City At Night

by Kelly Pardekooper

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City At Night is Kelly Pardekooper's eighth album. Produced in Bloomington by Paul Mahern, it marks his first all-Indiana sounds and the beginning of his Hoosier song chapter. Having cemented his TV Troubadour status with placements in True Blood, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Longmire and many more, the new City At Night album continues his sonic stew of roots, rock, blues, and country gumbo. Kelly keeps song-plugging away and tries to treat people well.

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released November 25, 2016

KP - Acoustic Guitar/Vocals/Songs
Thom Woodard - Slide/Lap Steel/Electric Guitars
Steve Pruden - Bass/Photos
Mark Cutsinger - Drums/Percussion

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Kelly Pardekooper Indianapolis, Indiana

My songs/voice are on your TV and in film sometimes (True Blood, Justified, Sons of Anarchy etc.) Rock Americana Singer/Songwriter. Eight albums with lots of US and Europe touring in the rear-view. Put down roots in Indy after stints in Iowa City, East Nashville, Madison and Los Angeles. I keep song-plugging away and try to treat people well! ... more

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Track Name: 4AM
It’s 4am. Sorry for calling. So how you been?

Bet you’re still out on the ocean. With all those notions. In the sunshine.

Guess the ocean’s OK. I’m back in the cornfields. Where I’ll stay.

But hey…It’s OK. I don’t really miss you…‘cept when I miss you.

You know your Mama still calls me? Asks me how I been. Tells me you’re too thin.

Lord knows she don’t like your new friend. Don’t know where he’s been. Don’t know where he’s sinned.

But hey…it’s OK. I don’t really miss you…‘cept when I miss you.

It’s 4am. Sorry for calling. So how you been?
Track Name: Better Than You
I’m not sure I want to be. Your midnight luxury.
I’m not sure just where you go. I’m not sure you even know.
I’m not sure just what to do. I’ve been ignored by better than you.

But you’re so easy… It’s so hard to please me.. oh yeah

I’m not sure what I just saw. It might of been against the law.
I’m not sure just what to do. I’ve been ignored by better than you.

But you’re so easy… It’s so hard to please me.. oh yeah

I’m not sure just where I stand. Another sad and broken man
I’m not sure just what to do. I’ve been ignored by better than you.
I’ve been adored by better than you..
I’ve been loved by better than you..
Track Name: Plain Jane
You’re so plain Jane
And you’re so strange Jane
Don’t ever change, ever Jane
You won’t walk Jane
And you won’t talk Jane
Don’t ever change, ever Jane

She’s just the one to relieve you of your gun
She will kick you in your head
When you’re on your podium
She’s wants the world, just your ordinary girl
You won’t find her in the restroom
With her diamonds and her pearls

You won't say Jane
And you won't play Jane
Don’t ever change, ever Jane
You're so strange Jane
And you're so plain Jane
Don’t ever change, ever Jane

Do you recall when she took you by the balls?
And she hung you from ceiling
Hung you from the walls
You know you love her
And you cannot live without that Jane
Can’t live without that Jane…
Track Name: You Don't Say
It started in the garden with Daisy
Near your Mama’s heart and roses
Feel the Indy rain, it cleans me
See the falling snow come down, it blinds, now it blinds
You don’t say, you don’t say

Irreverent writer, I read you
Button down and tied, IQ divine
Can you feel me breathing behind you
Have you ever rocked your feet in time, now not in time
You don’t say, you don’t say

There’s a river running between us
There’s a mountain growing behind
Hear your Mama calling, she’s praying
See the tears, they fall down now they blind, now they blind
You don’t say, you don’t say
Track Name: Whisker Brain
She said she can’t stay here anymore
She said she can’t stay here anymore
She done run down to Arkansas
And left me stranded with her Ma
She said she can’t stay here anymore

She said I been creepin’ down the well
She said I been creepin’ down the well
She said I don’t pray no more
And she don’t like what I’m lookin’ for
She says that I’m going straight to hell

She says I got whiskers on my brain
She says I got whiskers on my brain
She says I don’t pray no more
And I’ll be burnin’ that’s for sure
She says I got whiskers on my brain

But she said she thinks God could cut ‘em off
She says she thinks God could cut ‘em off
But I’m afraid of that blade
And all the changes it might make
She says she thinks God could cut ‘em off

Whisker Brain..
Track Name: City At Night
City at night. Afraid to walk in your hometown.

Stay in tight. Take a good look around.

‘Cuz it aint right. Afraid to go out all alone.

Your city at night.

When you’re sitting in your kitchen.

See the headlines.

Another GUN goes off and you’re swimming in it.

City at night. Take it up and take it down.

Stay in tight. Take a good look around.

‘Cuz when you’re gone, they’ll say prayers and they'll move on.

Your city at night.

When you’re sitting in your kitchen.

See the headlines.

Another GUN goes off and you’re swimming in it.
Track Name: Least I'm Not Alone
So I jumped off here distally. There’s nothing like the harmony of knowing that the farthest point of origin will protect me. From all the empty promises and all the things that speak to me. It’s OK if I just stay at home. At least I’m not alone. At least I’m not alone.

And I don’t mind if you’re not really here I know it’s truncated but clear for all the world see. That you’re here staring back at me. Hoping for some lateral device to pull the covers from my eyes. ‘Cause all these layers come and go. At least I’m not alone. At least I’m not alone.

And night time’s when it all starts getting strange. Wish I could simple rearrange that little part of me that lusts for the lobotomy. I need a little talking to and that’s the door that you come through. To keep this boy from sinking like a stone. At least I’m not alone. At least I’m not alone.

And I don’t mind if you’re not really here. I know you’re nothing I should fear. The world don’t have to see that you’re here standing next to me. ‘Cause I jumped off here distally and there’s nothing like the harmony of all these layers singing me back home. At least I’m not alone. At least I’m not alone.

At least I’m not alone.

At least I’m not alone…
Track Name: Silver & Gold
Tempted Sur with silver, tempted Sur with gold
And all the earthly pleasures, man could ever hold
He came up from Virginia, with his walking cane
Stayed out on the side roads, so know one’d know his name

Some people said he was skinny, he’d just say he was lean
When them whiskey drinking Mamas catch sight
He’s the best they’ve ever seen

Yeah we’re talking midnight, Daddy’s not around
Church bells are ringing, without a sound
So get on back to Virginia, leave them girls alone
Stay out on the side roads, Delta coming home
Track Name: You're Gone
Stay away from my house
Stay away from my lawn
Quit bugging my boss
Stay away from my mom

Quit calling my phone
Hanging up all the time
You think that I don’t know
You’re just wasting your time

You know you’re just too drunk
To even know that you’re gone

Stay away from my house
Stay away from my lawn
Quit bugging my boss
Stay away from my mom

Stay away from my car
Stay away from my dog
You know before I met you
I used to sleep like a log

You know you’re just too stoned
To even know that you’re gone

Stay away from my house
Stay away from my lawn
Quit bugging my boss
Stay away from my mom

You know you’re just too nuts
To even know that you’re gone