Orienteering

by katy bar the door

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Katy bar the door's debut album 'Orienteering' was recorded and produced by Robin Sutherland

Thanks to:
Jenny Sutherland (violin)
Gregor Philp (piano)
Ross Nicoll (equipment)
Kris Keillor (equipment)
Al Paxton (equipment)
Andy Cook (equipment)
Andrew Smith (equipment)
Tom Orr (Funding the Mastering at Abbey Road)

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released 04 February 2013

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Track Name: The Curse
To the north I forged a pathway onto brighter days
To the east I see a coastal lighthouse guide my way
To the left I left a wilderness
a part of me wishes I still belonged to in this south
I keep my past in boxes built to last so don’t let silence drown our sirens

And even if we do capsize
Our hands are bound together in a watery curse
Sink until our fortunes rise leave the coast behind
the distance of the fading light

And even if we do capsize
Our hands are tied together in a watery curse
Sink until our fortunes rise leave the coast behind
the distance of the fading light
Track Name: Fear Liath Mor
We’ll make our way back home we’ll use our maps and compasses to navigate
we’ll build a fire to keep our hopes alive and when the church bells ring a minor place is in sight
a minor place is in sight
we’ll cross the bridge look down to the river and when we get over it we’ll take co-ordinates
begin to recognise surrounding country side, beneath the pylons we spot the coast line
and I swim against the tide

A reflection of my soul in a mirror so I can face it all
Rest in peace these memories and everything you said to me
We sing at last for our souls and nothing pours like blood from holes
We see the world for what it is and we show ourselves as nothing more

They all gathered round to see who’s the first to triumph

A reflection of my soul in a mirror so I can face it all
Rest in peace these memories and everything you said to me
We sing at last for our souls and nothing pours like blood from holes
We see the world for what it is and we show ourselves as nothing more

And you’re a constant reminder of where we went wrong
You’re a shining example to us all of how we could have been so strong
Track Name: Magnets
Well the bright lights of the south have drawn you in
for a restless girl you’ve done quite well
you made a fist of it
let me wash your hands and feet
let me wash your hands and feet of me

But how was I to know you’d been crying all of this time, all of this time
and the kids that lived for 25 years have long since disappeared
under the rubble of the town that killed them

Maybe this time next year we’ll be on the run
We’ll sat on top of table mountain staring at the sun
Let it cleanse our hands and feet
Let it cleanse our hands and feet of me

But how was I to know you’d been crying all of this time, all of this time
and the kids that lived for 25 years have long since disappeared
under the rubble of the town that killed them

oh I think it’s going to rush right through to next year
I think it’s going to change the way we feel about somethings
oh I think it’s going to rush right through to next year
I think it’s going to change the way we feel

Forge a new path way to you in a straight line
Through fears I have of augmented views
the convexed sky collapsed to release the sunlight
and we’ll hold it in our sights until we both go blind
until we go blind
and I’ll see you when the lights go out

oh I think it’s going to rush right through to next year
I think it’s going to change the way we feel about somethings
oh I think it’s going to rush right through to next year
I think it’s going to change the way we feel
Track Name: Let Sleeping Bears Lie
I found a river bend then the sea bed
it offers me comfort where others fear to tread
take down the memories and lay them to rest
because a hibernating bear is better off left

and I was hoping you could point me in the right direction just for a while

because if stones that we throw turn to landslides and bury our hope
and I’ll be our rope to hold on to and never let go
and I wouldn’t thank you for any of this

Circles as I chase my tail
it seems the bread crumbs that I leave are for the wrong trail
cause if I’m the river then you’re the sea bed
leaving me crumbs of comfort in the only place I fear to tread

and I was hoping you could point me in the right direction just for a while

if stones that we throw turn to landslides and bury our hope
and I’ll be our rope to hold on to and never let go
and I wouldn’t thank you for any of this

write down the things you want to say
on stones that we can throw away
and we’ll watch as the ground lifts and falls in our hearts

if stones that we throw turn to landslides and bury our hope
and I’ll be our rope to hold on to and never let go
and I wouldn’t thank you for any of this
Track Name: Catbag
Just figured out I’m on a raft of bricks
floating into the ocean like a stick
and I feel like a cat trapped in a bag
thinking this is the greatest ride I’ve ever had

So here I am building castles in the sand
and there I am like a tidal wave come to wash them all away

and now I’m breaking everything I ever made
turning all my cradles into graves
now I’m lying on my death bed cap in hand
singing this is the life the life I never had

So here I am building castles in the sand
and there I am like a tidal wave come to wash them all away

and if you help me now
then I will let you in
and if the tide goes out
we can begin to re-build them
and if you help me now
then I will let you inside

this is the life, the life I never had
Track Name: Take Aim
Couldn’t feel my fingers feel my toes
and the shrapnel’s left me full of holes
clothes torn apart with chest exposed
in the seething rain my heart corrodes

and I can’t win, win this war
when braver men than me have fought and lost before
and if I win, win this war
then braver men than me have fought and lost before

and the blast lifted me off my feet
into the outstretched arms of recovery
and there’s still fragments buried deep into bone
and for every scar a stories told

but I can’t win, win this war
when braver men than me have fought and lost before
and if I win, win this war
then braver men than me have fought and lost before
Take aim and smile

we’ll wash away thoughts of you never far
away like a winters breath but never too far
and you layer your hands on me
there’s a feeling we could hope for posterity
sometimes the only way is to pull down the sky
and burn everything you know to the ground it’s the only way to start again
Take aim and smile
Track Name: Speed of Light
Run at the speed of light
and don’t look back until you’re out of sight
until your hearts contented
don’t turn around till you’re safe and sound

showers on but you can’t get clean
because their hands are on you
street lights make the shadows come alive
the footsteps from behind you, are quickening

and now your home and sinking in
the bedroom walls are paper thin
you’re hearing voices talk about you
and the car horn ruined the surprise

breathe a sigh of relief you come to your senses
as we try to carry you away
the bitterness has broken you
your body’s used it’s black and blue
you’d give it all to turn back time

look outside your window girl
there’s a world there waiting
do you plan on taking your revenge
or do you plan escaping

cause if we see it through to next year
we might make it out alive
we’ll take it one day at a time
step by step and try by try
but the weekends starting tonight

breathe a sigh of relief you come to your senses
as we try to carry you away
the bitterness has broken you
your body’s used it’s black and blue
you’d give it all

Standing still as statues
in this homemade barricade
and I hope that our bodies collide again

Pray for a miracle
Track Name: The Nearly Men's Society
break into pieces discard what’s left
scatter like ashes of the dead
let the wind do the rest
we go in search of the fragments and what we found
we stuck them down into a book of scrap
like pages from our past

we didn’t always know the words so we just hummed along

now the good times are all gone and I’m glad were moving on
I’ll see you in the next life, I’m sure it won’t be long
because every window closes and every door slams shut
I’m sorry you missed your moment but it’s time we all gave up
and we’ll join the nearly mens society
we’ll all go our separate ways, and we’ll all die quietly
because every windows broken and every door is locked
I’m sorry you missed your moment but it’s better late than never

we didn’t always know the words so we just hummed along

we lost all sense of direction with no maps to read
it didn’t come with instructions, no advice to heed
and if I’m still here in 2 years will you carry me to safety please

Through it all, threw it all away
Track Name: Calculator
If I found a crystal ball would you ask it what the future holds
remember the moral of the story, be careful of what you’re wishing for
and there’s a light up ahead but we closed our eyes to soon
are you letting go or are you holding on too tight

no it doesn’t take a scientist to work out it’s too late
your belly aches, a fire that burns and it is emanating
perspectives changed, the colour drained out of the frame

the future is unclear, it’s cold and calculating
you live in constant fear but death approaches all the same
you keep your distance from me
cause I’m saying things that I don’t mean
and you don’t really need to hear

would I like to live the rest of my life looking over my shoulder
staring back at the things I wish I hadn’t left behind
somewhere there’s a version of me living my life as I should have been
running parallel to this one, running parallel to this one

no it doesn’t take a scientist to work out it’s too late
your belly aches, a fire that burns and it is emanating
perspectives changed, the colour drained out of the frame

the future is unclear, it’s cold and calculating
you live in constant fear but death approaches all the same
you keep your distance from me
cause I’m saying things that I don’t mean
and you don’t really need to hear

this is a call and a response to things we’ll never send
the future stays here on a fairground ride that never ever ends

This is what happened s when you lose somebody you love
you end up lonely and you end up sorry
Raise my hands to the lord
I’ll bring this house down now
I’ve seen so many come and go
I’ve seen so many come and go

the future is unclear, it’s cold and calculating
you live in constant fear but death approaches all the same
you keep your distance from me
cause I’m saying things that I don’t mean
and you don’t really need to hear
Track Name: Maps
When the cold hits your throat and you’re petrified
when your fear turns to hope and the reason you’ve been put here is to die

cause suicides alright in my eyes

well it fell out of your mouth
across the floor into the darkest corner of the deepest hole
it grew arms and legs and hands and feet and even more
until it turned into a monster we couldn’t ignore

and light speeds you and we come up
before we come down
the planets and the moons below us erupt
they’re erupting now
I don’t know when my feeling for you changed
I just know I don’t feel the same

because suicides alright in my eyes

Sweep it under the carpet
keep it under the trap door
paint the elephant in the room the same colours as the walls
take the train to anywhere
let the good times roll
have your hope displaced by fear
have your fear displaced by hope

and light speeds you and we come up
before we come down
the planets and the moons below us erupt
they’re erupting now
I don’t know when my feeling for you changed
I just know I don’t feel the same

Standing on your own
with an ordinance survey map
there’s a broken line
that leads to a railway station
with a hat full of conversations
we’ll find a way to bring you home

Check the time, there’s no way back
I’m standing on a railway track, I know
it leads to nowhere