Leslie Avril

Leslie Avril

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
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Leslies' voice & charisma put her in a class of her own - wether she's belting out raunchy rockabilly in a crowded honkytonk or distilling her blues magic in intimate cabaret. She is sexy, bluesy & sheer dynamite live & her stunning vocals electrify an audience with power, depth & aching honesty.

Biography

Coming from a theatrical family, Leslie has performed extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Scandinavia, the Pacific and the U.S.A.

In Australia she has guested with & supported artists such as : Bill Chambers, Anne Kirkpatrick, Normie Rowe, Ross Wilson & Daddy Cool, Greg Champion, The Bushwackers, The Blues Cowboys, Phil Manning, Johnnos Blues Band, Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, George Washingmachine, John Farnham, Todd McKenny, Spectrum, Darcy LaYear, Alby Pool, Mick Pealing, Tom Forsell, Brent Parlane, Keith Urban, Marcie Jones, Red Rivers, Chris Stockley & Kerryn Tolhurst, Bo Jenkins, Dutch Tilders, Cold Chisel, Barry Crocker,Simon Gallaher, Red Volkaert along with British muso Dave Stewert.

American artists she has shared the stage with have included : Beccy Hobbs & Kasey Jones, Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, The Drifters, Michael Bolton, Joe Sun, Laura Brannigan, The Righteous Brothers plus various other bands in California, Nevada, Colorado, Kansas, Texas & New Orleans.
In Colorado she recorded at the legendary Carabou Ranch.

Over the years she has been invited to perform at all the major festivals throughout Australia, including - 24 years at the famous Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Highlights since winning a national television talent show in 1980 have been : performing at the re-opening of the National Gallery of Victoria, being a major recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts Grant, reviving her role as Polly Garter in the play "Under Milkwood" at the Athenaeum Theatre & in 2011, being inducted into the Tamworth "Hands of Fame".

In her home town, she has also had her own weekday radio show "Leslies' Live Lunchbox" & has been a guest presenter on 3CR, 3RRR & 3PBS.

She has also performed on piano for dining functions with renowned chefs Tony Bilson at Montsalvat artist colony in Eltham & George Malouf at Stones Winery in the Yarra Valley.

Lyrics

Champagne & Desolation

Written By: Avril/Field

Leslie Avril 1990 CHAMPAGNE & DESOLATION Heather Field 18.5.92

1/ When I was young & times were tough

With dreams I couldn't handle

The more I drank, the more I talked

But no-one had an answere

So I waited on the corner for something to come along

Watching all the traffic & trynta hear my song

2/ And I found that kind of loneliness that hides in every crowd

And learned to be good company with no-one else around

Good times came so easy but with them come the bad

Champagne & Desolation, the happy with the sad

Chorus : Champagne & Desolation

Every drinker knows

That where-ever there's an angel

The devil surely goes

The laughing with the crying

The living with the dying

Champagne & Desolation

Breaks my heart again

3/ Sitting, drinking with some friends

Dropping all the right names

Conversation, politics, art & party games

Tennis on a Sunday, come for brunch at 10

Champagne & Desolation, home to think again

Bridge : You try so hard to make things work

Tell yourself it isn't so

Give it everything you've got

But in your heart you know Chorus Outro

Ticking of the Clock

Written By: Avril/Macainsh

TICKING OF THE CLOCK

I always was a good time girl
Always on the run
Working hard to get somewhere
And looking for some fun
I loved the music
More than any man
But I knew that real love was more than
Just a one night stand

My life was on a roll and all I did was rock
I never gave a thought about the ticking of the clock

All my friends were getting married
Having families of their own
Living out their dreams
And paying off their homes
I was on the road
Singing a single woman¡¦s blues
And when the lights went down and the band kicked in
I never had to choose

My life was on a roll and all I did was rock
I never gave a thought about the ticking of the clock

The ticking of the clock
Is what every woman hears
The ticking of the clock
Is what every woman fears
She has to make a choice
Before the key turns in the lock
She can¡¦t escape the ticking of the clock

Solo

Now most days I¡¦m happy
But then again I wonder
If it¡¦s time to settle down
I¡¦m not getting any younger
Sure I¡¦ve got a life
Some would say I¡¦ve got it all
But sometimes I ask the question
What am I living for

My life was on a roll and all I did was rock
Maybe I shoud have listened to the ticking of the clock
Always on the move never took the time to stop
And I guess I never heard the ticking of the clock

The ticking of the clock
Is what every woman hears
The ticking of the clock
Is what every woman fears
She has to make a choice
Before the key turns in the lock
She can¡¦t escape the ticking of the clock
And I know I can¡¦t escape the ticking of the clock

„¦ Leslie Avril/ Greg Macainsh

Superwoman

Written By: Avril/Field/Gillard

SUPERWOMAN

1a/ You gotta be a wheeler, dealer & a straight sharp shooter
To have a heart of steel
Be a fast talkin' mama, takin' care of your brother
& know where you been
1b/ You gotta know what's the score, who's behind the door
& how you're gonna pay your way
You gotta be a teaser, a pleaser an all the time achiever
& some-one to love

Chorus A : You gotta be a Superwoman
Because he thinks he's Superman
& you gotta be a lover in the bedroom,
lady in the lounge,
wife in the kitchen
& a mama when the babies cry
Chorus B : You gotta be a Superwoman
Because he thinks he's Superman
& you gotta be a lover in the office
lady in the bar
wife at the party
& mama do you wanna try?

Solo over D 1/2 verse (8 bars)

2b/ You gotta wear the right clothes, tight clothes
Go to all the right shows
Gotta know who knows who
Play the right kinda music
Know when to use it
& know just what you want

Chorus A
Chorus B
Chorus B

What I Used to Get Up To

Written By: Avril/Macainsh

WHAT I USED TO GET UP TO..

I was an A grade student at the school of hard hard knocks
Jim Bean was a friend of mine when Jack and I were on the rocks
You could always depend on me to buy another round
They called me the Queen of Happy Hour at every bar in town

I was everybody’s friend I had lovers by the score
And every married man in town came knocking at my door
22 and single the champagne tasted sweet
I got quite a reputation down on Easy Street

But if you can’t forget the girl I used to be
And expect me to stay the same game then I guess you’ll never see
I’m older and wiser got better things to do
Than trying to live down what I used to get up to

I didn’t know back then I had the world right at my feet
Broke the rules a thousand times I was never that discreete
Listened to my heart when I should have used my head
I must have rocked the boat with some of the things I said…

But if you can’t forget the girl I used to be
And expect me to play your game then I guess you’ll never see
I’m older and wiser got better things to do
Than trying to live down what I used to get up to

Just because she’s got thirty something candles on the cake
Doesn’t mean this woman ain’t got what it takes
No regrets no excuses no damn apologies
She’s taken (total) control of her destiny

And if you can’t forget the girl she used to be
And expect her to play your game then I guess you’ll never see
She’s older wiser got better things to do
Than trying to live down what she used to get up to

Yeah if you can’t forget who I used to be
And expect me to stay the same then I guess you’ll never see (act real tame)
I’m older and wiser got better things to do
Than trying to live down what I used to get up to

I’m older and wiser got better things to do
Than trying to live down what I used to get up to

© Leslie Avril & Greg Macainsh 9/3/1998

Desert Sky

Written By: Avril/Field/Urban

DESERT SKY

1/ My baby took my soul
Took it to his favourite place
Took it to the far north west
Wise men see it in his face
How he loves me so
But how he loves another more
The stars up in the sky
That's what he's there for

Chorus : Oh the desert… & her stars
Keep on calling you…no matter where you are
From the first time you see them
'till the day you die
You know there ain't no stars but in the desert sky

2/ I thought he ran away
But now I know that isn't true
He had enough of tryin' to fight
All the city put us thro'
I gave him everything
Tried so hard to make it right
Woman born cannot compete with the black heart of the night

Chorus

3A Solo over verse

3B He lives his life alone
Some would say he's lost his faith
When the desert stars sing their song
there just ain't no escape

Chorus 2x

Firewoman

Written By: Avril/Field/Gillard

FIREWOMAN

Chorus : Firewoman coming
Coming down the track
Firewoman coming
You'd better watch your back
Firewoman coming
Hey you in your Pontiac
Firewoman coming
You're gonna lose it….to a cadillac

1/ I met you up in Tamworth, playing in a band
You told me that we'd set up house & wouldn't that be grande
So many promises, you broke 'em one by one
I used to be an easy touch, now look at what you've done

Chorus

2/ Well you spent all your money on that damn old Super Chief
But you never had a single cent to spend on me
I kissed you & I hugged you, tryna keep it cool
Now you've got me flaming mad, things are gonna get cruel

Chorus

Solo

Chorus

3/ I'm leaving you tomorrow, gonna find a real man
Gonna stay out late & party like a real woman can
Gonna do all those crazy things that I never got to do
Like drinking Champagne & forgettin' 'bout you

Chorus

Outro over B

Lay Your Burdens Down

Written By: Avril/Field/Urban

LAY YOUR BURDENS DOWN

1/ Between the northern waters & a town way down south
There lies that misty haze of hurting & of doubt
But my thoughts are still all with you & my body's crying out
Oh come to me my darlin'
Show me what it's all about

2/ I heard from an old lover…just the other day
They're gonna have a baby…that's what he called to say
& I learned the truth of lonliness
How you can't send it away
Oh come to me my darlin'
This time come to stay

Chorus : This time come to stay
This time come to stay
Oh come to me my darlin'
This time come to stay

Solo w key change

3/ For all of us time passes
& love is lost & found
& we are all condemned to ride on that merry-go-round
Where pain goes on forever
& troubles just compound
So come to me my darlin'
Lay your burdens down

2x Chorus : Lay your burdens down etc

Cowboy in my Bed

Written By: Avril/Macainsh

COWBOY IN MY BED

I¡¦m a country girl at heart
Know every song on the Nashville Chart
I¡¦ve got a poster of Lee on my bedroom wall
And another one of Troy down in the hall
I wear white Justin boots and tight stretch jeans
I know every two bit picker on the country scene
I¡¦m way out west outback born and bred
And I need a cowboy in my bed

I wanna cowboy in my bed
Wearing nothing but a stetson on his head
I¡¦ve been right through the book from A to Z
And he leaves my other lovers all for dead
Thats¡¦ why I need that cowboy in my bed

It was backstage at at travelling country show
When I first saw that cowboy I couldn¡¦t say no
I haven¡¦t been loved like that since then
That tall handsome man he was ten out of ten
I remember that night (way) back in 73
He stole my heart and left the rest of me
I can¡¦t tell you all the tears I¡¦ve shed
I sure miss that cowboy in my bed....

I wanna cowboy in my bed
Wearing nothing but a stetson on his head
I¡¦ve been right through the book from A to Z
And he leaves my other lovers all for dead
Thats¡¦ why I need that cowboy in my bed

You¡¦ll find me at a Billy Ray meet ¡¥n greet
Or bootscooting alone in the Tamworth heat
I¡¦ve looked for love almost everywhere
From the Gympie Muster to good ¡¥ol Fanfare
The only guy I¡¦ll marry is a country singer
He¡¦ll be a hunk and a half and a real gunslinger
¡§I¡¦ll only be happy¡¨ I¡¦ve always said
When I get that cowboy in my bed

I wanna cowboy in my bed
Wearing nothing but a stetson on his head
I¡¦ve been right through the book from A to Z
And he leaves my other lovers all for dead
Thats¡¦ why I need that cowboy in my bed

I wanna cowboy in my bed
I¡¦ll be riding that wild thoroughbred
right through the book from A to Z
And I¡¦ve been he leaves my other lovers all for dead
Thats¡¦ why I need that cowboy in my bed
Thats¡¦ why I need that cowboy in my bed
That cowboy in my bed that cowboy in my bed

„¦ Leslie Avril/Greg Macainsh 1998-07-03

How Long

Written By: Avril/Lemann

Well I swore when I was 15 years old
I’d be retired at 30
Told every man in town
I’d be back & dirty at 40
Then I kept doin’ it
I did those gigs for years & years
In the heat & the dust & the rain & the flood
To try & sell my songs
And I’m still here

But then I grew up & lost the love of my life
He said girl (girl)
You can keep going on your own for as long as you like
But I said hey (hey)
I’m not ready to settle down & have kids just yet
I got this talent
I’m gonna be a star But how long can I keep doing it?

How long have I been singing
How long have I been traveling
How long I’ve been working at it for sometime

The you know what happened? (what?)
I got locked into that world
Car service, long trips, singing for tips
Living that sort of life
People said I was bad (bad)
I didn’t have no good head
You know what happened?
I kept doing it
Nearly 30 years now

How long I been doing this
How long can I keep doing this
How long, we been here for sometime

And then one day I woke up outta bed
I said hey girl what you gonna do instead
You got no life, you got no bed
Things just ain’t what they said

How long I been sad
How long I been bad
How long I been doing this for a while

Scat : How long

Song for Les

Written By: Avril/Lemann

All alone- now you’re gone
I hate to see you go
But now you’re gone- how do we carry on
Never felt so all alone

And I walk in the wind
But I feel I’m going nowhere
& I look to the sky
But there’s teardrops clouding my eyes
& I stare at the moon
But I’m locked inside a space
As I sit on a beach without you

People cried - when we all said goodbye
Didn’t know just what to say
A picture of you- fishing on a beach
The changing of the tide

And I stand on the stage
Introduce that handsome man
And we sing our duets- with eyes that just can’t hide
So thanks for your time- but I just need one more day
As I head outta town without you

You told me once - that you wouldn’t live too long
“My island genes are not that strong”
But I never, ever, thought you’d go so soon
And you were all alone

And it’s one for the road
As I head on up that highway
And it’s one for the song
That we never got to write
And it’s one for the years
Oh regrets I just can’t hide
As I stand on the stage without you

Foolish Things

Written By: Avril/Lemann


The show’s all over now
In the back room with the band
Miles from my home again
Temperature is coming down

Out on the dance floor
DJ’s playing way too loud
Should go home & rest my voice tonight (right now)
Instead of yelling in a crowd

I don’t wanna go
We’re having too much fun
Doing all those foolish things
Stay out late all night
Get home really tired
When I do those foolish things
We all do those foolish things

Where your ‘bin baby
I’ve been looking all night
Is it you or just the red wine talking?
You’re looking better all the time

Where’s that cab (man) gone
Man, they’ve turned out all the lights
You should’ve seen his eyes - girl
They were way too bright

I don’t wanna go
Out with the boys again
Doing all those foolish things
Oh in lust again
Running off with married men
You’re another foolish thing
We all do those foolish things

Bridge : There’s those girls again
Waltzin’ up to the band
Move over baby
They’re pushin’ me way to far
Solo

Walking down that rocky road
There’s no moon (stars) up in the sky
oops - just missed that pot-hole - darlin’
Is that the back door light?

Trynta find the key to the door
Just fell into a wall (Just hit a brick wall)
Show me to the bedroom (boudoir) – darlin’
Pull my boots off, on the floor

There I go again
Fighting with my man
Doin’ all those foolish things
The hour is getting late
And you know how I hate
When you do those foolish things
We all do those foolish things

I don’t wanna know
Where you say you are
Doing all those foolish things
Back on the phone again
Talking with my friends
You do all those foolish things
We all do those foolish things
We’ve all done those foolish things

Hard Workin' Woman

Written By: Avril/Lemann

On my own, by the phone
Watchin’ grass growin’
And getting’ much greener on the other side

Waiting here, for the man
Meat getting cold (burnt) in the oven
while I wait by the frying pan

It’s no fun, being the one
Who gets stuck at home in the evening
While the kids are asleep in bed

Getting tired, of stoking the fire
And keeping it warm
while it’s getting colder deep inside

I work hard for a living, Doing the best that I can
But it gets harder & harder, To find me a grateful man
I don’t need no drugs, And I sure don’t want no pills
Just need a good man to give me a thrill

People say, it’s time to walk away
But where do you go when you’re getting old
And you’re running out of steam
The sex is gone…how do we carry on?
When I’m a woman with needs & I just know that there’s something wrong

Solo (over the bridge)

I love living, on the land
But it gets so rough & tough when you can’t locate your man
He spends his money on cigarettes & beer
Then don’t come home in the evening
I’m guess it’s down to fear

Bridge

Dirty clothes, dirty house
Feel like a doormat who’s got a grubby old fat spouse
He’s drunk again….save yourself
This aint’ no life for a sexy, goodlookin’ (stronghearted) woman who’s got a poutty mouth

I’m just a hard workin’ woman….doing the best that she can…..hard hearted woman…

Discography

"Champagne & Desolation"
Leslie Avril "Live"
"Cowboy in my Bed"
"I'm Alright Jack"
"Live at Williamstown"
Various tracks on compilation CDs, LPs & utube.

Set List

2-3 sets @ 40-50 mins of originals & covers
E Hottest Ex in Texas

B Perfect World

A Cowgirls' Heart

B Hold Whatcha Got

A Tangled Up In Love

E Don't Come the Cowboy

C Song for Les

A La Musique Country

G I Wanna be a Cowboys' Sweetheart

A Rainin' So Hard

C Flesh & Bone

Bb Devil Call Your Name

G The Station

G I'd Rather Stay Home

A Foolish Things

D Love Letters

G Hard Workin’ Woman

G Sweet Nuthins’

C Johnny Cash Song

E He Thinks I Still Care

D Superwoman

F Tonight the Heartaches on Me

E Almost Persuaded

A Twice the Lovin'

Eb Billy Came Back

G La Vie En Rose

A Perhaps Perhaps

D Ticking of the Clock

E Rockabilly Woman

A Good News Bad

G The Fool

F In Care of the Blues

B Desert Sky

G Lay Your Burdens Down

F At Last

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