ALBUMS: CAB DRIVING MAN

AVAILABLE OCTOBER 21, 2016

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CAB DRIVING MAN is Mississippi Heat’s 12th recording, and 6th release on Delmark Records. Passionate and melodic harmonica player Pierre Lacocque leads his band by providing 11 original songs, while maestro guitar player Michael Dotson sings on 3 of his own compositions. Lead singer Inetta Visor delivers stellar vocals on 12 songs, including 2 covers: “Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing” here a duet with Giles Corey; originally made famous by Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure, and “Smooth Operator” previously recorded by Sarah Vaughan. CAB DRIVING MAN takes you from vintage, low-down Chicago and Delta blues to exciting boogies, Latin beats, and R&B ballads. Special guests include Sax Gordon, Dave Specter, Sumito Ariyo, and Ruben Alvarez. (Delmark CD#: DE 848 / 2016)

Cab Driving Man

1. CUPID BOUND
2. CAB DRIVING MAN
3. THAT LATE NIGHT STUFF
4. FLOWERS ON MY TOMBSTONE
5. ICY BLUE
6. THE LAST GO ROUND
7. LIFE IS TOO SHORT
8. DON’T MESS UP A GOOD THING
9. ROSALIE
10. LUCK OF THE DRAW
11. MAMA KAILA
12. MUSIC IS MY LIFE
13. LONELY EYES
14. SMOOTH OPERATOR
15. CAN’T GET ME NO TRACTION
16. HEY PIPO!

The blues are universal and there’s no better example perhaps than a multiracial Chicago band inspired by the Mississippi Delta led by a talented Belgian blues harpist with a French sounding name who travel well, spreading their blues power from Montreux to Istanbul and other faraway pockets of American roots music lovers.

Founded in 1991, Pierre Lacocque (pronounced La-coke) and Mississippi Heat have become a repository of traditional Chicago electric blues with an evolving cast of members and guests. Little wonder that Pierre has often felt like a sideman in his own band that has included veteran Windy City blues performers such as John Primer, Carl Weathersby, Deitra Farr, Billy Flynn, Katherine Davis, Kenny Smith, Bob Stroger and Robert Covington. Truthfully though, it’s Pierre’s singular vision and devotion to his craft as harpist, songwriter, arranger and producer that has held this dynamic blues collective together all these years in a business that is notoriously fickle. “We all need some sort of a purpose”, says Pierre, “and whatever you do, you have to love it.”

Since the last Delmark album, Warning Shot was released in 2014, there have been significant developments for Mississippi Heat. Pierre has been able to maintain the band on a full time basis and the addition of a European booking agent greatly increased their presence overseas. In terms of radio airplay, Warning Shot was the band’s most successful album ever, charting almost immediately and occupying the #1 position on Living Blues magazine’s chart for five months in a row.

With increased activity and acclaim there is more stability. The Mississippi Heat lineup has crystallized around a core of key players, especially over the last two albums. Besides Pierre, it’s Inetta Visor, the talented longtime lead singer for whom he is able to craft songs from a feminine perspective. Guitarist Michael Dotson also writes and sings, and by Pierre’s own admission, challenges him to do his best instrumentally. And there’s the experienced rhythm section of Brian Quinn on bass and Terrence Williams on drums, the latter who has taken over more of the percussion duties as Kenny Smith has become more in demand as a touring musician.

The latest chapter in the Mississippi Heat story is Cab Driving Man; the title track is a Pierre original inspired musically by the legendary Cab Calloway (“Minnie the Moocher”) with its minor key, cabaret style. Calloway is mostly linked to Harlem and Hollywood but he also attended college in Chicago, an ultimately unsuccessful venture for a young man because of too much nightlife; It was in Chicago that Calloway met Louis Armstrong. Many years later, his last major acting role would come in “The Blues Brothers”, a film that also contained a cameo by blues harp legend and onetime Muddy Waters sideman, Big Walter Horton. It was the sound of Horton’s harmonica at a 1969 University of Chicago performance that captured a teenage Pierre’s attention, ultimately changing the direction of his life.

According to Pierre, “Everything I do has a story” and the stories of Cab Driving Man are found in its 16 songs, 11 of which were composed by Pierre. Guitarist Dotson added three more with two covers suggested by singer Visor including the Oliver Sain song “Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing” which Gregg Allman also covered many years ago for his Laid Back solo debut. Pierre’s subject matters run the gamut of the human experience from the purpose of life to the glory of love. He also touches on contemporary issues such as abuse from a woman’s perspective and unresolved family issues. Pierre’s professional training as a licensed therapist gives him a unique viewpoint as a songwriter not often duplicated. Song titles such as “Music Is My Life”, “Flowers on My Tombstone”, “Life Is Too Short”, and “Cupid Bound” reflect the diversity of this material.

Like many of the classic Chicago blues outfits they have emulated over the decades, Mississippi Heat has both carried the torch and added to the historic Windy City blues tradition. In a tough urban environment characterized by unrestrained gun violence from Al Capone and Prohibition to record murder rates on the streets of the South Side in 2016, the city of Chicago owes a considerable debt to its blues community for helping to change the conversation. From the early days of Mississippi Heat with Robert Covington, Billy Flynn and Bob Stroger to the current lineup, Pierre Lacocque’s band has represented the Chicago blues tradition overseas as well as locally.

The blues still lives in Chicago today but it’s a whole new generation of bands that carry on in 2016. Mississippi Heat is an important part of what is going on Chicago now with the ability to expand or contract their lineup depending on what is required. “It’s a vocation”, says Pierre but one that also requires “chemistry, which is a result of all the years together.” As for the new album, Cab Driving Man, Mississippi Heat is very excited. To Pierre, “An album is a passport, it gives you opportunity keep growing and traveling”. As long as that continues, Mississippi Heat will be a vital part of Chicago’s dynamic blues scene for a very long time indeed.

“‘Cab Driving Man’ brings a veritable blues smorgasbord to your ears. From Cotton Club Cab Calloway blues to the blues of NOLA party dens, boogie-woogie to cajun, this album has it all. There’s even hat tips to Robert Nighthawk and Robert Lockwood Jr. There are no wooden nickles here. This is the genuine article. This band is so tight, they could bind up a charging lion with the web of a spider.”
–BARRY KERZNER EDITOR IN CHIEF, AMERICAN BLUES SCENE

“With excellent musicianship and superior attention to the groove, this set of blues is a vivacious and entertaining trip!”
–JOHN THE ROCK DOCTOR, GONZO OKANAGAN GO

“It’s an awesome listen. Mississipi Heat sure turns the heat up on this new set of 16 songs. To call the ensemble playing tight is a vivid under-statement, the inter-play between musicians is top class. Fine musicianship topped off with the vocals of Michael Dotson and Inetta Visor, at turns sultry & sweet also gritty & edgy. Impressive Chicago blues, from old school to funky, with some boogie woogie, jazzy and swinging tunes.”
–TONY STOREY, BLUES AT THE TABLE, www.fmr.co.za

CUPID BOUND

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE
GUITAR SOLO: MICHAEL DOTSON

I AM A POOR WRETCHED SOUL
WITH NO PENNY TO MY NAME
YET YOU ARE TELLING ME BABY
THAT YOU WANT ME JUST THE SAME

I NEVER REALLY PLANNED
TO EVER SETTLE DOWN
NO I NEVER DREAMED BABY
TO BE ONE DAY CUPID-BOUND

BRIDGE:
SO WHY DO YOU CARE?
WHY DO YOU LOVE ME THE WAY YOU DO?
IT WOULD BE A LOWDOWN DIRTY SHAME
IF I EVER, EVER LOST YOU

WHAT HAVE I DONE BABY
TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME?
NOW MY TEARS ARE ALL GONE
OH HOW CAN THIS BE?

CAB DRIVING MAN

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

PIANO: CHRISTOPHER “HAMBONE” CAMERON
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

.1. 2 BARS ON I

.2. MELODY VERSE:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

.3. I’VE GOT ME A CAB DRIVING MAN
AND HE RIDES ALL THE TIME
HE IS HARD-WORKING
AND HE IS ALL MINE
YES HE IS MINE … MINE-ALL-MINE

.4. HE KNOWS YOUR CITY WELL
HE DON’T NEED NO FANCY MAP
YOU CAN RELAX, LET GO
NO NEED TO SWEAT
YOU’LL GET THERE IN A SNAP

BRIDGE:
.5. HE’S GOT NO EDUCATION
BUT CAN HOLD A CONVERSATION
HE’LL KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED
WHILE YOU ARE IN MOTION
YOU’LL HAVE HIS ATTENTION
ALL THE WAY TO YOUR DESTINATION

.6. HE’LL TAKE YOU TO YOUR SISTER’S
YOUR WIFE OR SECRET SWEETHEART
WHEREVER YOU ARE GOING
TRUST ME,
HE’S GOT IT DOWN TO AN ART

.7. PIANO SOLO:
CHRIS “HAMBONE CAMERON

.8. HARMONICA SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

BRIDGE
.9. HE’S GOT NO EDUCATION
BUT CAN HOLD A CONVERSATION
HE’LL KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED
WHILE YOU ARE IN MOTION
YOU’LL HAVE HIS ATTENTION
ALL THE WAY TO YOUR DESTINATION

.10. HE USED TO BE A BOOZER
THEN OUR DESIREE WAS BORN
NOW HE’S GOT HIS ACT TOGETHER
THANK GOD,
I NO LONGER FEEL TORN

EXIT VERSE
.11. I’VE GOT ME A CAB DRIVING MAN
AND HE RIDES ALL THE TIME
HE IS HARD-WORKING
AND HE IS ALL MINE
YES HE IS MINE MINE-ALL-MINE
YES HE IS MINE MINE-ALL-MINE
YES HE IS MINE … MINE
… MINE … MINE … MINE… ALL-MINE
CHA-CHA-CHA

THAT LATE NITE STUFF

M. Dotson, Gritty City Music, ASCAP

GUITAR SOLO: MICHAEL DOTSON
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

Another week’s went by not a day too soon
Its got me feelin’ down and sort of blue
Its been a whole lot of changes that I didn’t see
And a whole lot of people tryin’ to mess with me
Well I’m feelin’ real bad and I want to get right
Well all I need is a Friday nite

And that late nite stuff no I can’t get enough
early in the morning …
I’ll be feeling kind of rough
But when the sun goes down
and the moon comes up
I can’t get enough of that late nite stuff

(bridge)

Laughin’ and a drinkin’ clownin’ and a playin’
Huggin’ and a kissin’ grinnin an a layin’
Carryin’ on all nite long
till the clock on the wall says its time to go home

Oh well its so good to party with all my friends
It feels so good I want to do it again
Saturday nite gonna be a sight to see
and all day Sunday won’t be much left of me
Come Monday mornin’ there’ll be hell to pay
But I don’t care because I like it that way

I like that late nite stuff
no I can’t get enough
Early in the morning … I’ll be feeling kind of rough
But when the sun goes down
and the moon comes up
I can’t get enough of that late nite stuff

FLOWERS ON MY TOMBSTONE

P. Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

GUITAR SOLO: MICHAEL DOTSON
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE
PIANO: SUMITO ARIYO

.1. GUITAR INTRO:
MICHAEL DOTSON

.2. IT WOULD BE A MIRACLE WHEN I DIE
IF YOU LAID FLOWERS ON MY TOMBSTONE
IV: IT WOULD BE A MIRACLE WHEN I DIE
IF YOU LAID FLOWERS ON MY TOMBSTONE
V: IT’D BE LIKE WATCHING BLOOD DRIPPING
RIGHT OFF AN OLD DRIED-UP BONE

.3. I FEEL LIKE A WILD GOOSE
TREADING ON THIN ICE
WITH A HUNTER AIMING AT ME
READY TO CLAIM HIS PRIZE
IV: IT WOULD BE A MIRACLE WHEN I DIE
IF YOU LAID FLOWERS ON MY TOMBSTONE
V:IT’D BE LIKE WATCHING BLOOD DRIPPING
RIGHT OFF AN OLD DRIED-UP BONE

.4. I KNOW YOUR DAD BEAT YOU
MAMA DIDN’T SAID A WORD
BUT YOU ARE A MEAN TORMENTER
AND I NEVER FEEL HEARD
IV: IT WOULD BE A MIRACLE WHEN I DIE
IF YOU LAID FLOWERS ON MY TOMBSTONE
V: IT’D BE LIKE WATCHING BLOOD DRIPPING
RIGHT OFF AN OLD DRIED-UP BONE

.5. GUITAR SOLO:
MICHAEL DOTSON

.6. I AM SWALLOWING MY PRIDE
I COULD HAVE LEFT LONG AGO
BUT I AM STAYING FOR THE KIDS
I WANT TO WATCH THEM GROW
IV: IT WOULD BE A MIRACLE
IF YOU LAID FLOWERS ON MY TOMBSTONE
V: IT’D BE LIKE WATCHING BLOOD DRIPPING
RIGHT OFF AN OLD DRIED-UP BONE

.7. HARMONICA SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

.8. I FEEL LIKE A WILD GOOSE
TREADING ON THIN ICE
WITH A HUNTER AIMING AT ME
READY TO CLAIM HIS PRIZE
IV: IT WOULD BE A MIRACLE
IF YOU LAID FLOWERS ON MY TOMBSTONE
V: IT’D BE LIKE WATCHING BLOOD DRIPPING
STOP:
RIGHT OFF AN OLD DRIED-UP BONE

ICY BLUE

P. Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

GUITAR SOLO: GILES COREY
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

.1. GUITAR INTRO
GILES COREY + BAND HITS
+ SIGNATURE TURN @

.2. I’VE GOT A CHANCE
TO FURTHER MY CAREER
IT AIN’T A DONE DEAL
BUT I STILL HAVE SOME FEARS
IV: WOULD YOU LEAVE ME
IF I FOLLOWED THROUGH?
3 HITS V: WOULD YOU STILL BE MINE
OR WILL YOU TURN ICY-BLUE?

.3. I HAVE CARED FOR YOU
HELPED YOU REACH YOUR GOALS
BEEN ON THE SAME PAGE
LIKE TWO KINDRED SOULS
IV: WOULD YOU LEAVE ME
IF I FOLLOWED THROUGH?
V: WOULD YOU STILL BE MINE
OR WILL YOU TURN ICY-BLUE?

.4. I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU
THIS AIN’T ABOUT A MAN
IT’S A CHANCE I CAN’T MISS
I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND
IV: WOULD YOU LEAVE ME
IF I FOLLOWED THROUGH?
V: WOULD YOU STILL BE MINE
OR WILL YOU TURN ICY-BLUE?

.5. HARMONICA SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE
.6. GUITAR INTRO HITS
GILES COREY
.7. I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU
THIS AIN’T ABOUT A MAN
IT’S A CHANCE I CAN’T MISS
I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND
IV: WOULD YOU LEAVE ME
IF I FOLLOWED THROUGH?
REPEAT TURN @ 3 TIMES
V1: WOULD YOU STILL BE MINE
OR WILL YOU TURN ICY-BLUE?
V2: WOULD YOU STILL BE MINE
OR WILL YOU TURN ICY-BLUE?
V3: WOULD YOU STILL BE MINE
OR WILL YOU TURN ICY-BLUE?

THE LAST GO ROUND

M. Dotson, Gritty City Music, ASCAP

GUITAR SOLO: MICHAEL DOTSON
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

It’s the last go round, hate to see you go
I’m sorry baby that’s something you should know
Well you’re gonna miss me, girl that ain’t no joke
But you took our lovin’, and blew it up in smoke
And I’m sorry baby so sorry for you
You can’t get it right no matter what you do

You roller coaster baby, you gave me such a thrill
You sent me up and down lawd, it like to make me ill
Well it’s all done and over, that’s all I have to say
Kept so long baby see you another day

Gonna catch me a fast plane and move on down the line
Don’t you worry baby cause you’ll be
doin’ fine

Well trouble come walkin’ is just what you do
But by the time I knew it I was in love with you
You put my soul on a wonder you put my life in pain (lord)
and taught me the meaning of love
in vain
that gave me heartburn and that’s the reason why
its all over baby time for me to fly

LIFE’S TOO SHORT

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

GUITAR SOLO: MICHAEL DOTSON
HARMONICA SOLO: PIERRE LACOCQUE

.1. GUITAR INTRO: MICHAEL DOTSON

.2. I GOT A MIND TO TRAVEL
EXPLORE THIS GREAT WIDE WORLD
IV: YES, I GOT A MIND TO TRAVEL
EXPLORE THIS GREAT WIDE WORLD
V: BUT MY MAN HATES THIS SIDE OF ME
AND IT PUTS ME IN A WHIRL

.3. I CARE FOR MY MAN
I DO SHOW HIM SO
BUT LIFE IS SO SHORT
THAT I’M ITCHING TO GO
IV: YES, I GOT A MIND TO TRAVEL
EXPLORE THIS GREAT WIDE WORLD
V: BUT MY MAN HATES THIS SIDE OF ME
AND IT PUTS ME IN A WHIRL

.4. I KNOW HE DOESN’T GET IT
AND IT WORRIES ME
BUT I CANNOT STAY IDLE
IF HE WANTS GOOD COMPANY
IV: I GOT A MIND TO TRAVEL
EXPLORE THIS GREAT WIDE WORLD
V: BUT MY MAN HATES THIS SIDE OF ME
AND IT PUTS ME IN A WHIRL

.5.HARMONICA SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

.6. GUITAR SOLO:
MICHAEL DOTSON

.7. I WON’T BE TRAVELIN’
WHEN I’M LAID IN THE GROUND
SO I GOT ME A TICKET
ON THE NEXT GREYHOUND
IV: I GOT A MIND TO TRAVEL
EXPLORE THIS GREAT WIDE WORLD
V: BUT MY MAN HATES THIS SIDE OF ME
AND IT PUTS ME IN A WHIRL

.8. HARMONICA EXIT SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

DON’T MESS WITH A GOOD THING

O. Sain, Chevis Publishing Co, BMI

GUITAR SOLO: GILES COREY
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

.1. A good thing, a good thing
… turn @ = 3 hits

.2. You been cheating on me now
You know I know it’s true
But ain’t nobody in
The whole wide world
Gonna love you like I do

IV: [Chorus:]
Don’t you be no fool
Don’t you be no fool
You gonna keep on
Fooling around now, baby
You’re gonna mess up a good thing
You’re gonna mess up a good thing

.3. Now I might’ve cheated
Just a little bit, baby
Like all others do
But when I get my paycheck, baby
I rush right home to you
IV: [Chorus:]
Don’t you be no fool
Don’t you be no fool
You gonna keep on
Fooling around now, baby
You’re gonna mess up a good thing
You’re gonna mess up a good thing

.4. [Chorus:]
A good thing, yeah, yeah, yeah
A good thing, yeah, baby
A good thing, oh, yeah
A good thing, come on, baby

IV: PIERRE’S SOLO

.5. You tell me that you
Got a part-time lover
Living way across town
And it ain’t gonna be
But a little while, baby
Before you put me down

IV: GILES’S SOLO

.6. [Chorus:]

Now don’t you come
Sneaking across town, baby
To catch me doing wrong
Cause you know
Everybody’s jealous, baby
Cause we got a thing going on

DON’T MESS WITH A GOOD THING [4]

[Chorus:]

A good thing, yeah, yeah, yeah
A good thing, yeah, baby
A good thing, oh, yeah
A good thing, come on, baby

A good thing, yeah, yeah, yeah
A good thing, yeah, baby
A good thing, good thing

ROSALIE

P. Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

GUITAR SOLO: GILES COREY
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE
B-3 SOLO: CHRISTOPHER “HAMBONE” CAMERON
BASS SOLO: BRIAN QUINN

.1. DRUMS/CONGAS: 2 BARS

.2. DRUMS/BAND HITS: 6 BARS

.3. DRIVING TO MY SISTER’S
TODAY IS HER WEDDING DAY
IV: I’M DISORIENTED, CONFUSED
CANNOT FIND MY WAY
V: I AM LOST ON THIS DIRT ROAD
AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

.4. I TOOK A WRONG TURN
I’M DRIFTING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
IV: IT’S GETTING DARK AND GLOOMY
GOT SCARY THOUGHTS ON MY MIND
V:I AM LOST ON THIS DIRT ROAD
AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

.5. COWS ARE GRAZING
LOOKING AT THE GROUND
NO CITY IN SIGHT
AIN’T NO ONE AROUND
I LEFT MY PURSE AT HOME
AND MY DEAR ROSALIE
I WISH SHE WAS HERE
HERE TO GUIDE ME
IV: ROSALIE
WHERE ARE YOU WHEN I NEED YOU?
V: I AM LOST ON THIS DIRT ROAD
AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

.6. GUITAR SOLO:
GILES COREY

.7. & .8.
HARP SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

.9. WE’VE MADE MANY TRIPS
YOU’RE MY TRUSTED GPS
NOW BECAUSE OF ME
I AM IN AN AWFUL MESS
IV: [OH] ROSALIE
WHERE ARE YOU WHEN I NEED YOU?
V: I AM LOST ON THIS DIRT ROAD
AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

.10.B-3 ORGAN SOLO:
CHRISTOPHER “HAMBONE” CAMERON

.11. BASS SOLO: BRIAN QUINN

.12. DRIVING TO MY SISTER’S
TODAY IS HER WEDDING DAY
IV: I’M DISORIENTED, CONFUSED
CANNOT FIND MY WAY
V1: I AM LOST ON THIS DIRT ROAD
AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
V2: I AM LOST ON THIS DIRT ROAD
AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
V3: I AM LOST ON THIS DIRT ROAD
“AND-I-DON’T-KNOW…WHAT-TO-DO”

LUCK OF THE DRAW

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

GUITAR SOLO: DAVE SPECTER
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

.1. GUITAR INTRO:
DAVE SPECTER

.2. IT’S WEIRD AND CRAZY
WANNA HOWL AT THE MOON
MY HEAD IS SPINNING FAST
I WANT TO ACT LIKE A LOON
IV: I GOT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW
AND I FOUND ME AN HONEST MAN
V: WHY THIS GOOD FORTUNE?
I SWEAR I DON’T UNDERSTAND

.3. HE SEES GOODNESS IN ME
LAUGHS WHEN I MESS AROUND
HE HOLDS ME TENDERLY
AND MY FEET ARE OFF THE GROUND
IV: I GOT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW
AND I FOUND ME AN HONEST MAN
V: WHY THIS GOOD FORTUNE?
I SWEAR I DON’T UNDERSTAND
LUCK OF THE DRAW [2]

BRIDGE:
.4. I LAY AWAKE AT NIGHT
NOT FOR WORRYING
IT’S TO THANK HEAVEN
FOR MY SWEET DARLING
SOMETHING IN ME HEALS
WITH EACH PASSING DAY
I AIN’T HOLDING BACK
STOP:
I AM BLESSED IN EVERY WAY

.5. GUITAR SOLO:
DAVE SPECTER

.6. HARMONICA SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

.7. BRIDGE:
I LAY AWAKE AT NIGHT
NOT FOR WORRYING
IT’S TO THANK HEAVEN
FOR MY SWEET DARLING
SOMETHING IN ME HEALS
WITH EACH PASSING DAY
LUCK OF THE DRAW [3]

I AIN’T HOLDING BACK
STOP:
I AM BLESSED IN EVERY WAY

.8. GIRLFRIENDS ASK ME
“WHERE DID YOU FIND HIM?
GIRL, WE WANT TO BE
IN THE SAME SPOT YOU’RE IN”
IV: I GOT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW
AND I FOUND ME AN HONEST MAN
V: WHY THIS GOOD FORTUNE?
I SWEAR I DON’T UNDERSTAND

.9. I’VE GOT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW
YES, I’VE GOT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW
I’VE GOT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW
YES, I’VE GOT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW

MAMA KAILA

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE
GUITAR SOLO: MICHAEL DOTSON

.1. BAND ON THE V

.2. HARMONICA INTRO VERSE:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

.3. CALL MAMA KAILA
TELL HER WE AIN’T GOING OUT TODAY
IV: YES PLEASE CALL MAMA KAILA
TELL HER WE’RE NOT GOING OUT TODAY
V: YOU KNOW SHE’S GOT HER CLAWS
DEEP INSIDE OF ME
AND I AM TIRED OF BEING HER SWEET PREY

.4. YOUR MOTHER LOVES HERSELF
SHE THINKS SHE KNOWS IT ALL
YES SHE IS ALWAYS TALKING
LIKE SHE OWNS A CRYSTAL BALL
IV: PLEASE CALL MAMA KAILA
TELL HER WE AIN’T GOING OUT TODAY
V: YOU KNOW SHE’S GOT HER CLAWS
DEEP INSIDE OF ME
AND I AM TIRED OF BEING HER SWEET PREY

.5. SHE AIN’T HAPPY WITH YOUR DAD
AND SHE AIN’T PLEASED YOU CHOSE ME
SHE DOESN’T EVEN LOVE OUR GIRLS
ONLY THE BOYS ARE WORTHY
IV: PLEASE CALL MAMA KAILA
TELL HER WE AIN’T GOING OUT TODAY
V: YOU KNOW SHE’S GOT HER CLAWS
DEEP INSIDE OF ME
AND I AM TIRED OF BEING HER SWEET PREY

.6. GUITAR SOLO:
MICHAEL DOTSON

.7. I KNOW TODAY’S HER BIRTHDAY
BUT ALL SHE BRINGS IS STRESS
YES EVERY TIME WE SEE HER
SHE STIRS UP A HORNET’S NEST
IV: PLEASE CALL MAMA KAILA
TELL HER WE AIN’T GOING OUT TODAY
V: YOU KNOW SHE’S GOT HER CLAWS
DEEP INSIDE OF ME
AND I AM TIRED OF BEING HER SWEET PREY

.8. HARMONICA EXIT SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

MUSIC IS MY LIFE

P. Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

PIANO: SUMITO ARIYO
BASS: RICKY NELSON
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

.1. INTRO HITS

.2. I TRIED MANY JOBS
IN SALES AND FOR THE STATE
BUT BEING A SINGER
HEALED MY WRETCHED FATE
IV: MUSIC IS MY LIFE
AND IT LIES DEEP DOWN IN MY SOUL
V: YES WHEN THE BLUES FOUND ME
IT FINALLY BROKE DOWN
MY LONELY WALL

.3. MY BAGS ARE PACKED
WAITING BY THE DOOR
I AM READY TO GO
TELL ME WHAT’S IN STORE
IV: MUSIC IS MY LIFE
AND IT LIES DEEP DOWN IN MY SOUL
V: YES WHEN THE BLUES FOUND ME
IT FINALLY BROKE DOWN
MY LONELY WALL

.4.FOR ME TO BE HAPPY
I’VE GOT TO FOLLOW MY STAR
NOTHIN’ ELSE WILL DO
YOU MUST LOVE WHO YOU ARE
IV: MUSIC IS MY LIFE
AND IT LIES DEEP DOWN IN MY SOUL
V: YES WHEN THE BLUES FOUND ME
IT FINALLY BROKE DOWN
MY LONELY WALL

.5. & .6.
HARMONICA SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

.7. FOR ME TO BE HAPPY
I’VE GOT TO FOLLOW MY STAR
NOTHIN’ ELSE WILL DO
YOU MUST LOVE WHO YOU ARE
IV: MUSIC IS MY LIFE
AND IT LIES DEEP DOWN IN MY SOUL
V: YES WHEN THE BLUES FOUND ME
IT FINALLY BROKE DOWN
MY LONELY WALL

.8. & .9.
PIANO SOLO: SUMITO ARIYO

BREAK:
.10. MY BAGS ARE PACKED
WAITING BY THE DOOR
I AM READY TO GO
TELL ME WHAT’S IN STORE
IV: MUSIC IS MY LIFE
AND IT LIES DEEP DOWN IN MY SOUL
V: YES WHEN THE BLUES FOUND ME

STOP:
IT FINALLY BROKE DOWN
MY LONELY WALL . . .

LONELY EYES

P. Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE
PIANO: CHRISTOPHER “HAMBONE” CAMERON

.1. BAND ON V + SIGNATURE LICK

.2. HIS EYES WERE GOLDEN BROWN
YET THEY LOOKED SO BLUE
IV: YES, HIS EYES WERE GOLDEN BROWN
YET THEY LOOKED SO BLUE
V: I WANT TO GO AND HUG HIM
BUT I AM TRUE TO MY MAIN MAN LOU

.3. I DON’T KNOW WHERE HE IS GOING
I KNOW WHERE HE HAS BEEN
YES I CAN TELL YOU
THE TROUBLES THAT HE HAS SEEN
IV: HIS EYES WERE GOLDEN BROWN
YET THEY LOOKED SO BLUE
V: I WANT TO GO AND HUG HIM
BUT I AM TRUE TO MY MAIN MAN LOU

.4. WHAT DO I DO
HOW DO I PROCEED?
I HAVE SUCH A WEAK SPOT
STOP
WHEN I SEE A MAN IS IN NEED
IV: HIS EYES WERE GOLDEN BROWN
YET THEY LOOKED SO BLUE
V: I WANT TO GO AND HUG HIM
BUT I AM TRUE TO MY MAIN MAN LOU

.5. & .6.
HARMONICA SOLO: PIERRE LACOCQUE

.7. WHO DID THIS TO HIM?
WHO BROKE HIS ACHING HEART?
I WANT TO GO SAVE HIM
STOP
BUT I’VE GOT TO PLAY IT SMART
IV: HIS EYES WERE GOLDEN BROWN
YET THEY LOOKED SO BLUE
V: I WANT TO GO AND HUG HIM
BUT I AM TRUE TO MY MAIN MAN LOU

.8. PIANO SOLO:
CHRISTOPHER “HAMBONE” CAMERON

.9. I HOPE THAT ONE DAY
HE WILL FIND A SOUL MATE
SOMEONE LIKE LOU
STOP
WHOM I SO APPRECIATE
IV: HIS EYES WERE GOLDEN BROWN
YET THEY LOOKED SO BLUE
V1: I WANT TO GO AND HUG HIM
BUT I AM TRUE TO MY MAIN MAN LOU

V2: I WANT TO GO AND HUG HIM
BUT I AM TRUE TO MY MAIN MAN LOU
EXIT:
V3: I WANT TO GO AND HUG HIM
BUT I AM TRUE TO MY MAIN MAN LOU

SMOOTH OPERATOR

Clyde Otis & Murray Stein, Eden Music Inc., BMI

GUITAR SOLO: GILES COREY
SAXOPHONE: SAX GORDON
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

.1. INTRO: BAND
Cha, cha, cha, cha
Cha, cha, cha, cha
Cha, cha, cha, cha

.2. You’re a smooth operator
(Uh huh)
You’re a cool sweet potato
(Oh yeah)
Kiss me, baby
Don’t make me wait
Hug me, honey
Don’t you hesitate
Take my heart and
Don’t give it back
(Cha, cha, cha, cha)
I like it like that

.3. You’re a smooth operator
(Uh huh)
You’re a gone alligator
(Oh yeah)
Ooh, tell me, baby
Whatcha gonna do?
You got me sighing
Got me wishing for you
But I’m here to tell you
One natural fact
(Cha, cha, cha, cha)
I like it like that

.4. BRIDGE
You’ve got me yearning
Burning with desire
You set my heart
And soul on fire

You drive me wild
You make me shout
Have mercy, Mister Percy
Now cut that out

.5. HARMONICA SOLO:
PIERRE LACOCQUE

.6. & .7.

BRIDGE SOLOS: SAX GORDON

.8. HITS:
Have mercy, Mister Percy
Now cut that out

.9. You’re a smooth operator
(Uh huh)
Woo, you’re the end
Of butter greater
(Oh yeah)
When you kiss me, baby
My toenails curl
And I’m so glad just to be your girl

I’d be happy in a one-room country shack …
Mhm … I LIKE IT LIKE THAT
FADE:
I LIKE IT LIKE THAT
I LIKE IT…I LIKE IT…
I LIKE IT LIKE THAT

CAN’T GET NO TRACTION

M. Dotson, Gritty City Music, ASCAP

GUITAR SOLO: MICHAEL DOTSON
HARMONICA: PIERRE LACOCQUE

I can’t get me no traction
wheels spinnin’ round and round
I can’t get me no traction
wheels spinnin’ round and round
I keep slippin’ and a’slidin’
makin’ a lonesome sound

Well if this red clay was blacktop
I’d cruise for mile after mile
Well if this red clay was blacktop
I’d cruise for mile after mile
Instead this car keeps sinkin’ down
around this hard luck child

I can’t get me no traction
ain’t got no place to go
I can’t get me no traction

ain’t got no place to go
I must have took me a wrong turn
many miles ago.

Where this road done run out
people I don’t even know
Where this road done run out
people I don’t even know
Well temperature start to droppin’
Darkness comin’ on slow

Goin to Holland, gonna play in France
goin to Cleveland to make the people dance
traveled all over people that’s for sure
(blues got me) …
comin’ and a’goin’ got me

uhh … comin’ and a goin’ got me
comin’ and a’goin’ got me
uhh … comin and gone

I got a notion that I just can’t prove
blues is a feelin’ ain’t nuthin’ but a groove
it sends you sky high just to let you down
(blues got me) …
comin’ and a’goin’ got me
uhh … comin’ and a goin’ got me
comin’ and a’goin’ got me
uhh … comin and gone