The Howl and the Whisper

by Fools of Love

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1.
Miles Away 03:54
I spend days that turn to weeks lying in wait For letters blotted by ink that bleeds Like brothers on the fore I miss them all but I miss you more Do you ever think that we could be what you see in dreams? Twenty-four wars a day when I'm away, miles away We know hell for heaven's sake Miles away, you're miles away Live to fight another day Miles away, you're miles away Can you feel me in the moment you awake? Feel the breath and the gentle weight I still see you every morning Getting dressed while I'm still half asleep Does the image ever fade away? I used to love that autumn breeze But every draw of air's a waste When you're deader than the leaves We know hell for heaven's sake Miles away, you're miles away Caught a fever that won't shake Miles away, you're miles away Boots are shined and rifle's clean Miles away, you're miles away Live to fight another day Miles away, you're miles away It's all we talk about these days All the waiting and the wanting in between I know that you'll keep safe all those miles away But now I want to bleed Like every brother before me in the war I’d rather walk toward the gates Than march in line and miss you more We know hell for heaven's sake Miles away, you're miles away Caught a fever that won't shake Miles away, you're miles away Boots are shined and rifle's clean Miles away, you're miles away Live to fight another day Miles away, you're miles away
2.
Fix Yourself 03:41
So tell me now, do you ever wonder Just what does it take to be a beggar or a priest To be a sinner or a saint Do you live your life never satisfied In a world of sex, drugs and petty crime Ooh, keep on living in the fast lane Ooh, till the sirens come a-wailing Waste away the days in a prison cell So beg, borrow and steal, ain't got no soul to sell Make a trade to save yourself a fate in hell But heaven can't fix you, you're gonna have to fix yourself With belief in a bottle and faith in a knife You're a staggering drunk wasting all your life What will it take to be ashamed? Lost every friend, lost a family Ooh, take a little bit of everything Ooh, till there's nothing left for sharing Waste away the days in a prison cell So beg, borrow and steal, ain't got no soul to sell Make a trade to save yourself a fate in hell But heaven can't fix you, you're gonna have to fix yourself Found a home lying cold in the dirty ground So kick, yell and scream, ain't making any sound Turn your eyes to the sky but it don't help Heaven can't fix you, you're gonna have to fix yourself Waste away the days in a prison cell So beg, borrow and steal, ain't got no soul to sell Make a trade to save yourself a fate in hell But heaven can't fix you, you're gonna have to fix yourself
3.
Heavy Head 04:02
The millstone hangs around your neck And leaves a mark upon your skin I’ve held it in my weathered hands And shared the weight of all your sins So hang your head and make your way Through all the longest, darkest days But there’s a light that’s shining down And you can wear it as a crown, my dear When the sun was a common scene We were living so blissfully The days would flourish and when dusk would fall You were a roaring flame Now dark clouds hide the sky In between each horizon line And you are the faintest fire flickering under the pouring rain Halo, halo, let the glow illuminate your face Halo, halo, let it give you levity and grace Hold up your heavy head, and Hold up a light to guide the way You toss and turn at night Cloaked in blue hues of moonlight I’ll softly sing a lullaby To ease your mind enough to get some sleep Halo, halo, let the glow illuminate your face Halo, halo, let it give you levity and grace Hold up your heavy head, and Hold up a light to guide the way The millstone hangs around your neck And leaves a mark upon your skin I’ve held it in my weathered hands And shared the weight of all your sins So hang your head and make your way Through all the longest, darkest days But there’s a light that’s shining down And you can wear it as a crown, my dear Halo, halo, let the glow illuminate your face Halo, halo, let it give you levity and grace Hold up your heavy head, and Hold up a light to guide the way
4.
Golden Age 03:35
Everyone had sailed away and left the rest of us behind I would sit along the shore and watch the turning of the tides But then a ripple in the water grew into a crashing wave So I held my breath and let the current wash me far away And I keep thinking… Hey now, hey now, let it go The golden age feels like a life ago While I gaze into the darkness high above the city lights There’s a busker on the corner playing softly to the night In this town I’ve loved forever, I will hum its favourite songs There’s a clock tower that keeps chiming and my heart beats right along Yeah, I keep thinking… Hey now, hey now, let it go The golden age feels like a life ago Let my body float down the river to my home For every colour turned to grey Gild a lily and see it gleam In a golden age, a new golden age
5.
There's a bird in the sky I've been watching it fly In a circle outside the window of my bedroom Why won't it soar away to some far-off place And spread its golden wings? It just flutters nearby, forms a nest in my mind I've been feeling like a flower that has barely taken root And I have blossomed but I still have yet to bloom With the silvery grey and the wrinkles of age The afternoon light glows warmly across your face In fragments of memory, lost and retrieved Assembled patiently into words on a page Your story is safe I've been tearing out the pages trying to rewrite and rework With your initials in the margins full of notes If only I could live forever and this book would never end I'd set it up in flames then start it all again But it's not like that No, I can't live a lie that I will never die But I'll go slowly and gracefully into it The seasons go by with the passing of time As I carry my pride and regrets alike But one day I'll pull the weeds And plant new seeds In gardens that you grew Where I blossomed and then finally came into bloom
6.
Swan Dive 04:59
Looked out the highest floor at roads and cars beneath The concrete begs to break the man who takes the leap So swan dive into the dark, dark waters Final prayers to the holy father But then I saw you on a ledge across from me I knew to save your life I'd need to save mine Of all the lonely souls, what luck that ours would meet The air so sharp and cold on four dangling feet So run far from our dark, dark desert Meet me down by the edge of the river Bathe in graciousness and wash the conscience clean I knew to save your life I'd need to save mine Climb off that ridge, go to bed and close your eyes No heroes here, just a man who changed his mind Soft in my hands, let me hold you like a prize My cross to bear, to carry on and save a life I knew to save your life I'd need to save mine
7.
Watch the daily setting of the sun The last gold ray of light and your face in the landscape Hours spent on lines across the earth The ties that bind two souls and form a trail of longing Blame it on the phases of the moon Blame the wax and wane and all those days that I spent sleeping on a train Sorry for the nights I spent alone Sweating out the guilt of leaving in a fever dream In the hotel bars there'd always be A lonely old man who looked just a bit too much like me Now it's been a year since I’ve been gone It hasn't felt like very long The distances get greater every day So blame the sun for fading light, and blame the moon for lonely nights, and blame the life that led me far away. And I'm sorry for the goodbyes and so-longs Sorry for the pain and all those days that I spent sleeping on a train
8.
Down by the lake the ice began to thaw Slowly warmed by the early spring's sun It looked almost safe enough to cross I tested it to see if it would hold Left a single footprint in the snow The second step carved a jagged hole, and I fell right through You found me fighting off the deadly frost Pulled me out and let me sleep it off Wrapped up like a blanket in your arms. (Skin on skin for body warmth, a rush of blood to the core.) I was cold and blue in the lips But you lit a little fire in your area hands, Kissed me so I'd close my eyes again While you sang under your breath. (Tender touch to soothe and calm, not unlike a mother's love) (Songbird singing slow and soft to the rhythm of a beating heart) So say goodnight before I fall asleep For parting words in case I never wake Why'd it have to be me? Walked out in a daze after dark Bartender said I'd had enough, but He couldn't fix a drink too strong. (Liquid courage and heavy smoke, another couple for the road) Stumbled my way back down to the bay Not too far from where I was first saved Will you be there this time if it breaks? Just to bring me back from the brink (Nothing gained and nothing lost. It’s still a line I’ve yet to cross.) (But I’m drunk and not myself. My bad luck has taught me well.) So when I go please don't forget my name For a soul at rest to not have lived in vain But why'd it have to be me? And say goodnight before I fall asleep For parting words in case I never wake Dark wind blowing from the north I'm shaking as I'm pulled ashore Cold air crawling up my spine I'm out of luck and out of time Lay me down to watch the stars Through the moonroof of your car Bring me home and dry my clothes I’ll sleep so soundly, comatose Count my blessings, say my prayers As gentle fingers comb my hair There's a halo over your head Golden light so magnificent How'd you find me? How'd you know? It doesn't matter, I suppose But I won't make the same mistake of tempting fate down by the lake Never ever, not again Never ever, not again
9.
Called you up on Sunday morning, at the cemetery gates Reaching for the words in vain So many left to learn to say, and it makes me so afraid Never been a man of faith But I would kneel to pray At your bedside or in the nave If it meant that you could stay But it won’t change a thing I'll burn your letters and look for your face Faintly silhouetted in the flames Love rekindled at our beautiful end someday On little walks we'd watch the sunrise New light on everything I'd chase the gulls along the shoreline, with envy for their wings And the will to fly away Shadows cast on rolling hills The skyline in the night After heaven's light has spilled Into the azure of your eyes Skin this thick shouldn't bleed for anything But they're sharpening their blades Be my healer at our beautiful end someday Till once again we meet I'll save reminders, gather memories Locked away in boxes or in frames Cling to relics at our beautiful end someday Years rush by at such a hurried pace, and we're all showing our age Will you wait there at our beautiful end someday?
10.
The city gets the best of us Young lovers with old hearts Just trying to make it through the night Sunrise on red eyes and I resent the morning light New scenery could comfort me Those yesterdays are far away Fast living has us wasting time Away from love and away from life So I'm off to the country Where the stars are your eyes watching over me I'll live with you forevermore, 'cause I found my way to the evergreens Do you remember when you were a kid, Rosy-cheeked and innocent? Lying small and naked on a bed Cradled in forever-loving hands Halos over angels' heads with bodies full of oxygen We were given all we need to live a better life and now I'm living it, so… I'll live with you forevermore, 'cause I found my way to the evergreens On the outskirts of town in that cool, autumn breeze With the howl and the whisper of the wind in the trees I will bury my sins and the dirt won't remember my name I'll live with you forevermore, 'cause I found my way to the evergreens Never felt so lost before, when I fell out of love with everything Now I wait at heaven's door, 'cause I know what a life of loving means And I'll live with you forevermore, 'cause I found my way to the evergreens
11.
Brother, come and wake me up Every day is remade from dusk to dawn Life and death will guide us all Simple pleasures help me carry on Brother, come and sing a song While we're waiting for the sky to fall The day of reckoning has come Hell and heaven ain't so far along I never could decide which way to walk I fought these wars for years and years Did none of them really exist? I woke up screaming in the night And never found a cure for it But it's past time to recognize The little things that make a life Brother, look at what we've done There's a better world before our eyes I’ll bite my lip and taste the blood Just to know for sure that I'm alive The storm has come and gone and we survived Brother, come and wake me up Every day is remade from dusk to dawn Life and death will guide us all Simple pleasures help me carry on

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released June 1, 2018

Recorded and produced by Cory Bergeron at Pebble Studios.

Featuring guest vocal performances by DeeDee Butters of The PepTides on "Fix Yourself" and by Ryan MacDonald of The Honest Heart Collective on "Simple Pleasures."

All songs written by Adam Feibel, James Reid, Brent Washburn and Nathaniel Plamondon.

Cello by Raphael Weinroth-Browne.

Album artwork by Herri Susanto.

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