Clockworkbeats (Single)

by Ink Sticks & Stones

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In a post-apocalyptic world, two little robots scavenge to stay alive, meet, and fall in love. But even love can't last forever in a world of dust and rust. "Rare are spare heartbeats"


In a world of wood and mechanical life
Was a girl with her heart exposed to the wild
She just wanted to protect it and stay alive
Scavenging through the junkyard day and night
To find a shield for the gears inside her chest
Met a boy sifting through the mess

He raised his arm and waved
With no hand to say “hello dear”
Two broken bodies seeking to be whole

So she found him five new digits
While he uncovered a breastplate
As he bent and welded it over her heart
The trust it just grew

They spent their days turning junk into toys to play
And their nights in broken cars counting stars
Wanting more than to just survive
Then it rumbled deep within his chest
She opened him expecting a small adjust
But the mainspring corroded with red rust

They searched high and low
Before his clock ticked “goodbye dear”
But rare are spare heartbeats, this we know

From inside her breast she dug out the bits
And gave him all she could donate
When he woke up he saw her wind her heart
The guilt quickly grew

For now her heart could hold
But the hole inside made every crank echo
He swore not to leave her hollow
Scour all the yards to the edge of the world
But she begged him to wait
With time the spring could work for them both
And she begged him to stay
But he wanted her to feel whole

He raised his hand waved
With a smile to say “I’ll be back dear”
But it’s been ten years and her heart has never beat the same


released May 14, 2020
Music and lyrics by Airei Dooh-Tousignant
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Inaam Haq
Recorded by Inaam Haq and Pierre L. Barr

Airei Dooh-Tousignant: vocals, acoustic guitar
Phill Hood: acoustic guitar
John William Blakeley LaBerge: bass
Inaam Haq: drums, electric guitar, synths

with additional producing by Andrew Huang


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Ink Sticks & Stones Toronto, Ontario

Ink Sticks & Stones is a composer-musician-singer-songwriter who dabbles in neoclassical and folk. Her latest release, Vaste, is a neoclassical orchestral EP based in the boreal forest.

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