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This past summer while on a road trip, we both decided it would be nice to make a Christmas or "Wintery" EP. About 15 days ago, we realized time was rather rapidly slipping away from us. We only had the sketch to 1 1/2 songs, and so we wrote out all of our winter thoughts. Without planning for it to be, it became an agglomeration of nostalgia, regret, hope and a definite stirring of change on the horizon. If you were to create a film of this album as a whole, it would be flickering frames of 8 mm film saturated in fond nostalgia as you drive out of your small town and down a road until the thermostat rises almost as quickly as the sense of something out of the ordinary.....anything.

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released December 26, 2011

French Films About Trains is thrilled to be releasing this EP via HI54LOFI RECORDS. Definitely visit them here hi54lofirecords.com to discover their eclectic library.

All songs written and recorded by French Films About Trains
Produced by French Films About Trains
Mastered by Chad Wahlbrink at The Wall, Nashville, TN
Cover design by French Films About Trains

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French Films About Trains Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hullo.

We are French Films About Trains.

We like to sing and play.

Mostly, She sings while He plays the guitar.

Sometimes, when we are feeling wild & crazy, we switch places.

This is how we do.

Come be our friend at the book of faces.
We'll feed you crépes!
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Track Name: Pillar to Post
Same ol’, same ol’
Can’t look at these four walls anymore
And the time has been told
Feel like I’ve lived my life once before

My phantom career
Left me behind a sabbatical year
Same faces, same names
My mind is numbing in all the mundane

I’m not discontent
I’m just restless in a sense
I’m just desperate for a spark of the same

Uncharted anything (maybe the west coast)
I’m selling everything (we could become ghosts)

Ooooohhhhhh
Ooooohhhhhh

Landscapes coming towards us
Sunsets pulling forth
Small towns look familiar
Lives that we’ll never know
Track Name: Winnipeg
winter coats, you keep us like our mothers
heavy snowflakes tumbling after one another
christmas trees, they wave at me from living room windows
like shiny cloaks that hide the things not for me to know

the snow is deep, my nose is pink and my toes are cold
my mouth is quiet, my hands are hidden and these memories are getting old

street lamps lead down white lace ribbon boulevards
i somehow end up at your parents house
i'm standing in your yard
and that window, that you watched me through
you said you'd get well, you said they'd let you walk with me

the snow is deep, my nose is pink and my toes are cold
my mouth is quiet, my hands are hidden and your memory is getting old
Track Name: Bookmarked
If I were a rambler
I would wander back to you
If I were a runner
I'd wish you were there when this race was through
If I were a pilot
It'd be you to give me wings
Fly over the ocean and I'd conquer this terrain

But I wrote letters out to you
And I made certain that you knew
That I was out here all alone
That I was out here on my own, like a bookmark
Please come home

Befriended the neighbors
I might get a dog or two
I painted the bedroom
In the saddest shade of blue
I planted a garden
But the seeds refuse to grow
Now that it's Christmas
I miss you more than you could know

(chorus)
Track Name: Runaways
ohh, all of these tired towns we pass through
all of these has-been avenues
and i'll write to your father
if you'll write to my mum
spare them the details
tell them we had run, we had to run
ohh, it's already begun

ohh, all of these yellow lines mark the miles
all of these unsaid thoughts about the child
and you will call your father
and i will call my mum
we'll spare them the details
we'll tell them we will come home
we will come home
mmmm, but for a while we'll roam
Track Name: Hope & You
hullo.
what's new?
let's not talk about the news
because darling, i can barely, bear to look at the world
it's broken, it's burdened
like a sea-sodden pearl

now I don't subscribe to "Ignorance is bliss"
but baby, there's beauty
and random acts of kindness
there's new life, and they have new minds
so that's a new beginning
so take heart, and find hope......when you can.

but darling
on this day...
my wish is rather simple
just want my records....my coffee....and you.