May 3 2007 - Five Straight Nights in Five Straight States

5 Straight Nights in Five Straight States

I did five straight nights in five straight states
with Don Conoscenti as my guitar date
we laughed too much
and we stayed up late
we did five straight
nights in five straight states

We played Omaha
and it was sixty degrees
it was January brother
we're in shirts with no sleeves
weatherman says he just couldn't believe
that summer came along with a Nebraska breeze

Played a place called Mick's
strumming guitar picks
Don filled up the room with his guitar licks
and we hit the floor wailing
crowd was burning for tricks
they were all lit up like a box of candle wicks

then Kansas City just outta town
At Mountain Music Shoppe shop they make good sounds
they sell banjos there and ammunition rounds
mandolins, flutes and drums to pound

They got a room in back that we filled up, Jack
and we played for two hours with a wall at our backs
and the crowd kept coming but we both held 'em back
with strange improvisation and some social tact

St Louey got itself a Big arch
got some beer making fact'ries
for those who are parched
We stomped through Off Broadway
like a band on a march
it was a damn full house and they clapped as they warched

Beatle Bob, Beatle Bob you just gotta dance
anywhere anytime you get the chance
you wiggle your feet you shake in your pants
your just like Jerry Lewis
who's a hero in france

Now, I didn't mind
you won't see me complain
I know people like you
we breed 'em in Maine
free spirits is all
ya can't keep 'em in chains
but when u dance like that
you might outta refrain

Indy town on my birthday night
we nearly missed the show and died of fright
damn time zone change made the trip kinda tight
(and we'd been gamblin' in Missouri
with the slots and the lights)

but we made it in time with minutes to spare
and I broke three strings on my guitar there
the crowd kept clapping like
they didn't even care
(Might do it again if I got strings to spare...)

Birthday cake and Birthday sings
I'd like to thank all who came
yer like diamond rings
if i had fingers enough i'd fill them things
with all of the people I met on this midwest swing

Louisville angels, down at Rudyard Kipling's
When we started playing, the crowd started sippling
and they blossomed like April
their clappling was crippling
Made us so happy we were doin' back flippling

We stayed up too late, we stayed round too long
our social life nearly broke all the songs
but each show felt like we couldn't do wrong
and I thank you all for clappin' so strong

I did five straight nights in five straight states
with Don Conoscenti as my guitar date
we laughed too much
and we stayed up late
we did five straight
nights in five straight states



Hey y'all--
Thanks for everyone who have come out to the shows in the past couple of weeks. It was a pleasure to play for y'all... more blogs coming in a week or sooo...

Ellis
rhyme practitioner, executioner of the english language, mispeller
of innocent words.

Don and Ellis at Mick's... Photo by Mike-- Mick's owner...

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