Oh, Tennessee! The Demos (EP)

by Jake Gutierrez

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These demos were recorded at my kitchen table in 2008 with the help of a few handles of pretty good bourbon and a relationship that didn't quite live to tell about it. I recently found these songs in a box on something called a "CD-ROM", so they do get to live to tell about it. Thanks for the good times and the inspiration, HH.

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released July 30, 2013

Chingön Recörds
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Guitar, vocals, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and drums were all "performed" in a drunk and disorderly fashion by me. xo - jake

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Jake Gutierrez Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Track Name: Sweet Water
Oh, sweet water! Sweet water keep carrying me
My lovers as gone as this rivers is long
Lord, get me right back to Tennessee

My eyes are heavy but I just can't get to sleep
Cause my heart is achin', I ain't seen my baby in weeks
Jasmine in the air, is as thick as her golden hair
Her smile, so pristine, as I drift through this lavender dream

Oh, sweet water! Sweet water keep carrying me
Cause my lovers as gone as this river is long
Lord, get me right back of Tennessee

The shores a closin', this river's song been sung
My baby's awaitin', my Memphis bell's been wrung
These days of pining, they seem forever long
Now at the hotel, my baby's up and gone

Oh, sweet water! Sweet water keep carrying me
Cause my lovers as gone as this river is long
Lord, get me right out of Tennessee
Track Name: Oh, Tennessee!
Oh, Tennessee!
You made a fool of me
It wasn't the first time and it won't be the last

Oh, Tennessee!
Take one last look at me
She's sweeter than cane sugar, but I still gotta pass

Cause every night here's just the same
And every word sounds like your name
One more whiskey for the pain
I just want off this goddamn train

Oh, Tennessee!
Please give her a message for me
Tell her to keep my old heart, I'll buy a new one in LA
Oh, Tennessee!
No more Memphis trips for me
I'm gonna stay right here in Long Beach, cause it's where I belong

Cause every night here's just the same
And every word sounds like your name
One more whiskey for the pain
I just want off this goddamn train

x

Every night here's just the same
And every word sounds like your name
One last whiskey for the pain
If I left right now I could still make my plane...
Track Name: Let's Be Friends
We were pals in Mississippi
But it was more when we hit New Orleans
And now we never talk after things with us went south
But a phone call here or there
It won't be so bad, I swear
I bet you and me, could actually be friends...

Well I'm back in California
And you're there in Tennessee
And this ain't as easy as I thought that it might be
Well I'm sittin' home tonight
I bet your havin the time of your life
With some handsome dude who probably lives right down your street

Well I thought that I'd wanna know but now I got my doubts
This friendship shit ain't workin out
Well I thought that I'd wanna know how you were makin out
But this friendship shit ain't workin out

The bar is closing now and I'm talkin to some gal
She's pretty as sin and she knows how to wear that dress
I'm wishing you were near, though I know now I gotta stay clear
I don't want you tell me things that I don't wanna hear

I'm heading home alone and I'm gonna unplug my phone
Even though that thing it ain't ring for weeks on end
I'm gonna crash down like a tree
While you're holding hands at the movie
Bet he's twice as good looking
But half as charming as me

Well I thought that I'd wanna know but now I got my doubts
But this friendship shit ain't workin out
Well I thought that I'd wanna know how you were makin out
But this friendship shit ain't workin out
Track Name: Booze and Drugs to Get You Through the Night
Well I stepped off of the plane from Memphis
And I fell into a bottle
I been stuck here, for I guess it's been, about 3 weeks come tomorrow
Well these pills I ate, this booze I drank
It don't make things hurt no less
Well I'm so stoned, I forgot i'm alone
So I'm happy then I guess

Well I'm laid up like some dying man
Who got walloped in a war
Well it's your side one, and my my side none, babe, in case you're keeping score

When I wake from this I'll be alright
Cause time it heals all wounds
With all this medicine that I just took
I should be feeling fine by noon

Well I'm laying stiff just like a corpse
Couldn't stand up if I tried
My arms don't work and my legs are worse
But I can manage up a smile
Well tomorrow's just a buzz away
And everything will be just fine
Cause I'm out of this, need more of that
See you in the pharmacy line

Well I'm laid up like some dying man
Who got walloped in a war
Well it's your side one, and my my side none, babe, in case you're keeping score

When I wake from this I'll be alright
Cause time it heals all wounds
With all this medicine that I just took
I should be feeling fine by noon

Well I stepped off of the plane from Memphis
And I fell into a bottle
I been stuck here, for I guess it's been, about 3 weeks come tomorrow
Well these pills I ate, this booze I drank
It don't make things hurt no less
Well I'm so stoned, I forgot i'm alone
So I'm happy then I guess
Track Name: Holly Jane
My Holly Jane
You make the sun shine
Even when it's supposed to rain

My Holly Jane
My heart broke for you, babe
But I'm glad I knew you just the same

Let me look into them eyes again
They're deep and soulful, with a hint of sin
Let me look into them eyes again
And I'll see hope in the deepest sea of hazel green

My Holly Jane
You make the sun shine
Even when it's supposed to rain

My Holly Jane
My heart broke for you, babe
But I'm glad I knew you just the same

Baby, read to me softly from that book in French
Don't know what the hell you said but it sounds like sex
Baby, read to me more from that book in French
And I'll sleep these deep black and white, 1960's, smoke-filled dreams

My Holly Jane
You make the sun shine
Even when it's supposed to rain

My Holly Jane
My heart broke for you, babe
But I'm glad I knew you just the same

Trap me in amber in that ring you wear each day
I'll be your true north if you've lost your way
Trap me in amber in that ring you wear each day
I'll be there for you if the rain does come and the sky turns grey

My Holly Jane
You make the sun shine
Even when it's supposed to rain

My Holly Jane
My heart broke for you, babe
But I'm glad I knew you just the same

Holly Jane is a pretty nice girl but she doesn't have a lot to say
Holly Jane is a pretty nice girl but she change from day to day
I wanna tell her that I love her a lot but I gotta gotta belly full of wine
Holly Jane is a pretty nice girl some day I'm gonna make her mine
Oh yeah, some day I'm gonna make her mine

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