Another Man's Clothes

by David Backshell

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David Backshell was born in Montreal and raised in London, before eventually settling in Toronto. His music marries a number of influences, making him difficult to pin down. Following in the tradition of artists who minimize complexity to create something beautiful, the bare bones storytelling found on Another Man's Clothes is reminiscent of Neil Young's Chrome Dreams era, only sung by a young Elliott Smith. Lyrically, Backshell evokes the curiosity of a traveler, as well as the existential anxiety of someone who doesn’t have a permanent home; his work creates a narrative of struggle between passion and disillusionment, underpinned by a cold melancholic tension.
- German Huici

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released September 5, 2013

Recorded in the blistering summer heat of 2013 at Cat Sanctuary Studios, Toronto, Ontario.
Special Thanks to Jill Krasnicki.
Artwork by Chris Gostling of Momentum Visual.

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David Backshell Toronto, Ontario

Born in Montreal, raised in England, settled for Toronto, David Backshell is a machine that turns coffee, cigarettes and long nights into songs. Distilling struggle, debts, a lost home, nameless faces, he constructs delicate songs that stretch beyond the confines of conventional pop. ... more

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Track Name: Another Man's Clothes
I didn't go looking for trouble but it found me
With empty pockets and unpaid debts and a mountain of regret
I was trying to find my feet
I'm trying to make ends meet
But it doesn't make it any easier for me

So I was down on the east side of town looking for a way out
My hands were in the gutter my time was running out
Because I don't think this harvest
Will see me break even
So give me the strength to see through this

And I want to go up north and see my family
Lay back in the fields and let this pass over me
I'm calling them on the phone
I want to go back home
But the money ain't ever enough

I feel like I'm wearing another man's clothes
Shelter me from the things that I should know
That it don't get any easier
The rain keeps falling
So don't fail me now
Track Name: Debt
Steal into the morning to the smell of kerosene and smoke
The bottles always empty like I'm paying off a debt I don't owe
But everyday is another day lost and my cheque don't cover it
I feel like I'm digging a hole in the ground just to cover up old bones

And I owe everything I own
And over and over and over again it's getting the better of me

But I cant' fill the deficit that's grown inside of me
And the debt keeps rising higher like it's a part of me

Down at the corner of west and twenty-third street
If I could stop all this trying I might find some place to be
Because I've been down this road before and it don't run two ways
It's the same road I've been running all of these days.

And I don't know who I am
And over and over and over again it's getting the better of me

But I cant' fill the deficit that's grown inside of me
And the debt keeps rising higher like it's a part of me

And in my hour of need, why can't I make it worth anything?
Track Name: Midnight Runner
Midnight runner with stained glass eyes
Broken nails and cocaine mind
Trading blows with the night
On somebody else's time
He's a dreamer in the mire
And a reiver in the night

And there's no place to be

Midnight runner with dirty hands
Smoking sunlight like a forgotten man
Cutting his teeth
On new memories
He's a walker in the mire
And a thief in the night

And there's no place to be
Track Name: Paperface
Tired eyes in the fading light
In a broken down house on the edge of town
Paperback face is blowing in the wind
I'm down the pawn shop selling all my things
But they won't take anything that's mine

So I kill the lights and head into downtown
To the places where we all used to hang around
But my voice shakes and shivers like the leaves
Like there are butterflies under my skin beating their wings

My face ain't worth the paper it''s printed on
No my heart ain't worth the paper it's printed on
But though my mind swims in muddy waters
I still know how I feel

I've made my bed so I guess I better lie in it
But it's so had with a paper heart
Rust will form on my mind's eye
Because you can't fool everybody, all of the time

My face ain't worth the paper it''s printed on
No my heart ain't worth the paper it's printed on
But though my mind swims in muddy waters
I still know how I feel
Track Name: Hitchhiker
I'm watching the river running
Running away from me

I think of all the others that went before me
Rolling back over the years

Like my brother turning soil in the fields up north and where he's living now
He called me yesterday saying "blues run the game" and do I know the way out?

But I don't think I do not anymore

Because I've been in jail for three halves a year and my skin is wearing thin
My minds a carousel of broken ideas and the ends never meet

And all I can do is promise you that I'm not as empty as I feel
No I'm not as empty as I feel
And roll on roll on my way out of here

I've been grafting out a life in the city but dreaming don't come free
Because I'm so far from where I want to be and nothing means anything to me
So I will roll on with my hitchhiker's eyes and find some new place to hide
But the weight and the debt that I carry around my neck will never let me be

And all I can do is promise you that I'm not as empty as I feel
No I'm not as empty as I feel
And roll on roll on my way out of here