The Journal of Forgotten Memories

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The fourth album from this artist, The Journal of Forgotten Memories was released on Nov 7th 2016. It speaks mostly of his tumultuous love life since leaving his wife in 2008.

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Le 4e album de l'artiste, The Journal of Forgotten Memories (traduction : "Le mémoire des souvenirs oubliés") est sorti le 7 novembre 2016. Cet album porte surtout sur la vie amoureuse tumultueuse de l'artiste depuis qu'il a laissé sa femme en 2008.

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released November 7, 2016

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All songs by JBJ, except “Shine” by JBJ and Sylvain Blais.
All songs arranged by JBJ, the musicians and Francis Perron with additional arrangements on “Memories of the Night” by Jean-François Beaudet.
Additional percussions and keys by Francis Perron.

Photo Credits : Guillaume Grenier.

Produced, engineered, recorded, and edited by Francis Perron at Radicart Recording Studio.
Mastered by Pierre Rémillard at Wild Studio.
Executive producers: JBJ and Sylvain Légaré.

The choir is (in alphabetical order): Steve Abran, Thierry-Michael Abran, Bella Bolduc, Emilie Brochu, Jonathan Demers, Steve Dufresne, Audrey Gignac, Nancy Guillemette, Francis Perigny.


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Track Name: Tale of Hope
Tale of Hope
Finished October 19th 2010
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

Listen close, lend me your ears for this here is a tale of hope.

I’ve travelled far, seen many miles, but this beats all that I may know.

I’d never seen a true love fire, oh the kind to send you so much higher, for two birds have found the strength to go look for the lost part of their souls.

One from the North, one from the South, where their parents built similar homes
From table scraps to slaps on the mouth and hand me downs as rags for clothes.

There was fear strong at their door, the kind to send you overboard, for somehow they have found the strength to go look for the lost part of their souls.

Many lovers none that seemed a twin to share a life, a twin to share a goal.
Then out of gray skies headed East, my dear you came to me, mate to my soul.

I said my dear let’s build us a fire, oh the kind to send us so much higher, for two birds have found the strength to go look for the lost part of their souls.

There was fear strong at their door, oh the kind to send you overboard, for somehow they have found the strength to go look for the lost part of their souls.

Listen close lend me your ears for this here is a tale of love.


JBJ: Guitars and Vocals, Pan Flute
Phil Coulombe: Drums, Percussions, Vibraphone
Martin Bournival: B3, Mandolin
JF Grenier: Bass
Track Name: Hey, Pretty Eyes
Hey pretty eyes
Finished March 2014
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

Hey, pretty eyes.
I saw you on the street with a man and a kid.
I thought I understood, yes I thought that I did.

One quick glance in your direction, “don’t stand a chance” was my impression.
Maybe, maybe, maybe I won’t take you home tonight.

Hey, pretty eyes. I said hey, pretty eyes.
A lady arrived, you gave the kid to his mother,
Gave me a smile and said “the man is my brother”

Then maybe, maybe, maybe I could take you home tonight.

Shaking in the cold, cold night.
We’ve been shaking in the cold, cold night.
Two strangers walk on a moonlit river,
Frozen hard from the chill of winter.

It’s the third time that they say goodbye,
Maybe it’s time, you know… that they gave it a try.

I said maybe, maybe, maybe I could take you home tonight.


Guy Belanger: Harmonica
JBJ: Guitars and Vocals
Phil Coulombe: Drums, Percussions
Martin Bournival: B3, Piano, Wurly
JF Grenier: Bass
Choir: BGVS and Percussions
Track Name: Memories of the Night
Memories of the night
Finished March 2014
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

I stumble in and tumble down, fumbling, I’ve fallen in love.
Reaching in and reaching out, trying to find what I have become.

Dance the night away, incense and masquerades branded in red.
There’s not a chance that I may fail. Either way, to heaven or hell,
I’ll carry with me memories of the night.

I just signed a dotted line in blood, oh blood.
I have you till the sun may rise, devil’s waiting there outside.
When all this is done we’ll be memories of the night.

Won’t you say you will, my dear, my light,
Say you will, my love, be mine,
Before we’re memories of the night.


JBJ: Guitars and Vocals, Tubular Bells, Percussions
Phil Coulombe: Drums, percussions, BGVS
Martin Bournival: B3, BGVS
JF Grenier: Bass
Catherine Laurin: Violin
Christelle Chartray: Cello
Laurianne Bouchard: Viola
Choir: BGVS
Track Name: My Heart
My heart
Finished October 25th 2008
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

Throw my heart out the door. It ain’t mine anymore.
You have made me such a fool, just a fool that’s torn down the middle.

All I want is you. All I want is just to be with you.
Right here, right now. Right here, if you can fix this broken man.

As the music takes its hold, entranced in this fever.
And you shake me to my core as you move a little closer.

Never let me go, never let me go.

With your hand upon my own moving slowly down your side and I am yours.
And I haven’t slept for days with the scent of you still deep within my pores.
Put the night on hold. Let this not grow cold…
Until the morning breaks…

Could we stop the clocks and just stay locked together and forever be entwined.
Postpone the morning sun, till we now are one and until you are mine.
Well the moon is high and you’re here close by.
Until the night is done…
Until the night is done…

I will hold you closer.

JBJ: Guitars and Vocals
Catherine Laurin: Violin, Vocals
Christelle Chartray: Cello
Laurianne Bouchard: Viola
Phil Coulombe: Drums
Martin Bournival: B3, Mellotron, Piano
JF Grenier: Bass
Track Name: Forgetful Love
Forgetful Love
Finished October 3rd 2014
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

Sat by this pane for a while. Rain down, rain down dry.
Where memories are dying not compiled. Rain down, rain down dry.
No trace or ghost of this weather can be seen.

Oh, my dear, I will love you today, but I’ll forget you tomorrow.
And in this case do you really want to waste your younger years on this aging face?

Your mind is mysterious and strange, but hey, you make me happy don’t you change.
You take me just as I am, I’ll do the same, I can.
Just as long as we are together, you remind me every day.

Oh, my dear, I will love today, oh my dear, just like I’ll love you tomorrow.
And your heart is your own to waste if you want to spend it on this aging face.
I will love you tomorrow just like I did the first morning, but then you’ll find you might waste your time giving flowers to this forgetful mind.

There’s something cruel about my heart, it keeps forgetting like a dream after the night.
There’s something good about your heart, it keeps remembering for two…

JBJ: Guitars and Vocals
Christelle Chartray: Cello
Track Name: No Greater Lie
No greater lie
Finished March 11th 2015
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

Why do you leave, is it so hard to believe?
You know there ain’t no greater lie.
Same in all the papers, even read it on a banner,
There ain’t no greater lie.

Headline read: “My Love for you is Dead”.
You know there ain’t no greater lie.
When will you believe me, June or later maybe?
There ain’t no greater lie.

Yes I heard the talk out there, rumours of how I don’t care.
They are so far from the facts.
If only you’d believe in me. See the mess they’ve made of things.
I have fallen through the cracks.
For you I would lay me on the tracks.
I’ve got to get you back.

Those tales are tall, they’re so full of it.

I’ve been saving all my love for you.
You’re the only thing in this world I just can’t lose.
There isn’t anymore to do.
My heart won’t even let me choose.
Oh, let me choose.

If only you’d believe in me.


JBJ: Guitars and Vocals, Banjo, Percussions
Phil Coulombe: Drums, Percussions
Martin Bournival: B3, Mandolin
JF Grenier: Bass
Catherine Laurin: Violin
Christelle Chartray: Cello
Laurianne Bouchard: Viola
Emilie Brochu: Vocals
Jonathan Demers: Acoustic Guitar
Choir: Vocals and Percussions
Track Name: Little Bird
Little Bird
Finished July 2011
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

Little bird, what have you heard?
Little bird, what have you heard?
I hear your father is watching over you.
I wish that my father had watched over me too.

Little bird where you from?
Little bird, why have you come?
Why do you worry about the little things?
Why would you worry for what tomorrow brings?


JBJ: Vocals
Martin Bournival: Piano
Track Name: Light on the Road
Light on the road
Lyrics and Music: JBJ
Finished February 2009

Hey, is this candle for me? It burns for I indeed.
It’s just a lantern that’s left on the sidewalk.
An old mason jar in the cup of my hands.
How its shine grows, this lamp sheds a soft coloured glow.
For you’ll help me find my way home, and be my light on the road.

You were a fortunate sign, weren’t you a pleasant surprise.
A guide you are there like a lighthouse, the brightest of beacons in my darkest hour.
I’ll grab a hold with knuckles so white they grow cold
For you’ll help me find my way home,
And be my light on the road.

Though my hair soon will turn gray, though I am old and I walk with a cane, don’t you know this warmth I will hold.
Be my light on the road.

Someday soon I will find, that you have been here all the time.
Don’t you know you’ll always be here, and be my light on the road.



JBJ: Guitars and Vocals
Phil Coulombe: Drums, Percussions
Martin Bournival: B3, Wurly, Lap Steel
JF Grenier: Bass
Track Name: Wall Inside (You've Got to Go)
Wall Inside (You’ve Got to Go)
Finished April 9th 2015
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

There’s a wall outside, it’s time you made the climb.
Oh, it’s not so high you can make it give it one more try.
There’s a wall inside, it’s time you made the climb.

You’ve got a beat up truck, how ‘bout we take a ride?
Don’t you mind the rust I’ll get the passenger side.
Won’t you hop on in, pick up your heels, you got to be the one behind the wheel.
There’s a car inside, how ‘bout we take the ride?

Sail away from here, never mind, just get away for tomorrow you’ll find yourself together in that place beyond the clouds.

‘Cause you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go, now.

There’s a forest fire, you got to give it a name.
A deep burning chest fire in your veins.
Don’t you hide it away in the dark, see it shining through your cracked heart.
You’ve got a fire inside, you’ve got to give it a name.

You’ve got to go, you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.

(Choir) I could never set you free, no, no, no.


JBJ: Guitars and Vocals
Phil Coulombe: Drums, Percussions
Martin Bournival: B3, Wurly, Mandolin
JF Grenier: Bass
Choir: BGVS
Track Name: Nothing but Air
Nothing but air
January 4th 2014
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

Like in a kettle on the stove the tension in the air is rising.
That’s something that can happen when two heart breakers start a war.

You could hear whispers in the air, I finally found some quiet out here.
Why she’s even angry I have just begun to misunderstand.

Hey, maybe I’ll run, get out of here.
Maybe I’ll run, I just can’t stay here.

I’ve been sitting on the side, watching as we drop the bombs.
Maybe we should realize that this cold war is getting warm.

Hey, maybe I’ll run, get out of here.
Maybe I’ll run, I just can’t stay here.

And I feel like we’re going ‘round in circles, random shots in the dark just thinking we’ve won, but we’re really hitting nothing but air.
We’re really hitting nothing but air.

Like in a kettle off the stove, the tension in the air is dying
That’s something that can happen when two heartbreakers drop the war.

I’ve been sitting on the side asking if you could come home.
Right up until I realized that in truth it was me that was gone…



JBJ: Guitars and Vocals
Phil Coulombe: Drums, Percussions
Martin Bournival: Wurly
JF Grenier: Bass
Track Name: Waiting on the Sun
Waiting on the sun
Finished November 2014
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

I’ve been waiting on the sun.
I’ve been waiting on the sun.
Waiting same as everyone.
But I’ve been waiting on the sun.



JBJ: Vocals
Martin Bournival: Wurly
Choir: BGVS
Track Name: Shine
Shine
Finished October 24th 2010
Music: Sylvain Blais and JBJ
Lyrics: JBJ

Sun won’t you shine on cold April snow?
Warm up this earth that curls ‘round my feet until the day that my heart gets old.

Sun won’t you shine ‘till my moon rises?
When all my desires, laid right before me, I count them, on average, tenfold.

Just glad to be born.

Sun won’t you shine ‘till my days are through? When I’m called upon for heavenly rest with all this life that I give thanks for.

Just glad to be born…


JBJ: Guitars and Vocals
Martin Bournival: Piano, B3
JF Grenier: Double Bass


This is a song of thanks and gratitude written after releasing my last album, The Blind Sessions in 2009.
Track Name: Boys and Girls
Boys and girls
Finished February 2016 (began July 2006)
Lyrics and Music: JBJ

My chocolate, she sought me.
In a week she had caught me.
And I’ll forever remember the taste of her smile.

I was uncareful of how I spoke to others (how I treated them as well). I know that, sometimes, I was unkind.

I went one-eighty; I threw my junk out the door.
Now I can stand straight in line, just so you know.

Boys will be boys until girls come around to soften the ground around their feet.
And I was a boy until you came around to show me the man this boy could be.

Baby, I worry that when you’re not with me, I’ll go back to my old, old ways and slide.

I was a boy, until I was a boy, until I was a boy… until you.


JBJ: Guitars and Vocals
Phil Coulombe: Drums
Martin Bournival: Piano
JF Grenier: Bass
Catherine Laurin: Violin
Christelle Chartray: Cello
Laurianne Bouchard: Viola