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This is a piece inspired by Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Written and recorded in the summer of 2013, it was too sweet for the Whore's Breakfast album and too atypically vocal heavy (that's what happens when you play in bands like The PepTides) for a whole album of similar pieces. Regardless, I like this song very much, it's a symphonic-y piece of business and far less dissonant than usual and although a late-comer to the "canon", something I think is representative of the early stuff.


Waiting for a chance
(waiting for a chance)
and in the daylight waning
(to win your heart or soul)
loss or gain I'm
waiting in the strange
(waiting in the strange)
silence that still surrounds you
sounds too quiet to change
(silence of your soul)

I run from the hounds
(I run from the hounds)
mystery chases me and
runs me into
(the selling of your soul)
grounded by the light
(grounded by the light)
shines in your eyes and maybe
I'll rest for the night.
(Your sheltering heart)

Your heart beside me, softly beats beside me.

Waiting in the dark,
(waiting in the dark)
taking too long to see the truth of me and
(truth of)
her life in my heart
something that softly grows and grows into
the better part of me

Your heart inside me, softly beats inside me

I chase after her,
mountains and depths of feeling, reeling into the
dark and silent
night fails and sunrise
pulling her into my arms
into my heart
and into my life


from 3rd Wheel (The Songs That Didn't Fit), released August 11, 2015
David-vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, mandolin, programming




The Rebel Wheel Ottawa, Ontario

Steeped in dark cinematic soundscapes and complex, turn-on-a-dime arrangements, The Rebel Wheel features a frenetic mix of rock aggression, complex compositions and unpredictable odd-meter vamps. Originally formed in 1991 as a fusion-based midi ensemble, the floating lineup has gradually focused on a modern, more performance-oriented, genre-blending Prog. ... more

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