Souvenir (single)

by David Newberry



Souvenir is the last song I wrote before I moved out of my home in Vancouver. Conversely, It’s the first song we recorded when making Replacement Things. It didn’t make the cut. It just didn’t fit. I didn’t know why at the time, but sitting here in this recliner, with George Harrison on the stereo, and with another year of life in my pocket, it is clear that it was simply meant to stand alone.

All things must pass.


Middle of the night. Middle of the year.
All I wanted from that city was a souvenir.
Write a couple songs. Drink a couple beers.
Send a couple postcards home and get out of here.

But like a wrecking ball that missed it’s mark.
Swung for the ruins and hit the art.
Like an undertow, like a shot in the dark.
Every fire starts with a little spark.

All that’s left is being right.
All that’s gone is still here tonight.

Dams are breaking. Water’s coming in.
You’re just jamming the cracks up with paraffin.
While I’m chipping away. And everyone can see.
But someone’s gotta be the author of every history.


You put the bars up in the window so you would not fall out.
Then turned your knuckles white trying to find out what the other side was about.
Well don’t get so bold. Don’t go so deep.
We reap what we sow, not sow what we reap.
Don’t hold your tongue. No don’t shut your mouth.
But don’t try and tell the compass which was is facing south.

Middle of the night. Middle of the year.
All I wanted from that city was a souvenir.


released April 11, 2016
Words and music by David Newberry

David Newberry - Guitars and Vocals
Kenton Loewen - Drums and Percussion
Matthew Campbell - Guitars
Peter Mynett - Bass

James Lamb - Guitars
Jenny Ritter - Vocals


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David Newberry Toronto, Ontario

David Newberry sings folk music with rock sensibilities. Or is it the other way around? His increasingly noisy songs provide insights into the complex contemporary social world.

His new record 'No One Will Remember You' Was released March 6th, 2012 on Northern Electric Records.

His first album 'When We Learn The Things We Need To Learn' was released in 2010 & earned critical praise.
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