The Deer Convention

by Hélène Renaut

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Recorded on 2-inch tape by Jason Quever at PanAmerican Studios, San Francisco
Mastered by John Greenham

Photos by Sherry Heck
Design by Simone Rubi

© and ℗ 2011 Hélène Renaut

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released March 9, 2011

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Hélène Renaut Los Angeles, California

'Imagine Syd Barrett and Françoise Hardy having a musical baby'- West Coast Folk's best kept secret, Hélène Renaut's French psych-folk explores that improbable territory where Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, and 60s girl groups would be having a party while Brahms is conducting a quartet in the other room. "Renaut’s voice is more unique and bewitching than her contemporaries or influences." (Eric Shea) ... more

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Track Name: The One
Who will he be,
Who will he be,
The one
Who will give his love to me

Will he be fair, will he be blue,
Will he quick, will he be you?

Will he be sweet, will he be true,
Will he get me, will he know you?
The one

Who will he be,
Who will he be,
The one

Will I know him when he sails through,
Will we share a secret or two,
Will I know how to brighten his world
And him mine?

Who will he be,
Who will he be,
The one
I will bring back home to me

Who will he be,
Who will he be…
Track Name: Bumblebee
Bumblebee
Why don’t you speak to me
I waited
A long long time
For a love like that
To cross my path
So tell me
What do you see?

Look at me
I’m down here on my knees
I wonder
How much more time
I can spend waiting around
For you to make up your mind
So tell me
What will it be?

They tell me
That we can’t be
Maybe they know
My story
Better than me
But I want to see
What life has in store for me

Bumblebee
So light and fancy-free
Won’t you show me
How to bide my time
Maybe the leaves on the trees
Will speak to me
If you teach me
How to be free
Track Name: The Deer Convention
When the deer take flight
My heart swells out
Long and breathing life
In careless delight

Will I make it down to the water
Rest my head on the lily pads so tender

Oh, the way to the sea
On a Sunday afternoon, my love
In the hazy evening I see
Soaring sails of yesteryear

Will I make it down to the water
Rest my head on the lily pads so tender

Oh, the way to the trees
On a sunbaked afternoon, my love
In the golden light, and I see
Further than the distant shore
Track Name: The Wisdom Of The Dove
Oh, Mammy you left me so cold,
So cold,
Without anybody to hold
And straps of memories unfold
Got the best of me

Keep my nights white as a stone
All my days I spend alone
You never told me
Love’s the color of your soul
If you don’t clutter your thoughts
With so much worry
Dearest Mammy,
If you knew the glory

Oh, Mammy now I feel so old,
So old,
Wise as a dove and all alone
And love has deserted my shore
Left me lost at sea

Don’t send horses through the moor
Rescuing I’ll need no more
You never showed me
How to face up to the storm
Now my tears are shed and worn
Hollow as can be
Dearest Mammy,
Couldn’t you see the glory?

Oh, Mammy you waited so long,
Too long,
Now it’s too late to right those wrongs
And words have deserted my song
Left me lost at sea

Call the rescue fleet to shore
I won’t visit anymore
You never showed me
Kindness free as clouds can be
Somewhere something died, I’m free
To do as I please
Dearest Mammy,
Now I see the glory
Track Name: Orpheus
Whenever we go, wherever time grows
Lilacs and blooms in tow
Treading the waters,
Blessedness flatters
Euridyce, I know

I weighted the dark of the night
And the words in her mouth never fight

Who knows how it will all turn out
Where the wind blows everybody goes
Look over your shoulder now
And I’ll stumble to my toes
My love will follow,
Up and away we go

Whenever we grow, wherever time goes
Borrowing years of gold
Will we remember
A love so tender
To keep away the cold

He reached in the dead of the night
And the ghosts in her ear have taken flight

Who knows how it will all turn out
Where the wind blows everybody goes
Look over your shoulder now
And I’ll stumble to my toes
My love will follow,
Up and away we go

Whenever we go
Wherever time grows
Wherever we go
Whirlwinds will follow

Who knows how it will all turn out
Where the wind blows everybody goes
Look over your shoulder now
And I’ll stumble to my toes
My love will follow,
Up and away we go
Track Name: The Way You Looked At Me
I saw the way you looked at me
And I knew
How it would all end
In a messy bed with wrung hands

And as I felt
The flicker in your eye
Like a wing on my bare arm
Such a poorly disguised butterfly

Then I knew
It wouldn’t be long
I knew it was wrong
But what could I do -
The night smiled at you

And as I felt
The touch of your hand
Like a dagger to my bare heart
I was a tightly pinned butterfly

And I knew
It wouldn’t be long
I knew it was wrong
But what could I do -
The night smiled at you

You see, the way you looked at me
Wasn’t all
That I had hoped for
From the mossy trail and its green lore

And as I felt
The flicker in your eye
Like a wing on my bare arm
My resistance starts to wear down

And I knew
It wouldn’t be long
I knew it was wrong
But what can I say -
The night went your way

I saw the way you looked at me
And I knew
How it would all end
In a messy bed with wrung hands
Track Name: Bande A Part
Gardez vos princes,
Vos ambassadeurs,
Les dîners chez la comtesse,
Les cours d’anglais shakespearisés

Moi j’irai danser le Charleston
Dans un café pas trop propre
De la liqueur dans mon soda

Moi, je ne sais pas
Mais toi, tu bois
Tout autour de mes doigts

Pour vos étoiles,
Un sourire en coin,
Gardez vos chansons démodées,
Vos cigarettes et vos idées

Moi j’irai chasser les équinoxes
Sur un bateau pas trop moche
Pour une traversée sans histoire

Moi, j’irai voir
Celui qui ne me promet rien
Moi, j’irai voir
Celui qui lit dans ma main

Moi, je ne sais pas
Mais toi, tu vois
Tout autour de mes pas

Toi, tu ne sais pas,
Mais moi, je vois
Tout autour de tes pas
Track Name: Silly
Silly, silly, silly of me
To like you so fast
I don’t understand
What kind of spell was cast

A kiss by the lake
Someone calling my name
Here you are on my steps
The car’s driving away

On the edge of the bed
We forget what you said
There will be no regrets
We are strong
And tomorrow’s another day

Oh and you took me for a test drive
There I was, counting the stars
You know, time will tell, time will pass us by
Time, time, time keeps passing me by

Silly, silly, silly of me
To think it would last
Two rough pebbles and we become
A thing of the past

Your hand in my hair
Jasmine in the air
Of all memories I’ll take
The kindest and the brave

But in your voice I find
All my stories rewind
You thought I’d make the cast
But I’ll mend
The rift you opened in my heart

Oh and you took me for a test drive
But my dreams never divined
You know, time will tell, time will pass us by
Time, time, time keeps passing me by
Track Name: To Be A Child
Oh, to be a child
New to the world
So many paths unborn
So many moons unseen
To be a child
Flying on high

New wonders everyday
Skies but a dream away
Faces smiling your way

Soon you’ll be on your way
High coins and bales of hay
Rolling over hills and bay

Like a plant
In the morning dew
You’ll invent
A world just for you

Something fair and new
Just for you

Oh, to be a child