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released September 15, 2010

Recorded April, May, and June 2010. Drums recorded at The Hive Creative Labs. Everything else recorded in apartments, bedrooms, hotel alleyways, and over the telephone. Mixed by Colin Stewart. Mastered by Stuart McKillop.

Devon Lougheed - Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocals
Luke Cyca - Drums, Bass, Vocals
Tegan Ceschi-Smith - Violin
Jacquie Neville - Vocals (1,7)
Brandi Sidoryk - Vocals (3,5,13)
Donne Torr - Vocals (9,11)
Sierra Yakimchuck - Vocals (2,12)
Jillian Cyca - Vocals (6)
Aaron MacInnis - Sax

(C) 2010 Devon Lougheed (SOCAN). (P) 2010 Devon Lougheed & Luke Cyca. All Rights Reserved.

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beekeeper is an indie post-pop power trio from Vancouver. We play danceable, singable, thinkable tunes. We meld dissonance and odd time signatures with beautiful pop hooks and male/female three-part harmonies. Our live show is quirky, unpredictable, and musically satisfying. It is not rare for our sets to end with the entire audience on stage. ... more

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Track Name: Table and Bed
i guess they had it when they said i was a simple man
but even simple men can try a complicated plan

blue sky above me
crazy this was lovely
blue sky above me
green grass around me
body on the ground, see
blue sky above me

i can’t watch you play bourgeois, i’ve had too much to drink
i can’t keep you happy, all sweet maidens are extinct
and i can’t say i’m damaged, that’s just lazy monochrome
but i caaaaaaaaan

i can flee in longing to a frigid libertine
and i can give another every bit that’s left of me
i can still remember every painting, every poem
but i caaaaaaaaan

this was happiness, i’ll take all these things that are on your desk, tell me ohhhh
signs of loving care, break into your house, shadowy despair, tell me ohhhh
the table and the bed, all the places that ownership was bred, tell me woaahhh
but the tragedy is that you and me
are just like anyone else

blue sky above me
crazy this was lovely
crazy, you were lovely

i guess i’ve learned that i am capable of giant lies
and it is in that spirit that i do apologize
Track Name: Sudden Cuckoo
i was built to strike the hours
my sweet pendulum
wake up wake up
mercy is screaming
a sudden cuckoo
roman numerals
i was born in these walls, i’ll die in these walls
drowning in the gears

take time, we’re counting slow to fifty-nine
then one more
tick tock, i am nothing but a clock
nothing but a clock

i was built to strike the hours
my sweet pendulum
wake up wake up
mercy is screaming
a sudden cuckoo
roman numerals, check out roman new.........
i was born in these walls, i’ll die in these walls
drowning in the gears
drowning in the gears
Track Name: Nice Lunch
oooh

angela, you know they dropped the bomb
(open up, remember me?)
wipe the rain off your nose and you say
the last words that you’ll say to me
you tip your cards, tip your cards
i can see what’s in your hand
it’s been so long since you ate

stop, listen to what i say now
oh, you’ve turned the predator to prey now
run, and try to get away now,
let the outside in
(i’m so hungry, empty tummy, i’m so hungry, baby you look so yummy)

ooooh

you never will eat a part of me
Track Name: Drownings
dig in the ground, not looking for blue sky
but for the silver dollar that lays buried there
my hands older by ten or so years
then when i planted it

it’s a token, a rusty metaphor
to put in your hands so i can show you
but this garden’s only rich with seeds and roots
so coin poor

what do you want? i ask
cos i can take everything, everything
and give it to you
what can i say? i ask
i’ll take all the words
and all the notes, all the notes
they’re all for you

these perfect props are not what i’m looking for
‘cause nothing is harmless anymore
‘cause every adjective comes with opposites
i kept it so i could be kept
Track Name: Spider Webs / Insect Eyes
oh there it is brewing deeply inside of me
such an evil philosophy
if only the good die young then i know why
i remain in this world so alive
i’m surrounded by spider webs, insect eyes
and all other follies of the wise
i’m half-starving, half-satisfied, all the while
choose between morality and style

pour us down the tubes
‘cause you chose this
we’re racing to confuse
it’s not quite clear
who’ll die, this time, inside

the freedom that we found
the fantasy we found

oh there it is brewing deeply inside of me
such an evil philosophy
if only the good die young then i know why
i remain in this world so alive
i’m surrounded by spider webs, insect eyes
and all other follies of the wise
i’m half-starving, half-satisfied, all the while
choose between morality and style

pour us down the tubes
‘cause you chose this
we’re racing to confuse
it’s not quite clear
who’ll die, this time, inside
but i’ll...

you will, you will, you will fall you will
you will spin out
when i catch you

you will spin out... etc.
the freedom that we found
Track Name: Novel
the fifteenth chapter, gotta read faster, and i can’t handle this, gendered protagonist
courage and discipline, a curvy heroine, am i too blind to see, shapeshifter’s tricking me

i’m the mother figure, giving and nurturing

i’m going home, can’t go home, i’m away from home, i wanna go home

i know just what to expect
my life is a hero’s quest
Track Name: Pinwheel Revolution
can i weld these paper folds to flat
without burning all the red and blue?
and though we’re not an army i know what to do
i have seen the gasoline burn
and i know the power of the sun
and i’ve stuck my hands outside a moving car

is it cliche if maybe i say i’m spinning?
you and me, something’ll be around again
never again is only a friend i keep near
go away then suddenly i’m around again

you can follow compass to the north
but you’re better off looking for starts
cos the compass goes full circle
there you are
i have seen the gasoline burn
tried to find the water on the moon
which direction does the revolution take you?
not forward or back

like a pinwheel we go around and around
round and round
Track Name: Hurt an Enemy
kitty, i know that you miss me, know you wanna kiss me
are these blockages or possibilities
what’s a boy to do?
autobiography, let’s play at photography
if i sing a song, oh kitty will you follow me
what’s a boy to do?

don’t give up so easy

take it or leave it
come on and begin with me
take it or leave it
won’t give up ‘til you sing with me

what is the by-product of your production logic?
do you want to start it, or do you want to stop it?
what’s a boy to do?
you get away from me, then you get so friendly
i don’t want to hurt you, i want to hurt an enemy
what’s a boy to do?

offer’s on the table

i sing a song you sing along
i sing a song you sing along
you were a genius all along
you were an enemy all along
Track Name: Cavalry Call
so expected
i’m in mourning
will i forget
can i ask

will you come home
if i’m home
i’m home

can i fight enemies i’ve never seen
can i miss someone that i’ve never met
it’s maybe a dream but it’s all that i have
so can i ask?

will you come home
if i’m home
i’m home

i try to be a grownup
i try to play the part
but every blonde girl in a short skirt breaks my heart
i’ve been waiting for twenty-six years
when will you come home to me?

a private without a captain
a captain without a major
a major without a brigadier
a brigadier without a general

this is war
a lonely war

i try to be a grownup
i try to play the part
but every single person that up and walks by just breaks my heart
i’ve been waiting for twenty-six years
when will you come home to me?
Track Name: Everything Has Been Repaired
i wanna get warm
(but i need to get cold before i can get warm)
i’ve broken my tones
(along with every other bone in my entire skeleton)
this coffee is cold
(and all the china’s glued, these hairlines fractures)
but it’s not alone
(everything here was once broken)

(everything has been repaired, oh
everything has been repaired)

once broken
(made stronger)
bruised apple
(tastes sweeter)
Track Name: Outta the Woods
after all this lasting vision, so great, so small
there is only one thing left to say

i will, i will, i will

i’m out of the woods, and into the swamp
but i will trudge on to make it through
please don’t forget... promises
cat out of the bag, cos the bag is torn
words flow like water on to the page
here’s the last stage, i’m making promises

i will be the one to lose
i will be the one to lose
this time
carved into the trunk of a tree, into my tombstone
i will be the one lose

this ventriloquist is feeling sick
another dummy parrots the words
but tries to keep, y’know
so i harmonize in threes and fives
pushing the sevens into last place
to save some face, to keep my promises

i will be the one to lose
i will be the one to lose
this time
carved into the trunk of a tree, into my tombstone
i will be the one lose
Track Name: There's a Reason
someone’s telling me to stay
the times we’ve had have not been bad
home again, it seems so soon
nothing’s changed, but it’s not the same
people dancing all around
just relax, just the facts
soon i’ll go where i belong
don’t be mad, it’s just a song

there’s a reason everything is boarded up
there’s a reason why tim horton’s never shuts
only one reason why we’d ever go downtown
but oh, there’s a reason we left

follow hometown pride to here
it’s time you know, for a show
they think there’s a phoenix here
from the past, in the ash

there’s a reason everything is boarded up
there’s a reason why tim horton’s never shuts
only one reason why we’d ever go downtown
but oh, there’s a reason we left
Track Name: Last Words
dad, this cell is cold
or just the knowledge that
it’s almost time
i am guilty hard
i understand
blood drips from my hands

i promised that i’d go out on a joke
give a laugh
so this one’s for you, the greatest joke
in death, i’ll be free

friends, applaud, the comedy is finished
but i’m turning into god

turning into god