The Paper Makers

The Paper Makers

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Hey, I don't know if you've heard of us before, but we're the Paper Makers. We make dance-able music with guitar, drums, ukelele and kazoo. Folksy suburban angst camping in the snow by the river. We are powerful and quirky females. We inspire and are inspired by a family community of yelling dancers

Biography

Two guitarists, native to Brampton, formed The Paper Makers in the year 2004. After failed attempts to find a drummer and a singer, the two Paper Makers said, 'aw, heck,' and took up the posts of drummer and singer/guitarist. With minimalism as their motto, Katie picked up her sticks, Anna picked up some picks and they got started on their career.

They've been playing shows in Toronto for the past year with a growing, devoted fan base in attendance. Venues frequented include The Silver Dollar and the Drake Hotel, as well as the odd performance at the Horseshoe Tavern and the Boat. The Paper Makers experience is not limited to the stage - newcomers to Paper Makers events are warmly welcomed by the regulars.

The Paper Makers have one professionally recorded EP, Sergeant Matthew, and are currently working on a full-length disc.

Lyrics

Anything

Written By: Anna Mernieks

clouds are losing their raindrops
and trees are losing their
leaves,
kids are losing their
pencils and parents are losing
their sleep,
and i am losing the
fight to keep focussed on
anything.

i've been telling my
secrets to telephone
operators,
and theyve been
telling me in return and i've been
telling my neighbors,
cause we
are losing the fight to keep
focussed on anything.

i've been
telling my secrets to no one in
particular so i've got no reason
to stay,
when my thoughts are
everywhere else, the cold wind
could carry me far away.

clouds
are losing their raindrops and
blow blow blowing away,
and id
go in a heartbeat if they
threatened to take me away,
cause
i am losing the fight to keep
focussed on anything.

Honeybees

Written By: Anna Mernieks

I can't dam the river.
The
water's gonna flow til there's
none more
from the mountaintop,
the very last drop
I see the city
from the top of my cup.
Apple
blossoms, honeybees,
the city in
my steaming tea,
and twenty
storeys down below
our map will
start with one paved road,

come
on now it could be easy!
we've
got some time.
come on now it
could be easy,
i'm by your
side.

now i do not like to
complain,
but i have been these
last few days.
let's call in sick
the both of us!
get better in a
couple of months...
you know the
suburbs get me down,
but i like
the city and i love the town,
and
each side takes my heart and
runs
til' its stretched out like
chewing gum,

come on now it
could be easy,
we've got so much
time.
come on now it could be
easy,
i'm by your side.

we
could hop aboard a train, save our
cash on gasoline, we've got a 35%
discount round trip or one
way,
writing on the windowside,
our thoughts carefully they lie,
safely kept in each recycled page.

Twinkle Little Stars

Written By: Anna Mernieks

i went down yesterday to find a note. what did it say? the same old thing, the same old thing.
maybe when a tidal wave comes over to redecorate i'll find a way, i'll find a way to sit here and do nothing
for a while longer.
you always used to say, 'what is truth anyway?'
well i found it in the mirror and it's backwards just like me!
well i found it in the mirror and its backwards just like me.

when day was night and night was day, i camped out in my driveway
i was found by the face of a worried man who took me in and called himself my father,
and who wouldn't wanna be a man like he?
but i saw the truth in the bathroom mirror so i smashed the glass all into pieces,
twinkle little stars raining down the bathroom sink.

in the rearview mirror on the highway, i saw the truth in the sunset behind me
so i smashed the glass against the guardrail, twinkle little stars, raining down on trailer cars.

do you think we could go a little bit slower?
id like to let them catch the sun as we drive by.
i think we should go a little bit slower,
id like to let them catch the sun as we drive by.

but on my back, clear on the concrete, the stars were bright, the stars were bright.
counting the stars from my vantage point,
counting the holes in the blanket of the sky i was warm and safe in the middle of the night,
because the truth hides in the middle of the night,
because the truth is holes in the blanket of the sky.

Discography

Sergeant Matthew EP - Oct. 2007

some songs are available on youtube, and at:
www.myspace.com/thepapermakers
www.purevolume.com/thepapermakers
radio3.cbc.ca/bands/The-Paper-Makers

Set List

We don't really have a set set list, but our last one went like:

Lovesick Blues (A cover of the song by Hank Williams Sr, done to the beat of Little Room by the White Stripes)
The Rainstorm Song (original)
September Lily (Hawksley Workman cover)
The New Cold (original)
Sad Sad City (Ghostland Observatory cover) (mashed up with some lyrics from Tents In My Backyard, which is original)
Honeybees (original)
Twinkle Little Stars (original)
Lady Matthew and her Daughter Matthew (mashed up with Smoke Baby by Hawskley Workman)
Rockpile (original)
The Window Song (original)
Bring Me Down (original but mashed up with an Odetta cover - 900 Miles)

it all depends on what kind of drumset we are using, which venue we are playing and how long the set is (our sets are usually from 30-45 minutes, but we have enough material for more).