Say Yes

by Corrina Keeling

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This album was produced with a lot of love and laughter live off the floor over three days and nights at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territories, along with my sister, Jessica Dawn Keeling, who’s ears and voice and spirit were vital throughout this process, and Sound Engineer Pherbie Midgley, who stepped whole-heartedly into bringing this to life.

The backup vocals and other really lovely little sounds were made by Jessica Dawn Keeling, along with Emily Molloy, Chris Dzavik, & on ‘Love is the Movement’, the voices of our Tiyòshpaye: Jim, Joan, Loretta, Mark, Tahina, AJ, Duane, Vanessa, Josh, Zack, Christina, Erin, Nikki, Giovanni, & Lola.

It was mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS, and I’m elated that Zack Embree was in the studio with me to capture the images for the cover & website. The cover art & typography are by lovelettersforeverybody.ca, with advice & encouragement from Sarah Hay. Printed waterlessly on 100% recycled paper with veg inks . 

With deep gratitude to the səlil̓wətaʔɬ, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm & sḵwx̱wú7mesh people for welcoming me on their territory. I’m humbled & happy to call this place home.

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released June 11, 2014

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Corrina Keeling Vancouver, British Columbia

Corrina creates in service of compassion, consciousness & change. She uses music and art as an invitation to authenticity, humility & healing, and loves it when people feel lit up about who they are and what they do. She hopes to open space in our strange and complex world for reflection, gratitude, evolution and awe, and is stoked on sidewalk chalk, love letters, riding her bike, and rhythm. ... more

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Track Name: Dig Deep
I think you may have forgotten the power of that womb in your belly
I know that you have been held underwater, now I know that you’re ready
I can see through it all; you’ve been hiding from the gifts you’ve been given
You’ve got to know now that this is your time
Dig deep to your wisdom

You’ve seen this coming in your dreams all along
and you know what is needed
Holding you’re breath for the hint of the dawn and I know you can feel it
I think it’s time you remember the power of the gifts you’ve been given
You’ve got to know now that this is your time

Dig deep to your wisdom and
Reach out your hand into infinite dark and creator will catch you
I know it feels like you’re killing yourself, but spirit won’t let you
I know it seems like the end of the world, but this is just the beginning
I see that this is the fight of your life and you are already winning
Dig deep to your wisdom and shine

You are a healer, you’re a weaver of worlds; let the medicine move you
You are a vessel with a message from god, just let it come through you
Invite the worship for the goddess you are and the courage you’re bringing
You’ve got to know you’re a gift from the stars; have faith in your vision


Dig deep to your wisdom and
Reach out your hand into infinite dark and creator will catch you
I know it feels like you’re killing yourself, but spirit won’t let you
I know it seems like the end of the world, but this is just the beginning
I see that this is the fight of your life and you are already winning

Dig deep to your wisdom and
Shine on you beautiful daughter of mine and we will light up this darkness
My love is driving my stake in the ground; may this moon be my witness
Ignite the healing in the hearts of the world and it will all be forgiven
I know we’re none of us in this alone

But I need you my women
And these gifts we’ve been given
Dig deep to your wisdom and shine
Track Name: Wake
I know you
I’ve seen you somewhere before in a whole other light
And well, oh yes, I know why you’re familiar now
‘cause I have been you in a whole other life

You know me
I think I’m falling every time and I wouldn’t have it any other way
and well, I guess there’s times I’ve been misunderstood
but I just didn’t know that I wasn’t ready

I know love
I see it everywhere in the eyes of the folks that I meet
and well, I guess there’s times when there’s been heartache
but the damage there’s been done and I’ve made my peace

I know love
I see it everywhere in the eyes of a girl named Jolene
and I can’t help but think about that city boy when I wake up in the rain
and I wake up singing
Track Name: Run
Hey, what’s your hurry girl
Take it slow and steady
You will get where you’re going to
When you’re good and ready

You’ve gotta go
You’ve gotta run run run run run
And you’ve gotta go
‘Till you are long long long long gone

Hey, are you listening
Pretty full moon lady
Tell me, when you are traveling
Tell me, what will you carry

You don’t know
You’ve just gotta run run run run run
And you’ve gotta go
‘Till you are long long long long gone

Hey where you headed now
Better slow that running
Better breathe from your belly girl
Another day is coming

Where you’ve gotta go
You’ve gotta run run run run run
And you’ve gotta go
‘Till you are long long long long gone



Yeah you’ve gotta go
You’ve gotta run run run run run
And you’ve gotta go
‘Till you are long long long long gone
Track Name: Lighthouse
I’m sitting in your room
And I am playing your old guitar
I kinda want to know how your day went
I kinda want to know how you are

‘Cause you are sitting in your boat
in the middle of a hurricane
And I can tell that you’ve capsized
And I can tell that you’re so afraid

And I know you’ve got a lot of monsters to battle while you’re sailing home
So baby, do your worst & come home

‘Cause I can tell the water’s churning
And I can tell that you are praying for air
And I can tell that there is thunder
And I can tell that there is lightning there

But I cannot be your lifeboat
And I cannot be the wind in your sails

And I know you’ve got a lot of demons to wrestle while you’re sailing home
So baby, give ‘em all you got & come home
Baby, give ‘em all you got & come home

‘Cause I don’t want to be your lifeboat
And I don’t want to be the wind in your sails
And I can tell that there is thunder
And I can tell that you are praying for air

And I know I cannot save you
Because I know you’ve got to save yourself

And I know you’ve got a lot of ashes to scatter while you’re sailing home
So go be with your ghosts & come home
I know you’re lost & I know you’re alone
And I know you’ll find your way & come home

I just want to be a lighthouse
I’m just trying to be a lighthouse
I’m just sitting here in my lighthouse
Track Name: Hollow Wooden Box
I went up to the mountain just the other day
I kissed the ground beneath me and I prayed
Where has all my courage gone?

How come I can’t hear my song?

This is what the mountain had to say



She said

Oh, the less that you carry

The less you’ll need, the less you’ll need

And oh, the less that you gather
The less you’ll leave, yeah the less you’ll leave
And oh, the less that you worry
The more the world will bring, the more this world will bring

Yeah, ‘cause everything I have ever wanted is here
In this hollow wooden box
& these wound up metal strings
& this open hopeful heart

& the little song it sings



I went down to the ocean, my doubt & me
I poured it into a bottle & I sent it out to sea

How come I can’t trust the flow?

How come I can’t let this go?

This is what the water said to me


She said

Oh, the less that you carry

The less you’ll need, the less you’ll need

And oh, the less that you gather
The less you’ll leave, yeah the less of a mess you’ll leave
And oh, the less that you worry
The more the world will bring, the more this world will bring

Yeah, ‘cause everything I have ever wanted is here
In this hollow wooden box
& these wound up metal strings
& this open hopeful heart

& the little song it sings



I ask myself these questions almost every day

This is what my spirit has to say

She says

Oh, the less that you carry

The less you’ll need, the less you’ll need

And oh, the less that you gather
The less you’ll leave, yeah the less of a mess we’ll all leave
And oh, the less that you worry
The more the world will bring, the more this world will bring

Yeah, ‘cause everything I have ever wanted is here
In this hollow wooden box
& these wound up metal strings
& this little open hopeful honest moment, yeah

& this little song I sing, this little song I sing

Yeah this open hopeful honest moment, yeah
In this hollow wooden box
& these wound up metal strings
& this open hopeful heart

& the little song it sings
& this open honest moment

& the little songs we sing
The little songs we sing
The little songs we sing
Track Name: Tenth Avenue
It’s just so easy in the here & now
You ring your bell & I’ll ring mine
And when we’re talking we will try & save the world
And when we’re restless we will ride

And even though it’s long out of our way
I think we’ll go tenth avenue
It doesn’t look like it’ll rain today
And it’s worth it to be with you



I could live forever here on this old bike
I could live forever here on these old wheels
I could stay forever here if this whole world stayed the same
But you know what they say
This, too, shall change

And now the weight of holding on again
Well, it’s keeping me awake
‘Cause if the leaving feels like I’ve been blown apart
It’s like a haunting if you stay


Because with everything your fear has said
You’re like a ghost of who I knew
And even though I thought I hadn’t let you in, without knowing it
I built a life out here with you



I could live forever here in this old house
I could live forever here in these old jeans

I could stay forever here if this worn heart stayed the same
But you know what they say
This, too, shall change

The quiet humming of my bicycle
The way my legs go round & round

And how the centre of my gravity
Is this momentum that I’ve found

The only way to keep my balance now:
I’ll need to learn to let this go
The only way to keep from falling down:

You just keep moving down the road



I could have lived forever here in this bold love

I could have lived forever here in these wild ideas
I could stay forever here if we just hadn’t been afraid
So you know what they say

That maybe it’s better

‘Cause I could have lived forever here in this little life

I could be forever here with these simple dreams
I could stay forever here if this whole world stayed the same
But you know what they say
This, too, shall change
Track Name: Faith
So, the other night I had this funny dream:
we were much bigger than we seemed
& we were never told we were too small to do something

Everyone around me had a hundred hands
& we had the most amazing plans
& we were never told we were too late to do something

In the light of morning I awoke afraid feeling like I just wasn’t made
Having all the strength that I would need to do something

And oh, I just can’t imagine what to do now with all of these nightmares coming true
all of these nightmares

And oh, I keep getting stronger
And the light’s getting longer
A little every day
And I know this life’s what we make it
And this world is too sacred to throw this all away
And I refuse to lose my faith in it now

Oh my friends, you know I think I understand:
we just listen to the spirit of this land
She would never tell us we’re too late to do something

And oh, don’t tell me you cannot feel the change
We are all of us wiser with our age, all of us wiser

And oh, I keep getting stronger
And the light’s getting longer
A little every day
And I know this life’s what we make it
And this world is too sacred to throw this all away
And I refuse to lose my faith in it now

And oh, I keep getting stronger
And the light’s getting longer
A little every day
And I know this life’s what we make it
And this world is too sacred to throw this all away
And I refuse to lose my faith in it now

If we try, we can ride the momentum
of the souls that came before us to light the way
Yeah I know we can make this thing better
We can do it together if we want to

‘Cause I, I refuse, yes I, for one, refuse to lose my faith in us now
Track Name: Love is the Movement
There is this feeling it’s hard to ignore it now
I think the waiting is over, yeah
I know you can see it when you look in my eyes

The balance is shifting & people are waking up

And we stand at a crossroads, yeah
We make the choice from here, we decide

Fear is not the answer
Love is the movement
We are the ones we have been waiting for

They can hear us coming
And they're shaking in their boots
We are the ones we have been waiting for

It won’t be long now, the momentum is growing
Every moment we trust it brings us closer together than the day before
And I know that we’re frightened, but I know that we’re ready
And if this isn’t our time brothers and sisters,
well then what the hell are we waiting for

Fear is not the answer
Love is the movement
We are the ones we have been waiting for

They can hear us coming
And they're shaking in their boots
We are the ones we have been waiting for

I know you've been angry
I know you've been lied to
We are the ones we have been waiting for

Love is the answer
Love is the movement
We are the ones we have been waiting for

*Sing with your voices
Stand with your own two feet
We are the ones we have been waiting for

Because if we stand together
They will not move us
We are the ones we have been waiting for

Shine on your love light
It's long enough to see this through
We are the ones we have been waiting for

Trust in your heart now
Be brave and awaken
We are the ones we have been waiting for

We are the ones
We are the ones
We are the ones we have been waiting for

We are the ones
We are the ones
We are the ones we have been waiting for

We are the ones
We are the ones
We are the ones we have been waiting for

They can hear us coming
And they're shaking in their boots
We are the ones we have been waiting for
Track Name: Kilila
Wakey wakey
There's a storm in the making
It's coming is shaking you now to the depth of your soul

This sea is a woman
And it's only you you're fooling
better show her you know what you're doing or she will swallow you whole

You can try to name her
It doesn't matter: there's no way to tame her
You can't really blame her for making you go it alone

Find your centre
Your balance will ballast the weather
If you know who you are when you enter her she will carry you home

Oh Kilila
Silhouette on the horizon
Oh Kilila
Silhouetted on the horizon

Don't resist this
I can tell that you're scared you will miss this
But the weight of the world's in your kisses so keep your sorrow at bay

You can't hide it
& it'll kill you to try to fight it
Just give in to the wind, you're alright, ride the current and pray

Are you listening?
Her song is there in the distance
If you stay moored you will miss this and throw this journey away so

Hey, are you ready?
Hold the main line steady
Know where you're heading and she will show you the way

Oh Kilila
Silhouette on the horizon

Oh Kilila
Silhouetted on the horizon
Silhouetted on the horizon
Silhouetted on the horizon
Silhouetted on the horizon
Silhouetted on the horizon

Brother, Surrender: you know that she knows better
With awe and wonder, go be her lover
Light is fading, better not keep her waiting
Don't hurry the tides, can you feel her water rise

Oh Kilila
Silhouetted on the horizon
Silhouetted on the horizon
Silhouetted on the horizon
Oh Kilila
Oh Kilila
Oh Kilila
Oh Kilila