One Bad American

by Let it Slide

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Play this album loud. This is not meant for pretentious listening or anything of the sort. This is a new Americana. Swampy and slippery, loud and unpolished. Yes, there are jams, and yes (absolutely), lots of guitar. This is me.

The lyrics are equally raw. Some moments are painful, some are basic, and most have many meanings.

I don’t pretend anymore. I am not a great anything. But I love our music. We can share these notes. I left in mistakes. We share these in life so we share them here too.

I wish this was an album-as in 33 and a third. But it is record as in a record of one person. This is the story and these are the mini-epics of this american.

Play this album loud.

credits

released 01 February 2012

All words and music by Julian Paul Keenan except Nobodys Fault But Mine and Rock Of Ages. These are traditional songs, but in the spirit of tradition, I put my own lyrics in.

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Let it Slide Berkeley Township, New Jersey

Let it Slide is northern New Jersey’s premier blues, folk, and rock band, winning fans with an electrifying blend of soulful, searching originals.

In the recent past Let it Slide has become more emotional and heavier. The goal is to add more depth and feeling into the music. With new lineups around the corner, it is the goal to bring Love, Slide, Roots, Hate, Voodoo and all that to the music.
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Track Name: Kiss My Lips
Kiss My Lips
If I come calling, will you come crawling?
If I seem empty, is that enough
If I seem scared, am I being true
If I seem happy, will you be too

Kiss my cheek and I’ll stay a week
Kiss my shoulder and I might get bolder
Kiss my ear and I’ll stay a year
Kiss my lips and I’ll never leave… I’ll never leave

If I drop here, will you be there
If I stumble will you have a hand
And if I dream it can we see the skies
And if I don’t can I apologize

Kiss my cheek and I’ll stay a week
Kiss my shoulder and I might get bolder
Kiss my ear and I’ll stay a year
Kiss my lips and I’ll never leave… I’ll never leave

If you see me as I am
If I get loud is that OK?
And if you see that I’m still listening
Then you’ll feel what we might be missing

Kiss my cheek and I’ll stay a week
Kiss my shoulder and I might get bolder
Kiss my ear and I’ll stay a year
Kiss my lips and I’ll never leave… I’ll never leave

If I come calling, will you come crawling?
If I seem empty, is that enough
If I seem scared, am I being true
If I seem happy, will you be too

Kiss my lips
Track Name: Nobodys Fault But Mine
Nobodys Fault But Mine
Nobodys fault but mine
Nobodys fault but mine
Try to leave my soul behind
Nobodys fault but mine

Devil he taught me to roll
Devil he taught me to roll
Try to leave my log behind
Nobodys fault but mine

Monkey on my back
Monkey on my back
Try to leave my soul behind
Nobodys fault but mine

Devils in my soul
Deep down in my soul
Try to leave my log behind
Nobodys fault but mine

Church has got my soul
Church has got my soul
Devil’s got my church inside
Nobodys fault but mine
Track Name: Rock Of Ages
Rock of Ages
Run, run
I want to go on
Be that rock of ages
Gonna take my body down
When it’s in its final stages


Don’t need no god
Don’t need no fool
Got brother and my sister
Don’t call me doctor don’t call me sir
Please just call me mister

Round, round
I wanna go round
Be them rock of ages
Find my body all stretched out
Decayed in its final stages

Don’t need bible
Don’t need no truth
Don’t need no magic pages
Wrote my own all by myself
Its got all my wisdom and sages


Round, round
I wanna go round
Be them rock of ages
Give me you outstretched hand
When your old man he goes rages


Got no horse
Got no drink
Got no gun at my side
Find the love within myself
I got no alibis

Run, run
I wanna run on
Be your rock for ages
Come on baby, we’ll run off
Into the final stages
Track Name: Honky Jive
Honky Jive
Ten year I’ve been trying
Write the song that leaves them crying
But writing crying that ain’t me
Till you came home drunk at three

You came home and you barely slept
I barely ate and then I wept
I heard a car and you don’t drive
You said you’re done with my honky jive

They say the pen is mightier than the sword
Well I died so I could play this chord

I had a life then you cursed it
I got this song but it ain’t worth it
I though this tune, it’d go far
But I’m alone with my guitar

Ten year I’ve been trying
Write the song that leaves them crying
But writing crying it ain’t me
Till you came home drunk at three

They say the pen is mightier than the sword
Well I died so I could play this chord
Track Name: Oh Union
Oh Union
Oh union, oh union
They’ve come to burn my land
Oh union, oh union
They’ve come to burn my land
Just need a brother, just need a helping hand

Oh union, oh union
The grass turned to dirt
Oh union, oh union
The grass turned to dirt
Took away my belt, and now they’ve come for my shirt

Oh union, oh union
I’m down on my knees
Oh union, oh union
I’m down on my knees
Baby’s going hungry, wife died from disease

Oh union, oh union
Where did you go?
Oh union, oh union
Where did you go?
Lost my land in the rain, lost my farm in the snow
Track Name: Let It Slide
Let it Slide
Let it slide in the evening
Let it slide in the night
Let it slide when you’re wrong
And let is slide when you’re right
Let it slide when the sun is low and the moon is full
Let it slide when you say you won’t and let it slide when you will

Let it slide, let it slide
You know that you can ride
Let it slide

Take my hand, don’t be afraid
As we head across the river
I’ll warm you up all deep inside if you would start to shiver
There’s a bear coming cross the way, but he don’t seem to mind
Take my hand and don’t be afraid, ‘cause we’re gonna lose track of time

Let it slide, let it slide
You know that you can ride
Let it slide

Let it slide in the evening
Let it slide in the night
Let it slide when it’s wrong
And let is slide when it’s right
Let it slide when the sun is low and the moon is full
Let it slide when you say you won’t and let it slide when you will

Let it slide, let it slide
You know that you can ride
Let it slide
Track Name: Canvas
Canvas
Orange is the color of my canvas
Whites the color of my brush
Blues the ocean that lies between lands
Reds the color of your blush

I would die in the ocean
Baby I’d die in the sea
Hold me so close in your ocean
Lift me up rescue me

I would die in the ocean
Baby I’d die in the sea
Hold me so close in your ocean
Lift me up rescue me
Track Name: One American
One American
I’ve been farming a desert
Got no water to help it grow
Been empty on the inside
With all the things I don’t know

I don’t know how to be a father
I don’t know how to be a man
I don’t know how to be a lover
And I wonder if I can

I don’t know how to be a leader
I don’t know how to be your strong
I don’t know how to be a good friend
Seems like I get it wrong

I need you to help me baby
Can you show me the way
I can’t make it one more hour
One more day
I need you to show me
The way
Track Name: Each And Every Time
Each and Every Time
You break my heart
You break my back
You take your will
You take it back
You run away but you come back
Each and every time

Apron on shoes long gone
Singing Willie Nelson songs
Each and every time

You like blue jeans
And white t-shirts
And navy blue frayed old jean skirts
And dancing like the biggest flirt
Each and every time

Apron on shoes long gone
Singing Willie Nelson songs
Each and every time

You cry at night
I sleepwalk in
You keep me strong
You keep me thin
You’re my love you make me laugh
Each and every time

Apron on shoes long gone
Singing Willie Nelson songs
Each and every time

Getting gray around the eyes
You still jump when a babies cry
And you smile when I arrive
Each and every time

Apron on shoes long gone
Singing Willie Nelson songs
Laughing like you smoked a bong
Each and every time

Getting gray around the eyes
You still jump when a babies cry
And you smile when I arrive
Each and every time