Lost in the Sight

by The Strange and the Charming

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about

We've been so hard at work. Our dearest Meara goes to school in capital E Elsewhere (Montreal) and was only back for three weeks or so. And we decided to release this before she left. So, we've only had three weeks or so to record this entire album. But with round the clock, we'll make it and it's gonna be so so great. For now, though! We offer you The Bus Stop Waltz, track numero uno, to tide you over! Enjoy, lovelies!

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released January 2, 2015

Thanks to the dearest Anya Solovey for the album art!

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The Strange and the Charming Edmonton, Alberta

We're three friends from Edmonton, Alberta. We're three folk musicians making our way through the brambles. We're three humans finding our spots in the noise. We spend a lot of time drinking tea and laughing in each others' arms.

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Track Name: The Bus Stop Waltz
City gets dark at seven o'clock
Hazy black sky upon the sidewalk
Girls in long skirts and boys in worn shoes
Me and my boots are coming to you

Faded grey men with faded grey plans
Students with dreams tucked in books in their hands
Not really here they're lost in their heads
Feet made of ice and their eyelids are lead

Oh oh lost in the sight
If it weren't for you
I'd stay here all night
Track Name: Braids
I could braid my hair for hours
Into plaits and rows of flowers
Threading strands of finished fibres
Growing like a graveyard
My head's a tiny graveyard

Sister I will braid your hair
And pull you sleepy up the stair
Your left hand's warm in my right
But we're both warmer than the night
In your pale green pajamas
In my pale pink pajamas

Talk until you fall asleep
I give your head a kiss to keep
Thinkin' about the day when you were born
I found you ugly, kinda boring
Your head bald as our fathers'
You got your laugh from our father

I slip into the cold
Too old for this I'm centuries old
Slip into the woods are near
The stars fit nicely in my ear
The trees grow like a graveyard
A very pretty graveyard

I SEE GRAVEYARDS EVERYWHERE
They're in the wood and in my hair
You might say my logic's weak
I know I've got a morbid streak

I see graveyards everywhere
They're in the wood and in my hair
But there's something lovely I find
'Bout people lying side by side
I call out to my sister
My braids they match my sister

Johnny Flynn said the people
In my head won't be there when you're dead
But if those people turn to hair
Then when you die you're both still there...
Track Name: Non mon cher
Oh my dearest love
You've left me in the cold
I can't say the least
Time I felt so old

Oh my dearest love
I can't deny I love your smile
But damned if I do not tell
You make me miserable

Oh
Non min cher je ne veux pas...
Tous de mes doits...

Oh my dearest love
You have abandoned me
Funny how I always thought
It was me who was to be free

Oh
Non min cher je ne veux pas...
Tous de mes doits...

Non non non...
Non mon cher...
Je ne veux pas...
Track Name: My Best Friend
You left me there
In the street
And you never looked
Back at me

I felt you were smiling
Though I couldn't see
'Cause you never looked
Back at me

You didn't want to defend
And tomorrow became my best friend
And I guess this is just the end
'Cause tomorrow is my best friend

Everything will be okay if not today
Then another day
Tomorrow's not so far away it's not today
It's not today

People run away just to feel the high
Hearing your opinion just makes me sigh
All I really wanted was a clean goodbye
Hearing your opinion just makes me sigh

Everything falls to pieces
Just give it a month you're not good enough
Everything falls to pieces

You didn't want to defend
(Everything will be okay if not today)
And tomorrow became my best friend
(Then another day)
And I guess this is just the end
(Tomorrow's not so far away it's not today)
'Cause tomorrow is my best friend
(It's not today)
Track Name: Johnny
You said we were perfect
That we were worth it
I was June and you were Johnny
An airplane, a newspaper, call me

My time my time
Is a waste of yours
My time my time

I'm down down down into the ring of fire
I'm sinking lower but I'm feeling higher
I'm down down down into the ring of fire
I'm sinking lower but I'm feeling higher

Paradise isn't in your voice
Did you really think I had a choice?

My time my time
Was always a bore
My time my time
I always needed more

More...

You think you can chase the sunset?
You think you can chase the sunset?

Paradise wasn't in your voice
Did you really think I had a choice?

My time my time
Is a waste of yours
My time my time
Heartbreaks are chores
My time my time
Was always a bore
My time my time
I always needed more

Oh I was June and you were Johnny
An airplane, a newspaper, call me

I'm down down down into the ring of fire
I'm sinking lower but I'm feeling higher
I'm down down down into the ring of fire
I'm sinking lower but I'm feeling
Track Name: Street Lights
I'm feeling the night on the highway
I like to watch the street lights
The ones with warm incandescents
That glow so softly

Like the stars in the sky they shine just for me
I know that that seems selfish
It's just that I know that bright lights shine
For those who look upon them

But somebody told me that the world's gone to shit
And in part he blamed the street lights
Y'know the ones that I love
Oh now what

I guess those inefficient bulbs should go
But damn I'll miss their feeling
Like a pathetic crush might miss
An unloving touch

It must be okay that the warm lights are going for good
Because I know that the warm lights are bad for our futures
Oh it's too bad that they're bad for our

Futures can be bright even without the warm lights
There's still the glow from the colours in our eyes
And the glow from that place that is far away
To keep us warm

Oh I often think that I shouldn't have let them go
But how was I supposed to know
That that place that's far away isn't real
Or it might as well not be

It must be okay that the warm lights are going for good
Because I know that the warm lights are bad for our futures
And I swear that I want what is best for our futures
Track Name: Edmund W. Burton
So about 70-or-so years ago
This little young boy wanted to know
How to fly

Oh he had dreams to see
The highest point that could be
So he learned, he worked
And the world still turned

But some people
Out there hurt
So he went and was drafted first
And he asked

Why
Do we care
About going to where
They hurt, they hide
Oh captain why

"It's only fair
If someone cares
Why not us
We have a magic touch
Oh why not us"

So they worked, they hurt
And the world still turned
And he flew over the maps
He once drew
And he knew
He would not make it through
To the end
Just like his friends

Oh Why
Do we care
About going to where
They hurt, they hide
Oh captain why

Oh he tried as he might
But he couldn't make it through
And they cried
When they heard
Because oh it hurt

And the world still turned

Why
Do we care
About going to where
They kill, they hide
Oh Edmund why

Oh Edmund

Don't forget to say goodbye
When you fly
Higher than high...
Track Name: Tu m'avais trouvé
On marhcent
Comme on marchent
On parlent
Comme on parlent

Et déjà
Je trouve
J'ai blesser
Mon petit pied

Ooo...
J'ai un caillou
Dans mon soulier
Ooo...
J'ai un caillou
Dans mon âme

Allors, nous sommes arrêtés
Vous êtes ennuiyé
Je veux témbrasser
Mais j'ai trop timide

Ooo...
J'ai un caillou
Dans mon soulier
Ooo...
J'ai un caillou
Dans mon âme

Ooo...

Tu m'avais trouvé...
Dans tes bras

Ooo...
J'ai un caillou
Dans mon soulier
Ooo...
J'ai un caillou
Dans mon âme

Âme...

Ooo...
J'ai un caillou
Dans mon soulier
Ooo...
J'ai un caillou
Dans mon âme
Track Name: Something About A Fence
Smudged out mistakes
Busted old rakes
And words on a page

And what did I say
About sitting on the fence
Where we all have time to pretend?

I'll walk and take
For my own sake
Whatever I can

I'm sure that I said
Something about that fence
Where we always had time to pretend

Those silhouettes sing songs
They do no wrong
I mean, how could they?
Even if they're on the fence

Oh the fall's comin'
And we want a bigger yard
So we'll do renos again
And we'll knock down that fence
And we'll knock down that fence
We'll knock down that fence again

Out among the leaves
Piles as far as can see
Far too pretty to clean

And what did I say about those busted old rakes?