50​-​Weight

by Kelly Pardekooper

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1.
We’re heading out of country, heading out today The way that TV’s flickering, someone’s gonna pay There’s a curve to those words and you know there’s something sitting in between So give it all to Exxon.. it’s the bloody gasoline You say that ain’t right, this here’s black and white That side’s bad so we gonna bomb those suckers out of sight Hey don’t worry ‘bout them children waking up to this American scream Just give it all to Chevron.. it’s the bloody gasoline We’re heading out of country, heading out today The way that TV’s flickering, Lord someone’s gonna pay I’m pretty sure that OPEC would bomb Europe if they could do it without being seen (too Green) So give it all to Exxon Or give it all to Chevron Or give it all to Mobil Or give it all to BP It’s the bloody gasoline..
2.
Lily White 03:41
Got no real problems, but all the same I somehow find time to complain So soft and lazy, I waste my time I sit here fuming, I bitch online Got no real problems, that’s sure as night Got no real problems, no real problems I’m lily white.. They never stop me, when I’m new in town They never frisk me, I’m not black or brown I got that privilege, came with my skin I’m first in line here, I’ll always win Got no real problems, I got no fright Got no real problems, no real problems I’m lily white.. And If I don’t like it, I’ll change the rules Just draw up new lines, I’ll vote for fools And I’ll run you over if you make a stand I’ll run my pipeline through native lands And wave that flag Lord like some birthright Got no real problems, no real problems…I’m lily white..
3.
Tell Me Mama 02:12
Tell me mama 
Can you show me everything I’ll need 
When I go walking out your doorway?
 Tell me papa
 Could you just believe I’ll be alright
 If I keep doing those things my way? I won’t fall down 
Get turned around
 Won’t let you down 
I’ve been around Tell me teacher
 Can you teach me everything I’ll need
 When I go running down that highway?
 Tell me preacher 
Can you show me everything I need 
When I’m alone down in the valley? I won’t fall down
 Get turned around
 Won’t let you down
 I’ve been around
4.
Anything 03:16
Hope you find what you need You know it’s not guaranteed Hope you don’t take too long But I hope you find what you need I would do anything I would do anything If you’d just stay with me.. Never know what you’ll find Leaving it all behind Hope you find something there Hoping you’ll always care I would do anything I would do anything If you’d just stay with me.. Hope you don’t get too lost Hope you don’t pay the cost The timing’s not always right Thinking ‘bout you tonight I would do anything I would do anything If you’d just talk to me.. Hope you hear all your songs Maybe you’ll hum along Hope you don’t take them wrong But I hope you hear all your songs I would do anything I would do anything If you ever needed me.. If you ever needed me..
5.
Downtown 04:03
When you’re downtown Hiding out And the hot sun is all done When you’re down…town On the sidewalks, you don’t talk To the girls on the streets The walking meats When you’re down… When you’re unseen In a fever dream And there’s no change For you today When you’re down… When the cardboard Is tonight’s bed And you can’t calm your own head When you’re down… When you’re downtown Hiding out And the hot sun is all done When you’re down…town
6.
Long Goodbye 02:54
Two hours and I’m drinking, I could not find my phone I’m sorry, I’ve taken us too far out now to get back home But it’s so pretty out here after midnight below these bourbon skies Feel it coming, please take me there gently into our long goodbye Where’s our house, where’s our child, where’s that yard, where’s our little picket fence? When I’m gone, and you’re there all alone, do you notice the difference? I come home late, Lord I sleep all day long and you’re never touchin’ me Could you deny as you look past my eye that we’re half of what we used to be? And I’m still on these county roads, looking for faces and stories untold I know you may never understand that I’ll never go back again Come Monday and I’m lonely, our cupboards cleaned out bare I can smell you in the bedroom, pretend that I don’t care But it’s so pretty out here after midnight below these bourbon skies Feel it coming, please take me there gently into our long goodbye..
7.
So I been waiting for too long I’m sorry darling but my heart’s already gone It’s no one’s fault dear, it’s like the rain When love comes calling we never know why it came And I been drinking too much, I been thinking too much And Lord knows that in my head is no place to be And I been smoking too much, I been missing your touch And we both know that your bed is no place for me No place for me Yeah it’s been a while since I’ve seen that golden smile of yours I’ve been missing you and you’re here in the room We’re so settled now that it hardly takes a word To know what’s going on, so what’s going on? Let’s go dancing, I swear that I will too I’d be proud to look like a fool for you Some more romancing, just like we used to do Let’s pretend that it’s the night we both first knew But I been waiting for too long I’m sorry darling but my heart’s already gone It’s no one’s fault dear, it’s like the rain When love comes calling we never know why it came And I’ll be drinking too much, I’ll be thinking too much And Lord knows that in my head is no place to be And I’ll be smoking too much, I’ll be missing your touch We both know that your bed is no place for me No place for me..
8.
Take that highway on out to Main street, until you reach the corner store Keep on going until the gravel rolls away, and that road won’t go no more See that cat out on the back porch, see the dog there on the lawn Let that bullfrog serenade you off to sleep, and hear that rooster crow at dawn Let’s go down to the country, let’s go down to the farm Meet me down near the hayloft, in the barn And you won’t come to any harm So take that highway on out to Main street, leave that neon far behind It gets so quiet, you can feel yourself believe, that you don’t need those city signs Let’s go down to the country, let’s go down to the farm Meet me down near the hayloft, in the barn And you won’t come to any harm No you won’t come to any harm
9.
Baby 03:18
Here comes my baby. Here comes my girl. She somehow saves me. Lightens up my world. Can’t remember when I let go. All I know is I let go. And here comes my baby. With all those things that I don’t know. When she smiles Lord I lose my head. Laughs so loud she could wake the dead. Once you’ve heard her you’ll never forget. And she’s all I need. And I’ll always love my hometown. And all those friends that carried me. But here comes my baby. And she don’t sing those minor keys. When she smiles Lord I lose my head. Laughs so loud she could wake the dead. Once you’ve heard her you’ll never forget. And she’s all I need. So here’s one for my baby. Here’s one for my girl. She somehow saves me. Lightens up my world. Lightens up my world..
10.
I know a girl named Mae Mae Pretty as a Hello Kitty doll I know a girl named Mae Mae Makes her mama Jane smile Pity that they’re only three years old for a little while I know a girl named Bella Sweetest smile you’ve ever seen I know a girl named Bella Breaking hearts in Muscatine But this old town won’t hold her She’s gonna be a fashion queen I know a girl named Ulla Makes her mama Winnie smile I know a girl named Ulla Poor boys won’t know what to do But they don’t know like I know That she’s pretty on the inside too Yeah they don’t know like I know That they’re pretty on the inside too..
11.
Love Her So 03:18
Oh I love her so Yes I love her so Ask me why, I can’t explain it, I won’t know But I love her so She don’t ever slow down She loves that old country sound And she holds me all night long And she tells me when I’m wrong She don’t care for my sad spiteful songs But she holds me all night long And she never takes her time And she can’t stand waiting in line Try to hurry her along, she won’t go Oh I love her so She don’t ever slow down She loves that old country sound Yeah I love her so Oh I love her so Ask me why, I can’t explain it, I don’t know But I love her so Yes I love her so Yes I love her so
12.
Call My Mom 02:59
I should call my Mom, cuz it’s been too long Now that I’m all grown, I don’t get back home But she loves me still, cuz she knows I’m ill I got that fever for thrills and crawling up long hills Didn’t come from much, but there was more than enough We had shoes on our feet, we had food to eat It came from our ground, with lots of family around Mama’s dinner call was the sweetest sound Now the time just goes, it used to move so slow Summer would last so long, it’d drag on and on Yeah I should call my Mom, cuz it’s been too long Now that I’m all grown I still miss my home..

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Going back to my home state roots, 50-Weight was recorded in a rural Iowa barn studio June 1-4, 2018 at Flat Black Studios. Producer and guitar wizard hats are again worn by Iowa City friend Bo Ramsey (Best known for producing and playing guitar on Grammy nominated Lucinda Williams and Greg Brown albums). Mixed in Nashville by George Bradfute, 50-Weight is pure Americana-Iowa roots music that moves from pretty to pissed on a dime. Enjoy the ride!

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released October 26, 2018

KP - songs/vocals/acoustic guitar
Bo Ramsey - producer/guitars/backing vocals
Marty Christensen - bass/backing vocals
Steve Hayes - drums
Alex Ramsey - piano/keyboards
Randall Davis - electric guitar
George Bradfute - electric guitar/slide guitar/keyboards

All songs written by Kelly Pardekooper
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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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