Two if by Sea

by Sarah Segal-Lazar

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released January 30, 2015

All songs written & performed by Sarah Segal-Lazar
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Al Lafrance

Bass by Elijah Fisch
Additional vocals by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph
Additional vocals and djembe by Jonah Carson
Artwork by Sophie Post-Croteau

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Sarah Segal-Lazar Montreal, Québec

Sarah Segal-Lazar is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter. "Two if by Sea" marks Sarah’s first solo record. From songs about breaking up with a city (“Gotham”) to living as a sailor (“Whence We Came”), the album is a collection of musical poetry that searches for answers of belonging, both in the world and in oneself. After all, what’s a folk album without a few tales of heartache? ... more

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Track Name: Gotham
And I squandered my money

Like I squandered my heart

On this broken-down city

That turns tricks after dark

And I squandered my fortune

Like I squandered my time

I sold my soul to the devil

But the devil was you

So I’m burning my bridges

So I can finally be free

They say no man is an island

But this island’s been

A dead-beat man to me

And you’ve been the world to me

But I’ve been just a grain of sand to you

In an hour glass

And oh the hours go by so fast

Another hundred people got off that train

And one of them will soon replace me

Pavement has no memory

For the footprints of a girl like me

And you let the world

Roll off of you

Like a cantaloupe

Or honeydew

Honey don’t misinterpret my meaning

You may have style but I’ve got the feeling

And I squandered my money

Like I squandered my heart

On this broken-down city

That turns tricks after dark

And I squandered my fortune

Like I squandered my time

I sold my soul to the devil

But the devil was you

So I’m burning my bridges

So I can finally be free

They say no man is an island

But this island’s been

A dead-beat man to me

And I squandered my money

Like I squandered my heart

On this broken-down city

That turns tricks after dark

And I squandered my fortune

Like I squandered my time

I sold my soul to the devil
Track Name: 3rd Avenue
There’s a hole in my heart

Where you used to be

Everyone know the story

Everyone but you and me

And I know there’ve been times

When I’ve been wrong

To leave you in the morning

To leave you on your own

And your shoulders were

Bigger than they first appeared

And your face got older

So you covered it up with a beard

Where’s the boy I used to know

Whom I met one night in the Manhattan snow

Now there’s a hole in my hand

Which you used to hold

Everyone knows the story

But the story’s getting old

And I know there’ve been times

When I’ve been right

To leave you in the morning

But to stay for the night

And your shoulders were

Bigger than they first appeared

And your face got older

So you covered it up with a beard

Where’s the boy I used to know

Whom I met one night in the Manhattan snow

And now jeans are blue and eyes are red

From all the wicked things you said

I’ve been sitting here alone

For days, for weeks, for years

Friends fall out when words fall in

And I can’t tell where to begin

Drinks get downed and cards get swapped

But I’m falling on deaf ears

Where’s the boy I used to know

Whom I met one night in the Manhattan snow
Track Name: Letters
I just found a brand new key

To sing the blues

But it’s deceiving

It won’t change the meaning

I wrapped it up in minor chords

But it’s no use

And words confound me

With the way they’ve bound me

But I’m going to lose you

Just like the rest

I’m going to lose you

It’s what I do best

I’m going to lose you

Like each one before

I keep hoping that this time is different

But I know the score

We talk in riddles

We talk in rhymes

We talk into each others’ mouths

And try to read between the lines

We talk in cyphers

We talk in tongues

We talk staring at the ceiling

Right until the morning comes

And when you leave my bed

That space still smells of you

Like alcohol and cigarettes

And foggy flashes and regrets

But as you pin me down you say

“It never will be you”

Cos hands move quick and hands move fast

But hands are not enough to last

But it took me far too long to realize

I couldn’t fill the hollow of your bones

And I couldn’t find the words to verbalize

The hurt I felt deep hidden in the moans

I’ve seen the future

And it’s looking grim

So hand me a lemon

And a bottle of gin

I’ve got an aching head

I’ve got an empty bed

I’m feeling wasted

Wasted on you

Cupid’s bow missed my chest

So I’ll take second best

If you’ll still have me

I’ll settle on you

But I’m going to lose you

Just like the rest

I’m going to lose you

It’s what I do best

I’m going to lose you

Like each one before

I keep hoping that this time is different

But I know the score

And all that’s left are letters

Written on a page

Ink may bleed and paper tear

But words don’t fade with age

All that’s left are letters

Folded into squares

So weary with the weight of all

The heart could never bear
Track Name: Maple Song
You tell me that the maples are dying

That’s why they haven’t changed colour

You say there’s something going around

And it’ll kill off all the others

But I’ll take that leaf

Whether it’s red or it’s brown

I’ll tattoo it to my shoulder

As I head out of town

So I’ll keep driving

Past the borders of home

I’ll keep stretching out my boundaries

To see where I belong

I keep your penny in my pocket

Where the copper maple never dies

You say the caterpillar’s come

And eaten all of the leaves

And there’s no beauty in the butterfly

If it kills all it sees

And it could be years

‘Til I come back to you

I don’t know when I’ll return

But it won’t be soon

So I’ll keep driving

Past the borders of home

I’ll keep stretching out my boundaries

To see where I belong

I keep your penny in my pocket

Where the copper maple never dies

And you can hate me for deserting

To the red white and blue

But when I said it was me

I hope you know it was you

Still when I cross the 49

I leave a part of me behind

I lose me when I leave you

So I’ll keep driving

Past the borders of home

I’ll keep stretching out my boundaries

To see where I belong

I keep your penny in my pocket

Where the copper maple never dies
Track Name: From Sea to Sea
I’m gonna leave this town

For the rocky coast of Newfoundland

For the Rockies and the Prairies

And the streets of your hometown

I will travel far and wide

With your ghost pressed to my side

Yes I will travel with you memory in me

From sea to sea

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder

But I hope to lose your spirit yonder

Over the hills and far away

I will forget you too someday

And irony of ironies

I left you for memories of other men

Who haunted me back then

And I know I bruised your feelings

I know I let you down

But I had the best intentions

When I dragged your heart through town

So I’m gonna leave this town

For the rocky coast of Newfoundland

For the Rockies and the Prairies

And the streets of your hometown

I will travel far and wide

With your ghost pressed to my side

Yes I will travel with you memory in me

From sea to sea
Track Name: Whence We Came
My daddy was a writer
He told me ‘bout the world
‘Bout kings and queens, things he’d never seen
That were perfect for a little girl

But now I am a sailor
And it’s all I will ever be
Seen the setting sun, been to hell and beyond
The devil and the deep blue sea

Oh the world keeps crumbling around
Oh but I can’t stand to plant my tired sea-legs on the ground

The sea’s a lonely place it’s true
What good’s a captain without a crew
The sea’s a lonely place I know
But I can’t, I can’t, I can’t
Live upon the shore

High upon the sea
I want to be, I want to be
High upon the waves
Is where I will spend the rest of my days

The sea’s a lonely place it’s true
The sea’s a lonely place it’s true

So point me home lighthouse beacon
I’m been following the stars but they won’t lead the way
Point me home lighthouse beacon
In the darkest night, I can’t find my way
But when the morning comes, I’ll be on my way

My daddy was a writer
He told me ‘bout the world
‘Bout kings and queens, things he’d never seen
That were perfect for a little girl

But now I am a sailor
And it’s all I will ever be
If I have my way, at the end of days,
I’ll take the locker over Fiddler’s Green

High upon the sea
I want to be, I want to be
High upon the waves
Is where I will spend the rest of my days
Track Name: Old October
I travelled the country

Witnessed it through other people’s fingerprints

Pressed my nose to the glass and found

This land was made on sweat and tears and innocence

A road is just a road is just a road

I have noticed

Blindfold me and spin me ‘round

And I won’t know the difference

Where I’ve gone, where I’m going

Where the bearing wind is blowing

I don’t know what I am searching for

Or where I’m headed to

There’s no man that I am chasing

Got no memories to erase

I’m just making my way through the green

Old glory helped construe

I travelled the country

Let the waters guide me

As the rain came down like Genesis

We were seated two by two

And the South provides no shelter

From the weather’s helter skelter

I will ride this storm to morning

I will finally follow through

To where I’ve gone, where I’m going

Where the bearing wind is blowing

I don’t know what I am searching for

Or where I’m headed to

There’s no man that I am chasing

Got no memories to erase

I’m just making my way through the green

Old glory helped construe

And when I get there

I will know

The least travelled path leads home

When I get there

I will see

That home resides inside of me

It’s where I’ve gone

Where I’m going

Where the bearing wind is blowing

Doesn’t matter what I am searching for

Or where I’m headed to

I will find a man worth chasing

Make some memories to erase

I’m just making my way through the green

Old glory helped construe

I’m just making my way through the green

Old glory helped construe
Track Name: Spiders
And the spiders come out in the autumn

And the flies breed between the walls

You may not have the words but I’ve got ‘em

Scrawled on scraps and palmed into a ball

And the wind moans like lovers caught reeling

And the trees bow like people in prayer

And I long to be void of all feeling

I could tell you my truths but I will not dare

And in autumn we wither

But in winter we fall

So I’m counting the days

‘Til the sea takes us all

And I loved you a thousand times over

I loved you when you were a child

But I knew you would live as a rover

So I bade you farewell with a lie and a smile

And the sun projects stored recollections

On the fields as the wheat turns to gold

But the memories that play all too soon fade away

As the sun travels west like a prisoner paroled

And I’m told that she was a beauty

I’m told she stood out in the crowds

I’m told that you flew off together

To discover the world from the heights of the clouds

And the birds call me home in the autumn

As they take to the sky in a V

As they practice their intuned formation

I would fly through the night, up and over the sea

I would fly with my brothers and sisters

I would fly with my kin, southward bound

But too scared of changed things I cut off my wings

For without any choice I will never leave ground

And the spiders come out in the autumn

And the flies breed between the walls

You may not have the words, but I’ve got ‘em

Scrawled on scraps and palmed into a ball
Track Name: Odysseus
You will be Odysseus

And I will be the rock

Which you evade, I’m not a Siren

I can’t sing and I can’t talk to you

My words impact like paper

When it lands upon the sea

And watch the ink run out and turn to mud

Where my hopes used to be

You will be Ulysses

Nobly tied up to the mast

And no one else but you can hear me

With their ears stuffed up with wax

I watch as women made of feathers

Try to direly lure you in

As they sit perched upon my back

Digging their claws into my skin

My imiagination’s greater than mythology

So fantastical a plotline it’ll never come to be

Forget about Penelope

You’ll never have as good as me
Track Name: Anything but Age
You offered a finger

When I reached for your hand

You lived like a boy

But you dressed like a man

And as your beard grew longer

And wrinkles waged war on your face

You said, “I can’t give you anything but age”

And I picked off the polish

That covered my nails

As I harkened your rues

And conquistory tales

But your mumbled contrition’s

Become just a song you replay

Like saying “I can’t give you anything but age”

And you proved you were different

By hanging around

With the girls with the faces

And the hair and the frowns

And as you lay there beside her

And try to remember her name

You whisper, “I can’t give you anything but age”

And you fed me clichés

Which I swallowed intact

But I still can’t decide

If you thought they were fact

And as I walk from the room

Where I thought I had turned a new page

You don’t say anything at all

But what you told me all along

“You know that I can’t give you anything but age”
Track Name: The Ballad of Covehead Harbour
Timothy and Isabelle

They met one night when darkness fell

Along the rocky shoreline of the coast

Said Isabelle to Timothy

I’d die you know if you left me

When you are gone, I’m giving up my ghost

Oh my love if you should leave

I’ll feed myself unto the sea

Poseidon take me under

As the brother of the thunder

I’d offer myself to the sky

But what goes up comes down they cry

And I’ve long lost the stairwell

To lead me down to Hades hell

Oh water

Push me over, pull me under, I’ve

Been waiting I’ve been waiting here for you

Oh water

Push me over, pull me under, I’ve

Been waiting I’ve been waiting here for you

But like the water he grew cold

It happens to some men I’m told

She woke up in December all alone

They found him laying on the rocks

His heartbeat ticked like broken clocks

As she called out to him upon the stones

They tell me you’ve been losing blood

But Timothy, I know they lied

Cos your veins are filled with salt water

And like the changing of the tide

An hour or two before dawn

Like the fleeing waves, you too were gone

My vampire of the shore

You drained me, left me wanting more

Oh water

Push me over, pull me under, I’ve

Been waiting I’ve been waiting here for you

Oh water

Push me over, pull me under, I’ve

Been waiting I’ve been waiting here for you

When Timothy left Isabelle

It left its mark, the stories tell

She cried out to the ocean on her knees

I promised all those moons ago

I’d inundate if he should go

And now he’s gone, so let me rest in peace

Oh my love’s deserted me

And left me staring at the sea

I’m going to join Poseidon

A man I can rely on

I’ve added my salt to the blue

In drops of tears I made for you

Instead of staying on my own

I’m off to swallow my way home

Oh water

Push me over, pull me under, I’ve

Been waiting I’ve been waiting here for you

Oh water

Push me over, pull me under, I’ve

Been waiting I’ve been waiting here for you
Track Name: Streets of my Town
Well they say home is where the heart is

But I lost my heart so long ago

Got buried ‘neath the vast expanse

Of hundred wattage snow

And winter turned to spring

But then how mud encompassed everything

So I resigned to bide my time

And left my heart below

So I bought myself a compass

Placed it where my own heart ought to be

And since all compasses point north

I guess the Great White North is home to me

Levees may break

The earth may quake

And buildings will fall down

And craters may appear in every street of my town

Brittle as bones

They stand exposed

These trees on hollow ground

If they can plant their roots

I guess that I can too

On these streets of my town

Well no man is a nomad

For his whole life it seems to me

Feet get tired and soles wear thin

When wandering for eternity

And fate can be a fickle thing

When you don’t believe in anything

But somehow I wound up

Back where the streets are paved with memories

So I bought myself a pocket watch

Just to hear that ticking sound

And I felt the wind pick up outside

As I watched the hours count down

Levees may break

The earth may quake

And buildings will fall down

And craters may appear in every street of my town

Brittle as bones

They stand exposed

These trees on hollow ground

If they can plant their roots

I guess that I can too

On these streets of my town

And I don’t know if I’ll stay this time

If it’s different than before

But these streets will keep my heart safe

‘Til I find the home I’m looking for

Levees may break

The earth may quake

And buildings will fall down

And craters may appear in every street of my town

Brittle as bones

They stand exposed

These trees on hollow ground

If they can plant their roots

I guess that I can too

On these streets of my town

If they can plant their roots

I guess that I can too

On these streets of my town