Waking Up The Dinosaurs

by Vivienne Wilder & The Vice Presidents

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1.
Waiting for the Dufferin, god damn this August suffering that’s married to this murderous sun Slip into the alleyway, i’m headed north, i’m gonna race this bus from hell that hardly ever comes Half way up that copper hill, you take a swig, you shoot to kill, You lean into the edge of no return Cellphone’s knocking on death’s door, don’t buy COLTAN anymore Getting schooled, getting learned, getting fooled, getting burned Wondering where's Johnny? I call and I call and I call but he doesn’t answer me Now the sun’s going down again Now the sun’s going down again Sun’s going down again Park bench dog ears creaking limbs, inhaling trucks and smoking slims I’m gonna earn a voice like Lady Day LC’s past the parking lot, behind the mall just off Dupont I’ll buy a mickey with some pocket change Wondering where's Johnny? I call and I call and I call but he doesn’t answer me Now the sun’s going down again Now the sun’s going down again Sun’s going down again Last leg, staircase, turn around, south towards that awful sound High above the hazy-ragey rush hour My heart starts to ache and Toronto starts to shake Godzilla’s coming out the lake and King Kong’s on the tower Wondering where's Johnny? I call and I call and I call but he doesn’t answer me Now the sun’s going down again Now the sun’s going down again Sun’s going down again Now the sun’s going down again Now the sun’s going down again Sun’s going down again
2.
Boozehounds 03:20
One dead soldier, two dead soldiers Three dead soldiers, have another four We’ve been kicking back the cactus, training wheels off Forget about the morning and I’ll race you to the floor You’re a booze hound just like me You’re a booze hound just like me It’s been a long time coming and now you’ve gone and done it Now I’m going blind and you’re falling asleep The sand man’s coming, gonna take us away In a little row boat down by the bay Where the watermelons grow Where the watermelons grow East bound train it to the end Jump the gate and go west again Ride with me, boy, hold on tight Everything will be alright One dead soldier, two dead soldiers Three dead soldiers, have another four We’ve been kicking back the cactus, training wheels off Forget about the morning and I’ll race you to the floor You’re a booze hound just like me You’re a booze hound just like me Let’s open up a window, let some fresh air in That one-eyed Jack, he’s not your friend Never mind that people stop and wonder about the smoke That’s billowing out in thick black ropes That we’ll climb up to the top Yeah, we’ll climb them to the top West bound train it to the end Jump the gate and go east again Hold my hand, boy, close your eyes Everything will be alright One dead soldier, two dead soldiers Three dead soldiers, have another four We’ve been kicking back the cactus, training wheels off Forget about the morning and I’ll race you to the floor You’re a booze hound just like me You’re a booze hound just like me East bound train it to the end Jump the gate and go west again No moon in the sky tonight Everything will be alright
3.
Anaesthesia 03:19
Found you in the dark, in the soot of a haunted mind Came into each other’s lives in a field full of mines Fixing me coffee black and strong Drink it slow for a long while Go out together in our hoods Top her up with rain and cheap whiskey rye Anaesthesia… Running from the bulls, from the crows aiming for our eyes Come on hold me closer so I can’t breathe and I can’t cry I used to get so upset I’m not quite right in the head, you know Thinking about leaving on an aeroplane Never quite making it out of the door Anaesthesia… Sitting watching time rob us blind and run away People say that it’s no good to spend your life that way I wish I knew what the world wanted me to do When you’re sad, hit me up; I’d be glad to come home to you Come home to you, come home to you Come home to you, come home to you Come home to you, come home Anaesthesia…
4.
Running through a labyrinth Of rosemary and rue In the middle is my house and on the porch is you Locked you outside in the yard Got the curtains closed But I can see your shadow standing by the window And I told you to go And I told you to go And the weight, and the weight is heavy And the pain, and the pain is steady Thought that time was sure to heal But it’s crushing me under its heel Tucked you in a little boat Gave you to the lake Paths of light reflections seemed to guide you on your way Picture you up there in the sky Smiling with those rainbow eyes You will never, ever lie, you will never, ever cry And you’re asking me why And you’re asking me why And the weight, and the weight is heavy And the pain, and the pain is steady Thought that time was sure to heal But it’s crushing me under its heel But it’s crushing me under its heel Told myself Had to be done Told myself I was the wiser one Scold myself Bite my tongue Blood runs down my throat To my lungs And the weight, and the weight is heavy And the pain, and the pain is steady Thought that time was sure to heal But it’s crushing me under its heel But it’s crushing me under its heel But it’s crushing me under its heel
5.
I’d have made you my bridesmaid When we were on MDMA It was one of those last good days Last summer, knees in shreds You took me in, I was a little kid And I thought you were my sister Someone I could trust In this fucked up Wonderland The Cheshire moon is rising and it’s sharp enough To cut you off I don’t need another man Boots in gravel at the capital, rolling - Dollar bills and seeing neon We thought we could’ve been in Pulp Fiction The Main Drag, crying on your shoulder Left behind, getting colder Said bring it on, take a shot Show me what you’ve got And I thought you were my sister Someone I could trust in this fucked up Wonderland The Cheshire moon is rising and it’s sharp enough To cut you off I don’t need another man You’ve been leading a double life You need a fast car, you don’t need a wife You know we’re not the marrying types Turn on the light, turn on the grind It’ll hurt less to sever ties When it’s done with a very sharp knife Why’d you have to go and fall in love? Why’d you have to go and fall in love? And I thought you were my sister Someone I could trust in this fucked up Wonderland The Cheshire moon is rising and it’s sharp enough To cut you off I don’t need another man And I thought you were my sister Someone I could trust in this fucked up Wonderland The Cheshire moon is rising and it’s sharp enough To cut you off
6.
Drowning 04:51
I’m just a fly Drunk in the pools of your mouth A thousand eyes Thick with a veil of visions Who but you? Who but you? Oozes sweetness Catches me Coolly watch The drowning Oozes sweetness Catches me Coolly watch The drowning One of the swarm Why did you single me out? You sternly watch Your slow poison kicking in I’m paralyzed I break into atoms Breathe me in Is this why i existed? Who but you? Who but you? Oozes sweetness Catches me Coolly watch The drowning Oozes sweetness Catches me Coolly watch The drowning
7.
Biscuit 04:11
Just look at those shelves, boy See how they’re only full of memories And look at your frame, boy You’re empty and I can’t fill you up with stories I know she’s your friend, boy She held you up when you took your very first two steps But this is the end, boy Believe me when I tell you that she knows that it’s for the best Sometimes you’ve got to let someone you love deep inside of you, side of you Call her by name and she’ll come without thinking, she’d die for you, die for you She’s your guardian and she’s giving in Oooh, oooh So come on, girl Don’t act like you’ve never been on this walk before Don’t you whine, girl You won’t have to worry once I lead you out that door You’re beautiful now, girl You helped us with your every living breath But this is the end, girl I’ve tied the knot on the rope around your neck Choking through that toxic mist Slowed by all of the obstacles that we hit A stifled life in grey and brown The bridge isn’t far from where we used to cross into town Knot it again, just in case The choice is made, we must not waste She sees it suddenly betrayed Pendulum twitch into the calm decay Sometimes you’ve got to let someone you love deep inside of you, side of you Call her by name and she’ll come without thinking, she’d die for you, die for you She’s your guardian and she’s giving in Oooh, oooh Throw it over your shoulder You know this isn’t over Don’t forget, don’t forget your grace, boy You’re not a four-leaf clover It’s an old rule This give and take will make it bearable Don’t forget, don’t forget her face, boy Cause every angel’s terrible Don’t forget, don’t forget her face, boy Cause every angel’s terrible
8.
Cinnamon Gum 04:09
Just one stick of cinnamon gum To camouflage what you’ve done But first take another swig from your flask This will pass so you might as well feel alright Alright… You say: I don’t give too much to anyone Take my time at waking up when I want It takes a lot of loneliness To get such a high tolerance But it beats never knowing When you’ll wake up from the dream and you’re alone So, don’t you give up on me and I won’t give up on you Spritz perfume onto your neck Hope that it hides that cigarette oh, baby, what would your mother say? You’re wasting away Eating ramen every day You say: Am I just an actor in somebody else’s play in a sideman role? Come on, pull yourself together You’ve been in this stall forever ‘Cause you know it’s a symptom when you finish that drink and it don’t stop you from thinking… So, don’t you give up on me and I won’t give up on you Don’t you give up on me and I won’t give up on you
9.
We’re not meant to be together But you know I’m yours Everything’s so complicated Let it run its course In my dreams, I wrap you up Into a deep freeze Maybe time will thaw you out and we’d both be free hey, hey Meet again when the timing’s right Maybe we’ll make love all night I will always love you didn’t you know? I will always love you hey, hey I’m not happy, I’m not sad Paintings on my face All your sorrows in your pocket; I threw mine away Fire, guns, and poetry Secrets in our hands I’m your damsel in distress You’re my perfect man hey, hey.. Meet again when the time is right Maybe we’ll make love all night I will always love you didn’t you know? I will always love you hey, hey I will always love you didn’t you know? I will always love you I will always love you didn’t you know? I will always love you hey, hey hey, hey Listen to the owls, to the woods, to the giants in your dreams They’ve got a lot to say but you can figure it out in your sleep and I’ll dance, and I’ll drift, and I’ll die away
10.
The Wall 03:31
They built a wall, built a wall Laid a border between us Cut our old house in two We collected what we could To start anew, start alone You and I each built a home On each side of the wall Winter’s cold without you near There’s no fuel there’s no fear Nothing here in my heart Build it up strong It won’t take long to fortify it Nothing’s gonna break it Nothing’s gonna break it down this time Years go by, not a bird sings in my yard I drown my senses in the drink, nothing else to do but climb my tower and throw rocks at you climb my tower and throw rocks at you Years go by, not a bird sings in my yard I drown my senses in the drink, nothing else to do but climb my tower and throw rocks at you climb my tower and throw rocks at you They built a wall, built a wall Laid a problem between us Now my fears how they grow Of the unknown you’ve become Living on the other side They sparked a war, sparked a war when they built that bloody wall Now I hoard what is mine Now we don’t see eye to eye No, don’t want to share a thing We’ve become strangers We’ve become dangers to each other to each other, to each other Years go by, not a bird sings in my yard I drown my senses in the drink, nothing else to do but climb my tower and throw rocks at you climb my tower and throw rocks at you Years go by, not a bird sings in my yard I drown my senses in the drink, nothing else to do but climb my tower and throw rocks at you climb my tower and throw rocks at you
11.
Monster 04:44
There I go that’s what I get Lightening bolts above my head Waking up the dinosaurs That could’ve slept right through the storm Put it all in alcohol Disinfect the names you call Draw a line and take a side Mark me as the bad guy I’m the monster I’m the monster Bones will bend but too much and they break When being giving isn’t seen as being brave Now I can’t stand up straight Please lead me to my grave I’ll always blame myself for this Temptation of a masochist So why deny the obvious I’m the monster Oh, you can cover me in decay Tar and feathers on my name Oh, you can crack me into two Suck the marrow, suck the juice And all I’ve got in my defence Is piles of broken bones as evidence Yeah, you can lay the blame on me If it’s a scapegoat that you need I’m the monster I’m the monster Bones will bend but too much and they break When being giving isn’t seen as being brave Now I can’t stand up straight Please lead me to my grave I always blame myself for this Temptation of a masochist So why deny the obvious I’m the monster I never felt so far away As when we lay in bed all day A giant breathing in the door Pulled you away, stretched out the floor Bodies of water laid in between But my taste still gets to you downstream You can scratch those tattoos off your arms But we’re still looking at the same stars Bones will bend but too much and they break When being giving isn’t seen as being brave Now I can’t stand up straight Please lead me to my grave I always blame myself for this Temptation of a masochist So why deny the obvious I’m the monster
12.
Juniper 05:32
Hand through my hair surprised me My old habit was denied me They’re smooth and they’re terrifying They’re big and they’re beautifying Ruminating, cloven pacing Why should I have to be the one To bear the brunt Juniper, there is no cure This crown is mine, I’m entwined with this Uprooted mind Mirrors never told me the truth Just lied and pushed me right out of view I tried to bind them back with bandage To stop myself from doing some damage Branching, breathing, constant weeding Now my crown cuts me to the quick In the thick of it Careless thinking, too much drinking Tried to fight them Just please slow down Just please slow down My mind tends to make itself up And up and up and up Birds are singing over me now They built their houses in my boughs Slowly learning, candle burning Waxing and waning hand in hand Trying to understand Separating, still migrating Why should I have to fight this mess Perhaps it’s progress
13.
In a perfect world, there’s no morning No worry at the end of the day In a perfect world, there’s no talking There’s never very much left to say And the sun shines when I’m happy And when I’m feeling blue, it rains When I’m lonesome, someone finds me And knows the right amount of time to stay In a perfect world, I don’t miss you I don’t have to wear your shirt to feel you near In a perfect world, I am sober And you, yeah you would be here And I’d run home… you’d be standing In the door, looking at me that way And we’d go out to the backyard And dig ourselves a tunnel to escape In a perfect world, I am perfect I never lose my temper or my keys In a perfect world, you believe me And give me one more chance to redeem And the streets are lined with poplars Their waxen leaves tremble in the wings of spring When I die, I’ll be smiling And everyone I ever knew will sing

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It's the debut album by Vivienne Wilder & The Vice Presidents!

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released October 26, 2017

Electric Guitar: Neil Whitford
Drums: Kyle McGyle
Electric Bass: Andrew Roorda
Tenor Sax: Gordon Hyland
Cello: Liza McLellan
Vocal Harmony: Joelle Westman
Trumpets: Ewan Divitt & Brian Walters
Percussion: Michael 'Rosie' Rosenthal

All songs written by Vivienne Wilder
Except for #7 & #12 written by Ben Balmer & Vivienne Wilder

Produced by:
Guillermo Subauste
Michael 'Rosie' Rosenthal
Gordon Hyland
Vivienne Wilder

String & Horn Arrangements by:
Gordon Hyland

Recorded at Pacha Sound in Toronto

Engineered & Mixed by:
Guillermo Subauste

Engineer assisted by:
Jason Cabanaw

Mastered by:
Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering in Toronto

THANK YOU:
Gord for the love, even on your one day off
Liza & Geoff for the booze and friendship
Mom & Pop Wilder, for, um, everything

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