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The Beauty We've Found

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released October 12, 2018

All songs by Pascale Picard
except "In Town" composed by Mathieu Cantin and Pascale Picard

Produced and arranged by Antoine Gratton

Pascale Picard: Acoustic guitar, vocals

Antoine Gratton: Piano, acoustic guitar, bass, bass synth, organ, vocals, string arrangements

Simon Pedneault: Guitars

Marc Chartrain: Drums, programming

Strings:
Quatuor Esca
Amélie Lamontagne, Violin I
Edith Fitzgerald, Violin II
Sarah Martineau, Viola
Camille Paquette-Roy, Cello

Choir:
Quartom
Julien Patenaude
Benoît Leblanc
Philippe Martel

Recorded and engineered by Guillaume Chartrain and Éric Rathé
Mixed by Guillaume Chartrain
Mastered by Richard Addison

Recorded at Studio B12, Valcourt and Studio Dandurand, Montreal

Artwork: Caroline Jean
Graphic Design: Valérie Paquette

Management: Viviane Giguère
Production: Simone Records

Booking: info@9evague.com

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Track Name: Waltzing Disappointments
Oh no, the first snow
Is peacefully lying on the grass
Oh no, I see
November gets ready for the ball

Did you stop to breathe?
As if you were trying to hear my heartbeat
And my other waltzing disappointments
Did I stop to breathe?
As if you were trying to take my heartbeat

Whose hand is this?
Pulling me once again into darkness
Oh no, I can't see
This black hole is sucking out all the light

Did you stop to breathe?
As if you were trying to read my heartbeat
And my other waltzing disappointments
Did I stop to breathe?
As if you were trying to take my heartbeat

Oh no, I see
My pale reflection in the ice
Oh no, it seems
I can’t recognize my own voice
Track Name: Smoke and Mirrors
I've grown tired of smoke and mirrors and mysteries
I'll do the talking while you stare at your feet
It took years to find my own voice now I can't stop it
Listen to me

How I felt alive by the warmth of your skin
I swallowed your lies cause you've got your reasons
But I cut myself in half and count the rings
This has gotta end

I know, I know these walls you're building
But by now I'm sure they don't keep you safe
They don't keep you safe

You've had all the pieces to knock me off my game
But I am not as blind as you think I am
Through all the twists and turns, and the fooling around
You never let me win

I know, I know it's not me you're playing
But by now I'm sure I've got everything,
Everything to lose

I've grown tired of smoke and mirrors and mysteries
Crying got the sad out but we ran out of tears
It took years to make a choice and I'm a coward to leave
You gotta forgive me
Please forgive me

I'm sure, I'm sure there's love behind these walls
But by now I know you won't let me in
You'll never let me in
Track Name: Too Little Too Late
You've got to turn around
You’ve got to turn around
To see the road you've walked

The clock is ticking down
The clock is ticking down
Counting the time you've lost

Why do you make it so hard?
Why do you make it so hard?

The memories will blur
Until they disappear
But the feeling’s still clear

You don't have to go home
You don't have to go home
But you can't stay here

Why do you make it so hard?
Why do you make it so hard
To love you?
But still we do
Track Name: La tempête
J'en veux au ciel qui tombe sur ma tête
Aux vagues qui valsent (sans toi)
À l'orage qui passe
Quand la rage casse
Tout en moi

J'en veux pas des années qu'il me reste
À quoi bon si c'est sans toi?
J'en veux pas
(De l'avenir qui s'dessine
Tout en noir)

Quand finalement la nuit tombe
Je sais qu'une autre se lèvera
Seul à la fin du monde

En espérant que fonde la peine,
Se calme la tempête sous mon toit
À la fenêtre
J'attends que tu
Ne reviennes pas

À chaque lumière du jour
Je reprends le combat
Seul au bout de l'amour

J'en veux pas des années qu'il me reste
À quoi bon si c'est sans toi?
J'en veux pas
(De l'avenir qui s'dessine
Tout en noir)

On ne retient pas le soleil au sol
Mais dis-moi qu'il reviendra
Ne me laisse pas
Ne me laisse pas
Track Name: Rock Bottom
It was four in the morning when he knocked on my door
"I'm sorry to wake you up, I was about to pass by your porch
But then I saw the light.
It's my first visit here, could you show me around?
I've always feared the city and I'm terrified to face it before the dawn"
I feel you my friend, one never chooses to come to Rock Bottom

So John and I left the house for some action
And when we got on the main street
I was about to pass by Ol’ William
But John asked me to pull over
He said, "If I was him I'd like someone to stop"
So we stopped

Old Dirty William asked for a couple of bucks:
"Sorry lad it ain’t been my year,"
He said, "I'd trade one of your worst days for one of my best, anytime"
"Well, we're not gonna fight over who's the most miserable,
Jump in the car"

And just when I think we've hit Rock Bottom
We ain’t seen nothing yet

The Three Musketeers wandering around
Passed you in your bright skinny dress on the side of the road,
Waiting for a miracle
I called out to you that we’re all in the same boat
Brothers in pain and sisters in misery
Hoping salvation is out there beyond the yellow brick road

But just when we thought we were out of Rock Bottom
It might have only been the eye of the storm

Up there someone's laughing their ass off
"Go ahead, make plans, and keep raging when they blow up in smoke
As if you've got it all under control"
And don’t forget to stop by our gift shop
But if you've learned nothing from it now
Well we'll see you again soon
'Cause no matter where you are, you're two steps from Rock Bottom
Track Name: The Beauty We've Found
The seasons change
The flowers wither
I believe we should
Stop and smell the roses
'Cause maybe this time
It won't blow up in our faces
And if it does, we'll gather up the pieces

But now let ourselves be drawn
To the beauty we've found
It comes and goes
Sometimes even vanishes away

Or find ourselves alone
Hiding from heartbreak
It comes and goes
But true love's a needle in the hay

The faces change
But the thorns remain
Wild roses keep growing
Though you look away
And maybe this time
It will blow up in our face
But only to fall back into place
Track Name: In Town
There's no need to talk about it, I know
Seven hours between us and we both hate to talk on the phone
So can't this wait until I'm back home?

'Cause if I was there with you now it would be different
I would quietly hold you tight, 'cause sometimes there's just nothing to say
When I'm close I understand your silences but with the distance…
You have no idea how hard I wish I could be with you now, 'cause if I was

You wouldn't be sobbing to that guy about how your boyfriend's a selfish asshole
And he wouldn't be there stealing the space I can't fill, auditioning for my role
I could choose to drop it all, well, fuck it I’m not
I busted my ass to get everything that I've got

Five in the morning, we're seven in a van, back on the road again
Do you really think I'm only doing it for fun?
The places I visit, the people I meet, I wish you could see that too
My memories, I wish I could share them with you

So that's why as soon as I get enough money in this wallet
I’ll buy a ticket for you to fly away from all these stupid things you wanna be,
From everything you're building without me

Just so you know, I'll be in town tomorrow
Are you still mad I chose not to choose what I already had?
Please tell me our love is never gonna fade
Tell me you still want to fight for that conviction we once had
That our love's gonna be strong enough to do better
Than all these broken-hearted long distance lovers

Yes I get to meet other girls, yes they're hot and breezy
Yes sometimes when I get drunk it's getting harder and harder
'Cause yes, they are more fun than you are
Maybe there's some charm in not winning all the time
"Why didn't you return my calls?"

No I won't tell you the truth, you couldn't handle it
Anyway with you it's all about what you want to believe
Yeah we’re in a strip club but I swear I’m not looking, babe
Fuck the size of her boobs, I'll always prefer yours

Just so you know, I'll be in town tomorrow
Are you still mad I chose not to choose what I already had?
Please tell me our love is never gonna fade
Tell me you still want to fight for that conviction we once had
That our love's gonna be strong enough to do better
Than all these broken-hearted long distance lovers

Last time I saw you and the baby at the church
Seemed nothing had changed
But when I signed the papers
They'd put "God" before "father"
Maybe the least selfish thing I've ever done
Was to get out of the way and tell you to run

And by the way, I was in town yesterday
But I couldn’t find the strength to stop by
And stare at all that I chose to leave behind
How I feel about you is never gonna change
If everything's spinning around
I'll stand still on my own solid ground
But I guess love was not enough for us
Track Name: Witch Hunt
You keep your thoughts
To yourself
You hold my hand
'Cause who you are
Is weirding them out

They're throwing rocks
A witch hunt
And they won’t let you
Out of the box
They put you in

Hope you'll get out of here alright
Hope you will break free and into the light
I know you went to hell and back

You cover up
What you feel
'Cause they won't stop
Until
The shine in your eyes fades away

There's life beyond
This youth
But if it does
Kill you
How will it make you any stronger?

Hope you'll get out of here alright
Hope you will break free and into the light
I know you went to hell and back

There's a life beyond this one
There's a light beyond this one
There's a life beyond this one
But first you've got to

Get outta here, alright
You've got to break free into the light
And find a way through Hell and back

There's a life beyond this one
Track Name: Whole
I can't say it all makes me proud
But I believe I've always tried
To play the hand I was given

Darling most of the time
I can tell we’re slowly dying
from what we're ashamed of

But now feel at home

Darling most of the time
I can tell you that we die
From what we don't overcome

You're perfect just the way you are
The only one standing in your way is you

But now feel whole

I wish someone told you before
That you're perfect just the way you are
But because we only take the love
We think we’re worthy of
I will love us for two

Until you feel whole

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