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Still Live

by Colin Linden

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1.
06:25
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
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3.
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
4.
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
5.
05:52
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.....
6.
04:17
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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....
11.
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
12.
05:30
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.....

about

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 October 9, 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, 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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