Live at Alberta Street Pub 09​/​12​/​15

by Jim Dalton

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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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Track Name: Elizabeth
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 plan
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
Track Name: Too Many Years
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
Track Name: Here and Now
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
Track Name: 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

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
Track Name: Drivin' Back to Denver
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
Track Name: Road Dog
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
Track Name: Victoria
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
Track Name: Hard Road
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
Track Name: I'll Be Around
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
Track Name: Serial Killer
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
Track Name: ¡Amigos!
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
Track Name: Tucson Troubadour
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
Track Name: You Got a Problem
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
Track Name: In My Head
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 a 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...
Track Name: Marie
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
Track Name: Whiskey Rain
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
Track Name: Better That Way
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
Track Name: Pantalones
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?
Track Name: California Breakdown
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
Track Name: Let's Toke the Whole Day Off
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
Track Name: I-70 Westbound
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
Track Name: Drive Away
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
Track Name: Can't Love You Like He Can
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