MONSIEUR LEBLANC

by Monsieur Leblanc

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MONSIEUR LEBLANC on classical guitar and vocals
ÉTIENNE MORIN on bass and acoustic guitar
GUILLAUME CHIASSON on electric guitar
YOLAND RODRIGUE on percussions


''From the third basement floor of the Tower of Song come eight numbers serenaded in Monsieur Leblanc’s virile French-tinted baritone; eight songs that flow in from different angles – echoes of an era when the word “Monsieur” was a title of respect that was earned. Similar in essence to the exhaustive list of accomplished songwriters he carefully takes cues from, Monsieur Leblanc deserves credits for pairing up with the right crew to create an album on which the equation of brilliance can be heard from the combined influences of dark Americana, French chanson, pulp novels, murder ballads and film noir. Monsieur Leblanc is a black tie that looks good undone; a detour on a cobblestone-covered street that runs parallel to the highways and byways of the New World.''
- RALPH ELAWANI

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released June 13, 2014

Recorded at Touchstone Studio
Mixed by Jocelyn Laflamme Jr. at Dead Audio Studio
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering
Cover and back photos by Grégory Clapperton
Design by Grégory Clapperton and Monsieur Leblanc
All songs written by Monsieur Leblanc © 2014 (SOCAN)
Arrangements by Monsieur Leblanc, Étienne Morin, Guillaume Chiasson and Yoland Rodrigue
Produced by Black, Brown and Beige Records and Monsieur Leblanc ℗ 2014
Contact: leblancmonsieur@gmail.com

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Track Name: MONSIEUR LEBLANC - Blonde Ice
Have you ever known
A dreamboat girl
That got you sinking low
So low

‘Cause golden angels glow
But don’t you know
The core of gold is cold
Real cold, and so am I

Who am I? Who am I?
Blonde Ice(x4)

On Love Street do go slow
Be careful not to fall
For right below
Thin snow, that’s where I lie

Who am I? Who am I?
Blonde Ice(x4)

Maybe I’m to blame
For not feeling in the least ashamed
Of wearing that wicked nickname

‘Cause I used to be sun
‘Til love disgraced my heart
And raped my soul
So blonde sun, well turned to ice

Who am I? Who am I?
Blonde Ice(x7)
That’s who I am
Blonde Ice
Track Name: MONSIEUR LEBLANC - 13 Golden Letters
Thirteen is a notorious number
Branded as being a traitor
Within its own perversity
Shines a seductive beauty

13 Golden
13 Golden Letters
Spellin’ GOLDEN
Spellin’ GOLDEN LETTERS

Gold is more than just a color
It’s a symbol of wealth and splendor
If money’s the root of all evil
Then gold is the seed of the devil

13 Golden
13 Golden Letters
Spellin’ GOLDEN
Spellin’ GOLDEN LETTERS

Twenty-six of them latin letters
That’s twice too much characters
Line them up with inspiration
Then watch the black magical reaction

13 Golden
13 Golden Letters
Spellin’ GOLDEN
Spellin’ GOLDEN LETTERS

What’s with 13 Golden Letters?
Well, there’s none and many answers
For the purpose of mysteries
Is not to tell but just to tease
Track Name: MONSIEUR LEBLANC - Lament of the Prisoner
Now and then, inside the prison walls
A man can be heard sighing when night falls
And that man
Rotting sadly
In the can
Well, that man is me

Lonely, lonely, lonely me
Weeping over memories of you dear
Lovely, lovely, lovely you
Who never did shed a single tear

Back then, you were such a pretty sight
How lucky was the man by your side
And that man
Destined to be
Your husband
Well, that man was me

Lonely, lonely, lonely me
What I’d give to hold you, oh so near
Lovely, lovely, lovely you
Whose heart never was truly sincere

For some years our marriage went as planned
I loved a woman and you loved a man…
But that man
Loved so dearly
Your sweet friend
That man wasn’t me

Lonely, lonely, lonely me
I’ll spend the rest of my life in here
Cause of lovely, not so lovely you
Double murder got me a hundred years
Track Name: MONSIEUR LEBLANC - Hey Shadow Sister
Sister, o dear sister
Life down here’s a sinister comedy
My dear shadow sister
I beg of you, come ease my misery

You were born out of my fantasy
Promising you’d keep an eye on me
So how come you’re not here by me today
Now when all my dreams are just crumbling away
Away

Sister, o dear sister
Hear me from your celestial balcony
My dear shadow sister
Won’t you please grant me your company

You and I’ve been through stormy seas
You would kiss my scars and put my heart at ease
Among all guardian angels you reigned supreme
But now I’m in need, you’re nowhere to be seen
So I scream

Sister, o dear sister
How could you show me no mercy
Hey shadow sister
No you’re no more part of my lunacy
Track Name: MONSIEUR LEBLANC - The Glass Key
I hold the glass key
I hold the glass key
I hold the glass key
I hold the glass key
To your fragile heart
To your fragile heart

People they don’t see
Your inner mystery
Behind your misery
The sweet delicacy
Of your fragile heart
Of your fragile heart

Still there’s charm in feeling lonely
Still there’s charm in suffering cruelly

Life goes without me
Emptiness and grief
Your crystal heart could be
A love sanctuary
To my shattered heart
To my shattered heart

Still there’s charm in feeling lonely
Still there’s charm in suffering cruelly

People they don’t see
Your inner mystery
Behind your misery
The sweet delicacy
Of your fragile heart
Of your fragile heart

I hold the glass key
I hold the glass key
Down in my psyche
I hold the glass key
To your fragile heart
To your fragile heart
Track Name: MONSIEUR LEBLANC - A Sordid Little Story
All along, I’ve been watching from the wings
All along, I hid and saw your doings
All along, I did witness everything
All along

And we both know it wouldn’t be right
To bring a certain matter to light

A sordid little story
About which you may be worried
A sordid little story
That’s only known to you, God and me

All alone, your conscience’s bothering you
All alone, you’ve got no one to turn to
All alone, ‘til I come out of the blue
All alone

‘Cause we sure don’t want to spread
A secret that’s meant to stay dead

A sordid little story
Starring you in loss of glory
A sordid little story
Now listen carefully

Do you read between the lines here
I think I’ve made myself quite clear
From now on, you won’t be alone
We’re partners now…

On and on, we’ll be just like Jack and Jill
On and on, you guess who’ll roll down the hill
On and on, if he doesn’t pay the bill
On and on and on

Yes, everything has its price
And you’ve got yourself a costly vice

A sordid little story
It’s too late for you to feel sorry
Here’s the end of the story
When you submit to me (x2)
Track Name: MONSIEUR LEBLANC - Lovers' Vows
My lover
She whispered to me:
"Never
Leave me dear
‘Cause if you should
Well, here’s exactly what I’d do

I’d stalk ya
Capture ya
Torture ya
To get ya

Right back just where you belong
Our love is meant to be lifelong"

Softly
I confessed to her:
"Baby
You’re my love
And you’re my sweet
So if you’d be deserting me

I’d stalk ya
Capture ya
Torture ya
To get ya

To swear that you’ll always be mine
And this ‘til the end of time"

I’d stalk ya
Capture ya
Torture ya
To get ya

Swear that you’ll always be mine
And this ‘til the end of time

Strange how
Ruthless is time
Lovers’ vows
Of a passion
Once so great
Now slowly disintegrate
Track Name: MONSIEUR LEBLANC - Anna / Annie
Anna, I love her better than
Annie, who loves me more than
Anna, who doesn’t quite unlike
Annie, who does adore me in vain

And we go round and round
Lost in love’s funhouse maze
From Annie to Anna
Distorting mirrors always
Lead to dead ends

Anna, I love her better than
Annie, who loves me more than
Anna, who doesn’t quite unlike
Annie, who does adore me in vain

And meanwhile time
Keeps ticking away the years
Of Annie and Anna
I’m taking leave my heart in tears
Back to sadland

Anna, I loved her better than
Annie, who loved me more than
Anna, who didn’t quite unlike
Annie, who did adore me but
Anna, I’ll never forget her and
Annie, I’ll see them both in dreams where
Anna, will be the same person as Annie
Will I ever find Ann?