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Help Your Self

by Séan McCann

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Angela Korra'ti I'm a long-time Great Big Sea fan, and picked this up to show my support to Séan. Just by playing the samples I can tell this is some of the best singing I've heard out of him in years. A very different musical experience for those used to his work with Great Big Sea, but songs that deliver true, raw fire are well worth listening to regardless.
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Nicole Chevrier Loved this whole Album I bought both versions so I don't have to restart my I-pod for over an hour of continuous listening.
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A track by track history of my own self induced heart attack and subsequent survival.
Transgression leading into Transition.

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released January 28, 2014

Produced by Joel Plaskett

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Séan McCann Ottawa, Ontario

Séan's journey to find his own peace, love and happiness continues through music and a new album that will be released one song at a time. “You Know I Love You” is a happy collection of songs made by a man intent on being happy. No manager, no label, no agent, there is nothing left between Séan’s music and the ears of people who want to hear it. ... more

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Track Name: Fire
tell me where your going
show me where you been
open your heart
and let me in
tired of never knowing
what your gonna do
don't just stand there
walk right thru

I'm gonna walk right thru this fire
gonna get a little higher
gonna let these flames
lead me to the light

i won't drown my sorrow
in a sea of old tomorrows
I'm gonna walk right thru the fire
and take my time

pride is hard to swallow
and light is hard to follow
truth is hard to see
when we close our eyes

I'm gonna walk right thru this fire
gonna Live a little lighter
gonna let these flames
lead me to the the other side

tell me where your going
show me where you been
then open up your heart
and let me in
tired of never knowing
what your gonna do
don't just stand there
walk right thru

a man is free to wander
to steal and beg and squander
the Love he gets
he cannot understand

minds are made to wonder
hearts to beat like thunder
but in the Flames
I'll find out who I am
Track Name: Run
Rode out this morning, in the greatest of haste
Trying to outrun a rumour
No time to lose, no time to waste
Now I wish I'd left sooner

There's a rope hung ready to settle the score
and the Law prepared to give chase
I don't intend to make no amends
Got noone to plead for my case

Gonna run for my life gonna run to the sea
Gonna run from you gonna run from me….

I remember a lady with a porcelain skin,
wrapped up in ruby red lace
I remember a man with a knife in his hand
and i remember the look on his face

Gonna run for my life Run to the sea
Gonna run from you gonna run from me
From a fall i just couldn't face
From a heart I just had to break
Gonna run, gonna run, gonna run from u and me

I don't really know who runs the whole show
Who calls the sinners and saints
but Where I'm bound to go, be it high or below
I know i'll be first at the gates

Gonna run for my life gonna run to the sea
Gonna run from you gonna run from me...
Track Name: Red Wine and Whiskey
I'm a hard working man
I am my father's son
If it wasn't for the liquor
I'd get a lot more done
you can take your gin and tonic
you can Take your Coke and Rum
but I'll drink Red Wine and Whiskey
til the rising of the Sun

Red Wine and Whiskey
can lead a Saint to Sin
getting hard to draw the line
look at the state I'm in
If you're looking for some trouble
I always got the time
If you just bring along a bottle of
good Whiskey or Red Wine

Here's to all the girls who tried
to build a better man
and all the soldiers who have died
back in Afghanistan
To the million tears my mother cried
Coz she don't understand
Why i'd rather die of good red wine
With a whiskey In my hand

So crack another bottle
raise another glass
sling me one more shooter
before i kick your ass
a dry life aint worth living
the desert grants no ease
I'd rather sink into the ocean
and drink the Seven Seas

Red Wine and Whiskey
can lead a saint to sin...
Track Name: Stone Cold Heart
There's a north wind blowin
In the air tonight
I can feel it the pale moonlight
There's a blackbird flying
Across the sky
Blood on his wing
and Fear in his eye
There's a mad dog barking
At my back door
He's taking names
and Keeping score
Just like you...
and your Stone Cold Heart

There's a white flag hanging
Across the mast
The ghost of Love
That couldn't last
Theres a fire burned out
In a broken Heart
Over a bridge
Thats ripped apart
There’s a dark horse racing
At a runaway train
He knows he ain’t coming back again...
Just like you...
and your Stone Cold Heart

words unspoken
that look in your eyes
our love is frozen
in lies

there's a rib cage waiting
for a rusty knife
a baby fighting
for it’s life
there's a blind man drowning
across the bay
a black bat broken
in an empty cave
there's a rumour out there
running wild
she's dressed to kill
and right in style
just like you…
and your Stone Cold Heart
Track Name: Hold Me Mother
hold me mother
i've met my match
show me a family
with no strings attached
hold me mother
coz i'm out of control
so tell me the story
that i need to know

you played the piano when i was 10
when i was 20 you played it again
ten years went by
not even a note
that's all you showed me
that's all she wrote

now i'm a singer
in search of a song
to do what is right
and write what was wrong
out here in the open
there's nowhere to hide
so strap yourself in
let's go for a ride

when i was 15 I met the pope
when I was 16 I met rum and coke
you were so disappointed
when i left him behind
to find me a faith
that wasn't so blind

but i never found it
so back her i am
my heart on my sleeve
and a glass in my hand
so tell me a story
& make it half true
was it something i did
or i did not do

hold me mother
i need some protection
there's cracks in these walls
upon closer inspection
the lights have come on
now i see things clearly
I know that you're here
but i don't know that u hear me

you gave your grandson
some rosary beads
he loves you like me
but that's not what he needs
he picks up the phone
and tells you he's lost
you tell him about someone
we nailed to a cross

But i never found him
so back here i am
my heart on my sleeve
and a glass in my hand
so tell me a story 
& make it half true
was it something i did 
or i did not do

hold me mother
i need to be guided
i look to the sky
and remain undecided
you don't need to be young
to be wasting your days
you don't need to be old
to be set in your ways

and if you were here now
this is what i would say
Track Name: Wish You Well
I don't want you anymore
this time i know for sure
gonna get back on my feet
and walk right out the door
coz i don't want you anymore

i don't wanna cause a fuss
but all our Gold is gone to Rust
how we been getting on
is just ridiculous
no i am done with us

AND I WISH YOU WELL
IN HEAVEN OR IN HELL
AND I'LL SEND YOU MY BEST
BUT I'M DONE GIVING YOU
ALL THE REST

i don't wanna make a scene
and i know this might sound mean
but i forget where we were going
and the places that we've been
and i suggest u do the same

now i don't wanna start a fight
don't care who was wrong or right
i'm not gonna ruin another Saturday night
pretending we're allright

SO I WISH YOU WELL
IN HEAVEN OR IN HELL
AND I'LL SEND YOU MY BEST
BUT I'M DONE GIVING YOU
ALL THE REST

for what it's worth i've learned a lot
some was good, and some was not
you liked the cold and i preferred it hot
and we gave as Good as we Got

So please leave me now with this
A final parting kiss
Our troubles now are over
no story left to tell
So Lover I Wish u Well

YES I WISH YOU WELL...
Track Name: Help Your Self
Not Looking for someone to lead me
don't need no one to hold my hand
ain't no body gonna guarantee me
a free trip to the promised land

tired sitting on a ball thats spinning
tired a sleeping my way thru
tired of buying tickets and never winning
I'm Tired of Me and I'm Tired of you

YOU DON'T NEED NOBODY ELSE
YOU JUST NEED TO HELP YOURSELF

i got Pills for sleeping and pills for eating
i got Pills for keeping me awake
i got pills for every ill that ails me
i got more fucken Pills than I can Take

gotta shrink who bills me buy the second
he's trying to sell me some therapy
gotta Life Coach looking for my inner Power
or maybe she just wants to sleep with me

YOU DON'T NEED NOBODY ELSE
YOU JUST NEED TO HELP YOUR SELF

I know Jesus he really Loves Me
because the bible tells me so
I'm not waiting round here for Jesus
But when I'm Gone he can have my Soul

Some believe that Love is the answer
Some Say Love is all we need
But I know Love, she's a Private Dancer
She takes my money and then she leaves

YOU DON'T NEED NOBODY ELSE...
Track Name: One More One and Only
I lost my way
when i was looking for a brighter day
i've seen the end
now i'm ready to start again
see the sun up in the sky
and it makes me feel like flying

a new day begins
a spoon clinking in a coffee tin
head out my door
another day just like the one before
but my eyes can clearly see
that forever more i will be

i'm heading for the light
where everything's alright
and nobody's lonely
or feeling lost
i'm heading for the light
ain't gonna throw this fight
if u be my one and only
my one more one and only

I took my time
I was happy to stand in line
i let you go
for a ticket to an empty show
See the Sun up in the sky
Soon we will be shining

WE'RE heading for the light
where everything's allright
and nobody's lonely
or feeling lost
WE'RE heading for the light
WE'RE gonna win this fight
if you'll be my one and only
my one more one and only

and i
am not afraid to try
and you
you're the reason why

please be my
one more one and only
my one more one and only
my one more one and only

i'm heading for the light….
Track Name: Stronger
been a long time now since u left me here alone
but i don't mind, coz i have grown
and i feel allright, something must be wrong
gonna take my time, gone sing my song
cuz i am Stronger….

you can tell me lies, til i can't believe my eyes
but i'm not the kind to lay down and die
u can fool me once, that's on me
but try it twice, and u will see

I am Stronger, Better every day
Stronger, I got something to Say
Stronger, deeper than the Sea
Stronger, than I ever used to be

If it takes a thousand years
for the Truth to break
I will overcome my fears
and set the record straight...
Track Name: For a Long Time Now
for a long time now
i have been afraid
of promises i made
and being led astray

for a long time now
I’ve been drinking way too much
leaning on this crutch
as we've been losing touch

I have seen the mountains
unveil a sky so blue
and i remember what you wore
when I fell in love with you

For a long time now
We have been apart
a pair of lonely hearts
Beating in the dark

for a long time now
i have missed your smile
and that look in your eye
the day i walked u down the aisle

I have seen the mountains
unveil a sky so blue
and i remember what you said
when I fell in love with you

So here again We stand
unbroken hand in hand
A woman and man
And we will be together...

I have seen the mountains
unveil a sky so blue
and i remember who we were
and I'll stay in Love with You….
for a long time
now