Precedent

by Pamela Means

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New Orleans 03:38
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
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Amsterdam 03:14
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
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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
4.
California 02:57
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
5.
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
6.
Fireflies 02:28
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
7.
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
8.
Patchwork 04:23
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
9.
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
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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
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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

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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." - WSHU Connecticut Public Radio

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