Live at the Lion's Den August 29, 2015

by Jim Dalton

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Hi music loving person. This is me solo at a really cool place they call the Lion's Den in Pinetop, Arizona, on the afternoon of August, 29, 2015. Just before I got there, it rained and was cold and cloudy and there was lightning. I thought the gig wasn't going to happen. But it did. And that made me happy because everyone there was really cool and fun. Friendships were made. Laughs were had. Many beverages were consumed. I love me a good day-drinking crowd. Oh, and the Lion's Den has this burger called the "wine burger" that you should try if you ever get there. Nothing has been "fixed in in the mix." All clams are left fully intact. For you non-musicians, "clams" are mistakes. No auto-tuned vocals here (well except intentionally like on the Cher and Madonna covers I did) but unfortunately those could not be shared here for copyright reasons. I admit I cringed often times as I listened to my far from perfect vocals, and my sometimes ill-timed and flubby guitar solos but I hope it gives you of sense of how nice it was to be there that day.
Thanks for listening,
JD
ps.. There are hidden bonus tracks included with purchase.

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released September 1, 2015

Recording engineer: Jeff Lusby-Breault
Live sound engineer: Jim Coleman
Produced, Mixed, & Mastered by Jim Dalton
Graphic design/cover art by Jim Dalton
All songs writen by James Dalton © ASCAP
Except : "Mexican Jail" (Dalton/Hickman), "I Drive a Truck" (T. Asnicar), and "Go With the Flow" and "Marie" (Dalton/Clyne)

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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: Have a Drink On Me
I see it's been
One of those days
Because it's written on your face
This seat is free
Come take a load off
And have a drink on me
Have a drink on me

Tell me your problems
I'll lend an ear
Maybe we'll solve 'em over a beer
So what'll it be?
I got this round
Have a drink on me
Have a drink on me

And when your world is getting crazy
It's good to get away and get a little reprieve

You don't need to repay me
I got this round, so what'll it be?

We've all got troubles
Everybody gets down
We have our struggles every then and now

So what'll it be? I got this round
Have a drink on me
Have a drink on me
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: Lazy Saturday
Rollin' down the highway, on lazy Saturday
Things are goin' my way, I got no blues for a change

And I ain't gotta be no place, ain't gotta be nowhere
and I ain't got a single worry, or a single care

Ah and I feel okay
It's a lazy Saturday

Southbound 85, I'm headed for Puerto Penasco, Mexico
One toke over the line, sweet Jesus, is playing on my radio
And I ain't gotta be anybody, report to anyone
And I'm sure not in any big hurry to get anything done

Ah and I feel okay
It's a lazy Saturday
Track Name: Shorty
This is the shortest song I ever wrote
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
And having a good time
In my head

Sinatra's crooning
All 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, everything it's beautiful
In my head, life is one big musical
In my head the world is so unusually happy

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
Track Name: Ballad of Nick, the Good Looking 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
When 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 watch 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
How did he turn out to be such a good looking guy?
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 ya
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
Track Name: Like a Wheel/I Drive a Truck
Well it's hard telling where I'm going
when I look at where I've been
I'm feeling like a tumbleweed
blown' in the wind

But the road that I am traveling
is a road that leads somewhere
so I'm holding to hope there's something better out there

so I keep rollin' on down the highway
I keep rollin' like a wheel
Until I finally find something that's real
I'll be rollin', like a wheel

Well I've always been a drifter but I'm tryin' to find my way
I don't worry 'bout tomorrow, I'm just livin' for today
and I'm tryin' to find a better place where I can stay
so I can finally settle down and end my driftin ways

so I keep rollin' on down the highway
I keep rollin' like a wheel

well I always will remember where it is that I come from
I only hope it's not a sign of future things to come
'cause when I look behind me now the only thing I see
is a long and winding highway of broken down dreams

but I keep rollin'….
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: I-70 Westbound
Well there's a road that I know that can 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: Amigos
When you're out at the bar and you've had way too much
Who's gonna come pick you up?
Next time just 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, is 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, 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: Pantalones
Mi pantalones
Mi pantalones
Mi pantalones
Donde esta?

Mi pantalones
Donde estamos?
I cannot find you
Donde esta?

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 sangria
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: These Times
So my friends this is the end
It's time to move along down the line
Someday when I'm looking back
I'm gonna smile
As I remember these times

It's been fun but now we've come
To the moment we must say our goodbyes
One day when you're looking back
I hope you will smile
As you remember these times

I'll be reminiscing
Won't be second guessing
I will appreciate the times that we've had
All of the good ones and even the bad

So my friend this is the end
It's time to move along down the line
One day when I'm looking back
I know I will smile
As I remember these times