Head In The Sand

by Kate Maki (2016)

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"Recorded reel-to-reel in her North Ontario home, Maki's short, sweet, sixth album is a folk-Americana gem." - MOJO

"Maki twists and untwists hearts like few others, and HEAD IN THE SAND is one of those lonesome, troubled albums that comforts as it unloads its baggage." - NOW TORONTO

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released May 20, 2016

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Recorded and mixed, predominately in the spring of 2015, at home in Copper Cliff, Ontario with Maki’s husband and audio scientist, Fred Squire, HEAD IN THE SAND is the songwriter’s sixth record since quitting her full time teaching job in 2003. Despite small basement quarters, the couple managed to create a most compelling and expansive sounding record using a 70s eight track tape machine, an 80s mixing console, a few decent microphones, and a borrowed spring reverb unit. Friend and master timekeeper, Nathan Lawr, played drums on the majority of the record, steering the songs in new and engaging directions. Maki and Squire played the rest of the instruments themselves whenever they could afford the time between raising their two young children and Squire’s hectic university schedule. By keeping the arrangements sparse, and embracing a standard rock formation of guitars, bass, drums, and occasional organ or piano, they allowed Maki’s captivating vocals to become the focal point. Written mostly in 2009 during a tempestuous time for Maki, the songs examine prevailing matters of the human condition, including infidelity, defeat, loneliness, acceptance, and atonement.

All songs written and produced by Kate Maki
Recorded by Fred Squire in Copper Cliff, Ontario
Mixed by Fred Squire with Kate Maki
Mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering
Photo by Clayton Turner at Lee's Palace
Artwork by Emily Waugh with Paul Henderson
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Track Name: Keep Right
Keep Right

It's too soon to tell
Will I go straight to hell
Will I go straight to hell
It's too soon to tell
Lord knows I've tried
To keep right on my side
To keep right on my side
Lord knows I've tried
Only you can see
What you've done to me
Only you
Only you
Only you
It's life or death
Is it right or is it left
Is it right or is it left
It's life or death
Only I can see
What's become of me
Only me
Only me
Only me
Track Name: Head In The Sand
Head In The Sand

Say it isn't so
That my body doesn't know
What it's doing
Sometime in the night
It tied my mind to a kite
Without knowing
So hard to see what's there
From way up in the air
Say it isn't time
For my body to get in line
With my spine
I see it on your face
In the silence you displace
I am drowning
So hard to hear a sound
From way down underground
Say it isn't fair
For the ground to meet the air
Where I stand
Hurricane wind
Carry me within
Or bury me in the sand
In the sand
In the sand
Head in the sand
Track Name: Before It Began
Before It Began

You and I melt faster than the snow
Fall harder than the rain
Burn brighter than the sun
You and I move faster than the clouds
Blow harder than the wind
Shine brighter than the stars
You and I won't make it til the end
I say time and time again
It was over before it began
Track Name: Nobody's Queen
Nobody's Queen

I'm on the edge
I'm in between
I lost the crown
I'm nobody's queen
When I woke up
I closed my eyes
I lost the edge
Gave up the prize
And here I sit
Awake in dream
It's in my sights
Painted on the screen
And if I go
To what I see
Will you be king
And make me a queen
Track Name: When I'm Lonesome
When I'm Lonesome

You took the stars from the sky
You placed them in your eyes
I can't see
At night when I'm lonesome
At night when I'm free
At night when I need them to guide me
At night when I'm lonesome
At night when I'm free
At night when I need them to see
You took the words from my mouth
You sang them to the sky
I can't speak
At night when I'm lonesome
At night when I'm free
At night when I need them to comfort me
At night when I'm lonesome
At night when I'm free
At night when I need them to speak
You took the leaves from the trees
You placed them in the ground
I can't breathe
At night when I'm lonesome
At night when I'm free
At night when the wind comes howling
At night when I'm lonesome
At night when I'm free
At night when I need them to breathe
You took the heart from my chest
You sank it out at sea
I can't feel
At night when I'm lonesome
At night when I'm free
At night when the world comes knocking
At night when I'm lonesome
At night when I'm free
At night when I need it to be
Track Name: September Sun
September Sun

Go away September sun
It's too late the season is done
Watching you behind the gate
Watching as you hesitate
In the morning through the trees
Lying in your light's disease
Wishing you were not afraid
Wishing that you would have stayed
Shine on September sun
I’m sorry for all the things I’ve done
It's too dark without your light
A little is a lot of might
Flowers hang it's time to fall
Cancer is growing up the wall
You are not the only one
Every star is a burning sun
Track Name: This Place
This Place

I don't have many friends left
In this place
They hear me when I holler
In my sleep
I don't have any love left
In this place
I hear him when he hollers
In my head
I don't have much time left
In this place
I hear it's time to wake up
From this dream
Track Name: Let It Run
Let It Run

Stay away from me now
If you don't want to hear it
I'm going to let it run
Let it run
Stay away from that man
If you don't want to lose it
He's going to run away
Run away
Stay away from that place
If you don't want to need it
It's going to fade away
Fade away
Track Name: Dark Water
Dark Water

When I think to myself
No one else
Knows how it felt
Just you
In the deep dark water
In the hot black sun
When I decide to go
One last show
No one will know
Just you
In the deep dark corner
Of my cold blue eye
When I think of that day
Did I say
There's no one else
Just you
In the deep dark corner
Of my cold, cold heart
Track Name: So Long
So Long

You call but I don't answer you
My words would be untrue
And I don't need to be reviewed
I drive so I don't have to hear
That ringing in my ear
One more day to live in fear
I know I've done you wrong
It's been going on so long
I try so hard to understand
You're a kind and loving man
But I can't change the way I am
I know I've done you wrong
It's been going on so long
So long
So long
So long
Track Name: Mother Ship
Mother Ship

It gets harder and harder each day
I get further, further away
I keep trying, trying I do
To get back, get back to you
I've been lost, lost at sea
I've been drowning, drowning in misery
I keep sailing, sailing by the shore
Can't go back, go back anymore
Let it go, let it go, let it be
What it was, what it was is not for me
The wind, the wind will change
The loss, the loss will stay the same