Bragging [ALBUM 2008]

by Paul Cargnello

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In 2008, Paul released Bragging, his fifth solo album. The album pays homage to Billy Bragg, and the folk/punk troubadour style. One voice, and one electric guitar. A Songbook for dissenters.

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released June 12, 2008

All music & lyrics by Paul Cargnello. Except "Man next door" by John Holt, "Whisper to me" by Cecile Campbell, & "Bourgoise Blues" by Huddy Leadbetter. All songs recorded, and performed by Paul Cargnello.

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Paul Cargnello Montreal, Québec

Paul Cargnello is one of Montreal's favourite prolific troubadours. He has always been able keep the critics on their toes, and the fans wanting more.

Paul Cargnello est devenu l’un des troubadours les plus prolifiques du Québec. À chaque album, Il trouve une façon de surprendre les critiques et repousse sans cesse ses propres limites, au grand plaisir des fans.
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Track Name: Sing For Your Life
SING FOR YOUR LIFE
Words & Music By Paul Cargnello

EVERYDAY IS A DAY THAT’S GONE
YOU CAN SEE IT COMING FROM MILES AWAY
THEN IN A GLANCE IT’S GONE....
I HATE TO WAKE UP WITHOUT YOU
MY LONELY DAYS HAVE JUST BEGUN

I DON’T WANT TO KEEP TO MYSELF
I DON’T WANT TO HIDE FROM THE DAY
I WANT TO WALK THE STREETS
I WANT TO WALK WITH YOU ALL THE WAY
TO WHERE THE BORDER TOWN SONGS ARE SUNG
BREATHE SOME NEW CITY AIR
INTO OUR DYING LUNGS

YOU BETTER SING FOR YOUR LIFE

EVERY DAY IS TRYING TIMES
INCHING CLOSER TO OUR GRAVES
I GOTTA KEEP WALKING THAT FINE LINE
BETWEEN WHO I LOVE
AND WHO I WANT TO SAVE

I WANT TO LOVE
I WANT TO LIVE MY LIFE WITH YOURS
I WANT TO WALK WITH YOU EVERYDAY
I DON’T WANT YOU TO COMPRAMISE
BABY I WANT YOU TO STAY (2x)

WHERE THE BORDER TOWN
SONGS ARE SUNG...
Track Name: Natural Beauty
NATURAL BEAUTY
Words & Music By Paul Cargnello

SEND IT IN A LETTER
BECAUSE I CAN'T BE BOTHERED WITH YOU
YOU KEEP PRETENDING
THAT NATURAL BEAUTY IS PROOF

GOOD TIMES WENT BY SO SLOW
I STOOD AT THE DOOR
AND WATCHED THEM GO

LETING GO IS EASY
NOW THAT MY HANDS ARE TIED
I'D RATHER HAVE NATURAL BEAUTY
THAN BE STUCK WITH FALSE PRIDE

PRIDE GOES ON FOREVER
BUT LOOKS THEY NEVER LAST
WHEN I LOOK IN THE MIRROR
I CAN SEE THEM FADING FAST
Track Name: Stanley Caps
STANLEY CAPS
Words & Music by Paul Cargnello

I WAS ON THE STREET CORNER
WHEN YOU GAVE ME THAT LOOK
WITH ALL THE POWERS OF MAOS LITTLE RED BOOK
YOU REALLY STARTED SOMETHING...

YOU SHOWED ME PICTURES OF STANLEY CAPS
DINING IN THE CONGO
MR. KURTS AND DR. LIVINGSTON
WATCHING THE DAYS GO BY
YOU REALLY STARTED SOMETHING...

WHEN GRENDEL DIED
YOU IMAGINED HIS MAMA THERE WEEPING
YOU TRIED TO WARN ME
THAT THE PASST CAME A KREEPING
I READ THE LAST CHAPTER NOW ALL THAT REMAINS
THE WORKERS OF THE WORLD
THEY GOTTA LOSE THEIR CHAINS


I WAS ON STAGE WITH MY ELECTRIC GUITAR
I WAS ON MY WAY TO BECOMING A ROCK N’ ROLL STAR...
YOU REALLY STARTED SOMETHING...

WITH EVERY STEP DIGGING DEEP INTO THE SAND
YOU TOLD ME SOMEONE WINS
BRUTUS HELD THEIR HAND
YOU REALLY STARTED SOMETHING...
I CAN BE WRONG AND I CAN ADMIT IT
YOU MAKE ME STRONGER EVERY SINGLE MINUTE
YOU REALLY STARTED SOMETHING...
Track Name: Butcher Of Beirut
BUTCHER OF BEIRUT
Words & Music By Paul Cargnello

WHEN YOU COMING BACK
I AINT COMPLETE
TAKE IT TO THE PEOPLE
TAKE IT TO THE STREETS
I WAS JUST DRIVING THROUGH
YOUR BOULEVARD (DIRTY STREET)
YOU AINT WILD
YOU JUST PLAY THE WILD CARD

I SAID BACK UP
FILL THE CUP
FILL IT UP TILL IT TRICKLES DOWN
YOU BETTER RUN FROM THE BUTCHER OF BEIRUT
YOU BETTER HIDE FROM THE USA
A DEMOLITION COMING IN
FROM THE EAST AND THE WEST TODAY
THE WHITE HORDES STRETCHED AN INCH INTO A MILE
THE NORTHWEST SAID YOU CAN STAY A WHILE
WEAR OUR WHITE HOODS
SUPPORT OUR G.D.P OUR G.O.D
WE'RE ALL BORN ON A BATTLE ZONE
FORCED TO CALL IT HOME
WHERE I DWELL I CAN TELL
BY THE TEARS ON YOUR FACE
YOU'VE BEEN RUNNING LIFES RACE
YOU BEEN HIDING YOUR FACE
FROM THE REST OF IT
THE FASCISTS HIDE THE BEST OF IT

I SAW THE WINTER TURN TO SPRING
POLICE AND THEIVES BUSTED EVERYTHING
THE POPULATION KNOWS LOVE
THE POPULATION INVENTED IT
THE POPULATION KNOWS LOVE
SO WHY ARE YOU PREVENTING IT
I'M CONVINCED IT'S TIME TO GO
TO WALK OUT INTO THE MISMANAGED ROADS
AND REDRAW THE LINES WRITTEN INTO THE CEMENT
I DREAM ABOUT A WORLD WHERE I DON'T GOTTA PAY RENT
TO THE FASCIST REGIME
Track Name: Wrecking Ball Blues
WRECKING BALL BLUES
Words & Music by Paul Cargnello

I AINT GOT ENOUGH MONEY
I AINT GOT ENOUGH TIME
TO SPEND IT ALL WAITING
& SEE WHAT’S LEFT TO BE MINE

LOOKING AT ALL THE PHOTOS ON MY WALL
MY HEART FEELS LIKE A WRECKING BALL

I AINT HAPPY
I AINT SAD
THINGS START TO GO GOOD
THEN THEY TURN BAD

MY LIFE MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL
MY HEART FEELS LIKE A WRECKING BALL
Track Name: O! Nostalgia
O! NOSTALGIA
Words & Music by Paul Cargnello

O! NOSTALGIA
MAKE ME CRY TODAY
LET ME SINK UNDER THE WAVES
AND I KNOW THAT IT'S TOO LATE
TO BRING IT ALL BACK
ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL THINGS
HAVE ALL PASSED
I'M REMINDED EVERY MIDNIGHT
THAT NOTHING EVER LASTS

O! NOSTALGIA
MAKE ME SMILE TODAY
LET ME RISE IN THE HUMIDITY
AND I KNOW THAT THERE'S JUST NO WAY
AND I KNOW THAT IT'S TOO LATE
TO BRING IT ALL BACK
ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL THINGS
HAVE ALL PASSED
AND I'M REMINDED EVERY MORNING
THAT NOTHING EVER LASTS
Track Name: Une Rose Noire
UNE ROSE NORE
Words & Music by Paul Cargnello

Tout le monde
dans mon quartier
chante de la meme faÇon
sauf toi
Tu chante À ta maniÈre

Tout le monde
dans mon quartier
chante de la meme faÇon
sauf moi
Je chante À ma maniÈre

La lune s'allume la nuit
comme une rose noire
dans un bouquet blanc
Dans une ville deS phantomes
nous sommes les seuls vivants

La nuit allume l'obscurite
comme une ruelle qui se cache
derriÈre des boulevards
Dans une ville de laches
nous sommes les seuls qui restent forts
Track Name: Catching Up
CATCHING UP
Words & Music by Paul Cargnello

I JUST GOTTA TELL YOU
I WAS FALLING BEHIND
AND NOW I`M CATCHING UP

(LISTEN TO ME NOW)
FACES ARE FRESH AND THE WALLS LEAN OUT
THE WOOD WHISPERS WHEN YOU STAND AND WHEN YOU WALK IT SHOUTS
EVERYBODY LEARNS TO HURT AND IT HURTS TO LEARN
BECAUSE IT HURTS TO ROLL AND IT HURTS TO FOLD

WE ONLY BRAVE THE HEAT BECAUSE WE FEAR THE COLD
THERE WAS NEVER AN EASY WAY IN (2x)

THE SKIN IS BURNT AND THE SLUMBER CAME SLOW
THE LIGHTS GO DIM IN THE NIGHT DURING THE DAY THEY GLOW
EVERYBODY LEARNS TO LOVE BETTER THAN THEY LOVED BEFORE
AND BEFORE THEY LOVED THEY REMEMBER NOTHING

I JUST GOTTA LET YOU KNOW
I WAS FALLING BEHIND
AND NOW I`M CATCHING UP

MY BODY`S BROKEN FORM SPILLING OVER THE BRIM
RIGHT UNTIL THE END YOU`LL BRING ME BACK AGAIN
DANCING UNDERNEATH A NAKED SKYLINE
LIVING IN THE STRIPE OF A FLAG
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN
AT THE BOTTOM OF A WOMANS HAND BAG
THERE WAS NEVER AN EASY WAY OUT (2x)

THE STONE HAS BEEN CARVED
ALL THE LAWS HAVE BEEN KICKED
THE CORNERS COLLECT DUST LIVING IN THE POINT OF A PINPRICK
I SPOT A SPINE
A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE IN THE WINE
A DROP OF WATER IN THE TURPENTINE
ECONOMISTS WILL TELL YOU THAT THERE`S ALWAYS MONEY TO SPEND
RIGHT UNTIL THE END YOU`LL BRING ME BACK AGAIN
Track Name: I Don't
I DON`T
Words & Music by Paul Cargnello

I WANT TO BE SAVED
WITHOUT A SAVIOR
I WANT TO OPEN UP
WITHOUT LOSING A LAYER
I WANT TO GROW UP
WITHOUT GROWING OLD
I WANT TO LEARN FOR MYSELF
I DON’T WANT TO BE TOLD (2x)

I WANT TO MOVE FORWARD
WITHOUT MOVING AWAY
I WANT TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT
WITHOUT SLEEPING THROUGH THE DAY
I WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE
WITHOUT SELLING OUT
I WANT MY CONFIDENCE BACK
I DON’T WANT ANY MORE SELF DOUBT

I WANT TO STAY HUMBLE
WITHOUT STAYING POOR
I WANT TO FEEL SAFE INSIDE
WITHOUT LOCKING THE DOOR
I WANT TO LOOK AHEAD
WITHOUT TURNING MY BACK TO THE UNKNOWN
OR ON THE PEOPLE I LOVE
I DON’T WANT TO BE ALONE

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