BX3 EP

by Bad Bob Bates

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released September 1, 2015

All songs - Bad Bob Bates
Guitars, bass and CBGs - Bad Bob Bates
Vocals - Bad Bob Bates
Keyboards and programming - Ally Lee
Production and engineering - Ally Lee
"Executive production" - Chris Davison ;)
Recorded at Mill Studios, Alnwick, Northumberland, UK, during July 2015

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BBB is a one man band legend! Full on dirty foot stompin’ blues, americana ballads that’ll have you crying in your beer and a bit of garage blues and blues rock for good measure.

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Track Name: Broken Bottle and Broken Bones
Broken bottles and broken bones
Broken promises and unpaid loans
Repo man’s knocking at my door
Cos I can’t cover what I owe no more

Had some money from my job goin down
Word got round across my town
A deal came up – put the money up front
The risks were low so I took a punt

You think I’d learned from the age I’m at
That you can’t pull a rabbit from a magic hat

A suit and a smile and a firm handshake
Made me think that the deal was straight
‘ Should have known when it looks that real
That there’s gotta be something behind the deal

You think I’d know from the life I led
That it’s no good being a sucker in a world that’s full of bad

I tell you know, for what it’s worth
I should have steered a real wide berth

So I got no money to pay the rent
Nothing to give to the guys they’ve sent
Tell you people don’t do as I’ve done
If a deal’s that good you gotta look for the con

You think I’d learned from the age I’m at
That you can’t pull a rabbit from a magic hat

Broken Bottle and broken bones
Broken promises and unpaid loans
Repo man’s knocking at my door
Cos I can’t cover what I owe no more

You think I’d learned from the age I’m at
That you can’t pull a rabbit from a magic hat

You think I’d know from the life I led
That it’s no good being a sucker in a world that’s full of bad

If I see him in a downtown drinker
Gonna grab him by the throat and put him through the nearest window

You got that?
Track Name: Hold On
It’s been a long time coming
Been a long time waiting
Don’t run away
Hear what I say

Hold on
Hold on

I know it’s hard to let me in
‘Cause the past is in your head
But it’s so easy to fally in love
Like Buddy said

Hold On
Let’s Hold on

You’ve come a long long way
Learned to settle for the pain
Don’t want to risk your heart
Falling again

Hold on
Hold on

We can meet down at The Rendezvous
Watch the waves rolling in
See the clouds racing ‘cross the sky

Won’t wait a day, won’t wait a week. Won’t wait a year
I’ll wait ‘til the day I die

Oh darling darling darling darling darling

Take my hand
Come walk with me
Bare foot across the sand
As the waves crash on the beach

Hold on
Hold on
Track Name: Get your shirt a little wet
If you’re gonna get up there
For god’s sake earn it, show you care
Too many people on the rounds
They put it up don’t get it down

Too much smells of cabaret
Don’t think that it should work that way
Can’t you draw a little sweat
And get your shirt a little wet?

Les Pauls, ‘Casters set on stun
Boutique rigs – a sold out run
Same old structures, same old poses
Next big thing, a brand new Moses

I need tru by pass, high class leads
To get the kind of sound I need
A one off amp, hand made in heaven
Can’t use just anything I’m given

Hey now I’m doing pretty good
Selling albums treading wood
Imagine all the folks who’d see
Me with your gear – want some for free

The sweat should pour down from the walls
The music mixing with the calls
Forget about what you can get
And get your shirt a little wet

If you’re gonna get up there
For god’s sake earn it, show you care
Too many people on the rounds
They put it up don’t get it down

Too much smells of cabaret
Don’t think that it should work that way
Can’t you draw a little sweat
And get your shirt a little wet?

Too much smells of cabaret
Don’t think that it should work that way
Can’t you draw a little sweat
And get yourself a little wet?
Track Name: The Blues Ain't Gonna Feed Ya!
I’ve travelled the world, played in every town
When you’re up you’re up, when you’re down you’re down
Bleeding fingers and rusted strings
A bottle of booze and broken wings

One thing people, I tell you it’s true
The blues ain’t gonna feed you like your mama used to do

The places you play, the money you make
The shadows you chase for your next big break
There’s a thousand places I’d rather be
I’d rather be anywhere else today

Come on people, I’ll tell you the truth
The blues ain’t gonna feed you like your mama used to do

The wheels and the deals and the guys on the take
The time on the road and the smiles that are fake
The money you soend on the road and your bed
And next to nothing to get yourself fed

Come on people, I tell you it’s true
The blues ain’t gonna feed you like your mama used to do

Got the blues in my heart, got the blues in my soul
Been playing the blues before I could crawl
Bleeding fingers and rusted strings
A bottle of booze and those broken wings

One thing people, I tell you it’s true
The blues ain’t gonna feed you like your mama used to do

Come on people, I’ll tell you the truth
The blues ain’t gonna feed you like your mama used to do

Woah!
Track Name: Save Me
Gonna leave this town behind
Gonna head out to the coast
Sit down by The Rendezvous
Chasing ghosts

Save me
Take me back where I should be
Save me
I can’t do it by myself

I’ll watch the sun go down
I’ll walk back up the steps
Catch the breeze up on the top
‘Cause that’s where we met

Save me
Take me back where I should be
Save me
I can’t do it by myself

I’m gonna head back to the ruins
They’re dark against the sky
Slip into The Surf Café
Drink the time by

Save me
Take me back where I should be
Save me
I can’t do it by myself

Head back on the train
Jump out at The Central
Head ‘round to the Bridge Hotel
One more drink won’t hurt me – I already fell.

Save me
Take me back where I should be
Save me
I can’t do it by myself

Save me
Take me back where I should be
Save me
I can’t do it by myself
Track Name: God Bless
It was a cool time long ago
We thought of places we could go
We needed space to live and breathe
New lands to find and cut and reave

God bless America
God bless The Empire
God bless the way the British sorted out Australia
God bless The Raj
God bless Hong Kong
It don’t matter that they never did no wrong

Hell we did it on our doorstep
Pushed the Emerald Isle to ruin
Snagged the thistle, barred the crofters
Stopped them doing what they were doin

God bless America
God bless The Empire
God bless the way the British sorted out Australia
God bless The Raj
God bless Hong Kong
It don’t matter that they never did no wrong

Now they’ve got a voice to hear
No longer sitting in the rear
Let’s hope they catch us in their vice
Westminster ain’t that nice

God bless America
God bless The Empire
God bless the way the British sorted out Australia
God bless The Raj
God bless Hong Kong
It don’t matter that they never did no wrong

You know what I’m talking about

God bless America
God bless The Empire
God bless the way the British sorted out Australia
God bless The Raj
God bless Hong Kong
It don’t matter that they never did no wrong

Native American’s on welfare
Aborigines froze out
But the east is growing stronger
‘Cause they pushed us jokers out

We don’t like it not on top
When control has dwindled down
But where we got the power in our hands
We push the sacred crown

God bless America
God bless The Empire
God bless the way the British sorted out Australia
God bless The Raj
God bless Hong Kong
It don’t matter that they never did no wrong

God bless America
God bless The Empire
God bless the way the British sorted out Australia
God bless The Raj
God bless Hong Kong
It don’t matter that they never did no wrong