Are We There Yet ?

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released December 6, 2011

Produced by Stephen B. Antonakos
Recorded, mixed, mastered at Mon Bijou

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Homeboy Steve New York, New York

Homeboy Steve, nee Stephen B Antonakos, has played with a succession of American roots bands spanning the last thirty years.
His most recent release is "Bodega Rock". He thinks that there's one or two good songs left that haven't already been written and he presents his attempts to write and perform them accompanied by his guitar and other friends.
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Track Name: Whole Lotta Nothin'
I want a fish on the line,
grapes on the vine
Shine at the still
and millet at the mill
I want a blond on each arm,
another on the farm
I've got hopes and dreams but all I get it seems is a whole lotta nothin'
Huffin' and a puffin'
Swearin' and a cussing' 'bout a whole lotta nothin'

I wanna pink Cadillac,
color TV in the back
I want a house on the hill
where I can eat my fill
I want a suit made by Nudie
A lot of rhinestones on my booty
A big Stetson hat, but instead of all that I get a whole lotta nothin'
Huffin' and a puffin'
Swearin' and a cussing' 'bout a whole lotta nothin'

In the long dark night
I seem to have lost sight
that all I'll ever need
I have already got
Now the sun's coming up
hot coffee in my cup
As it turns out all I was worrying about, it was a whole lotta nothing'
Huffin' and a puffin'
Swearin' and a cussing' 'bout a whole lotta nothin'
Huffin' and a puffin'
Swearin' and a cussing' 'bout a whole lotta nothin'
Track Name: Tommy
Tommy went to Woodstock the first time around
On the album cover you can see him in the crowd
He looks the same now as he did then
Short hair, thick glasses, a little stubble on his chin
They sent his older brother to Vietnam
Left behind Tommy and his broken hearted Mom
His brother tried to do right but he lost his way
Came back with a habit, fifty bucks a day

Hey now
Hey now
Hey now
Hey now

Tommy dropped acid, then he dropped out of school
Spent all summer lying by the pool
Reading comic books from the newspaper stand
Wishing he could fly like Superman
Got a job flipping burgers for a minimum wage
Tried to act like other kids his age
But he just felt different and he came to believe
It was time for him to go, time for him to leave

Hey now
Hey now
Hey now
Hey now

He got on a Greyhound, he was New York City bound
When he got there he headed downtown
There everyone was different so he fit right in
He was a million miles away from where he'd been
Got a job in a bar on Second Avenue
With a checkerboard floor and a bouncer named Blue
Within a week he was booking the bands
Everyone was giving him tapes and shaking his hand

Hey now
Hey now
Hey now
Hey now

Tommy was there every night, turning up the mikes
Joking with the dealers and the crackheads alike
When things were slow, more often then not,
Him and Blue'd be in the basement, smoking pot
On Saturday night the place was packed
All the regulars would find a place in the back
The guitars would scream and the walls would sweat
Tommy said "This is as good as it gets"

Hey now
Hey now
Hey now
Hey now

Then the bar changed hands and it got a velvet rope
Everyone quit drinking, cigarettes and dope
Blue went to jail and the music stopped
All the new kids started calling Tommy Pops
But he didn't mind cause he'd been there when
Everything happened that never happened again
He'd never say this, he always hated this phrase,
But I guess you and I could say those were his glory days

Hey now
Hey now
Hey now
Hey now
Track Name: Room 4 U
The road is wide and there's alot of cars on it
Watch the signs for the town you wanted
Though the towns all look the same,
You know when you're in the right place

Each sky is new and goes on forever
Try to touch the blue, You'll get there never
It'll stay there out of reach,
that's just the way it is

My heart's not big at all
It's just a room without a view
My heart is very small
but there's always room for you

The desert sands move like an ocean
Rolling bands in slow motion
And when our trip is over
Our footprints disappear

My heart's not big at all
It's just a room without a view
My heart is very small
but there's always room for you

So high
So low
So why
Would I ever let you go

My heart's not big at all
It's just a room without a view
My heart is very small
but there's always room for you
Track Name: Tears of Joy
When I was younger, I walked around blind
Locked in the darkness, took what I could find
Then I met someone who made me see
Beyond the walls built around me
And I cried
Cried
Tears of Joy
Tears of Joy
Tears of Joy

I'm not a rich man, never wanted to be be
I got a job, some shoes on my feet
Late in the evening, I go to bed
My dreams come creeping like a dog to be fed
and I cry . . .

Now I am older, life has been good
I guess I feel happy . . . I know that I should
Deep in the darkness I search for the light
I know it's there somewhere, like the dawn in the night
and I cry . . .
Track Name: Uma Do Be Do
Who can open the door
Uma do Uma do
Anything you tell her says, "What for ?"
Uma do Uma do
Who can brush her hair
Uma do Uma do
In the morning knows what to wear
Uma do Uma do

The little girl can tie her shoe
She's one plus two
Try to show her the way and she will say
Uma do Uma do

Who can button her shirt
Uma do Uma do
Falls and brushes off the dirt
Uma do Uma do
Who can do it herself
Uma do Uma do
Stands on tiptoe to reach the shelf
Uma do Uma do

The little girl can tie her shoe
She's one plus two
Try to show her the way and she will say
Uma do Uma do
Track Name: Go Go Go To Bendigo
I'm working my claim in Chewton
Underneath a big white gum
I must have panned a ton of sand
Now it's time to have some fun
Well I've raised some cane in Castlemaine,
Been to Daylesford and Ballarat too
But I'm gonna go go go the Bendigo
Before the night is through

I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
Find the gold bug that bit me
I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
The goldfields' capitol city

Swinging my pick in a mine,
I'm like a steam driven digger
Running my horse under the Souther Cross,
Trying to make my gold pile bigger
Well I've got a little girl in Kingston
Who knows how to spend my money
But I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
And find my gold digging honey

I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
Find the gold bug that bit me
I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
The goldfields' capitol city

One of these days I'll strike it rich
And lose the ties that bind me
I'm gonna throw one sack of gold over my back
And drag a couple more behind me
I'll walk into the bank,
They'll weigh it out by the pound
Then I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
And buy the whole damn town

I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
Find the gold bug that bit me
I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
The goldfields' capitol city
I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
Find the gold bug that bit me
I'm gonna go go go to Bendigo
The goldfields' capitol city
The goldfields' capitol city
Working in gold mine going down down
Oops about to slip down
Working in gold mine going down down
Oops about to slip down
Track Name: Nothing Is Right
Nothin' is right
Everything is wrong
Everything is right when I'm walking with you baby
Everything is wrong when I'm walking all alone

Nobody's talking
Everybody knows
Everybody's talkin 'bout nothin' but you baby
Everybody knows you've been cheatin' on me

When I look in you eyes, I don't know if I see
The blue of the sky or the blue of the sea
Should I sprout wings to fly
Or sink to the bottom watch the fishies swim by ?

Never will I wonder
Always will be sure
Always will I wonder if you really care for me
Always will be sure that I'll love you just the same
Track Name: Baptized In Rain
A blade of grass under a tree
He looks up ands says,"That's what I want to be"
He spends his days reaching for the sky
He spends his nights dreaming he's that high

If he could, he would say
I don't know another way
Anointed with fire, baptized in rain
A sound in my head like an oncoming train
Into this world a stranger I came
Anointed with fire, baptized in rain

A little wheel with a heavy load
Takes a lot of turns on a long road
Sometimes he pushes sometimes he tows
But that road he's on is all he knows

If he could, he would say
I don't know another way
Anointed with fire, baptized in rain
A sound in my head like an oncoming train
Into this world a stranger I came
Anointed with fire, baptized in rain

A tiny star in the night
Can't outshine the moon, try as he might
The dawn has come, the sun it rose
The star fades away out of habit I suppose

If he could, he would say
I don't know another way
Anointed with fire, baptized in rain
A sound in my head like an oncoming train
Into this world a stranger I came
Anointed with fire, baptized in rain
Into this world a stranger I came
Anointed with fire, baptized in rain
Track Name: Banjo Jim's
Banjo Jim's
It's a real cool place
Banjo Jim's
Cold beer by the case
Banjo Jim's
Give them some money and they'll give you a taste
Then you get real drunk and fall flat on your face

Banjo Jim's
Cozy in the winter, cool in the heat
Banjo Jim's
Pull up a stool take load off your feet
Banjo Jim's
When the band starts playing jump out of your seat
Its where the elite meet to hear that real fine beat

Banjo Jim's
Thump thump on the doghouse bass
Banjo Jim's
Tinkle the keys with amazing grace
Banjo Jim's
Singing the blues 'til your blue in the face
Then the guitar player's stinking up the place

Banjo Jim's
Tilt your head back and open wide
Banjo Jim's
Swallow it down and go for a ride
Banjo Jim's
Banjo Jim's is where we reside
In New York City on the Lower east Side

You load sixteen tons whatta you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter don't you call me, I ain't in
We're all getting drunk at Banjo Jim's
Track Name: Tell Me Yes, Arno
Way out west in Italy, in the part called Tuscany
Where the cyprus meets the vine
The Arno River runs on down, makes it's way through Florence town
By the streets of cobblestone it winds

When the whispering waters flow, they'll tell you all you'll need to know
If they think your question is sincere
So when I met a signorina, I went down to the aqua fina
With a query for the waves to hear

Does she love me, tell me yes Arno
Will she smile sweetly when I say, "Te amo" ?
Is this really true love or just sympatico
I'm hoping you will tell me yes Arno

I did love that gal of mine, my fair haired little Florentine
But she wouldn't call me mi amore
She wouldn't say yes, she wouldn't say no so I went down to Ponte Vecchio
To hear what old Arno had to say

Does she love me, tell me yes Arno
Will she smile sweetly when I say, "Te amo" ?
Is this really true love or just sympatico
I'm hoping you will tell me yes Arno

Does she love me, tell me yes Arno
Will she smile sweetly when I say, "Te amo" ?
Is this really true love or just sympatico
I'm hoping you will tell me yes Arno
Hey regazzi
I'm hoping you will tell me yes Arno
Track Name: Poor Monster
He was so peaceful, lying in his grave
'Til he fell victim to a scientist depraved
Cut into pieces under the knife
Sewn back together and brought back to life
They gave him a face a mother would hate
Then two knobs on his neck they used to animate him
The hands of a thief, the eyes of a fool
The heart of a drunkard that was broken in two

Monster, poor monster what will you do
The people in the village are coming for you
They've burned down the old mill, laboratory
Why won't those people just leave you be

Dear Doctor Jekyll closed the door
He had his book learning but he wanted to know more
About the dark forces we all hold inside
So he fixed himself a drink and became Mister Hyde
That evil spirit took over his mind
He was as wicked as Jekyll was kind
But when they found when they put him to death
It was the poor doctor who took the last breath

………………or……………………………

A warm summer's night, a walk down the lane
A man heard a howl terrifyingly profane
Something leapt at him from it's demonic lair
Turned him into a wolf what was ware
Now every month when the moon is full
The fates exert their inexorable pull
Though he is good down in his soul
He's a slave to forces beyond his control

Monster, poor monster what will you do
The people in the village are coming for you
They've burned down the old mill, laboratory
Why won't those people just leave you be

Even a bedbug eventually gets to enjoy domesticity
There's someone for everyone in this world
But everyone knows monsters don't get the girl

Monsters aren't evil just misunderstood
It's the people behind them that are up to no good
Look deep inside, I think you'll agree
There's some monsters in you and some monsters in me

Monster, poor monster what will you do
The people in the village are coming for you
They've burned down the old mill, laboratory
Why won't those people just leave you be
Monster, poor monster what will you do
Don't they know monsters are people too
Track Name: Left Foot
Playing the piano was his bag
A little Fats Waller or some Maple Leaf Rag
Or a golden oldie like Ain't She Sweet
He could play all night and never repeat
I'd hear a sound like beating on a drum
But that's not where the beat was coming from
It came from down below out of view
And he kept it a size twelve shoe

Left foot, it showed when to come in
Left foot, he'd smile with a toothy grin
Left foot, like a heartbeat pitter pat pat
I never heard a left foot like that

People in the bar would turn around
As soon as they heard that sound
All the time his left foot was on a roll
Pounding like a hammer on my soul
He would bang on the keys and the strings would pop
But we kept on playing we would never stop
It was all as easy as opening a door
With his left foot pounding on the floor

Left foot, it showed when to come in
Left foot, he'd smile with a toothy grin
Left foot, like a heartbeat pitter pat pat
I never heard a left foot like that

He don't play no more, but the beat goes on
I hear it my head and I play along
Now I tell everyone I meet
I wish I had two left feet

Left foot, it showed when to come in
Left foot, he'd smile with a toothy grin
Left foot, like a heartbeat pitter pat pat
I never heard a left foot like that
Track Name: Red Skies at Night
He stands on the deck and looks out at the ocean
Dreaming of fresh sheets and cases cof rum
Three weeks gone from the coast of Morroco
With wine by the barrel and grain by the ton
Nothing else on the horizon
As far as his eyes can see
But the cool pale moon that's arising
There's someplace that he'd rather be

She stands on the deck and looks out at the ocean
though she knows he won't be back for nearly a year
She wants to go home but the sailors are calling
"Walk us to town and we'll buy you a beer"
She puts her ring in with his letters
By the bed that they sometimes share
He'll tell her she ought to know better
But she knows that he doesn't care

She's red skies at night, she's a sailor's delight
Put a drink in her belly, a coin in her hand
She doesn't ask him and he doesn't tell
But she lives in the heart of this seafaring man

Suddenly there he is at her window
Whiskers and skin burned black by the sun
He stands in her doorway, looks in at her kitchen
She knows that her seafaring man has come
Late in night she listens
She doesn't want this night to end
She knows that it's this she'll be missing
In the morning when he's gone again

She's red skies at night, she's a sailor's delight
Put a drink in her belly, a coin in her hand
She doesn't ask him and he doesn't tell
But she lives in the heart of this seafaring man

One day an officer came by to tell her
The ship it was lost and no one was saved
She thought of the rocks and the cliffs high above them
She thought of his cold cold watery grave
The sand shifts down on the sea floor
The sun sinks out of sight
There's a new ship in at the lee shore
She knows where she'll be tonight

She's red skies at night, she's a sailor's delight
Put a drink in her belly, a coin in her hand
She doesn't ask him and he doesn't tell
But she lives in the heart of this seafaring man
Track Name: My Masterpiece
I wrote a song the other day, it didn't do me any good
The words didn't rhyme, the rhythm didn't sway like I hoped they would
The chorus wasn't catchy and the verses were all wrong
The best thing about it - it wasn't very long

Painted a picture the other day, it didn't do me any good
My straight lines went all astray, not even like they should
Even a blind man can see it's kind of lame
The best thing about it - it comes in a nice frame

The only thing I'm good at is loving you my dear
I get my inspiration each time you are near
My complete devotion is my field of expertise
My crowning achievement, it's my masterpiece

Wrote a story the other day, it didn't do me any good
The letters got in each other's way, couldn't make them understood
The plot it was implausible, unbelievable my friend
The best thing about it - the last two words, The End

The only thing I'm good at is loving you my dear
I get my inspiration each time you are near
My complete devotion is my field of expertise
My crowning achievement, it's my masterpiece

You won't find my masterpiece hanging on a nail
Or on the block at Sotheby's, it is not for sale
It'll never be a best seller or on the Hit Parade

Said I love you the other day, it didn't do me any good
But I won't change my loving ways even if I could
My masterpiece is your's to keep or to throw away
The best thing about it - I make a new one everyday

The only thing I'm good at is loving you my dear
I get my inspiration each time you are near
My complete devotion is my field of expertise
My crowning achievement, it's my masterpiece
Track Name: Grace Emily
On a cold and wintery night,
Left New York City, international flight
Across the Pacific it was quite a ride
When I woke up it was summer on the down under side
Went out walking on the Adelaide streets
Looking for a cold one and something to eat
I heard a funny sound from a bar across the line
I looked up to read the sign

Grace Emily, a loud electric guitar
Grace Emily, where all the pretty girls are
Grace Emily, snags grilling in the back
If you want to have good time follow me
Down to the Grace Emily
The Grace Emily
The Grace Emily

As it happened, it was Monday night
The crowd was loose and the band was tight
A regular hang for the usual crew
Of college kids and hippies and a biker or two
They asked me to sit in and I said, "What the heck"
I didn't know just what to expect
They said, "This one is easy, it's in the key of A"
Counted to four and we were on our way

Grace Emily, a loud electric guitar
Grace Emily, where all the pretty girls are
Grace Emily, snags grilling in the back
If you want to have good time follow me
Down to the Grace Emily
The Grace Emily
The Grace Emily

Some day I'll make it back
I'll go ten thousand miles at the drop of a hat
To hear that rock and roll and feel that beat
Beat it on down to Weymouth Street

Grace Emily, a loud electric guitar
Grace Emily, where all the pretty girls are
Grace Emily, snags grilling in the back
If you want to have good time follow me
Down to the Grace Emily
A loud electric guitar
Grace Emily, where all the pretty girls are
Grace Emily, snags grilling in the back
If you want to have good time follow me
Down to the Grace Emily
The Grace Emily
The Grace Emily
Track Name: On the Cold Marble Floor
Spent all night at the Bendigo station on the cold marble floor
Me and mom at the Bendigo station on the cold marble floor
I may have been only six, but I knew we were in a fix
Spent all night at the Bendigo station on the cold marble floor

Missed our stop so we have to stay on the cold marble floor
We went right past it and we have to stay on the cold marble floor
No more trains run tonight, we have to wait until it's light
Missed our stop so we have to stay on the cold marble floor

It was dark when we went to sleep on the cold marble floor
In our coats we went to sleep on the cold marble floor
It was too dark for me to see I'm sure glad Mom was there with me
It was dark when we went to sleep on the cold marble floor

Who was worried while we stayed on the cold marble floor
Waiting for us while we stayed on the cold marble floor
Poor old Maudie had started to fret because we were not home yet
Who was worried while we stayed on the cold marble floor

No one knew that we spent all night on the cold marble floor
they can't tell that we spent all night on the cold marble floor
On the morning train it was clear, the passengers had no idea
No one knew that we spent all night on the cold marble floor

I never want to spend another night on the cold marble floor
Track Name: My Little Girl
There's someone I'm going to see
She's pretty as a pearl
I love her, she loves me
She's my little girl

Eyes of blue and golden hair
Makes my senses whirl
I would travel anywhere
To see my little girl

All the belles at the ball
dance and spin and twirl
She's my favorite of them all
she's my little girl

She'll grow big in a while
as the days unfurl
It will still make me smile
to see my little girl

I can't wait to get on that plane
travel across the world
To be there when she says my name
She's my little girl.