Steven McKay

by Steven McKay

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1.
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
2.
03:53
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
3.
03:03
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
4.
03:42
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
5.
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
6.
04:28
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
7.
02:57
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
8.
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

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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!

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www.fuzzylogicrecordings.com

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