It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out

by IN MEDIAS RES

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It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out was written and performed by Andrew Lee, Ash Poon, Ryan Flowers and Steven Watts from the Summer of 2007 to the Winter of 2010. It was produced and recorded by Jonathan Anderson, mixed by David Carswell with John Collins at JCDC, and mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering. Tracks 1-4 and 6-8 were recorded at Mushroom Studios with the assistance of Brendon Brown, Adam McGhie, Christine Church, and Tim Lutz (as drum tech). Tracks 5, 9, and 10 were recorded at Sapphire Sound with the assistance of Steve Klassen and Ash Poon. All additional overdubs were recorded at Buena Vista Audio, with the exception of one session on the roof above Railtown Studios. Brian Chan and Caleb Chan play strings on tracks 7 and 9. Tyler Hagan, Jen Hembruch, Paul Hiebert, Angela Poon, Jennifer Tremblay, and Elissa Watts sing on tracks 2 and 9. Jonathan Anderson plays acoustic guitar and keys on track 3, plays organ and sings on track 4, plays keys on track 7, sings on track 8, and plays keys and lap steel on track 10.

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released 04 January 2011

Recording produced by Jonathan Anderson
Mixed by David Carswell & John Collins (JC/DC)
Mastered by John Golden

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Track Name: Final Flight of the Bees
oh my mothers christian outrage
christian outrage
as I sing

in my grave my tongue on fire
hair on fire
in my grave

like a thief the fire came
the fire came
I was asleep

mephistopheles can sing a tune
he sings a tune
for me

swarms of bees are flying
they’re flying home
away from here

wait and watch the water level
as they fly
away from here

earth or water sky or children
watch it fly away…
Track Name: This Could Be The One
I know I’m a troubled man
but I’m learning how to walk and how to stand

avoiding the funerals
of all my futures and my pasts

why won’t you discover me
I’m singing you a song can you hear me

hollow grave
you know my name
you call for me
you offer peace

shake the rust from me
I will go
though the skies are falling
I will sing

I hold the light in my teeth
I bite down hard
let it bleed into me

down to the river to see
if water on my snake skin
will make me clean

(and) I have been waiting for days
the water is gone
now we wait for rain

hollow grave
you know my name
you call for me

shake the rust from me
I will go
though the skies are falling
I will sing

my heart
a barren landscape
but my bones remember
rising from the dust

my hollow grave
I walk away

shake the rust from me
I will go
though the skies are falling
I will sing
Track Name: Come Back Down
the mad night
calls for me
it calls for me

(and) i follow
as it leads
as it leads

this halo
around my neck
around my neck

(and) my knees fall
they’re coming down
it’s coming down

i lost my way
some time ago
i’m coming home
i’ve no where to go

i embraced the clouds
but when i soared
it rained

i’ll come back down
i’m on my way

we can drink
and sing about
and sing about

how i would
rob a bank
you know i would

to feed you
and care for you
i’d watch you grow

to raise you
but not like this
not like this

sometimes i fall
sometime i’ll crawl

my eyes are
constantly searching for
something more
than these empty hands

i lost my way
sometime ago
i’m coming home
i’ve no where to go

i embraced the clouds
but when i soared
it rained

i’ll come back down
i’m on my way
Track Name: Slow Motion Clarity
all I have is you
when the day is done
all I have is you
when the morning comes

over the city lights
they sink away
satellites fall like rain
the night aflame
light towers crashing down
a quiet sea
slow motion clarity
finally

holding you
I will not forget
that grass grew here
that all the children wept

holding you
I will not regret
that all this ends
and I’m alone with you

a tidal wave is rising
to wash it all away
an instant tells the story
we read it either way

in absence comes a shadow
all colors turn to grey
the final breath of vision
we watch it fade away

holding you
my last memory
our crooked bodies
sing a melody

the ash and water mix
washes over me
the blood and soil mix
washes over me
you and I become one
Track Name: Fight Song
wear your bullseye
then run and hide

all our memory
a sinking tide

constant motion
no new scenery

a fire at the
popcorn factory

all our memory
up in smoke

come and find me here

first the glory
then the trauma
write it all down

first the glory
then the trauma
we all fall down

white as shock
black as stillness
in the light
we appear grey

all the alarm bells
they should be ringing
but we’ve tuned them out

all the alarm bells
they should be ringing
but we’ve cast them out

all the alarm bells
they should be ringing
but we’re fading out

all the alarm bells…
Track Name: This Is The Night
this always happens
my spine pulled out
for all to see
it’s how you found me
nothing to offer you
but this mess
the air around us
refuses to let us breathe
so we sleep

take this armor off of me
I was never ready to fight
this time it’s for real
trying to hold it back
I fail
I must leave you here
no one asked you
to come with me
chasing falling stars
nothing to offer you
but myself
nothing here

let’s fall down
into madness
hold back
your will

and you know
that this was all for love
but you take
what you can’t give back
so you take
the mistake

and you know that
this was all for love
but you take
what you can’t give back
so you take the mistake

and you know…
Track Name: Hollis
swimming in
sea of stone
come up for air

my language
has dried up
and let you drown

a martyr
for the words
I never found

look away
acknowledge
the setting sun

it won’t stop for no one

in my mind
in my mind
there is a reckoning
a new beginning

what I knew
I let go
and I fell through
stained in green
I was made new
to be seen
all I could do was run
till the morning sun
Track Name: Tonight I Am New
when will I begin
and when will it end
a vision of myself
I re-imagine

tonight I’m new
I’m a storm
I’ll make it rain
when you need it most

a light fell upon
my hand at my desk
these white walls singing out
for memories to hang

night falls
we’re warm inside
to be
alone with you

tonight I’m new
I’m a storm
I’ll make it rain
when you need it most

I’m not real
I’m yours to mold
an open road
to guide you back home

what’s left to hide
I’m on your side
the way was never clear
but we’re here
Track Name: No Words Came Down
fog fell on his eyes
lost his name
lost his way

he went
into the woods
to find some truth
something new

he spoke
up at the sky
no words came out
no words came down