Shimmering Lights

by The Meligrove Band

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"Power-pop perfection... Pick a song at random and you'd be guaranteed to come away listening to one of the catchiest tunes you're ever likely to hear"
-THE GUARDIAN U.K.

"One of the most innovative bands, both live and on record... (Shimmering Lights is) stonking and immediately-pleasing"
-ALMOST GOLD RECORDINGS

"Off-kilter pop songs with a newfound sonic grittiness that recalls old Flaming Lips... a fantastic record"
-AUX

"Continues the band's remarkable evolution... epic pop"
-FFWD

"Hot, sticky and awesome"
-RCRD LBL

"Glossy and greasy at its best"
-EXCLAIM

"Jittering and tightly-packed"
-NATIONAL POST

"Smart, crisp, and extremely hooky"
-CRAWDADDY

credits

released 21 September 2010

Last Gang Records (USA)
lastgangrecords.com

Nevado Records (Canada)
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Jason Nunes: singing, guitar, piano, organ500
Darcy Rego: singing, drums, guitar, shakers
Michael Small: bass, singing

with
Rich Aucoin: vibraphone on 8
Lily Frost: singing on 9
Brendan Howlett: trumpet on 1
Randy Lee: violin on 3, 4, 7, 8
Yoroku Saki: drum samples on 6, 7
Andrew Scott: trumpet on 1, guitar on 10
Drew Smith: singing on 7, 8, 9, 10
Davina Thomson: singing on 7, 8, 9, 10

Recorded by Jose Contreras & the Meligroves
Mixed by Jose Contreras
Mastered by Joao Carvalho
Cover design by Jason Nunes

Click song titles for lyrics, info and musician credits

Special thanks:
Brian O'Reilly, Eric Warner, Mat Dunlap, David Ewenson, Andrea Winkler, Nettie Proulx, Bobbi Lee, Andrew Scott, Ryan Drabble, Alysha Haugen, Davina Thomson, Tara Osterbauer, Jessie Oberik, Jody & Darryl Davis, Steve Ward, Leah Timmins, Amy Leigh, David Vertesi, Ante Kovac, Mike White, Minh Tran, Leanne & Ryan Ogg, Tim Jones, Blair Larratt, Francesca Tallone, Amy Segal, Rob Zifarelli, Adam Countryman, Eli Klein, Rob Thornton, Dan Brooks, Paul Quigley, Steven Himmelfarb, Tom Kemp, Lindsay Lynch, Jay Ferguson, Zach Feldberg, Adam Jockisch, Randy Lee, Shaun Brodie, Anissa Hart, Luke Lalonde, Mika Posen, Jenny Mecija, Henry Fletcher, Tim Oakley, Joao & Sara Carvalho, Chris Pennell, D.Y., Mike le Riche, Paul's Boutique, V2, Endearing, CBC, the island of Sao Miguel, the Osterbauers, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, Tokyo Police Club, The Bicycles, Smoosh, Japanther, DD/MM/YYYY, Dinosaur Jr, The Golden Dogs, Constantines, Moneen, By Divine Right, Two Hours Traffic, Born Ruffians, Sports: The Band, Peter Project, Brent Randall, The Pinecones

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Track Name: Ghosts At My Back
Step light
Step lightly over groundswells
They’re liable to swallow you whole
But lately
These ghosts at my back
Are stepping lighter
Than they ever have before

Their speech over my head
And over my mouth
They move across peripheral lines
Showing where they’ve clearly
Migrated south
And lowly kept their heads
Around, around, around

Call police
The telephone is screaming out
Cautionary tales
I’d even think to take direction
Only if direction ever came
To saddle me with a guilty stricken spark
To stir the lightning
We’ve got nothing now
We’ll spare the dark
Track Name: Really Want It
Your words say you'll make some changes
Your actions just aren't correlating
I trusted you, I think you did too
But the things you do are so wrong

I know by the things you say that you really want it
But look at the things you do, I think you forgot it

A battered heart attack for the one who's got your back
You told me then the time was now
I trusted you, I think you did too
But all the things you do are so wrong
The constellation of all the things you love
Is floating out from under your thumb

How long can you fake that you don't know what to do
How long will it take to follow through

I know by the things you say that you really want it
But look at the things you do, I think you forgot it
I know by the things you say that you really want it
But look at the things you do
Track Name: Make Believe It
Make believe it so that we can see it one more time
I can swear that we once saw it there on the sidewalk

Sometimes feels like love first
Situation gets worse
It's so tragic
When trouble feels like magic
Oh no, lonely ghost
Please don't go away
You know sometimes I wish you would stay

Make believe it so our secret love will always find
It's the thought that's on our mind and in the backdrop

Now we've laid our sights on this prize
Now we contend with the pain in our side

Sometimes feels like love first
Situation gets wose
It's so tragic
When trouble feels like magic
Oh no, lonely ghost
Please don't go away
You know sometimes I wish you would stay

Make believe it so that we can see it one more time
I can swear that we once saw it there on the sidewalk

Now we've laid our sights on this prize
Now we pretend with the light in our eyes
Track Name: White Like Lies
I'm aware of my addiction so I guess that I'm in charge of how it goes
All is well, so I might as well
I'm afraid of dying, maybe, so I should take care of my body and pray for my soul
All is well, so I might as well

Close my eyes and I'll let time decide
And if I time it right, well I can still get by
Watch my words light up and disappear
Like they're not even here, glowing white like lies

I'm afraid of dying, maybe, so I should take care of my body and pray for my soul
All ain't well, so I sure as hell

Close my eyes and I'll let time decide
And if I time it right, well I can still get by
Watch my words light up and disappear
Like they're not even here, glowing white like lies
Track Name: Halflight
Ashes to shingle
Over chimney fire
Where the moonlight
Mingles with lamplight
All the while
We waste our heavy hands

Clinging to driveways
Lifted by a frost
Underneath this
Grand, mass exodus
Of cars
Our heavy hands will rust
And break down into dust

Swear to God
When we were young
Where half-light hit
We saw you in the Sun
We could see
Your eyes of stone
When you told us
We’d always be alone

Pulling my face close to yours
To show me blood, dripping from your pores
If you could bite my face off, you know you would
The stench of something dead
Is mixed with perfume that bled
From your limbs onto the hardwood

Fighting the dark
With the fierceness of a fire
Burning ten loose leafs
Attaching words and wire
With heat and silhouettes

When we find you
Ashes work to
Bury you away…
Bury you away.

Swear to God
When we were young
Where half-light hit
We saw you in the Sun
We could see
Your eyes of stone
When you told us
We’d always be alone

For sanity’s sake, I’ll keep her hid
In a mason jar like when we were kids
In a mass burial of insect kind
If someone finds out and breaks the seal
The mason jar will surely reveal
The dampened spark connecting her thoughts to mine
Track Name: Kingfisher
False, alarming paranoia is setting and settling
Against the grain on the skin
These days, these days
These days set out to kill you
And they do

Can we elaborate on love
Tapping a well through bleeding hearts
Bleeding them dry

I never read it in a textbook, newspaper, or airplane magazine
Where the girls, in their uniforms blue, save the day
My, my, my
It only teaches me to die some
Greave and leave the lonely lonesome

Can we elaborate on love
Tapping a well through bleeding hearts
Track Name: Racingtoshimmeringlights
Pacing behind a hurried vision
Racing to shimmering lights

The knife dictates the incision
All the while the hand leads us in spite ourselves

We'll shine divine light on this madness set in stone

I'll put it plainly so you won't blame me
Well I just don't think you know what's right
And I don't think you know what to fight for

My friends, they tell me who I am when I see
Myself, from the other side and I make it right

Leave it to the light to refuse

Shoot this indecision in the heart and blur our vision to white
We'll shine divine light on this madness set in stone
Make it right
Track Name: Bones Attack!!
If I love you to death, will your bones attack me
Swear on my breast pocket, only fools are fallin'

Count that your heavy handed heart has struck
A chord with everyone you know
It leaves a mark, burnt black, where light came out
The spark is now a silhouette

If I love you to death, will your bones attack me
Swear on my breast pocket, only fools are fallin'

I saw that child, it made her face light up
I felt it too and passed it on
Sometimes the blazing gets me all choked up
What will replace it when it's gone

Gimme some, gimme some, gimme some lovin'
Gimme some, gimme some, gimme some lovin'

If I love you to death, will your bones attack me
Swear on my breast pocket, only fools are fallin'
Track Name: This Work
This work is so hard mama
This work is so hard mama
"Baby it's hard" x3
This life is so hard mama
This life is so hard mama
"Baby it's hard" x3
"Baby it's so damn hard"

And if we don’t believe it so
We’ll tear this thing apart

This work is so hard mama
This work is so hard mama
"Baby it's hard" x3
This life is so hard mama
This life is so hard mama
"Baby it's hard" x3
"Baby it's so damn hard"

And if we don’t believe it so
We’ll tear this thing apart
And if we don’t believe it so
Agnostic wars on fire

Mind our memory lost to the world
With our legs deep underground
We will end full knowing
The loneliest moment
Will only break us down

Knee deep in afterlife
We collapse from the inside
Making love underground
We're being pulled into the hillside
Track Name: Eagles
Well it all depends on what you believe
And whether or not you can conceive that
We'll be all right, yeah, we'll be all right

You may love me, but I will love you more
We will be all right
You may love me but I will always love you more