The Gallery Floor - EP

by Glenn Nuotio

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Supported generously by the City of Ottawa Arts Funding Program , the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, and some wonderful friends.

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released 12 December 2010

recorded in Ottawa 2009
Recorded by Dean Watson
Gallery Recording Studios
www.myspace.com/galleryrecording

Mastered by:
Phillip Victor Bova
bova sound
Ottawa Canada
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cover Art by Basil Alzieri

The Gallery Floor - EP, 2009
All songs written by Glenn Nuotio

Glenn Nuotio - piano , vocals
Fiona Rutherford - harp , ukulele
Martain Pearson - double bass
Patrick DeDauw - cello
Mark Matz - guitar
Randy Innes- drums

Guest Vocals on "Crazy in Biloxi" by Elizabeth Bruce
www.elizabethbruce.com

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Glenn Nuotio Ottawa, Ontario

Half-Finnish, Newfoundland-born, arrives in Ottawa via St. John's, Oxford & Montreal. Mixing fragility, tantrum, chamber music & folk, Glenn's "gentle & bombastic", "unnervingly complex pop" Capital Xtra! says "he channels it through an indie musician's paper heart. The results are invariably stirring." ... more

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Track Name: Drape me
Drape Me
© Glenn Nuotio

Drape me with any old thing
just in case a little modesty decides to show up after all
just in case it looks like I’m enjoying this
holding myself up on this old chair
after all you’re the one who called me in here

and my skin might start wanting
something more than just a quick inspection
and I’m the one instead
playing dead besides a list of questions
what if I pulled this sheet
down from your head
and told you to take your time,
just listen to my breath?

drape me with any old thing
just in case in a week you have to come back
without even my asking
like another set of tests they only hand you with a hush
you may not get through this round
but I can’t pass it up
‘cause each shot’s worth the rush

and you pressed on
pushing past that victory mark on your face
and the promise you were clear
and we hate you disappeared
like that mark each time you blushed
and you left us
never so happy pressed for nothing but a little more time

because I’ve grown so tired of charts
being all I’m told to read
besides, by now there’s nothing more
about me I want you to see

so cover it up for now at the very least
admit it’s on your mind for too long
don’t be the kind who prays for your own diseases
so cover them up for now , at the very least
let me rest my head across your knees
and find any old thing please to drape me.
Track Name: Psychology Showers
PSYCHOLOGY SHOWERS
(c) Glenn Nuotio

I’d be such a rich man if I knew why impulses came at a certain age,
but you got to learn about them after school
and he’s far too young to even pretend he’s my son
It’s not my place to discourage him
we can leave that up to you
but it’ll crush him like the grapes
that made this sunny glass of wine
if we call up California and spill it to his father.
Sometimes it’s the only part of your day
that’s going fine
and you learn to get over a simple waste of water.
He’ll have plenty of time to hate us both again
like any young man does, but just for a while.
He’ll have plenty of time to try and hate it all again just like any young man will, but just for a while.


Oh, we can bitch about our best friends like we used to do for hours,
Or cry of how the weather’s been pure hell on the flowers,
but the cheap carafes are running low
as the conversation cowers
away from the finer points of psychology and showers
And curious things keep happening to me
but I’m not that far removed enough to talk about it personally
and all you can say is “hey, he’s keeping it clean” and that’s fine.

He’ll have plenty of time to hate us both again like any young man does, but just for a while.
He’ll have plenty of time to try and hate it all again just like any young man will, but just for a while.
Track Name: Proud Michaels
Proud Michaels
(c) writeen by Glenn Nuotio

I won’t get through The Wreckage
or This All Happened
it's always someone else;
no Big Why on my shelf.

I should really be reading
instead of celebrating
each Fancy Pants party
that I won’t go to,
but
Thanks for the invite!
Boys ,
doing us proud
aging so well with words
make me an offer that I can’t put down.

Oh, to be around just locals
(for a change)
and oh , to be around just friends
tearing off our shirts
and trading them around
laughing though our livers hurt
or until the stories end.

I’ll have to finish this later
But for now, I’m so sorry, Alligator,
I guess the distractions of sex,
Down to the Dirt,
and That Time of the Night

Chip Vendors pretend we all get off in the end.
I forget if I ever got things right,
but but
Thanks for the invite!
Boys ,
doing us proud
aging so well with words
I'll drop these names in a crowd,
aging so well with words
make me an offer than I can’t put down.
Track Name: Crazy in Biloxi
CRAZY IN BILOXI
© Glenn Nuotio 2010

We’ve got all night
with just these bright stars to guide us
or we could stay in all day
and dry our eyes and pray
Thank God
(I don’t care who hears me say it out loud, I’ll say it again)
Thank God I wasn’t born this way
Thank God
I’ll never have to be this crazy in Biloxi

To fend for myself in goddamn Mississippi
waiting for days
for a sudden flood of armies
they say they’re coming forth to carry me
they say they’re coming forth to carry me far
far away from my home
Sure, their guns can keep me safe
if I do what they say
I might still end up
dumped like a corpse
in a pitch black Superdome

but swing low,
I don’t see anything in my way
sweetest of all,
I’m a Northern boy
pale as the moon above and
all these stars
in the bright sky above us
warning us to stay away
wipe your morning eyes and pray
Thank God
(we’re getting by on more than natural selection)
Thank God
(it’s been years since I’ve had to use protection)
Thank God
Thank God
Thank God I wasn’t born this way
and I’ll never have to be
this crazy in Biloxi
Track Name: Bay Street Fire Escapes
BAYSTREET FIRE ESCAPES
© Glenn Nuotio

Blue lights circle round
keep boys down low
scale Bay Street fire escapes
keep our business away from the pros

your girl waits somewhere
anyhow
and we won’t be clear until I hit the coast
you know
you know

If you know
your wish might turn up in some wedding guest
with no gift or a red-faced ride home
replacing old faces you never let rest
your cold ankles hold up your bunched up Sunday best
oh I swear
keep your head down
you can see the whole town from here

We’ve got time to run
Before the blame falls
flat on those who started this off
shoulders shrugged
keep it under you hat

stories in our bed
headlines in our wake
we know these by heart
but we’ll never know
just what it takes to make you go

so your wishes turn up in some wedding guest
with no gift or a wasted ride home
replacing old faces you never let rest
your cold ankles hold up
your bunched up Sunday Best
oh I swear
keep your head down

oh I swear keep your head down
you can see the whole town from here