Moonwalker EP

by Tariq

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1.
Annalee 04:02
Where are you Annalee, why have you gone? Back to the place you started out from Behind the windows with the curtains drawn Won't you tell me Annalee, where have you gone? Won't you tell me Annalee, where have you gone? When the rain starts to fall like a round of applause The shadows start entertaining the walls I close my eyes and I see your face When the rain starts to fall like a round of applause When the rain starts to fall like a round of applause In my mind there's a picture of a girl Waving goodbye on her bicycle And riding away, off into the world So, I search for the cracks in these days I can't win That's where the daylight is trying to get in And it's a brief moment before the nighttime When I search for the cracks in these days I can't win When I search for the cracks in these days I can't win I'm watching her pedal away In her bare feet so fast and free As all of the lights burn out on the street Where are you Annalee, why have you gone? Back to the place you started out from Behind the windows with the curtains drawn Won't you tell me Annalee, where have you gone? Won't you tell me Annalee, where have you gone?
2.
Leaving Song 03:36
Now my time is over Now my time has come I’m off to meet the maker I will miss you very much So come gather ‘round your withered bows And gather ‘round your drums Sing a song for an unwilling ghost To leave your pretty arms When I’m long gone don’t cry for me Long gone don’t cry for me Long gone don’t cry for me Sing a little song for me Raise your sorrows from this sullen wake And bury all the gloom Let’s be dogs against the borrowed sky Howling at the moon When I’m long gone don’t cry for me Long gone don’t cry for me Long gone don’t cry for me Sing a little song for me And then stumble on home Through the barrio tonight Sweet verses from your liquored lips Float on up to the sky Then I in my tuxedo And in my homburg hat and in my bliss Peacefully drifting by I go nowhere without a gift
3.
You came into their lives Beneath the mid-October moon Broke the water then the silence Lifted from the room As you took your first breath of life and let it go They kept holding you tight like precious cargo You fell into their arms From a very far off place A million miles away from That military base Where your father trained his soldiers for the war You found a warm heart along those Cold Lake shores And with that heart I was entrusted Like a message it was passed To this empty handed sailor They had given up their secret treasure map So, take good care of her I let those words wander astray Until they sank down to the bottom Like a buried treasure lay Now underneath those Cold Lake waters shines a glow Once my love, now the keeper of this precious cargo This precious cargo Beneath those Cold Lake Waters
4.
How many times have I seen this stage From the back of a crowded room So many words I never heard All of the banter between the tunes It was getting so hard, so hard to believe There’d be any good seats anymore Until you let me through to the front of the cue I never sat up that close before So I’m not giving up this front row seat Because the sight lines are pretty sweet When the front of house closes and the lights go dark I’m calling shotgun on your heart I’m calling shotgun on your heart And it’s strange to sing this song It came to me too easily There must be something wrong When I don’t seem to care for any other chair That might come along Long after the dress rehearsal I sit in the old town hall Don’t be surprised when you see me rise As you’re walking out for the curtain call I’m not giving up this front row seat Because the sight lines are pretty sweet When the front of house closes and the lights go dark I'm not giving up this front row seat Now my picture will be complete When the front of house closes and the lights go dark I’m calling shotgun on your heart I’m calling shotgun on your heart
5.
Moonwalker 04:42
I listen to the countdown Slowly getting further Slowly getting further away I can feel the moment Slowly getting closer Slowly getting closer now My work will not be done ‘til I return The shadows to the sun Moonwalker, leaving footprints in the grey dust I contemplate the moment I wonder if I might be cursed this night or blessed And I imagine that she’s sleeping Far away and softly breathing As the light pours down from the curtains onto her skin Then into sacred rivers fall And from the minarets they call Moonwalker, Moonwalker, Moonwalker I’m not the same man, there on the ground Fighting gravity was only bringing me down So I think I’m gonna stay here You can go on back without me I’m gonna miss you, but I think it’s for the best Until it’s time For you to write upon my grave something inspired You could lie and say that he was satisfied I kind of wish I was And so I’m signing off in space Will they remember me this way? Moonwalker, Moonwalker, Moonwalker I’m not the same man, there on the ground Fighting gravity was only bringing me down

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Songs on the Moonwalker EP touch on themes of isolation, regret (“Cold Lake Waters”), and questions around death and immortality (“Leaving Song,” “Moonwalker”). With the help of producer Shawn Cole (Bend Sinister, You Say Party, Wintermitts) and mixer Paul Boechler (Treelines, Sex With Strangers) as well as a host of Vancouver musicians, the tracks have been beautifully rendered, subtly orchestrated and arranged using acoustic guitars, synthesizers, trumpet, and French horn.

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released April 15, 2013

Produced by Shawn F Cole
Mixed by Paul Boechler
Mastered by Brock McFarlane

Tariq: Vocals, Guitars
Brennan Saul:Drums
Colin Cowan: Bass
Sam Davidson: Synths, Clarinet, EWI
John Walsh: Guitars
Paul Rigby: Guitars
Nick Anderson: French Horn
Leah Abramson: Vocals
Jody Glenham: Vocals

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Tariq Vancouver, British Columbia

Tariq is a Juno nominated singer/songwriter & recording artist. He releases music as himself and w/ the critically acclaimed band, Brasstronaut.

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