stilleven

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Copperspine Records presents a re-issue of the 2005 EP 'stilleven' by überfrau.
Remastered, for your listening pleasure.

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released January 31, 2017

überfrau
Stilleven

I Don’t Want To Talk About It
Fall Line Up
Space Between Us
De-spare
Creature Comforts
If you, if I
New Recruit
(this means) Nothing

All songs written by Brodie Smith,
Except: If you, if I written by Tom McLean
and Creature Comforts by Brodie Smith/Bruce Horak

Produced and recorded by Brodie Smith at the Smilin’ Buddha Enjoyment Complex in Vancouver, BC between 2002 and 2005.

New Recruit was recorded by Steve Feindell and Omar Kinghorn in Studio A at CDIS in Burnaby, BC.

Brodie sang, played guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.
Mary Cleaver sang on I don’t want to talk about it and De-spare.
Roger Dean Young sang and played harmonica on I don’t want to talk about it.
Rich Panteluk sang on Fall Line Up.
Chris Rippin sang on De-spare and plays bass on New Recruit.
Shawn Killaly played drums on New Recruit.
Stephen McGrath played drums on I don’t want to talk about it, Fall line up and Creature Comforts.

überfrau uses Stix Von Fonz drumkits

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Track Name: I Don't Want To Talk About It
I Don’t Want To Talk About It

I don’t want to talk about it and you… you don’t want to listen
To the words and descriptions that tell you just what you’ve been missing

So it looks like you fell down again, though you say
That you were pushed down below the surface
To a place where there are no words to use
To describe the abuse you’re so used to getting your way
But you don’t know how you got there
That’s not the point ‘cause this could be anywhere

And I don’t want to talk about it and you… you don’t want to listen
To the lines and inscriptions that tell you just what you’ve been missing

So it looks like you found me again, though you say
That you weren’t looking around in all the windows;
Portals to buildings. Empty walls that house
Words espoused by filtered mouths displaced with eternal grace.
Misplaced. Lost and broken. Left wandering in infinite space.

I don’t want to talk about it and you… you don’t want to listen
To the lies and depictions that tell you just what you’ve been missing

…now we’ve collided again though we say that this wasn’t planned
Or accidental. Some misplaced footprints and meeting incidental
And of no consequence reliant on some remembrance past.
And you disagree, with my assertion that in your life
You’re just a passenger

I don’t want to talk about it and you… you don’t want to listen
To the words and descriptions that tell you just what you’ve been missing
I don’t want to talk about it

December 2001

Copyright 2001 by Brodie Smith
Track Name: Fall Line-Up
The Fall Line Up

Summer’s over – It’s that time of year when
Sunlight is replaced by a glow from the den
The fall line up promises irresolute conflicts and antics
But nothing can take my mind from you

“So what’s new?”
“Nothing’s new – same shit since 22.”
“Don’t tell me the ending, ‘cause I know I’ll make it true.”
“I can’t stand looking through the window.”
“I can’t stand another winter.”

Remember when you used to snow, now you just turn blue
And all the static has turned silent
If only you could force a smile upon me just for a little while
I’m cut and bruised from all this violence

“So what’s new?”
“Nothing’s new – same shit since 19two.”
“Don’t tell me the ending, ‘cause I know I’ll make it true.”
“I can’t stand looking through the window.”
“I can’t stand another winter.”

I’m sure that it’s raining because of something you did
They give you an hour, just to take it back in spring
Might save me, but it’s seven months away
Spring might save me…
I’m counting down the days

Leaves are falling, trampled underfoot like
Pamphlets for the summer’s end
The fall line up fails to live up to expectations
Nothing’s more reliable than disappointment

“So what’s new?”
“Nothing’s new – same shit since 62.”
“Don’t tell me the ending, ‘cause I know I’ll make it true.”
“I can’t stand looking through the window.”
“I can’t stand another winter.”

October 2001

Copyright 2001 by Brodie Smith
Track Name: Space Between Us
Space Between Us

So you think you’ve got it all worked out
I hope that you find your peace of mind
If you don’t want to let me know what it’s about
I’d be glad to read your mind, yeah that’s fine

We’ve been going nowhere
I guess that is somewhere to start
To bridge the distance between the poles that mark
The space between us

Now you get so brave when the lights appear
And name your price before you’ll make a sacrifice
And as a year becomes another wasted tear
You become so violet when the roses pass you by

(chorus)

I put my footprints in your sand
You wrote your name in my concrete
I watched the ocean wash my steps away
And now you never walk down my street
So why must I keep remembering what you looked like
The last time that we said goodbye

So now it’s the promise that still haunts me
Unresolved in a stack of letters left unsent
And all that’s left is the hope that I might meet you
Somewhere in the world off difference between if and when

(chorus)

March – November 2000

Copyright 2000 by Brodie Smith
Track Name: De-Spare
De-spare


You check your compartments for stowaways
And head out to the sea where it’s so easy
To disappear
You place your defenses on red alert
Batten down the hatches and disguise your intentions
Prepare for a war, that you induce and then ignore

Back in this world you have no chance for surviving
You kick and you scream but no one is listening

You contrive confusion and calculate
Rush in headlong to where failures lay in wait
You missed your chance to ruin all my plans

Back in this world you have no chance for surviving
You kick and you scream but no one is listening

I can’t sleep for fear of dreams that you’ll invade
Dawn lights the night ablaze with a brutal morning in silver flames
That just won’t wait
So I fire bullets into your skin
That won’t yield
That won’t pierce
That won’t let me in
You bluff my call, then you stutter, blush and stall

Back in this world you have no chance for surviving
You kick and you scream but no one is listening

And me
I’m still awake
No chance for sleep
It’s much too late

October 2001

Copyright 2001 by Brodie Smith
Track Name: Creature Comforts
Creature Comforts #2

Breach in the fault and stead
Opens up the watershed
Streams come rushing in
You stand in the open door
It’s worked so many times before
Why not try it again?
But that only gets you so far
That only gets you so far

Been looking for the creature comforts
Disappointed once again
You shut yourself off; it’s best to refrain
From looking for the creature comforts
Is patience all there is?
You say you’ll wait a lifetime
But I know something’s got to give

Tighten up your grip again
If it was charm, it’s wearing thin
It’s time to loosen your hold
If you had the answers now
You wouldn’t tell me anyhow
Just say your on your own
That only gets you so far
That only gets you so far

Chorus

And it breaks my heart to hear you say
It won’t go away

Pause in the interlude
You search for some solitude
It’s what gets you through
You change your locks again
So he can’t come busting in
But it still rules your moods
Something has to happen
Something has to happen soon

Chorus

October 2000

Lyrics Copyright 2000 by Brodie Smith
Track Name: New Recruit
New Recruit

You wake up late again
Let the morning settle in
Inside your well-blurred mind
Think of what you lost
Do you even recall the cost
Pack up the truth and stack the lies
Now it’s time…
To make room for the new recruit

Alliances begin to form
Four score and twenty more
Years to come and years to go
Before the whisper is said
That empties the contents of your head
And your allegiance starts to show
Now you know…
To make room for the new recruit

It’s time you faced
You’ve been replaced
Obsolensence has its grace
There’s no glory left to chase

You stay out late again
Let the liquor settle in
Inside your well-blurred mind
Think of what she said
Will this one do instead?
The taxi’s waiting now outside

March 2000
Copyright 2000 by Brodie Smith
Track Name: (This Means) Nothing
(this means) nothing

Was it June or December? I can’t remember
The steps that lead to your surrender
A black line on a white page
An open window, a courageous way
To escape

And you believe that this changes everything
I know that this means nothing

Was it spring or the fall? I don’t recall
What you said to me at all
A white line on a black road
An intersection, an explosive state
Of grace

And you believe that this changes everything
I know that this means nothing

Twenty-one struck you like a bullet from a gun
Some surprise did you surmise that you
Were the only one?

Was it raining? Was there thunder? If you stop and wonder
Did something change as it went under?
A white flag on a black day
A cold confession, an outrageous claim
To fame

And you believe that this changes everything
I know that this means nothing

June 2002
Copyright 2002 by Brodie Smith