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You are a secret, and you must never tell it.

by Kites Overhead

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Introduction 01:57
I used to do things. I used to pick sides. And I imagine that I used to make a ton of people smile. I wish I knew things instead of nothing, because then I wouldn't need to say I'm sorry all the time. But if I had to, at least it'd be true, and you'd believe it. Our words would not get lost in the crowd. When I think about everything I think about, all I know is that I think too much. When I think about all the things that I think I know, all I know is that they don't add up to much.
Thaw 04:02
Quand je t'ai vu travers la rue, je t'ai dit que je suis tellement froid. I don't know why I'm so cold. J'ai manqué la lune, je me manque de mes bottes. Je t'ai dit que je suis tellement froid. Tu as voulu voyager le monde, mais je t'ai dit que je suis tellement froid. And I wish that you could teach me to thaw. I've been too cold for years now.
The Poet 05:36
Waking up after the sun is already gone, the poet spends the day crafting misunderstanding. The poet tells a lie, then smudges it with truth: the art of writing is failure and loss.
I am a sleeping body Hulling down the night, And you the dream I ferry To shores of light. I sleep that you may wake, That the black sea May not gape sheer under you As he does for me. (Lyrics by Jay Macpherson)
Fire told Water, "I'm going to burn this sucker down," but Water didn't pay any attention. Fire caught a spark. Fire started to ignite. Still Water said, "I'm going to put that Fire out." Fire raged. Fire started to explode. Fire raged and Water watched as it all burned away. Water sat down. Water wished that he could cry. He said to himself, "I could have put that Fire out."
Arsaniit 03:41
They were dancing in the sky, leading us back home. Spirits I don't trust made me wish that I had more belief, but I can wait for it. I will wait for it.
Last time I thought about you, I was passed out on my kitchen floor, drunk again. The refrigerator door not quite closed. When I woke up, I drank coffee with sour milk. It was a metaphor for what we used to be. And I'm so sick of these drunken dreams.


This record is a product of all of my experiences over the last few years. So many people have had a hand in its creation. If you’re one of them – and you know who you are – thank you so very much. Thank you to my family for having faith in everything I do. Thank you to all of my friends in Japan, Turkey, Canada, the UK and the US for coming to my shows and supporting me over the years. Thank you to the musicians who appeared on this album. And thank you for listening.



released September 7, 2010

Kites Overhead is Gene Kondusky.
Recorded at Hotel Benson (Ottawa, Inukjuak and Montreal) By Gene Kondusky. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market (Montreal).
Additional musicians: Gia Greer (backing vocals on “Thaw”), Meghan Dove (vocals on “Ark Apprehensive”) and Sandy Mercure (backing vocals on “The Last Time I Thought About You”).
All songs (c) 2010 E.M. Kondusky, except “Ark Apprehensive”: music (c) 2010 E.M. Kondusky, lyrics From Poems Twice Told, The Boatman and Welcoming Disaster. By Jay Macpherson. (c) Oxford University Press Canada 1982. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Front and back cover photos by Catherine Aboumrad. (c) 2010 Catherine Aboumrad. Inside photo by Gene Kondusky.
To Gia.
This record has been released by Home Is Not Here.


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