Yonder

by Kelly Pardekooper

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1.
Where I come from we don’t walk too proud We don’t talk too loud…when we talk at all Where I come from we keep one eye on the sky And the local weatherman always seems to make us cry For the corn, and the weed, and the beans Where I come from folks don’t tend to stick around There ain’t too much going on In this sleepy little town Where I come from we’re up dawn ‘til dusk In the cold and the rain with the snow and the dust For the corn, and the weed, and the beans Don’t tell us how to be Don’t tread on me Where I come from folks they always say hi When they shake your hand They look you in the eye Where I come from we don’t lock our doors We have more than enough And don’t need anymore From the corn, and the weed, and the beans From the corn, and the weed, and the beans
2.
Yonder 03:04
Lookey lookey yonder Lookey lookey here You used to call me your good friend Now you call me dear With that lipstick stain Up and down my cheek Your dress undone Lord I go weak Lookey Lookey yonder Lookey lookey here I know that you don’t love me So lets be clear When you call my name Our sweat don’t lie Your hair undone Under Midwest skies Lookey Lookey yonder Lookey lookey here You used to call me your good friend Some day you’ll call me dear
3.
Hard Eyes 03:33
Well here we go again, same old shit it happens every year You could come stay with me, hell bring the kids, all you gotta do is lose that beer. You just think I’m mean, you’d rather drink gasoline Than leave this bar with me tonight. You’re too young for those hard eyes If you’re gonna drive away, the least you could do is buckle up them kids Hell even Superman crashed and burned and how would you live with that? You just think I’m wrong and you think you’re too strong to ever come down to this You’re too young for those hard eyes You can’t blame momma boy she always let us run You can’t blame poppa he was dead before we were grown You can’t blame me ‘cause I’m your only living kin I’m the only one fool enough to keep on dragging your drunk ass in And here comes Christmas time, what kind of show you gonna put on for Jesus this year? Your kids are getting older now, late at night they start to hide your beer They know you’ll be gone, that the pull on you is too strong When you’re out in the neon light You just come undone, Lord and you just gotta run down them demons every night You’re too young for those hard eyes You’re too young for those hard eyes…
4.
Forgotten 03:13
Picking through the pieces of your ever changing mind You’re not worried about the tomorrow Or the ones you left behind In case you’ve forgotten…that was me I know I didn’t show you all my loving like I should Tried to keep you as warm and safe and happy as I could So in case you’ve forgotten… It seems that you’ve forgotten… I’m sorry you’ve forgotten me So go ahead and run away Go ahead and try to find something new There ain’t no one out there girl That could ever love you like I do Do you think you’ll find somebody Who could be a better Daddy than me?? Girl don’t you remember all those plans made over tea? In case you’ve forgotten…that was me. And I know we were young girl I know we didn’t know just what to do But do you ever wonder? Did you really think this whole thing through? So in case you’ve forgotten… It seems that you’ve forgotten… I’m sorry you’ve forgotten me
5.
I know you can’t love me I still wish you could I know you won’t call me But I was hoping that you would I don’t know your questions I won’t judge your sins Your answer is always $ Has it always been? Wheres the love, where’s the love? Where’s your Love? Where’s the love? Momma she told me I’d meet one like you Who’d break me to pieces and leave me Without any glue So show me the novel that you’ll never write I’ll show you the poet I’m sleeping with tonight Wheres the love, where’s the love? Where’s your Love? Where’s the love? I know you can’t love me I still wish you could I know you won’t call me But I was praying that you would.
6.
My table’s number 264 They let me come early I slide in through the backstage door For my little Miss Cheetah My baby works all night long She’s moving and shaking and dancing To the Whitesnake songs My little Miss Cheetah With her silvery tassels that are drawing heat On a Schwinn low-rider with banana seat My Little Miss Cheetah She’ll take you anywhere she wants to And hide out with all the things that haunt you But she wants you Like a tattoo My baby sleeps all day long We try to keep quiet when we notice the curtains are drawn For my Little Miss Cheetah She never gets away for long Sometimes she goes crazy And she drive til the money’s all gone My Little Miss Cheetah With her silvery tassels that are drawing heat On a Schwinn low-rider with banana seat My Little Miss Cheetah She’ll take you anywhere she wants to And hide out with all the things that haunt you But she wants you Like a tattoo My table’s number 264 They let me come early I slide in through the backstage door For my little Miss Cheetah
7.
What if you don’t love me? Like I love you? What if you don’t want me? Like I want you? Would you meet me in the middle? Or love me just a little? Just enough girl… to keep me around? When you come walking right up to me And I’m so blinded I can’t see That you don’t love me No you don’t love me Do you dear? So let’s be clear Would you meet me in the middle? Or love me just a little? Just enough girl… to keep me around? You come waltzing right up to me You lean in on me and I can barely breathe But you don’t love me No you don’t love me Do you dear? So let’s be clear That you don’t love me No you don’t love me Do you dear? Let’s just leave it here…
8.
Have you ever seen her when she walks into the room? Better keep your eyes below her boy she’ll cut you in two And she won’t even notice if you try and catch her eye Yeah she knows all you local boys, you best not even try She still wants to be anarchy And every day come 5 o’clock, She’ll be downtown belly-up At any happy hour that will still have her around She’s a bit past 54 and she don’t pogo anymore The tattoos they’re all fading and she can’t afford to score She still wants to be anarchy But have you seen her? Have you seen her smile? She’s got staples in her cheeks, and she thinks that Nirvana’s weak The Pistols and the Misfits is all she will listen to Yeah Mommy was a punk rock girl, chase her down and she might hurl That venom you’ve been looking for but you know you’ll never use She still wants to be anarchy But have you seen her? Have you seen her? Have you seen her smile?
9.
Walk Away 04:04
So she don’t love me that way There’s nothing left to do tonight But turn and walk away And find some quiet little space And pray to God I never have to see her pretty face Again, Lord not again Been down this road before I swore I’d never come again Still too young to not be moved Too old to be improved Out here in the middle we got too damn much to lose I know I’m not cool enough Not tattooed enough But keep it simple girl And I just might keep up Again, Lord not again Been down her road so many times It hardly seemed a sin No she don’t love me like that Ahh the pregnant pause Staring at the walls and I can’t take those words back I should keep my big mouth shut Where’s your Iowa? Hold it in boy And let the liquor prop you up Again, Lord not again Been down that road before Swore I’d never come again. No she don’t love me that way There’s nothing left to do tonight But turn and walk away…
10.
When I Die 03:17
No I don’t mind leaving this all behind At most my regrets are few Will I come undone when the lightening comes? Or will I lay down there like a little child? And will you hold my hand ‘till I understand? When I die Lord, when I die? Holy, Save Me, Forgive me my wrongs Touch me, Gently, Turn me to dust No I don’t mind leaving this all behind Always tried to give more than take Will you comfort me if I need to see? My poor family with more than they can take? Would you walk with me, will you guarantee it? When I die Lord, when I die? When I die Lord, when I die? Holy, Save Me, Forgive me my wrongs Touch me, Gently, Turn me to dust
11.
You might be the most beautiful thing That I’ve seen in this sometimes ugly life It’s so bright here my scars turn pink I can’t find any links to my old home Hey John Muir said to leave her alone Just let her be…free And you’re so pretty out here at night Under these Western skies On the ocean your hair’s blown clean Saltwater dreams in your eyes You might be the most beautiful thing That I’ve seen in this sometimes ugly life
12.
I’ve been drunk and I’ve been dry I prefer the former ‘cause the latter makes me cry But it’s all gone with Mama’s sighs She knows I’m out here every single night And I loved you like a rose That’s been picked and is dry as my nose I should turn you loose I suppose ‘Cause there’s no music left for us… To compose And these hands don’t work no more Some days I feel death coming, coming like a whore Who has been left outside too long Never worried ‘bout ever being wrong Are you ever worried ‘bout ever being wrong?

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Yonder was produced by guitar master and fellow Iowan Bo Ramsey. Recorded mostly live by John Svec at Minstrel Studio in Iowa City, Yonder captures Kelly delivering heart on the sleeve Los Angeles inspired songs. Bo Ramsey sizzles leading the ace rhythm section of Marty Christensen and Steve Hayes. Mixed by the late great Tom Tucker. Album artwork features an original hand sketching by the uber talented Gene Flores. The title track "Yonder" was featured in hit shows Longmire and Justified.

“After a five year break from recording music, Yonder was very much the journey from the plains of the Midwest to the big city bright light heartbreak of Los Angeles. Looking back now, I lost my way for awhile and you can probably hear that struggle on this album.” - KP

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released November 7, 2011

KP - songs/vocals/acoustic guitar
Bo Ramsey - electric guitar/national guitar/backing vocals
Marty Christensen - bass guitar/backing vocals
Steve Hayes - drums/percussion
Brian Wilke - pedal steel 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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