Union General

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“...we can’t seem to take it off repeat here at The iM – you’ll understand why after just one listen. » David Marskell –The Indie Machine

« Pourtant, Union General évite le piège de la bête copie ou du pastiche-vintage trop facile. » Éric Samson – BangBangBlog

« Un disque faisant foi de l’affection de Messier pour une pop classique pétrie de mélodies infectieuses (Find Somebody (to Be with You)), qu’enluminent d’ambitieuses harmonies vocales et des claviers dignes des Animals. » Dominic Tardif - Voir Estrie

« The quartet deliver an all engaging sound, which for some unknown reason makes me feel like a real ‘grown-up’ listening to it. That isn’t to say it is a lugubrious reflective, as the music has a listenable quality, whilst simultaneously there is a sophistication to the compositions. Perhaps it is that Union General has taken the naivety of 60′s pop and added a topping of Crème fraîche, akin to a Vodka Jelly, essentially a children’s party food, but with the kick that makes it all so much better. » Tim Whale - The indie bands blog

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released February 29, 2012

All songs by Stephane Messier except :
“Dear Abigail” : Messier – Massicotte
“Let me sleep” : Bouchard – Messier – Schmitz
© 2012 Stephane Messier ( SOCAN)

Recorded at LeBeauProductions, Upstairz studio, Stephane’s home, Felix’s home March-September 2011

Recording Engineer : Vincent Lebeau, Alain Robitaille
and Stephane Messier

Mixed by Etienne Chan Kane JETHEME
Montreal QC August – November 2011

Photos and logo by Kareen Damien
Art direction : Kareen Damien

Produced by Union General

Mastered by Larry O’Malley AUDIOBEC
uniongeneral@hotmail.ca

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Track Name: 8 Track
8 Track in my Granny’s car
Don’t want to leave the back seat now
Led Zep and CCR
Holly’s ghost must not be far
You’re driving ‘cause I’m on my way
We’re gonna crash the liquor store


Granny not aware her car’s missing
She don’t care what we’re listening
Don’t care if we’ll ever come back
No no no


Cassette tape in daddy’s car
Every speakers for itself
There’s a long road, plenty of gas
Beer in the trunck we’ll never come back
Pixies and Joy division
Twist and shout yeah yeah yeah
We’re already a long way from home
We got no plans to wake up tomorrow


Daddy’s not aware his car’s missing
He don’t care what we’re listening
Don’t care if we’ll ever come back
No no no


Solo


Daddy’s not aware his car’s missing
He don’t care what we’re listening
Don’t care if we’ll ever come back
No no no
Track Name: Nowhere to find her
Hi there!
Looking for me?
I’m sure that she smells great
And tastes like chicken

In my head
I’m the only one to make her laugh
And if she’s sad
I know what to do


Nowhere to find her


Seem to know her
And even if I do
I’m too tired to run
And lie to myself

Why are you scared of me?
I tried to catch your name
Don’t know the name of your favourite band
You’re nowhere to be seen


Nowhere to find her


I’m following her
Trying to find out who she is
I’ve seen her once or twice
I’m sure that she’s my best friend

She’s playing with clouds
And trying to look cool
Seem to know her
But I’m sure she’s nice
Track Name: Growing up our own way
Too bad that you can’t make it
So little time to do it all

I understand your reasons
Hope that your plans are going well

I know that you’re a grown man
You’re strong to do it by yourself


Growing up our own way
Growing up our own way


Sometime I miss you dear friend
But I’m not sure that you’re the same

We can still drink a few beers
I’ll know that you’re not mad at me

Know that if we’re away
You’ll always be there in my head


Growing up our own way
Growing up our own way

Solo

Growing up our own way
Growing up our own way
Track Name: I'm the one who breaks your heart
Walking alone on a crowded street
Knowing that I’m wrong

Nobody knows what I’ve done for sure
Peoples smiling at me

I’m the one who breaks your heart

Vague memories coming back today
Feeling nothing at all

Is she the one to call Miss Right?
Caring and cooking for me?

I’m the one who breaks your heart

Solo

There was a time when I cared for her
She threw it all away

I want to talk I want news from her
But I don’t care if I don’t
Track Name: Dead to me
People told me that you should be dead
I still can’t believe that you’re still alive
After all this time

I can understand what you’re doing
Do you have to make it that hard?
Give yourself a break

Stop screaming at me
Stop screaming at me
Wake up! I’m here for you
Stop screaming at me
Stop screaming at me
I don’t know what to do

I can’t help, and you know it
Do you have to take that road again?
Do you have to be totally wrong?

I have to count your age in cat years
It’s sad to see you go like this
Sure that you want to go?

Stop screaming at me
Stop screaming at me
Wake up! I’m here for you
Stop screaming at me
Stop screaming at me
I don’t know what to do
Track Name: Dear Abigail
She’s sitting there waiting
For someone or something to happen
Making plans about anything
Smiling at people that she meets


Dear Abigail
What happened to you?
Voices around, are pressuring you
Dear Abigail


She’s sitting there waiting
Holds her breath forever
She’s a quiet girl
Not unlike me and you


Dear Abigail
Tell me what happened to you?
Voices around, are pressuring you
Dear Abigail


She’s making odd faces by herself
Giving strange looks to strangers
And if the time is right
She will throw apples at you


Dear Abigail
What happened to you?
Voices around, are pressuring you
Dear Abigail
Track Name: The decline of civilities
Make me understand who the fake you really is.
I don’t have time for a real life
I don’t care about what you’re thinking of me

It’s the decline of civilities

When I’m in my car I feel like screaming
You’re one step ahead of me
It’s the place that I’m suppose to be
I don’t have time for a real life
I don’t care about what you’re thinking of me

It’s the decline of civilities

solo

It’s the decline of civilities

Not taking time to say what the problem really is
I don’t have time to take care of it now
I’ll take care to explode in due time
I don’t have time for a real life
I don’t care about what you’re thinking of me

It’s the decline of civilities
Track Name: Find somebody (to be with you)
Go ahead
Jump and shout
Nothing you can do, to make me change my mind

Be my guest
Run and hide
Nothing will fix the mess you made

Go ahead
Jump and shout
Nothing you can do, to make me change my mind

Yeah, I’m talking about you

Find somebody to be with you
Be a burden to someone else
Find somebody to be with you

Be my guest
Scream and shout
Nothing you can do, to make me change my mind

Bear in mind
That you’re the one
That has to stand you every day of the year

Go ahead
Jump and shout
Nothing will fix the mess you made

Yeah, I’m talking about you

Find somebody to be with you
Be a burden to someone else
Find somebody to be with you

-Solo-
Track Name: If
Even if she’s the most beautiful girl
Even if she seems not uptight

I’d rather be with you
I’d rather be with you
Even if I don’t rule the world

If you let me stay in your heart
If you don’t turn you back and leave

I wanna be with you
I wanna be with you
Even if I don’t rule the world

Even if we could go back in time
Even if we can patch things up

I wanna be with you
I wanna be with you
Even if I don’t rule the world

Stupid things are said
In the moment
If we give ourselves a chance
Maybe we can give it another try

So if you lay down your arms and hug me
Bring back the trust that we lost

We will be together
We will be together
Even if I don’t deserve you
Track Name: Little girl (I never dream about you)
Little girl
I never dream about you
Little girl
I never dream about you
Don’t you know baby don’t you know that
I’m not in love with you


I’ve tried to run away from you
I’m running fast but you’re already there
Hide away
Hide away
It’s seems that you don’t understand
The meaning of Leave me alone!
Right away
Right away
No means no that’s all I have to say
All I know is that you really can’t stay
When you’ll be far from here?


Little girl
I never dream about you
Little girl
I never dream about you
Don’t you know baby don’t you know that
I’m not in love with you


Little girl, little girl, little girl
I don’t wanna hold you
Little girl, little girl, little girl
I don’t wanna be near you
Track Name: Song for a lazy day
I just wake up in the afternoon
There’s no rush to get dress
Nothing’s gonna ruin my lazy day
Coffee is warm and my head is light

It’s Sunday Whoo who who!
It’s Sunday Whoo who who!

Watching the neighbours outside
There’s nothing good on TV
Today is a sunny day
Let’s get out and play

It’s Sunday Whoo who who!
It’s Sunday Whoo who who!

It’s a great day to read under a tree
Looking at people passing by
Naming them and playing games
The birds are signing our song

It’s Sunday Whoo who who!
It’s Sunday Whoo who who!
Track Name: Let me sleep
I should go to sleep
Don’t want to
Too much to think about
Too much action in my head

Living against time
Everybody let me sleep

I should go to sleep
Don’t want to
Got to keep morning far
Away from me
Always pushing time
Away from my reality


Living against time
Everybody let me sleep

(Let me sleep)
Up and down keeping me from my bed
(Let me sleep)
Up and down keeping me from my head
(Let me sleep)
I need something strong
Let me out of my head
Let me out of my head

solo

I should go to sleep
Don’t want to
Life’s being easy on me
No complaint here
Money problems is
The least of my concerns now


Living against time
Everybody let me sleep
Track Name: Granny takes a trip
Granny takes a trip
But not for long
She baked with love
Loosing, a piece of her

Granny takes a trip
She’s packed her bags
She’s going far
She knows that you love her

When she’s alone
Her heart is beating fast
She has that something
That keeps her going strong
Too bad that she’ll gone too long

Granny takes a trip
Her lover’s gone
She takes her time
To find her peace of mind

Granny takes a trip
To a younger time
When she was in love
When she was, full of life

Dear granny my love
Forget those apple pies
The time is right
To do something hip
You can let go and take your trip