Shimmering Lights

by The Meligrove Band

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Halflight 03:38
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
6.
Kingfisher 02:30
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
7.
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
8.
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'
9.
This Work 03:36
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
10.
Eagles 02:29
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

about

"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 September 21, 2010

Last Gang Records (USA)
Nevado Records (Canada)

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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