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Leo's Blues

by Tom Harter

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1.
There's something in this sugar Which isn't very sweet I can't put my finger on it But I'll find it yes indeed There's something in this sugar I've tasted it before It once tried to break me So I hate it all the more Well there's something in this sugar I don't seem to like It tastes like fascist words And other kinds of stupid tripe There's something in this sugar That I refuse to eat I've got a switchblade tongue my friend So go on take a seat Gonna treat you like this country Treated Ol' Detroit So get ready... get ready Here comes Detroit There's something in this honey That doesn't seem to drip You keep drilling holes To sink a sinking ship There's something in this honey Which doesn't seem to stick What you say ain't funny So go on take the mick There's something in this honey The pussywillows see When the floor come's up to meet you I'm the one you'll see Cuz t here's something in this honey It doesn't seem to flow I've got a switchblade tongue my friend And yes you've got to go
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Everytime I see you I feel sick in my soul You take and you take And we all pay the toll Everytime I see you I feel sick in my soul You do whatever you please... But I want you to know You are the disease You open your mouth You're giving poison for free You don't care about anyone Especially me Yeah you open your mouth Giving poison for free You do whatever you please But I want you to know You are the disease
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Bottlerocket 04:46
When I was a little boy I needed just a little toy Just around the 4th of July I need something to get high Asked my mom and dad Just what they had They said... Bottlerocket, bottlerocket, bottlerocket You need a bottlerocket Bottlerocket, bottlerocket You need a bottlerocket Bottlerocket I gotta get up Cuz I'm goin' down Now, when I was in high school I sat next to the prom queen Told me 'bout Saturday night Goin' with the captain of the football team She said, "He's (She's?) what I need He's a... Bottlerocket, bottlerocket, bottlerocket I need a bottlerocket Bottlerocket, bottlerocket I need a bottlerocket Bottlerocket Gotta get up Cuz boy I'm goin' down Now that I'm older I need something to get high I can't get it up Just like I try So I need a little somethin' to help me out Bottlerocket, bottlerocket, bottlerocket I need a bottlerocket Bottlerocket, bottlerocket I need a bottlerocket Bottlerocket I gotta get up Cuz I'm goin' down
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Gold 05:02
I ain't crying no more All my blues have been sold I ain't crying no more All my blues have been sold Gonna take all this money And turn it into gold See I found me a woman Don't know if you've been told See I found me a woman Don't know if you've been told I can't tell you much But I can tell ya... she's got hair of gold Some hearts are shy And some are so bold Some hearts are so, so shy And some are so very bold But what this man needs Is a heart that's made out of gold I ain't crying no more All my blues have been sold I ain't crying no more All my blues have been sold Cuz I've got me a love That shines just like gold
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Without You 05:23
Got my guitar in my hand Cuz I'm feeling so blue Got my guitar in my hand Just trying to say something new But I don't know what to do No I don't know what to do Without you... I ride around in the dark Just to hear the wheels I ride around in the dark Just trying to lose these feels But I don't know what to do No I don't know what to do Without you... The world outside's on fire And I just don't understand The world outside's on fire So c'mon baby. C'mon please just hold my hand Cuz I don't know what to do No I don't know what to do Without you...
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It ain't not but nothing You can believe what I say It ain't not but nothing You can believe what I say See it ain't like tomorrow To be like yesterday It ain't not but nothing Despite what you might believe It ain't not but nothing Despite what you might believe Cuz my Mama always told me It's better to give than to receive It ain't not but nothing That's all you need to know It ain't not but nothing That's all you need to know Cause before my song is over You're gonna pay out what you owe
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I'd rather sit down But I'm rollin' and tumblin' I'd rather hold on But I'm droppin' and fumblin' I'd rather get a grip But I'm slidin' and slippin' I'd rather stay up But I'm fallin' and trippin' Cuz Lawd Lawd Lawd... I just saw a woman Wanna buy me some shoes And start me a'walkin But I'm lookin' at her Mumblin' and talkin' Stumblin' over my feet She's young and fine And I'm kinda moldy She's looking at me Seein' some golden oldie I got nothing to give And she's bound to see it She's a 9 or a 10 And I'm gonna three it Cuz Lawd Lawd Lawd... I just saw a woman I've been the one Givin' out the gimmie I'd bet money She can shake n' shimmy But I gotta get gone No time for delayin' Don't wanna show How I've been decayin' Cuz Lawd Lawd Lawd... I just saw a woman
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For 13 Men 05:51
It was the darkest of times In the year of our Lord When they made a plan And had their weapons stored They crossed state lines To practice their aim The governor would pay When judgement came And freedom would rise To shine in the sun For 13 men They planned in the corners Of darkened saloons They stayed off the roads Travelling by the light of the moon The served the cause And the cause was just That's what they believed And believe they must Because if they failed There was nowhere to run For 13 men The night of the raid It was all prepared They ate the last of their food But none of them cared They'd set the world alight For all to see Then make their escape And get away scot-free Then the governor would hang By a noose in the sun For 13 men Then the lawmen came Like a storm from the sky There was nowhere to run Oh, there was nowhere to hide A scream in the night Then the flash of a gun It was over so fast The governor had won The all would hang By a noose in the sun For 13 men
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Solace Again 05:00

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released March 11, 2022

Produced, recorded, and engineered by: Tom Harter at Waiting for Guitar Studios
Mastered by: Evan Schiller at zulusound, Seattle
Production and mixing consultation: Craig Basten, Chris LaFrombois, David Norfleet, and Evan Schiller
All words and music: Tom Harter

Tom Harter: electric guitar & dobro, vocals, bass guitar, and drum programming

Thanks:
To all my production collaborators, my friends, and my fans for their endless patience.
To Tony Louscher of Luthier's Workshop/Jasper Guitars for installing new pickups into the white Telecaster used on the majority of this album and for loaning me his gold Strat used on "Blue and Gold."
To Patricia... for everything.

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