Anthems For Doomed Youth

by The High Dials

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Uruguay 03:53
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Mysterio 05:28
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
8.
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
9.
Snowed In 04:31
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
10.
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

about

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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The High Dials Montréal, Québec

The High Dials returned in 2018 with a new line-up and the “Foreverish EP”.

After a UK tour in 2019, they unveiled a new LP in two parts. “Primitive Feelings, Parts I & II” is a predatory summer mix of lo-fi 90s grooves, acid rock guitars and razor-sharp humour.

In a 4-star review, Shindig Magazine praised its “heady, intoxicating set of tunes which reveal hidden depths with each listen”.
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