Miss Melanie Regrets

by The Vermeers

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released December 25, 2006

Matt Rasch - vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, ukulele, jew's harp, harmonica
Nik McLane - vocals, mandolin, keyboard, guitar, bass
Ryan Cole - percussion, vocals
Brad Winkler - banjo
Beth Karkosak - vocals

All tracks written by M. Rasch; except 4, 7, 10 traditional, arr. by M. Rasch; 5 by M. Rasch and N. McLane; 12 by M. Rasch and R. Cole

Recorded at Plattdeutsch Studios
Mixed and engineered by Matt Rasch
Cover photograph by Nik McLane
Produced by Vermeers, Ltd.

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Alt country meets indie folk pop meets rock 'n roll barn dance, The Vermeers have been doin' what they do since 2006! In the past nine years, they have released ten albums and two EPs. (With more to come, so stay tuned!)

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Track Name: The Wrong Horse
Two girls sittin' by a crowded campfire
I'm tryin' to make my mind up
I know that soon I'll make my approach
But which one will I try to pick up?
I flipped a coin, keepin' my fingers crossed
I drank the last drop from my cup
Took a deep breath, and I counted to ten
But, man, did I really mess it up

I bet on the wrong horse
Now the boat's been blown off course
If I could just go back in time...
Track Name: Just Killin' Time
Sometimes when I stop and think
I often wonder why
We ever got together
There were so many times you cried

Well, I think it's safe to say
We made a big mistake
Things just ain't the same when
The give's much less than the take

You do all the drinkin'
You wash the dishes
Guess that we both lived our lives
Ignorin' the other's wishes
So I guess we'll give it up
You know it's not a crime
Guess that you could say we were
Just killin' time

There was once a time when I
Would miss your pretty face
But you know I never missed yours
Honey, with my bottle of mace

'Spose you think it's funny
All those times you locked me out
Everyone for miles around
Can hear us fight and shout

You do all the drinkin'
You wash the dishes
Guess that we both lived our lives
Ignorin' the other's wishes
So I guess we'll give it up
You know it's not a crime
Guess that you could say we were
Just killin' time
Guess that you could say we were
Just killin' time
Track Name: Oh! Maidel
I wanna serenade you with the jew's harp
I wanna shower you with drunken art
I'll ask you how's it goin'
Then we'll sing some Leonard Cohen
Oh, Maidel, you make me feel so young

Even though I've only known you for a short while
Darlin', it seems like years
There's some times when I feel down
But then maybe you'll come around
Oh, Maidel, you make me feel so young

I don't know what you believe and
I don't know what you percieve, but
I'll love you 'till kingdom come
I really like the clothes you wear
I also like what's under there
Oh, Maidel, you make me feel so young

How come you never answer my phone calls?
Oh, man, I hate caller ID
'Cause when I call you from another phone
Then suddenly you're right there at home
Oh, Maidel, you make me feel so young

How come you never get your work done?
Then you lie to me for three weeks
Even though you broke my heart
I still hope we'll never part
Oh, Maidel, you make me feel so young
Oh, Maidel, you make me feel so young
Track Name: I Am A Pilgrim
I am a pilgrim and a stranger
Travelin' through this wearisome land
I've got a home in that yonder city, good Lord
And it's not, not made by hand

I've got a mother, a sister, and a brother
Who have gone this way before
I am determined to go and see them, good Lord
Over on that other shore

I'm goin' down to the river of Jordan
Just to bathe my wearisome soul
If I can just touch the hem of his garment, good Lord
Then I know he'd take me home

I am a pilgrim and a stranger
Travelin' through this wearisome land
I've got a home in that yonder city, good Lord
And it's not, not made by hand
Track Name: The Lost Treasure Of Dutch Schultz
[Instrumental]
Track Name: You Already Know
You already know
What this song is about
I haven't even started in singin'
And you've already figured it out
You are the one for me
That much is true
You are the one for me
And baby, I'm the one for you

I remember the night
We stayed up till four
We turned out the light
But we didn't do anything more
Except to talk about things
Like music and time
How I wish, how I wish, how I wish
That you could've been mine

You already know
What I'm gonna say
You already know
But I'm gonna say it anyway
You are the one for me
That much is true
You are the one for me
And baby, I'm the one for you

But then came the day
When you went away
So I wrote down in a letter
All the things that I've been tryin' to say
But whether I'm right
Or whether I'm wrong
At the very least
You gave me this song

You already know
What I'm gonna say
You already know
But I'm gonna say it anyway
You are the one for me
That much is true
You are the one for me
And baby, I'm the one for you
Track Name: Tum Balalayke
Tum bala, tum bala, tum balalayke
Tum bala, tum bala, tum balalayke
Tum balalayke, shpil balalayke
Tum balalayke, freylik zol zayn

Shteyt a bocher un er tracht
Tracht un tracht a ganste nacht
Vemen tsu nemen un nit farshemen
Vemen tsu nemen un nit farshemen

Tum bala, tum bala, tum balalayke
Tum bala, tum bala, tum balalayke
Tum balalayke, shpil balalayke
Tum balalayke, freylik zol zayn

Maidel, maidel, ch'vel bay dir fregn
Vos kon vaksn, vaksn on regn?
Vos kon brenen un nit oyfhern?
Vos kon benken, benken on trern?

Tum bala, tum bala, tum balalayke
Tum bala, tum bala, tum balalayke
Tum balalayke, shpil balalayke
Tum balalayke, freylik zol zayn

Narisher bocher, vos darfstu fregn?
A shteyn kon vaksn, vaksn on regn
Liebe kon brenen, un nit oyfhern
A harts kon benken, benken on trern

Tum bala, tum bala, tum balalayke
Tum bala, tum bala, tum balalayke
Tum balalayke, shpil balalayke
Tum balalayke, freylik zol zayn
Track Name: Gonna Drown My Sorrows
GUY: Gonna drown my sorrows tonight
'Til that gal of mine stops puttin' up a fight
GAL: Well, you're supposed to be my spouse
But you're nothin' but a souse
GUY: Gonna drown my sorrows tonight

GAL: Watch him fill that glass to the brim
He's thinkin' 'bout me, steppin' out on him
GUY: Well, I gave you my all
And you just watch me as I fall
GAL: Watch him fill that glass to the brim

GUY: Gonna tie that cinder block on tight
'Cause that gal of mine, she don't treat me right
GAL: Well, if we can't be happily wed
Then I think you're better off dead
GUY: Gonna drown my sorrows tonight
Track Name: Ontario Girl
I know a girl from Ontario
But she doesn't love me, oh no
She lives up there where the cold northwinds blow
But she doesn't love me, oh no

I see Christine on the television screen
But she doesn't love me, oh no
I wanna see Christine on my television screen
But she doesn't love me, oh no
Track Name: Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over
Christmas time will soon be over
Christmas time will soon be over
Christmas time will soon be over
Then we'll join the band

Wake up gals, let's go to the river
Wake up gals, let's go to the river
Wake up gals, let's go to the river
Then we'll join the band

Christmas time will soon be over
Christmas time will soon be over
Christmas time will soon be over
Then we'll join the band

Get up gals, don't be bitter
Get up gals, don't be bitter
Get up gals, don't be bitter
Then we'll join the band

Christmas time will soon be over
Christmas time will soon be over
Christmas time will soon be over
Then we'll join the band

Mess with me and I'll pull the trigger
Mess with me and I'll pull the trigger
Mess with me and I'll pull the trigger
Then we'll join the band

Christmas time will soon be over
Christmas time will soon be over
Christmas time will soon be over
Then we'll join the band
Track Name: Chrysanthemum
Went to a party
Just the other night
Of all of the girls there
The prettiest one in sight
Was a girl they called Chrysanthemum
Yes, a girl they called Chrysanthemum

Well, all I said to her was hey
All she said to me was hi
Don't know if it was her sweet smile
Or the twinkle in her eye
But I fell in love with Chrysanthemum
Yes, I fell in love with Chrysanthemum

But then in walked a man
They called him Calvin Poole
They say that he played the guitar
And that the girls all think he's cool
But he stole away my Chrysanthemum
Yes, he stole away my Chrysanthemum

Well, I lived out my days
All sad and alone
Wanderin' 'round from town to town
Without a place to call my own
Oh, how I miss my Chrysanthemum
Maybe I'll go to Saskatchewan
Track Name: Bessie
[spoken word]
Track Name: Mallory
I've never known love, 'cause I never knew you
I never asked you why, 'cause I never talk to you
You start every performance off with a bow
You're in your former life right now
But all the while I just sit and smile
Because I know---it's only a show

Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see me

There was summer, then there was fall
If you don't pay attention, you'll miss them all
Left is right, and right is wrong
Help me make up my mind, it's taking so long
Mistaken identity, they thought I was from Cornerstone
I tried to call you, there were no numbers on the phone
And let's face it, you probably weren't home

Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see me

I've had enough and I'm going home
Home to where the cowboys roam
Don't come a-callin' for I'll be gone
My bags are packed, I'm leaving at dawn
Together again for the very first time
I hope that someday you could be mine
Yes, this is my story and I hope it comes true
A story about me and hopefully you

Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see
Mallory, come and see me