Saskatchewan EP

by Summer of '92

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In 2005 Summer of '92 began functioning as a full band. In the winter of 2005/6, after jamming songs both old and new, the band made the decision to record a full band demo to check their progress. Settling themselves into a converted studio-shed in Willowdale ON, the band with the aide of friend Aldis recorded a handful of songs. Around this time a decision was made to take advantage of the relaxed studio environment and record another EP.

Beginning in the late spring and ending in the summer, the band stripped down early full band songs, rerecorded some others and recorded a few brand new ones collecting enough jams to release 'Saskatchewan' the following year.

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released June 15, 2007

Summer of '92 on this recording is:

Jason Dwyer • Vocals/guitar
Duncan Spence • Bass, backing vocals on 'Yellowknife'
Daniel McLean • Piano/organ
Ryan Elinsky • Percussion
Dave Dwyer • Harmonica on 'Saskatchewan'
Aldis • Accordian on 'The Tempest'
Gregg Pearson • Backing vocals on 'The Tempest' and 'Yellowknife'
The SO92 Crew • Backing vocals on Uisge Beatha

Produced by Summer of '92. Recorded and mixed by Aldis, April 2006 at the Shed, Willowdale ON. Master by Jesse Baccus, February 2007 at West West Side Music, Tenasly NJ.

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Track Name: Saskatchewan
The days are dragging on, it's time to hit the road again
I'm going to Saskatchewan where the tall grasses blow
And the highway cleanses black blood

Dogs are howling, there's a storm on the horizon
The winds are raging like the Assiniboine screaming
And the highway cleanses black blood

An old dirt road, hidden in the corn rows
There are some things that I need to forget now
And the highway cleanses black blood

These praries, they hold secrets
The winds are raging like the Chipewyans screaming
And the highway cleanses black blood

Empty silos, broken down steeples
A dusty town hardly worth remembering
And the highway cleanses black blood

There's a howling in the distance
The winds are raging like my conscience screaming
And the highway cleanses black blood.
Track Name: The Tempest
Let me break like lightning and rain
And may everyone fear the thunder of my passage
In the swansong of a madman
I want the bloody sky to scream my vengeance

May the ground tremble in my wake
And may the tides rise to wash these days away
The earth will vomit in my fury as you mouth
Your loved ones names choking on ashes

The tempest it will rage

Let my name be devastation
And may it fall from the lips like blood from the wrist
I want to see this treacherous race
Face down in the crimson mire

The tempest it will rage
Track Name: Uisge Beatha (Fire Water)
Let the whisk(e)y flow, uisge beatha and a dram
I've got a song in my blood and the highlands in my heart

Losing control and laughing all the while
Today we're going down before the sun
Fire water, singing songs of the I.R.A.
And hey, hey baby, it's ok

Let the whisk(e)y flow, uisge beatha and a dram
I've got a song in my heart and Long Kesh in my heart

Losing control and laughing all the while
Today we're going down before the sun
Fire water, singing songs on the I.N.L.A.
And hey, hey baby, it's ok

Let the whisk(e)y flow, uisge beatha and a dram
I've got a song in my heart and a free Ireland in my heart

Losing control and laughing all the while
Today we're going down before the sun
Fire water, singing songs on the Sinn Fein
And hey, hey baby, it's ok
Track Name: Yellowknife
Let me ride across the prairies
When the sun is riding high
I want to get lost in those calm grasslands
I want to drown in the empty mile

Let me ride that northern highway
When the moon is riding high
I want to get lost in my tired thoughts
As I roll on through the night

Take me back to Yellowknife
Where the colours dance across the sky
Take me back to Yellowknife
That's where I lost my piece of mind

Let me walk that lonesome canyon
In the cool shade of the pines
I want to feel those wild northern winds
Send those shivers up my spine
Track Name: Long Road Back
Searching for signs of the sun
Through a twelve by four slot in a concrete wall
The air so thick with violence
You could almost choke on it

I've been down

I open my eyes in the morning
The steel bars remind me just how low it can get
I sit on my bunk and read a letter
Sent from rural route number one

You're too cold to cry and it's a fight to get by
I've been down but not out
I can't stop thinking of you, it's all that gets me through
I've been down but not out

This time is unforgiving
For the first time my memories mean nothing
This time is unforgiving
For the first time my memories mean everything

I've been down

I can still smell the perfume you sprayed on those letters
I close my eyes let your smile take me home
Times like this can kill the best of us
It's a long road back
Track Name: Ile-De-La-Madeleine
The winds raged across the dunes
As the ocean crashed at our feet
We gazed into grey our thoughts lost in the pounding waves
If only we could live in these moments forever

Meadow flowers in the mist, the gentle salt of your lips
Alone together watching seals play in the sea
I'd kill to see you smile like that everyday
If only we could live these moments forever
Track Name: Trench Street
Old day and old ways
I think I like you better as a memory
Rather than a lie

Hashish smoke and a moonlit smile
It's funny that after all these years when I think of you
That's what comes to mind

Trench Street has never seemed so far away
And to be honest
I haven't thought about those days in years
Trench Street was just a lie

It was a strange time
Just holding on when we knew to let go
So many things have changed since then
Never again will I feel so cold