Bodega Rock

by Homeboy Steve

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released December 8, 2016

Homeboy Steve-guitars, vocals
Neil Thomas-accordion
Skip Ward-bass
Bruce Martin-drums
Drina Seay-harmony vocals (lead vocal track 4)
Tim Heap-guitar (track 1)
Jeff Schiller-saxophone (track 3)

Many thanks to the musicians who helped with this record and to:
Mom & Dad, Joe Flood, Mark Horn, Tim Carroll, Dann Baker, George Sempepos, Tom Meltzer, Paul Foglino, Lucid Culture, Jim Toia, Evangelia
and Susie

All songs © Stephen B Antonakos

Recorded at
Mon Bijou
Tristan Shout

Produced by Stephen B Antonakos
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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: Bodega Rock
Yellow awning, fluorescent glow
Hands in your pocket fingering your dough
jingling bell when you open the door
They're mopping up a spill on the linoleum floor

Coffee up front beer in the back
Slim Jims if you need a little snack
Hey Paco, how you doing all right ?
Que pasa my friend you're looking sharp tonight

Bodega rock Bodega roll
Nobody asks why, Nobody says no
twenty four seven you can rock around the clock
Everybody do the bodega rock

Avenue C, the sirens' singing
head is aching, ears are still ringing
A little bump gets your engine runnin
Stumble downstairs squinting in the sun

A Red Bull a loose cigarette
A pack of Bambu and you're all set
Later on after the show
When the bars all close you know where you can go

Bodega rock Bodega roll
Nobody asks why, Nobody says no
twenty four seven you can rock around the clock
Everybody do the bodega rock

Bodega rock is climbing up the wall
running down the street just about to fall
Strings all broken at the end of the night
It hits you like a brick and sticks you like a knife

Bodega rock Bodega roll
Nobody asks why, Nobody says no
twenty four seven you can rock around the clock
Everybody do the bodega rock

Bodega rock Bodega roll
Nobody asks why, Nobody says no
twenty four seven you can rock around the clock
Everybody do the bodega rock

We don’t wanna go home
We don’t wanna go home
We don’t wanna go home
We don’t wanna go home
Track Name: The Improbabiilty of Love
A cold day in hell below
It’s a half baked notion but hey, you never know
I don’t see how a pig could fly
Then again I've never seen him them try
A hail mary pass might never score
Or it might be the miracle you’ve been praying for

It's raining pennies from heaven up above
It's the improbability of love

A quiet day on the Fourth of July
I hear the likelihood is not very high
A big piece of pie in the sky
Anyway you slice it they're in short supply
But a bullseye with a shot in the dark
Might inject the cure into your broken heart

It's raining pennies from heaven up above
It's the improbability of love

There is no conservatory
to teach this lesson in harmony
No need to be pedagogical
Falling in love isn’t logical

An unexpected dividend
a pot of gold at the rainbow's end
That little engine said I think I can
there's a first time for everything give me your hand
Let’s grab the ring on the carousel
C'est la Vie say the old folks you never can tell

It's raining pennies from heaven up above
It's the improbability of love

the improbability of love…
Track Name: Make It Swing
He didn't care for glory, he didn't pray for fame
He wasn't loud and showy, he didn't play that game
I t-t-t-t -t-t-t-t-tried to introduce myself, and when I stopped stammering
He said the only thing I want to know, can you make it swing

He sat on a folding stool on the esplanade
When the band played In the Mood, people would applaud
My hip improvisation was dazzling
But all he wanted me to do was to make it swing

Doo lacka Doo lacka Doo was his refrain
Like the choo choo of a smooth running train
Doo lacka Doo lacka Doo was his legacy
there was a swinging door and he bestowed the key on me

In a club uptown somewhere we played for drinks and tips
The maitre de wore a boutonniere and a snubnose on his hip
reefer smoke leaked from his horn his eyes were glistening
The boss looked the other way as long as we made it swing

I didn't know him long, just a year or two
But his words I still rely on in everything that I do
Life is such a simple song if when you’re listening
To the tune your heart sings then you can make it swing
keep listening to the tune your heart sings
Doo lacka Doo lacka then you can make it swing
Doo lacka Doo lacka then you can make it swing
Doo lacka Doo lacka then you can make it swing
Track Name: There's Always Yesterday
I have a sweet dream of yesterday
Wild are the green fields
where we once laid
music and laughter
ring in my ears
they still echo after
all of these years

Time may cast us apart
I will not be swayed
My love holds fast and in my heart
there's always yesterday

I've lived in mansions
That shine on the hill
Sailed over the ocean
and I've known the thrill
of finding a new love
but still I yearn
for something I'm sure of
when I return

Time may cast us apart
I will not be swayed
My love holds fast and in my heart
there's always yesterday

To every dreamer
there must come a dawn
I wake in a fever
and you’re still gone
It’s just an illusion I’m clinging to
I know this sweet dream will never come true

Time may cast us apart
I will not be swayed
My love holds fast and in my heart
there's always yesterday
My love holds fast and in my heart
there's always yesterday
Track Name: One of Us
Frankie Dee's one and only claim to fame
He once jammed with Jimi when he was still Jimmy James
At the Cafe Wha way back when
He tells that same story over and over again

Karla and Bill …thought they were Nancy and Sid
He didn't mean to kill her but all the same he did
We found him at Leshko's choking on a spike
They were easier to love than they were to like

two bit talent and a none hit wonder
a Hallmark poet and a bedroom strummer
always minus, never plus
Don't worry man, you're still one of us

Lefty volunteered for Afghanistan
They blew off his hand and gave him fifty grand
He's broke now doesn't have a dime
Lefty spent it all one bag at a time

Nicky and Arthur were running from the law
both had 38s stuffed down their drawers
Arthur ditched his, Nicky tried to be slick
He tripped and fell down and now they call him One Nut Nick

An Ain't never been and will never be
Always on the wrong side of probability
Never a boom, always a bust
Don't worry man, you're still one of us

Tommy was the youngest, his mother's only son
Two kids were fighting in the school yard and one pulled out a gun
When he pulled the trigger, Tommy was in the way
Now she passes that spot each and every day

Too easy to ignore too easy to dismiss
That's not the way it ought be but that's the way it is
Never what you want, but always what you must
Don't worry man, you're still one of us
Track Name: He's Still Not Over Her
He'd always meant to take her picture down
Now the frame is cracked, edges turning brown
He'd fall asleep staring in her eyes
In his dreams, there were no goodbyes
Waking up lying on the floor, he'd realize

He's still not over her
He's still not over her
the trial is over
he’s still a prisoner

His friend said, "Man, don't let it get you down,
I'll call you later we'll all go into town"
when he heard the phone ringing, he threw it on the floor
took a last look and staggered out the door
he heard her voice saying
what are you doing this for

He's still not over her
He's still not over her
the trial is over
he’s still a prisoner

Sometimes he sees her from the corner of his eye
a glimpse of a face in a crowd passing by
No one turns around when he calls her name
He's shuffles through the cold December rain

The picture's gone from the nail up on the wall
The phone's stopped ringing here's no one left to call
black satin bows have all come undone
plastic flowers faded by the sun
A promise was made and now the deed is done

He's still not over her
He's still not over her
the trial is over
he’s still a prisoner
Track Name: It's a Beautiful Day
It's a beautiful day to be dead
To stay permanently in bed
No coffee to brew or morning paper to get
lounging at the bottom of the bottomless pit

It's a great day not to be alive
Forget about living and all of their jive
no eye for eye or tit for tat
none of that is my concern down here where I'm at

I could be up in heaven, I went there at first
I was thinking of atoning and reversing this curse
but heaven was so perfect and it bored me to death
I said send me down to hell I'd rather burn instead

It's a wonderful day to be resting in peace
Though I stay pretty busy given that I'm deceased
My hands are never idle, the sinnnin never stops
There's always things to play with in the Devil's workshop

The lessons I learned, the fights that I fought
The money I earned it’s all come to naught
but don't cry for me don't while you divide up my stuff
I'll be seeing you all again soon enough

Until that day just let me say
and I mean this in the nicest possible way
If you’re looking for a place to face your final farewell
My advice to you is go to hell
Track Name: Poisoned Well
I drank water from a poisoned well
Searched for a kiss to break this spell
but it didn't quench my thirst
And now my situation's getting worse
I drank water from a poisoned well

Close my eyes and but can't keep out the light
Tried to speak but my throat was tight
I've kept secrets that I'll never tell
could it be my silence only hurt myself
Close my eyes and but can't keep out the light

where did it all go wrong
when did it get so too late
why have I been left alone
Abandoned to this fate ?

I hear footsteps in the hall
shadows creep across the wall
grip the handle on the door
I'm afraid I might find what I'm looking for
I hear footsteps in the hall

She won't say what she saw in me
I tried to warn her but she set it free
the cage I built fell apart
Now It's all buried in the yard
She won't say what she saw in me

where did it all go wrong
when did it get so too late
what did I do to be left alone
Abandoned to this fate ?

I can't trust these streets anymore
Where we once were home, safe and warm
Now what have you done to all my friends
I just can't believe this is how it all ends
I can't trust these streets anymore

I drank water from a poisoned well
I drank water from a poisoned well
Track Name: It takes Time
Did we meet that last year at school
Up at Julian's shooting pool
or was it later at the Blue Rose Bar
I really can't remember back that far

But I recall a lot since that day
The songs we sang and the jokes we played
The debts we owed and the dues we paid
the girls we loved and let slip away

I'll find an amigo
to pick me up when I'm feeling low
I'll find a kindred soul
with a heart of gold
Through the years I've lost a few
They don't just appear out of the blue
it takes time to make an old friend like you

The night stayed up playing our guitars
'till the dawn drowned out the stars
And when we couldn’t play anymore
we fell asleep on the kitchen floor

There were days we screamed and yelled
And I told you to go to hell
we ended up there side by side
laughing all the way through the fire

I'll find an amigo
to pick me up when I'm feeling low
I'll find a kindred soul
with a heart of gold
Through the years I've lost a few
They don't just appear out of the blue
it takes time to make an old friend like you

We messed up, made mistakes and then
Turned around and made them all again
the past has no rosy glow
and some scars are not so old

In the end our days are few
We're all just passing through
On the way to who knows where
As long as we're together, I don't care

I'll find an amigo
to pick me up when I'm feeling low
I'll find a kindred soul
with a heart of gold
Through the years I've lost a few
They don't just appear out of the blue
it takes time to make an old friend like you