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Love & Retreat

by Sarah Hiltz

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Love and Retreat illustrates moments of conflict between loved ones, highlighting the importance of loving communication when it comes to expressing anger.


We talk religion, politics, all of the things
That families ought to resist
After dinner’s finished

It’s never been like this before
We’ve loved, we’ve laughed, we’ve never been at war
I keep eyeing the door

I meet her eyes across the room, try to guess what she thinks
Of this conversational catastrophe
When she walks away and just starts to clean
I think, it’s a fine line between love and retreat

The TV’s off, we all sit and talk, the night begins
To turn into the dawn
And the wine is all gone

No music in the background now
He stands up, cuts me off, and begins to shout
He is on his toes now

I bring myself right to the edge of my seat
And my fingers grip the books in my lap that he lent me
I start to fidget with the page corners and think
That it’s a fine line between love and retreat

We sit across the table at a restaurant
To give it one more shot
Guess that’s all that we’ve got

His parting words are sharp, for sure,
But it’s not anything that I haven’t heard
I know he’s just bitter

After I pay the bill, I take a ride to the beach
And I dig a hole in the sand with my nephew and niece
I try to act like everything is still in one piece
But it’s a fine line between love and retreat


released November 23, 2021
Written by Sarah Hiltz
Produced by Sarah Hiltz & Howard Bilerman
Recorded and mixed by Howard Bilerman
Assisted by Shae Brossard

Recorded in September 2020 at hotel2tango in Montréal, QC.

Vocals, electric guitar - Sarah Hiltz
Drums - Charlotte Cornfield
Electric bass - Connor Walsh
Vibraphone - Bruce Cawdron
Piano, BGs - Colleen Brown

Art Director - Josiah Bilagot
Photographer - Vicky Lam
Prop Stylist - Christina Yan
Assistant Photographer - Yann Gracia

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


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