A Walk On Part In The War

by Val Halla

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Special thanks to everyone who helped make this 3 album project possible & supported this grueling vision- all the musicians who had amazing performances, friends & (especially) my family who encouraged & supported me through a 4 year process, & anyone who gave up a portion of their home at some point for recording & mixing to happen in (or just a spot for me to stay or mind your pet!) This is the first of 3 releases that were all tracked & mixed in over 20 different homes, apartments, offices, studios, & one log cabin - in everywhere from Vancouver, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, & Toronto - between Sept 2012 and Dec 2016

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released April 7, 2017

Mastered by Jamie Sitar
All songs Recorded*, Mixed, and Produced by Val Halla

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Val Halla regina

I've been playing music and chasing that dream for 11 years now. I don't dream of American Idol or X Factor. I work hard for each dollar. I hit the highways & and the harmsways. And so far I've managed to always make it back. Some say its country, some say its rock, some say its weird when I sing with those who do Hip Hop. I say I'll give you something to hold on to, and then together WE GO! ... more

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Track Name: Not Enough
Drove past the warning signs
Woke up on the other side
Not sure where we crossed that line
From love to hate, to blind desire

Bad situation, bad reaction,
black ice, i'm losing traction
We keep driving in the wrong direction
Crashing through, craving touching you

Tell me to stop, if you think you've had enough
we can stop, if the loving gets too tough
When is it too much, when is it not enough?

If this is all we'll ever be, I'll use you, use me
A beautiful catastrophe, that keeps us coming back

To skin on skin, sweat on sweat,
tangled up in all this mess
Our bodies know, let go

Tell me to stop, if you think you've had enough
we can stop, if the loving gets too tough
When is it too much, when is it not enough?

Tell me to stop, if you think you've had enough
we can stop, if the loving gets too ...
Tell me to stop, if you feel like giving up
We can stop, if the loving gets too rough
When is it too much, when is it not enough
Track Name: Headin' Back to Cleveland
Now we're headin' back to Cleveland
The sun is comin' up
Gonna find the ones still breathin' in the grey and the dust
Even in the factory the rust don't make a sound
But the beat will never stop in rock n roll's hometown
The beat will never stop in rock n roll's hometown.

So riot with your words, and riot with your voice
Riot in the music and riot with your choice
Riot in your dreams, and riot through the night
Riot till you know you're free, riot all your life

We're headin' back to Cleveland
The sun is comin' up
Gonna find the ones still breathin' in the grey and the dust
Even in the factory the rust don't make a sound
But the beat will never stop in rock n roll's hometown
The beat will never stop in rock n roll's hometown.

So think before you vote, read before you think
find out who wrote the page, know who owns the ink
Know who lurks in silence, and know who holds the reigns
Find out what we stand to lose and they stand to gain

Come on back in, march closer to the dream
To the Moondog house, join the family join the team
See rock n roll's a river, the runs from many streams
All in the name of the big beat
It's all in the name of the greater bigger beat

We're headin' back to Cleveland
The sun is comin' up
Gonna find the ones still breathin' in the grey and the dust
Even in the factory the rust don't make a sound
But the beat will never stop in rock n roll's hometown
The beat will never stop in rock n roll's hometown.
Track Name: Promise Not To Cry
You had to see this coming,
you knew I would leave
But it's not like I'm running,
cause it's not up to me.

But i'm not leaving here lonely,
cause when I close my eyes,
You're all that I see.
And it's all that I need.

I don't need no photographs, of times we've had
Cause memories always make me laugh
And everything is gonna be OK

Just promise not to cry
Yah promise not to cry

You packed up my suitcase
Cause I always forget
That lucky blue t-shirt
I wore the day that we first met

I don't need no photographs, of times we've had
Cause memories always make me laugh
And everything is gonna be OK

Just promise not to cry
Yah promise not to cry

You know that you don't have to worry
There's no one else out there for me
And anytime I feel lonely
You're still waiting there in my dreams

You're all the I see
And it's all that I need

I don't need no photographs, of times we've had
Cause memories always make me laugh
And everything is gonna be OK

Just promise not to cry
Yah promise not to cry
Promise not to cry.
Track Name: 40 Days & 40 Nights
(Temptation)

Well I've been starving for you
How will I survive
Just a mirage of virtue
Where the hunger hides

So come along now baby
Let me dig in

40 days and 40 nights
of non-stop desert loving
In the sand i'll crash and burn for you
If you show me what you're made of

(Temptation)

Your tree of life there next to
my tree of sin
Two guards are watching and I'm not getting in

So come along now baby
Take the fruit and run

40 days and 40 nights
of non-stop desert loving
In the sand i'll crash and burn for you

If you show me what you've given up
To bring me out in the dust
You melted down my rusted heart
In the desert
In the sunny parts
You showed me what you're made of

40 days and 40 nights
of non-stop desert loving
In the sand i'll crash and burn for you
40 days and 40 nights
of non-stop desert loving
In the sand i'll crash and burn for you
If you show me what you're made of

(Temptation)
Track Name: Poor Bastards
You walked in here like you own the place
You've got no passion, you've got no grace
Come on you bastards, get in my face

You look so good but you just don't know
You've got no feeling, you've got no soul
You're marching in to take this town
But you're never gonna take me down

I've seen 'em come, I've seen 'em go
A witness to the bloody show
And no one can save your sorry soul

You poor, poor bastards
You poor bastards
You're a disaster
You poor, poor bastards

You stood your ground and you took your land
You marked your victims with your brand
You ride your luck like a runaway train
Until even the devil knows your name

I've seen 'em come, I've seen 'em go
A witness to the bloody show
And no one can save your sorry soul

You poor, poor bastards
You poor bastards
You're a disaster
You poor, poor bastards

Well i don't feel sorry for you, you dug your own damn hole
you drink away your sorrows, and you start to take control
And you always go and fuck this up and I have to take the fall
Cause out of all you poor bastards, I'm the biggest one of all

You poor, poor bastards
You poor bastards
You're a disaster
You poor, poor bastards
Track Name: Slave of Love
First you got me in your sights
Then you hit me in the heart
Your first advances I denied
You had me thinking I was so smart

Then you came around for me
I was locked away so safely
You kissed my hand down on your knees
So I handed you the keys

And now I'm a slave of love
slave of love
a slave of a lover for you
I'm a slave of love
slave of love
a slave of a lover for you

Now that you've got me in the palm of your hand
Your every wish is my command
Your every dream I'll make come true
Oh what will you have me do

I'm a slave of love
slave of love
a slave of a lover for you
I'm a slave of love
slave of love
a slave of a lover for you

And I used to think that love would set me free
How wrong could I be
You must have seen that I was so naive
When your love took control of me

slave of love
slave of love
slave of a lover for you
I'm a slave of love
slave of love
a slave of a lover for you

I'm a slave of love
slave of love
a slave of a lover for you
I'm a slave of love
slave of love
Im a slave of a lover for you

Oh what will you have me do?
Track Name: Small City Bar
It wasn't written in the stars
Just hangin' round in a small city bar
But I sure love the look of you after I've had a few

And I ain't tryin' to bring you pain
You look at me and I turn away
But you keep pulling me back in, again
And again...

So don't you close your eyes at night
And dream while she's by your side

If your mind's made up I'll be moving on
Just kiss me goodbye
Cause it's not enough, when I'm feeling so wrong
For thinking of you all the time
When I'm thinking of you every night

Just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you

Here we are it's 6 AM
Sun's gone down now it's coming up again
suppose I'll never understand a man, a man...

So don't you close your eyes at night
And dream of me by your side


If your mind's made up I'll be moving on
Just kiss me goodbye
Cause it's not enough, when I'm feeling so wrong
For thinking of you all the time
If your mind's made up I'll be moving on
Just kiss me goodbye
Cause it's not enough, when I'm feeling so wrong
For thinking of you all the time
When I'm thinking of you every night

Just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
I just can't stop thinking about you
Track Name: Maker's Moon
Born of the flowing water
Underneath a Maker's moon
If I was a better daughter
I'd find my way to Saskatoon

Cause I was raised on that prairie
where the night is our best friend
And I miss running blindly
Through fields that never end

For all the memories we've had
A Maker's moon is glad
To shine down on you
And all the good friends that we've lost
Will help us sing along
We'll pour one out for you
On this Maker's moon

Hail to the Queen City
where green runs in the blood
Where the whiskey flows like water
And the night is always young

For all the memories we've had
A Maker's moon is glad
To shine down on you
And all the good friends that we've lost
Will help us sing along
We'll pour one out for you
On this Maker's moon

Now the devil's in the barely hiding in the grain
the bottle's half full and calling my name
Catcher's in the rye, but I can't be saved

For all the memories we've had
A Maker's moon is glad
To shine down on you
And all the good friends that we've lost
Will help us sing along
We'll pour one out for you
On this Maker's moon