Vintage Blend

by Manitoba Hal

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1.
Wake Up Jake 01:34
2.
Paradise 02:13
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)
3.
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)
4.
30 Odd Days 02:51
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)
5.
Poulet Shack 02:49
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)
6.
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)...
7.
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
8.
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)
9.
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)
10.
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
11.
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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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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