Bridge of the Sun

by October Gold

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released 16 July 2013

Produced by October Gold, Duncan Ferguson, and Brandon Wells
Engineered by Brandon Wells, Duncan Ferguson, and Kit Soden
Mixed by Duncan Ferguson and Brandon Wells
Mastered by Ryan Morey
Recorded at McGill University Studios in Montréal, Quebec,
and in Montgomery Center, Vermont
Music by Kit Soden, lyrics by Steven Erikson, songs arranged by October Gold
Album Artwork and Design by Taryn Kneteman
Photos by Kit Soden and Emily Soden

October Gold:

Kit Soden – guitar, vocals
Aliza Thibodeau – violin, vocals, ukulele, piano, analog synth

Guest Musicians:

The Bombadils
Evan Stewart – bass, vocals
Luke Fraser – mandolin, guitar, vocals
Sarah Frank – fiddle, banjo, vocals
Anh Phung – flute
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Steph Diamant – bass
Peter Colantonio – drums
Chris Olsen – drums, percussion
Kyle Stanfield – percussion
(cymbals, air, keys, couch, wall, suitcase, globe, etc.)
Sarah Belle Reid – trumpet
Erin Schwabe-Fry – french horn
Emily Lair – french horn
Kathleen de Caen – cello
Thomas Fortner – cello
Stephen Spencer – piano
James Kelly – vocals
Kay Maysek – vocals

Alderbrooke Records, Montréal, QC, Canada
Copyright © 2013 October Gold – All rights reserved
www.octobergold.cominfo@octobergold.com

www.stevenerikson.com
www.drobbferguson.com
www.brandonwells.ca
www.ryanmoreymastering.com
www.tarynkneteman.com
www.emilysoden.com
www.thebombadils.com

October Gold would like to thank Bob and Corinne, Tom and Tania, and all the rest of our family and friends for their love and support. A big huge thank you to Duncan and Brandon for their tireless hours and hard work making this album come to life, to McGill University and the SR program for the use of the fantastic studios and halls, and to our talented musical friends who grace these tracks. Thank you to Steve for the inspiring poems, and to the Malazan fans for their support. And thank you to Taryn for the beautiful album artwork.

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October Gold Montréal, Québec

October Gold, an alt-folk duo based out of Montreal, is the latest collaboration of singer/songwriter Kit Soden and his partner in music (and life), violinist Aliza Thibodeau. This marriage of Soden's folksy roots and Thibodeau's classical sensibilities has created a unique sound described as "painting your imagination with song."

October Gold recently released their sophomore album in July 2013.
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Track Name: Song of the Last Prayer
Down on the strand where the sea meets the land
Where fishermen kneel over wounds that won’t heal
And the water weeps at the end of the day
In the mirror you walk away
 
Among the red trees and the long dead leaves
The axeman wanders but cannot remember
And the earth runs like tears and will not stay
In the mirror you walk away
 
Soiled the sacrament and broken the monument
Sullied the sculpture and soured the rapture
Beauty lives but brief its stay
And in the mirror you walk away
 
Gods will give and then take away
If faith tastes of blood
drink deep when you pray
Beauty lives but brief its stay
And when it all goes away
and there’s nothing left to save
In the mirror you walk away
In the mirror you walk away
Track Name: Old Stones
The old stones of this road
have rung with iron 
black-shod hoofs and drums
where I saw him walking
up from the sea between hills soaked red 
in sunset he came, a boy among the echoes
of warrior ghosts he came to pass 
on this road of stone--
the boy walks 
another soldier, another one 
bright heart not yet cooled 
to hard iron
Track Name: Bridge of the Sun
I was down where the river ran
Running no more
Recall that span of bridge?
Gone now the fragments grey
And scattered on the sand
Nothing to cross
You can walk the water’s flow
Wending slow into the basin
And find the last place where
Weather goes to die

(On the bridge of the sun
The bridge of the sun)

If I see you hove into view
I’ll know your resurrection’s come
In tears rising to drown my feet
In darkening sky
You walk like a man burned blind
Groping hands out to the sides
I’d guide you but this river
Will not wait
Rushing me to the swallowing sea
Beneath fleeing birds of white

(On the bridge of the sun
The bridge of the sun)
Track Name: Dust of Dreams
None to witness.
Dust of dreams,
dust of all that we never achieved.
Dust of what we might have been
and what we cannot help but be.

Will you hear?
Will you listen?

There are none to look upon us now,
none to see us,
none to wonder
at who shaped us with such loving hands

None to witness.
Dust of dreams,
dust of all that we never achieved.
Dust of what we might have been
and what we cannot help but be.

Will you hear?
Will you listen?

Statues are never mute.
Their silence is a roar of words.
Track Name: Forests in Retreat
There was a love once
I shaped it with my hands
Until in its forms
I saw sunlight and streams
And earthy verges sweet with grass

It fit easily into my pack
And made peaceful
The years of wandering
Through forests in retreat
And the torrid river's tragic flow

On the day we broke
Upon the shores of a distant land
I fled cold
Fighting curtains of ash
Up through the snows of the pass

And now as my days lower
Into the sleep of regret
I dream of fresh clay
Finding these old hands
And the wind sings of love
Track Name: Weathered Wings
The faces all in rows will wait
As I take each in my hands
Remembering what it is
To be who I am not.
Will all these struggles
Fade into white?
Or melt like snow on stone
In the heat of dawn?
Do you feel my hands?
These weathered wings
Of dreams of flight
Are gifts worn down.
Still I hold fast and climb sure
Through your eyes
And we journey without a step
What I dare you to lose
I surrendered long ago
But what I dare you to find
Must I then lose?
In these rows there are tales
For every line, every broken smile
Is a weathered wing
Of dreams of flight
And gifts worn down.
Draw close then
And dry these tears
For I have a story to tell
Track Name: You Will Take My Days
Whatever we're left with
can only be enough,
if in the measure of things
nothing is cast off,
discarded on the wayside
in the strides that keep us clear
beyond the smoke and grief
into a world of shocked birth
opening eyes upon a sudden light.
And to whirl then in a breath
to see all that we have done,
where the tombs on the trails
lie sealed like jewelled memories
in the dusk of a good life's end,
and not one footprint beckons
upon the soft snow ahead,
but feel the sweet wind caress.
They will take from us
all that we cradle in our arms
and the burden yielded
will make feathers of my hands,
and the voices drifting down
are all that we're left with
and shall forever be enough

Feel the sweet wind caress
Track Name: All the Colours
Let the sun warm the day.
If light holds all the colours
then see the union as pure.
Walk the stone and burden of the earth
with its manes like cats lying in wait
as the wind slips silken
round the curl of your vision.

Let the sun warm the day
armoured against all argument,
solid in sanctity to opinion.
The hue does not deceive 
and the blur hides no thought
to partake of the masses in the sky
lowering horizon’s rim
where each step is balanced 
on the day's birth.

Wake to warmth of the sun.
It knew other loves past
and stole all the colours
from eternal promises.
The dust only flows to life 
in the lost-treasure golds of light
Hold to nothing new
for even the new is old.

You have walked this way before,
in future's perfect shadows.

Let the sun bring forth the day
until what is lost returns.
Track Name: Teller of Tales
I will walk the path forever walked
Though my time is short
As if the stars belong
Cupped here in my hands
Showering out these pleasures
That so sparkle in the sun

I will walk the path forever walked
One step ahead of you
And one step behind

But here on the path forever walked
The old will lie itself anew
We can sigh like kings
Resplendent in imagined worth

I will walk the path forever walked
Though my time is short
As if the stars belong
Cupped here in my hands
Showering out these pleasures
That so sparkle in the sun

To make this path forever walked
Behind you behind me
Between the steps past, the steps to come
Look up look up once
Before I am gone
Track Name: Stone Whispers
Stone whispers
Patience
But we take chisel in hand
Child begs
Not yet
But the sands have run out
Sky cries
Fly
But we hold our ground
Wind sings
Free
But roots bind us down
Lover sighs
Stay
But we must be gone
Life pleads
Live
But death is the dream
We beg
Not yet
But the sands have run out
Stone whispers
Patience…
Track Name: Where Ravens Perch
‘Upon this bridge we sat
Since the dawn's bleak arrival,
Our perch of despond so weary and worn,
And you we watched, at first a speck
Upon the strife-painted horizon

So tortured in your tread as to soak our faces
In the wonder of your will, yet on you came
Upon two sticks so bowed in weight
Seeking, say you, the best in us

And now we have seen in your gift
The best in us, and were treasures at hand
We would set them humbly before you,
A man without feet who walked a road.’

Now, soldiers with kind words are rare
Enough, and I welcomed their regard
As I moved among them, 'cross the bridge
And onward to the long road beyond

I travel seeking the best in us
And one day it shall rise before me
To bless this journey of mine, and this road
I began upon long ago shall now end
Where waits for all the best in us.