Live In Portland

by Jack Dwyer Band

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released March 1, 2015

Jack Dwyer Band, Live In Portland:

Sam Weiss - fiddle, vocals
Ellie Hakanson - fiddle, vocals
Elisabeth Pixley-Fink - keys, vocals
Gordon Keepers - bass, vocals
Jason Oppat - drums and harmonica
Jess Jarris - harmony vocals
Jack Dwyer - guitars and vocals

Recorded live at Alberta Street Pub in Portland, OR on Dec 9th, 2014 and engineered/mixed by Christopher Andersen, Radio UnReady Records.

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Track Name: Coyote In Love
Coyote In Love

have you ever loved someone
more than yourself
have you ever been let down
or put on the shelf
stayed up every night
howling at the moon
and it’s always
the same old tune

coyote in love with a star
how far will you go
to try and win her heart
and will she make you
or will she break you
I guess we’ll have to wait and see

well a woman like that
is more trouble than she’s worth
you’ll give her the world
and you’ll only get hurt
she’ll lift you up
higher than you’ve ever flown
just so she can let you
down

coyote in love with a star
how far will you go
to try and win her heart
and will she make you
or will she break you
I guess we’ll have to wait and see
cause love can be so mean
for coyote in love with a star

now she’s left you in a hole
deeper than your misery
the tears that you cry
are as blue as the sea
if you keep on crying
you could fill up a lake
or just stay up
and howl the nights away

coyote in love with a star
how far will you go
to try and win her heart
and will she make you
or will she break you
I guess we’ll have to wait and see
cause love can be so mean
for coyote in love with a star
Track Name: Loneliest Cowboy
The Loneliest Cowboy In The City Tonight


oh today was a doozy
right from the start
my baby left me
and now we’re apart
it just wasn’t right
and I just might
be the loneliest cowboy
in the city tonight

so I’ll hang up my hat
and kick off my boots
lay down my head
say goodnight to the blues
maybe tomorrow
I’ll feel alright
but I’m the loneliest cowboy
in the city tonight

I can hear music
from the bar down below
and people are laughing
outside my window
the singer is singing ‘bout
whiskey and lies
and I’m the loneliest cowboy
in the city tonight

[chorus]

well I miss the dark
and I miss the quiet
cause the buses and cars
just rattle my mind
and I can’t see the stars
with all these bright lights
and I’m the loneliest cowboy
in the city tonight

[chorus]

and in the morning
if you’re on my mind
I’ll be somewhere else
by tomorrow night
out on the range
with no one in sight
but I’m the loneliest cowboy
in the city tonight

yeah, the loneliest cowboy
in the city tonight
Track Name: Rob A Bank
Rob A Bank

hey baby what’s your name
what’s your number what’s your game
pleased to meet you care to dance
come on baby you can take a chance on me

and maybe we can rob a bank
all the money you can take
knock it off and drive away

we’ll find a safe house out of town
hide away and settle down
and when you get tired of the underground
baby step out in the sun with me

I’ve spent my whole life running away
cause I was born in the USA
where the hounds are coming anyway
and freedom’s free but you gotta take it

someday we’ll come home to stay
maybe soon maybe later
but I’ll die in your arms anyway
in bed or on the pavement
Track Name: U.S. Mail
I’m In Love With The U.S. Mail

I’m in love with the U.S. Mail
they deliver in rain, snow, sleet or hail
I’m in love with the U.S. Mail
the U.S. Mail and my baby

she sends me letters
about once a week
though she lives
just down the street
she’s got a thing
for the postman it seems
the U.S. Mail
and her baby


someday we’ll start
a mail order job
shipping out widgets
buttons and knobs
spend my days
with thick catalogs
the U.S. Mail
and my baby


hello neighbors
good day to you
I’m waiting to pay
the mailman my due
I just like licking
the envelope glue
the U.S. Mail
and my baby


some say baby-makin’s
the birds and the bees
some say the stork
makes deliveries
but I know my children
will come courtesy
of the U.S. Mail
and my baby
Track Name: Castaway
Castaway

when I was I young man
was a captain all my own
but I’ve sailed this ship away
from everything I’ve ever known
and now I’m living on an island
stranded in my mind
waiting on somebody
to throw me a line

just another castaway
waiting on a better day
I’m looking for a way
to get back home

living on an island
'neath the off-ramp downtown
feel the rumble overhead
of the diesels coming down
and I pretend it’s the water
the waves on the sand
sometimes I almost feel it
running through my hands

I get up in the morning
and I start to make my rounds
cause I need a little sugar
to help this medicine go down
but I doubt there’s drink
strong enough been made
or a thousand sandy beaches
could wash these memories away

out on the island
in the middle of the night
the water’s coming in
and I’m running out of time
and my bones are wet
from laying on the ground
my heart’s still beating
but it don't make a sound
Track Name: Farther Down The Road
Farther Down The Road

let’s see how far we can walk
with our eyes closed
we’ll take turns keeping watch
while the other goes
and if I head for the side
won’t you let me know
I’d hate to end up in the ditch
farther down the road

farther down the road
farther down the road
will you be standing next to me
farther down the road
I’ll keep my eyes closed
I’ll keep my eyes closed
will you be standing next to me
farther down the road

and if I take a trip
if I take a fall
will you be there to comfort me
when I am down
we all need a friend
when we’re feeling low
I’ll be yours if you be mine
farther down the road

when I’m old and in the grey
and my feet are tired
you know I’m gonna need a push
to get me down the line
and we wont have to walk so fast
or keep our eyes closed
and we won’t have to look ahead
farther down the road
Track Name: Hold On To The Blues
Hold On To The Blues

well I see you found a friend
and you’re holding onto him
and in your eyes I realize
the trouble I’m in
and I did all I could do
to hold onto you
but it’s over so
I’ll let you go
and hold onto the blues

from now on I’m holding on to something I can keep
and it’s holding onto me, it just won’t let me be

and I did all I could do
to hold onto you
but it’s over so
I’ll let you go
and hold onto the blues


well I’m feeling blue
and I don’t know what to do
cause no amount of whiskey can convince me
to stop loving you
but I guess there’s no use
in holding onto you
so I’ll let you go
drink alone
and hold onto the blues
Track Name: Crying On The Dancefloor
Crying On The Dancefloor

crying on the dancefloor
you run and hide your eyes
and all your friends try to pretend
they don’t know the reason why
you’re crying on the dancefloor
nothing turns out right
what did he do to make you blue tonight?


did he tell you that he loved you
and promise to be true
do you still think you’re the only one
he was saying those things to
the way he held her tightly
and stared into her eyes
the way that he’s been holding you
and telling you his lies


you know you should forget him
you know he can’t be true
cause all this time you’ve toed the line
he’s been stepping out on you
you know if you forgive him
he’ll never treat you right
he’ll only do you wrong again
and tomorrow night
Track Name: Teach My Baby To Dance
Teach My Baby To Dance

I’m gonna teach my baby to dance
gonna bow and take her hand
and any circumstance we get the chance
we’ll be practicing our stance
I’m gonna teach my baby to dance
stomp and clap her hands
she’ll be feeling the groove and busting a move
when I institute my plan
we’ll be the sweetest thing that you’ve ever seen
when I teach my baby to dance

gonna teach my baby to dance
show him where he stands
cause he ain’t a man who understands
things like that
gonna teach my baby to dance
sway strut and prance
he’ll be shaking his booty in a youtube movie
a regular boogie man
he’ll have rhythm when I’m through with him
gonna teach my baby to dance

we’ll make the scene at every spot in town
if the music’s hot we’re sure to come around
give me a groove I got to move
and dance away these weary blues
cause when you’re low you know you should get down


gonna teach my baby to dance
gonna teach my baby to dance
‘cause there ain’t a romance that can’t be enhanced
by holding each other’s hand
I’m gonna teach my baby to dance
we’ll cancel our other plans
sell our stuff and buy a bus so we can follow the band
we’ll be the sweetest thing that you’ve ever seen
when I teach my baby to dance
Track Name: Tonight I'm Holding Her (But I'm Thinking Of You)
Tonight I’m Holding Her But I’m Thinking of You

laid down beside that girl of mine
by the light of the moon
I loved her like I’d always done
but it left me feeling blue
it’s you that I am longing for
and my heart can’t be fooled
tonight I’m holding her
but I’m thinking of you

tonight I’m holding her
but I’m thinking of you
the love I had before is gone
there’s nothing I can do
I’d like to get you off my mind
and sing another tune
tonight I’m holding her
but I’m thinking of you

I’ll lie awake tonight again
with her in the room
and though she’ll be there with me
you’ll be there too
if I ever get you off my mind
I’ll sleep again soon
tonight I’m holding her
but I’m thinking of you

so it’s goodbye to my old friend
I’ve found somebody new
there’s a feeling in this heart of mine
that I cannot lose
you made me love you darling
and you left me feeling blue
tonight I’m holding her
but I’m thinking of you
Track Name: Surrender
Surrender

in the doorway looking hard
piece pointed at my heart
mouth was cutting like an old bonesaw
trying to make me draw

but I’m not gonna fight
I’ve got nothing to hide
I’ve got no arms besides these two to hold you tight
so drop your weapons
reach your hands to the sky
please surrender
to me tonight

I wish I knew what to do
what to say when there’s no getting through
you’re barricaded up in your room
and I’m down in the street calling to you

I need a break I need some room
cause it’s always an ambush when I’m with you
hold your fire you’ve got me on the run
if you’re not careful you might shoot me down

why don’t you let down your guard
afraid someone might steal your heart
sometimes it’s better to lose
why keep it if it gives you the blues