Odds and Ends

by Cheshire Carr

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released November 4, 2016

Produced and arranged by | Cheshire Carr
Recorded | Au studio MIXART par Francis Bélanger-Lacas assisté de Simon Gervais | Dans un salon par Sébastien Francisque | In a basement by Ariel Harrod
Mixed by | Warren C. Spicer
Mastered by | Ryan Morey
Vocal arrangement for Devil In A Porcelain Dress | Sylvain Cooke
Sound design | Simon Gervais
Illustration | Michel Hellman
Photography | Frank Lam
Graphic design | Geneviève Cooke

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Cheshire Carr Montreal, Québec

Cheshire Carr is a Montreal-based folk-rock collective comprised of Geneviève Cooke, Elie Flynn, Pierre Lavoie, Mathilde Pigeon, Seb Francisque and Ariel Harrod. From diverse musical backgrounds, this eclectic bunch combines the intimacy of a coffee shop folk act and the energy of a festival jam band. ... more

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Track Name: This Song
In each heart, a secret lair
Where all the hurt and pain comes from
And in it lies in silent prayer
The beasts that we will soon become

And yet
We carry on
Each breath is drawn
And though it’s wrong
We sing this song

In each man, a muzzled cry
That keeps what’s on the inside in
And as the world seeps through our eyes
The skin we bear is getting thin

And yet
We carry on
Each breath is drawn
And though it’s wrong
We sing this song

I can’t play from the outside
I have to try to get in and see
I can’t play from the inside
Join your hands and set me free

In each land an open wound
That leaks of green, and gold, and tar
And though it heals, we assume
Beneath it lies a lasting scar

And yet
We carry on
Each breath is drawn
And though it’s wrong
We sing this song
Track Name: Remember When
Long ago, remember when
Time was slow and space was thin
And air could only barely fill our lungs
There was no up, there was no down
Just the few forgotten sounds
That kept me near to you

Floating in this vacant space
Two figures of a nascent race
Unknowing that our journey had begun
Powers we could not comprehend
Evolving to a common end
Both trying to be true

Remember when
Our love was a blue star?
Remember when
Our love took us so far?
And then the lights went out

A stellar system to ourselves
Unconscious of anyone else
We were pulling closer every day
Neither one could step aside
We knew that we would soon collide
And we’d end up apart

What was foreseen was soon to be
And the blast was to such a degree
That neither of us ever found our way
Drifting in the universe
The victims of some sacred curse
That struck us in the heart

Remember when
Our love was a blue star?
Remember when
Our love took us so far?
And then the lights went out

Remember when, after the blast
All the sadness I’d amassed
Sank me in the deepest darkest depth
You above and me below
Lying in my weepy hollow
Just trying to get through

Remember when
Our love was a blue star?
Remember when
Our love took us so far?
And then the lights went out

Ooo...ooo Oo...oo...oo
Things will be much better
Before they begin
Track Name: Disowned
In the early morn I rise
Fall into her lazy eyes
As time passes with regret
I know I’ll soon come to forget

The day we took you home
That I no longer roamed
You fell into my arms
And my heart was disowned

As you grow the days go by
I let them go without a sigh
Because before us are the days
Where I can bathe you in my praise

And though I know a time will come
When I no longer help you run
For now that time seems oh so far
It’s fleeting like a shooting star

The day we took you home
That I no longer roamed
You fell into my arms
And my heart was disowned

You draw away without a threat
Growing stronger day by day
As I watch the summer set
Your simple smile just fades away

I slip into my autumn clothes
My shabby boots and blistered toes
And though time passes with regret
I know I will not soon forget
Track Name: 'Till the End
Hopeless minds and troubled souls
Line up behind the gates
Some join their hands a begging
Some have their cups and plates
I’m right there in the middle
The crowd on either side
It’s pushing up behind me
Stepping on its pride

My eyes and ears are covered
As I scramble to my feet
And not a word is spoken
As I beat a slow retreat
The crowd, it starts a thinning
And I find myself alone
With nothing left to hold me,
Rolling freely like a stone

Someday you’ll come back cryin’
But I don’t know that’s when
So I will keep on fighting,
Keep on fighting ‘till the end

And though the tide’s a rising
I will not be consumed
There is no cause for panic
As I sit here in my room.
You left me in the gutter
You left me in haste
You left with all that you could take
But you left my mind in place

Someday you’ll come back cryin’
But I don’t know that’s when
So I will keep fighting,
Keep on fighting ‘till the end

Oh... you’re driven by your fears
Oh... just open up your ears
Oh... what have you become?

You won’t see me crawling,
Or walking on my knees
I’ll fight this thing without you,
Like it’s my own disease

Passive eyes and sterile lies
Can’t keep me from my fate
If it’s with or without you
I still won’t negotiate
We did alright together,
But I’m doing fine alone
And I’ll leave the door half-open
For the day that you come home

Someday you’ll come back cryin’
But I don’t know that’s when
So I will keep fighting,
Keep on fighting ‘till the end
Track Name: The Morning After
It’s a dark and foggy morning
I can’t see the tip of my nose
The fog has filled the bedroom
I can’t even find my clothes

As my mouth opens to yawn
I’m struck by a smell:
Snifters and shooters of whisky and rum
Of the nights I know too well

The river, it is wide
The river, it is deep
On the morning after
The river, it is deep
Keep me on my feet
‘till the morning after
Hope it’s the last
At least for today

I’m reading the note you left
Like it’s the very first time
With each word, the heat of your breath
Is replaced with the shiver of wine

The water cools me down
As I bathe my tattered soul
My head goes under, my lips are ablaze
My mouth, it fills with coal
Track Name: Devil in a Porcelain Dress
Eyes are closed but I can’t sleep
Eyes wide open staring at my feet
Arms stretched out as we’re subsumed
‘Cause we’re all on board is what they’ve assumed
Now Tory rule gnaws at my flesh

Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress
Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress

“The West is in” is what they say
As the West we know just drifts away
To conquer ‘cross the great divide
Means there is nowhere left to hide
Now the land has changed when I face west

Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress
Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress

Right’s the road he rides along,
Can’t seem to see what’s going wrong
Don’t take the bait and don’t test fate
Or we’ll all be knocking on the pearly gates
Gonna leave the world in a cold hot mess

Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress
Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress

He deals from a stack of fifty-one
And the game he plays just can’t be won
Flops and turns on banker’s notes
Cry me a river when he casts his votes
Gotta play my cards close to my chest

Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress
Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress

Fat cats ride their one percent
As ninety-nine eat off the floor
Rich as rich as poor is poor
Is a tune that we can’t sing no more
“If it works for me, then fuck the rest”

Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress
Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress

Days may pass and days may stay
Some things never go away
Some think it’s right, some think it’s wrong
Some put it in the lyrics of a protest song
You can live your way ‘cause you feel blessed

But don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress
Don’t sell me the devil in a porcelain dress
Track Name: Water Rising
Though it’s dark the sun is blinding
And I’m fighting deep within
The subtle urge to keep from sliding
To keep on trying, to begin

If it falls on me on judgment day
And there is nothing left to say

I’ll cross my arms with waters rising
No revising where I’ve been,
And what I’ve done. It’s not surprising
Admitted fault is pardoned sin

So I’ll pack my bags and quit my crying,
My nail biting and slip away
Hop in the car and just start driving
Keep on riding ‘till I find my way

And if it falls on me on judgment day
And there is nothing left to say

I’m gonna cross my arms with waters rising
No revising where I’ve been,
And what I’ve done. It’s not surprising
Admitted fault is pardoned sin

When I meet a wall, I’ll just start climbing
Soon reviving the state I’m in
f I start to fall, I’ll just start flying
Like the dove on the tail of a firing pin

‘Cause if it falls on me on judgment day
And there is nothing left to say

I wanna cross my arms with waters rising
No revising where I’ve been,
And what I’ve done. It’s not surprising
Admitted fault is pardoned sin

Through the clouds, the sun is shining
There’s no more hiding
From the clashing lightning
And, yes it’s frightening
But I’ll just keep smiling
‘Cause fear’s enticing
Or so they say

With new eyes open I’ll keep on thriving
Always striving to succeed
Bide my time and keep on timing
Not arriving, I concede

But if it falls on me on judgment day
And there is nothing left to say

I’ll cross my arms with waters rising
No revising where I’ve been,
And what I’ve done. It’s not surprising
Admitted fault is pardoned sin
Track Name: Until You Come Home
I’ve been thinking hard and strong
‘bout why the days, they seem so long
As I wallow in passing time
Trying to find some peace of mind

I know this comfort on which I lay
Started cracking long ago
And from these cracks seeped the sorrow
That slowly pushed you away

Every morning, with the sun
I’m reminded that I’m alone
Still I’ll try forgetting
Until you come home

I see now, I had my part
And there was no way that you could stay
Like a wave, you softly shimmer
I hope roll back to my heart
Track Name: Those Who Stay
Crossing the valley, a tune in my ear
Of all the things we said and did last year
Even though, and it’s so, there’s no turning now
I can’t help but ponder the why and the how

The mill is breaking
The water flows fine
Sentinel standing
At the gates of time
The fields, I cross
The mountains I climb

All will mend in time you say
And if I leave tomorrow, I’m still here today
But time is for the time we pay
And love is blind to those who stay

Here in the city, the end of the line
The days: I pass; In weeks: I decline
Even though, and it’s so, the distance is great
I can’t seem to fathom the measures I take

The earth is quaking
Shaking my mind
Sitting and waiting
And waiting in wine
The fields, I cross
The mountains I climb

All will mend in time you say
And if I leave tomorrow, I’m still here today
But time is for the time we pay
And love is blind to those who stay
Track Name: Point Blank
You can’t say no to Moses
You can’t say no at all
Can’t say no, can’t say no, can’t say no at all
And it’s a freeze
No moving on

In the county of Jefferson
In the state of Colorado
Can we forgive him for his sins
When he said “Let my people go”

Can’t say no to Selleck
You can’t say no at all
Can’t say no, can’t say no, can’t say no at all
And it’s a freeze
No moving on

The late Magnum PI
Makes Blacksburg wonder why
Changed Virginia over night
“I know what you’re thinking.... and you’re right!”

Can’t say no to Nugent
You can’t say no at all
Can’t say no, can’t say no, can’t say no at all
And it’s a freeze
No moving on

From the motor city madman
To the banks of Sandy Hook
Is this all part of the game plan
So we don’t rewrite the book
Track Name: Cry My Love
Cry, cry my love
Cry, cry, cry ‘till the tears fill your eyes
Like the water you spilled on the floor

Sigh, sigh my love
Sigh, sigh, sigh ‘till your air fills the room
Like a window left open in fall

Don’t smile my love
Don’t smile, don’t hide your face in a grin
It’s just you that you’re fooling, again

Cry, cry my love
Cry, cry, cry ‘till you can’t make a sound
Like a flower about to be picked

Sigh, sigh my love
Sigh, sigh, sigh ‘till your heart catches fire
Like an ember that floats in the wind

Don’t smile my love
Don’t smile, don’t let us forget what he’s done
If we do, we’re as guilty as he