Jerry Leger

Jerry Leger

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A young singing storyteller who has earned critical acclaim for his Lps & praise from peers. Leger has just released a new effort produced by Josh Finlayson(co-founder of Skydiggers) & Tim Bovaconti. His well crafted songs & delivery are a must to hear solo or with his backing band, The Situation.

Biography

"One of the best songwriters I've heard in quite some time."
-Ron Sexsmith

Since the release of his new record "You Me and The Horse" at the end of '08, Leger has toured the southern states and supported artists such as The Skydiggers, Jill Barber and highly respected songwriter Kenny Roby(in North Carolina)

was recently an invited guest/performer on CBC Radio 1's "Q" with Jian Ghomeshi and CFRB's "Rock-Talk" with Blair Packham and Bob Reid.

Summer 2009 will see festival dates and an east-coast tour which will include dates with Fred Eaglesmith.

BIO
Toronto singer-songwriter extraordinaire Jerry Leger cites Hank Williams and Bob Dylan as his two main influences. It is hard to imagine two finer singer-songwriters to model one’s craft on. Born on April 19th, 1985, Leger came of age in the Upper Beaches area of Toronto. It was his grandfather who turned him onto Hank Williams, constantly playing the youngster a plethoraof the honky tonk master’s great recordings. Although Williams’ voice came from another world in terms of time, geography, and class, Leger was intrigued by the ways that Williams’ songs told a story and often conjured up mysterious images in his head. Dylan, likewise, animated Leger’s imagination. By the time, the aspiring musician reached high school, his horizons had widened to include Lightnin’ Hopkins, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot.

A quick study, Leger began writing songs in elementary school, largely encouraged by his sixth grade teacher. In high school, he came to realise that, for better or worse, singing and writing songs was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Leger cut his first album when he was 19 in 2005. His sophomore record, Farewell Ghost Town, followed the next year. Produced by Don Kerr and Tim Bovaconti and featuring constant Leger supporter, songwriter Ron Sexsmith on piano, the album was critically acclaimed, receiving rave reviews in a number of popular publications. Both albums featured Leger’s regular backing ensemble, the Situation.

Leger’s newest record, You, Me and the Horse, was recorded in two sessions in Toronto, production being handled by Skydiggers co-founder, Josh Finlayson, and Tim Bovaconti. Partially inspired by the musical arrangements on Gordon Lightfoot’s first two albums, You, Me and the Horse is a stripped down affair, most tracks featuring Leger strumming away on acoustic guitar or playing block chord piano.

A story teller at heart, Leger writes songs that interrogate the trials, tribulations, stories and emotions that are part and parcel of everyday life. As an album You, Me and the Horse deals with such perennial themes as love, hate, folklore and matters of the spirit, most of the lyrics inspired by personal experiences, bits of conversation Leger overheard on the street or a subway car, newspapers and/or things he has observed in his travels. For example, the lyric of the CD’s opening track, “Round Walls,” came about due to a chance encounter with an elderly woman who told Leger that her Daddy always said that “the devil can’t corner you and take your soul in a round room.” “Daddy’s Lantern” is a true ghost story that has been passed down by generations and told to Jerry by some of the family members. “Mansion Round the Bend” with its line "under Sudbury stars it don't matter where we stand, we'll see our mansion round the bend", is a gorgeous love song with the mansion serving as a symbol of what the two protagonists share.

Taken together, the eleven songs on You, Me and the Horse are rife with wonderfully crafted melodies, evocative lyrics and the spirit and energy of a young songwriter discovering his voice and honing his craft. The net result is a wonderfully refreshing tonic in troubling times.

Rob Bowman

October 4th, 2008

Rob Bowman is a internationally recognized author and Grammy Award winner for best album notes He currently is a professor at York University in Toronto.

For more information:
goldenrocketentertainment@gmail.com
jerryleger@hotmail.com
416-402-3934

Lyrics

Warning Sirens

Written By: Leger


Warning sirens when this town goes bad
And that’ll be me walking down that dirty old path
I know you never knew but there’s room for you
It don’t have to be so sad
Just call on me when it all starts pouring ‘round

We can live on the street
We’ll beg for their love
And if they leave us hungry
We’ll still look at them soft
‘Cause you and I we’re both searching for a life
Where people don’t know what we’re about
Call on me when your luck runs out

And if we don’t make it through the night
It don’t mean we weren’t doing things right

Here’s my hand for anybody to share
I’m the destitute beggar
And everyone believes what they hear
But I ain’t a good reason
Why this whole place is covered in mud
Oh, call on me when the help don’t come

So brave the cold
Listen to the running stream by your side
We’ll follow to a bright destiny
Where I can lay you on an unmade bed
‘Cause there all the doors will be open for me
Oh come and see
Call on me

Half Asleep and Drunk

Written By: Leger

There’s no more pictures in the frames
There ain’t no tears rolling down
I missed you more than ever
When I watched you shut me out
I don’t like to sit in my favourite chair
And feel our love go wrong
But I’m half asleep, my darling
Half asleep and drunk

I went off and poured some Northern slag
Three years ago yesterday
I needed peace and quiet
But I thought of you in any way
The hands that slapped me sweetly
The kind words you used to say
Who the hell is Robert Wilson?
Is Robert Wilson here to stay?

I’m half asleep and drunk
I’ve been drinking on the lawn
Looking at the house we shared
Where my mail no longer comes
If you really want me gone for good
Give me that voodoo doll
I’m half asleep and drunk, dear
But lonesome most of all

Alright my little sugar
I’m saying things that I don’t like
I was only expecting
To see my future smiling wife
Instead I’ll marry this bottle of honesty
Dressed in copper rags
Dragging down the aisle
With a rope around your neck

I’m half asleep and drunk
I’ve been drinking on the lawn
Looking at the house we shared
Where my mail no longer comes
If you really want me gone for good
Give me that voodoo doll
I’m half asleep and drunk, dear
But lonesome most of all

Round Walls

Written By: Leger

Round walls are saving my soul
From the one who’s hunting has come
He won’t corner me and show my eyes
In his cold reflection

Just not that fair
I paid in mind
Long before he crept to hide
On the gravelled path
Where my travels were made
So cruel and painful

Round walls are saving my soul
Round walls
Round walls are saving my soul
Round walls

Walk down this gutter
With sweat and soot
Body feeling like a worn out book
With pictures of devils and crooked men
Trying to swing up to heaven
I once had a good pure heart
With the kind of warmth you read about
But a fire was burning
And I jumped right into a shivering crowd
Of begging men

Round walls are saving my soul
Round walls
Round walls are saving my soul
Round walls

Prayed for this room
Where I stand and drape
Flesh on my bones with colourful faith
It’s quite the lesson when things don’t pay
And you look for your own round wall one day
Round walls are saving my soul
From the one who's hunting has come
He won't corner me and show my eyes
In his cold reflection

Drive Away Tonight

Written By: Leger


DRIVE AWAY TONIGHT
I’m going home to you
I’ve been trying to find my way
I’ve been crawling back to your place
I don’t mind your wandering eyes
You can do whatever you like
‘Cause I ain’t been honest
But now I’m gonna try

And the light that shines above you
Leaving in a beat up truck
Won’t ever make me treat you right
And I wonder where you'll go
As you drive away tonight

I thought I’d come with you
But you drove away so fast
You’re a girl who don’t hold onto the past
Maybe you’re in Alberta
On some small little road
I need to find you
If only just to say hello

You let strangers through your door
And it ain’t shelter that they’re looking for
Wish I could be a stranger too
And I wonder where I’ll go
As I drive away for you

I know that I let things die
I know there’s nothing
That just becomes a sad surprise
I left you waiting by a phone that never rang
And that don’t say I love you

Now I don’t pretend
That I’ll be seeing you again
But maybe someday
Out on a distant train
Glancing in disguise
Out of the corner of our eyes
And we’ll be wishing
For another day another time

And the light that’s shining through
Well, it shines right down on you
And at once we’re both side by side
Wondering where we’ll go
As we ride away tonight

Raspberry Bush

Written By: Leger

Light is spilling lower upon the fragile stairs
Two men passing by
How could they know he was there?
Lifting his arm and leaning to look
At the face of the dark raspberry bush

The two men were brothers coming in from the west
Determined to travel where the rivers feel best
Roaming the streets of old Willow Town
Giving out invitations then shooting them down
But fun is something that can be easily shook
By the throat of the dark raspberry bush

It’s a year-long winter when you’re missing the warmth
Of familiar faces and neighbourhood haunts
So you put all your trust in the friendliest guy
Deep in the crowd of men who don’t cry
He looks quite harmless reading his book
On the shores of the great raspberry bush

It’s a night on the strip
The velvet arcades
The bars with the women who you don’t need to beg
He guided them through the pretty and the lost
And they walked past the bridge
Never to be crossed
There in the shadows all they needed was a push
To fall in the arms of the raspberry bush

Looking around their companion had gone
And they couldn’t find their way through the trees and the fog
It was cold careless laughter and fake searching lights
Leading them far from safety and drawn out of sight
So they sat in the dirt waiting for the cure
Next to the cold raspberry bush

Brothers holding hands could look different to some
So he’ll punish the times and destroy the young
Two boys on a journey had to pay for what they did
Catching the eye of some troubled kid
So bound together they lay in brass hooks
Under the roots of the raspberry bush

Love's Abandoned Your Heart

Written By: Leger

LOVE'S ABANDONED YOUR HEART
Could have been a train, a boat or a car
And there’s no way of guessing
Just how far it takes until you know when you’re gone

It’s hard and it’s sad when you’re dancing with sin
Face to face with the harm you bring
You can’t recall when you were somebody’s king

Love’s abandoned, love’s abandoned
Love’s abandoned your heart
When the winds blow
Love has abandoned your heart

The playground’s a desert with nothing to see
It’s battered and treasure-less with vague memories
You hold your head like a boy who never dreams

Love’s abandoned, love’s abandoned
Love’s abandoned your heart
When the winds blow
Love has abandoned your heart

She sees a window and strangers eyes
With more compassion in all his guilty tries
Then your cold caress in hard nights

Why can’t we struggle, wander and cry
A thousand tears for something good?
And you don’t care for her quite like you could

Love’s abandoned, love’s abandoned
Love’s abandoned your heart
And I think she knows
When love has abandoned your heart

Love’s abandoned, love’s abandoned
Love’s abandoned your heart
When the winds blow
Love has abandoned your heart

Mansion Round The Bend

Written By: Leger

I thought of you this morning
I’ve been thinking of you again
Tonight I’m a poor carpenter
Waiting for my shift to end
And I’ll come to my pearl
My good luck girl
In our mansion round the bend

I put your picture in my wallet
And place a letter on the bed
Alone on highway 69
I’d rather be with you instead
To see the leaves dance into your hair
And sway like a summer dress
In our mansion round the bend

Where the porch door
Talks like the oak floors
Scratched and fading with age
Romantic antique cabinets
Paint just chipping away

I’m not much on parties
Rather walk down a quiet road
To the outskirts of the city
With you on my arm
Under Sudbury stars
It don’t matter where we stand
We’ll see our mansion round the bend

The phone out here is busted
And the car don’t work too good
But honey keep me company
On that ‘53 Chevy hood
I can feel the dusty night
On your soft warm hands
In our mansion round the bend

I can feel the dusty night
On your soft warm hands
In our mansion round the bend
In our mansion round the bend

To The Harbour

Written By: Leger

In the winter of my day
She lays in the snow barely awake
And good boys don’t touch
What they can’t understand
And the shadows 'round here
Never witness anything

I know I’ve felt her on the breeze
Wounded lips
The hunted refugee
With my hard pressed pen
I wrote for her to come where I stand

Is she lost in the water
No one sees her in the wind
I’ve been wondering
All about where she’s been
Blue eyes upon the damp light
Never worried when she’s sure
One day she’ll return
In the dull whispering night
To the harbour

If the mercy bell rang for her
In sweetened air
The tin painters and poets would glare
Cement their minds on the girl
Who never was free

Oh, I’d give it all just to hold her close
To feel what harms her the most
The war in her heart
The war on her home
The shivering speech from her children
She hears and can’t control

Is she lost in the water
No one sees her but me
I’ve been wondering
Where she goes in my dreams
Blue eyes upon the damp light
Never worried when she’s sure
One day she’ll return
In the dull whispering night
To the harbour
To the harbour…

Discography

Jerry Leger & The Situation - 2005
Farewell Ghost Town - 2006
You Me and The Horse - 2008

Set List

A typical set list is usually all original. If 2 or 3 sets are required then they can include covers by Neil Young, Hank Williams, The Ronettes, and Bob Dylan.

Set lengths can very depending on what is required.
1 song to 4 hours worth.