First Duets

by The Strangemakers

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Alex McCulloch's first EP, back when she was fronting the Strangemakers and working with a different name.

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released February 27, 2015

Photo colourized by Richard Pierce
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered at Martyr's Hope Studios by Tom Perry
All songs written by McCulloch and Perry
See Individual Tracks for Perormance Credits

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The Strangemakers Toronto, Ontario

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The Strangemakers are a folk-rock band from Toronto, Ontario.

Led by husband and wife team Alex McCulloch and Tom Perry, they write honest songs with rootsy influences.

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Track Name: Red
Do you wanna come home with me tonight?
The fire’s burned out; I’ve been drinking coors light
This is my name, this is my craft
I stare at strangers and I wear masks

I wanted to write you a letter to remember me by
But you won’t get til after we’ve let this lie
Romance is dead, my dear
But you can hold my hand and I will wear red
We’ve made this clear

I said goodbye to you after our first kiss
We said that love is not supposed to be like this
In the sunrise I will fold my wings
You smell so sweet but my phone is ringing

I wanted to write you a letter to remember me by
But you won’t get til after we’ve let this lie
Romance is dead, my dear
But you can hold my hand and I will wear red
We’ve made this clear
Track Name: And The People Say
Cigarette left smoking on the sidewalk
She dropped it to kiss him and if you listen you can hear night falling
Snow water raining from the rooftop
Spring is beginning to show it’s head, I think my blood is getting warm again

And the people say, and the people say
Things can’t always go your way
And the people say, and the people say
But I’ve stopped listening to what they tell me

Moon hangs on a clothesline, pins of star shine
The owl’s out of sight but if you search you can find him
Sun’s still sitting on my skin
Winter’s grown green with jealousy, I think this is letting go of me

And the People say
And the people say
You have to choose
You have to wait
And the people say
And the people say
But i've stopped listening to what they tell me
Track Name: Too Much
there lies an essence of tranquilty in all
but anger and passion makes us not wait long
for the things that we ask of the world
and the people too

so we're burning and building
climbing and jumping buying and selling
fighting and fucking

but soon, soon you will see that the only thing that matters
is what you believe one day, you will know that the only things we
see are the only things you show

so still living and dying loving and hating
laughing and crying mating and and contemplating

cos’ you, you got a need
& the only thing that matters is what you believe
oh, will you ever know
that the only thing I see is the only thing you show

we wait for the music to hit us
or that liquid smooth bitter rough
or spark some green, take a quick puff
and just hope that's enough to get us
through the day
get us through this day
Track Name: Hardly Takes
These snow shoes sailing blind across rivers of white
Thought you’d wanna stick around, wanna know this little life

But the heart grew so cold and now I’m covered in snow

It hardly takes any time
Hard to take, but you’ll find
How you spend your time defines who you are and why

Walking somewhere where there’s no... snow
Met a man I love says he’s gonna show me

But my heart is so cold and I just don’t know

It hardly takes any time
Hard to take, but you’ll find
How you spend your time defines who you are and why

All my hard times, all my bad sides
All my questions why me, why, why? I’m so out of line
I’m so out of line, maybe I should try

When you’re down and out, don’t you cry
When you’re cold, light a fucking fire

Cos’ your heart will know and you will go on

It hardly takes any time
Hard to take, but you’ll find
How you spend your time defines who you are and why
Track Name: Coming Home
Coming back home from a long month away
I've stumbled out of step of the rythm of this place
He's says you've got an accent, you've lost your manners
All my ribbons and banners mean nothing in this place
Empty bottles, empty cigarette packages- the fridge is always full
Over countertops he says, "you've got to do what you need"
I say, "I wanna sail the seas"

What we want and what we need are two different things
We do the best we can
One day I'll call you up to say that I've made it
But right now I don't have a plan
We do the best we can

Can't seem to finish this novel, my eyes roll off the page
I'm writing this now but I don't know what I'm saying
It's a firetruck coming up the road, pulls over and says,
"It could be so much worse you know"
I'm cynical and silent as he throws me the car keys
And through the window he says, "if you want you can turn on the radio"

And oh, how could we plan for long distance?
I'm awful on the phone
I'm lonely, so is he
And when the ceiling starts threatening to tear me down
He turns around and says, "You make me proud"
"You make me proud"

Coming back home from an a afternoon drive
My mind's already on north Caroline
I've never been there but I'd like to know
Turn a familiar corner as I turn a coin over in my open
He says, "Are you home for dinner?"
I say, "No, I got dinner plans"
He says, "That's alright, we do the best we can"

We do the best we can
We do the best we can
Track Name: Save Your Life
His heart was unsure when he saw it
The bold lettering assured him that they had a plan
He signed the form and tried to look like the man

Said a prayer and then I said goodbye
If I say I love you will it save your life?
In this letter I send my hope
I hope you’re safe and got a good coat
It must be cold over there

See that window there; that girl, fragrant hair
She was his love, he was her pride
When he said goodbye he said he’d write

Said a prayer and then I said goodbye
If I say I love you will it save your life?
In this letter I send my hope
I hope you’re safe and somewhere warm
It’s getting cold over here

All those lovers they lied to
Photographs of planes to show
They hand me flowers, they talk of woe

Said a prayer and then I said goodbye
If I say I love you will it save your life?
In this letter I send my hope
I hope you’re safe and got a good coat
It must be cold over there

Said a prayer and then I said goodbye
If I say I love you will it save your life?
In this letter I send my hope
I hope you’re safe and that you know
For you I wrote this song

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