Moon Country

by The High Dials

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1.
These days mean nothing to me
 Names and faces pass through me
 My heart beats in a cage
 These days mean nothing to me
 Time erases all that I see Oh, but you come looking for a lamb Like the ocean takes from tired land Always and everywhere seeking your face
 Always and everywhere seeking my escape And you come looking for a lamb
 But instead you find this angry man These days mean nothing to me
2.
You wonder why they stare
 It’s the gruesome thing you wear It’s the part of me you took
 And now it’s part of your look
 It’s an awful thing that you and I have done
 I pinned it like a flower, not knowing you would run
 But it’s too late to change things now My heart, my heart is pinned to your sleeve
 Whatever you wish or believe
 All the boys you’re meeting, they can hear it beating
 My heart, my heart is pinned to your sleeve
 It’s a thing I can never retrieve
 I can still see the seams where I stitched up my dreams Now all my passion is so much fashion
 You will wear it out tonight 
It will shine its secret light
 All that heartache, is that all it makes?
 A tattered ribbon on your arm
 A badge of broken beauty
 Take it, please My heart is pinned to your sleeve
3.
It’s a way of life I could teach you
 Do dead futures crowd in on your mind uninvited?
 Lose some sight, go selectively blind to old pictures
 Let them go, leave it behind Oh, because she’s far ahead and you’re forgotten
 Memory lapse and be okay
 Hey, hey, hey, hey
 Oh, because I see you caught, I see you helpless
 Memory lapse and be okay Oh future, future shining bright
 Future clear this head tonight
 Light up the places I select
 Darken the places I reject
 My head is in your hands Don’t hold the torch so long you burn your fingers off
 Clutching photos and old songs
 I’ve seen you walking half-awake
 Through the ruins of what’s gone
 Like a vampire
 Leave it behind Oh, because she’s far ahead and you’re forgotten
 Memory lapse and be okay
 Hey, hey, hey, hey
 Oh, because I see you caught, I see you helpless
 Memory lapse and be okay Oh future, future shining bright
 Future clear this head tonight And I don’t remember
4.
Bring your bow and arrow
 And fortified wine
 Take a taxi to the caves tonight
 It’s a cloudless evening
 Good for hunting I think
 If you want to Will you do it, will you come out tonight?
 Will you do it, will you come out tonight?
 Will you do it, girl? Say you’ll meet me, I’ll wait here
 My killer of dragons
 Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba Will you do it, will you come out tonight?
 Will you do it, girl? My song is true
 It’s a weapon for you
 Poisoned with old love
 And your aim is still sharp
 You can find the mark
 In that shadow above So come on won’t you
 Say you’ll meet me, I’ll wait here
 My killer of dragons
5.
Read to me
 Tell me a story
 If you say the words just right
 I could change for you tonight
 I believe it
 Read to me
 Make it easy
 All these twists in the plot
 Have got my head tied up in knots
 Please release me Secrets I need
 Secrets you can read
 From my book of the dead Page after page
 You decipher every code and illustration
 You read hieroglyphics
 And you know every trick
 To reach the other side
 So come on, read to me
 And I will listen
 Every word that you proclaim
 Is a link in the chain
 That could pull me through Secrets I need
 Secrets you can read
 From my book of the dead Strange and sweet incantations
 To guide me through this wasteland
 You’ve got the words
 You’ve got the words
 You’ve got the words to make me well
 (Read them out to me)
6.
Their hands in your head
 As you lie in your bed
 Wondering why you feel sad
 And then equally glad at the same time
 Who holds the maps,
 Who leads the way
 Who lays the traps,
 When the choices are made?
 I don’t know how to pray
 Don’t ask about that Sometimes I look in your eyes
 And see something
 Something that wears your disguise
 It’s you that I want
 It’s you that I need
 Please set yourself free, my dear
 No angel, no devil
 Deserves what you’ve got more than I No heaven for me
 No hell and no in between
 Oh, they’ve got hooks in my soul
 But my body is whole
 And waits just for you
7.
Clare 03:55
The future’s no place for me
 Watch it sink like a boat in the sea
 Tie my past to the mast
 It can all go down
 And why should we ever go
 Climb back to that place down below?
 Just sit still, I will build
 Us a time machine, yeah. I get high
 High on the edge of the world with you Say it’s chemicals in my brain
 Say it’s atoms at work once again
 Either way, I will stay
 I’m a martyr that way
 I don’t care if the cause is real
 Don’t explain away how we feel
 Oh, just leave it, please believe it
 I know you can too. I get high
 High on the edge of the world with you
8.
Oh, grey friend
 Please stay a while
 Rest from the salty skies
 Tell me tales
 Of things you’ve seen
 Far from your shells and bones
 Have you seen this girl I knew? If you see her won’t you wish her well?
 Does she think of me
When wind makes the wires moan? It’s a good thing
 It’s a good, good thing
 It’s a good thing that you came by Oh, grey friend
I like it here
 I have no wish to be found
 Let’s watch the rocks where the ocean boils
 Where the person I once was drowned
 Oh, and I’m still wild
I’m still wild for her
 If you see her won’t you let her know?
 I hope to see you once again upon some hidden isle
 Goodbye
9.
Open up the gates
 I’m hoping it’s not too late
 I’m here, I’m here
 Open up the gates
 Does good come to those who wait?
 I’m here, I’m still here Open up the gates
 I’m hoping it’s not too late
I’m here, I’m here
 Atlantis and Avalon
 Shining behind the dawn
 I’m still here What has become of me and you?
 I was so sure we’d make it through
 I know you saw the waymark too
 And it’s still there, just out of view
10.
Out hunting on the beach at dawn
 Your arrow struck a magic fawn
 Wonder and surprise
 When it changed before your eyes
 Oh, my!
 Words transformed your skin and bones
 As she described her secret throne
 This daughter of the sea
 Oh, but you went willingly
 Yes, it’s true Her shipwreck eyes, her deep-sea gaze
 Stirred up desire, churned up the waves White horses, foaming steeds
 Brought you down through the deep
 Oisin, my bastard brother
 Stay awhile, let’s have another Years go by, your mother cries,
 “Gone, he’s gone, my precious son!”
 Your father thins into the air
 Your friends keep watch but then they despair In hallowed halls in darkest ocean
 You lived perfection in slow motion
 Centuries went by
 Till one day you woke and cried,
 “It’s been too long!”
 She let you go, she brought you home
 To discover you were now alone
 In a place you could not recognize
 ‘Cause everyone had died
 What a shame The missing years came in to claim
 Your stretched out soul, your human frame
 You wandered old and mad
 Then you withered on the sand
 Oisin, my bastard brother
 It’s not too late, let’s have another Your story pains me as I dream
 Of people I have known
 Of places I have been
 Please join me for a toast, a drink
 We’re brothers you and I,
I think
11.
So much more than love to live for
 So much more
 You know it, you know it
 Make it true Will you throw your bones upon the pyre,
 Or are you tired of tears and funeral smoke? So much more than love to live for
 You know it, make it true When you are old and live alone
 With several cats in a claustrophobic flat,
 Will you still dream of silver beams
 Of moonlight dripping off your lover’s back?
 Will old blue aching skies still scorch your dreams? Ah, but we both know that for that spell
 You’d set up tent in outer hell
 And when the goddess comes to call
 She’ll knock you off your horse like Paul
 To fill her jeweled goblet with your tears When our star is old and swollen red
 When life is dead
 Will love have left a trace?
 Will the frozen earth call to the sky
 And long to die in the arms of outer space? So much more…
12.
I know when the good is gone
 I hear people say move on
 ‘Cause our words are like weapons drawn
 Is it swords or pistols at dawn?
 Well, come on then, let’s divide the map
 Does heaven really cut in half?
 Then I’ll settle in the eastern lands
 Near some mountain in my memory But I hear the old song you sing
 And I hear the tune that plays on your strings
 Oh, and it’s echoing, answering
 Echoing, answering
 Echoing, answering
 Echoing, answering I have seen the wolf that sleeps in your dreams
 You’ve dropped stones at the bed of my stream
 We have sat on the banks now it seems
 For a week or a century
 We have died and come back so very often
 Let’s just leave the latch off the coffin,
 Share a joke, raise a glass at the gallows
 With the hangman, our old friend ‘Cause I hear the old song you sing
 And I hear the tune that plays on your strings
 Oh, and it’s echoing, answering
 Echoing, answering
 Echoing, answering
 Echoing, answering
13.
A kiss, a touch, a bite, a lick
 A call, a cry, a song, a trick
 All those voices and violins
 Do me wrong, do my poor head in
 How many vanished lives
 Converge in you and me?
 All those lives meet here
 Reaching for eternity Let’s say that this is ours
 Let’s say we serve no powers
 They sing the songs, they start the trance
 They beat the drums that make us dance
 Let’s say that we are free
 Not slaves to secret energies
 I see you, do you see me?
 Tonight in bed they let us be
 Let us Behind, before us
 An endless chorus
 A roar that pushes us on
 A hum that deafens
 A hum of the heavens in me and you I don’t want to dance to the song
 ‘Cause the melody goes on and on
 Binds me up in the tune and then
 Sets me free and binds me again A kiss, a touch
 A kiss, a touch…
14.
Space Hobo 05:27
See that distant light?
 That was my home
 A thousand years ago
 Maybe more, maybe more
 I don’t know
 Believe me when I say
 That place was nice
 Before the age of ice
 That killed off all the life
 Well, I guess the sun had died I don’t know There’s somewhere else
 There’s somewhere I must go Sad to see it hanging
 Dead in space
 Still turning on its track
 But they say you should not look back
 Will you show me where to look
In all this black? There’s somewhere else
 There’s somewhere I must go I need a lift
 Don’t wanna drift
 Anymore, anymore
 ‘Cause there’s nothing to go back to

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This eclectic, sprawling album showcased everything from droning dance grooves and spaced-out rock to wistful folk, all seemingly dispatched from the edge of some lonely, alien sea, based on the album's stark sleeve. Production really began in a remote stone cabin in Ireland (if you listen closely, you can hear the fire crackling in the background!), before it was completed in Montreal with longtime studio ally Joseph Donovan. A celebration of the album as art form in an MP3 age, the album was released as two sides – Side A and Side B - encouraging listeners to experience it as the band intended.

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released September 23, 2008

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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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