French Exit

by Eternal Husbands

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Produced by Jesse Gander and Eternal Husbands at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver. Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket Mastering, Montreal. All songs by Eternal Husbands all words by Rick Reid (SOCAN). Released June 12/2015 on Clamour Records

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Eternal Husbands Montreal, Québec

Eternal Husbands are Matt Leddy and Rick Reid. They have been playing music together for a dozen years or so, nearly half their lives. Songs with noise, melody, longing, mystery, melancholy and joy. All instruments played by the Husbands, recorded in Montreal apartments. Inspired by Terrence Malick, Dostoevsky, Kate Bush, Neil Young, John Cassavetes, Sigur Ros, and other beautiful, true things. ... more

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Track Name: Exiles
Those were the days of mdma and the walls saying speak spanish. You worried on me while I thrashed in my sleep you checked to see if I was still breathing. A mouth full of blood when I woke up. If there's a message here it must be fear is our natural state. I thought we were exiles, no I didn't think that exile on main street was blaring on my stereo 7am on a monday. I ignore the rain by walking in it. I ignore the rain by dancing in it with you. If there's a lesson here you stopped the words when you kissed my mouth. I thought we were exiles, no I didn't think that exile on main street was blaring on my stereo 7am on a monday. These are the the days of I'd rather die than live without you.
Track Name: The Known Universe
In the known universe
you are something lonely and amazing
In the known universe
you are a living thing among the black holes
and the planets
we can't belong to
perfect rings around everything
or just floating debris
it's still beautiful to me
still beautiful to me

In the known universe
we are something accidental and perfect
In the known universe
we try to give names to invisible things
in the absence
the "what's not there"
perfect rings around everything
or just floating debris
it's still beautiful to me
still beautiful to me

In the known universe
we have found an absolute in chaos
In the known universe
we apply reason to a terrible blackness
if we're still alone with each other
what does it matter about some other beings?
it's still beautiful to me
still beautiful to me
It's still beautiful to me

In the known universe
Track Name: Purple City
You were a fire in my younger heart. You were the synth in "Dancing in the Dark." I could still fight it then I could ward it off a place to run away just don't get caught. Some weird tradition called "purple city." Passed down through acid lore and it's pretty. If I was different then did I lose something or gain when I changed into the light. Into the lights. Take a running jump when you know it's a dream, you know it's a dream. If you roll your eyes it's 'cause you know what I mean, know what I mean. Some force compels me to play this guitar. Some longing aches to be where you are on the last stage, the din and gauzy haze I'm singing at the top of my lungs. It's all light. It's all light in the silence. You try hard not to laugh but everybody wants to. It's all light in the silence.
Track Name: Every Ray of Light
Every ray of light is yours to bathe in
Every ray of light is yours to warm your skin
Every ray of light is yours

Every azure sky is yours to gaze into
Every azure sky is yours to fall from
Every deep blue sky is yours

If you've been scared to ask it
then ask him now: "Why"?

Every ray of light is yours
to keep your heart bright

your heart bright
Track Name: The Forest
In the warm rain and the dark sex
Shines a light on what has to come next
In the dark pools of transgression
Caught the first glimpse of truth and ascension

In the alley where you found the body
I walked with no shoes to the store on the corner
In the city that could never claim me

In the cold rain on my front step
We raced but you haven’t caught up yet
I ran to what we called the forest
The barn was haunted we had to explore it

Years later someone set it on fire
We all came down to watch it burn
And it felt like they didn’t even try to stop it

That night you asked, “where does it all go?”
I just don’t know
Don’t say it
There is no giving up
Until you’re dirt you are stuck here

And your hard truths can be boring
You should hear yourself we’re recording
When the light’s on you’d better sing your guts out
When the light’s off you fuckin’ sing it just the same

Don’t forget what’s not important
Accept you’re not going anywhere
Then you might find a little peace
The forest was never there

The forest was never a forest
Track Name: The Draper Effect
we went upstairs and I fell asleep going down on you
add it to the list of things, "if I ever do that I'll stop"
but here we are

there's nothing in my past that I am running from
baby I have no future maybe you could give me one
you don't know what I know
thank god

you just started begging, "please choose me"
in the morning light
Track Name: Next Big Thing
We have been tossed along this broken path, followed a song
That is born out of madness and boredom
We distilled our breakdowns but can we afford them now
Been in this shithole town before
We’re compelled to look around get the feeling some higher truth, parts of our conscience might be found
With our hearts on our sleeves and our dreams cracks on the windshield
Are they broken when it’s smashed or realized at last?

They said we look good together all skinny and drunk with our indian blood
Sit by the fire and wonder why I don’t get tired
We spent the final days in that old house locked away
Making small explosions a farewell in chaos and noise an experiment in destruction with poise

With our hearts on our sleeves and our dreams cracks on the windshield
Are they broken when it’s smashed or realized at last?

We are the next big thing
Track Name: Tetris
sometimes I wonder how did we get
how did we get
how did we get this far?
you watched him on the stage and thought hey,
this is the last best day of his life

we both knew somehow
it would come to this

it doesn't matter how good you get at tetris
you still run out of space and time
euphoric recall, euphoric recall
who knew that this would be all mine

you knew from the start -
I'd never get over this

does this mean I shouldn't think of her that way anymore?

we just touched umbrellas, come on fellas
we got tangled in the rain
I'd tip my hat to her if I had one
then I'll just be on my way

back to my lover
be there till I die

shapes keep falling
from the sky
some fit together
disappear or
pile up and we die.
Track Name: Whisper to Me
You’re looking for oil or looking for gold
You might find it here that story’s as cold
As the lies they told to get us here in the first place

We were born to want more from life
Than our own neighborhood we chose a wife from the yearbook and moved in next door to our parents

Idyllic childhood, I guess you could say
I still had dreams of running away but
this is the place where my heart grew
my heart grew

whisper to me in harmony
one chord
whisper to me in harmony
one chord that proves we matter

what first seems unassuming takes on stunning beauty
what once had you enchanted is vacuous, supplanted
by pretension and a clever marketing scheme

driven by hearts as crude as oil
expunged from the earth gushing blood and toil
the animals wait, we are the destroyed

whisper to me in harmony
Track Name: Halifax/JJ
Victoria is smiling because she's just done it,
a thing she does once a day
compliment a stranger in passing on the street
just loud enough so they can hear:
"That dress is so 60's Catherine Deneuve."

She grew up in a city that's beautiful and crumbling
corruption is the common language
follow the St. Lawrence to the port of the Atlantic
bitter winds howl in corridors
Nova Scotia in november

Victoria is crying because people seem so sad
in so many different ways
huddling in doorways, dejected cigarette breaks
the fleeting light drains away
bus stop waiting in the dark

Victoria is naked in her perfect bedroom
she reads aloud from 'The Favourite Game'
christmas lights in Parc Lafontaine
the melancholy
mysterious feels forever

keep pushing east. Halifax.
Track Name: Timelines
She said: "you've always said it Rick, even at the start - 'I know I don't deserve you but you can have my heart.' - I guess that didn't mean I'd get all your time. You were on stage I was in a basement with the baby crying.

You flew straight from Toronto, got down on your knees. You didn't have a ring saying 'I will never leave.' We got married in Paris, baby it was bliss somehow a year later we ended up like this.

You took me for granted, I missed out on being young. You did what you wanted I just wanted to run. There is a double standard you're out on the road I don't ask any fucking questions and you want me to stay at home.

I came back to you - you said we need a change. We moved to Montreal we thought the past was out of range. Those were better days for you and I, four years on our own, time I felt was mine.

These demons seem to haunt you, I don't understand, baby I will hold you, hold on to my hand. These demons.