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A year ago we were sitting in perhaps the only good Italian café in Edmonton simultaneously pretending we were somewhere warmer and trying to decide what should go on the cover of our album. We wanted the art to capture the individual stories of the songs, but didn’t know how to cram in all four. Then someone blurted out “Well if you just put the songs in a certain order, you can have one BIG story”.

Since then the order has been rebuilt, lyrics have been assembled, songs have been dismantled, research has been compiled, and mountains have been moved. The result: our debut EP “dio”, a miniature concept album.

On behalf of all of Paperplanes And Dragonboats, we sincerely hope that you enjoy the EP. If you have ever thought about legacy after death, the likelihood of reincarnation, life at sea, or if you have ever sat in a café wishing you were somewhere warmer, this might have something for you. We are fighting every temptation to post a synopsis of the storyline, but we will hold back for now in hopes that you will find satisfaction in the music’s retelling.

This is an album for those who live vicariously.

Love,

Paperplanes And Dragonboats

(the order of the songs above is not how they appear on the album)

credits

released 13 August 2011
Lead vocals, ukelele, programming, and synthesizers by Jonathan Kawchuk
Bass and backing vocals by Sarah Grieve
Drums, percussion, and backing vocals by Andrew Macdonald
Guitars by Michael Kawchuk

Piano in Sailor’s Lament by Doug Organ
Jolly Clapping Quartet in Whales, Dolphins by Sarah Grieve, Jonathan Kawchuk, Michael Kawchuk, Andrew Macdonald
Drunken Bastards in Sailor’s Lament by Greg Kawchuk, Jonathan Kawchuk, Michael Kawchuk, Anthony Kennedy, Alec Leard, Jay Levine, Alex Macdonald, and Andrew Macdonald

All music and lyrics written by Jonathan Kawchuk
Additional lyrics on Sailor’s Lament and Boardwalk by Andrew Macdonald
All songs arranged by Paperplanes And Dragonboats

All songs engineered and mixed by Nik Kozub at Zonik Studios in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada except for Sailor’s Lament which was engineered and mixed by Doug Organ at Edmontone Studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
All songs mastered by Tim Branton at João Carvalho Mastering in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Boardwalk was produced by Nik Kozub and Sailor’s Lament was produced by Doug Organ.

Photography by Nick Larson
Artwork by Jenny Keith-Hughes

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Track Name: Lament
Drown myself and still there’s plenty liquor left
Wake up next to here
I could have been so much more than this my friend
Drawn by the howling verse

CHORUS:
But what of the boat that rocks me to sleep
She’s my only home
But what of my wife, whose eyes are so deep
She’s my only love

Slick ship that’s watered down and water logged
Once more there’s holes in the hull
Beneath all that’s scared and bruised and rough with use
I’ve logged all I have to tell

CHORUS

She carved the stories straight into my bones
That I painted with sparrows and anchors and rope
I thought in ink they’d outlive me
But they’ll bleed back into the sea

I love with nothing given in return
At least she’ll never leave

CHORUS x2
Track Name: Tell Me Before You Go
We were snowed in but that’s ok
It’s better we stayed in anyway
So why don’t we make like the grizzlies
And hibernate our lives away

Chorus:
When the chips are down and the lights are low
Would you come outside out from the cold of a moment
Cause I could use some comfort
Somebody to hold
Tell me before you go

I’m like a hermit in a cave
Who disappears without a trace
So why don’t we make up for lost time
I swear to god I’ll change your ways

Chorus

(Bridge)

Chorus
Track Name: Whales, Dolphins
I’m sick of the land because all that I get
Are two dimensions and I need more depth.
So to the sea I will return again
Where whales and dolphins are my only friends

When I wake up beneath the ambient deep
The waves will swell and rock me right back to sleep.
Wait for the surf to take the life out of me
By the time I wash up on the beach.

I’m going to sleep with the fish
Submerged in the blackest of blue
I’m twenty thousand leagues under the sea
To see the light through

Cast me off into the ocean
Throw me overboard
Cast me off into the ocean
Throw me overboard
Track Name: Boardwalk
As I walked up and down the path where the palm trees tried to grow
There was sand in between the cracks of a giant xylophone
I barely noticed I was growing old
I barely noticed

CHORUS:
So desperate and afraid
I looked for shelter in the waves
When you cast off with all your strength
You’re going to drift until you fade
All the times I lied awake from all the time that went to waste
I’ll never ever live that way (and let her take another life)


There’s a beach that is made of stones and redwoods by the coast
Where the sun is a sinking ship that turns the water into gold
How could I forget I was growing old?
How could I forget?


CHORUS:
So desperate and afraid
I looked for shelter in the waves
When you cast off with all your strength
You’re going to drift until you fade
All the times I lied awake from all the time that went to waste
I’ll never ever live that way

I fought the notion to dive in
To join the ocean once again
I fought the notion to dive in
But I’ve got in my one last swim

Desperate and afraid
I looked for shelter in the waves
When you cast off with all your strength
You’re going to drift until you fade
All the times I lied awake from all the time that went to waste
I’ll never have to live that way