Queen City: Volume Two

by Ketch Harbour Wolves

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Queen City: Volume Two finds the Toronto band entrenched in the somber mythology of their home city. The album, written and recorded by Ketch Harbour Wolves in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, is the second instalment in the Queen City series and marks the band’s third full-length release. Queen City: Volume Two explores Toronto’s past, present and future in a baroque-indie-rock map of songs. Thematically the album stretches along the belly of the Queen City from the Toronto Islands to the underground rivers of Niagara Street, into the heart of Nathan Philips Square, through the city’s Victorian neighbourhoods and the towers of St. Jamestown, coming to rest with the mysteries of the Don Valley and the Toronto Necropolis.

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released July 21, 2015

Recorded by Ketch Harbour Wolves at
Winona Sound, TORONTO

Additional synthesizer on Queen City Believes You by Kristjan Bergey
Cello on Civil Elegies &
Sibelius Park by Shane Neill

Mixed by Jonathan Tyrrell at
Winona Sound, TORONTO
Mastered by Harris Newman at
Grey Market Mastering, MONTRÉAL


Ketch Harbour Wolves are
Liam Brown, Jonathan Tyrrell,
Brian A Urbanik & Scott Winter

All Songs Written & Performed by
Ketch Harbour Wolves
Lyrics by Jonathan Tyrrell
Album design & layout by Liam Brown
Dead Calm Records 2015 DCR005

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Track Name: Diving White Horses
Diving white horses they climbed up again
Look down to the clear blue lake

Diving white horses were beautiful then
Kings and Queens of a dream we could never wake, from

If I must leave here before my time
If the last boat has gone for the night

May a picture of diving white horses in flight
Guide me in to the white of the endless light
Track Name: Queen City Believes You
Early on that April night
Some kinda hell broke loose in Memphis and I
Bolted for Atlanta caught a bus to Detroit
Trying to make it through the northern borderline

Well I ain't no saint
But I ain't no assassin just a man with no lie
But in the decade of the patsy we're just innocent bullets
Trigger fingered by invisible hands and I know that

Queen City believes you
Queen City believes you no more

From a quiet room on Ossington
I watch for one of my names to appear in the headlines
I've got so many now I don't know which one
I should be looking out for

But I feel a fierce heat coming up from the south
I feel the cold fist of judgement coming down
I'll be a hero in Rhodesia or I'll see you in hell
But I ain't gonna waste away between the walls of a prison cell

Queen City believes you
Queen City believes you no more

Look at you with my disinterested eyes
Queen City be my mask tonight

Queen City believes you
Queen City believes you no more
Track Name: Niagara Street
Lay with me
Down on the hallowed street
Where Tecumseh's lionized

Stay with me
Stay in the amber light
Don't let the headlights catch your eyes

You don't feel it,
Still it runs right beneath us baby
You don't feel it,

Ten years gone and I
Still remember that look you gave me
from your icy third floor window

I guess some things are better off denying
I know I'd never amount to much
I'm just afraid I won't die trying
Track Name: Civil Elegies
Beneath the vaulted halls of Union I was a train car cut adrift
You had your ticket in one hand and my hand in the other

You said Queen City's got her demons too, under your breath before we kissed
Then you vanished with the last departing lovers

And in the city square I asked the archer are we running off the rails?
While the ghosts of The Ward hovered dark and devious

He said there's nothing more repulsive than the need for cautionary tales
Oh honey I love it when you speak to me like prometheus

I was thinking maybe these things would pass

You'll find me singing maudlin elegies for a kingdom that never comes
Skulking down below the Bathurst bridge at midnight

Such a debt do we owe the ones we love
Such a debt do we owe

I was thinking maybe these things would pass
Track Name: Millicent Street
I came back home from the second war
And nothing ever stayed the same
I left a broken heart in the prairies
What am I doing in Queen City again?
I was never the fathering kind
I guess blood runs thicker than they claim
Now all I have is a photograph, an address
And thirty years of estrangement from my own name

I don't know why I came back
I don't know why I came back
I don't know why I came back to Millicent Street

Now that I'm standing at the doorstep
Of fifty-seven Millicent holding a half finished letter
Now that I recognize your face in mine
I don't want you to know that I wish you would say
That you wish you had of loved me better

I don't know why I came back
I don't know why I came back
I don't know why I came back to Millicent Street
Track Name: Sister
Father tried to warn me
That's an evil wind upon the harbour
When I returned alone broken by the lake
I couldn't meet my Mother's eyes

In my dreams I see
Five figures sinking slowly
Shrouded in white lace and just out of reach
In to the mouth of the deep

And how the wind came faster, faster now
And how the waves grew higher, higher now
My mother said be careful, careful son
My mother said be careful with my little girls

Show me Sister
Atonement only when it's over

It was no act of God
Not the familiar grip of Scarlett Fever
Just the crushing indifference of impetuous youth
And it will haunt me until I die

Some ghost am I
Some angel, some harbour's keeper
One hundred and sixty bodies pulled from the wreckage
But I'd trade them all back for you

And how the wind came faster, faster now
And how the waves grew higher, higher now
My mother said be careful, careful son
My mother said be careful with my little girls

Show me Sister
Atonement only when it's over

For a moment I held ten hands in mine
For a moment I held them tight

Show me Sister
Atonement only when it's over

Now I can't breathe, at last I can't breathe
Track Name: Sibelius Park
Under the statue of Sibelius you
Counted your blessing and your Sir Roberts too, singing
Our money comes from accidents
Mistakes in the inheritance
Our riot's free from consequence
Our Annex cleared of dissidents

Now only the good
only the good
only the good ones survive

Our money comes from indolence,
Secures the meek entitlement
Our money buys indulgences
States of exception, acquiescences

If only the good
only the good
If only the good ones survived

Give us asylum in Sibelius Park.
Track Name: Amber
Said the towers as you wandered through St. Jamestown
You've made us tombstones for your city of the future
And tread lightly on the surface of your potter's ground
For one day you'll share your last earthly bed with strangers

Our blessings on you citizens of the Necropolis
Pray watch over them our lady of the valley
And in the end do all our epitaphs amount to this
I should have done, I will have been, I will have become the setting sun

Said you'd burn long like an ember
Said you'd glow deep in the night
Said you'd be the glass stained amber
Always in warm chapel light