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1.
I was once so small like you I felt every surface Heard your blood flowing through your veins Tracing your sweet smile lines Aren’t we selfish? I was once so small like you I believed in love Waiting for our future to pass Dwelling in the depths of a canyon Are we hopeless? It’s all the same in your stomach Don’t you know it’s in your head In the end it’s all darkness In the end it’s all darkness
2.
If my name and his name have got your tongue in knots What else of me have you not forgot? Is my face still fresh or has it wavered? Your silent slips as you sweetly savour Fresher fruit that has not come to rot If you closed your eyes and felt each of our palms To which hand would your tender touch belong Would your fingers scream out “Lover!” “Stranger!” If they called your lips to lend a favour? Would either tango’s tempo taste so wrong I found peace since you bolted up your door My dreams have long ceased to find us tumbling on the floor We’ve moved on to fresh arms that keep us warm But you can’t keep straight Our names and voices and kisses and faces Guess time obscures but never erases The bonds we build and we break and we bury in vain So keep me tied, taught, tightly between your teeth That wicked word of love’s obsurd bequeath ‘Cause habits they die hard if ever Despite your best attempts to sever Stubborn roots still tangled down beneath
3.
I'm rowing my boat off to the shore The waters are calm I am ready to go But I feel it behind me, it threatens my home Escaping the storm There is a darkness, but there'll be a light If I surrender would you be my home? And if I let go won't you leave me alone? And when I am hungry you feed me your sh*t When I am lonely you are my friendship There is a darkness, but there'll be a light Balancing on the abandoned train tracks I'll try not to fall if that train it rolls back But I'm testing this out, this experiment When it boils over I burn all my bridges There is a darkness but there'll be a light It's under my skin and it's shaking my bones
4.
Mirror 03:08
We are so fragile Each one our own We are weighed down You are so careful Tiptoe, your words Are drifting Gentle Your expressions Mirror are you there?
5.
Well the distance oh it ain’t so big And what’s in between is in our heads Don’t we know it And if we knew just where we are We’d still be hurt and stuck and scarred Can’t get around it We’re in between to cities and two hearts Can’t ever choose won’t ever depart ‘Cause Northeast Southwest I’m coming home And as I sleep you transport me And all the rest is just a dream It’s music And when I’m there won’t forget you Beyond the bounds you’re waiting still Moving along
6.
Darcy (D.) 03:18
She was a pretty girl Wide-set blue eyes Driving down the highway junction Montreal to Vancouver She got lost in the horizon Squeezed ourselves onto a park bench Heads resting on each other’s shoulders O. says you want me to say a prayer And I think what would it matter anyway Saw her again that day She was standing on the chapel steps Wide set blue eyes focused beyond mine Back turned to the sky
7.
Your Light 04:24
Your light fills the sky Your bleakness swallows us whole The spark is burning cold Your energy lies on the cusp Of stillness I am present as I disappear You and I so connected Plunges into loneliness Power that was mine You’ll never get it You’re unaware, you’re irresponsible You love yourself You are alone You’re sinking, you are sinking You are so big I am forever small I am pretty I am not much at all I am not much at all When I am yours
8.
So It Goes 02:54
And so it goes on Waiting for it to be my turn And if this is love Oh god, won’t you please strike me down? I had a boy his name was Sam Pretty little thing he wasn’t half bad Took him to the bridge down in old port Mark Just to leave him there alone in the dark I had a girl her name was Gene She was real sweet Never petty or mean Didn’t wanna hurt her or make her a fool But other prospects are awaitin’ No time to lose Now it’s springtime Everything’s renewed Everyone’s a wanting and a grasping in tune Little do they know and little do they see Affections are a fickle Ain’t never what they seem

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Thank you to my family, the Gulkins, Penners and Posens for all of your love and support. Special thanks to Jim, Jan and Rylan Gulkin for your incredible generosity. To Steve Penner and Mary Ellen Marus, Rose and Saul Rose, Harry Gulkin and Marie Murphy, Robert Posen, Ian Brander, Cathy Gulkin and Lisa Simkins, Ruth Penner, Michael Green and Ellen Lipes, Frederic Weigand Warr, Bob Penner and Shaena Lambert, Daniel Cooper and Martin Posen and to everyone else who donated for helping this album come to life. Thanks to Dominike Courteau and Eli Grimson for your help with the fundraiser. Thanks to Max Desmarais (Bridgehead Studios), Harry Knazan (Mixing) and Reuben Ghose (Mastering) for helping me put together a fantastic demo that led to a FACTOR and Canada Council grant. Thanks to Emma Frank and Kevin Swartzbach keeping me on my technical and musical toes. Thanks to Jan Florjanczyk, Dave Cool, Dimitri Condax, Paul Afalo, Greg Bouchard, Raymond Carpentier, Candice Fridman, for contributing your support and advice. To my musician friends Gabrielle Papillon, Lisa Malachowski and Matt Stern for your support and guidance and for being generally lovely always. To my band: this has been an incredible journey so far and you have all pushed me to reach farther than I ever thought I could. Love you all.

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released April 11, 2013

All songs written by Corinna Rose except Fresher Fruit, written by Matthew Daher

Produced by Corinna Rose. Additional production by Joseph Donovan. Recorded and mixed by Joseph Donovan at Mountain City.
Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel
Arrangements by the Corinna Rose Band
String and Horn Arrangements by Nick Lavigne except Fresher Fruit, arranged by Matthew Daher

Corinna Rose - Lead vocals, banjo (1, 8), acoustic guitar, electric guitar (4), vibraphone
Matthew Daher - Drums, backing vocals (5,8)
Leah Dolgoy - Autoharp, backing vocals (4,8)
Nicolas Godmaire - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar (2), lapsteel, banjo (5,7), backing vocals (4, 5, 6, 7)
Alex LeBlanc - Bass

Quinn Brander - Cello
Ari Swan - Violin
Eleanor Verrette - Viola

Taylor Donaldson - Trombone
Ryan Frizzell - Trumpet
Guillaume Roy - French Horn

Lisa Malachowski - Backing vocals (7)

Choir Vocals - Theo Ephraim, Ainsley McNeaney, Gabrielle Papillon

This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts / We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

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Corey Gulkin (previously Corinna Rose) Montréal, Québec

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Corey Gulkin, (formerly Corinna Rose), is among the new cohort of talent emerging from the burgeoning Montreal music scene. She is best known for her experimental, dark, and intricate songwriting, as well as an off-kilter sense of rhythm and unconventional song structure. ... more

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