Northeast Southwest

by Corinna Rose

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about

Thank you to my family, the Gulkins, Penners and Posens for all of your love and support. Special thanks to Jim, Jan and Rylan Gulkin for your incredible generosity. To Steve Penner and Mary Ellen Marus, Rose and Saul Rose, Harry Gulkin and Marie Murphy, Robert Posen, Ian Brander, Cathy Gulkin and Lisa Simkins, Ruth Penner, Michael Green and Ellen Lipes, Frederic Weigand Warr, Bob Penner and Shaena Lambert, Daniel Cooper and Martin Posen and to everyone else who donated for helping this album come to life. Thanks to Dominike Courteau and Eli Grimson for your help with the fundraiser. Thanks to Max Desmarais (Bridgehead Studios), Harry Knazan (Mixing) and Reuben Ghose (Mastering) for helping me put together a fantastic demo that led to a FACTOR and Canada Council grant. Thanks to Emma Frank and Kevin Swartzbach keeping me on my technical and musical toes. Thanks to Jan Florjanczyk, Dave Cool, Dimitri Condax, Paul Afalo, Greg Bouchard, Raymond Carpentier, Candice Fridman, for contributing your support and advice. To my musician friends Gabrielle Papillon, Lisa Malachowski and Matt Stern for your support and guidance and for being generally lovely always. To my band: this has been an incredible journey so far and you have all pushed me to reach farther than I ever thought I could. Love you all.

credits

released 11 April 2013

All songs written by Corinna Rose except Fresher Fruit, written by Matthew Daher

Produced by Corinna Rose. Additional production by Joseph Donovan. Recorded and mixed by Joseph Donovan at Mountain City.
Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel
Arrangements by the Corinna Rose Band
String and Horn Arrangements by Nick Lavigne except Fresher Fruit, arranged by Matthew Daher

Corinna Rose - Lead vocals, banjo (1, 8), acoustic guitar, electric guitar (4), vibraphone
Matthew Daher - Drums, backing vocals (5,8)
Leah Dolgoy - Autoharp, backing vocals (4,8)
Nicolas Godmaire - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar (2), lapsteel, banjo (5,7), backing vocals (4, 5, 6, 7)
Alex LeBlanc - Bass

Quinn Brander - Cello
Ari Swan - Violin
Eleanor Verrette - Viola

Taylor Donaldson - Trombone
Ryan Frizzell - Trumpet
Guillaume Roy - French Horn

Lisa Malachowski - Backing vocals (7)

Choir Vocals - Theo Ephraim, Ainsley McNeaney, Gabrielle Papillon

This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts / We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

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Track Name: Lost Like You
I was once so small like you
I felt every surface
Heard your blood flowing through your veins
Tracing your sweet smile lines

Aren’t we selfish?

I was once so small like you
I believed in love
Waiting for our future to pass
Dwelling in the depths of a canyon

Are we hopeless?

It’s all the same in your stomach
Don’t you know it’s in your head
In the end it’s all darkness
In the end it’s all darkness
Track Name: Fresher Fruit
If my name and his name have got your tongue in knots
What else of me have you not forgot?
Is my face still fresh or has it wavered?
Your silent slips as you sweetly savour
Fresher fruit that has not come to rot

If you closed your eyes and felt each of our palms
To which hand would your tender touch belong
Would your fingers scream out “Lover!” “Stranger!”
If they called your lips to lend a favour?
Would either tango’s tempo taste so wrong

I found peace since you bolted up your door
My dreams have long ceased to find us tumbling on the floor
We’ve moved on to fresh arms that keep us warm

But you can’t keep straight
Our names and voices and kisses and faces
Guess time obscures but never erases
The bonds we build and we break and we bury in vain

So keep me tied, taught, tightly between your teeth
That wicked word of love’s obsurd bequeath
‘Cause habits they die hard if ever
Despite your best attempts to sever
Stubborn roots still tangled down beneath
Track Name: There is Darkness, There Is Light
I'm rowing my boat off to the shore
The waters are calm I am ready to go
But I feel it behind me, it threatens my home
Escaping the storm

There is a darkness, but there'll be a light

If I surrender would you be my home?
And if I let go won't you leave me alone?
And when I am hungry you feed me your sh*t
When I am lonely you are my friendship

There is a darkness, but there'll be a light

Balancing on the abandoned train tracks
I'll try not to fall if that train it rolls back
But I'm testing this out, this experiment
When it boils over I burn all my bridges

There is a darkness but there'll be a light
It's under my skin and it's shaking my bones
Track Name: Mirror
We are so fragile
Each one our own
We are weighed down

You are so careful
Tiptoe, your words
Are drifting
Gentle

Your expressions

Mirror are you there?
Track Name: Northeast Southwest
Well the distance oh it ain’t so big
And what’s in between is in our heads
Don’t we know it

And if we knew just where we are
We’d still be hurt and stuck and scarred
Can’t get around it

We’re in between to cities and two hearts
Can’t ever choose won’t ever depart
‘Cause Northeast Southwest I’m coming home

And as I sleep you transport me
And all the rest is just a dream
It’s music

And when I’m there won’t forget you
Beyond the bounds you’re waiting still
Moving along
Track Name: Darcy (D.)
She was a pretty girl
Wide-set blue eyes
Driving down the highway junction
Montreal to Vancouver
She got lost in the horizon

Squeezed ourselves onto a park bench
Heads resting on each other’s shoulders
O. says you want me to say a prayer
And I think what would it matter anyway

Saw her again that day
She was standing on the chapel steps
Wide set blue eyes focused beyond mine
Back turned to the sky
Track Name: Your Light
Your light fills the sky
Your bleakness swallows us whole
The spark is burning cold

Your energy lies on the cusp
Of stillness
I am present as I disappear

You and I so connected
Plunges into loneliness
Power that was mine

You’ll never get it
You’re unaware, you’re irresponsible
You love yourself
You are alone
You’re sinking, you are sinking

You are so big
I am forever small
I am pretty
I am not much at all
I am not much at all
When I am yours
Track Name: So It Goes
And so it goes on
Waiting for it to be my turn
And if this is love
Oh god, won’t you please strike me down?

I had a boy his name was Sam
Pretty little thing he wasn’t half bad
Took him to the bridge down in old port Mark
Just to leave him there alone in the dark

I had a girl her name was Gene
She was real sweet
Never petty or mean
Didn’t wanna hurt her or make her a fool
But other prospects are awaitin’
No time to lose

Now it’s springtime
Everything’s renewed
Everyone’s a wanting and a grasping in tune
Little do they know and little do they see
Affections are a fickle
Ain’t never what they seem