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“Monster Mash” (Bobby “Boris” Pickett cover) (Official Music Video)

October 31, 2017

 

Evan & Keith – “Monster Mash” (Bobby “Boris” Pickett cover)

Evan Darragh & Keith Corcoran both on acoustic guitars and vocals

Video by Evan Darragh

 

“I Am Thankful For Them All”

October 27, 2017

Putting all those years in the ground

Looking at all those seeds that came out

Some grew big and some grew small

Some built me up and some made me fall

All I can say is that I am thankful for them all

 

“Blankets & Covers: Volume One” (full album)

October 25, 2017

1) Knockin’ on Maloney’s Door (Bob Dylan cover) 00:00-04:35
2) Dust (13th Floor Elevators cover) 04:36-09:21
3) Pale Green Stars (Everclear cover) 09:22-13:17
4) There is a War (Leonard Cohen cover) 13:18-17:34
5) Mountains of the Moon/TVQ (Grateful Dead cover/original instrumental) 17:35-26:14
6) You Telling Me to Calm Down Now?!? (Verve Pipe cover) 26:15-29:02
7) Cold Cold Ground (Tom Waits cover) 29:03-32:52
8) Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl cover) 32:53-36:50
9) To Ramona (Bob Dylan cover) 36:51-39:50
10) I Walked With A Zombie (Roky Erickson and The Aliens cover) 39:51-46:04

Track 10 – “I Walked With A Zombie” (Roky Erickson and The Aliens cover)

October 20, 2017

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“Blankets and Covers: Volume One” – Track 10 – “I Walked With A Zombie” (Roky Erickson and The Aliens cover) (recorded January 12th 2011 at “Bayside” Keyport, NJ )

Track 10 is the final track of this album. It’s a duet with a pretty cool chick that I know.

I walked with a zombie
I walked with a zombie
I walked with a zombie last night

I walked with a zombie
I walked with a zombie
I walked with a zombie last night

I walked with a zombie
I walked with a zombie
I walked with a zombie last night

I walked with a zombie (he walked with a zombie)
I walked with a zombie (he walked with a zombie)
I walked with a zombie last night

*I sang with a Tracy (he sang with a Tracy)
*I sang with Tracy (he sang with a Tracy)
*I sang with a Tracy tonight

*Lyric change

Track 9 – “To Ramona” (Bob Dylan cover)

October 19, 2017

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“Blankets and Covers: Volume One” – Track 9 – “To Ramona” (Bob Dylan cover) (recorded October 27th 2010 at “Bayside” Keyport, NJ )

Track 9 is another Bob Dylan cover. What can I say? Bob Dylan covers and open mics go together like clouds and the rain. “To Ramona” was originally released by Bob Dylan on his fourth album, 1964’s “Another Side of Bob Dylan”.

Ramona
Come closer
Shut softly your watery eyes
The pangs of your sadness
Shall pass as your senses will rise
The flowers of the city
Though breathlike
Get deathlike at times
And there’s no use in tryin’
T’ deal with the dyin’
Though I cannot explain that in lines

Your cracked country lips
I still wish to kiss
As to be by the strength of your skin
Your magnetic movements
Still capture the minutes I’m in
But it grieves my heart, love
To see you tryin’ to be a part of
A world that just don’t exist
It’s all just a dream, babe
A vacuum, a scheme, babe
That sucks you into feelin’ like this

I can see that your head
Has been twisted and fed
 With worthless foam from the mouth
I can tell you are torn
Between stayin’ and returnin’
On back to the South
You’ve been fooled into thinking
That the finishin’ end is at hand
Yet there’s no one to beat you
No one t’ defeat you
’Cept the thoughts of yourself feeling bad

I’ve heard you say many times
That you’re better ’n no one
And no one is better ’n you
If you really believe that
You know you got
Nothing to win and nothing to lose
From fixtures and forces and friends
Your sorrow does stem
They hype you and type you
Making you feel
That you got to be just like them

I’d forever talk to you
But soon my words
Would turn into a meaningless ring
For deep in my heart, love
I know there is no help I can bring
Everything passes
Everything changes
Just do what you think you should do
And someday maybe
Who knows, baby
I’ll come and be cryin’ to you

 

Track 8 – “Dirty Old Town” (Ewan MacColl cover)

October 18, 2017
“Blankets and Covers: Volume One” – Track 8 – “Dirty Old Town” (Ewan MacColl cover) (recorded November 10th 2010 at “Bayside” Keyport, NJ )

 

Well if it isn’t bad enough that this is a covers album, this track is a cover of a cover. However, if you listen to one song on this album I would recommend this one.

 

It’s a simple love song I first heard on “Rum, Sodomy, and The Lash”, “The Pogues” second album released in 1985.

This recording occurred in real time immediately after the previous two tracks, so Joe Walsh of “The Believers in Things” also appears on drums on this track.

 

I really enjoy this track because a harmonica player from the crowd joined along too. If I remember correctly his name is Mike P. I remember talking to him afterwards and him telling me of the other long running open mic in Keyport, NJ at “Espresso Joe’s” that still runs on Wednesday nights. I also remember him warning me to get there early for the sign up around six o’clock because the sheet tends to fill up quick and the later you get there the later you will go on.

I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
I kissed my girl by the factory wall
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
 
Clouds are drifting across the moon
Cats are prowling on their beat
Spring’s a girl from the streets at night
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
 
I heard a siren from the docks
Saw a train set the night on fire
I smelled the spring on the smoky wind
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
 
 
I’m going to make a big sharp axe
Shining steel tempered by the fire
I’ll chop you down like an old dead tree
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
I kissed my girl *Tracy Leigh
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
Dirty old town
*Original lyric is “by the factory wall”

Track 7 – “Cold Cold Ground” (Tom Waits cover)

October 17, 2017

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“Blankets and Covers: Volume One” – Track 7 – “Cold Cold Ground” (Tom Waits cover) (recorded November 10th 2010 at “Bayside” Keyport, NJ )

*with Joe Walsh of “The Believers in Things” on drums

“Cold Cold Ground” is a track off of Tom Waits’ 1987 album “Frank’s Wild Years”. It’s the last album in his so 1980’s so-called “Junkyard Trilogy”, all masterpieces.

Around the one minute and fifteen second mark Joe Walsh of “The Believers in Things” joins in on his drums spontaneously having never played the song with me before. It says a lot about what a great drummer Joe is because he is able to listen and feel out the perfect parts to add.

If you listen very carefully around the two minute and forty five second mark you can hear the previous people on the list discussing their other bandmate’s drunken meltdown which is Track 6. Bandmate #1 says, “He fucking destroyed, fucking destroyed that microphone,” and Bandmate #2 responds, “Did he?”

Around the three minute and twenty-seven second mark is the real gem, which you really have to listen for, but it’s there. After the Tom Waits’ line, “Beware of my temper and the dog that it’s found/Break all the windows in the cold cold ground,” which is eerily spot on for the feeling in the room at the time, you can hear the previous two guys talking again and Bandmate #3 who had the meltdown chimes in gleefully. Conversation transcript:

Bandmate #1:  I don’t have a good feeling about tonight…

Bandmate #2: What?

Bandmate #1: I don’t have a good feeling about tonight.

Bandmate #2: So what don’t you have a good fucking feeling about, man?

Bandmate #3 (original meltdowner): It did feel good, man.

Crestfallen sidekick in an old cafe
Never slept with a dream before it had to go away
There’s a bell in the tower, Uncle Ray bought a round
Don’t worry ’bout the army in the cold, cold ground

Cold, cold ground
Cold, cold ground
Cold, cold ground

Now don’t be a cry baby when there’s wood in the shed
There’s a bird in the chimney and a stone in my *head
When the road’s washed out, we pass the bottle around
And wait in the arms of the cold, cold ground

The cold, cold ground
The cold, cold ground
The cold, cold ground

There’s a ribbon in the willow and a tire swing rope
Oh, and a briar patch of berries takin’ over the slope
The cat’ll sleep in the mailbox and we’ll never go to town
Till we bury every dream in the cold, cold ground

In the cold, cold ground
The cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground

Give me a Winchester rifle and a whole box of shells
Blow the roof off the goat barn, let it roll down the hill
The piano is firewood, Times Square is a dream
I find we’ll lay down together in the cold, cold ground

The cold, cold ground
The cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground

We’ll call the cops on **The Believers in Things, bring a Bible and a rope
And a whole box of Rebel and a big bar of soap
Make a pile of truck tires and burn ’em all down
Bring a dollar with you, baby, in the cold, cold ground

In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground

Take a weathervane rooster, throw rocks at his head
Stop talking to the neighbors until we all go dead
Beware of my temper and the dog that it’s found
Break all the windows in the cold, cold ground

In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground

*Supposed to be “bed”

**Original lyric is “The Breedloves”