Song Tourist

by John Pippus

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1.
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
2.
Little One 04:01
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…
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Pam's Song 03:44
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
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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
5.
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
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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

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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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"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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