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recorded with an iphone while sitting on a couch with creaky springs

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released October 22, 2014

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Track Name: keep it together
My body is falling apart
I leave pieces behind me everywhere I go
Now I am scattered far
On crime-scenes and streets across southern ontario
Been living out too many lies
Like Roman candles tracing a line
My rose-coloured glasses
Were shattered on the ground
But I've still got 'em on my face

I'm trying to keep it together
As the wind tears the tears from my eyes
I can still feel something's been severed
I can still feel these phantom limbs of mine

A wise man once told me
Luminous beings are we
Diffused and shattered
Like rounded glass from the sea
But my vision is steady
Even as the photons scatter
And my body is in revolt
Against all this crude matter

I'm trying to keep it together
As the wind tears the tears from my eyes
I can still feel something's been severed
I can still feel these phantom limbs of mine
Track Name: I won't forget
You came home in a casket, wrapped in the flag
down the highway of heroes while the politicians bragged
because you died for them, not me my friend
watch them use your body now to serve their selfish ends

I don't want to see another soldier die
just following orders and not knowing why
I still remember and I still pay respect
but I won't put that poppy on my chest

As we're going to war again and it's not clear why
we're using bombs to win hearts and minds
A poppy to remember is a poppy to forget
the lies that they told us that lead to this death
Well I for one
I won't forget

Where's the recognition, the solemn ceremony
for all the murdered women in your home and native land
swept under the rug and left uncounted
a legacy of the violence this nation was founded on

I don't love my country, how could anyone
proudly stand on stolen land and forget all that's been done
I still remember and I won't forget
and I won't put that poppy on my chest

As we're going to war again and it's not clear why
we're using bombs to win hearts and minds
A poppy to remember is a poppy to forget
the national history of violence and theft
Well I for one,
I won't forget

How many workers, been killed on the job
just trying to pay the bills, just trying to get along
in service to the nation and capital accumulation
greasing the wheels of the market with their blood

And now we're going to war again and it's not clear why
we're using bombs to win hearts and minds
A poppy to remember is a poppy to forget
the ongoing exploitation and neglect
Well I for one,
I won't forget

All their noble rhetoric just makes me sick
this flower's been processed and become an opiate
you can call me a traitor, maybe that's what I am
but don't put that poppy on me
Track Name: the road
i woke up drunk hurled myself into the city
somehow i smoothed out all its ragged edges
not many know just how it feels
wind in your face on a horse made of steel
adrenaline pumping makes me invincible
running those lights as the traffic stands still

burning reds burning my calls
burning joints and trying not to fall
into that void of the day to day
where there's no future past the next payday

after a meeting at the steelworkers hall
drunk at the bistro thought we had it all
our struggle was noble my legs were still strong
i knew in my heart i couldn't go on
but i still believe a new age will come
the workers will rise and this fight will be won

burning cop cars and burning rage
there's only so much a person can take
but there's no end to what they will take away
your body in your mind has already been sold

to my sisters and brothers still living hard
making a living dodging cars you are the blood
of this living city carrying its breath on your back
hold yourselves proudly though you're unrecognised
as your bodies are sacrificed

burn those reds and burn your calls
burn those joints and try not to fall
watch out for cop cars and streetcar tracks
don't ever forget that I've still got your back

i left it all out on the road
puke and skin and blood and broken bones
how i survivedi don't know
those six years i spent on those treacherous roads
Track Name: it's all downhill from here
I don't mind
walking home in the rain
it's a long way to go
but i could use the time to let my mind wander

And it's all downhill from here...
after all these years

I used to think
about the distant future
i had glorious plans
but none of them came to pass

Mostly I'm tired
Every god damn day
And it's hard to give a shit
And I did my best to forget it

It's always the same
Old and familiar now
Chasing a flame
That's already gone out

It's all downhill from here...
Track Name: find me
Don't let it get you down
The season has passed but we're still around
And we get to keep the things that we found

Mostly I feel relieved
After so many nights roaming the streets
That someone like you found me

Strange that we never met
'til that day in September when the stage was set
As the last hours of summer crept away

Brace yourself against the wind
Don't let it steal the heat of your skin
I will let you in
Just come and find me again

We've found a little faith
From these embers I know we can make
A fire to chase away
The shadows of doubt on your face

I know I'm ready this time
I'm through wasting breath on tired old lines
So let this winter come
We'll squint in the light of the sinking sun

Brace yourself against the wind
Don't let it steal the heat of your skin
I will let you in
Just come and find me again
Track Name: Where Did You Come From?
Where did you come from
how many times have we been in the same room
crossed paths but never met
like ships passing in the night

but everything in its time
i'm so glad that you're still alive
you went through the fire but came out fine
sometimes that's what it takes to learn to survive

some people make it all look so easy
i know that i do sometimes
but anybody who knows me
can see that's not true in my eyes

trace an image with your hands
in the dark to understand
the shape of things yet to come
in the light of the morning sun

i know we can move slowly
'cause the time seems to stand still
you can look into my eyes
but i might look away 'cause i'm terrified

some people make it all look so easy
i know that you do sometimes
though you may not believe me
you might be surprised

trace an image with your hands
in the dark to understand
the shape of things yet to come
in the light of the morning sun