Bridge of the Sun

by October Gold

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Enzo Paolo Baranelli It's not only acoustic or indie, the album has its personality that goes a long way. I wish to thank Aliza an Kit. Favorite track: Old Stones.
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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
2.
Old Stones 03:54
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
3.
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)
4.
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.
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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.
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10.
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
11.
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…
12.
‘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.

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released July 16, 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
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www.brandonwells.ca
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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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