Alberta Street Pub - Portland, OR 09​/​12​/​15

by Jim Dalton

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Elizabeth 03:41
As I drive around the bend to that Pennsylvania borderline again I seem to find, my mind racing back to you Wishing you were by my side Just the two of us, nothing to hide We find that place That only you and I can find And how I need you God knows I need you Liz how I miss you and how I wish that you were here with me tonight Hey Elizabeth Let's run away So far away we'll leave it all behind Elizabeth let's run away And start a brand new day tonight You say they wouldn't understand and I know I didn't figure in their plans But say what you will Nothing can change the way we feel Like Romeo and Juliet Ours is a love that time will not forget It will live on Long after you and I are gone Hey Elizabeth Let's run away So far away we'll leave it all behind Elizabeth let's run away And start a brand new day tonight And how I need you God knows I need you Liz how I miss you and how I wish that you were here with me tonight Hey Elizabeth Let's run away So far away we'll leave it all behind Elizabeth let's run away And start a brand new day tonight
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Hello my old friend, it has been a while Seeing you here tonight brings me a smile Sit down right here, and let's have a few cold beers Let's bring back good times, it's been too many years I remember us cruisin' on Fridays down Main Trying to get all the pretty girls names Rev'ving our engines just to get their attention Then we'd laugh at ourselves getting shot down in flames Too many years It's been too many years It's good seeing you here tonight It's been too many years Many friends come and many friends go As everyone travels their own special road But they leave you with memories of which you can hold And all of those memories are worth more than gold Too many years It's been too many years It's good seeing you here tonight It's been too many years So tonight my good friend let's enjoy here and now And have as many laughs as the time will allow And when the night ends if I do shed tear It's 'cause I know the next time will be too many years Too many years It's been too many years It's good seeing you here tonight It's been too many years
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Here and Now 02:51
I don't like to think about the end of the story I only hope when my time's out It won't have been boring Cause what's it's really all about Without a question, there's no doubt The only certainty there is here to be found Is you and me, here and now So come with me and let's go fly And seek out new places We'll take the highway in the sky Through wide open spaces I'm tired of worrying bout tomorrow It may not get here anyhow The only certainty there is here to be found Is you and me, here and now And if suddenly I find myself again lost in the darkness Just shine your light on through Let it shine on through And I'll follow it to you And if suddenly you're swimming in a sea of desperation I won't let you drown I'll throw my line on down And pull you right back out
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Wrap me up in a blanket of smoke and whiskey There won't be anybody waiting at home to miss me Jukebox is gonna play my song You know the one where someone's been done wrong And I don't wanna be alone tonight So don't take me home Drop me off at the honky tonk Drop me off at the honky tonk It won't be long 'til this working day is through And when it's over, well I know just where I'm going to It's been so long they say I should forget about you Well that's real easy to say but not so easy to do But every cloud's gonna have a silver lining My is where the neon lights are brightly shining Jukebox is gonna play my song You know the one where someone's been done wrong And I don't wanna be alone tonight So don't take me home Drop me off at the honky tonk Drop me off at the honky tonk I don't wanna be alone tonight So drop me off at the honky tonk Wrap me up in a blanket of smoke and whiskey There won't be anybody waiting at home to miss me Jukebox is gonna play my song You know the one where someone's been done wrong And I don't wanna be alone tonight So don't take me home Drop me off at the honky tonk Drop me off at the honky tonk I don't wanna be alone tonight So drop me off at the honky tonk
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There's a long stretch of road Out in front of me tonight I'm burning midnight oil but I'm still running strong And I've been doing 90 but it ain't fast enough Because I've been away from home too long But I'm driving back to Denver Been driving all night long I'm missing home that's where I need to be Driving back to Denver And I can't wait too see those Mile High city lights shine for me Got a flat in Carolina Broke down in Arkansas Drove to fast through Oklahoma Had a little trouble with the law Found myself right in the middle of a bar room brawl in Kansas City It's plain to see that life for me out on the road ain't pretty
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Road Dog 02:57
Road dog you've been on this road for so long Slinging that guitar And singing them songs You know every highway from Ballard to Broadway Road dog you keep rolling on Your journey's had a lotta strange turns Road blocks to go through Never longer than a sojourn There's no settling you And you can see now where you're going as you check the rear view Home can't be closer for you The days they pass by in the blink of an eye You can't slow 'em down though you try The road takes from you and from loved ones your time The price paid to roll down the line Road dog you've been on this road for so long Slinging that guitar And singing them songs You know every highway from Ballard to Broadway Road dog you keep rolling on The years they pass by in the blink of an eye You can't slow 'em down though you try The road takes from you and from loved ones your time The price paid to roll down the line
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Victoria 02:17
Was from the start that I knew It was nothing like before There was something so much more There was nothing I could do To keep from coming back for more Once you opened up the door Like the stars out in the night When it was dark you were the light Victoria, ah Victoria Like the pleasure in the pain You were the sunlight through the rain Victoria, ah Victoria I miss you so Certain things cannot remain Like the moth into the flame With you that's what I became As I sit here in these chains The only thing that stays the same Is I keep calling out your name Like the pleasure in the pain You were the sunlight through the rain Victoria, ah Victoria I miss you so Ah ah, Victoria Ah ah, Victoria Was from the start that I knew It was nothing like before There was something so much more
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Hard Road 01:48
Rollin' down the highway, me and my six-string Trying to earn my pay with the songs that I sing Lord, it ain't no easy road Ain't no way around it, I'm driving straight down it Taking the hard road You got a lotta friends when you make 'em money When the money ends, I find it kinda funny how you don't I guess it's easy come and easy go Ain't no way around it, I'm driving straight down it Taking the hard road It's a grind, doin' time, moving up and down the line paying dues, playin' dives, trying to find ways to survive It'll promise you the world, turn around and rob you blind Drive it long enough, it drives you outta your mind Here I go, down the hard road
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I spend my time slinging booze, beer, and wine 6 nights a week at this bar I live on the south side In a one-room apartment And I drove an old beat up car But I got it good in this old neighborhood I pick spirits up when they're down They bring me their troubles I pour 'em a double When I'm needed I'll be around I can spread good cheer With a warm smile and cold beer And you can say what's your mind Let that weight on your shoulder Roll off like a boulder This is your place to unwind Cause I'm your bartender I'm a bad day ender A friend when you find yourself down If you've got the blues Well have I got the booze If you need me, I'll be around I'll be around You can find me in any old town Setting 'em up while they knock 'em down I'll be around I hear all the stories The hard lucks, the glories The ups, downs, and all in-between I'll listen if you share But it's going nowhere Your secret's safe here with me Cause I'm your bartender An expert ear lender A friend when you find yourself down If you've got the blues Well have I got the booze Should you need me, I'll be around So bring me your troubles and I'll pour you a double When you find yourself feeling down When you've got the blues Then with me you can't lose If you need me, I'll be around I'll be around You can find me in any old town I'll set 'em up And you knock 'em down I'll be around Cause I'm your bartender I'm a bad day ender a friend when you find yourself down If you got the blues Buddy I got the booze If you need me, I'll be around Yeah this watering hole Here is good for the soul It picks spirits up when they're down so bring me your troubles I"ll pour you a double Come see me, I'll be around
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He missed your sister's wedding in Japan 'Cause he was doing hard time in the can He can't come home and stay for the holidays 'Cause they locked him up and threw the key away You shouldn't have fallen in love with a serial killer That's something only crazy bitches do Once you go falling in love with a serial killer Chances are things won't end well for you You say that he is just misunderstood He's done some bad things but he can still do good You say deep down inside he's really a sweet guy Can't understand why others wanna see him fry You shouldn't have fallen in love with a serial killer That's something only crazy bitches do Once you go falling in love with a serial killer Chances are things won't end well for you He can't fix broken things around the home or qualify to cosign on a loan and the next time you barbecue you should only make enough for you 'cause he'll be dining with the boys from cell block 2
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¡Amigos! 03:26
When you're out at the bar and you've had way too much Who's gonna come pick you up? Next time please call me and don't go to jail You still owe me last weekend's bail Wherever we go, no matter how far Nothing can change who we are Amigos, amigos When your piece of shit pickup breaks down once again I know you don't have AAA Who will reluctantly help out a friend? Who's only a phone call way? And when you've got a secret that you need to hide, who's gonna keep it inside Amigos, right from the start Amigos, we'll never part Amigos, that's Spanish for friends Amigos, until the end And if some jerk, down at your work Is pissing you off to no end Don't kick his ass, 'cause you'll probably get canned I'll handle your light work my friend When you're crazy ass girlfriend kicks you out again You know who lives just 'round the bend By the way that relationship's one you should end I'm telling you this as a friend Cause I heard she's seeing like 10 other guys Amigos will tell you no lies
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There's a dude I know from north of Mexico Some people call him Roger I just call him bro And I also call him "Singing Scorpion" and the "Dylan of the desert" He's a poet on the run His name is Roger Clyne and he lives among the cactus He's never on time and he doesn't like to practice He sings about an open door He's the Tucson Troubadour He is lean and mean, a songwriting machine He wrote that song "Banditos" and the "King of the Hill" theme He is also a conservationist and when people don't recycle, he gets kinda pissed His name is Roger Clyne and lives among the cactus He's never on time and he doesn't like to practice He always leaves 'em wanting more He's the Tucson Troubadour And you can take him out of Arizona but you'll never take Arizona out the man He's loves the Arizona land He digs the Arizona sand Yeah you can take him out of Arizona but you'll never take Arizona out the man He's got an Arizona tan Give him an Arizona hand And he has a lot of songs that rhyme with "O" like Dinero, Mexico, Americano, Buffalo Just went I thought that he was done rhyming in "O" He went and wrote another and it's called "Geronimo!" His name is Roger Clyne and lives among the cactus He's never on time and he doesn't like to practice He sings about an open door He's the Tucson Troubadour
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I see you acting high and mightier than thou All I can do is scratch my head and wonder how You get away with things you do and say You'll step on anyone who gets in your way Well I've had it up to here with you So what I'm gonna say is long overdue I'm getting tired of biting my lip So I'm doing you a favor and giving you a tip You got a problem You gotta fix that shit You got a problem Everybody's tired of it You flaunt your money, wear expensive clothes Buy pricey shoes to use for stepping on toes But there are certain things you can't buy with dough But that's something that you're never gonna know If you keep looking out for number one You're never gonna realize what you've done And like I said I'm tired of biting my lip So I'll say it once again, I'm shooting from the hip You got a problem You gotta fix that shit You got a problem Everybody's tired of it You think the world never did revolve around anyone but you You are the most important person in world in the eyes of you
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In My Head 05:02
Today's my birthday I'm turning 30 I'm perfectly healthy Independently wealthy In my head And that's Bill Murray I'm his best friend He's at my party Pouring shots again We're having a good time In my head Sinatra's crooning, the girls are swooning Everyone is here, even the Goonies In my head In my head the sun is shining bright tonight In my head those I've lost are still alive In my head the world is so unusually happy In my head everyone loves everyone In my head no one needs to use a gun In my head the world is so unusually happy Took a rocket to outer space Found the cure for cancer For the human race And brought it back In my head In my head, there is nothing but good will In my head, no one uses God to kill In my head the world is so unusually happy In my head, everywhere it's beautiful In my head, life is one big musical In my head the world is so unusually happy Today's my birthday...
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Marie 02:59
Four riders behind me Three bullets left Two hours 'til sunset Just one regret I went lusting for gold I found only lead Lo siento, siento, Marie Marie, ah, Marie Even in death my heart waits only for thee Marie, ah, Marie Mi corazon pertenece Ahora y siempre En vida o muerte Solo a ti Crying, she stood in her white Sunday dress The wide world awaits, I would ride to possess My own envy and greed I let lure me away When I knew in my heart with Marie I should stay Marie, ah, Marie Even in death my heart waits only for thee Marie, ah, Marie Mi corazon pertenece Ahor e siempre En vida o muerte Solo a ti
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Whiskey Rain 03:13
Well here I am once again In this darkness on my own And I don't have anybody show me the light I am alone Just one more glass to drown this sorrow Then it's time for me to go I won't be back here tomorrow Where I'm headed, Lord only knows I've been drivin' down this dark stretch of highway for as long as I can recall It don't matter if they don't approve of my way that won't change things at all Whiskey rain, whiskey rain Come down on me and wash away this pain Whiskey rain don't you go away I need you to stay Another night in this bar room that don't see the light of day and I've been guided by the full moon but I never do find my way So one more glass could drown this sorrow Then it's time for me to go I won't be back here tomorrow Where I'm headed, Lord only knows I've been drivin' down this dark stretch of highway for as long as I can recall and don't matter if they don't approve of my way That won't change me at all
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I was hanging with some buddies on a Saturday night When some guy starts talkin' tough and tries picking a fight I might have punched him in the nose if it was back in the day But I just shook his hand and bought his beer, it's better that way Some guy gave me the finger on the freeway today I think I might have cut him off, or somehow got in his way I might have run him off the road if it was back in the day But I just smiled and waved and let it go, it's better that way It's better that way So if you're in a situation and your feeling some frustration Let it go, let go 'cause you can't change what happens but you can change your reaction Don't you know "tranquilo." Well I just realized this song is not very long And if I really wanted I could go on and on But I think that I've said everything I wanted to say So I'll just keep it short and sweet, I think it's better that way
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Mekong 03:14
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Pantalones 04:48
Mi pantalones Mi pantalones Mi pantalones Donde esta? Mi pantalones Donde estamos? I cannot find you Where did you go? One weekend I did go To Puerto Peñasco It's down in Mexico Where I lay on the sand I met some locals And there was a man He had marijuana There in his hand There was a fiesta Yo bebo cerveza Y dos cervezas Then dos more cervazas One in each hand And then came tequila and a mariachi band Too much fiesta I took a siesta There on the sand Mi pantalones Mi pantalones Mi pantalones Donde esta?
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"Green bean" 01:38
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The wheels on the bus Don't wanna go 'round We got another California breakdown We were doing alright 'til everything went wrong Now we're stuck on the side of the road where we don't belong It's a California Breakdown It's a California Breakdown Jessie's trying out for the next bit part This time she really nails it She played it from the heart This could be the big break The one she's waiting for But her only take is on the cutting room floor California Breakdown Feeling all alone far away from home Trying to figure out how she's gonna make it out here in this town It's a California Breakdown It's a California Breakdown Johnny's writing songs Out in Hollywood He just needs connections He knows his tunes are good Then he hears his song It's in a picture show Then he finds he's been wronged as he's sitting all alone and he watching the credits roll Another California Breakdown Stranded on the road Where souls are sold Trying figure out how he's gonna make it count here in this town It's a California Breakdown It's a California Breakdown
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"Request" 00:29
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Well I'm burnin' out Sometimes this place can be a "drag" I need a getaway, it's a "high" time I packed a "bag" And if you're like me, and you've taken all you can What do you say today we try a different plan? And toke the whole day off Let's toke the whole day off If you're like me and had enough You bring the light, I got the stuff, we'll toke the whole day off Well you'd think by now, we'd learn from our mistakes I wish the fools all making rules would finally wake (and bake) It's been wrong so long, in fact I find it downright strange I do believe that it's "high" time we made the change Then toke the whole day off We'll toke the whole day off Let's get it right we've enough We'll see the light after a puff Let's toke the whole day off So if you're burnin' out and the world has got you down My friend, you need a getaway Ain't no sense in hangin' round And if you're feel like me, and you've taken all you can Well then today I say we try a different plan
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Well there's a road that I know that'll get you up to heaven for a day Where you just might see an eagle fly or watch the bighorn play Or you can take a trail that'll lead you to the river's edge Where you can listen to the rollin' waters carry all your troubles away On I-70 Westbound, I-70 Westbound We'll get away for a little while on I-70 Westbound There's nothing that can quite compare to the Colorado sun When you're high in the Rocky Mountains and away from everyone And you know the Mile High city always will be home to me But for those times when I gotta get away there's a place I'll be On I-70 Westbound, I-70 Westbound We'll get away for a little while on I-70 Westbound Well I just can't wait to get next to a fire tonight Where I can hold my baby in my arms until morning light And when we wake up we can take a long walk and see what we can find Come on let's pack it up, hit the road, it's time to leave the city behind
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Drive Away 03:11
How did we end up in this place? What is it that we've come to face? If you you know that it can never last I guess it's better just to put it in the past And I don't want to have to let you down I don't want to have to let you down So if there's nothing left for you to say I think it's time for me to drive away You don't have to tell me like ain't fair When the unexpected hits you from nowhere And it ain't always easy standing ground When your world is upside down and turned around And I don't want to have to let you down I don't want to have to let you down So if there's nothing left for you to say I think it's time for me to drive away
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B, B, & M's 00:58
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"Singawrong" 00:18
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You're telling me that you would leave him If you could have a chance with me Well I hate to break it to you Some things just aren't meant to be So you might hold on to what you have 'cause there's no chance for you and me I'm not trying to make you sad I'm just trying to make you see I can't love you like he can I hope that you can understand I want a woman not a man So I can't love you like he can Now you're telling me it's hard Well I just don't know what to say Except buddy, it ain't in the cards So you must turn and walk away Cause you're barking up the wrong tree That dog don't hunt for me Don't wanna see tears in your eyes But I love the ladies, not the guys So I can't love you like he can I hope that you can understand I want a woman not a man So I can't love you like he can I'm not trying to be rude It's not that I do not approve But long ago I did conclude I could never do a dude Stand behind your man Cause I can't love you like he can
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"Thank You" 00:54

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Recorded live at the Alberta Street Pub for the good people of Portland, Oregon. I'm convinced there must be something in the water that makes people there appreciate live music more than the average audience. Always a magical experience. Thank you Portland!
Bonus tracks included with purchase are the late-night improvised songs, "Wiener Rock" and "Waiting on Whiskey."

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released September 15, 2015

Live sound and recording engineer: Chris Anderson
Mixed by Jim Dalton

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Jim Dalton Denver, Colorado

Colorado-based Country, Americana, Roots singer-songwriter, and lead guitarist for Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. Lead singer & guitarist of the Railbenders and the Hickman-Dalton Gang.

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