Conquer then Divide

by The Artichoke Hearts

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released August 29, 2016

Recorded @ 1204 Recordings, Ottawa. ON.
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Nick Barfoot
Produced by Nick Barfoot & The Artichoke Hearts
Music and lyrics written by Caitlin Dolan
Album Art & Design by Emma Dolan
Photography by David Irvine Photograghy


The Artichoke Hearts:
Caitlin Dolan - Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Jennifer Kimberly Jackson - Keyboards & Vocals
Jessie Lyon - Violin

Contributors:
Nick Barfoot - Bass (Tracks 1, 3 & 6), Percussion (Tracks 1 & 2)
Aaron Maidment - Bass (Tracks 2, 4 & 5)

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The Artichoke Hearts Ottawa, Ontario

Singer-songwriter
Caitlin Dolan joins forces with pianist Kim Jackson and violinist Jessie Lyon in this Ottawa-based folk trio.
Conquer then Divide is the product of ten years of songwriting - a collection of honest reflections, embracing vulnerability and independence.
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Track Name: Long Time Coming
long time coming

it’s gonna be a long time, long time coming
it’s gonna be a long time ‘till you’ll know
it’s gonna be your heart and mind and body
it’s gonna be love, it’s gonna be soul
it’s gonna be love, it’s gonna be soul
but let me share a few things that I’ve learned:

take every opportunity to rise above the mess
to bask in self-assurance and shrug off the things we miss
‘cause we are soldiers every day
we stand and hold our ground
defending what we know is true
we’ll thrive on what’s been found

‘til you
‘til you
‘til you

and I’m trying not to argue with that voice inside my head
it’s telling me to call you so I think I better run instead
‘cause in the past I fall too fast, I lose my sense of time
i’m gonna wait till I’m ready for you and then I’ll be your bride
it’s gonna be a long time, long time coming
it’s gonna be a long time ‘till you’ll know
Track Name: Back to the Future
back to the future

i can’t stand to blame myself for the person i’ve become
but I can make a choice today
walk away
release the gun
and go back to the future without you
i’ll go back to the future
without you

i see peace of mind
i see glasses of wine
i see everything that came before
accepted and endured

now i don’t know if it’s just me
or maybe it’s just you
but time is moving way too fast
the future’s nearly through
and i could wait a little while
but really what would change?

when days are flipping pages
and the months like minutes fly
the years gave me a heart attack
a message from the sky
to try to really listen
and focus on the goal
and love the laughter coming
from the belly of our soul

i can’t stand to blame myself for the person I’ve become
but i can make a choice today
walk away
release the gun
and go back to the future
without you
Track Name: Last Valentine
last valentine

there’s a light on in the distance
it’s burning bright
he needs to tell her
before the dawning
of the light

he promised he’d be there
through thick and through thin
but now there’s a force
that’s much greater than him

he says lie down beside me
let me whisper in your ear
remember me now
in this moment right here
trace my face with your finger
paint a picture with your mind
dance naked in moonlight
with an open heart in hand
and wherever life takes you
i will understand

as he writes his daughters their last valentine
he thinks of each one and how their eyes shine
his baby’s like her mother
can sketch life with her eyes
and the older’s just like him
and she’ll keep his guitar alive

he says lie down beside me
let me whisper in your ear
remember me now
in this moment right here
trace my face with your finger
paint a picture with your mind
dance naked in moonlight
with an open heart in hand
and wherever life takes you
i will understand
Track Name: A Great Mistake
a great mistake

i drew a line in the sand
and said, cross it if you dare
then lightning struck me
i fell to one side
a choice was made

we can lie to ourselves forever
or stand and face the truth
either way round
might lead to the ground
for a little while

the sun it will rise on the choices we’ve made
don’t deny yourself a great mistake

j’aime la façon que tu manges ton poisson
j’aime la façon que tu danses
j’aime quand tu me touches
dans la noirceur de ma chambre
tout doux, tout doux, tout doux

the sun it will rise on the choices we’ve made
don’t deny yourself a great mistake
Track Name: Blue Jay Way
blue jay way

don’t nag into a corner
don’t show up late for a date
don’t let the fear of the unknown impede
on your great escape
just raise to the moment and greet it
whichever the variety
and then there i will be waiting
under the old maple tree

but these days it grows colder
and the fire still does burn
and the walks they seem much longer
but i’m standing on my own

the blue jay stands uncomfortably
unsure of where he should rest
the branch that he chooses isn’t all that strong
she can’t hold his weight for too long
and yet he continues to tempt her
and love her whenever he can
but sooner or later she can’t hold
and she breaks with a snap in the wind

but these days it grows colder
and the fire still does burn
and the walks they seem much longer
but i’m standing on my own
Track Name: Conquer then Divide
conquer then divide

living in the shadow of a family
of a friend
you’re too afraid to move ahead
it’s easier to pretend
that dad is gonna come home
that mom is gonna mend
as winter covers all that breaths
find shelter and release

but hope is in the water
in the stories that we read
it comes up from the gutter
leaves us weeping to be seen

give me some acknowledgement
do you hear the words i say?
you grieve with me
you breathe with me
we’re getting through the day

love it is a battle
it can rob you of your pride
you choose a path i’ll follow
and we’ll conquer then divide
conquer then divide