City At Night

by Kelly Pardekooper

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1.
4AM 03:31
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?
2.
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..
3.
Plain Jane 03:18
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…
4.
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
5.
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..
6.
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.
7.
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…
8.
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
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10.
You're Gone 02:40
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

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Produced in Bloomington by Paul Mahern, City At Night marks Kelly's first Indiana sounds. Recorded mostly live in an old converted church studio with Indy ringer band mates Thom Woodard, Steve Pruden and Mark Cutsinger, City At Night keeps cooking Kelly's unique rock, blues and country gumbo. "Whisker Brain" was featured on the CW show Supernatural and "Silver & Gold" was featured on the FX hit show Longmire.

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released November 25, 2016

KP - songs/vocals/acoustic guitar
Thom Woodard - electric/slide/lap steel guitar
Steve Pruden - bass/photos
Mark Cutsinger - drums/percussion
Paul Mahern - percussion
Dave England - electric guitar
Mark Wyatt - organ
Chris Erbacher - pedal steel guitar

All songs written by Kelly Pardekooper
except "These Boots Are Made For Walkin" written by Lee Hazlewood. ℗ Kelly Pardekooper Music/Black Toast Music

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Kelly Pardekooper Indianapolis, Indiana

My songs/voice work in 40+ films/TV shows. Iowa City native. “A roots musician who writes some of the sweetest, blues-infused, country-fied, American rock music of our time ”
-No Depression

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