Blues Like Sandpaper | Rocksteady Like Dirt

by Irie Idea

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    The second album and first Irie Idea release to be available on a 12" record !! Featuring: "Soul Vending" "Who" "Machines (Here I Am)" "Good On Paper" & "Hours" !!

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    BLUES LIKE SANDPAPER | ROCKSTEADY LIKE DIRT

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1.
Soul Vending 02:57
Eat when we're hungry drink when we're dry If this whiskey don't kill us we live 'til we die Eat when we're hungry drink when we're dry If this whiskey don't kill us we live 'til we die Walk over water sink like a stone You live without love then you die all alone Run for cover cause we're coming for you Business men if your monkey suit We got blues like sandpaper Rocksteady like dirt And we gonna Shake you down Shake you down And we gonna Take you down alright And out in the street They're vending soul out the speakers and moving to the beat Here's hoping somebody can find a way outta here There's people out there Singing tunes you can here up in the stratosphere Singing if only I can make it through the night Keep that candle burning bright Keep the lantern bright Keep food upon the table Shape it well tonight As well as you are able Shake you down Shake you down Take you down Take you down Eat when we're hungry drink when we're dry If this whiskey don't kill us we live 'til we die Walk over water sink like a stone You live without love then you die all alone
2.
Who 04:42
Do you remember Our time together I do my best to forget Your sweet words, they fall out of the sky Make puddles with my pain I forgot you I don't see your smile I won't remember the truth I can't recall your expression When you said we're through I don't hear you calling out My name like you used to Who I forgot you cause I had to Built up these walls of stone Burnt the bridges by which we used to rome Now I am left to regret Our love was weak Oh I believed it was strong Your photograph and memory fade So I can move on I forgot you cause I had to I don't see your smile I won't remember the truth I can't recall your expression When you said we're through I don't hear you calling out My name like you used to Who I forgot you cause I had to Stuck in this misery Cursed by your memory Stuck in this misery So fucking lonely
3.
Portrait of a lady convinced she's invisible She was told a tale retold it 'til she grew old She practice whispering and standing in place She ties her shoes together tends to fall flat on her face Backyard arguments, lonely nights, a distant lover These are just a few things she come to discover These days are hazy, the afternoon grey Smokey evening yellow and subsistence blasé Now she can fly, soar drunk and insane No she don't mind, no it keeps down the pain We meet in private ever quietly commiserate Eyes implore for more her red dress fall to the floor We talk awkwardly once in a while I can swear one time I even seen her smile Now there she goes Her books are filled with empty pages, silver screens And several stages Don't worry it's all in her brain Portrait of a lady convinced she's invisible Told a fairy tale retold it till she grew old She argues with the clock ignores him for days He'll come creeping from behind, show you the error in your ways
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Here I am Wherever you are Take a ticket there's the train Keep me in your heart No don't worry I'll always be around These machines Keep on breaking down Let these words Hold you tight Stay here with me At least 'till morning light No don't worry We'll always be found These machines Keep on breaking down Here I am Wherever you are Please stay here with me And keep me in your hear No don't worry We'll always be around These machines Keep on breaking down They keep on breaking You keep on breaking...
6.
Oregon Blues 02:41
Cynical mind can't leave you behind You entertain my misery Between Scylla and Charybdis I lie My body floating all across the sea You know I can't concentrate With them sirens hollering at me Donate my time to whiskey and wine Reside in my house of cards Joker's laughing at me and I can't blame him Cause he saw me sleeping in the park Oregon wind a blowing In my boat without a sail to embark Oh prudence I left you Oh what am I to do No place to hang my hat I sit and cry and sing I'm blue I come down here all the time Swear I used to know just why
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I'm gonna find my way This day will lead us back home Scaffolding in this building The roots that grow under the tree that you don't see Confirmation was lost in the mail Let the rudies outta jail If you stand far enough away Then everything looks great Corner ads of war and hate In the newspaper today It only looks good on paper They tell me it's only human nature What's the proper nomenclature Our information cooked with MSG Inherently corrupt This mountain will erupt I'm gonna find my way This day will lead us back home Scaffolding in this building The roots that grow under the tree that you don't see I'm headed toward the Delta Tallahatchie County Mississippi At the gates of our fate laugh and watch the future explode For all you know you know nothing
9.
Don't look now they're on your street There goes the neighborhood another dead beat Grab my gun and phone police Shoot first ask questions later that's our policy It's the color of your skin The clothes you're wearing The stench of hope protruding In the air you breath in It's your choice of melody F# to C Consider me your enemy And love your TV Wage a war Don't come knocking down my door Your crass reply I'm not the problem now am I?
10.
You say you're feeling under the whether Though last night it seemed, oh so clever And now you're wondering why the lights they're so bright You're feeling so blue So darling, what's a matter with you? You say you're the queen of the hour Like your drink, the night, it just went sour I know you love having fun but you're sleeping in the gutter Pick yourself up, go home, and recover Oh darling, what's a matter with you? So you say you're feeling under the whether But last night, oh it seemed, oh so clever Now your wondering why The lights are so bright You're feeling so blue Darling tell me, what's a matter with you?
11.
It's over and done We lost the war and they won Now I'm sending up smoke signals Hoping Someone will respond Over and done We lost the war and they won Now I'm sending up smoke signals Hoping Someone will respond Oh this palace is in shambles Communications are scrambled Peasants hardly talk While the clergy they ramble Dark days Poetic Shades of grey Anomalies defy the reason Excuses become easier to say Suburban sprawl Made this all into a ghetto Bald headed western way Ripped out the roots While digging out our graves Mayday All systems overload Scuttled your own ship And like a good captain You're going down with it Blame it all on the man He cursed me with adversity So I'll be tendering my resignation Is that all you can stand today? It's over and done We lost the war and they won Now I'm sending up smoke signals Hoping Someone will respond Over and done We lost the war and they won Now I'm sending up smoke signals
12.
Hours 04:06
I can listen to you for hours Lying in a bed of flowers I can talk to you for hours Distance hates connection And all of my cliches Display my affection Listen to you for hours Sing along in the shower I can lay with you for hours Time so short Days seem long And they are ours I can listen to you for hours Lying in a bed of flowers I can stay with you for hours Distance hates connection And all of my cliches Could not display my affection I could listen to you for hours Sing along in the shower I can lay with you for hours I can stay with you for hours Time so short Days seem long

about

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BLUES LIKE SANDPAPER | ROCKSTEADY LIKE DIRT
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This album was recorded in a marathon session in March 2013 at the Steady Rock Easy-Groove Factory in LA with the brilliant production and musical accompaniment of Joseph Quinones and Sammy Kay. Essentially we camped out in the studio, chilled with Sammy & The Delirians and worked really hard to make a good record in 10 days.

Mastered by King Django at Version City Studio in New Brunswick, NJ.

Crowd funded through Big Tunes with the support of our friends, family, and fans.

credits

released May 13, 2014

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PLAYERS
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Curtis Irie: Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Harmonica

Morgan Smith: Drums, Vocals

Joe Quinones: Bass, Vocals, Trumpet, Trombone, Sax, Percussion, Production

Sammy Kay: Vocals, Bottles, Drunk Girl, Production

Anthony Medina: Organ

Esteban "Junior" Flores: Piano

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