River Hawk at the Rat Palace

by Jeremy Famà & Friends

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When musician and audio engineer Paul Dutton heard Jeremy Fama's Soundcloud page of acoustic solo work, he knew he wanted to create an album. Without hesitation, the two native East Coasters reached out to a group of highly influential San Luis Obispo County musicians to collaborate on RIVER HAWK AT THE RAT PALACE. An eclectic ten track story of instrumentation and exploration.

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released April 20, 2015

(full liner notes on PDF BONUS ITEM)

All songs by Jeremy Fama
Recorded, mixed and engineered by Paul Dutton
Mastered by Loom

Instrument bringers:
Natalie Alyse, Paul Dutton, Carmelo and Jeremy Fama, Kyle Fooks, Nick Larson, Lillian Rossetti and Wayne Walcoff.

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Jeremy Famà & Friends San Luis Obispo, California

Born in our Nation's Capitol and raised in Maryland, Jeremy found his Friends in his new found home in San Luis Obispo County to continue his songwriting pursuits with a diverse group of artists.

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Track Name: March Madness
Wake up in the mornin, head fulla lies
Livin day to day with different alibis
Ya got me in the afternoon pourin cement in the back of my head
You don't play the game to win ya play to watch me dead

Time goes faster when you lie
Time goes faster when you lie

Midnight rolls around, you finally call
And all my troubles seem to fall
But then you bust up outta nowhere with the news
I played your game to win, but you're the one to lose

Time goes faster when you lie
Time goes faster when you lie

Now I'm choppin up the pieces of my past
Ain't got time to stall, my heart is burnin fast
Gotta find a pretty mama who's long and true
California sun for the Maryland blues

Time goes faster when you lie
And there's no better time
There's no better time to fly
Track Name: Lunch by the Door
Leave my lunch by the door I don't wanna fight no more, just get back and we'll make dessert. Yeah you'll rattle me to my core, I don't wanna fight no more just leave my lunch by the door. Leave my lunch by the door, I don't wanna fight no more cause you're always messin around. Treated like a bore oh and you still want more, you still want more please; leave my lunch by the door. Leave my faith on the roof, if you're lookin for truth yeah it's right there carved on my face. Treated me like a goof oh and you still want proof, you still want proof please; leave my faith on the roof. Leave my feeling alone I might throw you a bone if you get back and we make some sweeet dessert like ooo ooooooooooo! Oh just leave my lunch...by...the...*your approach...*
Track Name: Battered and Bruised
*defeats the purpose*
Track Name: The Printing Press
Found a penny
Multiply it by five
Turn it into a dime, oh!
Make a quarter dance, make a dollar sing
Cause I'm makin counterfeit money
With you and me in my room
Oh, your body is the paper baby
Oh, and your ink it never dries

Up all night
Assembly line
Workin on perfection till the mornin light
Better watch out for those Feds babe
Oh, cause it surely be a crime

Uncirculated, babe
Fine and rare
Near mint condition babe
Ooo, with long brown hair

No the presidents they don't mind, don't mind
Cause you know we make a priceless pair
Track Name: Hunger Pains
Every step, every pedal to the floor
Every cheap shot keeps me wanting more
And I'm always biting off more than I can chew

Every mile marker babe, all the vistas
Keepin pace just to fill my tank
I'm still bitin off more than I put away

Yeah you can uproot a tree, but you can't stop the tree from growing
Yeah, we're growing everyday

Every sight, every appetizing sound
Never starved, I buried all my rations in the ground...deep
Oh I bited off, more than I can scrounge

I'm that crab in the Chesapeake
And I'm still crawling on my feet
And I'm biting off more than I can eat

Uproot a tree, but don't stop that tree from growin, oh no you can't!
Uproot a tree, but don't stop that tree from growin
We're growin everyday
Track Name: Sailin'
I've been sailin'
Sailin' round this big ole world aw yea
I've been sailin'
Sailin' round this big ole world aw yea
And when I'm done
I will come sailin' home to you

Now I'm shufflin'
Shufflin' round the same ole house with you
Now I'm shufflin' baby
Shufflin' round the same ole house with you
Oh babe I'm through!
I've gotta sail to someplace new (dig...)

Now I'm thinkin'
Thinkin' maybe that this boat's got room fer two
Now I'm thinkin' baby
Thinkin' maybe that this boat's got room fer two
And if we fight
I just might throw you overboard, oh lord, oh lord, get out...
Track Name: Hand to Hold
My grammar ain't the best, and I'm broke as hell
Spinning round and round in this wishing well
Am I dead or alive, hard to tell
And now you got me stuck inside your awful spell

And I know my pockets aren't lined with gold
Got a pretty good hand, and I refuse to fold
Now my love for you could never be sold
Now I need another hand to hold

Don't misunderstand me babe
I enjoy your company...but
A man like me needs space to breath
Oh, you're smothering me oh GOD you are!

And I know my pockets aren't lined with gold
Got a pretty good hand, and I refuse to fold
Now my love for you is quickly growing mold
And how I need another loving hand to hold

Do you recognize yourself in your own skin?
Just like your own kin, your own kin
I am never sorry for my sins, so sin, sin...

And I know my pockets aren't lined with gold
Got a pretty good hand, and I refuse to fold
Now my love for you went hot to cold
And now I need another loving hand to hold
Track Name: Half-Awake
My brain is fulla pain but it's workin
My soul is fulla coal but it's burnin
My bones are fulla holes but I'm standin on my own two feet.

There's asphalt underneath my skin
And fire in my gut
Clouds up in my cranium
And a time bomb for a heart

Oh this world is fulla liars and snakes
Will we get a chance to break?
Just get a chance to claim your stake
Never live half-awake

Sometimes this world has got you down
Oh, wipe away that heavy frown!
Find yourself another town and be free on your own two feet
Track Name: Washed My Soul to the Core
*for audio purposes only*
Track Name: Charm City Blues
Ain't got no salad
Ain't got no steak
Ain't got no appetizers for my plate
But I got a cruel sense of humor

Don't put me down
Cause you don't get me
I've been around, I've been around

I don't discuss further orders
Further orders with you
Cause I feel blue, oh!
Yeah they keep on callin
Every corner, every city block
There lies a man on a bench that says "The Greatest City in America" but, man he's not breathin. He hasn't been breathin for days.

Lyin in the cold
Lyin in the haze