Vintage Blend

by Manitoba Hal

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Vintage Blend is a collection of Manitoba Hal songs reimagined and rearranged for cigar box guitar, ukulele and slide guitar. These newly recorded songs from the earliest stage of Manitoba Hal's career combine his rich, signature songwriting style with the clear and uncomplicated tone of homemade, "front porch" instruments.

The album begins with Manitoba Hal's first ukulele, a 1955 Martin soprano. His grandfather gave it to him on the condition that he learn to play it. He did and it changed everything. A little folk, a little blues and a little rock n' roll… this album showcases Manitoba Hal's varied songwriting and musical styles.

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released October 15, 2019

Manitoba Hal - lead vocals, ukulele, cigar box guitar, slide guitar, cigar box bass

Geoff Arsenault - junk percussion

Support Vocals (arranged by Nicole Colbeck)
Jessica Jürgenliemk
Kathleen Glauser
Merrie Howe
Chett Buchanan
Nigel D'Eon
Nicole Colbeck

All songs © Hal Brolund except This Condition and 30 Odd Days by Hal Brolund/Stephen Johns (SOCAN)

Produced by Nicole Colbeck/Hal Brolund

Recorded by Jay Pilzer at Maritimes Music Studio
Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada

Photography by Lisa Buchanan

Design concept by Nicole Colbeck
Graphic Layout by Hal Brolund

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Manitoba Hal Shelburne, Nova Scotia

For over 15 years, Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal has been forging a career as one of Canada’s most preeminent roots and blues multi-instrumentalists.

His original songs have become modern classics and his take on standards and popular blues songs of the past have brought him to the forefront of the Canadian and international blues scene.
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Track Name: Paradise
Paradise © Hal Brolund (SOCAN)

Tonight I'm dreaming of Hawaii, a tropical holiday
She said goodbye my sweet Annie on this cold winter day

(chorus)
(and) I'm dreaming of a night, where I could hold her tight
where there's no snow, the palm trees grow
so tall in paradise

They say it's never cold there in the winter time, the sky is blues everyday
here the snow flies and my heart aches, I cannot help but think of Annie May

(chorus)

This town it seems small somehow and nothing is quite the same
tree tops glisten and the lights all aglow on this lonely winter day

(chorus)
Track Name: King Of The World
King Of The World

I saw Elvis at the bus station, he was waiting for number 9
Headed up to the northern territory, he needs a place to hide
He said "nobody knows my sorrow, nobody knows my pain.
I was king of the world."

Martha Stewart in her prison clothes getting ready to serve her time
Stock prices fell when the verdict came down,
now she needs a place to hide.
She said "nobody knows my sorrow, nobody knows my pain.
I was king of the world."

(chorus)
When you're king of the world the grass looks green
to folks on the other side.
There's no overdue bills, there's no red lights
and you can sleep throughout the night
In the river of money we all get wet
Temptation comes along
They'll lift you up, they will tear you down
When you're king of the world
You are king of the world.

Micheal Jackson danced to the top when he was a little kid
He rode the charts and he thrilled our hearts
now our hearts are thrilled away
He said "nobody knows my sorrow, nobody knows my pain.
I was king of the world."

(chorus)

Mark Zuckerberg in his college dorm writing code late at night
He changed our face and he changed our books
now we're all chasing likes
We say "nobody knows our sorrow, nobody knows our pain.
I was king of the world."

(chorus)
Track Name: 30 Odd Days
30 Odd Days

The golden rays of the sun shone down
On the little shack in my home town
And all the birds flew off down Arnold Street
When it's hot like this the folks all know
That the swimming hole on Edgar's Road
Will be full of people trying to beat the heat

Louise fried chicken at the Poulet Shack
Bob would hang around at the back
and beg Louise to take a ride after dark
When her boss came back to get some ice
All he saw were Bob's tail lights
Speeding off toward Edgar's Road

(chorus)
They're digging up Bob Johnson's yard
And they already checked the trunk of his car
Nobody's seen Louise for 30 odd days
The Police say he's guilty as sin
Even his momma won't look at him
Only God knows his evil ways

Early next morning when the sun got hot
people wandered down to the swimming spot
carrying a picnic lunch to take a snack
When folks arrived that summer day
they saw tire tracks all over the place
and they found Louise's apron from the chicken shack

(chorus)

Bob ain't got no alibi
No witnesses are on his side
He'll swear to God up above
Louise is the woman I love

(chorus)
Track Name: Poulet Shack
Poulet Shack

Bouffant hairdo, polyester clothes
Diamond stud, stuck to her nose
The girls got style, there is no doubt
And if you wanna get her you got to stick
your chicken neck way out

(chorus)
Poulet Shack (whatcha lookin for?), Poulet Shack (poulet shack)
Chicken in the front, (say what?!?) chicken in the back (alright)
Poulet gumbo (mmm hmmm), red beans and rice (poulet shack)
All served up (poulet shack), all served up (poulet shack)
I know what you're looking for, that's a Poulet Shack

She likes Chevrolet, muscle cars
All revved up, they drive real far
Red neck beauty, calendar girl
When the carnival comes to town
she likes the tilt-a-whirl

(chorus)

(solo)

(alternate chorus)
Poulet Shack (whatcha lookin for?), Poulet Shack (poulet shack)
Poulet dans le front (say what?!?) et dans la rever (alright)
Poulet gumbo (mmm hmmm), red beans and rice (poulet shack)
Tout et pres (poulet shack) , tout et pres (poulet shack)
Je sais que vous cherchez encore

All the boys, like her stuff
When it comes to lovin, she serves it up
Low cut dresses and high heeled shoes
Let me tell you fellas that girl is bad bad news
(she's a)

(chorus)
Track Name: This Condition
This Condition

40 days and 40 nights of dust bowl tears and neon lights
She held a bottle to her lips to drown the pain
The love she had was sanctified,
wrapped in the shroud and then baptised
In a church of the holy spirits wine and beer

Mary had her baby that December day
A single mom without a place to stay
She named his Jesus and the doctor he just laughed
She said "take your chances and take your pain.
Take these bottles and that heavenly shame.
This Jesus will love me and that's a fact!"

(chorus)
(said the) bar stool prophets and the angels for hire
Three wise drifters by an oil can fire
Praise the lord and pass the admonition
God could love a child in this condition

Mother Mary she was on her knees
She had way less money than she had needs
She got caught steeling diapers at the corner store
And I said 'Well well what do we have here?
A five finger discount in a one way mirror!"
She'll do time and Jesus will be led away

(chorus) (from the)...

(bridge)
Go tell it on the mountain
You go tell it, tell it to the judge
Pray for freedom, pray for mercy (mercy)
If I sinned it was all for love

(chorus) (of the)...
Track Name: A Night Like This
A Night Like This

The old church building is falling down
The gate swings free of the burial ground
It seems clear to me, no one lives here no more
I remember well the night we met
The jasmine in your hair
Sweet sunrise, scented dawn
Layin' in bed with the TV on
I hunger for your kiss
Laying here on a night like this

The bride wore white and the groom wore tails
The seven sisters had seven veils
It seems clear to me, no one lives here no more
If you think I'm hurting, baby you are wrong
If you think I'm weak, you know I am strong
I ain't no bent down broken worn out man
Down in the kitchen with the gas turned on
I hunger for your kiss
Laying here on a night like this

The old church building is falling down
The gate swings free of the burial ground
It seems clear to me, no one lives here no more
Track Name: A Thousand Miles Of Blacktop
A Thousand Miles Of Blacktop

A thousand miles of blacktop
Rusted metal and burning fields
Before I could turn my heart to letting go
If you kick at the stones in your passway
Don't bend down and pick them up
You won't get to heaven with the weight of the world
In your pocket

(chorus)
I ran a thousand miles of blacktop
Trying to outrun a heart in love
Cry yourself to sleep if you think it helps
In the night when you get lonely child
You can call on a man like me
I'll be down on my luck at the bar

(solo)

(chorus)

Don't you kick at the stones

Carry your burden lightly child
You've got a long way to go
Don't trip over the stones in your passway
And if your heart should get broken child
Fall down on your knees
A thousand miles of blacktop won't stop the bleed

(chorus)
Track Name: Cost Of The Blues
Cost Of The Blues

Lay me down in a shallow grave
Stamp my notes these debts are paid
Cross the water to the pearly gates
Saint Peter's got a place for me
Take your time when you pay these dues
Death is the cost of playing the blues
Any mortal man would understand
Saint Peter's got a place for me

(chorus)
There's a cold wind blowing through my window pane
Muddy waters running down in my vein
Fire in my belly, nothing left to lose
Death is the cost of playing the blues

I would walk a hundred miles or a hundred more
If I could catch the devil I would even the score
He got me here in a cold dark grave
Saint Peter's got a place for me
It was the red clay earth by the water side
There was too much drinking and not enough pride
They took my guitar and left me here to die
The life will be the death of me

(chorus)

Death is the cost of playing the blues
There ain't no way out of a life that you choose
Shut the door on this earthly frame
Saint Peter's got a place for me
You take your time when you pay these dues
Death is the cost of playing the blues
Any mortal man would understand
This life will be the death of me

(chorus)
Track Name: Love Carries On
Love Carries On

I said to the wind I heard blowing
It's time I was moving on
I hear the whistle blow and I see the train coming
Woman I'll be gone before the dawn

I know all about your other lovers
I've seen you wait to call until after I've gone
You can save all those tired stories
This time I'm moving on

It's no surprise that you got lonely
After all the time that I've been gone
I chose this life and I guess I should be grateful
But it's a hard road for two to travel on

When you wake up in that morning glory
And you find the note I left there by your door
You should know I hold you blameless
and I'll go but my love carries on
Oh yeah, I'll go but my love carries on
Yeah, I'll go but my love carries on
Yeah, I'll go but my love carries on
Track Name: Last Transmission
Last Transmission

It was the last transmission before he headed out
Whiskey headed and bound for letting go
He said the city's never been the same
Like a full house in the wrong card game
He lost his way

If you've got a bottle then I have got the will
A desire to drink and I hope I never will
It's been a while since the wind changed
and it blows through my house like an old freight train
and I'm so tired

(chorus)
It's the last transmission I'm ever gonna send
Take this message to my friends
It's the last time I tell them how I feel
It's the last time

They found his car out on highway 61
With a note, a bottle and a cold shotgun
The note said fellas I'm on my way
I had some fun there's nothing left to say
but I'm so tired

(chorus)

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