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Lennie Gallant

Lennie Gallant

This prolific songwriter/performer has released 9 albums, which have won him a host of awards and nominations from both JUNOs and East Coast Music Awards.

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When We Get There Cover
  • When We Get There
  • Folk, Americana
  • Lennie Gallant
  • 04/27/2008
  • When We Get There
  1. The Gypsy Wind
  2. Seven Years
  3. I Want To Save The World For You...
  4. Pieces of You
  5. 47 Angels On Her Front Lawn...
  6. This Perfect Kiss
  7. If I Could Make Your Mind Up...
  8. A Day With You In Paradise...
  9. Eleven Roses
  10. I'm Learning How
  11. There Must Be Another Song...
  12. When We Get There
  13. The Innkeeper
  14. Plage (en Francais)
Lennie Gallant Live Cover
  • Lennie Gallant Live
  • Folk, Americana
  • Lennie Gallant
  • 04/27/2008
  • Lennie Gallant Live
  1. The Pull of the Fundy Tide...
  2. Which Way Does The River Run...
  3. La Valse Des Vagues
  4. Peter's Dream
  5. Part of Me
  6. Coal Black
  7. Pieces of You
  8. Destination (Traing Song)
  9. Slow Boat
  10. Lifeline
  11. The Band's Still Playing
  12. Meet Me At the Oasis
  13. Man of Steel
  14. La Tempete
  15. Ouvres Les Aboiteaux
Lifeline Cover
  • Lifeline
  • Folk, Americana
  • Lennie Gallant
  • 04/27/2008
  • Lifeline
  1. Fisher King
  2. Lifeline
  3. The Band's Still Playing
  4. Meet Me At the Oasis
  5. Slow Boat
  6. More Than Likely
  7. Smoke and Mirrors
  8. 16 Angels
  9. Something Unspoken
  10. Without Love
The Open Window Cover
  • The Open Window
  • Folk, Americana
  • Lennie Gallant
  • 04/27/2008
  • The Open Window
  1. Which Way Does The River Run...
  2. The Pearl (Would You Meet Me There)...
  3. The Open Window
  4. Peter's Dream
  5. Embers
  6. Mademoiselle (Voulez-Vous Danser)...
  7. How Can I Trust The Captain...
  8. Fighting For Your Love
  9. Three Words
  10. Looking At the Moon (For The First Time)...
  11. Year of the Angel
  12. Northern Lights
Believing in Better Cover
  • Believing in Better
  • Folk, Americana
  • Lennie Gallant
  • 04/27/2008
  • Believing in Better
  1. Believing In Better
  2. Man Of Steel
  3. Martyn's Brook
  4. Is It Love I Feel (Or Courage I Lack)...
  5. The Hope For Next Year
  6. How Many Bridges
  7. The Cry For Love
  8. Crumbling Foundation
  9. The Stairs
  10. Someone Like You
  11. The Other Side
Breakwater Cover
  • Breakwater
  • Folk, Americana
  • Lennie Gallant
  • 04/27/2008
  • Breakwater
  1. Tales of the Phantom Ship
  2. Island Clay
  3. Raise The Dead of Winter
  4. Back To Rustico
  5. From A Distance
  6. Marie and He
  7. The Hope For Next Year
  8. Breakwater
  9. Big City
  10. The Reconcillation Two-step...
  11. La Tempete
  12. Down On The Promenade
  13. Destination (train Song/recorded Live)...
If We Had a Fire Cover
  • If We Had a Fire
  • Pop, Rock
  • Lennie Gallant
  • 06/23/2009
  • If We Had a Fire
Liner Notes: Produced by Hayward Parrott and Lennie Gallant, in association with Brad Davidge Recorded and Mixed by Hayward Parrott at St. Cecelia Studios Halifax Overdub guitars on "The Coldest Road" recorded at Soundmarket Studio, Halifax and engineered by Terry Pulliam and Robert Corrigan Mastered by João Carvalho Mastering, Toronto Design & Photography: Ben Fong All Songs published by Revenant Records (Canada) Management - Wendy Gilmour 902-477-4864 | wendy@lenniegallant.com ----------------------- 1. YOU DON’T KNOW HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE (3:50)  (writers - Lennie Gallant, Gordie Sampson, Troy Verges ) The stars don’t know how radiant they look from here tonight The moon don’t know how many lovers kiss under it’s light The red rose doesn’t know how quickly it can steal your heart You don’t know how beautiful you are A church bell doesn’t realize the power of it’s call The diamond doesn’t understand the meaning of it all A love song doesn’t know that it could make you fall so hard You don’t know how beautiful you are I know that you don’t think that way But you don’t see what I see everyday A walking living breathing work of art Look at everybody looking at you Look at me doing the same thing too You don’t know how beautiful you are A drop of rain don’t know how many seeds it’s gonna sow A kind word doesn’t realize how far that it could go A simple whispered prayer don’t see that it can light the dark You don’t know how beautiful you are Chorus The stars don’t know how radiant they look from here tonight You don’t know how beautiful you are --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant  Electric Guitar & Mandolin, Brad Davidge Violin, Sean Kemp Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Bass, Bruce Dickson Piano & Keyboards, Kim Dunn Accordion, Isabelle Theriault Steel Guitar, Scott Sanders Background Vocals, Brad Davidge   2. DANCE THE DARK AWAY  (3:54)   (writer - Lennie Gallant ) He was standing on the rail at the top of the bridge When she yelled from the passenger side She said I know what you’re thinking ‘Cause I been there too And you don’t want a stranger’s advice But could you lend me an ear for a couple of seconds While I lay out a possible cure For the pain in your soul and your broken heart And the way she made you feel like a fool You’ve been hiding in a cave for couple of weeks You’ve been drowning in a sea of regret You tried all the drink and the drugs but the devil He ain’t done messin’ with you yet Now I knew you once when your heart was lighter and your eyes had a kind of a glow Would you give me a chance to re-intoduce you To the guy I used to know Dance the dark away, come dance the dark away, Dance the dark It can’t hold a candle to the holiest spark Burnin off the burden of the black mark away Dance the dark away, dance the dark It can’t hold a candle to the holiest spark Burnin’ off the burden of the black mark They were dancin on the edge of the head of a pin They were trying to save a desperate case Shakin’ off the stain of unoriginal sin They were working on not leaving a trace Ah the music was sweeter than the “Ode To Joy” And the band was killling every note And a cloud was lifting from the soul of a sinner As the devil put on his coat Chorus Bring me some holy water, Bring me the rose I bought her Give it life and give it love It’s not too late for laughter, It’s only love were after Let it fall down down from above Chorus --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant  Electric Guitar & Mandolin, Brad Davidge Violin, Sean Kemp Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Bass, Ed Woodsworth Keyboards, Kim Dunn Background Vocals, Lennie Gallant & Brad Davidge 3. TELL ME A GHOST STORY (4:04) (writer - Lennie Gallant ) Tell me a ghost story tonight my darlin’ The one about a lover lost at sea You know the one I mean, where she goes crazy When he keeps showing up in every dream Tell me a story that will chill my marrow Tell me a tale to make my skin crawl back Something to take my mind of what I’m thinking Something to save me from this heart attack I thought I heard a scream, I thought I heard a shot The rain was cryin foul, wind warning don’t get caught I thought I saw you run, the moon looked the other way Now here you sit, your hair is wet, your eyes are red, And I am dying There must be some way to make this ending easy Must be a way to bring the hero home A twist of narrative no one sees coming A blend of mystery and magic bones I need to hear your version right now darlin’ While every thing is fresh inside your head And every smell still makes your low lip quiver Tell me, especially, the parts I dread Chorus Tell me a ghost story tonight my darlin’ The one about a lover lost at sea You know the one I mean, where she goes crazy When he keeps showing up in every dream --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant  Electric Guitar, Slide & Mandolin, Brad Davidge Violin, Sean Kemp Keyboards, Kim Dunn Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Bass, Bruce Dickson 4. FLOWERS IN MY HEART (3:35) (writers - Lennie Gallant / Amélie Gallant ) I was feeling lost and alone On the road so far from my home Made the call that I’d make everyday Little voice on the end of the line Said she hoped I’d be back in time Then she said the words that made my day Your like flowers in my heart I walk through them whenever we’re apart Your like flowers in my heart They’ll always grow no matter where you are Another town, another show Sing a song you hope they know Trying to touch a stranger in the hall Tell them bout a little girl How she re-creates my world Everytime I make this call I walk through them most everyday Makes it a little more ok To be far away Your like flowers in my heart I walk through them whenever we’re apart Your like flowers in my heart They stay with me no matter where you are --- Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica, Lennie Gallant  Electric Guitar, Brad Davidge Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Bass, Jamie Gatti Piano & Keyboards, Kim Dunn Accordion, Isabelle Theriault Background Vocals, Rose Cousins 5. BE THE CHANGE (3:11)  (writer - Lennie Gallant ) If you saw a child fall into a river Would you turn away, or come to the rescue So, how many miles away must we be before We can pretend there’s nothing we can do Be the change, be the change History is bound to repeat itself Until we all wake up, and get off this ride I believe that time is now knockin’ on our door will yours and mine, lock or open wide Be the change, be the change (repeat) Nothing can be done, nothing can be doneThat’s what they were saying Maybe you’re the one, maybe you’re the one Change has just begun Change it, change it, change Drinking up the world, like an alcoholic Maybe we all need to check into rehab Ghandi said it first, who will be the next to Be part of the cure, for the pains we have Be the change, be the change (repeat) --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar, Brad Davidge Violin, Sean Kemp Mandolin, Ray Legere Drums, Adam Dowling Accordion, Isabelle Theriault Acoustic Bass, Jamie Gatti Piano, Kim Dunn Background Vocals, Coco Love Alcorn & Lennie Gallant Children’s voices - Amélie Gallant, Alex Conrad, Genevieve Cunningham, Nicholas Fryer, Bessie Lecker-Evans, Eric Lindquist, Cameron Prevost, Emily Sayer, Maddison Shortt-Robertson and coach Maureen Dunn 6. EMILY’S LETTERS (5:21)  (writer - Lennie Gallant ) The day we knew was comin’ came on faster Doc said she’d be gone before the new moon I found my self preparing for her last rites Taking care of my aunt up in her bedroom One afternoon in what seemed Like a window to her mind She called me near and she whispered to me She told me of the letters she’d kept hidden From her husband of 40 years and three Please don’t let him find them, He’d never understand How a part of me needed to share My feelings with this man What will I do, with Emily’s letters A secret that I wish I was not told What will I do, with Emily’s letters Should they be burned or should they be shown She’d followed her husband out to the prairie She did her best to change her ways and not her mind But everyday the wind took just bit more Of her beauty and the world she’d left behind Somehow he found her address and he wrote her She wrote him back like old friends often do But over time the letters carried tear drops And familiar words that only lovers use Please don’t let him find them, He’d never understand How a part of me needed to share My feelings with this man Chorus The morning of the service I rose early I knew the thing that I would have to do I went to find the letters where she’d hid them Behind the loose board underneath her shoes But as I reached her room I saw a shadow Of my uncle slipping out and down the hall I followed him down to where she was laid out He placed the letters on her heart, beneath her shawl He turned and said to me, You don’t have to understand But he gave her something that Was not a part of who I am Chorus --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar, Brad Davidge Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Acoustic Bass, Ed Woodsworth Piano, Kim Dunn Accordion, Isabelle Theriault Steel Guitar, Scott Sanders Background Vocals, Brad Davidge  7. THE RINGER (3:48)  (writer - Lennie Gallant )  I was a ringer in a preacher’s tent I’d speak in tongues, and I’d get cured He would use me to get things started In every town along the tour I was a blind man, I was a cripple Sometimes I played deaf and dumb He’d take their trust and money And I’d lead them to kingdom come Touch me tonight, heal my soul Wash me clean, make me whole Preacher had a gift, I can’t deny that Some nights I almost believed Voice of thunder, eyes like lightning Tricks and miracles up his sleeve There was a mist on the night she walked in Sat down right in front of me I could smell her hair like incense Skin as white as a swan could be Touch me tonight, heal my soul Wash me clean, make me whole That night when I got the signal I stood up to shout my praise She turned and looked into my eyes My voice could not be raised The preacher called again out louder But I was held under her spell Then a voice came from inside me Preacher, you go back to hell I cursed him then and I cried out I drove the crowd away She struck a match andSet the tent on fire, then we knelt to pray Touch me tonight, heal my soul Wash me clean, make me whole (repeat) --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Brad Davidge Violin, Sean Kemp Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Acoustic Bass, Tom Easley Keyboards, Kim Dunn Background Vocals, Coco Love Alcorn 8. IF WE HAD A FIRE (3:31) (writers - Lennie Gallant, Carolyn Dawn Johnson ) What’s it gonna take to wake us up Would it be the sound of a fire truck Or are we too far gone to hear anything at all I walk into the room and watch you leave On every little thing we disagree We’re like ghosts passing each other down the hall If we had a fire, is there anything you’d save Would you let it go up in flames Turn your back and walk away If we had a fire, would we both suddenly see What matters most to you and me When love burns down to the wire If we had a fire Would you try to rescue our past Run back in for the photographs The way we danced in the video On the day we wed And all the love letters we once wrote Would you let them all go up in smoke Blame it on the tears in your eyes And the heat from the burning bed Chorus Should we strike a match and let it burn Is that the only way we’ll learn --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant Electric Guitar, Jamie Alcorn Electric / Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin, Brad Davidge Violin, Sean Kemp Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Bass, Bruce Dickson Piano & Keyboards, Kim Dunn Guest Vocalist, Carolyn Dawn Johnson 9. WOUNDED (4:23)  (writers- Lennie Gallant, JT Harding )  Got outta the hospital two weeks past Eight months after they removed the cast One year since shrapnel scarred half of my face It could’ve been worse, that’s what they said But for a year I wished I were dead And I might have been but for my family’s faith There are some I know who did not do so well Abandoned in their own personal hell So on the day, when you fly that flag For the ones who never made it back Say an extra prayer for those who’ll always be Wounded Jimmy got a medal for bravery And he saw some things no man should see But he held it all together till the day he got home He hit the bottle, couldn’t sleep at night Or talk to his kids, or touch his wife A different man than the one they used to know He just sat there when they walked out the door It’s hard to say just who was injured more Chorus There’s no medicine in here to set me free Take me out, in a storm, on raging sea Let it rain, on me The bloodstains and the dust and tears The brave face, the forbidden fears Wash away this war inside of me I am trying to come home But I can’t make it on my own I need to feel my heart beat quietly --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant Electric Guitar, Brad Davidge Violin, Sean Kemp Percussion, Adam Dowling Bass, Bruce Dickson Piano & Keyboards, Kim Dunn 10. BEFORE WE SELL THIS CAR (3:52)  (writers - Lennie Gallant, Gerald O'Brien )  Before we sell this car I want to show you this Coffee stain on the seat That we spilled on our first kiss And see this fender dent From that rainy night We had to hit the ditch To miss the deer, in our lights Before we sell this car Remember later on How we made love Before we sell this car Can you remember still We drove up to New York And took turns behind the wheel We only stopped for gas Slept while the other drove ‘cept when I needed you And we pulled off that old dirt road Before we sell this car Sit in it one more time Before you leave Look in the rear view mirror Tell me what you see Our hearts are closer now Than they’ve appeared to be Don’t turn your back on this We’ve come too far Take one more ride with me Before you walk away Before we sell this car Before we sell this car Drive down this boulevard We once ran every light Trying to make it in time But still the baby came Too soon, two blocks away I watched a miracle arrive on this back seat that day Before we sell this car Don’t leave nothin’ behind Before you leave Chorus --- Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica, Lennie Gallant Electric Guitar, Brad Davidge Violin, Ray Legere Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Bass, Bruce Dickson Piano & Keyboards, Kim Dunn Background Vocals, Brad Davidge 11. THE COLDEST ROAD  (3:37)  (writer - Lennie Gallant ) - For Yvon Boudreau, who knows that road well I drive a big truck On a frozen road Over the wide lakes A heavy diesel load I hear the ice crack And I almost turn her around I hammer down now There’s no time to spare It’s getting soft here I see a ridge up there My buddy jackknifed, last night And his rig went down On the coldest road, You can’t let go Eyes upon the ice And your life on the line On the coldest road, Time is frozen And you can’t sleep Until you reach The diamond mines Don’t stop…. just drive I’m like my dad was, He would not give in He drove a big truck He liked Loretta Lynn He said he always knew Where she was coming from So here I come now At forty five below Over “The Dry Bones” And cracks hid by snow Out on the “Gordon” and “Mackay” I’ve got to knock it down Chorus They say the ice is getting thinner now But there’s no stopping up here anyhow Chorus --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant Electric Guitar, Brad Davidge Fiddle, Ray Legere Drums, Adam Dowling Bass, Bruce Dickson Piano & Keyboards, Kim Dunn Pedal Steel, Dale Murray Background Vocals, Lennie Gallant & Brad Davidge 12. OLD STRINGS  (3:10)  (writer - Lennie Gallant ) I like old strings on my guitar And how vinyl records sound I like well worn boots of leather And how aged bourbon goes down I like Bogart and Hepburn movies Chet Baker’s Funny Valentine Paul and Vincent’s work on canvas And the red Loire Valley wines I’m not looking for a new love With this old soul heart in here But when you talk to me darlin’ I am young beyond my years Sometimes I think that I knew you In a long forgotten time Heavy horses, swords and leather Maids in waiting, wars unkind Somehow we are back together Time could not keep us from here Cause when you talk, to me darlin’ I am young beyond my years I like old strings on my guitar And how vinyl records sound I like homemade jams and pickles And how aged bourbon goes down --- Acoustic Guitar, Lennie Gallant Electric Guitar, Brad Davidge Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Acoustic Bass, Ed Woodsworth Mandolin, Ray Legere Piano, Kim Dunn Accordion, Isabelle Theriault Steel Guitar, Scott Sanders Background Vocals, Lennie Gallant 13. EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY LIFE  (4:05)  ( writer - Lennie Gallant ) - Inspired by the words of Barbara Purdy on her and husband Kirk’s 25th anniversary A wind blew though my heart as our youngest walked out the door And I realized our children didn’t live here anymore We watched her spread her wings and on the wind begin to soar As I held my breath, you held my hand so tight And I thought about the many times I needed you like that When my heart was broke, or on a high wire like an acrobat But I knew I’d be ok, if I could tell where you were at And you’d catch it, no matter what the height Another brushstroke on the canvas, see the painting change again On this portrait of a husband and a wife All the colours we create, give us roots and give us wings In this extraordinary, ordinary life I remember when we first met on a flight across the sea How at 30,000 feet I met the one who completes me And I thought this is as close to heaven as I’ll ever be I was wrong, you’ve proven to me many times Some have said that we are lucky and I believe this is so But this kind of luck is fought for, this is something we both know There were times when maybe it would have been simpler to let go But you never drew your hand away from mine Chorus What I’m saying isn’t easy, somehow words are not enough To explain the way I feel, in the moments when we touch And paint wings upon our children, both our hands guiding the brush In this extraordinary ordinary life… This unordinary extraordinary life --- Acoustic Guitar, Brad Davidge Drums & Percussion, Adam Dowling Acoustic Bass, Jamie Gatti Piano, Kim Dunn Members of Symphony Nova Scotia - Oboe:  Suzanne Lemieux Violin:  Isabelle Fournier, Celeste Jankowski, Jennifer Jones, Karen Langille, Anne Simons, Christopher Wilkinson Viola:  Margot Aldrich, Susan Sayle Cello:  Hilary Brown, Shimon Walt Bass:  Max Kasper Orchestral Arrangement, Asif Illyas 14. TONIGHT I DRIVE YOU HOME (5:46) ( writer - Lennie Gallant ) - For Charles I know you don’t know me from Adam And you’re wondering why I followed you out here As you stagger from the bar out to your pickup truck You don’t know I’ve watched you since your seventh beer You may not think it now, but you are lucky Cause tonight, you are the one she chose Tonight you are the one that wins the lottery And saves the life of someone you don’t know So slide across that seat and hand the keys here Don’t say another word or I’ll hurt you bad ‘Cause this is something that I do just once a year Since the very day that I stopped being a dad Tonight I drive you home, no matter where it is And I want you to listen, ‘bout the way I miss my kid The way she made me laugh, the way she was so cool The way her life was taken, as she walked home from school By someone just like you, tonight I drive you home Now just shut up, and listen Like you, he never meant to be a bad man He never thought that day would be his worst He was just a couple miles from his home anyway And just one more for the road would never hurt Chorus I need to know what happened had a reason I need to know some good came from this So I let her guide me on the night that I go out And she leads me to the one whose turn it is So you see, if I had not found you this evening The harm you would have done I cannot tell But I believe my little girl saved someone’s life tonight And in doing so, she saved yours as well --- Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica, Lennie Gallant                     Piano, Kim Dunn
  1. You Don't Know How Beautiful You Are...
  2. Dance The Dark Away
  3. Tell Me A Ghost Story
  4. Flowers In My Heart
  5. Be The Change
  6. Emily's Letters
  7. The Ringer
  8. If We Had A Fire
  9. Wounded
  10. Before We Sell This Car
  11. The Coldest Road
  12. Old Strings
  13. Extraordinary Ordinary Life...
  14. Tonight I Drive You Home
Le Coeur Hante´ Cover
  • Le Coeur Hante´
  • French Pop, Rock
  • Lennie Gallant
  • 10/23/2009
  • Le Coeur Hante´
Liner Notes: Pour les paroles voir lenniegallant.com
  1. Une Tempête Dans Mon Coeur...
  2. Tu Ne Sais Pas Comment Jolie Tu Es...
  3. L’histoire Du Fantôme
  4. Si On Passait Au Feu
  5. Rien N’est Perdu
  6. Bercé Par Le Temps
  7. Le Coeur Hanté
  8. Fleurs Dans Mon Coeur
  9. J’adore Ton Chapeau
  10. Plage
  11. La Vie De Tous Les Jours
  12. Ouvrez Les Aboiteaux