On High

by Kate Maki (2008)

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1.
Highway 03:30
Highway Truth is on the windowsill Age is on my skin Skin is on my aching bones Trouble lies within Trouble lies within Let my heart find a home Let my voice stand alone In the window in the wind Sun is on the windowsill Day is almost done What’s done is gone What’s gone is lost Losing has just begun Losing has just begun Let my heart find a home Let my voice stand alone In the window in the wind I sit upon the windowsill The day has passed me by No heart at home no voice alone I wonder where you are I wonder where you are On the highway on high On the highway on high On the highway on high
2.
Blue Morning 03:03
Blue Morning Blue morning Blue morning Red sky at night I can’t right with you You can’t right with me We can’t write it off Still mourning Still mourning Both day and night I can’t go with you You can’t go with me We can’t let it go Let it go Blue Blue Blue
3.
Wanted Ads 01:59
Wanted Ads This ain’t no lullaby this life This ain’t no lullaby this life This is everything Walk the dogs at night in town Walk the dogs in town at night This is everything For you and I Is it worth its’ weight in scars Are we better behind bars Read the wanted ads in town Read the wanted ads at night This is everything All i want to say is lost All you want to say is lost This is everything for you and I Is it worth its’ weight in scars Are we better behind bars
4.
White Noise 03:26
White Noise White noise Black holes Lost your song Lost your sight You will make it right White lies Black skies Held your tongue Held your tone You will make it known New day you are bound Old way you are sound White lines Black signs Jumped the track Jumped the train And you’re alone again New day you are bound Old way you are sound New day you have found
5.
To Please 02:17
To Please Take that look upon your face Wipe it on your sleeve I don’t care what you want I don’t care what you need I’ve got myself to please Take those words upon your tongue Throw then to the breeze I don’t care what you think I don’t care what you see I’ve got myself to please Myself to please Myself to please Myself to please I've got myself to please Take that weight upon your chest Send it out to sea I don’t care what you think I don’t care what you need I’ve got myself to please Myself to please Myself to please Myself to please I've got myself to please
6.
Message Forgot Getting old getting older Slowing down getting wise Rising up to the sky You notice you care less You’re fearless and free Falling out of disguise In five ways you’re faster In ten ways you’re not This is a message forgot The sight and the sound of The silence around us Getting old getting older Slowing down getting wise Falling out of disguise
7.
Badminton Racquet We keep together like a badminton racquet Bouncing little birdies everywhere Serving and returning not aiming for the net Which catches and keeps you separated We keep together like a badminton racquet Setting up and knocking them down Your peace of mind is a taxi cab waiting Waiting but you’re not going Waiting But you’re not going
8.
Beyond The Sun A wall comes down beneath the one A light shines on beyond the sun Are we happy now Walk the halls alone again Repeat steps one through ten again Are we happy now How do we know How do we know How do we know Think of things the way they are See up close from very far Are we happy now Are we happy now We are we are we are We are we are we are We are we are we are We are we are we are How do we know
9.
We Are Gone 01:49
We Are Gone In the town In the town In the town behind the tower There’s no face No face There’s no face on the man in power In the light In the light In the light behind the crowd There’s no sound No sound There’s no sound in the man of the hour In the mirror In the mirror In the mirror behind the eyes There’s no wall No wall There’s no wall for the man in fear There’s no time No time There’s no time behind us now We are gone We are gone We are gone
10.
Don't Look Down When the water is calm It can draw you in It’ll take your hand And water down your sin You won’t swim Until you go Too far down Leave me on the way side Leave me on the dark side Leave me on I’m better off The water is calm It pulls me in Holds my hand And it buries my sin I won’t swim Don’t look now I’m going down Don’t look down I’m going down
11.
On A String 01:11

about

"Maki and Gelb make a fine match. Along with co-producer Dave Draves, they create a dusty, twilit setting, full of junkyard guitars and ghost-town saloon pianos, and Maki settles in nicely, penning a collection of songs that use few words but are never simple. She can sell a song with only her voice and an acoustic guitar." - PITCHFORK

"Like the best country singers, Maki's voice is conversational yet somehow self-contained, as if it'd be quite happy talking to itself sitting on an open plain, or whistling to itself behind a wheel." - MOJO

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released February 12, 2008

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With a preference for recording in experimental, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fashion, Kate employed legendary Tucson, Arizona phenomenon Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) as producer for her third album, ON HIGH. Kate met Howe in 2004 at a show in Toronto where the young singer made a lasting impression on the desert rocker, very much like M Ward did some years back (Gelb released Ward’s debut in 2000), and Gelb eventually signed Maki to his US label, OWOM: "Kate’s a hardy country type of pioneer woman. Her guitar pickin rhythm is like a drum, and she can belt out, even when she is quiet, like a storm". Recorded by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn in Ottawa, Ontario over a period of five days in March 2007, ON HIGH features Howe on piano and guitar, Dave on optigan and organ, Dale Murray on pedal steel and guitar, and Nathan Lawr on drums. Howe, Dave, Dale, and Nathan also lent their voices to what was recently described as "an acoustic record of simple beauty. You can hear the space between the notes and the sighs between the chord changes. Pure and innocent as Canadian Snow" (NPR’s Bruce Warren).

All songs written by Kate Maki
except Badminton Racquet written by Kate Maki and Nathan Lawr
Produced by Howe Gelb with Kate Maki and Dave Draves
Recorded and mixed by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn in Ottawa, Ontario
Mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering
Artwork by Emily Waugh
Format: LP/CD/digital

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