Carolyn Arends

Carolyn Arends

BandFolkAcoustic

Acoustic instrumentation, pop hooks, warm direct vocals, and evocative, literate songs that you like on the first listen and still love years later.

Biography

"One of the most affecting communicators in any genre"
- Billboard Magazine

Carolyn Arends has released 9 albums and is the author of 2 critically-acclaimed books. 15 of Arends’ songs have become top 10 radio singles on the Canadian pop and US Christian charts. Arends has earned 2 Dove Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, and was recognized as the West Coast Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year. Her newest project, Pollyanna's Attic, is already being heralded as her most honest and beautiful work.

Carolyn blogs regularly at:

Her Newsblog www.carolynarends.com/newsblog
Conversantlife.com
Songville (blog for songwriters) www.songville.blogspot.com

And she is the head lifeguard at FeedTheLake, an online store featuring music and books from Carolyn and like-minded artists.

For more complete press kits and booking info, please visit www.carolynarends.com

Lyrics

More is Less

Written By: Arends/Capier

More is Less
Carolyn Arends/Spencer Capier

We’ve got food that makes you hungry
Drink that makes you sick
We’ve got cars that go in circles
Real nice clothes that do not fit
Here the money makes you paranoid
There’s no one you can trust
The sex will leave you lonely
And the love all turns to rust

This is how the world looks when
We turn the means into the ends
Who on earth would ever guess
Less is more and more is less

We’ve got sleep that makes you tired
‘Til you’re worn out and depressed
We’ve got drugs to make you better
‘Til you feel the side effects
Here the dreams will make you bitter
And the truth will leave you cold
‘Cause there isn’t any refund
On the lies that you are sold

This is how the world looks when
We turn the means into the ends
Who on earth would ever guess
Less is more and more is less

No one could blame us for wanting more
But isn’t it strange who the more leaves us wanting? … wanting

This is how the world looks when
We turn the means into the ends
Who on earth would ever guess
Less is more and more is less
More is less

© 2006 Running Arends Music (ASCAP)/Spencer Capier Music (SOCAN)

Everybody Wants Everything

Written By: Arends/Jonat

Everybody Wants Everything
Chris Jonat/Carolyn Arends

Everybody wants to be this year’s rock star
Sound like Clapton on guitar
Trash a room, crash a car
So everyone knows who you are
It’s so bizarre
Everybody wants everything

Everybody wants to be a modern day Don Juan
Everyday a different blonde
Heart weak, head strong
Absolutely nothing wrong
‘Til youth is gone
Everybody wants everything

Everybody wants it
Everybody needs it
Everybody wants everything

Everybody wants to be the hero in the neighbourhood
Standing in for brotherhood
If we fail it’s understood
We did everything we could
So it still feels good
Everybody wants everything

Everybody wants to get a piece of the big pie
Everything that money buys
Wanting more until we die
Deep inside we wonder why
We even try
Everybody wants everything

Chorus

Everybody wants to get ahead of the rat race
Find ourselves a better place
Can’t we see it’s such a waste
All we need is just one taste
Of amazing grace
Everybody wants everything

Everybody wants it
Everybody needs it
Everybody wants everything

© Chris Jonat (SOCAN)/Running Arends Music (ASCAP)

The Wasteland

Written By: Arends/Liles

The Wasteland
Carolyn Arends/Dwight Liles

You can lead us to water but you can’t make us drink it
You can lead us to wisdom but you can’t make us think it
So we’re dry and we’re foolish and that’s how we’re gonna stay
‘Til you lead us away
From the Wasteland

You can show us your goodness but we won’t recognize it
You can show us what love is but we’ll only despise it
So we’re bad and we’re lonely and that’s how we’re gonna stay
‘Til you lead us away
From the Wasteland

Yeah from the mental state so far from the Heartland
Where fear and hate make everything quicksand
We’ve lost our way in this barren place
Life’s as empty as the time we waste
In the Wasteland

There’s a snake in the shadow and he’s looking us over
A vulture above us and he’s circling lower
See we’re poisoned and we’re dying just a little everyday
You’ve got to lead us away
From the Wasteland

Yeah from the mental state so far from the Heartland
Where fear and hate make everything quicksand
We’ve lost our way in this barren place
Life’s as empty as the time we waste
In the Wasteland

You can give us your justice but we’ll only defy it
You can send us salvation but we’ll just crucify it
Still you rise from the ruins and you promise us a day
When you’ll lead us away
From the Wasteland

© Ariose Music/Sunday's Shoes Music (ASCAP)

Discography

I CAN HEAR YOU -- 1995 (Reunion Records/BMG)
FEEL FREE -- 1997 (Reunion Records/BMG)
THIS MUCH I UNDERSTAND -- 1999 (Reunion Records/BMG)
SEIZE THE DAY AND OTHER STORIES -- (Reunion Records/BMG)
TRAVELERS -- 2001 (Signpost)
WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU -- 2002 (2B Records/Signpost)
UNDER THE GAZE -- 2004 (2B Records/Signpost)
CHRISTMAS: AN IRRATIONAL SEASON -- 2004 (2B Records/Signpost)
POLLYANNA'S ATTIC -- 2006 (2B Records/Signpost)

Set List

Sets typically feature our newest project, plus some of our best-known tunes from the 9 albums released. We often take requests.