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steering with my knee

by Rob Lamothe

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well the first time I saw heaven you stood in my doorway scent of gardenia and lily by your voice I was led to a forest of cherry when you laid down beside me so softly you did say well you’ll always be my baby my baby my baby yeah well you’ll always be my baby my baby my love well you sure got a funny sense of forever always did end with the summer I awoke in a bed that’s as a wide as a river and a voice in my head so softly did say you’ll always be my baby my baby my baby yeah youll always be my baby my baby my love well six seasons I have weathered since you stood in my doorway now you’re stinking of blood and hard liquor and you’ve come for a favour for your sorry side to cover and you’ve still got the nerve to softly do say you owe this to me my baby my baby my baby yeah you owe this to me my baby my baby my love now i don’t need no tailor to sew this suit together your yarn is a worn out old tether but you better burn down that collar because you’ll be going out to pasture i’ll be counting the bounty and softly i will say you owe this to me my baby my baby my baby you owe this to me my baby my baby my love
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i am lazaurus jones skin like molasses seventh generation a long line a' bad asses bootlegger with a trunkful of cocaine and rose-colored glasses i'm standin by the ocean where my life begins i could carry this weight i could throw it in do the easy thing safe inside my head sleep in trouble's bed cigarettes and rocket launchers give leonard cohen his crack cocaine minding my soul and takin care of business last night i wrote a song i'll never sing... 181 kilometers south of the mexican border salsupuedes is a rock... and i'm just a ship under the water and this girl sleepin on the beach well she might be my daughter... i'm standin by the ocean where my life begins i could carry this weight i could throw it in do the easy thing safe inside my head i will sleep in trouble's bed sleep in trouble's bed
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Mantra 03:23
corner of hess and king, i'm thinking 'bout getting my face pierced again, i'm wearing a two dollar coat. i know it's been three thousand four hundred twenty-seven days since i sang a sober note. i need a cup of coffee, i need another beer, i need this super-model to get me out of here. hey yeah... 4:30 in the morning, i'm drunk and i'm driving home. i got every green light from queen street to wellington. i need a cup of coffee, i need another beer, i need this tattooed devil to get me out of here. hey yeah, hey yeah... bruise under the skin, something gives again... by the murderous light of morning, my hands look like my fathers'. i need my medication, i need another beer, i need this voodoo bullshit to get me out of here. hey yeah, hey yeah, hey yeah...
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I'm So High 03:19
i'm lyin in the bed we made and thinking of a hundred stupid things that i could say for every look in my direction i take two steps away can't leave the house without my keys i put them underneath my bed to get me on my knees and in a minute i'll climb down there say a prayer, let me go don't let anybody tell me i'm not supposed to know how to fly i'm so high i'm floating high above my head and i've forgotton all the brilliant things i might have said and if i trust myself, i'll take my own advice close my eyes, let me go don't let anybody tell me i'm not supposed to know how to fly i'm so high
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drivin' below sea level and i don't care if you smoke i'm steering with my knee, a beer in my left hand, the other up your coat. i'll probably go out on some stupid, dark, slippery dutch road... woke up on the wrong side of the world, with a lesbian folk singe yeah, i'm hurtin' but that's o.k., i got my pain killers so much broken glass and blood on my guitar... i'm livin' like a cowboy tonight in amsterdam i'm way ahead of schedule, but i forgot the master plan maybe you could leave the front light on i'm takin' the long way home. another gig, another bar, another tattooed waitress she likes my voice, she like my face, i like the fact she's wasted and she don't mean no harm... i'm livin' like a cowboy tonight in amsterdam....
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everything is wonderful being here is heavenly every single day she says everything is free used to be so careless as if i couldn’t care less what i wouldn’t give to be when i was mary’s prayer suddenly the heavens roll suddenly the rain came down suddenly was washed away the mary that I knew so if you find somebody you keep think of me and celebrate i made such a big mistake when i was mary’s prayer blessed is the one who shares your power and your beauty mary blessed is the millionaire who shares your wedding day so if you find somebody you keep think of me and celebrate i made such a big mistake when i was mary’s prayer if you want the fruit to fall you have to give the tree a shake if you shake the tree too hard the bough is gonna break if I can reach the top of the tree mary will you pull me up there what i wouldn’t give to be i was mary’s prayer what i wouldn’t give to be when i was mary’s prayer did i have to make this face i was mary’s prayer
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Whisper 04:46
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kevin was my cousin... he was 22 my mother's little brother's son killed last night in clarksville him and three girls never hurt no one shot down in cold blood for two hundred dollars that's fifty dollars a life that's four young people from four good families four thousand mor tears to cry there are some things won't be forgiven there is some blood will not wash away there's a shadow on the living it will not go away give me a room and the boy that pulled the trigger four empty hands - mine and his just me and my anger - him and his ignorance and we will see just how tough he is there are some things won't be forgiven there is some blood will not wash away there's a shadow on the living it will not go away
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about

Recorded live in California, Ontario and New York.
Song Tracks
1. You’ll Always Be (Ungerleider)
2. Suddenly In Waterdown (Lamothe)
3. Mantra (Lamothe)
4. What Will Be Done (Daley)
5. I’m So High (Lamothe)
6. Long Way Home (Lamothe)
7. Mary’s Prayer (Clark)
8. Whisper (Sharon’s Song) (McClelland)
9. Brown Haired Angel (Lamothe/Winn)
10. Kevin Was My Cousin (Lamothe)
11. Shadow Of You (Lamothe/Brophy)

This past January, I played a gig in my hometown of San Diego, California for the first time in ten years. I invited the audience to ask me questions in between songs and at one point someone called out, "where ya' been, Rob?". Well, it's a long story...

Apparently, a lot of folks thought I had disappeared sometime in the early 1990's, after making the first "Riverdogs" record. Actually, I was making two more records with that incredible group and spending some quality time in europe, playing music and finding inspiration for my songwriting. In late 1994 I moved to Canada, where I found myself welcomed into an amazing musical community in Hamilton, Ontario. And that's where I live for now, in the company of my crazy family and friends (some of whom are world-class songwriters and musicians). I'm sure there are worse places to be.

I think this record is about home... leaving home and coming home...

rob
-Russian Hill, San Francisco April 18, 2001

I want to acknowledge and thank the following people:

First of all, Joe Byrne for making this CD happen and for inspiring me as a songwriter. Everyone at Java Joe's, especially Gregory Page and to all my friends (old and new) who showed up for the gig. Phil Rockhold and Steve Rarick from Sound Engineering Services, who came and recorded the evening.

Ethan and Terri Morgan, Tom Berg, and everyone at the San Pedro Brewery. Peggy and David, Ronnie Ciago, Cary Beare, Holly Bauman, Leslie Vincent, P.J. Smith and his band and everyone who came out to the Coconut Teazer and 14 Below after all these years.

Mark and Lynne Neveu , Paul & Cher Cowen and all at the Reader's Cafe in Dunnville, Ontario. Chris Briscoe and Gary Harb at The Casbah in Hamilton, Ontario.

Joe and Sami Romagnola, Gail "Moonbeam" Romagnola and Paul Doran, Rick and Linda Day, Ron T., Larry and everyone at the Grooveyard in Rochester, New York. Dave Anderson at Saxon Studio in Rochester.

Willem van Lunzen, Bennie Franssen, Peter Vanderschoot, Bas van de Sant, Rob van den Broek, Floor Kraayvanger and Frank van der Wiel and the beautiful people of Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Paul Liszewski, Andrew Waterman, Carol Hayias, David Sutherland,
D.J. Dave and the crew at The Monday Night Music Club, Toronto, Ontario. Nick Brophy, James Michael and Michael Pavlic for being there that night.

Arnie and Barb Dyker of ADMM Records for getting my music out there. Franny, Josh, Zander and Rosie. Ralph Pickersgill for the pickups in my guitars. Michael J. Birthelmer for gear and inspiraton. Thanks also to the following people for musical inspiration...Colleen Power, Jamie Oakes, Mike Daley, Ray Materick, Melissa McClelland, Suzie Ungerleider, Gregory Page, Shannon Lyon, Michael-Dan Ehmig, David Wiffen, Eric Andersen, Janine Stoll. And to Lisa Winn, thank you for your music and everything else.

ByrneWood Records
USA
www.roblamothe.com

credits

released January 1, 2001

"You'll Always Be" written by Suzanne Ungerleider (Stella Records/SOCAN) performed by Rob Lamothe, recorded live at Java Joe's, San Diego, California, USA 01/21/01

"Suddenly in Waterdown" written and performed by Rob Lamothe (Warner Chappell Music International/ASCAP) recorded live at Java Joe's, San Diego, California, USA 01/21/01

"Mantra" written and performed by Rob Lamothe (Warner Chappell Music International/ASCAP)nrecorded live at Java Joe's, San Diego, California, USA 01/21/01

"What Will Be Done" written by Mike Daley (SOCAN), performed by Rob Lamothe, recorded live at Saxon Studios, Rochester, New York, USA 12/3/99

"I'm So High" written and performed by Rob Lamothe (Farmer Bob Music/Almo Music/ASCAP) recorded live at Java Joe's, San Diego, California, USA 01/21/01

"Long Way Home" written and performed by Rob Lamothe (Warner Chappell Music International/ASCAP) recorded live at Java Joe's, San Diego, California, USA 01/21/01

"Mary's Prayer" written by Gary Clark (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co/BMI) performed by Rob Lamothe, recorded live at Java Joe's, San Diego, California, USA 01/21/01

"Whisper (Sharon's song)" written by Melissa McClelland (SOCAN), performed by Rob Lamothe , recorded live at The Casbah, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 02/09/01

"Brown-haired Angel" written by Rob Lamothe (Warner Chappell Music International/ASCAP) and Lisa Winn (SOCAN) performed by Rob Lamothe, recorded live at Java Joe's, San Diego, California, USA 01/21/01

"Kevin Was My Cousin" written by Rob Lamothe (Warner Chappell Music International/ASCAP) performed by Rob Lamothe, Lisa Winn (harmony vocal) and Joe Manuel (harmonica), recorded live at The Grooveyard, Rochester, New York, USA 12/23/00

"Shadow of You" written by Rob Lamothe and Nick Brophy (Farmer Bob Music/Almo Music/ASCAP) performed by Rob Lamothe, recorded live on Rob's front porch, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 5/6/01

Mixed by Carl Jennings and Rob Lamothe at Rob's house
Mastered by Carl Jennings at Westmoreland Recording Studio
Graphic design by Dave Kuruc
Photography by Fran Porter and Katie Byrnes (old photos)

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The Toronto Star says I am ‘a mercurial artist who slides effortlessly from rustic roots music to soulful country pop to full-blown rock balladry’. Works for me!

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