Lonesome For The Colour

by Diane Motel

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1.
Jar Me Awake 03:27
I wake up and stare at the skies of Toronto Though it feels like I've never before. I take the elevator down to the ground floor And walk straight out the front door. I take out my keys and unlock my Mercedes And step out on to the road. I drive with my hand hanging out the window With no mind to the wintery cold. A foot on the gas and a foot on the brake Oh, those pricks they'll never even know I'm fading away Oh, I'm dying for an escape So, jar me awake Only one more day alone Only one more day Only one more day alone Only one more day Til the angels take you home Til the angels take you home Arrive a few minutes late to the high rise Where I work my hands to the bone I'm taking my breaks on the roofs of skyscrapers Just staring at cars below Too god damn scared to let go A foot on the ledge and a foot o'er the edge Oh, those pricks they'll never even know I'm fading away Oh, I'm dying for an escape So, jar me awake.
2.
Okemah 03:06
Down in old sorrow The champions of the dust-bowl To wrestle my troubles away I'm lonesome for a dollar I'm lonesome for the colour Of the skin that once warmed this old hand Oh, Okemah I'll pray for a little bit of rain To wet down this old blistered shore Oh, Okemah I'll fall for your withered old heart To fill it with seeds once again Thirsty yields cracked and keeled Where gold once grew Capital dawn greets the break of day We'll be praying for rain Lip-burned impression on this dust-blasted forehead The hinges hang off this old door With black clouds too thick for this cancerous new trick We'll pack up our cars and we'll go Oh, Okemah I'll pray for a little bit of rain To wet down this old blistered shore Oh, Okemah I'll fall for your withered old heart To fill it with seeds once again
3.
Ragtime War 02:55
Drawing the lines on your furrowed brow Wiping you sweat with a bloody towel Taking your time with a borrowed clue Holding the line like I've been holding you I'm bound to the same vein that'll taker her life The sound of a chain gang at the railroad side Tying her down while the whistle blows Time won't allow for the train to approach The morning won't ache when it comes to pass Pick up what's left of this evening crash And I'm falling like walls that have crumbled to the floor I'm heeding your call for a ragtime war The afternoon it kills you in the high-strung heat Why can't you see what this is doing to me The train derailment was a pale attempt To slow down to nothing when the steel track bent Blades of cocaine rise and hit your throat Numbs out the pain in the afterglow I'm falling for you by the bathroom sign Fighting those tears in your bloodshot eyes. The morning won't ache when it comes to pass Pick up what's left of this evening crash And I'm falling like hell against your bedroom door I'm heeding your call for a ragtime war
4.
Don't you come back, son To Northumberland They'll skin you alive and leave you to die In Northumberland Don't you stop here, boy Lest you be in the soil You'll dig all day your own shallow grave In Northumberland Old Northumberland That's where I'm from They'll invite you in and eat your kin In Northumberland
5.
I know that time is running out If I'm gonna get through to you Somehow I've gotta figure out Just how to get through to you 'cause when I hold you in my arms it feels so right Then I saw you, you were out with him tonight Yeah, you go back to him And leave me wandering Somehow I've got to figure out Just how to get through to you I know that time is running out If I'm gonna get through to you Yeah, you go back to him You leave me wondering
6.
This morning I awoke and I thought you'd been a dream But my darling there you were inside my arms So I close my eyes up tight and I wish never to return But to feel your beating heart against my brain But you tell that your sorry about the times you couldn't see Then I just wished for you and yours to come back home to me You are a wish, you are a dream that I never thought would take And now each second I'm awake you're in my mind And my heart can hardly think about the ways you must be real Your velvet hands upon my skin could never lie And your eyes are kind of grey and I guess mine are sort of blue I think there's something in them there that keeps on drawing me to you Your heart is one I never thought I'd find And your eyes just keep on floating 'round my mind With your hands pressed up against my aching spine I only wish that I could stay in your arms for the rest of time This morning I awoke and I felt your lips on mine You are the ghost inside my bed, you are the clouds inside my mind In my dreams I've longed to hold, in my thoughts I thought you'd stay So now that wishing wells are granting, keep the best ones so we'll stay Now that wishing wells are granting, you and I will surely stay
7.
In what order shall we go Who is to say and who is to know Will you quicken and leave this world, Or simply let you body go? Will you let go of your soul? Will you stand or will you fall When you hear the trumpets call As you leave this mortal coil And the splendor of your spoils As you rest beneath the soil Nothing left of the world you have made Some folks pass by and others were changed For yourself you've made a name And you'll take it with you to the grave When you reach the end of your days And I pray you'll find yourself rest I can hope that as things do unfurl You'll be ready to take this test And you'll remember the good things the most And say goodbye to the saint of the coast
8.
Born in to riches and dumped into rags In a broken down cabin lives what's-his-name And he'll chop down the trees to stake his fiery claim He wore out his welcome the day he came Oh, I've failed you As sure as the dead crow flies Oh, I've failed you So dry up those weather-beaten eyes One, two, three, four; those trees they fell five, six, seven, eight; like artillery shells He'll bring down the bounty and bring down the bells While he drives that old ax in to hell He built that old cabin with bloody knuckled hands He drove the foundation in to fire and sand With the strength of ten lions and the brute force of rams To live on Lucifer's land
9.
I thought of you again last night On the airwaves I was pushing That song your wrote about us On the Gretsch in open tuning Through the radio's blank hum The song rang out and ended And the dead air hung like heavy and inventive I just sat and wondered why You packed up and you left me While the microphone just stared Pointed at me sadly I couldn't bring myself to cue The next song on the playlist They all reminded me of you Broken, fucked, and shameless Through the studio's dank light I rang out in soliloquy A poem to befit you Spoken in a willowed key And hopeless as it might have been That just by chance you'd hear me The most eloquent of praises Echoed from me deeply And when I finished, I hit play On the song you wrote about us Then I repeated it again And on in to the darkness I'd love to hear you sing above Those chords with harnessed prowess I could never hear enough of your alto's solemn grayness And I wait, oh, I wait And I'm saved By the airwaves It falls away from me Please don't leave, Annie Tee If we end up strangers I hope that you remember All the songs you wrote for me Softly crooned and clever I've been holding on to you Or at least the vague idea When I push the faders up And struggle to speak clear I thought of you again last night On the airwaves I was pushing That song you wrote about us On the Gretsch in open tuning
10.
Daffodil 03:08
Through the night we'll drive towards the city Carry on to the edge of the morn Should the daylight forgives awful things that I did You might let me do more Oh, daffodil, my petunia Daffodil, my rose Find my tulips in the garden And let yours be my home Let yours be my home Love of mine, we'll ride til it's over Carry on, though the night is so long If your heart needs a wish tell me now and I'll kiss you And I'll say you belong Oh daffodil, my petunia Daffodil, my rose Something changes in the darkness And I love you right now I love you right now
11.
Bottleneck 05:38
In a bygone day I'd have lost my head I'd have lain awake And my mind would race As the pressure builds To a bottleneck In times gone past I'd have lost my nerve My frustration grew As my thoughts would pass I would walk in to A bottleneck Times I've lost I'd been out of my head I can float for hours But be down instead Til I found I was stuck In the bottleneck From now on Foregone bottleneck I've been lifted up When I could hardly stand From the bottom when I reach out for your hand You pulled me up and now I know that I will see the end You waited on me, I could see you are my one true friend I'll be on my way and I will follow...

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released November 24, 2017

Diane Motel is:

Caleb Farrugia - percussion
Josh Fraser - electric, slide, and acoustic guitar, autoharp, banjo
Travis Laver - vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, bass
Jo Meloche - vocals
Eric Welton - bass, vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica

Special guest appearance on 'Lonesome for the Colour' from our friend Mark Calcott who wonderfully performed all of the piano and keyboard tracks on the record.

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An alt-folk band out of Windsor, ON which blends soulful harmonies with insightful lyrics to deliver a sound familiar, yet original all the same.

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