I’m laying in bed right now. I was ready to fall asleep so I threw on the album I’ve been falling asleep to lately. I noticed how many listens it had and was shocked. I didn’t realize I was listening to a hidden gem. This may be the newest I have ever been to a song or band before. Besides the time my cousin and best friend decided to form an emo band for a weekend in 2004.

The band name is El Coyote. There isn’t much out there about them aside from their own website. On there they describe their sound as “alt-country-folk, Nashville influenced Canadiana band.”

I enjoy the entire album but my personal favorite is this song called Lighten up, Diane.

If you listen to Talkin’ Songs, out of the bands I have done, I would compare them most to Lori McKenna and Fred Eaglesmith.

The story in this one is about a woman named Diane, who is being told to lighten up by the married man she is having an affair with. She paints a great picture for us. A sad vignette of an empty old bar with a with a jukebox and some glowing lights.

The lyrics aren’t on the internet. That’s how new this song is, so I just listened to it and typed them up. My favorite parts are in italics.

lately I‘ve been late, for everything seems likes the best of things, they just pass me by.

It’s like looking at a photo album that ain’t even me, what will I hold to show the passing of time

lighten up you say, have a drink on me, come on lighten up Diane

and as the jukebox plays and the lovers sway its here I realize that you don’t give a damn.

well there’s something sad about the juke box playing, how the lights only glow in time, only glow like how we only weep when we are undercover never with a friend or family around, they say all say that I should put you down

lighten up you say, have a drink on me, come on lighten up Diane

why don’t you call it a night, go home to your wife, or is she sick to death of you like I am too.

why don’t you call it a night, go home to your wife, or is she sick to death of you, like I am too.

here the juke box playing, hear the loves swaying, come on lighten up Diane, im gonna call this night, go home to your wife, come on lighten up Diane

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