Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Ah Mary

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Maria/Marie/Mary.

From their 2007 album, This Is Somewhere. The song did not chart.

From the nytimes.com.

Like many classic rockers before her, Ms. Potter addresses politics metaphorically. The band’s minor hit “Ah Mary” mounts a furious accusation at a woman (a surrogate for a high-ranking politician?) who has “dirty money,” who “puts herself a notch above humankind,” and who will “bake you cookies, then she’ll burn your town.”

As Ms. Potter sang the words “She’s the beat of my heart, she’s the shot of a gun/She’ll be the end of me and nearly everyone,” she implicated herself in the imminent disaster, suggesting that there is a vengeful part of “Mary” in everyone.

Ah Mary

She’s skilled at the art of deception and she knows it
She’s got dirty money that she plays with all the time
Yeah, she waters the garden and maybe she just likes the hoses
She puts herself just a notch above human kind
Ah, Mary
She’ll bake you cookies then she’ll burn your town
Ah, Mary
Ashes, ashes but she won’t fall down
She’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone
Yeah, she’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone
Call her a bully, she’ll blow up your whole damn playground
Pour her a drink and watch it go straight to her head
She’ll take you so high up and cover her eyes as you fall down
Then in the morning, don’t be surprised if you’re dead
Ah, Mary
She’ll bake you cookies then she’ll burn your town
Ah, Mary
Ashes, ashes but she won’t fall down
She’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone
She’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone, oh, Mary
Yeah, she’s the beat of my heart
She’s the shot of a gun
She’ll be the end of me
And maybe everyone
Ah, Mary, Mary, Mary, America
Ah, Mary, Mary, Mary, America
Oh, America
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Grace Potter

Dan Auerbach – Waiting On A Song

The title song from his 2017 album. Dan Auerbach wrote this song with John Prine who is also in the music video. The song has a Grateful Dead feel to it. The music video is set in the ’70s and they really did a good job. The music video was shot in Nashville where the song was recorded at Dan’s Easy Eye Sound Studios. The girl in the video is played by Hayley Orrantia who plays the daughter in the TV show The Goldbergs.

RIP… John.

 

 

Waiting On A Song

I been thinking and been hummin’
I been pickin and I been strumming
Just waiting, waiting on a song
I been hitching and I been thumbin’
I can almost hear one coming
I’m just waiting, waiting on a song
I looked down in my pocket
Underneath the bed
Walked under the lamp post
And one hit me on the head
Am I blind or too dumb to see
All the sound surrounding me?
I’m just waiting, waiting on a song
You can look up at the stars
Bow your head and count the cars
You’ll still be waiting, waiting on a song
Might be a blue bird or a crow
On a cord between two poles
They’re just waiting, waiting on a song
Songs don’t grow on trees
You gotta pick em’ out the breeze
Fall down on your knees
And pray one comes along
When those railroad gates come down
You gotta stop and turn around
Or you’ll be waiting, waiting on a song

The Cardigans – For What It’s Worth

From their 2003 album, Long Gone Before Daylight. It’s really hard to believe but the song never charted in the U.S. but did chart in other countries.

From Wikipedia

For What It’s Worth” is the first single from The Cardigans‘s fifth studio album Long Gone Before Daylight. It was released on 17 February 2003, reaching number eight in the band’s native Sweden, number 31 in the United Kingdom, number 37 in Ireland, and number 98 in the Netherlands.

For What It’s Worth

One, two, three, four
Hey baby come round
Keep holding me down
And I’ll be keeping you up tonight.
The four letter word got stuck in my head
The dirtiest word that I’ve ever said
It’s making me feel alright.
For what it’s worth I love you
And what is worse I really do
Oh what is worse I’m gonna run run run
‘Til the sweetness gets to you
And what is worse I love you!
Hey please baby come back
There’ll be no more loving attack
And I’ll be keeping it cool tonight.
The four letter word is out of my head
Come on around get back in my bed
Keep making me feel alright.
For what it’s worth I like you
And what is worse I really do
Things have been worse
And we had fun fun fun
‘Til I said I love you
And what is worse I really do!
For what it’s worth I love you
And what is worse I really do.
Oh
For what it’s worth I love you
And what is worse I really do.
Oh
For what it’s worth I love you
And what is worse I really do
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Nina Persson / Peter Anders Svensson

Dorothy – Down To The Bottom

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sundayfor Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top

The song was released as a single on November 8, 2019.

From Blabbermouth

DOROTHY has released its newest single, “Down To The Bottom”, a stomp-worthy, hard-rock anthem dripping with soul and attitude. Co-written by Dorothy Martin, Mark Jackson, Ian Scott and the legendary Linda Perry (Adele, Alicia Keys, Cristina Aguilera), the track’s lyrics and production combined with front-woman Dorothy Martin‘s powerhouse vocals are nothing short of adrenaline-inducing.

“Working with Linda Perry on ‘Down To The Bottom’ was an amazing experience because she pulls the truest songwriter out of each artist,” Dorothy Martin says. “Plus she plays every instrument under the sun and is just a total badass!”

Down To The Bottom

Baby I need light, I need fire
I need to know, that I’m alive
I need love, baby I need love
I need love
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Baby I need hale, she calls my name
Out in the desert, I pray for rain
I need love, baby I need love
I need love
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Way down
Way down
Way down
Way down
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
Take me down everybody down
Take me down down to the bottom
I need love, I need your love
Hey, yeah, yeah
Hey, I, I, I, oh
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dorothy Martin / Ian Brendon Scott / Linda Perry / Mark A. Jackson

Ben Harper – Diamonds On The Inside

The title song from his 2003 album. The song reached #31 on Billboards Adult Top 40 chart on December 12, 2003.

From Rolling Stone

Even as he invokes folks such as Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, Ben Harper turns rock cliches inside out until they mean something new again. The Black Crowes-damaged title track of Harper’s fifth studio album — a lush sweep of twelve-string and pedal steel guitars — is sweeter than ninety percent of the cock rock that it echoes. Often, when Harper seems to be singing about some spangly rock chick, he’s crooning about the Queen of Heaven — at least that’s the case with “When She Believes,” a lullaby that’s all accordions, harps and fuzzy-blanket chords.

Harper works out of a tradition that is older than rock: the African-American church and its more secular members’ tradition of blending gospel righteousness with pop grooves. “Brown Eyed Blues” is good wah-wah funk, but it’s Harper’s quavering, weak-with-lust vocal that makes it irresistible. He understands that pop music isn’t just a parade of brand-new things — it’s about reinvention, too.

Diamonds On The Inside

I knew a girl
Her name was truth
She was a horrible liar
She couldn’t spend one day alone
But she couldn’t be satisfied
When you have everything,
You have everything to lose
She made herself
A bed of nails
And she’s plannin’ on puttin’ it to use
‘Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
Diamonds
A candle throws its light into the darkness
In a nasty world, so shines the good deed
Make sure the fortune, that you seek
Is the fortune you need
So tell me why, the first to ask, is the last to give, every time
What you say and do not mean
Follow too close behind
‘Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
Diamonds
Like a soldier standing long under fire
Any change comes as a relief
Let the giver’s name remain unspoken
For she is just a generous thief
But she had diamonds on the inside
‘Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds
Oh diamonds
She had diamonds
She wore diamonds
Diamonds
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Ben C. Harper

Black Pumas – Colors

I heard this song on a Bank Of America commercial last night. I thought it was an old song that I had just never heard before, but it wasn’t. It was by this new duo called the Black Pumas.

From Afropunk April 2019

Though they have only been around a short time and still months away from dropping their debut album, the Austin duo Black Pumas have been earning a name for their dynamic live shows. Singer Eric Burton and producer Adrian Quesada’s blend of vintage soul, hip-hop, and electric energy comes through on their new single, the hook-filled “Colors.” The song has an easy charm, fitting for something he wrote “on the rooftop of an uncle’s house.” The band describes the songwriting process this way: “Eric woke up midday and started the song as the sun was going down. He was inspired by the rich multicolored hues of the sky. The song was written in the themes of mortality and togetherness.”

Colors

I woke up to the morning sky, first
Baby blue, just like we rehearsed
When I get up off this ground
I shake leaves back down to the brown, brown, brown, brown
‘Til I’m clean
Then I walk where I’d be shaded by the trees
By a meadow of green
For about a mile
I’m headed to town, town, town, in style
With all my favorite colors, yes, sir
All my favorite colors, right on
My sisters and my brothers
See ’em like no other
All my favorite colors
It’s a good day to be
A good day for me
A good day to see
My favorite colors, colors
My sisters and my brothers
They see ’em like no other
All my favorite colors
Now take me to other side
Little bitty blues bird flies
And gray clouds, or white walls, or blue skies
We gon’ fly, feel alright
And we gon’ (Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh), yeah
It sound like (Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh), yeah
The least I can say, I anticipate
A homecoming parade as we renegade
In the morning, right on
With all my favorite colors, yes, sir
All my favorite colors, yes, ma’am
My sisters and my brothers
See ’em like no other
All my favorite colors
All my favorite colors, right
All my favorite colors, yes, ma’am
My sisters and my brothers
See ’em like no other
All my favorite colors
It’s a good day to be
A good day for me
A good day to see my favorite colors, colors
My sisters and my brothers
They see ’em like no other
All my favorite colors
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Adrian Quesada / Eric Burton

Dorothy – Raise Hell

From their 2015 album, Rockisdead. The song reached #31 on Billboards Mainstream Rock chart in 2015…Happy Thanksgiving!

Raise Hell

Young blood, run like a river
Young blood, never get chained
Young blood, heaven need a sinner
You can’t raise hell with a saint
Young blood, came to start a riot
Don’t care what your old man say
Young blood, heaven hate a sinner
But we gonna raise hell anyway
Raise hell
Yeah
Raise hell
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
Baby drop them bones
Baby sell that soul
Baby fare thee well
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
(Oh my my, oh hell yeah)
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
(Oh my my, oh hell yeah)
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
Young blood, stand and deliver
No need for a queen affair
Young blood, gotta pull the trigger
When the whole world running scared
Raise hell, baby drop them bones
Baby sell that soul
Baby fare thee well
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
(Oh my my, oh hell yeah)
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
(Oh my my, oh hell yeah)
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
baby drop them bones
(Raise hell) baby sell that soul
(Raise hell) baby fare thee well
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
(Oh my my, oh hell yeah)
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
(Oh my my, oh hell yeah)
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
Raise hell
Somebody gotta, gotta raise a little hell
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dorothy Martin / Mark Jackson / Ian Scott / George Robertson

Halestorm – Here’s To Us

From their 2012 album, A Strange Case Of… The song reached #14 on Billboards Modern Rock chart on September 21, 2013. The song was co-written by Danielle Brisebois who played Stephanie on the TV shows All in The Family and Archie Bunkers Place.

From Songfacts

This is the closing track of Pennsylvania alternative metal band Halestorm’s sophomore album, The Strange Case Of... The group premiered this song on December 31, 2011 when they performed it at Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Speaking with About.com, vocalist Lzzy Hale explained that the recording of the album was a “rush job.” She said: “We had a handful of songs we had written on the road. Then we got off the road, had 24 hours to pack, then went right into the studio the next day. It was, ‘Oh my God, what do we do?’ But honestly, with the songwriting this time we weren’t thinking too much about it. Last record we were thinking things like if it would have mass appeal, would the label like it, would radio like it? This time we didn’t do any of that. We just let the song be whatever it was going to be. That’s why it’s so eclectic. There’s the human element to it, which I enjoy.”
Arejay Hale laid down his drums for the album in around two days. He told About.com: “I had to do five or six tracks a day onto two inch tape. So I had to get it right the first time. There’s no editing, no Pro Tools. And it was the day after Lzzy’s birthday, so I was hung over. So I just chugged some water and laid down the angriest drum tracks I possibly could.”
This song was performed on the ‘On My Way’ episode of the Fox comedy drama Glee on February 21, 2012. The show’s Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) took the lead with a cleaned up version of the tune. Lzzy Hale told About.com: Apparently the song got around. Somebody at our label let it slip, and they (the show) ended up calling. I thought to myself, there are three words in this song that can absolutely not go on Glee. So I ended up recording a clean version for them.”

 

This is the cleaned-up version.

This is the version with explicit lyrics.

Here’s To Us

We could just go home right now
Or maybe we could stick around
For just one more drink, oh yeah
Get another bottle out
Lets shoot the shit
Sit back down
For just one more drink, oh yeah

Here’s to us, here’s to love
All the times that we fucked up
Here’s to you, fill the glass
‘Cause the last few days have kicked my ass
So lets give ’em hell
Wish everybody well, here’s to us, here’s to us

Stuck it out this far together
Put our dreams through the shredder
Let’s toast ’cause things got better
And everything could change like that
And all these years go by so fast
But nothing lasts forever

Here’s to us, here’s to love
All the times, that we messed up
Here’s to you, fill the glass
‘Cause the last few nights have kicked my ass
If they give ya hell
Tell em to go fuck themselves, here’s to us, here’s to us

Here’s to all that we kissed
And to all that we missed
To the biggest mistakes
That we just wouldn’t trade
To us breaking up
Without us breaking down
To whatever’s comin’ our way

Here’s to us, here’s to love
All the times that we fucked up
Here’s to you, fill the glass
‘Cause the last few days have kicked my ass
So lets give ’em hell
Wish everybody well

Here’s to us, here’s to love
All the times, that we messed up
Here’s to you, fill the glass
‘Cause the last few nights have kicked my ass
If they give ya hell
Tell em to go fuck themselves, here’s to us, here’s to us (Go fuck themselves)
Here’s to us, here’s to us
Here’s to us, here’s to us
Here’s to us, here’s to love
Here’s to us, wish everybody well
Here’s to us, here’s to love
Here’s to us, here’s to usWriter/s: DANIELLE BRISEBOIS, TOBY GAD, LIZZY HALE

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Joey

From their 2005 album, Nothing But The Water. The song did not chart. The live video was shot at Red Rocks in Colorado

Joey

I come home from workin’ hard
I pull up to my yard and there’s a man I used to know
He used to love me right
But then we had a little fight and now he’s on parole
Well, he’s lookin’ mighty mean
He’d like to cause a scene
Just hit reverse and pull out slow
And don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
And don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
He wears his shirt untucked
He’s got one eye covered up and he’s got a big ‘ol 44
He likes to drink ’til late and then he’ll break down your gate
And he’ll throw you to the floor
Well, he looks me in the eye
He’ll hit me ’till I cry
He’s tryin’ to get inside my door
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
Joey don’t treat me good no more
Well, well, well, well, well
You can’t even stop and shout
‘Cause it’s all over now
And there ain’t nothin’ left to say
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
He saw me with another man
But he did not understand that I grew up with him in the same crib
Joey started flaming red
He didn’t hear a word I said and now my brother’s got a broken rib
Well, the judge and jury all agreed
Joey did a dirty deed
And 50 years is what the order said
But don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
Joey don’t treat me good no more, no more
Well, he didn’t understand
The judge raised up his hand
And said, ? You’d better leave that girl alone, leave her alone?
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
‘Cause Joey don’t treat me good no more
Don’t pay no mind to Joey
Joey don’t treat me good no more, no more
That’s what I said
I said, don’t pay no mind, pay no mind
Pay no mind, pay no mind, pay no mind, pay no mind
No mind, pay no mind, pay no mind, pay no mind
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: POTTER GRACE / BURR MATTHEW P / DONDERO BRYAN / TOURNET SCOTT

The Dead Daisies – Dead And Gone

From their 2018 album, Burn It Down. The song did not chart but Happy Halloween!

From Blabbermouth.net

THE DEAD DAISIES have released a new single and music video for “Dead And Gone”, one of the crowd favourites off their latest album, “Burn It Down”. The clip combines classic performance elements intertwined with appearances from the Undead, which were created, filmed and edited by legendary horror visionary Tony Valenzuela.

Singer John Corabi states about “Dead And Gone”: “‘Dead And Gone’ is one of those tracks that must be played LOUD!!! It’s got a great groove, and it’s basically about living life, (responsibly) having fun, and not letting ANYBODY judge you for wanting to have a great time!!!!”

Dead And Gone

I ain’t a man
To cast a stone
Brother I believe
To every man each his own
Yeah I ain’t here to preach
People come and people go
Some are born to lose
Well I just wanna live my life
Live the way I choose
Let the devil be my witness
To everything I’ve done
Cause it ain’t nobody’s business
And I’m not the only one
Let me hear you say yeah, yeah
Come on come on yeah, yeah
So fire it up and turn me on
Until I’m dead and gone
One thing my daddy said
When I was just a boy
Let no man take from you
Things that bring you joy
From that day on I held my own
And there’s no looking back
God helps those who helps themselves
Brother, that’s a fact
Let the devil be my witness
To everything I’ve done
Cause it ain’t nobody’s business
And I’m not the only one
Let me hear you say yeah, yeah
Come on come on yeah, yeah
So fire it up and turn me on
Until I’m dead and gone
Let the devil be my witness
To everything I’ve done
Cause it ain’t nobody’s business
And I’m not the only one
Let me hear you say yeah, yeah
Come on come on yeah, yeah
So fire it up and turn me on
Until I’m dead and gone
Say yeah yeah
C’mon c’mon yeah yeah
So fire it up, light it up
Until I’m dead and gone
Yeah
When I’m dead and gone
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Martin Frederiksen / John Corabi / Douglas Aldrich / Marco Mendoza / David Lowy