Lloyd MacHardy

Lloyd MacHardy

Pictou, Nova Scotia, CAN
SoloFolkAcoustic

Performing songs heavy on humor and cutting satire, Lloyd is a peoples poet. Easy to listen to because he is siging what we're thinking about. He shares the experiences that we live and has the skill to write them down, with a flair that makes you sing along feeling that you already know the tune.

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Biography

Lloyd Mac Hardy, a Nova Scotia singer/songwriter, speaks to the hearts of working people. Using songs built from a life time of experiences with the folks of this country. A real bard, cut from the fabric of Canadian life.
Writing and playing songs for most of the last 30 years, Lloyd started performing at the request of the Harbour Folk Society in Halifax-Dartmouth, N.S. From this historic stage in eastern Canada, Lloyd found his voice. It was on this stage that Lloyd met and became friends with Ed McCurdy, writer of that famous song "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream". Ed would invite Lloyd to come and perform his songs at events Ed was hosting. One only got to perform at these functions with Ed's invitation. Lloyd got to meet Folk Singer/Songwriter Rod MacDonald at one of these functions.Lloyd's presentation has found a home in many coffee houses, Variety and benefitshows, as well as festivals around Nova Scotia.

Lloyd was invited to play Stanfest 2009 in Canso, Nova Scotia, and was well received.

Lloyd appeared on CBC television in the series "The Week The Women Left (Tatamagouche), which is still being aired.

Lloyd performed a show at the GLENORA BISTRO, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 2010.

Lloyd went to Apple Valley, California, and performed a show for DREAM MEDIA ENTERPRISES in November, 2010.
Lloyd was chosen by DREAM MEDIA ENTERPRISES to be one of their TWELVE FEATURED ARTISTS for the month of December, 2010

Showcases:
(1) The Independent Music Conference, Northampton, Massachusetts, November, 2010.
(2) The 15th Millennium Music conference, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, February 2011.
(3) The Cape May Singer/Songwriter Conference, Cape May, New Jersey, March 2011.
(4) The Lehigh Valley Music Conference, Pennsylvania, May 2011.
(5) The Nashville SongWriter Festival, Nashville, Tenn. June 3rd, 4th,and 5th.

Lloyd has received honorable mention in the Independent Singer/Songwriter Association song contest for one song in 2008, and two songs in 2009.
Lloyd has received honorable mention in the Billboard World Song Contest in 2009, and again in 2010.

Lloyd's songs are played on 18-20 internet radio stations.

One or two of Lloyd's songs have recently (February 2011) been added to the playlist of Radio UK International in England.

Lloyd has appeared as an extra in the following movies; (1) DevCon 4, (2) Martha inc, (3) Shattered City (4) Moby Dick, and (5) Haven (from a Stephen King novel).

Quote - "Lloyd MacHardy's music is witty, charming and funny. He has the ability to take every day life and put a spin on reality in a song. A must listen... Dennis Field - Denmark Productions."

Quote - "Lloyd MacHardy's song - Won't You Help Me Dr. Phil? - would bring a tear to a glass eye". - Eric MacEwen - The Eric MacEwen Show, CFCY, Charlottetown, PEI.

Lyrics

The Psychiatrist Song

Written By: Lloyd Mac Hardy

I consulted my Psychiatrist the other day. I needed help in the worst kind of way. I had a problem that would not go away. My mental health was in a state of decay.

Doc, I've got a little problem, it seems. And it all has to do with my dreams. They're so real, so vivid, so clear. They'll soon be the end of me I fear.

Doc put me in a state of repose. While he sat and he stared down his nose. And he listened intently, I suppose. As I spoke of my troubles and woes.

Doc, I've got a little problem, it seems. I keep seeing pretty girls in my dreams. They're so real, so vivid, so clear. They'll soon be the end of me I fear.

Doc Sat so quiet in his chair. I completely forgot he was there. On my troubles, I continued to expound. And before long, I completly unwound.

Doc, I've got a little problem, it seems. I'd like to catch those girls in my dreams. They're so real, so vivid, so clear. When I try, why they all disappear.

Now here's what the good doc did say. Your too old to be acting this way. Give up booze and sweets right away. Take Salt Peter at least once a day.

Well I followed doc's advice to the T. But you know it did'nt help me. In fact, all I got for his fee. Was a whole lot more misery.

And I've got a bigger problem, it seems. My Psychiatrist is now in my dreams. He's serving booze, cake and ice cream, to those pretty girls I see in my dreams.

And The Children Came

Written By: Lloyd Mac Hardy

Way down in the lower part of Georgia, where the swamps , and the rivers entwine. Came an old man-shuffling, down the road one day. It looked like he had lots of time.

Chorus:
And the children came, and sang their songs, to a stranger they did not know. Yes, the children came and sang their songs, to that old man so long ago.

Now the old man, it seems, he had lots of time. Though in his pockets, he did'nt have a dime. Just a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and love for the world in his heart.

Chorus:

Now the old man,it seems, he went through the land, teaching love and kindness to his fellow man. But with hatred and greed, they blocked out his words. And only the children heard.

Chorus:

As you pass through this world, you can all do your part. Give some love and kindness, from the bottom of your heart. Put a smile on your face, a twinkle in your eye, like that old man, so long ago.

Chorus:
For the children came, and sang their songs...........

That Dirty Old River

Written By: Lloyd Mac Hardy

Here I sit on top of this hill, overlooking the town. Thinking about the places I've been, and wondering why I settled down.

Chorus:
Cause that dirty old river that runs through this town, on its way to the sea. Twisting and turning, it's laughing at me, and running away with my dreams.

I took a job, and I settled down, in this old industrial town. Working my heart out from eight until five, I gave up the sea for this town.

Chorus:
But that dirty old river........

Working on land is just not for me, because I'm in love with the sea. This old town has gotten me down, It's like a prison to me.

Chorus:
And that dirty old river......
( last line )
Yes it's running away with my dreams.

Won't You Help Me Dr. Phil?

Written By: Lloyd Mac Hardy

Oh won't you help me Dr. Phil?
My wife says that I'm over the hill.
She thinks that I could still give
her a thrill.
If I'd take that blue viagara pill.
Oh tell me what to do, Dr. Phil.

Each afternoon, she takes her cup
of tea.
And goes to watch your show on
our TV.
She says it's relaxing, and its free.
But I think she's doing research to
use on me.

Chorus: (The chorus is the first
verse)

Each afternoon she has to watch
your show.
She says there's lots of things she
needs to know.
In fact, she'd like to get me on
your show.
If it would'nt cost her a pile of
dough.

Chorus:

At night, when we go off to bed,
She jumps in first, and covers up
her head.
She lies so still you'd think that
she was dead,
and I wonder, was it something
that I said.

Chorus:

Now tell me truly, Dr. Phil.
If I take that blue viagra pill.
Will my wife get her much needed
thrill?
Will I once again be king of the
Hill?
Oh tell me, tell me, tell me, Dr. Phil.

ENDING: Cause that's just the
way it is.

There Is A Difference

Written By: Lloyd Mac Hardy

There is a difference, my heart knows, there is a difference with you. It feels so right when you're in my arms, there is a difference with you.

Love's not a game everyone can play. Sometimes the stakes are too high. Broken hearts sometimes never mend. They just wither and die.

Chorus: The first verse is also the chorus( There is a difference, my heart knows)

I'd been on my own, for a long time. I was a man of stone, rejecting love, because I'd been hurt. I just went on alone.
Chorus:

You came into my life one day, and you took my heartaches away. You held me, caressed me, loved me so tenderly. Yes , you stole my heart that day.

Chorus: And there is the difference
my heart knows,etc.

Line after the last chorus: Such a sweet sweet difference with you.,

I Like Living In The Country

Written By: Lloyd MacHardy

I Like Living In The Country

I like living in the country, where the air is pure and free.
I like the quiet roads, and all the scenery.
I like living in the country, and thats where I want to be.

Chorus:
I don't need your city smog, dog.
I don'tneed your traffic cclog, dog.
I'd rather live beside a bog, dog.
With it's early morning fog, dog.
I like my air pure and clean, dog.
I hope you know what I mean, dog.
You should buy a green machine, dog.
I like my air pure and clean!

I like living in the country, with the smell of new mown hay.
And the sounds of small birds singing, in the shade trees all the day.
I like living in the country, and thats where I want to be.

Chorus:

I like living in the country, with the smell of fresh baked food.
and the scent that hangs around, from a pile of new split wood.
I like living in the country, and thats where I want to be.

Chorus:

I like living in the country, and thats where I want to be.
Enjoying all of nature's beauty, as far as my eye can see.
I like living in the country, and thats where I'm going to be.

It Sure Feels Good To Feel Good

Written By: Lloyd MacHardy

IT Sure Feels Good To Feel Good

Well it sure feels good to feel good. Yes, it feels really good to feel good.
When you feel so good that you could'nt feel better.
Then by golly, you're feeling real good.

He felt he was a step from Death's door. So he went to his doctor for a cure.
With a Heavenly stare, Doc said a little prayer.
Lord help me make this fellow feel good.

Chorus:
(The first verse is also the chorus)-Well it sure feels good----

He'd sung his last song in the show,but the audience did'nt want him to go.
So they called out for more, and as he did his encore, he said thanks, for you've made me feel good.

Chorus:

A lady gave me a bottle of wine. She said it was made from dandelions.
I took a little sip, and you know I did'nt quit, till I started in feeling real good.

Chorus:

As you pass through this roadway of life. Sometimes you'll meet trouble and strife.
When you get the chance to make someone feel good, then by golly I think that you should.

Chorus:

Last line - Yes by golly you're feeling real good.

The Underground Railroad

Written By: Lloyd MacHardy

The Underground Railroad

It's a long Cold night on the underground railroad.
The wind in the trees seems to whisper their names.
They're alone in the dark, with just the north star.
They can't quit now, they've come too far.

Chorus:
And the underground railroad, it runs late at night.
To a land where freedom is everyone's right.
The underground railroad it takes them away.
To a land where they will be free every day.

On the underground railroad there are many stations.
Entry is gained by secret code words.
Station to station might be twenty miles.
You crawl under fences, you climb over styles.

On the underground railroad there are many dangers.
There's no guarantee your journey is safe.
You travel at night, relying on strangers.
It takes all your strength just to keep up the pace.

Chorus:

On the underground railroad, there are many trials.
There's rivers to cross, there's mountains to climb.
There's underground tunnels that can lead to trouble.
Have to be on your guard all of the time.

And the worst of all perils on the underground railroad.
Are those Bounty hunters who roam the land.
For they have the power, if they were to catch you.
To take you right back to where your journey began.

Chorus:

Now the underground railroad was not a real train.
It was a way of escape, your freedom to gain.
Once you reached that land where you could be free.
You'd broken the chains of slavery.

Final chorus:
And the underground railroad, it ran late at night.
To a land where freedom is everyone's right.
The underground railroad, it took slaves away.
To a land where they will be free every day.
To a land where they - will - be - free - every - day.

Discography

CD "4 Door Hardtop"- 12 songs, available on CD Baby and itunes.
CD "Four song CD" (Away Down On The Farm)
CD single-Won't You Help Me Dr. Phil?

Set List

Typical set list is 12 to 15 songs. Two sets- each 3/4 hour. All songs are original material.