Lines

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Robyn Jacob - vocals, keys
Celina Kurz - vocals
Emma Postl - vocals
Jeff Gammon - bass
Kevin Romain - drums

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released June 16, 2017

All songs written by Robyn Jacob
Arranged by Robyn Jacob and members of the band
Recorded and Engineered by Joseph Hirabayashi
Mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering
Album artwork by Eva Dominelli www.evadominelli.com
Dedicated to all our families

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Only A Visitor is art pop from Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory. Visit us at onlyavisitor.com

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Track Name: Bird Sanctuary
Bounding down the stairs
With my monoculars
Excitedly peering, extending our eyes
We want to see
We want to be
Up close with the bird sanctuary.
And holding in my hands
Some old borrowed eyes
And goofing along
Like being embraced
My honest friend.
I had almost forgot
Feeling fruitless at the harvest
And looking at a barren winter.
How we must always grow our future
Thinking about what more we could lose here
Attending too many goodbye parties.
And he said yes
When the red breasted bird
Perched in his hand
Yes cause this is why
Yes this is what for
It's beauty and the real.
Interviewing feathered friends
About the very latest trend
Of standing up only one legged
I didn't forget
So much as was reminded
Other things exist.
You can't capitalize on freedom
I'm trying to filter it all down
Understand my feet on the ground
How can I care, and still be free?
And he said yes
When the red breasted bird
Perched in his hand
Yes cause this is why
Yes this is what for
It's beauty and the real.
We exist
Not only for ourselves
Yes, because not no
Yes, cause we want things
That will not destroy us.
When we returned home
We slept in the memory of sun.
Dreams flapped their wings
Inside my skull.
Track Name: Lines
Ten year old rebels count their mothers' scars
And for each make promises to the stars.
Tell me can they find a potter
To make a vessel for the pain of daughters.
Mother, she will kill for you.
Humanity is inside an onion
We tear up as the layers are undone.
Know what happens and still pretend
Can't see the beginning, can't see the end.
Brother, it will come together.
Ten more bodies add up to nothing
Triplet zeros are newspaper stuffing.
More fodder for cartoon satire
Cause and effect that fans the fire.
Sister, it's all heating up.
Here's the line
Tomorrow it will be closer.
Not visible
Except with guns and barbed wire.
Lines drawn from afar.
The settler is the imperial pawn
Planting flowers and political lawns.
We're just trying to live our lives
We're living a lie.
Father, they will resist you.
Track Name: Foggy Streets
Walking through the foggy streets at night
You feel like my best friend
It's only us the women and the lonely truck drivers
We investigate the alleys
Stare in disbelief at forgotten buildings
Walking between lines of private property
Oversized doors, overhanging herbs, hidden streets and alleys
People living in their vehicles
We scavenge junk in the alleys
And give it back it's beauty
Oh we are
We are able
We chase the birds
With homemade wings
I remember a story you told me
When they smashed the copper plate
One for everyone to trade
Fragments flow through different hands
Commerce intertwined with beauty
This is our alchemy
Track Name: Running In My Sleep
What do we wait for, what do we know
We're seeking heroes, looking for hope

Trees like teeth do fall as in a dream
And the reality of what we don't see
Feels like we're running in our sleep

Our children won't know what we couldn't keep
Our memories trivial, they wouldn't believe
Feels like we're running in our sleep

Every time I close my eyes...

We woke up to forgive
We only dreamt to forget
We can only live
If we ignore it

People are waiting for clearer skies
Or they lament that the dirt is too dry
Predicting future ghosts on the rise

And we're surrounded by deeds of the past
We count on one hand what we have left
Predicting future ghosts on the rise

...I think of paradise
A place where our children can live their lives.
Track Name: Metal
I love you
Rusty metal
Red sea spray
I can almost hear
Your trusty labourers
Nailing down those coffin lids
But those coffins were meant to be
Opened again
I was walking
Home from a reading
Past a secret
I had never seen
You betrayed your warmth
Strings pulled by tiny barbs of horsehair
The Christmas lights gave you away
Metal, Nail, Horsehair, Secret
Track Name: Visiting Light
Red tinted flashlights
Astronomers stay up late at night
Rocks, dust, and rabbit brush
On a family trip for dad and us.
Motor homes and telescopes
In the desert of Mount Kobau
Cows on the range, dogs bred with wolves
And we're all looking in different directions.
That's when the visiting light
Broke up our introspection
It lit up our entire RV
I ran outside to see the cosmic debris.
And there hung the meteor's tail
While we all stood there staring dumb from the trail
I told you this under a pure sky
No light, invisible signals, flying by.
That's when the visiting lights
Broke up our conversation
They shot across the Milky Way
Reminding me, this memory, this story.
You asked me about the sonic boom
I said it was silent
You didn't believe me did you
Often I remember
And the more that I do
The further it brings me from the truth.
The more I remember
The more it can become
What I want it to...
It lit up our entire RV
I ran outside to see the cosmic debris.
Track Name: Only As We Talked
I should have known
But still it was a surprise
Your socks and sandals standing at the bar
Inside the WISE
And we're both navigating
Paper boats of memories
Maybe forgot
But still feel so heavy
With all these paper weights
They've since drifted to uncharted seas
Is three years long enough
To warrant a look
Brush off the dust
The gutter punk on stage
Is crooning songs about love
And why is every song
Of things and ones we long
Where did we go wrong
Who and what was wrong
Look down the road
This is the lane I kept hearing about
Could be the same
Or things could have changed
I'm sorry
“Really it was just the other day
That I thought about you”
How many times did I say that
I was thinking of you
But everything came up
Only As We Talked
But I never really thought of you at all
Track Name: Do You Mind
The language of our eyes
Floats in through our smiles
Though you're not the one we came to see
With busy breasts and rotten teeth
Like a styrofoam flower busy street
Unnoticed in your fluency
You learned all the words in pieces
back from restaurant days in the city
Now you're married, living under palm trees
(Do you see it, do you feel it)
Do you mind
Do you mind that I mind
Is this bliss
My ignorance
Race the sun to rise
Rooster's feet, they clang on dishes
4am heard a pig scream, 4pm heard a rat dream
But what noises behind the screen
(Do you have to, do you wanna)
I've put you in a box of mine
Put it on, see if it fits
It's a box I carry around
From within there is no sound
(Do you see it, do you feel it)
You won't come drinking
With the boys
Out under the upside down sky
Waves rolling up near by
Difference demystified
Do you mind
Inside weaving holy shrines
Wife, you are my curiosity
Do you, do you see these chains
That bury me
Also wrapped about your feet
But I didn't ask you
Track Name: Feigning Innocence
I pulled the wool
Down over my eyes
Ignore the signs
Ignore the signs
Like little lambs
We are but our cries
Are wolfish whines
Are wolfish whines
We went outside
We were children again
Ignoring time
Feigning innocence
Living parallel
Sometimes tangential
Intersecting
Close or far away
Like the time
I was in Germany
I kissed the rays of the sun
And knew they were traveling
To find your window
In your next morning
We went outside
We were children again
Ignoring time
Feigning Innocence