Bootleg Sessions V

by Bootleg Slim

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released September 27, 2016

Vocals, guitar and harmonica: Bootleg Slim
Song 1 - Bootleg Slim
Song 2 - Bob Dylan
Song 3 - Alex Willie Singerman
Song 4 - Bootleg Slim
Song 5 - George Brooks (Bessie Smith and Her Blue Boys, 1927)
Song 6 - Townes Van Zandt

All the songs were recorded on the 11th of August, 2016.
All songs performed live by Bootleg Slim.

All songs were recorded and mixed by Marc Bohnké.
Three microphones were used to capture the audio.

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Track Name: Limelight
I'm prowlin' like the lone wolf
I'm cunning like the fox
I'll play the card dealt me
nevermind the hand you've got

I'm a young man of good fortune
there's nothing I can't throw away
I'm the cause of all my troubles
seen many a jealous day

I was born in the limelight
while a tempest darkened the sky
and if the moonshine doesn't kill me
I'll live until the day I die!

Won't you tell me, brave captain
which is the direction home
there's a woman there I love
from the very marrow of my bones

I've been locked in Bessie's gin house
for many a long year
and for those I leave behind
I don't shed a tear

I was born in the limelight...

So pull a comb through my hair
yes, I'm a-gonna turn on my toe
before I'm strapped to the electric chair
for singing Rock 'n' Roll

I'm a young man of good fortune
there's nothing I can't throw away
I'm the cause of all my troubles
seen many a jealous day

I'm prowlin' like the lone wolf
I'm cunning like the fox
I'll play the card dealt me
nevermind the hand you've got
Track Name: Most Of The Time
Most of the time
I’m clear focused all around
Most of the time
I can keep both feet on the ground
I can follow the path, I can read the signs
Stay right with it when the road unwinds
I can handle what I stumble upon
I don’t even notice she’s gone
Most of the time

Most of the time
I'm cool underneath
Most of the time
I can keep it right between my teeth
I can solve any riddle, I can hold my own,
deal with the situation right down to the bone
I can survive, I can endure
And I don’t even think about her
Most of the time

Most of the time
My head is on straight
Most of the time
I’m strong enough not to hate
I've got enough faith, I've got enough strength
I keep it all away, way beyond arm's length
I can smile in the face of mankind
Don’t even remember what her lips felt like on mine
Most of the time

Most of the time
She ain’t even in my mind
I wouldn’t know her if I saw her
She’s that far behind
Most of the time
I can’t even be sure
If she was ever with me
Or if I was with her

Most of the time
I’m halfway content
Most of the time
I know exactly where it went
I don’t cheat on myself, I don’t run and hide
Hide from the feelings that are buried inside
I don’t compromise and I don’t pretend
I don’t even care if I ever see her again
Most of the time
Track Name: If You Want To Go Dancing
Riding on my pony through a one-horse town
a one-way street, the wrong way down
I hitched up my pony at an old saloon
I went inside I saw the men swoon

I ordered a beer; they wouldn't let me pay
they said the occasion was a very special day
thay hadn't seen a woman in a long long time
and never one lookin' so fine

I accepted their offer to be polite
I had no intention of staying all night
the beer was warm and the floor was sticky
the men, they weren't so pretty

so I went to the jukeboox to pick a tune
a man followed me across the room
he said, "that thing's been broken for at least a year,
but I know a song you'd like to hear."

"If you wanna go dancin'
I'll shine your shoes
If you need some money
I'll pay my dues
If you're feelin' hungry
I'll cook a stew
If you want some lovin'
I'm right here next to you."

The next thing I knew, I was standing on a bar,
strummin' these chords on a beat-up guitar
I was shakin' my hips I was swingin' my hair
I was shouting, "sing up down there!"

And every head in that bar was turned
they loved the sound of the words they heard
they had the devil horns I had the angel wings
and they sure loved to sing

"If you wanna go dancin'...

The rest of the night turned into a fog
soon I was drinkin' the "hair of the dog"
I hopped on my pony and rode along
singin' that same old song

"If you wanna go dancin'...
Track Name: Hard Times Blues
People rave about hard times
tell me what it's all about
Hard times don't bother me
I was broke before that started out

If you're a good lookin' girl
sit down on my knee
the trouble with these good lookn' women
is they're so daw-gawn hard to please

If you're a single man
go out now and have your fun
If you ever find yourself a woman
your trouble ain't ever done

If you want somethin' for nothin'
you'd better look away
I'm sorry to say
there ain't enough luck goin' around these days

People rave about hard times
I wonder why they should
Hard times don't bother me
I was broke when times were good
Track Name: Send Me To The Electric Chair
Original lyrics [alterations made are in square brackets].

Judge you want to hear my plea
Before you open up your court
But I don't need no sympathy
'Cause I cut my good man's throat

I caught him with a trifling Jane
I warned him 'bout before
I had my knife and went insane
And the rest you ought to know
Judge, judge, please mister judge,
Send me to the 'lectric chair

Judge, judge, good mister judge,
Let me go away from here
I want to take a journey
To the devil down below
I done killed my man
I want to reap just what I sow
Oh judge, judge, lordy lordy judge
Send me to the 'lectric chair

Judge, judge, hear me judge
Send me to the 'lectric chair
I love him so dear
I cut him with [my razor]
I kicked him in the side
I stood [around laughin']
While he wallowed around and died
Oh judge,…
Track Name: Waiting Around To Die
Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I can't even see the reason why
I guess I keep on gamblin', lots of booze and lots of ramblin'
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

One-time friends I had a ma, I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once cause she cried
She told him to take care of me, she headed down to Tennessee
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

I came of age and found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit it on the sly
I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train
Seemed easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

A friend said he knew where some easy money was
We robbed a man and brother did we fly
The posse caught up with me, drug me back to Muskogee
It's two long years, just a-waitin' 'round to die

Now I'm out of prison, I got me a friend at last
He don't steal or cheat or drink or lie
[Her] name's codeine, [She's] the nicest thing I've seen
Together we're gonna wait around and die