Ain't too pretty

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The Great Novel is Endrick Tremblay (vocals, guitar, harmonica, kazoo), MarcOlivier Tremblay Drapeau (double bass, B3, vocals), Pascal Bonneville (mandoline, octave mandline, banjo, B3, trumpet, vocals), Gabrièle Côté (vocals, percussions), Tristan Forget-Brisson (Drum, percussions, vocals)

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released May 17, 2013

Music/ musique: The Great Novel
Lyrics/ Paroles: Endrick Tremblay

Produced by/Réalisé par: Dany Placard and The Great Novel

Enginereed and Mixed by/ Prise de son et mixage: Ludovic Bonnier at Studio du chemin 4, Joliette, Québec

Masterized by/ Matriçé par: Vincent Cardinal at Studio Plasma, Montreal

Art direction and design/ Images et design graphique: Francis Auger ©francisauger.com

Photography/Photographies: Sandra Raymond ©sandraraymond.com

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The Great Novel Montreal, Québec

The Great Novel is a folk band from Montreal that combines roots instruments with a rock and roll mindset.
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The Great Novel est un band de Montréal qui combine instruments roots et énergie rock

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Track Name: Right Move
Now I’m in what I want
So don’t ask me don’t
You know that I won’t
I said no, no I won’t

No roof
No rules
Ain’t it cool
To be rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
And I ride and I ride
And I ride
I was tired
I was tired

Now I’m in what I want
So don’t ask me don’t
You know that I won’t
I said no, no I won’t

I & gin
I & gigs
I & girls
To be rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
And I ride and I ride
And I ride
I was tired
I was tired

I was on my way
It was much too heavy
Just to stay
So now I’m rollin rollin rollin
And I ride and I ride
And I ride
I was tired
I was tired
Track Name: Old Town, Hometown, Ragtime
Refrain:
It’s been a while my friend
I’m happy to be back again
My home it’s not a home it’s a town
You’ll recognize it with the mountain it’s our throne

You really should have seen what I’ve seen
I’m talkin’ bout a long long way from home
And I’ve been learnin’ so much on my own
That I guess I’ve got somethin’ I can put in that song
I’ve met so much pure women over there
That I’m quite sure that the deal with life isn’t fair
Do you remember when I thought it was all about the hair?
Those were the days, the good old days but I’m not there

Refrain:
It’s been a while my friend
I’m happy to be back again
My home it’s not a home it’s a town
You’ll recognize it with the mountain it’s our throne

Today I have more than a life like Jekyll and Hyde
The different grass wasn’t my drive it was the thoughts that were my ride
Each one has its own school but all the books are a pride
All you need is a breakfast, a kiss and a « goodnight »

Refrain:
It’s been a while my friend
I’m happy to be back again
My home it’s not a home it’s a town
You’ll recognize it with the mountain it’s our throne

The heavy weight of our freedom was on my back
The folks stayed home where my gas ho what a fact
I’m sayin’ I’m sad you’ll only know by an abstract
I woke up in the mornin’ to go to school with my back pack

Refrain:
It’s been a while my friend
I’m happy to be back again
My home it’s not a home it’s a town
You’ll recognize it with the mountain it’s our throne

The back road was like the arms of a mother
The breath of our bars, our coffee and the heat of our neighbours
We don’t need no carpet that says welcome in front of our doors
Cause we’re all part of that and this and it’s exactly what I’m lookin’ for

Old Town, HomeTown, Ragtime
Track Name: King of the Sins
I used to be hitchhikin’ from sin to sin
But now I’ve got to tell the truth, Mary-D took the win

I’m gonna write a letter to the preacher :
« Could you please, please fix us mister?
Cause if you don’t then I’ll be back as the king of the sins »

I used to go fishin’ as an alibi to be drinkin’
Be smokin’ big reefers on the boat, that’s why I’m so thin!

Mama has wrote to this preacher :
« Could you please, please fix him mister?
Cause if you don’t then he’ll go in hell as the king of the sins »

I used to chase all the cats before that good lookin’
But now I’ve got one that’s so cute, man I’ve got everythin’

Gonna be standin’ sober, be a worker
Go fishin’ once a month, but don’t tell mother
Cause if I don’t then I’ll be back as the king of the sins.
Track Name: Lisa
He left his home
He took the time to say goodbye to twelve children of his own
He won’t tell it but he did cry
She kept cool like hielo
The brown of her eyes and the white of her eyes
It’s dry in Arizona,
You better keep your tears before you get dry
And with that red skin Lisa
Her understandin’ is bright as a fire
Her understandin’ is bright as a fire

Señorita, Mexican-American made of seda
Lisa, Lisa

She’s hard on him, he never did try to turn it into a lie
And the children are thin.
And they’ll have to work under that dry sky…

Señorita, Mexican-American made of seda
Lisa, Lisa
Track Name: Hatching Words
I don’t know who I am
Except when I speak with my hands
So let me try this thing
Thanks to God I speak when I sing

I feel like Woody Allen
When I’m with her
I fall and I fool and I loony, yes I do

Simply stirred
Stewardess of wonderful wandering
Asking me if she’s my shadow
Teasing the health of what I know

Happiness runs from her core
Meaningful seems her soul
She’s an actress expecting more
Minding, it’s a minding what I’m lookin’ for

Hatching words
I don’t know who you are
But you make me sing like a bird
Hatching words
I don’t know you yet but I, yes I’m gonna learn

I heard « who has imagination without learning
Has wings and no feet »
I’ve got the wings, she’s got the heat

Now a half-moon is not enough
But soon I’ll take her clothes off
I’m tryin’ to seize her spirit
But it’s her flesh’n’bones I’m dreamin’ of

Hatching words
I don’t know who you are
But you make me sing like a bird
Hatching words
I don’t know you yet but I, yes I’m gonna learn
Track Name: Ain't too pretty
I try to roll from city to city
But then put me back in the grave of the country
Cause mama’s town has never shown the best of me

I’m light as a fly
Heavy as a monkey
I try to swim high
Then I crawl so hardly

And everybody knows that my worst ain’t too pretty

Do you agree that a man is free just in idea?
I would rather not be crazy than just be dizzy
Keepin’ me busy that’s how they drained the best of me

Take me to the brewery, the brewery buddy
Man I don’t want to see no lady

Cause everybody knows that my worst ain’t too pretty

Folks I tried to forget about the wisdom
I grabbed some flowers I heard they have some power
My body tells me I cannot eat money

I fight the curves that do not come from me
Try to understand in a bottled society
My part is between being born and borders and boundaries
Track Name: Autumn
Reachin’ the top by passin’ by the roots
The end is up, but it’s under my tooth
Leaf, orange leaf, the first cold
Like another thief, don’t you be so bold
Rollin’ with Top while I’m wearin’ boots
I’m gonna smoke it up, that grass that shoots

A season has passed but the sun’s still knockin’ out,
Knockin’ out! Knockin’ out.

Left right left. Six feet tall
You say: Don’t you have? But I can’t smoke no more
Highway 15 goes up. God Knows I know this route
I speak to her, I say: “What’s Up”. Never met a route so cute

A season has passed but the sun’s still knockin’ out,
Knockin’ out! Knockin’ out.

I won’t say “what if?” when it’s time to roll
Hitchhikin’ doesn’t hit. Memories can’t be sold
Reachin’ the top by passin’ by the roots
The end is up, but it’s under my tooth

A season has passed but the sun’s still knockin’ out,
Knockin’ out! Knockin’ out...
Track Name: The Opener
I’m drinkin’ Pabst Blue Ribbon
On a Monday afternoon
Ain’t got no woman, but I belong to my friends
Mom always asks if I’m done,
Want me to leave for a lady instead
This town is a mine for friends but don’t look for nothing else

Then I’m soakin’ up the sun with rum
Lookin’ at the stars from the bar
They’re lookin’ for love, but I guess I’m just above.

I’m just jammin’ drunk with my friends
And for the rest I use my hands
And « no problem » cause «Cool Hand Luke» did the same

I’d love to look for love
But I’ve never been a travellin’ man
Ain’t got no license, just a mandolin in my hands

Here we go Folks...
One More Time...

Then I’m soakin’ up the sun with rum
Lookin’ at the stars from the bar
They’re lookin’ for love, but I guess I’m just above.

I won’t spend no money for a ring
An opener will do the job instead
I’ll tattoo somethin’
It’ll be « Mommy till the END! »

For you mom...
Track Name: Eyes 'n' Legs
God damn she wants a baby
God knows she speaks with her body
Ways of the Lord work in mysterious ways
And the way she works mine makes me done already

She’s eyes and legs
Legs and hair
Makes me color blind
Put me in a motion black and grey
Put me in a zeppelin
But it ain’t « Stairway »

Back to reality
I’m done with country pie
I’m still singin’ by and by
Been in a pattern of goodbye
I hear and I forget
Don’t ask me why
I, as a father
Is an I with a tie, is an I with a tie

God damn she wants a baby
God knows she speaks with her body
Ways of the Lord work in mysterious ways
And the way she works mine makes me done already

Seriously honey
I want you
But I ain’t the serious kind

A story without a night
Is like a tale without any fight
I tried without any games
Next time gonna use my gun

God damn she wants a baby
God knows she speaks with her body
Ways of the Lord work in mysterious ways
And the way she works mine makes me done already
Track Name: She should have known
She met me she was just about 19
Then I guess she should have known
That a man with a guitar knows how to sing

In the beginning it don’t look like, it don’t seem
But I guess she should have known
That her man would offer more than those frenchie things

The man who only creates to create is not there to offer but to take from the muse and to use her as an illusion of and for the future
He gives nothin’ but the gift of the impossible because it is what he is
He talks to us in words of liberation but has never made of this world his mission
He speaks of peace and harmony and really means it, means it could be only, only

She met me, we don’t know what it means
But I guess she should have known
The man I am truly means but not as much as it seems
Track Name: Pistol's lesson
Way back in the days
When I was in high school
I used to fake happiness
Every day in my smile
Way back in the days
When I was a fool
I repressed so much
The world was cruel

But the Pistols teached
My beautiful self
That I was stronger than anybody else
If I wanted, if I wanted

Against yourself, harder than anyone else
When you face the mirror
You’re naked, you can’t bluff

But the Pistols teached
My beautiful self
That I was stronger than anybody else
If I wanted, if I wanted

Change your ways, there ain’t no rule
Forget about pride, just be and show the truth

Cause the Pistols showed me a side of myself
In which I was better true and well

And that’s what I wanted…