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The Three Poisons

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1.
You say you love me You say you hate me How can I know who’s who A war of words can’t cut right thru it To lay bare the truth You can’t be who you say are I can’t believe that it’s you A motherless child is what we are And I can’t tell who is who A girl, we loved her like no other Where is the one I know The one who loved me Would die for me But now can’t find her soul You can’t be who you say who are I can’t believe that it’s you A motherless child is what we are And I can’t tell who is who Can you hear me knockin’ Open your door I’ve been here beside you What are you waiting for You say you love me You say you hate me How can I know who’s who A war of words can’t Cut right thru it To lay bare the truth You can’t be who you say are I can’t believe that it’s you A motherless child is what we are And I can’t tell who is who
2.
I know you have tried to Keep ‘em all blind and fearin’ Fought so hard to win hearts Only to betray ‘n’ mislead ‘em I can see what you’ve done Keep ‘em all in a glass ceilin’ To know what you have sunk to Keep ‘em all chained ‘n’ unfeelin’ Yeah, yeah, yeah We’re climbin’ up yr mountain Yeah, yeah, yeah We’ll knock you from yr mountain I know you have tried to Keep ‘em all blind and fearin’ Fought so hard to win hearts Only to betray ‘n’ mislead ‘em War to war is what have you Done to keep ‘em all from seein’ Blood for blood is yr way to Feed the machine yr steerin’ Yeah, yeah, yeah We’re climbin’ up yr mountain Yeah, yeah, yeah We’ll knock you from yr mountain
3.
I looked into the one I looked into the funeral pyre These visions came to me What is the all that is on fire All to see myself All to look inside All my senses burning Wakened by a fire I gazed upon the three Poisons that have since poisoned me These visions burn so strong A nobleman can do no wrong All to see myself All to look inside All my senses burning Wakened by a fire Oh the burn of hate Oh the burn of greed Oh the burn of ego Flames consuming me I looked in my heart and all I saw was all my senses on fire All is burning now and nothing can stop a heart that is on fire
4.
I did not hear a sound We were so lost unfound I forgot how to feel again To come into this world With a heart that’s burned I could not see how to feel again Ooo baby Can’t you see This world ain’t so empty without you and me Oh, sister I thought you knew Worlds don’t begin and end with you What did we think we found Some kind of hallowed ground To work thru all this misery To see what could have been But so much pain within Moving past this great mystery Ooo baby Can’t you see This world ain’t so empty without you and me Oh, sister I thought you knew Worlds don’t begin and end with you I thought that if I took you back in my arms we’d be right again But then I realized that this was all wrong we must come to an end I did not hear a sound We were so lost unfound I forgot how to feel again To come into this world With a heart that’s burned I could not see how to feel again Ooo baby Can’t you see This world ain’t so empty without you and me Oh, sister I thought you knew Worlds don’t begin and end with you
5.
Wayward Son 03:52
All the years I thought I knew where these roads led too Always looking back on tomorrow, but never thinking of you I’ve wandered so far but have somehow missed so much Gained at the cost of virtue and lost a soul to touch I wouldn’t mind for you to come and take me with you through this life... More than ever have I felt this way A disconnect from reality Lost within our betrayals In my mind I’m Icarus in flight Soaring higher than ever Falling from heavenly heights I wouldn’t mind for you to come and take me with you through this life Times... I find it hard just to get up To face the world without my crutch To look into their eyes You ... You’ve come along and you showed me how To rise above all that brings us down I look into your eyes... I hope someday that we will find a way that is true To see me and you As something new All those years I wasted as a lost and wandering fool Never looking for you Never thinking of you I wouldn’t mind for you to come and take me with you through this life
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7.
O, child of nature, beauty and light Time has now come for you to look inside Om Namah Shivaya Loving in kindness, compassion in life That what awaits you will release your light Om Namah Shivaya It rises before you, let it all in O, child of nature, this where you begin Om Namah Shivaya O, child of nature, all space will arise The sound of your nature in blue light Om Namah Shivaya
8.
All that you are is what you have been givin’ I’m not the one to stop you from sinnin’ Poor boy, where have you run too What did we do to ever hurt you There must something in life that’s worth livin’ Think of the love that we were all given Hard times may come but they won’t take you Remember all of the good that’s within you I can’t be the one to make you see the light of day It’s all within you This I pray... Darkness above when you left the city Sun gave no more, the moon it gave pity Poor boy, where have you run too What did we do to ever hurt you I can’t be the one to make you see the light of day It’s all within you This I pray That someday...
9.
All your fear has finally found you All you’ve reaped is now what you have sown Poisoned by your sense of being Blinded by your need for control I can see what you have become I can hear your fear taking control The three poisons have finally found you Deluded you by hiding what you know Confused by your lack of seeing How your greed and hate have gained control I can see what you have become I can hear your fear taking control
10.
Stand up, I know you could Another hit won’t do no good Out of heart and out of mind Was there something that you left behind Caught in the noise Lost in-between No one to turn to But echo & machine Try to feel, I know you could Something more than misunderstood Heart of old, a mind of time Don’t give in to those serpentines Caught in the noise Lost in-between No one to turn to But echo & machine In the dark these snakes rule all Winding through their urban sprawls Like a scarecrow waiting in vain Moments pass like a speeding train Caught in the noise Lost in-between No one to turn to But echo & machine
11.
Do I ever feel the way I should Content to be loved Misunderstood Why’s it so hard to try to smile When I am with you thoughts collide Where do we lie Between the lines I can only try to speak my mind All that I’m feeling is hard to find Do I ever follow the straight line When I am with you words don’t hide Where do we lie Between the lines I know these thoughts too well to just let them be So many voices speaking inside of me Do I ever feel the way I should Content to be love Misunderstood Why’s it hard to try to smile When I am with you thoughts collide Where do we lie Between the lines I know these thoughts too well to just let them be So many voices speaking inside of me

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released October 28, 2014

Produced by Elephant Stone and Peter Edwards
Recorded by Peter Edwards at Studio Plateau (Montreal) February/March 2014
Additional recording by Rishi
Mixed by Jace Lasek at Breakglass Studios (Montreal) April 2014
Mastered by Sonic Boom at New Atlantis Studios
Photo by Bowen Stead
Photo art direction by Daniel Barkley
Album artwork and design by Chiraag Bhakta *pardonmyhindi | All songs by Rishi Dhir © 2014 (SOCAN | ASCAP)

Performed by Rishi Dhir: vocals, bass, sitar, keyboards | Miles Dupire-Gagnon: drums, percussion, backing vocals | Gabriel Lambert: geetars, keyboards, backing vocals | Peter Edwards: Farfisa bass (track 9) | Monica Günter: viola (track 8) | Robbie MacArthur: 12-string geetar (track 11) | Pierre Potvin: singing bowls (track 9) | Malika Tirolien: vocals (tracks 2 & 3) | Stephen Venkatarangam: Farfisa (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8), Rhodes (track 1) & backing vocals

Instrumentation:
Rickenbacker 4001 | Eko 995 | Fender Precision | Fender Jazzmaster | Gibson 335 | Rickenbacker 360/12 | Eastwood Classic 12 | Ludwig drums | Farfisa Compact Deluxe | Farfisa Matador | Crumar Multiman-S | Moog Voyager | Arp Odyssey | Roland Juno-106 | Roland TR-77 | Fender Rhodes | Logan String Melody | Srishti Sitar | Saraang Electronic Tanpura | Toetags Electronics ElephantsTone Fuzz

Thanks to







Parkside, Tracy & Paul at Hidden Pony Records/Upper Management, Oko & Amelie at Music By Numbers, Peter, Jeffrey & Crash Avenue Media, Frank, Wilson & High Road Touring, Teun & Belmont Bookings, V2 Records, Marlies Waters, Rhyna, Colin & Patricia at Envision Management, Gregoire “Wally” Carrier Bonneau, The Venk, Jace, Richard Grabel, Sonic Boom, LittleMiss Management, Rob, James & RVRB/APF, Sean & Burger Records, Indica, GrimSkunk, The Black Angels, Groovemaster, The Allah-Las, Tom Furse & The Horrors, BJM, The Besnard Lakes, The Zombies, Beck, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Chiraag, Kirsty, Meera & Ishaan, Laura, Carole, Maxime, Clea, Andre Lambert, Robb Surridge, Brett Orrison, Bob Mustachio, Joseph Yarmush, Jimmy Medellin, Matt & Vikki, Mécanik Synthétik, Jason & Picard at CHOM, Drew Malamud, Montreal Psych Fest, Asha, Ashok and Anurag Dhir, Rob, Virginia, Mairi, Vyshali Reddy, Uwe Neumann, Mauvaise Influence, Alice Phieu, Ryan Frizzell, Bowen Stead, Daniel Barkley, Toetags Electronics, SOCAN, SODEC, FACTOR, MuchFACT, Ryan Morey, Nancy & Greenland Productions, Nick & Evenko, M for Montreal, Bill & BrooklynVegan, NPR, Paul Gleason & CITCMagazine, Alisa Preisler, Jesse Silbermann, Marlene Tsuchii, Rob Campanella, Halla & Chris, Adam & Trish, Dave Lawson, Amit, Lisa & Devin, Stephanie & Laced With Romance, Uncle Teddy, Marie P, Robbie, Monica, Malika, Pierre, & YOU.

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Debuting a decade ago, the psych-pop creation of Rishi Dhir has released six critically-acclaimed albums, toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, been nominated for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and picked up praise from the likes of NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, Clash Magazine and more. ... more

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