Who Sang Lies? Stan Rogers

Stan Rogers Northwest Passage cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1981
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
length: 5:43
piano: Chris Crilly
vocal: Stan Rogers
mixer: Declan O’Doherty and Paul Mills
recording engineer: Declan O’Doherty
guitar: Curly Boy Stubbs and Stan Rogers
fiddle: Garnet Rogers
bass guitar: David Alan Eadie
Some other versions of "Lies"

Lyrics
At last the kids are gone now for the day.
She reaches for the coffee as the school bus pulls away.
Another day to tend the hous and plan
For Friday at the Legion when she's dancing with her man.

Sure was a bitter winter but Friday will be fine,
And maybe last year's Easter dress will serve her one more time.
She'd pass for twenty-nine but for her eyes.
But winter lines are telling wicked lies.

All lies.
All those lines are telling wicked lies.
Lies all lies.
Too many lines there in that face;
Too many to erase or disguise;
They must be telling lies.

Is this the face that won for her the man
Whose amazed and clumsy fingers put that ring upon her hand?
No need to search that mirror for the years.
The menace in their message shouts across the blur of tears.

So this is Beauty's finish. Like Rodin's "Belle Heauimiere",
The pretty maiden trapped inside the ranch wife's toil and care.
Well, after seven kids, that's no surprise,
But why cannot her mirror tell her lies.

All lies.
All those lines are telling wicked lies.
Lies all lies.
Too many lines there in that face;
Too many to erase or disguise;
They must be telling lies.

Then she shakes off the bitter web she wove,
And turns to set the mirror, gently, face down by the stove.
She gathers up her apron in her hand,
Pours a cup of coffee, dripps Carnation from the can,
And thinks ahead to Friday, 'cause Friday will be fine!
She'll look up in that weathered face that loves her's, line for line,
To see that maiden shining in his eyes
And laugh at how her mirror tells her lies.

All lies.
All those lines are telling wicked lies.
Lies all lies.
Too many lines there in that face;
Too many to erase or disguise;
They must be telling lies.

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Northwest Passage
  • 2 The Field Behind the Plow
  • 3 Night Guard
  • 4 Working Joe
  • 5 You Can't Stay Here
  • 6 The Idiot
  • 7 Lies
  • 8 Canol Road
  • 9 Free in the Harbour
  • 10 California

  • Release information
    label: Fogarty’s Cove Music
    country(area): Canada
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin