Bones Are Forever

by Ainsley McNeaney

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Ainsley McNeaney's sophomore release is a dark, orchestral journey through fever dreams to the far corners of the imagination.

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released October 28, 2014

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Ainsley McNeaney Montréal, Québec

Having recently immigrated to beautiful Montreal from the badlands of Toronto, Ainsley McNeaney brings her intelligent, eclectic brand of indie-pop to each and every stage. Armed with profound lyrics and a soulful voice to match, and accompanied by an ensemble of the finest cats this side of Outremont, she will make your heart very happy indeed with tales of love, hope and octopus superheroes. XO ... more

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Track Name: Underground
UNDERGROUND

Far below
What we've said and what we already know
There is space for us to move just so
Though the darkness binds, it is good to find
You are ready

I've been told
It is terribly hard to grow old
As all the things we've bought and sold
Turn back to stars, all you think you are
Is a heart

And you should know
I am breaking up
Although - I have taken care to lie
To the neighbours
Oh, how they've heard us screamin' and cryin'

Lock the door
You'll be startled by the tireless roar
Of the wind moving on high
It is calling for the blood of the sky

So we go -

Underground
Far beneath the city lights and all sound
Don't make any noise, we won't be found

Do you feel
How the earth is shakes beneath as we kneel
When you move away, you disappear
And in the darkness binding, it's good we're finding
We're ready

So hold me tight
Through this closed and endless night
And you'll hear me calling out,
I need you now!
I need you now!

Turn around
In the beginning there was no such sound
How did we get to be so goddamned hunger-bound
(I need you now!)

Through the motions of sleep,
Shells of bees at our feet,
Waking hard at the sound
Of our dreaming underground

I would rather my heart
Were bit by stars in the dark
But the machines come at night,
The machines come at night!

So we go -

Underground
Far beneath the city lights and all sound
Don't make any noise, we won't be found
Underground, underground...
Track Name: The Moon
THE MOON

You stayed the night in my backyard,
With the toads
And the fireflies
You said that it'd be good to breathe the air
Instead of smoking haplessly with me

So I made you a bed
Of jack-pine needles and thread
You're only scared of the dark
When the moon sits right overhead

I stayed up late
On my own terms
Singing songs to the quiet sky
I knew the way once to your heart
It went something like a lullaby

But the moon doesn't lend
Her ideas for mending us
I'm only scared of the dark
When you call out my name

And you don't even know
Where these rifles have come from
All the beautiful words
Are now gone

I'm watching closely to perceive
My dear heart
Closing like an aphorism

So -

Harness and ladle,
With a pot on your head
As you turn 'round the corner
Oh, the moon -

She rides with you,
Keeping you
Oh, don't you pretend
That you'd love me like this
No, we'd never, ever begin to believe that!
It's rarely the bite
Of complications pending the night's coming
Though the small pressures
Lay down the needle in the hay

When the song is soft
You will find me
When the moon is right
I will find you...
Track Name: It's Coming On
IT'S COMING ON

If you're able
I love the weight on my back
I will take you and carry you home

We've been filtered
Through the depths of the years
Everything you say, I already know

We can't always
Be just who we want to be
There's the loll and the din of the tides

There's the movement
That comes when we are alone
There's a safety found in surprise

And so much brighter,
So much stronger,
So much sweeter now...

It's coming on, it's coming on
It's coming on
My heart is beating like it should
It's coming on, it's coming on
It's coming on
Much faster than I thought it would

In my deepest dreams
I've seen you riding alongside
My memory of the seashore

And you clap your hands,
Find the right words to say
Though I know you've never been there before

And not much longer,
Not much farther,
Not to be undone
Whoa, whoa -

It's coming on, it's coming on
It's coming on
My heart is beating like it should
It's coming on, it's coming on
It's coming on
Much faster than I thought it would

Oh, tonight, dear -
See the rise of the moon
O'er the places we will go

Take this message
To your most secret of hearts
There are certain things we'll always know

It's coming on, it's coming on
It's coming on
My heart is beating like it should
It's coming on, it's coming on
It's coming on
Much faster than I thought it would
Track Name: On The Mountainside
ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE

If I had lived a hundred million years ago
I would be happier, I'd learn to let things go
Until the ice age hit - but, what's a little snow?
I would be happier a hundred million years ago

And though it could be lonely I would have a home
A cave of rocks tucked in the mountain stone
There'd be no rent to pay - my heart, my own
I would be happier: I would have a home

And though we may have known each other then
There'd be no words to measure starts and ends
I'd carry firewood when you'd touch my hand
We'd be much happier then...

We'd raise our children on the mountainside
We'd learn that love can always break you inside
Until the day we'd crawl away to die
I would be happier
I should be happier

If I had lived a hundred million years ago
I would be happier, I'd hold to what I know
And you'd be proud of all the changes I'd show
I would be happier a hundred million years ago...
Track Name: Honey
HONEY

He was a roving
Bumblebee
Travelling far
From mountain to the sea

I didn't know how I could be
So far from myself
So far from where I used to be

'Maid,' said he, 'The secret of life
Is honey.'
Track Name: Octopus Man
OCTOPUS MAN

(Octopus Man, Octopus Man
When there's all kinds of danger
He'll take the last stand!)

Somewhere in northern Vancouver
There lived a marine biologist -
His name was Stanley
He did what he could for the good of the creatures of the sea
Oh, but he wasn't like you and me
'Cause he fell in love with a beauty
Her name was Octavia
He was convinced that he was able to break down the barriers
And make Via happy, and make Via happy

But something went wrong
(It's not your fault!)
One stroke of lightning
And dear Stanley's heart
Came to a halt
For many long hours
One stroke of lightning...

(Octopus Man, Octopus Man!)

When Stanley awoke in the morning
The sun was already high
There was a change came upon him:
His world through octopus eyes
With more arms than two he was astounded by all he could do
It was amazing
'Octavia, I'm changing!
But where have you gone now, my dear?'
She left no sign
Except for her dreams
Now carried by Stanley inside his mind -

Something's begun
(You're so much stronger now!)
One stroke of lightning
(Octavia's heart!)
How do you know?
And how do you feel?
With one stroke of lightning
Fate becomes real...

An octopus hero
(It's hard to explain!)
One stroke of lightning
(No one's to blame!)
Curtains may rise
The tide always falls
How do you measure yourself
When all that you've known
And all that you've done
In one stroke of lightning
Can all become one?
We do what we can...
(Stanley you're braver now!)
Our dreams are yours,
Octopus Man!
Track Name: Zoe Vs. The Giant
ZOE VS. THE GIANT

And the giant,
He told me he was sad
You had broken his heart
Without a care
You had told him
You loved another man
And he was sitting there,
Crying on the stair -

Zoe, don't you think it's time
To say you're sorry?
Zoe, don't you understand
It's all your fault?

And the people
Are terrified of him
They are steeling their houses
In cement
They are throwing their curses
At your back
For you have caused
A giant's heart-lament

Zoe, don't you think it's time
To say you're sorry?
Zoe, don't you understand
It's all your fault?

And Zoe, don't you feel too glad
At the way your cards have fallen
It's all your fault
It's all your fault
It's all your fault
It's all your fault
It's all...

And I know
You must feel kind of bad -
When you break a giant's heart,
It bleeds
When at first
We prayed the rage would starve itself
But he just sits
Too lonely to be freed -

Zoe, don't you think it's time
To say you're sorry?
Zoe, don't you understand -

It's all your fault
It's all your fault
It's all your fault
It's all your fault
It's all your fault
It's all your fault
It's all...
Track Name: Mulberry Disease
MULBERRY DISEASE

If you were white
And striped with Mulberry Disease,
I would still remember how to call your name
And if you were beckoned
By the Prince of Calabrese, honey,
I would still remember what you smelled like.
I would still know just exactly what you're thinking -

Isn't it nice to be a star?
Isn't it nice to join the whence we came from?
Isn't it nice that you'll be known for who you are?
Isn't it nice to have the cosmos to yourself...?

Oh?
Track Name: Only Time
ONLY TIME

I used to know
A man who would wear a red hat
He let me cut his hair too short
He took his coffee white,
His taste ran from gamine to whore
I was somewhere in between

And in the grove
Where sparrow and crow came to meet,
We played it out for the lords
It was the only time
That he looked me straight in the eyes -
I never missed it since

Whatever happened yesterday?
Your reason was empty
And hard to break

Only time, only time
Only time, only time
Will say

I've been around here too long...
I've drank my fill of rye
And paired it with craving your song
It was a wide-spread lie
So put your shirt back on

The was a shot yesterday
It took all my power
To hear you say -

Only time, only time
Only time, only time
Will say

Oh, my dear
I would gladly move stones with you -
Can we go tomorrow morn?
And in our wake
How the clay-covered starlings will rise
Our story will be bought and sold

I never wanted yesterday
It seems that the closer
We move to ourselves
How the harder and faster,
And faster and faster
And harder we play -

Only time, only time
Only time, only time
Only time, only time
Only time, only time
Will say

Only time, only time
Will say
Track Name: The Robin's Egg Is Blue
THE ROBIN'S EGG IS BLUE

Fable, end in surprise
Where meet the arcs' reprise
Ladle it on the fire
Your hand of creeping stars
At night, it blesses ours

I've heard the latest news
The robin's egg is blue
But that, we always knew
For younger hearts accrue
The hunger of their youth
Track Name: Intro Royale
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Sleep Through The Night
SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT

I'm wakened almost every night
By the sound of wings in flight
But when I open up my eyes:
Monochromatic silence.
The colour of the walls,
The noise - will nothing stop everyone
From beating out in time?
And so it goes, and so they say
Who're we gonna mark today?

I want a name for the child who is already gone
And for the kids in the street who cut their ears to that song
I wanna look at the man who took you aside
And told you you'd never make it and you better stop trying
I want someone to tell me why I'm still alive
When better people than me are sleeping through the night
I want your face to be found at the edge of the world
Where the talkers all meet to decide on our future

And in the same way,
This happens every day
We lie awake in the dark
With no regrets
We haven't found it yet
But when we do I am sure
I won't pray,
I won't pray

I won't wrap my head around it,
Will I, dear?
Hard to bend light as it clears
And if I go on my own way
Remember me as I'm saying:
Easy come and easy pray
Where those wings decide to lay down
Tell me, amazing grace
Who're you gonna cut today?

There is a place in my heart for the keepers of cruel
And for the uniformed back-beats who fuck in the school
There is a space when we're asked to open up wide
And show the world what we're willing to gain and to hide
I want a way to your heart that doesn't begin
With an excuse to a stranger who holds me in sin
I want your face to be found in the corner
In spite of better people than me sleeping all through the night,
Yeah -

And in the same way
This happens every day
We lie awake in the dark
With no regrets
We haven't found it yet
But when we do I am sure
I won't pray,
I won't pray
Track Name: Bonemaker's Song
BONEMAKER'S SONG

Oh, the child of the wind
Is a bone
And you took all your blessings
From a paperback tome
You had asked me so gently
'Bout the question of home
Oh, the child of the wind
Is a bone

Oh, the weight of my heart
Is a pear
Tell me, what should I watch for
As you climb down my stairs?
I will wait for your answer
And I will not despair
Oh, the weight of my heart
Is a pear

Oh, the call of the crow
Is mine
Sounds a blood-basted warning
Over furrows of time
Will you blame my black tidings
On the mud and the wine?
Oh, the call of the crow
Is mine

Oh, the mark on my skin
Is you
Be they proudly and sweetly
All the things we will do!
And there's no greater measure
Than what we said we knew
Oh, the mark on my skin
Is you

Oh, the smell of the sea
Closes in
Hide your face in the rushes,
Let the bonemakers win
There's a want in your bellows,
There's a longing within
As the smell of the sea closes in
Oh, the smell of the sea
Closes in.