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Cassie Josephine and Gabriel Minnikin are a cosmic country duo from Nova Scotia, Canada, offering contemplative and atmospheric songs about relationships, alternative lives and northern landscapes. Flower Country is their love child.

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released October 1, 2016

Music and Lyrics, Cassie Josephine and Gabriel Minnikin
Harmony Vox: Krista Maria MacDonald
Guitar- Gabriel Minnikin, Cassie Josephine
Bass – Dawny Negus Jr
Drums, percussion – Jordi Comstock
Pedal Steel and Dobro – Asa Brosius
Double Bass – Lukas Pearse
Cello – Phil Sedore
piano, banjo, mandolin, auto-harp - Gabriel Minnikin

Recorded at Echo Chamber Studios with Charles Austin
Mixed by Graeme Campbell
Mastered at Archive Mastering by J. Lapointe

Profile photograph by Craig Crocker

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Cassie Josephine and Gabriel Minnikin are a cosmic country duo from Nova Scotia, Canada, offering
contemplative and atmospheric songs about relationships, alternative lives and northern landscapes.

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Track Name: Forever
FOREVER
Cassie Josephine

forever forever
forever forever

Why’d you give the stars to me?
I still can only see them.
What’s it like to know that you
have cradled all your love beneath them?
I should have known from experience
how to make a happy home.
So answer this star-gazer
before the night has come and gone,
has come and gone...

forever forever
forever forever

But mama I know you like a poem--
there’s nothin’ hidin’ up your sleeve.
You cradled me in starlight
but you can’t stop this day and night for me.
I should have known from experience
how to solve this mystery.
Maybe the stars, they know something
that I don’t about me.
And that’s the lonely thing
about

forever forever
forever forever
forever forever
forever forever
Track Name: The Price
THE PRICE
Cassie Josephine

I was young and went to school and fell in love and lost it all.
I got a job that paid the bills and had a child and she grew up.
I learned a lot about life and love. How can you not?

I bought a car and drove right across Canada.
I met the best friend I ever had in Winona.
We tried to forget about life and love. How can you not?

And it’s all just a jumble now.
I want you to take me out.
Remember my blue dress
And those shoes, they made this sound?

I don’t think you need to be so quiet
around this
old heart.
Heart.

My nanna told me she fell in love not once, but twice.
She said loss was finding your own good advice.
She said that growin’ old was the price.

She remembers what my dress reminds her of.
She said turn the music up
And take these slippers off.

I don’t think you need to be so quiet
around this
old heart.
Track Name: I don't want to go anywhere
I DON’T WANT TO GO ANYWHERE
Cassie Josephine

The hour is fairweather, it never really knows the time--
In its eking lime it tells me,
You don’t wanna go anywhere.
You don’t wanna go anywhere.
You don’t wanna go anywhere.
You don’t wanna go anywhere.

The day’s a place you go without much pause.
And the evenin’ is a shadow on its ship.
Ferryin’ from the island to the shore.
The day becomes the evenin’ once more.

And I don’t wanna go anywhere.
I don’t wanna go anywhere.
I don’t wanna go anywhere.
I don’t wanna go anywhere.

It’s an overcast goodbye to PEI.
My heart could burst over Brudenell.
I’m drivin’ astern past the welcome sign.
Rewind. Rewind. Rewind.

‘cause I don’t wanna go anywhere.
I don’t wanna go anywhere.
I don’t wanna go anywhere.
I don’t wanna go anywhere.
Track Name: August Man
AUGUST MAN
Cassie Josephine

I want to hold on to this
like a Nova Scotia summer.
They come and they go so quick.
Be my mid-august water--
all year long.

I’ve made my bed like the ice it is thick.
I’ve gotten used to the winter.
I’ve kicked the seas off of me in my dreams
and rolled out of bed like a lover--
undone.

It’s not a dream anymore
but I cannot handle the flood.
If you want to keep me warm,
be my mid-August man--
all year long.
Track Name: Through the blue
THROUGH THE BLUE
Cassie Josephine

Hmmm

It’s so nice to hum along
to an old familiar song—
pack up my lunch and turn off the stereo.
Nothin here says stay
and nothin here says go.

But later on tonight
there’ll be a flicker of light
and I will think that I saw
a glimpse of you through the blue.
I’ll stay for you
and I’ll go too.
Hmmm

I wonder if I have the kind
of heart that knows how to keep the time.
Is it savin’ up or
is it runnin’ out?
What if I pack up my bag
and I leave a note?

Well later on tonight
there’ll be a flicker of light.
And I will think that I saw
a glimpse of you through the blue.
I’ll stay for you
and I’ll go too.

I’ll stay for you
and I’ll go too,
through the blue.
Track Name: Red Dirt Morning
RED DIRT MORNING
Gabriel Minnikin

On that red dirt morning, packed a wagon.
Boarded a boat, sailed from that Island.
In a schackled sea, shook us in the east.
Waves in the wind, at our feet
So sing me…
Sing me the blues.

The shade was a secret the sun wouldn’t share.
Colour of night, was her hair.
And those burnt bones mingled, by-and-by.
Hand holdin daydreams, throughout the night.
So sing me…
Sing me the blues.


The journey was over at the bottom of the stairs.
Vultures hovered in the air.
Pale and imperfect was left behind
In this darkness, I will shine

So sing me...
Sing me the blues.
Track Name: St. Genevieve
ST. GENEVIEVE
Gabriel Minnikin

Quicker than a sailor on shore leave
The guilt got greater, you can believe
Being taken in every direction
All breaking perfect perfection

I'll serenade those who surrendered
Wave the white flag
All ravished and rendered

Salivating snarls dispersed their luck
Opened to one from every flock
Bound to will, stirred in regrets
Lost in a salt chuck of forgets

I'll serenade those who surrendered
Wave the white flag
All ravished and rendered.
Track Name: Good Listener
GOOD LISTENER
Gabriel Minnikin

ooo, ooo, ooo

Under that dim, drunk, city moon
on the other side of cool
he wants to lay down beside her.
He heard her twice the first time
when she said your place or mine.
He ain’t the first good listener.

A shoulder to cry on, and alcohol.
She’ll have his ear until last call.
Just friends, just ex lovers.
He’s eager to sympathize
but she can’t see it in his lies.
Off she goes with a good listener.

As for me, I’m no-one's best friend.
It’s my own fault to wind up broken.
At the bottom, there ain’t far to fall.
I'll be in the corner with my back against the wall.

oooooooooooo

As for me, I’m know ones best friend.
It’s my own fault to notice the trend.
At the bottom, there ain’t far to fall.
I'll be in the corner with my back against the wall.

Under that dim, drunk, city moon
Track Name: Princess of BelleAire
PRINCESS OF BELLAIRE
Gabriel Minnikin

I woke up this morning and you were in my arms again.
First the bathroom, then the kitchen, coffee and tea in bed.
A cat's call, I'll move swiftly, he's crying, at the door.
I'll do it so I can be swallowed by your warmth.

The wind it blows, it's sneaking up the stairs.
Without our clothes, without a care.
ohhhhhhhhhhhhh oh oh, what a pair.

The clock ticks, mere minutes we have left to spend.
If we were able, would we gamble on the fables of time to lend?
Get ready for that white street, the snow has fallen throughout the night.
Grab a hat, your lunch is packed, its already quarter to nine.

The wind it blows, its sneaking up the stairs.
Like a casino rose, that came from out of nowhere.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh oh, what a pair.

No Tupelo Honey Suckle, but you can hold my hand.
Just hanging fickle shadows from the winter skies ceiling.
We must part, as our days start in two cities and one bridge.
My heart is full, bold and beautiful, bursting with brilliance!

The wind it blows, its sneaking up the stairs.
What no-one knows is she's the princess of
the princess of... BelleAire
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh BelleAire
oh what a pair.
Track Name: Maid of Honor
MAID OF HONOR
Gabriel Minnikin

She came into my room, to make sure I was alright.
She knew where I was and what I was doing last night.
Sounds from behind that hotel room door.
Uncertain unfaithfulness to settle a score.
She’s the maid, the maid of honor.
My fate laid upon her.

It was late to bed and early to rise.
The ring on my finger caught her surprised.
Secrets with strangers over sweat stained sheets.
Guilty by the glances that she’s giving me.

She’s the maid, the maid of honor
My fate laid upon her.

Curtains were drawn as if nothing ever happened.
the night moon was gone, leaving love as its weapon.
In the haze of a broken heart, surrendered to spite.
She knew where I was and what I was doing last night.

She’s the maid, the maid of honor
My fate laid upon her.