Cabin Fever Blues

by The McCoy Tyler Band

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Debut full-length album from The McCoy Tyler Band. Come and get it!

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released 16 August 2012

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The McCoy Tyler Band Santa Cruz, California

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Rooted deep in the customs of traditional American music, The McCoy Tyler Band seeks to pay homage to such traditions while incorporating their own unique style of lyricism, arrangement, and performance. Their motto (in the words of David Grisman): "Any tradition results from free thinking."

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Track Name: The Spring
Ain't it funny I can be so difficult sometimes?
Don't know how I always manage to cross all your lines
But you do the same to me I guess we're two birds in a tree
And my song is always louder but you sing more beautifully

And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all
And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all

Ain't it funny I can be so anxious all night long
Throwing stones into a river till the coming of the dawn
But the morning's not the same 'cause I got no one to blame
When all my childish inhibitions leave me a slave to your games

And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all
And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all

'Cause when the bottom drops out
And we are left to doubt
Of the others mind we can fly south
And when the spring returns I'm sure we will work this out

And I guess you oughta know I'm not so useless anymore
I spent a lifetime kickin' leaves before I wound up at your door
But I'll be damned if all I am is just a fish inside a jar
With all my world in a window and my dreams up in the stars

And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all
And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all

'Cause when the bottom drops out
And we are left to doubt
Of the others mind we can fly south
And when the spring returns I'm sure we will work this out

And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all
And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all
And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all
And it don't mean a thing no it don't mean a thing at all

'Cause when the bottom drops out
And we are left to doubt
Of the others mind we can fly south
And when the spring returns I'm sure we will work this out
Track Name: Cabin Fever Blues
Well it's cold outside and this cabin ain't much warmer
See I'm up in the hills just waitin' out this storm
And I'm guardin' my heart like it's gold and it's the year of '49

And I'm on my own and it's been that way a while
I don't talk too much all I ever do is smile
'Cause I'm savin' my breath like it's bread and it's the year of '33

And these are strange times
And I got a strange mind
And I've been wonderin'
If we'll be alright
Just gotta hold on to what I got

And if god made me there isn't all that much to see
I'm just a ramblin' kid with a little something up his sleeve
I've been pickin' my way through this life like it's some kind of bad dream

I go on and off, and off and on and on and off
I don't call the shots, so sometimes I get pissed off
It's like we're stranded in the desert waitin' on that rainy weather
that won't come

And these are strange times
And I got a strange mind
And I've been wonderin'
If we'll be alright
Just gotta hold on to what I got

We should all get drunk sometimes, just talk about these feelings
We'll go down the line, it'll be a kind of healin'
Like they did when life was easy and the big machines weren't chokin' up the sky

But I know that you don't care, Mr. Big Shot way up there
Just know that a paycheck full of zeroes and all that palmade in your hair
Will never save you from the gutter, 'cause you're just like all the others
in the end

And these are strange times
And I got a strange mind
And I've been wonderin'
If we'll be alright
Just gotta hold on to what I got
Just gotta hold on to what I got
Just gotta hold on to what I got
Just gotta hold on to what I got
Track Name: Far Away
Tell your friends and tell your folks
That you ain't comin' home
Tell your ma and tell your pa
That you don't wanna die alone

There's a hole in this town
There's a crack in the road
There's a tear in her gown
I got more than what I need
I'm gonna give back my heart
To the dust and the weeds
Gonna be far away

The alley sleepers know your name
They know your not like them
The city's creepin' through your veins
It poisoned every limb

There's a hole in your chest
There's a crack in the sky
There's a bird in your nest
You got more than what you need
Your gonna give back your heart
To the dust and the weeds
Gonna be far away

There's a hole in this town
There's a crack in the road
And there's a tear in her gown
I got more than what I need
I'm gonna give back my heart
To the dust and the weeds
Gonna be far away
Track Name: Dust Song
We're down on our luck and gettin' lower each day
The dust cloud came and stole the sun away
And the neighbors told us not to go outside
You know I'm just a boy I'm not prepared to die

Lord won't you let me down easy please
Show my your mercy I'm a human being, that's all
Just a' lookin' for somethin' to believe

The dust keeps comin' like the devils storm
It fills your boots all thick and warm
The baby died the other night
You know it wrapped him in the ground so tight

Lord won't you let me down easy please
Show my your mercy I'm a human being, that's all
Just a' lookin' for somethin' to believe

We packed it all in a flatbed Ford
'Cause the politicians never said a word
And we ain't got nothin' if the crops don't last
California we'll be comin' fast

Lord won't you let me down easy please
Show my your mercy I'm a human being, that's all
Just a' lookin' for somethin' to believe
Track Name: The Crow
I'm am the crow in every dream
That you dare not to believe
I live out on the wild plains
In the canyons of your brain

I'm just weatherin' the storm
And I don't know what's in store
If you don't need me anymore
I'll be waitin' outside your door
And mama don't you come back home
'Cause you don't know how much that hurts

I am the blood on the coyote's tooth
That he stole away from you
He made off with a bit of flesh
And he'll be back to take the rest

I'm just weatherin' the storm
And I don't know what's in store
If you don't need me anymore
I'll be waitin' outside your door
And mama don't you come back home
'Cause you don't know how much that hurts

I am the key to your wildest dreams
That you dare not to believe
I live out on the borderline
Of your sleep and waking mind

You don't know how much that hurts
You don't know how much that hurts
You don't know how much that hurts, oh no
You don't know how much that hurts
Track Name: Two Days Gone
You're two days gone
And woman that's two days too long
And I'm waitin' on your call

The grass is frozen through
And these sheets are frozen too
And I'm waitin' on your call

All these words just can't explain
How it feels to have you on my brain
And I'm on fire now and I feel insane
You're two days gone and I'm to blame

I'm kickin' things around
I been hearin' crazy sounds
The ghosts are back again

You were thinkin' about the south
It came spillin' out your mouth
You just couldn't hold it in

All these words just can't explain
How it feels to have you on my brain
And I'm on fire now and I feel insane
You're two days gone
And that's two days too long
And I'm to blame
I'm to blame
I'm to blame
I'm to blame

You're two days gone
And I've been up all night long
Just waitin' on your call

All these words just can't explain
How it feels to have you on my brain
And I'm on fire now and I feel insane
You're two days gone and I'm to blame
You're two days gone and I'm to blame
Track Name: Outta Money
Well I'm all mixed up again
And I'm high as hell and just fixin' to win
But this poison's got my throat
If I'm not careful I will choke

So I drag myself downtown
And I take a walk around
But it's a faceless talkin' crowd
And I see no one that I know

Outta money and outta mind
Fresh outta tears but lord knows I just might cry
Outta luck, don't give a fuck
Swear to god this will be the last time
Outta money and outta my mind

So I called this friend I knew
He said, "You got the money kid,
You know what to do,
If that first fix wasn't enough
You gotta try this other stuff."

So I dragged myself uptown
And I watched the sun lay down
But my head was poundin' loud
And I was back to square one

Outta money and outta mind
Fresh outta tears but lord knows I just might cry
Outta luck, don't give a fuck
Swear to god this will be the last time
Outta money and outta my mind

Well I'm all mixed up again
And I'm high as hell and just fixin' to win
But this poison's got my throat
If I'm not careful I will choke

So I drag myself to bed
And I close my eyes instead
But all those dreams filled up my head
So much for sleepin' this one off

Outta money and outta mind
Fresh outta tears but lord knows I just might cry
Outta luck, don't give a fuck
Swear to god this will be the last time
Outta money and outta my mind
Outta money and outta my mind
Track Name: Sadie
I say my prayers whenever you walk by
You are a jet plane and I am the blue sky
You are a catfish and I am the river
Whatever you need babe, I can deliver

'Cause life is perplexing, it's fuckin' crazy
It's not like it was when we were both babies
But I'll be your cowboy if you be my lady
You call me honey and I'll call you Sadie

Sadie, I'm wearin' my heart in my eyes and I'm beggin' you to stay
'Cause you could save me, you don't even have to try
'Cause you do it a little each day

I'm down on my knees babe I need you to listen
'Cause when I am lonesome it's you that I'm missin'
When I'm feelin' blue that's cause of you you you
Now tell me what's a kid like me supposed to do

'Cause my mama told me I'd never get married
She says, "You're an only child, you could never learn to share things."
But I'll give you my heart for no money down
I doubt you'll find a deal like that in this town

Sadie, I'm wearin' my heart in my eyes and I'm beggin' you to stay
'Cause you could save me, you don't even have to try
'Cause you do it a little each day

I been drivin' for miles down this big lonesome highway
I'm passin' up exits I'm doin' this one my way
Sadie I'm sorry I just did what I had to do
You know I couldn't see a future for me lovin' you

Life is perplexing I've learned it's fuckin' crazy
It's not like it was when we were both babies
But you're not my burden if you're not my lady
So so long to heartache and so long to Sadie

Sadie, I'm wearin' my heart in my eyes and I'm beggin' you to stay
'Cause you could save me, you don't even have to try
'Cause you do it a little each day
Track Name: Turn North
Two ravens talkin' back and forth on a telephone wire
Maybe I am not where I belong
We crossed the Oregon border and they kicked me off
And that train it is a long ways gone

And I got miles and miles and miles to go
I got miles and miles and miles to go

Pulled outta San Francisco on a foggy afternoon
When I heard that you were back in town
Don't ask me how I knew it 'cause it never takes too long
For your devil ways to get around

So I hopped a big ol' train 'cause I knew I'd feel the pain
And the heartache and the emptiness inside
And I headed up the coast like some lost and lonesome ghost
Just achin' for a little peace o' mind

And I got miles and miles and miles to go
I got miles and miles and miles to go

And every town I passed looked exactly like the last
Right down to the spots on the milk cow's hides
And every old time farmer he'd just stare at me and laugh
That's how it goes when you got nothin' left to hide

I've seen the redwood trees and I swam in the ragin' sea
And I squandered what I could with this guitar
'Cause when you learn enough to know that you got no place left to go
You turn north just to see who you really are

And I got miles and miles and miles to go
I got miles and miles and miles to go

Two ravens talkin' back and forth on a telephone wire
Maybe I am not where I belong
Track Name: Flathead Lake
They're dealin' cards in the back room
I don't wanna go back there
They're drinkin' their beers and they're shootin' the shit
At the bar but I don't even care

My baby left me on Tuesday
And I've been gettin' drunk since then
By Saturday morning if I'm not around
Then I'm probably in the gutter again

Talkin' shit about Jesus
And the boys that wanna brawl at night
I can't believe it
I'm too old to put up a fight
So take it or leave it, kid
But I ain't gonna stand in your way
'Cause I know that you'll be here
Someday

The dark waters of Flathead Lake freeze over in the winter time
And I don't know why but I feel like that water
Whenever she crosses my mind

And sometimes when the sun goes down
I just sit out on the docks and drink
Waitin' on the whiskey to patch my heart
Like the holes in my old blue jeans

And talkin' shit about Jesus
And the boys that wanna brawl at night
I can't believe it
I'm too old to put up a fight
So take it or leave it, kid
But I ain't gonna stand in your way
'Cause I know that you'll be here
Someday
Someday
You'll be here someday
You'll be here someday

I'll be home when the sun comes up
I'll never see the light o' day
It's a shame baby you left me here
In a place that I could never stay

The dark waters of Flathead Lake
Ain't got nothin' left to do with you
It's just me and the fishes drinkin' up the water
With nothin' better to do

But talk shit about Jesus
And the boys that wanna brawl at night
I can't believe it
I'm too old to put up a fight
So take it or leave it, kid
But I ain't gonna stand in your way
'Cause I know that you'll be here
Someday