Groundswell

by Pete Cornelius

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released October 1, 2013

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Pete Cornelius St Marys, Australia

Pete Cornelius grew up as far away from the Delta heartland as is almost possible. Heʼs never picked cotton, never hitched a ride on a freight train, nor traded with the Devil. Not knowingly, anyway. Yet the tasmanian is one of the most experienced young bluesman in the country, with more live shows & festival appearances, album releases & awards under his belt than most performers twice his age. ... more

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Track Name: Drinking the blues
Take me down to he deeper water
Where the river flows like wine
It takes me back to our younger days
Fools paradise, loose all track of time

And there we were, thinking that we’d never part
Look at us now life seems so different

That’s why, Im walking
That’s why, Im singing this song
That’s why I need to go back home
Cause the minute I stop thinking
Is the moment I start drinking the blues

I’m now working 3 jobs just to pay the rent
When I get home the money’s already spent
X-wife and the kids don’t see much of me
I’m in over my head, baby help me please

And here I am, in this drastic situation
Look at me now, in the slump of it all

That’s why, Im walking
That’s why, Im singing this song
That’s why I need to go back home
Cause the minute I stop thinking
Is the moment I start drinking the blues
Track Name: Love and happiness
Something's going wrong, Someone's on the phone
Three o'clock in the morning, yeah
Talkin' about, How she can make it right

Happiness is when you really feel good about somebody
There's nothing wrong with being in love with someone

love and happiness (love and happiness)
Love and happiness (love and happiness)

CHORUS

You be good to me, and I'll be good to you
And we'll be together,
We'll see each other, walk away with victory,

CHORUS
Track Name: Right place, wrong time
Lord I’m always at the right place at the wrong time
Trying to find a woman I can call mine
Lord I’m always at the right place at the wrong time
Trying to find a woman I can call mine
Yes when I start a conversation
They tells me don’t leave good things laying around

They say there’s someone for everybody
Oh I wonder where in the world is the one for me
They say there’s someone for everybody
Oh I wonder where in the world is the one for me
Another day has gone
My heart remains in misery

Well I guess I’ll go out into the town
I’ll drown my sorrows in the nearest neighborhood bar
Well I guess I’ll go out into the town
I’ll drown my sorrows in the nearest neighborhood bar
I think I’ll catch a train and ride
My destiny god knows I’ll find
Track Name: Cold water
Well I woke up this morning with the cold water
With the cold water, with the cold water
Woke up this morning with the cold water
With the cold water, with the cold

Police at the station and they don't look friendly
Well they don't look friendly, well they don't look friendly
Police at the station and they don't look friendly
They don't look friendly well they don't

Blind or crippled, Sharp or dull
I'm reading the Bible by a 40 watt bulb
What price freedom, Dirt is my rug
Well I sleep like a baby with the snakes and the bugs

Well the stores are all open but I ain't got no money
I ain't got no money lord I aint got no money
Stores are all open but I ain't got no money
Ain't got no money, Well I ain't

I found an old dog and he seems to like me
Seems to like me, well he seems to like me
Found an old dog and he seems to like me
Seems to like me, Well he seems

Seen them fellows with the card board signs
Scrapin up a little $, buy a bottle of wine
Pregnant women and the Vietnam vets
I say beggin on the freeway bout as hard as it gets

Well I slept in the graveyard it was cool and still
Cool and still, It was cool and still
Slept in the graveyard, It was cool and still
Cool and still and it was cool

Slept all night in the Cedar grove
I was born to ramble, Born to rove
Some men are searchin for the Holy Grail
But there ain't nothin sweeter than ridin the rails

I look 47, but I'm 24
Well they shooed me away from here the time before
Turned there their backs and they locked their doors
I'm watching T.V. in the window of a furniture store
Track Name: Repo man
I heard the word, it's goin' all around town
Looks like your latest toy gone and put you down
Well, it won't be long 'fore you come crawling on home
Like some old dog with your tail on the ground

I'm listenin' to you beg and you plead
Don't fill my heart with no pity
What makes you think I'm gonna take you back again
I ain't your repo man, I ain't your repo man

Used to be just you and me
So young and in love like it was meant to be
It didn't take long 'fore I begin to see
That you got eyes for every man out on the street

I'm listenin' to you beg and you plead
Don't fill my heart with no pity
What makes you think I'm 'bout to take you back again
I ain't your repo man, I ain't your repo man
I ain't your repo man, I ain't no repo man

It's like you think I got revolvin' doors on my house
Like you can just come and go as you please
I'm 'bout to do what your daddy should've done
I'm gonna lay you right across my knee

I work like a devil every night and everyday
Bustin' my back just to make my pay
Now where is your woman, you ask while you work and you slave
'Cause as they say while the cat's away

I'm listenin' to you beg and you plead
Don't fill my heart with no pity
What makes you think I'm gonna take you back again
I ain't no repo man, I ain't your repo man
Track Name: Goodnight my love
Every morning, just before dawn, the rooster is making the call
Our little girl, wakes for the world, her grin makes it okay
There aint a thing that love won’t bring, this place we now call home
Time now moves fast, ill climb the topmast, to see you from afar

So goodnight, goodnight my love, hope you sleep well
So goodnight, goodnight sweetheart, hope you sleep well, sweet dreams

You sit up so tall, still learning to crawl, determined to master all things
There will be a day, when you fly away; lets cherish this moment we have
Big-hearted blue eyes, will countervail cries, leaves me a vulnerable man
My love is so strong, I wrote you this song, can’t picture life without you

So goodnight, goodnight my love, hope you sleep well
So goodnight, goodnight sweetheart, hope you sleep well through the night
I’ll see you when the morning comes, yeah that guitar will strum
You can hear the angel’s hum, so goodnight my love
Track Name: Been my gal
I can’t remember to forget
The first time that we met
Shivering, your hair was wet
Singing in the rain I bet

Hey girl, look at you
Catch a cold just feeling so blue
Come inside, its warm and dry
Rest your troubles, ease your mind

Hey hey, If I knew then what I know now
You would not have been my gal

So she stayed for a couple of days
Intrigued by her bohemian ways
Aroused intuition, she touched me deep
Now I’m on the floor in a heap

CHORUS

Things were going from bad to worse
Should be leaving me in a hearse
She stole me tape recorder
Now she’s on a restraining order

CHORUS
Track Name: Talkin' bout New Orleans
Everybody talkin’ ‘bout New Orleans
Funkiest place I ‘aint never been
Got a little somethin’, just can’t put my finger on it
Let’s hitch a ride, like a badge on a Cadillac bonnet

I heard that sound when I was a child
Fats Domino, driving me wild
Professor Longhair, Earl Hooker too
Layin’ down those Louisiana blues

Take more than a hurricane, to keep Big Easy down
Bake a King Cake, when Fat Tuesday comes around
Find yourself in Iberville, find yourself in Tremé
Hey Pocky-A-Way, Jock-A-Mo-Fi-Na-Né

Zydeco, Dixieland
Second-line marching band
Mardi Gras Indian Chief
Carnival Queen parades on Bourbon St

Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie
This Cajun fare got me on a high
My bags are packed; I’m raring to go
Down to New Orleans baby, King Creole!
Track Name: My soul
I grew up with the same few chords
Stompin’ my heel on the 2 and the 4
Daddies band played till the cows came home
I’d fall asleep in the back of the car
Dreaming about playing guitar
Through a marshall stack and a cowboy hat

My soul will never die
My well will never dry
Gravity and time I will defy
Excuse me while I kiss the sky

Not much has changed since those early days
Except loosing my hair with the occasional grey
I wouldn’t change a thing if I had the chance
Still have the passion, the want and the need
Playing guitar until my fingers bleed
Makes me feel like a high school kid

My soul will never die
My well will never dry
Gravity and time I will defy
Excuse me while I kiss the sky
Track Name: Woman across the river
Across the river, a good woman cried,
All because a foolish man had lied.
She gave up all she had, to show how much she cared,
But the man told so many lies, now another man is over there.

That woman across the river,
Sweet woman across the river, she was mine.

Word got around, that he had jilted her
And men came running, came running from near and far
How could i be such a fool, i'll never never never know
That the man, he's got to know, he's a lucky so and so,

That woman across the river,
Sweet woman across the river, she was mine.

I met her one day, about a week ago
She said "i don't even want to talk to you,
Cause i don't love you any more"

That woman across the river,
Sweet woman across the river, she was mine.
Track Name: Strong suit
As I look up towards the bright light
All my brothers & sisters sing for you
Full of pretty notes & harmony
I guess I have nothing left to lose

I cant seem to see past your reflection
Shimmering in the river below
The full moon is swiftly falling
So I guess I'll have to pack my things and go

Love is still your strong suit; I have no chance of trumping high
A little piece of sadness, comes flooding when I try
We all here will miss you, and your nostalgic charm
Nothing new will replace, that time spent on the farm

I fall asleep and you're beside me
I know the end is coming soon
Not sure I ever want to wake up
I’m at peace here with you

Love is still your strong suit; I have no chance of trumping high
A little piece of sadness, comes flooding when I try
We all here will miss you, and your nostalgic charm
Nothing new will replace, that time spent on the farm