Moon Country

by The High Dials

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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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Track Name: These Days Mean Nothing To Me
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
Track Name: My Heart Is Pinned To Your Sleeve
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
Track Name: (Do The) Memory Lapse
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
Track Name: Killer Of Dragons
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
Track Name: Book Of The Dead
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)
Track Name: Angels And Devils
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
Track Name: Clare
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
Track Name: Seagull Blues
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
Track Name: Open Up The Gates
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
Track Name: Oisin, My Bastard Brother
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
Track Name: The Case Against Love
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…
Track Name: Cartoon Breakup
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
Track Name: Invisible Choirs
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…
Track Name: Space Hobo
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