Two Keys

by Ivory Hours

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Watch the surreal home-made music video for Two Keys: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwmfpfEwAVk

Recorded in various rooms of The Manor.

Album cover by Adria Leduc (www.adrialeduc.com)

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released June 7, 2013

Luke Roes - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Annie Roes - Vocals, Piano

Tracked, mixed and produced by Luke Roes at The Manor.
Mastered by Graemme Brown at Zen Mastering.

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Track Name: Old Letters
There’s a young ghost
Trapped in the envelopes
Between old letters she wrote
Bound in careless strokes
It scorns,

It scorns the pallid walls it’s held within
It’s fragile fettered skin
In innocence it clings
Like a melody carried on a broken string

And when that goddess shakes her golden hair
And warms the winter air
I hear footsteps on the stairs
And it haunts

It haunts me, like a phantom limb
Or an old forgotten hymn
Like ashes flittering
Dying and born up on the wind
Where the woods are smoldering
Her silhouette still lingering
Underneath a violet moon
Licking salt from silent wounds
Track Name: Lithograph
I'm looking out through the holes in a sweater
That she knit in the spring
The moths are feeding on the thread
And the cold is getting in

I tried to draw a picture of a pleasant memory
But every time I thought I missed her
The lead would intervene

I asked the man with charcoal eyes
Why my image wouldn't bleed
He said the lines are an illusion
That we wander in-between

When I've got it figured out
That’s when I know I'm lost
When I've got you figured out
That’s when I know I'm lost

Seems to me, I’ll always know
Unsaid words, nostalgic poems
The nakedness of everything is menacing
When I find myself alone

I found a frozen lake, cut a hole into the ice
I found the frustrated figures of men and mice
Their solitary footsteps and machines left to rust
I watched them fall to weary knees, and mingle with the dust

I met the gaze of a man, his blue eyes held the past
That solemn look told me that nothing good is ever going to last
Track Name: Thread
Standing in the corner
Echoing that anecdote
Separated from the chatter
By the wine and cigarette smoke

And my eggshell plans
Have got me reeling
That shivery thread tied to my wrists

I'm a shallow coffer
Of hand-picked memories
A ragged patchwork quilt
Of woven guilt and reverie

And my eggshell plans
Have got me reeling
That shivery thread tied to my wrists

I'm a lamb at the slaughter
I'm a slave to my needs
Fell asleep underwater
Washing blood from my fleece

And my eggshell plans
Have got me reeling
That shivery thread tied to my wrists
Track Name: Two Keys
I used to play these keys
I’d play so well
They’d make my fingers bleed
My hands they’d swell
And when you heard that tune
You bought some nails
You boarded up my room
I watched my skin turn pale
The faces on the walls
Became my friends
They heard the symphony
Inside my head

You are the missing two, the missing two
You are the missing two, the missing two

I taught a girl
How to play these keys
How to soften sounds
With her little feet
And when she knew,
There was a missing piece
That’s when I knew
She was make believe
A spectre came along
Kept me company
She sacrificed her bones
For my ivory

You are the missing two, the missing two
You are the missing two, the missing two

You are the missing two, the missing two
And sitting on my bed
Am I already dead?
Track Name: Petals
I’ll wave my arms around
Trying to change the way the wind blows
So that pack of wild dogs won’t find their way to you
It’s lonely when you watch the night fall
And the pale light casts a shadow on a rose

Alone among friends
She hears enough
An ear for your lament
An iris for your love

She picks the coloured petals
And she pins them to the wall
Each one is the body of a dream that hasn't found a soul
She’s hoping there’s a wolf
Who will hear her fragile call
So she can douse that room in gasoline and leave the ashes cold

Alone among friends
She hears enough
An ear for your lament
An iris for your love