Li'l Andy, Martha Wainwright to lead Montreal balcony singalong

Montreal singer-songwriter Li'l Andy.

Organizers behind POP Montreal along with independent Mile End venue URSA are once again teaming up this Tuesday for another online balcony singalong. The happening is meant to be an opportunity for Montrealers to gather virtually in a time when they may feel shut in.

This week's performance will be lead by Montreal country-folk singer-songwriter Li'l Andy and Martha Wainwright.

Songs on the bill include covers of Jean Leloup's "I Lost My Baby", Leonard Cohen's "The Partisan", and John Prine's "Angel".

Although the singalong will be live from POP Montreal's balcony overlooking Parc Avenue, the public is being asked to join in via an online stream which will appear on URSA Montreal's Facebook page

The stream is scheduled to go live on April 7, 2020 at 7:25 P.M. with music starting at 7:30 P.M.

Organizers stress that "there will be no duets nor physical contact between artists" and that they are "taking all necessary precautionary measures to ensure safety and compliance with the sanitary protocol."

This will be the 3rd POP Montreal balcony singalong since the pandemic began.

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Listen to music from Jean Leloup, Leonard Cohen, John Prine

Lyrics: Jean Leloup's "I Lost My Baby"

I lost my baby, I lost my darling, I lost my friends, I lost my mind
I lost my baby, I lost my darling, I lost my friends, I lost my mind

Pour une fille d'Ottawa, grandie à Sainte-Foy
D'un père militaire, et d'une belle fille qui fut sa mère
Qui écoutait du country, entre deux caisses de bières
Et partait le samedi, pour un lac d'Hawkesbury
Rejoindre la grand-mère and all the family
And all the family

Ah, je ne peux vivre sans toi
Et je ne peux vivre avec toi
Mais tu peux très bien vivre sans moi
Je suis foutu dans les deux cas

I lost my baby, I lost my darling, I lost my friends, I lost my mind

Coup de fil de Jami, qui un jour tomba
Pour une fille d'Ottawa
Grandie je ne sais pas
D'un père pilote de l'air
Et d'une mère je ne sais quoi
Tous deux aimaient le cinéma

Nous sommes habitants de la terre
Il y a des milliers de frontières
Quelqu'un existe dans l'univers
Pour quelqu'un d'autre et c'est la guerre

I lost my baby, I lost my darling, I lost my friends, I lost my mind

Pour une fille d'Ottawa, grandie à Sainte-Foy
Et qui un jour tomba pour un chanteur populaire
Grandi en Algérie, assez fucké merci
Et qui lui dit adieu, je repars faire ma vie
À Hawkesbury
À Hawkesbury
À Hawkesbury
À Hawkesbury

I lost my baby, I lost my darling, I lost my friends, I lost my mind


Lyrics: Leonard Cohen's "The Partisan"

When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do;
I took my gun and vanished

I have changed my name so often
I've lost my wife and children
But I have many friends
And some of them are with me

An old woman gave us shelter
Kept us hidden in the garret
Then the soldiers came;
She died without a whisper

There were three of us this morning
I'm the only one this evening
But I must go on;
The frontiers are my prison

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing
Through the graves the wind is blowing
Freedom soon will come;
Then we'll come from the shadows

Les Allemands étaient chez moi
Ils me dirent, "Signe-toi,"
Mais je n'ai pas peur;
J'ai repris mon arme

J'ai changé cent fois de nom
J'ai perdu femme et enfants
Mais j'ai tant d'amis;
J'ai la France entière

Un vieil homme dans un grenier
Pour la nuit nous a caché
Les Allemands l'ont pris;
Il est mort sans surprise

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing
Through the graves the wind is blowing
Freedom soon will come;
Then we'll come from the shadows


Lyrics: John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery"

I am an old woman named after my mother
My old man is another child that's grown old
If dreams were lightning thunder was desire
This old house would have burnt down a long time ago

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy
He weren't much to look at, just free rambling man
But that was a long time and no matter how I try
The years just flow by like a broken down dam.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

There's flies in the kitchen I can hear 'em there buzzing
And I ain't done nothing since I woke up today.
How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go