Bone Spurs

by Pamela Means

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Second album but first full length CD release. First album release after moving from Milwaukee WI to Boston MA.

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released March 9, 1995

Produced by Kim Fowley, Mike Konopka, Pamela Means
Cover photo: Deone Jahnke
Graphic Design: Jodi Haberli

Recorded by Tim Powell, Metro Mobile Studios, Chicago IL
Live tracks recorded at venues in MA and CT

Pamela Means: vocal, acoustic guitar
Michael Kashou: acoustic bass, fretless bass, arabic tabla, tambourine
Michael Konopka: electric guitar wah pedal, fiddle
Michael Walls: percussion
Piotr Bal: trumpet
Valerie Anne: vocal, track 10
Ani DiFranco: vocal, track 8

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Pamela Means Boston, Massachusetts

"When PAMELA MEANS picks up her guitar and begins to sing, a listener doesn't forget her. She possesses musical attitude and purpose." 
- Steven Winters, WSHU Radio

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Track Name: Scary Dog Man
SCARY DOG MAN
by Pamela Means
standard tuning

i've got a bad reputation preceding me
my only consolation is my salary
i'm gonna take from you if you give me your hand
i'm gonna take you i'm that kind of man

watch out for the scary dog man
watch out for the scary dog man
watch out

she is so far from her home
and everything she has ever owned
including herself
and she cuts all her hair off in the bathroom sink
stumbles to the kitchen and begins to think
about direction

well to be honest honey i don't even try
wanna talk about trust girl i'm right behind the next guy
and he said "i don't believe that your god has been good to me
and i'll stick it to the devil if he comes hounding me
this is mine it's all for me
you get what you can that's philosophy
you get what you can that's my philosophy"

well i said "that's pretty scary dog man"
i said "that's pretty scary dog man
that's pretty scary..."
Track Name: That's Alright
THAT'S ALRIGHT
by Pamela Means
standard tuning


so i'm sitting in the corner
wondering what i'm fighting over
well it can't be over you
i just fight myself
i want you to rescue me
well if you don't
that's alright

sometimes in the evening
you often cross my mind
i wonder if i know you
i wonder if i ever really did
now i never see you
but i hear that you're doing well
off on your own direction
well, that's alright

sometimes in the morning
you're still on my mind
but that never really does me any good
now i never see you
but i hear that you're doing well
off on your own direction
well, it's probably a good
probably a good thing
Track Name: Black Boots
BLACK BOOTS
by Pamela Means
tuning: DADGBE


black boots
right angles
well that's all she remembers
standing in her sundress
naked underneath
tangled up in his fist
in twisted fantasies
black boots right angles
that's all i remember
and a little red dress
up above the tavern
hold me up over his head
don't you tell what he did
don't you tell
they said call him uncle
now he's dead
underneath the table
with a bullet in his heart
on a sunday morning
Track Name: Potholes
POTHOLES
by Pamela Means
standard tuning, capo I


two minutes til tomorrow
and i'll be on a plane
drop me in new england
i'll land on my
name fill the ocean
with my mouth and
bring you salty kisses
the sky opens up and
i'm in massachusetts they
say the things that you hate
in someone else are merely
characteristics of yourself you
always need reassuring i get tired i get tired
but i need the same i am the same way don't
do that to me i know this shoulder and where
the potholes lie i cast my shadow on the gravel
a thousand times i wanna move and i'm afraid
of my father dying don't do that to me
Track Name: Little One
LITTLE ONE
by Pamela Means
standard tuning


little little one
lookin for your mama
where did she go
flower of a child
flower of the sun
little little one
i see your footsteps
hear you calling
i see your shadow
fear you falling
i see your name across the sky
i see your name across the sky
Track Name: Carousel
CAROUSEL
by Pamela Means
tuning: DGDGAD, i think


once i saw a crystal carousel
dancing on a wave
i must admit it was awhile ago
i don't remember everything
everything seems so different
when you finally reach that age
it's not all you imagine
once you finally turn the page
i wish i could talk to you now
and know you as you are
i got so many questions in my head
so many words that i thought you said
so many stories i'd like to know, i'd like to know
i remember when your spirit left the room
i just stared at the ceiling and wondered if you were there
anywhere above me and looking down at my pitiful state
as i held your lifeless hand and i wonder where you are
and i wonder what it's like you must remember me...
Track Name: Lately
LATELY
by Pamela Means
standard tuning


lately they been saying
tomorrow ain't gonna come
lately i've been praying
la da da da dum
i was reading on the bathroom wall
"tomorrow has been cancelled due to a lack of interest"
everybody listen
kindly bend your ear
you find out what's been missing
when you lay down all your fear
when you lay down all your fear
lately they been saying
the world is about to end you
better grab all your possessions
better make up with your friends
when the fire comes down like rain and it will
the devil's gonna dance on your grave with a smile
lately they been saying
look like it's gonna rain
lately i been praying
that i can stand the rain
lately...
Track Name: Speak (live w/ Ani DiFranco)
SPEAK
by Pamela Means
tuning: DADGBE


if you got something to talk about
why don't you raise your voice
if you got something you want somebody to hear
let your voice ring out let your words be heard
get your message loud and clear
if you got something to talk about
why don't you raise your voice
Track Name: Up to Here (live)
UP TO HERE
by Pamela Means
standard tuning, capo II


one more word from you
and i am gone
i've had it up to here
you are too persistent
is that how you got attention from your parents
nag and nag and nag...
till you get what you want
i am not your parents and i've had it up to here
i will ask again what part of "no"
don't you understand
Track Name: If I Were (live w/ Valerie Anne)
IF I WERE
by Pamela Means
standard tuning


if i were a painter
a painter of design
i'd roll you in my flower base
and drink you up like wine
if i were a telescope
looking over land
high and low my gaze would go
until i found your hand
if i were
if i were

if i were a baker
i'd bake a loaf of bread
but all i need sustaining me
is the Word inside my head
if i had the power
to bring you joy inside
i'd take away the bitterness
and fill you up with pride
if i were
if i were

if i were a seamstress
sewing golden thread
i'd wear you like a cloak
and place a crown upon your head
if i were a painter
a painter of design
i'd roll you in my flower base
and drink you up like wine
if i were
if i were
Track Name: Scary Dog Man (live)
SCARY DOG MAN
by Pamela Means
standard tuning

i've got a bad reputation preceding me
my only consolation is my salary
i'm gonna take from you if you give me your hand
i'm gonna take you i'm that kind of man

watch out for the scary dog man
watch out for the scary dog man
watch out

she is so far from her home
and everything she has ever owned
including herself
and she cuts all her hair off in the bathroom sink
stumbles to the kitchen and begins to think
about direction

well to be honest honey i don't even try
wanna talk about trust girl i'm right behind the next guy
and he said "i don't believe that your god has been good to me
and i'll stick it to the devil if he comes hounding me
this is mine it's all for me
you get what you can that's philosophy
you get what you can that's my philosophy"

well i said "that's pretty scary dog man"
i said "that's pretty scary dog man
that's pretty scary..."