Without Expectations (2003)

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released November 26, 2003

Words and Music by Give.

Give is:
Vocals, piano and flute: Caroline St-Louis
Guitars, Electric bass, backvocals, vocal (Around), arrangements et programming: Stephan Ritch.
Drums, percussions and vocals (Time): Pierre Begin
Cello and arrangements: Philippe Flemming
Upright Bass (Wisdom): Stephane Petrocca
Horns and arrangements: Roselyn Girouard
Piano and organ (Stubborn Me): Patrick Watson
Backvocals (Anxiousness): Mynah Marie
Backvocals (Dream): Deeqa Ibrahim
MCs (Dream): Martin Jean & Francis Gelinas
Turntables (Dream): Felix Favreau

Engineering: Stephan Ritch
Mastering: Bernard Belley

Artwork: Marie-Lyne Baril

www.giveband.ca
info@giveband.ca
(c) 2003 La Maison Give.

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Give Montréal, Québec

The Montreal band GIVE is a collective created by singer Caroline St-Louis and Stephan Ritch in 2000.

Le groupe Montréalais GIVE est un collectif créé par Caroline St-Louis et Stephan Ritch en 2000.

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Track Name: Anxiousness
I'm anxiously awake
Thinking that there's no time to spend in bed
Too many words are in my head
And just leaving 'cause I am sleeping
I want to record my brain
This is where I need technology
And if it could bring you up there
That would be nice too

I want to hear violence from a cellist
I want to see you ragging through your piano
The sound of your speech is louder than loud
I can't explain how bleak is your way out

'Cause what I see I just don't believe it
No I believe in what I just can't see

I want to freeze the world
With my breath so I can sculpt the ice
And bring it back to life
It could be perfect, like nothing else
I want to see true awake eyes
On every human I meet
And I want it to be warm too
Track Name: Be and Been
I'll kiss the wall of all goodness
Tonight or early in the morning
I mean all the time
I can see it even its face
It closes its eyes but softly

It can mean something else
Like I'd rather think more or less
When we fear to be mean
It closes the case to agree
But it's only a belief

The absolution is a never-ending story
Everything should be absolute perfect

I compare his art with all I know
Forgetting we're all human at the start
A part of art from the start
But apart in what we're looking for

What wears your face today?
What should I say?
I see your moral heights leaving you
You’re totally out of control, of here and it's there
The I don't know why or what but it's there
It's screaming in you
But it's leaving you here silent, so silent
I can only hear myself
Be and been something sometimes I didn't really want to be
Track Name: Maximize
I’m getting your prayers off my head
I think it’s getting better has a sweet taste covers my bed
As I dream a movie of us asking for more
I do believe we’ll have to wait a little more

The ambition of destruction has a mirror for kindness
Past is past but we need a future
Every built brick can be covered with leaves
And wood imitation will never leave
So it’s a whole nation in need
And what’s necessary is already served

It leaks but in heights
And it perforates the ceiling
So it burns easier
And we hold on to dust

Where went what you threw out your home?
You don’t want it but it’s still your own
‘Cause it’s a small ball after all
It reminds the colors at a funeral
This is an experience for all of us
Surviving is a thing in what we trust
We’re all responsible for having to assume unnatural

It leaks but in heights
And it perforates the ceiling
So it burns easier
And we hold on to dust
Track Name: I Died Alone
Breathing infinity
Closing my eyes to see
From this window on sufferings
What is really happening?

Forgiveness enlightens darkness
And my restless body
Is sharing its energy
What's left to those who ignore what they're doing?
And other who crave for understanding
In the dust of their having
All my love to them
All I got for them

I die alone, 'cause that's what I knew
Before the pressure on my bones
Before all the bruises
I know my colors
I know where to go
I got everything I need
It's all in me

And it feels the same as
Pleasure remains when
You inhale the love
And you exhale the light
Track Name: It's been a while (part 1)
Me and the sky of the earth
When you try to increase your ideas
It takes a different shape
But it's still clear; it’s going up higher
Out of reach, delightful
It's more like a cloud

It's been a while since I've been seeing things
It's been a while 'cause I've been sleeping
On and on I followed the water course
Until it dilutes city talks

The song the bird is singing
Does express the same feeling
So the sky of the earth is trembling
For us to teach us one thing

Sort of renewing a maybe future
Lot's of rippin’ heart but it can't take all you got
Genuine is your own force
So you know its suspension
Not only a jump with a dive
If you're flowing in my mouth
While I’m drinking you'll soon reach out
The strength, where it is
But it'll also mean we speak the same prose
The one that says that life carries on and on
It sings about places so inspiring
It doesn't even exist anymore

So the sky of the earth is trembling
For us to teach us one thing
Track Name: It's been a while (part 2)
Me and the sky of the earth
When you try to increase your ideas
It takes a different shape
But it's still clear; it’s going up higher
Out of reach, delightful
It's more like a cloud

It's been a while since I've been seeing things
It's been a while 'cause I've been sleeping
On and on I followed the water course
Until it dilutes city talks

The song the bird is singing
Does express the same feeling
So the sky of the earth is trembling
For us to teach us one thing

Sort of renewing a maybe future
Lot's of rippin’ heart but it can't take all you got
Genuine is your own force
So you know its suspension
Not only a jump with a dive
If you're flowing in my mouth
While I’m drinking you'll soon reach out
The strength, where it is
But it'll also mean we speak the same prose
The one that says that life carries on and on
It sings about places so inspiring
It doesn't even exist anymore

So the sky of the earth is trembling
For us to teach us one thing
Track Name: Enough
Where, oh, where it all leads to
Conversations to feel a certain union
Even if the union is certain

As a flower with a bee
Where all this needs leads me to be
I chose to create conscience in harmony
And hoped that it would blow under your wings
Until you see
We all have our own destiny
But one wouldn't be without another

Enough, enough
With mind torturing about the things that are obvious
It's got to melt for a richer soil
It's got to fly for a better sky
Hold on holding emptiness
You’ll taste better, yes

Classical ignorant decisions
Were un-criminalized by time or masks
Sometimes you never get to know who caught you in your fall
Sometimes you even ignore you've fallen

And witches believed in human kindness
Until the very end, oh 'cause they never denied
And all through centuries we took life in our hands
'Cause we weren't ready to make a move…
To change the channel, there's always new information to make us feel
We could be better
Track Name: Stubborn Me
Myself, it's all about myself
Stubborn me, as I am, tell me, who I am
Myself, it's all about “it”

I'm progressing to be involved
In the things that are neat
And I know the wrong things
And I know the right things
But I still do the wrong things

Don't you worry, we're the same old friends
Remember when we use to talk to trees
And sing on blooming days
Why don't you sing me a song tonight?

Well tell me what you want to hear
Words all slipped out of my mind
I'm amazed of how easy it is to set up things right

I've been waiting here for your absence of fear

How come everything came out to be so clear
Myself, it's all about “it”

You know I tried other ways to apologize
Yes I thought writing words would be wise
So I wrote this big letter, I’ve let it outside your door
But it might have been blown away by the wind
So I’ve tried to just let things go
After all those years you know
But then I thought, maybe you'd rather
Hear it! Hear it!

Myself it's all about myself...
Stubborn me has I am! Take me for who I am!
Myself, it's all about “it”.
Track Name: Around
Everything is changing and everything is waiting
For something to come through, but it's been waiting for you
I've been looking there, searching for my own self
But it's always been there, here and everywhere

Can you see it too?
Do you believe it too?
I can feel (see) a flow moving around you and me

I've been pushing time, seemed everything was mine
But I’ve stopped pushing and it still keeps on moving
Do you believe in you, the way that I see you
You can only be yourself the way you see yourself, but...

Can you see it too?
Do you believe it too?
I can feel (see) a flow moving around you and me

It started to be with the wind of purple eyes
And it was okay, and then it started to be far away
From it's main level
It was a hard comeback
Then I realize, I’m a child without life suiting imagination
Similar creation, don't want to have to fear the options
Don't want to have to let you there
Track Name: Something Else to Stare
They have something else in between
And behind there's nothing left to care about
'Cause it just doesn't matter
Can't you see it will always be there, loose or tight
We don't have to show we care
It shows, the examples are obvious
It pierces shields but
Ours are rubber made
Why's that? How’s that?

Curtains take time to open but it’s going to be just in time
Life's like that and we like that
We're going to train them for something generous and powerful
We don't care now we know it is there
We don't have to care now

There's something else to stare
There's something else to share

We now have to build another tower with rocks of hope
What has been done before will work out
Let's not let anger and fear
Ruin the most important of our dreams

There's something else to stare
There's something else to share
Track Name: Wisdom
I'd rather hide in the bushes
For a moment with my ears
Now they won’t create illusional fears
This time, I decide
So let's hope for that

I've been searching for that old soul I may reflect
The tea's ready for that knowledge
That could be telling me stories
Hiding real life truths

Wandering how come we know things to discover
Only when from those things we are liberated
Meaning there, it is only after
How fascinating, how cruel but how fascinating

There is a rule: it sure isn’t easy, there won’t be no easy one
'cause if it's too easy, it’ll come back after you
To make sure you've understood it sure isn’t easy

Only an imaginary mirror is what I could be needing
Only that could follow me through my lives
Track Name: Dream (hidden track)
...wake me up, as soon as possible...
Track Name: Nothing (hidden track)
Because nothing really matters
It seems more like it
But what about our failure
Do we need to regret it?

What ever shadows on her
That breaks her into hate
She must find some ways to grow stronger
Or I’ll claim her absence of faith

The moon shows the way
Grandmother spider brought fire
To the tribes practicing incantations
For the cruelty of the night
Breath is cold and persecuting
It’s got to blow on the medicine wheel forever

Forget what's too tight
Ease all into prayers
Ask what you might
It'll introduce something to inspire
And you'll know its meaning
All that you're wishing
If you're believing
It's going to be giving

Find your source of life
Your sweet delight