Mouthparts and Wings

by Ryan Granville-Martin

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1.
(We'll get you boy, we'll get you boy, get you boy) The sun is down on another day The girls I sold and the boys I gave away Gone are the stores and the neighbourhoods Looking empty but feeling pretty good So haul me down Run me up on charges There's nothing I can't shake I'll be free any day Today is Tuesday but Thursday's free Call my patients, let 'em hunt for me I'll shave my face with an axe to grind Dye and a dull blade is all they're going to find So haul me down Run me up on charges There's nothing I can't shake I'll be free any day Just keep an eye on me (We'll get you boy, we'll get you boy, get you boy) I sold my soul to the atmosphere I'll steal it back when I know the air is clear The sun is down, you're so far away Leaves me cold in that old Toronto way So haul me down There's nothing I can't shake I'll be free any day (We'll get you boy, we'll get you boy) Just keep an eye on me
2.
Two years less a day Of digging my own grave Way down something is found A glimmer of hope for an easy way out Run for shelter Get out of the way We blast today Winding beneath the crust Grinding earth to dust Breathe slow, don't make a sound! The tiniest noise could bring it all down Fall to pieces I'm itching to see The sunlight Breakthrough So what's new? My jackhammer burden A cold call Too far to fall I'll divine my way Out of here Breathe slow, don't make a sound On second thought Let's bring it all down! My fuse is shorter So heads up Breakthrough So what's new? My jackhammer burden A cold call Too far to fall I'll divine my way I'll float through the grey There's nothing to fear I'm out of here For now
3.
No one to talk to, no one to bring me down No one to carry, no one to carry me around Words die in the shadows And I forgot to let you know Bring me down Take your time Pick me up Get me high Welcome honey, welcome home You fit the part all skin and bones Something's in the shadows fumbling around And I forgot to let you know Bring me down Take your time Pick me up Make me cry Take me home In a smile Show me a better way…
4.
Yes, I want to be outside your window Looking in on you below But I know I'll see my own reflection Staring back at me from space Whatcha gonna do? What'd you come to see? I don't mind, I like the company You're like an asteroid against the sky And barrelling down on me below Yet, it seems to me That I'm the one who's breaking up in the atmosphere Whatcha gonna do? What'd you come to see? I don't mind, I like the company I'm glad you found your way But how'd you hear of me From way out in your flower garden A million miles away? Easy…it ain't easy Maybe there'll be some control But it ain't easy You're like an asteroid against the sky And barrelling down on me below Whatcha gonna do? What'd you come to see? I don't mind, I like the company I'm glad you found your way But how'd you hear of me From way out in your flower garden A million miles away?
5.
I saw the drawing that you made I want to scratch 'n' sniff the sun before it Burns the page I love the colours that you found Like Starfish Orange Marmalade and Friday Purple Rolling around Smiling face paint fancy eyes Knowing things will always turn out as they will To our surprise! We cannot breathe in this atmosphere long But I'd love to meet for tea today, anyway A scrape is new a bruise is fair You dress your wounds in homemade costumes So unaware When birthdays come the gifts are strange A busker at a funeral taking flowers for change We cannot breathe in this atmosphere long But I'd love to meet for tea today, anyway I love the drawing that you made It gave me hope A sun so full of stars Not broken bones
6.
It's early morning The sun was not so lazy Bed is warm I know my dreams will leave me hazy I guess I'm fine Yet sleep and wine are kisses But I know I've made the angels smile Where the sun is at my door, he's waiting for me It's like he said about the girl, "You're sorry" Still you don't regret a day You were flying Well it's all in the past now I guess I think I know I'm growing But I want to make the angels smile Where the sun is at my door, he's waiting for me Call off your soldiers, your sins want the war Patience you'd know if you'd been here before Maybe shadows are longer when you're close to the light Still the lesson's the same and the same is all right. I made this home But the West Coast has the mountains At least if I were lonely there I could breathe But I like where I'm living There's music all through the evening And I know I'll make the angels smile Where the sun is at my door The sun is at my door, he's waiting for me (Is it true? Does that include you?)
7.
My number's up and I'll be there But I'm running late My best laid schemes will pave the way…down It's easy to justify myself A bad boy who tries and tries and tries Anticlockwise I'm getting better Glad to see you're noticing In a hundred dog years I'll be fine It's easy to justify myself A bad boy who tries and tries and tries Anticlockwise I picked up speed and I'm coming in Hot as hell Anticlockwise
8.
05:02
On the steps of St Barnabas There were flowers for one of us For the one who couldn't attend Was it sticks, maybe stones? Or a broken home And a ride a lonely mile to the edge Who's gonna answer the questions his mother has? Who's gonna know? A perfect disaster A crack in the plaster of the walls In the halls of the home She'd know by the sound of the knock at her door It falls like a hammer Her knees would shake Her knees would shake On the steps of St Barnabas There were flowers for one of us The kind that remind me of you The light of your face And the grey in its place Like someone somebody knew I slept in that morning It came without warning From a drink and a song the night before And I know what I heard But I can fix it for sure… I'm coming home! You knew by the sound of the knock at your door It fell like a hammer And now your hands shake on their own And now your hands shake on their own Her knees would shake Her knees would shake
9.
Violins will not the spirit lift Like another complimentary gift Oh yeah Act your age and everybody knows What you like and where your money goes Poisoning the seeds we sow today Pissing in the estuaries Hold your head up Sell your sorrow Lonely games with hungry gallows Lowly, slowly, upright and holy Seems your ending needs some mending Hiding in the shadows, oh we do it well Heaven's never been as bold as hell Always shipped as frozen, sold as fresh Take a number Bitch to Bangladesh
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11.
Under the skin Over the moon A vintage guitar Chaucer and you We're travelling light Just one for the road Let's begin It starts in the west And turns to the south Tight in the chest And dry in the mouth A trail of crumbs A shedding of skin Let it out Breathe it in Returning Home I dreamt that we were brothers You couldn't fly and I couldn't sing So we combed through flora and fauna Till I found my voice and you found the wind Out of my skin Under the moon The air here is thin But god, what a view I'm scared to death And so alive Breathe it out Let it in Returning Home

about

“8/10...Let's hope for more from this formidable talent.” -- Kerry Doole (Exclaim!)

“This is ambitious songwriting at its best. With Mouthparts and Wings Ryan Granville-Martin has taken a wild leap and landed gracefully on his feet.” -- Laurie Brown (host of CBCs The Signal)

“Mouthparts and Wings is the kind of hallmark recording you’d expect from a superlative group like WILCO at their most ambitious.” -- Jeffrey Burns (Rokline.com)

Mouthparts and Wings is Ryan's debut album, released on June 1st, 2013. It was composed, produced, and arranged (and largely played) by Ryan, and features a different singer on each song. The artists featured, in order of appearance, are Martin Tielli, Daniela Gesundheit (Snowblink), Gavin Gardiner (The Wooden Sky), Colleen Brown, Ron Sexsmith, Nate Mills (Run With the Kittens), Ford Pier and Mia Sheard, with Ryan singing two songs himself.

credits

released June 1, 2013

Mixed by RGM, Chris Stringer, and Dubya
Mastered by David Travers-Smith
Recorded in Toronto by RGM at the NUCULAR LIBARY, Uncomfortable Silence, and Arraymusic.
Additional recording by Chris Stringer at Reaction Studios, Jono Grant at Victory Drive Recording, Colin Stewart at The Hive in Vancouver, Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music, Martin Tielli at his old place on Sorauren, and Kurt Swinghammer at his house.

All songs by Ryan Granville-Martin (SOCAN) ©2013
String and horn arrangements by RGM

All sounds on this record were generated by real, tactile instruments invented no later than 1983.

Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support in the making of this album.

Mouthparts and Wings is dedicated to the memory of the mighty Aaron Douglas Granville-Martin (1971-2001). He had 86 hit points and an armour class of -4.

Physical cd credits:

Cover/sleeve photography by John Harvey (www.johnharvey.com.au)
Graphic design by Christine Peters
Crane fly by Martin Tielli

Please see individual songs for performance credits.

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Ryan Granville-Martin Toronto, Ontario

RGM is a drummer, producer, arranger and songwriter based in Toronto. He has made and continues to make music with a lot of great people.

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