Seasons Changing

by Patrick Dunphy

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I wish that I could be only the voice that soothes you I wish that I could be only the song I sing you I wish that I could be only the things that excite you I wish that I could be only the words that grip you But who would I be then? I wish that I could be only compassion and kindness I wish that I could leave all my frustrations behind me I wish that I could be the flash without the lightning I wish that I could be only the things that you wanted But who would I be then?
Strange Ways 03:51
Can I be the delicate flower, That you rescue from the cold? And you can spoon me in the shower Who needs those rigid gender roles? Gently brush the hair from my eyes Tell me every day how I am your prize Dancing by the fire, and I’ll let you lead I’ve never been as happy Than as a minion in your games You’re a beautiful sadist And only you can keep me tame Causing wonderful wounds in my head Tied up and bound at the foot of your bed That’s where I’ll stay true For as long as you hold me Oh, they could never understand The place we hold in love’s strange plan, Oh, I’ll never find another Who makes me feel this way We gather in the lobby It’s always magic when we meet Like at the airport Hilton And all those times on Folsom Street I remember your glistening manes The human form could never be the same The pack of us together The animal in all of us Oh, they could never explain The way love moves us in strange ways Oh, I’ll never find another Who makes me feel this safe
I’m so restless, I can’t speak I’m waiting alone can you sit beside me? On a city bench in the morning rush staring at the backs of loading trucks We could walk through the park on a rainy day It’s so much prettier when everyone’s away a delicate set piece just for us and the man in the rain coat feeding ducks Moments like this are so far between as the seasons change and the car horns screech and winter seals us in its tomb if you lie next to me I can be there for you When it gets above freezing we head up a trail to a part of the mountain past the drunk teens’ wails we peer at the city through the morning fog us and the woman walking her dog Moments like this are so far between as colors change, and people retreat I warm up my fingers and press on the strings If I play you a song will you stay here with me? At five o’clock when the sky goes dark I walk alone and I head through the park The ground is caked in snow and slush there’s one kid on the ice rink firing pucks Moments that were few and far between as one’s feelings remain while one’s cease to be On a sidewalk perch while the tourists scream if I see you again will you sit next to me?
The writing’s on the wall but just give me one more minute to run my fingers on the stone and rearrange the letters If you could only reach my hand if you could only feel me tremble They say it’s for the best but I just don’t believe it The writing’s on the wall just give me one more moment to do ten paces in the hall back and forth and over The jaw will make a smile the eyes will open up once more we will hear a steady rhythm please just give us one more minute If you could only reach my hand if you could only see me crumble I’m not ready to give up but I know I have to leave you
Cycles 04:12
The view outside my window with all the passing people and all my bedroom furniture towers over me the ripples on the water the wind against the trees all the cycles that repeat and all of the noise all my worries, wandering thoughts all the time I feel I’ve lost is peering in at me a bit more weathered in the pane face to face again In the square next to the grocery store children laugh and run around moving hands along the statue something different, something new What if we’d been younger? We wouldn’t have been so petty We’d have never learned to use the words that cut so deep And what age do we start listening? Shed the harm we carry with us? After everything, I’m still hoping for a chance to make amends, or fall on my face again These days when I can clear my head and things don’t feel so heavy the chattering is deafened and time it crawls so slow every angle is a painting every motion is a feat and every moment there’s a treasure I can seek That’s all there needs to be and a promise to be better to be warmer, to be a pillar for someone else someday it’s making sense to me


released January 12, 2018

All songs written and performed by Patrick Dunphy

Featuring Antoine Poliquin (bass, electric guitar) and Mathieu Le Guerrier (drums, percussion)

All songs mixed and engineered by Matthew Hills at Delicate/Automatic in Montreal
assisted by Rob Helsten

Mastered by Ryan Morey at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal

Album photography by Leah Trottier

Album cover design by Bonnie Leibel


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