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Rise and Fall

by Séan McCann



"To me, rise and fall is the Newfoundland ocean in sonic form. It's powerful and rhythmic and so dangerous and stunningly beautiful. It's freezing cold but it's as warm as home. I can feel the ocean crashing and spewing water in the cymbal swells. I can feel the waves beating manically against the side of a boat in your bodhran drum. I can feel the fear and the excitement in your voice as you shout "Push! Pull! In! Out!" It's like you're the most alive when you're the closest to death. Maybe that's why Newfoundland is so beguiling. It's a struggle to survive there. So living there is all the sweeter.

You are the whale. You are the hugest and strongest creature, but in comparison you are no match for the ocean waves. The interesting thing about that is that you need the ocean to survive. It sustains and it kills, sometimes in the same breath. It's that moment when you realize that you can't fight against it. So you let go and get carried away. But you are a whale and that will never change. You'll always need the ocean. For all the beauty and pain it inspires, it'll always be a part of you, and you will always be a part of it."

Meaghan Smith


i hear the wind arising
i feel it on my face
i look to the horizon
wait for the storm to break
there’s a fire in the water
there’s a bloodstain on the sky
there’s a black cloud in my heart every time we say goodbye
every time we say goodbye
and we heave and haul
the big and small
and we give our all
to the Rise and Fall
Push Pull In Out Push Pull In Out
I will not shake or shiver
i will not be afraid
i know i will deliver
on the promise that i made
you know i’ll never leave
you you know i’m here to stay
i show how much i need you
every time i sail away
and we heave and haul
the big and small
and we give our all
to the Rise and Fall
i’ve been fighting all my life
i’ve been wrong and i’ve been right
i’ve had my back against the wall
waiting for the Rise and Fall
and we heave and haul
the big and small
and we give our all
to the Rise and Fall
Push Pull In Out Push Pull In Out


released July 4, 2015
Written by Séan McCann
Produced by Joel Plaskett
Engineered by Thomas Stacger
Cover by Meaghan Smith



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Séan McCann Ottawa, Ontario

Séan's journey to find his own peace, love and happiness continues through music and a new album that will be released one song at a time. “You Know I Love You” is a happy collection of songs made by a man intent on being happy. No manager, no label, no agent, there is nothing left between Séan’s music and the ears of people who want to hear it. ... more

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