Cardinal Giant

by Jon Hynes

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released November 30, 2018

All songs written and arranged by Jon Hynes. Produced, engineered, and mixed by James Bunton at Port William Sound and The Glen Gordon. Drums on Add a Little Danger and Waltz II recorded by Martin Charboneau at The Lab. Piano on Add a Little Danger recorded by Robbie Grunwald at Raventape Music Room. Digital Mastering by Gavin Gardiner at All Day Coconut.
Vinyl Mastering by Phil Bova at Bova Sound. Artwork, photography, and layout by James David March

Infinite thanks to those that played on this record. Your musicianship is otherworldly. Thank you to the best humans in the world, Adrienne and Alistair. Both my Jamie’s for ensuring this project both looked and sounded its best, Jonas for your beautiful studio and its surrounding environment, John Thompson and the entire Record Centre staff for putting out this album, helping local music get more exposure, and for being an integral part of the arts community.

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Track Name: Smooth Operation
On Monday we felt high
Tuesday, just the same
Wednesday, I felt nothing
Thursday was my own to take out and burn
It’s later in the week and we wait our turn undercover
You lose your hold on the mirror
It’s time, it’s time, I know, to see it clearer

We’re hard enough on you
Yeah, we’re hard enough on you

How many people are here?
Same as the previous year?
The yard is made of garbage, we wait around for nothing
Is this how we pictured it?
Is this what we saw?

As you lose your hold on the mirror
It’s time, it’s time, I know, to see it clearer
You choose the halfway point, it’s closer

We’re hard enough on you.
Yeah, we’re hard enough on you

Yeah, we wait our turn undercover
You lose your hold on the mirror
It’s time, it’s time, I know, to see it clearer
You choose the halfway point
We wait our turn undercover
You lose your hold on the mirror
It’s time, it’s time, I know, to see it clearer
You choose the halfway point

Yeah, we’re hard enough on you
Yeah, we’re hard enough on you
Yeah, we’re hard enough on you
Yeah, we’re hard enough
Track Name: City Life
Jon Hynes - Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Pat Johnson - Drums, Percussion
James Bunton - Wurlitzer Piano
Track Name: Add a Little Danger
You wonder why the life in you is gone
It’s every time you wake up
I know it’s hard but I’m not soft like you
I’m soft like him

In not so many words
Am I the only one breaking the rules?
And you were right, and I was right, too
At last you danger it up
You add a little a danger

So what am I going to do now?
And how will this run aground?
Listen to me won’t you?
‘Cause it’s hard enough to be found

I wonder why the life in you is gone
And then you turn and make it all up
I see your strength but I’m not soft like you

I’m strong
I’m strong
I’m strong like him
Track Name: Like You Do
Let me have that radio
I don’t wanna sing alone
I don’t wanna hurt no one like you do
Let one station tag along
I don’t wanna write no songs
I don’t wanna hurt no one like you do

Won’t you make me now?
‘Cause I’m afraid you’ll let me down
On the stage I fake each bow
You make the matters meet now

Let me make the record clear
So, I can prove to you my dear
I don’t wanna hurt no one like you do
Summer, fall, and winter gone
Lay to rest so we can pawn
Spring is always blooming with the sun

Won’t you make me now?
‘Cause I’m afraid you’ll let me down
On the stage I fake each bow
You make the matters meet now

Won’t you make me now?
‘Cause I’m afraid you’ll let me down
On the stage I fake each bow
You make the matters meet now
Won’t you make me now?
‘Cause I’m afraid you’ll let me down
On the stage I fake each bow
You make the matters meet now
You make the matters meet now
You make the matters meet now
You make the matters meet now
Track Name: Under the Gardiner
How come you’re always running?
From a passing time
Under the Gardiner, sister
In the middle of the night
Oh, you walk back slowly
With a thorn in your side
Save the details just make it out alive

Into the spruce I wait for a moment
Lay on my back the stars in my eyes
I see your faults and you obsess with mine
The club connects and I drift to the sky

How come you’re always running?
Toward an open sky
Like a bird migrating
You’re fixed in flight
You make a home from nothing
Living free and wild
Save the details just be the hunter this time

Into the spruce I wait for a moment
Lay on my back the stars in my eyes
I see your faults and you obsess with mine
The club connects and I drift to the sky
Into the spruce I wait for a moment
Lay on my back the stars in my eyes
I see your faults and you obsess with mine
The club connects and I drift to the sky
Track Name: Waltz I
Take my gold and all my honesty
There is no use in this tragedy
It’s a gold mine
It’s a gold mine
It’s a waste of time
It’s a waste of

Hot is my body
With a cold soul raging on and on and on and on
It’s a waste of time

It’s a waste of time
When I wait at home for you
Like a love sick teenager with nothing to do

Take my cigarettes and just leave me to dreamin’
This is my day
This is my waste of time

It’s a waste of time
When I risk my life for you
Like a love sick teenager with nothing to prove
Track Name: Widower/Murderer
Won’t you run my widow murderess
Those twins they want you to lay down for good
You can lay your head on stone my dear
Just don’t let the range create your fears

Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run?

You can wait out in a town
Of hardened men with no consent
Hear the church delivering
A blow by blow of misery

Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run?
Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run, my widow?
Won’t you run?

Staying wide-eyed to beat them
What do you know
Coming down from the mountain
A wave of snow
Staying wide-eyed to beat them
Track Name: Overwhelmed
My head’s in a brace that you made
It’s a custom job
And my fears are for real, more than yours
Oh, these fears they hold me up
Like a kid in the sun
Wasting no time on fun
Put me down, shake me off
Brush my knees ‘cause there’s work to do
And I don’t need you by my side

Here comes that storm we’ve been waiting for
And we both knew
Yeah, Here comes that storm we’ve been waiting for
And we both knew

Everytime my head finds my hands
I’m overwhelmed
Everytime my head finds my hands
I’m overwhelmed

I mean’t, yes I meant
To let you run away
And now I got this feeling like I’m alone
Without you by my side
Without you by my side

Here comes that storm we’ve been waiting for
And we both knew
Yeah, Here comes that storm we’ve been waiting for
And we both knew

Everytime my head finds my hands
I’m overwhelmed
Everytime my head finds my hands
I’m overwhelmed
Track Name: The Film
If I was your lover would you dance with me?
If you were a rain cloud would you pour over me?
‘Cause in the morning when I wake next to you
Then I know this must be a dream

So, how’d we get here?
When we float like ships at sea
You can call it a fortune or call it luck, whatever you need
The afternoon came easy
Like a star for the role he was born to play
Just not today

In this world
I’m the one that never finds you
Made so strong
With the lamp of the poor guide you
Wait outside to see
You in the mist and my soul gone

The evening is knocking on the door desperately
The world always breaking, but our life like melody
Don’t bother checking, because I know how this ends
You leave me alone and all that’s left is a dream
Track Name: Waltz II
Kill that motor
It’s been running way too long
With half a captain the crew’s as good as gone
Make your way through
The winding rivers of gold
It’s a beautiful site
Among the rich and old
Well isn’t heaven enough?
What more do you need?
Like i’d ever give it up?
Like I’d ever give

Am I just wasting time?
Am I just wasting time?
Am I just wasting time?
Am I just wasting time?

As I make my way
So fevered, broken, and bent
Like the will of a child
Am I meant to be wild?
Oh, the things you promised me

Am I just wasting time?
I’m just wasting time
I’m just wasting time
I’m just wasting time

Little darlin’ I wanna waltz
Yeah, I wanna waltz with you
Little darlin’ I wanna waltz
Yeah, I wanna waltz

Am I a waste of time?
I’m just a waste of time
Am I a waste of time?
I’m a waste of time

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