wishing well motel

by Rob Lamothe

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Thank you to:
Brian Bates - Bates Audio Productions, Chris Seldon at Saved By Technology, Arnie and Barb Dyker, Dave and Maria Martino, The Stanovic Family (hello Olvic!!), Patricia Grunauer-Spinner, Colleen Power, John Winn, Brodie and the Hammer Rockers, Dave Kuruc, Melissa McClelland, The Hamilton Folk Club, Lisa and the mazda of love, The Raven, JinHee Moon, Tom Berg, Raphael Keelan, Paul and Jill Liszewski, Ed and Sue McClelland. Mrs. Jean Porter, for the gift of the accordian. Josh, Zander and Rosie. And especially Franny.

My most heartfelt thanks to the musicians involved in this project who inspired me, amazed me and kicked my ass.

Management - Paul Liszewski/Pure Music, San Francisco, 415-441-0208

Publishing information:
Rob Lamothe - Warner Chappell International/ASCAP
Paul Intson - Alanson Street Music/SOCAN
Jamie Oakes - SOCAN
Danny Lockwood - SOCAN
Michael J. Birthelmer - SOCAN
Ray Materick - SOCAN

ADMM Records, Fenwick, Ontario, Canada
www.roblamothe.com

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released January 1, 2001

Rob Lamothe - Producer
Recorded at Rob's house Hamilton
Paul Intson at Kay's House - Mixing
Paul Intson at Kay's House - Mastering
Dave Kuruc - Package Design
Frances Porter, Dave Kuruc and Rob Lamothe - Illustration/Collage
Frances Porter, Rob Lamothe, Lisa Winn - Photography

Rob Lamothe - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Organ
Jamie Oakes - Acoustic, Resonator and Electric Guitars, Hammertone Octave 12 Guitar, Mandolin and Harmony Vocals
The Voodoo Brothers* - Drums and Bass
Annette Haas - Bass on 'Melting Pot', Accordian and Piano
Ray Farrugia - Drums on 'Melting Pot'
Lisa Winn - Harmony Vocals
Erin Aurich - Violin
Sandra Vohn - Cello
Michael J. Birthelmer - Guitar on 'Raymond'

*The Voodoo Brothers are : Paul Intson (Bass) and Danny Lockwood (Drums)

Rob's Tattoo by Tommie Tom's Tattoos, Amsterdam Tattooing

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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: The River of My Life
i was seven years old i remember green
i remember throwing stones with my friend brady king
i remember every summer every place i used to hide
and the top of the hill watchin brady's last ride

and me i'm movin slow face to the sky
floating and dreaming on the river of my life

when i was fourteen i had the mind of a criminal
so unwilling to suffer so ready to fight
i had a preacher's eye and this divining right hand
and the shadow of a heart i could not understand

and me on the surface face to the sky
floating and dreaming on the river of my life

now i'm halfway home there is nothin left to fear
warm bodies in the bed there are no strangers here

and me i'm movin slow face to the sky
floating and dreaming on the river of my life
and me on the surface face to the sky
floating and dreaming on the river of my life
Track Name: The Good Things
thirty seven days at sea
i think i am a snowflake
so i will leave these words
just in case my old bones
wash up on some black shore
and i miss your birthday

so you will recognize me
so you can see yourself
so you can know my heart

i am writing down the good things
every wounded heart and bloody ring
behind the brave words and the smoke screens
i am hoping that you'll know it's me

there is no compass
where are my shipmates?
where is my sailing hand?
there is no badly-drawn map
there is no turning back
there is no sign of land

and would i recognize it?
if i was stranded on it?
would i know your heart?

i am writing down the good things
every wounded heart and bloody ring
behind the brave words and the smoke screens
i am hoping that you'll know it's me

if you find these pages in the sugarcane
leave my body at the water line
for the tide to take away
my heart is not there anyway
Track Name: Raymond
every night when i close my eyes
all i see is my best friends' face
for an instant when his eyes met mine
and i witnessed raymonds rage
now thirteen words of testimony
is all it takes from me
i know you know i saw you
like i know you saw me

there's a dirt road a hundred years old
on the far side of town
hardly anybody goes there any more
thats where the spirits are found
one chance in a million that i'd be there that day and see
i know you know i saw you
like i know you saw me

raymond, raymond now what am i to do?
cuz i'm the only one who knows the truth
i love you like a brother but this secret is killing me
i know you know i saw you
like i know you saw me

hey, raymond i saw you and becky up that road
in the shade of a big willow tree
from a distance everything looked fine
but things weren't what they seemed
she's trying to tell you goodbye, you wouldn't let her go
i know you know i saw you
like i know you saw me

many years have come and gone
but that day lives on and on
now right is right and what's wrong is wrong
i've been silent far too long
always waitied for you raymond, to come and set me free
i know you know i saw you
like i know you saw me

raymond, raymond now what am i to do?
cuz i'm the only one who knows the truth
i love you like a brother but this secret is killing me
i know you know i saw you
like i know you saw me
Track Name: Cup of Tea
waitress with a twisted hand
she looks like she's ready to crumble
my t-shirt should say this,
"it is not worth the trouble"

earthquake, i'm a heartache, i'm a black light,
i'm a big old stupid kite
flash flood, you're the sound of the bugs
in the tenessee sky

will remain a mystery
never be your friend
i am not your cup of tea, your everything
and you're not listening

she's living in the desert now
works at the careless cafe
with her beehives and her pocketknives
and a dull, silent ache

newsflash, i'm a plane crash,
i'm a blackbird, in a hundred unspoken words
secret code, smoke signals in the arizona sky

will remain a mystery
never be your friend
i am not your cup of tea, your everything
and you're not listening

i've been singing in the choir here in detroit
i am calling you collect
i've circling somewhere off the radar...
Track Name: Blue
hey, you beautiful
perfect crazy man
now where you going with my heart in your hand?

you can't save the universe with a face like that
you need x-ray vision and a cowboy hat
alexander, alexander... alexander blue

i'm not scared of rattlesnakes
i ain't afraid to drown
and the only thing could kill me now
is to let you down

and the one good reason i'm alive tonight
is to sing you this song
alexander, alexander... alexander blue

your whole life ahead of you
my little prayer before you go
i'm so proud i could explode
alexander, alexander... alexander blue
Track Name: Melting Pot
so i says to my son be careful with the gun
you never know it could be loaded
next thing i see he's aimed it at me
and it's exploded

well he grabbed my cash and he grabbed my car
has a bash down at the nudie bar
robs a grocery store blows away the clerk
another dollar for another days work

i been workin everyday earnin just enough pay
to feed the wife and family
then the government sold my ass down the river
now i'm just another casualty

yeah, they took my job and they gave it away
to some newly landed immigrant
works all day for minimum pay
feels like the president

now i spend my time in the poverty line
scratchin to find a crumb
some people call me just a pawn in the game
some people call me a bum

well i got one question for ya up in your mansion
with your power and your wealth
hey mister politician
did you change the truth to suit yourself

it's a violent world full of flesh and pain
a tight-rope walk across an open vein
it's a hail mary a suicide shot
pretty dark and scary in this melting pot

now the times gone by and the wells run dry
feels like there's something missin
my wife left a while ago and brother don't ya know
i ain't got a pot to piss in

while you're sittin there in your easy chair
perhaps you'll understand
why climbin through your window tonight
is a dark haired desperate man
Track Name: Achilles Heart
next to impossible to stop
i will finish what i start
i tend to lead with my face
and my achilles heart

my conscience and my shiny daughter
the ghost of every christmas past
somehow they conspire to trip me up
and kick my tired ass

i've been walking on a wire
so close to crossing a very thin line
just me and my mid-life crisis
and we are taking our time

my conscience and my shiny daughter
the ghost of every christmas past
somehow they conspire to trip me up
and kick my tired ass

I'm tired of leaving
i just want to stay
i'm tired of coming
and going away
Track Name: Train Song
i touched down at gatwick
no change in my pocket
i'm on a train thinkin
'bout singin for my supper...

earthquakes and floodwaters
the rhine river, my father's father
... and alexander

hey, i miss you, rosemary jean
and just when you're over my leavin
i'll be home again...

by the time your mother reads this
i'll be drunk in andernoch
i'm forty-two bloody years old
and i don't miss god...

i got shadows in dreams playin on my cd
and i got this dark english beauty
sittin across from me...

and i can't stop thinkin of barbed wire
bombs fallin and friendly fire

i'm haunted by pregnant women
and stupid, skinny junkies
girls in polyester and my lack of money...

maybe i'm just fillin notebooks and it
don't mean a thing
maybe it sounds like something
but that don't make it nothing...
Track Name: Edge of the World
level of the lake is down
the middle of november
i'm standing on a handmade pier
six feet above the water
this woman on the sand
she wants to take my picture
she don't care if i smile
just as long as i'm with her

the atmosphere is humming
like an evangelist
radio static and it comes to mind
to tell you this

and i am learning how to breathe
a little at a time
when i can tell my faith from my fear
i will be fine
i will be fine

i'm standing on the edge of the world

you dance around me
like a drunken satelite
you come falling from the sky
Track Name: When I Am Cold
we are two of a kind
we are one heart and one mind
and i've wanted to tell you this
i've waited to tell you

when i am cold
you are the fire in my soul
and when i'm lost you find me
when i am cold

when i've misplaced my perspective
looking for the promised land
well you remind me that heaven
is right here where i stand

when i am cold
you are the fire in my soul
and when i'm lost you find me
when i am cold

when i just want to keep my eyes closed
you help me to see
you know i'd lay down my life for you
i know you'd do the same for me
i know you'd do the same for me