Empty Picture Frames

by Camaromance

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1.
(Untitled) 04:49
2.
Nostalgia 02:55
Lyrics for Nostalgia Nostalgia is a girl on a bed With a gun to my head Sun is pouring from the window and your hair Nothing feels better than sin Than a swim through the wind I’m a king with the sky and your skin They’re coming for you There’s nothing I can do I’m afraid your blood will be on the carpet today They’re coming for you There’s nothing I can do Guess this time it’s no use for you to pray If you start beating on the mattress There’s got to be something wrong With your eyes and your soul Popping acids for dessert Loving your folks all the same Just like entering the desert with the rain They’re coming for you There’s nothing I can do I’m afraid your blood will be on the carpet today They’re coming for you There’s nothing I can do Guess this time it’s no use for you to pray When will you get me out of here? When will I forget about this room? When will the Virgin on the wall see me bloom? They’re coming for you There’s nothing I can do I’m afraid your blood will be on the carpet today They’re coming for you There’s nothing I can do Guess this time it’s no use for you to pray
3.
Lyrics for How I got evicted from my office Run home, sing myself a song As the leaves brush your skin Imitating a Viet Kong The night is mute, Can hear your heart in the distance Your vision’s acute Own a radio that can make you sing That can make you sleep by the lake I’m sure But you wouldn’t know, You never fear at all You wouldn’t know You never fear at all And I must tell you I am offended by the dirt on your lips Get out, You’ve been worrying much too long About the weather outside And the fate of everyone The time has come To take your life in your own hands It’s just begun, I know a place in the middle of town Where you could always try to be yourself I’m sure But you wouldn’t know, You never cared at all You wouldn’t know You never cared at all And I must tell you I am offended by the crack in your smile
4.
Lyrics for Your biological clock is giving me a headache So here we are Just like three years ago Looking at the stars Wondering where to go You told me You had plans of your own You told me Your dreams have grown But where does that leave me? Such a shame, love isn’t enough Such a shame, you called my bluff Such a shame, love isn’t enough Such a shame, you called my bluff So here you are Always wanting more Never quite Leaving the door You should be Moving to the suburbs You should be Hearing wedding bells I should be letting you go Instead of keeping you in hell Such a shame, love isn’t enough Such a shame, you called my bluff Such a shame, love isn’t enough Such a shame, you called my bluff I’m just wondering What do we do now?
5.
Lyrics for We forgot the Camera (Gabriel Rousseau) No one said this would be everlasting But no one said we shouldn’t try I watch the leaves run down your face I see the sky turn the shade of your eyes But… I can’t see you again I can’t see you from here I can’t see you… ever No one said this would be like the movies I didn’t think it would play out that way It never works right in real time You need the cuts you need the paste But… I can’t bear to see you gone I can’t bear to see you lost ‘Cause you don’t know your way home From here
6.
Lyrics for What kind of fucking gift is that? I always wondered why you never let me touch your face Was is because you were shy or you thought it wasn’t my place I don’t think we saw eye to eye on any political matter We feel time pass slowly by while our bodies age much faster Maybe it’s my rational side that wants things to be this way I always wanted to contrive a plan to prevent you to stay You never gave me a chance to tell you my side of the story I know he said you should take offense but my intentions were truly friendly I guess the good thing about all this is that Rémi seems really happy What was perceived as viciousness somehow fit in his reality
7.
Serpent 02:44
Lyrics for Serpent I’m shaking, I’m shaking and I can’t think straight My muscles are twitching and I’m in that state Where my guts are swollen and inflate my stomach My body’s a ship, my mind’s a wreck. I’m biting my fingers and scratching my neck My skin is of stone, my heart is of wax Seems it’s always been that way, you’re the foot, and I’m the serpent All the poison limbs are turning gray, as for my sins, I should repent I’m hit, I’m hit but I’m not falling down, the noise is loud but I can’t hear a sound My consciousness is getting thinner You’re over there but I can’t see that far, I’m driving really fast in some old car I’m missed the turn, I burst my brain
8.
Zoe 03:50
Lyrics for Zoe You know why you came here, you thought you had it in you Doesn’t it hurt to know you’re empty? Strange how heavy’s a hallow body Nights are cold when you’re nowhere, can’t you get to the next town? And your heart’s as dry as the moon. Its dust fakes a white glare Its dust fakes a white glare, we discussed this matter before Now I think you should keep quiet, don’t assume it was a metaphor When I talked about those tablets Fall on your knees, recovering what is left of your good deeds Deeds will get you nowhere, took more than you could bear Should never have looked, got lost in your stare Don’t mind the smell, it will keep you warm. Keep your spirit off her breath If the gear’s too tight, it will rip your arms. We’ve disconnected your headset We’ve disconnected your headset, we’ve discussed this matter before Now I think you should keep quiet, don’t assume it was a metaphor When I talked about those tablets We’ve discussed this matter before Now I think you should shut up, ‘Cause that voice of yours It’s got no core You might as well give up
9.
Lyrics for ... and the Pronouns you rode in on The key still works after all these years But the doorknob just doesn’t look the same There’s a leak in the roof, in the kitchen The sink is filled with rain There’s an old unfinished painting leaning against the wall A young who really looks in pain Some broken windows are hanging from the ceiling By old rusty chains I know they closed this place down A long time ago But there’s no return address All that’s left of me is a picture I took a that alley A stack of paper, a broken pen And that old aquarium you built The cracks on the floor, a wooden desk And the bench where we never got to sit I know they closed this place down A long time ago But there’s no return address
10.
Phone Booth 04:03
Lyrics for Phone Booth When I think about that night, last summer in the park Starring at that couple, making out in the dark Their bodies tangled, I couldn’t tell them apart Our love was ending, but they were just at the start I never should’ve made that phone call I should’ve just bashed my head right there against the wall But I’m not going to spend my life in this stall I’ll get out of here even if I have to crawl I leaned in closer, trying not to make a sound They took off their clothes, they were sure they couldn’t be found I smiled and turned to you, you were staring at the moon It was bright and orange; it was going to be midnight soon Smoke has risen, showing all your faults Your blaze has been extinguished, your charm is now gone The veil’s been lifted; I see your eyes now clearly And I can’t fathom why, for the life of me That’s when I realised; I was far from your mind And this time we spent together, it was going to be for the last time We started heading home and the couple did the same. I looked at them, I envied their little game I never should’ve made that phone call I should’ve just bashed my head right there against the wall But I’m not going to spend my life in this stall I’ll get out of here even if I have to crawl
11.
Country Song 00:50
Lyrics for Country Song I don’t think I can go on I can’t pretend there’s nothing wrong I tried to make it go away But somehow it managed to stay It’s so much easier to keep things the same It’s so much harder when there’s no one to blame
12.
Lyrics for Handicapped Covergirl I know that this will sound conceited But I don’t think the world existed before me Therefore I should have my own Country My personal trainer and my army ‘Cause I’m a handicapped Covergirl And I travel all alone around the world And when my plane’s over the sea I sometimes wish the world would blow up around me I personally have nothing against you But I know that one day I just might And since right now I have no one to write to I’ll pretend I’m not a bastard tonight Cause I’m a handicapped Covergirl And I travel all alone around the world And when my plane’s over the sea I sometimes wish the world would blow up around me The storyline is pretty thin But the violent scenes fill up the holes I’ve had one to many punches on the chin To give a fuck about your poor souls Cause I’m a handicapped Covergirl And I travel all alone around the world And when my plane’s over the sea I sometimes wish the world would blow up around me
13.
Lyrics for Mistaking street lights for satellites If one thing’s clear, it’s that summer’s over and autumn is dying on us Bitter cold makes it hard to warm each other’s hearts What should be warm embraces are stifled by fabric Kisses land on dry lips But you look so good in that coat I could be wrong but you’ve never looked so vulnerable The word fragile works better Sorry. If one thing’s clear, it’s that trees reflect our state of mind Bare-naked, shaking and grey Sky that shade of grey that nobody likes As we sort through photographs of summer vacation, I’m reminded that it will come again But your body feels so much better in this warm bed Fighting against the frost in my window, we stare The peeling of skin works better, works better. Thanks.

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Empty Picture Frames is Camaromance’s first album released in 2004 back when the project was a duo formed by Martine Groulx and Gabriel Rousseau.

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released May 6, 2004

Recorded at Cartel by Martine Groulx and Gabriel Rousseau between the months of June & December 2003. Mixed and mastered by Marc Bureau at Cartel in Montreal. Artwork by Camaromance & Alejandro Escamilla. Photos by Alejandro Escamilla.

Martine Groulx - vocals
Chris Olsen - drums on tracks 2, 7, 8 and 10
Gabriel Rousseau - everything else

All songs by Camaromance & Michel Dupuy

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Camaromance Montréal, Québec

The subjects of love, life, and death are all dealt with in an elegant fashion in Martine Groulx’s compositions, as they reach out and grab listeners. Camaromance’s third album, The Parade, is more grounded in Americana, with a hint of shoegaze and less in the folk/pop universe that she originally came from. For fans of pretty girls that rip your heart out, guitar in hand. ... more

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