Man That I Am

by Noah Derksen

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The songs comprising this album encompass a time of profound experience and discovery, coinciding with Noah's moving out to the West Coast and the shift in perspective that followed, resulting in the formation and maturation of who he is today.

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released January 27, 2015

Recorded by David Tallarico in New Westminster, BC, and Martin Blumrich in Winnipeg, MB (Man That I Am).

Produced by Noah Derksen and David Tallarico.

Mixed and mastered by David Tallarico in New Westminster, BC.

Noah Derksen – guitar (all), vocals (all), percussion (2, 4), melodica (1)
Kett Panther – bass guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
Katie Green – violin (2, 4, 5)
Danielle Miller – vocals (6)
Martin Blumrich – piano (1)

Photographs and graphic design by Hannah Charnock.

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Noah Derksen Vancouver, British Columbia

Noah Derksen, born in August 1993, is a singer-songwriter originating from Winnipeg, MB, who has spent the majority of his adult life living in Vancouver, BC.

With a self-described genre of “contemplative folk”, Noah uses the acoustic guitar to convey his thoughts, experiences, and emotions in a mellifluous manner.
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Track Name: Man That I Am
I’ve been confined and I’ve been reminded
Of everything that I don’t want to know
Instead of flying I’ve been trying so hard
To escape the things that I have outgrown

I made my way down to the west coast
I put my feet in the sand
I waved goodbye to the old ghosts
And hello to the man that I am

I was surprised when I realized
We’ve only got so much time
And the old pictures, they don’t all fit here
Within my new frame of mind

I made my way down to the west coast
I put my feet in the sand
I waved goodbye to the old ghosts
And hello to the man that I am

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

I made my way down to the west coast
I put my feet in the sand
I waved goodbye to the old ghosts
And hello to the man that I am
Hello to the man that I am
Hello to the man that I am
Track Name: Northern Lights
Step, step on to your ship
Push off from the shore
Blow air through your sails
Until there’s wind, enough so you move
And move your house and home
Move every inch of your bones
Until you’re far from this world

Sail until your arms are sore
Then walk until your feet are worn
Make your way to the northern side
Where lights will guide you through the night
You’ll see that love’s enough
You’ll see that love’s enough

Flow, flowing with the tides
They send you to places new
You hopeless wanderer
You’re searching for something more
Well sometimes just step back
There are choices that cage in your soul
Answers will be found at the dawn of the north

Sail until your arms are sore
Then walk until your feet are worn
Make your way to the northern side
Where lights will guide you through the night
You’ll see that love’s enough
You’ll see that love’s enough

And you’ll see that love’s enough
Track Name: Hannah Darling
Once upon a time there was this girl
Who ruled my world
In every single way
My beauty queen, a mystic dream
You seemed so old at seventeen
I couldn’t stay away

Hannah darling don’t you pout
Hannah darling I’ll be around
Soon I’ll be right by your side
I’ll hold you until the dark subsides

Just a hop across the sea
Yet still too far for me to see
Your eyes shine back at me
That night I found you all alone
You were standing in your birthday’s robe
And we danced with no retreat

Hannah darling don’t you pout
Hannah darling I’ll be around
Soon I’ll be right by your side
I’ll hold you until the dark subsides
Hannah darling don’t say a word
Just open up and feel that burn
Hannah darling don’t you cry
Until my arms have wrapped you tight

Our adventures took us far and wide
We held the ground and we touched the sky
How fast time went by
No sleep back then, no sleep tonight
I wish of when our paths collide
Until then, I’ll lie awake

Hannah darling don’t you pout
Hannah darling I’ll be around
Soon I’ll be right by your side
I’ll hold you until the dark subsides
Hannah darling don’t say a word
Just open up and feel that burn
Hannah darling don’t you cry
Until my arms have wrapped you tight
Track Name: Death By Imagination
Write it down
Before your memory fails you
Surprised to find
That your pen’s been used to impale you
Death by imagination is not hard
In this cruel, cruel world
The mind is free
To live separately

Oh, how far we’ll go
How far we’ll go
How far we’ll go

Try to go home
But soon your feet grow weary
When it’s love you hold
You know you won’t see clearly
My arms are open
My arms are open wide
I’m looking to embrace
All that’s passed me by

Oh, how far we’ll go
How far we’ll go
How far we’ll go

When the second-hand moves slowly
And you wonder why it is you’re lonely
When the ink spills on your pages
When you feel like you’ve been stuck for ages
When you feel like you’ve been stuck for ages

It’s time to come down
It’s time to come down
It’s time to come down
It’s time to come down
Track Name: Old Growth
Walking through this old growth
All the sticks and stones
Seems to be a fantasy
But watch it turn to thorns
Filled with pine and cedar
As though nothing could go wrong
Hear the forest’s whispers
Of a sad, sad song

Darkness all around you
Inside you feel the same
Deep within this twisted land
They are calling out your name
To come explore the old growth
To come see what’s inside
And learn the greatest secret
That everything must die

No compass and no sun
Sparse moonlight through the trees
At night within the old growth
Your eyes do aught but see
There’s hot breath upon your neck
And now there’s clawing at your throat
The creatures that were inside your head
Have all broken out

Darkness all around you
Inside you feel the same
Deep within this twisted land
They are calling out your name
To come explore the old growth
To come see what’s inside
And learn the greatest secret
That everything dies

Darkness all around you
Inside you feel the same
Deep within this twisted land
They are calling out your name
To come explore the old growth
To come see what’s inside
And learn the greatest secret
That everything must die
Track Name: You Will Be Found
In between your outstretched arms I find refuge
A shelter that is safe from harm
Hold on tight I’ll do no wrong
In time you’ll know
In the midst of heavy breathing
Your eyes fail you
A darkness creeps within your being
You’re far too young to feel this feeling
Don’t hide away

You’re taken far from home
Your innocence is gone

Oh darling, you will be found
Before the sun goes down
Oh darling, no matter where you roam
You’ll be brought home
I think I’m going crazy, I think I’ve lost my mind
Still I know
Darling, you will be found
You will be found

It may feel like you are dying
You may wish it to be true
Darling no matter where you roam
I will come find you
I will come find you

Oh darling, you will be found
Before the sun goes down
Oh darling, no matter where you roam
You’ll be brought home
I think I’m going crazy, I think I’ve lost my mind
Still I know
Darling, you will be found
You will be found

Oh darling, you will be found, you will be found