Anthems For Doomed Youth

by The High Dials

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To make this record, the High Dials built a home studio in an abandoned building that once belonged to the Canadian navy. Attracted by the beautiful natural reverb in the large admiral’s ballroom, they were bravely undeterred by claims it was haunted. The enormous space was still littered with naval artifacts, including old maps and a giant ship engine. After several truly spooky supernatural experiences, they wrapped up production and brought the recordings to Michael Musmanno (Lilys) for mixing in New York City. The resulting album is a snapshot of the band’s creative evolution, with upbeat returns to their jangle-pop roots as well as the moodier territory of later releases.

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released November 2, 2010

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Track Name: Teenage Love Made Me Insane
Teenage love made me insane
I know that now, I know that now
I loved you best when I loved in vain
My diaries make all that plain
But I was just a boy
I didn't know the difference between pain and joy
At 18 years a hole appears
And why it grows nobody knows
It takes a life for most to face
No pretty girl can fill that space
And I am still a boy
Learning the difference between pain and joy

Two pilots in a flaming plane
How could we touch the ground again?
I could not see for smoke
Until two hearts were broke
Those feelings crashed in like a train
Upon our lonely winter plain
And dragged us both so many miles
Away from those first summer smiles
Teenage love made me insane
I loved you best 'cause I loved in vain
Track Name: I'm Over You (I Hope It's True)
I'm over you (I hope it's true)
I'm pretty sure you're over me too
But I don't plan to investigate
Profile pictures or status updates
Over you, over you
Lord I hope it's true

I'm over you (I hope it's true)
But if we met at a party, what would I do?
Carry on talking like I don't care
While you look right through me like I wasn't there
Over you, over you
Lord I hope it's true

Over you, over you
To a large extent
If not yet completely, then 95%
Over you, over you

I can see, I can see, I can see
You in a new light
I don't need, I don't need, I don't need
To hate you or be right
They call this moving on
Just don't call me and prove me wrong
I'm over you
Track Name: Uruguay
Life can be so long
It stretches thin
I stretched mine out to fit you in
It's getting crowded with lovers, enemies and friends
And people let you down
They will jump ship
The moment they hear the hull's been hit
I will go down inside my deep-sea diving kit

But you, but you are always welcome
A few, so few and very seldom
Stick around until the end

We get on, we get on, we get on
Just like a house on fire
When they're gone, when they're gone
I hope you're still around

Life can be so long
It stretches wide
I stretched mine out to fit you inside
It's getting crowded with everyone who had passed by

But you, but you are always welcome
A few, so few and very seldom
Stick around until the end

We get on, we get on, we get on
Just like a house on fire
When they're gone, when they're gone
I hope you're still around
Track Name: I Was, You Were
You were a ballerina
I was the box
You twirled around inside me
Until you picked the lock

I was, you were
Now I wonder who you are
We change so many times
But I was, you were, you were

You were assigned to my case
I was recently dead
They cordoned off my body
You traced my silhouette

I was, you were
Now I wonder who you are
We are so many things
But I was, you were, you were

I was a moth
You were the flame
When I flew straight into you
Who was to blame?

It's not easy pinning down
Who you are to me
I will be, I will be, I will be anything
If you will be, you will be, you will be everything
Track Name: Chinese Boxes
When I opened my eyes
In the morning light just now
I could not remember how I got to today
So I lifted a lid
I looked in at yesterday
And found another day hidden there inside
This went on for a while
Till I saw infinity,
The holy trinity or whatever you will
I thought about you
And wondered how you got to be
So far away from me staring down your own day

Oh, girl, Chinese boxes

All our black and whites
Look a lot like shades of grey
From so far away where I lie now
We drifted apart
I guess I never thought we would
Have a Hollywood sunset end
And there's no goodbyes
'Cause some doors never close
And the doors we chose fell off the hinges

Oh, girl, Chinese boxes

I don't know if it's all for the best
They say things happen for a reason
I don't know 'cause I haven't seen the rest
I'd have to see how it ends
How it ends

Something changed
And it moved whole continents
A massive shift in the tectonic plates
And I still draw blanks
Do you feel that vertigo?
Where'd the bottom go, how did we stand?
When our eyes meet
It opens endless spaces
Like two mirrors facing on the bathroom walls

Oh, girl, Chinese boxes

And the mouths move around
And toss off platitudes
But the attitudes never really change
I get scared when I think
We never know anyone
Breaking up moving on
Illusions unchanged
Track Name: The Rich Die Too
I see you collecting
To fill the empty space
Distract from the darkness
That you can't bear to face
I'd rather go on poor
Than live that for a day
'Cause where is the comfort
Piling up in the dust?
The toys that shine now
Will only turn to rust
And I'd rather wear my rags
Than dress up in your clothes

How do you measure the richer man?
By the wines in his cellar or his yachts?
You will not fit your SUV
In that waiting 7 x 2 foot box

I ain't no preacher man
I buy into it too
The eye of the needle
Don't ever let me through
We're in this shit together
Surrounded and enslaved

How do you measure the richer man?
Palacial homes or high-end stocks?
You will not fit your plasma screen
Into that waiting 7 x 2 foot box
Track Name: Mysterio
I'm lost in your corridors
I've been round every corner
I've opened every door
Winding round in circles
Like a rat or a minotaur

Ooh, live my life in your beautiful maze
Ooh, mysterio

How can I resist those footsteps in the mist?
I want to disappear with you

Where she's from
No one really knows
She came in on a seashell
Not wearing any clothes
The lovers lined up for her
Went down like dominoes

Ooh, live my life in your beautiful maze
Ooh, mysterio
Track Name: What You Call Love Is A Lie
What you call love is a lie
Will she be there when you die?
And what she calls love is a high
Will he be there when she comes down?

So I don't mind if you're just passing by
'Cause I'm doing fine on my own

Still out you go in a hail of bullets every time
Stay here with me tonight
Let's go for a drive

Walk away, you never walk away
When it first comes out of the blue
Walk away, but you always walk away
When the spell moves to somebody new

So I don't mind if you're just passing by
'Cause I'm doing fine on my own
Track Name: Snowed In
Just let go
You know you must
Begin to trust what nature does
It's so cold
Let's stay inside
Where nothing grows but nothing dies

World so white, world so white,
World so white closing in at night

There is nothing I can do
Except fall inside of you
I am stuck here there is no way out
But there's a sun out in the night
It will travel to bring light
To my window when the morning comes
So I will stay in, stay in, stay in where it's alright

I'm so low
I do not know
How to trust what nature does
People come,
People go
The wind makes hills of diamond snow

World so white, world so white,
World so white closing in at night

There is nothing I can do
Except fall inside of you
I am stuck here there is no way out
But there's a sun out in the night
It will travel to bring light
To my window when the morning comes
So I will stay in, stay in, stay in where it's alright
Track Name: Bedroom Shadows
I've been living like this for a long time
Fumbling towards you in the dark
I can't go on in this way forever
Won't you call out to me, call me now
'Cause if you keep hiding like you do
How can I find my way to you?
Oh, I hope that someday soon
Somebody turns on the lights in this room
So I can see your face
And hold you to me

I don't mind accepting life is lonely
We come in and then we leave alone
I only want to know that you can see me
I want to feel you feel me, touch me now
'Cause if you keep hiding like you do
How can I find my way to you?
Oh, I hope that someday soon
Somebody turns on the lights in this room
So I can see your face
And hold you to me