This Troubled Land

by Circles

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This Troubled Land is the fourth album by the modern Jazz group Circles. An exploration of Toronto's identity, each track on the album takes inspiration from a different moment of the city's history.

Click on "buy track" to view lyrics, and historical quotes and photos.

Digital album includes two bonus tracks not on physical CD, and PDF of the 24-page booklet with historical quotes and photos. (Digital album included with physical CD purchase.)

credits

released October 11, 2016

Alexandra Tait – vocals, composition
Alex Samaras - vocals
Ben Dietschi – soprano & tenor saxophones
Matthew Roberts – producer, editer, composition, double bass, spoken word, piano overdub on track 1
Neil Whitford – electric & acoustic guitars
Tom Fleming – electric & acoustic guitars
Hayoun Lee - piano, composition
Chris Pruden – piano
Mackenzie Longpre – drum kit, composition

Tracks 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9 recorded January 22nd, 2012 at Canterbury Studios by Jeremy Darby

Tracks 1, 2, 6, and 7 recorded January 25th, 2015 at Canterbury Studios by Jeremy Darby

Track 10 recorded April 11th, 2015 at Alberta House by Neil Whitford

Additional recording February 27th, 2016 at Canterbury Studios by Julian Decorte

Andrew Mullin – mixing engineer tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10
Sam Ibbett – mixing engineer tracks 3, 4, and 9

Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering mojitomastering.com

Graphic Design – Emanuel Alec Ilagan emanuel.ca

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Track Name: 1813 - The Mourning of Neal MacNeal
I inform you of the death of your son,
who died
galliantly fighting
The Yankies landed 2500 men
and we had only 170
to oppose them

He has left a lovely female infant
about nine months old
the mother of his dear child
is left unprovided for

For the child's and your dear son's sake
I beg you
do something for her
pray answer this by return
and believe me
dear sir
Track Name: 1911 - Chinatown
Faces look around
Look at me and say,
There’s another way
And their wandering
This rambling
Losing everything
Slow down.

Traces on the ground
Look at me and say,
“Gotta pave the way”
And their muttering
And their rattling
Losing everything.

Get it, get it now,
Keep my ground
Trust it, get it back down
Hold tightly
keep the pace
run rat’s race
give it, get it back now
Slow down.

I’ll get it, get it now
Keep my ground
Trust it, get it back down
Hold tightly
keep the pace
run rat’s race
give it, get it back now
Track Name: 1930 - Cambrai Avenue
If I walked another path
and chose to love,
I wonder how
things might have been
you in my arms
a shadow on the wall
chasing a memory

Amber light
in the hallway
fire flies
shimmering
bringing you back
to my heart
to my centre
in a dream
innocent

Amber light
in the hallway
fire flies
shimmering
bringing you back
to my heart
to my centre
in a dream
innocent

If I walked another path
and chose to love
well I wonder how
things might have been
you in my arms
a shadow on the wall
chasing a memory
Track Name: 1948 - Honest Ed's
Honest Ed is never right, his bargains are never left
Honest Ed is never right, his bargains are never left
With prices like these, well, it’s practically theft

Honest Ed is repulsive his bargains are appealing
Honest Ed is repulsive, his bargains are appealing
Come in and get lost, don’t mind the dripping ceiling
Never before, never again
These prices are insane

Never before, never again
These prices are insane

Honest Ed’s – the largest self-serve department store in the world
Please don’t bother our help – they have their own problems!
Serve yourself and save a lot of money
It’s fun to shop at Honest Ed’s
There’s no place like this place, ANYPLACE!
How cheap can a guy get? Come in and find out!
Honest Ed’s a nut – but look at the CASHEW save!
Don’t just stand there – BUY SOMETHING!
WORLD FAMOS BARGAIN CENTRE
Come this way you lucky people!
A barraging center like this happens once in a lifetime – sometimes never!
There’s no place like this place – ANY PLACE!
It’s fun to shop at Honest Ed’s!
West building Main floor – health & beauty; film & sundries; TTC tickets and tokens; dental clinic; pharmacy; cashiers
West building Second floor – children’s wear; bedding & rugs; luggage
West building Third floor – ladies wear; shoe department; restrooms
West building basement – hardware & toys; small appliances; pet supplies
East building main floor – gift ware; houseware souvenirs; cashiers
East building second floor – menswear; hair salon
East building basement – groceries; furniture; sports department

Honest Ed’s a freak! Bargains coming out of his ears!
Honest Ed’s a freak! Bargains coming out of his ears!
Come on down to honest Ed’s now, before it disappears.
Come on down to honest Ed’s now, before it disappears.
Come on down to honest Ed’s now, before it disappears.
Track Name: 1838 - Canada Will Yet Be Free
Be of good courage boys
I'm not ashamed of anything I've done
And I'm going to die
like a man

We die in good cause
Canada will yet be free
To give my life by God's command
I leave this troubled Land

Canada Will Yet Be Free
Canada Will Yet Be Free
Canada Will Yet Be Free