To Suzie

by Morning River Band

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jon & liam "A good-time feel and not quite good-time lyrics" - Favorite track: Drinking Blues, No. 4 (Pills & Pabst Blue Ribbon).
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released May 21, 2013

Morning River Band is Denny Barron: bass, vocals; Morgan Caulfield: ukulele, vocals; Jeffrey Fields: acoustic guitar, vocals; Arthur Herrmann: dobro, Weissenborn; Philip Kunkle: drums, percussion; with Dennis: Bonfiglio: pedal-steel guitar; Lou DiDomencio: vocals; Sean Grexa: mandolin; Joe Kille: fiddle, vocals; Dino Lionetti: organ, piano, vocals; Bob Saunders, vocals; Steve Shomo: vocals.

Recorded in July and October 2012 by Matt Weber and Steve Poponi at Gradwell House, Haddon Heights, NJ. Mixed by Steve Poponi and Morning River Band. Mastered by Dave Downham. Artwork by Denny Barron.


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Morning River Band Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Inspired equally by encounters with George Jones and Jim Beam, Morning River Band sings simple songs of drinking, dying, and divorce, and tells tall tales of broken minds, broken bodies, and broken hearts.

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Track Name: A Broken-Hearted Man
A wedding vow means nothing to a broken-hearted man
You can try your best to help him, but you will never understand
That his past is just a prison, and your cold heart holds the key
And though you left the cell wide open, he has no hope of walking free

'cause none of the roads lead home

A wedding vow means nothing to a broken-hearted man
You can try your best to help me, but you will never understand
Track Name: Hangover Blues
This morning came too early, or maybe last night left too late
I'm not sure which it is right now, but it's painful either way
Whiskey kept me company when all my friends had gone
But I passed out cold next to the bed, and now I'm starin' at the dawn

'cause that bourbon done me dirty, the whiskey burned my nose
Not quite as bad as you burned me, but it's gettin' mighty close
You'd think I'd learn my lesson from all this mornin's pain
But now I'm waitin' for 5 o'clock so I can do it all again

Now it's Sunday morning, and I should probably go to church
But the organ would pound on my heavy head, and this would go from bad to worse
I wonder if the savior ever drank too much of that wine?
I'm sure he would if he were broke like me and cryin' all the time

A cigarette to burn my blues, sad songs for company
If my head don't stop poundin' in a minute or two, I'm gonna need another drink or three
My mama said a lady should never drink alone
I guess I'm not much of a lady then 'cause this bar stool feels like home
Track Name: Drinking Blues, No. 4 (Pills & Pabst Blue Ribbon)
Lately, I've been wonderin' where this life went wrong
Doin' lotsa drinkin', and singin' country songs
But every day's more of the same, and somethin's gotta give
This heart of mine's just doin' time, and that's no way to live

So won't you help me lose these drinkin' blues, and wipe away my tears
Pills and Pabst Blue Ribbon, make my worries disappear!
Jesus Christ, let's sing it twice, for everyone to hear
Pills and Pabst Blue Ribbon, honey, get me outta here!

Pills and Pabst Blue Ribbon...
Track Name: Drinking Blues, No. 5 (Drinking Every Day)
Life is hell, a prison cell where I spend my days
Dreamin' 'bought my guilt and doubt, hope just melts away
This heart of mine's still doin' time, the key got thrown away
And I've been drinkin' every day

And Jesus Christ can't save my life, his murder was in vain
'cause everyone I've ever known is broken just the same

I work my fingers to the bone, a price too high to pay
So I been drinkin' every day
And I'll just keep drinkin' my life away
Track Name: So Long, Suzie (The Damage Is Done)
So long, Suzie, the damage is done
You wanted a daughter, I wanted a gun
But in the end, we got neither one
So long, Suzie, the damage is done

You're haunted at night by the ghosts in your head
But the livin' are silent, and so are the dead
So, honey, get out of your cold, empty bed
And start drinkin' instead

'cause there's a whole world out there in front of your face
Speakin' in tongues, runnin' in place
So forget about love, forget about grace
This life is a waste...

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