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Town Without Soul

by Fred Wickham Caravan

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    Debut LP on Black Site, Kansas City, MO
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1.
Good to see you, it's been a long time I do believe girl, it must be a crime To steal a diamond like you from this mine Oh, it’s a town without soul These city streets, they’re always clean Neat little houses safe and serene You look closer they’re not what they seem Oh, it’s a town without soul And what’s a girl like you, doing in a place like this? I’m only passing through, for a glimpse of you And a goodbye kiss Somebody’s smile is part of a plan Sometimes love is the shake of a hand Stay here long and you’ll understand Oh, it’s a town without soul People pray but they never take a chance Music plays but nobody dances I lived here once, I couldn’t stay Oh, in a town without soul
2.
Money in my pocket I got cash to burn Good fortune knockin’ Everywhere I turn The sun is always shining When you got that golden touch My baby loves me She’s so good to me House on the corner And a big oak tree Got a bulldog in the backyard He don’t bark too much I got all I need but that one thing Only you can do I said just one time One time for old time’s sake Once we got started I just could not find the brake Well sometimes just one time Might be one time too much I got all I need but that one thing I got all I need but that one thing Only you can do Why you wanna come ‘round here Why you wanna come ‘round here With that one thing Only you can do Empty pockets And a house for sale She took the bulldog Such a sad, sad tale Don’t go chasin’ something You might never get enough I got all I need but that one thing I got all I need I got all I need But that one thing Only you can do
3.
Progress 03:57
When I woke up this morning You weren’t on my mind That hasn’t happened In such a long time A few minutes later Your memory came Like a little lost lamb Getting hit by a train That’s progress That’s improvement I’m better right now by some small degree That’s progress Despite what you see I’m making progress Don’t worry about me I drove to the old place Just outside of town Sat there in the driveway The windows rolled down I heard somebody’s children Where ours used to play I didn’t break down So I guess I’m okay That’s progress That’s improvement I’m better right now by some small degree That’s progress Despite what you see I’m making progress Don’t worry about me Days turn to weeks Weeks turn to years The passing of time Brings fading of tears But misery ages Like yesterday’s wine In a decade or two I’m sure I’ll be fine That’s progress That’s improvement I’m better right now by some small degree That’s progress Despite what you see I’m making progress Don’t worry about me
4.
Just because you can Doesn’t mean you should Just because you did Don’t mean you did it good Just because you won’t Don’t mean you never will Just because you had a heart Don’t mean you got one still You saw the house on fire Brought gasoline and wood Just because you can Doesn’t mean you should Just because you pray Don’t mean that you believe Just because you paid Don’t mean you’ll be received Bible in your hand And the devil up your sleeve Preying on the hungry And the easily deceived Standing in the shadow Underneath your hood Just because you can Doesn’t mean you should Hold on, hold on Don’t let go Hold on, hold on You took what you wanted What you wanted took your soul Just because you’re strong Don’t mean that you won’t break We knew all along There’s only so much you could take Wide awake at midnight A feeling you can’t shake You realize this whole thing Is just one big mistake Sheila tried to tell you It didn’t do no good Just because you can Doesn’t mean you should Hold on, hold on Don’t let go Hold on, hold on You took what you wanted What you wanted took your soul
5.
Our love shattered When we hit the ground Pieces scattered Love came unwound You keep searchin’ For what can’t be found And breaking your heart Is breaking me down You fall apart I’m falling down I hear you crying I can’t stop the sound Breaking your heart Is breaking me down And nothing’s so sad As when love lingers on And nothing’s so cold As knowing its gone You keep holding You keep holding on And breaking your heart Is breaking me down You fall apart I’m falling down I hear you crying I can’t stop the sound Breaking your heart Is breaking me down
6.
Fatbird 04:12
Listen everybody, people gather around Fatbird from the city coming to our little town We'll have a celebration, gonna have a big parade Children on the sidewalk selling ten-cent lemonade Let me tell you people It's a beautiful thing Put your hands together Let the church bell ring Everybody love to hear the Fatbird sing See him on the TV, he's on the radio Fatbird singing in your ear everywhere you go Bringing back the old songs, don't they sound so good Momma, Pappa are dancing all around the neighborhood Let me tell you people We ought to make him King Pack up all your babies Whoever you may bring Everybody loves to hear the Fatbird sing Early in the morning before the roosters crow Fatbird eating muffins in his underwear and robe Flippin' off the TV, cussin' that remote If Fatbird don't do something he just might explode Up in New York City they don't understand Why everybody wants to shake the Fatbird's tiny hand Let me tell you people They don't know a doggone thing Well they tune in down in Texas From Beaumont to Beijing Everybody love to hear the Fatbird sing Tweet Tweet
7.
A year and a day now it seems like forever ago If she had stayed where would I be no I don't really know It's getting harder to detail the rise and the fall Sometimes I wonder if we ever happened at all I have no pictures, no image of me holding you Except for a memory that finds me when each day is through I have no letters not one word to help me recall Sometimes I wonder if we ever happened at all A love so alive between two it just dies on its own Hidden from view a disguise to all others unknown It's just a matter of time, confined to four walls And sometimes I wonder if we ever happened at all I feel your hair on my pillow when I close my eyes I feel your body beside me until the sunrise And I hear your voice in the darkness at night when I call Asking me softly if we ever happened at all A love so alive between two it just dies on its own Hidden from view a disguise to all others unknown Its just a matter of time, confined to four walls And sometimes I wonder if we ever happened at all
8.
I’m so glad you’re here You’re such a good friend of mine And when I’m in trouble You always are the first in line So help me now I don’t know what to do I think I just fell in love with you Give me a minute I think I need to clear my head Did you just hear what I just heard I can’t believe what I just said I don’t understand But honey it must be true I think I just fell in love with you So I’m in love But honey I don’t know how If this was meant to be you’d think that We would surely be there now Love is blind It takes a little time it’s true I think I just fell in love with you No I’m not, I only had one or two I think I just fell in love with you I think I just fell in love with you I think I just fell in love with you
9.
She sees him sleeping Doesn’t feel a thing Laying there beside him Twisting on her ring She gets up quietly And walks the floor again Wonders how it got so cold And how it might have been She says Where’d she go that bright eyed girl I use to know, once she Had the world at her feet, tell me Was Saturday night just a dream, And what happened to me Sometimes they help a little bit, Sometimes they make it worse She fumbles through the kitchen drawer And the bottom of her purse Realizing its too late She puts the coffee on Staring at an empty cup Waiting for the dawn She says Where’d she go that bright eyed girl I use to know, once she Had the world at her feet, tell me Was Saturday night just a dream, And what happened to me And every now and then she’ll slip away To another day And everything’s okay She hears him leaving Doesn’t say a word Another morning disappears Another voice unheard When she says Where’d she go that bright eyed girl I use to know, once she Had the world at her feet, tell me Was Saturday night just a dream, And what happened to me
10.
The singer keeps singin’ The same tired song Just tune him out for a while Whatever we’re doing We’re doing it wrong Or maybe that’s just our style I’ve packed up my bags I’m ready to go Let’s have one for the road Give my regards To all of the boys Tell ‘em I said hello There’s winners and losers They’re all keepin’ score No one plays for free The winners they always Go lookin’ for more The losers come lookin’ for me I’ve packed up my bags I’m ready to go Let’s have one for the road Give my regards To all of the boys Tell ‘em I said hello You can try and remember Try and forget Try and believe its not true Throw it away But some rainy day It comes back lookin’ for you I’ve packed up my bags I’m ready to go Let’s have one for the road Give my regards To all of the boys Tell ‘em I said hello Tell ‘em I said hello

credits

released October 29, 2021

Matt Brahl - drums and percussion
Richard Burgess - electric and upright bass, vocals
Bart Colliver - piano, organ, Wurlitzer, accordion and vocals
Marco Pascolini - electric and pedal steel guitars
Fred Wickham, Jr. - mandolin
Fred Wickham - guitar and vocals

Produced by Fred Wickham Caravan and Jimmy Nutt
Recorded and mixed by Jimmy Nutt at Nutthouse Studio, Sheffield, Alabama
Mastered by Chad Meise, Massive Sound Studios, Shawnee, Kansas
Mastered for vinyl by Chris Muth, Taloowa Corp., Ossining, NY
Photography by Carlo Pascolini
Album Design by Marco Pascolini

All Songs Fred Wickham, P-Bone Music, BMI (2021)

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Fred Wickham Kansas City, Missouri

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Fred Wickham is best known for his work with Hadacol, the Kansas City based quartet that released two critically acclaimed records and gained a national reputation for ferocious live shows across the country. The Caravan, formed to support the solo album, Mariosa Delta, blends country, soul and rock & roll into a sound that can only be called pure Americana. ... more

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