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by Pamela Means

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Album number seven, self-released, and very proud.

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released April 7, 2009

All tracks recorded live in the studio. No edits. No overdubs. Just like they used to make 'em.

Produced by Pamela Means

Pamela Means: vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Anand Nayak: upright bass, electric bass
Sturgis Cunningham: drums

Recorded by Mark Alan Miller at Slaughterhouse Studio, Westhampton MA.

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"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: New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS
by Pamela Means
tuning: EADGBE, capo II



fat cat fingering the real estate pages
buying up lots ten cents on the dollar
ol' snatch and grab, poor folks on the slab
things so bad it "makes me wanna holler..."

it was a blow job, it was another hit
it was a snow job by the government
see the lawnboy when the golf course is built
down where all the ninth ward houses used to fit

it was the very next day, katrina went away
we heard police cacklin' on the radio
sayin' 1-2-3 go! listen to the levees blow
1-2-3 go! look at all the people flow

german shepherd hangin' on a fence by the throat
alligator swimmin' by an overturned boat
down at the jailhouse on the ground floor
prisoners in wheelchairs barricaded door

new orleans, new orleans, new orleans, new-o
new orleans, new orleans, new orleans, new-o

did you find the road home, well you can't go home
without a firehouse or a place for the groceries
we can't build the store if we don't have the power
we can't get the power cuz they're hoggin' the utilities

fi fie fo fum fema wanna tell you somethin'
thank you for the five hundred dollars
thank you for the trailer but i'll have to see you later
my lungs ain't fit for formaldehyde
thank you for the trailer but i'll have to see you later
my lungs ain't fit for formaldehyde

new orleans, new orleans, new orleans, new-o
new orleans, new orleans, new orleans, new-o

it was a blow job, it was another hit
it was a snow job by the government
see the lawnboy when the back nine is built
down where all the ninth ward houses used to fit
Track Name: Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM
by Pamela Means
tuning: EADGBE


i wanna wake up in amsterdam
oude kerk prins henrikkade
holed up in a houseboat on the southern canal
i wanna wake up in amsterdam

i wanna wake up in amsterdam
where smiles are made and weighed by the gram
find me in the koffieshop at 3am
i wanna wake up in amsterdam

red bike ride 'round vondelpark
evening descends over noordermarkt
let's get lost at old van gogh's
or smoke a spliff on haarlemerstraat

you and me a laughable pair
giddy gliding giggling on air
nobody listens nobody cares
when i hold your hand and kiss you by the stairs

full moon peek over amstelkerk
meet you by the bench in my 'jazz cafe' shirt
you bring the wine i'll bring the green
this is one of my favorite places indeed

chet baker rest in peace
pour a whiskey shot for him in the street
'neath the window where he fast fell asleep
mellifluous misty melodies

pink triangles at kaisergracht
climb anne frank's steps ponder terrible thoughts
feeling grateful for all we've got
sharing silence along prinsengracht

i wanna wake up in amsterdam
oude kerk prins henrikkade
hiding in a houseboat on the southern canal
i wanna wake up in amsterdam
find me in the koffieshop at 3am
i wanna wake up in amsterdam
free to be who i am
i wanna wake up in amsterdam
free to be who i am
i wanna wake up in amsterdam
Track Name: Love and Dust
LOVE AND DUST
by Pamela Means
tuning: CFCFCF


wild things run fast
the devil's on a joyride
forgiveness is my task
make the most of my time
i'm the polar night
that is never done
when the winter might
she lets no sun
i cannot hold a river
i cannot run a stream
take this message to my mother
i saw her in my dream
the moon is a maiden
next to god
here/hear my little poems
of love and dust
Track Name: California
CALIFORNIA
by Pamela Means
tuning: BADGBE full capo I, partial capo III


california has no green
smoke and dirt and salty sea
brown mares bareback
racing the pavement
sierra's eastern range

you were steve mcqueen
dashboard movie screen
blue lenses hold
me for a moment
how does she see me framed

i knew then
i knew then

red dirt road respite
starry host velvet
two girls bare breasts
twilight desert
two girls underway

i knew then
i knew then
Track Name: Cold Ass M.F. (Solo)
COLD ASS MOTHERFUCKER
by Pamela Means
tuning: EADGBE


six thousand days and counting
infatuation steadily mounting
i'd call her friend but friends call each other back
i've called her queen from the dusty ground where i've sat
shallow reasoning keeping her distance
i am rapunzel's wet dream if she'd let down resistance

i love her but i'd never tell
i ain't much of a talker
she's brilliant and beautiful
cold ass motherfucker

sidewalk serenade downtown state street
stirring up something 'tween the cracks in the concrete
coy little princess stole me up to her tower
don't get too dreamy girl it's just for the hour

i love her but i'd never tell
i ain't much of a talker
she's brilliant and beautiful
cold ass motherfucker
Track Name: Fireflies
FIREFLIES
by Pamela Means
tuning: DADGAD


funny how a moment can change a lot
one you're here the next you're not
and you never get no say
one of these days i'm going home
save your praise for the ones who mourn
count your blessings everyday
purple flowers and the moon
pass my way every june
some of us pass away too
fireflies fill the room
to light the night with la luna
maybe life's task is to notice
maybe love's task is like this
maybe the world is what it is
Track Name: On the Way Up
ON THE WAY UP
by Peter Mulvey
standard tuning, capo II

On the way up - I felt clean

Driving along in a waking dream

The rollingest hills I'd ever seen

Felt like the best me I'd ever be

On the way up I just knew

The night before I'd been good and true

And honest and brave and over you

It was the easiest thing to do

But I'm going down

I'm going down to where my demons are

I'm going down

I'm going down

Wave if you see me from afar

On your way up

On your way up, understand

I wish I'd put so much more in your hand

The better pat of this heart's bitter land

I swear there is more here than sand
On your way up, think of me

I'll think of you and we'll think of we

And you will always mean what you mean to me
One day we'll look back and see

but I'm going down

I'm going down to where my angels live

I'm going down
, 
I'm going down

Please, remember; please, forgive
Track Name: Patchwork
PATCHWORK
by Pamela Means
tuning: CGDGAD, capo IV


check-out time a little light knockin'
pulled you inside for a long look and soft talkin'
a little bleary eyed sleep deprived
up late again 'til 4am getting closer than we realized

you drew me daisies on the tablecloth
i was crying about what i'd lost
and what i might be wanting
you said a patchwork life will always surprise you
the next piece decides when it will arrive

it could be right next to you to your left
in the driver's seat in a red handkerchief
you never know

a little green glitter on the steering wheel
from the card you gave me i'm driving and reading
it said to follow your heart will cost you dearly
but you move forward there is more work

and i adore you, i adore you
Track Name: Pollock in Pink
POLLOCK IN PINK
by Pamela Means
tuning: B F# C# F# G# C#


began with words soup kettle heating
decibals rose back hand a'leaping
up from the table across her jaw
the lady he love lay in a curious sprawl

panic sussed him out of a saturday stupor
scooping up his wife religion in the two door
i'm sorry baby he kept repeating
sobering thoughts down the avenue speeding

with a thud and a clink
her head hit the sink
in the space of a blink
a pollock in pink

stitches came out ten days later
crescent scar shape of remainders
no charges filed domestic dispute
their three year old child saw the whole bloody truth

with a thud and a clink
her head hit the sink
in the space of a blink
a pollock in pink
Track Name: Annie's Guitar
(instrumental)
Track Name: Virago Plains
VIRAGO PLAINS
by Pamela Means
tuning: B F# C# F# G# C#


she's a mystery to figure out like why her color changes
is it only when sadness abounds or an iron kettle rages
are hues hung from heavy brow or underfoot of lions play
what simmers silver iris down from blue to thunder gray

outside concupiscence her cigarette smoulders
evaporating innocence wisps curl above my shoulder
nervously leaning against a fortunate facade
fortuitous meeting i stand before a goddess

how i wish to navigate the wilderness of all her ways
and tenderly i gravitate a tumbleweed on virago plains

power slowly abdicates
feeble air thin breath escapes
arduous anticipation
will she match my admiration

how i wish to navigate the circumference around her waist
tenderly i gravitate a tumbleweed on virago plains
Track Name: Cold Ass M.F. (Band)
COLD ASS MOTHERFUCKER
by Pamela Means
tuning: EADGBE


six thousand days and counting
infatuation steadily mounting
i'd call her friend but friends call each other back
i've called her queen from the dusty ground where i've sat
shallow reasoning keeping her distance
i am rapunzel's wet dream if she'd let down resistance

i love her but i'd never tell
i ain't much of a talker
she's brilliant and beautiful
cold ass motherfucker

sidewalk serenade downtown state street
stirring up something 'tween the cracks in the concrete
coy little princess stole me up to her tower
don't get too dreamy girl it's just for the hour

i love her but i'd never tell
i ain't much of a talker
she's brilliant and beautiful
cold ass motherfucker