Black White and Grey

by Francis Cheer

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released September 30, 2016

Drums - Chris Dadge
Pedalsteel - Blake Enemark
Everything Else - John F Gerrard

Recorded at Electric T Cup Studio and Public Lunch Studio in Calgary, AB 2016. Mixed and Engineered by Pat Palardy at Public Lunch Studios. Mastered by Carl Saff

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Track Name: Black White and Grey
window pains
growing strange
in my way i do k(no)w wrong
x and o’s
moon and sun
all the things that can’t be won / one
they’ll go
to the ocean of all we know
there’s love for the weak and strong
by a stroke of luck
i can focus on
there’s no better one

dust and rain
water wings
through my pain i came out strong
in the end
be my friend
we’ll hold hands and then drift off
we’ll go
to the ocean of the unknown
is there love?
for the weak and the strong
by a stroke of luck
i can focus on
there’s no better one.

but do imaginary friends do more harm then good?
pictures from the dust
we are the great amalgamators

light and dark
before we start
we might have made the whole thing up
Track Name: Northern Semantic
oh city planner, be there a four way stop or a round about here?
oh miss montana, did you go and drop dead gorgeous stairs / stares
northern semantic, north of atlantic trends
strangers and close friends
which reminds me isn’t timing everything?
dress up my sharp ends
whine about the mirror let the river fix em

all for the right shot
split apart my chopping block
i wedged the wood to win
bird on a wire
tumbling spiralled gift

strangers and close friends
which reminds me isn’t timing everything?
dress up my sharp ends
whine about the mirror let the river fix em
tattoo my soft skin
i dreamed i was a traitor who could fly away my sin

northern semantic
north of atlantic trends
Track Name: Find a Light
aint it strange how anything ends?
no picture framed
just video games
we have our way
and make a friends
up we raise then fall

find a light worth fighting for
and a darkness to let go
diamonds on her hands and feet
pockets full of gold

the future came, to take it away
the past became the present again again again
i give up
it’s all too much

find a light worth fighting for
and a darkness to let go
diamonds on her hands and feet
pockets full of gold

i surrender
Track Name: Deep End
they found me singing in the streets
olympic walks some fantasy
there was a white car
in three worlds

i found my way up with some good vibrations
i would have called you but they found me naked
in the space time continuum

could you pick up the pieces and find a brand new start?
forget what you did and let it all fall down
you better get up kid and leave the deep end

is there a line that never gives
wraps around to find it’s kin
like a story for the world

some ticking time bomb in the wind
back and forth between my brain
it’s a never certain curse
in the space time continuum

could you pick up the pieces and find a brand new start?
forget what you did and let it all fall down.
you better get up kid and leave the deep end

you don’t have to worry
now the curtains down and she’s off the stage
with her impossible friends
ditching ghosts for make believe

could you pick up the pieces and find a brand new start?
forget what you did and let it all fall down.
you better get up kid and leave the deep end
you better get up kid with no reason.
Track Name: Don't Pretend
here i am
some particles in motion
here i am
some sort of separation
in my head
there’s wonder and there’s watching
in my head
there’s a heart

minimize with models
calculate the trends
figure out with senses
but senses only bend

truth’s a monster
it’s multiples extend
past my logic
a unified

before there were more moments
before you are a ghost
behind the stage and after
3 versions of

built with sand
a messy explanation
built to change
that’s a start
if you don’t have the answers don’t pretend
Track Name: Free
great escape
a leap of faith
i found my way top one
it’s all right not anything left but
view from all the way high

my bodies gone, my mind is not - the doctors they were wrong.

like everyone one else
like everyone else i’d like to be free
whatever that means i’d like to be free

you don’t care that i messed it all up
said i never chose the cards
it’s all good and i appreciate
an option we don’t know

free from death and boredom too - never ending favourite song

like everyone one else
like everyone else i’d like to be free
whatever that means i’d like to be free

the lights are on, but nobody has paid the bill

the lights are on and never off, unless you like the dark
it’s all beautiful inside and out, the intentions match the sign
the war is won but never fought, no lessons to be learned

like everyone one else
like everyone else i’d like to be free
whatever that means i’d like to be free
Track Name: All 3
there must be a switch, i could hit to stop this head from spinning
records and decisions, like what i said or what i didn’t
i’m no angel or a demon
what you’d call a man or a woman
no part a binary, which is why i love the number 3

prose and poems and wrongs and rights, hovering between extremes
words will try, but miss there mark, what’s absolutely relative to me

i could use forgiveness
not from a god but from someone like you.
myself included
that’s one of the hardest things to do

first it comes in black and white
while the wise man knows it’s grey
grey is made from black and white
what’s my point?! it takes all three

a worried feedback loop
from wanting the better of the two
here’s my breakthrough
i should let go cause so did you
Track Name: Temporary
you are not alone
i have seen that darkness too
and though mine isn’t yours
the pain it felt the same
though differently it came

i don’t think that we ever chose
to play this game or to be anybody
now that we’re here i know
we can make the best of what we’ve got

temporary
my heart it wants forever and ever
it’s hard, but necessary that
nothing stays the same
so nothing stays the same

i may have lost my faith
you may still have yours
both of us will change
hovering back and forth

is it a cosmic trick?!
to get me feeling better and better
if that’s the joke
maybe i’d like to shake your hand
if you ditch the smoke and mirrors