Empress (attic version)

by Local Haunts

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Andrew Weiss I don't have any direct connection to the Empress pub, but honestly this track touches something deep in me.
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Recorded in Jeff and Marija's attic on Florence Ave., Hamilton, Ontario. Originally featured on The Mixtape Club.



Books spread on the table
manifestos in a beery amber glow
The darts and the drinks and the dusk that sinks
a red banner too heavy to hold

Where we gather around
tables huddled like notes
pencilled in at the margins
of challenge and wonder and doubt.

All of these local haunts,
where we gather on the far side of Whyte Avenue
To hold back the morning as best we know
To tailor a fleeting dream
like the empress in night sky clothed
Singing Pancho and lefty
on the bike ride home.

For all our theories of
bright horizons yet to come
Spoken in the future perfect tense
as though the streetlights foretell the morning sun

to be done with labour, take down big oil
and finally to love
In our syntax of defeat
a promise we keep to never give up.

Singing Hic Rodhus, Hic salta
on the bike ride home.

One more for those present
time suspended there to hold
One last to the absence of those
who left for Toronto

Like some dream of history
the tailor writes in the linen’s folds
Like the hope traced in arcing lines,
your bike draws on the long ride home

Singing ‘La lutte finale’
on the bike ride home.

still singing ‘Pancho and Lefty’
on the long ride home.


released May 8, 2015
Vocals: David Janzen & Kate Lawless
Guitar: David Janzen
Mandolin: Jeff Diamanti

Recording, mixing, mastering: Jeff Diamanti, Michael Granzow, Jesse Northey




Local Haunts London, Ontario

Local Haunts' songs are created by David Janzen, a singer-songwriter based in Edmonton and London, Canada. On the inaugural, self-titled EP, Janzen is backed by inimitable country artists, Treeline (Taylor Ackerman, Danny Dyck, Tyler Bird and Clayton Smith) and features guests, Brenna Lowry and Nicole Hembroff. ... more

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