Under A Falling Building and Out The Other Side

by Cedric Noel

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Some success. I have made some space in my mind for some new lyrical musings. These feels as direct, honest and humorous as I have ever attempted to be. They feel and make me feel fragile, real and imperfect. Imperfect in the best of ways I think? My hope with this collection is that they feel like a moment. Something singular in appearance but plural in depth and density. I have found imperfection is so important and necessary. A broad description of the lives we are fortunate to go through, the people we get to meet and the moments we get to share with them. Mistakes are sometimes deliberate, sometimes accidental and hopefully tolerable. Here is another record. Of a moment. Thank you. Again and always. For listening.

Here are the folks and their albums that both guided me on the path I'd carved out for myself and threw me off course only to search for more density in the songs I was creating in a very blurry three week period last fall:

The Afterglows - The Afterglows

Hello Shark - Delicate

Florist - Holdly EP

Dear Nora - Mountain Rock

Julie Byrne - Julie Byrne

Mount Eerie - Live in Seattle, Sept. 7th, 2013

Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom

Tamia - Tamia

Sufjan Stevens - Michigan

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released February 7, 2017

all songs written by Cedric Noel
performed and recorded by Cedric Noel on De Mentana, Saint Hubert and Glynn
percussion on 2, 3, 4, 7, 10 by Scott Cuzner
guitars, bass, vocals, piano, organs by Cedric Noel
photography by Brendan MaGee
Thanks to Kim and Emile for putting up with uncontextualized notes and sighs of frustration, Scott for your patience and your headphones, Brendan for your infinite wisdom and guidance in this crazy music buiz world.

Front Porch Records - FPR007

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Track Name: Pinned Under A Falling Building
Why don't you change your mind?
I say into a speaker in the back of my mind
Leave it behind, I want to make it feel like you've replied
And I am inside the speaker phone that keeps us intertwined
Running behind, I tried to make you listen but you run wild

If I wanted to, I wouldn't say so
If you've lost your point of view
It's never the same,
I'm too lost to stay
It's all right to say

Why don't you change your mind?
I say to the speechless you running blind
Have we fallen behind?
If eyes can say what you really want to be
Were we ever entwined?
Or a pause from the soot we desperately wanted to leave
Taken inside, you slip through the cracks as I run wild

If I wanted to, I wouldn't say so
If you've lost your point of view
It's never the same,
I'm too lost to stay
It's all right to say

Why don't you change your mind?
I say into the speakers blasting outside
"We've fallen behind"
I feel you pull your punches for the last time
Track Name: Albany
Albany, I am lost inside a dream
Where you seem to be running after me
And I feel a pull coming overseas
Pushing me to change the course I'd seized

Why don't you say so?
"If you don't"
I couldn't let go

If you won't talk about it
Then I won't want to shout it
If you won't talk about it
Then we'll both run around it

Now I see a friction growing underneath
Tension built, to withstand the changing breeze
But Albany, I am stuck inside your seems
Cut me loose, finally to breathe

Why don't you say so?
"If you don't"
I couldn't let go

If you want to talk about it
Then we can't run around it
If you want to talk about it
Then we'll both have to shout it

It's not the exact picture that I had built
But it's one I've always felt
Track Name: Shape A Mirage
Why do you feel like I've realized all your patterns in this changing season?
Try to analyze the sign of the time that keeps me in rewind
Find, then to keep the bittersweet afternoons of pleasure
Right underneath all the sheets that we walked home to together

Call out the ones that kept you from a lasting forever
Face all the facts to then retract all the guilt you'd measured
For all the dudes and their hues, made of synthetic pleather
Shape a mirage, forget the shades, just picture perfect colours

Why did you say that you want stay?
If you want to stay
Then you want to stay
Track Name: Straight Through The Thoughts Brought Up At Bed Rest
Imbue ya, into ya
I'd like to see straight through you in the morning time
When we still aren't blinded by the sun
To you and through you
I'd like to see within you with our evening minds
When we still aren't blinded by ourselves

You don't you expect me to dance
To the tune of everyone else's demands
You don't leave it to chance
Or take from anyone else's plans

Helped me, not shelved me
You're not the one who found me floating by, on the honey side of the your croon
Away from a weightless and faithless distance when you do remind
That our thoughts aren't blinded by the sun

You don't expect me to dance
To the tune of everyone else's demands
Then, I've expose all my lacks
For you to see, are all my stutters and cracks
Track Name: Target Practice In The Dark
The water dripped down, slow, on to your face
From the reddest tree, leaves fall to it's base
Slow slow slow, we know
"I don't wait for snow" you said
"I don't mind it taking it's time to grow"
From the ground up it snuck
Then onto our windows
When for another time
We let our minds go
Track Name: Spun and Still Beholden
Do you believe in the past that you've chosen?
Free to conceive in a life you're supposing
Isn't as free as the path you're proposing
Will you leave once the ice has unfrozen?

There isn't a catch to the path less stolen
From the ones spun and still beholden
To a past more cold, bare and frozen
Are you the rat that steals all that we're holding?

Do you want to talk?
Or do you want to listen?

It's a start
Track Name: In Your Eyes
It's in your eyes
I see it all the time
Through their size

It's in your smile
Wondering, through the night
Wondering, through my mind

It's in the light
That you bathe in
All our life
Pondering
Track Name: Next Year's Parties
I hear you're doing well
There have been all of us that have been through hell
I hear you're doing fine
There hasn't been a lot of space between you from my mind

And I still can't breathe
Comfortably at my ease
So I might be back next year

Truth be told I fell
For the likes of us we knew so well
Such a simple find
There haven't been a lot of months between yours and mine

When the snow falls at ease
Comfortably at my feet
So I might be back next year

So I might be back next year
If the winter stays so clear
I've got nothing to fear
I might be back next year
Track Name: See If The Tape's Okay When We Go Back Far Enough
The better part of another start is that it keeps me whole
And gives me control of what I want
The feeling that never parts is a sum total
Of a life so full of lost energy

Yet it keeps me whole
And it gives me control
Yes it keeps me whole
And it gives me control

Is everyone in their little stars a failure still?
But I'm not at will to gift us both
Do you premeditate the failure
And the dangerous cost of everything?

Yet it eats me whole
As it feeds me control
Yet it eats me whole
As it feeds me control

As it eats me whole
Track Name: And Out The Other Side
I couldn't say it
You're light made me choke
I couldn't face it
It took me by surprise
If you are naked
With emotion, it leaves me whole
I couldn't face it
Your light made me choke

I don't like it when you leave
I couldn't face you in my sleep
I just like it when you're a face that I can see
A calm that never flees

I couldn't take it
I was blinded by my mind
If I could name it
Was it too far or too precise?
I felt it
Brushing up against me
Fresh judgement
There wasn't a word that I could breathe

I don't like it when you leave
I couldn't face you in my sleep
I just like it when you're a face that I can see
A calm that never flees
A fate that I could seize
Was pressing up on me
A face that I could see
You're not a face that I could leave

I couldn't say what I didn't say to you