For Dreaming

by Roxanne Potvin

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released March 18, 2016

Olivier Fairfield: drums
Mark McIntyre: bass
Dave Draves: Böhm drum machine programming
Recorded by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn Studios
Bed tracks produced by Dave Draves and Roxanne Potvin
Christine Bougie: Electric guitar, lapsteel and trippy ringy sounds
Recorded by Christine Bougie at home
Roxanne Potvin: lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar, tremolo guitar on For Dreaming, electric
guitar solo on Help Each Other, piano, synth, percussions, handclaps, accordion
Sarah Morasse: background vocals on Little Heartbreaks, Prairie Sunrise, I Thought I'd Miss You, Help Each Other
Andréanne Alain: background vocals on I Thought I'd Miss You, Little Heartbreaks, Help Each Other
Recorded by Roxanne Potvin at home
Chris Gestrin: organ
Recorded by Chris Gestrin at home
David Perreault: bass clarinet
Pascal Lafrenière: french horn
François Viault: bassoon
Written and arranged by Antoine Gratton and Roxanne Potvin
Recorded by Roxanne Potvin and Marc Pérusse at Studio Divan Vert
Leah Dolgoy: harp
Recorded by Roxanne Potvin at her home

Produced by Roxanne Potvin
Additional production and arrangements: Dave Draves, Antoine Gratton
Mixing: David Laurendeau at Cerantola Studio
Mastering: Harris Newman Grey Market Mastering
All songs by Roxanne Potvin
Photography: Maxim Morin
Design: Rodney Bowes

Executive producer: Roxanne Potvin, with the invaluable help of FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada
Special executive producer credit and thanks: Michael Younger

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Roxanne Potvin Montreal, Québec

From the bright, candy-striped grooves that lure us in at the outset to the darkling lavender hues of mélancolie that infiltrate the album like stiff spirits in our pink lemonade, she reminds us that, not only will she always carry a stash of R&B to hit us up with, but she also has a few other tricks up her sleeve. ... more

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Track Name: I Thought I'd Miss You
The art of perception
is an abstract creation
reality takes a backseat to fancy

In love's science fiction there's
quiet deception as we casually trust
the storylines we hear

After some time our tattered clothes soften
and take the shape they've been worn in
Pay it no mind, it's somewhat comfortable
the restlessness an itch under your skin

I thought I'd miss you that night in December
when you walked out in the snow
but now it's summer I still haven't missed you
I feel better than I've ever felt before

Summer's a good time to part with the bad times
the air is sweet with apple trees in bloom
I wish you the best I have no regrets except
Maybe for not leaving you then

It must be the new shades that aren't blue
my new love paints me orange and pink
such changes have come in just a few months
so in love I'm afraid to blink
Track Name: Prairie Sunrise
First steps out of the cold
Riding out here without someone to hold
If I had everything I still wanted more
So I'm leaving it behind be the first one to go

Last night I slept on the train
Dreams as calm as the plains
Wish I could exist and not feel anything
Like out here it's only flat earth for days

Woken up by the Prairie sunrise
Eyes wide open and the ice just cracked
Played out of memories I didn't realize
My heart was frozen over like the train tracks

Out here with nowhere to go
Follow the rails til they get me home
Suddenly beams in my eyes came on
Tracing the darkness from my window

Last night I felt no pain
Through the snow and through the rain
Wish I'd see your face when it's time for bed
I thought I'd gotten used to this loneliness

Woken up by the Prairie sunrise
Eyes wide open and the ice just cracked
Played out of memories I didn't realize
My hear was frozen over like the train tracks
Track Name: Help Each Other
That shitty thing he said to you
I'll remind you why it isn't true

Expired ghosts who pull my toes
are quick to scatter when you show

After your latest flame leaves you flat
I'll call you to say you're better than that cause

Love makes us want to
Help each other out

When life feels like a vacant store front
You'll be looking in to wave me out

Cherry blossoms, pizza sticks
chicken noodle when you're sick

When Tinder's the only thing going on
We'll go out to dance and let our hair down cause

Love makes us want to
help each other out

It's a privilege to dry your tears
if you felt safe enough to cry them here

You'll tell me when I'm messing up
I tend to do that a lot

No matter how much I wanna say you're wrong
I'll shut up when you just need me to listen cause

Love makes us want to
help each other out

No matter the day, no matter the hour
if you need me call my number
Track Name: Little Heartbreaks
This heart is a shrapnel bomb
The first spark can set it off
Sudden tides of emotion swell
It doesn't usually end so well

For every love I leave behind
Pebbles on the path, relics of the past
To touch with a tip of my finger
There's a little piece of me that lingers

Like the stars in a constellation
Tell their stories in weird patterns
My little heartbreaks they shine
Scattered across the night sky

Bite-sized to swallow
Sometimes I wonder how my chest's not hollow
Tiny bruises like bee stings
I've been a hive for these things

Another tear in the fabric
Another patch in the patchwork
I've become the seamstress who
Can have a drink and thread her needle too
Track Name: I Wouldn't Tell You That
There's a hole in my chest like a cave with bats
And beetles no sun only shade

I don't know what it means

But it's there when you leave

Let's keep it light-hearted and dumb
I'll secretly hope you stick around
Keep an eye on the door

Hang out where you might show

It's forbidden, a confidential fact

I want you but I wouldn't tell you that

In my mind I pace the floor hope you'll call
Read between lines what's not there at all

I can't own up to it

You're my shady habit

Because you say you can tell me everything

And it's me you wanna see when your girl's off her hinges
Soon this crumbling shell

Won't hide my secret so well

It's forbidden, a confidential fact

I want you but I wouldn't tell you that

There's a hole in my chest like a cave with bats
And beetles no sun only shade

I think I know what it means

So I really should leave

It's forbidden, a confidential fact

I want you but I wouldn't tell you that
Track Name: The March
Hard rains at dawn
Here I go again
Leaves dead on the ground
What unlikely friends

Freedom stings
It's a pain I know
But this time tears
Make it burn much more

Stop your march my restless heart
Take me back to his loving arms
But if you stop I may never know
What it was you were searching for

Demolition starts
When the walls grow thick
Love me to the door
Love me through the brick

Passion dims
And I thirst for more
But leaving here
Bleeds me to the core
Track Name: Figuring It Out
Have you figured out your ex
Have you figured out dependance
Have you figured out the times
You've been rejected
How long are you gonna spend
Figuring it out

Have you figured out your pain
Have you figured out depression
Have you figured out the ways
Your brother condemns you
How long are you gonna spend
Figuring it out

Have you figured out your plans
Have you figured out the way
Have you figured out the keys
To your escape
How long are you gonna spend
Figuring it out

Have you figured out your mother
Have you figured out your father
Have you figured out how f*&cked you are
Cause of them
How long are you gonna spend figuring it out

Have you figured out your needs
Have you figured out the years
Have you figured out the reason
you don't like it here
How long are you gonna spend
Figuring it out

Have you figured out your boss
Have you figured out your friends
Have you figured out how scared you are
To disappoint them
How long are you gonna spend
Figuring it out

Have you figured out your fear
Have you figured obsession
Have you figured out the habits
Of your protection
How long are you gonna spend
Figuring it out

Have you figured out your grievances
Figured out your blame
Have you figured out the curses
You wish upon them
How long are you gonna spend
Figuring it out

Have you figured out your love
Have you figured out regret
Have you figured out why the two
Get along so well
How long are you gonna spend
Figuring it out
Track Name: Ni Toi Non Plus
Sur un madrier au-dessus de la ruelle
une gymnaste saoule, sans rien qui ne la retienne
la nuit est moîte et les bars sont fermés
je danse pour ne pas céder

Pour ne pas crouler sous ma peine
j'ai peur de tout, mais ici je suis reine
joie illicite, artificielle
loin au-delà des maux de la ville

Joindre les surfaces du néant
dans cette trance je ne remarque pas
je m'éloigne des bordures ça m'est égal
L'ivrogne se croit intouchable

Toi qui m'a glissé entre les doigts
pendue à un câble mal fixé
un harnais qui n'a jamais existé
je virevolte, en larmes détachées

Des passants au sol me supplient de descendre
que c'est dangereux mais j'les ignore
J'invite le danger, je défie les remords, les regrets
J'les emmerde, je veux respirer

Toi toujours droit, tu ne t'aventure pas
À la lisière de l'espace
Tapis dans le confortable, le concret
Le cérébral, le sécuritaire

Le vent se lève j'ai musique à mes pieds
Et je danse le rythme désarçonné
Mes bras ouverts grand battent l'air
Plus mon corps penche par derrière

Puis mon pied glisse et perd la poutre
j'accepte le vide, j'accepte tout
étalée au milieu de la rue
Sans douleur, ni peur, ni toi non plus
Track Name: For Dreaming
I left school at 17 to see the country's coast
that meant more to me than fancy books smart people wrote
I wish I were a renegade but most the time I'm just afraid

I met my boyfriend getting coins at the laundromat
We live in a three room apartment and we fight a lot
some nights I stay up hoping he won't be coming back

Can't stop a bird from singing
Can't blame a girl for dreaming

I never had much ambition I like to sit around
While everyone's running mad trying to get shit done
I noodle on my guitar eat peaches at the park

To my mother I'm a failure, daddy don't care either way
But at the end our street I know the homeless man's name
I always say hello, hope it brightens up his day

Can't stop a bird from singing
Can't blame a girl for dreaming

One day I'll have a kid and I'll show her the things I know
about kindness and taking time to enjoy whats in front of us
I'll be proud of her I'll be a good mother

Listen to the wine talking I must've lost my head
to go home at closing time with a travelling man
when we leave this place tomorrow could I come with you instead

Can't stop a bird from singing
Can't blame a girl for dreaming
Track Name: In Your Sleep
Lying on my back staring at the ceiling fan
Regrets kicking me like an empty beer can
Sleep is busy sedating everyone else
And I'm replaying things I shouldn't have said

It scares me to death when we fight like we did
We get so small close tight as a lid
Each time we agree to climb over that wall
what if one morning you don't want to anymore

So I stay awake watch you drift
exhale the hurt away from all this
hope you believe me when I say I didn't mean it
reach over and kiss your lovely cheek

and the moon takes her bow and the sun comes up
the skin will be tender but we'll work it out
I don't wanna wake you but I wish you would
the sunrise is especially beautiful