Bodega Rock

by Homeboy Steve

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1.
Bodega Rock 03:42
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
2.
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…
3.
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
4.
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
5.
One of Us 04:04
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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

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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

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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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