Good Things

by Half Past Four

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released April 13, 2013

Produced by Half Past Four
Mixed and Mastered by Mauro Giammarco
Cover Photography by Michael Ciurleo
Cookbook Illustrations by Polina Radchenko
Cover and Booklet layout by Aina Mukhomedshina

All songs are (c) (p) Half Past Four
Distributed by Paper Plane Music Inc.



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Half Past Four Toronto, Ontario

Half Past Four is one of the best progressive rock bands to have emerged from Canada. Over nearly two decades, they have developed a unique sound, employing traditional prog-rock music laiden with folk, country, jazz, heavy metal and classical genres, among others. ... more


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Track Name: It Strikes You
Autumn night
Hold your breath
Pull your sweater closer
Listen carefully

You went out
For a bit of air
But now stop and shiver
Listen carefully

Two houses down
Beyond the walls and insulation
There is a tiny sound
A voice singing alone

a bit off key
a song you don’t recognize
not loud enough to hear properly
it strikes you as odd

It strikes you oddly

Peeping tom
Shouldn’t be here
A bit embarrassed
No reason to be

through the trees
Background vox to the tick of the clocks
It strikes you
It strikes you…oddly
Track Name: Good Things
They tell me good things will come
So I wait patiently
But is it considered waiting
when I’m running?
Grabbing what I desire
Looking for a sign ahead
Blinded by the sun and wind
Inside I am waiting

Casting spells, making calls
Throwing runes won’t work at all
Smoke signals, shooting flares
The universe has no comment

Nothing is a thing that has to be done
So in non existent time
We wait for elusive Godot

All things come to those who wait,
I say these words to make me glad,
But something answers soft and sad,
'They come, but often come too late.'

We don’t talk about it. We only think about it.
Words wouldn’t make any sense to say.

We wait for something new
A signal out of blue
Dancing in the fire
To reveal in ashes, meaning
Blaming our integrity
He’s coming soon so look busy
We wait for the wall to paint itself
And bring tidings of all good things..
Track Name: All Day and All Night
Walk me through the twilight hour
Smell of woods and fire lit fire flies
We will walk just like we did and
We will talk all night about it

All Day and All night
We’ll laugh and fight
All day and all night
Now and forever

And if we get tired we’ll sit down at the feet of a stone statue
Posing very carefully they’ll find us in a thousand years
Brushing dust up off our shoulders we’ll become examples for them
They will sense that we are here
They’ll walk together like we once did

Where’s the doorway to my life
Our domain where we belonged
Feel my feet upon the earth
Fill my ears up with your song
I reach to you my hand goes through
Will I ever touch again
Time’s illusion fades away
And I can’t remember when
I wasn’t walking here with you
Reminiscing all these years
We will show the ones who live
How a conversation goes

Talk me through the morning sunrise
Empty streets and vacant archways
No one hears our footsteps
As we finish what the other one says
Track Name: Rise
Measure by measure
The dream begins
Perfect mother nature’s
Multitude of sins

Washing hands
They must be clean
Bringing out the things I need
Pinches of this and that
Chemistry biology and agriculture

Stirring up the mixture
Up to elbows like white gloves
Apron unrecognizable
Too soiled to wipe the hands on
Pictures make it look so good
Show it to the neighbourhood
Good things come to those who wait
Glass of wine don’t hesitate

Sitting in the silence
Picturing the outcome
Filling in the spaces
Where you will soon appear
Feeling movement from within
Buying things to put you in
Preparation will be wise
Turn the tiny light on watch you rise

Turn the tiny light on
Watch you rise…

Eve cracks and peers out
Passed from one half to another
Releasing from its cozy shell
Into the waiting arms of mother
Warm aroma gathering
perfectly baked welcoming
Hey mom Adam’s home!!
Track Name: Landmines
It was early on a Monday
I felt like eating like a queen
So I put on fancy stockings
And began to dance and dream

I would rather slit my throat
Than have worked another day
So instead I filled my throat
With a lunch of bird of prey

Prancing past the factory
With a feather in my cap
when I sat down at the sea
A golden coin fell in my lap

A dark and handsome man
Offered to hold my hand
I ran until my shoes wore out
Into the hinterland

And then I looked at
At once I noticed
Somehow detected
The land mines

All the worried faces
All the angry wisdom
All the judging words that
Echoed in my head

“You have no right to be here
What makes you so happy?
You couldn’t be happy
Or you’d be alone!”

I would rather slit my throat
Than have hurt another day
So instead I filled my head
With a charming red bouquet

All the little posies
Shining in the sun
Slowly plucked away by
The words of everyone

Land mines…

I would rather slit my throat
Than become a bird of prey
Wincing as the blade comes down
One more thing that cannot stay

Your misery needs company….
Track Name: Cool Water
My reflection
Seeing past the shimmer
I feel the coolness in a soundless place
Stones and rocks down under
The placid surface

Cool water in my mind
Cool water in my mind
Cool water rinse me clean

Saturating, filling empty spaces
Tasting the droplets on my fingertips
I laughed into a glass
I heard it in me
Splashed into the sea
I heard the mermaids sing

Inhale so deeply
My lips touch the placid moist
Next to nothing
Wanting to drown in dew
Draw the liquid inside
My lips my lungs
My eyes close to darkness
And I hear the slow beating of my heart
Track Name: Spin the Girl
The bottle on the pavement
Lays alone in the lot
As if it’s only waiting
For a kissing game to start

Big anticipation there
Whispered secrets in the air
Wind inertia savoir faire
On a mission truth or dare

Little bottle on the street
Laying shyly at my feet
Spin around and spin around
On your little spot of ground

It points in no direction
That’s of consequence at all
It wants to make you take a chance
It wants to make you fall

Two minutes in the dark
Five minutes in the park
Shotgun me at half past four
Turn around and spin some more

What’s the real difference
Between bottle and girl
When either spins around if
You give it a twirl

Vessel for a soda pop
Pointing pointing stoppy stop
Little girl with lollipop
Open mouth and open top

Bottle is cast off with shame
And no one will play the game
Boys and girls will find another
thing to take the blame

I lay alone on the ground in the park
As if I’m only waiting
for a kissing game to start
Track Name: Fate
Once upon a time
Fairy tales are told
Blissfully sublime
Return unopened - no no
Glass houses hurt the blind
Truth always stings
When you hide your head
Sandy torsos blanket the beach

Sugar speeds up your heart
Pushes you into high gear
Crashes your car

Pacified into a feeding state
Look down at your self
Treading the wheel
Talking to my plate
Knowledge served with cutlery
Cutting up the meat
Making the meal seem like its
easier to eat

Artists paint the voice
Fingers tend to bleed
When the brush is cut
from them Hands and feet shake

Sugar speeds up your heart
Pushes you into high gear
Crashes your car

Inspiration drains
through the veins into the earth
Mother’s milk poured down the sink
a pointless loss of worth

An artist’s plight
To let them see your light
You must set yourself on fire
And never fear the death
Track Name: I am Lion
Stand before me
Loyal minion
Rock in a rain storm
I roar into your eyes
But it doesn’t touch you
I, large and lionine
You see it differently
To you I am the rock
To you I am the rock– a sunny spot on which to luncheon

Others are wide eyed
You dare to tame her?
You must be from the zoo!

I did not feel the yoke
I smiled but I was the joke
Chains off, you set me free
Straight into captivity

Others are wide eyed
You dare to tame her?
You must be from the zoo!
I rage and I roar
I strain at the ropes
but you see right through
but you see right through me

I do not scare you!
my golden mane
carnivorous glare
Sharp razor fangs
My powerful legs
I am LION.
Track Name: Wolf
Once upon a time there was a big wolf
Who liked to read in bed
His wife was the greatest hunter in the land
And she kept him fed
While he read trashy fiction
To ease the pain of ignoring the kitchen

They lived in a house of made out of straw and sticks
As the pigs kept all the bricks
A fireplace was consequently banned inside
And he craved the joy of devouring fine literature
While longingly gazing at a picture of her

The day finally arrived when she came back
Her arms were empty to his dismay
With round eyes he asked her what happened
She explained “I can’t take all this needless killing
While I was away I became a strict vegan”

She prepared a strange meal made with soy curd
He choked it down in silence
He lied and said it was tasty but he felt absurd
She knew convincing him wouldn’t be very hard
Underneath his plate was a library card.

The Wolf stayed…
Track Name: Darkness Knew
He floated on the still life pond
White feet swishing light and fast
Primping in the water mirror
Bouncing off the placid glass

I am the king of all the meadows
Duke of trees and hills and vales
Sky and sea reflect my splendor
All life flocks to hear my tales

Swimming underneath the water
Was a darkness strong and sound
Knowing that the light was up there
Knowing it would take him down

Head held high the light was boasting
Confident inside his head
Darkness was unknown to all
But darkness knew it must be fed

Schools of fish all spoke about it
Whispering among the gills
Coming soon is revolution
Coming soon a clash of wills

Suddenly the sky errupted
Turning water into wine
Light was bursting on the mountains
When the wave hit through his spine

Shards of glass went on forever
Blasting into eyes and skin
Colours vanished into nothing
Darkness hid all truth and sin

Now the lake is ruled by time
Clear as glass to look upon
Dark took light all through the night
But light killed dark at break of dawn
Track Name: The Earth
Airless atmosphere
My life is now here
Conspiracy radio
Friend or foe

Conversations flow
With the globe below
Talking about our blue
home beneath us

What do they say?
On the earth
What do you hear?
On the earth
Where are you now?
On the earth
Where do you stand?
On the earth

Seraph on a cloud
Saying words out loud
Flying to face the face
Skyward to the final place
As I ascend
to the firmament
I turn to see the feral earth

I complain to no one
Taking my turn
Like a good human
I lower my head
My voice is small
I let it happen
Let it happen….

Say goodbye to loved ones
Hug the children
Enter the cold steel
Uncertain fate I surrender to

Our canvas is fragile
It makes sense all the while
Gaining this perspective
Sounds like rhetoric
When my feet are on the ground

How can we tell her we are failing?
Disappointment will change the leaves
Another season imitates the dying
Her breath a smoky haze as she grieves