Die Stadt Muzikanten

by woodpigeon

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Die Stadt Muzikanten is Woodpigeon's third full-length album and follow up to the internationally acclaimed Treasury Library Canada. Produced by Arran Fisher, the fifteen tracks on Die Stadt Muzikanten move and contort like a film soundtrack. Lush, grand moments complement Mark’s signature cinematic “pretty-pretty-pop” sound. Songwriter, Mark Andrew of the Hamiltons, breathes a glorious new life into Die Stadt Muzikanten, an album both inspired by a recent stay in Germany and of the comparative lives of his ancestors.

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released 12 January 2010

All songs and lyrics by Mark Andrew of the Hamiltons (except lyrics to Calgary Tower co-written with Jamie Fooks)
Produced by Arran Fisher at Acoustikitty, Calgary
Recorded in part at Cantos Music Foundation, Calgary
Mastered by Ryan Morey at Ryebread Mastering, Montreal

The Cast: Mark Andrew of the Hamiltons, Kenna Burima, Mike "Blades" Gratton, Foon Yap, Peter Moersch, Annalea Sordi-McClure, Daren Powell, Aimee-Jo Benoit

The Supporting Players: Sandro Perri (1), Chris Neville (1), Scott Monro (1), Steve Fletcher (2), Clea Foofat (1, 2, 7, 10), Paul Aucoin (1, 15), Laura Leif (3), Arran Fisher (7, 10, 12, 13), Jennifer Crighton (10), Paul Grindlay (13), Christina John (13), Kris Ellestad (14), Jamie Fooks (15)

The Pesky Druthers Choir Singers: Garrett Sordi-McClure, Lullaby Baxter, Bertram Havisham, Joan Sarro, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Monique Levesque, Beau Lark, Anna Coe, Aaron Booth, Steve Fletcher, Kelly Moffet, Joe Burima, John Bell, Stephen van Kampen, Paul van Kampen, Henry Hsieh, Emily Elder, Peter D. Lewin, Matty John Chyzyk, Jennifer Crighton, Clea Foofat, Mason Hastie. Conducted by Aimee-Joe Benoit

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Track Name: Die Stadt Muzikanten
they’re the stadtmusikanten / and no-one here forgot ‘em / they chased all of the bad guys away / for years got on without ‘em / but time has come / they’re wanted / it’s far too late / and no-one will play / and it’s hard to see that you’re all on your own / but it’s harder to say that you’ll go it alone / we closed our eyes and thought it / our jaded ears had caught it / but no-one came / it all stayed the same / but the stadtmusikanten forever not forgotten / we’ll try our best / and hope it’s ok / but it’s hard to see that you’re all on your own / and it’s harder to say that you’ll go it alone / shut out the world and just notice the sound / for as long as we sing / we’ll still be around / around
Track Name: Woodpigeon vs. Eagleowl (Strength in Numbers)
don’t back down / though you know there’s more of us around / we’re gonna take you down and out / it’s been coming ‘round / there’s no room for both of us in town / we’re gonna show you what we’re on about / can’t you tell we’re not afraid? / don’t think now you’ll get away / I’ve gotta buck up / I’ve gotta defend / and once it’s all done / no you won’t come back / you’re sorry now / no trace left, no, you’ll never be found / won’t even know you were ever around / sing it high and loud! / waging war with a harmony sound / yeah, we’re taking on the mighty owl / can’t you tell we’re not afraid / don’t think now you’ll get away / I’ve gotta buck up / I’ve gotta defend / and once it’s all done / no you won’t come back / won’t you come to me / down by the armoury / back away from the company / it’s time to leave / I can’t help to believe / that to fight is just to deceive / the love we both need / it’s crazy / these days will come to be / the start of our victory / that don’t matter much to me / oh baby, please! / won’t you come to me / down by the armoury / back away from the company / it’s time to leave
Track Name: Empty-Hall Sing-Along
since you came / I don’t know what / way is up and where I stand / or where I can / words take on / a different plan / you’re showing off / you’re not a man / don’t give a damn / and I thank god for you but / I don’t care / if we make it there / I won’t be alone for long / and I’m leaving soon / no I don’t have room / and I’m so damn sorry, love / I’m a long way from dying / I’m a long way from home / now you’ve left / I’m looking back / should’ve known right off the bat / you’d leave me cold / but that’s just fine / and I’m ok / never should’ve asked to stay / so long, so low / and I thank god for you but / I don’t care / if we make it there / I won’t be alone for long / and I’m leaving soon / no I don’t have room / and I’m so damn sorry, love / I’m a long way from dying / I’m a long way from home / I’m a long way from giving up / I’m not getting up / thank god for you but / I don’t care / if we make it there / I won’t be alone for long / and I’m leaving soon / no I don’t have room / and I’m so damn sorry love / oh I don’t care / if we make it there / I won’t be alone for long / and I’m leaving soon / no I don’t have room / and I’m so damn sorry love / I’m a long way from dying / I’m a long way from home
Track Name: Morningside
all day you lay / on the bottom of the oak / you hide in shade / I tried to wait / for the answers in a truth / I couldn’t take / all I made / gestured in the old unfamiliar way / you wouldn’t take / another darn word / it was far too late / once you’re crying / I’m two times lying / there’s no use trying / to stay the same / in three years’ timing / for what? I’m shying / away from my only one real pain / it doesn’t pay / to follow someone ‘round / who won’t give in / I’ve never prayed / but someone’s gotta tell me / just why you came / once you’re lying / I’m two times shy / and there’s no use I / can find to wait / in three years’ crying / for what? I’m trying / to make up time I threw away / and once you’re crying / I’m two times lying / there’s no use trying / to stay the same / in three years’ timing / for what? I’m shying / away from my only one real pain / I won’t take off alone / I won’t take off, oh no / I won’t take off alone / I won’t take off, oh no
Track Name: My Denial in Argyle
caught in the middle and there’s no escape / given the chance I wouldn’t run away / I never know why I try to stay / taking off time I know I shouldn’t waste / I stick around in a hopeful way / that you’re not found out / and all that’s becoming’s coming off any day / bought a ticket to our one-act play / I should’ve walked but I’d already paid / another hour, another day / it’s not a bother, I don’t mind to wait / I’m counting down to the big “OK / I guess I’m found out” / and all that’s becoming’s coming off any day / you’re my denial all dressed in argyle / and I’m a fool to stay / make me wait far too long / drag this out on and on / the stubborn kinds are quickly gone / feeling bad for you son / I knew we’d end up un-begun / I’m only giving up one last song / maybe I’m wrong / this is not what you want / caught in the middle and there’s no escape / given the chance I wouldn’t run away / I never know why I ever stay / taking time I just don’t want to waste / I sit around in a hopeful way / that we’re not found out / and all that’s becoming’s coming off any day / you’re my denial all dressed in argyle / and I’m a fool to stay / and all that’s becoming’s coming off any way / you’re my denial all dressed in argyle / and I’m a fool to stay
Track Name: Enchantée Janvier
I don’t want to settle down / I just want to play my music / in this cold and empty house / I don’t want to stay / I got too much in here going on / it’s driving me insane / I gotta go / would you even know? / it all comes back to me / it all comes back to me / photograph my heavy heart / right outside Versailles / and I filled my notebooks up with wandering prose / drinking too much wine / I’ve spent too much time on my own / I just want to die / I’ve gotta go home / would you even know? / it all comes back to me / it all comes back to me / it all comes back to me / it all comes back to me / if angels live in heaven homes / I don’t want to try / dodging airplanes headed east unknown / there’s no much place to hide / I am all these things / I don’t need no wings / I am all these things / all the pigeons sing! / oh, enchantee janvier! / oh, enchantee janvier! / oh, enchantee janvier! / oh, enchantee janvier!
Track Name: Such a Lucky Girl
Hold up, make haste / I’m not gonna wait / around anymore / tipping toes across the floor / all along I knew / you wouldn’t want the thing we grew / and now I’m stunned / and it feels like nothing’s come / don’t you fall asleep / don’t forget the words you keep in / I’m done, I’ll wait / it’s gone and I’m too late / fight off the chill from the wind that’s blowing still / across rooms, straight-faced / stray-tongues, a darkened place / it’s where we’ll go and it’s all we’ll ever know / can’t say, impatiently fall / right up the stairs / on the edge of something I’ll regret / don’t you fall from me / don’t deny my only need in / two horns and five days / too long, a shadow play / I’m holding out / think I know what you’re all about / I thought I’d make you come out and say / the thing you hold / what you hope nobody knows / I’m gone off, turned grey / let down and turned away / I want it all / but you’re only giving up / don’t you want to see? / don’t throw away my only feeling / I’m wrecked, can’t see / the damage done, a winter sleep / you’ve made a world / and she’s such a lucky girl / don’t you have somewhere else to be? / don’t you have someone who’s just like me? / don’t you have something else you need? / don’t you have somebody else? / and it’s all gonna work out alright / and it’s all going to work out right / and it’s all going to work out alright / and it’s all gonna work out right / don’t hold your place for me / all of these lines fall off as you leave / won’t call you out in need / all of these things I’ll do for me / can’t say I won’t believe / all that you want us all to see / you’ve lost your hold on me / all that we’ve got is blown to seed
Track Name: Unmissable Grey, Mixed Paint
Snow falls / mixed paint / love stalled / fixed rates / boxes full / tapes erased / how long does this take? / and no-one knows / the words we said / and no-one sees / the rain ahead / it’s all gone white / and mixed with grey / in paper skies / you ran away / wind comes / melts away / footprints / when you strayed / just because / the rent was paid / we’re better off this way
Track Name: Duck Duck Goose
Turn away from all that we knew / somewhere new for me, new for you / when we first caught the sight of it all / couldn’t tell it apart at all / and it all looks the same / from miles away / and nobody’s changed / and we’ll both change our names / just walk away / and never explain / if it all comes down to it / we’ll kill the past of the people we’ve been / and once the path grows silent / they’ll let us be / and soon they’ll forget / and it all looks the same / from miles away / and nobody’s changed / and we’ll both change our names / just walk away / and never explain / if what goes up / must come down / then all that floats / is not made sound / we’ll load our boat / and leave from town / they’ll find it sunk / no-one around / if what goes up / must come down / then all that floats / is not made sound / we’ll load our boat / and leave from town / they’ll find it sunk / no-one around / and no-one will know / that we got away / no-one will know / that we got away / and no-one will know that we got away / and it’s all gonna be OK / no no no / no no no / no no no / turn away from all that we knew / life don’t make much sense without you / some things in life you don’t get to choose / the game of love’s just duck duck goose
Track Name: Spirehouse
Don’t you hide / there’s true love there inside / I don’t mind / and no-one knows your will / it comes in time / the shadows where you’ll find / a jagged line cuts through to you to me / and oh, I’ll miss you most / you’ll never know / and oh, kiss my throat / I won’t say ‘no’ / so won’t you try / the life outside the lie / and don’t you mind / they know it all and still / I can’t quite fight / you off and let it die / I can’t quite hide / this true love there inside / but oh, I’ll miss you most / you’ll never know / and oh, kiss my throat / I won’t say ‘no’ / I won’t say ‘no’ / but oh, don’t give it away / the spire on the hill / the words and the will / the miles left until / the warmth and the still / on the way from Who Knows When / down the road from Never Been / on the way and moving in / found the spot where love begins
Track Name: Redbeard
When you sailed off on your way / I swam to follow you / I don’t rely on satellite / I’ve got to see this through / you stole and burned most everything / the life that I once knew / but through the flames / your eyes explained / you didn’t mean it true / I braved the waves for days / and finally caught on a view / grabbed to the bow / and sternly vowed / I climbed on board for you / sleeping tight / crept to your side / revenge had come for you / your waking eyes – oh paradise! / love at first sight true / I can’t explain my vanished pain / you freed me then I knew / I spent the night by your side / since then it’s me and you / but age it came and took / the redbeard that I knew / but that’s ok / in here today / the grey it suits you too / the grey it suits you too / the grey it suits you too
Track Name: The Street Noise Gives You Away
I’m not all the things you say / I’m not anybody’s hag / I’m not going out that way / I’ve got it all down / can’t you just let things be? / still you just hang up on me / I’m not anybody’s safe / I’ve got it all down / your breathing doesn’t say / dial tone is here to stay / I know you called today / street noise giving you away / I’m not looking for a way / I’m already gone to stay / far enough to keep it sane / I’ve got it all down / can’t you see the things you need / don’t much matter now to me? / I’m taking off the blame / I’ve got it all down / your breathing doesn’t say / dial tone is here to stay / I know you called today / street noise giving you away / your breathing doesn’t say / dial tone is here to stay / I know you called today / street noise giving you away
Track Name: ...And as the Ship Went Down, You'd Never Looked Finer
Capsized by a wave / brought down by the reef / don’t say, “home is so far away!” / it won’t help anyway / try to breathe! / cold winds blow away / all things closing in / don’t say, “god is so far away!” / he won’t help anyway / try to stay / don’t lose sight of me / don’t fall into the deep / don’t say, “hope is so far away!” / that won’t get you saved / hold to me / that won’t get you saved / hold to me / that won’t get you saved / hold to me / hold on to my bare hand / always I’ll be your man / hold on to my bare hand / again we both shall stand / hold on you’re slipping fast (I’ll save you and bring you home) / all this will come to pass (don’t leave me all alone) / hold on and swim to land (the water’s as cold as stone) / you’ll live, my one demand (the grey is turning gold) / hold on to my bare hand / always I’ll be your man / hold on to my bare hand / again we both shall stand / hold on you’re slipping fast (I’ll save you and bring you home) / all this will come to pass (don’t leave me all alone) / hold on and don’t look back (the water’s as cold as stone) / your ship has come at last (the grey is turning gold)
Track Name: The Pesky Druthers (Parts 1 & 2)
Take a walk out alone / all the way home / and the further you go / find me / while I’m waiting I’ll know / every stone you throw / break every little bone / every little stone / didn’t think I could see / I will give you almost everything / they’re not holding anything / you don’t want to be the same as them / too late, you belong to me / did it all on your own / no-one helped at all / and you’re so fully grown / finally! / for a pocket of stones / everybody knows / ain’t worth a bag of bones / it’s worth a bag of stones / now you want to be free / I will give you almost everything / they’re not holding anything / you don’t want to be the same as them / too late, you belong to me / I’m not making no new plans / I’m not making no new fans / I will give you almost anything / if you’ll be my everything / all these houses built in rows / all they’re standing for is false / I’m not turning blinded eye / I’m a complicated guy / all you really need from me / is the truth I barely see / so damn hard in here to speak / so clearly / all these houses built in rows / all they’re standing for is false / I’m not turning blinded eye / I’m a complicated guy / all you really need from me / is the truth I barely see / so damn hard in here to speak / so clearly / all these houses built in rows / all they’re standing for is false / I’m not turning blinded eye / I’m a complicated guy / all you really need from me / is the truth I barely see / so damn hard in here to speak / so clearly / be near me / just hear me
Track Name: Our Love is as Tall as the Calgary Tower
All I want to know / is if I go / would you even know at all? / would you even take note / that I’m leaving you alone? / it’s not that I don’t want this / it’s not that I don’t care / I’ll be honest with you though / I don’t want you to go anywhere / baby, all the things we made / running off like so much rain / in my final verse / all I got is two more words / that I won’t sing lightly / “don’t go” / “don’t go” / you don’t need to worry / I’m not packing yet / it used to be my style / but something changed in me the day we met / baby, they say love does fade / but in this case I’d say / rules change / baby, all that’s left to say / is I think you’re really great