FALLING INTO AUTUMN  Chorus)


We are falling into autumn,
limbs revealed from top to bottom. Winter blues, you know I’ve got ‘em
as we’re falling, we are falling. 
We are descending through the season
and the harvest moon is pleasin’
but the Indian Summer just teasin’
‘cause we’re falling, we are falling.

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AS THE MORNING PAPER FLIES 

As the Morning Paper Flies.mp3

 

7AM, Rue Beaubien
crystals of sleet under your feet
as the morning paper flies
in the wind that’s in your eyes
and the sun’s behind a sky of gray

7:10, Rue St. Catherine
ridges of snow wherever you go
as the morning paper flies
in the wind that’s in your eyes
and the sun’s behind a sky of gray

Winter’s long, slow song must be sung,must be sung

7 PM, streetlamps and limbs
sway in the wind ‘til dawn begins
when the morning paper flies
in the wind that’s in your eyes
and the sun’s behind a sky of gray

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HEY, HEY SKIES OF GRAY

Hey, Hey, Skies of Gray.mp3

 

Hey, hey, skies of gray hang in the middle of time…in the middle of time
Blow, blow, clouds of snowdrifts in the meadow will climb…in the meadow will climb
Far seas and mysteries in my head from these words I read

Windy air; limbs are bare, strummed like Aeolian strings…like Aeolian strings
While round and round, the light drifts down on heavenly wings…on heavenly wings
Moonrise mystifies when it’s full and it’s in your eyes

Blue, blue, set upon you when December did start…when December did start
Blame, blame the window frame for the hole in your heart…for that hole in your heart
But see, when the ice is free, there’s a sheltering canopy

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WHEN HORACE LEAVES FOR THE MARITIMES

When Horace Leaves.mp3

 

When Horace leaves for the Maritimes the snows will scrape the air
And the forests that he’s left behind will stand still in the air
Fundy seas, maple leaves flown red on the sky
On a road to harmony…a new light in his eye

When Horace leaves for the Maritimes, the rantings of the shrill
(Ones he could never understand) will be silent on his hill
Barren trees, a maple leave’s lone red on the sky
Acadian snows in winter grow several metres high

No more sleepless nights tossed and counting sheep
Only peaceful dreams of his child asleep

Now when Horace leaves for the Maritimes, no one can safely say
That if many an ignorant mind were changed that he’d change his own and stay
Where the winter’s settled in, a fire cinders the snow
And the window framing him reflects an orange glow

If his peace of mind is a winter’s day
Then he’s now un-torn…and as calm as clay

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STAY AWAKE MUSE (words and music by Paul Lauzon)

Stay Awake Muse.mp3

 

Stay awake, muse and treat me fair
I love the gold dust in your hair
‘Twas when we ran we didn’t care
Whether summer came or went

Sure summer came and summer went
Bushels filled ‘til the orchard was spent
While skin turned scarlet could not wind relent
‘Til the tree to bone was bared

Clouds racing, moon embracing
I rise up to your light
Wind bracing, I am facing
Wild geese in their endless flight

Stay awake, muse and draw the latch
Come in! wild wind blows your breath to catch
Bring the candle now, I have lit the match
Come to window, look above

The seed to soil, the bone in blood
Will fall like droplets in the flood
Fashion stones of silver from out the mud
Cross your heart and the word is love

Clouds racing, moon embracing
I rise up to your light
Wind bracing, I am facing
Wild geese in their endless flight

Stay awake, muse and treat me fair
I love the gold dust in your hair
‘Twas when we ran we didn’t care
Whether summer came or went
Whether summer came or went
Whether summer came or went

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KEEP YOU SATISFIED

Keep You Satisfied.mp3

 

The naked trees and the wind-blown leaves seem to
Know how hard I tried
To do my best to keep you satisfied

They’re stripped down bare, or tossed in the air
Almost like they died,
They’re a lot like me tryin’ to keep you satisfied

Breathe in the air…and say a prayer
For a broken man as he plans to learn what he don’t understand

The coal-black crows and the sudden snows
Made me run and hide
Because I failed to keep you satisfied

Breathe in the air…and say a prayer
For a broken man as he plans to learn what he don’t understand

Well, the things you do and the things I rue
Seem oversimplified
I lost my soul just to keep you satisfied
I lost my soul just to keep you satisfied
I lost my soul just to keep you satisfied

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YOU AND I

You and I.mp3

 

Afternoons of contemplation…
…Shadows of bare trees
Crawl, like a mantis (towards the east In a gentle breeze)

Ice and fire both can burn us if we them try
You and I, you and I, you and I

Winter is a quiet season
Cushioned by the snow
How I wish that we had more free time
To watch the star night glow

Under borealis fire lighting up the sky
You and I, you and I, you and I
You and I

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SO FAR AWAY

So Far Away.mp3

 

Light’s been changing through the afternoon...
Shadows moving slowly in my room and
Chords are suspended and I’m hanging too
Feels like I've got so much more left to do, but

When a song in the night is born it will hold you in its sway
Melody it captures me and it takes me so far away
So far away

Once every day seemed to dawn so clear
Nothing but a crystal atmosphere
But the storms of time took my light away
Now I’m moving in the descending light of day

When a storm in the night is born it will hold you in its sway
Energy it raptures me and it takes me so far away
So far away

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WOOD SMOKE PERFUME

Wood Smoke Perfume.mp3

 

Crows caw to the leaden skies
Snow glimmers like fireflies
Yellow glow in a wooden door
Boots on a terracotta floor
December’s barren trees are gray
Northern winds blew their light away
Setting sun is a fallen crown
Tired meadows in eiderdown

These are the times when I can find
All kinds of thoughts to sift and spin
Wood smoke perfume pervades my room
In winter days when the chill and the stillness take your breath away

I need a piece of berry pie
How far away from that am I?
(Snow’s drifted to the garden wall)
Orange embers are a crystal ball
I see the seeds of summer there
Their smoke is windblown hair
Their ashes are the ocean’s skin
Their warmth is an August wind

These are the times when I can find
All kinds of thoughts to sift and spin
Wood smoke perfume pervades my room
In winter days when the chill and the stillness take your breath away

These are the times when I can find
All kinds of words to sift and spin
Wood smoke perfume pervades my room
In winter days when the chill and the stillness take your breath away

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FOR THE SNOW

For the Snow.mp3

 

When it’s Spring and the orchard’s green and the farmer prays his fruit will grow
A yellow moon in the sky silhouettes the blossoms as they show
There’s seldom, seldom a thought for the snow

(And) when the dog days of July bring to town the traveling carnival show Ferris wheels and carousels tracing neon circles as they go
There’s never a thought for the snow

When our time on the river seemed unending
We were floating along and feeling free
While the salt on the air said we are bending to the sea

Stealing sand for my hourglass on a chilly beach where schoolchildren used to go
And all their castles and walls seemed so helpless in the undertow
Soon it will be time for the snow

When the flow of the river seemed unending
We were floating along and feeling free
While the weight of the waters had us descending to the sea

When the weight of the apple trees is plucked off and the branches free to blow
An icy wind in the sky tears the final leaves from every row
Now it is time for the snow
Now it is time for the snow

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LEFT MY HEART ACROSS THE OCEAN

Left My Heart Across the Ocean.mp3

 

Left my heart across the ocean
Left my heart over the sea
Left my love upon the waters
Flowin’ away, flowin’ away from me
‘Cause it’s a burnin’ sun in summer
Then a golden harvest moon
But in winter just an ember
Dyin’ away, dyin’ away too soon

When your sun won’t shine in the mornin’
When your light won’t shine on my day
When these forests turn green to orange
Orange to grey then fade way, fade away

There are stars on the horizon
Dangling on December’s sky
Think how far that light has taken
To up and fly, to up and fly, to fly

If your shadow could be taken
From the one it’s owing to
I would be its new companion
So I could be, so I could be with you

When the air is still in the mornin’
And the only breath is my own
When these fields turned from green to amber
amber to brown, I am alone…I am alone

Leave your heart across the ocean
Leave your heart over the sea
Leave your love upon the waters
Flowin’ away, flowin’ away from me
Flowin’ away, flowin’ away from me
Flowin’ away, flowin’ away from me

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Photo Credits
Header Photo | Suzhou, China ~ Francois Ferchaud