Don't Fail Me Now

by John Courage & The Great Plains

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about

we recorded this album mostly live in Santa Fe, NM. Big room vibes, good friends making fun songs that were meant to be a representation of a live environment.

credits

released 20 April 2012

JC & GP on "Don't Fail Me Now"
Jonathan Palmer- Vox, Guitars, Piano on track 10
Francesco Catania- guitar, BGV, keys
Dan Ford- drums, BGV, percussion
Kevin Carducci- upright bass, BGV

with
Derek Duplessie-pedal steel
Bill Palmer- BGV's on Jesus, tambourist
Gary Blackchild- BGV's on "Don't Fail Me Now"


engineered, mixed by Bill Palmer

produced by Palmer, Palmer, Catania and Great Plains.

recorded at Frogville Studios, Santa Fe, NM.

All songs by J. Palmer, except "Jesus" by Ben Ford Sala and J.Palmer

Thanks to John Treadwell.

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Track Name: Neon Lights
Off she goes again with her short skirt on/ out to paint some silence/ turn this small town on/ we love watching crashes with the TV on/ you left the front door open, said a word and then you were gone/ was i digging my own grave when i let you get away/ every man’s best friend pretty girl and a bottle of gin/ whispers and leans in neon lights turn me on/ neon lights really turn me on/ was i digging my own grave when i let you get away/ lost you out dancing with your high heels on/ there she goes again with the short skirt on/ yeah you love her anyways/ neon lights turn her on/ neon lights really turn me on/ was i digging my own grave when i let you get away/ lost you out dancing with your high heels on/ neon lights really turn me on
Track Name: Old Faithful Pulse
How’s a man to leave? walk away silently/ tear down the curtains throw a bottle of beer/ is it our destiny? i’m not sure i believe/ smells like a set up for a fool like me/ even the old faithful pulse is mortal like man/ you are a mystery i can’t understand/ so i go overseas so i don’t go back to sleep/ but the same snares await too good be fake it’s still calling me/ and maybe it seems like i’m fucking around/ but i will come straight faced and proud if you call me out/ even the old faithful pulse is mortal like man/ you are a mystery i can’t understand/ sometimes it’s misery i can’t understand/ with legs intertwined so much beauty in life/ it’ll come crashing down a terrible sound/ you’re making this hard on me
Track Name: Middle Man
you can’t trust a middle man to get your business done/ you kiss me like an actress in a play/ oh sometimes it seems like they all got it out for me/ always someone want to put you away/ if it all ends tonight i’d like you to feel alright/ how it all went down/ i hear you speaking but i don’t get a word/ you move like an assassin that nobody heard/ and trouble was your middle name when they hung you out to dry/ oh you were swaying in the breeze when broke the morning light/ if it all ends tonight i’d like you to feel alright/ how it all went down/ you’re sucking off the money tree you’re licking at the demon teat/ you’re just another dancer on a stage
Track Name: I Don't Want To Love You
darling take a walk down to the end of the street when you reach the end don’t turn around/ oh i set you free i know it’s hard to believe but it ain’t right to keep you anyhow/ and there’s many heartbreak men just begging to get in/ all the hustlers at the corner store/ i must be your poison i’m a dirty little pill/ i can’t stand to drag you down/ i don’t want to love you/ i don’t want to care anymore/ and i will set you free/ just walk away from my door/ you were out there in the night you were acting alright/ i found you dressed up at the bar/ pretend you don’t see me i’m the other right out of reach/ you don’t speak a word to my face/ there’s many heartbreak men begging to get in/ all the hustlers at the corner store/ and i must be your poison i’m a dirty little pill/ i can’t stand to drag you down/ i don’t want to love you/ i don’t want to care/ and i will set you free just walk away from my door/ we were talking out goodbyes you were crying out your eyes/ it’s hard to let a lover let you go/ i still smell perfume from your dirty little room way back up north in our hometown
Track Name: Country Girl
lived a long long time many times before it’s a long way til i hang my coat/ honey i promise i will come home/ now i’m fooling god while you’re tearing it down dance with the devil on the hills outside of town/ honey i promise i will come home/ if i may if i might see your face by the morning light/ road to hell i knew it all too well i was born a would be preachers son/ guess i fell hard for a country girl/ now i’m fooling god while you’re tearing it down/ dance with the devil on the hills outside of town/ if i may if i might/ see your face by the morning light/ now i’m a king just on yankee hill/ making stacks and trying not to feel/ like i fell hard for a country girl
Track Name: Making Plans
i’m out on the highway with nowhere to be/ well the woman i could learn to love yeah she don’t love me/ and there are miles and mountains too much space in between/ i am following the skyline it’s easy to believe/ that one up my sleeve trumps two in your hand/ and while you were sleeping i was making plans/ to get away from here/ i am drinking alone in a hotel room/ the super don’t like it he said it seems rude/ and there are freeways and streetlights that are keeping me awake/ oh well i once had a vision it was too much to take/ and one up my sleeve trumps two in your hand/ and while you were sleeping i was making plans/ to get away from here/ when i finally reach the ocean with a western view/ when i finally quit my drinking and i come home to you/ when i finally tell my story what’ll it be/ am i easy to dismiss or am i hard to believe?
Track Name: Heartbreak Man
I was a dimestore cowboy they called me the king of make believe/ fitted suit cheap pair of boots a couple of aces up my sleeve/ if you know what i mean/ honey i wish you well where i’m going no one can tell/ i don’t think you ever knew me well i’m a heartbreak man/ i miss my life out on the west coast/ i forgot my true identity/ no one here knows my god given name/ they’re just in love with a fantasy/ honey i wish you well where i’m going no one can tell/ and i don’t think you ever knew me well i’m a heartbreak man/ i’m going to leave here in the morning or maybe undercover in the middle of the night/ i don’t think you’re going to miss me pretty darling/ in fact i think you’re going to be just fine
Track Name: Jesus
Jesus

there are clothes in every corner there are secrets lost in time/ there’s a riddle on your lips while jesus waits outside/ swimming through the white noise fakers fight to feel alive the house at night looks empty but the killer waits inside/ all your family’s gold is buried in the backyard/ all your father’s suits are hanging in the thrift store/ and jesus is not the lone forgotten one/ yeah jesus and a million bastard sons/ i bought a flashlight from a gypsy at a midnight corner store/ lit out on the freeway but i did not escape the war/ spotlight interrogation on an eastern texas road/ the free world lies before you but it’s future has been sold/ all your family’s gold is buried in the backyard/ all your father’s suits are hanging in the thrift store/ and jesus is not the lone forgotten one/ yeah jesus and a million bastard sons/ the policeman don’t care nothing for the magic that you see/ when you’re face down in an alley in a city built by machines/ sleeping like a baby in the perfect dark serene/ sleeping like a baby but you don’t know what it means
Track Name: That's No Way To Apologize
let your hair hang down it’s my last night in town/ when tomorrow takes me away we’ve all got debts to pay/ that’s no way to apologize/ shut down city street widows mourn while the ocean sings/ still waters run deep bot are filled with cruelty/ that’s no way to apologize/ now you read between the lines sea faring strangers in the night/ dignity’s a badge you keep touching bodies under sheets/ that’s no way to apologize
Track Name: Don't Fail Me Now
life fell apart at the seams lady luck stopped hanging around/ broke down shit the bed some one skipped a madman from his tracks/ when my back’s against a wall where’s the home town i recall?/ in the shimmering light of dawn wonder why i don’t come round any more/ let’s cash out at the ticket machine get out ahead no guarantees/ when my back’s against a wall/ where’s the hometown i recall?/ don’t fail me now/ your name’s inlaid upon my crown/ cut it out it’s out of hand you’re making moves i don’t understand/ it ain’t the world it’s you believes in lies they tell like truth/ when my back’s against a wall/ where’s the hometown i recall?/ don’t fail me now/ your name’s inlaid upon my crown/ when my back’s against a wall/ where’s the hometown i recall?/ don’t fail me now/ you take the mountain i’ll take the crown
Track Name: Paying Up
my youth was like gold in your arms i fell asleep to your charms/ and my oldest friend what have you done went and found someone?/ so tell me what’s wrong pretty babe/ they got you tied up like a slave and though i am sure as the sun or should i give up?/ i sold my soul for rock and roll/ but it ain’t paying up/ tell me the truth one last time/ you got me laid out on a line/ and where have been oh girl you came to ruin my world/ i sold my soul for rock and roll/ but it ain’t paying up