After You

by The Vermeers

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credits

released December 25, 2007

Matt Rasch - vocals, guitar, keyboard, percussion, mandolin, concertina, harmonica, ukulele, jew's harp
Holly Keller - vocals, mandolin
Nik McLane - vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboard
Kevin Paul - vocals, guitar
Ryan Cole - percussion
Eric Jaqua - bass
Sam McKenney - vocals
Beth Karkosak - vocals, alto saxophone
Brad Winkler - banjo [bonus track]
Erik Van Horn - congas [bonus track]

(and thanks to MG for the drum)

All tracks written by M. Rasch; except 4, 7, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18 traditional; 5, 13 by M. Rasch and N. McLane; 8 by N. McLane; 9 by M. Rasch and B. Karkosak; 11 by M. Rasch/T. Albinoni

Recorded at Plattdeutsch Studios, except track 18, recorded live at Coffee & Connect
Mixed and engineered by Matt Rasch
Produced by Vermeers, Ltd.

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Track Name: Daylight In The Swamp
[instrumental]
Track Name: Saskatoon Moon
Only this morning I had it all figured out
Felt I was on top of the world
Now comes the evening and I'm shattered by doubt
The braid has come all untwirled

And that cold Saskatoon moon
Will be risin' up soon
We'll all croon a sad tune
This day will be over soon

I had money, a home, and a lover so dear
Thought I was settled for life
But now I sit with my thoughts, drownin' sorrows with beer
I've traded my comfort for strife

And that cold Saskatoon moon
Will be risin' up soon
We'll all croon a sad tune
This day will be over soon

Tomorrow I'll rise, wipe the tears from my eyes
Try to start over again
Someday I'll trade all the lows for the highs
But I honestly can't tell you when

And that cold Saskatoon moon
Will be risin' up soon
We'll all croon a sad tune
This day will be over soon
This day will be over soon
Track Name: Let Me Sleep In Your Car
Let me sleep in your car
Let me sleep in your car
Well, it's cold out here
And I'm all out of beer
And I don't have any friends near
Let me sleep in your car
Let me sleep in your car
Well, I'm all out of smokes
And my watch it is broke
And you're already wearin' my coat
Let me sleep in your car
Let me sleep in your car

Zoë
I wish you would show me
Your northern love
From up above

Let me sleep in your car
Let me sleep in your car
We walked all the way
And the sky it is grey
And I'm tryin' to think of what exactly to say
Let me sleep in your car
Let me sleep in your car
I know come the dawn
That you will be gone
And I'll probably be passed out on the lawn
Let me sleep in your car
Let me sleep in your car

Zoë
I wish you would show me
Your northern love
From up above
Track Name: Pretty Polly
There used to be a gambler who courted all around
There used to be a gambler who courted all around
He courted pretty Polly, such beauty never been found

Pretty Polly, pretty Polly, come go along with me
Pretty Polly, pretty Polly, come go along with me
Before we get married, some pleasures to see

She jumped up behind him and 'way they did go
She jumped up behind him and 'way they did go
Down into the valley that was far below

They went a little further and what did they spy
They went a little further and what did they spy
But a newly dug grave with a spade lying by

Oh, Willy, hey, Willy, I'm afraid of your ways
Oh, Willy, hey, Willy, I'm afraid of your ways
I'm afraid you will lead my poor body astray

Pretty Polly, by golly, you guessed it just right
Pretty Polly, by golly, you guessed it just right
I dug all your grave the better part of last night

Then he stabbed her in the heart till her heart's blood did flow
He stabbed her in the heart till her heart's blood did flow
Down into the grave pretty Polly did go

A debt to the devil, that Willy must pay
A debt to the devil, that Willy must pay
For killing pretty Polly and running away
Track Name: Thirty Lines
You are my heroin
Just tell me where and when
I'll come runnin' with my spoon
You're like my ecstasy
You just keep callin' me
I hope that you'll come through soon

There must be somethin' in your heart, babe
There must be somethin' in your soul
You've become my drug of choice, babe
Without you I don't feel whole

You're like my morphine now
Gotta get my fix somehow
You're the only one that gets me high
Don't leave me in the sticks
Gotta go and get my fix
Please don't leave me high and dry

There must be somethin' in your heart, babe
There must be somethin' in your soul
You've become my drug of choice, babe
Without you I don't feel whole

I try to break away
But I relapse everyday
When I start jonesin' after you
I gotta quit this thing
You've become my everything
I think I'm addicted to you

There must be somethin' in your heart, babe
There must be somethin' in your soul
You've become my drug of choice, babe
Without you I don't feel whole
Track Name: It's Over
You're just another girl
So why do you care?
'Cause you ruined my life
Ha, au contraire!
Although things weren't all well and good
We did a lot better than I thought we could
I thought that it was understood
It's over

You ruined it all
No, you did
It's all your fault
Oh, don't you kid!
I'd like to see where you'd be now
Without me behind the plow
So it's me who's sayin' ciao
It's over

Stop makin' excuses
Stop pointin' the blame
I say we just call it quits
And forget each other's names
I'm right, you're wrong
Sayonara, so long
Fat lady's singin', they're bangin' the gong
It's over
Track Name: Brisbane Ladies
Farewell and adieu to you, Brisbane ladies
Farewell and adieu, you maids of Toowong
We've sold all our cattle we have to keep moving
But we hope to see you again before long

And we'll rant and we'll roar like true Queensland drovers
We'll rant and we'll roar as onward we push
Until we return to the Augathella station
Oh, it's flamin' dry goin' through the old Queensland bush

Then on to Taromeo and Yarraman Creek, lads
It's there we shall make our next camp for the day
Where the water and grass are both plenty and sweet, lads
And maybe we'll butcher a fat little stray

And we'll rant and we'll roar like true Queensland drovers
We'll rant and we'll roar as onward we push
Until we return to the Augathella station
Oh, it's flamin' dry goin' through the old Queensland bush

Then on to Nanango, that hard-bitten township
Where the out-of-work station-hands sit in the dust
Where the shearers get shorn by old Tim, the contractor
Oh, I wouldn't go near there, but I flamin' well must

And we'll rant and we'll roar like true Queensland drovers
We'll rant and we'll roar as onward we push
Until we return to the Augathella station
Oh, it's flamin' dry goin' through the old Queensland bush

The girls of Toomancie they look so entrancing
Like bawling young heifers they're out for their fun
With the waltz and the polka and all kinds of dancing
To the rackety old banjo of Bob Anderson

And we'll rant and we'll roar like true Queensland drovers
We'll rant and we'll roar as onward we push
Until we return to the Augathella station
Oh, it's flamin' dry goin' through the old Queensland bush

Then fill up your glasses, and drink to the lasses
We'll drink this town dry, then farewell to them all
And when we've got back to the Augathella Station
We hope you'll come by there and pay us a call
Track Name: Room For You
[instrumental]
Track Name: Coffee House
[spoken word]
Track Name: Silver Dagger
Don't sing me love songs, you'll wake my mother
She's sleepin' here right by my side
And in her right hand is a silver dagger
She says that I can never be your bride

All men are false, so says my mother
They tell you wicked, lovin' lies
The very next evening they'll court another
Leave you alone to pine and sigh

My daddy is a handsome wrangler
He's got a chain five miles long
From every link, dear, a heart does dangle
From some fair maid he's loved and wronged

Go court another tender maiden
And then someday she'll be your wife
For I've been warned and I've decided
To live alone all of my life

Don't sing me love songs, you'll wake my mother
She's sleepin' here right by my side
And in her right hand is a silver dagger
She says that I can never be your bride
Track Name: What's Your Damage, Heather?/Adagio In G Minor
What's your damage, Heather?
You can't change the weather
Track Name: Little Sadie
Went out last night to take a little round
I met my little Sadie and I blowed her down
I ran right home and I went to bed
With a forty-four smokeless under my head

Began to think what a deed I'd done
Grabbed my hat and away I run
Made a god run but I run too slow
They overtook me down in Jericho

Standin' on the corner, ringin' my bell
Up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville
He said "Young man is your name Brown?
Remember the night you blowed Sadie down?"

"Oh, yes sir, my name is Lee
I murdered little Sadie in the first degree
First degree and second degree
If you've got any papers will you serve them to me?"

Well, they took me down town and they dressed me in black
They put me on a train and they brought me back
Had no one for to go my bail
They crammed me back into the county jail

The judge and the jury they took their stand
The judge had the papers in his right hand
Forty-one days, forty-one nights
Forty-one years to wear the ball and the stripes

Went out last night to take a little round
I met my little Sadie and I blowed her down
Ran home and I went to bed
With a forty-four smokeless under my head
Track Name: Silent Title
When I was a little tyke
I fell in love with this chick named Spike
She had a style all her own
Kinda gal you wanna take home

Then when I was just fifteen
Fell in love with the snowball queen
She never gave me the time of day
I wish she would come back and play

Then sometime between night and day
I fell in love with Carol Lay
I used to read her in the Express
Where it went's anybody's guess

Then sometime between day and night
I fell in love with Meg White
A Detroit girl born and bred
She only dresses in white and red
Track Name: El Conquistador
I am Hernando Cortez
Soon you will know me so well
I'm a bounder, a cheat
And let me repeat
I am Hernando Cortez

I am the fair Aztec princess
Your ways seem foreign to me
I'm scantily clad
And you are a cad
Oh, what will become of poor me?

I'm gonna steal all your gold from you
Then I'll pillage a village or two
You're gonna wish that I was through
I'm tellin' you

And when there's no more gold in the land
I'm gonna show ya the back of my hand
I'm Chris Columbus' biggest fan
A-yeah, man

Ol' Montezuma's got nothin' on me
I'm the Spaniard with the planiard, it's plain to see
From Timbuktoo to Timbuckthree
I'm the terror of the seven seas

Tried to raise my son right
I gave him all that he needed
Then he went off to fight
Now the Aztecs have all been defeated

Oh, mammy, that's such a sad story
Oh, mammy, your little boy's sorry

Poor Montezuma, I guess things just happen that way
Poor Montezuma, he'll have his revenge
He'll have his revenge
Yes, he'll have his revenge
Someday
Track Name: To Morrow
I started on a journey, about a year ago
To a little town called Morrow in the state of Ohio
I've never been much of a traveler, so I really didn't know
That Morrow was the hardest place I'd ever try to go

I went down to the station for my ticket and applied
For tips regarding Morrow, not expecting to be guyed
Said he to me, "Now let me see if I have heard you right
You'd like to go to Morrow and return tomorrow night"

"You should have gone to Morrow yesterday and back today
For the train today to Morrow is a mile upon its way
If you had gone to Morrow yesterday, now don't you see
You could have gone to Morrow and returned today at three"

"For the train today to Morrow if the schedule is right
Today it goes to Morrow and returns tomorrow night"
I was so disappointed, I was mad enough to swear
The train had gone to Morrow and it left me standing there

The man was right in tellin' me I was howlin' jay
I could not go to Morrow, so I guess in town I'll stay
Track Name: Wagoner's Lad
Hard is the fortune of all womankind
They're always controlled, they're always confined
Controlled by their parents until they are brides
Then slaves to their husbands for the rest of their lives

I am a poor girl, my fortune is sad
I've always been courted by a wagoner's lad
He's courted me daily, by night and by day
And now he is loaded and going away

Your parents don't like me because I am poor
They say I'm not worthy of entering your door
I work for a living, my money's my own
And if they don't like it, they can leave me alone

Your horses are hungry, go feed them some hay
Come sit down beside me as long as you may
My horses ain't hungry, they won't eat your hay
So fare thee well darlin', I'll be on my way

Your wagon needs greasin', your whip's for to mend
Come sit down beside me as long as you can
My wagon is greasy, my whip's in my hand
So fare thee well, darling, no longer to stand

Hard is the fortune of all womankind
They're always controlled, they're always confined
Controlled by their parents until they are brides
Then slaves to their husbands for the rest of their lives
Track Name: Epitaph
When the curfew blows
And my life here is done
I just want you to know
I loved you everyone
And how I miss my childhood
And how I miss my innocence

And when I die
And when I'm gone
Won't you bury me
At Maple Lawn?
G-d, I miss my Rosebud
And how I miss my innocence

And Alberta, you've been on my mind
But we didn't have the time
No, we didn't have the time
Track Name: I Know You, Rider [live bonus track]
I know you, rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
I know you, rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
Gonna miss your baby from rollin' in your arms

Laid down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest
Laid down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest
My mind was thinkin' 'bout the wild geese in the west

I know you, rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
I know you, rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
Gonna miss your baby from rollin' in your arms

The sun will shine in my back door someday
The sun will shine in my back door someday
March winds will blow all my troubles away

I know you, rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
I know you, rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
Gonna miss your baby from rollin' in your arms

Wish I was a headlight on a northbound train
Wish I was a headlight on a northbound train
I'd shine my light through the cool Colorado rain

I know you, rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
I know you, rider gonna miss me when I'm gone
Gonna miss your baby from rollin' in your arms
Gonna miss your baby from rollin' in your arms