Alterity

by Fiddlehead Soup

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released July 25, 2017

Recorded at Fat Dog Productions in Ottawa by Captain Chad Nesrallah.
Album cover design by Glenn Torresan.
Cover art: "Yellow Dress" ©2015 www.lesleybirchart.com
Website: fiddleheadsoup.com

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Fiddlehead Soup Oxford Mills, Ontario

"World folk and fiddle music group Fiddlehead Soup is an energetic trio of musicians as engaging as they are talented... Singing songs from the traditions of multiple countries and in multiple languages as well as their own artfully constructed material, Fiddlehead Soup does an incredible job of making the difficult look not only effortless, but fun!"
-Bruce Enlo
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Track Name: Miles
Miles
There are thousands of miles between us
There are bundles of letters unsent
There are words never spoken
and promises broken
Illusions of love we invent

There are so many reasons to leave here
There are not many reasons to stay
But whatever direction
I turn my affection
I know that I’m going to pay

Blocking out our faults in a display of purity
Extended Ramadan without a god to oversee
Trading fragile pledges for elusive clarity
We pretend - we'll not suffer for our sins

There are no distant lands to discover
The sunsets are all very plain
Are we reaching the end,
The invisible bend?
Is this something we need to explain?

Are we turning our backs on forever?
Are we facing alternative views?
With the realization
that each destination
Is not what the other would choose?

Once the ball is rolling it’s too late to call a halt
Filling out the scorecard to determine who’s at fault
Strangled by the details missing out on the gestalt
In the end, it's clear that no one wins.
Track Name: The Grand Design
The Grand Design

The Grand Design
And its subsequence
The bitter Fall
And its consequence

The stern avenging angel
Casts her weary warning eye
Grounded adulation
Dreams were never meant to fly

A-hooh x2

Dark as the oak
Guilt and innocence
Deeper despair
Sheer magnificence

Lost within the forest
How fortunate a trail to find!
To dissipate the burden
Transgressions linger far behind

A-hooh x 4

Singer of songs
Lay your story down
Bundle the tales
Bear the jaded crown

Blessed within the cloister
Walls contain the failing voice
Kneel before the idol
Imagine that there is a choice

A-hooh x 4
Track Name: Broken Souls
Broken Souls

Aren't we all broken souls?
Aren't we all broken souls?
Waiting for someone to try fill in the gaps
Someone to say I see the cracks
And think they're beautiful
I think you're beautiful
x2

Living in a riven dream
We're living in a riven dream
Searching for semblance of warmth against the cold
Our imperfections oversold
I think they're beautiful
I think you're beautiful
x2
Track Name: I Am Alive
I Am Alive

Lullabies
Feigning Sleep while fortune steals our lives
All at sea
When we're found who knows who we will be?
Washed ashore
Is this the place that we've been looking for?
Kiss the strand
Press the soil between my weathered hands

I am
I am
I am alive

I am
I am
I am alive

Sacred lies
Numbing senses worn with plaintive cries
Born of greed
Raised within the confines of the creed
Begging more
Reminder of the truth a painful sore
Pinch my hand
Wakefulness imposes her demand

I am...

Instrumental

Open eyes
Reluctantly the silken rope unties
Breathing free
Turn to face the creature stalking me
Bless the sky
A stranger winks an understanding eye
Hold my ground
Observing the awoken gather round

I am...

Instrumental
Track Name: Focus
Lyrics:

All hands revealed
Choking on falsehood, the barnacles bare
Forcing control of the story from there

Some wounds won't heal
Taking a break for the crowd to confer
Mutter in corners and try to defer

Focus on the light
Focus on the light

Take the long road back
Try not to see all the faces you missed
Try not to visit the places you kissed

Ruing what you lack
The inarticulate blackness of soul
The all-encompassing lack of control

Focus on the light
Focus on the light

Spy an empty friend
Discover a memory lurking at bay
Watching the sun at the end of the day

State what you intend
Play out the story next time in reverse
Accept there are things that we cannot rehearse.

Focus on the light
Focus on the light
Track Name: Abeyance
Streams become rivers
Rivers meet the seas
Yet I wait

Days bleed to seasons
Fears become reasons
Still I wait

Trimming the past like an overgrown tree
Removing all trace of what used to be me

Abeyance x2

Roads spread before me
Beckon me onwards
Yet I wait

Fire burns behind me
Hope now unbinds me
Still I wait

Pause at the moment I make my resolve
And the brief opportunity's door will revolve

Abeyance x3

instrumental

Moods overcome me
To lead me astray
So I wait

A vision most fleeting
A chance of a meeting
Here I wait

I find my alterity harder to bear
As I watch my descendency into despair

Abeyance X4
Track Name: Can't. Again.
Can't. Again.

Change
Lives forever altered by decree
Circumstances alien to me
Removing any chance of living free
Results of intervention gone awry
Or mindless faith and all that would imply
Financial games that always underlie
Can't
Again x 2
I can't
friend

Miles
Consigning all our memories to dust
Only moving on because we must
No matter that the reason is unjust
Nothing left except to walk and pray
An injured son too weak to greet the day
Burying our hopes among the clay
Can't...

Scars
Invisible to eyes that judge the skin
Treating my realities as sin
Ignorant of deep desire within
Welcoming. With fist behind the back
The basic understanding that they lack
The best defense, they think, is to attack
Can't...

Rules
Cannot hang my shingle on the wall
Or practice my profession here at all
The colour bar alive in Montreal.
A doctor spends his life among the ill
A checkout clerk remains behind the till
I do the things I must to pay the bill.