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Still Live

by Colin Linden

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From rocking electric slide to the most delicate acoustic fingerpicking, Colin Linden is a remarkably versatile virtuoso who never strays far from the deep blues that first inspired him as an 11-year-old kid, when his mom took him to see – and meet – the great Howlin’ Wolf.

Colin’s music is deeply rooted in traditional blues, soul and roots rock. His years on the road playing everywhere with everyone have given him a mastery of roots music vocabulary that make him an in-demand producer and guitarist – gifts that ring out most clearly when Colin is on his own, either solo or with a band.

It’s been said that studio albums are artistic statements; live recordings are self-portraits. Colin Linden’s Still Live is an epic autobiography, a tale of two countries and a multitude of genres, all rendered with total commitment, mastery and an infectious enthusiasm that reminds us all just why we fell in love with this music in the first place.

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released 09 October 2012
Recorded live at Douglas Corner Café, Nashville, TN October 29, 2010.
Recorded by Mervin Louque

"John Lennon In New Orleans” recorded at the Rendering Plant, Nashville, TN by Brian Brain Harrison

Mixed by Colin Linden at Pinhead Recorders, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City, NY

Produced by Colin Linden

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Colin Linden Nashville, Tennessee

Colin Linden, a musical renaissance man as a multiple threat— a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He is in major demand by artists wanting him to produce, write for, and/or play on their records (he has played on 300 and produced 60 albums), yet somehow finds time to both pursue a prolific solo career and play a key role in Canadian roots-rock “supergroup,” Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. ... more

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Track Name: Big Mouth
It's so hard to take the first step
when you know how long the journey may be
It's so hard to make a clean break
when the next mile is further than you can see

It's so hard to wake up
when you've been sleeping for so long
It's so hard to lay your head down
When you go to bed at night
thinking that another day's gone

I want to shout
but my tongue's too big for my mouth
Might have lost another round
on account of my big mouth
Turn it up loud
got to kick this stable down

It's so hard to stand up
when your feet are fast asleep
It's so hard to run away
when the chalk marks
surround you on the street

It's so hard to be an angel
when you're acting like a fool
It's so hard to be a lover man
when you run so hot
you can't get cool

I want to shout....

but it's easy giving candy to a baby
it's easy pouring water on a drowning man
when you've got money
you don't have to worry
about money
Track Name: Between the Darkness and the Light of Day
Just a soldier on the road
Between the darkness and the light of day
I did everything I was told
But I still haven't found my way
Now my feet are weary but my heart is strong
Somehow or other I will carry on
And I'll lift my spirit and sing my song
Between the darkness and the light of day

There's a million other souls out here
Between the darkness and the light of day
Trying to overcome pain and fear
Still stranded in the miry clay
Wearing chains of trouble holding hearts of fire
Bound by pride and fooled by desire
But we're down here waiting to be taken higher
Between the darkness and the light of day

I don't mind if I'm not there yet
I've barely started to pay my debt
Dark is the night and cold is the ground
I've got to keep on pushing 'til I'm glory bound
Track Name: Smoke 'Em All
Barrelhouse at midnight the piano moans
Like a runaway freight train
So far from home
Hammer down that turnaround and ball the wall
That mighty boy that mighty boy
He’d smoke 'em all

Left hand like thunder right hand of gold
Tough like chuvalo with Ray Charles soul
Line up all the rounders and watch them fall
That mighty boy that mighty boy
He’d smoke 'em all


I’m laughing on the inside
Cause I know the drill
Just let him up and set 'em up
For the kill
Ain’t no one like him north of the 48th
Ain’t no one like him in the 50 states

This ain’t no cautionary tale
Nobody got mad or went to jail
But you only live one time
So have a ball
That mighty boy that mighty boy
He’d smoke 'em all
Track Name: Sugar Mine
I dream about sugar falling down like snow
Rolling down the hills to the valley below
Filling up the streets and covering up the signs
Turning this town into a sugar mine

Sugar Mine Sugar Mine
Sugar Mine Sugar Mine
Sweet home sugar mine

Your love is like a riverbed where I lay down
I keep on drinking but I still don’t drown
Like blessed water like holy wine
I fell so deep into the sugar mine

Sugar Mine......

Want to dive to the bottom where the blues don’t run
Taste that sugar on the tip of my tongue
Hold the sweetness to my lips
So every word I breathe is tenderness

Sugar Mine.....
Track Name: Remedy
Now it's so cold in your doorway that I can hardly breathe
You know I wanna lay down but I'm afraid I'll freeze
I've spent my last lone dollar getting in the shape that I'm in
And runnin' from the border just as fast as I can
Well, last September I was on a roll
Now I'm out here trying to save my soul

You've got the cure, you hold the key
You've got the remedy
Once I was blind, now I see
You got the remedy

I believe you got in something just like a stingray
And when you turn on your moves you put the hurt on me
Well, I might get better but I won't get well
Until I'm over the line and I'm under your spell
I'm like a spider crawlin' up your wall
Hear something funny, it's my matin' call

You've got the cure, you hold the key
You've got the remedy
Once I was blind, now I see
You got the remedy

Been knocking on your window, a-peeking through the blinds
Honey, come here a-runnin', won't you take your time
And now I ain't no preacher man, I ain't no preacher's son
But I'll be singing Hallelujah when I see you come
I left my mind at the fork in the road
I' m out here haulin' a heavy load

You've got the cure, you hold the key
You've got the remedy
Once I was blind, now I see
You got the remedy

You've got the cure, you hold the key
You've got the remedy
It goes to show, it's plain to see
You got the remedy
Track Name: John Lennon in New Orleans
A night so bright and warm
A star so far from home
Moonlight barely breaks the surface
And here I am so all alone

The streets can't hide your shame
The heat might melt your bones
Stumbling blind through hidden lanes
Face down on cobblestone

Creole girl I'm a stranger in a foreign land
A wanted man no one can't recognize
Help me please
I want to hold your hand
Sleepwalk with me tonight


They'll find me in the morn
You never knew my name
I was hiding in the storm
And you saved me from the rain
Track Name: From the Water
Who's the fairest who's the fairest one around
Could it be my baby when she lays her body down

Who's the brightest brightest headlight shining
Got to be my sweet woman behind the wheel in a midnight rain driving

She holds on she holds on to what she's got
She knows who she is and what she is not

When she's dreaming dreaming about the end of time
I pull her from the water forever to be mine

She holds on she holds on to what we've got
She knows who she is and what she is not

When she's dreaming dreaming about the end of time
I will pull her from the water forever to be mine
Track Name: Dark Night of the Soul
Come to me when your wings are broken
I will be shelter for your bones
When you can't find sleep
And the hours move so slow
I will lead you
Through your dark night of the soul

You're not alone though every breath's a struggle
You've got a home right here in my heart
Though your mind is weary
And your hands are so cold
I will lead you
Through your dark night of the soul

And the day light is not so far
And the next life won't be so hard

Take your rest now
Let your burdens go
I will lead you
Through your dark night of the soul
Track Name: Too Late to Holler
Well.......
I can see the chariot waiting for me
Bigger than the whole state of Tennessee
Don't have to suffer no rules no more
Don't have to wonder what I'm here for

Too late to holler
Too late to cry
Let my soul commence to roll
On the day that I die

Anybody I ever wanted to see
Or anybody who might be looking for me
First wife, second wife, third wife, four
The man who serves the papers
Or the girl next door

Too late to holler...

Don't anybody ever grieve too hard
Play my records in my backyard
No need to worry or scream or shout
Just say my time has done played out

Too late to holler....
Track Name: Sinking Down Slow
The world is my prison
Now I'm chained in misery
The night falls in the daytime
And the stars tumble in the sea

I came from Louisiana
Found that woman in Tennessee
She took me round the world
And then she shook me free

Oh, Baby, why'd you have to go?
My ship is takin' water
And I'm sinkin' down slow

I'm tired of all this weepin'
Been drownin' in my tears
Feels like you been gone
For a hundred years

Last night my sleep was worried
I heard you call my name
The break of dawn done took you
And I know I am to blame

Oh, Baby, why'd you have to go?
My ship is takin' water
And I'm sinkin' down slow

Katie May, Katie May
Can you hear me call?
You're up there in your castle
But I can't scale your walls

Katie May, Katie May
I know there is no other man
The good Lord done took you
From my lovin' hands
Track Name: I Give Up
This is my last will and testament
Sorry bout the too much money I have spent
All the times that I was late with my rent
Every dollar that I turned to fifty cents

I give up
Lord knows I've had enough
Won't you put me in the ground
Let me push up daisies
I've worked so hard and now I want to be lazy
Tired of trying to be so tough
I give up

They say a winner never quits
I've been losing so long
I ain't won one yet
Here's my resignation
Here's the white flag
Don't want to be a worry don't want to be a drag

I give up.....

Boss man won't be breaking my back no more
Sheriff John Brown won't be snooping
All around my door
I hear the devil's daughter
Is hiding in the water
I ain't gonna run
I'm done

I give up.....