Postcards

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released January 21, 2014

Vocals, Guitar, Percussion - Scott Hamilton
Lapsteel, Mandolin, Resonator, Dobro, Electric Guitar - Erik Schoepen
All songs written and produced by Scott Hamilton
Except Tornado Song, written by Jennifer Hamilton
and Partout, Partout, produced by Jamie Wayz live in Nashville, TN!

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Cougars in America Brussel, Belgium

Cougars in America is the new alt-folk project of Canadian-turned-Bruxellois singer-songwriter, Scott Hamilton. Poet, multi- instrumentalist, and troubadour, he transforms his world into song. His music has been compared to Bonnie Prince Billy or Sufjan Stevens, and serves in equal measures American Folk, Blues, and Indie Rock. ... more

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Track Name: Moonshine Cascade
In the stillness of Autumn
Cold as the bottom
Dark as the old witch's brew
A siren called Clarity Freely
Began to dismantle
The bricks in this Room

Heckles and jeers and the crowd disappears
All good that comes from the earth
She tells me she knows that I know
That she's lyin' sometimes
Heaven unwinds

Aie-yaie-yaie-yaie-yaie
It was only a moment too soon
Aie-yaie-yaie-yaie-yaie
It was only a moment, only a moment too soon

Snow drizzled off of this tinwhistle roof
Sparks could be seen in the air
A cedar tree promptly called perfume
Moonlight distilled in the air

Heaven speak to me quickly
Just give me one God-awful sign
Shine in the brightness of everything faithful
Tell me it's all in my mind

Don't be unkind when you look to the future
Don't be a stranger in all of this grace
Open your curtains and shatter your windows
Carry me off to the race

Don't tell me
Aie-yaie-yaie-yaie-yaie
It was only a moment too soon
Aie-yaie-yaie-yaie-yaie
It was only a moment too soon...
Track Name: Pink
I got 40,000 notches on my belt I've seen the whole world int he same place
Fair thee wells and magic spells to count beyond the numbers I have known
Black cigars and broken cars don't slow me down they keep me on my feet
Runnin' down the highway on a whim I hear you callin' on the beat

How could I know
It was you
I've been runnin' to?

7 billion prayers to choose from, wonder how the calm connects my fate
Idle tours and Ancient powers, all the worlds' religions on a plate
I've got shinign seas and morning breeze, the wind picks up to whisper in my ear
Open skies and alibis don't stop the world to listen to my fear

How could I know
It was you
I've been runnin' to?

How did you come to find the surface?
How did you find strength not to sink?
How did you turn all the outside upside down to serve you?
When did you go swimmin' in the pink?

How did you go look into the future?
Why did you come back if not to dream?
Why are you still searching for those ancient copper coins?
How is it all simple as it seems?

Why are you still waving on the sidelines?
Why are you not buzzing with the bees?
Why is your dog drooling on my footsteps?
Why is that man cutting open all those healthy trees?

When did you get strong enough to nurture?
Why did all those children up and leave?
What is in that book that you've got pressed between your fingers?
Why aren't all those pages turning colours with the leaves?

Can you tell me something of direction?
Why did all your hair turn white as snow?
Why don't you sit next to me and talk about perfection;
Tell me where the lonely people go?

Tell me how can I ever be a whole man?
How can I breathe on my own?
How can I keep livin' like a nomad;
Knowin' that I'm sitting here alone?

And I'm sittin' here alone
Track Name: Silver Shadow
I see sixty seven hundred million burning lights beyond the silver shadow of an afternoon
Blazing through this sleepless night to serenade the crickets as they dance beneath the moon
And I'm waiting...
Waiting for the sun

Still beyond the silence I can feel a sinking urge that I call hope to find a remedy
Everpresent, everclear, ripples form an orchestrated march that's everlasting
And the loon has finished calling on her mate
All the birds have left the scenery to let the night-time sparkle on a lake that I have known since I was young
And I wonder...
What have I become

And I'm waiting...
Waiting for the sun
And I'm waiting...
Waiting for the sun

I hear buses full of hopes and dreams rumbling down the highway somewhere distant
Orion arms and legs out wide, hung up on the sky just like the fly stuck on my windshield
Hear the highway crying wolf
I will not shy away from any place that leads me through this silky haze of mystery
I cannot see the road beyond my nose
But I can feel it moving quickly as I run
Into the morning sun

And I'm waiting...
Waiting for the sun
And I'm waiting...
Waiting for the sun
Track Name: Dreaming in the Dark
Whistlin' with the west wind
Dreamin' in the dark
Dancing on a shadow
Spotlight on the mark

Dressed in full moon colour
Stretching from afar
You were my brother
Now I'm dreamin'....

I'm dreamin' in the dark
I'm dreamin' in the dark
I'm dreamin' in the dark

As I stare at your reflection
Heaven takes another breath
Gather stones, your protection
Lay your shoulder on my head

We could live forever
Vanish without trace
You could be an anchor
Keep me in my place

I could hold my arms out wide
Bearing only fruit
You could hang your head and cry
I could be so rude

I could be an anchor
You could be the sea
I can feel your anger
Even in my dreams

I'm dreamin' in the dark
I'm dreamin' in the dark
I'm dreamin' in the dark
Track Name: Tornado Song
The trees lay down by the river to sleep
The mine was in the field and the shephards grew week
The town sung shame while the rest grew meek
The wind left a memory and the river ran deep
The wind left a memory and the river ran deep

The Signal Star shared the weekly report
Of a square laid bare by a mighty roar
The Champion had fallen several years before
As the wind tore through she was askin' for more
As the wind tore through she was askin' for more

There's no place like home
There's no place like home
There's no place like home
There's no place like home
There's no place like home
There's no place like home
There's no place like
no place like
no place like
no place like home

The Women Today had disbanded already
And the council of elders had yet to form
The Legion was stocked, beer and meat at the ready
And the sun was twice setting getting ready to mourn
And the sun was twice setting getting ready to mourn
Track Name: Keep Going
I'm sorry my dear to be calling at such an unusual hour of day
But it's cold and it's dark and it's lonely outside
Hoped you'd have something to say
But I'll just dust off my shoes like I've nothin' to lose and carry on my way
If you've got nothing to say, that's OK I'll just be on my way

Keep going, man
Keep going, man,
Keep going...

I'm sorry my dear but I can't understand what you're trying to say
The message got lost in the thickets and frost
Untroubled, burried away
Are you saying you miss me or only that this speaking softly, these words make you sway?
Are you always so clever just how many games do you play?

Keep going, man
Keep going, man,
Keep going...
Track Name: Another Evening at the Theatre
Let your hair hang down like the curtains at the end of the show
Go ahead and take your bow just to tell me that it's time to go home
I'll be waiting in line come tomorrow
For the same as the last time better than the next fine morning all alone
Til then I'll whisper to you to you what only the balcony knows

I got a center-stage woman on the back of my mind I see her every day cause I can't find a way to let go
I got a center-stage woman on the back of my mind I see her every day cause I can't find a way to let go

Since I cut my teeth on her candy
Backstage right with the lights down low
I've been fallin' on a table for two more pints
Just to make it to the end of the show

Well I went downtown to the tailor
For to find me a suit made blue
Sleeves hung to my knees, man he looked to me
Said "Son, that's too blue for you"

So I threw my money on the table
Told him don't you tell me when and how I'm able
And I stumbled outside not a cloud in the sky
As I tore of that new suit label

When the lights go down I'll be high on the edge of my seat
And when they turn 'em back on I'll be the first up to my feet
Gotta find a disguise for my sorrow
So I hide behind your last line hopin' that you'll find those words to let me go
Til then I'll whisper to you what only the balcony knows

I got a center-stage woman on the back of my mind I see her every day cause I can't find a way to let go
I got a center-stage woman on the back of my mind I see her every day cause I can't find a way to let go

Let your hair hang down like the curtains at the end of the show
Go ahead and take your bow just to tell me that it's time to go home
I'll be waiting in line come tomorrow
For the same as the last time better than the next fine morning all alone
Til then I'll whisper to you to you what only the balcony knows

I got a center-stage woman on the back of my mind...
Center stage woman on the back of my mind...
Center stage woman on the back of my mind...
Center stage woman on the back of my mind...
Track Name: Over My Eyes
Prairie sky, don't look at me that way
Take me under your wide wings of mercy
Singing your light, please don't curse me
Heaven only knows I've gone astray

Like crooked houses sink into
This land that swallowed oceans
Distant memories fade into this day
Prairie sky don't let me slip away
Prairie sky don't look at me that way

And prairie sky remind me I am small
Take me anyways to curves beyond this world that I'm slipping on
Light the days and guide me to that thinly-drawn horizon with your call
Prairie sky remind me I've seen nothing at all
Prairie sky remind me I am small.

But I see green grass growing in the fields up ahead
Over my eyes
Over my eyes
I see everything that's getting bigger
Lifting up the city to the sky

And prairie sky, please fill me full of hope
Stretch and colour in your perfect light the pages of imagination
Press and fold them over like the pages of emancipated birds that sing could morning to the sun

Like painted walls that crack and break the silence under pressure
Distant memories linger in the cold
Prairie sky remind me I can never be to old
Prairie sky remind me I am bold

And I see green grass growing in the fields up ahead
Over my eyes
Over my eyes
I see everything that's getting bigger
Lifiting up the city to the sky
Track Name: Tia Maria
Tia Maria
I don't want to go outside
I don't want to see the look in your eyes
When you're saying your sad goodbyes

Tia Maria
I don't want to see the sun rise
I only want to lay in bed with you
til the morning dew turns to moonlight

But now you're sailing away
And I'm waiting for you to come home
I could never know
You're sailing away
And I'm waiting for you to come home
I could never know
I could never know

Tia Maria
I am standing in an open field
In a suit of shining steel
Jousting stormclouds with a lance
For a chance to make you realize
That I'm chasing after your soul
While you're sipping margheritas
Dreaming of a holiday in Mexico
Cinquo de Mayo
Drinking in Style
Sinking Denial

You're sailing away
And I'm waiting for you to come home
I could never know
You're sailing away
And I'm waiting for you to come home
I could never know
I could never know
Track Name: Partout Partout
Under the full moon
You and I
Could be anything that you like
Don't say good bye
Just say goodnight

Under the full moon
You and I
Could be anything that you like
Don't say goodbye
Just say goodnight, goodnight, good night my lover, goodnight

Under the moon
I'll be a bird
Go flyin' in to your world
You'll be a tree
Rustlin' your leaves
Callin' over to me

I'll be a slow dance
You'll be a romance
Walk on tremblin' feet
I'll be a song
You'll sing along
With me

Under the moon
I'll be your window
Open your soul to the world
You'll be a light
Shimmiring distant
Shine on over my girl

You'll be a dream
I'll be a drifter
I'll be a glance
You'll be a smile
I'll take a chance, feel your resistance
Feeling your distance dissolve for a while

Under the full moon
You and I
Could be anything that you like
Don't say good bye
Just say goodnight

Under the full moon
You and I
Could be anything that you like
Don't say goodbye
Just say goodnight, goodnight, good night my lover, goodnight

Under moon
You and I
Are a moment unto ourselves
A whole world with nobody else
A story nobody tells
Only everything
That bids you Oh so well
Only everything
That bids you Oh so well
OH so well

Under the full moon
You and I
Could be anything that you like
Don't say good bye
Just say goodnight

Under the full moon
You and I
Could be anything that you like
Don't say goodbye
Just say goodnight, goodnight, good night my lover, goodnight