Waking Up The Dinosaurs

by Vivienne Wilder & The Vice Presidents

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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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Track Name: Where's Johnny?
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
Track Name: Boozehounds
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
Track Name: Anaesthesia
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…
Track Name: Rosemary & Rue
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
Track Name: Cheshire Moon
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
Track Name: Drowning
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
Track Name: Biscuit
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
Track Name: Cinnamon Gum
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
Track Name: Hey, Hey (Twin Peaks)
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
Track Name: The Wall
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
Track Name: Monster
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
Track Name: Juniper
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
Track Name: Perfect World
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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