Light the World

by Eli & the Straw Man

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released March 31, 2017

Eli Maiuri - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
James Gizzie - vocals, electric guitar, piano
Nathanial Goold - vocals, electric guitar, slide guitar
Philip Bosley - vocals, bass guitar
Tam Maiuri - vocals, trumpet, percussion
TJ Rogers - drums, percussion
Additional Musicians:
Jeff Heisholt - organ, piano, accordion
Tom Moffett - trumpet
Julian Nalli - saxophone
Nathan Dell-Vandenberg - trombone

Produced by Dan Hosh and Eli & the Straw Man
Let Me Explain, No One, Figured Out with Simon Ward and Darryl James
Engineered by Dan Hosh & Scott Peacock
Assistant Engineer: Ben Leger
Recorded and Mixed at Catherine North Studios (Hamilton, Ontario)
Mixed by Dan Hosh
No One Mixed by Dave Schiffman
Mastered by Ryan Morey at Greymarket Mastering (Montreal, Quebec)

Copyright Eli & the Straw Man 2017

Cover photos by Kedar Datta

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Eli & the Straw Man Niagara Falls, Ontario

Eli & the Straw Man is a collective of seasoned musicians from Canada’s Niagara region. The band formed in 2014 and has since gained a reputation for their charismatic live performances and nostalgic yet modern sound. Six personas deliver the mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation of Indie Roots Rock shaped by gospel and folk influences. ... more

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Track Name: Let Me Explain
Let me explain
You’ve been running through my mind all night
Just a memory of better times
Now I’m stuck inside an empty life

Let me be strange
Said some things that made you feel alone
Did some things that I shouldn’t have done
Help me now I’m on my own

And I can’t leave this behind

I saw a darkness, I saw a darkness
Oooh Oooh
I saw a darkness, I saw a darkness
Oooh Oooh

Send me away
To a place where I can’t be named
I’m floating in the strangest way
Help me find the words to say

Show me a way
A way back to where it began
It’s all slipping through my hands
Help me feel something again

And I can’t leave you behind

I saw a darkness, I saw a darkness
Oooh Oooh
I saw a darkness, I saw a darkness
Oooh Oooh

You pick me up from the bottom, I’m running from the devil and he won’t let me be
You pick me up from the bottom, I’m running from the devil and he won’t let me be

I saw a darkness, I saw a darkness
Oooh Oooh
Let me explain
I saw a darkness, I saw a darkness
Oooh Oooh
Let me explain
I saw a darkness, I saw a darkness
Oooh Oooh
Let me explain
I saw a darkness, I saw a darkness
Oooh Oooh
Let me explain
Track Name: Shirt and Tie
Put together shirt and tie
Showed up an hour shy
And I was feeling alone

Room’s full of leprechauns
All holding microphones
And I was thinking of you

Oh the voices in my head ring out
Better you than me is what they say
Oh the colours fade away to white
I’m standing on the edge again

Arrangements made with severed hands
String me up where I stand
And I was thinking out loud

Will you fix me another one
And tell the band to play the next song
Cause I was thinking of home
Oh I’m just thinking of home

Oh the voices in my head ring out
Better you than me is what they say
Oh the colours fade away to white
I’m standing on the edge again
Track Name: No One
You could never see
The sunny side of shady street
Mama I’ve made my choice
Living a life with someone else’s voice

And I do hope to God that we all make it out, make it out of the fog
And I do hope to God that we all make it out, make it out of the fog

‘Cause no one wants to be like me


And I really hoped you’d stay
Guess you never thought I’d find my way
And now these days drag on
Voices in the alley from dusk till dawn

And I do hope to God that we all make it out, make it out of the fog
And I do hope to God that we all make it out, make it out of the fog

‘Cause no one wants to be like me


I do hope to God that we all make it out, make it out of the fog


‘Cause no one wants to be like me
Track Name: Paradise
You always look me in the eye
You never say the same thing twice
Believe me when I tell you it’s gotta get better

Now it has come to this
Playing games just like kids
We’re running through the yard to save our life tonight

‘Cause we’re a long way from home on some rocky shore
Oh my
I think it’s worth a try
Oh my
Gonna live in paradise

We all know the way
But that first step feels out of place
Call me when you have some time to talk awhile

Don’t you look that way
We don’t move we stay the same

We’ll let the stars guide our way tonight
Oh my
I think this is worth a try
Oh my
We might just get it right
Oh my
Gonna live in paradise

There’s no need to hide
We bought the ticket let’s take the ride

Pick a road we’ll see where it goes
Oh my
I think this is worth a try
Oh my
We might just get it right
This time
Gonna live in paradise
Track Name: Love and Control
Staring down a guillotine feeling alright
White hands floating up in the darkness of night
Face after face standing in line
To satisfy their taste in a cold delight

Just give me love and control
Love and control
Give me love and control
To make it though the night

Cowboy in a mood and doesn't know why
Can’t find the words to say so he looks for a fight
Thoughts run through my mind thin and perverse
Last man standing gets what he deserves

Just give me love and control
Love and control
Give me love and control
To make it though the night
Track Name: Better Days
Find it kind of hard to explain
But I’ve felt it coming now for days

Try not to let it show
But I’ve felt it coming now for days
If only I could stay out of my own way

Cause I’ve seen better days
Cause I’ve seen better days
Left out in the cold and that’s ok
If only I could stay out of my own way

Explain again how this goes
Cause I feel so far away
My mind is lying on the road
And I’ve got no soul left to save
Everything seems just a day away

Cause I’ve seen better days
Cause I’ve seen better days
Left out in the cold and that’s ok
Cause I’ve seen better days

I find it kind of hard to explain
But I’ve felt it coming now for days
If only I could stay out of my own way

Cause I’ve seen better days
Cause I’ve seen better days
Left out in the cold and that’s ok
Cause I’ve seen better days
Track Name: Figured Out
Oh my love
There’s wolves in sheep’s clothing about
But you seem to have your doubts
That constitution will thin you out, oh

You’re picking your part
Professors, lawyers, astronauts
But all the graphs and charts
Can’t tell you how to be yourself



You’ve got it all figured out
You’re put together so well
You’ve got it all figured out
You’re put together so well



We can see in the dark
We’ll run it till it burns right out
And take what is not
Let's others sort it out, oh



Cause we’ve got it all figured out
We’re put together so well
We’ve got it all figured out
We’re put together so well


And time, tide me over
And time, tide me over



We’ve got it all figured out
We’re put together so well
Track Name: Tiger
Head lights pouring into the city
And I don’t even know the names but they seem to know me
Late nights weighing down on your shoulders
You don’t even seem to care for the ones who bless you

Head down trying to make it a living
This could be the one but it seems not for me
Oh I used to know a girl who made her own order
Yeah I used to know the words to the song I once sang

Dead dreams lying on every corner
Tail lights burn and smolder like a fire in the street
Catch your tiger by his collar
Or watch it roam wild on the cold concrete

Head down trying to make it a living
This could be the one but it seems not for me
Oh I used to know a girl who made her own order
Yeah I used to know the words to the song I once sang

I live my lie, I live my lie

Oh I used to know a girl who made her own order
Yeah I used to know the words to the song I once sang
Track Name: Coming Home
Don’t say anything
Words are not what we need
When you’re left with nothing
But a lonely heart to feed
But I’d do anything just to see your words again
I’m coming home

Son as you grow more like me
Don’t let the innocence fade into need
Cause I’d give anything just to walk your floor again
Well I’m coming home

Thrown into the fire in dismay
Told to make peace with a bullet and blade

And I’d do anything just to see your face again
I left a giant, now I can hardly stand
I’m coming home
Track Name: Fail
I don’t wanna fail
I get up early and take my pills
The man I need to be
It don’t come naturally

It’s all so meaningful
When your back’s against the wall
Pick me up or lay me down
Just keep me around

Let’s go out and get it all
Bait it with prosperity
Remember me when I’m gone
And simplify me

Simplify me