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4​:​37am (Things That Follow)

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One of my favourite times of day is dawn. Particularly if I stayed up all night with a good group of friends – that crisp air on the way home seems to cleanse even the dirtiest of streets. This song is about that time of day and how it feels, in a figurative sense. There are two ideas here: not letting my own tribulations and rejections define me as a person, and not letting the problems of the world define humanity as hopeless. I choose to live in hope. I was originally trying to write full English lyrics to this, but English words just didn’t seem to produce the right type of sounds for the verse. The inclusion of the erhu (a bowed Chinese instrument) adds a really unique texture over the whole song, and it’s one of my proudest artistic choices. I love how the instrument quivers, as if it is not completely sure of itself. It’s also the only song where I utilize an alternate tuning for the guitars. In the verses, I talk about several things: dawn and the feeling it gives; the more you’re fearful the more you’ve isolated yourself; and also about the warmth that comes from the potential we carry in each moment that we live.

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暁の花咲き、光の中
人ごみを割り抜け、一人の今
刻まれた迷いも、照らされて
悲しみ枯れるほど、希望のそば

And you can see you
Through
Time’s
eye

Up Down, I'm letting go
All the things that let me go
The fallen pleas and closing doors

Cuz right now I'm blinded more,
(by) The kinder things that follow hope.

臆病ならそれだけ自分の中。
予防線ひかれ捕らわれて。。
でも隠しきれないこの温もりは
「今」と言う可能性秘めているから

And you can see you
Through
Time’s
eye

Up Down, I'm letting go
All the things that let me go
The fallen pleas and closing doors

Cuz right now I'm blinded more,
(by) The kinder things that follow hope.

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from Parcels & Polaroids, released February 10, 2011
Written and Performed by The Pawnshop Manual, with Choir by Eric Anderson, Mary Jo Curry, Alix Little,Benjamin R. Thompson

Artwork and Design by Eric Anderson (www.chromoschema.com)

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The Pawnshop Manual

The Pawnshop Manual make intellectual and infectious pop that satisfies the listener's yearning for music that asks big questions and mulls the answers thoughtfully and creatively.

To express these complex themes, The Pawnshop Manual draws from musical influences ranging from world music, rock, pop, folk, electronica and classical music. One could say Radiohead meets Björk meets Arcade Fire.
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