Lost Balloons

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lyrics

Lost Balloons

I found her note of interest
Underneath this old balloon
Lost here in a hurricane
On this island here marooned

Note said I’m the one you’re searching for
I am the diamond for which men die
I’m the queen of Quinpool Rd.
Where the ocean meets the sky

So I rowed all evening
Rowed on into the night
I held the balloon close
As the land crept out of sight

I found her home by starlight
A tiny dory lost at sea
She was lying on her back
An’ she smiled up at me

Well I found a home beside her
There in the comforts of her eyes
Now I feel like drinking less and I feel like dancing more

An’ I feel like drinking less and dancing more

I was like a sleeping nation
Peaceful with not a watchful eye
She took out her swinging sabers
An’ covered me in powder rings

So I went back to the island
An’ destroyed all the lost balloons
But I cannot keep them off
An’ they’ll be here again soon

So one day she came to see me
Said she was in need of something new
Said kiss me and I’ll go
I said maybe you don’t have to go

I found an inch of truth
Running loose in our old room
But there was always mile of mystery in the halls
Miles of mystery in the halls

Well I found a home beside her
There in the comforts of her eyes
Now I feel like drinking less and I feel like dancing more

credits

from A Bee In Her Mouth, released February 28, 2012
guitar, voice: steve
lap steel: kris
voices: joyce, shal and rose
bass: adam
drums: jordi
violin: sean/gina
viola: suzanne
cello: john
words/music: ian and steve
string arrangement: ian

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Steve Gates Halifax, Nova Scotia

Recorded in a makeshift studio in a Halifax apartment and produced by John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliott Brood), “A Bee In Her Mouth” is Steve Gates’ debut full-length record. Recording started the day after a public talk given by Daniel Lanois during which he inspired his listeners to be reckless and trust themselves in the studio. The result is a record that is ragged and beautiful. ... more

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