Change

by Pat Robitaille

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    "CHANGE is a well conceived...collection of songs, featuring a man with a golden voice."
    -Exclaim! Magazine Canada

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    At 24, Patrick has independently released four full-length albums and countless EPs, held the #1 spot on MuchMoreMusic's Daily Top 10 countdown, played hundreds of shows with world-class acts including support spots for The Beach Boys, Gordon Lightfoot, The Tragically Hip, Peter Frampton & Matthew Good. He's also performed at the Mariposa Folk Festival & Hillside, two legendary Canadian music festivals. Quite an accomplishment for someone self-managed up to this point. Then again, Patrick's always had the ability to make things happen in his own, unique way...

    His journey into the world of music started at age four with his plastic Fisher-Price guitar, strumming and singing along to James Taylor cassette tapes. As a child, he was diagnosed with a form of Epilepsy that was potentially life threatening & would require major surgery. At age 11, he was given his first guitar and it would prove to be his saving grace. From that day on, the seizures have never returned.

    "Even to this day, my music is my therapy. I think, in turn, it becomes the therapy my fans need in their lives too. That's how music connects us all."

    His early home demos, made at age 15, would prove worthy enough to compete in the major US music market. On the strength of these recordings he was quickly snatched up by Ben Grosse (Ben Folds, Vertical Horizon, Filter, Marilyn Manson) in a production deal that landed him in Los Angeles, California. At age 18, he was recording tracks in legendary recording studios and sitting down with countless major labels. This quick glimpse of the music industry was a little too much for a kid who just wanted to make his own music. So, after an inspirational stint in Nashville, TN, he made the crucial decision to do things on his own. The result? A burgeoning independent career, as real and honest as the lyrics in his songs.

    His most recent effort, a full-length album entitled CHANGE, was released in Sept. 2010. It's an obvious sonic departure for the acoustic guitar slinging, Windsor, Ontario native. On CHANGE, Patrick turns up the electric guitars and vintage keyboards. He called on friend and musical mentor Adam Rideout-Arkell to help him craft an album with a vintage-meets-modern sound.

    "It's an album about love lost. Lyrically, it reflects on some major relationships that have failed in my life. Musically, it reflects on the song-writing and instrumentation I was exposed to during my time in Nashville. I was hanging around with a crew of insanely talented and successful people, and I soaked it all up like a sponge."

    CHANGE features Robitaille's most honest and mature work to date.

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released September 7, 2010

Produced & mixed by AMRA. Mastered by Joao Carvalho. Made in Canada.

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Track Name: I Don't Know Where To Begin
she wants to see me cry, just one bit of moisture from in my eye would help reassure i'm fine
but i don't know that i am
i don't know where to begin
it's not that she wants to see me suffer she just wants to know that somebody needs her enough
that she would test my trust
and i don't know if that's fair
Track Name: You Don't Notice
i don't want to be here any longer
if i had the will i would leave you permanently
sometimes i even question why we bother
as i lay awake and i watch you peacefully sleep
the whole world has gone to shit and we're starting to reflect it
i say it at the risk of knowing that i probably caused it
in spring time flowers grow, you don't notice
the autumn colours change but your heart stays the same
you don't notice
i pictured everything being so perfect
if i allowed myself the chance to let you go
you don't want to blame me for those faults
but to blame me is the only thing you know
Track Name: Father Pray
don't be afraid if some of the things that you feel in your heart
you feel them naturally
don't be ashamed that you're dealing with everything exactly the same
as your father would have
you're laying like a fetus on the bathroom floor
feel that alcohol on your open sores
father pray for me like only you can
father, be the bigger man
i pray i don't die young
for fear of what we've left undone
it's tough to relate when no two people are exactly the same
but i'm finding it obvious
that we're acting like we're happy but if we searched more
we like alcohol on our open sores
Track Name: Conditional Love
as long as i'm not on the go
i will be there baby
i will be there for you
as long as you're not in my way
i will be there baby
i will be there for you
conditional love, conditional love
as long as you smile through your pain
i will be there baby
i will be there for you
as long as you do just as i say
i will be there baby
i will be there for you
conditional love, conditional love
i'm waiting for the perfect time
to cut you off and go on with life
but you think this is what love's made of
conditional love
how long can i make you believe?
i will be there baby
i will be there for you
Track Name: We Won't Change
purple is the colour of my lover's bedroom
gray is the way she made it feel
green is the colour of my favourite sheets she used to steal
sometimes love is meant to last forever
sometimes it's meant to disappear
i've made mistakes and lost a friend or two over the years
i would be a liar if i said i'm happy
but i will tell you what you need to hear
i never thought i'd let a woman tell me how to feel
i can see now i couldn't have been any more unfair to you
if we'd figure it out we'd experience love start over new
but we won't change
i can see now i couldn't have been any more unfair to you
but you figured me out
and left me with a diamond and a heart tattoo
but we won't change
Track Name: Tell A Lie
it's harder to see things for what they're really worth
but a perfect perspective may make these things worse
maybe i'll tell a lie
it's harder to find love, love
when you're not in touch
with ugly little bits of yourself
do i look much older since i've been away?
maybe i'll tell a lie
it's harder to find love if i really showed you me
so maybe i'll tell a lie
do i look much older since i've been away?
Track Name: Tennessee
i remember the smell of camping out
the smell of fire would stay in her hair for days
i remember the smell of grade 11 and 12
the perfume that she wore still turns me on to this day
i remember the sound of her heart breaking to pieces on the concrete floor
beneath her parents front door but they don't live there anymore
i remember the day that she found out her dad decided to move out
it's funny how a smell can bring back too much
i remember the smell of tennessee
the incense and weed burning slow put my mind at ease
i remember the smell the night i left
the smell of sex and sadness and saline running down her cheeks
i remember the sound of her heart breaking to pieces on the carpet floor
beneath the roof of my van that kept us warm
i remember the day that she found out her man decided to move south
it's funny how a smell can bring back too much
i remember my first flight to LA
i remember i thought my life would change
i remember it like it was yesterday
she just wanted to come but i pushed her away
i remember the moment i knew she was right
i've lost her somehow but i'll recover it
Track Name: Going As Planned
why is nothing going as planned?
the weight of the world
it rests on your chest
look for yourself on a pharmaceutical shelf
the glory of life has been shadowed by doubt
you know who i am, i am that i am
why is nothing going as planned?
the ways of the world
they've hardened your heart
you've built yourself on the diocese of wealth
old habits die hard so keep telling yourself...
you know who i am, i am that i am
Track Name: Nobody's Taking a Stand
i'm an honest man
but you're making a liar out of me
with my gun in my hand
the middle east will listen to me
but you know this
you don't need me to preach to you
you hear it at first you hide it
then come unglued
nobody's taking a stand
i'm not quite sure
i can picture this being anything else
if you want it your way
convince your congregation you're the only way
but you know this
you don't need me to preach to you
you feel it at first you hide it
then come unglued
nobody's taking a stand
what if it hurts me?
what if it hurts you?
that's a poor excuse
i fell through time
my mind's like a field of strawberry bombs
if they're real or they're fake
it's all your perception of what you think should be aiming straight
nobody
Track Name: I Want It Back
two things i'll remember about our love
that's when it started and how it died
at our best friend's house in may
we fell in love that very day
don't be angry with yourself
don't be angry with me
cause we've tried for so many years
and we've cried through too many tears
it's just too broken now to even fix
i want it back to the way it used to be
if there's one thing i'll remember about you hun
that's when you told me this wasn't done
but battle lost or battle won
i only hope this heart survives the pain
of what you've done
don't be angry with yourself
don't be angry with me
cause we've tried for so many years
and we've cried through too many tears
it's just too broken now to even think we could fix
i want it back to the way it used to be
but if you don't love me let me be