Great White North EP

by Erik Lind & The Orchard

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1.
This winter’s got me in a choke hold Sucks the warm air right from my lungs It’s been far too long Since we last felt the sun If I gave you my word When did my heart follow I don’t need to steal your love Just let me borrow it one more time When will we emerge from this never-ending night? Maybe the white north ain’t so great after all But if a long distance call Can make an empire fall And put an end to this all Wait for it to ring Like the only flower in a rocky garden says I am a stranger In the most familiar place You can save me now But I've seen what I’ve seen You can take me away But I've been where I’ve been When will we emerge from this never-ending night? Maybe the white north ain’t so great after all But if a long distance call Can make an empire fall And put an end to this all Wait for it to ring
2.
I was like you I was afraid to stoke the fire There was something to fear About the flames getting higher But now we both know That it was nothing but a light Just hoping to guide us into the dark And right through the night And the night did come, but we let the fire die And when we carried on we were already blind If we knew then what we know now It would be different but I don’t know how If we knew then what we know now It would be different, I just don't know how You were like me You never liked the rain Always searching for the drylands Whenever the storms came And over some time We both forgot how to swim Kept creeping along the shore lines Instead of diving in And when the waters rose we climbed the highest ground But they kept on coming, finally pulled us down If we knew then what we know now It would be different but I don’t know how If we knew then what we know now It would be different, I just don't know how We can stretch the truth like a shadow in the afternoon sun We can sell our side of the story like it’s the only one Maybe we’ll convince them that we never had a chance But we’ll always know it was only in our hands
3.
War Outside 04:16
baby there’s a flooding in the streets what do you say if we go on down and dip our feet and if the water’s cold we’ll just watch the traffic drown if it's too late baby there’s a war outside so maybe we cannot afford to fight so if you don’t mind I think I’d rather wait till it's too late baby there's a war outside honey we are walking on a fire we may not feel the heat but the flame is getting higher
4.
So how are we ever supposed to explain this one The critics are going to have themselves a field day Or so it would appear But we can try, we can try, we can try Maybe when it’s over, when it’s all said and done We'll collect our losses for a rainy day And call this a rebuilding year Yeah we can try, we can try, we can try Oh my heart I hardly recognize you, it’s not even funny Oh my heart we haven’t said our goodbyes, and you’re already running Tell me my heart who gave you those black eyes, cause they’ve got something coming My tired old heart take off your worn-out disguise, and get back to your loving My black eyed heart If we’re not careful they’ll turn us against ourselves Try every angle they can find So don’t let down your guard We can try, we can try, we can try I know you think you’ve seen the devil but honey this ain’t no hell I’ve been down there once or twice in my time And we don’t have it quite that hard We can try, we can try, we can try Oh my heart I hardly recognize you, it’s not even funny Oh my heart we haven’t said our goodbyes, and you’re already running Tell me my heart who gave you those black eyes, cause they’ve got something coming My tired old heart take off your worn-out disguise, and get back to your loving My black eyed heart
5.
Monday morning’s already got me in its sight And I’m still chasing down the thief who stole my saturday night I know the afternoon won’t recede without a fight But man my optimism is fading with the light Five o’clock shadow grows in on the city’s face Concealing the blemishes inflicted upon this place But when the morning comes to shave the downtown clean The scars remind us of all the hard times that we’ve seen Punch the keys and the letters fight back They’ve been preparing their attack on me All this time they’ve been closing in Now they’re about to begin on me But there’s something even they don’t understand They’re coming after the wrong man They’ll see Stranger on the platform are you just passing through Are you running from something or is there something you’re running to There’s not many differences between me and you At least not today but tomorrow there just might be a few There’s a man on the corner spreading advice The people turn their heads to keep him out of their sight But maybe he’s the only one who’s got it right Maybe his words will find their meaning with the night Punch the keys and the letters fight back They’ve been preparing their attack on me All this time they’ve been closing in Now they’re about to begin on me But there’s something even they don’t understand They’re coming after the wrong man They’ll see They’ve been coming after the wrong man
6.
The Kick 02:57
There's a face that I've been chasing But I can't place it anymore Like a ghost, kept me awake And I couldn't take it anymore So we wait for the kick to come To turn us back from the old to young And we wait for the kick to come To turn us into the golden ones There's a place that I can wait in Until you break in, let me go I always said that we would make it I don't know what to say anymore So we wait for the kick to come To turn us back from the old to young And we wait for the kick to come To turn us into the golden ones

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Our first EP. Please enjoy responsibly, or irresponsibly.

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released September 28, 2012

Produced by Erik Lind and Mikael Tobias
Recorded by Gilles Castilloux at The Treatment Room, Montreal, QC in February 2012
Additional recording by Mikael at his apartment in summer 2012
Mixed by Mikael Tobias
Mastered by Reuben Ghose (www.mojitomastering.com)
Design by Catherine Aumais

All songs written by Erik Lind

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Erik Lind & The Orchard Montréal, Québec

ERIK LIND & THE ORCHARD is a band from Montreal who sings (non-exclusively) about Canadian winters, love-hate relationships with one's hometown, and forest fires.

The band features Erik Lind (guitar/vocals) Mikael Tobias (guitar/vocals), Lisa Perusse (bass/vocals), Michel Aubinais (drums), and Francis Lehoux (keys).
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