Inlands

by Saga City

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Recorded by Malcolm Gilderdale at home in Toronto between January and June 2011.
Special thanks to Isil, Allan, Jeff, Neil, JP, Clare, Mum, Dad, and everyone who encouraged me to finish it.

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released June 30, 2011

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Track Name: Lowlands
This won’t take long.
I just need a minute of your time.
I’ve been searching for the words
To tell you why.

But nothing ever comes out right.
Never comes out right.

And I know you won’t quite understand.
And I know I’ll hold your hand.

This won’t be good.
It’s never quite the way…
I pictured it.
Trying so hard to say –
Trying so hard to say

Everything that’s ever happened in
A single sentence. It’s just pointless when
We reach the shoreline, I let you walk ahead.
I know I’ll never get it right. I guess…

I guess I had to try.

Guess I had to try.
Guess I had to try.
Track Name: LMMT
We’re gonna build you a new home
Out of the bones of your old life.
We’ll take all the pieces
And build it to the ceiling.
We’re gonna dance to the music
Of the first thing you wanted.
We’ll be here straight through ‘til morning,
If you need us we’ll all be here.

Love means making time.
Love means making time.
I’ve been wasting mine, but
Love means making time.

We’re gonna dig through the wreckage
Performing reconstructions.
We’ll pick out the best bits
And turn them into pictures.
We’re gonna hang all the photographs
And skip all the bad years.
We’ll be here straight through the evening.
If you need us we’ll all be here.

Love means making time.
Love means making time.
You’re worth all of mine.
Love means we’ll be fine.

Love means we’ll be fine.
Track Name: Just Bones
I see you out in rain.
Makes me want to talk again.
I’m guessing you will never let me in.
Then we’re frozen up.

Without hope we are just meat.
Without sweetness we’re just bones.
And I know that without you,
I’m less than I could be.

You aren’t holding me today.
I can feel you turn away.
There’s fog and frost in the window.
It’s so cruel. It’s so cruel.

Without hope we are just meat.
Without sweetness we’re just bones.
And I know that without you,
I’m less than I could be.
Track Name: Like Gravity
You’re crumbling before my eyes,
Like time-lapse history film.
Your paint is peeling off.
Your marble is coming out white.

I will always love the ancient days.
Armies used to live in you.
One day I’ll sit beside a pile of sand and say,
“I knew it when it stood so true.”

Don’t you ever wonder about
The mountains outside of the tiny towns,
The details in the tall grass
Where the creatures lie around,
All the little worlds we’ll never see,
And the time that we won’t have,
And all the arbitrary laws, like gravity.
Like gravity.

Dusty feet will walk where we once laughed.
No friendly hands will touch our skin again.
Earth will fill the spaces in our lungs.
Dead men don’t have girls or friends.

Don’t you ever wonder about
The mountains outside of the tiny towns,
The details in the tall grass
Where the creatures lie around,
All the little worlds we’ll never see,
And the time that we won’t have.
And all the arbitrary laws, like gravity.
Like gravity.
Like gravity.
Like gravity.

Mix the fight up, ‘cause you can’t fight us,
Not forever now, no not forever now.
Mix the fight up, ‘cause you can’t fight us,
Not forever now, no not forever now.
Track Name: Sad Song
I see that light again. I know you’ll be a thief.
I knew you when you were a liar, and I think

We have gone too far.
We have lost the stars.

When you were young, you said my name backwards.
I lost your words, but now I know where you’ve gone.
It’s a long way to run to, and you’re going to, at last.
I lose my way and take flight.

We have gone too far.
We have lost the stars.

I know what you’ve been doing. It’s not so easy.
I know where you left me all alone. Come on, come on.
Track Name: Summer Scars
Your skin will tighten as the summer goes.
Too much sun will make you smaller,
And as the warm days recede,
You’ll be a prisoner of memories.

No matter what you do, summer leaves a scar,
No matter how you run, you never get too far.
Sunsets and last kisses in a broken house.
Insects buzzing as the light goes out.

Simple as a touch you think.
The future’s written in this language.
No one can tell the young what they lose,
And no one ever should.

No matter what you do, summer leaves a scar,
No matter how you run, you never get too far.
Sunsets and last kisses in a broken house.
Insects buzzing as the light goes out.

There’s something so sad in the edge of the light,
Where it stops spilling into the fields at night.
It makes me think of you.
Track Name: Highlands
Left in the background.
There’s a fog on those eyes.
Everyone’s at home.
There’s a fog on those eyes.

How far can we go?
This is where you walk alone.
This is where you walk alone.
Every line has led you here,
Everyone has left you near.
This is where you walk alone.
This is where you walk alone.
Every line has led you here,
Everyone has left you near.

Left on the highlands.
There’s a fog on those bones.
You dreamt of being alone.
There’s a fog on those bones.

This is where you walk alone.
This is where you walk alone.
Every line has led you here,
Everyone has left you near.
This is where you walk alone.
This is where you walk alone.
Every line has led you here,
Everyone has left you near.
This is where you walk alone.
This is where you walk alone.
Every line has led you here,
Everyone has left you near.
This is where you walk alone,
Is where you walk alone.
Track Name: Tops
Tops heel and yaw,
Sent newly spinning:
Squirm round the floor
At the beginning,
Then draw gravely up
Like candle-flames, till
They are soundless, asleep,
Moving, yet still.

So they run on,
Until, with a falter,
A flicker - soon gone -
Their pace starts to alter:
Heeling again
As if hopelessly tired
They wobble, and then
The poise we admired
Reels, clatters and sprawls,
Pathetically over,
-And what most appalls
Is that tiny first shiver.

Tops heel and yaw,
Sent newly spinning:
Squirm round the floor
At the beginning,
Then draw gravely up
Like candle-flames, till
They are soundless, asleep,
Moving, yet still.

So they run on,
Until, with a falter,
A flicker - soon gone -
Their pace starts to alter:
Heeling again
As if hopelessly tired
They wobble, and then
The poise we admired
Reels, clatters and sprawls,
Pathetically over,
-And what most appalls
Is that tiny first shiver.
Track Name: We're On The Wrong Side
Sees you in your dreams,
Makes you wonder why we need to think
Even though we’re so sure
Everything we do is right.

I know you’re lost.
I might be too.
I learnt the cost in
The air. Did you?

Come on.
We’re on different pages.
Come on.
We’re on the wrong side.

I was waiting for a sign.
But signs only come to those
Who make them for themselves.
I know I got so close.

Don’t you ever believe
We’re living in, living in,
A dream? I never saw you
In the right light.

Come on.
We’re wrong. We're wrong.
Come on.
We’re on the wrong side.
Track Name: No Step
We’re living under ice. We’re living under glass.
We’re cutting up our eyes. We’re cutting out our hearts.
We no longer feel skin. We know we don’t stand a chance.
We are on our feet to dance before we realize there’s no step
No step.

Please stop the human race, they’re embarrassing apes.
The zoo won’t hold, the bars will break. Please stop the human race.
Please stop the human race, they’re embarrassing apes.
Please stop the human race.

We’re living under ice. We’re living under glass.
We’re cutting up our eyes. We’re cutting out our hearts.
Stars have become lines. The planets are aligned.
It’s nearly time to go, but there’s so much left to say
And I’m sorry that I gave everything to them.
I am sorry I could not stop it with your name.

Please stop the human race, they’re embarrassing apes.
The zoo won’t hold, the bars will break. Please stop the human race.
Please stop the human race, they’re embarrassing apes.
Please stop the human race.

Just give me a name
Just give me a name
Maybe they will let you go
They are listening in
They are listening.
There’s just no other way
Cause they always come back
They come back before long.
So give them a name
Just give them a name
And maybe they will let you go
Maybe they will let you go.
Track Name: Morning Came Too Soon
Morning came too soon.
You wouldn’t look in my eyes.
I don’t know what to do.
You can’t claim I don’t try.

I made my name on you.

Morning came too soon.
Summer looks like glass that’s falling
From the highest roof.
Landing in our eyes and throats,

I made my name on you.
That is what I do.
I made my name on you.
That is what I do.

It’s not supposed to be this way.
It’s not supposed to cause us pain.

‘Cause I made my name on you.
That is what I do.
I made my name on you.
That is what I do.

And it’s not supposed to be this way.
It’s not supposed to cause us pain.
And I want it just to stay the same
As it was before that wasteful day.