Silk Road Blues

by Levon Bus

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1.
Coffee n’ Cream © 1994 Joel Hamilton & Leo Papa Coffee and cream, that’s my scheme today Pour me a bean, I start to scream, cafe ole Picks me up when I’m so tired in the morning A cup of java cures my afternoon yawning Cappuccino in the evening’s so sweet Turkish coffee knocks me off of my feet Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo doo Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo doo Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo Doo-doo-doo-doo, Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo Coffee n’ cream Pour me a cup, it’s getting rough to get up Get the right mix, I need a fix, of coffee and cream Picks me up when I’m so tired in the morning A cup of java cures my afternoon yawning Cappuccino in the evening’s so sweet Turkish coffee knocks me off of my feet Doo-doo-doo Doo-doo-doo… Coffee n’ cream Picks me up when I’m so tired in the morning A cup of java cures my afternoon yawning Cappuccino in the evening’s so sweet Turkish coffee knocks me off of my feet Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-do… Coffee n’ cream Lord it’s messing’ up my dreams I need a bean
2.
Silk Road Blues © 2019 Leo Papa From the Mississippi Delta, to the Piedmont Stop n' Go The blues has been there with me, like nothing else I know The tell me there's no reason and the tell me there's no rhyme But the blues is just a feeling, that comes and goes with time As long as I keep moving, I've got to pay my dues No matter where I travel, I've got the Silk Road Blues From the streets of Detroit City, to the shores of Manitou I'm a man who minds my business, I expect the same from you Those crooked politicians, want to take me for a ride I'll never let them tell me, what is true and what's a lie Slipping and sliding, on these pot-holed streets my friend I find that I’m still driving, down the Silk Road Blues again The Silk Road Blues are threadbare; some say I'm past my prime But I can still deliver, anyway it’s not a crime To be a man, to take a stand, and care for others too So I'll just play the blues, until my time is through As long as I keep moving, I've got to pay my dues And no matter where I travel, I've got the Silk Road Blues
3.
Spare Change 03:14
Spare Change © 2017 Leo Papa Mister since your sifting through The stuff in my backyard Don't you dig too hard And don't dismiss the things that I, discard What's the value of these things? They’ve crowded out my past Life goes on so fast I never thought that anything would, last There’s little in my world left to, arrange And all I'm really asking for is, your spare change Mr. since you’re interested In things that I have stored I’m tired of being bored That’s one thing I really can’t, afford The stories in these objects Like some old sad refrain Are driving me insane I can’t resist this twisting in my, brain Maybe I seem anxious or, deranged But what I must insist is just that, everything must change Sister since you’re listening That’s not junk in my garage I've been living large I never saw the point of being in, charge All of these attachments Are like pages from a book I can’t bear to look At times it seems I’m’ hanging from that, hook And sister if it doesn’t seem so, strange Maybe you’d assist me, I’m just trying to make some change
4.
Stranded at the Strand © 1999 Russell Clepper Take the L train, or the N train Take the A train or the sea There ain’t no train, can take me To some place, that I want to be Can’t get out of New York City Got no money for the fair, and I Owe my next, four paychecks to some Man, getting in my hair Some blacktop tar secretion must be Oozing through my glands Makes my wandering feet stick to this street Makes money slide through my hands Well I should be out there rolling down The road to strange new lands But I ain’t going, anywhere No I’m stranded, at the Strand I can’t go out, to no restaurants I get by, on rice and red beans And I’ve got me some, diaper pins to mend up The holes in my old blue jeans Ain’t never been to see no plays down on Broadway Cause the price is just too steep, and when those Bowery bums, they see me come, they just Drop their cups, and weep Said some blacktop tar secretion must be Oozing through my glands Makes my wandering feet stick to this street Makes money slide through my hands Well I should be out there rolling down The road to strange new lands Oh, but I ain’t going, anywhere No I’m stranded, at the Strand Have you ever, been so lonely every Word, you say sounds like goodbye? When even seasons, leave you stranded cast Away, and wondering why Why should I ever, leave New York City Ten million people choose to live there, besides I, owe my next, four paychecks to some Man, who’s sneaking up my stairs So take the L train, or the N train Take the A train or the sea There ain’t no train, can take me To some place, that I would rather be Guess I’ll never see no plays down on Broadway Cause their asking way to dear, and when those Bowery bums, they see me come, they just Drop their cups, and cheer Some blacktop tar secretion must be Oozing through my glands Makes my wandering feet stick to this street Makes money slide through my hands Well I should be out there rolling down The road to strange new lands But I ain’t going, anywhere No I’m stranded, at the Strand
5.
Berci Bump 02:34
6.
Postmodern Blues © Joel Hamilton & Leo Papa I got the post-modern blues I just can't make sense of it all I’m helpless and abused Why can't you here me call I read a little book the other day That stuff was really off the wall Post-modern theory Is really getting out of hand My mind’s so tired and weary It’s too hard to understand My baby done gone post-modern Treats me like the invisible man Postmodern living Nearly made a wreck of me But a downhearted disposition Ain't the way its supposed to be Lets go find some hunter-gatherers Or maybe live down by the sea You know we're crazy We're postmodern too We’re crazy and we're postmodern We just can't help but lose But my baby she's post-modern And she really lights my fuse
7.
Recovery Train © 1994 Joel Hamilton & Leo Papa I was sitting downtown, waiting on a train Talking to my baby, sweet baby Jane Can you tell me now, is this the train for me? Is this the narrow-gauge train, to silver city? Is this the, recovery train Recover train Recovery train, to silver city? I got a girl back home, her name is Suzanne She's a good looking girl, but she says She just can’t be, with a man like me So can you tell me now, is this the train for me Which is this the narrow-gauge train, to silver city, I got to know If it’s the recovery train, I want the Recover train, I need the Recovery train, to silver city? The prohibition came to soon, it’s a stormy cloud upon me I don’t know who I am sometimes, or where I’m going to be But I got my old grand dad, I got my old grand dad It’s in my back pocket you see, we're both waiting on the recovery Is it the, recovery train Recovery train Recovery train, to Silver City?
8.
Out of the Blues © 2017 Leo Papa I’m in a whole, world of trouble I’m sick and tired, of the blues Friends come and go, on the double Can’t even tell, me the news Love is the answer Love is the cure Love is the answer Love can endure I’m letting go, of my sorrows Now I know what, I must do I’m heading for, new tomorrows I see the light, shining through Love is the answer Love gave me the queue Love is the answer Love can renew

about

Silk Road Blues is a collection of blues oriented songs recorded between 2008-2017 in Michigan. Included are songwriting collaborations with my friend Joel Hamilton, as well as a song written by my friend and former band mate, Russell Clepper. The album features several musicians from the Detroit area, as well as Mo Pair, who also appears on the first volume of this trilogy.

credits

released October 10, 2020

Levon Bus: Vocal, guitar, bass & dobro [all tracks]
Robert Bau: Cajon on Coffee n' Cream
Tony Berci: Harmonica on Berci Bump & Recovery Train
Larry Everhart: Harmonica on Silk Road Blues
Dan Goree: Bass on Coffee n' Cream
Mo Pair: Bass on Recovery Train

Music and lyrics:
Coffee n' Cream, Postmodern Blues & Recovery Train
by Joel Hamilton & Leo Papa
Silk Road Blues, Spare Change, Berci Bump & Out of the Blues
by Leo Papa
Stranded at the Strand by Russell Clepper

Cover image: Swimming in the Suit
© 1995 Nathan Jensen
www.natepjensen.com

Recorded, mastered & produced by Leo Papa

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