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Free States EP

by Alter Egos

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1.
Hearts on fire don't do nobody any good You're a liar You fell in love like I knew you would Mouths on mine wasn't how I thought I'd end the night Tastes like wine Tastes exactly how I thought it might So come back and say that again for the record I know that your past isn't really checkered So waste my time Send me down the very primrose path that I'd have climbed if I'd only known that you'd come back... to say that again for the record I know that your past isn't really checkered So I give up or rather I suppose that I give in It's too much for me to keep on with a safety pin Turning it back Turning around I turned a corner without making a sound Coming up daisies wasn't what I would guess that you'd have expected from a wilderness You got it right You got it right the first time
2.
I would've loved you so much and so well We could've gone through heaven, earth, limbo, and hell I feel like I've awoken from a coma dream but nothing's really broken when you add up all the pieces left in me I would've followed you and all your schemes straight through the gauntlet if you'd only asked of me you'd have had the best of me So you're not ready for me but I'm still ready for myself I'm taking my heart from off of my sleeve and putting it right back on the shelf Every time I looked in your eyes I thought I'd find you finding me But now I know my guesses were lies And now I know I'm up here from down there on my knees When you add up all the pieces left in me When you take apart what was and could've been I would've loved you
3.
We can work together we can war and thieve we can take forever we can make believe Why can't I recall the whites of my enemies' eyes? Turncoats we are all surrenderers, informants, sneaks, and spies betrayers of our own Friends that once surrounded beggars for empathy in countries left unfounded claimed by you and me let's make the rules let's make a flag and keep things pure till they go bad well we can always dream Why can't I recall the whites of my enemies' eyes? Turncoats we are all, surrenderers, informants, sneaks, and spies betrayers of our own lies Damn your eyes tonight
4.
Here upon the mountain both fire and the night Will it be forgotten when i held you to me till the morning light? Are you free now? Can you say how? I'll awaken when and only when it's real Down here on the islands held captive by a dream Harbors beckon sweetly more nowadays than we have ever seen These titles pull no water just the weight of their parchment so soon turned to dust Who's the hero? What are villains? Alter egos caught between good deed and sin What is godhead? Where does time end? Old dominions lost to eminent domain 1, 2, 3
5.
On the Wall 04:54
Over- and underwhelmed by stars in their own hidden daylight keeping the synnergy while you're overwhelming me Robins are calling me so I'll open up this old window Songs for my humbled outside linger and mark where my youth died On the wall On the wall I'm on the wall and I dropped the ball on the wall Tinder and kindling wood burns quick as the tide of the day turns somewhere; it's not so warm now but that's how the sun keeps its head down CHORUS Slipping on rocks in rivers waters grow deeper and shiver as if the depths they go nowhere and force me ashore with a dead dare Darwin is haunting me here guarding his heart from his last fear X marks the spot while I tremble and note all the stones I resemble CHORUS
6.
Ease it away but come back Come back so we can fall apart again It's so innocuous to have no words to say that I'm in love with an abstraction in your eyes And they're looking distant now to me now that you are back within arm's reach I just forgot the perfect tense to say that I wanted you that I'd have wanted you to stay You're so mysterious with your life O with your native tongue And we were delirious so high on young bluffs but yours were younger and all the air was trapped within your lungs And you're sounding distant now to me now that you are back within arm's reach I just forgot the perfect tense to say that I wanted you...no that I'm wanting you...no that I've wanted you...no that I'd have wanted you to stay A E I owed you a chance to tell me that it's over but my ear's weren't keen enough to hear hearts breaking So if you want to speak your mind speak slowly so I'm sure and you won't hear my voice again.
7.
Triple L 02:37
hey lady you're a hummingbird you're a golden child take warning I've lost control you drove me wild your glory days are not with me you get a horizon in simple tasks I thought we'd do not a single one you slip between my fingers and you're gone your scent no longer lingers in my room I almost don't believe you ever were You must think you're clever, coy, demure leaving losing lost heads we split the difference of the cost tails we play the coin as it gets tossed leaving losing lost
8.
Clout 03:07
I called you over to see my projections for going to Cuba this year Seems with all of your big complications it's our brinkmanship that I fear But you've got style and you've got taste well you've got it all And what with all of that clout you keep pushing me out and you're standing so tall I wandered over to see what the fuss with the hipsters was doing outside It seems the yuppies have somehow outdone me while taking us all for a ride But as it's still night I can't get enough light just to look at them right And as it's still night I just can't look them in the eyes Holding out for the distance of dawn I wander on and on Marble heads with their noses worn off are kissing paragons Columns crack but they never grow back The hand of time slaps all artifacts I get nostalgic for ways that the world as we know it has not ever known (X2) Well they've got style and they've got taste Oh, well they've got it all And what with all of that clout They keep pushing me/us out and they're standing so tall Standing so tall (X3) I get nostalgic for ways that the world as we know it has not ever known
9.
Playground 02:25
Well I'm a boy and you're a girl Or wait, that came out wrong 'Cuz I'm the girl and you're the boy that's why I wrote this song We may just be little kids just running along But if you say it's okay I'll love you all day long You may be the one for me and I might be the same If you gave your hand to me we could learn this brand new playground game My mom said that little boys will do what boys will do Your mom said that I'm no good and your dad said so too Teacher said that class was over and freed us from this zoo But I'd stay in school forever just to be near you You may be the one for me and I might be the same If you gave your hand to me we could learn this brand new playground You may be the one for me and I might be the same If you gave your hand to me we could learn this brand new playground game Brand new playground game Brand new playground game

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Produced by Andrew Joncas, Robert Sarwark, Vincent Stephen-Ong, and Jean-François Morasse

Recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jean-François Morasse @ Shamrock Studios, Montréal, Québec, Canada, February 4-8, 2011

All songs published by Paradigm Soundsystem, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and lyrics by Robert Sarwark

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released February 21, 2011

Andrew Joncas ::: bass, guitars, lap steel
Robert Sarwark ::: vocals, guitars, drums
Vincent Stephen-Ong ::: keyboards, alto sax
Amy McDonald ::: vocals on "Playground"

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Alter Egos Montréal, Québec

Alter Egos formed when Andrew heard the demos that Rob had recorded while living on an island off the coast of West Africa. Old pals from the infamous "Poutine Circuit", the dynamic duo decided it wise to form a hot new teen combo. The band is now poised to bring their smooth adult contemporary and tiki-infused sounds to the bowling alleys and seedy cocktail lounges of North America. ... more

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