Forgiver

by Yes We Mystic

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1.
we were drinking in the back after closing up the store that old spirit in my throat, a spirit for every occasion the contest of strength in the rain, beneath the stairs transmuting all the faces in the crippled weekend air celebration the stories all were said we sank deep in our clothes leaning long into each other’s words until the bars were closed daniel stole because he could I breathed out through my nose a bright and sudden pain came up and killed the spirit in my throat celebration he came out of his car swinging wide the pipe I backed against a wall, some mumbled supplication running with head hung, Daniel ran my way he laughed hard and resumed the conversation celebration
2.
Undertow 04:41
your arm in a sling from falling down the stairs at nine years you broke your arm and I was scared to fall if our deathbeds are next to each other I will crawl right into yours will you tell me all the things that I forgot? we are swimming, spitting signals in the dark and the clouds look just like mountains where we are we are teething what had you said to make me laugh with blood on my knees? did you say “If our deathbeds are next to each other I will crawl right into yours”? will you tell me all the things that I forgot? we are swimming, spitting signals in the dark and the clouds look just like mountains where we are we are teething I remember, I remember when we were swimming, spitting signals, now we are floating, the tide is clawing down we are carried
3.
No Harm 04:19
thought, thought I could grip grip the dust by the speed of my hand bone crash into skin, swinging hard, swinging hard as you can between the houses we cannot be seen we made, made new words for the pins that we felt in our legs stood, stood in our rooms wide awake just to watch the day change cold on the beds where our brothers have been you know we did no harm when they ran and hid, no harm hunting the kids, no harm you know they did no harm in June, June’s thick breath will collect and then drip down our chins cut holes in the screen make them wide, and let the creatures come in between the houses we cannot be seen you know we did no harm when they ran and hid, no harm hunting the kids, no harm you know they did no harm forming slowly, all things holy no breath showing all outrunning, our skin humming into the sun always running to, never running from cold on the beds where our brothers have been you know we did no harm when they ran and hid, no harm hunting the kids, no harm you know they did no harm
4.
Monument 03:42
in the end they’ll say his power was lost in years and in hours so what informed his lust to turn the distance into dust? oh, now I’m going, now I’m gone and sure, he’s honed the craft of speaking on our behalf for us, he’d move a mountain does that make him someone we can count on? oh, now I’m going now I’m gone oh, now I’m going now he’ll part us like a sea with these roads, with these roads who’s he setting free with these roads, with these roads? behold his mighty gains with these roads, with these roads give kindness a new name with these roads now I’m going, now I’m gone
5.
there is a fire burning underground and it always keeps me turning back around an agreement of silence, vessels made of wood grey space that once was where something ancient stood the weather made you so afraid magnetic force, the inevitable return to the place that I had left before our friends are running, living in cloud shadows we made little tide pools in our open mouths and stood like creatures frozen into silence or a shout the weather made you so afraid magnetic force, the inevitable return to the place that I had left before our friends are running, living in cloud shadows, cloud shadows, cloud shadows there is a fire burning… our friends are running
6.
how did you become a series of of numbers attached to a name? why must I call into question if it’s your honour that is to blame? you are turning I am learning where you’ll go what could I have said to make you smile, but bring you to the ground? I saw myself shouting “you are your father when he let you down” you are turning I am learning where you’ll go round and around and around baffled by the lack of sight and sound and the sound, and the sound hit me once, and I’ll turn right around and around and around baffled by the lack of sight and sound
7.
Odessa Steps 05:19
I know that this wasn’t the plan don’t think anyone knew their own thoughts before the fighting began and you trust that we will understand that the lies you were told came direct from a higher command a higher command boy is falling from the hordes soldiers marching pick him up and walk towards and we yell without making a sound watch the cradle that rocks slowly teeter and fall to the ground as we ask ourselves, what have we found? and how do you know who you’ll be the next time they come around, with your chin up, eyes down? boy is falling from the hordes soldiers marching pick him up and walk towards teach us regret, guards of our debt run from the steps, run from the steps teach us regret, guards of our debt oh hold on baby, watch your step it’s so easy to forget
8.
a parking lot outside a church we are laughing into our sleeves they’re putting the tea out as the family turns you’re still hanging from the eaves I held you in two cupped hands your feet became unstuck from the sand you walked back to where you began I held you in two cupped hands your brimming eyes were so quick to ignite tried to revise what I knew about light your brimming eyes were so quick to ignite tried to revise what I knew about light surrounded by a swollen bed you turned into a satellite you were born into language, the destruction of dark but you had sudden perfect sight I thought about how all bodies end they looked to see if you would ascend I felt a calm I didn’t intend I thought about how all bodies end your brimming eyes were so quick to ignite tried to revise what I knew about light your heavy eyes were so quick to ignite tried to revise what I knew about light I held you in two cupped hands your feet became unstuck from the sand you walked back to where you began I held you in two cupped hands I thought about how all bodies end they looked to see if you would ascend I felt a calm I didn’t intend I thought about how all bodies end (your brimming eyes were so quick to ignite tried to revise what I knew about light your heavy eyes were so quick to ignite tried to revise what I knew about light)
9.
Ceilings 04:22
there was a sound the night after we were born it flooded the air, and then it was ignored he was the fur and she was a set of coloured teeth twenty-two years slowly biting into me you’re brand new where the hell did you come from? you said something to me then when you came out of nowhere you scared me to death the creature that breathed and moved in my mother’s youth is burrowing deep into her sinew my eyes were gripped beneath blankets and the cold of the night nervous loves and fears recorded in decaying light you’re brand new where the hell did you come from? you said something to me then when you came out of nowhere you scared me to death you’re brand new where the hell did you come from? you said something to me then when you came out of nowhere you scared me to death

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released April 29, 2016

Yes We Mystic:

Adam Fuhr • vocals, guitar, keyboards, pump organ, piano, synth, bass guitar
Keegan Steele • vocals, mandolin, synth, percussion, vibraphone
Jordon Ottenson • drums, percussion, electronic drums, vocals
Jodi Plenert • cello, organ, piano, keyboards, vocals

Also appearing:

Solana Johannson • violin
Jace Lasek • bass guitar, tape machine
Todd Martin • french horn
Lloyd Peterson • lap steel on track 1
Olga Goreas • flute on track 6
Andrew Judah • banjo on track 8
Kathleen Vitt, Clare Schellenberg, Gabrielle Wiebe, Michelle Cleland, Thomas Epp, Peter Dueck, Mike Wiebe, Jodi Plenert, Keegan Steele, John Paul Peters • Choir on track 1

All songs written by Adam Fuhr and Keegan Steele, with the exception of track 4, written by Adam Fuhr, and Track 9, written by Adam Fuhr, Keegan Steele, Jodi Plenert, and Jordon Ottenson

Produced by Jace Lasek and Yes We Mystic
Except track 1, produced by John Paul Peters and Adam Fuhr

Recorded with Jace Lasek from June 3-27 2015 at Breakglass Studio in Montreal and Private Ear Studio in Winnipeg, except track 1, recorded with John Paul Peters at Private Ear Studio in December 2014.

Additional Recording by John Paul Peters and Adam Fuhr

Mixed by Jace Lasek at Breakglass

Mastered by Ryan Morey at Grey Market

Arrangements by Adam Fuhr, Keegan Steele, Jodi Plenert, and Jordon Ottenson

String Arrangements on track 4 by Mamoru Kobayakawa

Cover photo © Kyle Thompson/Agence VU

Layout and Design by Christopher Samms with Yes We Mystic

To whom we are indebted:
Solana Johannson, Jace Lasek, Olga Goreas, Stephen Carroll, John Paul Peters, Jeremy Giacomin, Bryce Creasy, Jonathan Cummins, George and Kathy Forzley, Karen and Mark Fuhr, Kerry Dangerfield, Joel Mierau, Loel Campbell, David Schellenberg, Mark Mills, Adam Hanney, Jared Falk, Ken Beattie, Robert Caro, Jörg Tresep, Christopher Samms, Kyle Thompson, Eric Ross, Manitoba Music, Mothers, Fathers, Partners, Friends

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada's private radio broadcasters.

Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le government du Canada, et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Produced with the participation of Manitoba Film & Sound.

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