Live at Banditos 10​/​18​/​2015

by Jim Dalton

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Much to my dismay, this is only a partial recording of one fun, hot, sweaty, south-of-the-border, Sunday afternoon in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico at a little cantina known as Banditos. Due to a technical malfunction, we only managed to tape the first 45 minutes of a friggin' 4-hour show! But as they say, something is better than nothing, I guess. I debuted 2 new songs at this show ("She Only Calls My Booty When She's Drinking" and "Mother Trucker"). The crowd was amazing and most stayed the whole damn 4 hours. New friendships were begun, alliances were forged, many beverages were consumed, dirty jokes were told, people danced, people cried, people cringed, and some left. My Denver Broncos beat the Cleveland Browns in OT during the show. I believe it was the longest show I've ever done without taking a break. Oh, and I remember my voice was almost gone from sleep deprivation after a previous late night jam session 'til 4 in the morning with my buddy, Nate Cook of the Yawpers. I was tired, but Nate had it worse. He lost his wallet, iPhone, cash, and got food poisoning to cap off his weekend. He also got escorted naked by security back to his room. Good times. Anyway, thanks for listening, and a special thanks to those who spent this day with me. It was really fun.
Until the next time,
JD
PS. If you ever visit Banditos, order the grilled shrimp tacos. You will thank me. You're welcome.

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released October 24, 2015

All songs written by J. Dalton (ASCAP) except "Marie" (Dalton/Clyne)
Artwork by Daniel Gonzalez

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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: Never Drinkin' Again
I went to my favorite tavern
Thought I would have one quick beer
But one quickly turned to another
What happened next isn't quite clear

I heard I was the life of the party
Heard I made a lot of new friends
Cause I told the bartender all drinks were on me
Now I've nothing left for my rent

So I'm never drinkin' again
'Cause I act like a dick and piss off my friends
So I'm putting it all to an end
And I'm never drinkin' again

Now, I'm usually not too much trouble
After I've had two or three
But after one too many doubles
I'm nothing but trouble you see

So I've finally come to my senses
The writing was there on the wall
Time to go mend a few fences
This is my final last call

Then I'm never drinkin' again
'Cause I do stupid shit and embarrass my friends
So I'm putting it all to an end
So I'm never drinkin' again

Now I know that you may not believe me
You say that you've heard it before
But this time I really mean it
To celebrate, let's have just one more, then...
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: Puerto Peñasco
Hey do you wanna go?
Down to Puerto Peñasco
I miss those Sandy beaches
And drinking with my amigos
I need a pick me up
'cause I've been feeling so low
Let's pack our things and let's go
Down to Puerto Peñasco

Lately it's been raining
Quite lot around here
Lot of folks complaining
Cause the skies ain't so clear
But I can see the light
Breaking thru the clouds
Because it won't be long
Until we're going down
Track Name: Ballad of Nick, the Good Lookin' Guy
Day after day I wake up and I say where did I go right?
To have all these beautiful babes chase me night after night
I look in the mirror and I can't help but ask myself why
Why did I turn out to be such a good looking guy?

When I'm stage people don't even know that I play the bass
Cause everyone's busy just staring at my gorgeous face
I really can't blame them when they look at me and ask why
Why did Nick Scropos become such a good looking guy?

I'm just a good looking guy
Something sweet for your eye
Thank me when I pass by
For being a such a good looking guy

I walk down the street and I see people passing me by
They turn to each other and say "Wow, did you see that guy?"
I really can't blame them when they look at me and ask why
Why did he turn out to be such a good looking guy?
Track Name: California Breakdown
The wheels on the bus
Don't wanna go 'round
We got another California breakdown

We were doin 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: Mother Trucker
I guess it's pretty safe to say it hasn't been a very good year
Most days I find myself reaching for the bourbon and beer
But I had a little visit from somebody last night in a dream
And I liked the words that I heard
This is what he said to me

And he said:
"Hey mother trucker, you just keep on trucking down the line.
Hey mother trucker in the end it's gonna turn out fine.
Before you know it you will find yourself riding down that long mother trucker of a highway in the sky.
Keep on trucking mother trucker you just keep on trucking down the line."

The only thing of which I am certain is that nothing is certain
No matter what they say, I pay attention to the man behind the curtain
And I never think that anything is ever really quite as it seems
But I liked the words that I heard that he kept saying to me

'cause he said:
"Hey mother trucker, you just keep on trucking down the line.
Hey mother trucker in the end it's gonna turn out fine.
Before you know it you will find yourself riding down that long mother trucker of a highway in the sky.
Keep on trucking mother trucker you just keep on trucking down the line."

Well I never really used to be too much of the spiritual kind
But as I'm getting older there's a lotta shit changing my mind
Like how I got a little visit from somebody last night in a dream
And I know I won't forget the words that he kept on saying to me

'cause he said:
"Hey mother trucker, you just keep on trucking down the line.
Hey mother trucker in the end it's gonna turn out fine.
Before you know it you will find yourself riding down that long mother trucker of a highway in the sky.
Keep on trucking mother trucker you just keep on trucking down the line."
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: 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: When She's Drinking
She doesn't ever call me over
Anytime that she is sober
Because she isn't in the mood
Only gives me attitude
But then she'll have like seven brews
And she'll insist that I get nude
My observations got me thinking
She only calls my booty when she's drinking

She's always losing her bikini
After she's had a few martinis
But when she's having milk and cookies
I never seem to get no nookie
But once she gets into that vino
She thinks I'm Rudy Valentino
A few more reasons why I'm been thinking
She only calls my booty when she's drinking

Don't get no hugging from my shorty
Unless she's chugging on a 40
She don't be dishing out the candy
Unless she's sipping on her brandy
Now I don't claim to be no genius
But when she drinks she always wants to be my Venus
A few more reasons why I'm been thinking
She only calls my booty when she's drinking
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: 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 everyone loves everyone
In my head no one needs to use a gun
In my head the world is so unusually happy

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

Took a rocket to outer space
Found a cure for cancel
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: 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?