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about

in 2001 these songs were recorded in a little old house at 135 Carpenter Street on the West Side of Providence, RI by former Purple Ivy Shadows singer/guitarist Chris Daltry. the album wasn't physically released until 2006, when it came out on CD as a limited edition on 75orLess Records, then later reissued by 'Merican Recordings.

Some of these songs were later re-recorded with full band backing for later albums by the 'Mericans, but these acoustic versions are the originals - and this album is where the 'Mericans began.

Special thanks to Will Rice, Joel Thibodeau and Margie Wienk for their musical contributions - their parts made simple ideas seem bigger and better.

Thanks also to Jud Ehrbar for loaning the 'Mericans the adat machine that was used to record this project + thanks to Thom Monahan for additional equipment and recording advice + thank you Shawn Greenlee for mastering and sequencing this record.

credits

released July 4, 2006

c. 2006 (bmi) Chris Daltry / the 'Mericans

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Track Name: Table's (Got A Lot Of Stains)
"table's (got a lot of stains)"

table's
got a lot of stains
shows just
where i've been

nowhere
'cept a bottles length
drinkin'
the night away

two folks
can be a lot together
but not me,
tonight's not for two people
just me
and a bottle of drink
drinkin'
the night away

i didn't make it
to my bed
last night
i woke up
and i was still
in my chair
i didn't make it
to my bed
last night
i woke up
and i was still
in my chair
drinkin' in my chair...

table's
got a lot of stains
shows just
where i've been
nowhere
but at a bottles length
drinkin'
the night
away

drinkin'
in my chair...
Track Name: Charlotte (Acoustic Version)
"Charlotte" by the 'Mericans

charlotte
she drinks up the table
she has pulled me aside
to say,

i'm a little worried
the best that i've know
have all been really bad

can we still be friends?
without all of this
can we still feel loved?
but we're still hung up in the glass
with our feet on the floor
what's bringin' us down
will set us straight

charlotte
she drinks up the table
and she has pulled me aside
to say,

i'm a little worried
the best that i've know
have all been really bad...
Track Name: Carry Nation
"Carry Nation" by the 'Mericans

pick me out so she won't
she put all the lovers over here
and all the others over there
and with that she carried the nation
and filled them with their fill of verse
she smashed their bottles
and i just stood underfoot

see, she
what she said was
"i am a self-appointed this and that"
and to me, that would make you a rat
and you'd better believe it
i said you'd believe it
i want you gone
and now you're gone
and that just makes us all so happy
and now we can drink
Track Name: To Find Favor (Acoustic Version)
"To Find Favor" by the 'Mericans

to find favor
in both joy and sorrow
is like winning at everything
is like you might think
you've been born again

to find strength
it often comes after
the longest and hardest
like Sunday mornin'
often comes after
a hell of a Saturday night

to find my head
is working slower
but the words seem sharper
like winning at everything
like you might think
you been born again
like winning at everything
born again
like you might think
you've been born again
Track Name: Mason / Dixon
"Mason / Dixon" by the 'Mericans

i wanna add a new song
to my country
of the simplest words i can tell
i wanna' share everything with you
everything but the pain

i don't want to share the pain with you
everything but the pain's for you

growing up you shared everything with me
'cept what i was too young for
would it make a difference
if you were still around?

i wanna add a new song to my country
it shouldn't matter where i'm from
i'm straddlin' the mason/dixon line
i said so what, so what

it shouldn't make a difference
where i'm from
its one big country
where i come from

what's the difference?
where i'm from
Track Name: Bridge
"Bridge" by the 'Mericans

i'm a bridge, so run over me
cos it's times like these that are dirty
the ground's not hard enough anymore
so i keep the roses under the bridge

so run together, run with me
i'm a bridge so run over me
show me your teeth
and your sun - burned feet
cross my heart i won't sting

i'm a ship so don't sink me
cos leaks get bigger so don't sink me
i could give up but its only dirt
and we're made of love
and love's bigger than dirt

so run together, run with me
i'm a bridge so run over me
show me your teeth
and your sun-burned feet
cross my heart, i won't sink
Track Name: Car (Acoustic Version)
"Car" by the 'Mericans

call it sold,
we will
break down,
the car we'll leave it
leave it on the outside of town,

leave it on the outside
of kiss it goodbye,
goodbye
bye bye

call it sold, we will
break down,
the car we'll leave it
i guess we'll have to say hello
i guess we'll have to say hello again...
Track Name: See In The All-Stars (Acoustic Version)
"See In The All-Stars" by the 'Mericans

while time talks through you
it's never there when i get there
in actual, i don't want to
find out why they always

i just wanna turn on time,
while
tell no-way to go home
tell me that went out there

stare straight ahead

right on, to be jump up to it
see in the all-stars

right on, to be jump up to it
right on, see in the all-stars
right on, to the middle where i was fished

right on, see in the all-stars
see in the all-stars...