Queen City : Volume One

by Ketch Harbour Wolves

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Marcus Ferguson Yet another brilliant album from one of my all-time favourite bands. Fell in love with these guys on first listen and have been blown away by every release since and Queen City is no exception.

The whole album is excellent, but for mine, the stand out tracks are "Pulled from the Wreckage" and "Signs Were Everywhere".

Best of all, the name implies a Volume Two will be released at some point! Favorite track: Pulled from the Wreckage.
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The Queen City albums attempt to create a map of songs for Toronto. Arising out of specific sites within the city (Leslie Spit, Prince Edward Viaduct, Toronto Dominion Centre), the lyrical content weaves together history, mythology, and personal reflection into a dream-like cinematic narrative. The title, 'Queen City' refers to one of several monikers that Toronto has gone by since its foundation in the early 19th century. And yet the city shares this title with many other places throughout North America making it general and specific at the same time. The lyrics for the songs operate in much the same way, attempting to capture something very specific (place, texture, atmosphere) and dealing with universal human emotions (love, death, and longing).

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released April 30, 2013

© Dead Calm Records 2013 Toronto CANADA

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Track Name: Pulled from the Wreckage
Great fossilized hand I'm here
For the last migration
From some godless land
In a failed revelation
I'll be waiting in the disappearing cottonwood

And now the sediment covers me
And I'm the first born
And now the city light colours me
And I'm the first born
Pulled from the wreckage

So put your wings on my shoulders
And let's dance to the dawn
On brick and tangled steel
To the cormorant's song
These fragments I have shored up against my ruin
So said The Wasteland

And now the sediment covers me
And I'm the first born
And now the city light colours me
And I'm the first born
Pulled from the wreckage

Wait here, the great cull draws near
Take to the wind
Black winged storm
Above the streets
Surround the tower
Rising up, pulled from the wreckage
Track Name: The Good Blood
I read your note at the bend in Sterling Road
You found a way out and let the city know
The sun was sinking, the shadows growing tall
And now your history is peeling off the walls

Oh child, claimed by the city
Wrenched from the jaws of love
I'm not sure I know who you've been

I'm not the one you're looking for
But you can rest your fists in my heart for a while
You can let the bad blood out
And let the good blood in

Good-bye New York, your heart was never mine
You let us love you but you can't remember why
I need a light that shines through the dusken hue
I need a light that shines away from me to you

Oh child, claimed by the sea
Raised in the wakes and floods
I'm not sure I know who I've been

I'm not the one you're looking for
But you can rest your fists in my heart for a while
You can let the bad blood out
And let the good blood in

Oh child, claimed by the city
Track Name: Signs Were Everywhere
This time I finally see
I'm no match for you
I couldn't push your heart away from me
Like you told me to

Beneath the streets I wandered
In a universal blue
Between the black wind of the subway screaming by
I thought of you

The signs were everywhere
But we're not ones for cautious steps honey
The signs were everywhere

The day you left I rode the 504
To the end of the line
Down in the valley with its mouth now muzzled tight
Where you put your lips to mine

Great iron arches came striding overhead
In the poet's dream
This town will change you in a thousand different ways
And you won't feel a thing
But maybe in the deep dark valleys of your heart
You might have heard her sing

The signs are everywhere
So why the cautious steps honey
The signs are everywhere

This time I finally see
I'm no match for you
Track Name: Should Have Learned
You took my hand
And led me out of the midway after dark
Fireworks like a splintered sunrise

And from the arches we saw the Julia B
Go down in a blaze of fire
Lifting the hearts of the disenfranchised

I'll be waiting in the dappled light
Down in the courtyard with my heart held tight

Should have learned by now
About the ruinous ways of love
It should have hurt by now
From the ruinous ways of love
But I sure miss you

We could steal the boat with the painted oars
And float through the oily night
Live and die beyond the battered sea wall

But we are children of the city now
No less than the walls we're in
So close the gates and let the great preservation begin

I'll be waiting in the dappled light
Down in the courtyard with my heart held tight

Should have learned by now
About the ruinous ways of love
It should have hurt by now
From the ruinous ways of love
But I sure miss you
Track Name: The Angelus
Pose for the camera
I'll need you in a century's time
When you're ghosts of the ward
Floating through our new squalid confines

We were six to a room
Carried here when the old world was burning
They say hard work can save you
But it can break you just the same
Or so we're learning

Can't help the feeling that I know you somehow

A painting of The Angelus
Hangs like a mirror in the hall
She died of consumption
Burn the sheets and the arabesque walls

Can't help the feeling that I know you somehow
One hundred years gone, no trace of you now
But I can't help the feeling that I owe you somehow
Track Name: Through a Glass Darkly
Below the monolith I
Spoke as a child
Through a glass darkly

Kill the lights and close the doors
Along the forty-second floor
Through a glass darkly

The city it dreams
An infinite view
Reflecting me, reflecting you
Came in a dream
Black-bronze hue
Reflecting me, reflecting you

By the time you opened your eyes
She was not in sight
Retreating from the windows into fluorescent light
She was not in sight

After the third great fire
We'll build a bridge across the sky
Through a glass darkly

The city it dreams
An infinite view
Perfecting me, perfecting you
What might have been
Black-bronze hue
Reflecting me, reflecting you

By the time you opened your eyes
She was not in sight
Retreating from the windows into fluorescent light
She was not in sight

It's been a hard winter
I learned a deep hunger
My body's a dark hollow
I wish you'd come back
From the cold fluorescent light
Track Name: 1992
It always starts in the month of May
Out of the seeds of love and unrest
All make way for the rite of spring
In her pigeon-toed pagan dress

Twenty one years ago
Horseshoes and broken glass
Yonge street's in bloom again

It all begins near the junction overpass
With two shots

Don't go, I think I need you
To fool me 'cause I'll take the world at your word

When we were young, we feel asleep
At midnight in the grove of cedar trees
Path was paved for the golden age
While half a world away the city raged

Ninety-nine shades of love
Coming down around us now
And it feels like and endless summer

It all comes back
Near the junction overpass
With two shots

Fool me 'cause I'll take the world at your word
Track Name: The Beginning
Stepped out on to the platform that morning
Two lights in the darkness
Said I need something new to make this
Old heart old
A new kind of blindness

Out of the formless black
The train emerged to take you
You turned your head
Looked at me and said

This is just the beginning

Out where the mission bell rings
We found the great bird down in the wreckage