Watchful Creatures

by Jon Hynes

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1.
Sea Diver 03:52
One more night and I will leave this place The door opened up and the night cooled off I can feel every rock on the ground I can hear every move, every step, and sound It’s hard to write it down when your hand is pulled away Heart over mind said we had to go Pulled down the street while the night closes in to stay So happy are the subway drivers Their passengers have no place to go Come out from hiding you deep sea diver In this world we breathe air you know It’s hard to sing it out when your thoughts have gone away Heart over mind said we had to go Pulled down the street while the night closes in You’re pulled down the street while the night closes in You’re pulled down the street while the night closes in to stay Paid to act like a trickster while being a traitor Then you would act like a man Well I’ve never been the best on the straight lines Show me on this round and you’re fine
2.
Lost in the crowd Your face depicted so loud Well, I hope to make amends with you Just like the cloud you move in and around A place in the people I make you a habit too soon As we lay down To air dry We air to lay, we air To light up the darkness around We air to lay, we air To let it lay down in the ground Grid overhead and a smile to dread Planes wonder in and out it’s so confusing it’s true Come in and around won’t you keep the sound down? A murder out back and the sun already starting to set As we lay down To air dry We air to lay, we air To light up the darkness around We air to lay, we air To let it lay down in the ground Down in the ground Down in the ground As we lay the day with calm and cool in your head The calls I made on the phone are drowning in plastic songs They’re made in a hurry. Not for long Dry We air to lay, we air To light up the darkness around We air to lay, we air To let it lay down in the ground Down in the ground Down in the ground Down in the ground
3.
When I get old I long for some wonder And when I feel young I wait for a hunger Get out while you’re on Lay your life out in a song Cracks in your back make you break We are the later ones We are the later ones We are the later ones I’ll get to me when me I’m done We are the later ones In a white sky You’re the cloud holding thunder On the green grass You’re the paved road, you’re the marker, you’re the greatest thing A Question answered wrong Think your hardest then it’s gone Cracks in your back make you break We are the later ones We are the later ones We are the later ones I’ll get to me when me I’m done We are the later ones Ain’t it the greatest when you don’t go? Makin’ it easy is the only thing to know We are the later ones We are the later ones I’ll get to me when I m done We are the greater ones I’ll get to me when I m done We are the later ones
4.
This is one for the books, Kathleen ‘Cause you’re never the last one alone In the middle of the night you were left in the light Alone and scared, Kathleen So how do you make yourself out? Is your place in this world just a flaw? When he holds you near I only have fear Fear for you, Kathleen Is this how you saw yourself now? Showing your heartache in the dead of the night It’s one for the past Your life moved so fast And I’ll never forget you, Kathleen Tell me all the thoughts you had My dreams don’t even touch yours I know When I kneel down you don’t even frown I see you and it kills me, Kathleen This is one for the books, Kathleen You’ve finally found a home You’re deep in the earth now we’ll never be sure Alone and forever, Kathleen Alone and forever, Kathleen
5.
I won’t say I believe it when you know it’s different It’s not how I imagined Stuck on the side of the road No one around Well, I’m half a believer I believe in a better half It’s the side that my money’s on Greater the good, better the bad, the harder it is Say it like the star that you are I can’t say I believe it even when I repeat it It’s not how I imagined Stuck on the side of the road No one around You can’t side on a greeter A firm hand as the feeler It’s too hard for the broken People to find you lyin’ down lookin’ to lie Eye’s on the prize like the star that you are There must be an evil To wage a war like this on you What kind of evil, evil? You had a lie for everyone, you had a lie You had a lie for everyone, you had a lie for everyone There must be an evil To wage a war like this on you What kind of evil, evil? You had a lie for everyone, you had a lie for everyone,…
6.
Awkward Life 01:57
7.
So, California Another song, California I want to be sure That I’m with you no more So, California You move and itch, California My hands aren’t too clean Holding hands in line we see Your shores glow Water rested I’m not there Once a dream Water colour I’m not there It’s too much, California When to stop, California? You make me your home And I’ll make you my own Your shores glow Water rested I’m not there Once a dream Water colour I’m not there
8.
Me and the Radical when summer arose Time wasn’t wasted I felt like waiting Me and the Radical when time came I wasn’t wasted she felt like waiting An old song In a backwards rhythm Never heard In time to drift forward Me and the Radical when summer arose Time wasn’t wasted I felt like waiting Me and the Radical when time came I wasn’t wasted she felt like waiting An old song If only she knew the words Dividing hearts - Instrumental break - An old song In a backwards rhythm Never heard In time to drift forward In time to drift forward In time to drift forward In time to drift forward In time to drift forward Me and the Radical Me and the Radical Me and the Radical Me and the Radical
9.
Oh, you feel so cold But I know you’re better that way You fear to do what you’re told Underneath it all you plan a getaway Somehow I found The deep dark underground I know that you’re cold But to me you feel so warm Like blankets in the snow The ice formed down below I walk to your beat…but don’t move So, you bang on this love of mine Like a drum I feel it in my bones Will you hold my hand? Let me be your man? On top of the world we plan a getaway Somehow you found The deep dark underground I know that you’re cold But to me you feel so warm Like blankets in the snow The ice formed down below I walk to your beat…but don’t move I don’t move I don’t move We won’t move The wind / has been / a weary friend To push / and harm / until it knows …we’re… dead And I know …I know… … that Somehow you found The deep dark underground I know that you’re cold But to me you feel so warm

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Debut album on Shuffling Feet Records.
Distributed through Outside music on June 10, 2014

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released June 10, 2014

Produced by James Bunton and Jon Hynes

Written and performed by Jon Hynes
Recorded and mixed by James Bunton (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9)
Recorded and mixed by Jon Hynes (3, 5, 6, 7)
Additional recording by Romesh Thavanathan (5)
Mastered by Gavin Gardiner at Lacquer Channel
Design and layout by James March
Photography by Lauren Bunton

Guests:
Shaun Brodie – Trumpet (4, 8)
Mara Pellerin – French Horn (4,8)
David Banoub – Guitar (1, 9)
Donovan Woods – Vocals (2, 4)
Kelly McMichael – Vocals (4, 9)
Jess Tollefsen - Vocals (4)
Romesh Thavanathan, Rajiv Thavanathan, Adam Hogan, Tim Baker, Steve Maloney, Chris Donnelly, Robbie Brett, and Allan Byrne – Vocals (5)
Horn arrangements by Mara Pellerin

Lay Down and Dry written with Brett Caswell and Me and the Radical written with Trailer Camp

Special Thanks to:
James Bunton, Jonas Bonnetta, Adrienne Curran, James March, Sean and Kim Curran, Sylvie Smith, Mark Bennett, Brad Kilpatrick, Rajiv Thavanathan, Brett Caswell, Mike le Riche, Shaun Brodie, Mara Pellerin, Lauren Bunton, Kelly McMichael, Donovan Woods, Jess Tollefson, David Banoub, Mel Sturk, Josh Daignault, Centretown Alliance, Hayward Avenue Choir, Rolf Klausner, Chris Page, my wonderful parents who never batted an eye when I bought endless amounts of music equipment to make all kinds of noise, and you!

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