Boomtown

by Alex McMurray

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This one is from a session at Jimbo Mathus's Delta Recording Services Studio up in Como, MS in February 2011. We got a lot of good stuff during those 2 days and hopefully it'll all see the light of day eventually. The inspiration for the song was a trip I took with Zack Smith down to Plaquemines and St. Bernard not too long after the BP spill, when the entire area had been converted into a massive cleanup operation. Zack was down there distributing cameras to people working on and affected by the spill in order to get some images he wouldn't otherwise get. He let me tag along and we drove around visiting the various people he had given cameras to. Everybody seemed to be talking about boom. One guy, whose name I forget, was a self-styled outlaw type, originally from California, but who lived on his boat in Delacroix. Most of the song comes from his strange ramblings as he smoked a bunch of fake weed--BP was piss-testing the cleanup sub-contractors...anyway it was a helluva day and I was lucky enough to come back with this song. Enjoy.

lyrics

in boomtown they got the party started
they got their ducks in a row
in boomtown they got a million things
that you don’t want to know
’til the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow

in boomtown they come from california
they come from pointe a la hache
in boomtown they got the real dispersant
they got the best of the batch
they got that itch that you wanted to scratch

in boomtown i’m smoking ginger pepper
and i’ll be pissing clean
in boomtown i’m fishing on the outside
yeah i’ll be making the scene
in boomtown make your mama mean

in boomtown that sand got money in it
i’m gonna wash it away
in boomtown the sun is shining on me
i’m gonna make that hay
in boomtown we’re going every night and day

in boomtown we gonna make the paper
oh baby haven’t you heard
in boomtown my brother knows somebody
they gonna give us the word
in boomtown yeah the word is the bird

in boomtown we gonna take the hustle
we run it into the ground
in boomtown we gonna make the muscle
we gonna push it around
in boomtown gonna paint that courthouse brown

credits

released April 24, 2018
Alex McMurray--guitar, piano, vocals
Jimbo Mathus--drums
Justin Showah--bass
Recorded by Justin Showah at Delta Recording Service Como, MS
Additional recording by Goat at House of 1000hz, New Orleans, LA
Artwork by Kourtney Keller
Produced by Alex McMurray

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