Blues Traveler - 1990
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1. But Anyway
2. Gina
3. Mulling It Over
4. 100 Years
5. Dropping Some NYC
6. Crystal Flame
7. Slow Change
8. Warmer Days
9. Gotta Get Mean
10. Alone
11. Sweet Talking Hippie


But Anyway
Words & Music by: (Kinchla/Popper)


I lied and told her I loved her
she didn't care but anyway
I told her we'd still be friends
and she didn't care but anyway
I tried last week for to call her
she wasn't home but anyway
I think I'll spend my life alone
I really don't care right now but
anyway

Chorus:

It's a state of affairs
and a state of emotions
the kind of thing you must
understand
I tell you one thing
you'll tell me another
we walk away
maybe then shake hands

I'm quitting cigarette smoking
it's bad for me but anyway
I don't think the T.V. was joking
when it told me this but anyway
the newsman said not to sit on
strange toilet seats
it's my life he's trying to save but
anyway

Chorus:

someday an answer will find us
quite a long shot but anyway
I think the past is behind us
be real confusing if not but anyway
I put all my hope in tomorrow
it's gonna be great I can tell but
anyway
I see a new day a dawning
I like to sleep late, oh well, but
anyway

Chorus:



Gina
Words & Music by: (Popper/Kinchla)


Gina, Gina
don't you cry
Gina, Gina
wonder why, I said wonder why

Gina, Gina
dance all night
Gina, Gina
feel all right

Gina, Gina
can't you see
Gina, Gina
you're just free, I said you're just
free

Well once upon a time
a long time ago
there was a rock & roll queen
we came to know
She kept on dancing, she'd dance
till the dawn
she'd dance till the people and the
liquor were gone
She kept on dancing as the crowd
grew large
when it came to grooving, you
know she was in charge
She still finds ways today to
groove somehow
in fact she could be reading these
liner notes right now

Gina, Gina
don't you cry
Gina, Gina
wonder why, I said wonder why, I
said wonder why



Mulling It Over
Words & Music by: (Kinchla/Popper)


Mulling it over
Thoughts at a grasp
I'm taking it in now
So much so fast
I'm riding a feeling

Into deeper seas
can't seem to fret now
it don't bother me

Cause I'm mulling it over
I'm mulling it over
I said I'm mulling it over
I said I'm mulling it over ...
mulling it, mulling it, mulling it over

twinkle twinkle little star
wish I could afford a guitar
sing a song of sixpence, pocket-
full of rye
wish it was more than crumbs I
could buy

Meet forever after
don't he dress real well
you know he's clutching his chest
now
or couldn't you tell
Desperate to score now
no matter how hard he tries
you know we's strung out on future
see it in his eyes

and I'm mulling it over
you know I'm mulling it over
I said I'm mulling it over
Said I'm mulling it mulling it
mulling it over


100 Years
Words & Music by: (Popper)


The sun is warm as the day is long
Just got the feeling I can do no
wrong

Got a long way to walk can't afford
my next meal,
I tell a few lies, but my hunger is
real
and it...

Chorus

won't mean a thing in 100 years
no it won't mean a thing in 100
years

Mademoiselle tell me do you play
well if she shakes her head well
then that's OK
I watch her walk away in haste
there's just no accounting for
some people's taste
and it...

Chorus

Big angry man in the doorway there
Just keep on walking like I don't
care
Why you giving such an evil eye
could it be you were ignored by
every passerby
and it...

Chorus

Play in the park for tobacco and
food
then I excuse myself but they think
I'm rude
Tourist don't want me to end his
show
but this colorful attraction got
places to go
and it...

Chorus

Sit at the pier watch the sun go
down
Another lost little boy in a big old
town
I want to laugh, I want to cry
but no matter how hard I may try

Chorus Twice



Dropping Some NYC
Words & Music by: (Popper/Kinchla/Sheehan)


come on everybody take a trip with
us
gonna raise some hell gonna raise
a fuss
cost you a dollar if you care to see
so just belly on up and tell me
what'll it be

I've got a little something that I
don't think you've tried
no need to run no need to hide
just take a little taste and tell me
what do you see

cause tonight we're gonna drop a
little NYC

having some fun well all of us are
everyone around you's gonna be a
star
cause it's the best and the worst
and it's life out loud
don't mind if I preach don't wanna
get too proud

It's hard to be humble when it's all
at your feet
and someday soon it's gonna
leave the street
they say the truth shall set you
free
so you're on parole when you're on
NYC

Crystal Flame
Words & Music by: (Kinchla/Popper)

Sitting in clover looking for the fifth
leaf
something soon will come my way
never failing to amaze me
I feel it's wisdom anyway
Rays of sweet illumination
inspiration too untold
I hope some day I can befriend it
I think that comes with growing old

Chorus



Crystal Flame
Words & Music by: (Kinchla/Popper)


Sitting in clover looking for the fifth
leaf
something soon will come my way
never failing to amaze me
I feel it's wisdom anyway
Rays of sweet illumination
inspiration too untold
I hope some day I can befriend it
I think that comes with growing old

Chorus

Crystal Flame
I'll do anything you say
you're my heart and my mind and
my soul
at least you fill them when I play

Light so bright it hypnotizes
but it never hurts to gaze
never to burn or char with fire
Simply the heat from warmer days
And when the moment tends to
savor
when the song is close at hand
that frozen amber fills my vision
letting the brightness take
command...take command

Chorus

Please, please won't you take me
away
It's easy, easy just let me play
Please, please won't you take me
away
It's easy, easy just let me play

Sometimes it's brilliance all
around me
Sometimes it's light I barely see
And though I utilize it's grandeur
It does not belong to me
Cause all I can do is vague
description
as I do my best to share
the smooth perfection I can only
dream of
The flow of all the life that's there,
...life that's there

Chorus

Keep me safe and never lonely
let the rain fall where it may
and let me find the peace within
me
I can find it when I play
They say that solid wet or vapor
the only forms that are portrayed
to them I ask one burning question
of what stuff are ideas made...
are they made?

Chorus Twice

Sitting in clover looking for the fifth
leaf
Something soon will come my way


Slow Change
Words & Music by: (Popper/Sheehan)


just think about what you and I
have been through
and tell me why I should not be
afraid
I don't want to hear about the
promises they told us
I don't wanna hear about the
progress that we made

Chorus

slow change
don't mean nothing to me

well fear not cause my fear soon
turns to anger
as I watch my world get ruined by a
pristine hand
and I'm out here saying excuse me
like a stranger
cause I never did learn how to say
"isn't this grand"

Chorus

black cat
squashed flat...pretty gory

came to play
swept away...no big story

we shall overcome is what they tell
us
but the sun goes down and dawns
just too many times
that's all right don't worry, in god
we trust
besides you went and got yours so
I guess I'll just go get mine

Chorus three times


Warmer Days
Words & Music by: (Popper)


When people think of holidays they
think of cold weather
"Let's spend this frozen wonder-
land together:

Chorus

not me, I'm into warmer days
don't want to hear 'bout your
winter wonderland
I am into...I'm into warmer days

Well frozen fingers, frozen toes,
topped with a frozen stare
numb your heart, and you numb
your mind, pretend that
you don't care

Chorus

Well say what you want about
Santa Claus
go on ahead do your thing
and solace yourself in your
righteous cause

while you're holding out for spring

Chorus

When you were young you walked
to school
uphill both ways in freezing rain
and when I'm frozen in solid ice
how dare I even complain

Not me, but I'm into warmer days
don't want to hear 'bout your
winter wonderland
I am into, I'm into warmer days
.....don't want to hear 'bout your
winter wonderland, I am into
I'm into warmer days


Gotta Get Mean
Words & Music by: (Kinchla/Hill/Popper)


in this vale of toil and sin
you're stuck in a race that you just
can't win
take a look around and it's so
obscene
but that's the way it is so you
gotta get mean

don't waste your time wondering
why
cause the only thing you know is
that someday you'll die
you gotta get tough, you gotta get
lean
but best of all you get to gotta get
mean

you give me an inch and I'll blow
you away
it's part of this dangerous game
that we play
you'd do the same if you'd seen
what I'd seen
c'est la vie, mon cherie, you've
gotta get mean



Alone
Words & Music by: (Popper)


I said I love you
she began to cry
she said she needed a friend
I said I'll try
soon we'd say nothing
somehow I never wonder why

Chorus

you see she left me, she left me
I'm alone, I'm alone

I'd loved her always
she didn't know
I tried patience
let a friendship grow
I tried to keep her
that's what made her go

Chorus

beauty and the beast
was how it seed to be
a love like hers
ain't meant for guys like me
some call me crazy
some politely call me free...but
either way

Chorus

I'm trying to forget you but it just
won't work
I think I'm losing my mind I think
I'm going berserk
I love you with a passion that you
just don't know
and I kinda wish right now that I
was telling you so
I could rant and rave or play some
little game
but when I look into your eyes it all
seems the same
you weren't meant for me and
that's a sad but true fact
now I don't care how I look an I
don't care how I act
you set me free now I'm a man
among men
but when I think of what I missed it
starts all again
now alone in the darkness of each
new day
my heart is on its own
I wanna rip it from my chest and
throw it away
watch this bassman take me home

I guess some day
love will soon be here
and maybe then
I'll see things more clear
I guess I got excited
cause it felt so near

Chorus

but I know I'd give my life
just to hold her now
and who knows
I might see her around
hopes can always go up
tears can only come down

Chorus



Sweet Talking Hippie
Words & Music by: (Popper/Kinchla/Sheehan/Hill)


sweet talking hippie
'cross your killing floor
gonna come a little closer
cause you know I want more

don't run off
don't you be afraid of me
you know you are what you made
you baby
I am what I try to be

you know I need your love
and I could use your money
and if you ain't got a dime
we'll sell tickets honey

you know we need each other baby
like a diamond and a ring
now settle back woman
and watch me do my thing
(impromptu rap)
sweet talking hippie
'cross your killing floor
gonna come a little closer
cause you know I want more


Liner Notes:

All songs 1990 Blues Traveler
Music, administered by Irving
Music, Inc. (BMI)
Lyrics used by permission. All
rights reserved. Unauthorized
reproduction prohibited.

Thanks,
To our parents (they never blinked)
Nightingale Bar
Wetlands Family (Ice Tea Crew)
Adolf, Mondo's
BGM (David Graham, Bill Graham,
Tom Gruber, Al Smith)
Roger Fox
Darren Greene
Sophie Procter
Pat Clifford and Steve Ralbovsky
The Worms
Spin Doctors
Super Sweet Tones
Benten Levy
Surreal McCoys
Vibe Tribe
Gina, Jessie, Franz, Amy
Bill S. Preston and Ted Esquire
Zev and Andrew
Mel, Nick and Co.
Luis, Mick, Cleo, Charlie
Jaeger Meister, SoCo, Jose
Lance Matthews
EUIT FODH DOAB
Felicia, Sebastian
Brother John
Josh Graham
Doreen at RPM
Leslie at Soundtrack
Scott Patterson
David Precheur
All fellow travelers

Produced by Justin Niebank
Recorded and Mixed by Justin
Additional Engineering: Jeff Lippay
and Mike Fosenkemper
Recorded Feb. 19 to March 3, 1990
at RPM, NYC
Mixed March 5 thru 10, 1990 at
Soundtrack, NYC
Mastered by: Greg Calbl at Sterling
Sound
Arrangements by B.T. and Justin

Blues Traveler is:
John Popper - Lead Vocals,
Harmonica, 12 String Acoustic
Guitar
Chan Kinchia - Guitar
Bobby Sheehan - Bass
Brendan Hill - Drums, Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Kevin Traynor - backing vocals on NYC
Chris Barron - backing vocals on NYC Justin Niebank - hand claps on NYC
Jean Osborne - backing vocals on
Warmer Days and 100 Years
Howie Wyeth - piano on Warmer Days
Master Arnie Lawrence D.M.F.-
soprano saxophone on 100 Years

Resident Animal (crew): Rob
Lester
Live Sound: Rich Vink, David
Swanson
Personal + Road Manager David Precheur
Art + Merchandising: Tim Vega

Bill Graham Management: David
Graham, Tom Gruber

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