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All We Know

by Paper Beat Scissors

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All We Know 03:46
All we know is wrong Got ahead without words At the flag from the start It’s not as much as you’d like But it’s more than enough, thank you very much My conceit has been razed And my folly has crumbled You can leave when you like The halls and the doors haven’t changed Fine, only fine in the measliest sense Pride in these misleading notions All we know is wrong
Seamless down to the core It was the only way to look for a cause Seen sideways, you know it was The making up of a storied paradise That was all it was Send a call out for a place in the soil Eyes glaze over Sliding the stone back on where your ghost should be “Tire me while you can, son” That was all it was It was all it was Is that all it was? It was all it was As high as tired and caught in a fine mess Caught between your rules Cling to virtue But you cannot believe that you’re all that If you’re caught, too We’re here finely, oh, but where we move next? To find you? Calling it on and on and on… Is that all it was? Is that all it was? Is that all it was? It was all it was
Better 03:02
And as their call went quiet into their sighs: to mess it up, is much better And though your dominance would see it as trite, just wash it off, and get better And did the Midas reach right into inside? ‘Ineffable’ would sound better And from the calling ‘round to the way you got down, for all it is, it was better And as the wall was rising, blank as their insides, you pulled it off, you made better Saw the words appeared to form their own style are ours obliged to be better? All that calcifies to hold him in place, and all of us could hold better And you call it on so regular tired, and all of us, we need better The thought is all too easy where it is now, to make it up, to write better ‘Cos we’re our poor relations too many times, we really ought to know better Of all the golden sheets we make it between for all of us we know better And each and every night, get sewn in the seams… And wash it off, can’t wash it off, can’t wash it off…
Didn't Know 03:17
We didn’t learn an awful lot Sweeping up the dust when the ghost is given up Would we even listen, now? Pulling all your punches, you say nothing anyhow Tried hard, but didn’t know Tried hard, but didn’t know anything Frozen at some point long gone Shattered by the thought that the worst of it’s to come Obsessing over all that you lack You can take it forward, but I won’t take it back Fought hard but couldn’t go Fought hard but couldn’t get anywhere Brightly as the hope you hold Leaches through the cracks, through the breaches, through the holes We sorely need to move along Trying to remember we’ve not long until we’re gone Fought hard but couldn’t go Fought hard but couldn’t go anywhere Tried hard but didn’t know Tried hard but didn’t know anything I would listen now
Stand out in the open when affect is low Sit by your shadow, release it and know We’ll make our own way, it suffers to show Slip out the old way, was older, been older Big on the ground Pales in the sky Bid last and won We wait for the dawn to go away Gone and forgotten, we still cling away Thin skin dividing the bed from the clay I don’t mean it all, don’t mind what I say Gone and forgotten
No matter how much, there’s always more of it And a tender touch cleared all of it I said nothing, you said nothing, we did nothing at all Like a maple key graceful in mid-fall But what am I gonna do with everything I know? You set it out in letters, the words at my fingers But now I can’t remember what I touched You throw out the water for the want of a cup As though it didn’t matter if it could be drunk But what am I gonna do with everything I know? What are you gonna do with everything you know? I was staring at you, felt like staring out the window It all becomes true if we say so


released May 19, 2017

Tim Crabtree – voice, guitar, baritone saxophone (4,5), clarinet (4), piano (1), percussion (1,3,4) bass guitar (3,4,5), string arrangement (1,6), woodwind arrangement (4), horn arrangement (5)

Pietro Amato – French horn, horn arrangement (5)
Marshall Bureau – drums (1-5), vibraphone (1)
Sebastian Chow – violin, violin arrangement (1,2)
Michael Feuerstack – electric guitar (3), pedal steel guitar (6)
JJ Ipsen – bass guitar (1,2,3), horn arrangement (4)
Andy Magoffin – alto horn, horn arrangement (4)
Pemi Paull – viola (1,6)

All words and music by Tim Crabtree
except track 6 words and music by Tamara Lindeman

Recorded/engineered by :
Andy Magoffin at House of Miracles, Cambridge, ON (1-6)
Edo Van Breemen at Gold Hippie Studios, Vancouver, BC (1,2)
Tim Crabtree & Steven Newton at Skybarn, Montreal, QC (1-6)
and Heritage Bingo, Montreal QC (1-4)

Mixed by Sandro Perri

Mastered by Andy Magoffin at the House of Miracles

Artwork by Teo Zamudio and Anjela Freyja

Thank yous…

Mama Crab & Papa Crab, Joseph & Anna for everything
Everyone who played on, worked on and provided input and inspiration for these songs

Tamara Lindeman for writing such a beautiful song and letting me sing it
Kyle Cunjak, Gregory Burton, Tanae D, David Moore, Richard Reed Parry

All the friends and listeners that keep making this a reality
Love to all of you

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters


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Paper Beat Scissors Montreal, Québec

Musical monstrosity deposited in Montreal, Quebec after the first years in Burnley, England.

Tim Crabtree’s haunting voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort.
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