The Pollinated Eye

by Justin Guzzwell

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released July 12, 2015

All songs written at the piano by Justin Guzzwell

bass/art & design - Chang E Ling
cello/backing vocals - Tyr Jami
viola - Zafer Zephyr

piano & vocals recorded by Michelle LaCour
mastered by Adam Tiller

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Justin Guzzwell Montreal, Québec

A gritty and sophisticated piano player with an expressive, incandescent vocal style. Blending classical technique with experimental harmonic language.

(www.facebook.com/justinguzzwellmusic)

I also play in a Montreal based band called People On Pause (www.peopleonpause.com)
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Track Name: Full Of Friction
Forever years
made up of one repeating day
the world stopped turning
when I turned 25
I can't look over
my shoulder without wondering
why I keep hearing
a voice of rage and ruin
that I put out in the open
cause my heart's a work of fiction

Forever years
of being haunted by the war
the world stopped turning
and left a trail of bread crumbs
I can't look over
my shoulder without wondering
what I keep hearing
I can't look over
my shoulder without squinting
and repenting

I had hoped for redemption
but my heart's too full of friction
Track Name: Moonlight Dive
I went down to Gander lake after dark
everyone I know was standing in an arc
nothing in their eyes but the kids on their back
and some were standing tall while holding another's hand

Going on a moonlight dive
looking for the treasure trove
careful not to catch the rust
from the metal corpse below
on a moonlight dive

Others just poured over melting onto the beach
while I waited for the triangle to ring for me
wrapping up my cast in a plastic bag
then hoisting it above me as I dip beneath the waves

Going on a moonlight dive
looking for the treasure trove
careful not to catch the rust
from the metal corpse below
on a moonlight dive
down off the highway
Track Name: Crooked Roots
If you open up your cocktails what inventions will you find?
A recipe to feed the cunts that left you, or the true friends of mine?
Crooked Roots are crawling under my heartbeat to find a sign
waving slowly as a deep thought hits you, just to pull back in time

I've lost count of times that I've seen 6 am through black hole eyeballs
Tell me once more where to find a passion tree with second stages

If you open up your cocktails what inventions will you find?
I've seen the green beneath the soft tipped temple
throughout the entrance line
Crooked Roots are crawling under my heartbeat to find a sign
memories without a crutch seem subtle, highlighting traffic lines
Track Name: Writing Rachel
Forgive me Rachel, I've waited so long
to write you at all, and ask how it was goin'
Is life treating you the way it has me?
And what did you keep down inside of you
from everyone you've seen

Do you still wonder what it's like to cry out?
What was it about you?

Believe me Rachel, I could have stayed
stupid forever and ever, sheltered away
Tell me, have you been to the honeymoon suite?
Only to cut yourself open and bleed out in the street?

Do you still wonder what it's like to cry out?
What was it about you that brought me back year after year?
Cause' we were so different inside and out there
Rachel you had me wishin' I'd meet someone new
Well, I did, but then she left me just like I left you

I'm tellin' you Rachel, I meant it at the time
but we already wasted so much and I was sick of tryin'
Tell me, did you follow your heart until the end?
And did it lead you right in to the arms of a friend?

Do you still wonder what it's like to cry out?
What was it about you that brought me back year after year?
Cause' we were so different inside and out there
Rachel you had me wishin' I'd meet someone new
Well, I did, but then she left my ass just like I left you
Track Name: Cold Bridges
When I'm out on a job, knowing that it's the real world I'm in
That I'm living in a new city, and I think of my
years playing the part, but still knowing the nest was up on that limb
that my beginning was only yesterday

I still made up my mind, and I've got bridges of my own
bridges that burn when they're in the cold
dead to the world, or so I am told
can't even see where the dollar stops
so I want to avoid the air these people breathe
it's deadening my soul

How long has it been since I refused to let this world be my world?
And what of those pictures in my head that I will lose unless I stay
but I won't stay

I still made up my mind, there's something inside, it's calling to me
I still made up my mind, and I've got bridges of my own
bridges that burn when they're in the cold
dead to the world, or so I am told
how many lives waiting there for me?
so many ignorant fools I've seen
Track Name: The Rubble
Staring at a static screen, my thoughts are taken
some laugh while others scream, but you still came around
and the footprints on the ground are begging me to find out
what energy was wasted when I tasted emptiness

Throwing stones into a stream, dragged in by my teeth
been drowning in my dreams, before you came around
and the footprints on the ground are begging me to find out
what energy was wasted when I tasted true emptiness
Track Name: Body Politics
Family portraits in a broken bottle
are watching through a POLLINATED EYE
breathing down my neck
taking cover in a palm read mantra
putting all expressive words away
cause I'm a little tense

Oh why, oh why, oh why
every morning
before breakfast, shaking unrest
So I'll, so I'll, so I'll
talk to my body

Touching kerosene to my lips
leaning over to spit shine all the heels
clicking down my neck
happens after every sex parade
I'm so concerned with setting myself straight
like bending cement
Track Name: Avalanche
You lived out every day with highlights over you
what others couldn't see, a world of constant wonder making dreams
I never understood your gracious point of view
no voices could disturb discovering the purpose of the good

We all could stand to be a little more like you

Between the laughing fits a sainthood was at play
you left me unaware forever lasting love will lead the way

We all could stand to be a little more in tune
You resonated out

Waiting for the avalanche to bury me
Will the guilt repair the absence that you leave?

We all could stand to be a little more in tune
You resonated out