Bonfire Etiquette

by Amity Beach

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released July 25, 2013

Recorded and mixed by Matt Weston at Swamp Songs, Lucan, ON
Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel, Toronto, ON

All songs written by Geoff Baillie, Andrew Gill, Fraser Moore, Jordan Hansen, except Track #6, written by J. Vincent Edwards and Pierre Tubbs
All lyrics by Geoff Baillie
All string and horn arrangements by Andrew Gill

Geoff Baillie: lead vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, bari sax
Andrew Gill: backing vocals, guitar, trumpet, french horn
Fraser Moore: bass
Jordan Hansen: drums
Grayson Homuth: keyboards, synthesizer

Additional instrumentation:
Anna Horvath: backing vocals on Tracks #4, #8, and #9
Ivan Raczycki: backing vocals on Track #5
Clara Stegall: backing vocals on Track #1
Erin Pickering: cello on Tracks #1, #8, and #9
Jamie McLellan: violin on Track #5
Zac Sereda: trombone on Tracks #1-4, #6, and #8
Jessica Pfaff: glockenspiel on Track #10
Matt Weston: djembe on Track #8
Jon Lawless: additional synth on Track #8

Gang vocals on Tracks #4, #6, and #10 by Scarlett Raczycki, Curtis te Brinke, Adria Anderson, Marije Stryker, Shannen Regier, Jessica Pfaff, Sara McEwan, and Clara Stegall

Cover design by Geoff Baillie

Thank you to the Lambton Creative County Committee

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Track Name: Sunday Nights to Infinity
The fluorescence in the hall reminded us of new dawn
When it woke us just as easy as an early dream
And the shadows on the wall looked like two holy idols
Looked a little bit devine and a lot like you and me
And our lives together

When we would spend Sunday nights to infinity
Making life of cheap retreats with each one better than the others
Hand drums and keys in the afternoons we learned
Easy songs for lazy lovers
And we strung lights that ran along the fence
When we thought that we could spend eternal summers in the backyard
We strung lights to illuminate the space between us
Keep us out of the dark

If you need to confide
I can be easy to find

Have you felt like this before?
Got a feeling in your bones a restless nerve you can't abandon
We'll outgrow predictions if you stay with me
As my doe-eyed companion
This young we can't see what we'll become
Hold my fingers like a gun and shoot the lights out over our heads
And hide the things that we're trying not to see
What we haven't figured out yet

With naive melody lamps that decorate the bedroom
We stripped all of the linens tracing a loose thread
If you love me till I'm dead I'll haunt the bedroom with you
Make ourselves out to be ghosts with sheets around our heads

And our tired hands worn as every day demands
We demolish what we have and create the whole world over
Because it's the only way we can be sure
That we're never getting older
And we strung lights that ran along the fence
When we thought that we could spend eternal summers in the backyard
We strung lights to illuminate the space between us
And keep us out of the dark

If you need to confide
I can be easy to find

Have you felt like this before
Got a feeling in your bones a restless nerve you can't abandon
We'll outgrow predictions if you stay with me
As my doe-eyed companion
This young we can't see what we'll become
Hold my fingers like a gun and shoot the lights out over our heads
And hide the things that we're trying not to see
What we haven't figured out yet
Track Name: Autumn Skylight
It takes two and you've done everything you can to build integrity
In all that you do I still disintegrate into a million pieces
Hold myself together meet you at the corner of princess and pine
When I'm still convinced that we can make some kind of rupture in the suburbs

An autumn skylight up above my head I would sleep away the afternoons
And I'm all about the reds and yellows all across the ceiling
And the colours on the other walls don't mean a single thing

I blame my failures on my fantasies, you blame them both on me
We wasted hours in the heat that's beat this town for a century
The curse is lifted all's forgiven we all melt into the sea
Let's go drowning let's go meet the fate that would come to us eventually

An autumn skylight up above my head I would sleep away the afternoons
And I'm all about the reds and yellows all across the ceiling
And the colours on the other walls don't mean a single thing

Fires starting in my backyard
I could see everything
I watched the light drip from the setting sun
I watched the harvest palette colouring the fall
Oh well

Restless winds that rip open the shutters
And tear dead leaves each by each from the trees
It crossed my room as I pulled up the covers as I
Went back into my fortress

An autumn skylight up above my head I would sleep away the afternoons
And I'm all about the reds and yellows all across the ceiling
And the colours on the other walls don't mean a single thing

Fires starting in my backyard
I could see everything
I watched the light drip from the setting sun
I watched the harvest palette colouring the fall
Oh well
Track Name: Crown Victoria
They banned fires in the hottest summer
We have ever known and we're on our last resort
We surround the bath you curse me to death
And I don't blame you
Say you'll never forgive me I'll never expect you to

We feel like we are glorious
We drive a Crown Victoria
I'll be your hands if you're my eyes
And keep watching the mirrors while I drive
Unless we are stricken in a thickened haze
That's challenging us to remain
And pressures on to break us down
Now I might be a liar but I'll say that it won't

Spirits turn to turpentine and ash
That swelled until they learned what their bodies cannot hold
But I got control I think I'm in control
Or I'll pretend I am
We both know by now that I'll always be new to this

We feel like we are glorious
We drive a Crown Victoria
I'll be your hands if you're my eyes
And keep watching the mirrors while I drive
Unless we are stricken in a thickened haze
That's challenging us to remain
And pressures on to break us down
Now I might be a liar but I'll say
That we just can't be defeated
Track Name: Avalanches
We're so far from the tide
Shallow as I've seen
You give me all your lines
That I've learned to read between

When the beach bonfires are banned
We swear that we'll give up these rituals next summer
But for now it is only you and me
And you've got all the nerve that I don't have

Feel your bones grow back
Hands on the ceiling because for now we're feeling better
It's only avalanches
Try to be with me and either way we'll live forever

I told you that I would stay
As long as you were standing
But I'll always be afraid
Of what runs in your family

Drink Iceberg and discuss how right you are
How you've got all the nerve that I don't have
So fall asleep in turns
And lie where you can sleep heavy and forget your curse

Feel your bones grow back
Hands on the ceiling because for now we're feeling better
It's only avalanches
Try to be with me and either way we'll live forever
Track Name: Fields
Let me to bed stop insisting I listen
I can't take you I can't take you seriously
I want myself want my own reflection
The vampires are harmless but they won't let me sleep
They won't let me sleep

Fields like sunlight and gold
I was sold on the necessary failure
Because I thought taking the loss would be worth it
Hurting myself for the good of me

My condition's being eaten up by a fire
And I'll grip to my survival rolling up my sleeves
And I'll be psychotic for once and ignore you
Until I collapse you won't get a word to me
Not a word to me

Fields like sunlight and gold
I was sold on the necessary failure
Because I thought taking the loss would be worth it
Hurting myself for the good of me

There are phantoms wandering my neighbourhood
There are phantoms wondering why
Phantoms wandering my neighbourhood
In the fields out by the county line
Track Name: Right Back Where We Started From
Do you remember that day
(That sunny day)
When you first came my way
I said no one could take your place
And if you get hurt
(If you get hurt)
By the little things I say
I'll put that smile back on your face

It's alright and it's coming along
We got to get right back to where we started from
Love is good, love can be strong
We got to get right back to where we started from
It's alright and it's coming along
We got to get right back to where we started from
Love is good, love can be strong
We got to get right back to where we started from

A love like ours
(A love like ours)
Can never fade away
I know it's only just begun
Give me your love
(Give me your love)
I just can't stay away
I know that you're the only one

It's alright and it's coming along
We got to get right back to where we started from
Love is good, love can be strong
We got to get right back to where we started from
It's alright and it's coming along
We got to get right back to where we started from
Love is good, love can be strong
We got to get right back to where we started from
Track Name: Hedonistic Summertime
Hedonistic summertime every romantic song that we know
On the nearest college station when you
Criticized my wooly mammoth caravan that I drove
In fits and starts somehow it got me from the
Casbah in the Hammer to Eternal Bummer Manor shows
Never could escape the balladry
I've got a string quartet that follows me wherever I go
It plays on and on I hear them when we're going
Station to tape and place to place always looking for a saviour
Without much to save heroes we find are always the same
But I don't think that we wasted any time
Searching for our unsung pleasures

Those nights have been forgotten
Every party was a fantasy undone
Got used to washouts that always
Came upon us just as plain as the rain comes
But our affective empathy shed particles that were summoned
Like little sparks between us that grew into a sun

But now look at you Miss Universe
You're standing just inside a window
You're wrapped up in a curtain while I'm
In the Pearson Garden sat by a memorial stone
To us each our own somehow we're both surviving
I know you'll keep believing in hope
In corners of the world where excesses of love have been stored
But you'll only find love where you can create it

Those nights have been forgotten
Every party was a fantasy undone
Got used to washouts that always
Came upon us just as plain as the rain comes
But our affective empathy shed particles that were summoned
Like little sparks between us that grew into a sun
Track Name: You Need to Learn How to Apologize
Make your soft palate hum
Run your fingers on the steering wheel like a drum
Check your blind spots
Grind your teeth look me in the eye

You need to learn how to apologize
You need to learn how to apologize
You need to learn how to apologize
You need to learn how to apologize

Soaking wet slippers in the mudroom
Lay your back across a table top in the monsoon
And think of the flooding in the Lion's Park

And I don't know why you can't be bothered
Just once and we'd all be better for it
You always find reasons to argue
You don't like to say sorry do you

The situation calls for failure
And you're thinking that I might try
I would never
Unless you learned how to apologize
And then I might

But I don't know why you can't be bothered
Just once and we'd all be better for it
You always find reasons to argue
You don't like to well I don't like you at all
Track Name: Born in the Daylight
Read guide lines
And adhere to them that they might get us by
First step pretend that everything is fine
The rest of the steps are impossible

Lay awake
Putting hopeless thought to hopeless thought that saves
Me from daylight reminding me that I
Was born to sleep late and fantasize

So I lie on my back for the canopy sky
And burn my eyes like it was my sun to admire
You're impossible and I'm alright

We could've been fine I never would've lost
But I knew you before I knew how to change
Born in the first decent light I ever saw
I've given up because you'll never change
Share my sunlight
If we're so alike why aren't you listening
Saying we're doing fine will never mean a thing

Shoreline drive
Where I'm harbouring my ghosts I tried to hide
Took my shoes off and rolled my ankles bare
Tempt the water but I'm never there

And I see
Silhouettes waltzing on the end of the pier
Cast out sails only waiting for a breeze
Or a pulse in the lake to teach them how to leave

So I lie on my back for the canopy sky
And burn my eyes like it was my sun to admire
You're impossible and I'm alright

We could've been fine I never would've lost
But I knew you before I knew how to change
Born in the first decent light I ever saw
I've given up because you'll never change
Share my sunlight
If we're so alike why aren't you listening
Saying we're doing fine will never mean a thing
Track Name: Comet Stop
Calloused hands and I'm striking matches
In my haunted leather jacket
All my moves long gone out of fashion
But you've got them too so we act like
We've found some common ground
A reason to relate
But all we've got in common is we made the same mistake

Taking our inherited moonlight
Our confetti bombs in the sky
Trying to punch holes in the night time
Lying backwards closing our eyes
Comets spread like ashes all across the smoking night
Until the comets stop and everything goes quiet

Say what you mean
Asthmatic breaths and cautious steps towards me
Your cautious steps won't do
Enough to bring me out of November and into
A tangle of icy hands with you

We're lost on purpose for something to do
In the neighbourhood named after me and you
And I hope you find what you're looking for
I hope you find what you're looking for
I hope you find what you're looking for
I hope you find what you're looking for