Live In Ottawa At The 27 Club 2019​-​10​-​03

by Great Lake Swimmers

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1.
It passes my eyes and stuns my senses The outside world flows through these fences They let out more than they take in They bleed me out and I can’t staunch them My mouth lets out more than it takes in It leads me out and I can’t help it It is nothing but a muscle flexed A swirling sea of now and next And the world was upside down, inside out This whole time Going the wrong way, north was inverted The directions, the plan, got me turned around I was on the right path, but couldn’t feel the ground And so started the test, retracing all the steps When was the first strike, which dances were learned In an ever-changing suit retailored with patches Of a life blind and careless, popping stitches Un-being, un-happening, becoming untangled Dulling the edges, and scaling transitions Faith is a pattern composed by the wind All movement, one movement, it reaches everything And the real work is to be it, believe it With each new set of eyes and the visions they provide Be the taste, the warmth, the measure and the glow By embracing it all and then letting it all go The real work is never done, and has no clear beginning And shows no result, no losing, no winning
2.
So little space in the degrees in between us Moving so fast, hardly anybody notices Into a constant and restless dream It’s written on my hands, and this is what I mean A strand of hair, a certain hue These are my hands, they belong to you And how to talk you into believing in yourself And how to get ready for the change in the weather And how to pack all of the things for the trip And what will you do, what will you do when you get there A single frame passing on a screen These are my hands, and this is what I mean Hiding there, in plain sight I see you in a certain light I couldn’t smile when I needed to But you were there when I needed you
3.
Side effects Side effects They aren’t worth the help that you get When you need all the help you can get Friend in fair weather, you’re doing just fine You are the one, and you’re there just in time With your steak tartare and expensive red wine I don’t know who you are most of the time An empire of fiction made of your little squares No end to your summer, and no end to theirs The only real fire, the only true fact Every act is a move, every move is an act Side effects Side effects They aren’t worth the help that you get When you need all the help you can get
4.
Look at the names carved into the rocks Look at the days when they were lit up Brush of my hand and I feel their age Years of radiance, years of rain And the world stops spinning when you stop spinning And sighs when you sigh, when you sigh I’m coming home so leave the light on for me I’m drawing over the luminous veil And when I get in I will see you all there I’m drawing on the great exhale Uncertain ground, so I walk lightly Translating names of lost families Some body’s sleeping that you should not wake Drifting whispers over damp clay And the world stops spinning when you stop spinning And sighs when you sigh, when you sigh I’m coming home so leave the light on for me I’m drawing over the luminous veil And when I get in I will see you all there I’m drawing on the great exhale Wide open spaces, been asleep a long time Coming up like old teeth, punctuating places I’m coming home so leave the light on for me I’m drawing over the luminous veil And when I get in I will see you all there I’m drawing on the great exhale I’m soaring in on the great exhale
5.
There’s a mark on my hand, put there by the land There’s a mark on my hand, put there by the land There’s a mark on my hand, put there by the land There’s a mark on my hand, put there by the land Can’t you see it’s in me, can’t you see Can’t you see it’s in me, can’t you see Can’t you see it’s in me, can’t you see Can’t you see it’s in me, can’t you see There’s a mark on the land, put there by my hand There’s a mark on the land, put there by my hand There’s a mark on the land, put there by my hand There’s a mark on the land, put there by my hand
6.
What sort of pressure, and what kind of force Must there have been to drive you here Was it uplifting, or was it deformed Faulting and rifting, you folded What does it feel like to fall In slow motion despite it all There’s no time to think it through When we’re connected over the blue Everything is moving so fast, and I am unlimited Everything is moving so fast, I am unlimited What sort of wisdom, and what kind of thought Must there have been to scatter you So far and random, your heavenly bodies Still see the faint light in your eyes What does it feel like to fall In slow motion despite it all There’s no time to think it through When we’re connected over the blue Everything is moving so fast, and I am unlimited Everything is moving so fast, I am unlimited
7.
The wire is mended, awaiting the deep Out on the water we will be set free Ready to receive There could be a great glow if the conditions are right Shot through with light Moving fast through the swell of the night I am alone, but not alone I am here, but hardly at all I am alone, but not alone I am here waiting for your call I contemplate the measure of the sea I think about the work ahead of me And figure it must be its own reward And you would be right to call me wide-eyed Heart open wide I am alone, but not alone I am here, but hardly at all I am alone, but not alone I am here waiting for your call
8.
I was lost in the lakes And the shapes that your body makes That your body makes, that your body makes That your body makes And the mountains said I could find you here They whispered the snow and the leaves in my ear I traced my finger along your trails Your body was the map, I was lost in it Floating over your rocky spine The glaciers made you, and now you’re mine Floating over your rocky spine The glaciers made you, and now you’re mine I was moving across your frozen veneer The sky was dark but you were clear Could you feel my footsteps And would you shatter, would you shatter, would you And with your soft fingers between my claws Like purity against resolve I could tell, then and there, that we were formed from the clay And came from the rocks for the earth to display They told me to be careful up there Where the wind blows a venomous rage through your hair They told me to be careful up there Where the wind rages through your hair
9.
I’m still tuning myself to the great key I’m still, I’m still I’m still mining for light in the dark wells I’m still, I’m still I’m still a frequency swaying, a leaf in the wind I’m still, I’m still I’m still searching for whispers in between yells I’m still, I’m still I’m still swimming in harmony I’m still dreaming of flight I’m still lost in the waves, night after night I’m still an arrow un-shot, fixed in a bow I’m still, I’m still I’m still a fire un-lit, ready to go I’m still, I’m still I’m still loaded and waiting With anticipation to fly I’m still studying the patterns in the night sky I’m still a note that’s un-played, ink on a page I’m still, I’m still I’m still a cry in the night, lonesome and high I’m still, I’m still I’m still tuned to an instrument Of greater and unknown design I’m still looking for direction, some kind of sign I’m still tuning myself to the great key I’m still, I’m still
10.
Something like a storm coming in So many parts of larger things And a change in atmosphere I have been expecting you Expecting you Tie it with a piece of twine I promise you it will be fine Buried in yourself so deep Pray the lord my soul to keep My soul to keep Can you hear me clearly now Hello in there and how are you I’ve been waiting patiently Singing little melodies Something like a storm coming in So many parts of a larger thing And a change in atmosphere I have been expecting you Expecting you You’re in a place of safety now You are with your mother now Such a pretty place to live And I’ve got a lot to give A lot to give
11.
I have visions of a different world To restart, begin again, at the root And reinvent love in a different place And move at a different pace Love is our only weapon, our only defense For the ballad of bullets, and uncommon sense Affection is the sharpest blade A psychic kiss across the waves And there could be a different world When the rattler slips from his old coat There could be a different world A new light on a new skin Oh I have visions of a different world To restart, begin again, at the root And reinvent love in a different place And move at a different pace
12.
I’ve been talking with the wind a lot Throwing words out that I’ve kept too long We breathe the same way when we’re drawn I know I have a friend in it Ah, your fingers weave above the trees Ah, the talking wind, the turning leaves As you left, a force to fly on Left a fragment to be played upon Fallen and grown new, the wind restored It went right through I stood in its way and became it Ah, your fingers weave above the trees Ah, the talking wind, the turning leaves Ah, your shoulder blades among the waves Ah, you fly away, and dissipate The wind makes sound instead of words And I think I understand Neither needs to explain, in turn It cries out, and I understand Ah, your fingers weave above the trees Ah, the talking wind, the turning leaves Ah, your shoulder blades among the waves Ah, you fly away, and dissipate
13.
You look at me with uncertainty You look at me with urgency You look at me with a fear in your eyes Like you’re about to fall away But don’t be afraid to change your colours now I’ve known you all summer, and you rose above it all I see you hesitate to fall now But it’s a pretty good view from down here, too And when the wind takes you, it takes me, too When you change colours, I change mine, too Try not to think, and I will try, to When you let go, I will let go, too I knew you when you were green and strong You were like a feather on a wing, so long You know I will miss you when you are gone But don’t be afraid if you just can’t hang on ‘Cause when the wind takes you, it takes me, too When you change colours, I change mine, too Try not to think and I will try, too And when you let go, I will let go, too The cold air is pushing hard on you I know what you’re saying; I can feel it, too You’ll go through changes, and I’ll go through them too Don’t be afraid now, don’t be afraid ‘Cause when the wind takes you, it takes me, too When you change colours, I change mine, too Try not to think and I will try, too And when you let go, I will let go, too
14.
The line runs through like a train in a book Or metres underwater, ending with a hook It sways in the air when there’s wind enough to lift Fine ones are boundaries when there is a rift I’m just pulling on a line, on a line Oh I’m just pulling on a line I’m just pulling on a line, on a line And sometimes it pulls on me The line, it inks across the freshly fallen snow Where only those embracing coldness would go It whistles and it whispers, and sometimes it howls It sings to me sweetly from trees and in vowels I’m just pulling on a line, on a line Oh I’m just pulling on a line I’m just pulling on a line, on a line And sometimes it pulls on me The line, it writes itself across the dark sky In the electric flashes, ending with a sigh It weaves itself into a fabric so true And flows just like the river, graceful and blue I’m just pulling on a line, on a line Oh I’m just pulling on a line I’m just pulling on a line, on a line And sometimes it pulls on me

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We thought you might like a set of live music in this time of social distancing and self isolation. We miss the live music experience as much as you probably do, so hopefully this is an alternative that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home. It is a fan recording of a live show in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada's capital city) on our tour last fall. Although it has some audio inconsistencies, as it was taken from a single, mono track from the soundboard, we think it makes up in performance and spirit what it might lack in technical fidelity. That's part of what we like about live music to begin with.
Your support, good intentions, and kind ears are very much appreciated, and we hope to see you when the venues open up again.

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released May 1, 2020

Recorded live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at The 27 Club on October 3, 2019.
Tony Dekker: vocals, acoustic guitar
Bret Higgins: upright and electric bass
Colleen Brown: vocals, keyboards, electric guitar
James Taylor: electric guitar, banjo
Marshall Bureau: drums
Recorded by Ryan Palmer to a Tascam Dr44wl (mono soundboard feed).
Tweaked and mastered by Andy Magoffin at the House Of Miracles.
Cover artwork by Adam CK Vollick.

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Great Lake Swimmers Toronto, Ontario

Tony Dekker’s music spans nearly two decades as the lead singer and songwriter of Great Lake Swimmers. Over eight albums, multiple EPs, live broadcasts and reissues, the Toronto-based group has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in their native Canada and beyond. Great Lake Swimmers has been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize and nominated twice for the Juno Awards. ... more

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