Constellations

by Flites

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The Magnetic North was the old name of our band. This record is really good. We had a nomination for a Western Canadian Music award, and played some really great concerts.

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released 27 October 2011
Paul van Kampen

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Flites Calgary, Alberta

Dan Wilson and I (Paul van Kampen) decided to start a band called Flites. I've been playing piano for a long time, and Dan is a great drummer. We've played in other bands, but for once we just wanted to focus entirely on making great music, and hopefully not much else. What you are going to hear is the absolute best we can do - I promise. If you like it, buy a song so we can make even more! ... more

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Track Name: When You're Gone
Can I delay the dawn
Can I block out the warmth of the rising sun
When that first light hits the sky
There's only a few moments before you say your goodbyes.

My God sad hours seem long (It's the length of the days that are killing me)
And the emptiness of this house weighs a tonne (Oh, it weighs me down)
Your patience shows how strong you are
If I gather all the pages for a journal of

All of the pieces I've written, the places that I lived in and you were right there beside me, the girl on my arm
For our son and our daughter, come hell or high water I need you to be there beside me, I hate when you're gone.

When you're gone

When I woke up all alone it gave me such a fright.
I was confused, couldn't tell if it was day or night.
I started looking for the morning light.
It never came, my waking nightmare never left my sight.

All of the pieces I've written, the places that I lived in and you were right there beside me, the girl on my arm.
For our son and our daughter, come hell or high water I need you to be there beside me, I hate when you're gone.

Please stand beside me, I hate when you're gone
Track Name: The Birds
Listen to the chorus of the birds who make their homes here
The trees that house the birds bend and sway in the endless day, the endless day
On this grass I fell in love with you, when I wasn't supposed to
One long walk through cemetery hill in the freezing cold, the freezing cold. The cold, the cold, the cold.

I was ready to wait for a lifetime for you to come to a sad kind of love that was so sad it had to be true

Endless talks of people from the past who we grew tired of
How we learned to make the evenings last, and last.
Last and last and last.

I was ready to wait for a lifetime for you to come to a sad kind of love that was so sad it had to be true
A sad kind of love that was so sad it had to be true
Track Name: Right or Wrong
I've worked too hard for too many years
to be gripped with fear
I can't believe we crossed that line
and I can't hold you near, no

I knew the tide was coming to take us under the wave
Oh, the sky is bruised and swollen
Yeah it's beggin' to rain upon us
You turn your eyes away
Tell me everything is gonna' be okay when I'm gone
Don't try to prove me right or wrong

I knew the tide was coming to take us under the wave
Oh, the sky is bruised and swollen
Yeah, it's beggin' to rain upon us
You turn your eyes away
Tell me everything is gonna' be okay when I'm gone, but don't try to prove me right or wrong
Right or wrong
Right or wrong
Right or wrong
Right or wrong
Track Name: Lonely Ranger
Lonely ranger of the wooded south
You missed the north star in the clouds
Mountain creatures are breathing soft
Their ghostly voices above the tops

Skipping stones that I step over
Daylight breaking, your still holding on
You look at how we're growing older
You are all that I can rely on

There, a sailor on the stormy blue
Watch as the lighthouse falls out of view
Look at what I put you through
Loving me, it ain't easy to do, no

Skipping stones that I step over
Daylight breaking, you're still holding on
You look at how we're growing older
You are all that I can rely on

Anna read this letter, let me try to make it better
Anna read this letter, let me try to make it better
Anna read this letter, let me try to make it better
Anna read this letter, let me try to make it better
Track Name: Rowboat
In that old wooden row boat
You saw a pirate ship
The arms of the backyard poplar
Were the waves of my childhood

A bucket that hung off the portside
An anchor was cast overboard
On a sea that would soon be my whole life
And on this old boat I set my course
And under your watch I push offshore

With everything you gave to me
I'll bring it to my family

Take me back on your shoulders
Take me for a walk in the park
We'll play hide and seek when I'm older
And I'm not so scared of the dark
When I'm not so liable to fall

With everything you gave to me
I'll bring it to my family

'Cause by your lesson I'm a hero for my children
And they will see me in the same light I see you
I want to take the time to tell you how I'm feeling or...

I may never get it out
I may never get it out
All the love that I have for you
All the love that I have for you
All of the love I have for you

With everything you gave to me
Everything you gave to me
Everything you gave to me
Track Name: Carousel
You're sweet smile fills the house up to the rafters
I could float off on the sound waves of your laughter
Tell me something that you may not be proud of
After all, I'm here to break your fall

I can see now that you learned to stop confiding
Freedom gained by burning in a martyrs hell
There is nothing that can stop your spinning mind
after all this is a Carousel

Give me more time, I need more time, Give me more time
Anna
Give me more time, I need more time, Give me more time
Anna
Give me more time, I need more time, Give me more time, I need more time, Give me more time
Give me more time, Give me more time, Give me more time.

Few and far between are good times when we get them
Careful not to let these moments lose momentum
The cards are out once I admit them to myself
After all I'm here to break you fell

Give me more time, I need more time, Give me more time
Anna
Give me more time, I need more time, Give me more time
Anna
Give me more time, I need more time, Give me more time, I need more time, Give me more time
Give me more time, Give me more time, Give me more time.

Give me more time, Give me more time, Give me more time, Give me more time

Gotta sleep it off. Gotta sleep it off.

I can see your head is spinning, running over things I've said. Oh you think I don't pay attention... but I'm telling you that I did.

I need some time on my own
Track Name: This New Mentality
Back in the basement like a tomb
The furnace bleeding light into the room
A calming sigh, a beckoning, a tempting sacrificial offering
And like a mop, I soak it up, the fear the pain that sang inside the flame
I was a child, I was a child it wasn't me who took your life away
I was a child, only a child. It wasn't me who took your life away

You see how it eats me up
See how it eats me up
See how it eats me up

I can't believe what I don't see and close my eyes to opportunity
While you were waiting patiently for me to have this new mentality
The sun could shine or it could rain, and either way these puddles still remain
I was a child, only a child, it wasn't me who took your life away


You see how it eats me up
See how it eats me up
See how it eats me up

Yeah, it was never my intention to push it this far
Yeah, it was never my intention to push it this far
Yeah, burning embers hanging from a hazy dwarf star

See how it eats me up
See how it eats me up
See how it eats me up
Track Name: Choir Boy
If you could let me in
Let me in to your thoughts, your sentiments
I'm riddled with sin
Like my soul has my body from a fishing line

Could you lend me your ears
This is a part of a book I've been reading
All you have to do is sit there a listen
I'll keep reading until you've forgiven me

So maybe I'm ungrateful
For living in your shadow
Oh, that's just what I'm made of

But haven't I been faithful
I'm not trying to turn tables
Oh, that's just what I'm made of
Made of
Made of

If you could let me in
'Cause I won't last long in the cold of your shadow
Track Name: My Fate
I stepped up to the edge, but never looked down
Before you had me in your arms, my solid ground
I stepped up like a criminal, I stuck my neck out
Await something beautiful

You are my fate, you're my fate.
You took your chances and I won't be your mistake
You're my fate, because you saw through me, I love you more than my heart can take

I stepped into a light, a blinding white light
Before I could shield my eyes day became night
Your hand cool comfortable
I was content. Await something beautiful.

You are my fate, you're my fate
You took your chances and I won't be your mistake
You're my fate
Because you saw through me I love you more than my heart can take

Since you're here now I know that you won't wait
You better act now, there's no time to hesitate
You are my fate, you're my fate
You took your chances and I won't be you're mistake
You're my fate
Because you saw through me, I love you more than my heart can take.
Track Name: Falling Rain
Temperamental tides are
Rolling like a freight car
to the bay
to a cove embrace

Seductively the sunset
And a breeze that left her cheeks wet
drew her in, and caressed her skin

falling rain
The roaring calmness took her head
and lay her out on the sea bed
When in her lungs the air grew thin
The roaring tide that held her tight
Tucked her in