I Hardly Knew Me

by David Martel

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released May 27, 2008

David Martel: Vocals, guitars, banjo, bass, drums & percussion, piano and keyboards, glockenspiel

Nicholas Williams: piano and keyboards, accordion, harmonium, flute, glockenspiel
Jean-Michael Pothier: bass
Jesse Sauve: electric guitar crazy times!
Dave A. Sturton: percussion, bass
Michael Plummer: trumpet
Melanie Auclair: violoncelle
Laura Risk: violin
Emily Doolittle: oboe
All drums performed by Steph McAlear, except:
Yours and Mine... performed by David Martel
Save Your Complex, Stay In... performed by Stephane Gaudreau
Radioland... performed by Yanik Frenette
Stories, Cancel All Your Plans, The End of Self... performed by David Martel and Steph McAlear

Additional singers: Marc Martel, Natasha Landry, Lorraine Muller, Maica Mia Machnik, Nicholas Williams, Dave A. Sturton, Eileen Quashie, Kristen Bussandri,
Vocal Family Fun Time: Cam Stewart, Simon Leroux Stewart, Sebastien Francisque and Genevieve Cooke, Maica Mia Machnik, Natasha Landry
Marc Martel appears courtesy of Downhere and Centricity Records

All songs written by David Martel
Additional arrangements by Nicholas Williams, Mitch Girio and Jean-Micael Pothier

Recorded at DNA Productions, Montreal, QC... and Old school, Vale Perkins, QC
'Cancel All Your Plans' recorded in part at the Yellow Door, Montreal, QC by Stevemtl
Piano in 'Stay In' and 'Radioland' recorded at Vale Perkins United Church, Vale Perkins, QC

Produced by Dave A. Sturton and David Martel
Additional Production by Nicholas Williams
Executive Producer: RJ Guha
Mixed by Dave A. Sturton, Kevin Gault and David Martel
Engineered by Kevin Gault and Dave A. Sturton
Mastered by Ryan Morey (www.ryebreadmastering.net)
Management: RJ Guha for The Management Trust
Artwork and Design and Photography: Bruno Georget (17H.ca)
Inside Photo: Barbara Martel

Thank You
To everyone listed above... This wouldn't be what it is if you never existed.
Also... Jesus? Yes. Mom and Dad Martel, Dave A. Sturton, Kevin Gault, RJ Guha and Shelley and Peter and Jake Amanda 1 and 2 and Amanda Langton at Kindling Music and The Management Trust, Jean Leclerc, Richard Dermer Pierre Harry Erizias, Rob Harris, Rick Haworth, Nicolas Caiola, Kens and Steves and Doug and Frank at Warner Music Canada, Factor, Videofact, Diane Foy at Skylar Entertainment and Publicity, Dan Tetrault, Chris Koster, Juanita Dickson, Yvonne Matsell, Dave Fretz, Joe and the boys at Audiomanie, Jeff Hackett, Vale Perkins United Church, Carol Jane and Sandra Jewitt, Crispin Giles and C'est What?, Craig and JC at the Horseshoe, Jason Grant at Live Nation, Lucas Fowles, Downhere, Sebastien Frappier and all at Calvary Chapel, Regeneration, Amibeth, Nick Farkas, James Flood, GEG, Daniel St-Louis & Wendy, Jeremy Stern & Boutique Tone, Mike (Momo) Laredo, Keith Brown from Aquarius, Karen Joseph, Eric Bieunais, Pascal Hourriez, Andy Dibiaso, Thank you Laura for being the best ever I love you... This is for you.

We acknowledge the financial support of Canada's private radio broadcasters as well as the government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund for this project.

If you feel that credit was deserved you in this here thing and I forgot to list your name, you're probly right... and I'm sorry... I'm really really sorry.

*50% of all proceeds of this record will go towards promoting awareness

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Track Name: Stories
your stories can stay outside
‘cause i don’t want to let them in
again You’re right on time
‘cause so long it’s been in here so dim
if You could step inside
would You carry Your face in mine?
your stories can stay outside
Track Name: The End of Self
tired hands
weakling boy
righteous man
with the same dream

welcome death
a will to live
a faithful heart
‘till the end of self

and so, we meet again
on the same ground
this tour, it’s fitting
you blessed when you should curse
and you prayed so
that you might, you might catch a cannonball
you came to all my shows
and your face shone
this day, this day... we celebrate your life

so what’s the word today?
will you teach me this prayer language?
He gives, He takes away
but for your sake
today, today... i wish you would protest

can you say, “now morning, start”
can you see the start of time?
did you see them laugh and cry?
can you make it satisfy?
Track Name: Yours and Mine
here comes the summer
and it’s getting colder
your face, it surprises
i’ve been trying to keep it steady
but i’m just not quite ready
your body can lay here beside me
and you’re getting so much colder
i’ll wait a little longer
it’s lovely, i know
and it’s yours
so, move on they tell me
we’ll take it to bury
but don’t you know, she told me she loved me

maybe you feel like dancing
can i do all the leading
and i’ll do all your makeup
‘cause your arms aren’t working anymore
and i’ll take you to the city
my dear, you look so pretty
just wish i could touch you like the old days
it’s a long way till december
and i just can’t remember your name
but it still rings inside me

hey, it’s still yours and mine

(this verse was written after the song was recorded and does not appear on the album version)

and no, i’ve never held you before
i’m still waiting
this place, it’s so familiar
been looking ahead way too long
(now) i’m seeing backward
just hope i’m not here when you’re gone
and sure, it’s good to meet, yes, before i tell you i love you
but don’t tell me you’re already getting bored
go ahead, let’s take a picture and see
is there any way i can make you appear next to me?
Track Name: Stay In
like the stories told of old
the ships return at home with gold
i tore the earth an open sore
to find the word that means the most
and upon my return i’m told
you cursed the day i left the coast

sweet and tasty grinded fowl
dad would take us every week
we’d sit and conversate for days
and feast until the morning came
je meurt, et puis je mange encore
je prie, cela ne changera rien
demain, tu quitera le port
sur ton voyage l’autre bout du monde
je t’emprie de penser a toi seul
je t’aime, c’est pourquoi je t’implore

stay out
tired
day in
we do it ‘cause we feel it’s right, we do
we stay in
tired
day out
sure wish i had a motorbike to ride
we stay in

so you stayed in
you stayed in...
Track Name: Love
we’ve been on our own for all of time
so please, give us a word
spare what you can
we still get cold in our beds
and we’re getting old without end

we’ve seen your love
we want your love tonight
‘cause we all need love
we need some love tonight

can’t she/he get along without his/her hand?
she/he waited too long, now there’s no end
he/she won’t expose where he’s/she’s been
and she/he still gets cold in his/her bed

she needs his love
she wants his love tonight
‘cause we all need love
we need some love tonight
he needs her love
he wants her love tonight
‘cause we all need love
we need some love tonight
he needs His love
she wants His love tonight

we’ve been on our own for way too long
so please give us a word
spare what you can
we still get cold in our beds
and we’re getting old without end
Track Name: Save Your Complex
enter the circle, let’s see if you’re alive
is your hallelujah the cost of a free ride?
it seems so crystal clear
when all those stars align

can you fall asleep
as they cry out your window?
you try and come so close
tonight you’re alone
with a saviour complex

can’t you see there’s pain in your eyes?
did you try to restore yourself at the sunrise?
let your heart be molded
‘cause you can’t save them all

can you fall asleep
as they die out your window?
you try and come so close
tonight you’re alone
with a saviour complex

don’t pretend those lives depend
on whether you proved right
sit tight ‘cause you’re there
and that’s alright
it comes at the right time
and might not be your time
it’s all about His time
might not be your time

can you fall asleep (x4)
as they cry out your window?
you try and come so close, tonight
is your fear released
is your pain where it should be
it’s not you who takes a heart and breaks it
can you fall asleep
as they die out your window?
oh, you tried
and you came so close
but tonight, you’re all alone
with your saviour complex
Track Name: Radioland
don’t excuse
make your move
‘cause you’ll get through
soon

you wake up on your tired arm

so you stay home
Track Name: The Good Lord
he made his mind up on a plane
she makes me better, but now we learn
(that) the fire’s started and everything will burn

BUT THE GOOD LORD PLANNED IT
THE GOOD LORD PLANNED IT

1. TO TAKE HIM AWAY
2. TO TAKE HER AWAY
3. TO TAKE YOU AWAY, ON THIS DAY

barely standing and still the same
less of me but more to explain

(now) you’ve seen the failure, it’s up to you to stay
Track Name: On The Corner
you start on the corner
lie on the corner
wait by the corner
and hide your face

lie on the corner
die on the corner
it’s in the right order
so take your place

AND ALL YOU REMEMBER
IS A PLACE YOU NEVER MEANT FOR
IT’S A SAD, SAD STATE

loving the corner
fearing the corner
He came to the corner
to plead your case

so get off the corner
rise from the corner
stop following orders
just leave this place

BUT ALL YOU REMEMBER
IS A PLACE YOU NEVER MEANT FOR
IT’S A SAD, SAD STATE

AND ALL YOU REMEMBER
IS A PLACE YOU NEVER MEANT FOR
WE CAN’T PRETEND TO FORGET
THIS MAD, SAD STATE

i’m not supposed to be here
but i can rest my feet
would someone please step closer
i'll try to meet your needs
so give yourself a moment
and lead me to believe
all i ever wanted
all i really need

we’re not supposed to be here
but we can rest our feet
would someone please step closer
we;ll try to meet your needs
so give yourself a moment
and lead us to believe
all we ever wanted
all we really need
Track Name: Be All, End All
waking up today
i’ve got the whole world on my plate
but what happens next?
something’s not the same

in time, on my sleeve
there’s a mark, that you left on me
it’s the be all, end all today
it’s the be all, end all today
does it have to be this way?
it’s the be all, end all today

could it happen once again?
two lovers or just friends?
whatever you ask of me
is it gonna set you free?

‘cause time knows no cure
for hearts broken by a mirror
can we make it up today?
‘cause it’s the be all, end all today
does it have to be this way?
it’s the be all, end all today

are you waiting for the sun to rise
to make this over?
just hold me up to the light
see what’s still left over
stop waiting for the sun to rise
don’t pretend it’s over
your freedom waits in sacrifice

it’s like a cancer inside
unless we both reconcile
it’s like a cancer inside
until we all reconcile

it’s the be all, end all today
it’s the be all, end all today
it doesn’t have to be this way
it’s the be all, end all today

it’s like a cancer inside...
Track Name: The Banquet
when I come
when I come
you don’t know
i won’t tell

but when I come
oh, when I come
you’ll know
they’ll all know

I’ll steal you home just before the banquet
I’ve got all the places set for you and Me
I can’t bear to see you suffer any longer
just waiting to hear, “Come, take Your chickens home.”
We’ve always been waiting for you

when will He come?
will He come?
i don’t know
we don’t know

but when He comes
oh, when He comes
oh we’ll know
we’ll all know

i’m falling further, every single moment
there’s nobody here waiting, anymore
so confused, been standing on a mound of ashes
and it’s harder and harder and harder, each and every year
to see You in all that i do

when I come
when I come
you don’t know
i won’t tell

but when I come
oh, when I come
you don’t know
but you’ll know

i’m falling further, every single moment
there’s nobody here waiting, anymore
so confused, been standing on a mound of ashes
and it’s harder and harder and harder, each and every year
to see You in all that i do
and to see my reflection in You
‘cause i don’t want to miss what You’ll do...
Track Name: Cancel All Your Plans
cancel all your plans, i’m taking over now
for what it’s worth, it’s been a long time coming
help me choose all the words i need to say
‘cause by the wreckage, someone seems to be okay

i can’t begin to pretend i even have the slightest clue
how to make amends for all the blood that was spilled
and the cause You didn’t ask for
caring hands, and hearts that put me to shame
so who’s been setting the example today?

who understands what i cry for?
the reason He makes me stand here
if the valley gets any deeper
then we’ve failed

let it be just what you asked Me for today
your love is crazy, i don’t (can’t) believe the mess you made
just help me bring it back to the simplest of all things (x2)
be still and know why I gave Him away

who understands what i cry for?
the reason He makes me stand here
if the valley gets any deeper
then we’ve failed

to stand up for yourself
the courage that it takes
then the conversation sways
and we forget ourselves