Half Brothers Brand Album

by The Half Brothers

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Right Every Time lyrics by Rick Miller, copyright 2014 There's something cooking in the kitchen and it's gonna be good Her biscuits are so fluffy can't resist 'em and I wouldn't if I could When that buttermilk batter hits the pan I can't help myself man, oh man I can smell her delicious biscuits baking Rising golden like the morning sun She gets it right every time with quality ingredients Served up with a heaping helping of love There's certain smells when I smell 'em they just take me back home Swept away with the memory, chasing the aroma When the dinner bell starts to ring I come running and I drop everything I can smell her delicious biscuits baking Rising golden like the morning sun She gets it right every time with quality ingredients Served up with a heaping helping of love
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YOU DON’T GOTTA HAVE lyrics Rick Miller copyright 2014 folks get old and they don't look so good it ain't Hollywood, we ain't movie stars the lucky ones, the people without problems I don't want to know them the people without scars we are all the worse for wear I don't care about your mileage and you don't gotta have all your teeth to be beautiful put your hand in mine, keep smiling when the bloom has passed its season petals fade and fall, swirl around and blow away you and me baby, we ain't flowers we look better after hours than in the bright, harsh light of day you don't gotta dye your grey hair I don't care about the styling and you don't gotta have all your teeth to be beautiful put your hand in mine, keep smiling
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Tongue-tied think I might die We all gotta eat a slice of humble pie It's your big night in the spotlight stepping onto the front page But your feet trip, your pants rip as you walk onto the stage Embarrassment The blood rush to your face in shame... It's your big date, you can't wait Dining by the waterside When the check comes, you're all thumbs credit card comes back denied Embarrassment The blood rush to your face in shame... Tongue-tied think I might die We all gotta eat a slice of humble pie When nobody's laughing at the funny thing you said When your mom tells your prom date that you used to wet the bed Embarrassment The blood rush to your face in shame... Tongue-tied think I might die We all gotta eat a slice of humble pie
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ROSEMARY (SUNDAY GO TO MEETING ) -- lyrics Rick Miller copyright 2014 Rosemary, What is that black car pulling in the driveway? It looks empty now but I don't think that it's gonna stay that way. Rosemary, Who is the stranger standing in the doorway? In a long, black coat with his Sunday go-to-meetin clothes on? Is there something wrong? last thing I remember I lay Rosemary, staring at the Where We ceiling for a Gone? long, long time Rosemary, where we gone? Then I heard you calling out Very, Come running up Very to me -- "What's Wrong? Wrong? What's wrong?" Up above the neighborhood, Carried on the breeze Gliding through the treetops with the cottonwood seeds There's a wisp of some air that I used to breathe Rose Mary The shades are drawn, the lights are shining dimly In the parlor room All the flowers are arranged just so But, oh Rose Mary I call your name and you act like you don't hear me put a hand on your shoulder and you Shiver like the cold wind's blown Looking so alone, last thing I remember I lay Rosemary, staring at the ceiling Where We ceiling for a Gone? long, long time Rosemary, where we gone? Then I heard you calling out Very, Come running up Very to me -- "What's Wrong? wrong? What’s wrong?” Rosemary Here at the center of a circle of our family Telling stories round my name And acting like they genuinely like me; Oh, Rosemary The grass is green, the sun is shining brightly Near the tall, white stones with your Sunday go-to-meeting clothes on Sunday go-to-meeting clothes on Sunday go-to-meeting clothes on
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WALK OF SHAME lyrics Rick Miller copyright 2014 The sun hurts my eyes blinking open Why am I lying outside? I seem to have come to In a pen at the zoo All around me are wolves Where the hell are my clothes? Last thing I remember from last night I was staring up at the full moon After that, I'm not sure It's a bit of a blur Did I run through the park? At one point, did I bark? And now it's the morning after It looks like it's starting to rain And I'm nursing a wicked hangover Werewolf walk of shame The rain, it turns out, is a blessing 'Cause it helps to wash off all the blood Fragments of memory (Are) returning to haunt me What the hell was I thinking? What the hell was I drinking? As I walk by a newsbox the headline Screams out bloody murder at me Last night in the park They were out after dark They got torn all to shreds they were missing their heads And now it's the morning after Last night has a lot to explain And I'm feeling like chewed-up leftovers Werewolf walk of shame This morning it literally dawned on me The old gypsy woman was right Oh yes, I was warned --Advice that I scorned -- Now the facts on the ground They have hunted me down Last month when I was traveling in Scotland And I found myself lost on the moor I stepped off of the track But I brought something back A disease of the soul Something I can’t control And now it's the morning after I done it, but I ain't to blame Worried that I'll blow my cover Werewolf walk of shame
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If, God Forbid Lyrics copyright 2014 by Rick Miller If, God forbid, you came down with a cough And If, God forbid, your cough did not get better And If, God forbid, you leave behind a son or daughter And a sad-eyed widow living in the world all alone You could go end over end in a burning car wreck You could die in a hunting accident, you could fall and break your neck You could catch a dose of polio and Spanish Flu If, God forbid, these things should happen to you Don’t you want to know, that your loved ones will be safe Do you have a plan in place? If, God forbid, you fall asleep at the wheel And If, God forbid, a semi-truck rolls over And If, God forbid, you were the family’s sole provider Leaving sad-eyed orphans living in the world all alone You could be burning and burning and burning, then dead You could die of a stomach parasite You could fall and crack your head You could catch a dose of polio and smallpox too If, God forbid, these things should happen to you Don’t you want to know, that your loved ones will be safe Do you have a plan in place? We can sell you peace of mind We can sell you peace of mind
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Never Felt More American -- lyrics David Nixon copyright 2014 The Loan Officer and me we wrote down what was needed to get me this house and I’d love to live paycheck to paycheck if only my paychecks would reach out When the credit cards max then you fill in the gaps with loans from parents and friends And I’m hoping this grant will come through ‘cause the money’s already been spent And I’m dreaming that maybe my music will make me some money some day ‘Cause I’ve never felt more American than when my debt keeps me up at night. my debt keeps me up at night I said my debt keeps me up at night. If they’d let me refinance they’d lower my payments but I’m too poor to pay less So I’m hoping they’ll move me from part time to full so we don’t have to change our address It’s too late for my ship I just hope that this shit doesn’t stick to my son. Will he even want college when honestly paying off loans might never get done? [CHORUS] At night i'm Alone with what I know about what I own and what I owe. Why should I wake my wife and son when there is nothing that can be done. So I lie here and stare at the ceiling. And distract myself with my dreaming. I want to be there for my son; a good parent's a parent who's always around But I don't get raises for the cost of inflation so I gotta keep working more hours You don’t have to be that bad at math to buy lottery tickets some days. just desperate and sad with no viable plan to get yourself out of this maze. CHORUS and fin
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THE LEAVES ON THE TREES lyrics Rick Miller copyright 2014 and the leaves on the trees turn yellow now the leaves on the trees blush red with the harvest in store for the winter now the robin of Summer has fled She told me that she had to be leaving Before the winds of October blew Said she was going where I couldn't follow She'd be back by the following June now the leaves on the trees have fallen and the branches are covered in snow and the marigold seeds all slumber in the hard, frozen ground below Well the nights just go on forever I hear the lonesome hoot-owl cry Picture her face just the way I remember Smiling on the Fourth of July Smiling on the Fourth of July and the leaves on the trees start budding and the buds of the leaves flash green and the ice-melt is swelling up the river where the robin of Summer was seen With a restless stirring in the soft ground Up comes a bright green stalk And I swear I get happy near to bursting Remembering the way she walked with the leaves on the trees up above us Swayin in the soft, gentle breeze days are long and the nights are sultry underneath the sycamore trees and I hear her footsteps in the meadow and I hear her singing on the hill Just waiting till she comes around that corner Any moment now, I know she will. Any moment now, I know that she will. and the leaves on the trees turn yellow now the leaves on the trees blush red with the harvest in store for the winter now the robin of Summer has fled
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KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE lyrics by David Nixon and Rick Miller, copyright 2014. You could say that I'm a stockbroker Call me a stock-broker man Cause every time I check my stocks I find I'm broker than when I began I need a partner who knows the ins and outs I need somebody to eliminate the doubt CHORUS: Knowing Is Half the Battle Let Us Fight That Battle For You Give us the cash, wash your hands and be done Half Brothers Brand Mutual Funds I wanna play the market without losing my shirt I wanna get filthy rich without touching any dirt You could help me keep my conscience clear. By not telling me anything I do not need to hear CHORUS And now, a sermon: "My brothers and sisters I got to tell you about a man! A good man. A family man! Who found out that he was invested in a company doing business with a dictator in Africa. A man who found out he was invested in cutting down God’s own rainforest in the Amazon. Invested in a company engaged in slave labor in Bangladesh! MY brothers and sisters! If you invest in The Half Brothers Brand Mutual Fund we give you the Lord's good guarantee that you will never ever EVER find out that you’re invested in such atrocities." (underscoring throughout) : I won't ask if you don't tell Just tell me to buy or sell. Knowing Is Half the Battle So Let Us Fight That Battle For You Give us the cash, wash your hands and be done Half Brothers Brand Mutual We put the fun in Mutual Funds
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Lyrics Rick Miller Copyright 2014 I don't wanna work for the railroad I don't wanna work in the mines I wanna tour the country in a bluegrass band Gettin' paid for havin’ a good time Gettin’ paid just for havin’ a good time Daddy broke his back for the railroad Working on the Chattahoochee line I wanna pick guitar, sing a gospel song or two Gettin' paid for havin’ a good time Gettin' paid just for havin a good time Don't wanna hang my hat in a tin shack Livin on the government dime I'd just as soon live out of my knap-sack, darlin’ Gettin' paid They'll rob you of the fire in your spirit Take away the best years of your prime I wanna put smiles on the faces of drunk strangers Gettin' paid for havin’ a good time Gettin' paid just for havin a good time Anyone can learn to play the banjo Any damn fool can learn to rhyme It's just about as easy as falling off a log Gettin' paid for havin’ a good time Gettin' paid just for havin a good time

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These songs are taken from the stage show, "The Half Brothers Brand Old Time Variety Show", produced by Annex Theatre, Seattle WA, August 2013. Go to www.annextheatre.org/2013-season/late-nights/the-half-brothers-brand-old-time-variety-show/ for details!

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released August 9, 2013

Produced by The Half Brothers and Pete Remine

Recorded and mixed by Pete Remine at Dubtrain Studios, 2013 www.dubtrain.com

"Opening Theme" recorded and mixed by Ben Laurance at Annex Theatre

"Gettin' Paid For Havin' A Good Time" recorded and mixed by John Ackermann in Rick's living room

Mastered by Dave Pascal

The Half Brothers are:

John Ackermann - mandolin, guitar (#9), ukulele (#2), vocals
Rick Miller - guitar, vocals
David Nixon - banjo, vocals

With:

Tim Moore - Harmonica (#6), vocals (#1, #6, #10, #11)
Troy Mink - vocals (#11)

Cover design by Keara Burton

Special thanks to Josef Krebs

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