steering with my knee

by Rob Lamothe

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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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Track Name: You'll Always Be
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
Track Name: Suddenly in Waterdown
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
Track Name: Mantra
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...
Track Name: I'm So High
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
Track Name: Long Way Home
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....
Track Name: Mary's Prayer
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
Track Name: Kevin Was My Cousin
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