Hoodoo Down

by The Damned and Dirty

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We've never been brilliant at writing liner notes, but we're gonna try anyway. As usual there's a ton of people we would love to thank. The guest musicians, girlfriends, parents, girlfriends' parents, parents' girlfriends and any variation thereof, dogs, cats, pet tigers and that weird guy at the mall that always says hi when you come out of the liquor store.

Special thanks go to the recording team. Frank de Jong and Erwin Palper of 20Twelve Audio have recorded, mixed and mastered all our albums. These guys rock!

This is our fourth album. It’s different. We’re not just a duo playing delta blues anymore. We always try to do something new, something different, something unexpected or just plain cool. There’s more jazz, some country, rock and a continuous undercurrent of raw blues.

We hope you like this album. Recommend us to your friends. Find us on the internet. Leave us a review somewhere. Send us a message. Come to one of our shows. Let us know what you think. Ask us to marry you. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks,

Kevin & Micha

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released November 20, 2015

The Damned and Dirty - Hoodoo Down

All songs by
Kevin de Harde and Micha Sprenger

Guitar, bass, backing vocals
Micha Sprenger

Vocals, harmonica
Kevin de Harde

Recorded, mixed, mastered by
Frank de Jong and Erwin Palper
20Twelve Audio

Recorded August 2015
in Amsterdam and Amersfoort

Organ, Wurlitzer
Bram Slinger

Piano on “Alley Cat”
Hans Vroomans

Backing Vocals
Marlou Vriens

Drums
Frank van Tijn

Violin
Joep van Beijnum
Saxophone
Rinus Groeneveld

Percussion
Erwin Palper

Assistant Engineer
Arnout Cramer

Artwork
Kevin de Harde

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One of the most exciting and innovative duos in the blues tradition today. Gritty delta blues with screaming slide guitar, raw vocals and wailing blues harp. Two albums, two awards for Best Dutch Blues Album!

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Track Name: Hoodoo Down
Got my hoodoo
Got my hoodoo down
Got my hoodoo
Got my hoodoo down
Got my ooooh-ooh-ooh
Gonna leave this town

Wait by the station
Waiting for my train
Wait by the station
Waiting for my train
Oooh-ooh-ooooh
Train take me away

I ain’t looking
World racing by
I ain’t looking
World racing by
Oooh-ooh-ooooh
Did not say goodbye

Desolation
Life looking pretty bleak
Desolation
Life looking pretty bleak
Oooh-ooh-ooooh
Lord, I cannot speak

Got my hoodoo
Got my hoodoo down
Got my hoodoo
Got my hoodoo down
Got my ooooh-ooh-ooh
Gonna leave this town
Track Name: Someone To Ride The River With
When I raise my head to the skies
See the spots before my eyes
I can hear the wind blowing
I can hear the wind blowing

A storm is coming today
But I keep the reaper at bay
I can hear him howling
I can hear him howling

Well the dead ain’t talking about the road ahead
The world’s on fire and the people bled
No need for men, we need a myth
Someone to ride the river with

Let the fire roar
Let them have their war
Oh, the dead are talking
I can hear the dead talking

True warriors of old
Fought their enemies untold
I can hear their desolation
I can hear their desolation

The days have been numbered
Their souls have been plundered
I still hear him howling
I still hear him howling

Like ripples in a pond
Left for uncertain beyond
I still hear the wind blowing
I still hear the wind blowing
Track Name: Turmoil
Now when the morning come
The first rays of the rising sun
Can you hear the pounding drums
Sound like a gatling gun

Now don’t you run
Cause it’s come undone
The revolution’s only just begun

It starts with a simple lie
The politicians heed their battle cry
The soldiers gather, standing by
For the orders from up high

Now don’t you run
Cause it’s come undone
The revolution’s only just begun

It’ll be in the history books
All the liars, all the crooks
Can you remember what it took
Cause fates don’t change with a dirty look

Now don’t you run
Cause it’s come undone
The revolution’s only just begun

Subversion in heart and soul
Will you fight, will you lose control
You might think that on the whole
It’s death by public opinion poll

Now don’t you run
Cause it’s come undone
The revolution’s only just begun
Track Name: The Devil's Vacation
He was heading on down to New York City
With a bottle in his bag, gonna check out the local scene
If you guessed his name, he’s nothing like you ever seen

Don’t take him down for the count, take you one by one
He can shine as bright as the Californian sun
If you guessed his name, boy you had better run

Whiskey and wine, cocaine for your soul
He will never rock, but boy that devil will roll
If you guessed his name, you’ll be dead before you know

The old serpent keeps rollin’, his work is never done
He’s the shining star, they call him the morning son
If you guessed his name, join him and have some fun
Track Name: The Porch Light
Well I’m sitting here
And I’m looking out my window
And I’m wondering where you could be
And I been looking
I’ve been looking everywhere
Just don’t get what you did to me
I’ll leave the porch light on
I’ll leave the porch light on
I’ll leave the porch light on for you

You took me by the hand
And took me for a ride
But road just lead nowhere
And now I’m lonely
And left beside myself
Crying in my rocking chair
I’ll leave the porch light on
I’ll leave the porch light on
I’ll leave the porch light on for you

The world’s been changing
Changing so fast
People rush to their conclusions
And it worries me
Oh it worries me
That you’ll join the persecution
I’ll leave the porch light on
I’ll leave the porch light on
I’ll leave the porch light on for you

Now let me see, baby
Let me see
Show me a way outta here
No, no salvation
And no reprieve
Baby, I might just disappear
I’ll leave the porch light on
I’ll leave the porch light on
I’ll leave the porch light on for you
Track Name: Got Me a Good Heart
Baby just turn down the light
And let your worries behind
Board my ship, it’ll be alright
We’re leaving’ port, in the dark of night

We’re a million miles from home
The sea’s been pretty rough
But I ain’t leaving you alone
At least I can do that much

Ain’t got no shining armor
And you ain’t no damsel in distress
But I got me a good heart baby
And when I ask will you please just say yes

We’ve been heading for a dream
You don’t share it, it shows
Have I been fooling myself?
Have I been led by the nose?

Can you hear the wind blowing
The tempest turns into a squall
I must reef the sails now baby
Or we might lose it all

Ain’t got no shining armor
And you ain’t no damsel in distress
But I got me a good heart baby
And when I ask will you please just say yes

It’s such a simple question
Yet you seem to have drawn a blank
Cast aside in anger
Baby you’ve got to walk the plank
Track Name: The Golden Stairs
Just let the pieces
Fall into place
I got something to tell
The entire human race

From the early morning
Just before the light
Somebody come 'n tell me
It’s gonna end tonight

Well, I’ve got the whole day 
To settle my affairs
And come evening
I’ll climb the golden stairs

And then the feeling
Come bubbling up
Well I drink my wine
From my favorite cup

Well, I’ve got the whole day 
To settle my affairs
And come evening
I’ll climb the golden stairs

The spotlight’s gone out
I’ve spent my dime
And death then spoke:
“Son, it is your time”

Well, I’ve got the whole day 
To settle my affairs
And come evening
I’ll climb the golden stairs
Track Name: Bad Day
Now I had such a bad day
I might just tell you why
Lost all that I had
Been crying in my wine

I walked to the front door
I opened it just a bit
Come stormin' in my hallway
Just about threw a fit

The dogs began barking
And howlin' like the wind
My head was swimming
How could I have sinned

I left my children
I done left my wife
Lord, I’m left crying
I’m left on the edge of a knife

I’m by my lonesome
Just me and my faithful dogs
Could not find no purpose
Left me at odds

Oh how I wish I could know
When the morrow dawns
Will I wake to find
My sorrow gone
Track Name: Alley Cat
Well, now you know the time is nigh
Everybody’s gonna get high
This party should be well underway
But the band’s gone missing since yesterday
They were last seen ordering food
From a guy that had been twice tattooed
One on the shoulder, looking pretty slick
And the other one is right there on his …

But now maybe
You drive me crazy
Ain’t got no time for that
Cause I’m just like an alley cat

The party was over before it began
Did not have no backup plan
The night was young and the girls were pretty
But I left that joint and went straight for the city
Walked by a club and to my surprise
A long legged girl jumped out and cried
“Baby, have you seen this band inside?”
I thought “mmm, this could be just right”

But now maybe
You drive me crazy
Ain’t got no time for that
Cause I’m just like an alley cat

Well my rep ain’t never been clean
I think you know just what I mean
I done things that’ll make your mama scream
But this chick, she had that crazy gleam
Her legs were long and her hair smelled nice
But you had better take my advice
If she done look like she might bite
You’d better get out! and call it a night

But now maybe
You drive me crazy
Ain’t got no time for that
Cause I’m just like an alley cat
Track Name: Tell You About The Blues
There was a time, quite a while ago
A happy man in a status quo
It took him one fell swoop, and then he flew the coop
His story’s mine, now don’t you know

Let the cat out and put on your shoes
World’s so crazy, gonna blow a fuse
You got that crazy gleam, it’s not just all a dream
You won’t believe me when I tell you about the blues

Now take your time and sit down in that chair
It’s all pretty rough I have to be fair
But that glorious day will come, when I get us out this slum
It’s just something in the air

Oooh now baby please let me comfort you
I know just what you’re going through
We’ve hit a snag and I’ll get us out this drag
You won’t believe me when I tell you about the blues
Track Name: Walking Stereotype
I’m down and out, lord it ain’t no lie
Could not spare a nickel, ain’t got no dime

Out of luck, run aground
I’ve been howling, like an old black hound

Sounds pretty trite
Sounds pretty trite
Sounds pretty trite
You better hold on tight
Cause I’m a walking stereotype

You heard my story, a million times
A million songs, a million rhymes

You don’t need to keep the blues alive
Come on man, it never died

Sounds pretty trite
Sounds pretty trite
Sounds pretty trite
You better hold on tight
Cause I’m a walking stereotype

Them old stories, you know them well
Don’t you just tell ‘m, live ‘m and raise some hell

Let the world and it’s people know
You’ll take them on, toe to toe

Sounds pretty trite
Sounds pretty trite
Sounds pretty trite
You better hold on tight
Cause I’m a walking stereotype
Track Name: The End of The Road
Oh Lord, what a feeling I had
Oh Lord, what a feeling I had
But I know that I can’t describe
Lord just how I feel tonight about you
It’s the end of the road
It’s the end of the line
It’s the end of the road
It’s the end of the line

Come on, don’t let it worry your mind
Come on, don’t let it worry your mind
I’m just dizzy with a dame
And I know it’ll never be the same, without you
It’s the end of the road
It’s the end of the line
It’s the end of the road
It’s the end of the line

Roll on, and just take your time
Roll on, and just take your time
Now it’s been made in the shade
And lord, I will never be afraid, to say it’s you
It’s the end of the road
It’s the end of the line
It’s the end of the road
It’s the end of the line

So hold on, yeah, we’ll be moving along
So hold on, yeah, we’ll be moving along
Baby if you would just change your mind
You would never be left behind, cause I love you
It’s the end of the road
And baby, it’s gonna be fine
It’s the end of the road
Oh honey, we sure got the time
It’s the end of the road
The end of the line