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Lowdown Ways

by DADDY LONG LEGS

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1.
Well I went walkin’ Just the other day Then I started talkin’ About my lowdown ways Then I started singin’ Lord and clappin’ my hands Then I started stompin’ All over this land Then I went shoutin’ But I couldn’t be heard Nobody could hear me Not a lonesome word Not a lonesome word Not a lonesome word I couldn’t be heard
2.
Dig deep pay me a dollar and a dime If you’re lookin’ for a real good time It’s been a hot minute since you threw me some shade You ain’t got nothin on pink lemonade Ooooh ooooh ooooh wah oooh wah ooh wah Pink lemonade Whiskey and wine Sugar and spice and everything fine A cool drink of water ‘fore the sunset fades That sweet thing known to all as pink lemonade Help me momma I ain’t from this town The city sun is draggin’ me down It’s been a hot minute since you threw me some shade You ain’t got nothin on pink lemonade
3.
I don’t wanna hear no ding dong dang I don’t wanna listen to the choir sing Ya best be believin’ that my momma raised a heathen And I’ll be one ‘til my dying day; be one ‘til my dying day I ain’t here to give you no shock I crawled out from under a rock You can bless this mess but I’ll never confess to the evil things I done; evil things I done You thought we were Bonnie & Clyde But I’m actin’ like Jekyll & Hyde It ain’t no surprise when the full moon rise That the wolfman’s on the prowl; wolfman’s on the prowl Hear this wolfman howl I ain’t gonna get down on my knees Crying lord have mercy on me There ain’t no deceivin’ that my momma raised a heathen And I’ll be one ‘til my dying day; be one ‘til my dyin’ day
4.
Well I love it in the mornin’ I love it in the evenin’ I love it in the daytime, nighttime Any old time is the right time Mornin’, noon & nite Let’s do it in the high plains Let’s do it in the boot hills Let’s do it on the east side, west side Any old side is the best side Mornin’, noon & nite Well you gives me revelations And you’re a sensation The hoodoo that you do Has got me goin’ cuckoo Mornin’, noon & nite Let’s do it on Monday Let’s do it on Tuesday Let’s do it on Wednesday Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Mornin, noon & nite
5.
We’re goin’ to the glad rag boogie We’re goin’ to the glad rag ball Meet me on the corner at midnight And pick up your glad rag doll I said we’re goin’ to the glad rag boogie & ball Gonna boogie all nite and boogie in the hall All the girls are screamin’ at the glad rag ball Are you goin’ to the glad rag boogie? Yeah! Are you goin’ to the glad rag ball? Uh-huh! Well don’t forget to call the boogie man And meet him in the bathroom stall I said were’ goin’ way out to the edge of town Suited and booted in our glad rag gowns And don’t you try to give me no hand me down Is this the glad rag boogie? Yeah! I mean is this the glad rag ball? Uh-huh There’s gonna be a whole lotta trouble Down at the old dance hall So leave your blades and pistols at the door Cuz its gonna be a night like never before All the girls are screamin’ for more more more
6.
Alright now people look out cuz here it comes! Well take me down To the wild side of town Where it ain’t no good In a bad neighborhood Bad neighborhood; bad neighborhood Say what?! Well I’m down on the corner With my life on the line I just sold my soul And I’m still feeling fine Well well well It’s alright Yeah yeah I gotta tell all you people like I told you just one time before This place is displaced! Well I’m takin a drag from an old brown bag Break-in glass talkin trash lookin for a place to crash Daddy Long Legs is feeling’ like a lost soul He had to hit the streets and roll Well well well It’s alright Yeah yeah
7.
Célaphine 03:11
She’s no angel And I’m no saint This unholy union Is not for the faint Oh celaphine; celaphine Our love was never meant to be Oh what a shame All our loves in vain I curse the day I ever knew her name Oh Célaphine; Célaphine You’re gonna be the death of me We can’t turn back now for it’s too late That sacred vow has sealed our fate Oh Célaphine; Célaphine This is the end for you and me
8.
Outside of the winners circle Down on my luck Trying to make a buck Time has come to play my hand Two’s too many One ain’t enough Watching from the witness stand The cards are stacked The bottom of the pack Ace is up my sleeve Lost in the shuffle Another bad hustle All I can do is grieve Outside of the winners circle Ain’t no place to be Outside of the winners circle What’s gonna become of me Ain’t nowhere to turn Guess I’ll never learn You can see the writing on the wall Now there's no tomorrow And I’m swimming in the sorrow Cuz this time I bet it all If it don’t pan out I’m gonna scream and shout Rebuke my name once more I’ve been duped and I’ve been scorned All I can do is mourn Outside of the winners circle Gentlemen place your bet Outside of the winners circle This race ain’t over yet
9.
You’re gonna be sad You’re gonna be blue When he finds out You been untrue And I was a back door fool And I knew all along The world would be singing She done him wrong She done him wrong She done him wrong And I was a back door fool for you and she done me wrong The stars don’t shine And the moon hangs low Because your love Was poison all along I prayed to the darkness in the sky not to hear that song The world keeps singing She done him wrong She done him wrong oh lord She done him wrong And I was a back door fool for you and You done me wrong Now no good love goes unpunished I heard a wise man say You’ve got to learn There’s a price to pay I payed so dearly My heart and soul it was pawned And if you knew me you’d be singing She done me wrong She done him wrong oh lord She done him wrong And I was a back door fool for you and She done me wrong Girl I was a back door fool for you and you done me wrong
10.
Snagglepuss 02:51
C’mon cat daddy I hear you scratching All around my door It’s driving me crazy I can’t take no more Oh won’t you please Just go on home Cuz you’re a mean old mean old bag o bones You’re always hiding Under my bed One day I’m gonna wake up and kill that black cat dead You’re always howling that lonesome moan And you’re a mean old mean old bag o bones You keep on scratching Scratching at those fleas And I can see that You got a disease You’ve crossed my trail And I should’ve known That you’re a mean old mean old bag of bones
11.
Be Gone 03:23
Where the sun never shines And the chilly wind don’t blow That’s where I’m gonna go Oh lord I’ll be gone; I’ll be gone I’ll be gone a long long time Be gone a long long time oh lord One of these mornings You gonna wake up and I’ll be gone One of these mornings You’ll be singing a different song I’ll be gone; i’ll be gone I’ll be gone lord; I’ll be gone Where the sun never shines and the chilly wind don’t blow Back down the road I go Oh lord Back down the road I go Oh Lord One of these mornings You gonna wake up And I’ll be gone
12.
When I leave this town in the dead of night I shall not return And I ride into the pale moonlight I shall not return From the wrong side of the river Ain’t no turnin’ back When darkness creeps across the land You shall not return And the dealer deals the final hand You shall not return From the wrong side of the river Ain’t no turnin’ back When the last drink has been drunk We shall not return And the final song it has been sung We shall not return From the wrong side of the river Ain’t no turnin’ back

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Lowdown Ways marks a quantum creative leap for DADDY LONG LEGS, the scrappy New York trio known for their stripped-down roots sound and in-your- face intensity that’s garnered them fans in their hometown and overseas, where they’ve toured with such kindred spirits as The Damned, Blackfoot Gypsies, Hurray for the Riff Raff and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. They’ve been recognized by Rolling Stone, who aptly compared them to “Chicago blues fired at the moon, played by the demented children of the Pretty Things.”

This expansive, new territory that the band covers on Lowdown Ways is thanks to producer (and JD McPherson bassist) Jimmy Sutton, with whom the band recorded the album at Chicago’s Hi-Style Studios, applies his technical know-how to broaden the sound of such instantly memorable tunes as “Pink Lemonade” (co-written by McPherson), “Ding Dong Dang” and “Bad Neighborhood,” which resonate with the down-and-dirty roots that have always been DADDY LONG LEGS’ inspiration. Meanwhile, the band ventures successfully into unfamiliar territory with the pub-rock-style “Winners Circle,” the bittersweet acoustic ballad “Back Door Fool” and the dramatic album-closer “Wrong Side of the River.”

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released May 10, 2019

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DADDY LONG LEGS is a trio of beloved blues bashers that have been huffing and puffing and blowing houses down on a nightly basis and always bring an elevated level of rough and ready intensity to contemporary lo-fi blues with their explosive fire ceremony! ... more

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