American Heartache

by Jamie McLean Band

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Recorded at Allaire Studios, the album features Jamie McLean and many special guests including members of The Black Crowes, North Mississippi Allstars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Shannon McNally.

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released July 1, 2008

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Track Name: Can You Hear Me Now
Backstage, it’s a once in a lifetime invitation
Late night and I’m gonna live up to my reputation
Stage fright, we’ll just turn down the lights, down the lights
Its rock and roll, and it feels alright

Come along and hear what everyone should hear
Can you hear me now anyone?
Cause I don’t want to hear what everybody hears
Can you hear me now anyone?

Backdoor, come on in step inside, step inside
Showtime and we’ll open up our ears and let it ride
Sing along, cause we’re all just a part of this congrigation
Original, and it feels alright

Come along and hear what everyone should hear
Can you hear me now anyone?
Cause I don’t want to hear what everybody hears
Can you hear me now anyone?

Spotlight, you know it can become a sticky situation
Lately there is nothing to love but basic imitation
Freeze dried, individually parckaged for condemnation
Original and it feels all right
Track Name: Cherry Tree
Left my home without religion
Just sipping on this dandelion wine
These daysies ain’t coming up roses
But angels they come on time

I left my home without decisions
Made about my future or my past
Its all gravy and I’m a biscuit
Lets make these good time last

Meet me by the cherry tree
You know we will chop it down
Between here and Arbordale
Ain’t no one gonna hear a sound
Tell em what you heard
I’ll tell em just what I saw

I left my home with superstition
Mr. Wonder playin hard and fast
I’m headed down to Mississippi girl
Lets make these good times last

Meet me by the cherry tree
You know we could chop it down
Between here and Arbordale
Ain’t no one gonna hear a sound
Tell em what you heard
I’ll tell em just what I saw
Track Name: American Heartache
Maybe I held too tight
Maybe I stayed too long
But I made my own decision

Maybe your feelings changed
Maybe you fought that feeling
I know I was there with you

So draw a line in the sand
With the barrel of a gun
And baby don’t you cross it
It started out like a light
You cut it out with a knife

This is an American heartache
This is an American heartache
The love we build, the love we tear down and break

I thought I was over this
I thought I had seen it all
But the end is just the beginning
I thought I would go my way
I thought I would break these chains
Now I stand here tongue tied and bleeding

So draw a line in the sand
With the barrel of a gun
And baby don’t you cross it
It started out like a light
You cut it out with a knife

This is an American heartache
This is an American heartache
The love we build, the love we tear down and break
This is an American heartache
Track Name: Up Down
I’ve seen you around here before
I followed you down to the shore
I like your friends but they’re all around
They see just exactly whats going down

All I said…..

I saw you around here the other day
You turned and smiled and walked away
Your fancy friends from way up town
Keep a guy like me from the come around

I’d like to see you some more
So come on baby, lets go

I been up, down, on bended knees
I been up, down, on bended knees
I been up, down, on bended knees
Come on back to me

I saw the way you eyes met mine
Enough to fill the great divide
I know you’d like to come around
I know you’d like to mess around

I’d like to see you some more
So come on baby, lets go

I been up, down, on bended knees
And the way this feels is killin me
I been up, down, on bended knees
Come on back to me
Track Name: Don't Do Me That Way
I walked home in the rain
I just need time to clear my head
Something was going on
Something was going wrong
And now I know, this ends today

I’ve been missing you for days
This loneliness comes on in waves
I was thinking maybe you could stay with me

But don’t do me that way
You two timing, back stabbing, no good double crossing
Don’t do me that way
You’re cheating and lying, you hurt me for the last time
Don’t do me that way
And don’t change your plans for me

These city streets are quiet in the morning light
There is nowhere to find a friendly face
I passed by our favorite place, and quietly I said your name

I’ve been missing you for days
This loneliness comes on in waves
I was thinking maybe you could stay with me

But don’t do me that way
You’re two timing, back stabbing, no good double crossing
Don’t do me that way
You’re cheating and lying, you hurt me for the last time
Don’t do me that way
And don’t change your plans for me
Track Name: Working Man
I am a working man
Just look at these hands
They’re tired and torn from a long day
I got myself this job
I’m trying to get my family on top
And one of these days I’ll get paid

I’ve been looking for my home
All I see is this long and dusty road
I’ve been looking for my baby child
All I see is right here on this stage

I’ve been so tired, I miss you baby
But I’m spreading love along the way
I’ve been so tired, I love you baby
But I’m spreading love along the way

I am a working man
I’ve got myself a master plan
And one of these days and it won’t be long
I got myself this job
I’m trying to get my family on top
And one of these days I’ll get paid

I’ve been looking for my home
All I see is this long and dusty road
I’ve been looking for my baby child
All I see is right here on this stage

I’ve been so tired, I miss you baby
But I’m spreading love along the way
I’ve been so tired, I love you baby
But I’m spreading love along the way
Track Name: Bottle Of Love
This plastic ring will be real someday
And all my heart and soul is here to stay
And all your pain I will wash away
And all these promises I will keep ‘em baby

Give me love and I’ll give you more
Enough to fill your heart and spill out on the floor
You give me strength to reach for more
And all these promises I will keep em all

I’ll give you all this baby and a bottle of love
All this baby and a bottle of love

And all your life has come to this
Under a moonlit hour, a fateful kiss
And from here on out its nothing but eternal bliss
And all these promises I can live with this

I’ll give you all this baby and a bottle of love
All this baby and a bottle of love

I was fearing that maybe you wanted more
I was fearing that you’d be gone for sure
But I’ll be bringing all my heart and soul
And oh forgiveness, oh forgiveness

I’ll give you all this baby and a bottle of love
All this baby and a bottle of love
Track Name: Simple Minded
Friday night the moon is shining, city lights behind us start to fade
Got the keys, the car in drive, close your eyes you can sleep along the way
And I began to worry about the things I left behind today

Set our sights on Colorado, rocky mountain air all the way
What they got but mountain tops, boy you’re confused you’ve gone astray
I got myself a new guitar, you know I took the stage

And the song that the band and me used to sing

Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you

Now we stretched out on our own singing songs of lovers last refrain
Racing suns and chasing moons up and down the California highway
I began to wonder what the boys back home would want to play

Then I heard the words that my father used to say

Never mind the simple minded, what you want I hope you find it
I was once a boy just like you
What you want I wish you luck
Stretch it out I’ll fill your cup, pave your streets of gold its true

Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you

Spending time in the liquor store, pulling down that low end wage
Like empty shoes on the dance floor, you’re thinking that you’ve got it made
And Bob Dylan’s on the radio singing how its like a rolling stone
And Bob Dylan’s on the radio singing how its like a rolling stone

Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you
Find your heart and it will guide you
Track Name: Garden of Thieves
It was just a snake bite
Baby that’ll heal
Get lost in the garden baby
And that’s another deal

Best believe, I know where you’re coming from
Got lost in the garden, had a little bit too much fun

It was just a taste
Of that apple in Eden
Just a look never hurt nobody
Til later on that evening

Best believe, I know where you’re coming from
Got lost in the garden, had a little bit too much fun
Got lost in the garden, had a little bit too much fun

You know that I, I shall be received
You know that I, I shall be received
Up in the garden of thieves

So we best behave
At least while there watching
Pretend to be an angel baby
And theres no stopping

Best believe, I know where you’re coming from
Got lost in the garden, had a little bit too much fun

You know that I, I shall be received
You know that I, I shall be received
Up in the garden of thieves
Track Name: Heads Are Gonna Roll
Way down down on the bayou
Lay a secret never told
Buried deep in the water
Are fortunes, silver gold
Belonging all to my children
To no one else I know
But buried next to my brother
Was nothing but an empty hole

Meet me on the barren ground
And there I’m gonna take your soul
Lived here for centuries
This is my land this is my home
You’re messin with my family
And now these heads they gonna roll
Lord, these heads are gonna roll


Burning candles on your doorstep
Putting voodoo in your home
Pushing pins in your body
Putting hoddoo in your soul
Don’t wanna hear about forgiveness
These heads are gonna roll
Don’t wanna hear about salvation
These heads are gonna roll

Meet me on the barren ground
And there I’m gonna take your soul
Lived here for centuries
This is my land this is my home
You’re messin with my family
And now these heads they gonna roll
Lord, these heads are gonna roll
Track Name: Shades of Honeydew
Every time I write a song, I can feel time passing on
Simple minded people say, there will be another day
Visibly it looks I could, ritually I wish I would
A tattered dress with lipstick stains an open heart still remains

And does this make sense?

Somebody tell her remember
She always sees the darkest blue
And shades of honeydew

I’m only catching up with you, like a bicycle for two
Driving west into the sun, makes the day continue on
And the light it turns to dark, that’s when you know that you should part
The hardest hard is how to end, a love song which includes no friend

And does this make sense?

Somebody tell her remember
She always sees the darkest blue
And shades of honeydew

And does this make sense?

Somebody tell her remember
She always sees the darkest blue
And shades of honeydew
Track Name: Cold Wind
Here comes that cold wind
So why don’t you tell them
To please light a fire
Make it as warm as the sun

So the cold doesn’t win
So the cold doesn’t win
So the cold doesn’t win
So the cold doesn’t win

Grab your coat and hat
Never gonna look back

Cause they never loved you
Cause they never loved you
Cause they never loved you

So the cold doesn’t win
Cold doesn’t win
So the cold doesn’t win
So the cold doesn’t win
So the cold doesn’t win