Idols In The Dark Heart

by Valery Gore

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credits

released 09 September 2014

VALERY GORE - Vocals, Keys, Shakers
DEVON HENDERSON - Bass, Synth, Shakers, Percussion, Programming
DANIEL NEILL - Drums
JOSHUA VAN TASSEL - Additional drums and percussion
LUIS ORBEGOSO - Percussion on July
DREW JURECKA - Strings
DAVID FRENCH - Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute
MICHAEL DAVIDSON - Vibraphone

All songs written by Valery Gore, except Hummingbird in Reverse - lyrics by Valery Gore, music by Valery Gore and Joshua Van Tassel // Produced by Devon Henderson and Valery Gore // Arranged by Devon Henderson and Valery Gore // Engineered by Dean Nelson. Additional engineering by Joshua Van Tassel, Devon Henderson, Valery Gore, Robbie Grunwald // Piano recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto, assisted by Jason Dufour // Drums recorded at Verge Music Lab, assisted by Sam Robinson // Everything else was recorded in various places // String arrangements by Devon Henderson for 'New Years Eve', 'Character Girls, Quiet Guys' // String arrangements by Valery Gore and Devon Henderson for 'Amsterdam' // Mixed by Chris Stringer, except 'Character Girls, Quiet Guys', 'Evergreen', 'July’, mixed by Dean Nelson // Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Joao Carvalho Mastering, Toronto // Palm tree and butterfly photos: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Prokudin-Gorskii Collection // Woman on cover: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums // Valery: Self-Portrait // Album design by Valery

Thank you Devon Henderson, Daniel Neill, Joshua Van Tassel, Chris Stringer, Joao Carvalho, Bryan Lowe, Revolution, Verge, and all the incredible musicians and people who helped frame, build, and haunt this record. I am grateful to my friends, family, and everyone listening.

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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Track Name: With The Future
I set you down
I’m so cold
I’m sorry you can’t feel my warmth anymore

What do you want with the
future at your fingertips
What?

Tar-feathered by this change
I’m too reflective to engage

What do you want with the
future at your fingertips
What?
Track Name: Chinook
It would take a whole night to play those
half recorded songs
from the radio
on unlabeled tapes
sweet jane
I’m all ears
Sideways glancing at the thing the sky had made
We were holding our breath for the long western sigh

Colourful people
Colourful walls for colourful people

Red sliver of a moon could deceive you
But MacEwan Park Close yards are still lit with life
There’s a house, and beyond that, the house that brought you
Took out my summer clothes for the chinook, as we
were holding our breath for the long western sigh

Colourful people
Colourful walls for colourful people
Track Name: Amsterdam
Layers uncurl where there were only closed flowers
I get the courage, my eversion shows you other colours

Rumbling just below traffic, abandoned conversations
Cheating fear, surviving cities, leaving old elements there

Amsterdam don’t let me down

Seasons could collaborate
forget the movements

When I move you, you’ll move with me
Distal and unlocked from those that remain with other matter

Amsterdam don’t let me down

Seasons could collaborate
Forget the movements
Track Name: Character Girls, Quiet Guys
You had summarized it a time
Character girls and their quiet guys
I now encounter a mouthful of stories
between cheek and teeth
ruminating half sentences
What I wish to win
and the ending

I’m rearranging one hundred tables

You had summarized it a time
Character girls and their quiet guys
While your gold arms grow electric
and premonitory
in the dark room
and out of the corner, your profile
is the event

What I wish to win
and the ending

I’m rearranging one hundred tables

Oceans rise under my coat
I’m your island overthrown
I want new flags
I want new flags
I want new flags
I just sew, sew, sew
Track Name: Evergreen
Shining smile like a brand new dollar
I for one am windowed
permitting you to let live
allowing you to see in

Cause a great house can stand
with no people no doors
Lonely hinges
hang-ons

An evergreen wall is
smothering
makes so many hearts
grow apart

We know homes burn
you’d think we’d see
what in the heat
isn’t apparent for saving

A guest takes off their shoes
lets loose
inside the trust of staying
only while eyes of hosts
are open and willing

I tip-toe
your mild slumber surprises you
with new scenery

B with her face that laughs
A face that knows what it has
no slow disclosure
blue eyes blast
I think of her after a few days have passed.
Track Name: July
July, a silver and gold month
Afternoon, white washed sun
Hallways resounded our festival

Hearts rule behind the pines
The air hesitates like a loose memory
Finding our thoughts homeless, we
trespass into one another

Our voices humbled by autumn choices
Two leaves left when you said I’ll go too
if anywhere can love you like I do

Thunderhead, our voices each stop for the others spark

July, a silver a gold month
Borrowed blue in the sky overhead
those girls that washed the careless moon
and sunk their heels down by the river
made still the current to calm the rock that
swayed and stomped

Thunderhead, our voices each stop for the others spark
coloured lightning and watching the dark
Leonard Cohen on a Belgian summer night
I slept while you remembered the rest
Track Name: New Year's Eve
All those birds that dropped with the apple
In Arkansas
Empty stomachs and no real cause
Maybe fireworks

Sentiment some times will lapse along with time
and weaken in your chest
A crisis hits and hearts will shock
with a rush and find how deep
that sentiment really is
You think of this

Maybe fireworks

Sentiment burns a hole, bares the rest
the blood that rests on it
Remember a hammer at your door
The sky falling on your darkened home

The starlings were sympathy sick
For the black wing, the jackdaw, for the spit
And the forest fire in a dream I had
The pavement slick with earlier rain
I believed it all in that one spark

Maybe fireworks
Track Name: Clean Break
The year I gave you that shirt you hated
and you wrote a book with the look that you made
It hung like death in your closet
until they threw all your things away

I used to only see you when I was
cleaning up after a man and what it
did to you to have to think of him again
You’ve the weakest grasp with those diaphanous hands

But let’s keep this clean
like true love
mentors
heaps of first aid

There were a million bells calling to you
Folks walking by humming, those songs were for you
The rivers all run out just to flood you with love

Sweetheart, you should get a job
Let’s move on and you can get a job
Put your trust in it
It can happen for one and all
Track Name: Lungs
I’ve known your lungs
but not enough
to know those lungs are now full of blood

Songbird throated all the
secrets of the non-sense above the clouds

It hurts sometimes
in the way that you feel it in your ribs
feel it in your fingertips

Or on the side of your sleeping head
pillow of lace and lead

Or in the way where the city’s torn in two
and one half drops with the weight of you
A stringed instrument could follow your tune
stretched by the inevitable falling we’ll do

You meet it at the edge of the bitter ocean
a sand pile sure knows how to glitter now
Waist deep into the final hours
before the sun tower topples into flowers

And now it seems the city’s torn in two
and one half drops with the weight of you
A stringed instrument could follow your tune
stretched by the inevitable falling we’ll do
Track Name: Hummingbird In Reverse
Found out in Rostock that you’d be gone in forty-five
The removal of the mortal minute maker machine with
green lit peaks and valleys
stretching evenly apart, flat line

It was too damn bright in the grotesquely beautiful park
Thick blades of grass grew, sunlight wooed
the white blossom trees
and factory sleeves smoked the sky

All of the singing in the air couldn’t be stopped
It’s better to have loved and lost
And I never once felt lonely for you but now I do
It’s stark as his stance at the window pane some where
Saturated spring, hummingbirds flying in reverse
I get caught in the blur of pouring rain

Now I’m in the ghost corridor
where the veins live
where they pump it
all that blood I want to give you
as your heart thumps loosely inside a wicker cage

We’re as loyal as fire
we stick around just long enough to burn things down

So I can’t help the ping pong forethought of descendants
Is it a security to have someone to miss with
Or is it so that they can miss me
So that every good thing that happens to them happens to me
So I can watch from the front yard as they pull away from me
And when I dissolve into the earth there’s a person to represent
all that I stood for

Or isn’t it? Since I’ve been building up the same house with the
same materials
and then knocking it to the ground
I don’t want to pass on hand me downs though given a body to expel
it’s own replacement

It feels the roles have been set for years
We inherit each other’s tears
and fumble around in the giving purse
What’s worse?
Track Name: S.O.
I never want to see certain people again
Like the bitch at Becker’s when I was a kid
She’d watch a hole right through me as I arrived at the counter
with carefully selected penny candies
and a signed note to buy cigarettes for my mother

When I was young, I thought fate hung
so carefully in the balance
Throwing trash into a can with
major reservations for good aim
and consequences for missing

Well, regardless, I’m forced to stay
the same to you, dissolved
salt in the tears
You had the most amazing penmanship

All the libraries have heard of you
Rain barrels plot rhythm about you
And still no one has seen you

So we wait out the rain, crammed into tram stalls
Stand beside the lightning from balcony walls
Placid parks lay down and accept it
Unearthed are the ways we could have kept it

I’m sticking with fire because
it means what it does
It says what it means
It hurts to be judged
It tumbles up and floats down stairs
It washes the memory of what was there.

My money wings only spread so far
If I knew where you grew I’d put
a lawn ornament out on your front lawn
saying I miss you, Pink Flamingo

I’d pinch out candles
with wet fingertips
and wish for some more bravery

Well regardless, I’m forced to stay
the same to you, dissolved
salt in the tears
You had the most amazing penmanship