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Well Seasoned

by Tyler Ellis

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Bluenose 03:42
Bluenose (by Tyler Ellis) Quarter of nine killing time crawling down the highway Radio on playing that song that takes her far away To the rocky shore of Labrador to the boy with the hand-me-down clothes To the sails filled with hopes and dreams running with the Bluenose His crackling voice fills the salty air she reaches for the harmony Que sera sera sera loving the Anne Murray Blissfully unaware of how her story would go The stormy seas the doldrum days oh how they’d take their toll But the radio bless its soul, the radio bless its soul The radio, the radio, the radio, the radio How it comforts her Her bundle of joy comes undone down on Hastings Street The apple of her eye made her cry voting with his feet Miles to go and gas so low probably won’t make it to work The electric company pulled the plug A coffee stain on her skirt But the radio bless its soul, the radio bless its soul The radio, the radio, the radio, the radio How it comforts her Quarter of nine killing time crawling down the highway Radio on playing that song that takes her far away To the rocky shore of Labrador to the boy with the hand-me-down clothes To the sails filled with hopes and dreams running with the Bluenose To the sails filled with hopes and dreams running with the Bluenose
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Music as Usual (words and music by Tyler Ellis, ©NB Music 2019) Tell the soundman to mix it for my mom She likes to hear a lot of me Mix me like Willie Nelson Like a John Prine wannabe Keep the keys nice and low Don’t let that guitar player steal the show Tell the bass player just to keep it breezy Tell the drummer to take it easy Let the music pave the way For the things I have to say Let it help me make my point Then of course we’re gonna rock the joint I’ll be singing some poetry just like the pros And I hope you sing-a-long with me if you know how it goes It’s just music as usual Just trying to find the groove Maybe make you think a thought Maybe make you bust a move It’s just music as usual Sweet nothing to fill the air And we’re so very glad you’re here Because music is made to share Now if the critics said that’s pretty catchy Your band’s cooking like a rusty old Hibachi Or if they said we don’t really like your sound Well if the music gets you up nothing gets you down And if we had a single climbing up the charts And millions of people knew the words by heart I’d probably go out and buy myself a Baby Grand But it’s music not money that fuels the band It’s just music as usual Just trying to find the groove Maybe make you think a thought Maybe make you bust a move It’s just music as usual Sweet nothing to fill the air And we’re so very glad you’re here Because music is made to share
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Canadian Heart (Canada Yee-Hoo) by Tyler Ellis Well I’ve got a car don’t run so good And I’ve got a house termites in my wood And I’ve got debt far as I can see And when it rains I get a pain in my knee And I’ve got troubles stack ‘em one on another And I’ve got a horrible nagging mother So I switch on the T.V. and I turn to the news And I sit around watching other peoples Blues And I thank my lucky stars and I know you do too Cause you live in Canada, Canada Yee-Hooo! We call it ours c’est le notre It’s what we’ve got il n’y a pas d’autre So let’s pull together let’s not pull apart Love your native tongue and your Canadian Heart Well everybody in Kamloops tout le monde a Rimouski Everybody by the Georgian Bay or acote de le Beaufort Sea Everybody on that prairie field, everybody with that ocean view Everybody in the 416, everybody in the 902 They’re counting their lucky stars Cause that’s just what you do If you live in Canada, Canada Yee-Hoo! We call it ours, c’est le notre It’s what we’ve got, il n’y a pas d’autre So let’s pull together let’s not pull apart Love your native tongue and your Canadian Heart Let’s pull together let’s not pull apart Love your native tongue and your Canadian Heart Canada, Canada Yee-Hoo
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Glory 04:37
Glory (by Tyler Ellis) Sometimes life gets in the way sometimes you’ve got to earn your pay Sometimes you’ve got to hit the road to the far side of the globe When you’re far far away and I don’t have you to hold When we are apart something happens to my heart Something happens to my heart It grows fonder of you, of you It grows fonder of all the little things you do And then it conjures you in all your glory Then it conjures you in all your glory You be the star power, I be the heart throb Even in my daydreams you’re in the love scene You in all your glory, you in all your glory, you in all your glory Lonely whistle of the revolving door in the hotel lobby makes my heart grow fonder The lonely road that stretches out in front of me makes my heart grow fonder The table for one in the setting sun with the thoughts of all the things we’ve done Table for one in the setting sun with the thoughts of all the things we’ve done You be the star power, I be the heart throb Even in my daydreams you’re in the love scene You in all your glory, you in all your glory, you in all your glory Sometimes life gets in the way sometimes you’ve got to earn your pay
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Spring 02:43
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Hot 03:08
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Honey Do 02:48
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Mwa Mwa 02:36
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Summer 02:05
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Lost on the Bridge (by Tyler Ellis) There’s this Dylan song I’ve played a thousand times but I still get lost on the bridge And at the grocery store for the life of me I can’t remember if there’s milk in the fridge And sometimes I walk into a room and just stand in that room wondering what the heck I came in to get There are a million things that have slipped my mind But there are some things that I’ll never forget Like the way your face lights up when you see me coming Twinkle in your eye when I take you in my arms Those late-night walks, those pillow talks And every single one of your charms Well the odd anniversary has eluded me belated birthday cards I’ve sent quite a few And misplacing my wallet, my keys or my phone well that’s something that I regularly do And the only thing I remember about my password is that I made it with the alphabet There are a million things that have slipped my mind but there are somethings that I’ll never forget Like the way your face lights up when you see me coming Twinkle in your eye when I take you in my arms Those late-night walks, those pillow talks And every single one of your charms Oh the way your face lights up when you see me coming Twinkle in your eye when I take you in my arms Those late-night walks, those pillow talks And every single one of your charms Now memories fade, details get fuzzy, I can’t recall what I did last Monday But somethings I’ll never forget, somethings I’ll never forget Like the way your face lights up when you see me coming Twinkle in your eye when I take you in my arms Those late-night walks, those pillow talks And every single one of your charms Oh the way your face lights up when you see me coming Twinkle in your eye when I take you in my arms Those late-night walks, those pillow talks And every single one of your charms There’s this Dylan song I’ve played a thousand times but I still get lost on the bridge
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Tootsie Roll 02:50
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Out Tonight 03:50
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One to ten and back again 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, TEN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, TEN TEN, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, ONE One silver moon shining in the sky / One last slice of apple pie One heart, one brain, one nose on your face / Call you number one if you win that race Number One, 1, 1, 1, NUMBER ONE! Two legs, 2 arms, 2 shoulders, 2 hips, 2 feet to stomp, 2 hands to grip Two ears to hear, 2 eyes to see, we’re 2 together just you and me Number 2, 2, 2, NUMBER TWO! Three little birds sing “don’t worry about a thing” It’s 3 strikes your out so swing batter swing Count to 3 before you jump in on a hot summer’s day when you’re going for a swim Number 3… Four is the number of legs on the table On the zebra, on the donkey, on the horse in the stable There are 4 fours in a deck of cards and 4 black tires on a red sports car Number 4… Give me 5 up high, 5 down low, 5 on the side whoops too slow Share 10 with a friend and you get 5 each Starfish have 5 legs you can count them at the beach Number 5… If you play the guitar then you strum 6 strings At 6 o’clock the dinner bell rings 6 faces on a box, six faces on the dice, hockey teams put six players on the ice Number 6… Tim Horton wore 7 for the Maple Leafs, 7 colours in a rainbow, 7 days in a week 6 is afraid of 7 because 7 ate 9 and 10 If you heard that one before well you just heard it again Number 7… You can make an 8 if you figure skate / if you sink the 8 ball you’re doing just great Octopus have 8 tentacles, spiders have 8 eyes The red stop sign well it got 8 sides Number 8… The Rocket wore 9 for the Canadians / Nine is that number that comes before ten The tallest man ever was over 9 feet tall And 9 Blue Jays shout “Let’s play ball” Number 9… Count down from 10 before you go to space You should count to 10 if you’ve got an angry face Count it on your fingers count it on your toes Count it anywhere now that you know how it goes Number 10, 10, 10, NUMBER TEN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, TEN (words and music by Tyler Ellis, ©NB Music 2018, all rights reserved)
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Fall 03:21
Fall (by Tyler Ellis) You can call me Autumn, you can call me Fall Get yourself a sweater, grab yourself a shawl I come before Winter, I’m the opposite of Spring The squirrels collect the nuts and the birds take to the wing Frost is on the pumpkin, the pumpkin’s in the patch Leaves are changing colours they’re falling from the branch I come before Winter, I’m the opposite of Spring The squirrels collect the nuts and the birds take to the wing You can call me Autumn, you can call me Fall Get yourself a sweater, grab yourself a shawl I come before Winter, I’m the opposite of Spring The squirrels collect the nuts and the birds take to the wing Frost is on the pumpkin, the pumpkin’s in the patch Leaves are changing colours they’re falling from the branch I come before Winter, I’m the opposite of Spring The squirrels collect the nuts and the birds take to the wing The squirrels collect the nuts and the birds take to the wing
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My Brother’s in The NHL Five in the morning talking to the cows About the why and the wherefore the Hulls and the Howes He got the shot and he got all the moves He got the roar of the crowd and I got the sound of the shuffling hooves Dead of winter out on the pond his was the team everybody wanted to be on It’s only a game in Maine but in Flin Flon it’s a religion You see I’m not very good I know that’s what people say I’m not tough in the corners I’m just not built that way I’m not very good I can’t play that well But my brother’s very good My brother’s in the NHL My brother’s in the NHL, My bother’s in the NHL, My brother’s in the NHL I remember the day they all piled into the truck and headed for the draft I stayed down on the farm one of the heifers was having a calf I’m not bitter everybody’s got their lot But it’s five in the morning and I’m just wishing for a little of what he got Did you see him last night he went upstairs he went the five hole But the one that gave him the trick have you ever seen such a pretty goal You see I’m not very good I know that’s what people say I’m not tough in the corners I’m just not built that way I’m not very good I cant play that well But my brother’s very good My brother’s in the NHL, My brother’s in the NHL And my cousins are in the NHL and my grandfather played for the Toronto St. Pats And my great uncle George played for the Vancouver Millionaires And my brother’s in the NHL, My brother’s in the NHL My brother’s in the NHL, My brother’s in the NHL
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Venn Diagram 01:51
Venn Diagram (by Tyler Ellis) Let’s find ourselves a little common ground Meet you in the middle of a Venn Diagram All us kiddies know it We learned it in our studies We talk about it with our reading buddies We’ve all got hopes We’ve all got dreams We’ve all got feelings We’ve all got hearts Sure we’re all different We’re not all the same But, getting along is the name of the game 1,2,3,4 Let’s find ourselves a little common ground Meet you in the middle of a Venn Diagram All us kiddies know it We learned it in our studies We talk about it with our reading buddies We’ve all got hopes We’ve all got dreams We’ve all got feelings We’ve all got hearts Sure we’re all different We’re not all the same But, getting along is the name of the game 1,2,3,4
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Winter 03:31

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released December 1, 2019

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Tyler Ellis Toronto, Ontario

“John Prine meets a well-primed Sir John A. Macdonald” (Toronto Star)

If you like your songs with a little tongue-in-cheek yet with their finger firmly on the pulse of the human condition, then Tyler Ellis is for you. “Tell the soundman to mix it for my mom; she likes to hear a lot of me.” (Music as Usual) ... more

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