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Tupelo To Memphis

by The Kingmakers

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released June 6, 2009

The Kingmakers are:
Clark Lawlor (vox),
John Cormier (electric guitar, vox),
Stephen K. Donnelly (upright bass, vox, ac. guitar),
Bob Primeau (drums)

Guests: Tom Pechloff (keys), James Stephens (fiddle), Mica Matsubara (trumpet)

All songs by The Kingmakers. Words & music Stephen K. Donnelly except tracks 2,3,12,14: words & music Clark Lawlor. Recorded, mixed, mastered, layout & design by Stephen K. Donnelly @ TenVolt.com. Photos by Bob Acton

Visit www.Kingmakers.ca for more info

Copyright 2009 SOCAN/ASCAP.

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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: Honey Bee
Tastes so sweet
From her head to her feet
You know that's something that can't be beat
No word of a lie
So don't even try
Ain't no honey sweeter than my honey bee

She's so fine
And she's all mine
I'll adore her 'til the end of time
No need to implore
Says she's mine for sure
Ain't no honey sweeter than my honey bee

She's the queen, I'm a drone
Before I met her I was so alone
Walking the streets desperate for money
I'm so glad I found my honey

Tell your ma / tell your pa / Send you back to Kaladar
That's all right / she's outta sight / Ain't no honey sweeter than my honey bee

Buzzin' around / all over town
Got no business to get me down
Says she's mine like a bee to the hive
Ain't no honey sweeter than my honey bee
Track Name: Best Girl I Never Had
She left me boys. "What?"
She's gone for good. "Too bad!"
I told you once it's a son of a gun
She's the best girl I never had
Track Name: Electrified
The next car I get is gonna be electrified
Track Name: Can't Get No Worse
The alimony's due, the truck is up on blocks
The kids need new shoes, the car is in the shop
The roof's leaking rain... collector called again
They say apparently electricity ain't free

Unemployment's up I'll take odd jobs if you got'em
I'm running out of luck getting close to rock bottom
And the light at the end of the tunnel is
Probably a train
I'm too far gone to ever come back again

Can't get no worse
So bad it hurts
Keep holding on
Can't get no worse
So bad it hurts
Can't get no worse

Bank is on the phone, the mortgage payment bounced
I've given all I got but they want another ounce
They garnisheed my pay, to pay my taxes due
They took all my savings and my hope with it too
And the light at the end of the tunnel is probably a train
Am I too far gone to ever come back again?

Can't get no worse...
Track Name: Hey! Pretty Girl!
Hey! Pretty girl!
Come sit next to me
I just want you close
'Cause tonight you're all I see
Hey pretty girl, come sit next to me

Hey! Pretty girl!
Won't you talk to me
Tell me all your stories
I love to hear you breathe
Your eyes light up when you laugh
So won't you come talk to me

Hey! Pretty girl!
Won't you dance with me
I just want to hold you
My intentions are nothing but true
Let's get lost in the music
Won't you dance with me

Hey! Pretty girl!
Won't you come home with me
I just want to spend
A little more time with you
I'd like to get to know you
So won't you come home with me

Hey! Pretty girl!
Won't you marry me
I don't ever want to lose you
You mean the world to me
I don't mean to confuse you
But won't you marry me
Track Name: New Owner Of My Old House
All I can say is I hope everything works out for the
New owner of my old house
Track Name: Tupelo To Memphis
from small and humble roots
does the mighty oak grow
the meek and the gentle
can one day star in the show

when the train turns around
the end becomes the start
the fallen can rise and wipe
the dust from their eyes

the long and lonely road
is shortened by love
the heavy heavy load
is lightened by the lord above

or whatever you believe in
just believe in something
or you'll be fit for nothing
'cept for leavin'

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from tupelo to memphis
baby we've come a long long way
from tupelo to memphis
baby we're here to stay

stop and take the time
to see what you've left behind
keep a level head and look forward
to the road ahead

try to see the light
of the stars in the sky
all together as one
like the embers of days gone by

when day turns to night
know that you'll be all right
remember in the end
the dawn will come again

------------chorus
from tupelo to memphis
baby we've come a long long way
from tupelo to memphis
baby we're here to stay

when all hope is fading
you think you've had enough
just hit the open road
let the wind hit your sails

as sure as a young boy
will soon become a man
as sure as a wise man
will one day understand
Track Name: Johnny Come Lately
There's a new kid in town
By the name of Johnny C.
He thinks he's as cool as
A cat can be

He's strutting around like
He owns the place
It's starting to grate
They way he gets in my face

Johnny Come Lately
Oh can't you see
You're not welcome
In my vicinity

(Chorus)
Johnny Come Lately (5x)
Don't come round here no more

I'm heading out for a
Night on the town
When I turn my back that's when
Johnny comes around

Talking to my woman like he's
Some kinda king
Well you know your bragging
Don't mean a thing

Your lies and your stories
Have become such a bore
Johnny you're not welcome
Round here any more

Chorus

Johnny it's time to start
Spreading the news
We're all getting tired
Of looking at you

You think you're god's
Gift to this earth
Don't need an appraisal to
See what you're worth

If I told you one time
Then I'll tell you again
I don't want to see you round
These parts again

Chorus

Solo

Johnny Come Lately
I'll tell you again
You may be my brother
But I don't need you as a friend
Track Name: Bringing Down The House
Shore up the walls and reinforce those floors
Stock up the icebox we're gonna need it for sure
The dance floor's gonna be jumpin' 'til quarter to four

Batten the hatches and barricade the doors
Once we're on board, no going back to shore
The house'll be rocking 'till you can't take any more

Bringing down the house (all night)
Bringing down the house (all right)
Bringing down the house (outta sight)
Bringing down the house (that's right)
Kingmakers are out and we're
Bringing down the house

Couldn't keep us locked up in the county jail
All we wanna do is twist, jump and wail
We're sure to deliver the goods without fail

Got Bobby slapping out the rhythm on the traps
We got Johnny playing the git like he can't go back
There's no turning round, this
Train's on a one-way track

Chuggin' like steamboat, soaring like a jumbo jet
Speedin' like something that ain't been invented yet
This beat is gonna move you, you can bet

Gotta get your tickets well, in advance
If you want to come out to this Sunday dance
No tickets at the door no, no,
Not a chance

Bringing down the house (sold right out)
Bringing down the house ('til last call)
Bringing down the house (standing room only)
Bringing down the house (one and all)
Kingmakers are out and we're
Bringing down the house
Track Name: Let The Hammer Do The Work
When there's doin' to be done
When there's winnin' to be won
When there's a task at hand
There ain't no master plan
You gotta do what you can

When there's a heavy heavy weight
Or a strange twist of fate
You gotta use what you got
Even if it's not a lot
Please consider this thought

[prechorus]
If you increase the distance
You decrease resistance
Use a lever or a pulley
Exploit the physics fully
Let the hammer do the work

One thing my daddy told me,
The knowledge he bestowed me:
Let the hammer do the work

[chorus]
Let the hammer do the work
Let the hammer do the work
Put your hands first
The wood'll do its worst
Let the hammer do the work

If a roof or a frame
The lesson is the same
Work smarter not harder
You'll get that much farther
If the timing is the same

If in your construction
You're looking for reduction
Of the effort you expend
Listen well my friend
To the message that I send
[prechorus]
[chorus]
[solo]
[prechorus]
[chorus]
Track Name: Rockabilly Girls
Rockabilly Girls
Words & music Stephen K. Donnelly ©SOCAN/ASCAP

You got big black boots
And legs up to there
A dozen tattoos
And slicked back hair

You dance to all the
Rockabilly cats
And you know pretty baby
I like it like that

So come on over so I can see
Sit right down and talk to me
We can stay out late after the show
Rockabilly girl let's go

Rockabilly girls (rockabilly girls!)
Rockabilly girls (rockabilly girls!)
Rockabilly girls you rule my
Rockabilly world...

Thick mascara, eyeliner
Your little plaid skirt never looked finer
Your lips so red, that mole on your cheek
Rockabilly girl you look real sweet
Girl you heard the word on the street
We're gonna lay down some real cool beats
Friday night come on check out the band
And maybe I'll be your rockabilly man

Rockabilly girl (rockabilly girl!)
Rockabilly girl (rockabilly girl!)
Rockabilly girl you rule my
Rockabilly world...
Track Name: Ice Cold Rockabilly
Don't say aww shucks, just put on your mukluks
The northern's blowing through your town
The dance floor won't get chilly playing ice cold rockabilly
Baby burn this place on down
Track Name: A Good Song
I don't need your love
I just need a good song
Track Name: Stuttering Cindy and Stammering Sue
Stuttering Cindy and Stammering Sue
Lived way beyond the tracks
Grabbed their Daddy's Colt 45
And ain't ever going back

They hitched a ride on the county side
With a preacher man named Slim
He had a ¼ tank and 5 bucks in the bank
But he had plans for them

You see, Slim could talk to God
And if Cindy and Sue would like
He'd ask the Almighty Lord above
Too help them in their plight

When Sunday rolled around
A new town of sinners to be saved
Stuttering Cindy and Stammering Sue
Would stumble upon the stage

Chorus:
Help us Preacher Slim!
Our minds are clear and bright
In front of these people we swear, that we are here
To M-m-m-m-make us feel alright

Well didn't the people eat this up?
And the money started to roll in
Stuttering Cindy and Stammering Sue
Touring the country with Preacher Slim

It was easy enough to do
No one called them on their tricks
Until Stumbling Sandy showed one day
Looking to be fixed

Chorus:
Help me Preacher Slim!
My mind is clear and bright
In front of these people I swear, I'm here
For you to M-m-m-m-make me feel alright

Preacher Slim knew he was beat
And slipped on out the back
While Stuttering Cindy and Stammering Sue
Remembered their Dad out beyond the track

That man who gave them nothing
But a hankering to rob and steal
Was the same kinda dog who ran out the back
With their money smiling behind the wheel

Chorus:
Forget You Preacher Slim
Our minds are clear and bright
Let it be said that you are better off dead
Then making us feel alright
Track Name: Hot Rod Girl
She's all souped up, and she's all tricked out
She wants to burn some rubber and get on out

She a hot rod girl... in a minivan world