Steven McKay

by Steven McKay

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released October 10, 2010

Fuzzy Logic Recordings FLR-012

For Emma.

All songs written & arranged by Steven McKay.

Performed by:
Steven McKay: vocals, guitars, bass, synths, drums, aux perc.
Allie Hughes: background vocals
Alex Samaras: background vocals
Thom Gill: vocals & guitars
Bram Gielen: bass on "Restore Me" & "Of All the Places"
Vita Carlino: sax on "Of All the Places"
Misha Bower: vocals on "Fast Forward"
Emma Reilly, Misha Bower, Neil Haverty & Matt Cully: background chorus on "Emma" & "Slow Down"

Produced by Leon Taheny & Steven McKay
Mastered by Mike Kuehn
Mixed by Leon Taheny at Angles Up in Toronto, Ontario

Cover photo: Martin Rheis
CD & type: Frank Maidens
Design & guidance: Maria Bui

Thanks to:
Mum & Dad & the rest of my family, Maria Bui, Bruce Peninsula, Jim & Beth Reilly, Boyce, Andy, Chud, Eric Woolston, Luke & Josie, Andrew Barker, Samir Khan, Spencer Cole, Lauren Schreiber, Beth Anderson, Tafelmusik, KP, Lara, the Holmes bros, the Eckart bros, Drew Smith (both), Matt Beckett, Inessa Frantowski, the Tranzac, Maylee Todd, Greg & Annie, Milo & Bruno and especially Emma Reilly, for your unwavering support - thank you!

www.stevenmckay.ca
www.fuzzylogicrecordings.com

Copyright 2010 (SOCAN)

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Track Name: Emma Comes Home
Emma comes on the train soon and my heart goes boom-boom-boom
Godspeed the taxi that brings her home, so I can see my Emma
Emma comes on the train soon, as I waited here, I wrote this tune
I tried to write a sonnet too, but a madrigal should do fine

Emma comes on the train soon, as I look forward to the afternoon
We’ll sing and dance and perhaps I’ll croon, but for now I wait for Emma
Emma comes on the train soon and it might seem pretty dull to you,
But to me the thought of Emma home is enough to make me sing
Track Name: Restore Me
I’m just around the corner come knock on my door
You can see what they abandoned me for
It’s been a long time since I was occupied
Even longer since I washed
Hard to believe that I was beautiful before

Before they boarded up my windows - to keep you all outside
Before they stripped me of my valuables
Leave me nothing but to ask you too

Restore me – fix me up – you can’t ignore me
All your efforts will restore you
Rewards with every sacrifice
And I’ll restore you – don’t let me fester I implore you
Fix me now or I’ll destroy you
And I’m prepared to pay the price

I’ve sat here through the winters no one to keep me warm inside
The vacancy has stripped me of my pride
And it’s stripped me of my finish, now I’m rotten to the core
Hard to believe that I was beautiful before

Before they boarded up my windows - to keep you all outside
Before they stripped me of my valuables
Leave me nothing but to ask you too

Restore me – fix me up – you can’t ignore me
All your efforts will restore you
Rewards with every sacrifice
And I’ll restore you – don’t let me fester I implore you
Fix me now or I’ll destroy you
And I’m prepared to pay the price
Track Name: Andy's House
Safe to hide – hiding place – home to my old friend
I’ve got time –time to waste – waste with my old friend Andy
I don’t have to think the serious thoughts I think when I’m there

ELP and PS2 until 3 IN THE MORNING with Andy
I don’t have to think the serious thoughts I think when I’m there

We can listen to a record – we can go for a swim
Anything you want – satisfy a whim at Andy’s house
We can try to make a move – we’ve done it before
Heaven only knows what they have in store at Andy’s house

Boyce and Neil – sex appeal is really rare
Glen and Lou – Andy too – they’ll all be there

We can talk about the weather – we can talk about more
Rich or poor – everyone is welcome at Andy’s house
We can smoke up in the attic – we can smoke in the pool
Smoker’s paradise – anything is cool at Andy’s house

Boyce and Neil – sex appeal is really rare
Glen and Lou – Andy too – they’ll all be there
Track Name: Slow Down
If slow and steady wins the race
Then I should always win first place
My trouble’s more with time than space
I prefer the prize above the chase
That being said, that’s not the case

There are no flowers and ribbons in my vase
There is no fruit of labour at this pace
One can only handle so much
So I say we all slow down
'Cause we all could use a break
And take some time to lounge
In the city
'Cause it’s all too much
In the city, and slow down slow

I used to drink six cups a day
Of the strongest coffee ever made
And oh, the way mind would play

It whirled and spun, 8000 RPMs
My motor seized and in that moment then
I saw that I
Could stand a bit to slow down
I sure could use a break
Take some time to lounge and hoe down
It’s a pity
But I’m happier when
In the city
I slow down, I slow down, I slow down
Slow!

I long to take some time off and I long for peace and quiet
I long for soup on Sundays and I long for movie nights

We all need more soup on Sundays
And we all need more movie nights
So let’s take off some time together
And we’ll all slow down
Track Name: Of All the Places
In Victoria, the whales and seals are very appealing
And the mountain peaks of Canmore send me right through the ceiling
But of all the places I could be, I’d rather be dealing with day-to-day feelings
With you at home, where I belong

In Saskatoon, they keep you coming with bushels of berries
The canola fields of Winnipeg are like charms of canaries
But of all the places I could be, I don’t need the prairies, I’d rather be married
To you at home, where I belong

Take my pronto back to Toronto – nothing can keep me away
From the hustle and bustle of the big blue city and you…

In Montreal, the sidewalk is crawling with cultural riches
And Halifax will blow your lid and the fish is delicious
But of all the places I could be
My greatest of wishes is doing the dishes, with you at home where I belong
Track Name: Ignite
With the crash of the cymbals I start to unwind
With past hopes of prettier pictures in mind
I don’t want to be rich, but I want to be rich in kind
Now I suffer the itch of the rash that I left behind

With the smack of the snare drum it can’t be denied
The bastard who burns his bridges is inside
I don’t want to be rich, but I want to be rich in pride
Now I suffer the itch of the rash that I left behind

I am growing tired
Losing touch with those admired
Doubting trusts and doucing fires
And waiting for something to ignite

With the boom of the bass drum I could beat these things
Turn over the twisted troubles within
I don’t want to be rich, but I want to be rich in grins
I don’t want to forget, I just want to start over again

I am growing tired – losing touch with those admired
Doubting trusts and doucing fires
And waiting for something to ignite

I don’t want to be rich, but I want to be rich
Waiting for something to ignite
Losing touch with those admired
Track Name: Fast Forward
You remember days on end with no one but ourselves to tend to think of all the hours spent together
Synchronized in every trend, were there ever closer friends, you know I can’t recall when times were better
Sure I remember weeks, when even winter wasn’t bleak, now seasons turn to aeons that we fettered away
And now we’ve past out peek, it seems like we don’t ever speak, time marches on and I never see you…

But I love you still, you know I do – I do.

You remember ’98, coffees purchased we were always late, but I could set my watch to your approval
You go and start the car, I think you’re snowed in where you are, but I can dig you out with a shovel
Fast forward to the current date, eat and sleep and rush and wait and everyone's a stranger in the city
So make haste and call today, you’re sure to have something to say or maybe not, but either way I’d like to hear from you
Track Name: Dance 'til the End of Time
It begins with a dark cloud above you and it’s bound to pour
There are bad times knocking at your door
And when despair it takes a hold of you, you can’t help but forget
That you won’t find refuge in your TV set
You won’t find refuge in a box of letters
You won’t find refuge in the road, but you might find it in the beat

So next time you get your heart run over or you’re feeling down
Remember to turn up the stereo and put on your crown
'Cause this year’s election is over
The results are in and it’s time for the fun revolution to begin

There’s nothing that they can do to stop us now
Put on your moonboots, your headband, your shades,
And let’s start this boogie out
We’re in this together, so don’t let your neighbour down
Put on those tight red leather pants and we’ll bring this groove to town
And I promise we’ll dance til the end of time

In my dreams, if we boogie we’ll be just fine
Keep the beat at the forefront of your mind
And I promise we’ll dance til the end of time