It's Getting Late

by Illiteratty

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It’s getting late The purple flowers are falling On their knees The sun is wasted On the mountains Precious time slides down the Rivers, and the bees Drunk with hazy fervour Are returning Among sparks of yellow Pollen That float beneath the trees And everywhere the sun is going down And everywhere what’s gone round Is now coming round Let this day have an end
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For all the times the saucers landed in the park Without incident, comment or concern & every day we were not frightened by the thought That we had visitors curious to learn Let that innocence come again Is it just the way things go & turn aside the schemes of men Are we better than we know? We’ve been so banished from ourselves That our fear is like perfume The paranoia never fit us very well, I always thought it was a sop to keep us down The years of silence that descended on us all Could not damp the fires moving underground Let the changes now appear High above these prison walls Let the silver ones draw near It’s the same sun on us all The prisons will not hold us now You cannot leave an empty room But We are leaving you & we are listening too We are leaving you & we are listening too As our ship comes into view We turn and look back from the shore To watch your mighty towers fall Now we’re stepping through the door And We are leaving you & we are listening too We are leaving you & we are listening too We are leaving you & we are listening too We are leaving you & we are listening too
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Now it's my turn to skate with the Stanley Cup I am holding it over my head like Bobby Orr All my team mates can wait for my turn to be up I will savour this moment, that's what this moment is for Cuz I worked so hard since I was five learning the game I would shoot at the net until I would fall asleep I worked so hard learning to check, learning to skate And the skills that I gained, they;re mine to keep Now it's my turn to skate with the Stanley Cup Have I done this before or is that just how it seems All my team mates can wait for my turn to be up I've rehearsed this for thirty five years in my dreams
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Heraclitus said The river twice You may not step within It will not be the same But I began to think like Parmenides Who said that nothing moves Except perhaps in name because I see the changes They cannot reach us I see that change has Nothing to teach us But that we are like the river You and I we’ve seen so much in our time It almost boggles the mind How could we be the same But when I look at you I see the true shining identity That lies beyond a name I see the changes They cannot touch us I see that change shows Nothing so much as That we are like the river We are like the river We are like the river in our continuity Nothing can deliver us from flowing to the sea I see the changes They cause confusion I see that change is Just an illusion because We are like the river We are like the river We are like the river We are like the river
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Little Man 03:43
Little Man Song Earle Peach Down on the boulevard a little man sells some books He wears a winter coat in the sun He’s got a treasure there for anyone who cares to look Spreads his goods on a blanket on the ground Balzac and Baudelaire, Hotel & Top Gun Every day he carries his chair On the bus, and he gets off a block from there Rolls a cigarette and sits down Little man, where are you from? Did you know what you’d become When you were a child in a town on the Don Playing piano while your parents looked on, And the bells in the great cathedral in the square: Is part of you still there? When the bombs landed in the square I was still in school No one would tell me my parents died That’s when I learned that Jesus doesn’t know the golden rule In the station my uncle cried For 40 years I shaded my face from the sun Now I’ve finally ceased to run Let them kill me on the street if they must In the end we’re all dust Little man, where are you from? Did you know what you’d become When you were a child in a town on the Don Playing piano while your parents looked on, And the bells in the great cathedral in the square: Is part of you still there? Is part of you still there?
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Go For a Walk Outside There’s a reason why you can’t sleep at dawn It’s not because the birds are singing It’s this loneliness that won’t leave you alone & the silence inside you ringing Beside you in the bed’s a gaping hole You want to fall into its yawning & vanish in the darkness & the cold Full of emptiness & longing When you’re alone & your heart’s like a hollow bone You got no one to love & you just wanna wail & moan Have a nice cup of tea It’ll make you feel better Then go outside & get some air If it’s cold put on a sweater Go for a walk outside If it’s a sunny day don’t you hide indoors Go for a walk outside & all the pleasures of the daylight can be yours Any time you want ‘em Any time at all
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If You Should Fail If you should fail in your quest Come back to earth, come to rest We’ll wipe the space from your boots, and Lighten your soul Hostesses are waiting for you now Scented with almonds and crème de cacao With amnesia needles they’ll embrace you They’ll make you whole Where you went was just too far What you tried can’t be done No one has gone there and truly returned You’re welcome home We hope that you’ll find happiness here That all those troubled dreams will disappear That you’ll settle down in your place And cease to roam
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ABBACAC 03:37
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Chibougamau Baby You came west with a fishnet in your hands Hoping to go underground and fight for the cause Your inner child began to make demands Fortunately you never managed to break any laws But ah, the sky has unearthed you now This big world has reached in and birthed you now So cry, my Chibougamau baby Cry with a sorrow that can’t be explained You’ve only lost the comfort of the dark You’ll feel better when you see How your love has been unchained You cast aside your fishing net in tears And let the salmon show you which way to go You stumbled into light, so sincere Reaching for the wings you already know so well But ah, the sky walks inside you now The thing you sought cannot be denied you now So cry, my Chibougamau baby Cry with a sorrow that can’t be explained Let the river overflow with diamonds And rush along with a force That can’t be contained You know you lived your life like a question mark But now an answer comes floating out of the dark Cry, my Chibougamau baby Cry with a sorrow that can’t be explained You’ve only lost the comfort of the dark You’ll feel better when you see How your love has been unchained
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I've got my earbuds on, I am a fortress now I can see you, but you can't see me I hate to interact with other people Because they might be just like me
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Walk in a Mystery & I will dream of the ocean & bright waves & then I’ll know that I’m asleep & you will be there before me all shining mysterious & deep & with a smile you’ll undo me so gentle until I’m lying at your feet & everything will be still then ‘til evening & we’ll go walking down the beach & we’ll walk in a mystery we’ll walk in a mystery we’ll walk in a mystery warm air across our faces love shimmering like heat through a coal & everything will be translucent light streaming like fire from our single soul & when we touch the surface will be gone we’ll reach in & drink our fill & all of this has been foretold it always was, & it always will it’s a mystery we’ll walk in a mystery we’ll walk in a mystery
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Our Ability to Dance It’s good, it’s good It’s empirically good That we should love each other It’s good, it’s good It’s the flower of philosophy That we should play together So throw your coat over in the corner & dance with your fellow creatures You don’t have to be somewhere It doesn’t matter if you’re there Just pretend that your cellphone didn’t work & the roads were flooded It was an accident that brought you here but you will not be denied Lots of room for everyone won’t you please come inside? Our vision is rather limited We haven’t got a lot of time But we have the sweetest music In this region of the galaxy Sometimes we stumble on things that seem to be true The world moves through us as it moves through you It might be true to say Our ability to dance redeems us Our ability to dance redeems us Our ability to dance redeems us Our ability to dance redeems us Our ability to dance Our ability to dance Our ability to dance Our ability to dance

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released February 23, 2021

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Illiteratty Vancouver, British Columbia

We play metafolk… meaning, original swing, European cabaret, celtic, rockabilly, a cappella, folk, world, pop, with sharp lyrics and up to five-part vocals.

Our instrumentation is for three to six musicians, and our full complement includes guitar, mandolin, violin, keys/accordion, upright bass and small percussion. Our music is funny, angry, idiosyncratic, intelligent, and extremely varied.
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