The Damned and Dirty

by The Damned and Dirty

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    *BEST DUTCH BLUES ALBUM 2012*
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1.
Hey, Mr. Highway Man Can you stop for me You’ve been travelling all night There ain’t nothing more to see Hey Mr. Highway Man, Your end is coming soon You’ve got a bottle in your hand Now the devil is on to you Hey, Mr. Highway Man You’re really picking up speed Watch out now, it’s comin’ to you Gonna make you bleed Hey Mr. Highway Man, The devil’s laughing at you You’ve got a bottle in your hand Satan’s coming on to you Hey, Mr. Highway Man Won’t you please slow down You’re going to fast You’re going downtown Hey Mr. Highway Man Death is coming for you You’ve got a bottle in your hand Now the devil is on to you Hey, Mr. Highway Man Can’t you see that wall You’re heading right for it, you’re Gonna end it all Hey Mr. Highway Man, You’re dead, you’re done You had a bottle in your hand Now the devil’s got you down
2.
Come back home, lyin’ on the floor Can’t stand drinking, can’t take no more Phone began to ring Baby asking me when I’m comin’ home I’m downstairs honey And I’m all alone I just had a couple, two, three, maybe six Tell you baby, I really had my kicks Runnin’ to the bathroom Gotta get it all out Maybe it was twelve or more More than enough, no doubt 2AM in the morning, and I’m feeling fine I really had, a heck of a time But when I wake up tomorrow I have to admit Did I make a fool of myself? I don’t remember shit
3.
He won't prescribe you nothing Nothing that'll fix that rash Selling magic water, 'cause he's only in it for the cash Diluted down to nothing It's John, the Evil Homeopath You might really be sick, but he'll tell you your chi's out of whack And the only way to fix it is to stick some needles in your back You'll pay through the nose to Evil Acupuncture Jack He's channeling Jesus Power from beyond the grave I'm not sure what to call it, Maybe quantum theta waves Just write out that cheque to Evil Faith Healing Dave He says vaccines cause autism and chemo just makes you glow The weeds from his backyard heal anything now, don't you know For a modest fee, go to  Evil Naturopathic Joe
4.
I should feel like crying But the tears just won't come I should feel like crying But they don't, they don't seem to come I can’t really tell Where’s this coming from I lost it all Had no way to get it back I lost all I had Had no way to get it back Waitin' for that chance To get back on track Now I bought me a ticket Take that train, I gotta go I bought me a ticket Take that train, I gotta go If I stay here to cry I might go down slow
5.
She's a little crazy But I think that's alright She can be ok in the morning Crazy late at night Now when we disagree And she starts to fight I better give her what she wants Or I might lose my mind Ooooh Girl wants a pink car... etc Man, I'm gonna lose my mind I tried to say hell no But she wouldn’t budge She said that’s what she wants And who am I to judge? I think I might be Losing my touch Better get away Before it gets too much Ooooh Girl wants a pink car... etc You can get any color Just don’t make it pink
If you think I’m driving that You really need a shrink Now shut the fuck up And get me a drink Your crazy-ass jivin’ Is starting to stink Ooooh Girl wants a pink etc...
6.
A little something-something, add it all up
Now if you need a good drink, I know this little club
And if you get really hungry, I bet they'll give you some grub
They got good entertainment, buddy, won't you get up

(and)
Go down down down,
Down, to the Boom Boom Club
They got whiskey, they got women
Got everything at the Boom Boom Club

Pinups on the wall, single malt Scotch
Don't worry bout leaving, no one's looking at their watch
if they find you sleeping on the counter, they'll give you a little nudge
And if you really dig the music, man they'll turn it up a nudge

(you gotta)
Go down down down,
Down, to the Boom Boom Club
They got whiskey, they got women
Got everything at the Boom Boom Club That old guy in the corner, hair as gray as dust He used to be a soldier, but war had left him crushed And you see that pretty girl, with the long black hair? They call her a woman, but she used to be a man So Go down down down, Down, to the Boom Boom Club They got whiskey, they got women
 Got everything at the Boom Boom Club
7.
Every morning before the rooster crows I hear a knock-knocking on my bedroom door. It ain't easy, when the man, he knows your name. When the devil comes calling and he wont go away Got you a juke joint juicer, with a heart full of soul A hell cat squeeze dripping jelly roll, All aboard, with man - he gonna' take you down Devil come calling, ain't nobody else around. Every morning before the break of day
Hear him howling outside my window pane It aint easy when the devil's got your name The man come calling and he just wont go away. He say, Got you some cocaine, got you some grass Got a hell cat squeeze and a bag of cash It ain't easy when the man's got your name You're going down down, to him its all the same
8.
Got a communist guitar Sounds like a revolution Got a communist guitar Sounds like a revolution When I pick it up to play You’ll come to the same conclusion I’m not talking about Classless social order I’m not talking about Classless social order I ain’t overthrowing nothing I’ll be playing on the corner No proletarian or bourgeoisie Is gonna keep me occupied No proletarian or bourgeoisie Is keepin’ me occupied Your crazy politics Make me feel dissatisfied
9.
02:46
I can feel it burning, in my brain Have to worry about staying sane Won't you please examine me Please clear out my mind's debris Oh, let it stop, let it stop I'm gonna lose my mind, I can feel it drop The voices I hear, they never stop Conspiring, scheming, it’s an inside job The shape I'm in, worryin' me Won't you please hear my plea Oh, let it stop, let it stop I'm gonna lose my mind, I can feel it drop In my bed, I weep and moan Fuck it man, I’m all alone No more hurtin’, no more pain I think I’m turning bat-shit insane Oh, let it stop, let it stop I'm gonna lose my mind, I can feel it drop In a darkened room, takin’ my life I can barely see the hunting knife I’ve got something, something to sell Tickets to my own personal hell Oh, let it stop, let it stop I'm gonna lose my mind, I can feel it drop Oh, let it stop, yeah let it stop Gonna lose my mind, I can feel it drop
10.
02:45
Why do you treat me so mean You know me through and through I know I'm stuck with you Honey, I couldn't pick and choose When you're in trouble honey I'm the one takin' care of you So don't pick on me I don't need no family blues You may seem to think That you can always count on me But you’ve got to realize I’ve got my own life, you see Now, I’m not made of money I think I have to refuse You should know by now I don’t need no family blues I know who you are We’re of the same pedigree But I can’t take no more Don’t turn into my enemy Yeah, I’m warning you It might turn in a first degree If you don’t stop this blues And please just, set me free
11.
Let me please explain to you Oh, let me please explain to you I never meant to do you wrong I just didn’t know what was going on Oh let me please, explain to you Oh baby please, don’t leave me alone Baby please, don’t you leave me alone I never wanted it to end like this Cause what we had was pure bliss Baby please, don’t leave me alone Won’t you please come back to me Oh won’t you please, come back to me I’m sorry baby, I wish I’d known Now, can’t you hear me moan and groan Oh won’t you please, come back to me
12.
There's a story I wrote In my little black book Just turn to page three And have a good look Ah honey,... it's never about you The girl in the story never had a clue I’m writing a song, Writing it for you But the melody’s wrong I’ll work on that too Ah honey,... just give me the time I’ll work it out and it’s gonna be fine (bridge) I’ve been wondering About what I have to do I’ve been wondering About stayin’ here with you But I’m not sure Not sure I’ll see it through I drew a picture Of a beautiful girl She looks like she likes To really give it a thwirl Ah honey,... I know she ain’t you But maybe I need somebody new
13.
02:09
I was talking, talking to myself And I was thinking, thinking about somebody else Bad luck and trouble, same old thing, gonna bring me down Coming inbound, like an inbound train Gotta reach the center, the center of my brain Bad luck and trouble, same old thing, gonna bring me down Now I was looking, looking for another way To see you walking, walking through the rain Bad luck and trouble, same old thing, gonna bring me down And I said, I said now; hey don’t you know I think, I think, I think I have to go Bad luck and trouble, same old thing, gonna bring me down
14.
Elections are coming up Campaigns are on the road We should know there will be cuts And then we'll get the mother load But you were lying Yeah, you were lying You were lying through your teeth Don't make a promise you can't keep You tried to get me on board With your personal magnetism I'm glad I didn't fall for that I don't want none of your fanaticism Cause you were lying Yeah, you were lying You were lying through your teeth Don't make a promise you can't keep Don't promise to lower taxes If you can't provide for the masses You said you were gonna make it work The results really left me irked Cause you were lying Yeah, you were lying You were lying through your teeth Don't make a promise you can't keep
15.
You got your chemtrails, and radiation I won't be dying of no rapid mutation But I got my tin foil hat, a tin foil hat I made it myself, it's not much to look at But it's keeping me sane Nobody's gonna mess with my brain Invisible guns, on a grassy knoll Nobody gonna give me no extra hole But I got my tin foil hat, a tin foil hat I made it myself, it's not much to look at But it'll stop it all Keep my brain off the wall Tainted vaccines, man-made disease All those pills will make you believe I got my tin foil hat, a tin foil hat I made it myself it's not much to look at Just try to be calm Until they drop the bomb And I'm pretty sure, that there were no planes Cause special effects can do so much these days Cause I got my tin foil hat, a tin foil hat I made it myself, it's not much to look at And if I don't agree The government's out to get me

about

Gritty delta blues with screaming slide guitar, raw vocals and wailing blues harp.

Playing in a band kicks ass. Writing songs for a band is pretty sweet too, but sometimes you write a song that just doesn't work out in a full-blown band. So when most of their band mates in BluesMotel were on vacation, Kevin de Harde and Micha Sprenger, responsible for writing almost every song for the band, decided to write some songs for something new. That's how The Damned and Dirty was born.

After a couple of weeks of writing they were ready. On August 1st they joined engineers Erwin Palper and Frank de Jong at 20Twelve Audio to start recording. Frank van TIjn, BluesMotel's drummer joined them for a couple of songs. Two days of studio time later they had recorded 13 songs. On of these was written for them by their good friend Eddy Gartry (of Blues State 'UK' fame).

The 13 tracks are all acoustic, only some of them having a touch of drums and/or bass. Gritty delta blues with screaming slide guitar, beautiful ballads, uptempo fun, The Damned and Dirty have tried to incorporate multiple styles into this album.

The album is available for free (that's right!) on SoundCloud and BandCamp and is also available on iTunes, Spotify and other online music stores if you're inclined to help them pay costs. In a further attempt to undermine current copyright laws, The Damned and Dirty is released under a Creative Commons License that allows anyone to use their music. This means it is permitted to create derirative works and even make money of those works as long as it is correctly attributed and released under the same license ('share alike').

More info on www.thedamnedanddirty.nl

Awarded "Best Dutch Blues Album 2012" by the Dutch Blues Foundation.

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released September 1, 2012

Music by Micha Sprenger and Kevin de Harde
Lyrics by Kevin de Harde
(except When the devil’s got your name by Eddy Gartry, used and licensed with permission)

Vocals and harmonica
Kevin de Harde

Acoustic (slide) guitar, backing vocals
Micha Sprenger

Drums
Frank van Tijn
Sven Bakker (tracks 14 & 15)

Recorded By Frank de Jong, Erwin Palper
Mixed & Mastered by Erwin Palper
www.20twelveaudio.nl

Photography by Bas Stoffelsen
www.basstoffelsen.com

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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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