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Goodnight Mara

by High Waters

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1.
all of our stories in all their glory crash beneath the undertow the storm is upon me i beg for its mercy don't leave me with no place to go what a shame it would be if i blamed it on the sea what a shame it would be if i left it up to the sea at high tide our blood boils our heartstrings uncoil i feel the tension in my bones cast off and cut down i'm being tossed around i wish the waves would take me home what a shame it would be if i blamed it on the sea what a shame it would be if i left it up to the sea terribly untamed the beast is bound to break a bone or two what a shame it would be if i blamed it on the sea what a shame it would be if i left it up to the sea what a shame it would be if i blamed it on the sea what a shame it would be if i blamed it on the sea
2.
Mercury 05:30
state of the art carbon copy drone same as the next clone of a clone we are building our hive unknown command didn't recognize am i obsolete? a faulty design fallen by the wayside throw me away off to the pound but don't pull the plug please don't shut me down i am not prepared to die this machine is alive are we living beings or ghosts inside machines? day in, day out push and pull to reach the top put your money to your mouth dog eat dog or feed the lot jump the line, not the gun bite the bullet, take the shot don't look back, what's done is done you can never beat the clock are we living beings or ghosts inside machines? beat about the burning bush fan the fire but i'm no liar sure as hell there's more to tell than the sum of all you see what you read between the lines sure is no concern of mine but in the vault i feel unsafe bound to make a big escape are we living beings or ghosts inside machines? fading batteries with blood like mercury
3.
Quiet Guest 05:41
shadow at my door tall and still standing over me with a chill holding me against my own will there's a quiet guest on my chest stranger in the room show your face is it blood you want for the taste? spare me, heavy ghost leave this place still i try my best to get some rest with a quiet guest on my chest i am home heard you knock tie my bones, key and lock hide my tongue words are lost i am home in the dark i am home heard you knock tie my bones, key and lock hide my tongue words are lost i am home in the dark
4.
Obsidian 04:40
i am the miner who dug too deep but i won't break you or cart you away i am the collector of gems precious but i won't tumble you or grind you down i am the jeweller who cuts you in two but i'll make you whole obsidian of mine mine i can't hold you yet you're still smouldering i can't touch you yet you're still red you're still red coming down the snow takes the edge off not a sound paralyzes you you'll turn black and i'll be ready so get on with it petrify me too
5.
call me a moth i'm a light junkie terminal thrills crisp my core i feel the rush burning alive in your final hour kissed by night's moonbeams you lay still to peacefully embrace the coming hush burning alive cause nobody dies when the light in your eyes has come and gone that light carries on when the light in your eyes has come and gone that light carries on time and again that light carries on time and again time and again
6.
Holden 04:09
i had a plan but it didn't involve that no, i don't recall pulling rabbits from hats once in a while i forget just where i'm at and what it takes to get by in such a cold place dear brother allie i wrote poems on my glove just like you did can you hear them from above? sister phoebe i pray you feel my love and how it's deep when i go, please don't weep i had a plan but i swear it wasn't that now i'm on my way so let's call it tit for tat once in a while i forget just where i'm at where i've gone where i'm going
7.
The Greys 05:11
they found a way into your cortex hollowed you out and did you in an anatomic excavation they won't quit till they reach the bottom of the pit how could you know? the heavy information flow is weighing on you can't seem to think it through they stuffed your ears and sealed your eyes shut to keep it all in to keep it in how could you know? they're taking over now it's time to wipe them out before you cease to exist figure it out your steady hand is not so sure anymore don't know where to draw the line keep it to yourself and you'll avoid a mess they say its for the best it's for the best how could you know? they're taking over now it's time to wipe them out before you you cease to exist figure it out figure it out figure it out
8.
Rip 05:28
have you ever been lost deep in a never-ending dream wondering how the days feel like years are you fast asleep? i took a wrong turn high up the catskill mountains' crease a hollow moon shines down on me and i'm fast asleep in empty rooms my life resumes from an awful night's disease there's no one home to pick up the phone but thank you for the keys if i take another leave to sleep the wars away will you come along with me? we'll extend the holiday have you woken up just to realize that you don't know your own name has everything fallen out of orbit? when you try to keep a straight face is it worth it anymore? when the war is over wake me up if i take another leave to sleep the wars away will you come along with me? we'll extend the holiday if i take another leave to sleep the wars away will you come along with me? we'll extend the holiday
9.
Drop by Drop 03:39
it's raining. when it pours you are waterproof all your pores are waterproof is it your veins that fill with truth? are you jaded or just aloof? too many blows below the belt too many hands so poorly dealt too many words were said none of which were ever felt they roll off me the way you do drop by drop by drop by drop i am the wind i don't ever feel a single thing like a stone upon a pond i am skip- skip- skipping not to sink one by one i let my senses slip away and i turn the other cheek so have another go, why don't you? they roll off me the way you do they roll off me the way you do drop by drop by drop by drop they roll off me the way you do they roll off me the way you do drop by drop by drop by drop drop by drop by drop by drop
10.
Isabelle 03:47
here come the dog days good intentions gone astray i've always wondered of her secrets that burn away blistering beams blistering beams lost in her old ways waiting every hour of every day the visions come in numbers can't seem to keep them all at bay blustering screams blustering screams they flood the room isabelle, show no concern isabelle, it's not your turn such a stark, dark dawn the leaves have long since turned books and bones have all been burned ashes will forever yearn for clusters of dreams clusters of dreams clusters of dreams that died too soon that died too soon show no concern isabelle, it's not your turn isabelle, show no concern isabelle, it's not your turn
11.
Heavy Bells 07:12
dance with death game of chance i hold my breath shaking hands take me as i am there's a fire roaring red slowly consuming the voice in my head in the grind i feel the swell my tired mind is the work of my own spell maybe as a man i expire with the dead but if i'm a ghost i'll live on where the heavy bells ring in the end when i die won't you lend two coins for my eyes take me as i am there's a fire roaring red slowly consuming the voice in my head i tried i tried to dwell under heaven over hell maybe as a man i expire with the dead but if i'm a ghost i'll live on where the heavy bells ring where the heavy bells ring
12.
The Act 05:26
i'm leaving out the state of personal affairs but i am getting sore from you splitting all your hairs now you put on a show causing a scene i just need you to know we're far beyond repair they take a toll on me the others the others why don't you take a seat with the others drop the act, why don't you? in your house of cards he took a final bow the spotlight kissed his face and beams fell all around there was havoc at the gate quiet on the set now its far too late it's all come crashing down they take a toll on me the others the others why don't you take a seat with the others drop the act, why don't you? drop the act, why don't you? drop the act, why don't you? your time is up.

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released September 19, 2015

SOSO-004
www.sosorryrecords.com

Written and performed by High Waters.

Produced by Reza Kazemi, Dave Ledoux, and High Waters.

Engineered and Mixed by Reza Kazemi and Dave Ledoux.

"Up to the Sea" co-engineered and co-produced by Steve Foley at Audio Valley Studio. "Isabelle" co-engineered by Alphonse Lanza, and co-produced by Andrew Rodriguez at Exit Sign Music.

Mastered by James Law at The Attic Studio.

High Waters are:
Derek Connely - lyrics, lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion
Troy Huizinga - bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, percussion
Matt Speedy - drums, percussion
Martin Villeneuve - lead guitar, keyboards, vocals, monome

Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello) appears courtesy of The Visit.

Additional instruments and programming by Reza Kazemi and Dave Ledoux.

"Heavy Bells" sample (c. 1947) courtesy of Gladys MacLennan Connely.

Additional arrangement on "Up to the Sea" by Jessica Lee Mitchell.

Cover photography by LOG Creative Bureau.
Centrefold photo by Kaja Tirrul at Kajaphoto.
Special thanks to Dave Dudley for the use of "The Resonator" studio space

Thank you to Emmy Hillman, MaryAnn Notarianni, Christelle Pommainville-Cléroux, Greg & Lynn Clunis, Robert Carmody, Eric Johnson, Max Major, Sophie Stephenson, Matthew "Albatross" Normand, Kyle Woods, No Fly List, Still Winter Hills, Pony Girl, Denyse Boucher, Louise Fyfe, and all of our friends and families for their endless support. A special treat goes to Rooney.

Thank you to Reza Kazemi and Dave Ledoux, whose hard work and dedication made this record possible.

High Waters gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Ottawa.

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High Waters Ottawa, Ontario

High Waters are a Canadian indie quartet established in 2009. They create a unique brand of panoramic rock. Using lush vocals, expressive guitars and synths, playful bass, and a driving percussive force, their intricate arrangements reach a swelling climax, creating a surge of rock, soul, and electronica that commands attention. ... more

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