track 4).
Voice, Guitar and Percussion: Paul Zacharias
Voice, Mandolin, Accordion and Glockenspiel: Heather Zacharias
Banjo and Resonator: Jason Bertsch
Grand Piano: John Zacharias
Drums: Ryan Voth (tracks 5 & 7)
Drums/percussion: Scott Senoir (tracks 1, 2, 8)
Upright bass: Julian Bradford
Pedal Steel: Eric Lemoine
Violin: Meredith McCallum
Violin: Kristina Bauch
Cello: Emma Quackenbush
Trumpet: Tim Friesen
Trombone: Kevin Mclean
Cover painting by Jenny Keith Hughes (www.jennykeithhughes.com)
Photography by Kelsey Krogman
Layout by Jerod Fahlman

Thanks:

John Paul Peters, Vanessa Peters, Rainer Peters, Katherine Peters, Teri-Lynn and Chad Friesen, Haylie and Stuart Koslowsky (Maxine and Remy), John Zacharias, Vanessa Zacharias, Julian Bradford, Jenny Keith Hughes, Tim Friesen, Kevin Mclean, Kelsey Krogman, Aaron Krogman, Dan Wiebe, Jerod Fahlman, Jason Bertsch, Emma Quackenbush, Meredith McCallum, Kristina Bauch, Ryan Voth, Scott Senoir, Eric Lemoine, Merle Zacharias, Sandee Birch, Todd Birch, Doug Pattengale, Gail Paget, Nancy Pattengale, Jodie Pattengale, Morris Ertman, all our wonderful friends who have hosted concerts for us, fed us, put us up for the night, John Wort Hannam, Karla Adolphe, Natalie Inga Gauthier, Alix Cowman, Lauren Hamm, Lauren de Graaf, Conrad Belau, Lewis & Mitzy Frere, Teresa, Mike and Josh de Graaf, Steve and Kirsten Waldschmidt, Angus Wilson, Jessica Benini, Alysa van Hasteert, Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud Church, Cassia Schramm, Nathan Schmidt, Deanne Bertsch. Our Lord Jesus Christ for the gift of life and the gift of music.
Thank YOU for buying this record, your support means so much to us and we are ever grateful.

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Me & the Mrs. Rosebud, Alberta

Husband and wife duo, Paul and Heather Zacharias, hail from the biggest little hamlet in Canada: Rosebud, Alberta. Their brand of melodic folk is full of catchy hooks and sweet harmonies.

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Track Name: Oh, Canada
I can spot a miracle clean across the sky so can you
Our hearts are writing stories cross this country made of
dreams and little tunes
You could stay forever in one place and not know better than the truth
It's as simple as the sun that sets as holy as the moon in it's pursuit

Lets find a map and pick a spot make whatever place we find our home
Not too close to either family not far enough to keep us on our own
We could stay forever in this place and then be better than we'd known
But I would rather share this road and then atone

Oh Canada you're making me fall in love with you again
From Calgary to Saskatoon I hardly missed my bed
To Winnipeg we lost an hour but you didn't seem to mind
Ottawa you broke my heart and you could break it all the time
if you swear
We'll do it all again

You only wore that dress the once but oh you loved it more
than all the rest
You burned it trying to iron out the creases that you knew you
should've left (you should've left)
Both of us could use less fuss we get wrapped up in the
trappings and forget
This life is made for living I'll sleep a little more when I'm dead

Oh Canada you're making me fall in love with you again
From Wexford House to Fredericton I nearly lost my head
To Charlottetown we took the bridge
And I couldn't help but smile
You held my hand a little tighter than you had in a while
And I swear ......we'll do it all again
And I swear.......we'll do it all again

I can spot a miracle clean across the sky so can you
Track Name: A Prophet Has No Honour
The devil takes no hostages
And God won't force your hand
You've been waiting for forever for a sign that you were meant
For something great, don't hesitate
Translate the truth to your heart from your head
Don't believe the lies

Your Mother didn't want you
At least that's what you thought
Your Father couldn't love you
He saw himself in what he brought
Into the world by a pretty girl
With green eyes and siren song
And he's paid for it ever since

If I could trade you places
I would take your pain away
I'd Burn in hell
I might as well lose myself that way
A prophet has no honour
In the town from which he came
Trading truths won't change your views
There's nothing I can say

The devil takes no hostages
And God won't force your hand
If you're sitting on the fence, this is where you're like to stand
Till something true gets hold of you
There's no hope of promised land
And the road stretches out for miles
The girl of your dreams
Haunted them by night
Sharing your bed with the ghost of regret
Sleep walking in black and white
You pray for the sun for the morning to come
With dimmed eyes and weakened love
You're not sure that you can go on

If I could trade you places
I would take your pain away
I'd Burn in hell
I might as well lose myself that way
A prophet has no honour
With the friends that he has made
Trading truths won't change your views
There's nothing I can say

If I could trade you places
I would take your pain away
I'd Burn in hell
I might as well lose myself that way
A prophet has no honour
In the town from which he came
Trading truths won't change your views
There's nothing I can say
Track Name: Yours Anyway
I can't believe a word from those lips
So stop talking crazy and give me a kiss
I can't be sure what I see in your eyes
Is the dream that I dreamt
When I was sleeping late last night
It's the dream that you dreamt
When we were sleeping late last night

I past by a pony on my way into town
I slowed down to greet him
But didn't turn him around
Was he bound for greener pastures
Was he bound for city lights
He was not looking back and half a mile from the 9

Break my heart
If that's what it takes
Take it all
Undo my mistakes
Set on fire all that remains
And don't leave a thing
Take my heart
It's yours anyway
Take my heart

Lets drive the St Lawrence
with the windows rolled down
We'll make this our home, our history our town
I can't believe a thing that I see
It's a little bit of heaven and a bit of hell for me
It's a little bit of heaven and it's a bit too much for me

Break my heart
If that's what it takes
Take it all
Undo my mistakes
Set on fire all that remains
And don't leave a thing
Take my heart
It's yours anyway
Take my heart

And I've roamed this land
from the east to the rockies
Struck by the beauty, embraced by your love
I've searched this land, held your hand in the darkness
Trying to find what the good book speaks of....

Break my heart
If that's what it takes
Take it all
Undo my mistakes
Set on fire all that remains
And don't leave a thing
Take my heart
It's yours anyway
Take my heart

I can't believe a word from those lips
So stop talking crazy and give me a kiss
Track Name: A Shooting Star or a Universe
The night grew dark as the moon she rose
The frogs sang symphonies
I held your hand as a tune from the band
of crickets put a skip in the step of our feet
Put a skip in the step of our feet

We could see them stars in the black of the pond
Heaven's mirror shines back at her
I could cast me a line and catch you a fine
Planet when you grow tired of this earth
A shooting star or a universe

When I can't find the words
And I'm just making sound
Will you reach for my hand
Lift me up from the ground
When I'm all on my own will stand by my side
In a room full of strangers with no where to hide
When I'm scared of the darkness
Will you carry me into the light

The coyotes cry on a September night
As we howled at the harvest moon
Our feet on the path that our ancestors had
Travelled as well with the soles of their shoes
Living life just the best that they knew

When I can't find the words
And I'm just making sound
Will you reach for my hand
Lift me up from the ground
When I'm all on my own will stand by my side
In a room full of strangers with no where to hide
When I'm scared of the darkness
Will you carry me into the light

The years slip on by like a roller coaster ride
With our hands in the air or holding on tight
Time is a dollar you never get back
The past is a young man having a laugh

An owl on a post calling out “don't come close”
With a stare that burned holes in me
We sat on the ground, listening close to the sounds
And the wind in the leaves of the trees
Life you're too much for me

When I can't find the words
And I'm just making sound
Will you reach for my hand
Lift me up from the ground
When I'm all on my own will stand by my side
In a room full of strangers with no where to hide
When I'm scared of the darkness
Will you carry me into the light
When this world stops it's spinning
We will dance in another life
Track Name: The Sun Just Packed It Up
The sun just packed it up
Said my time round here is done
I'm needed elsewhere round the world
I couldn't change his mind
He was set on passing time
Somewhere else with someone else who wasn't me

The endless summer days
Of wearing out my favourite jeans
Running fast and playing hard among the stars
All our secrets plain as day
In the sweet deep shade of a runaway train
Honey, I'm just trying find out who you are

There's a mystery in your face
I long to solve and right the world
There's a sadness in your eyes that breaks my heart
If I could do a thing or two
I'd do it all for you it's true
I'd ride the wind to get to where you are

I packed a bag and filled the tank
With the gasoline left in a jerry can saved
For a rainy day but I guess this one will do
I've been missing you dear since the day we met
In the shade of a train that you wished we had left
And all the stars up in sky just make you blue

There's a mystery in your face
I long to solve and right the world
There's a sadness in your eyes that breaks my heart
If I could do a thing or two
I'd do it all for you it's true
Lasso the moon and pull down all the stars

And I will build a life with you
And a home with my hands
So you will always know I love you
Stone and wood, the stuff that's good
A foundation of love
With windows to let in all the sunshine
Smiles in frames our children's names
How I ache for the day
That I may put a roof over your head

There's a mystery in your face
I long to solve and right the world
There's a sadness in your eyes that breaks my heart
If I could do a thing or two
I'd do it all for you it's true
I'd ride the wind to get to where you are
Lasso the moon and pull down all the stars
I'd climb aboard that tired old freight car

The sun just packed it up
Said my time round here is done
I'm needed elsewhere round the world
Track Name: You've Ruined Me
I send him my love
Cause I ain't got no gift
I blow her kisses
Cause I've got cracks on my lips
We'd go for a drive in the country
If he could buy gasoline
I'd give her red roses
I've got enough for the weeds in between

Foxes have holes and a bird's got it's nest
We ain't' got none but we're doing our best
My smiles are free
You've ruined me
You've ruined me

I'd show her the world
From the page of a map
I'd give him a record
I've got enough for the hiss in the tracks
We'd go for a spin in the city
But I don't have a thing to wear
I think you're perfect in that or anything at all, I swear

Foxes have holes and a bird's got it's nest
We ain't' got much but we're doing our best
My kisses are free
You've ruined me
You've ruined me

Riches or rags we will live this life well
For better or worse, your love casts a spell over me
I have all I need

Foxes have holes and a bird's got it's nest
We ain't' got much but we're doing our best
My smiles are free
My kisses are free
It's just meant to be
You've ruined me
You've ruined me
Track Name: There's Got To Be A Better Way
What's left to lose?
What can we save?
Oh an eye for an eye makes everyone blind
There's got to be a better way

I've been thinking 'bout the future
And I've been largely unaware
That the time it takes to calculate
Could be better spent somewhere
She's been rolling all the coins that we've saved
In a jar above the stove
I've been doing dishes dreaming of all the places that we'll go

What's left to lose?
What can we save?
Oh an eye for an eye makes everyone blind
There's got to be a better way
What's left to lose?
What can we save?
Oh an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
There's got to be a better way

I've been pondering forever
And I've been strangely uninspired
I don't know what it means to have no dreams
And still be cold beside the fire
She's been wearing only dresses
In a summer made of rain
I've been wearing jeans when it's 35
And singing songs to keep us sane

What's left to lose?
What can we save?
Oh an eye for an eye makes everyone blind
There's got to be a better way
What's left to lose?
What can we save?
Oh an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
There's got to be a better way


Everyone I know is making love
But is it love they're making?
Everyone I know....
And we're so damn lonely
Is it love we're making?
Is it love we're faking?
Who's heart are you breaking

What's left to lose?
What can we save?
Oh an eye for an eye makes everyone blind
There's got to be a better way
What's left to lose?
What can we save?
Oh an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
There's got to be a better way
Track Name: The Bend In The Road Is Alright
I've been thinking lately
That all my thoughts are wrong
That my head is full of nonsense
A sense I don't belong
All the voices keep on talking
But they don't say a thing to me
I'm staring at the door again
Like a window by the sea
Like a window by the sea

And it's time to pay the waitress
And I've never felt more broke
My wallet's full of credit cards
And receipts for things I hoped
Would make me feel like someone else
Or a little more alive
I'm a deadman walking on diamond soles
With a heart of twisted twine

It's a shame that the truth's inconvenient
It's a pain that your heart has to break before it mends
Every cloud in the sky in the shape of a sign
Every song that I hear brings a tear to my eye
And the bend in the road is alright

All the streets are filled with people
Filled with things they'll never say
Rushing here and there, it's a sad affair
A life that's lived will pay
But the wage you get is the thing you've earned
Not the thing that you might want
Every day is a drop in the sea of hope
Every word just floats or stops


It's a shame that the truth's inconvenient
It's a pain that your heart has to break before it mends
Every cloud in the sky in the shape of a sign
Every song that I hear brings a tear to my eye
And the bend in the road is alright

I'm a slave to every feeling
But the joke is that I'm free
I'm a cause that's lost, I'm an astronaut
Stuck on earth with rocket dreams
I'm the tight rope act at the carnival
And I'm scared to death I'll fall
The world is at my feet right now
I can't think of a soul to call

It's a shame that the truth's inconvenient
It's a pain that your heart has to break before it mends
Every cloud in the sky in the shape of a sign
Every song that I hear brings a tear to my eye
And the bend in the road is alright
And the bend in the road is alright
And the bend in the road is alright
Track Name: Front to Cover
I can't think of a thing to do
I'll write you a song filled with words that I never use....but should
Lets drive my old car to the lookout and park
And spend the whole time asking “whys”
It's a long way to heaven
But a short drive to paradise

I can't think of a thing to say
So I'll make you dinner
Red wine, candlelight on your face...you look great
Lets go for a walk, I'll listen, you talk
I'll hold your hand all the way
Our feet take us home
My home's where you are anyway

The heart in my chest was oh such a mess
From the first time I knew
Like a book front to cover
My pages were cluttered with you

I can't think of a thing to see
Lets make up a story and see where it leads
I'll finish your thoughts and say when I'm wrong
Hold the door, sweep the floor, drop the seat
I'll take out the garbage without you asking me...

The heart in my chest was oh such a mess
From the first time I knew
Like a book front to cover
My pages were cluttered with you

The heart in my chest was oh such a mess
From the first time I knew
Like a book front to cover
My pages were cluttered with you
Like a book front to cover
My pages were cluttered with you
Track Name: Faded Denim Shirt
The creases in the elbows of his faded denim shirt
He wore when we went fishing an' I'm wishing I had learned
A little more from you Dad before you went away
I'm lost without you
Cross about you
But I don't know what to say

The winchester that was his Dad's, he brought out of the case
Hold on son with all you got, don't ever be afraid
To stand up tall and know you'll fall and know this is the way
I'm lost without you
Cross about you
But I don't know how to change

He said hold your head up higher,
Know just who you are
Shoot straight and check your sights son
Aim a little far
Learn to love a woman
The rest will come with time
Be the man I couldn't be
And live a worthy life

The old truck parked out front at nights
With the paint chipping away
The bench seat where I sat with him, in awe of all he'd say
I'd take another drive with you, anywhere at all
I'm lost without you
Cross about you
But I don't know who to call

He said hold your head up higher,
Know just who you are
Shoot straight and check your sights son
Aim a little far
Learn to love a woman
The rest will come with time
Be the man I couldn't be
And live a worthy life

He took my hand and said to me
With pride there in his eyes
“I love you son, God bless you son”
From the bed where he would die
I didn't want to say goodbye
I could hardly find the words
I'm lost without you
Cross about you
Still every day it hurts

He said hold your head up higher,
Know just who you are
Shoot straight and check your sights son
Aim a little far
Come to know your Maker
The rest you'll find in time
Be the man I couldn't be
Live a worthy life

He said hold your head up higher,
Know just who you are
Shoot straight and check your sights son
Aim a little far
Learn to love a woman
The rest will come with time
Be the man I couldn't be
Be the man I couldn't be
Be the man I couldn't be
And live a worthy life