Step Right Up

by Inland Island

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released August 29, 2017

"Toxic" music video: youtu.be/21ae91B45M4
"Waste My Time" music video: youtu.be/xVU_RSsXuRE

Recorded and mixed with Peter Woodford at the Bottle Garden
over five days in Montréal, QC/Tiohtià:ke, March-April 2017.

Avalon Rossignol-Tassonyi - vocals, guitar, piano, banjo
Ellen Belshaw - drums, vocals
Jyotsana Singh - bass
Nick Nausbaum - piano, organs, synths, clarinet

Mastered by Josh Boguski
(www.studioparcmastering.com)

Cover photo by Avalon

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Track Name: Moving Forward
I don’t wanna be anyone’s token
I don’t wanna sacrifice a thing
I don’t wanna play anything up
All I wanna do is sing, sing, sing
I’m moving on
I’m moving forward
Someone told me that I’m out of step
I don’t think that that’s exactly true
I’m just dancing to a different rhythm
You can join me if you want to
I’m moving on
I’m moving forward
I’ll dance you’re dance, you dance my dance
We’ll dance a dance, dance together
I’m moving on, I’m moving forward
Track Name: Red Rover
Never Been that good at tying knots,
Not that I didn’t want to
But always got confused
Each step of the way, always slips again,
Or it starts to fray, why not use a chain?
Never been that good at writing plots
Not that I don’t have concepts
Characters just aren’t yet
Developed at all, need to grow from small,
Ideas that crawl, around in my brain
Never been that good at playing slots,
Not that I try it often
But I never have won
Each time pull it down, symbols spin around,
Watch them stopping now, why aren’t they the same?
Maybe I need a four leaf clover,
Or just another thing to do
Never been that good at praying lots
Not that I don’t know God
It’s just we don’t talk often,
Each night passing by, look up at the sky asking
What’s it mean to die? but then it just starts to rain
Never been that good at counting dots
Not that I forget numbers
I just start to wonder
About in between, spaces that I’m seeing
Why not be as keen on what’s just more plain?
Never been that good at cleaning pots
Not that I scrub too soft
But still the grime stays on
What do I do instead, soak it, lay in bed
Come back, excited, still there is a stain
But all these things are like red rover,
I know that I can still get through it,
Through it, through, 3, 4
Track Name: Always Late For Everything
Step right up, step right up,
You’re the next in line
But you’re not even there to hear your name
Missed the bus but saw a friend,
Late for practice but so what
All your bandmates are the same
You don’t even realize if anybody is
Irked by your own apathy
Towards staying on time
Always with your alibis, I believe you plus
What a great excuse but no one’s listening
Cause your always late for everything
Messing up, messing up,
I’m the same as you
I never am prepared ’til it’s too late
Let’s meet up, let’s meet up,
Just tell me 7:45
If you want me there at 8
But if there’s a show tonight, I’ll be there on time
When the doors open, find me inside
But the band’s sound-checking,
Well this is awkward and
Unusual for me what is happening?
Cause I’m always late for everything
Is it something worth changing?
Cause I’m always late for everything
Yeah I'm always late for everything
Track Name: Don't Wait Too Long
Is it ever the right time, to tell a child about the world?
All the hatred and bloodshed through the ages
Is it ever the right time, to tell a child about the land
That gives and gives them so much yet’s so mistreated?
Don’t wait too long, no, no, no
Is it ever the right time, to tell a love one who you are
When they think that they know you but they’re so wrong?
Is it ever the right time, to tell a loved one to ease off
When they haven’t noticed they’re grip’s too strong?
Don’t wait too long, no, no, no
Is it ever the right time, to take a picture off the wall
When it has been hanging there for years?
Is it ever the right time, to take a picture of a cloud
When it keeps a-changing as the sky clears?
Don’t wait too long, no, no, no
And is it ever the right time, to take a look at all you’ve done
In the morning or the evening when you’re so tired?
Is it ever the right time, to take a look at all’s around?
For we are only here for a little while
So don’t wait too long, no, no, no
Don’t wait too long, no, no, no
Track Name: Waste My Time
Waste my time, I don’t want you to
Waste my time, anymore,
Had enough I call your bluff
Why don’t you just, follow your damn dream
You know what I mean,
What is it that you want?
Maybe I just don’t get it
Or I might have just forgot
Waste your time, I don’t want to,
Waste your time anymore,
Been too much not showing up
I guess I’ll just follow my own dream
I know what I need, and this is what I want
There’s something between us,
Is it drywall or a door?
All I’ve figured out for sure,
Is that we stand on the same floor
Track Name: Person
Why do you hate me
Why do you hate me
Why do you hate me
Why do you hate me, Why do you hate me?
You’ve got no reason
You’ve got no reason
I am a person
You are a person, too
So why do you hate me?
Both walk down the same street
You’ve got a bone to pick,
But you don’t have to do that, you don’t have to do that
But there is something, about a child
And the way they look at me, just to see x2
What a person can be, person can be
You are a man
You are a woman
But also a person
Love you for that reason
So why do you hate me?
You really hate me
You’ve got a role to play
But I’m just walking, I’m just walking
Stranger, Danger,
Anger, is Stranger,
Than being kind, than being civil
Track Name: Toxic
I know that you wanna spend as
Much time as you can with me
So if you’re ever in town won’t you
Knock on my door?
But oh the buzzer’s broken and the
Landlord doesn’t come around
Much these days even though he lives
On the first floor
Rescind my offer to you
Not that I don’t wanna see you
It’s just that the last 3 times
Did sort of stink
Why can’t you just open your mind?
Today the cat ate the string that
Held my journal closed
So now you’ll know what I think
I think you’re toxic to me, toxic to me
But toxicity,
Has a half-life, give it a year or two
Has a half-life, willing to see it through
When you’re better I’ll be waiting here for you
Toxic
Track Name: Nina
Nina Simone sang me a song about
The next century and I just can’t wait
Although I know a struggle won’t simply end
‘Cause of something that we demarcate
21st Century, people always talking ‘bout
How it’s supposed to be so great
2016 and I’m only 23 but I don’t
Wanna leave it up to fate
We don’t wanna change the world
We just wanna little part of it
We don’t wanna change the scene
We just want mutual respect between
Artists and people
We don’t wanna change society
We just wanna little recognition
We don’t wanna change the way that we feel
We just wanna stop holding back
Something you said I don’t wanna forget it
I’ll hold onto it for the rest of my life
Cause I don’t wanna feel stressed
Wanna be happy
This world is so heavy but also so perfectly round
So just remember, when you feel heavy
You are also weighing it down
But that is valid and it is okay to feel
All of the ways in a lifetime
I just wanna feel okay
I know that this is the way
Price that I’m willing to pay
I guess I just cannot say what
It means to be a human
I’ve always liked the b-sides
The way that they get more
Sentimental and weird
I’ve always liked the verse 2 when it comes back to
Something we’ve already heard
Can I get an Amen, can I get an A+
Tell me I’m doing something right
Well I guess that the grass is really
Greener on your side ‘cause the
Dirt looks pretty brown here on mine
We don’t wanna change the world
We just wanna be a part of it
We don’t wanna change the scene
We just want mutual respect between
Artists and people
We don’t wanna change society
We just wanna be recognized
We don’t wanna change the way that we feel
We just wanna stop holding back
I’ve always liked the outros
The way that they can close
Off something that one might shirk otherwise
Maybe it’s not over just taking a break ‘cause the
Songwriter is late for work, no surprise.

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