The Lemon Squeeze

by Jeremy Fisher

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Don’t let the title fool you. There isn’t a single sour note on The Lemon Squeeze, the latest from beloved Canadian singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher.

After developing a devoted fan base through five folk-influenced releases, Jeremy boldly ventures in a new direction with The Lemon Squeeze. This is clear from the opening track, “I Love You…So”; a tight pop tune owing more to Ben Folds than to any folk artist.

The decision to make a pure pop record was solidified after a discussion with producers Gus Van Go and Werner F. “When we first sat down, we batted around the idea of a pop record that would stay true to my typical, acoustic guitar-driven solo show. But when I started to write, the songs just weren’t coming on guitar.”

“I reached out to Gus for some encouragement, and we started chatting about albums that we were both into.” Enter Randy Newman’s seminal 1972 album, Sail Away - “Newman’s quiet masterpiece” according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

“The first album we really hit it off over was Sail Away. I told Gus that I had always wanted to record a piano-based album and he persuaded me to follow through on that. I started practicing piano in a very deliberate and disciplined manner. I think the joy and novelty of spending time on a different instrument made space for new music in my brain, and I ran with it.”

“I would set up my recording equipment every day and lay down ideas. If a lyric wasn’t coming to me, or I felt like I was meeting some resistance, I would take a break and throw on a record in the kitchen.”

The end result was everything from Randy Newman-inspired piano ballads with strings, to Queen-esque guitar licks, to Billy Joel-styled pop. “I am definitely wearing my influences on my sleeve with this record,” admits Fisher quite openly.

Despite the fact that Fisher was inspired by albums on wax, The Lemon Squeeze doesn’t have that traditional flow. For this, Jeremy makes no apologies. “I grew up with albums and I feel driven to make albums as an artist. The way we listen to music is changing though and as much as I tried to create a cohesive body of work, The Lemon Squeeze plays like an album of singles. It was liberating to make every song on the record unique.”

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released May 13, 2014

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Track Name: I Love you...So?
I dreamed that I lit my house on fire
Sat in the road and watched it burn
Wanted to see some kind of hero jump in the flames and rescue her

She was a movie that was over
Credits were rolling down her face
We were a plot that’s going nowhere
I was just staring off in space

When I hear that song it rattles my heart
Like a storm in the jungle, starting to rumble
I hear you sing along, every part and
My stone heart crumbles I guess coz I love you...so?
I love you...so?
I love you...so?
I love you...so?

It’s not that I want to return to innocence
I wanna lose it all over again
Wish I could bottle up that feeling
And take it for every mood I’m in

I might look back into the past sometimes but I let you go
I let you go
Yes I let you go

When I hear that song it rattles my heart
Like a storm in the jungle, starting to rumble
I hear you sing along, every part and
My stone heart crumbles I guess coz I love you...so?
I love you...so?
I love you...so?
I love you...so?
Track Name: Happy Day
My friend we are running outta time
Another day older, and it ain't been kind
Been through some shit, you look like it too
I mean that with love, I just wanna wish you a

Happy birthday
Happy motherfucking day

Chase our dreams to end of the street
Run outta breath and stop for a drink
Never let no money get between us
Well I ain't got none, so I'll sing you a song for your

Happy Birthday
Happy mutherfucking day

Life is short and it's bittersweet
Getting old is too hard to believe
When you're young and free
Like we used to be

Happy birthday
Happy motherfucking day
Track Name: Uh-Oh (Feat. Serena Ryder
You can't prove it uh-oh
You got nothing legit uh-oh
The glove don't fit uh-oh
You gotta acquit uh-oh
I never took a hit uh-oh
That's all you're gonna get uh-oh
I'll never admit uh-oh
The charges won't stick coz

Monday morning I'm a bran new man
Tuesday catch me if you can
Wednesday night, I got an alibi-i-i-i
Thursday, Friday catch some heat
Saturday night I got a fever
Meet the press in my sunday best

You can't prove it uh-oh
You got nothing legit uh-oh
The glove don't fit uh-oh
You gotta acquit uh-oh
The charges won't stick coz

I ain't no sucker, ain't your lollipop but
You can kiss my sweet uh-huh
Never gonna stop, never gonna stop, never gonna
Stop chasing me like I'm the holy grail
Like a dog chases tail
Never gonna stop, never gonna stop...
Track Name: The Bride is Dead
Everybody save the date
Coz in the month of May he gonna marry the love of his life
It was the last beat of her heart, when death had done them part,
He said, "Gonna' make this corpse my bride"
Wedding bells are ringing
And the maid of honour's singing

Oh the bride is dead, her soul is gone
The bride is dead, but love carries on
It's like a miracle her wedding's a funeral
Her man gonna drink and laugh he said
Everybody raise a glass, the bride is dead

It was easier I guess
Fitting in her wedding dress coz she hadn't eaten for a couple weeks
She's old as she is new,
She's borrowed and she's blue so we used a lot of blush on her cheeks
The best man's got the ring and
It's beautiful, the only thing is

Oh the bride is dead, her soul is gone
The bride is dead, but love carries on
It's like a miracle her wedding's a funeral
Her man gonna drink and laugh he said
Everybody raise a glass, the bride is dead

You could never break your heart
As sure as the night will fall
You could never break her heart
You got the purest love of them all

A hush fell on the room
The preacher asked the groom, "Do you take this woman as your wife?"
He said, "I do, I did, I probably should've years ago. It moves too fast, this goddamn life"
You can't chase forever
It only lasts while you're together

Oh the bride is dead, her soul is gone
The bride is dead, but love carries on
It's like a miracle her wedding's a funeral
Her man gonna drink and laugh he said
Everybody raise a glass, the bride is dead
Track Name: You Again
You again
I thought that we were only friends
I thought this was not happening, you said
I must have heard you wrong i guess

Oh, you again
You're lying next to me in bed
Your eyes are full of tears, your heart's filled with regret
It's nice to see you too again

Write another letter, leave it on the bedside table
Baby let's be honest, you know we were never able to be honest
Or keep a promise

You again
Sometimes you make me shake my head
I know just how you feel about it, about us
And about you and him

Write another letter, leave it on the bedside table
Baby let's be honest, you know we were never able to be hones
Or keep a promise

It's you again
We're hip to hip and chest to chest
You could not make a bugger mess of my head
But i'm still glad it's you again.
Track Name: Last Song
This is the last song
I'll ever write for you
All of the notes are bent
The melody part is blue

Maybe it'll get
Stuck in your head
Running in circles and driving you mad

You don't know me
And I don't know you
Not like we used to
You forget me
And I'll forget you
It will be easy...it's so easy

These are the last words
I've got to say to you
The last thing to leave my lips
Is a kiss for someone new

When you walk down the street
On a cold windy night
I'll be the warmth of a broken street light

You don't know me
And I don't know you
Not like we used to
You forget me
And I'll forget you
It will be easy...it's so easy

This is the last verse
I'll ever sing to you
All of the songs in the world
Are made of the same old tune

So tell me how come it feels
Like no one understands
When love gets lost and it slips right through your hands.
Track Name: Song in my Heart
There's a little song in my heart
Plant a little seed in my chest
It's a watermelon this life
It's sweet and it's a great big mess
It's a great big mess

There's a little song in my heart
The record skippin' just like a stone
I wanna teach the world to sing
I'd like to buy the world a joke

Take me home
Oh, take me home
On a sunset road
Oh, take me home

There's a little song in my heart
It's heavy as a metal drum
Full of all the bad things I did
And all the things I wish I'd done

Take me home
Oh, take me home
On a sunset road
Oh, take me home

Am I still awake, walking in this dream?
Reach out and touch me if this is the real thing

There's a little song in my heart
A secret I will never confess
It's a watermelon this life
Sweet and it's a great big mess
It's a great big mess

Take me home
Oh, take me home
On a sunset road
Oh, take me home
Track Name: Time for a Change
Where does the time go
When it passes by?
Does it float down the river, hope on train
Or come around the other side?

We still got time even as hours slip away
Today is just tomorrow as we dreamed it yesterday

Hey hey hey
Sun's gonna dry the rain
Hey hey hey
'Bout time for a change

Where do the days go
When the stars come out to shine?
Is each one a little piece of forever
Or the same one every time?

Life inside the hour glass is upside when it's down
The end if the beginning is the end you turn around

Hey hey hey
Sun's gonna dry the rain
Hey hey hey
'Bout time for a change

Whee does my mind go
When I lie awake in bed
Memories like fireflies
Dancing in my head

Clean out a mason jar, punch some holes on top
Light this August night like it's the only one we got

Hey hey hey
Sun's gonna dry the rain
Hey hey hey
'Bout time for a change
Track Name: Everybody
Everybody point s a finger sometimes
Everybody knows the truth form a lie
Everybody wanna know how the wind blows
Before they go outside

Everybody feels a little bit alone
Standing in the crowd, sitting on a throne
Everybody wants to be king, nobody wants the wear his clothes

What do I know about your troubles
What do know about me?
Like reflections on the water
We are different in the same way

Everybody talks before they hear a word
Everybody else got the wrong idea
Everybody everywhere wanna stop and stare
When disaster comes

Everybody learns to hide themselves
Act a little more like someone else
A stick and a carrot, a cage for the parrot
You wake up in the morning with a grin and bear it

What do I know about your troubles
What do know about me?
Like reflections on the water
We are different in the same way
Track Name: Mother
Mother you brought me here
You gave me everything
That I hold dear

Mother was I your dream?
Some kind of nightmare
Or something in between?

Life is so strange
Oh, but it's amazing

I'm half the man of my father
I could never fill his shoes
Oh but mother the other
Half of me is you

Mother i have your smile
Of all the things I stole

However old I grow
I will always be your child

mother you must be tired
You are my daylgiht
And the moon in my sky

life is so strange
Oh, but it's amazing

I'm half the man of my father
I could never fill his shoes
Oh but mother the other
Half of me is you