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...a new album from Kevin Breit and the Upper York Mandolin Orchestra.

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released 20 January 2013

Vocals: Kevin Breit
background vocals: Mark Lalama, Sue Patrick Breit, Garth Breit, Gwen Swick, Trudy Artman
Produced and Arranged: Thomas Dooley III

Mandolins: Sarah Corteur, Bradley Chaput, Mel Johnson, Candice Sandino, Keith Dooley, Vincent Tallon

Mandolas: Peter Galkin, Mario Sandino, Susan Hartwick, Ron Litton

Mandocellos: Robert Noonan, Cory Delisle, Ron Litton

Double Bass; Russell Boswell

Songs: Kevin Breit

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Track Name: Field Recording
Field Recording

What was born from kiss and tell
grew to vows on the carousel
day in, day out
full on faith full on doubt
Feed the lamp it's kerosene
tune the harp with a rusty key
I'll dream you up a melody
and sing it with all that's inside of me

Ruth lays down to witness her own Field Recording
Truth lays down and whispers and is captured on a Field Recording

Sister Melinda's on the lam
hiding from her confidence man
every scheme has an easy mark
he had her pegged from the very start

Ruth lays down to witness her own Field Recording
Truth lays down and whispers and is captured on a Field Recording

Four generations cut down the trees
you wouldn't cross this family
but a holy brush fire charred the saw
some believe it was an act of God
Ruth lays down to witness her own Field Recording
Truth lays down to whisper and is captured on a Field Recording
Don't roll your eyes when you look at me
I'm more of a man than what you see
I stepped right up and missed the prize
a fair game wears a thin disguise

Ruth lays down to witness her own Field Recording
Truth lays down and whispers and is captured on a Field Recording
Track Name: Boom Chicka Boom
Boom Chicka Boom

Where in the world did you go?
I never took you for the leaving kind
a diamond a pearl
some silver some gold
give it all to you
just give me more time

you wrote on my cast
our names in a heart
you made it look like it was bleedin'
plaster's not stone
it falls apart
near impossible to be reading

Boom Chicka Boom Chicka Boom
motor city radio sending up the rhythm and blues

Clementine
your strawberry wine
made me crazy in the parlour
shout out the light
on an August night
I'm as restless as a boat in the harbour

I'll tell you this
I never knew why
you couldn't call me your lover
secrets were told
of angels on high
devils and demons under covers

Boom chicka boom chicka boom
motor city radio sending up the rhythm and blues
Track Name: Nothing About Us
Nothing About Us

What i write and what i share
to make you believe i truly care for you
I'm uncertain
cause every line and every word
begins to sound a bit absurd
so this silence, needs no repeating
Just another flying crow
cuts through the fleah and bone
I'm tired of counting fool's gold
and i yearn to fly with the north wind
CHORUS:
ooh
it's all about you
all about me
but nothing about us

Cold, cold linoleum
i walk the floor waiting for him
but I'm ten thousand miles in the future
a dancing dress on the clothes line
reminds me of another time before
the fall in Eden
Cherry blossom baby
paid the tattoo lady
to put on her shoulder that living was believing
but she never felt a thing
CHORUS:
ooh
it's all about you
all about me, but nothing about us
Track Name: Worry Floor
Worry Floor

what would I do if you went away?
there'd be no way i could learn to change

I fear deep in my heart I would harbour pain
I'd say, reconsider maybe another day

CHORUS
I'm not working the worry floor no more
not working the worry floor
I'm not working the worry floor no more
not working the worry floor

I will lay across the cold black rails
and I will cut all of the canvas sails

sweet talk rain god and conjure a perfect storm
I'll do anything to keep you safe and warm

CHORUS

BRIDGE:

Melodrama and contradictions
eat your rhubarb pie
it's all so messy
crumbs a plenty
leave the rest for crows
Track Name: King Kong Strut
King Kong Strut

Chorus:
I'll tell you what
he's got the King Kong Strut
look at him strut

He owns a lumber yard
with 30 hungry men
and he gives them cheap liquor
that he waters down a bit
well the founding father
is his wife's dyin daddy
who's lying on his deathbed
struggling for one last breath
he knocks off at work
before the work whistle blows
and he goes to the house
where the girls all know his name
Madame Tussard
waters her front yard
sees his new car
blazin' in a trail of dust
(she says) I got some pretty young flowers
that you never done seen
but put away your business
of acting vicious and mean

Zipped up, buttoned up, mint in
freshen up
get out clean
gonna make it home before supper

Daddy, daddy, daddy
did you have a good day?
did you hear about grandpa?
he did pass away
well the daughter of the founding father
is sitting on a teeter totter
thinking about love
and how she don't get it
(he said) your Daddy was a good man
always lent a helping hand
he took me in
hope he didn't suffer

well the founding father
left a four line will
and he didn't care
who read it
he took away the lumber yard
and gave it to the men
Madame Tussard
driving a brand new Benz
Blood, blood, living blood
Pull them out from the sinking mud
left them all the money
and a book of revelations
He packed his bags
and he met the train
head up straight singin, when the saints go marchin in
Track Name: Heavyweight Champion of the World
Heavy Weight Champion of the World

Crashed the Chrysler
heading down to the bay
none the wiser
there'd be more wrecks today
blinded by the wonder
of the days of steam and coal
when the face of a lover
was good as gold
searching for Sinatra
come fly come fly with me
strike up the orchestra
blue eyed symphony
radio dial numbers
give away no clues
static sounds like thunder
nothing's cutting through
Chorus:
Hold on to nothing new
I'm the undefeated, Heavyweight Champion of the World
Hold on to nothing new
I'm the undisputed, Heavyweight Champion of the world
Californ I A
your letter came in the post
i love your shy way
but i don't care for the coast
No natural disaster
would bring you home
whatever your after, I don't know if you know
Track Name: There was a Girl
There was A Girl


There was a girl, there was a girl
that I'd remember
and when she smiled, she smiled a smile
that made me better
she post my bail, she post my bail
with her last nickel
and when she cried, and when she cried
i died a little

There was a girl, there was a girl

She had a way, she had a way
to light the darkness
she'd walk with me, she'd walk with me
and killed the sadness
she took me in, she took me in
and gave me shelter
she had no doubt, she had no doubt
about me with her


She's just a girl, she's just a girl
that started a story
of her ragged man, her ragged man
and his bygone glory
she went away, she went
to the long forgotten
she went away

There was a girl, there was a girl
Track Name: Weigh Me Down
WEIGH ME DOWN

I bare my worry from a box sealed up with string
under the floorboard in a house I never leave
Come to me come back to bed
you've got plenty of hours left to sleep
let it be tossing and turning
you're too old for counting sheep
It's April blue moon I hear the rivers runnin high
the food's at the front door the money's in the jar
It's some easy come some easy easy go go baby
let's spin on our last thin dime
burn it up is it true what they say about us
living one life at a time?
CHORUS I told you
i would be a soldier
carry on my shoulders
nothing nothing that would weigh me down
I would be a soldier
carry on my shoulders
nothing nothing that would weigh me down
I hear a siren I hear a dog bark
I hear a phone a ringing I hear the fireworks in the park
I'm sorry for so many things
that I don't know where I should begin
I have of you your ashes to scatter
I can't release to the wind
CHORUS
bread and some marmalade
a paper and warm tea
there's a picture above the bureau
of a ship lost at sea
here I stand still and still waiting for something to
show me dry land
so it be this tossing and turning
is just something I don't understand
CHORUS
Track Name: Big Bill Broonzy
Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy died
the world went cold for awhile
they laid him to rest in Illinois
more than a man went in that soil
Big Bill Broonzy played
on his triple 0 28
she lost track of time and missed her train
he took her in and kept her safe

the finest stitch,the toughest knot
slowly comes undone
but no one can change this strange kind of love

Big Bill Broonzy cried
he had to go back home stateside
he put a lock of her hair in his guitar
wherever he'd go she'd be far
Big Bill Broonzy missed his son
he loved him liked he loved no one
ocean was deep, ocean was wide
he'd get back to him, back in time

The finest stitch
the toughest knot
slowly comes undone
but no one can change this strange kind of love
Track Name: Johnny Dollar
JOHNNY DOLLAR
missed the wink
missed the joke
missed the fire
missed the smoke
missed the bus
missed the train
missed the sun
missed the rain
missed the slip
missed the code
missed the mark
missed the road
missed the bride
missed the groom
missed the bouquet
missed the tune

CHORUS Johnny Dollar Johnny Johnny Dollar
got my ticket for the picture show
Johnny Dollar Johnny Johnny Dollar
get there early fore the lights go low
get there early before the lights go low
Johnny Johnny Dollar


missed the 5
missed the 4
missed the 3,2,1
missed the New Years roar
missed the sign
missed the turn
missed the need
missed to yearn
missed the heart
missed the soul
missed the rhythm
missed the flow
missed the ballot
missed the vote
missed the kingdom
missed the throne

CHORUS

missed the kiss
missed the touch
missed the feel
missed the blush
missed the father
missed the son
missed the ghost
missed no one
missed the drama
missed the scene
missed the parade
missed the homecoming queen
missed by a second
missed by an inch
missed by a heartbeat
missed in a flinch

CHORUS
Track Name: Bring Me Down
BRING ME DOWN

If you're looking for me baby
I'm high on the hill
I don't want too come down
don't think I ever will
(cause) here i own the sunshine
and bathe with each star
I'm so close to heaven
I can hear St.Peter's harp

Don't you bring me down
don't bring me down
there's just so many stones too climb up on
Don't you bring me down

When I look down at the valley
I know where you live
Why you leave the light on?
Is someone dropping in?
Did you get my letters?
Did you get my calls?
Monday thru Sunday
You got me pacing the halls

Well I'm walking after midnight
I'm heading down the hill
I'll be standing in your doorway
before the sun takes away this chill
Nobody answers
where have you gone?
when I look through your window
the light's no longer on

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