Hotel Albert

by Joe Flood

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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.joeflood.net for more information. ... more

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Track Name: Hotel Albert
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
Track Name: I'm A Nobody
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
Track Name: If They Only Knew
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
Track Name: Is That the Moon?
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?
Track Name: I Wish You Could Hear What I See
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
Track Name: Outerspace, U.S.A.
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
Track Name: Alone In This House
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
Track Name: Oh, What Beautiful Eyes
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
Track Name: Seasick
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
Track Name: Streetlight
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
Track Name: Gotta Keep Movin' On
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