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All Roads

by Joe Flood

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1.
Hard Time Blues It’s been hard times They cut me open, sewed me up I’m still not quite the same People dying Friends and loved ones up and gone And only life to blame Deep day dawning Heavy snow and freezing rain We just keep on keeping on It’s a problem Just keeping things enough in tune So I can sing this song But for now the birds still sing, the winter turns to spring We wake up never knowing what the day will bring Although the world like us is full of suffering If you’ve got soul you know you’re part of everything And everything like you is trying hard to lose These hard time blues Every morning We wake up and we get to work We all have things to do Work and more work It’s hard to know which way to turn Here’s hoping we break through Cars mean breakdowns Insurance, gas, upkeep, repairs Now tell me who owns who? Nervous breakdowns Who can you call to tow you home When your world breaks in two? And even when we can’t complain we all still do It’s hard to learn your dreams are never coming true It may take evolution for us to arrive At an elegant solution to how to survive Sometimes I wish the world would just hang up and drive But while it’s in revolution and we’re still alive Let’s live to love and know that we can learn to lose These hard time blues Let your hair down And party on the down home blues We need to lose control Let me love you That’s one thing I know how to do And it can make us whole These old hard times They will come creeping up on you There’s not much you can do Ease your conscience There’s evil here and everywhere Please let me help you through And go tell the world that you want more than sympathy We live and lose the ones we love too easily Whatever comfort we can find we fight to keep And the cost of our convenience is that life is cheap The sun will shine, the moon will burn, the stars will weep The children run and play among the falling leaves The seasons turn, the lovers learn, the blue sky grieves Whatever magic you have hidden up your sleeves Now’s the time to pull it out and help us lose These hard time blues
2.
The Gypsy Mover The gypsy mover, he knows the score First of the month you're out the door He'll take it all except the floor The gypsy mover The gypsy mover, his back is strong His days are hard, the nights are long His phone rings, life's a song The gypsy mover The gypsy mover, he gets around Don't need a map, he owns this town Six flights up, six flights down The gypsy mover The gypsy mover he loves his fun Give him a job, he gets it done But when it's over, he's got to run The gypsy mover The gypsy mover ain't no liar Ain't no stranger to desire He'll take you home and take you higher The gypsy mover, he don't steal Just puts his finger on how you feel Been there done that, ain't no big deal The gypsy mover The gypsy mover don't just haul 'Cause he's a gypsy after all Got a problem, give him a call The gypsy mover
3.
I'm Lost 03:22
I'm Lost I walk through this world like I'm so high and mighty Head in the clouds where there's no light to guide me Memory of you burning inside me Without you I'm lost My heart is in pain and my thoughts are all muddy Outside I'm steel, but my soul is like putty And I tell the worlds I don't need anybody But without you I'm lost I'm lost in this world on my own I'm lost in this place I call home I'm lost, please don't leave me alone 'Cause without you I'm lost I met lady luck and I thought I could change her Gambled my dreams on a world full of danger Lost your love, now to me you're a stranger Without you I'm lost I'm lost in this world on my own I'm lost in this place I call home I'm lost, please don't leave me alone 'Cause without you I'm lost People think I'm strong They don't know they're all wrong I need you, I need you, I need you I need your love to heal and protect me So out of touch I need you to connect me Dead and gone, won't you come resurrect me Without you I'm lost I'm lost in this world on my own I'm lost in this place I call home I'm lost, please don't leave me alone 'Cause without you I'm lost Without you I'm lost Yes, without you I'm lost
4.
I'm Gonna Get It I've been banging my head against the same old wall for such a long time That American dream never even entered my mind But I just found out the world needs something You can only get from a good for nothing I'm ready to deal and get a feel for how the other half lives I'm gonna get it I'm gonna get it I got what they need And I want what they got I'm gonna get it If there's something you need tell me, tell me, please please, I'll do it Show me the hoop of fire and I will gladly jump through it If I swear to change I'll disappoint you You couldn't be beat, so I guess I've joined you It's up to me and now I see that something's got to give I'm gonna get it I'm gonna get it I got what they need And I want what they got I'm gonna get it Somebody got plenty of money I ain't got a buck They think they're so lucky just to be so smart When all they got is dumb luck Sport car, sport coat Race horse, speedboat Easy job, high pay Every day a holiday New boots, new guitar Buying drinks at the bar Big house, lotta land Playing in a rocking band I'm gonna get it I'm gonna get it I got what they need And I want what they got I'm gonna get it
5.
Come Down, Rain Come Down, Rain I've done some falling, too But now my falling's through It's your turn to fall today Come Down, Rain I'm warm and safe inside I've got no tears to hide But some you could wash away Come Down, Rain Just let that thunder roar I'm not scared any more I've seen everything Come Down, Rain My roof's a big old drum Why don't you beat it some And play me that song you sing It goes, "April showers bring May flowers..." Or something like that My day in the sun just doesn't come It must have missed my welcome mat Come Down, Rain You let up now and then But then you're back again Just when skies are looking blue Come Down, Rain Let's get this over with I've got my life to live And I need sunshine too But until it breaks through Come Down, Rain Come Down, Rain Come Down, Rain
6.
I'm In A Hole I'm in a hole and I'm digging in deeper In a hole and I'm digging in deeper I'm in a hole and I'm digging in deeper I don't know how I'm going to get out They told me I could dig to the top They told me I could dig to the top Thought I could dig to the top Started digging couldn't stop Now I don't know how I'm going to get out They told me I was going to be a pilot They told me I was going to be a pilot Now I pile it over here and I pile it over there But I don't know how I'm going to get out I'll give you your money when I get there I'll pay you what I owe you when I get there But I got this shovel from Manpower And they charge me by the hour And I don't know how I'm going to get out I'll sing this song while I dig it And I'll dig this song while I sing it I'll sing and dig, dig and sing Dig and sing, sing and dig But I don't know how I'm going to get out I'm in a hole and I'm digging in deeper In a hole and I'm digging in deeper I'm in a hole and I'm digging in deeper I don't know how I'm going to get out
7.
Every Man Has A Monkey Every man's got a monkey Every man has got a monkey Every man has got a monkey Up in his family tree Everybody I know is different We come in all sizes and shapes Somebody tries to tell me he's born better Man, that makes me just want to go ape I say, Every man's got a monkey Every man has got a monkey Every man has got a monkey Up in his family tree Well, your daddy's got a whole lot of money And your mama says your blood is blue But if you think that that makes you the top banana Well, buddy, I got news for you Because Every man's got a monkey Every man has got a monkey Every man has got a monkey Up in his family tree Some people are so black they're purple Others are so white they're pink But purple or pink, yellow or tan We're all cousins to the missing link I say, Every man's got a monkey Every man has got a monkey Every man has got a monkey Up in his family tree
8.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE BLUES There’s a fire on the mountain, no peace in the valley You can run down any road you choose Take the high road, take the low road, take the alley You’ll find that all roads, All roads lead to the blues Saturday Night pours you out into Sunday morning You can hear the gospel rockin’ ‘em in the pews Every hallelujah shouts out a warning It says all roads, All roads lead to the blues Love is strong and there ain’t nothing stronger It can mend a heart or break it right in two You can hold on tight, hold on longer and longer But you know that all roads, All roads lead to the blues Ask Mohammed, he’ll quote you verse and chapter Ask Buddha under the Bodhi tree Ask Moses when he comes down from the mountain Ask Jesus climbing Calvary When misery holds the dice and keeps rolling doubles And there’s nothing that you know that you can use You can learn from the man in need who smiles this troubles ‘Cause he knows that all roads All roads lead to the blues It ain’t easy to lose and laugh about it It ain’t easy to keep smiling through the pain It easy to trust the sun and never doubt it When you’ve lost all you own to the wind and the rain When you’ve seen your country in its darkest hour People crying, people dying the nightly news And there’s whole in the soul of themas who holds the power Then you’ll know that all roads All roads lead to the blues It’s time to get up and get ourselves together Stomp your foot, raise your voice, pay your dues We’ve got to follow the sun, no matter what the weather ‘Cause you know that all roads All roads lead to the blues
9.
What's Left? 03:33
What's Left? I used to pray It's just an empty habit A habit I got of mumbling A couple times a day What's left out there, what's left for prayer? What's left? I was a child Who knew that life was unfair Life is unfair, it won't let you Stay free and wild What's left that's wild, what'ls lef that's free? What's left? What's left-- A song that always comes out wrong No hope, no friends No rope, just ends And I'm grabbing I'm grabbing at what's left People I cried for Who I would have died for It's like they're dead to me now The trouble I've been through Nobody knows, not even you And you, you're bound to leave me anyhow The way that I feel Sure ain't the way that I felt The way that I feel The cards were played Before they were dealt What's left to feel, what's left that's real? What's left?
10.
Tee Na Na 04:33
Tee Na Na You can do the boogie woogie You can shake it with your cha cha cha You can do the boogie woogie You can shake it with your cha cha cha But it takes two to tango, baby Won't you come be my p'tit' nana? I like it sweet and salty And little girl, that's just what you are I like it sweet and salty And little girl, that's just what you are Bring the hot sauce with you, babe Come take the place of my guitar Tee na na, Tee na na Tee na na, Tee na na Tee na na, Tee na na na na It takes two to tango, baby Won't you come be my p'tit' nana? I hear the kettle whistling The pot must have called her black I hear the kettle whistling The pot must have called her black I like to watch you walk away But I love to see you coming back Tee na na, Tee na na Tee na na, Tee na na Tee na na, Tee na na na na Walk away, come back Come be my p'tit' nana? I believe, I believe I believe that you were made for me I believe, I believe I believe that you were made for me 'Cause you move me, mama Like a hurricane shakes a tree Tee na na, Tee na na Tee na na, Tee na na Tee na na, Tee na na na na You move me, mama Walk away, come back It takes two to tango, baby Won't you come be my p'tit' nana?
11.
Father 03:15
Father Well, Father They say your home is heaven But Father You work twenty four seven And Father I don't mean to sound irreverent But, Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize 'Cause I've got These bills I got to pay And I got All work and no play And I got A head that's turning gray Oh, Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize And it's you Who made a mother of Nature It's you But you got to give her way to her 'Cause you Want to get yours later Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize It's uppity of me To give you my sympathy I know I'm nothing but a man And I think I know best But I'm like the rest With my hand out crying Help me if you can And children You love 'em to the bone But children Got minds of their own We're children But we think that we're grown But Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize Some folks Can't make a move without you Some folks Only live to doubt you Some folks Just wanna talk bad about you Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize Some sing your praise Then act in ways No father could be proud of Sisters and brothers Hurt and kill each other Dont' they know the word is "love"? Love, love It's work To keep the world spinning Takes work To keep the home team winning Work And we're just beginning Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize But it's love That keeps the world turning Love That keeps the home fires burning Love But we're so slow learning Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize Yes, Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize Lord, Lord, you know I sympathize
12.
Honky Tonk In My Mind Well, there's a honky tonk in my mind A honky tonk in my mind I cant forget you but I bet you Never would have left me If only you had met me At the honky tonk in my mind What on earth is wrong with me To sing this song to you If this old world still had a heart You would break that too I'm a castaway on a plastic sea One of thousands just like me And the barman asks me, "What'll it be?" Like I'm supposed to know But there's a honky tonk in my mind A honky tonk in my mind I cant forget you but I bet you Never would have left me If only you had met me At the honky tonk in my mind How'm I supposed to tell you The way it feels inside When your love leaves And never sees The place your feelings hide I know the world you're living in But I don't feel like giving in 'Cause you're finished soon as you begin To tell that tale of woe At the honky tonk in my mind A honky tonk in my mind I cant forget you but I bet you Never would have left me If only you had met me At the honky tonk in my mind That steel guitar is playing Those old empty bed blues And shakes its head in wonder That you still ain't heard the news Drop a quarter in the jukebox That only I can hear Hank Williams blows the tenor And Ray Charles draws the beer Wont' you listen to that music Any more with me? You could turn it up And sweep the floor with me At the honky tonk in my mind A honky tonk in my mind I cant forget you but I bet you Never would have left me If only you had met me At the honky tonk in my mind

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released October 17, 2021

Produced by Joe Flood and Craig Dreyer

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad Studios, Pawling/Brooklyn, New York

Joe Flood: acoustic and electric guitars; 5-string acoustic and slide guitar; mandolin; Dobro; violin; percussion; piano (track 11)
Homeboy Steve Antonakos: electric guitar and slide (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 10); tenor banjo (track 7); acoustic 12-string guitar (track 12)
Neil Thomas: Hammond B3 (tracks 1, 3); accordion (tracks 2, 7); Wurlitzer (tracks 3, 5); piano (tracks 10, 12)
Ron Sunshine: harmonica (tracks 1, 2, 4, 8); claves (tracks 7, 9, 10)
Craig Dreyer: Hammond B3 (tracks 5, 6, 9); piano (track 7)
Mark Herschler: nylon string guitar (tracks 4, 8, 9); electric guitar (track 11)
Andres Villamil: double bass
Scott Kessel: drums and percussion
Background vocals by the Smoking Section Choir: Jerry Dugger, Jono Manson, Ron Sunshine, Joe Flood

All songs by Joe Flood, Jungle Curry Music, BMI, administered by BMG Rights Management, except I’m Gonna Get It, What’s Left, and Honky Tonk In My Mind by Joe Flood (Jungle Curry Music, BMI) and Jono Manson (Magic Request Music, BMI)
© 2021
www.joefloodmusic.com

In Memoriam
Stephen B. “Homeboy Steve” Antonakos

Cover painting: Easton Davy
Cover design: Liz Grace

Thanks to: all of the musicians for their generous contributions and for their friendship; Jeremy Waldman for the use of his 1929 Dobro; and as ever, to Liz, Liam, and Nora for everything.

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Joe Flood New Haven, Connecticut

Joe Flood is a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who has performed, written, and recorded with many of the great names in American roots music, among them The Band, Blues Traveler, Dr. John, Bottle Rockets, Laura Cantrell, Eric Andersen, Happy and Artie Traum, Jim Weider, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Jono Manson, and the list goes on! Please visit www.joefloodmusic.com for more information. ... more

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