QUIET THE STATION

by Stewart Legere

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QUIET THE STATION is a sprawling, lyrical, 14 song chronicle of crystal clear aching. Recorded over four years in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Legere's frank and invigorating debut album is a tender and unconcealed snapshot of a heart submerged in sorrow, swimming in friendship, immersed in love.

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released April 21, 2017

All songs by Stewart Legere

Guests include Kim Harris, Melanie Stone, Don Brownrigg, Rose Cousins and Jenn Grant.

Produced by Jason Michael MacIsaac and Stewart Legere
Engineered by Luke Batiot at Village Sound
Mixed by Jason Michael MacIsaac, Luke Batiot and Stewart Legere at Village Sound
Mastered by Luke Batiot at Village Sound

(Photo by Melanie Stone)

Track list:

1. Wishes In Wells
2. Sabotage
3. Dig Into The Dirt
4. Ordinary
5. Please Say
6. Carry The River
7. Lethe
8. If You Have The Time
9. Rise and Fall
10. Outlive
11. Two Old Songs
12. Rover
13. When I Was The King
14. Moving In Blue

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Stewart Legere Halifax, Nova Scotia

From Halifax, Canada. Legere's folk/pop songs are lovingly composed with vivid storytelling and luscious harmonies, darkened with such sincere delivery and frank lyrics you'll long to sing along and make it alright. Honest, charming and open-hearted, Legere is also a member of orchestral pop outfit The Heavy Blinkers and an award theatre artist (The Accidental Mechanics Group + Zuppa Theatre Co.) ... more

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Track Name: Wishes in Wells
currently this is the plan
one is cold water and one is sand
fine and worn down
i am a crown of thorns
i have been called that before
words in a form i don’t know
or wishes in wells by a house made of bones
or a ghost town with no other children around
i’ve never been there before
who lit the fire of bridges burned down?
you’d never know from these tomes if i’d been granted or left on my own
but granted i’m done
i am too old to be young
i’ve often felt that before
last night i dreamt i was worn
and i do hold fast side by side we are born
though searching tonight
two now, before it took one
i’ve often felt that before
who lit the fire of bridges burned down?
he is my man with a plan
one is a horse, one a caravan
he flags down a train, somewhere, that’s pulling away
quiet the station today
wrote him this song in good time
down in a book by a cup of old wine
it should be grand
we left the children behind
i have been told this before
who lit the fire of bridges burned down?
Track Name: Sabotage
maybe when i wrote that song, i was calling for it wrong
tripping all along
i was longing for to rhyme
trying to fake it, wanting to make it mine
but i was trying half the time, maybe
find me when the grass grows long
or only when the wind blows strong over the day
i will be lousy then with bright rhyme
gotta fake it till you make it
but i was crying half the time, maybe
and i earned every burn i own
i was standing in a fireplace while looking for
stones to throw
falling in and out of sleep
though time it may travel, we won’t unravel
but i was trying half the time, maybe
not a leaf from the seeds i sow
i threw salt on heavy meadows so nothing
would ever grow
but i was crying half the time, maybe
maybe if the chords sound wrong
you’re thinking of another song
one about sun
one about sleeping in, not about weeping
i will try jumping sets of stairs with broken feet and something bleeding
but i was crying half the time, maybe
sabotage is an arrow, i am a bow
i have woken up in crowds of people looking past friends, i know
but i was crying half the time
gotta fake until i make it mine
now i will try in double time
Track Name: Dig into the Dirt
flocks of birds with their shadows that paint every wall
i worship a totem a thousand feet tall
like the deepening red of a new waterfall
i dig into the dirt to remember you all
let go the liars, keep the drunks and the fools
though they may break you down, they will tell you the truth
if kindnesses cure any quivering soul
then the daggers of silence will undo them all
please love me the way i am sure that you can
i was there when you whispered i was part of your plan
if our love is a totem a thousand feet tall
i will worship the sparrows flying over it all
flocks of birds with their shadows that paint every wall
our love is a totem a thousand feet tall
like the deepening red of a new waterfall
i dig into the dirt to remember it all
please love me in ways i am sure that you can
i dress up like a lion but resemble a man
oh the clocks are still marking the passing of time
i ignore them while hoping for something sublime
flocks of birds with their shadows that paint every wall
our love is a totem a thousand feet tall
like the deepening red of a new waterfall
i dig into the dirt to remember it all
Track Name: Ordinary
i’ll believe anything said with care
your two lips
anything sent from there
so be careful what you sell me
and be careful what you say
wound up clock counting the passing days
but it’s a silly game cause i can’t ever say
what the time is or where the sun is
when the seasons change
everyday is a story
everyday is another i’m sorry
and i know i am just ordinary
you must know that i was born to run
on a half-lit path thrown by the setting sun
so be careful where you lead me cause i’m bound to go astray
i’ll believe anything said with care
tender breath
anything sent from there
so be careful what you whisper at the end of the day
everyday is a story
everyday is another i’m sorry
and i know i am just ordinary
don’t you want me to be home?
Track Name: Please Say
softly you said
“you gotta go through hell before you go to bed”
what do you think i’m going through?
press down on your blues and try to picture heaven
or else we’re gonna lose the light
what do you think i’m dreaming of?
this love
when it was thunder until dawn
we danced besides the poets and spurred the lightening on
where do you think i’d rather be?
stay just one more hour
we’re gonna wake the neighbours
we’re gonna have a shower
where do you think i’m running to?
it’s you
when you catch me
when you cradle me there with your beautiful stare
don’t you know i’m gonna fight it?
but when it’s hips on hips
and i’m tracing your lips with my fingertips
i’m not doing much to hide it
can i see you every day?
i’m a fool and i should run away
can i see you every day?
please say
i’m underneath a waterfall
and just like anybody who’s ever been at all
how do i grab another breath?
old feet in new shoes
i’ll try to keep my speed up for fear of losing sight of you
how do i keep you in my view?
what do i do?
when you catch me
when you cradle me there with your beautiful stare
don’t you know i’m gonna fight it?
but when it’s hips on hips
and i’m tracing your lips with my fingertips
i’m not doing much to hide it
can i see you every day?
i’m a fool and i should run away
can i see you every day?
please say

(press down on your blues
and try to picture heaven
or else we’re gonna lose the light
what do you think i’m dreaming of?)
Track Name: Carry the River
i found a river
blue like the deep
but my hands could touch the bottom of it
so i walked thinking i could be there sooner
thinking i could be there fast
till i met an old man
he said “son, what you running from?”
i said “i can’t swim, and i’m drowning in the pain.”
the old man said “look up.”
said “son, you gotta be alright.”
i looked down low
where were my toes?
they were walking on the stones
so i carried that river
till i got home
when i was shivering, sun was down
and i knew one more night and i’d be in the ground
said “i gotta stay with you, not because i love you, but because i’m scared.”
then he said “look up, look down. you see your feet on the ground? “
then he said “look up. you’ll see the sky before you know it, you’re dreaming of a new life.”
so i carried the river
till i got home
what about them boys swinging in the breeze
don’t you think they deserve more?
he said “son, look up. they’re not in the breeze. they’re down on their knees.”
i carried the river
till i got home
you’d carry a river
till you get home

(you take the river
and you can run)
Track Name: Lethe
i’ll be a thief in the shadow, and you’ll be my innocent victim
like a fire underwater
i’ll look at your face till you give permission
one of us howling at the moon could tear it down softly
and cover us wholly
just one of us waiting for the dawn
it’s cold on the outside, but inside we’re warm
and i don’t need horses to ride into the sun
i just wanna walk till tomorrow comes
and maybe we’ll drink from the river on the way
and lethe will give me another day
there’s no one on my shoulder
hope they arrive before i get older
or the world could spin faster
then i won’t feel like such a disaster
just one of us howling at the moon could tear it down softly
and cover us wholly
just one of us waiting for the dawn
it’s cold on the outside, but inside we’re gone
and i don’t need horses to ride into the sun
i just wanna walk till tomorrow comes
and maybe we’ll drink from the river on the way
and lethe will give me another day
Track Name: If You Have the Time
if you think you could come over
i could meet you anywhere
underneath the roses will do
or the path behind the stair
if you wanna call me, call me
we could laugh until we die
any way the hands are pointing is fine
we’ll be owls
we’ll larks
we’ll be nightingales
and you’ll be mine
all mine
so if you wanna know the story
take a look behind a stone
that’s the place i left it waiting
on the moss
under the road
on the road
anyone who ever knows me knows me
knows that i am coming back again
anyone who ever really chose me
thinks that i’d be better as a friend
so if you’ll let me
i will try
don’t you cry
don’t you forget me
get me
have the time
do you have the time?
but if you get me get me
i will try
don’t you cry
and if you’ll let me
let me
i will try,
if you give me time
if you have the time

(i believe)
Track Name: The Rise and Fall
six months is far too long to sleep, though peacefully
little bird
i ran to check on every breath, and though the rise and fall had stopped
and almost broke those hollow bones
i felt you keening
smoke every shadow from your head, smash ‘em down
little bird
i know that you prefer the beast, but even warriors can sing
and fill the morning
little bird
and face the morning
when the sky did fall on you, you just lived through it
cause we both know, you passed right through it, into it
beneath the boughs, no warming sun
above, the lift up
let not the monsters dance their way across your eyes
through your head
out from beneath your furrowed brow
under the shelter of your frown
are sirens screaming little words
you know their meaning
if the sky did fall on you, you would live through it
cause we both know you’d pass right through it, into it
the forest floor you’ve warmed enough
above, the lift up
pick yourself up now from the ground, from the floor
little bird
little bird, there is a word to help you out from underneath
it is a warning, little bird
it is a warning

(ok, you’re hiding away
but you’re hiding away from yourself
ok, little bird.
ok, little bird
there is a word to help you out from underneath
it is a warning
little bird
it is a warning)
Track Name: Outlive
you keep on turning the lock though there’s a key on the floor
it’s okay when you stare at the fire escape
just allow me to believe that maybe some melody can be made
don’t go far
we defend what we made
i don’t know how
but every stitch can be undone
no one knows why
but that don’ t mean you don’t give it a try
said to breathe on a mirror for to look at its shine
to end up where you do when you wander tonight
oh stars in disguises
there is a lot coming through
i can see how they are warming the seasons in you
i don’t know how
but every brick can be un-laid
i can see why
now all you’d need is a reason to try
i am unashamed
doesn’t everyone know it?
maybe i’ll see you again
what about outlive
instead of outgrow it?
baby i’ll see you again
we can find a real way to pretend
that there are sparks at the windows
mine are the marks every heart knows
i will look to them
see my face
and then maybe i’ll see you tonight
you’re a cold engine running
i’m a key on the floor
it’s okay if you sleep on the fire escape
if the stairs take to falling
maybe some melody can be made
don’t go far
we defend and we save
no one knows why
but that don’ t mean you don’t give it a try
i am unashamed
doesn’t everyone know it?
maybe i’ll see you tonight
put me in your bed and i’ll never outgrow it
baby i’ll see you again
i am unashamed
doesn’t everyone know it?
maybe i’ll see you again
what about outlive
instead of outgrow it?
baby i’ll see you again
we’ll find a real way to pretend
that there are sparks at the windows
these are the marks every heart knows
i will look to them
see your face and then
maybe i’ll see you tonight
cause there are sparks at the windows
these are the marks every heart knows
i will look to them
see your face
and then maybe i’ll see you tonight
Track Name: Two Old Songs
i got two old songs, they ain’t been finished yet
one of them is a busted smile
the other one, a golden crown, but i don’t sing it now you’re not around
i got two old songs
tell me everything is gonna be fine
oh lord
i got two shots of you leaning up against the fireplace
one of them is in black and white
the other one is yellow-green
you’re like some idol from a movie screen
left to play though the scene is done
i got two shots of you
tell me everything is gonna be fine
oh lord
you can’t have no more time locked away behind this heart of mine
where you claim you’re just passing through
cause that’s a lie
but i’m alright, and i could stand to be alone tonight
cause i got two old songs
tell me everything is gonna be fine
oh lord
Track Name: Rover
maybe my father was a stranger
maybe my mother just a crutch
maybe september will be colder than november
i don’t know
but i don’t know much
your window is made for looking over
i’ll pull down the pane taste your breeze
there’s fireflies in the riptides, they are moving in patterns i don’t know
but they will cool to my touch
if you do wander, i’ll show you so you will know
take me
you are the sunrise and i am a stone, i know
warm me
you are the sunrise and i am a stone, i know
we pull ourselves up to see the sunset, wonder how deep will be the night
we pull on some clothes
cause god only knows
either way, they will fall when they must
maybe my heart is playing rover, calling you over cross the field
but i don’t think that’s true, cause the beat skips to you
out of time
shaking free from the dust
if you still wonder, i’ll show you until you know
take me
you are the sunrise and i am a stone, i know
warm me
you are the sunrise and i am a stone, i know
if you do wander, i’ll show you until you know
take me
you are the sunrise and i am a stone, i know
warm me
you are the sunrise and i am a stone, i know
Track Name: When I Was the King
held out as long as i could for you
longer than anybody should for any other man
burning my hand
burning my hand with the coal
when i shoulda let it roll
i should have let it stand
and you said
you bet
cause you thought i’d forget
when you knew it wasn’t true
but i was stronger than you
it would’ve been much better had i left before the mess
when our heads did hit the same
it was a game
just a game
where you are a line and you draw me to shore
warm as a drink
honey poured out on the floor
and i shoulda left you before i let you pour the poison
when i was the king
but no one ever met me who said they could forget me
honey i shoulda let you know
but you said
you bet
cause you thought i’d forget
when you knew it wasn’t true
but i was stronger than you
it woulda been much better had i left before the mess
i never received your simple words
and i never believed the ones i heard
said i wanna be free to try
but i sink like a stone
and i cry
but i shoulda left you long before i met you
i shoulda seen and known
i shoulda known by the way you acted when you said
wanna come home?
i shoulda left you long before i met you
i shoulda known myself
but you sing to me from a movie screen
those eyes
and you said
you bet
cause you thought i’d forget
when you knew it wasn’t true
but i was stronger than you
it woulda been much better had i left before the mess
Track Name: Moving in Blue
all of the crows in the sand are picking up silver to take it inland
to build you a shelter to sleep underwater
but come back after winter when everything’s moving in blue
i will be waiting for you
these arms an open cradle for you
i will scale your walls, climb your hills, fly your mountains
blaze a trail through the mists of every morning
for you
get you here
bodies and hearts are for speed
and hands are for sliding and sparking on skin
and voices for singing and bringing vibrations into rooms of standing water
bringing rain clouds to float us in them
i will be waiting for you
these arms an open cradle for you
i will scale your walls, climb your hills, fly your mountains
blaze a trail through the mists of every morning
for you
get you here
silly miles will fail to keep you away
guessing the night knows our game
it’s barrelling down like a runaway train
build me a shelter to sleep till its over
but come back after winter when everything’s ready for you
i will be waiting for you
these arms an open cradle for you
i will scale your walls, climb your hills, fly your mountains
blaze a trail through the mists of ever morning
for you
get you here
silly miles will fail to keep you away
along the watchtower i’m a sentinel
there i stand and i stay
silly miles will fail to keep you
for you
get you here

(currently, this is the plan
one is cold water and one is sand
currently, this is the plan
one is cold water and sand)