Odds and Ends

by Cheshire Carr

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1.
01:36
2.
04:28
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
3.
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
4.
05:10
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
02:55
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
05:41
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
12.
05:07
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

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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 invents and embodies music in the space between indie-folk and psychedelic rock. Built around ethereal vocal harmonies and sweeping instrumental build-ups, their performances are as intimate as they are explosive, a reflection of the themes and stories that inspire their songs. ... more

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