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Wistow Lows EP

by Alex Mason

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Wistow Lows was recorded over 3 days in the spring of 2013, and was engineered, mixed, recorded, and co-produced by Simon Larochette at The Sugar Shack in London, Ontario. It was mastered by Seigfried Meier, with the front and back artwork done by Andrew Mason, photo courtesy of my living room. This EP would not have been made possible without the endless support of the musicians that accompanied and played with me on this EP, as well as friends and family that have supported my music and this release. Thank you.

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released July 6, 2013

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Track Name: Swell Song
I left my love by the mountainside
and I walked alongside the river
in the shore I had found they had turned the tides
and the light ahead growing dimmer

and I heard you calling
but I didn't listen
and I watched you falling
but the mark doesn't know what it's missing

and lord all the world is a cave
and I haven't seen the light of day
only shadows of the wind and waves
and beds of needles amongst the hay

and I left my pain in the windowsill
to drip into the blue bottles
spread between your legs you were spinning all that silk
I'm twisted and I'm tangled still

and I led the powder
across the entire range
and I made a wish in the well
but nothing seemed to change

and I drank the water
from all the seven seas
but there's a song in the swell
that calls you back to me
back to me
Track Name: Howl
howl at the moon
in those dog days I turned to
sear my skin, turn me inside out

a pelt to mount
to the roof of your dirty mouth
blood in my teeth, hair in my hands

at the bend
who was I to turn to?

you were sleeping in a straw house
chasing curling tail before she blew me down
which is the wolf and which is the man to you?
once bitten, twice shy
darling in the dead of night I came to life

growl at you
chained to this post when I turned onto
standing on four legs instead of two

in the morn you turned me back again
turning your back to me then

you were sleeping in a straw house
chasing curling tail before she blew me down
which is the wolf and which is the man to you?
once bitten, twice shy
tomorrow I will feel alright

in sheep's skin on your floor
I turned to you and said I can't take no more
on an empty stomach you were still half full
but you got your fill beneath the wool

in the moonlight I was an animal
and by the dawn I was held responsible

you were sleeping in a straw house
chasing curling tail before she cut me out
which is the wolf and which is the man to you?
once bitten, twice shy
I could swallow you whole
if you let me inside
Track Name: Black Lungs
there is a demon in me
I try to drown him out with whiskey
I put him behind bars
but he's always here with me

breathing down my bottleneck
I swallow the key
but my demon he's too smart
he stays within me

oh I don't know but oh I've been told
who's been to blame
and now every time I slur
he calls out my name
he's in my head he's saying
that I've gone insane
but I just feed him my red birds
my throat's on fire again

there is a child in me,
I call him out with brandy
oh he's kicking and he's screaming
but I won't let him get the better of me

I'll be better tomorrow
I'll have more spirits, you'll see
but my child he's too smart
he hides it all from me

oh I don't know but oh I've been told
who's been to blame
and every time I slur
he calls out my name
oh he's in my head he's saying
that I've gone insane
but I just feed him my red birds
my throat's on fire again

there is a woman with me
I christen her with moonshine
she's only here by night
she drinks all my blood and wine

but I can't complain, no no no
no, I can't whine
lest I get twisted up and tangled
in her veins and vines
Track Name: Tom Waits
tom waits for no man
so I sit here
while the clock's hands

are clapping
the show is ending
just go home son
beat the traffic

and I know
we all get our turn
but if its passed me
what have I learned?

that tom waits
for no man
so I'll sit here
making dinner plans

to dine alone
fork and knife
on my tip toes

growing cold
as the wind blows
just desserts
on the table

and what am I to do
with all this time and you
on my hands so I'll
make a dance to this tune

and what am I to
with all this time and you
on my hands so I
make a dance to this tune

and I will swing
and I will swing
and I will swing
alone