Gun Shy

by Paper Beat Scissors

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The second single from the upcoming album Parallel Line (Forward Music/SeaYou).


As I saw it no-one called it
Breathe in, hold it, wash over, ignore it
Step back, shaken, voracious, I know

Fully loaded, too anxious to let go

Come down, see now
the rancour that pours out
Comfort is sought out in ways that bring us down
Reach for the wrong side, we’d hold it, but it’s gone

Fully loaded, too gun shy to let go

We look to them for wisdom, but they don’t know

Are all sides cut off?
No-one else to let go of
See now, all that comes off
When we pour out the venom we’ve known
Crawl out, can’t undermine, can’t fall in line, we’d fall apart

Fully loaded, fully empty of all heart


released June 12, 2019
Music and lyrics by Tim Crabtree

Tim Crabtree - Guitar, voice, string arrangement
Sebastian Chow - violin
Pemi Paull - viola
Sage Reynolds - double bass

Recorded by Andy Magoffin (House of Miracles, Cambridge, Ontario), Steven Newton and Tim Crabtree (Skybarn, Montreal)
Edo Van Breemen (Gold Hippie Studios, Vancouver)

Mixed by Dean Nelson
Mastered by Andy Magoffin
Artwork by Huot Vallentin




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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