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Chicago Hi​-​Style

by The Kingmakers

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Recorded at Hi-Style Studio, Chicago USA by Alex Hall
Additional recording, mixing, mastering by Stephen K. Donnelly at Tenvolt, Ottawa Canada

Musical guests:
Saxophone - Zeek Gross; Piano - Rod Fotheringham; Hammond B3 - Alex Hall; Trumpet - Craig Pedersen; Gang vox - the band and Ray Harris, Mica Donnelly, Jason Andersson & Sarah McClurg

The Kingmakers are:
Clark Lawlor - lead vocals
John Cormier - guitars, backing vocals
Standup Steve Donnelly - upright bass, backing vocals, percussion
Anastasios "Ernie Legend" Basiliadis - drums, backing vocals

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released November 25, 2013

Words & music Stephen K. Donnelly, arranged by The Kingmakers, except:
City Slicker Double Time & Hey Queenie (Clark Lawlor); Oh Glory (John Cormier); Viva Las Vegas (Stephen Donnelly & Clark Lawlor); Real Gone Baby (Ian Cook); Cuban Heels (Ray Harris) All songs ©2013 SOCAN/ASCAP

The Savoy photos: Michelle Parry Harris
Hi-Style Studio photos: Ray Harris
Wrigley Field photos: Philin Phlash, Chicago
Graphic design: Steve Donnelly @ Tenvolt.com

Thanks to Alex Hall and Hi-Style Studio in Chicago, The Savoy in Ottawa for allowing us to invade for our photo shoot, Ian and Ray for tunes and feedback, Irene's Pub, The Rainbow, Fatboys, Atomic Rooster, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Kaffe 1870, and all the other fine live music venues and festivals who keep things going despite the odds, and of course our friends and families for their ongoing support.

In memory of Mike, Chris and Roxy who left us too soon.

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The Kingmakers Ottawa, Ontario

The Kingmakers are Canada's preeminent rockabilly, jump blues and jive combo. Their latest album was recorded at Hi-Style in Chicago (JD McPherson), and they've recorded albums at historic SUN Studio in Memphis & Cowboy Jack Clement's studio in Nashville with guests The Jordanaires and JM Van Eaton. Their music has been featured in The Vampire Diaries, Dance Moms and hundreds of other TV shows. ... more

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Track Name: Drinking Doubles And Acting Single
I may have someone at home,
But sometimes my eyes do roam
As I travel town to town,
And bar to bar

When my true love's out of sight,
And it's gettin' late at night
To find someone I don't have to look too far

In the honky-tonks and taverns,
In the dance halls and saloons
The ladies they all gather round,
To hear us play our tunes

When the night comes to a close,
Though I'm taken, heaven knows
Temptation can be something of a boon

Chorus:
Not trying hard to stay out of trouble
But I'm acting single, and drinking doubles
Not sure why I took your ring off of my finger
But I'm drinking doubles and acting single

Life's a slippery slope,
When you're emotionally broke
Living through the windows, of your van

Another night another town,
Sometimes can get you down
Look for solace, anywhere you can

CHORUS

So when a pretty little face,
Emerges from the haze
It ain't always easy to keep up your guard

When you come to your senses,
And you've let down your defenses
You find yourself combing, each and every bar

CHORUS
Track Name: Shame On You Maggie Sue
Shame on you, Maggie Sue
What do you think you're trying to do?
Taking all them innocent minds and
Turning them all shades of blue
Shame shame on you, Maggie Sue

Moves so sweet, shakin your hips
Wink of an eye, lickin those lips
Breaking hearts and turning heads
You're gonna cause a few contusions
You know it's true, no illusions

Chorus

Maggie Sue Maggie Sue, oh Maggie Sue (repeat)
Maggie Sue Maggie Sue, oh Maggie Sue
Maggie Sue Maggie Sue, oh Maggie Sue
Shame, shame on you, Maggie Sue

Now listen here girl, watch your mouth
Cussing like a sailor, up and down
Drinking like a fish ashore
Devil-woman put on your clothes
Every lovely inch, is well-exposed

CHORUS - SOLO

Girl you got no defense
You know you’re a bad influence
Girl, you and your sweet sweet friends
All the boys just love what you do
Shame shame on you, Maggie Sue

Chorus
Track Name: Oh Glory
(Including chords so you can play along)

(B)
Just a pickin and a grinnin by the side of the road
Gotta carry that weight or so I’ve been told

Stay where you at I’m on number nine
I’m a straight shooter babe comin down the line

I’d be plenty pleased with your company ***
But anyway you sum it up it always makes three

Tell me where you were when the lights went out
Tryin to make it look like it was never in doubt

Short Break (D E)

Baby baby baby you know I wish you would
It takes a whole lotta lovin to make me feel good

Bobby got it right and I don’t know why
It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry

Long Break
#1 (D E B - D E F#)

Baby baby baby don’t you know my name?
I’ll tell you once cuz there ain’t no shame

All I can think of is to wish you well
You think you’re doing great but you never can tell

Long Break
#2 (D E B - D E F# - drum half tempo)
Intro riff

Tell me where you goin cuz I know where you been
Your dress’ is on backwards you got that evil grin

Plenty people playing but the game is the same
It’s everybody’s fault but no one takes the blame

Long Break (D E B D E F#)

Vamp out on Oh glory....
Track Name: Real Gone Baby
What am I to do now that my real gone baby is gone?

Well I used to be the luckiest man in the lower 4-8
But then I took to drinkin' and stayin' out a little too late
I wasn't doing my baby wrong, when I was leaving her at home alone
Now what I am to do now that my really gone baby's gone

It's fair to say I never read the writing on the wall
And taking her for granted I was heading for a really big fall
Now that I've finally hit the ground, she's nowhere to be found
Now what I am to do now that my long gone baby's gone

Well I thought I’d live without her
But I can’t stop thinking bout her
I’m turning over every stone
Baby I’d be lying
If I said I wasn’t crying
Begging you to come back home

SOLO
What am I to do now that my real gone baby is gone?

Well I used to be the luckiest man in the lower 4-8
But then she took to drinkin' and stayin' out a little too late
Now that my baby is gone, and I’m a sitting here all alone
What I am to do now that my really gone baby's gone

What I am to do now that my really gone baby's gone
Track Name: City Slicker Double Time
I might be walking, while I'm talking
And looking, while I book it
Don't really care, what you say
Got things to do, and bills to pay
I’m walking while I’m talking

People come, people go
Moving fast, or moving slow
Got my phone, it’s so smart
Got my girl, and she's a tart
People come and people go

Chorus:
I'm doing City Slicker Double Time
Out of rhythm, out of rhyme
No time to stop, can't spare a dime
Doing city slicker double time

Start the car, off I go
Grab a smoke, grab some Jo'
Pouring rain, hardly see
Who know the left lane's the place for me
Start the car and off I go

Chorus

SOLO

Poster signs, flying by
Selling something, fills the sky
Trying to find a clever line
Writing songs, to fill my time
Poster signs are flying by

CHORUS
Track Name: Hey Queenie
Hey Queenie
Can I be your King
All the Jokers in town
Love to watch you shake your thing

Last Saturday night
I know it so well
Saw you play backup at the Chisca Hotel
Hey Queenie, Can I be your King
All the Jokers in town, Love to watch you shake your thing

SOLO - Sax

Hey Queenie
Can I be your dime
I'll put my money where your mouth is
Call me anytime

Now I've been lost
Since you've been gone
I'm thinking while I'm drinkin' it's been too damn long
Hey Queenie,
Can I be your King
All the Jokers in town, Love to watch you shake your thing

SOLO

Hey Queenie
Can I be your King
All the Jokers in town
Love to watch you shake your thing

Doctor says son
Don't you understand
Woman like that will be the death of all men
Hey Queenie, Can I be your King
All the Jokers in town, Love to watch you shake your thing
Track Name: Last Night In Nashville
Last Night In Nashville ©2013 SOCAN/ASCAP

Lyrics: Stephen K. Donnelly & Clark Lawlor
Music: The Kingmakers

Intro - 8 bars - reverse shuffle

Callin’ Music City, Tennessee:
"Gonna lay down another CD"
Brooks said "Yeah man, come on down, I'll get
JM to lay some rhythm down"

Gathered the boys and said "What’d'ya think?"
Take all the cash we got in the bank
We drove 3 hours and flew some more
Showed up at Cowboy Jack’s front door

Last night in Nashville
Last night in Nashville
"Man I hope these tracks kill!"
It’s our last night in Nashville
Hey boys I think we’re gonna go far
Who’s got the next round of PBR?

Well there was two feet of rain in 48 hours
Pouring down streets, and knockin’ out power
The Cumberland River gave the city a fright
But they rocked on Broadway Friday night

Under neon lights you should have heard
JD Simo at Robert's Western World
That band was so cool, it gave me chill bumps
As they cleaned the city with fans and pumps

Last night in Nashville
Last night in Nashville
Man I hope these tracks kill
It’s our last night in Nashville
Hey boys I think we’re gonna go far
Who’s got the next round of PBR?

SOLO - piano

Started jamming in the studio
With Cowboy Jack dancing to and fro
JM laid down some real cool beats
The Jordanaires they sounded so sweet

The day was over way too soon, but
We managed to lay down eleven tunes
Might not make it to Music Row
But we carved our names 'cause you never know!

Last night in Nashville
Last night in Nashville
Man I hope these tracks kill
It’s our last night in Nashville
Hey boys I think we’re gonna go far
Who’s got the next round of P - B - R?

KEY CHANGE to G - hold for a couple of bars

Last night in Nashville
Last night in Nashville
Man I hope these tracks kill
It’s our last night in Nashville
Hey boys I think we’re gonna go far
Who’s got the next round of P - B - R? (bam bam)
Track Name: Pay It Off
Disposable lighters, disposable pens
Disposable diapers, when will it end
Disposable clothes, disposable hips
Disposable faces, disposable relationships

Throwing out the baby with the bath water
Walking on a fine, fine line
A generation more than any other
Running out of time

Chorus
Paying one debt with another
All my sisters and my brothers
Paying one debt with another
You gotta pay it off – pay it off

Running in circles or haven’t you heard
I can’t see through the smog
Time to stop following the herd that’s heard
Get off that high hog

Chorus - SOLO 2x

Foreign exchange, international debt
Some relief from domestic regret
Sorry it hasn’t hit me yet
I guess it hasn’t hit me yet
Track Name: Riot On Easy Street
Those front porch blues
Down the old Bayou
Stomping out a beat
People started moving their feet

Took a cigar box
Strung it up with some wire
And an old broomstick
Man we nearly started a fire

Chorus:
We nearly started a riot
Nearly started a riot
They couldn’t keep us quiet, Nearly started a riot
Down on Easy Street

Verse 2:
Took an old tin can
Stuck a magnet inside
Strung it up with a wire, so they could
Hear us far and wide

Took a Gretsch guitar
A big ol' whammy bar
An old tape delay
And man they couldn't stay away

CHORUS
SOLO

Took a little bit of shake,
A lot of rattle and roll
Took a boy from Tupelo
With a whole lotta soul

A little empty room,
down Union Street
Sam and Cowboy found a sound
That couldn’t be beat
Track Name: Cuban Heels
I ain't real good lookin' - ain't no George Clooney man,
But I've always done alright -
Please and thank you ma'am,
If you ask around town and you mention my name,
The general consensus is always the same,
I'm a real trendsetter, he's a rake and a wheel,
I got drainpipe trousers and Cuban heels.

Never had a lot of money - or financial sense,
I'd be hard pressed to rub together 2 red cents,
Always had a way with women though -
Right place right time,
They say "you've got no money honey -
here take some of mine,
Got a great big house, a Caddy and three square meals,
I got drainpipe trousers and Cuban heels.

solo

There are those who don't approve of my lifestyle,
They think I'm kinda loose, immoral and wild,
I don't give a sweet monkey's or a flying duck,
My philosophy has always been shuck, jive and more shuck,
(alt. lyric - my philosophy has always been you make your own luck)
I look out for number one - it's that narcissist deal,
I got drainpipe trousers and Cuban heels.

I'm a real trendsetter, he's a rake and a wheel,
I got drainpipe trousers and Cuban heels.
Track Name: Viva Las Vegas (The Heist)
This is car 64, we are out on Highway 9
A tripped out Ford, just flew by, doing 109
I’m lighting them up, and I’m in pursuit, gonna stay real tight
By the looks of things, this is the crew, that hit the Sands tonight

Just flew into Vegas, And man my arms are tired
My head is aching and my feet are sore
From four days of being wired
The PBR was flowin', And the pinup girls were glowin'
Gram was right this ain't no place, For a poor boy like me

But Viva (let's rock)
Viva (let's roll)
Viva (let's rock)
Before we all get old

We were surfing on a tiki wave, casing from stage
Slot machines, weren’t the only thing that were gettin' played
Marked cards and whiskey jars, all hustlers just like me
But we ain’t gonna be poor for long, just you wait and see

Chorus

At the end of this set place your bets, hoping to cash in
With the wink of an eye, and one more rye, we’re ready to move in
No shots were fired and the girls we hired, can finish off the show
Our tripped out Ford is rumbling out back , pointed to Mexico

Chorus and out to fade
Track Name: That Is That
In South Carolina, Nothing could be finer
Than lying on the beach, in that fine summer sun
When you got somewhere to go,
Keep an eye on the road
Those coppers make you pay for your fun

So you got yourself a ticket,
And the cop says you can pick it
See y’all in court, or pay me in cash, right now!
Don't hesitate too long,
Or the chance will be gone
Put it in the past, cuz that is that

(Yeah) That is that // That is that
Sometimes you cut your losses and you scat
Pay that man his dough
And then he'll let you go
No questions asked, that is that

INTRO

When you're hangin' with your girl, And you're in another world
Sometimes you lose sight, of what is real
Things start to get hazy, So if she starts to get crazy
Cut your losses, and say that is that

(Yeah) That is that / That is that
Sometimes you cut your losses and you scat
Tell that girl goodbye
She'll find another guy
Don't stick around to chat, that is that

INTRO/SOLO verse pattern

When you're sitting at the bar, Thinking you'll go far
One more beer, one more whiskey, one more gin, it ain't no sin
Sometimes you gotta breathe, Give your liver a reprieve
So pay your tab and scat, say that is that

Yeah that is that / That is that
That's right, now you got it down pat
Make your way back home
Spend the night alone
And tomorrow you can roam, that is that (2x)

Cut your losses and you scat
Live to fight another day, Man that’s all I got to say, It’ll happen til your grey, That is That

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