Family Reunion 2020: Disc 1 Acoustic Blues

by Mad Dog Blues

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Hear the wind, wind a rattling the trees Lot like the way, way you rattle me You call out my name I ain’t to blame The way your loving Liquefy my brain I see you shining You’re just a shining in everything I see Hear the rain, rain just a beating down It’s a lot like my tears, since you put me down It kills inside I just want to cry Your sweet loving, baby’s Got me misty-fied I see you shining You’re just a shining in everything I see Watch the stream, stream’s just a rolling by You know a love like ours ain’t never gonna die Moon come out at night Sun come in the day You’re the light in my world Now you’re back to stay I see you shining You’re just a shining in everything I do
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The Price You Pay Rubies sapphire / diamonds and gold All the money / hands can hold. Had a nice place, / flood stole away. Nothing now / but hell to pay. Baby cried /when the waters came. Wash me clean, / just don't wash ‘em away. It's hard to live, / so much harder to breathe, When you've lost / everything you need. All them riches that shine today Sure ain't worth the price you pay. Your brightest dream is sure to fade The more you hold on the more it slips away. It's so hard / to start all over again. Mean ol’ blues / my only friend. Gotta a song / I still need to sing Stops the flood / these mem’ries bring. It's all changed / now I'm back to stay. All I owned, / just wasted my day. Them that got, / still got ever’thing. All we got / is what the morning brings. All them riches that shine today Sure ain't worth the price you pay. Your brightest dream is sure to fade The more you hold on the more it slip away. Instrumental Verses Rubies sapphire diamonds and gold Take that money, / can’t take my soul. Build me a home / of heart and stone. Atop the hill, / rest my bones. All them riches that shine today Sure ain't worth the price you pay. Your brightest dream is sure to fade The more you hold on the more it slip away.
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CHORUS: Blues ain’t nothing but a poor boy looking for a home Blues ain’t nothing but a poor boy looking for a home I’m down on the corner, tired and all alone v2 (down at the crossroads) v3 (up on this hilltop) Well the landlord says boy, you ain’t paid your rent 2x’s I had it in my pocket, now it’s already spent CHORUS Well I went to the crossroads, sat down on a stump 2x’s I was looking for some mojo, get me over this hump CHORUS I stood on a hill, I was looking over the town 2x’s If I had me some money, I’d walk on down CHORUS There’s a good woman somewhere, take me in I know 2x’s Until she finds me, just a lonely hobo CHORUS 2x’s and out
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Delivery Man 03:48
You know now baby I’m the delivery man Come to your door whenever I can When I give it to you, I’m sure you understand You’ll understand I’m the delivery man Someone said you’re sad & blue You need some lovin’ but don’t know who to do Well I got a package, baby, now just for you Cause someone said you’re sad & blue CHORUS: I got something for you –nothing to sign Feel so good it will blow your mind. Special delivery right to your door I think you know just what it’s for Gonna want it baby, you’re gonna cry for more It’s a special delivery right to your door Same day service, overnight express I’ll get it to you before all the rest You know now baby gonna think it’s best Same day service, baby, over night express CHORUS: I got a package – big and long It’s so big you gonna think it’s wrong. You gonna find out baby I ain’t no liar What’s inside is sure to set your pants on fire Shake and squeeze it all you desire You gonna find out I ain’t no liar You know now baby, I’m the delivery man I come to your door, whenever I can Special delivery, right to your door I think you know, just what it’s for
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The stars are melting / I’m a going home (2x) Cold wind’s a moaning/ don’t wanna be alone I need your loving / need my heart made whole (2x) Need to feel the thunder/from the lightening in your soul I’d say I love you / but nothing lasts real long (2x) I’d say I’m sorry / but I’ve done no wrong Come on baby / help me ride this storm (2x) Won’t you love me baby/ while my will is gone Won’t you love me baby/ while my will is gone
7.
It’s a sunny day chased my blues away Thought of leaving town but now I’ll stick around it’s such a sunny day I was thinkin’ of you when it was just us two but now it’s nice out side I’m gonna go for a ride and do the things I used to do Trying to write songs about the weather And the good times we had together Seems, I find, is the perfect rhyme For the perfect waste of time On a sunny day throw my worries away Gonna clear my head get up out of bed into the sunny day Trying to write songs about the weather And the good times we had together Seems, I find, is the perfect rhyme For the perfect waste of time On a sunny day throw my worries away Gonna clear my head get up out of bed into the sunny day Gonna clear my head get up out of bed into the sunny day
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Hangman 04:06
Well He said, I’d hate to die here as the rope went over his head Won’t you take me back home and you can kill me there instead I’ll take my sentence, plead guilty for my crime Please hang me once we cross that state line ‘Cause if you bury me in Kansas soil my soul won’t find it’s way Well He said, I’d hate to die here as the rope went over his head Won’t you take me back home and you can kill me there instead I’ll take my sentence, plead guilty for my crime Please hang me once we cross that state line ‘Cause if you bury me in Kansas soil my soul won’t find it’s way There’s a place where I belong but it’s not here in the plains I’ll take my sentence, plead guilty for my crime Please hang me once we cross that state line I did the killin the other fella did the dyin He’d still be around if he hadn’t been cheatin and lyin Ain’t planned a getaway believe me I won’t run Don’t let me die in the Eldorado sun ‘Cause if you bury me in Kansas soil my soul won’t find it’s way There’s a place where I belong but it’s not here in the plains Ain’t planned a getaway believe me I won’t run Don’t let me die in the Eldorado sun If I may I’ll make one last request Let’s find another state where I can take my last breath Ain’t planned a getaway believe me I won’t run Don’t let me die in the Eldorado sun There’s a place where I belong but it’s not here in the plains I’ll take my sentence, plead guilty for my crime Please hang me once we cross that state line I did the killin the other fella did the dyin He’d still be around if he hadn’t been cheatin and lyin Ain’t planned a getaway believe me I won’t run Don’t let me die in the Eldorado sun ‘Cause if you bury me in Kansas soil my soul won’t find it’s way There’s a place where I belong but it’s not here in the plains Ain’t planned a getaway believe me I won’t run Don’t let me die in the Eldorado sun If I may I’ll make one last request Let’s find another state where I can take my last breath Ain’t planned a getaway believe me I won’t run Don’t let me die in the Eldorado sun Oh Mr. Hangman, I beseech you hear my plea Make the rope a little looser and I’ll get down on my knees I’m at your mercy, no I won’t kick or scream Send me east to meet my maker in the land of Missouri ‘Cause if you bury me in Kansas soil my soul won’t find it’s way There’s a place where I belong but it’s not here in the plains I’m at your mercy, no I won’t kick or scream Send me east to meet my maker in the land of Missouri I’m not really all that picky this body’s just a loner West to Colorado or South to Oklahoma Or East to meet my maker in the land of Missouri
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Good morning blues, blues how do you do Good morning blues, blues how do you do Well I’m feeling just fine, Mad Dog how about you Well I’m up in the morning and the blues all ‘round my head Yeah I’m up in the morning and blues all ‘round my head Well I sit down to breakfast but the blues walked across my bread Well I tell all you people that the blues best friend around I tell all you people the blues best friend around Well it’s the only friend won’t leave you when you’re feeling down Good morning blues, won’t you have a cup of coffee with me Good morning blues, won’t you have a cup of coffee with me I’m feeling kind of lonesome, I need your company
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Still Blue 00:51
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Powerful Love As I look out my window stars bright to see I want to thank you for giving your love to me Each day before you was a darker shade of blue with your loving the sun comes shining through Chorus: When I hold you in my arms Pull you so close to me Fell my heart a beating Know my love will always be Instrumental Break The feeling’s growing stronger I love you more and more Like a powerful wave I’m crashing on your shore Chorus: When I hold you in my arms Pull you so close to me Feel my heart a beating Know my love will always be © 2006 by Mark “Mad Dog” Friedman
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Sittin Alone, I got a view of the cars next door Houses across the street in a row White picket fence, and the trees their old and bent And I really don’t have no place to go And it seems so simple just to want some company But my friends, (my friends) can’t seem to locate me SO I’m sittin alone, just biding my time Till that day when I can be rolling on Finding out, that it aint too much fun anymore Going to a party I guess just to show I drank too much beer And I was reaching for something so near But to get it was way too far to go You know it makes me wonder, how long it would be Before anybody missed me If I stayed at home, would they know that I was gone Would anybody ever even try to rescue me And it seems so simple just to want some company But my friends, (my friends) can’t seem to locate me SO I’m sittin alone, just biding my time Till that day when I can be rolling on
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Shine 09:22
She got legs like a spider Eyes like a hawk You better listen now boy When it’s time to talk She might say yes She might say no Better run now boy when it’s time to go God gave you legs You gonna find out why Don’t stand there begging With a tear in your eye Last night was last night Today is today You won’t last long If you’re in the way She got legs like a spider Claws like a hawk You better listen now boy When it’s time to talk She might say yes She might say no Better run now boy when it’s time to go Tell me now baby what’s on your mind Show me now baby what makes you shine Tell me now baby what’s on your mind Show me now baby what makes you shine

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This second album from the Colorado harmonica string band is a double album with the perfect blend of country blues, folk grass, singer songwriter soul, jazz and jam. With a fun, down-home feel, both relaxed and energetic, this music represents a maturing and an expansion of Mad Dog Blues’ trademark Colorado country blues sound.

This disc is full of country blues featuring delta blues, hokum, folk grass (like Doc Watson), and some Colorado-style Hill Country jamming.

"Mad Dog's traditional, acoustic blues harmonica playing on his song 'Shining Through'is a delight to hear."
~ Peter Madcat Ruth, Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso

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released October 15, 2020

Mad Dog Friedman - Harmonica all tracks except #7 (Disc 2). Native American flute on #7 & 8 (Disc 2). Lead vocals on #1, 4, 6, 9 & 13 (Disc 1) and on #3, 4, 7, 9 & 11 (Disc 2). Backup vocals on #2, 3 & 11 (Disc 1) and on #1, 5 & 11 (Disc 2). (Disc 2).

Jeff Becker - Mandolin all tracks except #7 (Disc 1). Acoustic guitar on #7 (Disc 1). Lead vocals on#7 (Disc 1). Backup vocals on #2, 3, 11 & 13 (Disc 1) and on #1, 4, 5 & 11 (Disc 2).

Clark Chanslor - Bass on all tracks. Backup vocals on #4 (Disc 2).

Sean Bennight - Acoustic guitar all tracks except #7 (Disc 1) and #5 (Disc 2). Mandolin on #7 (Disc 1). Lead vocals on #8 (Disc 1) and on #8 (Disc 2). Backup vocals on #2, 3, 9, 11, 12 & 13 (Disc 1) and on #1, 4, 5 & 11 (Disc 2).

Mark Kaczorowski - Acoustic guitar on tracks #2, 4 (slide), 6 (slide), 9 (slide) & 13 (Disc 1) and on #1 (slide), 3, 5, 6, 7 & 10 (Disc 2). Lead vocals on #2 (Disc 1) and on #5 (Disc 2). Backup vocals on #13 (Disc 1) and on #1 (Disc 2).

Big Willy Palmer - Acoustic guitar on tracks #3, 4, 5 & 13 (Disc 1) and #1, 3, 5, 10 & 11 (Disc 2). Lead vocals on #3 & 5 (Disc 1) and on #1 & 11 (Disc 2). Backup vocals on #13 (Disc 1) and on #5 & 11 (Disc 2).

Doug Moldawsky - Acoustic guitar with pedalboard effects on tracks #2, 9, 11 & 12 (Disc 1) and on tracks #6, 7 & 11 (Disc 2). Lead vocals on track #12 (Disc 1). Backup vocals on tracks #2 and on track #11 (Disc 1).

Jenn Cleary - Acoustic guitar on track #7 (Disc 1) and on track #2 (Disc 2). Lead vocals on track #2 (Disc 2) and lead & backup vocals on track #11 (Disc 2).

Steve Doersam - Acoustic guitar and lead vocals on track #11 (Disc 1).

Bruce Delaplain - Hammond B3 Organ on tracks #4, 8 & 9 (Disc 2). Backup vocals on tracks #4 (Disc 2).

Lonesome Rolan - Acoustic piano on track #7 (Disc 1) and on tracks #2 & 11 (Disc 2)

© 2020 by Mark D. Friedman. All rights reserved. All photos unless otherwise noted are by Christopher Tone of ToneImages.
Graphic design, mixing and production by Mad Dog Friedman. Mastering by David Glasser of Airshow.

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Mad Dog writes from the moment and sings from his heart. His influences include sources as divergent as William Butler Yeats & the delta blues. His songwriting is sincere, simple & often humorous. He has recorded many solo & collaborative projects featuring his spontaneous compositions on harmonica, Native American flute & Theremin. He is also the founder of Mad Dog Blues & The Astral Project. ... more

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