Young Champion

by Brookside Mall

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Young Champion marks four distinct expressions of time and distance, which grew out of reticence and rose from the ether enshrined in a soft skeleton of self-awareness.

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released March 11, 2016

Recorded Nov. 12, Dec. 28, 2015 and Jan. 10, 18, 2016
Recorded and Mixed by Chris MacLean at All In The Mind
Mastered by Brad Perry at The Recordery
All songs by Brendan MaGee, Josh Steeves and Dylan Ward, except:
Harmonies on Tracks 2, 3 by Nick Cobham
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, arrangements on Track 4 by David Cheney
Tambourine on Track 2 by Chris MacLean
All lyrics by Brendan MaGee, © 2016 via SOCAN/ASCAP, except:
“Staple your overcrowded head /
to the mountain range inside your bed,”
by Bruce Duval (used with permission)
Cover Art and Layout by Kasie Wilcox

Brookside Mall acknowledges the support of the Province of New Brunswick through the Music Industry Development Program

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Track Name: April Showers
The tide is coming in like tonic into gin
And the weight of all we did is just a lime upon the rim
Now you’re counting all you’ve lost in a grocery parking lot
And I’m looking for some pot, recounting everything I’m not
But I am, I am, I am, I am, I am, I will, I must, I am
But I’m not gonna take it back, there are some things you can’t retract
My words mean more than that, they’ve gotta make up for all I lack
My head is in the beach to all these people that I meet
You, you’re headed down that coast, I know you’ll make a great kiwi
Write me if you have the time, it’ll keep me grounded, keep my mind
From doing ninety off a bridge - do you even know who
This is, I am, I was, I will, I am, I will, I must, I am
But I’m not gonna take it back, there are some things you can’t retract
My words mean more than that, they’ve gotta make up for all I lack
Track Name: Scarlet Letter
You’re a scarlet letter in a turquoise sweater, still I move a little closer
Tell me that you miss the city that we love, though you hate the weather
Running through its streets, firecrackers at our feet and it’s headed downhill
Struggle to recall the etiquette and protocols I built around you
I wanna get it going tonight, oh I wanna get it going tonight
You’re a scarlet letter and it’s now or never, at least, until the next time
Tell me that you miss that city that you left, but you’ll head the train chime
Waking up in bed with explosions in your head, and you can’t remember
Yelling at your friends, doesn’t matter in the end, it’s a bond that endures
Cos I wanna get it going tonight, I wanna get it going
Time draws closer every second, please do not forget it, least of all regret it
I know morning comes, softer on the heels of everything you feel, you ask me is this real
Enough to start a war, what are we fighting for, every second hour, trying to explore
The days and weeks and months that she wished away
Track Name: Months
Rolling out of bed as sunset crowns your tender head
I hope the thoughts flailing in there are eased by breezy autumn air
Oh, to hold this vision up; that I might somehow overcome
The time and distance forced between, what I mean is
I want you back, need you back, sincerity’s not all I lack
Anxiety attacks are right on time, but there are cures for that
Buried well within ourselves, sometimes so deep they can’t get out
And bordered by such fragile shells, it is no wonder how
Voices swirl in the darkness that gently washes over me
They say I’m holding out for nothing but chemicals and common dreams
Do your best to draw what words you need from out these quivered lips
They may not ring so true of poetry as wounded sentiment
From when you were there, but it fades into now and all that came before
If it doesn’t show or the words go untold, please know that you know I refused to let go
They say I’m holding out for nothing but chemicals and common dreams
I’m not holding out for something, I’m just holding onto someone
Track Name: Palindrome
Stand up tall young champion, we won’t yet bury you
Myself, I’ve known you twelve-odd years and there’s nothing I can do
To staple your overcrowded head to the mountain range inside your bed
Pray, worry not of things to come, don’t dwell on your past instead
Neon falls from highway signs to asphalt held by yellow lines
Truth be told, reminds me of not too distant days
They’d wake up with a smile on, she’d deem her life a quarter gone
Truth be told, I’m reminded of not too distant days
Night still draws its bleary lines upon her face from time to time
Only when what’s been assigned weighs too heavy on her mind
Night still draws its bleary lines upon her face from time to time
Only when what’s been assigned weighs too heavy on her mind