The Air on the Set

by RECEIVERS

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released 23 February 2015

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RECEIVERS Montreal, Québec

"It’s a particular feeling, and you know the one. Night sky, smokestacks, street-lights, shouts. Office towers turned into mirror walls, and trees’ leaves gone grey in the dark. Receivers’ music is the dense, noir melancholy of electric guitar and electronics; it’s the lull and lullaby of Marzinotto’s voice. It’s alienation, hope, and back-lit dream..."
-Sean Michaels (2014 Giller Prize Winner)
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Track Name: No One is Listening
No One Is Listening

Well, we had a good thing going there for awhile
But it’s over now, that time has come and gone
And it won’t be coming back

So let’s think about the good things
The light we brought into the world
When the days were brighter
Just because we were there

No, don’t worry about the rhyme
Just speak what’s on your mind
Just sing what’s in your heart
And let it ring out like no one is listening

The death of a dream leaves nothing in between
The hollow of hope and the comfort of greed

But we had a good thing going there for awhile
When will it end?

No, don’t worry about the rhyme
Just speak what’s on your mind
Just sing what’s in your heart
And let it ring out ‘cause no one is listening
Track Name: The Waymark
The Waymark

The waymark has drifted
The lamp is burning out
The birds have not learned to sing again

No magic and pixie dust
Winter carries on
Spirits asleep, atrophied.

We’re deep down the well
The darkness still blinds
But you keep the stars above from fading

Echoes of laughter fade out around the room
The weight of your words still lingering
Spreads like infection
A catalyst, a flame
Traces of hope rekindling

We’re deep down the well
The waters still rise
But you keep the stars above from fading

Deep down the well
The darkness still blinds
You keep the stars above from fading
Track Name: Ships & Lanterns
Ships & Lanterns

We built our lanterns
And we hung them high
A thousand days together
We built our lanterns
And we hung them high
A pact against the weather

The cherry blossoms
Weighing down the trees
And they wave at me
And with a heavy heart I left
But even April can’t make up for
Forty days and nights of grey and rain

We built our lanterns
And we hung them high
A pact against the weather
We built our lanterns
And we hung them high
A thousand days together

You caught me staring at the clearing skies
And it’s no surprise that I’m on my way back home
Not even April shines a light
On those forty days and nights of grey and rain

I sold off the mountains
For a safe house on an island

Now the winters sail past
Like the ships that brave the sea
They are bright as they move on
Watching over me
Track Name: The Keenan Bells
The Keenan Bells

The bells still ring
Long after you left us
I still hear the chimes resounding

Wherever you are
I hope that they’re listening
To the songs that I know you’re singing
Track Name: Long May the Night
Long May the Night

Your hand in mine
We race the clock
And run against the rain.

Reorganize the bricks inside
The monsters we’ll create.

I say the words and make it true
You learn the lines by heart.

The calendar begins its work
Those days are numbered here

It’s changing you
A little each day
So long may the night be
Before you don’t need me

So while I am the guardian
You are my angel.

But the offering has disappeared
The halo has been dimmed.

You say the words and they’re untrue
This day will break my heart.

It’s changing you
A little each day
So long may the night be
Before you leave me.

It’s changing you
A little each day
It’s changing you…
Track Name: Devotional
Devotional

The light divides the darkness
And the night divides the day
The land divides the ocean
But what can divide my devotion to you?

I want to go home with you by my side
I want to grow old with you in my heart
Track Name: Love & the Frozen Heart
Love and the Frozen Heart

I found a cave and hid in there
I was not lost
I was not scared
‘Cause the warm embers’ light reminds me still
That my house lies just beyond the hill there

Love Love Love
Would keep the wolves at bay
And Love Love Love,
A shepherd to lambs that stray
On long winter nights that freeze my heart

It can be dangerous to stay
Too deep under the years and years of snow
And sleep
But the warm embers’ light reminds me still
That my house lies just beyond the hill there

Love Love Love
Would keep the wolves at bay
And Love Love Love,
A shepherd to lambs that stray
Love Love Love
Would keep the wolves at bay
And Love Love Love Love
The mornings of spring will replace
The long winter nights that freeze my heart
Track Name: Forgive the Famous
Forgive the Famous

No, don’t do it
Don’t give in
Cause it’s so easy to hate
And to love the drama and the shame
When he sings “You’re a ghost”
When he slanders your name

The earth will want us all in a hurry
We won’t have time to heal

So many friends have moved away
Seeking love and better pay
So could we please just go out for awhile?
I want to see people like me at the bar
Sharing broad smiles

The rain will wash out the words that still haunt us
We won’t spare the time
The ground will still want us

He just wants to be famous
He just needs to be famous
He just wants to be famous
Like everybody else now
Track Name: There Won't Be a Sequel
There Won’t Be a Sequel

Everyday it haunts me
This is the debt we pay

This is just where we’re going
This is just who we are
All roads lead here

So do it now, do it here
Throw your arms around someone dear
There won’t be a sequel coming soon

The air on the set is uneasy
Spirits are low around here
But pastimes abound…

So do it now, do it here
Throw your arms around someone dear
There won’t be a sequel coming soon

My heart rate quickens
The black plot thickens

All of the actors have gone
But the picture plays on and on

There won’t be a sequel
There won’t be a sequel.
Track Name: Three Loves
Three Loves

I’m not where I wanted to be
Not even close
I know
And I would that I could be free
Of these debts that weigh me down

But I have love love love in my heart
And I have love love love in my home

So I’m not where I wanted to be
And I don’t mind
Track Name: Rejoice & Rebuild
Rejoice & Rebuild

Though we could not live by the ocean
The stars from our window are as blue
And we’ve seen the floods and the fires
Still hand in hand
Up on the roof

On the beach where you hid from sight
And you held her tight
In the sand
Coastal winds turned against
And they rage when they’re taking your darling from you
Please hold on

Though we could not live by the ocean
The stars from our window are as blue
And we’ve seen the floods and the fires
Still hand in hand
Up on the roof

Breath is lost
Interrupted mind
We’ll find it again
Rejoice and rebuild
Our houses are filled
Please hold on

Though we could not live by the ocean
The stars from our window are as blue
And we’ve seen the floods and the fires
Still hand in hand
Up on the roof

Rejoice and rebuild
Our houses are filled
And the ocean will wait
While the ashes prepare our return

All is well darling
Rest your mind
Sleep comes quick
With your head by mine