The Modern Age

by CITY OF GLASS

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First full length album by Canadian indie rock band City of Glass. Featuring Sticks and Stones, Tourist, and The Modern Age.

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released 19 October 2013

PRODUCED || CITY OF GLASS / WINSTON
WRITTEN / PERFORMED || MICHAEL CHAMPION / DAVID PHU
DRUMS || ALEXANDER CUMMING
ADDITIONAL VOCALS || AUDE GL ("AN ISLAND")
ADDITIONAL DRUMS || COLE GODFREY ("THE MODERN AGE")
MIXED || SHAWN COLE / MARK ANGLY (FADER MOUNTAIN)
ENGINEERED || PAUL BOECHLER / TOM PRILESKY / WINSTON
RECORDED || FADERMASTER / SPIRIT VEGETABLE / THE BUNKER
MASTERED || BROCK McFARLANE (CPS MASTERING)
EDITED || DAVID PHU
ARTWORK || MICHAEL CHAMPION / CHRISTOPH PREVOST
COPYRIGHT © 2013 CITY OF GLASS

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Track Name: The Forest
The Forest (Champion, Phu)

Though I know who I’ve become
Fill you in before I’m gone
Tales of lust and tales to come
So we do unknowing

Don’t look back, move the way you’re moving
Hunt in packs, but always looking through it
Lone as one along with almost everyone

Feel the future coming on
Feel your teeth along my gums
Send the son out for the hunt
Learn the songs of fathers

Don’t look back, move the way you’re moving
Hunt in packs, but always looking through it
Lone as one along with almost everyone

Do what your mother wants, but you’ll never ever have enough
Change what you feel is wrong and what will come to pass will come
Plus where do you think you’d run? You never will be far enough
Change what you feel is wrong and what will come to pass will come
Track Name: Blinding
Blinding (Champion, Phu)

Nowhere to go, no sense in going
Cold in this place, but welcome and knowing
You wanted love, but you wouldn’t give into want
Rats in a cage, trapped but together
Free and alone, which fate is better?
Pull it apart, take what you need to feel whole

This desert road, it leads to the coast
This desert road, it leads to the coast
This desert road unfolds

You wouldn’t know at all I, I need this
Under the lights we’re all alone
I know I can’t provide all the pieces
Building them up when you’re not home
Those lights are blinding, blinding

Send what you want, I won’t receive it
Cruel is the heart with no one to feed it
Smoke from the fire guiding the way to the source

This desert road, it leads to the coast
This desert road, it leads to the coast
This desert road unfolds

You wouldn’t know at all I, I need this
Under the lights we’re all alone
I know I can’t provide all the pieces
Building them up when you’re not home
Those lights are blinding
Blinding
Blinding
Track Name: Tourist
Tourist (Champion, Phu)

Numb, plied, tired, nothing is wrong
Poised, employed, smiled, getting along

Time, age, fines, an hour alone
Compromise, strive, the best that you’ve done

Every word you’ve always wanted
All the ways I need to leave
Trying to find that what I had missed or
Hoping it’d find me
And I promised words I couldn’t
And you promised fruitless leads
Like a feeling from a childhood
Story in my dreams

I can’t feel it at all anymore
I can’t feel it at all anymore

Every word you’ve always wanted
All the ways I need to leave
Trying to find that what I had missed or
Hoping it’d find me
And I promised words I couldn’t
And you promised fruitless leads
Like a feeling from a childhood
Story in my dreams
Track Name: I'm Not Here
I’m Not Here

Where was I?
I keep forgetting where I’ve been and why
A defensive smile
Hide the fear of a normal life, then do it again

What’s so wrong with fine?
But I can feel the sickness in my bones
And tight in my sides

Where do I go? Because here I stand but I’m not here
I feel it in my hand but not my heart
Knocking at the door, there’s knocking at the door, there’s all this
Cotton in my mouth and in my lungs
The panic as the calendar unfolds
Knocking down the door, they’re knocking at the door, they’re knocking

Fallen again
See this mouth tends to empty out
There’s pieces stuck inside my head
And they’re not getting out

Where do I go? Because here I stand but I’m not here
I feel it in my hand but not my heart
Knocking at the door, there’s knocking at the door, there’s all this
Cotton in my mouth and in my lungs
The panic as the calendar unfolds
Knocking down the door, they’re knocking at the door, they’re knocking

Where am I and how do I get out?
Where am I and how do I get out?
Where am I and how do I get out?
Where am I and how do I get out?
Track Name: Wait for Me
Wait for Me (Champion, Phu)

Wait for me
All these roads began as one
Now we’re at different points in all the races that we run
So will you wait for me?

Wait for me
I know I promised you the sun
And all I’ve given are these weights of need
And slowly pulled your threads undone

So while these gears inside our chests
Keep moving us along
Down streets that have no end
Turns that we keep taking wrong
Houses that aren’t homes
And people that aren’t friends
These machines are slowly wearing out
Yet somehow still together through it all

So say to me
That all your reasons are for love
Because if we wanted we could be alone
Knowing comfort’s not enough

So while these gears inside our chests
Keep moving us along
Down streets that have no end
Turns that we keep taking wrong
Houses that aren’t homes
And people that aren’t friends
These machines are slowly wearing out
Yet somehow still together through it all
Track Name: Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones (Champion, Phu)

It finds you, silent, and laughs at you while it is eating through your bones
But you’re sad to see it go
Tonight you, you slipped through, and found me when I needed most to be alone
But I guess that’s how it goes

Sticks and stones, far from home
Trail of breadcrumbs
Death by love, crushed the skull
Head forgets the soul

Lied and, confided, enough to fill me with the fear when I was young
Convinced me I was wrong
Uptight, misguided, scared of visits from the ghosts of fiscal ruin
Play the system strong

Sticks and stones, far from home
Trail of breadcrumbs
Death by love, crushed the skull
Head forgets the soul

Sticks and stones, far from home
Trail of breadcrumbs
Death by love, crushed the skull
Head forgives the soul
Track Name: An Island
An Island (Champion, Phu)

Darkened rooms, night with no moon
Keeping eyes on the corners
Foolish are the villains we choose
Giving life to shadows we can

Fight for fine

You’re safe here with me
You’re safe here with me

We were young when this was brand new
Rust and age eat direction
Lost within the forest that grew
Kind of sad, but not unhappy

Strive for fine

You’re safe here with me
You’re safe here with me

On an island
To a light, on an island
On an island
You’re a light, on an island
You’re a light, on an island

You’re safe here with me
You’re safe here with me
Track Name: The Modern Age
The Modern Age (Champion, Phu)

Time, measurement of knowns
Lust to feel controlled
Oceans held by stone
Calm and counting

Belief in ours and ours alone
Kings upon their thrones
Etched into the loam
Looking down

When the cracks begin to spider
And blood spurts out like water
The specialness of knowing
Dissolves with all our bodies and our souls

Faith, statues holding crowns
Glass and steel towns
Sand when broken down
Losing sight

When the steam that pushed us forward
And set the wheels in motion
Pulled cities over oceans
Sterilized the dangers of
The risk of being human
Entitlement of doing
Crusades with nothing proven
And never see the exit signs ahead

The quiet of the silence
Not absence but enlivened
A long goodnight to violence
Built upon illusion of control
Track Name: Youth
Youth (Champion, Phu)

Oh I wish I’d found you at a later time
Wish I’d met you when my eyes were dry
Muffled words through folded ears of mine

I knew I’d let you down
And prove that all us lonely only do find hope wanting but not having
Down the well with a rope
And I trust that when I find the bottom I will come back home

Once when I was a younger boy I felt sublime
Thinking those that kept a watchful eye
Would reveal their secrets over time

I knew I’d let you down
And prove that all us lonely only do find hope wanting but not having
Down the well with a rope
And I trust that when I find the bottom I will come back home

So we find ourselves not exactly eye to eye
Question how I know inside I’m right
Built upon my memories of life

I knew I’d let you down
And prove that all us lonely only do find hope wanting but not having
Down the well with a rope
And I trust that when I find the bottom I will come back home

I knew I’d let you down
But I’ll come back home
I knew I’d let you down
But I will come back home
Track Name: The End
The End (Champion, Phu)

You rely on light
Even though the night is young
Even though the blinds are drawn

Tied to a dead idea
The cycle will go on
Leaving as a tired lion
And through the trees back to the sky and done

You can cling to the right
Believe that nothing’s done
A practice life, just for fun?

Tied to a dead idea
The cycle will go on
Leaving as a tired lion
And through the trees back to the sky and done

Tied to a dead idea
The cycle will go on
Leaving as a tired lion
And through the trees back to the sky and done