Hotel Albert

by Joe Flood

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1.
Hotel Albert 04:53
it's a new world i It's a different town Old lions and old buildings Have both tumbled down But with the echo of an organ At four a.m. My thoughts and I begin to turn A smiling mouth with a gold tooth missing Is right by ear saying, "Listen, man, listen!" And the tune that I'm hearing Here in my head Is one I know Albert must have heard Now were you named for it Or was it named for you? Hotel Albert We're going to give you your due Hotel Albert is twenty stories high Tips his hat and he's scraping the sky Just can't keep himself from feeling proud Of the music he's been spreading around Hotel Albert lost his address They put him out but he's still looking his best Had eighty-eight keys in a room with a view But now he's striding down the avenue Hotel Albert ain't got hte blues He's foudn a new home in his dancing shoes His eyes like windows on the world at his feet Out walking that same old beat Hotel Albert is heading uptown Picking 'em up and he's putting 'em down Now if you're going to imitate him You'd better syncopate him And his Hotel Albert Blues
2.
I'm A Nobody 04:04
I'm a nobody I've got nothing to lose I'm a nobody with the no name blues They say nobody's perfect I guess that makes me perfect, too You must know me I'm a nobody just like you I'm a nobody Never been on TV I'm a nobody Nobody notices me But I'm perfectly happy With my perfect anonymity I'm perfectly happy To be a nobody like me People tell me I could really be somebody Well, now, who, Who do they think they're talking to? I've got an empty head An empty heart I'm an empty shell just falling apart So can't people see? I'm a nobody Nobody but me I'm a nobody But I sing my own song And if they laugh at me I laugh right along It's a dirty job But somebody's gotta do it And that somebody's Bound to be a nobody like me
3.
I waited in the rain for you On the corner of your street A Korean man cut carrots there And I said I had someone to meet I sang a song of love for you He laughed and I thought If he only knew You pulled up in a limousine And stepped out in a skirt You were riding with a coffee king But I wasn't hurt 'Cause at times like this A kiss from you Makes it well worth the wait If they only knew Your face was glowing in the lights Reflected through the mist You hold me captive now I can't resist The doorman smiled As we passed through And I said to myself If he only knew We glided up to your floor I sang my song for you About how I missed you for so long And you said you'd missed me, too No place I've been Can compare to you And the people I've met If they only knew How love can see you through The way that I love you If they only knew
4.
Is that the moon, That yellow sliver Among the stars That makes me quiver, Lips trembling here below Is that the moon, That looked so full and still That night I held you from the chill It wasn't so long ago Now I doze in my room With the shades drawn The light dusky All day from dawn Days were bright When they were ours But now you're gone And that moon and my heart Just keep turning on Melting to a waning glow I wonder aimlessly In a daze And ask the deep night Sky amazed Is that the moon? I doze in my room With the shades drawn The light dusky All day from dawn Days were bright When they were ours But now you're gone And that moon and my heart Just keep turning on Melting to a waning glow I wonder aimlessly So in love And ask the deep night Sky above Is that the moon?
5.
The blind man played piano And the painter sang this to him A falling shoulder, a sagging breast Time ticking away here in my chest Between the canvas and my loneliness There's a song I wish I could hear you playing I wish you could hear what I see Your chords are colors, the melody a line I work in space, you work in time But I wish you could hear what I see You feel the light better than I see it But if it needs a rescuer I'll be it Cut angles, splash colors, build textures to free it From the cold shadow of every day My eye moves in rhythm when you improvise If thsi brush were a horn, I'd hit those highs But what line can I draw that you'd recognize As something that you'd like to play I wish you could hear what I see Your chords are colors, the melody a line I work in space, you work in time But I wish you could hear what I see I'm not a whistler, I'm not a hummer I need a photo to show to the drummer So he could call it out like a paint by numbers And everybody here could groove it It's not easy to listen through the noise Or pass through light and shadow And make the choice To keep singing your own song in your own voice Without changing the words to fit the music I wish you could hear what I see Your chords are colors, the melody a line I work in space, you work in time But I wish you could hear what I see
6.
Buckle your seat belt And now hold on tight Take off's in a minute Don't look at the light We're gonna visit a blcak hole Get lost and waste a day We got plenty of time up in Outerspace, U.S.A. It's really out of this world What a little space can do Atmosphere in a bottle Better buy a few Prison's on another planet Trash antigravitates away You know the world's alot nicer up in Outerspace, U.S.A. But it feels like home I'm telling you Video games And Star Trek, too Freeze dried fast food You don't even have to chew But we can go rocking From bar to bar Riding our rocket From star to star Or take a trip to Mars You know it isn't very far Stop the world! I wanna get on! Make your reservations now For Outerspace, U.S.A. I got a postcard today With a picture of the flag on the moon Said, wish you were here Please visit us soon I'm trying to stay down to earth But it's getting harder every day With so many people living up in Outerspace, U.S.A. Seems like everybody's living up in Outerspace, U.S.A
7.
Alone in this house My own shadow scares me As I get up to turn out the light And on my way back to bed Some phantom comes to dare me To try to get to sleep tonight Alone in this house I talk to myself And the echo talks back tauntingly Just a ghost of a chance Is all that's left of love And that ghost keeps on haunting me I know that it's time I swept these cobwebs from my mind And tried to leave these old blues behind But I know I'm to blame 'Cause it's one and the same My jealous heart That drove us apart And this world in my mind Drving me insane And in my mind your face looks Just like that demon I always tried to make out of you And now through all my sleepless nights While I should be dreaming I watch you paint This lonely house blue
8.
Your complexion reminds me Of cracking plaster Your face looks like the scene Of a natural disaster You reek of the cheapest perfume That money can buy But oh, what beautiful eyes You're so totally lacking In all the social graces So well-proportioned In all the wrong places A mile of nylon Wouldn't wrap around those thighs But oh, what beautiful eyes How did you get those eyes so dark and deep? Couldn't have been exercise, must be beauty sleep... How did you get those eyes like a dream? It looks like diet of chocolate ice cream You're a big topic of conversation Amongst a lot of folks Your butt has been the butt Of a lot of jokes If you were stranded with the last man on earth He'd have to cry Till he saw those beautiful eyes I know some girls Men like a lot And everyting they are You're not Beauty, grace, style, charm They got 'em But they can't measure up To your eyes or your bottom So if some other fella Might try to flatter you Take my advice Here's what you do Tell him straight out It's all a pack of lies Till he says What beautiful eyes Not your nostrils! Oh, what beautiful eyes
9.
Seasick 04:32
How long before the flood Was that first seasick sailor born With romantic visions of seafaring By his pipe and the old foghorn And then he got seasick Seasick I'm trying to take it easy But still I'm feeling queasy I'm seasick Since the horizon Swallowed up the town I've had an urge To jump ship and drown Tell the captain I put my foot down Set me back on solid ground Becasue I'm getting seasick Seasick I'm trying to take it easy But still I'm feeling queasy I'm seasick But sometimes when this world Gets too much for me I start feeling this way Sort of rocking and rolling On a whisky sea And some of the people You meet out on the street It's enough to make you Seasick on dry land Oh, man... I've got my eye on the horizon So hold her steady as she goes I'm trying to get my bearings But how I feel nobody knows Becasue I'm seasick Seasick I'm trying to take it easy But still I'm felling queasy I'm seasick
10.
Streetlight 03:45
Streetlight Lonely night And one too many Whiskies in me That streelight Is my moonlight With no romance To shine on tenderly And this broken glass That's scattered around my feet Is just stars that fell To shatter dreams and memories Streetlight Keep shining bright And see me home again Tonight Streetlight
11.
The temperature's high And the fuel is low About all I can do to keep on the go But I gotta keep moving And moving it right Or I'll be dreaming sweet dreams In jail tonight My right front tire Is bald as an eagle Plate on the back Ain't one bit legal Dose up my nose A step below lethal But I gotta keep movin' on There's trucks whizzing by me On every side I don't know why I ever took off on this ride I'd praise a devil or an angle To see me through And get me home In one safe piece to you My right front tire Is bald as an eagle Plate on the back Ain't one bit legal Dose up my nose A step below lethal But I gotta keep movin' on I'm hoping and praying My tire won't blow But me and my guitar Ain't much of a load If I have to ditch this rig On the side of the road I gotta keep movin' on The radio's broke So I'm singing this song Hope that it'll keep things Moving along I don't know where I'm going Can't remember where I been But I hope when I stop I'll find a friend My right front tire Is bald as an eagle Plate on the back Ain't one bit legal Dose up my nose A step below lethal But I gotta keep movin' on I gotta keep movin' on I gotta keep movin' on

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released June 6, 1998

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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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