Lucky One

by Alex McMurray

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1.
get me outta this place i don’t mind saying everybody seems a little too cool it’s just fine if you don’t mind playin the fool ain’t no signal and there ain’t no sign and i’m tired of being last in line i be damned and baby that’ll be just fine push me in a wheelbarrow sit me on a mule put me on a broke down train get me outta here quick cuz everybody going insane c’mon lock the door let’s go see where everybody likes it just like me i be damned just like my momma said to me (i be damned) everybody gonna jump off the roof (i be damned) i’ll be honest i can’t stand the truth come on over baby we swimming in a lake of fire test your knowledge taste the fruit get ya fitted for a creosote boot & get down below where folks get a little bit higher (i be damned) we dancing in a meat house locker (i be damned) my baby she’s a real shit talker nothing wrong with raisin up a little hell put on that dress paint your mouth let’s go see what things are like down south ill be damned and baby let’s go down the well
2.
oh your money can’t buy you grace take the years off of your face buy you things you can’t replace you fool you fool and your youth can’t save you now you’ll be older soon somehow--it’s very cruel but everybody knows... you’ll see everyone you know it’s all part of the show if you’re high or if you’re low it’s all the same and when you been through it all not a soul will recall what was your name cuz everybody knows everybody goes to hank's it’s the same thing every time get your chicken and your wine you pay the man in dimes from off the floor and he he sings something strange and then he smiles and slips the change into his drawer cuz everybody knows everybody goes to hank's i see the light is on i see the light is on i see the light is on, don't you? now the days are getting short brings me no joy to report that we might have to abort this crazy scheme these are strange days indeed you'd better pack just what you need this ain’t no dream cuz everybody knows everybody goes to hank's i see the light is on i see the light is on i see the light is on, don't you?
3.
04:09
nowhere to go no place to be i went downtown in ’93 all that’s left is what you see from the rag daze lost my place one day in June but someone lent me their spare room wasn’t my friend but he would be soon in the rag daze the rag daze are gone the rag days are gone lookout joe we bout to blow this rag day song we was ruff and raw and ragged too busted coats and taped up shoes it was a barroom xanadu through the rag daze took my last good pair of pants went out looking for some cheap romance broke my foot and learned to dance through the rag days the rag daze are gone the rag days are gone lookout joe we bout to blow this rag day song got so cold we almost died wear your coat just to sleep inside still and all it was quite a ride but i made it through without a hitch ain’t got much but i’m still quite rich want some heat i just turn a switch to the rag daze
4.
03:21
have you seen winona? The shimmy queen of arkansas they know her around new jersey — from tenafly to totowa but out in salt lake city — where they teach the boys to sing i hand the man 3 fifty — and i seen a most wonderful thing so how you gonna keep me… how you gonna keep me down on the farm when i’ve seen winona dance? i been to madagascar — but they wasn’t really mad at all they mostly just pick guitars got their back up against the wall i went to see ol’ gay paree plongeuring and cutting hair did my time at the dmv you know there’s many fine people there so how you gonna keep me…etc… winona winona you make my dreams come true my piggly all wiggly when you do that dance you do winona you are my facination you just about bust my imagination you gimme just a little but a little ain’t enough come on winona don’t be so rough down at the family dollar that’s where i always go and when winona’s working the line moves much too slow i asked her what’s the secret what keeps you so serene she said i leave it up on the stage it keeps my conscience clean so i threw down all my money my toothpaste and my gin i said won't you come with me and now we’re on the road again sometimes we go wrong sometimes we go right but when i’m with winona go dancing every night so how you gonna keep me….
5.
won’t come quick won’t come quiet won’t make you cry won’t make you wail won’t come slick won’t come sly won’t be a letter in the mail it will be something you know something you know make you fall apart it will be something you know something you know that will break your heart when you learn that you’ve lost all your old muscles and you can’t remember where think on the past and your old hustles well maybe you left them there and it ain’t gonna be some great big mystery won’t be no stranger on a train ‘cuz it’s probably sitting right there beside you and all your life you’ve known its name so goodbye my friends goodbye old Salinas scatter my ashes in the shade and think of the times that we had between us every time you hear me say it will be something you know something you know make you fall apart it will be something you know something you know that will break your heart
6.
now I don’t get around much anymore it takes so long to get up off the floor you got me on my knees the whole day thru sometimes it hurts for me to play with you so many things that you won’t understand ’til you grow up to be an older man now i’m gonna be right here until i’m not until then what you see is all i got now don’t you move so fast, buddy can’t you see i’m your dear old daddy—take it easy on me and when i think about my younger days running wild with my childish ways i’m glad you never met the younger me i wasn’t always nice as i could be when i go to pick you up from school they wanna know whose grandpa are you? & the other mothers never look my way sometimes i think they wish i’d go away so let’s ditch this place you better hold my hand i’m your dear old daddy doing the best i can one fine day make it worth every tear i had to hear you say dad you wasn’t really all that bad things will fall apart in fits and spurts i’m keeping track of everything that hurts & one day i’m gonna bill you for my time until then everything that’s yours is mine but what i wanna say for what it’s worth is that i love you more than anything on earth & I’m gonna keep on waking up and hopefully i’ll stick around until you’re sick of me but until that day i hope you understand i’m your dear old daddy doing the best i can until that day i hope you understand i’m your dear old daddy doing the best i can
7.
04:20
when you’ve looked all over town 
turned the whole world upside down
 for a thing you didn’t mean to throw away when you feel you’re near the end
 and you just can’t find a friend
 know you only have to make it one more day one more day
 and it might be the last look 
or you might somehow find another way when everything is gone my light is always on and i know we can make it one more day
8.
03:57
down on the corner i hear them talk that game but their voices go soft whenever they speak your name i’ve known you all your life and now you’re almost grown you used to sit and stare over there in the street all alone so tell me why’d you do it? let me know your mind cuz we all need a little mercy sometimes up at my window you can hear all the lies and the laughter and the longing and the lovers’ cries from up here i see it all and it goes down every day the shapes and the shadows ducking down the alleyway why’d you do it? please look me in the eye cuz we all need a little mercy sometimes a little mercy—feels like rain a little mercy—make you whole again a little mercy—might be the light to bring you home The sound that the ladies make when they know their boys are gone the faces always change and become a mask they put on now that you’ll have to run may your road run straight and true and one day you find nothing’s coming after you so tell me why’d you do it? let me know your mind cuz we all need a little mercy sometimes
9.
04:36
baby look out cuz baby i’m on my way 
jump and shout i’m coming on home to stay took my shot and i did my time in hell
 i'm coming in hot gonna make the sidewalks melt i don’t know what you been through well i might have heard a tale or two 
so baby look out
 cuz baby i’m looking out for you i know well where all of the bones are hid
 & i heard tell what you and jonesy did
 but that don’t matter he can’t love you nothing like me climb that ladder watch the lightning split the tree jonesy jones about half grown but 
he don’t know the things that i do so baby look out
 cuz baby i’m looking out for you now i been cooling but baby i’m all on fire
 i ain’t fooling i’m tighter than a telephone wire
 strike that match til this whole town is in flames
 take that scratch go where nobody knows our names make you a promise 
ain’t no threat you and
me we gonna get right yet
 so baby look out
cuz baby i’m looking out for you
10.
the jukebox is lousy there's no room to dance the dancers have had their day and dancing ain't allowed anyway the pool table's busted the stools are ruined only place for a fool like me on avenue C don't take me on the town out with the folks i know staggering where the lights are bright and the people want to go no i don't want to laugh leave me with that photograph just drop me over by the blue room i been looking all over for the blue room just a crazy baldhead the pride of linden used to listen to me sing my song but he never hung around very long and the tall one had wild eyes but he could read the signs as long as the lights were low and the whiskey flowed chorus all up and down the street they’re bringing down the heat enough to crack your lens and all your friends could not complete you and it’s all gone blue fools and believers disciples and dreamers on the train back to roselle park going home now the blue room's dark and they think of the old days before it all went wrong turn over and go to sleep and they sing this song don't take me on the town out with the folks i know staggering where the lights are bright and the people want to go no i don't want to laugh leave me with that photograph just drop me over by the blue room i been looking all over for the blue room
11.
i’m the lucky one 
might not look it but it’s true 
i got lucky on the day that i found you
 i was lost and i couldn’t find my way 
our paths crossed and that was such a lucky day oh i’m the lucky one 
and i have no right to be 
maybe together we can cross this raging sea 
you’re my star you’re my light upon the shore you’re my anchor when i just can’t drift no more and trouble--trouble comes to every man 
always waiting with a little trouble in his hand 
but the devil’s right behind you gonna chase you up a tree even find him in the sunshine where your angels ought to be but i’m the lucky one and i thank the stars above 
all of kentucky couldn’t hold all of my love maybe tomorrow gonna wake up and i’ll say that it’s it’s just my luck 
just my luck 
just my luck that’s here to stay it’s just my luck that’s come my way

about

Recorded right here in downtown New Orleans, USA--where the magic happens! Thanks to all my friends who played on the record. The usual cast of characters: Carlo Nuccio, Joe Cabral and Glenn Hartman. Also the illustrious Brian Coogan, "Saturday" Susan Cowsill and Alexis Marceaux, Maestro Mike Dillon, Washboard Chaz, "Kid Kaboom" Jason Jurzak, Dr. Sick, The Diaphanous Duo Amy Lavere and Will Sexton, and who could forget the unforgettable Ivan Neville? Thanks to Nappy and Ani for enduring and Rick Nelson for strings and perseverance. Thank you Kourtney for your patience and inspiration. Thanks especially to Pancho for your indomitable spirit and killer instinct.

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released February 11, 2020

Alex sings and plays guitar and other stuff on all tracks plus the folks listed below...

I’ll Be Damned
Carlo Nuccio-drums &vocals
Joe Cabral-bass, saxophones & vocals
Glenn Hartman-piano

Everybody Goes To Hank’s
Mike Dillon-percussion
Jason Jurzak-bass

Rag Daze
Carlo Nuccio-drums & vocals
Joe Cabral-bass, vocals & saxophones
Ivan Neville-organ & clavinet

Winona
Carlo Nuccio-drums & vocals
Joe Cabral-bass & vocals
Glenn Hartman-piano
Sick-violin
Washboard Chaz Leary-washboard

Something You Know
Brian Coogan-organ
Joe Cabral-tenor saxophone
Charlie Halloran-trombone

Dear Old Daddy
Carlo Nuccio-drums
Amy Lavere-bass
Will Sexton-guitar

One More Day

Little Mercy
Mike Dillon-percussion
Washboard Chaz Leary-washboard
Carlo Nuccio-drums
Jason Jurzak-bass
Joe Cabral-vocals
Glenn Hartman-accordion

Look Out
Carlo Nuccio-drums & vocals
Brian Coogan-Hammond organ
Joe Cabral-vocals

The Blue Room
Carlo Nuccio-drums
Joe Cabral-bass
Brian Coogan-Hammond organ
Alexis Marceaux-vocals
Susan Cowsill-vocals

Lucky One
Brian Coogan-piano
Rick Nelson-violin, viola, cello & bass
strings arranged by Rick Nelson

Recorded and mixed by Mike Napolitano at the Nappy Dugout
Additional recording at Music And Arts Studio Memphis, TN. engineered by Daniel Lynn; and at Marigny Studio New Orleans, LA engineered by Rick Nelson
Mastered by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, NC
Artwork and layout by Kourtney Keller
contact: info@alexmcmurray.com
All songs by Alex McMurray c 2020 Velvety Pod Music (BMI)

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