Sedalia Blues

by Cletis Carr

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The 8th solo album from Americana folk-blues singer-songwriter Cletis Carr

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released June 1, 2016

Produced by Cletis Carr & Alex Kellar
Recorded at the Dryve-In, Blue Mountains Australia
Mixed by Alex Kellar
Mastered by Don Bartley / Benchmark Mastering

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Cletis Carr Nashville, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Cletis Carr knows a good yarn. Especially when paired with a good melody and some gritty slide guitar.

A careful student of the human condition, Carr's story-songs play out like mini-movies. Tales of joy, heartbreak, redemption, ordinary madness and everyday heroes are framed in a rich tapestry of acoustic steel-string guitar, dobro and lap slide.
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Track Name: Last Summer Rain
last summer rain

days get longer
time slows down
lovers linger
green turns brown
season closes
winter dawns
gone are the roses
that sing your song

oh how I wish I could kiss your lips
in the last summer rain
oh how I wish we could do it all again

what's a year
just some days
tears disappear
in the last summer rain

oh how I wish I could kiss your lips
in the last summer rain
oh how I wish we could do it all again

oh how I wish I could kiss your lips
in the last summer rain
oh how we cried when we said goodbye
in the last summer rain
oh how I wish I could kiss your lips
in the last summer rain
oh how I wish that we didn't feel the pain
Track Name: All I Can Think Of Is You
all I can think of is you

it's friday night
got my first beer
I look round the bar, rubbing my scars
nothing seems too clear

it's a foreign land
and I've seen quite a few
I've known kings and queens and bums from the streets
but I've never met someone like you

they say there's luck, I know I'm due
I've just arrived in some far-flung dive
and all I can think of is you

the barmaid scowls
as she floats across the floor
pours me a drink but I'm too tired to think
if I've enough money for more

I'll find my way
back to your heart
god only knows if I have enough soul
to keep from falling apart

they say there's luck, I know I'm due
now I'm drunk and alone and wish I was home
and all I can think of is you

love comes and goes
look who it chose

it's friday night
at least it is for you
forgive me my dear, I've had a few beers
and all I can think of is you

they say there's luck, I know I'm due
I'm smashed and I'm trashed and all out of cash
cause all I can think of is you
I'm drunk and alone and wish I was home
and all I can think of - all I can think of is you
Track Name: Lucky Man
lucky man

well I sure ain't rich
I ain't exactly broke
got some loyal friends
I know a lot of nice folks
I try to live my life
by no one else's plan
I'm a lucky man

I got a girl back home
she sings me songs
I could watch her walk up and down the hall
all day long
she loves me for
who I really am
I'm a lucky man

I got two great kids
they don't ask for much
they're out there living their lives
but they keep in touch
I give them both a hug
whenever I can
I'm a lucky man

and all those righteous in the distance
they don't know where I stand

I got a few more years
no time for tears
I'm a lucky man
yeah, I'm a lucky man
Track Name: Sedalia Blues
sedalia blues

I never set foot in your hometown
you never took a step in mine
but I feel the wheels are turning
and I think it might be time

I wanna breathe the air it gave you
I wanna feel that sun go down
I wanna wallow in your footsteps
down the streets of sedalia town

though I know your dreams had faded
mine have nothing left to lose
and you don't have to be in missouri
to sing sedalia blues

I chose a life that you'd forgotten
a life you said would let me down
but it's kept me fed and watered
and it's led to sedalia town

and though I might be torn and jaded
got no ego left to bruise
and I don't need to see missouri
I'll just sing sedalia blues
Track Name: Alone
alone

I hear it raining
my baby's gone away
I feel the changing
my baby's gone away
alone's how she found me
alone is how I'll stay

ain't no use in crying
no one else to blame
ain't no use in dying
there ain't no one else to blame
alone is how she left me
alone's my middle name

gonna be a new day
my world ain't gonna end
gonna be a better way
my world ain't gonna end
alone ain't so bad now
alone is my best friend
alone's how she left me
alone is my best friend
alone's she found me
alone is my best friend
Track Name: Everything
everything

everything I'd wanted
everything I'd dreamed
everything I'd hoped for
and everything inbetween
everything that mattered
everything that's true
all became real
all because of you

I can hear your footsteps
outside my door
I can tell it's you by the way your heels
hit the floor
you're one in a million
you make me feel like a king
you're my heart and soul
you're my everything

I don't need money
wouldn't know what to buy
all I take to the bank are my thanks
that I'm your guy
life's a circus
or a boxing ring
but all I know
is you're my everything
Track Name: Stones (slight return)
stones

let's take a walk out in the garden
feel the stones beneath your shoes
aint no getting around the truth
there's a technicolour sunset
but all you see is gray
clouds hang in your way

could it be you believe there's seeds left to sow
with no one else to blame for being left alone
could it be you lost a diamond
while you collected stones

all we ever have are chances
every key unlocks a door
every wave finds a distant shore
so take your glass and smash it
on the stones beneath your feet
turn you back on what you see

could it be you believe there's seeds left to sow
with no one else to blame for being left alone
could it be you lost a diamond while you collected stones

in another life, everything's alright, yeah
in another world, throwing swine at pearls, yeah, yeah

could it be you believe there's dreams in the stones
and no one left to say you'll dream them alone
could it be you lost a diamond
while you collected stones
Track Name: Joan Collins Had My Baby
joan collins had my baby

joan collins had my baby
just for a second
we were at a hollywood party
the bright lights, they did beckon
so fellas, don't think maybe
joan collins had my baby

joan collins took one look
and swept her from my arms
she engaged her in witty conversation
with all her english charm
so fellas don't say maybe
joan collins had my baby

joan asked her to see her house
out on malibu beach
I said she had to work the next day, and had a headache
and we got kids, and that we just had to leave
was I jealous, or just plain lazy
joan collins had my baby

joan collins had my baby
she just took her from my side
and I'd seen every one of her 79 films
I guess it's just my pride
so boys don't call me crazy
joan collins had my baby
well fellas, don't say maybe
joan collins had my baby
now the memory's a little hazy - yeah
Track Name: The Sparrow
the sparrow

I once had a love thought it was true
across the green fields where the sparrow once flew
but spring had long gone, winter was cold
it's amazing how quickly your soul can be sold

I gave her my best for five full years
days filled with laughter and sometimes a tear
because no road is straight, there's curves and bends
I never expected this road to end

you search for the truth, you beg to know why
you learn to ignore what's probably a lie
you look in the mirror, the face that you see
is the ghost of a man who you used to be

now I sit alone in a west country pub
a pint and a pen takes the place of a love
that defined my soul, that gave me hope
as I tie a noose in the end of a rope

across the green fields, where the sparrow once flew
Track Name: I Do Alright
I do alright

I walk against the lights when they turn red
I like to go against the grain instead
I go to karaoke bars but I don't sing along
I do alright, when I'm doing wrong

I like to walk in someone else's sleep
I leave my message well before the beep
I clean my teeth with a fine-tooth comb and spray-paint my lawn
I do alright, when I'm doing wrong

I drink and file lawsuits at the bar
I ride my bike in the backseat of my car
I order decaf latte soy and make it extra strong
I do alright, when I'm doing wrong

I drag my bathtub up and down the street
I once had wooden legs and real feet
I play in sergeant pepper's band, but I don't know the songs
I do alright, when I'm doing wrong

you might say it's a topsy-turvy life
you might say you're glad you're not my wife
but my love for you is true babe, my love for you is strong
and I do alright, when I'm doing wrong
I do alright, when I'm doing wrong
Track Name: Home
home

I wake each morning in the jungle
to the sound of a thousand hearts
I know that my time will always be defined
by whether I can hold it all apart

and I'm waiting for the sun to start shining
I'm waiting for the neon light's glow
I think about a place where I can find some space
thinking about going back home

the stones that have rolled through my windows
the names that have changed with time
float by on the stream of a midnight summer's dream
a screenplay that's only in my mind

and I'm standing in a meadow made of concrete
where the trees are made of steel and chrome
I think about a place where I can find some space
thinking about going back home

now there's nothing left to do but remember
there's nothing left to say but goodnight
no one left to meet along this empty street
gonna find someone I love and hold them tight

and I'm waiting for the birds to start singing
I'm waiting for the wind to blow
I'm going to a place where I've got a little space
going back, going back home