York St

by leMeow

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"Sultry coolness." - Alan Cross

Infused with soul and smothered in sass, leMeow is capturing the attention of some of Canada’s most respected music critics. LiVE 88.5 FM Music Director, DJ Noah said, “If you like Amy Winehouse, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Adele, you’ll dig leMeow!”

York St is leMeow’s debut studio album, featuring a strong throwback vibe mélanged with the modern sounds of indie pop. Lead singer Gin Bourgeois is described as having the perfect combination of smoothness and grit to her voice, complemented by the funky bass grooves of James Rooke.

leMeow would like to thank FACTOR, and our amazing crew friends and family for the support!

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released June 24, 2016

All music & lyrics by leMeow
Produced by Eric Eggleston & leMeow
Recorded & mixed by Eric Eggleston for Johnny Hall Productions
Mastered by Mauricio Gargel
Album art by James Rooke
Cover photo credit: William James Topley/Library & Archives Canada/C-OO5647
Inside photo credit: Dennis Jackson

leMeow is:
Gin Bourgeois (vocals, xylophone, bells, percussion)
James Rooke (bass, guitars, keys, trombone, vocals)

York St Support Crew:
Brent Hultquist (piano, organ, saxophone)
Jansen Richard (drums, percussion)
Karolyne LaFortune (violin)
Kelly Craig (trumpet)
Mark Wilson (drums - tracks 2, 4, 7)
Nick Gabroussenok (keys - tracks 2, 4, 7)
David Gaines (lead guitar - track 2)
Eric Eggleston (pads, percussion)
Sebastien Kabacinski (spoken word - track 6)

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Track Name: Beg, Borrow or Steal
I thought I told you
I don't want soliciting
Your door to door visiting
You're not welcome here

But you insisted
You were unassisted
And if i resisted
You'd never let me steer.

I put myself on the line
and only wasted my time

You beg, borrow or steal
Anything that this is real
Anything that is real
You beg borrow or steal

You were persistent,
Never very lenient
Always missing that ingredient
That made everything clear.

I thought i heard you say that you may betray
When you get your way and you got your pay
But to my dismay you say it's child's play
Track Name: That's My Man
I got a man that won’t be controlled
Play tug-o-war till we get old
Yeah, worse than that he ain’t even mine
Get with him I gotta stand in line

Oh sister, that’s my man
Lord knows his ways I can’t stand
Oh sister, that’s my man
His ways you know I can’t stand

I get high when he looks my way
If he stays gone then I make him pay
Yeah, mess with him till he gets mad
Says it’s why he treats me bad


Jaded, yes I am jaded
His love is faded, and I’m on my own
Jaded, yes I am jaded
His love is faded, and I’m on my own

I got a man that won’t be defined
But he thinks he knows about my kind
Well news for him, he don’t know shit
Wait till he gets a load of it!
Track Name: I Got You
I don’t want a big house
I don’t want a ring
I don’t want a good job
To bring me better things

I don’t want no diamonds
Don’t need no damn TV
I don’t want a fast car
That drives you away from me

I got you in the pit of my heart
I got you in the place where it’s dark
I got you where no one else will go
I got you in the wind and the snow

I don’t want a mink coat
Don’t need no plot of land
I don’t want a sail boat
I hope you understand

I don’t wanna travel
Unless you’re by side
I don’t want no tour guide
To take me for a ride

Making love is easy
When love is on your side
Love ain’t always breezy
But I’m here for the ride
Track Name: Baddest Dream
I know this ain’t your kind of style
But I am here to teach you
And when you think you’ve had your fill
Then I’ll be there to meet you

And you are really something
Turn to a pumpkin in our last hour
When you need something stronger
I will stay longer to help you through

Or we could live you baddest dream
If you could save your love for me...

Yeah, you’ve been to this place before
But never been with me
And when you think you’ve lived it all
Then I will make you see

That you can have it all
Just say the word and I’ll be true
And you can take me home
I will behave the whole day through
Track Name: We Are True
He said, "Hey Girl,
You better ease your worried mind.
'Cause I am yours and you are mine.
and we have all our lives
you know we are true."

She said, "I know Boy,
When I look into your eyes
I see myself on the other side
Sitting lightly on your mind
I know we are true.”

so uhh, uhh
We'll see it through
Because we always do
and uhh, uhh
when I'm with you
There's no doubt we are true.

She said, “Hey Boy,
Whoever said that love is blind?
It has been such little time.
But we're doing just fine
you know we are true.”

He said, “I know Girl,
I have searched the worldwide
and couldn't find a smoother ride
I couldn't leave you if I tried.
I know we are true."
Track Name: I'll Write You
I held you close on that cold, winter night
You thought it was to keep you warm
But the truth is that I wanted the excuse
To have you in my arms

I never had enough time
To make you mine

So you know when you go I'll write you
to confess all the things I couldn't say
Like your first kiss and all the friends that you’ll miss
I’ll be here in your hometown. It'll be clear you're not around


When we talked on the phone all night
You thought it was to lend an ear
But the truth is that I soon realized
My intentions were unclear

So you know when you go I'll write you
to confess all the things I couldn't say
Like your first kiss and all the friends that you’ll miss
I’ll be here in your hometown. It'll be clear you're not around

So you know when you go I'll miss you
In ways that my words wouldn't say
Like your first kiss and all the friends that you’ll miss
I’ll be here in your hometown. It'll be clear you're not around
Track Name: Evening Blues
When evening blues call for morning showers
I won’t stay in bed
I’d rather weather the storm
Than stay at home and mourn
My decreased chances of you

A wise man said the past’s a lonely spot
So I won’t go there no more
I got a new forecast
That says the sun will last
In spite of decreased chances of you

My skin thins at the thought of you
Every drop like a shard of glass
But I’m tired of waiting around
Until the storm calms down
To give myself to you

If I’ve known you a day
Then I’ve known you forever
Through ages of ice and sun
But when the cold meets hot
A quiet day, it’s not
Electric fantasies rule

If there’s one thing I know
You can’t depend on the weather
The climate is never right
But if you want me to stay
To come outside and play
You’d better make me your constant ideal
Track Name: Mr. Caulfield
Free at last in the great big city
On the train, they won’t catch me now
And I won’t stay where the fools are plenty
No, I won’t miss them at all
No, they won’t miss me at all

Why, when I try to plain unwind
Do I get a certain kind
Of aching loneliness
No, I can’t get over this

Every friend that I have’s a phony
And any phony’s no friend of mine
and every girl makes me feel so lonely
No, they have no sense at all
No, they don’t get me at all

You know, just because you have it made
Doesn’t mean you won’t need aid
When you live in a lonely world
When you live in a phony world

And there is just one place that I long to be
And there is just one face that I long to see
And there is just one game that still appeals to me
I’ll play the catcher in the rye
Track Name: Secondhand Love
I heard you want to see me again
But i know we can't be friends.
We've been down that road before.
I don't want to go there with you anymore.
You don't want my second hand love.
It's used, bruised, abused and never quite enough.

I broke your heart all those times
The guilt for each weighs on my mind
I just can't do it to you again
I thought that you believed me when I said,
"You don't want my second hand love.
It's used, bruised, abused and never quite enough."

I tried, I tried
To make you my man
I cried, I cried
and did the best I can
I lied, I lied
But I Only Ran
My pride, my pride
I'm doing the best I can.

But you said you'd love me just the same.
That hurt you most at the end of the day.
I'd give you more, you know I would. Yes I would.
You always gave me more than you knew you should.
You don't want my second hand love.
You don't need my second hand love.
I won't give my second hand love.
It's used, bruised, abused and never quite enough.
Track Name: York St
One night, not so long ago
Before the wind and before the snow
I went all in, I put on quite a show
Until the cops showed up
And said, “It’s time to go”

I got busted
It was a Sunday night
I got busted
I didn’t start no fight
I got busted
Somethin’ just ain’t right
I got busted down on York Street on Sunday night

You can blame it on the stars
You can blame it on mars
You can blame it on the stars
When the skies had a curious glow

I got a man and he loves me so
He’s fast asleep while I’m on the go
I got some friends and they know my style
Old fashioned trouble makin’ with a smile