Johnson County Snow

by Kelly Pardekooper

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Features the song "Fly on the Wall" which was used on hit HBO television show True Blood. High energy twang-n-bang rock-n-roll. Originally released on Iowa City indie label Trailer Records.

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released April 3, 2000

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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: Fly on the Wall
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?
Track Name: Compromise
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
Track Name: Kin
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
Track Name: Mrs. Brown
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
Track Name: Upside Down
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
Track Name: Waterloo
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
Track Name: Young American
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 ...
Track Name: Sunday Afternoon
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
Track Name: Long White Dress
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
Track Name: Johnson County Snow
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