Ain't too pretty

by The Great Novel

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1.
03:30
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
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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
3.
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.
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02:46
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
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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
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01:12
7.
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
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03:06
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...
9.
02:19
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...
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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…

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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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