Trait D'union EP

by Okies

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released October 3, 2015

Produced, mixed and mastered by Marc-Antoine Moisan
All songs written by Okies; Marc, Thomas and Sam

Drums/Percussions/Harmonica: Thomas Aguinaga;
Keyboard: Samuel Gendron;
Guitar & Vocals: Marc-Antoine Moisan;
Guest Vocals: Grace Ly (Of Means);
Horns: Tsukimi David (Trombone), Eric Prodger (Trumpet) (Of Means, Hip Hip Hooray);

And a big thanks to Carol-Ann Maskrey for the album art-work.

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Okies Gatineau, Québec

Thomas Aguinaga (Drums/Percussions, Harmonica), Sam Gendron (Keyboard) and Marc-Antoine Moisan (Guitar, Vocals) are an Indie Folk band from Aylmer, QC. Across the river from the no-nonsense, straight-laced, won't-crack-a-smile-at-a-dirty-joke, capital of Canada ... more

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Track Name: Of Means
I've traveled far
And I've traveled wide
I've seen the pyramids
And I climbed the skies

Oh, I've worshipped the queen
And her grey eyes of means
Of means

I've learned of real needs
Done what they said I can't
I've slept atop mountains
And bargained for land

Oh, I've cursed at the duke
In his courtyard of statues

All your petty problems
Are no problems of mine
Of mine

I've missed them so much
But my sentient, she calls
Through stargaze I'll watch
And I'll contact you all
Contact you all
Track Name: The Boy In The Dark
Somewhere in the darkness
You’ll find all the stupid things we did
Then one day you look back
From the light just to forget what we hid
Some things you forget
Just to smile and overlook what you fear
For as long as there is light,
Oh the darkness will never disappear

Somewhere in the dark
You’ll find the lights painted onto the skies
From there reflects our dreams,
Our hopes, as a glimmer in our eyes
It’s when you cease to look
That you realize it will never be so clear
For as long as there is light,
Oh the darkness will never disappear

Somewhere in the park
Lies a boy who never knew what to say
Such a brilliant mind
Free of sin now in the ground he must lay
He failed to understand
Why a man could never live free of fear
For as long as there is life,
Oh the dark minds will never disappear

For as long as there is light,
Oh the darkness will never disappear

They’re one and the same
But they don’t need the same last name
Oh he’s the boy in the park
She’s the little girl scared of the dark

And i’m the man in the bubble, so terrified to drift away
Track Name: Hip Hip Hooray
I saw a pebble on the beach today
I saw a flower at the dawn of may
I pictured you with something better to say
Hip hip hooray you've got something to say

I heard a bear in the cavern he laid
I heard a tenant with rent he had paid
I pictured us with a future away
A far away town where children can play

And I, I had wished for four hours away not ten hours away
And I, I had cared for a blossom to stray not a lily to stay

Nature's an orphan who lives on her own
Peace is a dream that I'm dreaming alone
Love is a baby that kills when she's grown
I breathe a place that's unlike my home

And I, I had wished for four hours away not ten hours away
And I, I had cared for a blossom to stray not a lily to stay

And I, I had wished for four hours away not ten hours away
And I, I had cared for a blossom to stray not a lily to stay

And I, I had wished for four hours away not ten hours away
And I, I had cared for a blossom to stray not a lily to stay

I pictured you with something better to say
Hip hip hooray you've got something to say
Track Name: Coats
They came from the sea
Upon a great wooden beast
Sailing far from their homeland
To build us a throne and
They put up a wall
That could protect us all
That’s the part of the story
That my father told me


They shackled our minds
And brought the darkest of times
They taught us to fear them
To hide to believe and
As slaves we live
From morning to dawn
That’s the part of the story
Where my mama taught me


To follow the laws

Don’t sharpen your claws

Stay by my side

We're going back to the wild
You’ve got to button up your coat

So tight ‘round your throat 
stay by my side?
Stay by my side

We're going back to the wild now

They knew from the start
They could tare us apart
A once mighty people
Slayed by their refusal
To follow the laws
To sharpen their claws
That’s the part of the story
My poor sister told me 


They marched in our homes
With their hearts carved in stone
With one cold bloody hand
They wrote the deeds to our land
Then they tallied up their votes
Named him king of the coats
That’s the part of the story
I chose to believe


You’ve got to fight for your cause
So sharpen your claws
Stand by my side
We're going back to the wild
You’ve got to button up your coat
So tight ‘round your throat
Stand by my side
We're going back to the wild now

You’ve got to fight for your cause
So sharpen your claws
Stand by my side
We're going back to the wild
You’ve got to button up your coat
So tight ‘round your throat
Stand by my side
We're going back to the wild now
Track Name: You Know (Acoustic)
I look at things different
Than you, you know
There are things I wish that
I could change, you know
You look at me different
Delicate like a rose
There are debts I think that
You would like to owe
Grow up happy, grow up
Learning how to loan
Grow up faster, grow up
Not wanting to grow

But you hide it
Keep inside it
Melancholy hold yourself
I have found someone else

World spins on queue with you
Problems don't rest, you know
Work hard and claim the prize
Lies, lies, you know
Guaranteed you will die
Guaranteed you will owe

You know...
You’ll owe...
You’ll grow...
You know...

Melancholy hold yourself
I have found someone else

You know...