Surfacing Album

Artist(s): Sarah McLachlan

Cover Art

Sarah McLachlan Surfacing Cover Art

Tracklist

Building a Mystery

length: 4:08
producer: Pierre Marchand
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
electric guitar: Michel Pepin
bass: Brian Minato
background vocals: Pierre Marchand
electric guitar & acoustic guitar: Sarah McLachlan
drums (drum set): Ashwin Sood
writer: Pierre Marchand, Sarah McLachlan

You come out at night
That's when the energy comes
And the dark side's light
And the vampires roam
You strut your rasta wear
And your suicide poem
And a cross from a faith that died
Before Jesus came
You're building a mystery

You live in a church
Where you sleep with voodoo dolls
And you won't give up the search
For the ghosts in the halls
You wear sandals in the snow
And a smile that won't wash away
Can you look out the window
Without your shadow getting in the way?

You're so beautiful
With an edge and charm
But so careful
When I'm in your arms

[Chorus]
'Cause you're working
Building a mystery
Holding on and holding it in
Yeah you're working
Building a mystery
And choosing so carefully

You woke up screaming aloud
A prayer from your secret god
You feed off our fears
And hold back your tears, oh
Give us a tantrum
And a know it all grin
Just when we need one
When the evening's thin

You're a beautiful
A beautiful ****ed up man
You're setting up your
Razor wire shrine

'Cause you're working
Building a mystery
Holding on and holding it in
Yeah you're working
Building a mystery
And choosing so carefully

Oh, you're working,
Building a mystery
Holding on and holding it in
Yeah you're working
Building a mystery
And choosing so carefully
Yeah, you're working,
Building a mystery,
Holding on and holding it in,
Oh yeah you're working,
Building a mystery
And choosing so carefully

You're building a mystery.

I Love You

length: 4:45
producer: Pierre Marchand
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
mixer: Pierre Marchand
recording engineer: Pierre Marchand
acoustic guitar: Sarah McLachlan
drum machine & keyboard: Pierre Marchand
composer: Sarah McLachlan
lyricist: Sarah McLachlan
I have a smile
Stretched from ear to ear
To see you walking down the road
We meet at the lights
I stare for a while
The world around us disappears
It's just you and me
On my island of hope
A breath between us could be miles
Let me surround you
My sea to your shore
Let me be the calm you seek
Oh and every time I'm close to you
There's too much I can't say
And you just walk away
And I forgot
To tell you
I love you
And the night's
Too long
And cold here
Without you
I grieve in my condition
For I cannot find the words to say I need you so
Oh and every time I'm close to you
There's too much I can't say
And you just walk away
And I forgot
To tell you
I love you
And the night's
Too long
And cold here
Without you
I grieve in my condition
For I cannot find the words to say I need you so

Sweet Surrender

length: 4:02
producer: Pierre Marchand
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
electric guitar: Michel Pepin and Brian Minato
piano & electric guitar: Sarah McLachlan
percussion & drums (drum set): Ashwin Sood
bass & drum machine: Pierre Marchand
composer: Sarah McLachlan
lyricist: Sarah McLachlan
It doesn't mean much
It doesn't mean anything at all
The life I've left behind me
Is a cold room

I've crossed the last line
From where I can't return
Where every step I took in faith
Betrayed me
And led me from my home

[Chorus]
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give

You take me in
No questions asked
You strip away the ugliness
That surrounds me

Are you an angel
Am I already that gone
I only hope
That I won't disappoint you

When I'm down here
On my knees

[Chorus: x2]

And I don't understand
By the touch of your hand
I would be the one to fall
I miss the little things
I miss everything, about you

It doesn't mean much
It doesn't mean anything at all
The life I've left behind me
Is a cold room

[Chorus: x2]

Adia

length: 4:05
producer: Pierre Marchand
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
bass: Brian Minato
background vocals: Ashwin Sood
keyboard: Pierre Marchand
acoustic guitar & piano: Sarah McLachlan
drums (drum set) & percussion: Ashwin Sood
writer: Pierre Marchand, Sarah McLachlan
Adia I do believe I failed you
Adia I know I've let you down
Don't you know I tried so hard
To love you in my way
It's easy let it go

Adia I'm empty since you left me
Trying to find a way to carry on
I search myself and everyone
To see where we went wrong

'Cause there's no one left to finger
There's no one here to blame
There's no one left to talk to, honey
And there ain't no one to buy our innocence

'Cause we are born innocent
Believe me Adia, we are still innocent
It's easy, we all falter
Does it matter?

Adia I thought that we could make it
But I know I can't change the way you feel
I leave you with your misery
A friend who won't betray
I pull you from your tower
I take away your pain
And show you all the beauty you possess
If you'd only let yourself believe that

We are born innocent
Believe me Adia, we are still innocent
It's easy, we all falter, does it matter?
Believe me Adia, we are still innocent
'Cause we are born innocent
Adia we are still innocent
It's easy, we all falter, but does it matter?

'Cause we are born innocent
Believe me Adia, we are still innocent
It's easy, we all falter
Does it matter?

Believe me Adia, we are still innocent
'Cause we are born innocent
Believe me Adia, we are still innocent
It's easy, we all falter
does it matter?

Do What You Have to Do

length: 3:47
piano: Sarah McLachlan
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
double bass: Jim Creeggan
percussion: Ashwin Sood
writer: Colleen Wolstenholme, Sarah McLachlan
What ravages of spirit
Conjured this tempestuous rage
Created you a monster
Broken by the rules of love
And fate has lead you through it
You do what you have to do
And fate has led you through it
You do what you have to do
And I have the sense to recognize that
I don't know how to let you go
Every moment marked
With apparitions of your soul
I'm ever swiftly moving
Trying to escape this desire
The yearning to be near you
I do what I have to do
The yearning to be near you
I do what I have to do
But I have the sense to recognize
That I don't know how
To let you go
I don't know how
To let you go
A glowing ember
Burning hot
Burning slow
Deep within I'm shaken by the violence
Of existing for only you
I know I can't be with you
I do what I have to do
I know I can't be with you
I do what I have to do
And I have sense to recognize but
I don't know how to let you go
I don't know how to let you go
I don't know how to let you go

Witness

length: 4:48
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
double bass: Jim Creeggan
background vocals: Ashwin Sood
keyboard: Pierre Marchand
drums (drum set) & percussion: Ashwin Sood
guitar family & slide guitar & lap steel guitar: Yves Desrosiers
writer: Pierre Marchand, Sarah McLachlan
Make me a witness
Take me out
Out of darkness
Out of doubt

I won't weigh you down
With good intention
Won't make fire out of clay
Or other inventions

Will we burn in heaven
Like we do down here
Will the change come
While we're waiting

Everyone is waiting

And when we're done
Soul searching
As we carried the weight
And died for the cause
Is misery
Made beautiful
Right before our eyes
Will mercy be revealed
Or blind us where we stand

Will we burn in heaven
Like we do down here
Will the change come while we're waiting
Everyone is waiting

Make me a witness
Take me out
Out of darkness
Out of doubt

Angel

length: 4:31
producer: Pierre Marchand
piano: Sarah McLachlan
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
double bass: Jim Creeggan
mixer: Pierre Marchand
recording engineer: Pierre Marchand
drum machine: Pierre Marchand
composer: Sarah McLachlan
lyricist: Sarah McLachlan
Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance,
For a break that would make it okay.

There's always some reason
To feel not good enough,
And it's hard, at the end of the day.

I need some distraction,
Oh, beautiful release.
Memories seep from my veins.

Let me be empty,
Oh, and weightless, and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight.

[Chorus]
In the arms of the angel,
Fly away from here,
From this dark, cold hotel room,
And the endlessness that you fear.
You are pulled from the wreckage,
Of your silent reverie.
You're in the arms of the angel,
May you find some comfort here.

So tired of the straight line,
And everywhere you turn,
There's vultures and thieves at your back.

The storm keeps on twisting.
Keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack.

It don't make no difference,
Escape one last time.
It's easier to believe in this sweet madness,
Oh, this glorious sadness,
That brings me to my knees.

[Chorus]

You're in the arms of the angel,
May you find some comfort here.

Thanks to teda for the correction

Black & White

length: 5:03
piano: Sarah McLachlan
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
drums (drum set): Ashwin Sood
bass & keyboard: Pierre Marchand
composer: Sarah McLachlan
lyricist: Sarah McLachlan
Unravel me
A distant cord
On the outside is forgotten
A constant need
To get along
And the animal awakens
And all I feel is black and white
The road is long
The memory slides
To the whole of my undoing
Put aside
I put away
I push it back to get through each day
And all I feel is black and white
And I'm wound up small and tight
And I don't know who I am
Everybody loves you when you're easy
Everybody hates when you're a bore
Everyone is waiting for your entrance so
Don't disappoint them
Unravel me
Untie this chord
The very center of our union
Is caving in
I can't endure
I am the archive of our failure
And all I feel is black and white
And I'm wound up small and tight
And I don't know who I am
Everybody loves you when you're easy
Everybody hates when you're a bore
Everyone is waiting for your entrance so
Don't disappoint them
Everybody loves you when you're easy so
Don't disappoint them
Don't disappoint them

Full of Grace

length: 3:42
piano: Sarah McLachlan
vocal: Sarah McLachlan
keyboard: Pierre Marchand
percussion: Ashwin Sood
composer: Sarah McLachlan
lyricist: Sarah McLachlan
The winter here's cold and bitter
It's chilled us to the bone
We haven't seen the sun for weeks
To long too far from home
I feel just like I'm sinking
And I claw for solid ground
I'm pulled down by the undertow
I never thought I could feel so low
Oh darkness I feel like letting go
If all of the strength and all of the courage
Come and lift me from this place
I know I could love you much better than this
Full of grace
Full of grace
My love
So it's better this way, I said
Having seen this place before
Where everything we said and did
Hurts us all the more
Its just that we stayed, too long
In the same old sickly skin
I'm pulled down by the undertow
I never thought I could feel so low
Oh darkness I feel like letting go
If all of the strength
And all of the courage
Come and lift me from this place
I know I could love you much better than this
Full of grace
Full of grace
My love

Last Dance

length: 2:33
piano: Sarah McLachlan
double bass: Jim Creeggan
keyboard: Pierre Marchand
musical saw: Yves Desrosiers
composer: Sarah McLachlan
lyricist: Sarah McLachlan
Instrumental