• Tall Tales (2004)
    THE STORY

    Choosing to once again record at Blank Spaces studio in Toronto with Dave Misner in 2004, Tall Tales was an over the top pop record to please all the senses. Each song weighed in at under 3-4 minutes and was all about the production. “I used every trick I could think of. Every instrument that was in the room I tried. It was totally an experiment in layers. I added track upon track of vocals and instruments. I even used the clunkiest upright piano I have ever played – just because it fit the sound.”

    Moving from sweet ballads to pop rock grandiose numbers, Royal planned a voyage of sweet bliss. “I wanted it to be a throwback to the days of the Beatle’s and the Beach Boys”.

    Released on Maple/Unniversal in June 2004, the finished product won national praise and critical success across Canada and set the stage for what was to come.

    CREDITS

    Produced by Royal Wood
    Written, arranged and performed by Royal Wood
    Strings arranged by Royal Wood.

    The guest players included:
    Kevin Fox – cello
    Adam Hay – drums
    Sarah McElcheran – trumpet
    Valery Gore – background vocals

    Recorded at Black Spaces by Dave Misener
    Mixed by Royal Wood and Dave Misener
    Mastered by Fedge

    Lyrics

    Trippin’ on cinnamon and peppermint seas
    Singin’ oh…
    Where a mermaid and me are happily sex’in
    Oh…
    Then the thunder wakens
    Then I’m back in a flash the spirits and me

    The wind-demons have bitten the sky
    Singin’ oh…
    When a paper-bag princess catches my eye
    Oh…
    The window open ajar the water seeps in
    I’m back in a splash the spirits and I

    Ahh…

    The soldier and his knapsack take a rest
    Thinking oh…
    Living of a stone and the things gone past
    Oh…
    Then the canons waken
    He’s back in a crash the spirits and him

    Ahh…


    Truth in the honey comb
    Sweet in the singing
    Up to the moment that
    The telephones ringing
    Take the bee away
    You’re left there stinging
    Hey…

    Love in a battle cry
    A lion roaring
    Up to the moment that
    The bird sets soaring
    Take the prey away
    The beast gets boring
    Hey…

    Well we all must feed the lions
    Once, once, once…
    Be the pigeon quickly dyeing
    Once, once, once

    Why do you have to think?
    You’re a timeless story
    With fairies and towers high
    And all things gory
    Waiting for rescues by
    Night full of glory
    Hey…

    Well we all must pay the piper
    Once, once, once
    Be the pie-eyed candy-stripers
    Once, once, once

    We all must be the lovers
    Once, once, once
    Be the hiding one under the covers
    Once, once, once

    Well we all must drain the bottle
    Once, once, once
    Let our towers slowly topple
    Once, once, once


    We can be the way we used to be if we want to be
    Fold our ears and hold the sirens at bay
    Needing gods around we’ll hit the ground
    We’ll have to let the bullet’s ricochet

    Oh we can be together
    We can be together any way
    Oh…

    We can be the way we used to be if we want to be
    Close our fists and hold the ships all in place
    Blind to think we’ll hit the drink ‘till we fully sway
    And blur the images away

    Oh we can be together
    We can be together any way
    Oh…

    Oh we can be together
    We can be together any way
    Oh…
    Oh we can be together
    We can be together any way
    That’s all that matters today


    I let the words come out
    To hear how they would sound
    Rolling off my tongue
    All we heard was the subway pulling round…

    Suzanne you missed them it’s a sin
    I don’t see them popping up again
    Oh Suzanne you missed them it’s a sin
    I don’t see them popping up again
    See them popping up again

    I think I missed by shot
    My stomachs in a terrible knot
    My dying alcohol
    Now seems to lack the where-with-all

    Suzanne you missed them it’s a sin
    I don’t see them popping up again
    Oh Suzanne you missed them it’s a sin
    I don’t see them popping up again
    See them popping up again

    May be we should build a house
    And live in it ‘till we’re old
    My intentions sailed right past you ears
    The words did not take hold
    The words did not take hold

    Suzanne you missed them it’s a sin
    I don’t see them popping up again…


    We’re swimming in the sea my lover
    We’re fluid in our own embrace
    If this will mark the end of our days
    Weigh me down…

    You’re going to have to hold my head up
    In a whisper you will hear me say
    If this will mark the end of our days
    Weigh me down…

    I knew we might not be so lucky
    So luck to outlast the few
    If this will mark the end of our days
    Weigh me down…

    Oh let me pass slowly
    Let me linger here in you hands
    Promise I will sink wholly
    When you release me from you hands
    With love (drowning in love)

    Oh let me pass slowly
    Let me linger here in you hands
    Promise I will sink wholly
    When you release me from you hands
    With love (drowning in love)


    Turing tales with me
    In those pages we were free
    And I’ll always love you then
    Always love you

    Parading in our bed
    I’m a pillow for your head
    Saying I’ll always love you
    And always love you
    And you would say
    You’ll always love me
    And always love me

    Come take a walk with me
    To the graveyard there
    Where we’ll lye together and be
    Six feet under the years

    Saying I’ll always love you
    And always love you
    And you would say
    You’ll always love me
    And always love me

    Come take a walk with me
    To the graveyard there
    Where we’ll lye together and be
    Six feet under the years


    There’s less now in my view
    The simple things are few
    The woods have altered too
    For the boy now in mans shoes

    I’ve put away my toys
    And organized my joy
    And all of this destroys
    The man that once was boy

    Oh…

    The garage stores my bike
    The trading cards I liked
    So I’ll close the door and hide
    With the wonder that was mine
    So I’ll close the door and hide
    With the wonder that was mine

    Oh…


    How the light from the street breaks the scene
    In my room as the car passes by
    And my thought choosing now to take leave
    Tag along for the ride

    Goodbye…baby bye

    Now I am alone with my scene
    Empty room and an empty mind
    And my heart is breaking it seems
    But my lungs keep on changing there mind

    Goodbye…baby bye

    It’s not easy… no… to take leave
    When you do not know the recipe
    Hats off to you thoughts now…

    Goodbye…baby bye


    Professing to the Roaming sky
    Turning round in salt I’d lye
    For I’m not always the surest one
    I ask the heavens what should be done

    Should I wait for your return?
    Or snuff the candle so no wicked burn
    Or maybe I should encourage it
    To bring about the sun

    Sun…sun come out

    Surely that will bring the spring
    For winter is the grayest thing
    Hands move slower then and…
    Than the flesh that’s eaten off the man

    Sun…sun come out


    Wait wanted to be
    Sailing and free
    Up in the air a balloon
    And oh life settles in
    A jab at the chin
    Where to begin from here

    Life has a funny
    Way of creeping up
    I should have been a better man

    Wait steadfast and true
    The plans that I’d do
    If not for the schedule
    Oh not my bravest of times
    I choked on my pride
    Ring her up later meanwhile…

    Life has a funny
    Way of creeping up
    I should have been a better man
    I should have been all right
    I should have been
    I could have been

    We all have to fade
    Worms in our fate
    They are just waiting
    Waiting for us
    So let loose all the lust
    Blow off the dust
    We are all waiting
    Waiting to feel
    Rage for a while
    Uncover a smile
    On the face of a child
    Laughing with grace
    Beauty in place
    The light we contain
    From our living I’m saying
    We’re all built for love

    Da…

    Wait wanted to be
    Sailing and free
    Up in the air a balloon


    Moonlight brings silhouette, silhouette fills…it thrills the room
    Casting our shadows, our shadows…they seem to raise a tune

    Here we go a melody rings
    Holding you so the night it does bring

    Moonlight and silhouette, silhouette fills, it thrills the room
    Casting our shadows, our shadows, they seem to raise a tune

    Here we go a melody rings
    Holding you so the night it does bring
    Arrows to targets, a phrase fit to sing
    And in the words you’ll find us a perfect ending

    Here we go a melody rings
    Holding you so the night it does bring
    Arrows to targets, a phrase fit to sing
    And in the words you’ll find us a perfect ending