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Snowflakes in July - EP

by Alex Henry Foster & The Long Shadows

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The visitors, waiting to dwell into the lights Covering their eyes before the man newly turned into a ghost The view is foggy, and so are memories The sound seems so distant, but the emotion is so vivid, so real A picture, a few words, a box, some ashes True endings always find a way to be summarized Turn life into a faint suitable piece of lonesome shine We look around in disarray, the mirror’s bleak, nobody sees So real, so real There will be time for you and I For morning tides to lift us all back into the lights There will be time So real There will be time, there will be time There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time There will be snowflakes in July Strangers defining the rights from the wrongs The place got colder as time passes by Existence, like love, is never easy to comprehend It comes and goes, a gift for some, a curse for others Always, so real There will be time For tears, pain, sorrows, and emptiness In absence of answers, I kept everything inside I wish I could have cried, could have felt something But I stood in silence, lost into the dark, wide awake, blindfolded So real Always There will be time There will be time There will be snowflakes in July So real There will be time, there will be time So real There will be time, there will be time There will be snowflakes in July The visions onward, everything gets so blurry as I grow weak Is it possible to go through, to change our ways Heard universe ain’t old enough for stars to fill the night Insensitive we are to the wavelengths, all coming from the sky So real, so real, so real There will be time, there will be time There will be time, always There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time For you and I We pray, bow down, muse and contemplate Scattering the past in places that used to be alive Recall the joys we now hold onto with so much care Haunted by the fear of forgetting voices and desires Always, so real So real, always Always But there will be time for morning tides to lift us all into the lights, into the lights To go back into the lights, always For you and I
2.
The visitors, waiting to dwell into the lights Covering their eyes before the man newly turned into a ghost The view is foggy, and so are memories The sound seems so distant, but the emotion is so vivid, so real A picture, a few words, a box, some ashes True endings always find a way to be summarized Turn life into a faint suitable piece of lonesome shine We look around in disarray, the mirror’s bleak, nobody sees
So real There will be time for you and I For morning tides to lift us all back into the lights There will be time So real There will be time, there will be time There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time There will be snowflakes in July Strangers defining the rights from the wrongs The place got colder as time passes by Existence, like love, is never easy to comprehend It comes and goes, a gift for some, a curse for others Always, so real There will be time For tears, pain, sorrows, and emptiness In absence of answers, I kept everything inside I wish I could have cried, could have felt something But I stood in silence, lost into the dark, wide awake, blindfolded There will be snowflakes in July So real
 There will be time, there will be time So real There will be time, there will be time There will be snowflakes in July The visions onward, everything gets so blurry as I grow weak Is it possible to go through, to change our ways Heard universe ain’t old enough for stars to fill the night Insensitive we are to the wavelengths, all coming from the sky
So real, so real There will be time, there will be time There will be time, always There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time For you and I
3.
The visitors, waiting to dwell into the lights Covering their eyes before the man newly turned into a ghost The view is foggy, and so are memories The sound seems so distant, but the emotion is so vivid, so real Always, so real Always, always, so real Always, so real Always, so real A picture, a few words, a box, some ashes True endings always find a way to be summarized Turn life into a faint suitable piece of lonesome shine We look around in disarray, the mirror’s bleak, nobody sees So real, always, always, so real There will be time for you and I For morning tides to lift us all To go back into the lights There will be time There will be time, there will be time There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time There will be snowflakes in July There will be snowflakes in July Strangers defining the rights from the wrongs The place got colder as time passes by Existence, like love, is never easy to comprehend It comes and goes, a gift for some, accursed for others Always, so real, always, always There will be time for tears, pain, sorrows, and emptiness In absence of answers, I kept everything inside I wish I could have cried, could have felt something But I stood in silence, lost in the dark, wide awake but blindfolded So real, always, so real Always, always, always There will be time for you and I For morning tides to lift us all To go back into the lights There will be time There will be time, there will be time There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time We pray and bow down We pray and bow down And recall all the joys we now hold onto We pray and bow down We pray and bow down And recall all the joys we now hold onto To feel alive To feel alive Always, so real, so real Always, so real We pray and bow down We pray and bow down To recall all the joys we now hold onto To feel alive To feel alive To feel alive To feel alive To feel alive somehow Somehow, to feel alive We pray and bow down We pray and bow down We pray and bow down We pray and bow down For tears, and pain, sorrows For pain, tears, and sorrows For pain, tears, and sorrows, and emptiness We pray and bow down, bow down The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror, the mirror, the mirror, the mirror The mirror, the mirror, the mirror, the mirror The mirror, the mirror, the mirror, the mirror The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees, nobody sees Nobody sees, no, no, nobody sees Nobody sees Nobody sees, no, no We pray and bow down We pray and bow down We pray and bow down Places, faces, moments and silence and screams Places, faces, moments and silence and screams, screams Places, faces, moments and silence and screams, screams Places, faces, moments and silence and screams, and screams We all wanna feel alive We all wanna feel alive, alive We all wanna feel alive, alive We all wanna feel alive, alive, alive, alive We all wanna feel alive, alive We all wanna feel alive, alive We all wanna feel alive, alive Places, faces, moments and silence and screams Places, faces, moments and silence and screams Nobody sees Nobody sees Nobody sees Nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror The mirror All the joys All the joys All the joys All the joys There will be time There will be time There will be time There will be time There will be time There will be time For you and I For you and I For you and I For you and I For you and I

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"It sometimes happens that I can perfectly remember the circumstances surrounding a moment that has inspired me for a song, so much so that I can recall the perfume that was floating in the air, the type of light there was and even the precise details of the faces of the people sitting next to me, as if everything had stopped for a split second only for me to capture the meaning of the instant about to unfold before my eyes. “Snowflakes in July” is one of those songs.

In fact, it grew within me on 3 distinctive occasions. First, when I was a witness to my father’s passing, some time in the night between the 7th and 8th of July. The second occasion came about 2 weeks later when I would experience the very same phenomenon during my father’s funerals. The third occasion occurred a while after, as I was sitting on the plane that would fly me to Tangier for what I believed were a few weeks - it ultimately became 2 years.

Each time, vivid images, clearer than the moments themselves, but never any sound…

I finally wrote the lyrics back to Montreal after those 2 years in Tangier, right before I started working on the production of “Windows in the Sky”. Recalling those 3 events, in a pure form of automatic writing, from the words I whispered into my father’s ear to the bleakness of the funerals and the light punctuating the sky across the universe, I wrote, without asking myself too many questions. Much of those emotions had been intensively exposed over the course of my 2 years in Tangier and would mark the questions I was still unable to answer or didn’t have the courage to face the implications of. " -Alex

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released August 7, 2020

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Alex Henry Foster Montreal, Québec

Alex Henry Foster (AHF) is a Canadian musician, singer, producer, and composer, best known as the frontman of Juno Awards nominee band Your Favorite Enemies.

In November 2018, Foster released a first solo album "Windows in the Sky”.

In April 2021, he released his live album and film “Standing Under Bright Lights”, featuring his first concert at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
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