A Little More Country

by Michael Van and The Movers

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Yeah, well, cowboy boots hurt my feet. What I really mean with “A little more country” is getting back to the richness of the simple things in life, the roots of our music and the simple truths that try to come out with every song.
Special thanks to Noah Duvernell, Mark Bernhard Stevenson and Paul Ohnemus for some excellent tracks and being there when we needed them.

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released December 6, 2016

Michael Van: Lead and Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar.
Pete Ahonen: Lead and Harmony Vocals, Electric Guitar, Banjo.
Alan Bond: Lead and Harmony Vocals, Mandolin, Fiddle.
Larry Lawson: Just Bass. (That and of course we do it all for Larry)
Bob Skye: Drums and Percussion, Harmonica.
michaelvanband@gmail.com
reverbnation.com/michaelvanband
Copyrights 1, 3, 6, 9, © Michael VanArsdale
4, 7, 10, 12, © Pete Ahonen
2, 5, 8, 11, © Alan Bond
Look at Miss Ohio ©2003 Gillian Welch
Arranged, Produced, Recorded and Mixed and Mastered by Michael Van and The Movers at Flying Blue Monkey Studio

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Michael Van and The Movers San Francisco, California

What I really mean with “A little more country” is getting back to the richness of the simple things in life, the roots of our music and the simple truths that try to come out with every song.
With songwriters, Michael Van (Acoustic guitar, Vocals), Pete Ahonen (Tele, Vocals), Alan Bond (Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals),
With Bob Skye (drums, percussion) and Larry Lawson (bass)
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Track Name: A Little More Country
A Little More Country

Wrote a song about how things went wrong,
wrote a song about the weather
wrote a song about carrying on,
wrote a song that said whatever
oh my, I wrote a lie, just trying to be funny
what I need to say now has a little more truth,
and just a little more country

A little more hands down in the dirt
A little more feeling your heart is gona burst
a little more straight and a little more simply
a little more true, and a little more country

What I know now is the sun going down,
on a warm summers day
The frogs in the creek and the grass round my feet,
And how love can carry you away
Oh no, where did she go,
this gravel road was just too bumpy
What I need now is a girl who shoots straight,
and is just a little more country

A little more sweet and a little more tough
A little more never ever gona give up
a little more straight and a little more simply
a little more true, and a little more country

A little more hands down in the dirt
A little more feeling your heart is gona burst
a little more straight and a little more simply
a little more true, and a little more country
Track Name: Skeddadle Mountain Lullaby
Skedaddle Mountain Lullaby

Well up on Skedaddle Mountain searching for the gold
Haven’t seen no man, nether dead nor alone
Haven't seen the preacher, the one that lied that day
The one who killed my brother just to get away

Skedaddle Mountain lullaby
drank whiskey for his health
now the man must die

Saw the boys from Dixie searching for a kill
went across deep river, damn near took a spill
the man who killed my brother, he don't have long to live
so if you see that preacher, this message you must give

Skedaddle Mountain lullaby
drank whiskey for his health
now the man must die

So if you start a lying out in the wild, wild land
there ain't so many people, not so many hands
if you intend to kill me, you better know right now
that up on Skedaddle mountain, your life ain't worth a shout

Skedaddle Mountain lullaby
drank whiskey for his health
now the man must die

Skedaddle Mountain lullaby
drank whiskey for his health
now the man must die

Skedaddle Mountain lullaby
drank whiskey for his health
now the man must die
Track Name: Gettin Drunk on a Monday
Getting drunk on a Monday Afternoon

Getting drunk on a Monday Afternoon
staring at the four walls of my room
Throwed me a party, but nobody ever showed
I guess that's cause I forgot to ask, If anybody wanted to go.

But me and old Bacardi are having us a party
feelin right and singing a little tune
We don't need anyone, we're having lots of fun
Just Getting drunk on a Monday Afternoon

Time and time again she said she'd leave me
she got tired and I guess I just got bored
She said I gotta go and I said woman hit the road
I don't need you hangin round no more

But me and old Bacardi are having us a party
feelin right and singing a little tune
We don't need anyone, we're having lots of fun
Just Getting drunk on a Monday Afternoon

Looks like the storm is about to pass
But I'm sitting here just drunk on my ass
I tried to find the door, but I landed in the floor
So I guess I'll go back and drink me a little more

But me and old Bacardi are having us a party
feelin right and singing a little tune
We don't need anyone, we're having lots of fun
Just Getting drunk on a Monday
Getting drunk on a Monday
Getting drunk on a Monday Afternoon
Track Name: Love Me Till Thursday
Love me till Thursday

There's a bird on the feeder
a dog on the lawn
there's no more than you dear
that I really want

So put on the good lights
and tie up your hair
you don't need your dress on
we're not going anywhere

And I hope it's not asking too much
And I hope it's not asking too much
To love me till Thursday, woman would you please
Love me till Thursday and we'll have all we need

It's a ten hour car ride,
we stopped once or twice
and you stretched your legs dear
while I filled up the pipe

The sky is so big here
The stars are so blue
It's becoming quite clear
it's only me and you

And I hope it's not asking too much
And I hope it's not asking too much
To love me till Thursday, woman would you please
Love me till Thursday and we'll have all we need

And I hope it's not asking too much
And I hope it's not asking too much
To love me till Thursday, woman would you please
Love me till Thursday and we'll have all we need
Track Name: Juanita
Jaunita

Jaunita, where were you last night
I bet you stood out against the light
I get harder for you everyday
To get back to the USA
Jaunita, cross the border again

The roses and the perfume up the stairs
something about the hot muggy air
seems like not too long ago
way back in Mexico
Jaunita, cross the border again

It gets harder for you everyday
it gets harder just to find away
It gets harder for you everyday
To get back to the USA
Jaunita, cross the border again

Jaunita, where were you last night
I bet you stood out against the light
seems like not too long ago
way back in Mexico
Jaunita, cross the border again

It gets harder for you everyday
it gets harder just to find away
It gets harder for you everyday
To get back to the USA
Jaunita, cross the border again

It gets harder for you everyday
it gets harder just to find away
It gets harder for you everyday
To get back to the USA
Jaunita, cross the border again
Jaunita, cross the border again
Track Name: Gimme Back My Guitar
Gimme back My Guitar ©2014 Michael VanArsdale

Gimme back my guitar and I'll play you a little song
I know you'd rather keep on talking about your feelings all night long
If you want to hear me talk about what's there beneath my thoughts
I always say it better with a song

oh, oh, woh, don't you hear that sound
oh, oh, woh, it's just that profound
oh, oh, woh, it don't need any words
oh, oh, woh, just singing out the hurt

Gimme back my guitar and listen if you can
you just might hear something about who I really am
listen to me singing, more than when I talk
If you want to hear about, all the wars I fought

oh, oh, woh, don't you hear that sound
oh, oh, woh, it's just that profound
oh, oh, woh, it don't need any words
oh, oh, woh, just singing out the hurt

I don't think I can say this right
I was singing about this very thing last night
well you think I got no feelings
but I ain't that kind of man
the song just day it better than I can

oh, oh, woh, don't you hear that sound
oh, oh, woh, it's just that profound
oh, oh, woh, it don't need any words
oh, oh, woh, just singing out the hurt

I'm just singing out,
I'm just singing out,
I'm just singing out,
I'm just singing out the Hurt
Track Name: Pretty Penny
Pretty Penny

Woke up this morning with a penny on my skin
Figure I'm no princes but o, I love my gin
I tossed my penny down the wishing well
It through the bottom straight down to hell

and now the devil caught my penny he said that's one
you know it's gonna cost a little more for you my son
I snatched my penny man, I wished him well
joined him for a beer, figured what the hell

Oh Pretty Penny, Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh Pretty Penny, well how about you
Oh Pretty Penny,
Oh Pretty Penny,
no matter what I do
I can't seem to get rid of you

I took my penny to a game of cards
I lost that money man, headed back to the bar
The bartender asked me, what'll it be
anything I can get for a penny

and now the bartender reached down
he reached for his gun
he said it's gonna cost a little more for you my son
well I shot him in his chest man
I stole that rum
and Now me and penny we're on the run

Oh Pretty Penny, Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh Pretty Penny, well how about you
Oh Pretty Penny,
Oh Pretty Penny,
no matter what I do
I can't seem to get rid of you

I took my penny to a girl on the street
she said it's gonna cost a little more for me
I said I don't want ya in that kinda way
me and my penny need a place to stay
so then I took my penny down to that cash machine oh
to see if I could pull out maybe, something green
the guard tower asked me could you move along
I said, can I play you a little song called

Pretty Penny, Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh Pretty Penny, well how about you
Oh Pretty Penny,
Oh Pretty Penny,
no matter what I do
I can't seem to get rid of you

Oh Pretty Penny, Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh Pretty Penny, well how about you
Oh Pretty Penny,
Oh Pretty Penny,
no matter what I do
I can't seem to get rid of you
Track Name: Center of The Universe
Center of the Universe

The Center of the Universe is changing
from up the street out to the stars
When I get in my car, don't have to drive too far
To the next planet away from her

When the sun comes up on my little world
and the moon sets, I've lost my girl
I walk around like I'm on Mars
and the center of the universe is the tip top bar

Well she was the center but her world was flat
There's no way to tell her that it ain't like that
There's a whole round world
floating circles round the sun
So close the door and pour me another one

The Center of the Universe is changing
from up the street out to the stars
When I get in my car, don't have to drive too far
To the next planet away from her

when the sun comes up on a whole different world
and the moon sets on my universe
Track Name: Don't Mind it if I Do
Don't Mind it if I Do ©1997 Michael VanArsdale

Can't help it if I lose my heart, don't mind it if I do
Don't really need to hang on to it, without someone just like you
Can't help it if I lose control, it happens every time
when I think about us two together, I kinda lose my mind
Can't help it if I feel so strong, even though I just met you
Can't help it if I lose my heart, don't mind it if I do

hoping, praying, anticipating, it's all jumbled up inside
falling for you, even thought I don't really know you
It's just something I can't hide
Can't help it if I lose my heart, don't mind it if I do

Can't help it if I play the fool, they say love does that to a man
Makes him stumble when he plays it cool, and bows to kiss her hand
Can't help it if I try too hard, I know I 'm breaking all the rules
Can't help it if I lose my heart, don't mind it if I do

hoping, praying, anticipating, it's all jumbled up inside
falling for you, even thought I don't really know you
It's just something I can't hide
Can't help it if I lose my heart, don't mind it if I do
don't mind it if I do
Track Name: That Train
That Train ©2014 Pete Ahonen

Well I left my home like a cannon ball
I wanted something to hit
And I feel the weight of so many things
That I've never said

Oh yes I, I wanna get gone
Oh yes I, I wanna get gone
and that train rolls on
and that train it rolls on

well I pulled into that nothing town
my thoughts were so unkind
and I drank the bottle halfway down
oh, just to ease my mind

Oh yes, I wanna get gone
Oh yes I, I wanna get gone
and that train rolls on
and that train it rolls on

Oh yes, I wanna get gone
Oh yes I, I wanna get gone
and that train rolls on
and that train it rolls on
Track Name: River Road
River Road

On that river road, a long time ago
Riding a motorcycle alone
That hippie chick had really messed up my head
I was feeling like I shoulda been dead
On that river road is when it all came to me

The T-shirt I was wearing was a little bit torn
and I was feeling down and forlorn
That's when I could see
I had to get away to be free
On that river road is when it all came to me

Goodby Mama and goodby Pa
That motorcycle just wouldn't stop
I ended up on empty till I found my way

Now it's many years from that day
and I'm still traving on my way
Traded that motorcycle for a car
Had a kid, which ain't too hard
on that river road I guess I never got too far

Goodby wife and goodby son
Now your daddy is on the run
this time I don't know what I'll do when I'm done

On that river road, a long time ago
Riding a motorcycle alone
On that river road is when it all came to me
Track Name: Sounds Like Rain
Sounds Like Rain

Well he caught you sleeping on top of your horse
and he smacked you to the ground
he lost his ring when he hit your face
and then he burned the whole field down

ma was waiting for you , when you came home from school
and a rabid dog lay under the porch
she said I'll put the food out and when he goes to eat
pull the trigger on that 44

there's a place you go to escape
when you're drunk at the end of the day
there's a sound on the roof
calls out your name
and the sound, it sounds like rain
it sounds like rain

then Buella called, she said you better come home
and if you don't, well, he's liable to be dead
you went over, you jammed up the gun
behind the hammer you put your cigarette

there's a place you go to escape
when you're drunk at the end of the day
there's a sound on the roof
calls out your name
and the sound, it sounds like rain
it sounds like rain

then 9 days later your letter arrived
and they stole you away from your bride
you had no choice, you had no voice
every man was needed on the other side

there's a place you go to escape
when you're drunk at the end of the day
there's a sound on the roof
calls out your name
and the sound, it sounds like rain
it sounds like rain
it sounds like rain
Track Name: Look at Miss Ohio
Oh me oh my oh, look at Miss Ohio
She's a-running around with her rag-top down
She says I want to do right but not right now

Gonna drive to Atlanta and live out this fantasy
Running around with the rag-top down
Yeah I want to do right but not right now

Had your arm around her shoulder, a regimental soldier
An' mamma starts pushing that wedding gown
Yeah you want to do right but not right now

Oh me oh my oh, would ya look at Miss Ohio
She's a-runnin' around with the rag-top down
She says I want to do right but not right now

I know all about it, so you don't have to shout it
I'm gonna straighten it out somehow
Yeah I want to do right but not right now

Oh me oh my oh, look at Miss Ohio
She a-runnin' around with her rag-top down
She says I want to do right , but not right now

Oh I want to do right but not right now