Lucky Hand (2000, album)

by Paul Sprawl

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Recorded solo with no overdubs April 4-10, 2000 at Amnesia Castle, Santa Cruz, CA
Thanks to Greg Chansky and my parents

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released June 1, 2000

Paul Sprawl - voice, guitars, harmonica, ceramic flute
Engineered by James Lewis

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Track Name: Breakfast with William
1.
William he asked me what you call a group of kangaroos
It's a mob he said
Everyday I learn something new
William he's learning
to lay bricks today up in Bonny Doon
Gets no government assistance
Still doesn't have to go to work till noon
2.
William he lost a tooth
It fell out one morning
In this his second El Nino outdoors
I expressed my sympathy for him
He didn't even know what it was for

~chorus~
He said it ain't nothin'
Said it with a smile
We go on
Still suckin' air

3.
Breakfast with William
Having chai at the coffee stand
Grouchy and complaining
to everyone I can
William he's as cheerful
as this morning sun
Comparing winters
from Santa Cruz to Fairbanks and Burlington

~chorus~
He said it ain't nothin'
Said it with a smile
We go on...
Still suckin' air

repeat verse 3.
Breakfast with William
Having chai at the coffee stand
Grouchy and complaining
to everyone I can
William he's as cheerful
as this morning sun
Comparing winters
from Santa Cruz to Fairbanks and Burlington

~chorus~
He said it ain't nothin'
Said it with a smile
We go on...
Still suckin' air
Track Name: Sunset Train
1.
Beaumont scrapyard
Rusting in the rain
Rolling slowly on this sunset train
Beautiful junk
Rusting like the leaves
Child of Fall
Winter conceived

~chorus~
Singing roll
Gently down the rail
Merrily past this tearful vale

2.
Riverboats like the memories in my head
New Orleans graveyard city of the dead
Houses on stilts in the Gulf of Mexico
Rolling over swamps while the sun sinks low

~chorus~
Singing roll
Gently down the rail
Merrily past this tearful vale

3.
Talking with Betty for three days or so
Told me things that happened years ago
Had to ride in the back of the bus
Before Rosa Parks made all that fuss

~chorus~
Singing roll
Gently down the rail
Merrily past this tearful vale

4.
Heading up north
Through Laurel, Mississippi
New conductor gets on
Starts talking to me
Says, "It was so cold this morning
My wife didn't need a milk bucket.
She just squirted it over her arms
and toted it in like fire wood."

~chorus~
Singing roll
Gently down the rail
Merrily past this tearful vale

Beaumont scrapyard
Rusting in the rain
Track Name: Eivissa
1.
There's a little window
In a thick clay wall
On an island so far away

~chorus~
And the lights are so bright
The colors are intense
And the visions there
Are very strong

2.
You can smoke the Morrocan smoke
Drink the German beer
Dance all night long
If you want to
It's not like here

~chorus~
And the lights are so bright
The colors are intense
And the visions there
Are very strong

BRIDGE

repeat verse 1.
There's a little window
In a thick clay wall
On an island so far away
Track Name: Such a Fool
1.
The air was clear
The sky was blue
There was a quarter moon
Like an eye in the sky
On you

Till it was time to go
The morning came
And the sun did rise
We did those things
That we'll never do again

~chorus~
Live your life
Just the way you want to
Don't wait around
Being such a fool

2.
The air got colder
Had to move back on in
Make the evening
comfortable once again

Till the day began
We'll do those things
We'll never do
Never do again

~chorus~
Live your life
The way you want to
Don't wait around
Being such a fool

repeat verse 1.
The air was clear
The sky was blue
There was a quarter moon
Like an eye in the sky
On you

Till it was time to go
The morning came
And the sun did rise
We did those things
That we'll never do again
Track Name: Good Times
1.
When we're together
Time is still as a statue
Gold and rose, linen and silk
Thinking and dreaming
Bathing our feet in milk

Let the Good Times roll
We can let the good times roll
2.
We were hitchhikin'
took a ride in chocolate brown Nova
Went for coffee with clouds of cream
That looked like videos from weather satellites

Let the Good Times roll
We can let the good times roll

Like to get to know you
Imagine the incense smoke
scrolling slowly in the morning sunlight

Let the Good Times roll
We can let the good times roll

In the office tower
I hear the sound of papers shuffling
Heels clicking on cement
Mouths slurping hot coffee
And the whispers in confidence

Where'd all the good times go
We coulda let the good times roll

bridge

Alone again
It was a sad and rainy day
At the carnival by the beach
bathroom graffitti quoted William Burroughs
Storm the Reality Factory
Take back the universe

~chorus~
Let the Good Times roll
We can let the good times roll

Life is a gift
And the gift must move
So circulate this air
This blood
This sound

~chorus~
Let the Good Times roll
We can let the good times roll
Track Name: Larry Brown
1.
Too many nights
Outside in the cold
Didn't live very long
But he sure got old

~chorus~
He was a songwriter
Never finished his songs
Had a sharp eye
and a good heart
It's our loss he's gone

2.
Paper or plastic
In that People magazine kind of town
Always choosing the lesser of two evils
But he just kept falling further down

~chorus~
He was a songwriter
Never finished his songs
Had a sharp eye
and a good heart
It's our loss he's gone

repeat verse 1.
Too many nights
Outside in the cold
Didn't live very long
But he sure got old

~chorus~
He was a songwriter
Never finished his songs
Had a sharp eye
and a good heart
It's our loss he's gone
Track Name: Touch of Evil
Walking down that dusty street
Something not quite right
Gonna visit the gypsy
In the middle of the night

Gypsy says
You got no future
Used it all up
Just broken pieces now
Of an empty cup

So you stumble back onto the street
Do what you think you must
But you're just another junky
In some corner gathering dust

Walking down that dusty street
Do what you think you must
Track Name: Umbrella
Dark and rainy night
I went out walking
It was a dark and rainy night
I went out walking
Out the door
And down the hill
Across the tracks
Through the trailer park
Past the blue TV light
Into the campground
Was a dark and rainy night

Don't you mess with me
Cause I got an umbrella
I'll stick you with it
Wap you too
Yeah, I got an umbrella

Don't you mess with me
Cause I got an umbrella

Dark and rainy night
Track Name: Whiskeytown Full Moon
1.
full moon light
warm velvet wind
107 degrees
today again

2.
shimmering
full moon light
on the water
very bright

~chorus~
And the wind blows
Through the trees
On the mountains

3.
No motor boats
Or Jetskis
The campers sleep
But not me

4.
Moonshadows
Dance around
On the silk winds
of Lake Whiskeytown

~chorus~
And the wind blows
Through the trees
On the mountains
Track Name: Lo-Tide Motel
1.
Sun disappeared behind the counter
I can see it still
In that boat on the water
Full moon over the hill

2.
Cars are passing behind me
Up and down this street
It's nice just to be around
Make ends of meaning meet

3.
Pulled up to the stop sign
Corner of First and San Miguel
On the right it's a pizza place
On the left's the Lo-Tide Motel

4.
Head off down the coast now
Get to Santa Barbara later on
Maybe these people are home here
Everybody's got the lights on

~bridge~
They got the lights on (3x)

5.
Roadside snack at Johnson's Market
Then back onto the road
Something to drink in Guadalupe
Angels on the radio