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Happy Accident

by Big Little Lions

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD is housed in a four panel recycled board folder, with 8 page booklet including lyrics and a delicious recipe for Chocolate Cherry Brownie Ice Cream from the little lion, Helen Austin.

    Cover of the board folder is signed by both Helen Austin and Paul Otten.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Happy Accident via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD is housed in a four panel recycled board folder, with 8 page booklet including lyrics and a delicious recipe for Chocolate Cherry Brownie Ice Cream from the little lion, Helen Austin.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Happy Accident via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Lossless download formats come in HD: 24 bit, 44.1kHz.
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1.
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'From The Storm': It's getting late, a chill sets in You hesitate, you're wondering If you should go You're so used to icy hands That follow every frosty glance You never know You didn't bring a coat I will keep you warm I know I can protect you From the storm When the sun starts to shine It's still cloudy in your mind Too scared the forecast might be wrong So winter holds you And winter told you This is where you belong Come in from the wind Come in from the rain Come in from the storm Gently taking baby steps To thaw you out so you forget Can you feel the sunshine Can you feel the sunshine It's time to feel the sunshine You don't need a coat I will keep you warm Always will protect you You don't need a coat I will keep you warm Always will protect you From the storm Come in from the wind Come in from the rain Come in from the storm
2.
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Extraordinary': I've more than had enough And now it's time to make this happen Can feel it in my blood I'm wasting my time I'm wasting my time I'm nervous in these shoes Taking one, oh one, step at a time But what have I got to prove I'm nearly there I got a big hill to die on Bring on the rain, the storm I'm more than ready It's calling my name It'll be extraordinary These things I used to say They don't feel right in my mouth I shake the thoughts away They belong in the past So long in the past The pressure that holds me back Oh it's all all all all in my head Got no one left to ask And now I can climb up that hill to die on Bring on the rain, the storm I'm more than ready It's calling my name It'll be extraordinary It's within my view A mind more at ease All I have to do Is want to be seen Bring on the rain The storm I'm more than ready Time for a change It'll be extraordinary
3.
Beat You Up 03:55
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Beat You Up': Hey, you don't have to worry It's only human to get it wrong Hey I know that you're sorry I want you to know that you'll always belong You let it beat you up again Beat you up again I wanna wake you up again Wake you up again So forgive yourself Like I forgive you You know, it's so far behind us And it's time to walk with grace I know you try to be flawless But it's such an impossible weight You let it beat you up again Beat you up again I wanna wake you up again Wake you up again So hey, let go of the worry Look for the better days ahead We're all on a difficult journey So take care of the words in your head You let it beat you up again I wanna wake you up again You let it beat you up again Beat you up again I wanna wake you up again Wake you up again So forgive yourself Like I forgive you
4.
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'I Know I Know": Everything I've done so far doesn't make any sense And I guess it's just a happy accident That I find myself here I'm lucky, I know Maybe making plans were meant for someone else Always followed my nose until I like the smell Then I lay my head down It took a while to get here I know I know It's been working, it's been working I know I know It's been worth it, it's been worth it I know Always rushing into things not looking back May hit a few walls but never losing track Of how lucky I am, pinching myself So here I go again, I'm like a freight train I'm not for everyone but I'm not gonna change Oh I like who I am It took a while to land I know I know It's been working, it's been working I know I know It's been worth it, it's been worth it I know I know I know I know This is working I know I know I know It was worth it I know I know It's been working, it's been working I know I know It's been worth it, it's been worth it I know So I quess it's just a happy accident
5.
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Only a Friend Like You': You make me laugh a little louder Until my sides are sore You make me smile a little wider And know what life is for Only a friend like you Only a friend like you Can make my life a little better Walk a little taller In everything we do Only a friend like you Only a friend like you You make me see a little clearer You help me to be brave And when the noise is getting louder You help me get away   Only a friend like you Only a friend like you Can make my life a little better Walk a little taller In everything we do Only a friend like you Only a friend like you No one knows how to cheer me up like you After everything that we have both been through You know that I always want to be like you The days should be a little longer There’s still so much to do Only a friend like you Only a friend like you Can make my life a little better Walk a little taller In everything we do Only a friend like you Only a friend like you Can make my life a little better Walk a little taller In everything we do Only a friend like you Only a friend like you Only a friend like you
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Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'We Were Young': Cover your eyes Then you can count to ten Everything seemed to be so easy then We were young We didn't know Our doubts were pushed aside So many leaps of faith The blood has dried We were young The days were so long but the years have become too short But our little world was all we could ever want We were young We were young We were young All the late nights, the invites, the jokes Where did you go And the come downs, the big town the noise The overflow We were young The days were so long but the years have become too short But our little world was all that we could afford We were young We were young We were young So hold your breath Hold onto those memories Take a step back and you can feel the energy We were young We were young We were young We were young
7.
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Never Mind the Weather": It's getting cold We're hunkering down Fall said goodbye Winter is back in town Underneath Our own blanket pile Wrapped in your arms I know that all is right Let it all come down We're tucked away here in the warmth Let the cold winds howl We're not afraid no We just say well Never mind the weather The fire's warm The world is turned down Here we are safe Inside our cozy house Let it all come down We're tucked away here in the warmth Let the cold winds howl We're not afraid no We just say well Never mind the weather Getting cold We're hunkering down Fall said goodbye Winter is back in town Let it all come down We're tucked away here in the warmth Let the cold winds howl We're not afraid no We just say well Never mind the weather Never mind the weather Never mind the weather
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Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Missed the Start': Wasn't love at first sight Wasn't wrong yet, or right It came creeping over me A future I couldn't see Nothing like the silver screen No eyes across a room scene Didn't even look up No fireworks or fuss Without warning or forcing You crept into my heart With no sign We just kind of found who we are We missed the start You weren't in my line of sight I think you were just as blind Some polite conversation Then we both moved on Without warning or forcing You crept into my heart With no sign We just kind of found who we are We missed the start I'm coming around now We're hitting the ground now We're coming around now You're coming around Unaware we planted seeds Or from the soil under our feet Would come a slow growing oak On which a future awoke Without warning or forcing You crept into my heart With no sign We just kind of found who we are We missed the start We missed the start
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Finally 03:49
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Finally': Hidden Keeping myself from view Couldn't trust the crowd To say it all out loud so I didn't Say what was on my mind Couldn't find my voice Didn't know the choice was mine Finally I'm heard It's been so long And here I stand Finally my words Aren't written off This is who I am Running, I fell Got back up again That's when I knew that I was Living, for real No one else could be A better version of me Finally I'm heard It's been so long And here I stand Finally my words Aren't written off This is who I am No more shutting me out I'm here to stay With so much to say And there ain't a drop of doubt That finally My soul's set free Finally Finally Finally I'm heard It's been so long And here I stand Finally my words Aren't written off This is who I am
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Inside Out 03:45
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' "Inside Out": I don’t know myself Thought that I had it all figured out Then you arrive and turned me Inside out Funny thing about love It comes around when you’d just given up And you arrive and turn me Inside out Was doing fine without you All my ducks in a row Then you made them scatter Now I know I’d find you in any crowd Just knowing that you’re around You turned me inside You turned me inside Out There are two moments in time The life before and the one ahead of me When you arrived And turned me upside down Can’t remember it now Seems like you’ve been here all along Feel so alive Even when I’m upside down Even when I’m upside down I’d find you in any crowd Just knowing that you’re around You turned me inside You turned me inside Out When you know, you know, you know You had no idea When you know, you know, you know You know Find you in any crowd Knowing that you’re around There isn’t a shred of doubt You turned me inside out You turned me inside You turned me inside Out When you know, you know, you know You know When you know, you know, you know You know When you know, you know, you know You know When you know, you know, you know You know
11.
Someday 03:50
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Someday': Gone for now Covered up It's peaceful Not a trace, nor a track Not painful Vague shapes of a memory Things that won't let me go Blur of what was meant to be Under the soft blanket of someday Look closely I can make out Where the buried feelings poke out Under ground Don't really mind if you can see them They're from another season Another me Vague shapes of a memory Things that won't let me go Blur of what was meant to be Under the soft blanket of someday Gone for now Covered up It's peaceful
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Distant Air 03:27
Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Distant Air': Follow, all the words I've swallowed Into the backrooms, with locks and shackles Leave it to forget Buried in the back Never paid the rent Settled, with dusty armour No sign of life here A sea unchartered Left unaware Like distant air It whispers again But the falling dark Can't hide the scent Or the screaming voice in the distant air And the firing squad Is aimed to kill When the distant air whispers my guilt Somewhere, the gun has fired And I'm running faster Though my will is tired They'll throw out the net No second chance No going back Static, spreading like infection here The hunters, tracking down the scent of fear Is this, is this the end It's slipping from my grasp But the falling dark Can't hide the scent Or the screaming voice in the distant air And the firing squad Is aimed to kill When the distant air whispers my guilt
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Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'All of These Moments': We took all the photos and drank all the wine Said all our hellos and then left them behind We have our tomorrows and they're a blank page So let's take a second to breathe All of these moments stored up for later All of these moments we keep in our hearts God knows when we'll need them Paint me a picture Write me a song And I'll take it with me We borrowed the car didn't mean to leave town Time got away so thought we'd stick around Days became weeks and we finally came home Just needed a minute to breathe All of these moments stored up for later All of these moments we keep in our hearts God knows when we'll need them We look out the window imagine a crowd We can't hear ourselves 'cause the peace is too loud We played all the games and then drank all the wine We've all had forever to breathe All of these moments stored up for later All of these moments we keep in our hearts God knows when we'll need them Paint me a picture Write me a letter I'll take it with me
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Lyrics for Big Little Lions' 'Goodbye for Now': Left my key on the shelf Need to be somewhere else now No I won't turn around Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye for now We both knew this would come May not feel like we're done yet Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye for now Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye for now Don't wait Don't call Don't know how long It's all my fault If you move on Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye for now I gotta see for myself Let go of the hand I held onto Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye for now Don't wait Don't call Don't know how long It's all my fault If you move on Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye for now

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Big Little Lions, the folk-pop duo of Helen Austin (Royston, BC, Canada) and Paul Otten (Sprinboro, OH, USA), came together as a Happy Accident. Their collaborations have earned a JUNO award, a John Lennon songwriting prize, and have been featured in numerous commercials, films and TV shows.

Living thousands of kilometres apart, they were used to working remotely, but they had always enjoyed coming together to tour their multi-instrumental frenetic live shows. With those shows cancelled during the pandemic the duo pledged to release a single a month, not just to keep themselves sane, but also connected.

This album is made up of those singles - songs of separation, songs of friendship and of love. Songs that only exist because of a Happy Accident.

For fans of: Sufjan Stevens, Of Monsters and Men, Firewoodisland, Little Chief, Rivvrs, Tow'rs and The Lumineers.

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released June 3, 2022

All songs, written, recorded & produced by Big Little Lions (Helen Austin & Paul Otten)
Engineered and mixed by Paul Otten
Mastered by Hans DeKline
Artwork by Helen Austin
Photography by Karen Pantuso

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Big Little Lions Royston, British Columbia

Big Little Lions is the ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten.

“The duo's sound mixes the new school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat. It also doesn't hurt that their songs are very catchy and aided by how well Austin and Otten's voices complement each other.” - Examiner.com ... more

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