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A Brief Respite From The Terror Of Dying

by Tavis E. Triance & The Natural Way

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Amanda Elliot The songs feel very personal, and it truly seems like you get a sense of who Tavis is through his lyrics. Great songwriting, delivered by very talented musicians; Brad Barr's guitar playing is killer. Favorite track: If Beauty Were My Bluebird.
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credits

released June 23, 2017

Brad Barr: producer, enabler
Tavis. E. Triance: songwriting, vocals, fender rhodes piano, guitar
David Smith: recording engineer
David Carswell: Mmx engineer
John Jaenicke: primer mover
Kris Krug: photography
Rachel Horst: design, vibes

The Natural Way are:

Jeff Louch: synths, organs, backing vocals
Brad Barr: guitars, backing vocals
Jason Kent: guitars, backing vocals
Seamus Cowan: bass guitar
Mark 'Bucky' Wheaton: drums, percussions
additional vocals: Ngabonziza Kiroko, Simon Nixon

Acknowledgements:

Thank you Kate Wattie & Kali Malinka for your hard work and dedication.

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada's private radio broadcasters.
Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

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Tavis E. Triance & The Natural Way Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia

Tavis E. Triance & The Natural Way is a multi-faceted project springing from the mind of singer songwriter Tavis E. Triance, formerly of the Royal Mountain Band and Spoon River. It harnesses his love of themes of darkness, absurdity and the unbridled madness of men, and imbues it with a lyricism and a swagger. ... more

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Track Name: All You Got is People
When the Lightning rolled over the valley
I lost my mind
And oh there was a screaming and a crying, but it was no fault of mine

You want love all you’ve got is people
And they’ve got no love at all
People just want to be there to watch you paint your face to the wall

When I drove from the East out to Eden
I ran out of time
Nobody was, that wild ‘cause, in this city they’re scared to turn on their lights

You want love all you’ve got is people
And they’ve got no love at all
People just want you to get loose so they can nail you to the wall

They flash their eyes at me don’t they darling
They cast stones all through the night
But what their dumb eyes don’t see little girl
Is I’m the king of the dead morning light
But I’m a king with a castle and a wife

And even the sword swallower’s wife she can’t follow him
From morning until night
Because the cuts might come clean out of nowhere
Or from anyone if you like

You want love all you’ve got is people
And they’ve got no love at all
People just want to be there to cut you and then cry as you fall
Track Name: Uncle Elsewhere
There are angels with swords
Waging heavenly wars in the walls of my mind
But we're running out of time

For it seems that my uncle who I thought was some crazy angel returned to the sky
Or did he just die?

Oh my baby I know it drives me crazy when I cry
You said everything's gonna be alright if I quit drinking but you lie

Because there ain't no mystery gonna save my soul
There is nobody here gonna shed a tear
As you’re growing old
And the cold black hands wrap round your throat

They are burying the corpse
In their reckless words and their foolish thoughts
Oh I get tired, of hearing people lie

And the clocks don't even tick round here they just breathe
Could they even tell me the time
Is this funeral mine?

Oh my baby, I wish I was a bird, oh lord I'd fly
You said everything was gonna be alright if I quit drinking, but you lie
You said everything was gonna be alright come tomorrow
Then somebody died
Track Name: OK, What Next?
So you got your heart stepped on now you're wandering around trying to get some
But it may not make a difference girl if you do
Because we all suffer stones, in our own sweet homes
In our own sweet ways we break our bones
But there's always a price to pay it's true

Gloria I think we did it
You said to hold it I thought you said to hit it
But Gloria, I did that too

So you've got your mind made up now you're wandering around trying to fill your cup
Saturday night bars, shuttered up eyes with glasses, tongue come and gone
While the woman make passes
So you can't drink alone, and you can't get stoned
And what ain't yours can't be taken home
To pick from the silvered vines as you've seen us all do

Gloria I think we did it
You said to hold it I thought you said to hit it
But Gloria, I did that too

Repeat:

What a beautiful lie I've been told
Oh the pathway to heaven is slick with the blood of the old
What a terrible prophecy still that long legged devil is right there behind me
Track Name: Queen
Oh my girl you are a blossoming queen
I never understood one thing you said to me
It always seemed like you just chewed up all them words and spit ‘em out

Standing round the kitchen punching holes in my lies
I only feel good about half of the time
I always thought that it seemed like you had it figured out

You were always standing right there with your back shoving up against the wall
It ain’t exactly like the mysteries of the world flung between us
And I was always flying around chasing after some dumb bunch of dreamers
Either that or getting high on harder drugs until my face just started to grow old

But you know my love
You just start to grow old
And all of the things that I wanted to be
Just stack up like daggers inside of me
And there ain’t nothing more or less to know

Oh my girl we’re getting rid of our wings
We burnt so many bridges I know the smell of them things
It just hangs heavy like a stone stuck hard inside your mouth

And you aren’t as young or wild or bitten by dreams
But you’re pretty you’re the queen of all the broken down things
You hover there wildly between keeping it all sewn in and screaming out

You were always standing right there with your back shoving up against the wall
It ain’t exactly like the mysteries of the world flung between us
And I was always flying around chasing after some dumb bunch of dreamers
Either that or getting high on harder drugs until my face just started to get old

But you know my love
You just start to grow old
And all of the things that I wanted to be
Just stack up like daggers inside of me
And there ain’t nothing more or less to know
Track Name: Bye-Bye to the Wicked One
Bye-bye to the wicked one
She said without a smile
You burnt down every weekend for twenty years or so

Well bye-bye to the wicked one
And your unrelenting guile
You know the thing that they all love in you is fucking up your mind

Baby, baby, baby please
I've been living on my goddamn knees
Forgiveness is the air, we've been breathing

But why am I the wicked one
Was it the drugs that I was on
While I was running through the subway ‘til the police had to come

And why am I the wicked one
You said something about your mom
Well I guess there's no accounting for good advice

Baby, baby, baby please
Oh I'm tired of living like thieves
I just can’t abide by what we’re doing

So bye, bye, babe I'm gone
There's a red sun burning up the dawn
And bye, bye, babe I’m gone
I close my eyes, and I’m a demon spawn
Because there ain't no forgiveness, it's all falling down on me

Bye, bye, babe I guess I’m not coming home
But it’s still your world that I’m spinning on
Track Name: Shoot Out The Eyes of the Sun
All my sadnesses are real
I've got snakes for eyes and none of ya'll can deal
I've got a stone inside me too
I get to rolling round and it rolls right over you

So I'm standing in the mirror
Searching for my heart
Trying to get back to your love

But it's hard to get down inside a hole to get back to your love

Because the hole just gets bigger and bigger
And everybody knows what I want man
So if I had a gun
I'd shoot out the eyes of the sun

I've got holes inside my truths
I've done alot of things that none of ya'll would do
There are bad dreams in my head
Why are my promises so easy to forget

When my hands are bleeding money, and I just wanna run
To some blacked out death of the dead and gone
Ain't it fun to climb down into a hole if the lid ain't on

Because the hole just gets bigger and bigger
And everybody knows what I want man
So if I had a gun I’d shoot out the eyes of the sun

Oh lord I hate your spinning wheel
Should I fall before you lord or should I steal
All of your sad and fearsome truths
It makes you sick to see the folly of our youth

So I'm standing in the river
But I don't wanna die, on the aimless wings of your butterfly
Ain't it hard to keep standing on the ground when you're getting high

High on, every little thing I get my eyes on under the sun
High on, every little thing I get my eyes on under the sun
High on, every little thing I get my eyes on under the sun
High on, the only living man to make a prize of, the sun
Eyes of, the only living man to make a prize of the sun
Track Name: If Beauty Were My Bluebird
All of my actions
Seem to hurt
Somebody else
But I just shrug and say I don't know

Is there a beauty here
I can't see
That I might've felt
Or is it just another reason why I should go

Maybe my affections
Might delight
Somebody else
I just see bloodstains in the snow

Is there a heartbeat
In my body
That I might've felt
Or is it just another reason why I should go

You could call impatience
Just a card
That I was dealt
You could say a boat don't need to row

Is there some happiness
That was hidden that I could’ve felt
Or is it just another reason why I should go

Repeat:

If beauty were my bluebird
And I rode upon crystal mountains
Would I have shot it Lord and hung it round my neck?
Until the world missed its beauty and came looking for its dead
Track Name: Sailin
I’m sailin up to God
He’s a nice guy
But he lives too far

It’s a sunny afternoon
Luck on all of my fingers
I think I’m gonna shoot the moon

Hey man
Sing me a lullaby
Oh Lord, I’ve just run out of old boring ways to die

Don’t wanna talk about life
I just wanna get high
Don’t wanna talk about

There’s a fallin angelry
But I’m fallin on my own you see
It’s a backwards, kind of fun
Bruisin up all of my fingers
And running out on everyone

Hey man
Sing me a lullaby
Oh Lord, I’ve just run out of old boring ways to die

Don’t wanna talk about life
I just wanna get high
Don’t wanna talk about

I’m sailin, after God
He’s a nice guy
But he lives too far
Track Name: Terrible Beauty (Really Ain't All That Fun)
Were those footsteps I heard unraveling
Off down the road, or did they come
It's probably them women who were made at me
Howling like the river beneath the red eyes of the sun
Howling like the river beneath the red eyes of the sun

They shot the message, then they shot the messenger
I don't know why that had to be done
But I've always thought that maybe woman like that
Should be left to rule the world,
Maybe then, some justice would come

Ohhhhh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Terrible beauty really ain't all that fun
Ohhhh, oh, oh, oh, oh
And it's a terrible beauty, that can't be undone
Ohhhhh, oh, oh, oh, oh
For righteousness and cruelty are the ploughing fields of the young

Did you ever wonder if someone's listening
Like at the doorway of the sun
Went in the river cause it was glistening
But nobody appeared so I just felt dumb
Nobody came so I went home and wondered bout love

I saw a pretty girl at least I think she was
I felt so lonely I had to run
Don't it seem crazy the way some people walk round
As if their eyes were pools of lightening and roses, leaked from their tongue

Ohhhhh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Terrible beauty really ain't all that fun
Ohhhh, oh, oh, oh, oh
And it's a terrible beauty, that can't be undone
Ohhhhh, oh, oh, oh, oh
But confusion and wonder are like a kind of beauty, for some
Track Name: Red Eyes of Sorrow
Oh red eyes of sorrow
You're burning me down while you're dragging me through
I cannot believe all the horrors I breathe when I greet you

Oh red eyes of sorrow
There's a burning black hole in the side of the room
From my deathbed I see all the skulls in the trees rise to greet you

Oh red eyes of sorrow,
The sun I arise I to sleep am the moon
Crowned here in fire I am sick with desire and I need you

Sometimes things just get ugly and the bottom falls out it's true
Sometimes when you look into your mind and then you look into your mirror you're a king there too
And when you're drowned and you look back on what you've found and then you find that what you are was only half of you
Don't let that bottle creep up on you

Oh red eyes of sorrow,
Oh I'm losing my mind don't know quite what to do
I have borne all the seeds you have planted in me they are strange fruit

Oh red eyes of sorrow, oh
What shall I keep lord and what shall I lose
Between the sting of your bees and your well-worded pleas I'm in debt to you

Sometimes things just get ugly and the bottom falls out it's true
Sometimes when you look into your mind and then you look into your mirror you're a king there too
And when you're drowned and you look back on what you've found and then you find that what you are was only half of you
Don't let that bottle creep up on you