The Wharf EP

by Corinna Rose

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Produced by Corinna Rose & Leah Dolgoy
Recorded, mixed and mastered by John McCabe at Acoustic Pond
Album Art by Olga Abeleva

Corinna Rose - Vocals, banjo, acoustic guitar
Leah Dolgoy - Autoharp, backing vocals,
Cécile Doo-Kingué - Electric Guitar (2)
Sam Gleason - Electric Guitar (4)
Lisa Malachowski - Backing Vocals (1,3,5)
Ari Swan - Violin
Quinn Brander - Cello
String arrangements by Nick Lavigne (1) and Quinn Brander & Ari Swan (6)

All tracks MAPL and © Corinna Rose
Except track 3, written by Hank Williams Sr. (Public Domain)

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released 16 July 2015

We would like to thank everyone who played and worked on the record, especially to John who patiently recorded, mixed, and mastered The Wharf, and who kept us full of tea and maple syrup. Thank you to John’s family who welcomed us into their home, especially Oliver who taught us about deadly rocks. We would like also like to thank our friends, family, and musical communities. Leah would like to thank Karen Mueller, the John C. Campbell Folk School, Seattle Autoharp Week, and her Thursday night old time pals. Corinna would like to thank Deborah Kraus and Chesley Walsh. Thank you to Gern F. for teaching us (almost) everything there is to know about the autoharp and for being a constant source of support and excellent advice. Thank you to all of our friends and fans who came out to our shows in the coldest February on record and who encouraged us while we arranged most of these tunes on tour. Finally, thank you, as always, to Ali, for bringing us together.

- Corinna and Leah

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Corinna Rose Montréal, Québec

Banjo wielding folk-rock troubadour Corinna Rose will make your heart flutter and use its beat to start a hoedown. Named after a traditional country-blues song and her great-grandmother, she crafts songs that simultaneously capture aspects of the folk tradition, while unabashedly using crooked rhythms, jazz chords and electric guitars. ... more

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Track Name: Broken Telephone
Come sit let's start a game
It's so fun to play Broken Telephone
Moving our lips and mouth
But what's coming out is so foreign

And as we start to speak
Whispering the beat of the dial tone
Try to connect the line
Ringing one more time but nobody's home

Now your ears are facing
My eyes are glazing staring into the dark
Why is this so slow, what is it's colour?
Guess we just missed the mark

Silence is golden
Yes I am holding anticipating your word
Shouldn't be flattered
Your jibber jabber just marks a lonely soul

Let us shout it out

Hello operator please give me number 9
And if you should disconnect me leave your ego behind
Under the yellow curtain there stands a shard of glass
Take a look at your reflection can't you see at last?
Please ask me your questions
Don't tell me your lies
Can't you hear me screaming it's mine this time?
Track Name: Don't Fall in Love
Don't fall in love
Turns a sinner to a stone
The hollow woman, the tritest song
'Cause when I go away
You won't know I'm gone
Don't fall in love
Turns a sinner to a stone

How did we get here, down this dark road
Made you feel special, made you feel old
'Cause when you find that dead end
None do but fold
No more a gentle, gracious soul

Now I tried to warn him 'bout these dark days
But we had it buried, we had it made
So he took a shot, but he missed the gate
And so our stalemate, it radiates
Track Name: Wolf
I'd believe it if I were anyone but me
You burned all the evidence, witness testimony
There's an ember that's ablaze
And it palpitates in doubt

There's no wolf in the bushes
No witch at your door
The ones that'll getcha are already close
'Cause at the heart of the hopeless is a yearning for control
And a rage that burns

"We'd believe it if it were anyone but you
You wandered after dark, where's your scientific proof"
But the woods are on fire and that smoke won't turn to steam

She never cried wolf, she did not lie
The silent skies rained down overnight
While you have every alibi
You have no need for shame
For shame

In the eye of the storm there's a knock on your door
She wipes off her shoes
You drink up every drop of truth
'Cause at the heart of the hopeful is a yearning for control
And a rage that burns
Track Name: Lost Like You (Acoustic Version)
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
Track Name: The Wharf
Skin exposed on sun warmed oak
Collar bones and resin
Wade in the grass and the muddy deep
The blades punctured your feet

Eardrums hum in the afternoon
Brine and salty sting
Open cuts and weathered scars need careful bandaging

Well the view from the wharf is mighty high
'Till you set your feet on fire
Love's regret and the waves abet
And the coastline drowns beneath

Dip your toes in before you dive
Mind the level of the tide
Surely, slowly boy

Don't you trust this masquerade
Her shiny crests won't hold you dear
You won't fly
You'll swim upstream
And crash into the sea