BILLY TALENT AFRAID OF HEIGHTS ALBUM UNBOXING!!! AND FIRST LISTEN!

Before you call me obsessed, yes, I am. And I’m okay with that. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to do an unboxing on a blog, but let’s give this a try!

The album cover is pretty cool. It depicts one side of greed, and the other side shows what will happen if we continue on this path.

Afraid Of Heights

The tracklist is as follows:

Big Red Gun

Afraid of Heights

Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats

Louder Than the DJ

The Crutch

Rabbit Down the Hole

Time-Bomb Ticking Away

Leave Them All Behind

Horses and Chariots

This is Our War

February Winds

Afraid of Heights (Reprise)

I was a little disappointed with the inside of the album this time around. When you open Afraid of Heights, it folds out in threes. Usually, all three panels would have a design. With Dead Silence, it was Toronto swallowed by the ocean. This time, only the middle panel had a design on it.

On the left side, you can slide out a lyrics book, which features each songs single artwork as well as the lyrics. It also has a mastered for headphones download. If you go to billytalent.com/mfhp and type in the code on the slip, you can download free mastered for headphones versions of the tracks.

On the right side, you can slide out the CD. The CD is red with an optical illusion in the middle. I was expecting something plain, like on Dead Silence, but must say I was pleasantly surprised. It almost makes up for the lack of artwork.

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Track One. Big Red Gun

Big Red Gun is about Mass Shootings. In an interview, bassist Jonathan Gallant said ‘The USA is trying to fix a gun problem with more guns, and to us, that;s just reverse ideology. They got this backwards, and that’s sort of where Big Red Gun came from’. Great opener, and twice the song ‘Afraid of Heights’ is. this should have been the title track, in my opinion.

Lyrics
Brothers in arms who share my fears,
Time to protect what you hold dear
There’s been a rise in new ideals,
Threatening to change the way we live
Who knows what trouble’s found a way,
Found a way to your door today
Who knows what trouble’s on its way,
On its way to intimidate
All I want is a big red gun
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah oh
I’m gonna shoot, shoot, shoot at the setting sun
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah oh
And all I want is a big red gun,
I’m gonna shoot, shoot, shoot till the thrill is gone
‘Cause this is my right no matter the cost
Get outta my sight when baby’s got a big red gun
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah oh
Baby’s got a big red gun
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah oh
Pride is a weapon in your hand
Freedom awards the faithful man
I hear the message loud and clear,
Straight from his lips into my ear
And lord I just can’t walk away,
Walk away from the enemy
The law will never disagree,
On the target of my insecurities
All I want is a big red gun
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah oh
I’m gonna shoot, shoot, shoot at the setting sun
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah oh
And all I want is a big red gun,
I’m gonna shoot, shoot, shoot till the thrill is gone
And how many lives will have to be lost to understand why my baby’s got a big red gun?
We call them twisted and deranged (baby’s got a big red gun)
But we gave them the keys to annihilate (baby’s got a big red gun)
How long before the next one’s in the ground? (Baby’s got a big red gun)
So proud of all your history (baby’s got a big red gun)
But history made a big mistake (baby’s got a big red gun)
The judge and jury stand before you now (baby’s got a big red gun)
‘Cause baby’s got a big red gun
Baby’s got a big red gun
Baby’s got a big red gun
Oh momma what have I become?
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant
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Track Two. Afraid of Heights

The title track. Afraid of Heights is said to be about commitment. Two lovers in a relationship and one is scared to take some kind of jump. It is a really sweet song. They were able to write a great love song while still maintaining their original style. Maybe not title track worthy. The album should have been called either Big Red Gun or The Crutch, in my opinion. Still a killer song, though.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Wherever I go, wherever I go
I have to question the hand that I hold close

Wherever I go, wherever I go
I have to silence the words that you fear most

Don’t ever let go, don’t ever let go
Are we destined to hit the ground below?

Don’t ever let go, don’t ever let go
We’re at the end of a burning tightrope

[Chorus]
Now I’m waiting on the corner in the back of your mind
It’s a lonely place to live, and I got nowhere to hide
Cause you told me that you’d never be afraid of heights again

Nobody ever thought that we could make it this high
You’re the only one I’d follow ’til the end of time
If we fall, we fall together baby, don’t think twice again

[Verse 2]
Together I know, together I know
That we’d burn like a rocket’s afterglow
Together I know, together I know
We could conquer the stars beyond this world

We let it all go, we let it all go
I’m just a voice on a broken radio

We let it all go, we let it all go
We got lost in the constellations

 

[Chorus]
Now I’m waiting on the corner in the back of your mind
It’s a lonely place to live, and I got nowhere to hide
Cause you told me that you’d never be afraid of heights again
Nobody ever thought that we could make it this high
You’re the only one I’d follow ’til the end of time
If we fall, we fall together baby, don’t think twice again
(Don’t think twice again again )

[Bridge]
And after all of these years, and all of this time
Darling, if I’m still a question in your mind
Well just say the words and this will end

Yeah!

[Chorus]
You told me that you’d never be afraid of heights
You told me that you’d never be afraid of heights
You told me that you’d never be afraid of heights again
You told me that you’d never be afraid of heights
You told me that you’d never be afraid of heights
If we fall, we fall together baby, don’t think twice again

[Outro]
Wherever I go, wherever I go
I hear your voice on a broken radio
Wherever I go, wherever I go
I know we’ll burn like a rocket’s afterglow
Don’t ever let go, don’t ever let go
So are we destined to hit the ground below?
Don’t ever let go, don’t ever let go
Are we just watching the final chapter close?

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Track Three. Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats

One of the best songs on the album, rumored to be about the fabled ghost ship of cannibal rats in Russia. After a ship went missing and was assumed to have wrecked itself somewhere, it was seen off the coast of Russia. Once people could get on board, they discovered that it was full of, you guessed it, cannibal rats. It was soon used as a metaphor for democracy and the economy.

Lyrics
Is never given enough today
I’m tired of looking the other way
(Respect!)
An appetite that we can’t sustain
We’re on a mission to kiss our days away
So how long before the rivers start to rise, dear?
Yeah I thank my lucky stars to be alive here
A generation of castaways
Under a nation of tidal waves
(Respect!)
Are we the passengers or the prey?
You can’t escape from the past on holiday
So how long before the rivers start to rise, dear?
Pack your bags because the tide is getting high
Don’t be afraid of the view from economy class
It’s just the captain and crew jumping off of the mast
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
Who’s gonna sound the alarm when the bridges collapse?
Is this the point where the bomb reaches critical mass?
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
Catastrophic events don’t change
Today we feast, but tomorrow we pay
(Respect!)
But don’t you worry cause you’ll be safe
I got a ticket to piss your days away
So how long before the rivers start to rise, dear?
Yeah I thank my lucky stars to be alive here
Don’t be afraid of the view from economy class
It’s just the captain and crew jumping off of the mast
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
Who’s gonna sound the alarm when the bridges collapse?
Is this the point where the bomb reaches critical mass?
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
Don’t be afraid of the view from economy class
It’s just the captain and crew jumping off of the mast
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
Who’s gonna sound the alarm when the bridges collapse?
Is this the point where the bomb reaches critical mass?
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
One city from the coast disappearing too fast
One city from the coast sunk into the past
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
One city from the coast disappearing too fast
One city from the coast, we can never come back
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
All aboard on the ghost ship of cannibal rats
Rats
Cannibal rats
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant

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Track Four. Louder Than the DJ

Definitely the least load-bearing song on this album. IT gives you time to let loose and relax from the heavier sounds on the album. This song is simply said to just be about believing in the power of rock and roll. I think that sounds about right.

Lyrics
The party’s over, called it a night
I hope you had the time of your life
They say that rock will never survive
It’s up to youth to keep her alive
And I don’t know what’s making you tick
Generation narcissistic
Little Miss Selfie, Lonely Boy Slick
It’s time you get a brand new fix, baby
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Faster, faster, faster than the airwaves
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
We surfed until the end of the set
Our leather jackets covered in sweat
Those glory days, they ain’t over yet
So light that torch and burn like a jet
‘Cause revolution starts on the mic
Strike three chords that cut like a knife
Radio needs a shot to the vein
Of anger, fury, heartache, and pain, baby
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Faster, faster, faster than the airwaves
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Someone said a long time ago
Rock ‘n’ roll would never grow old
She still got the fire left in her bones
The lights go down, the crowd explodes
Louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
Louder than the DJ
Someone said a long time ago
Rock ‘n’ roll would never grow old
She still got the fire left in her bones
And we’re not gonna pack up and go cause we’re
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
She’ll be back some day, I know, baby
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Faster, faster, faster than the airwaves
Louder, louder, louder than the DJ
Someone said a long time ago
Rock ‘n’ roll would never grow old
She still got the fire left in her bones
The lights go down, the crowd explodes
Louder than the DJ
(And Ian’s guitar)
Louder than the DJ
(The band at the bar)
Louder than the DJ
(Never change who you are)
Louder than the DJ
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant

the crutch

Track Five. The Crutch

The. Best. Song. On. The. Entire. F*****g. Album. Hands-Down. This song is seriously amazing. If you read my Great Songs You’ve Probably NEVER Heard of You Should Listen To This Summer , you know the extent of my love to this song. Play it as loud as you can, because this is pure, raw rock. I’m in LOVE with it!

Lyrics
I should have turned and walked away
But I got tangled in your chains
A trail of dead for all to see
You shut the cage and stole the key
Your state of mind revealed
That my love for you was real
They say in time wounds heal
But I got nothing left to steal
My mouth is shut, my lips are sealed
You are the crutch of this disease
And I’ve been locked in your machine
Sit here and rot, or break this deal
I spill my blood on the checkered floor
You got me crawling back for more
You set the trap, I’ll take the bait
A bed of nails I can’t escape
Your state of mind revealed
That my love for you was real
They say in time wounds heal
But I got nothing left to steal
My mouth is shut, my lips are sealed
You are the crutch of this disease
And I’ve been locked in your machine
Sit here and rot, or break this deal
Now it’s so dark that I can’t see
The mental scars you left on me
So dig your nails and grind your teeth
I’m in your clutch for eternity
Yeah, I know it’s hard for you to see
The mental scars you left on me
So dig your nails and grind your teeth
I’m in your clutch for eternity
My mouth is shut, my lips are sealed
You are the crutch of this disease
And I’ve been locked in your machine
Sit here and rot, or break this deal
Oh, my mouth is shut, my lips are sealed
You are the crutch of this disease
And I’ve been locked in your machine
Sit here and rot, or break this deal
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant
rabbit down the hole

Track Six. Rabbit Down The Hole

I don’t know why, but this song took me a little to warm up to. i wasn’t so sure i liked the beat, then I thought it was too long, then too somber. But after going back and listening to it again, I decided that it was actually one of the best songs on the album, and the best power ballad i’d ever listened to. This song is about overcoming drugs, or something more severe. Like metal health issues and radical ideas. Dementia and Alzheimer’s. And how love ones try to help, but are often wasting their time. It is a very powerful song.

Lyrics
Buried in the mail before the early morning
Under the frost that’s forming his words are calling
Even though alarm bells ring without a warning
All of the clocks keep ticking, and time keeps flowing
Everyone that I hold dearly, I try to keep them close
‘Cause some of them get bitten by the rabbit down the hole
Once they walk past through the grass, they’re never coming home
Easy to live but yet so hard to nail
Maybe they’ve lost their way but found their savior
Living in the fable life’s a fairy tale
Except our thoughts are fragile our minds are frail
Everyone that you hold dearly, you try to keep them close
‘Cause some of them get bitten by that rabbit down the hole
And once you walk past through the grass, you’re never coming home
Good God what have I done?
Mother nature’s lonely son
Mother nature’s lonely son
Chase that rabbit down the hole
Wander through the open door that leads to nowhere
Who’s gonna take away my pain, take away my pain
Before you know you’re trapped inside the spider’s web
You’re screaming there is no escape, there is no escape
The invitation’s written clearly, you’re the one he chose
Until the day your bitten by the rabbit down the hole
Follow his procession deep into the ground below
Good God what have I done?
Mother nature’s lonely son
Mother nature’s lonely son
Chase that rabbit down the hole
I’ll drown or I will burn
Down the path of no return
Down the path of no return
Chase that rabbit down the hole
Rabbit down the hole
I’d never thought I’d see her suffer, I gave her all I could
And everything I had to offer, was never understood
How many days until her mind has left this world for good?
Good God what have I done?
Mother nature’s lonely son
Mother nature’s lonely son
Chase that rabbit down the hole
I’ll drown or I will burn
Down the path of no return
Down the path of no return
Chase that rabbit down the hole
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll fade away (Chase that rabbit down the hole)
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll break away (Chase that rabbit down the hole)
One of these days you’ll fade away
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll fade away (Chase that rabbit down the hole)
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll break away
One of these days you’ll fade away
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant
time bomb ticking away

Track Seven. Time Bomb Ticking Away

I;m not 100% sure what this song is about.Some say environmental destruction. Some say the apocalypse. I think it;s about people with violent tendencies who need to talk to people, but people won’t listen. It is a really good song. And one of my favorites.

Lyrics
Watching the time bomb ticking away
Watching the time bomb nobody cares ’till it’s too late
Watching the time bomb ticking away
Watching the time bomb you better pray you’re somewhere safe
We’re transfixed on a pendulum sky
Watch another tank of gasoline run dry
A death stare from a cold dead eye
As you’re chopping up the carrot, sharpening their knives
Don’t blink, keep your eyes on the prize
While you rip me up to pieces, cut me down to size
Don’t dare, try to keep it inside
‘Cause the only way to make us laugh is to make us cry
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all
A storm awaits behind the door
Disgruntled right down to the core
We still go on
Watching the time bomb ticking away
Watching the time bomb nobody cares ’till it’s too late
Watching the time bomb ticking away
Watching the time bomb you better pray you’re somewhere safe
Beat up, put the slate to the grind
Another rocket launcher going off inside my mind
Tight cuffs only hold me tight
Every thought about the future leaves me terrified
I’m sick of the same old lies
Why don’t you talk about your feelings? Who gives a shit about mine?
Death grips got a hold of my side
Because the only way to make us laugh is to make us cry
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all
A storm awaits behind the door
Disgruntled right down to the core
We still go on
Watching the time bomb ticking away
Watching the time bomb nobody cares till it’s too late
Watching the time bomb ticking away
Watching the time bomb you better pray you’re somewhere safe
Oh, we got a time bomb ticking away inside
And the only way to make us laugh is to make us cry
Watching the time bomb ticking away
Watching the time bomb ticking away
Watching the time bomb ticking away
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away inside
And the only way to make us laugh is to make us cry
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away inside
Everybody needs a little help when the world is blind
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away inside
And the only way to make us laugh is to make us cry
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away (our world’s got no liberty)
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away (locked up in a little cage)
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away (this world is a bitter place)
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away (our world’s got no liberty)
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away (locked up in a little cage)
You’re watching the time bomb ticking away (this world is a bitter place)
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant
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Track Eight. Leave Them All Behind

Originally disliked for being too mellow, I disagree. This song is about perseverance and finding your place in the world. Finding your reason why.  I personally find it really empowering. It is now my power ballad. To see my long rant about the songs power, click here

Lyrics

Tired of all the promises and never coming through
It’s easy to pretend until they turn their back on you
And all the ones that bring you down, their colors weren’t that true
And life’s become a battle that you swore you’d never lose
It don’t matter what went wrong this time, don’t matter what went right
We’re always searching for the reason why
And the longest road to find it will take many years to climb
Don’t wait up for that moment to arrive
Leave them all behind
Yeah, I’m tired of all the promises and never coming through
It’s easy to pretend until they turn their back on you
Yeah, and all the ones that bring you down, their colors weren’t that true
And when you lose your confidence your mind plays tricks on you
It don’t matter what went wrong this time, don’t matter what went right
We’re always searching for the reason why
And the longest road to find it will take many years to climb
We keep on getting stuck here all the time
We’re gonna leave them all behind, We’re gonna leave them all behind
We’re gonna catch that train, the words they say couldn’t stop us if they tried
We’re gonna leave them all behind, We’re gonna leave them all behind
We’re gonna catch that train I know some day everything’s gonna fall in line
I’ve been struck down and defeated every step along the way
Become I’m your own worst enemy when nothing seems to change
You have to fail a thousand times before you get it straight
So catch me if you can ’cause I ain’t leaving this to fate
It don’t matter what went wrong this time, don’t matter what went right
We’re always searching for the reason why
And the longest road to find it will take many years to climb
We keep on getting stuck here all the time
We’re gonna leave them all behind, We’re gonna leave them all behind
We’re gonna catch that train, the words they say couldn’t stop us if they tried
We’re gonna leave them all behind, We’re gonna leave them all behind
We’re gonna catch that train I know some day, everything’s gonna fall in line
Oh, oh, oh
Tired of all the promises and never coming through
Stop waiting for that moment to arrive
We’re gonna leave them all behind, We’re gonna leave them all behind
We’re gonna catch that train, the words they say couldn’t stop us if they tried
We’re gonna leave them all behind, We’re gonna leave them all behind
We’re gonna catch that train I know some day, everything’s gonna fall in line
We’re gonna leave them all behind, We’re gonna leave them all behind
We’re gonna catch that train I know some day, everything’s gonna fall in line
Yeah!
horses and chariots

Track Nine.Horses and Chariots

My least favorite song. It’s about war and pride. But something about it just gets on my nerves. I don’t know. The lyric quality is really good, and it is a really meaningful song, I simply don’t like it.

Lyrics
Horses and chariots
Churches and states
Devotion turns dangerous
When armed with rules of faith
Prisoners and patriots
Angels and saints
If minds are persuaded enough
Compassion turns to hate
Time comes to bury us
Together we must stay
(Don’t let the)
Horses and chariots
Drag our love away
No
Borders and boundary signs
Drawn by red tape
Those who colour outside of the lines
Define the human race
Warlords and suffering eyes
Soldiers and slaves
The side of the fence that we climb
Determines who’s afraid
Time comes to bury us
Together we must stay
(Don’t let the)
Horses and chariots
Drag our love away
(Until we)
Swallow our pride
Our hearts will collide
And the skies of hysteria will
Come rain down on you
Cleanse the soul from the hands that divide
Our world in time
Time comes to bury us
Well how can you live while so many die?
(Don’t let the)
Horses and chariots
Hide the view from their eyes
(Until we)
Swallow our pride
We’ve chosen a faith, we’ve chosen a side
(Until we)
Swallow our pride
Our hearts will collide
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant
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Track Ten. This Is Our War

Originally thought to be an anti-Republican anthem, those people aren’t wrong. It’s only about people like Trump though, or so I’ve been told. Personally, I think it’s about all the corrupt politicians out there. Not necessarily in the states, but that was one screwed up election. It’s all call to arms saying that no matter where your from, or what your personal beliefs are, we all need to stand together against these corrupt figures.

Lyrics
Once there was a nation here
Now there is no more
Once we fought to change our fears
But now this is our war (This is our war)
This is our war
Wash your mind out, where’s your morals?
How many people have to live this sorrow?
Life should not be begged or borrowed
How many really want to change tomorrow?
We’re still playing the prideful game
As we profile the enemy that we created
We’re still playing the prideful game
With the cards on the table
In the end we’re all the same
Where’s the compassion in the world today?
Yeah, we’re all the same
Until we find another way
This is our war (This is our war)
Once there was a nation here
Now there is no more (This is our war)
Once we fought for change arm in arm
But now this is our war
Divisive words from ivory towers
Seeds of intolerance turn into flowers
Countless fools and reckless cowards
Rally the people in the quest for power
We’re still playing the prideful game
As we profile the enemy that we created
We’re still playing the prideful game
With the cards on the table
In the end we’re all the same
Where’s the compassion in the world today?
Yeah, we’re all the same
Until we find another way
This is our war (This is our war)
Once there was a nation here
Now there is no more (This is our war)
Once we fought for change arm in arm
But now this is our war
Is this the land of segregation?
Is this a place that we call home?
Don’t let the old style generation
Carry the flag for you and me no more
This is our war
This is our war
We’re into the red, We’re into the red
And as it burns the fire spreads
We’re under the threat, We’re under the threat
Will it still burn tomorrow?
Once there was a nation here
Now there is no more
Once we fought to change our fears
But now this is our war (This is our war)
Once there was a nation here
Now there is no more (This is our war)
Once we fought for change arm in arm
But now this is our war
Is this the land of segregation?
Is this a place that we call home?
Don’t let the old style generation
Carry the flag for you and me no more (This is our war)
Once there was a nation divided
Now this is our war (This is our war)
Once we stand embraced arm in arm
We stand for something more
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant

februray winds

Track Eleven. February Winds

This isn’t one of the best songs on the album, but it is really one of the most meaningful. This song is about the current refugee crisis and how much these people have been through, yet people still don’t want to welcome them into the country. Adam Kivel from Consequences Of Sound called it ‘filler’, and I think he;s dead wrong! This song is far from filler. The album has no filler. Each song is equally as important as the next.

Lyrics
Hey
Another, tragedy has
Set the scene for conscience to be revealed
And all the February
February winds are howling
Don’t tell me we’re adversaries
Don’t tell me we’re sworn enemies
‘Cause we all need necessary
Means to protect what we love
An ocean lies between us
Sufferings are constant, we never see
Behind our sanctuary
Sanctuary, walls so easy to breathe
Where is our apathy?
Has, apathy been lost while drifting at sea
We are the refugees
Don’t worry we’ll survive on hopes of
Don’t tell me we’re adversaries
Don’t tell me we’re sworn enemies
‘Cause we all need necessary
Means to protect what we love
Light up your book of matches
Open your hearts to action
We all need second chances
What reason to help but for love?
February winds
February winds
No we are not adversaries
We were not born enemies
We all need necessary
Means to protect what we love
Light up your book of matches
Open your hearts to action
We all need second chances
What reason to help but for love?
We are not adversaries
We are not sworn enemies
We all need necessary
Means to protect what we love
February winds
The message that we send
Will come back in the end
Songwriters: Aaron Solowoniuk / Ben Kowalewicz / Ian D’sa / Jon Gallant
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Track Twelve. Afraid Of Heights Reprise

Definitely my least favorite track on the album. Basically just a remix of ‘Afraid of Heights’ with guitarist Ian D’Sa playing piano in the background. This may be considered filler, but I don’t even want to count it as a track. I;d rather have the Japanese exclusive track ‘Half Past Dead’ because the reprise is a waste of space.

 

Also given credit on the album is drummer Aaron Solowonuick’s fight Multiple Sclerosis. Aaron was sidelined from this latest project from a relapse, rendering it impossible fro him to drum. This album was definitely different because of replacement drummer Jordan Hasting’s different style, but I think the album turned out alright. IT turned out great! In the back of the lyric book, there is a message to Aaron that reads,

This album is Dedicated to Aaron. We stand together in your fight

F.U.MS

Thank you so much for reading my blog and bearing with me throughout my longest post yet. Remember to follow my blog and like my posts if you like what you’re seeing, so that I will be encouraged to write more posts and I know that people are actually enjoying them. I hop to see you soon,

-Tash

Christmas Haul-Part 2- Books


I am so late doing this. It’s freaking May!! Anyways, don’t think of this as a Christmas Haul, but as a “books you should read”… Let’s begin!

HELLO!!! Spring is here, weather is nice, snow has stopped (although it still rains), and judo tournaments are a-coming! Today i will attempt to get two thirds through my Christmas Haul, so let’s actually begin this time!

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1.Gilded by Christina Farley

Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt and steel-tipped arrows. When her father uproots them and moves to Seoul, the needs to deal with fitting in and tough Korean grandfathers. Oh, and yeah, a Korean demi-god has been stealing souls of the oldest daughters in her family for generations. She’s next. The other books are Silvern and Brazen.

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2. WARP #2: The Hangman’s Revolution by Eoin Colfer

After a mission in the Victorian-era, Chevie Savano has returned to London. It is drastically different from the London she left. It has been taken over by a group who runs the city through intimidation and terror. Her memories slowly return, but just as she gets a refresher on WARP, the inventor of the time machine is killed by Secret Service cops. Working once again with Riley, they will need to stop Colonel Clayton Box, whose escalating power may destroy Europe. The other books are The Reluctant Assassin and The Forever Man.

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3. WARP #1: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

The FBI and WARP (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program) started it all. Hiding witnesses in the past to protect the future. Riley, a Victorian orphan gets thrown into the 21st century, hunted by Albert Garrick, the crazy master and Chevie Savano, the FBI’s youngest and most impulsive agent at just 17. As Garrick hunts them, Chevie and Riley need to stop him from returning to the Victorian-era with knowledge that can change everything we know.

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4. Wizarding World Movie Magic

This is so self explanatory. With original sketches from Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter, this must have companion is perfect for the Harry Potter fan in your life. Or you. It is totally amazing and deserves way more reads than the average person may give it. READ IT!! Please?

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5. Kane Chronicles #2: Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Well, the gods are loose. What’s new with Rick Riordan? Carter and Sadie are in big trouble with no parents and crazy powers. And Sadie’s crush on Anubis. They don’t have too much time to master their skills before apocalypse. They need to revive Ra to have any chance at all. I wonder how that will play out? The other books are The Red Pyramid and The Serpent’s Shadow.

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6.Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Another Rick Riordan book. Thor’s hammer is gone again. This is becoming a disturbing habit. It’s not lost though. It’s in enemy hands. Magnus,  Sammy and the others better get it back from Loki quickly, or Ragnarok will be here before they know it. The other two books are The Sword of Summer and coming soon, The Ship of Death.

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7. Beyonders #1: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Strange music from the mouth of a hippo. The kid hearing this has problems. The hippo swallows him when he falls in (of course!) and takes him to Lyrian. In the past, he’d be welcomed. Nope. Not since Maldor took power. After he meets RAchel and a rag-tag group of rebels, they learn to piece together a word of power that can take down MAldor and restore balance to this world without heroes. The other books are Seeds of REbellion and Chasing the Prophecy.

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8. The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Lying low means staying alive. Bartholomew and Hettie  live in faerie slums and are peculiar. Neither faerie or human want anything to do with them. Well, that’s not fully true. They want to hang them, but that’s about it. Read this if steampunk is your thing. According to Goodreads, part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann’s riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel. Don’t know, haven’t read it yet.

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9.  iFunny by James Patterson

Jamie Grimm has a mission. He is determined to become to greatest stand-up comedian this side of the world has ever seen. Lot’s of non-funny events come to play though. He’s living with his Aunt in a new town and  a bully (his cousin Stevie) who isn’t letting Jamie’s wheelcahir go unnoticed. During the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic contest comes, Jamie is determined to get first.

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10. Indigo gift card

I don’t think this counts. It’s just here because.

Thanks for reading my blog! Be sure to follow my blog and like my post so i know you guys like it! If it looks different, don’t panic, i refaced it. See you guys soon, hopefully then this haul will finally be over!

-Tash

Christmas Haul-Part 1-Clothes and Fashion

Hello again. Christmas was not that long ago. Merry Belated Christmas by the way. Today i will be doing a Christmas inspired haul. This will be in multiple parts so that it is sorted out better and not all cluttered into one giant post. Part 1 is clothes and fashion, part 2 will be books and part 3 will be other. Just as soon as i figure out how to categorize some things. Lets begin!

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  1. Ardene Move Capri

This comfortable and stylish workout pant from Ardene’s Move collection goes to about an inch below the knee but could go all the way down depending on what size you buy. Mine are just intended to be that one inch below the knee, but I’m not complaining. They are great for playing cricket, jogging, doing judo or sitting and watching “The Librarians” 🙂

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2. La Vie en Rose pajamas

 Great for lounging and doing nothing! These pajamas are so incredibly comfortable! What i really like about the store’s pajama section is that it is all mix-and-match, so you can create your own pairs. You have a lot of creativity there

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3.Bluenotes Vampurr T-Shirt

This is a Halloween shirt from Bluenotes, AKA the best store known to teenage girls in Canada. It is a  really comfy shirt bedazzled with a vampire cat and the word “vampurr” underneath. A cross between a vampire and the sound a cat makes.

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 4.Justice “Class President Material” Tee

This adorable $12 “Style Buy” is adorned with a cute puppy wearing glasses, and the caption in a thought bubble. It is sooo adorable, but i don’t plan on ever being a class president.

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5.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them T-Shirt

Hot Topic. That is all i need to say. The Pop Culture and Music store is filled with licensed apparel, patches and Band Merch. I go there specifically for the Harry Potter and Disney stuff.  This is all that needs to be said. I LOVE this t-shirt and i can;t wait until my mom takes me to go see the movie. I heard that its good. NO SPOILER ALERTS IN THE COMMENTS PLEASE!!!  Yeah. If you were even thinking about doing that, just don’t.

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6.Ardene Move Shorts

These shorts, like the capris at the beginning, are by Ardene’s workout line, Move. They are really comfortable and go down to just above the knee. Great for whatever sport you do or just going to the mall and shopping at Bluenotes:)

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7. Kirkland Signature Girls Leggings

You may associate Kirkland with food, but they are actually a brand owned by Costco who make a wide variety of things. This 2-pack of leggings is incredibly comfortable and stylish. They can only  be found at Costco, so no membership, no leggings.

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8.Gryffindor Track Pants

Hot Topic, again. I am really starting to like that store. These simple track pants are rimmed in yellow and red and the left pant leg is emblazoned withGRYFFINDOR down the side in yellow athletic block letters. (Pardon my enthusiasm and obsession)

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9.Justice “One Smart Cookie” Longer-Length Tee

I am one smart cookie. This t-shirt, however, makes it literal, The top is adorned with a simple graphic of a cookie reading a book. If i were a cookie, that would be me.

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10. TASC Bamboo Fiber Sweater

This sweater is super soft and made with bamboo fiber by TASC. The pinkish hue is not as bright as seen in this photo, but more of a toned down coral. It is incredibly comfy and very versatile.

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11. Justice Mesh “Style Buy” Shorts

These comfy black shorts are what Justice calls a “Style Buy”, which means that  it is a great product for an even better price. I have multiple pairs of these shorts and they are all super comfortable. They are great for basically anything. Shopping, a cricket match, shopping, Watching “The Librarians” and “Relic Hunter” and did I mention, shopping.

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12. Justice Leggings

These pale pink leggings are perfect. Super Comfortable and perfect for anything. Heck, I wore them with a solid black blouse to my grandmothers house for Christmas dinner, and i looked absolutely bootifal.

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13. Reebok Track Pants

These are super comfy, super warm track pants from Costco. Well, they’re Reebok, but Costco was supplied with them. Yeah. That’s all I have to say.

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14. Aztec Wallet

This is a large, stylish wallet from Dollarama, surprisingly. It holds all my gift cards and has room for so much more!

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15. Justice Photoreal New York Long-Sleeve

This long-sleeve has blocks of pictures of New York. It is described as a “photoreal” top and is a “Style Buy”

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16. Ariposa Cosmetics Lipstick+Lip Gloss set

These were a gift from my cousin Joshua. The set contains one pale pink lipstick and matching lip gloss. They are actual makeup and not just cheapy-cheap stuff from Dollarama or that rip off Barbie kit things.

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17. Witch, Don’t Kill my Vibe Quarter-Sleeve from Bluenotes

This quarter sleeve is from Bluenotes. It is their Halloween collection which consisted of their Vampurr t-shirt and one that says “you aren’t my boo”. It was about $16.99. Don’t ask how i know how much my gifts cost.

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18. Urban Kids Leggings

urban Kids is so not my store, but i don’t think my Oma knew that. Regardless of where they are from, these leggins are super stylish and super comfy.

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19. Gryffindor Quidditch Captain Quarter-Sleeve

You know why i love this so much. I am a die hard Harry Potter fan, and Hot Topic is my zone! For “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and “Stranger Things” as well, mind you. This shirt proudly proclaims the wearer that they are the Captain of whatever team they choose. Hot Topic has one for each house.

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20. Harry Potter Cat Baseball Quarter-Sleeve

This Bluenotes Quarter-Sleeve Baseball tee is one of my absolute faves. It shows Harry as a cat riding on a Meowbus instead of a Nimbus. Instead of Harry Potter, his name is Hairy Purrter! BEST. SHIRT. EVER. I saved the best for last!

Thanks for reading my post. There is a follow button on my homepage for you to press so that you so not miss out on any of my amazing posts. Thanks for being a faithful follower and Happy 2017!

-Tash

Birthday Haul! (I got mostly books)

Hi friends! My birthday was on the 23rd. I know, i know, i get three straight days of presents. Its mostly lucky and amazing. I got so many books for my birthday, it was crazy. Then again, i LOVE books, so who’s complaining? Hahaha. Just a funny story. For my birthday, my friends opened my locker before school and stuffed my locker with balloons and little decorations. I was attacked by balloons  when i opened the door. Hahaha. So. How’s Life? Mine is good, thank you. Are you going to watch the episode of “The Librarians” on Christmas? For some crazy reason though, they are not making it an Xmas special. Why!! Anyways, its mostly on a plane, but i think that Cassie and Ezekiel get closer. I hope they kiss this season. Anyhow, this is the complete haul of my birthday gifts. Enjoy!

 

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  1. Gallagher Girls #1: I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is no ordinary girl who goes to no ordinary school. The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is not a boarding school for the boring and preppy. It is a boarding school for young CIA operatives in training. Cammie’s mom just happens to be the headmistress. When she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she is an ordinary girl, she has no idea what to do. I mean sure, Cammie can tap into his phone, hack his laptop and track him through town, but that’s not how you get a boy to like you. Especially a boy who can never know who you are.

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2. Gallagher Girls #5: Out of sight, Out of time by Ally Carter

Cammie only remembers leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan. The only traces of her summer are bruises and dirt on her body and under her nails. She just wants to go home. When she gets back to the academy, nothing is clear. There are more questions than answers. The Circle will not let her discover what she did last summer. She, Zach and her besties must race against time and across the world to find out what happened over summer vacay. The books are I‘d tell you I love you but then I’d have to kill you(1.),Cross my heart and hope to spy, Don’t judge a girl by her cover and United we spy

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3. Hogwarts Alumni Makeup Bag

This is a stylish Harry Potter makeup bag from Hot Topic. Inside, it is completely open with only one mesh pocket on the lid. It’s a nice bag that i am probably going to use to fill with nail polish bottles and other stuff like that.

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4.Zodiac Legacy #2: The Dragon’s Return by Stan Lee, Andie Tong and Stuart Moore

In Convergence Steven Lee and his friends discovered the power of the Zodiac. The also defeated the Vanguard Max. Or so they thought. The team is falling drastically close to apart and the Vanguard is coming back. Jasmine’s dragon power grows stronger and the lines between good-guy and bad-guy blur, all leading up to a major cliffhanger. The only other book so far is Convergence

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5. The Artifact Vault

The Artifact Vault is  a Hogwarts-textbook-style companion to the movies. This book talks about all the artifacts from the books and how it was determined they should be configured in the movies. just remember after reading this that you are never to judge a book series by the movies. Crappy movies don’t mean crappy books.

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6. Moana Bookmark

This is a self-explanatory, stylish and very Disney bookmark by Artitouch. The best thing on this bookmark is the pig. Definitely the pig. So cute!

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7.The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

Jack can find things. Not just a sock hidden under the bed or money stuffed in between the couch cushions. No, he can find things that people like you and me have given up on ever seeing ever again. Things that are lost halfway across London. Or the world for that matter. As the series is fairly new as of now, this is the only book.

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8. Pickering Town Centre Gift Card

This is a gift card that can be used just about anywhere in the whole entire mall. There is an expiry date that is only for deactivating the card. Customer Service can load your balance onto a new one. Knowing me, I’ll spend it way before that day. There are also $2..50 fees every month starting at month 16. It is deducted on its own and is not preventable. Then again, i will have spent it before then.

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7. Customized Judo Gi ornament

This ornament is currently on my Christmas tree. My little sister and i both do judo and her birthday is on the 15th. She opened hers way before I got mine. I was soo jealous that she had a custom ornament and i didn’t, so at first i was ticked off, but then I opened mine and was just like “Cue the Mystical ‘auhhhh'” and yeah.

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8.Suzy Toronto 2017 Calendar

I have no apparent idea of who this person is, but she has great life advice. I have her 2016 calendar and the advice on ti was fantastic. This one says things like “don’t let anyone dull your sparkle” “make waves” and “don’t judge a book by its movie”(amen to that!). You can find them at Costco.

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9. Newt Scammander: Movie Scrapbook

This is soooo cool. Does anybody have the book Treasures of Coronation Street? I know that my mom does. Basically, this is like that. There are all these little things that you can pull out and it really gets into how the movie works and all that sort of stuff. There are other movie scrapbook, but this one centers in on Newt and the Fantastic Beasts.

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10. Do not disturb unless you have Presents wooden sign

This cute little sign is actually from the Christmas Tree Store in New York. There is another one that says “unless your name is Santa, don’t knock”. This sign is really cute and i just have it hanging from my doorknob. It makes a nice winter decoration.

Thanks for reading my post. Can you believe that it is nearly 2017 already! Thank you to all my followers for being there since i started in August. Have yourselves a Merry little Christmas or whatever holiday, may it be Hanukah, Kwanzaa or just simply the winter solstice! I’ll talk to you guys again soon! Hopefully. Probably. Most Likely. Yes. TTYL!

-Tash

Book Fair Haul!

Did anybody see Sunday night’s premiere of  “The Librarians”? ‘Twas sooo EPIC! The Egyptian God of Chaos took over a body and nearly destroyed the Boston Science Museum! Ezekiel and Jacob fan-boyed over a submarine while I fan-girled over  the episode and the military knows about magic! For those of you who do not know, A. i am obsessed and B. that’s a typical “Librarians” episode. I’m obsessed and crazy and you know it.

Over the course of last week, we had a book fair at school. I am a full supporter of book fairs because they are awesome. I did some shopping… and here’s what I got!

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1. Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne

Still reeling from her father’s death, suburban-bred teenager Autumn, her troublesome brother Erick and her mother uproot and move to Florida to be closer to their Aunt Eddy. Autumn doesn’t fall under the radar at her new school but a magic diary could change that!

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2. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

When a family tragedy sends some random boy named Jacob to the British Isles, where Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is located, he needs to prepare himself for monsters, destruction, girls with two mouths that can fly and control fire and one special little lady named Emma.

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3. The Joke’s on Us by Gordon Korman

I am a Gordon Korman Junkie. I’ll admit it, he’s awesome. Some of my favorite Gordon Korman books are Masterminds (all three), Swindle (all of them) and you get the picture now, don’t you. In this installment of his MacDonald Hall Series, Boots’s brother Edward comes to MacDonald Hall, and suddenly all these weird pranks start to happen and for once, it’s not them!

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4.My Bookmarks

At our book fairs, we sometimes sell other things such as bookmarks and posters. I usually get two bookmarks as they are 50 cents each. They usually have cute phrases on them and animals or food.

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5.Just Chillin’ Poster

The posters at the book fairs are $5, which is too much. Wanna know a hack? Just help take the book fair down and your librarian might let you have one for free. I got this one from helping at my school, and another one at my sister’s. This one is decked out with a baby emperor penguin  and the words “Just Chillin'” written in shiny blue.

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6. Fantastic Beasts Poster

I got this one for helping at my sister’s school. The poster is decked out with Queenie, Jacob, Newt and Tina (right to left) against a 1920something backdrop.The movie came out last Friday and I’ve been DYING to see it! I even pre-ordered the screenplay from scholastic. Just Keep Waiting, Just Keep Waiting, Just Keep Waiting, Waiting. It will come. Eventually. Then I’ll be happy.

Thanks you guys for reading my posts! Thanks to the brilliant four people who liked my last post and to all you who follow and view this blog. You need to go watch “The Librarians”. NOW. GO DO IT! Just press the follow button on the homepage to make sure you do not miss out! GO WATCH THE LIBRARIANS NOW!

-Tash

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