a small town eulogy

by the young novelists



released April 27, 2011

all songs wriitten & arranged by graydon james & the young novelists

the band:
noel di tosto - electric guitar, mandolin, banjo
alex dodd - pianos, organ
graydon james - vocals, acoustic guitar
shawn jurek - vocals, bass
mike paddags - drums
laura spink - vocals

additional players:
elaine choi - violin, viola, clarinet
james mceleney - double bass
patric mcgroarty - cornet

engineered: andrew noakowski at empire sound - www.goempire.ca
mixed & mastered: shawn jurek - www.shawnjurekmastering.com
management: amie therrien - management@theyoungnovelists.com
additional assistance: letting artists make art - www.lamavision.com
design: kate peer - www.katepeerdesign.com




the young novelists Toronto, Ontario

Exclaim! dubbed their first EP “unpretentious brilliance” and this Toronto-based folk-roots band has won critical acclaim ever since. Stephen Fearing described them as having “tight arrangements, great dynamics, and good songs with beautiful harmonies” and their live shows capture audiences with both barnstorming singalongs and heartbreaking folk ballads. ... more

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Track Name: it takes all kinds

verse: (G D D D) x3 G A Asus4 A
chorus: (D A Bm Bm) x3 A Asus4 A
outro: (G A Asus4 A) x3 G D

caught in my head my one foolish friend
getting ahead by playing pretend
you left us for dead we were just at the end
of the verse of the song
when i come along...come along x3
& do everything wrong
you felt like you[tacit] belonged
like a harmony sung

break these ties as restless as
two young lies between us
it takes all kinds
we know what it takes

[solo over verse]
you're [tacit]here in my mind
so easy to find
i just look down or behind to make sure
to make sure to make sure you're not scared
oh i know you so well don't say that i don't
& i put you through hell as you already know
oh i meant well, but i guess that don't
make it easy to bear

[chorus] x2
[outro] ...we know what it takes x3
Track Name: exception to the rule

verse: G G Dm Dm C C G D
chorus: (B7 B7 C G) x2 C G C B7

these old friends, the same equations
these subtle coffins you cut them out, you cut them out
there are mountains. you go around them
& in the end there is no doubt, there is no doubt
[instr. verse]
the old trail you travel full sail
it echoes one tale: a story told, a story told

but this exception to the rule will prove me right
& no temptation forces you to take my side
all the sadness that you hide
& you're telling me you tried it once...

put down the image of your hometown
the sentimental say, now is not the time, it's not the time
those last looks, all the time that you took
& everyone knows one crook
& you were mine, & you were mine


[instr. verse x2]

but this exception to the rule will prove me right
& no temptation forces you to take my side
your innocence, your pride
all the sadness that you hide
& you're telling me you tried & tried...
Track Name: left behind

capo II
verse: (E E A E E) x2 (E E A A F#m E E) x2
chorus: (Bm Bm F#m E E E E) x2
Bm Bm F#m E A A Adim Adim E (hold)
bridge: (E E A E E) x4 (E E A A) x4
(E E F#m/A A) to drum crash out

Adim: [01210x]
F#m/A: [00240x]

oh dear why won't you try?
new year's when you said goodbye
& down here there's a crowd they're young &
they're proud tonight
& one tear for each mistake, you're wrong & you
can't make it right

& i can't understand
& now you can't defend
how you could end your life
& i am left behind

oh dear what does it take?
right here there's an endless ache
& small hurts that i made but i am afraid to break
what words? they're only part. the sound that my
heart still makes


[instr. bridge]

[repeat last verse]
Track Name: take your time

verse: D D G D [A G] D
chorus: Em Bm [G F#m] A Em Bm G A

try, sure that it's enough
there's nowhere left to hide
& push has come to shove
it's just a point of pride for you my love.
wait these words come off the cuff
we both arrive too late
for what you're thinking of
you'd better learn to take your time my love.

we can't change & there's no saving
those who come along
pay this price & live this life &
all the wrongs are right before too long

make me admit & i'll say it's true
i'm gonna commit to the likes of you
if you'll have me, i know it's tough
all i've got is not enough
but pride for you my love.
you talk me down baby, but you don't talk down
& make my heart sing with the smallest sound
& i've got these bags, oh all my stuff
you smooth it out when things get rough
& you take your time my love


[repeat 1st & 2nd verse at the same time]
take your time my love...
take, oh you take your time my love.