Levon Bus Travels

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1.
Dirt Roads and Gravel © 2017 Leo Papa I’ve got this old Martin guitar And I’ve still got my old van Sometimes I show up, at the corner bar With no particular plan Out on the dirt roads and gravel I lose my way now and then The threads of my life come unraveled And I can’t tie up the loose ends You always said that I’d go far Beyond a small patch of land You had your reasons to stay where you are So you let go of my hand Out on the dirt roads and gravel I lose my way now and then The threads of my life come unraveled And I can’t tie up the loose ends And I can’t tie up the loose ends Gravel road, where you going Gravel road, where you gone All these roads are paved over With these stories and these songs Lately, I don’t wander too far I’m doing the best that I can Sometimes I wonder about where you are On these dirt roads gravel and sand These dirt roads gravel and sand
2.
Harvey's Attitude © 1994 Joel Hamilton & Leo Papa Harvey's on the highway Stomach wearing thin Asks for some directions And takes one on the chin Harvey has fajitas Sizzling on his plate But he goes for the corona They'll just have to wait On his, attitude Harvey's, attitude, doesn't quit Harvey's sideways glance In a dirty parking lot Didn't take too long To make things pretty hot A cheap bottle of liquor In Harvey's hotel room Will make him feel much better Until they lower the boom On his, attitude Harvey's, attitude, doesn't quit Harvey’s on the highway Looking for a thrill But he has to pay the piper When he presents the bill Harvey's at the doctor Singing his last song He says I'd like to help you son But your attitude is wrong It’s your, attitude Harvey's, attitude, doesn't quit
3.
Restless Feeling © 1998 Leo Papa I was born, in Detroit City Among the shelter, of loving arms Mother, father, sisters and others Did their best, to fend off harm Had me a gal, some close companions Struggled through, the awkward fears Fast cars and bars, it’s such a pity Before too long, we’d come to years You can't hide, a restless feeling You can't hurt, a broken heart You rock the boat, your senses reeling And settle down, to play your part So I moved on, up to Wisconsin The snow and cold, of lonesome roads Lived by the lake, and watched the sunrise But something told me, it wasn't home Then a new woman, took me to Dallas Where I found out, how little I know Its past and gone, as I grew callous Lord only knows, where that birds flown You can't chain, a restless feeling You can't cure a broken heart You rock the boat, your senses reeling And settle down, to play your part I have a few friends, in Austin, Texas We learned the meaning, of growing old Filled our glasses, emptied our stories The Dog n' Duck, was never closed But now I've got, a restless feeling Maybe just one last, time to roam I'll pack my bags, for San Antone' There lives a rose, whose heart is gold There lives a rose, whose heart is gold
4.
The Cliffs of the Guadalupe © 2017 Leo Papa The cliffs of the Guadalupe are carved from thin air Reflected in waters that lead to nowhere Stripped of all culture like a heavenly stair In an everyday mystical musing laid bare The ranchers and oilers have gotten their share Filled her with signs saying you can’t go there Circling vultures devour their fare It’s an everyday mystical musing laid bare What have I sacrificed, who will I be Fooling myself, living dangerously Who have I sacrificed, what will I be Telling myself, that I’m trying to be free In cars on our cell phones we carve up our days And drive through this hell of a concrete highway The earth and the sky form a permanent haze And we don’t realize that we live in a maze What have I sacrificed, who will I be Fooling’ myself, living dangerously Who have I sacrificed, what will I be Telling myself, that I’m trying, to be free So I sit by the banks of this river and stare The swift and the mockingbird dart here and there Most graceful of herons reminds me to care In an everyday mystical musing laid bare And the cliffs of the Guadalupe are carved, from thin air
5.
The Harmony Sovereign © 2017 Leo Papa Daniel McNally, lived in Virginia Settled down by the river, with his wife and his kids For twenty odd years, the land was forgiving They eked out a living, till it all hit the skids Had a Harmony Sovereign, the scars showed the love And late in the evening, he’d take time to strum Singing songs of the suffering, the pain and the hurt As he played out his time, and it all went to dirt He’d wake up each morning, and throw on a shirt For the sake of his loved ones, and head out to work He was sore in the back, and thin in the purse As he grew ever doubtful, of what it’s all worth Had a Harmony Sovereign, the scars showed the love And late in the evening, he’d take time to strum Singing songs of the suffering, the pain and the hurt As he played out his time, and it all went to dirt Daniel McNally, liked to work on his Harley Took care of the family, stood on his own feet Now they get by with handouts, to help make ends meet With the big corporations, they could not compete There was fruit that was ripe, there was fruit that was rotten To remind him about, all the things he’d forgotten Green pastures and sunshine, the death of a foal And no way to predict, what the future would hold And his Harmony Sovereign, still shows all the love When its late in the evening, and he takes time to strum Singing songs of the suffering, the pain and the hurt As he plays out his time, and it all goes to dirt
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Center Peace 03:18
Center Peace © 2017 Leo Papa Watching as, the leaves outside, are falling I recall, a love that we once knew Listening, I cannot hear it calling As I pace the floor, until I’m blue There’s no center peace Searching for your spirit, I am haunted By the little things, you used to do Wondering, if I’ll be broken hearted Wishing you, would make my dreams, come true And be the center peace Realizing there’s no sense in stalling As I search, for something bright and new My ideas, need some over hauling There’s no way, that I’ll get over you You’re the center peace
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Sad Believer 03:01
Sad Believer © 2017 Leo Papa When Amy was a little girl, her daddy used to say You’ve got to learn about the game, but you don’t have to play They told her not to press her luck, told her not to breathe They told her not to run amok, until she’d nearly scream Spending time on odds and ends, drinking too much wine She tells her friends, and just pretends, she is doing fine Is it an act of faith, possibly naive She’s just a sad believer who is easily deceived She drinks some booze and pops some pills, and does another line There’s always methamphetamine, to make a faster climb She knows just what she wants, because she gets it every time When push begins to shove, you know she never has a dime With growing indications, no one’s coming round She’s looking for a softer spot, each time she hits the ground She’s unlucky in love, at least that’s what they say. And what’s the point of loving, when you throw it all away? She was just a kid, and kept her feelings hid Wondering if she’d ever find her way Couldn’t they forgive, the things she often did Between the edge of night and break of day Now Amy's on the corner, shooting up the breeze And ever-loving Johnny’s, still stuck in the deep freeze Johnny says to Amy, can you help me find a door? But Amy can’t do nothing, till her friends tell her the score Amy’s friends on the West End, just keep up a facade And say that they’re not gamblers, as they calculate the odds Is it an act of faith, possibly naive They’re all just sad believers who are easily deceived
8.
Hailstorm 03:43
Hailstorm © 2017 John Freeman & Leo Papa One fine summer’s day, on the Gulf Highway The sky turned green and black, against Galveston Bay Down here at the depot, people come and go But none of them are you, dressed in green and blue In a hailstorm On the Strand I’ll be, or down on Market Street Sipping jasmine tea, with socialites I meet Now streets are filled with snow, my house is pale and cold Since you took that Greyhound home, leaving me to roam In a hailstorm The bittersweet refrain, of a distant train Is calling out your name, in an unrelenting rain There’s no one left to blame, for things I can’t explain Just a memory that remains, putting out a flame In a hailstorm In a hailstorm In a hailstorm
9.
Detroit Wheels © 2017 John Freeman & Leo Papa I went down, town, to the casino Where Mitch Ryder, his Detroit Wheels, were set to go I was tired, from working all day, at the warehouse Had a hit of window pane, right before the show And I said hail, hail, your rock n' roll Let your Detroit wheels, roll on down, that open road Jim McCarty's guitar seemed to ring out forever In that moment I was thinking, about a Dearborn girl, I dated Just a kid, with shaggy hair, in blue bell-bottoms One of many, bored teenagers whose dreams she haunted And I said hail, hail, your rock n' roll Let your Detroit wheels, roll on down, that open road I said hail, hail, your rock n' roll Let your Detroit wheels, roll on down, that open road And the visions in my head ran on forever In that moment I went out, to the Walled Lake, Casino To see Mitch Ryder, his Detroit Wheels, put on a show
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This Old Town © 1996 Jack Tobin & Leo Papa There’s no one, in this old town That I can turn to, since Poncho bit the dust That I can turn to, where I can place my trust It’s full of cheaters, petty dealers And to tell the truth, I was always one too Car is falling down, just got a room in town And somehow, friends don't come around no more So I take what I give and give what I take And hope and pray, that's the way, its gonna work out There’s no one, in this old town That I can turn to, to tell the truth That I can turn to, and you know how it hurts It’s full of schemers, pretty dreamers But I’ve had my share, of loving without care Lost my fancy house, all that money I ain’t got a dime, to call the latest honey I just take what I give, and give what I take, And hope and pray, that's the way, its gonna work out There’s no one, in this old town That I can turn to, any more That I can turn to, if you walk out the door Lost my loving wife, a newborn son A job stole my dreams, it’s got the best of me In my younger days, I had different ways Now I’m on the run, my life is almost done So I take what I give, and give what I take It seems to be the only way it ever really works out Cause there’s no one, in this old town, that I can turn to And to tell the truth, you know I’m no one without you
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[Instrumental]

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While on a visit to Texas from Michigan in 2018, Jimmy George recorded my initial vocal and rhythm guitar tracks for Levon Bus Travels at The Roost, in Manchaca, TX. The album includes songwriting collaborations with my friends John Freeman, Joel Hamilton and Jack Tobin. In the Fall of 2018, after I'd moved back to Texas, Mo Pair added bass tracks and back ground vocals. Over the course of 2019, Jimmy and I worked on mixes as he assembled and tested new configurations of mastering gear. In the Fall of that year Jimmy laid down lead guitar and piano parts to the arrangements, and finished mastering the production.

credits

released October 9, 2020

Levon Bus - Rhythm guitar & vocals [all tracks]
Jimmy George - Lead guitar & keyboards
Pair - Bass, vocal harmony, rhythm guitar & percussion

All songs written by Leo Papa except:
Harvey's Attitude by Joel Hamilton & Leo Papa
Detroit Wheels and Hailstorm by John Freeman & Leo Papa
This Old Town by Jack Tobin & Leo Papa

Photo & Graphics by Linda Weatherford Papa
Lake Michigan - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Produced by Leo Papa & Jimmy George
Sound recording, engineering and mastering by Jimmy George:
The Roost, Manchaca, TX

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