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released May 20, 2008

Patrice Agbokou, bass
Alex Chow, violin, viola, synth, percussion Sebastian Chow, violin, piano, oboe, vocals Patrick Gregoire, guitar, bass clarinet Aaron Harris, drums, percussion, vocals Nick Thorburn, vocals, guitar
Produced by Ryan Hadlock and Islands
Engineered by Ryan Hadlock.
Assistant Engineering by Mathieu Roberge Mixed by Rob Schnapf and Doug Boehm Mix Engineer Assistant, Chris Constable Mastered by Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone Songs written by Nick Thorburn Music arranged by Islands drum programming on track 5 by Corn Gangg
Recorded at Mixart in Montreal & Bear Creek in Woodinville, April & May,
2007
Mixed at Sonora in LA, September & October 2007 Mastered at Sterling Sound in New York, December 2007
Artwork by Rebecca Bird
Photography by Alexander Wagner
Layout and Title Design by Philip Laslett
special thanks to Jamie Thompson, Jim Guthrie and Katie Perkins for their contributions to the arrangements that appear on Arm's Way.
thanks to:
Kev Moo, Geoff Travis, Dan Symons and all at Rough Trade/Beggars Banquet UK, Andy Kaulkin, Brett Gurewitz, Matt McGreevey and everyone at Anti-/Epitaph Records, Asif Ahmed, Richard Grabel, our families, Manny Hadlock, Richard Baron, Jo & Ed, Franz & Steve, Patti & Dan, Aaron Curnow at Spunk!, Christian at Kork, Colin and Jen at Agency Group, Michelle & Brian, Sinbad, Nick Petrowski.

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Track Name: The Arm
Breathe in deep, I want you to
That’s why the arm came for you
Help you up, help you out,
To help you through
That’s why the arm came for you
You faded into a different shade
A completely different hue
Of a kind of blue
Like a lifeless carcass in a bad-ass car crash
Hopefully you’ll wake up soon, hopefully y ou do
I want you to
That’s why the arm came for you
That’s why the arm came for you
That’s why the arm came for you
Now you see how it feels
To live like a bee
Always searching for what’s honey
The veins made some stains
When they burst from your legs
Your anxiety is a tapestry
Well you swim until it’s deep
Until you feel like you’re asleep
Against the sound of warning cries you don’t hear
Like you aren’t here
Like a lifeless carcass in a bad-ass car crash
Hopefully you’ll wake up soon, hopefully you do
I want you to
That’s why the arm came for you
That’s why the arm came for you
That’s why the arm came for you
Don’t go to sleep
Who wants you to?
That’s why the arm came for you
Meaning do
Even if it’s pointless to
Let your arms carry you
You’re mine, you’re mine
You’ll always be mine
& lord knows I tried to keep you from leaving
Goodbye
You’re mine, you’re mine
Is that why I lied
When I told you you were breathing?
Baby I tried
Goodbye
Track Name: Pieces Of You
the capillaries of the community
are hemorrhaging on everything
they found your bones in the homes of a thousand little gnomes
who'd taken pieces for decoration
they’d opened up their mouths, seemed like peaceful little mouths
inside they found a mouthful of pieces
they wanted pieces of you
somebody died here, I hear it was you
they loved the attention they got from killing you
the capillaries of the community
are hemorrhaging on everything
they put their fingers in your sockets
if you could hear the way they talk
it's madness
and what they got out of your pockets
a couple coins, and a key for locking its sadness in your face
but they wanted pieces of you
pieces of you made from pieces of you
pieces of you
little birds collapse in your arms
break it into two
beat a man to death with their hands
did they regret anything?
it's cold cold world we swam into
it's cold cold water we sank into
Track Name: J'aime Vous Voir Quitter
you said you had my back
but i was attacked by a pack of dogs frothing at the mouth
stabbed in the face
glass in my guts
crash! passed in the passenger's side you were drunk
and falling, falling, falling down
falling, falling, falling, falling down
j'aime j'aime j'aime, partez vous?
such a shame shame shame, shame on you
j'aime j'aime j'aime, partez vous?
but can i blame blame blame
blame you?
you cut your feet on the glass
in the grass
shards got stuck in the past
when the footprints you left didn't last
i threw you a bone
but you bit one of my own
i'm still gonna do it without it
it's appalling,
appalling how short your hair can go
when it was good, you let it grow
i know there's a problem
when you gave up
you were gone
j'aime j'aime j'aime, partez vous?
such a shame shame shame, shame on you
j'aime j'aime j'aime, partez vous?
but can i blame blame blame
blame you?
you said you had my back
but i was attacked by a pack of dogs frothing at the mouth
stabbed in the face
glass in my guts
crash! passed in the passenger's side, you were drunk
Track Name: Abominable Snow
rack of lamb of god
we serve you instead
on a bed that's sweet to sleep forever in
outer space
track sasquatches
through the snowy climes of canada
are you an upright bear?
are you even there?
do you exist?
try like hell
explode or renew on the carousel
things don't change
love everyone as long as everyone's to blame
space space space is the place
and the sun is fun fun fun
severed body won't run
so take your sweet time
frozen head's up in outer space in a box
will it crash back to earth or be brought back with moon rocks?
i think i spotted a yeti
yet i didn't die
i'm not sure
was it fur or was it a lie?
they're coming home
but my, how the tundra has grown
since you've been gone
everyone's gone
bye bye bye bye bye bye
rack of lamb of god
we serve you instead
on a bed that's sweet to sleep forever in
outer space
track sasquatches
through the snowy climes of canada
are you an upright bear?
are you even there?
do you exist?
Track Name: Creeper
Right from the start I was stabbed in the heart
Didn’t know I wasn’t breathing, didn’t know I had been bleeding
Opened the door, but I was not alone
Someone was hiding in a dark room in my home
Hum it, you will remember some of it
Solve it and you will remember all of it
Creeper in my home, crawled into the window
I grabbed a kitchen knife, couldn’t stick it in though
Creeper had his own, shining in the moonlight
My room was very cold and something didn’t feel right
Right from the start I was stabbed in the heart
Didn’t know I wasn’t breathing, didn’t know I had been bleeding
Opened the door, but I was not alone
Someone was hiding in the dark room in my home
Right from the start I was stabbed in the heart
Didn’t know I wasn’t breathing, didn’t know I had been bleeding
Opened the door, but I was not alone
Someone was hiding in the dark room in my home
Right from the start I was stabbed in the heart
Didn’t know I wasn’t breathing, didn’t know I had been bleeding
Opened the door, but I was not alone
Someone was hiding in the dark room in my home
Track Name: Kids Don't Know Shit
lungs love holes
escaping words you know
smoke gets in your eyes
still blowing in the wind
and we can't beat this cancer, can we?
answer me
kids don't know shit
everything they've learned is wrong
boys in the neighbourhood are fit,
'cause they fight all night long
kids don't know it, but everything they've touched is gone
'cause no one understands,
you can't stand under something that's all wrong
when you're facing the day
when you're wasting away
& you get lighter than your brain
& it grows tighter everyday
love's lungs hold air to blow a hole
cold chest grows, fills up with smoke
at least your head is warm
still forming ways to warm the baby's bed
'cause kids don't know shit
everything they've learned is wrong
the girls on the block are listening in,
they sing "let's get strong"
kids don't know it, but everything they've got is gone
we used it for some fuel and food
then the rats took it from us and made a bomb
words love holes
getting lost in lies we know
still believing branches weaving forests
leaving helps them grow
kids don't know shit
everything we learned was wrong
deep down we knew it,
we always knew it all along
nebulor splendor, i'll remember those constellations forever
a cursory person turns to me and says
"well, you won't live forever"
Track Name: Life In Jail
you sure you want to spend your life in jail?
how you gonna spend your life in jail?
i was on my way
first break the skin, next open the wound
now force your fingers in, then here's what you do:
climb inside the vein and have some heart
you said "i want to spend my life in jail"
why do you want to spend your life in jail?
"i've lost my way"
"pour concrete on me delicately, baby
so I can live my sedimental life sedentarily", what a life
"i could just sit here for hours and watch TV", worthlessly
so that's why you choose to spend your life in jail
who would choose to spend their life in jail?
you've lost your way
"blow my money on my favourite company
they can blow holes in my ozone
so pour that propane on my clothes
i like it when my skin glows
besides there's nothing to live for"
unless you live a little more like you're going to die
so what the fuck are you going to do?
they robbed your life from you
tell them you want to get it back
if you do, i've got your back
yes it's something worth defending
so throw caution to the wind
and other platitudes
that were written just for you
take a shit in their swimming pool
let them chase you if you do
finally something is happening to you
put an axe through the TV
blow up your radio,
though you can't see them now
you'll hear birds singing in your soul
sneak your way past the gates in a little hard heart shape
if you're gonna be a shark you better learn to stay awake
why you wanna spend your life in jail?
Track Name: In The Rushes
barefoot, passing through
i knelt down to get a better view
of what grew there
well what grew there?
scared, heard a terrible sound
lay down played dead
that's when i heard it clearer
in the rushes a voice said:
you could walk around forever
and never notice me
a little closer in the rushes
hiding down among the reeds
a seed
i swallowed
it digested quick
but not enough to not make me sick, i lost it
it tasted like a light going off inside my mind
then suddenly i was out of harm's way
forgetting the desire to remember
trance tourist vanished
finished damaged playback
i felt myself unraveling at a racetrack
i felt myself unraveling at a racetrack
then i coughed up blood
scraped it off my tongue
sucked it off my thumb
but it was rotten
care, to care
i knelt down but you weren't there
anymore
i was pushed into a bush
in the rushes on the screen
it was all acting
can't believe it
believe that i had seen it
remembered who was in my arms
remembered when i had arms
it's like a dream
the way that it unfolded
like i'd been in the rushes without knowing
i kissed it but i must admit
I missed it now i do forget
like i'd been in the rushes without knowing
you've been forgotten
you've been forgotten
you are forgotten
it's been forgotten
you're all forgotten
Track Name: We Swim
same river we swim
like some sliver in skin
now we're in the river again
but it's moving
and it feels so cold
maybe you will catch it, still
in the same river we swam in
more different than the same river we swam in
again
breathing spores longing for
my lungs to be filled with your fungus no more
i cried as my cells divided
the feeling multiplies over time
and a boy sees me
strumming this simple song
and the boy comes close
he brings his sister along
the ecstatic unburdened youth,
they're never wrong
and the boy starts singing along
after all,
a voice, it's just a light
all the time in front of you
facing faces placing places
changing every time you do
set off by soundless voices singing
rounded noises singing au revoir
forever
the same river we swam in
was more different than
the same river we swam in again
because it's moving
and it feels so cold
maybe you will catch it, still
Track Name: To A Bond
to a bond
underneath a bridge between two trees
both blowing leaves
into that great ravine
you came swimming with me
i like how you swim
you do it with ease
then an oar came down
struck the water
bad luck struck us down
bruised, removed you
brought you to shore
before they came for you
then i watched you disappear
dripping bloodstained footsteps smear
don't let the bleeding stop
it's everything you've got
in a body
undergoing night surgery, enemy
wants to cut into me
i escaped in the nick of time,
centipede
floats by on a leaf
i like how it floats
it does it with ease
saw you on the ledge
talked you down
talked your ear off, then
we walked around
'til you had to leave
to catch a train
at 10
gone around the bend
but bound like chinese feet
don't go unravelling
travelling into the blue
returned to look for you
couldn't say goodbye
the porchlight in my heart
had gone out in the dark
like flies
had gone out in the dark
like flies
gone out in the dark
Track Name: I Feel Evil Creeping In
in the back of my mind
i want to do bad things
i want to be unkind
when i'm in my room
i love the shadows
of my bad bones
i have thoughts i won't share
because i don't think i could bear to face you
with the lights on
i feel evil creeping in
my blood is dirty and i like it
i like it that way
i could see the whole city
when i pushed you
out of my fucking way
i left the sun on your skin
so when i wore it
it would fit me
in the corner of my room
when the ceiling's feeling thin
i feel evil creeping in
i feel evil creeping in
a beacon landed on the shoulders
with a beak to regurgitate good words
i told her bird is the word
little nettle stinging
numbing poison seeping in
humming "lost the feeling of the vessel sinking"
like sleeping in
the s.o.s. was lost on me
my crew were swimming
in a turgid sea
it was me
it was me who committed
the felony
i love the blame
take my hands
i'll take suffering
i feel evil creeping in
when i behave
nobody cares
when i behave badly
nobody dare cross me
i feel evil creeping in
Track Name: Vertigo (If It's A Crime)
big boat caught in my throat
it's the deck hand hitting the wrong notes
came to with a pain in my gut again
i cut it open wide, took out a box
inside the box there was a beat keeping time
is it a crime to pass the blame
if every time the punishment is the same?
life is a loose tooth leaving your mouth
so get it out get it out
dig that ditch
ditch that dirt
it's just a body now
pick me up so i can fall back down again
descending into vertigo
if it's a crime they'll hang me every time
i tried to offer up a reason why
i tried, my dear, to set things straight
i fear that i was too late to be cleared of the crime
i just missed a slap on the wrist,
a key witness to the stand
but the jury's out creeping about & i am a guilty man
and the cyst is growing into this
so i drowned in the boat i choked down
and the captain remained proud
looked down, seeing the ground getting closer to me
and now the ground is coming up my sleeves
pick me up so i can fall back down again
descending into vertigo
if it's a crime they'll hang me every time
i tried to offer up a reason why
i tried, my dear, to set things straight
i fear that i was too late to be cleared of the crime
if it's a crime, they'll hang me every time
i tried to set things straight
i fear that i was too late to be cleared of the crime

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