Song Tourist

by John Pippus

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Cover photo: Graham Vickers
Mastered by: Don Erhardt

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released June 6, 2006

Vocals and guitar: John Pippus
Lead guitar on "Little One": Don Erhardt
Clarinet on "Blurry Photograph": Thomas Corlett
Harmonica on "Just Need A Friend": Don Erhardt
Produced by Don Erhardt at Glasswing Productions

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John Pippus Vancouver

"He has a gift for making us believe that he's been down the road and around the block, and is still kickin' it.” Shelley Gummeson, Earshot Magazine,

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Track Name: Man Of Constant Sorrow
I am a man of constant sorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my days
I bid farewell to Manitoba
Place where I was born and raised
Place where I was born and raised

For six long years I’ve been in trouble
No pleasures here on earth I’ve found
For in the is world
I’m bound to ramble
I have no friends to help me now

It’s fare thee well my own true lover
I ne’er expect to see your face again
For I was born to ride this straight line
Perhaps I’ll die out in the rain
Perhaps I’ll die out in the rain

Bury me in some deep valley
Where I may lay for many years
Then you may learn to love another
While I lay sleeping in my grave
While I lay sleeping in my grave

Maybe your friends think I’m a stranger
My face you’ll never see no more
But there is one promise that’s given
We’ll meet again on God’s golden shore
We’ll meet again on God’s golden shore
Track Name: Little One
You say the world is wearing kind of thin
It’s just words and everything and everything
You’re stuck with pain, crippled with regret
Well I ain’t giving up on you yet

I can hold you like a child
Keep you safe from harm just for awhile
You’re still my little one

You say this life ain’t really meant for you
You look around you can’t see nothing new
But I can see the light is creeping in
Turning gray skies into blue skies once again

I can hold you for awhile
Tell you lies and maybe make you smile
You’re still my little one

I can hold you like a child
Keep you safe from harm just for awhile
You’re still my little one

I can hold you like a child
Tell you lies and maybe make you smile
You’re still my little one

You’re still my little one

Well I can make you smile
Hey I can make you see
There’s nowhere else you would rather be
Take a chance on life
Take a chance and see
A broken heart is an open heart
I heard the poets say
Take a chance and see
Take a chance on life…
Track Name: Pam's Song
Gonna tell you a story
About a woman I know
She heard a song
On her radio
Song told a story
About a woman and a man
They were crazy in love
Doing what they can
To help each other (help each other)
In a cold cold world (cold cold world)
The song rocked her world
It touched her soul

She was holding on to something
Only lovers know
And she had the nerve to test her leaded fate
Every now and then
You hear the wind call out her name
Saying Pamela your love will bring you home
Pamela your love will bring you home

It’s a complicated rhythm
This dance of life
You take your chances
And you pay the price
I’ve done a lot of living
Seen how it’s going to end
In a conversation with a long lost friend

She’s got a pretty little smile
She got downtown grace
She don’t talk to strangers
She don’t get in your face
Track Name: Blurry Photograph
When you said that you were leaving me
You never said you’d take my heart
Now don’t bother sending valentines
Baby don’t you even start

In a blurry photograph
There’s always room for two
Maybe you’ll forget my face
My eyes, half closed, see you

We were laughing overtime
Past when the wine ran out
I could stand to have this feeling
For the balance of my life

In a blurry photograph
You lean against a tree
The camera caught your perfect smile
But you stare distractedly

Now I’m tearing down the barricades
Sifting the remains
Countless lives have come and gone this way
And sung this sad refrain

In a blurry photograph
Many shades of grey
There’s nothing that can change that now
Still you’ve gone away
Track Name: Just Need A Friend
Every time I hear the rain start to fall
I get so lonely I call your name
Help me to understand this world in my head
Open the door and let your light shine in

Don’t need a lover I just need a friend
Someone to lean on
And stay with me to the end

Sometimes I feel there’s no turning back
We’ve strayed a long way from our home
Preacher on the TV says there’s forty days of rain
I don’t believe him anyway

Don’t need a forecaster I just need a friend
Someone to lean on
And stay with me to the end

I lost my brother out on the street
He didn’t see what he was headed for
Lies, broken promises
A lifetime up in smoke
I couldn’t stick around to the end

I miss my brother I miss my friend
Someone to jam with
And stay with me to the end

Let your light shine in, let your light shine in
Let your light shine in, let your light shine in
Track Name: I Finally Found Love
I didn’t find it on the internet
Although I swear to you I tried
I didn’t find it at the laundromat
But I sure got my clothes dried

I went looking down in Mexico
And on the road to Monterrey
I looked real hard down in Leo’s Bar
But all I ever got was laid

I finally found love
And I found it in your eyes
Not a flashy kind of love
It kind of took me by surprise
It’s the kind of love you need
In the dying hour of night
And when my work is done
You make me feel alright

I tried to google “I need love so bad”
I stayed up late most every night
I didn’t know what I was looking for
Until I got you in my sights

I finally found love
And I found it in your eyes
It’s not a great big love
It kind of took me by surprise
It’s the kind of love you need
In the dying hour of night
And when the day is done
You make me feel alright

And when the day is done
You make me feel alright