Mom Rock

by Julie Arsenault

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About Mom Rock:
'Mom Rock' is a transparently feminist EP, in comparison to my previous EP ‘Softness’, which was more subtle, and softer. Admittedly ‘Mom Rock’ is a silly title for an EP which touches on subjects like consent, reproductive rights and mental illness. I had to make light of things, and be positive, and that is what ‘Mom Rock’ represents. Positivity and light.
We recorded it live over the course of ten hours, at The Trailer in Toronto, on February 5th, 2018.

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released November 30, 2018

Engineered and mixed by Aaron Comeau aaroncomeau.bandcamp.com
Mastered by Reuben Ghose
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Julie Arsenault - vocals and rhythm guitar
Evan Cartwright - drums
Aaron Comeau - additional guitar (2,3)
Sam Gleason - lead guitar
Graeme Moffatt - cool bass

All songs written by Julie Arsenault

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Track Name: Trouble with Men
Fast asleep
Barely seventeen
On a former friend's
Little sister's floral sheets
Unaware
Of what was happening
Did he even care? No.

I came to.
Say it isn't true
Lost it all in one fell swoop

Trouble with men
we all know where it stems
We all try our best to move past the trouble we've been in
I could try to make you understand
I will live my life despite the trouble cause I can
As the woman that I am

Minus five
forty minute drive
I can't find the floor I just lay frozen there in time
So ashamed
Replay it in my mind
Am I the one to blame? No.

The trouble with men
we all know where it stems
We all try our best to move past the trouble we've been in
I could try to make you understand
I will live my life despite the trouble cause I can
As the woman that I am
The woman that I am
Track Name: Prochoice
If I had no choice
I would make the necessary sacrifices I guess
I would try my best
If I had no choice
I would take the temporary leave of absence I guess
lay my dreams to rest
if I had no choice

but I do
and I
just want to be alone with you
I want to be alone with you
I want to be alone with you
I want to be alone with you

If I had my way I would be your only baby for eternity
and we would never change
If I had my way
we would always feel the same I would do anything
to avoid the pain 
If I had my way

but for now I,
I want to be alone with you
I want to be alone with you
I want to be alone with you
I want to be alone

If I had no choice I would scream until my body was my own again
in my own defence and
if I lost my voice, 
I would march up to the moon and back to earth again
until they understand
If I had no choice
And if I had a boy 

I would swaddle him in blankets
I would drive to hockey practice
I would try not to be selfish I
would try not to be selfish, 
but I could never love him
more than you

I want to be alone with you
I want to be alone with you
I want to be alone with you
I want to be alone
Track Name: 5, 10, 15
10 years since I fled oppression
disguised as a haven of love
5 years since I made the decision
that I would be more than enough

15 years unsure of my value
as hard as I tried to believe
10 years searching for the answer
5 years digging deeper for truth

10 years since I’ve seen my own blood
rush from wounds caused by my own hands
5 years since I’ve known deprivation
perfecting the balancing act

15 years at war with my body

transfixed by each tiny molecule
10 years of compiled anxious moments
5 years to unlearn all the rules
I made
with my starving brain
designed to take me away
from reality

Five ten fifteen time
tends to erase pathways drawn in our minds
Be patient now for there are no straight lines but you’ll make it out of the maze alive

you will
make it out
you will
make it out
if it takes five years…
it could take ten…
You will make it out
Track Name: Side x Side
Your favourite band is playing
a big reunion show
and I would love to take you
but you would never go
You’ve been on my mind again
I’ve been feeling low
and I would love to tell you
but you will never know

and it’s hard the way they raised us
they never loved themselves
and it’s hard to bare the weight without
getting overwhelmed I know we get down
we lose our minds
it’s no one’s fault
it happens all the time
so what we get down
we just have to fight
we just need to talk
for once just try
I know we get down
I know what it’s like
we lived through it all
side by side

When we were young we made a promise
take care of me and I’ll take care of you
be careful don't upset the balance
And act as though I have nothing to lose
I know we get down
we lose our minds
it’s no one’s fault
it happens all the time
so what we get down
we just have to fight
we just need to talk
for once just try
I know we get down
I know what it’s like
we lived through it all
side by side

Side by side
Side by side
Side by side
Side by side
you and I
know what it’s like
you and I know what it’s like.

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