Great White North EP

by Erik Lind & The Orchard

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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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Track Name: Great White North
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
Track Name: If We Knew Then
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
Track Name: War Outside
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
Track Name: Black Eyed Heart
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
Track Name: Coming After The Wrong Man
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
Track Name: The Kick
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