DON'T SAY NO

by John Labelle

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With 11 brand new original compositions and featuring some of Canada's finest jazz musicians performing in a dynamically charged big band setting. "Don't Say No" is a sure fire hit. With arrangements by New Yorker Bob Parsons, "Don't Say No" showcases John Labelle at his best, blending the old with the new and coming through loud and clear with what can only be described as a voice that says "Watch out! Here I am!" This recording was very well received and was a significant contributing factor to John's being named the 1998 Jazz Report Male Vocalist of the Year. Each track sounds like an instant standard. This is the first time that a Canadian jazz singer has ever recorded an original big band album."Don’t Say No" should leave no doubt in anyone's mind that John Labelle is one of the finest Jazz singers.Canadian John Labelle is carving out a successful career for himself as a vocalist-a career that had its genesis when he began listening to Sinatra records as a boy at home in Montreal. And plenty of what makes Ol' Blue Eyes special has rubbed off on this 30-year-old singer-composer, whose release on Jazz Inspiration, Don't Say No, has him swinging in front of a big band, having fun with a program of his own tunes arranged with an infectious, jazzy vibe.

David Zych, JAZZTIMES/MARCH1999

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released October 21, 1997

Alain De Grosbois produced this recording and Bob Parsons conducted the session.

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John Labelle Montreal, Québec

Award winning Canadian Vocalist John Labelle, specializing in Classic Vocal Jazz & Swing / Singer / Songwriter and Recording Artist. Having performed for over 25 years, starting in his hometown of Montreal, John Labelle has since been entertaining audiences around the world. ... more

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Track Name: IT'S SO LOVELY
It's So Lovely (Being Here with You)

(Verse)
I've dreamed this dream before,
A thousand times
I've held you in my arms like this
I'm sure of it
But when I dream you always leave
Somehow it always ends
I hope when it does we'll still be friends

(Chorus)
It's so lovely being here with you
It's so lovely sharing kicks and cocktails for two
And the dress that you're wearing
Is more than just daring the fellas to stare
They're all admiring
Coyly conspiring
But I won't share

It's so lovely being here with you
It's like heaven gliding cross the dance floor with you
There's a bounce in my step
I'm so glad that we met
I hope you feel it to
Cause it's lovely being here with you

(Second Chorus)
It's so lovely being here with
It's so lovely sharing looks and dreams made for two
And that outfit you're wearing
Is more than just daring
The fellas to stare
They're all admiring
Coyly conspiring
But I won't share

It's so lovely being here with you
It's like heaven finding out that you feel it too
There's a look on your face
It says yours or my place
Let's wait an hour or two
Cause it's lovely being here with you
it's so lovely being here with you
Track Name: THEME FOR MONTREAL
Theme for Montreal

There's a place that I call home in Montreal
Never dreamed till I left home I'd miss her call
But when it's winter time and green is all I see
Then I'd give the world to be at Place Ville Marie

There's a bar on St. Denis, that's where I want to be
Sipping cocktails, feeling oh so fancy free
Keep your Manhatten, keep your Carnegie Hall
Just give me a night in good old Montreal

Sunday shopping underground from store to store
Bennett playing place des arts, who could ask for more
Root for the ALLOUETTES, hear the MSO
There's a thousand places where we could go

I love you, je t'aime beaucoup, it works either way
Montreal's an ideal place for lovers at play
Ride down the mountain side, why not do it all
Just give me a night in good old Montreal

Just for Laughs, lets hear some jazz or watch the skies explode
Montreal in summertime's a treat for young and old
She's quite an island, summer, winter, spring or fall
Train or boat or jet there, you are sure to have a ball

I love you, je t'aime beaucoup, it works either way
Montreal's my kind of town, I'm here to stay
Keep your Manhatten, keep your Carnegie Hall
Just give me a night in good old Montreal
Why not give me a night in good old Montreal
Track Name: THE LOSERS
The Losers

You see him alone
Standing by the phone
A glass in his hand
Understand, life is grand

But time passes by
And then with a sigh
He gets up to leave
And believe, there's no reprieve

No second chance for the losers
The night plays for keeps
There's no turning back
Once you begin, you're in

But the night is long
And it feels so wrong
With no end in sight
No there's only night
'Round the bend
Just a lonely night without end
Track Name: DON'T SAY NO
Don't Say No

Don't you say no
I've only just begun
We could be having so much fun
Just take the ball and run

Don't you say no
Not till you've heard my plan
You're going to be my biggest fan
Don't be an also ran

Second guess you'll get left behind
You know, I know that love is hard to find so

Don't walk away
Not till I've had my say
Why don't you just enjoy the show
Say anything but no

Don't walk away
Not till I've had my say
Why don't you just enjoy the show
Say anything you want to say
As long as you don't say no
Track Name: FIRST CALL
First Call

I was alone Saturday night
Nothing was doing, nothing felt right
I peeked through my phone book. What did I see?
Your telephone number laughing at me

My hands were shaking, my knees felt weak
I dialed up your number, started to speak
I gave it my shot, man, what a scene
I'm never any good with an answering machine

What to say?
What to ask?
Where to go?
Oh! What a task

What's my line?
Tell a joke?
Play it safe?
Or go for broke?

What to wear?
Which cologne?
Is she sittin' by the phone?

What's she like?
Does she dance?
Should I really take a chance?
(Is she into sushi, a little romance?)

You picked up the phone. said you were free
Said you'd be delighted to meet up with me
We met about eight and by half past two
I knew I was in love with you
Track Name: I'LL BE POLITE
I'll be Polite

I'll be polite
But it won't feel right
Seeing him with you
And I won't pretend
To be his friend
I hope you'll understand

I'll stay all night
And maybe I might
Bring somebody too
But I'll need a drink
And I don't think
I'll want to shake his hand

I don't want to know about him
I don't want to know his name, if it's all the same

I'll be all right
But don't let the moonlight touch your hair
The way it used to do
I'm begging you
Yeah, I'll be polite
But I'm still in love with you
Track Name: YOUR HEART ISN'T IN IT ANYMORE
Your Heart Isn't in it Anymore

Your heart isn't in it anymore
I know I'm losing you
But there's nothing I can do

Your smile isn't winning anymore
The writing's on the wall
All that's left is the final call

When you'll break our date and gently break the news
I'll sit there disbelieving and I'll pay my dues with the blues

You're already half way out the door
Your heart just isn't in it anymore

Your step isn't lively anymore
There's nothing left to say
No more cards to play

Your eyes don't undress me anymore
I know the end is near
You've made it all so very clear

And now pretty soon you'll say let's just be friends
Pretty soon I'll see you out with someone new, so it ends

My heart knows exactly what's in store
Your heart just isn't in it anymore
Track Name: NOT THIS TIME
Not this Time

I could ask you to stay
But I wont
I could want one more day
But I don't
I could say there's a way
But I won't
Not this time, not this time

I could say you were right
But I won't
I could want us to fight
But I don't
I could say we still might
But I won't
Not this time, not this time

And don't say you'll call
Because I know you won't
Don't you say you'll write
It's best if you don't
Let's just say goodbye
And let me get a head start
Picking up the pieces to my breaking heart

I could say I won't cry
And I won't
I could want you to lie
But I don't
I could skip the goodbye
But I won't
Not this time, not this time
Track Name: I LOVE HER
I Love Her

I love her, but I'm afraid I'll need her too much
I love her, I can tell by the way it feels when we touch

I love her, though it's soon to be feeling this way
I love her, it's all I ever want to have to say

(So I'll tell her the very next time she smiles at me
Yes, I'll tell her just you wait and see)

(So I'll tell her the very next time our lips combine
Yes, I'll tell her and hope that she'll be mine)