Johnson County Snow

by Kelly Pardekooper

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1.
Can I help it if your skin don’t fit you right? Can I help it if you’re frozen inside? Can I help it if you’re never gonna be Like the ones always outside smiling, like they’re on TV? Can I help it if you Dad don’t treat you right? Can I help it if he stays out all night? Can I help it if you’re never gonna see All those places you go off to when you’re dreaming? I watch you stumble, then I watch you fall You come up screaming, that I don’t care at all But you never ask me to leave No, you’re rather have me around like some fly on the wall So can I help it if your skin don’t fit you right? Can I help it if you’re frozen inside? Can I help it if you’re never gonna be Like the ones always outside smiling. Like they’re on TV? Can I help it if your Mom don’t treat you right? Can I help it if she don’t tuck you in at night? Can I help it if you’re never gonna see All those places you go off to when you’re dreaming?
2.
Compromise 03:18
Tell me darling Do you really love me? Or is this compromise? I know you said that you’d be home this evening I’ve heard the alibi Late at night when we’re staring at the ceiling With nothing new to say Another summer, it’s gonna be a long one It just won’t fade away I never see you in the morning I never see late at night So most the time I just go right out of my mind on sight Tell me darling Is it just your body that keeps you satisfied? And will you be there to kiss me in the morning if I make 55? Give me something that I can hold on to, you’re leaning out of sight Another summer, it’s gonna be a long one I see it in your eyes I never see you in the morning I never see late at night So most the time I just go right out of my mind on sight Tell me darling Do you really love me? Or is this compromise? I know you say that you just can’t live without me I’ve heard the alibi Late at night when we’re staring at the ceiling With nothing new to say Another summer, it’s gonna be a long one It just won’t fade away Just won’t fade away
3.
Kin 04:12
Bad wind blowing, it scratches the skin Can’t take the high road, it’s washed out again Nineteen years old girl, covered in sin You left on your own, now you can’t get back in Momma poor momma been cryin’ for days Poppa’s just drinking, he won’t mention your name Preacher won’t talk now to sister and me Can’t let you fall out of the family tree How long will you stay away? Could we hope for tomorrow? Would you come back today? Down home but not in touch with your kin You left on your own, now you can’t get back in Bad wind blowing, it scratches the skin Can’t take the high road, it’s washed out again Nineteen years old girl, covered in sin You left on your own, now you can’t get back in Momma poor momma just sits by the grave Poppa won’t mention this mess that you made Preacher won’t talk now to sister and me Can’t let you fall out of the family tree
4.
Mrs. Brown 03:01
Take that horse pill and shoot it right down Get so high you might lift off the ground But don’t you come calling when you need to come down No I can’t take old Mrs. Brown Go out walkin’ alone by yourself I know you’ll find someone who thinks they can help But they will just bag you and put you on a shelf No you can’t trust that old Mrs. Brown Hey I don’t mean to pry But it looks like you’re slipping back now And I won’t hide if you decide But I won’t let you pull me back now Fire started late Saturday night You didn’t remember that whiskey would light Oh but as you went down you would laugh with delight That you can’t trust that old Mrs. Brown
5.
Upside Down 04:25
Wake up in the morning, go to bed when it gets dark Spend your days out in the sunshine, punching in your clock Don’t you ever get tired? Doing the same thing day after day? And don’t you know there’s a big world out there calling out your name? I can’t slow down, take the time and I might get turned around I can’t go down, I’d find a way to end up upside down What if they came calling? Would you finally get away? Or would you hide in your routinized life? With nothing more to say. Cause lately you been quiet, when conversation come your way Just keep your eyes down in the gravel There’s lots of work to do today I can’t slow down, take the time and I might get turned around I can’t go down, I’d find a way to end up upside down
6.
Waterloo 04:15
Hear you cryin’ ‘bout the things that you ain’t got How you been lustin’ for those things that you have not You must be country, I can tell the way you dress Don’t let that city take away your happiness Don’t think you ever know what you’re walkin’ out into You’re too young and full of cum to think things all the way through Stand straight, cockeyed sure, and give that deadly stare Silly wife beatin’ t-shirt is all you ever wear Get on down water, down water, down in Waterloo Down water, down water, down in Waterloo Tripped on a hickory stump, fell on a loaded gun Yeah the walkin’ shoes and the river blues Heaven knows what the dead men know Heaven knows where the dead men go Wake up late at night, pull yourself from sleep Go out to the river’s edge, where you know it’s deep You’ll think you’re dreaming as you take the first step down With sliding ankles and frozen faces all around Get on down water, down water, down in Waterloo Down water, down water, down in Waterloo Tripped on a hickory stump, fell on a loaded gun Yeah the walkin’ shoes and the river blues Heaven knows what the dead men know Heaven knows where the dead men go
7.
He don’t like working, he just likes smoking He don’t like voting but he’ll tell you what he wants He don’t like Sundays and he don’t like Mondays He don’t like nothing, his Daddy taught him that How’s the wind blow, with that Nintendo Blowing though his holy sacred quiet room? And do you really, need to be haunted? Can’t you see the truth that’s there in front of you? He’s just a young American, down on his knees just a young American, he won’t say please just a young American, down on his luck just a young American, don’t give a ... Lately no one will go out riding To raise that cain you thought you’d always have and own Now it’s too crowded and no one’s listening And while they’re talking you’d rather be alone He’s just a young American, down on his knees just a young American, he won’t say please just a young American, down on his luck just a young American, don’t give a ... It gets so quiet when you’re sleeping Hard to imagine that you’re still here anyway The morning’s harder, with swollen ashtrays They take you down a notch and start you on your way He’s just a young American, down on his knees just a young American, he won’t say please just a young American, down on his luck just a young American, don’t give a ...
8.
Yesterday was just like any other day it came and it was gone to the left, corner of my eye And I felt so unusual, having never stayed up To see the dawn going down, west coast eyes And I don’t want you in the morning And I won’t see you on your Sunday afternoon Have you ever seen a Midwest sky late at night? When the rain starts coming down, it takes away your sight And you can run for cover as you try to run and hide You might scramble through the bushes to try and find some light But I don’t want you in the morning And I won’t see you on your Sunday afternoon Hey now, do you really want to be? Hey now could you really forsake me? No I don’t want you in the morning I won’t see you on your Sunday afternoon Well I ran into nothing Thursday afternoon He came up through the basement, came into my room So you’re the one that says he only takes what he can get And leaves us on the sidewalk, a fading cigarette No I don’t want you in the morning And I won’t see you on your Sunday afternoon So yesterday was just like any other day It came and it was gone to the left, corner of my eye And I felt so unusual, it was almost inconceivable I’d stayed up through the moonlight, west coast thighs But I don’t want you in the morning And I won’t see you on your Sunday afternoon Hey now, do you really want to be? Hey now could you really forsake me? No I don’t want you in the morning I won’t see you on your Sunday afternoon
9.
Come on back from Memphis, come on back to me I know it’s too cold way up north but it’s where I’m supposed to be I said now come on darling, come back to your man I said no long white dress is gonna make you understand Come on back now darling, come on back to me Get right on that midnight train, from Memphis, Tennessee I said I know that you’re out there looking for some higher ground But if your momma hasn’t taught you girl you should of learned a bit by now Don’t wait ‘til tomorrow, I need you today The telephone’s been a ringing girl but I can’t hear what you say I said I know that you’re out there looking for a little more And if you don’t come around I’m gonna camp right outside your door Come on back from Memphis, come on back to me I know it’s too cold way up north but it’s where I’m supposed to be I said now come on darling, come back to your man I said no long white dress is gonna make you understand
10.
She got older, and you can’t hold her Her higher calling takes her slowly out the door To some oasis, where you can’t follow You’re just a shadow of the man she knew before She said she’d write soon, when she got settled Like the lovers who pretend they’ll stay good friends The smell is fading from the pillow The dying flowers that you don’t know where to send So come on back stage, amongst the ashtrays I’m sure you’ll finds somewhere to sleep now Clementine The phone’s a ringing, come early morning You best be running now to make it out on time Come back someday, and we’ll go driving Out to Solon, where we blew out long ago You’ll be laughing and I’ll be older Still contented in this Johnson County Snow

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Kelly Pardekooper & the Devil’s House Band are born on this David Zollo produced album. Released on Iowa City indie label Trailer Records. KP, Dustin Busch, Atom Robinson and Matt Winegardner made up this popular Iowa City band circa 1999/2000. JoCo Snow is out and out twang-n-bang rock-n-roll. Guest appearances by Bo Ramsey and Marty Letz highlight this lively and energetic album. "Fly on the Wall" was featured on the hit HBO show True Blood.

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released April 3, 2000

KP - songs/vocals/acoustic guitar
David Zollo - producer/organ/keyboards/backing vocals
Dustin Busch - electric guitar
Atom Robinson - bass/backing vocals
Matt Winegardner - drums
Marty Letz - pedal steel guitar
Mara McCann - backing vocals
Bo Ramsey - electric guitar/slide guitar

All songs written by Kelly Pardekooper
℗ Kelly Pardekooper Music/Black Toast Music

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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 ”
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