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released July 29, 2014

Produced by Melissa Ruth

All Songs Written and Arranged by Melissa Ruth

Melissa Ruth: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Banjo, Keys
Johnny Leal: Lead, Slide and Rhythm Guitar
Rick DeVol: Electric and Fretless Bass
Scoop McGuire: Electric Bass
Jimmy Leal: Drums
Talon Nansel: Trombone

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Don Ross

All Photos By Leah Joseph Photography

Copyright 2014 Melissa Ruth

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Doo-Wop Twang:The space of blues, the teeth of country, and the grit of rock n roll.

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Track Name: What I Got
I'm dry as the well is dry
Down like a rebel go down
Hot as a fever burn hot
Don't come to my bed til you're sure that I'm dead
You don't want what I got

I'm full as a hustler's house is full
Blue like Muddy is blue
Shot as the last long shot
Don't come to my bed til you're sure that I'm dead
You don't want what I got
Not unless you want what I got

Don't call the doctor
Don't call the priest
Don't call the neighbor
Don't call the police
There ain't nothin
Nobody can do
But ooee
This lovin you

I'm dry as the well is dry
Down like a rebel go down
Hot as a fever burn hot
Don't come to my bed til you're sure that I'm dead
You don't want what I got

Come to my bed we'll paint it all red
If you want what I got
Track Name: Lonely World
Ain't it a lonely world?
Hey ain't it a lonely world?
I tell it on a mountain
A tall and stoic mountain

Ain't I a lonely girl
Hey ain't I a lonely girl
I tell it to a lover
A tall and stoic lover

Everybody's daddy is a bar man
Everybody's mama is a whore
Every man's lover is another man's wife
Hey ain't it a lonely world?

It's a lonely world
Hey it's a lonely world
Track Name: High Brow Blues
She got too many rings on her fingers
Too much candy for her nose
Too many gentleman callers
Too many ribbons and bows
She got too many bills in her wallet
Too many pills in her purse
Too many terms of endearment
Too many ways to get hurt

She got the high brow blues
She got the high brow blues
Too many lonely nights in cold Malibu
Too many days sippin that sweet Vermouth
She got the high brow blues

She got too much swing in her set
Too much eau de toilette
Too much high on her heel
Too much frim fram on her meal

She got too many furs round her shoulders
Too many fine works of art
Too many social promotions
Too many drivers and too many cars and
Too many ladies luncheons and galas and balls
And too much of everything
That don't mean nothing at all

She got the high brow blues
She got the high brow blues
Too many lonely nights in cold Malibu
Too many days sippin that sweet Vermouth
She got the high brow blues
Track Name: A Letter
Write me a letter daddy, a few short lines
Write me a letter daddy, a few short lines
Seal it with a kiss
Ooh you won't miss
Write me a letter daddy, a few short lines

Fix a stamp upon it one of them forever kind
Fix a stamp upon it one of them forever kind
Slide it in the slot
Give it all you got
Fix a stamp upon it one of them forever kind

Send it on a freight train on a long slow ride
Send it on a freight train on a long slow ride
Delivery by noon
Ain't a minute too soon
Send it on a freight train on a long slow ride

When I get that letter I'm gonna take my time
When I get that letter I'm gonna take my time
Read it all night long
Oh daddy pour it on
When I get that letter I'm gonna take my time

Write me a letter daddy, a few short lines
Write me a letter daddy, a few short lines
Seal it with a kiss
Ooh you won't miss
Write me a letter daddy, a few short lines
Track Name: Put Your Light On
You don't have to woo me
You don't have to try
You tattooed me
When you looked in my eyes

I ain't the kind of girl who needs diamonds and pearls
Don't need no pedestal to sit upon
But I won't be your fool, playing by your rules,
Burnin a candle all night long
Put your light on
Keep your light on
Shine your light on me

You don't don't have to dine me
You don't have to buy
No don't wine me
You got me so high

I ain't the kind of girl who needs diamonds and pearls
Don't need no pedestal to sit upon
But I won't be your fool, playing by your rules,
Burnin a candle all night long
Put your light on
Keep your light on
Shine your light on me

I am wrecked and I am reckless and I ain't gonna check this
I want you
To see it through

Put your light on
Track Name: Your Love
come rain or come shine
come what do
lone pine grow up
lone pine grow roots
she don't question
high heavens above
i don't know why
i questioned your love

come hell or high water
the republic stand
and they'll keep fighting
til the last dying man
they don't question
god's holy touch
i don't know why
i questioned your love

love is as love does
we ask of love, love asks of us
love is as love does
we come to love, love comes to us

there comes a time
in every man's life
when the cotton grows tall
and the harvest is ripe
he don't question if it's good enough
i don't know why i questioned your love
i don't know why i questioned your love
Track Name: Tell Me
Tell me tell me where did my sweetheart go
With his leather boots and tobacco
And those loving arms that held me so
Tell me tell me where did my sweetheart go

Tell me tell me what did my sweetheart say
Is he gone for good or just another day?
Is he coming home is he coming to stay?
Tell me tell me what did my sweetheart say

Tell him tell him I didn't mean to be untrue
Tell him tell him there was nothing I could do
Tell him tell him this old heart don't follow no rule
But I was a fool tell him
I was a fool

Tell me tell me is my sweetheart there with you
And there's smoke on your porch on your floor as his big leather boots
Would you kiss him once for me like I used to?
And treat him right, love him through and through?
Treat him right while he's there with you
Track Name: Take My Chances
Jump in the old Ford
Dirt on the running board
Loretta on the short wave
Expired license plates
This could be a mistake
You could be a heartbreaker
I'll take my chances as they come

Blue collar Gypsy
Honky tonkin hippie
Runnin the backroads
Burnin the lamps low
This could be a mistake
You could be a heartbreaker
I'll take my chances as they come

I bet my walkin shoes
I bet my lonesome blues
I bet my wandering eye
I bet my cheatin lies
I bet my getaway car
I bet my weary heart
I bet it all
And hope that I fall

Boots scrapin floor boards
Slammin screen doors
Lemonade and porch swings
Engine blocks and pawnshop rings
This could be a mistake
You could be a heartbreak
I'll take my chances as they come
Track Name: Who's Your Lover
Who's your lover who's your lover now?
Who's your lover who's your lover now?
You've found another you've found another now
Who's your lover who's your lover now?

White white linen white white linen now
White white linen white white linen now
Your head is spinnin your head is spinnin now
White white linen white white linen now

Brown brown liquor brown brown liquor now
Brown brown liquor brown brown liquor now
Your heart is thicker your heart is thicker now
Brown brown liquor brown brown liquor now

Black black water black black water now
Black black water black black water now
Your blood runs hot your blood rums hotter now
Black black water black black water now

Red red fire red red fire now
Red red fire red red fire now
You hear the choirs the angel choirs now
Red red fire red red fire now

Who's your lover who's your lover now?
Who's your lover who's your lover now?
You've found another you've found another now
Who's your lover who's your lover now?
Track Name: Riding Mercury
There is darkness
And there is light
There is day
And there is night
Between the banner of heaven
And the manor of hades
We are all riding mercury

Down in the valley
High atop the fruited plain
Speaking the devil's tongue
Seeking the holy name
Strangers in the desert
Neighbors in the land of milk and honey
We are all riding mercury

We burning hot
We freezing cold
We getting high
we swinging low
Making love 'tween the whites
And cryin the blues
Holding on tight
Letting'er loose
Singing out praise
Falling from grace
Begging for mercy
Riding mercury

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