Sugar Still Live at City Lights 12​/​15​/​17

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She came down from Montreal through the Adirondacks, Adirondacks Stopped beside a stream, dreamed a lucid dream In the sun she felt it come like it was washing over, washing over Felt it arch her neck til the clouds brought her back into the present She drove a hundred miles through the valleys, through the valleys Felt the earth slipping through her fingers Felt the earth slipping through her fingers, through her fingers Where the trees hang over the road, she drove, Blushing Rose Whispered secrets she knows, let go, Blushing Rose She pulled off for the night by a mountain lake, a mountain lake With banks so steep and high, she felt that she could fly And when she closed her eyes, that dream came back again Every scene the same, repeated frame by frame Where the trees hang over the road, she drove, Blushing Rose Whispered secrets she knows, let go, Blushing Rose Every secret I’ve been told hung like leeches on my bones Poison sirens left behind like feathers in a cage Where the trees hang over the road, she drove, Blushing Rose Whispered secrets she knows, let go, Blushing Rose Let go, Blushing Rose Let go, Blushing Rose
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(something about oranges? hahaha... charlie muffs again) Rosalee, honey why you running to me? Rosalee, baby why you running to me? I'm sure you've left another lying in the street, Rosalee I'll bet she's bowed and broken just like you left me, Rosalee Rosalee, honey who you going to see? Rosalee, who you going to see? If you're leaving now show some decency, Rosalee You can close the shades so I can cry in peace, Rosalee Rosalee, if you stay with me I'll love you forever this I guarantee Rosalee, just you wait and see, Rosalee Rosalee, honey whatcha doing to me? Rosalee, baby whatcha doing to me? I'm an easy mark, a low-slung piece of meat, Rosalee And if you ever need me, baby call me please, Rosalee
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Will you be my moonshine Will you light my way I can't get enough of such heady stuff That turns night into day I just need a drop You know that I can't stop Once i get a taste i can't stay away Just one sip sends me on a trip So high I won't come down for days What makes your light shine It shines so bright It's like a star inside your heart Keeps burning higher every night I feel childlike Adventurous and wild When you're near I lose all fear And my tears pour out joyful as rain My hand's in the darkness You're lightyears away You won't show but for your glow In your light i'll lay Exes on your hips A buzz on your lips I still can't get my fill The night sky will never be the same
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I dont need a diamond ring I just need a girl that sings Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah I dont need those starched white sleeves Just give me the grass and leaves Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah Cuz i'm a sunshine woman Cuz i'm a sunshine woman Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah I don't need you fancy clothes I just need the sun that glows Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah Cuz i'm a sunshine woman Cuz i'm a sunshine woman Let's go outside where the sun is bright and red Where mosquitoes rise and the swallows dine overhead I dont need to hit that big payday I just need to feel that ocean spray Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah Cuz i'm a sunshine woman Cuz i'm a sunshine woman Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah Bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah
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1.10. Bug 04:37
Sweet, sweet ethanol cleans the veins Loosens the reins, lets the horses run Keep, keep the glasses full The freedom flowing So we'll keep going Til the bottle's done There's a bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) A bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) There's a bug in the bottle that tells me when To shut my mouth and swallow Rye, rye, redemption slapped my face Put me back in place when I went dry Tried, tried, to keep my mind clear Now I have no fear, no kids, no wife There's a bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) A bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) There's a bug in the bottle that tells me when To shut my mouth and swallow So much easier to be free Of care and and responsibility So the bottle's mine Til god decides to cut me off Sleep, sleep comes to hard to me Cold sweats keep me awake til five Read, read the manuscript I wrote you When I broke you and embalmed my pride There's a bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) A bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) There's a bug in the bottle that tells me when To shut my mouth and swallow There's a bug in a bottle...
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Water on paper, oil on a broadcloth shirt Hair on the collar, bandaged tattoo Love, love bleeds through New silver locks in a twisted copper key Day-old open bottle, coffee cup rings Love, love bleeds through Little reminders everywhere I go Attachment's a weed that grows and grows and grows Bleach spot on a pantleg, shopping list on my arm Night light under the door and in my nightmares too Love, love bleeds through Love, love bleeds through
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1.13. Anvils 04:00
I’m in a town I hardly know even by daylight I’m stranded here by snow, won’t you stay with me tonight Whoa, whoa Tell me a tale that I’ll remember for a while Tell me a tale that I’ll remember… Tell me a story about your family and school Pitch your ambition before I leave you This bar is called the Ocean View but I just can’t see why Out in mid-Nebraska, snowy anvils in the sky Whoa, whoa Tell me a tale that I’ll remember for a while Tell me a tale that I’ll remember for a while Tell me a tale that I’ll remember for a while Tell me a tale that I’ll remember… Tell me a story, won’t you bend my ear Take me away to anywhere that’s miles from here Tell me a tale that I’ll remember for a while Tell me a tale that I’ll remember for a while Tell me a tale that I’ll remember for a while Tell me a tale that I’ll remember…
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Charlotte stole all the foil from the kitchen When she stayed for the weekend She said she was making pastry in the entry Cooling them by the door I never met her Somebody warned me Charlotte could leave any day Somebody warned me Charlotte could leave any day Walking through the branches, pushing trilliums away Sunlight wraps around her shoulder in the foyer Picking sage for the bread in the garden Mixing bowl in her hand I never met her Somebody warned me Charlotte could leave any day Somebody warned me Charlotte could leave any day A dining table, an empty chair A missing sister, a vacant stare Somebody warned me Charlotte could leave any day Somebody warned me Charlotte could leave any day Somebody warned me Charlotte could leave any day Somebody warned me Charlotte could leave any day
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I like my meat aged And my fish fresh Sun tan oil slathered on my chest I admit I'm more Than just a little obsessed With how you look in your little black dress I like my wine white and my liquor brown And I need to be seen all over this town With you baby, hanging on my arm My governess I'm upside down I'm hanging on I need you round in a circle Round in a circle round You turn me on You shut me down And I need you Round in a circle Round in a circle round White sand beaches long and lean From Punta Gorda to Tarpon Springs Where the sun burns into your skin Like a cattle iron And the whiskey pours down fast and cold By the big sugar and the lemon groves I'm old fashioned and I'm a little slow But I'm expensive I'm upside down I'm hanging on I need you round in a circle Round in a circle round You turn me on You shut me down And I need you Round in a circle Round in a circle round Sun tanned leather savoir faire And an aging banker's bleached white hair I'm upside down I'm hanging on I need you round in a circle Round in a circle round You turn me on You shut me down And I need you Round in a circle Round in a circle round
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What's Jimmy Doogan doing? (2x) What's Jimmy Doogan doing now? Jimmy Doogan's on the street But we all know he's a cheat He's working all the angles Dresses like the man is made He's got the ace of spades Etched in ink down on his ankle But he can't get a game Because he made his name, we call him "Weasel" Jimmy Doogan you better keep on moving Because we won't even give you the time of day chorus Jimmy Doogan's got it bad She's the best he's never had We call her Cinderella Kinda hides behind her mom Jimmy thinks the girl's the bomb And he'd die to be her fella But you can bet she knows Where Jim's love grows She smells a rat, yeah she can smell it Jimmy Doogan you better keep on moving Because she won't even give you the time of day Jimmy Doogan whatcha trying to prove? Don't you think we see you creepin' 'round? Jimmy Doogan whatcha tryin' to do? We know you're up to something Because you're good for nothing... chorus
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He drove his old bass boat From the bay in Duluth Down through the nose of the Wolf To the east and the south and the paw He felt the years of tears in his eyes His ears felt the bite of the wind As it blew back his silver hair And he clung to the shore With a dog's sense of fear And the name of his daughter Seemed to sigh from from the motor As he brought it down to half And the bay turned the color of roses in summer And the evening sun fingered the earth When he found her under the old bay bridge Her dress had snagged on a log And he reached down the cold of her arm But his eyes and mouth were dry And he stared up through the grates and the steel At the tourist cars going by And he lifted her up and laid her down For the long ride home into the wind And the name of his daughter Seemed to cry from the motor As he brought it up to full And the bay had a shimmer From oil on the water And the silver moon pulled at the shore
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Fortune Teller Why'd you have to tell me that Fortune Teller That my baby's gonna leave me flat It might take a week and it might take a month It might be when I'm old and fat I wish I didn't know what you told me, oh Why'd you have to tell me that We just heard wedding bells She had that new bride smell As we were walking down The boulevards of New Orleans She saw your window signs And your neon lights Twenty dollars for a reading From the Cajun Queen You read my tarot cards and my tea leaf shards Said the lines upon my palm proved I'd live in pain Why'd you tell me that, I want my ignorance back Back when I believed she'd love me Until my dying day
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Tiny turns we take Roadside rules we make Lying wide awake Buckle up, honey, it’s a thousand and one miles You can sleep in the back, it’ll take a while Checkin’ you out in my rearview mirror We’re broke as hell but we’ve got style Hold on, hold on We’re gonna crash and burn Tiny turns we take Roadside rules we make Lying wide awake Staggered steps we start Battered broken heart Seatbelt, sweetheart, these parts are almost past Shot-out limit speed signs and shattered glass From my former rearviewmirror We’re broken as hell and proud of the fact Hold on, hold on We’re gonna crash and burn (hold on) Waitin’ on the left-hand turn (hold on) Sweep up the pieces and see what we learned Tiny turns we take Roadside rules we make Lying wide awake Staggered steps we start Battered broken heart Tiny turns we take Roadside rules we make Lying wide awake Tiny turns we take Roadside rules we make Lying wide awake
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"We spend all nigh...." "What was that?" "I dunno..." "Hahaha!" I sang your song baby all night long Now I'd absolutely marry you I can't resist each silky twist of your ringarangaroo Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Yeah! You make me shiver down by the river When you lay your body next to mine On your blanket with your picnic basket Full of sweet potato pie Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Yeah! I trid to lie but I can't deny When your honey comb's oh so sweet I'll pollinate your garden baby You can climb up my tree Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Yeah! It's make me shake the way you never brake And push it into overdrive Let me grab your st'ck shift baby And we'll go for a ride Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Yeah! I trid to lie but I can't deny When your honey comb's oh so sweet I'll pollinate your garden baby You can climb up my tree Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Tirly-whirly, Yeah!
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I don't got a whole lotta stuff anymore, most of it was thrown out with the trash. She pushed me out but I landed on my feet, and all I have to say is kiss my ass. I've got a list a mile long of things i used to own: Possessions, obsessions, and shoes But I've got my fiddle and my chords, don't need nothin' else no more, Except maybe some wine and whiskey too I left my dogs, i left my clothes, I left my dignity, I suppose But none of this is gonna beat me down Cuz when I'm out of luck and money, I'll come running right to you, honey I've got nothin but family all around I've got a list a mile long of things I used to own: Books and music scores and awesome shoes But I've got my fiddle and my bow, nothin but music in my soul, And if you dig deep, there might be room for you.
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about

Our live show from 12/15/17 at City Lights Brewing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, our penultimate show after 22 months of touring. A document from a moment in time. We were tired, well-oiled. Our 263rd show of the tour. We drank beer, we laughed, we played a few songs, My voice was trashed. I muffed lines. Forgot words. Missed chords. I left all those lumps and imperfections in this time. Sarah, as usual, was fantastic. Now we take a much needed 4 month break before we start touring again in late April 2018. See you out there.

We removed the ability to stream or download any of the cover songs we played at the show. If and when we get licensing we may make them available at a later date. We didn't close this show with many of our usual Charlie-led songs like Misty, Whiskey, Amelia, or Bridge to the Sun because I felt like my voice was on it's last few strands. I've been battling scratchy throat issues for a month or more. I still really like this recording though, it's a fun document to have, shows us at a very specific point in time and I really love that. I hope you like it too.

Sugar Still is Sarah Blick and Charlie Cheney.

All downloadable or streamable songs written and performed by Sarah Blick and Charlie Cheney. We didn't write the covers, but you're not supposed to be able to hear those. Go technology, go.

Love to everyone. Thanks for listening.

©2017 - Sarah Blick and Charlie Cheney

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released December 29, 2017

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Luke Pacholski.

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