Wrapped Up In The Blues

by John Pippus

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about

"The Vancouver bluesman lives and breathes his musical muse."
- Francois Marchand, The Vancouver Sun, Sept. 16/11

"[The album is]... blues based but he takes liberties, occasionally, as in “Walk Away,” sounding like Led Zeppelin rather than a blues purist.
- Tom Harrison, The Vancouver Province, Sept. 16/11

"Pippus is a songwriter and a story teller. This time out his story is the blues. He bends words as easily as he bends notes on his harmonica and he plays his guitar like he stole it. The album has some grit and you can’t be entirely certain that Pippus didn’t gargle with Jack Daniels before he recorded the songs".
- Shelley Gummeson, Earshot, Sept. 22/11

"[An]... innovative recording bringing to mind all sorts of imagery from John Cale and Lou Reed to Brian Wilson."
- Bman's Blues Report, Oct. 4/11

"The real take-away here is the sense of fun and energy that comes through on every song. Pippus has the attitude and personality to put out an upbeat dead-on-tempo blues party"
- RustZine.com, Nov/11

" Fortunately, in Vancouver Canada, blues is alive and well, full of expressiveness with artists like John. Thanks a lot, John Pippus! GREAT."
- La Hora Del Blues, Barcelona, Spain, Feb/12

credits

released 31 August 2011

All songs written and performed by John Pippus except "Preachin' Blues". (Written by Eddie "Son" House Jr. Licensed through SonDick Publishing). See individual tracks for additional credits and lyrics.
Produced by Adam Bailie

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Track Name: When My Baby Loves Me
When my baby loves me
She loves me way too much
I love the way she smells
I love the way she touch

When my baby’s coming
She’s coming way too much
I love her crooked smile
And I love the way she touch

When my baby goes to work
Men don’t know her name
They beg and plead and whine and moan
But to her they’re all the same

When my baby loves me
She loves me all night long
She shakes her jewelry in my face
I’m home where I belong

I’m home where I belong
I’m home where I belong
When my baby loves me
I’m home where I belong




© 2011 John Pippus
Track Name: Airplane Woman
Airplane woman
Take me for a ride
Not coming down
‘Til you’re satisfied
Airplane woman take me for a ride
Not coming down ‘til you’re satisfied

Mama called the doctor
Said she needs a shot
Don’t know what it is she got
But she needs it a lot
Mama called the doctor, said she needs a shot
Don’t know what she got, but she needs it a lot

You men eat dinner
Coal dust and beans
I eat more chicken
Than any man has ever seen
You men eat dinner, coal dust and beans
But I eat more chicken, than any man ever seen

Airplane woman
Airplane woman
Airplane woman



© 2010 John Pippus (with a nod to Willie Dixon)
Track Name: Tell Me Why
Tell me why
You want to take it so slow (2X)
Give me all your love on Tuesday
Wednesday you don’t want to know

Treat me good on Thursday
Friday you don’t care (2X)
That’s no way to love me
Honey it’s just not fair

Saturday you’re busy
Sunday, Monday too (2X)
Pretty soon now
I’m thinking about quitting you

You follow me to the river
Just to watch me drown (2X)
If you’re not going to miss me
I’m not going to stick around

Tell me why
Tell me why (2X)
Pretty soon now
I’m gonna to say bye bye
Pretty soon now
I’m gonna say so long
Track Name: Walk Away
When the waters surround you
And the TV is dumb
The lines in the valley
Emit an endless hum
You got to walk away

When the cars in the canyon
Use up all the air
Tempers are rising
You’re going nowhere
You got to walk away
You got to walk away

Blind to your decision
Pissing on your fate
Locked up in your little shell
You swear it’s not too late
You got to walk away
Walk away

You got to fight it
Change your life
Change your wife
Change the days you got left
This ain’t no disco
This ain’t no heebie jeebies
Just walk away
Walk away
Walk away now


© 2011 John Pippus
Track Name: One World
Young man alone at the side of the road
Can’t find a reason he should carry on
Young man alone at the side of the road
How come this world is such a sad old place?
You know there’s only one human race

Sister please help me find my way
I need some comfort only you can give
Oh sister please help me find my way
How come this world is such a sad old place?
You know there’s only one human race

Children learn from what they see
Show them love and it’ll come around
Children learn from what they see
How come this world is such a sad old place?
You know there’s only one human race

Oh world
Oh world
Oh world

© 2011 John Pippus
Track Name: I Dreamed About Muddy Waters
I dreamed about Muddy Waters last night
I dreamed about Muddy Waters last night
He was playing his telly
Wearing his three-piece suit
When I woke up this morning
I just had to play me the blues

He was playing a Jimmy Reed song
He was playing a Jimmy Reed song
Laying it down
Playing it real slow
When I woke up this morning
I had me all I need to know

I dreamed about Muddy Waters last night
I dreamed about Muddy Waters last night
He was so cool
He didn’t say much
When I woke up this morning
I believe I could feel Muddy’s touch

I dreamed about Muddy Waters last night
I dreamed about Muddy Waters last night
I dreamed about Muddy Waters last night
I dreamed about Muddy Waters last night


© 2010 John Pippus
Track Name: Coming Home Blues
There’s a change in the weather
A change in the sea
I don’t love you baby
How come you still love me?
I got a new direction
Gonna find another scene
When the dust has settled
You’ll be glad I told the truth
I didn’t waste your time
Holding back the news
I didn’t try to obfuscate
On someone else’s dime
So I’ll just say bye-bye
I’m gone

You want me to save you
But I can’t save myself
I like getting loaded
With whatever’s on the shelf
I need some protection
I need another plan
Darling now you look so good
In that slinky dress
Sitting here so close to me
Your hair a perfect mess
I love it when you talk like that
I hate to see you pout
But I got to say bye-bye
I’m out

Sitting in this basement room
My mind’s in overdrive
I was a little hasty
I miss you at my side
I’m coming home now
Will you take me back?
I wanna wake up in the morning
And see you lying there
I wanna taste your jelly roll
It’s the best I swear
I wanna smell your sweet perfume
And give you what you need
I’ll never say good bye
I’m home
I’m coming home now.
I’m coming home

© 2008 John Pippus
Track Name: Hard Headed Woman
There's something different 'bout that hard headed woman of mine
She used to drink water now she only drinks water or wine...
Track Name: Son's House
I’m walking in the neighborhood where Son once lived
Lots of big old houses with big front porches
Son House lived here for many years
When he worked on the Empire State Express
He’d cross the river at the end of his shift
To his wife and guitar and his TV set
Down at 61 Greig St, Rochester New York
61 Greig St Rochester New York

Hear the wheels going bumpety-bump
Through the countryside, past the city junk
Hear the rhythm that the driver made
Son worked hard but he liked to play
He loved the bottle just a little too much
But he could make his music, never lost his touch
Down at 61 Greig St, Rochester New York
61 Greig St, Rochester New York

He sang “Preachin’ Blues” and “Grinning In Your Face”
“John The Revelator” and “Clarksdale Moan”
“My Black Mama” still sounds real good
He was a bluesman doing what a bluesman should
Son made his music at the end of the day
Playing guitar, not fade away
Down at 61 Greig St, Rochester New York
61 Greig St, Rochester New York

© 2011 John Pippus
Track Name: Preachin' Blues
Yes, I'm gonna get me religion, I'm gonna join the Baptist Church
Yes, I'm gonna get me religion, I'm gonna join the Baptist Church
I’m gonna be a Baptist preacher, so I won't have to work

One sister jumped up, and she began to shout
One sister jumped up, and she began to shout
She said "I'll be so glad when this corn liquor's running out"

One deacon looked around, and he began to grin
One deacon looked up, and he began to grin
He said, "You know one thing, elder. I believe I'll go back to barrelhousin’ again"

Another sister jumped up, she said, "Why don't ya hush?"
Another sister jumped up, she said, "Why don't ya hush?"
"You know he's abandoned, and you outta hush your fuss"

Grabbed up my suitcase and I took off down the road
Grabbed up my suitcase and I took off down the road
I said, "Farewell church, may the good Lord bless your soul"

I was in the pulpit, I was jumpin straight up and down
I was in the pulpit, I was jumpin straight up and down
My sisters over in the corner, they're hollerin Alabama bound

You know I wish I had a heaven of my own
You know I wish I had a heaven of my own
I'd give all my women a good ole happy home

You know I wish I had a heaven of my own
You know I wish I had a heaven of my own
I'd give all my women a good ole happy home

I'm gonna preach these blues and I'm gonna choose my seat and sit down
I'm gonna preach these blues and I'm gonna choose my seat and sit down
But, when the Spirit comes, I want you to jump straight up and down