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wishing well motel

by Rob Lamothe

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Raymond 05:05
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
4.
Cup of Tea 03:20
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...
5.
Blue 02:38
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
6.
Melting Pot 03:25
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
7.
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
8.
Train Song 04:16
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...
9.
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
10.
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

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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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