Baby Teeth

by Flower Face

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released March 10, 2018

All songs written and performed by Ruby Mckinnon.
All songs recorded and produced by Joshua Kaiser and Ruby Mckinnon at Kaiser Sound Productions.
Except: "Another Life" recorded and produced by Martin Bak and Ruby Mckinnon at SLR Studios.

All instrumentals performed by Ruby Mckinnon and Joshua Kaiser.
Except: selected drums performed by Devin Noordermeer.
Violin on "Hangman Hands" performed by Stu Kennedy.

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Track Name: Baby Teeth
your cheap drink tricks and cigarettes keep you locked inside a cage
your mother fears you, your father can't hear you, you're money, a voice on a stage
i still ache from the night that you dragged me, kicking and screaming, out the door
but i won't let go, no, i left my baby teeth in your drawer

if i can't hold you like a lover i won't hold you at all
the tide is turning on you, baby, and i feel nothing anymore
if we could stay this way forever would it ever be enough?
i wear your bruises on my shoulder now forever and evermore

your lip got split, spill grenadine kisses, the codeine kids got you down
picking fights with the devil, you know, you've got a real smart mouth
driving you home from the bar and you're touching my face but i don't make a sound
lost your baby teeth in the back seat, said somebody knocked them out

if i can't hold you like a lover i won't hold you at all
if i don't pull myself together this could be the end of it all
i hear your voice inside the tv telling me to follow you home
i taste your teardrops on my tongue at night and it still turns me on

there are things that we will never say, but we know, we know
even baby teeth will hurt you when i'm biting down

if i can't hold you like a lover i won't hold you at all
the tide is turning on you, baby, and i feel nothing anymore
we could have stayed this way forever but it would never be enough
i wear your ache inside my heart, my dear, forever and evermore
Track Name: Honey and Milk
keep me caged with the animals, tasting my sorrow and teaching me lessons
you found me asleep with the roses all over my body, like a confession
cigarette burns on my collar, i don't think i like this life that we're living
surviving on honey and milk, you don't give me much more to make sure that i'm breathing

i think god's staying at the diane motel and he's smoking out on the lawn
and you're crying in the parking lot again, just praying that i will come home
but i've been lost for so many days on the interstate, i don't know morning from dark
the kindness of strangers and the strangeness of everyone i know has just fucked with my heart

you laugh like an angel with comatose love in your eyes, like a sleeping city
you put me to rest in your gravestone chest, tell me i've never looked so pretty
the funeral party had drinks and nobody asked why you smashed up the table
your promises fold and your voice is so loud but i'm living in the light of your halo

i think god's passed out in the bathtub again, cause nobody answered the door
and the love that you made me fight for was never love at all
the red light shines through the window and i've got a black eye for every bed that you've made
the honey and milk on my fingertips was never enough to make you stay
Track Name: Hangman Hands
never thought that you'd teach me to walk away
you said "i love you so much, baby, won't you stay?"
so it goes, goes, goes, so it always goes
so it goes, goes, goes, so it always goes

i went down to the river to wash away the things i've done
and all the names i've traced into my skin since you've been gone
his hands, they feel just like yours against my arm
but his voice, it sounds nothing like yours when you're telling me i'm wrong

i sleep in agony, i sleep alone
your hangman hands have got me cold
guess you don't know, know, know, guess you'll never know
now you don't know, know, know, now you'll never know

so i went back to the devil and told him everything i know
let him drink my blood and feed me wine in the TV glow
and his hands they feel just like yours against my throat
but his voice it sounds nothing like yours when you're begging me to come home

i went down to the river to wash away the things i've done
and all the names i've traced into my skin since you've been gone
Track Name: April to Death
three bullets in a wedding dress
well i know he'll kill me, but i love that boy to death
felt it bad when he took those pills
saying "ha ha ha, we're going straight to hell"

the smell of sweat and sweetness in your room
yeah, i was scared, but what can you do?
you turn around and tell me it's okay
but my hands have still got the morphine shakes

i'm alive but i don't know where i am
wanna leave but i don't know if i can
i'll drop out of art school
spend my life in hotel bedrooms

i think i saw him slow-mo crashing on the interstate
think i saw him sleeping through a hurricane
he's a violent man and his heart's decayed
he's a liar but i just can't stay away

now he's smoking out the window every morning
while i get high in the bathroom
always on the upswing, baby
phosphenes in our starry eyes today
april to our deathbed
we're always on the upswing, baby

he's got a new girl and i'm sure that she's alright
but he still calls me late at night
never meant to leave him here like this
voicemail sings a fucking wreck

i'm still written in his arm
six years between the thing he wants
nose bleeds like an afterthought
baby, don't breathe out, it's all we've got

live life on endless holiday
you're so fun but i've got bills to pay
i don't love any of these men
just want to feel the most i can

and he's smoking out the window every morning
while i get high in the bathroom
always on the upswing, baby
phosphenes in our starry eyes today
april to our deathbed
we're always on the upswing, baby

soft skin press cold hands sleep sweet sleep gentle
hey, baby, are you okay? you're always on my mind
coffee stains, radio static, slice my collarbones
i love a boy who's made of gold
i love a boy with curly hair and river eyes

now he's smoking out the window every morning
while i get high in the bathroom
always on the upswing, baby

lightning in our fingertips today
i jump each time you touch me
always on the upswing, baby
phosphenes in our starry eyes today
april to our deathbead
we're always on the upswing, baby
Track Name: Angela
daylight, i dream of you softly
i wrote you a letter that will never reach you
in montreal, the days are much colder there
now you grow older there, without me
on the lookout, baby won’t you look out?
a car full of raccoons, i think that i’m crazy
and downtown, the bar lights illuminate
lost in a cityscape where i try to find you

you walk like a miracle, bathing in starlight
your voice burning holes in the frame
i danced in the parking lot, cried in the taxi home
cause i still remembered your name

and oh, i’m not in love anymore
but i will keep you close to me forever

moonlight, i dream of you endlessly
drowning in reverie, waiting for morning
dim light, i’m drunk at the bar again
holding a stranger’s hand, a crowd with no faces

and there you are, beautiful just like the first time
you reach out, i’m shaking again
you’re gone in a moment, you leave me alone
but i swear you were real in my hands

and oh, i’m not in love anymore
but i will keep you close to me forever

i know these words might mean nothing now
while i’m stuck in this ghost town
your softness still haunts me
someday i’ll find my way out of here
if you don’t change your mind, my dear
i’ll take you with me
Track Name: Bedroom Ghost
you slipped suicide notes beneath my pillow as i slept
and in the morning the sun didn’t come up, and the sun never came up again
everything here reminds me of you and it’s getting harder to sleep
the sheets on my bed still smell like your skin
and it makes me sick, you make me sick, but why did you have to leave?

i told you “never die”, i told you “never leave”. i didn’t want you to haunt me, baby
you slept in the backyard under the tree, i didn’t want you to haunt me, baby
i don’t want you anymore, i don’t want you anymore

while your mother arranged flowers in the vase downstairs i undressed in your room
the night was quiet but the sirens blared in the evening gloom
i find traces of your footprints on the floor, i laugh at things i never would before
who are you to make me new? who are you to leave?

let’s drink to our eternal life and all the things that brought us closer to the sky
our endless passion, our endless strife, when you pushed me to the edge but never let me fly
the curtains open to the streetlight glow, i didn’t want you to haunt me, baby
i wish i could sleep out in the snow, i didn’t want you to haunt me, baby
i don’t want you anymore, i don’t want you anymore
i don’t miss you anymore, i don’t need you anymore
Track Name: Interlude
here we've got angel, he's sick in the head
and he sells all my love for a hole in the wall
i think maybe he'll kill me someday

hold me down baby and choke out this fantasy
love is a trap door that leads to a hole
i am a liar and a thief and i know what i've done
Track Name: Tell Me When It Hurts
i hate to see you hurt but i love to watch you cry
i want to make you squirm, i want to get you high
i like to watch you sleep, watch the light break through your eyes
i want to crawl into your skin like a poison parasite

tell me if it hurts, tell me when it hurts
you won’t love it anymore
cause you only love me when you’re bored
tell me if it hurts, tell me when it hurts
you won’t love it anymore and i’ll always hate you when you go

i want to make you smile, i want to push you around
i want to kiss you soft, i want to hold you down
i want to live inside your lungs, i want to feel you from inside
you know i’ll never stop until your skin’s all mine

tell me if it hurts, tell me when it hurts
you won’t love it anymore
cause you only love me when you’re bored
tell me if it hurts, tell me when it hurts
you won’t love it anymore and i’ll always hate you when you go

i want to hold your hand, i want to hold your throat
i want you marked with blood and broken bones
i want to eat at you the way it eats at me
i want you so bad that i can’t breathe

tell me if it hurts, tell me when it hurts
you won’t love it anymore
cause i only hurt you when i’m bored
tell me if it hurts, tell me when it hurts
you won’t love it anymore but you’ll always love me when i’m gone
tell me if it hurts, tell me when it hurts
Track Name: Sleeping Season
hey
where'd you get those shadows on your face?
and promise you'll put flowers on my grave
you know i'm counting down the days

wait
our bitter hearts are made out of sand
let me give you all the love that i have
before it slips right through my hands

my angel boy, i'd never ask for more
you've got the whole wide world crying at your door

baby
don't bite the hand that holds you again
and you don't have to run from your friends
everyone's just trying to contend

so many days
you've spent giving all your bullets my name
if you can't shake the thrill of this game
i'll let you shoot me all the same

it's alright
you can crucify whatever you'd like
but love is not a war that i'll fight
i'm standing by your side tonight

if i give it all, how could you ask for more?
now this world's not right, they're breaking down your door

why
do you let them eat away at your mind?
now you're waking like a dog in the night
but you look like an angel in the light

when
did love become the thrill of the chase?
i'm terrified to even touch your face
how much of me can you replace?
Track Name: Always You
you drive fast, you’re heading west
every sharp turn is a blow to my chest
we lie stagnant in your bed
saying things we’ve never said
drunken runaways to your left
all these sirens in your head
you just don’t know where to run
follow streetlights to the sun
smashing chairs against the wall
chasing stairways just to fall
breaking down the bathroom door
“i won’t hurt you anymore”

spread out records on the floor, falling on my knees
i said i couldn’t find them
and i’m sorry but i gave them all away
i just don’t know what to say, losing feeling every day
i’m a hypocrite, i know
doing better on my own

when everything’s turning, who do you love?

now everything’s changing, but it’s always you
Track Name: Another Life
static songs on the radio
back to the city where we fell in love
now tell me we’re better off

backroad headlight dancing queen
backseat where you held my hand, now tell me
it’s easier this way

cause i loved you then and i love you now
what does this all mean, what’s it all about?
if it’s not enough we can let it die
and i will see your face in another life

sleepless angel, sundance kiss
gentle lover, break that fist
don’t leave me knocking at your door

sometimes i’m alone out here
sometimes i’m a sparrow or a ghost
just weeping at your window

and someday, by the train station
my lover, he will wait for me
and i will look for you

cause i loved you then and i love you now
don’t need to practice love, we already know
if you leave me now i won’t ask you why
but we can start again in another life

maybe god will let me sleep
or take away these dreams
when you painted yourself red
i wiped all your handprints clean
i do it all for you

cause i loved you then and i love you now
what does this all mean, what’s it all about?
if we leave right now, never tell them why
we can start again in another life

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