Calling All Cats Black

by LUKA

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released November 12, 2013

Produced and Engineered by Stephen Prickett
Mastered by Noah Mintz

Vocal Harmonies by Sophie Traub + Nadia Lucie-Pacey
Piano on Track 3 by Ghislain Aucoin
Violin on Track 4 by Mark Marcyzk

Artwork by Adam Kuplowsky

Love and thanks to family and friends

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LUKA Toronto, Ontario

Armed with a nylon string guitar, LUKA is a warrior of the romance ballad. "Why is his heart so full?" His heart is full of love and sorrow.

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Track Name: Ghost
White as a ghost / I swore that I loved you the most
It was cold how you twisted the worst / The worst of my crimes
I swore
I swore you were mine

No pictures / No trace
You vanished
I tried to erase / Your Spanish tongue down my throat
The songs that I wrote
I swore
I swore there was hope

I couldn’t live like you / Couldn’t live like me

She moved quite a bit / I was different
My body was shit / I loosened the grip on her hand
No longer her man
I swear / No longer on land

I saw her again / From a distance
She caught me again
She insisted / We drink like we did
In spite of what’s hid
Before / I couldn’t be more

I couldn’t live like you / Couldn’t live like me

In steps that were small / I weaned you off me
I killed it and all
The love I carried / Buried in sleep
In dreams I do keep

You’re free / You conquered me
Track Name: Always Going Be This Way
Found it strange as I was waking
Body still / My mind was shaking
Oh this misery was something real

Searched round my brain in thinking
Thoughts came down as I was sinking
Sinking down to what I feel

Place your lips against my lips so I can be
Something greater than this death inside of me
It was always going to be this way / No?
Well wasn’t it?

I try so hard to concentrate
Small ideas perpetuate
They seem to grow inside the skull

I disregard the enemies
Thoughts flow free of chivalry
I need love and that is all

Place your lips against my lips so I can be
Something greater than this death inside of me
It was always going to be this way / No?
Well wasn’t it?

I left before the dusk
And I looked back / As I must
I saw you smoke that cigarette

So beautiful / Unaware
Oh grant me this one affair
I am quite thankful you should know

Place your lips against my lips so I can be
Something greater than this death inside of me
It was always going to be this way / No?
Well wasn’t it?
Track Name: Like A Song
Like A Song

When love came crashing in defeat / I stumbled down an empty street
I mixed my blood with oil and concrete
I cursed your name in several ways / Severed what we’re waiting for
I contemplated knocking on your kitchen door

I follow her in hot pursuit / Gun in hand and bulletproof
My shirt was ripped and I confessed ‘I love you’
Like Brando swore ‘forevermore’ / I wore my grief in semaphore
So place your head against my chest and close your eyes

Beauty is so frightening
When its gone / When its gone
It haunts you / And it taunts you
Like a song
Like a song

I understood the circumstance / I struck my loss and took my chance
Divining all your secrets in a farewell glance
You loved him but didn’t know / You only loved for style and show
To break his heart would only prove a point

Well in those lights you changed in form / Something strange / Conceived and born
You laughed as if to say ‘I am quite happy’
To hold that soiled, unwashed hand / To love that rock n’ roller band
I am quite comfortable with what you’re saying

Beauty is so frightening
When its gone / When its gone
It haunts you / And it taunts you
Like a song
Like a song

Well on we drift into the night / You to Him and me to fight
A single blade of doubt has touched my tongue
I speak of love in only lies / The one who sings does rarely try
To put his feelings into a practice

You see the tortured artist is just for show / It keeps my fears right in control
It lets the ink bleed onto my paper
For I have loved and lost again / Lost a love and kept a friend
The pain it goes no deeper than the surface

Beauty is so frightening
When its gone / When its gone
It haunts you / And it taunts you
Like a song
Like a song
Track Name: Only Me
Woke up this morning / Same as the last
A head full of liquor and a boy in the lap
He’s ugly and boring / Necessarily so
I don’t have to think of a future for sure

I slept with some girl who reminds me of you
Was it the pout of her lips?
Or the profile view?
Or was it just that she needed me too?
I was looking for old love draped in the new

I’ll make love to your memory / Make love to your shadow
Make love ‘neath the paper moon
Intimacy is a struggle for me
So I’ll make love with only me

I look in the mirror till I’m powdered and pressed
Till my lipstick and liner match the print of my dress
I look like a princess / But I feel like a mess
If I end up alone is anyone’s guess

I’ve grown accustomed to looking this way
My clothes are unclean / My body it aches
No movement’s been made for a couple of days
Its not the love / But the will I still crave

I’ll make love to your memory / Make love to your shadow
Make love ‘neath the paper moon
Intimacy is a struggle for me
So I’ll make love with only me

I have been forced to live in my dreams
Milk and warm honey stimulates me
Head on my pillow / Hand ‘tween my thighs
A lovers repose is a fantasy now

I’ll make love to your memory / Make love to your shadow
Make love ‘neath the paper moon
Intimacy is a struggle for me
So I’ll make love with only me
Track Name: Cover Me
Cover Me

Cover me / With a blanket or your skin
Something tough enough / To keep my heart from bleeding thin

No relief from the late night breeze / Oh these bones will freeze
am I stuttering?
oh my muttering /These little lullabies keep me warm

Cover me / With a blanket or your skin
Something tough enough / To keep my heart from bleeding thin

This cold somehow lingers on / Trapped ‘tween my shoulders
Digs into my stomach / And waits until I’m older

I’ve got this golden glow / As I stumble through the midnight air
I welcome any stranger / Who shows me any care

Cover me / With a blanket or your skin
Something tough enough / To keep my heart from bleeding thin
Track Name: Sisters of Song
Sisters of Song

You’re no intruder / No malice / No suitor
I welcome your friendship in song
Accompany me softly / In sadness and laughter
This moment can’t be shared for long

Sisters of song share in this music of love
Oh this compassion / Born through the gift of the song

Sugar and tea leaves / Hard rain and cool breeze
The weather conspires to stop
The elements gather / But I know I’d rather
Sing till my throat turns to rot

Lift up this melody / Born of this gathering
Join me in the next refrain
We lock in harmony / Smile and acknowledge thee
Mutually blessed by the rain

And as you depart / Moonlight spins shadows
Dark starlight stirs hollow / In words and in speech
This absence inside of me is rapidly fading
You see music is healing for those who can feel
Track Name: Absolute Surprise
Absolute Surprise

She talked till she was silly / Going on about a love she never had
Well imagine that there’s nothing / And that no one can ever feel that bad
She seemed so lonely / Beaten down by the forces of her job
Resigned to the comfort that stability lent to this façade

A part of me loves her / It’s a part of me that never fails to rise
Rise up like the morning sun / And sink down in an absolute surprise

Well it simmers when she tells me of the men she welcomed in delight
You see I loosen up my grip on her / It’s a feeling that’s pretty hard to fight
I learned a little cruelness goes a long way to bringing out the truth
For when jealously arises / There is nothing but a feeling that can soothe

A part of me loves her / It’s a part of me that never fails to rise
Rise up like the morning sun / And sink down in an absolute surprise

She looked me in the eye and declared, ‘these are the years I will squander
Like a pauper I will roam / And I will pillage every man that I am fond of’
She said, ‘If you ever leave me honey won’t you please keep a picture near your heart’
I said, ‘I will do much more that / I will dream that we have never been apart’

A part of me loves her / It’s a part of me that never fails to rise
Rise up like the morning sun / And sink down in an absolute surprise

Leave me all alone / Like a star shining bright in seclusion
If you loved me you would know that just a touch would send me off into confusion
As she kissed me on the cheek she whispered something funny I recall
She said, ‘Aren’t we all just waiting for some lover to take another fall’

A part of me loves her / It’s a part of me that never fails to rise
Rise up like the morning sun / And sink down in an absolute surprise
Track Name: Solitude
Solitude

Solitude
Solitude
You can do / Whatever you want to do
Because you’re in Solitude
Horrible Solitude

Who really knew?
Who really knew
That Solitude / Was something / You learn to do?
It’s something you make come true / When you got nothing to do but do exactly that

I think of you / I think of you
That is my Solitude / My Solitude