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Carlaw Ave.

by Haley Midgette

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1.
When I was a child, he lived in a shoebox A place full of treasures, a home by the sea As I got older, he lived in a trailer A house full of papers, important debris. When I was a child he made me feel perfect He called me sugar, he lived by the sea As I got older, his flaws were apparent. From such understanding, he means more to me Oh, to, summer and childhood and life by the sea Oh, to, all that came after… that life in a dream When you were a child, he built you a diamond You squared off the bases, you lived in a dream When you got older, he looked at you different He said you’re a man now, he moved to the sea And I never met her, this piece of the puzzle But I bet you’re like her, she gave you her ease And it must seem strange now, to be here without them Cause they felt to you, much like you do to me Oh, to, summer and childhood and life by the sea Oh, to, all that came after that life in a dream And I took a photo My brother a book My sister took nothing A long final look My mom’s scared of clutter It clutters the mind My father he likes to Leave nothing behind And he was a window, to you as a child So I could imagine a you before me. The magic has faded, at least lost its luster But you look for meaning, you’ve passed that to me So you tell me a story, we laugh at his temper, We cry for a dignified man and then we Wonder if he’ll ever know what he’s left us The death of a noble old man by the sea.
2.
No Show 03:08
She didn’t come to me in a dream Can’t be the mystic that she seems But it’s easier if I believe she is. She wakes me more and more She shakes me more and more Got a lot to give Why is she a female form? Everything wild is I can’t put my finger on it. That is not the truth of it In the slightest, in the slightest Lying through my teeth a bit And each time that she doesn’t show I worry that she’s quit She doesn’t seem to have a plan Thinks that if I gave a damn I would give up what they made me take Seems to think it's fine To see no difference in my mind Asleep and awake The fact that she’s a female form Everything wild is Points to something earthly born That is not the truth of it In the slightest, in the slightest Lying through my teeth a bit And each time that she doesn’t show I worry that she’s quit The fact that she’s a female form Points to something earthly born The fact that she’s a female form I can’t put my finger on That is not the truth of it Lying through my teeth a bit And each time that she doesn’t show I worry that she’s quit.
3.
Oh, Bert 03:30
You sang of rocket fuel, Learning to wait I’m always worried I’m running up late Crowded with thoughts Far more light than they seem If you could choose Would you stay in your dreams? Tell all you shoulds to me I want to see The weight of your thoughts about who you should be Don’t say you’re running away love Choose to see That life is as simple as Bert made it seem You sang of rocket fuel, Learning to wait I’m always worried I’m running up late Crowded with thoughts Far more light than they seem If you could choose Would you stay in your dreams? Tell all you shoulds to me I want to see The weight of your thoughts about who you should be Here I am in the in between Here I am in the in between Here I am in the in between That life is as simple as Bert made it seem. That life is a simple as Bert made it seem He made it seem Bert made it seem He made it seem
4.
I walked home in a blizzard It was fucking cold, but I didn’t care I was listening to this book about How suffering is good for you I had this sense I was moving somewhere Maybe to death, only to death Really that’s all that we know But knowing that somehow is freeing The world does not care where I go They say as you get better You don’t give up your pain It’s just that what you do with it Gets less insane The meanings I’ve made weren’t meant to last The things that would pull me, let go quite fast When I found that they’re grip wasn’t inevitable Only is death’s, only is death’s Really that’s all that we know But knowing that, somehow, is freeing The world does not care where I go And if it don’t care Then I don’t care It’s easier said than done Cause if I didn’t care I wouldn’t feel Constantly on the run I feel you still Watching me Hoping I do what I should But there’s something else That’s watching us I’d see it if I could I’d see it if I could I’d see it if I could It’s only death, it’s only death Really that’s all that we know. And it whispers to me constantly The world does not care where I go
5.
I read in a book once A line quite prophetic Each blessing ignored will Turn into a curse I’m grateful for blessings I’m told that I must be I’m pissed seeking normalcy Makes me feel worse. And now that I know this, what should I do? Now that I’ve finally said what’s true? I wrote you a song once And you’ll never hear it I left things on stage and You never saw I think you admire What you see as beauty I think you detest what’s Imperfect and raw. And now that I know this, what should I do? Now that I’ve finally said what’s true? And now that I know this. I finally see That I must let go of My life by the sea I’ll pick a few pieces I’ll take them with me But I must let go of My life by the sea And even in death I Endow you with power As per all these stories As chosen by me Cause had we more time, well I might try to change that Instead of accept it, well I’d make you see And now that I know this, what should I do? Now that I’ve finally said what’s true?

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Haley Midgette's first studio EP, Carlaw Ave., explores tensions between the ties that bind, our perceived obligations, and what we really want.

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released November 6, 2020

Written and performed by: Haley Midgette
Produced and engineered by: Guillermo Subauste
Mastered by: Reuben Ghose, Mojito Mastering
Drums, bass, and electric guitar: Guillermo Subauste
Trumpet: Declan Scott
French horn: Amelia Grace Shiels
Background vocals: Sebastian Hugeneck

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Haley Midgette is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and actress.

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