Rock 'n' Roll Sun

by Homeboy Steve

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1.
You gotta turn it up nice and loud to be heard over this crowd The place is packed and comin alive that's how they kill a Saturday night The locals seem to like us here, they give us a hand loading in the gear there's a jackalope hanging on the wall and a blacklight poster in the bathroom stall Once we figure out a song to play There's no hurry we know the way we'll make it all right for a little while kick it down the road for another mile It's still burning it won't grow cold not fade away and not get old Gather round and come warm yourself in the rock and roll sun Three chords in which we trust a whole lotta rhythm and a little bit of rust We're not tryin to reinvent the wheel we just want to make it roll and hear it squeal They're out of tune as they sing along and some of the words they sing are wrong But that's okay we don't mind as long as they're having a helluva time If we're done early maybe we can get some sleep in the back of the van we'll make it all right for a little while kick it down the road for another mile It's still burning it won't grow cold not fade away and not get old Gather round and come warm yourself in the rock and roll sun We'll get lost, but then we'll find ourselves here again shake hands and reminisce with the friends and strangers we've missed They had big plans in the good old days but things didn't work out that way Now they're counting on us to never give in and hold onto those dreams for them It's no mystery it's knowing That the trick is to just keep going we'll make it all right for a little while kick it down the road for another mile It's still burning it won't grow cold not fade away won't get old Gather round and come warm yourself in the rock and roll sun It's still burning it won't grow cold not fade away won't get old Gather round and come warm yourself in the rock and roll sun
2.
Humphrey Bogart was the man that no girl could understand He'd been hurt once deep inside and now is heart was petrified But you knew when the chips were down he'd put on that stoic frown Save the girl, then set her free that doesn't sound like me Across the high and dusty plain rode drifts a man who had has no name With two six guns and squinting eyes which saw see no need to compromise They shot him Was shot down and he did fall but then returned and killed them all While whistling a wistful song I would not exist that long not me I'm no desperado no gypsy on the run no swaggering bravado As I ride into the sun but if you get in trouble but when you are in trouble I'll be the reckless one and I'll find a way to save the day Eyes blue as a swimming pool, they called him the King of Cool With his understated charm he knew more than he let on Steve McQueens' greatest escape was one no other man could make Revved his bike and took off fast down a road I could not pass not me I'm no desperado no gypsy on the run no swaggering bravado As I ride into the sun but if you get in trouble but when you are in trouble I'll be the reckless one and I'll find a way to save the day I'm no super genius with a master plan, just an average guy, a plain and simple man but if you need a champion this fool will rush in and if you need a hero too Ill be there to rescue you I'm no desperado no gypsy on the run no swaggering bravado As I ride into the sun but if you get in trouble but when you are in trouble I'll be the reckless one and I'll find a way to save the day
3.
In the middle of the city in a vacant lot stands a tree in a rubble strewn plot Used tire hanging from a limb And a little treehouse for hanging out in When I need to unwind, that's where you will find me at the treehouse Three legged old sofa with worn out springs a washtub bass with clothesline string a beat up guitar made in Japan climbing up the rope comes the rest of the band there'll be dancing in the mansion In the branches at the treehouse Strumming to the rhythm of the flickering light trying to figure out a chord from a Hard Day's Night We're picking and singing, kicking back and swinging at the treehouse Three o'clock the kids come across the street Freestyle to the treehouse beat Mommy and poppy are peeking through the leaves While we trade rhymes blowing in the breeze Back and forth we go Swaying to and fro up at the treehouse Strumming to the rhythm of the flickering light trying to figure out a chord from a Hard Day's Night We're picking and singing, kicking back and swinging at the treehouse One of these days when I'm tired of town I'll climb up to the treehouse and never come down Hold my mail send for my wife Then I'll be there for the rest of my life Strumming to the rhythm of the flickering light trying to figure out a chord from a Hard Day's Night We're picking and singing, kicking back and swinging at the treehouse Strumming to the rhythm of the flickering light trying to figure out a chord from a Hard Day's Night We're picking and singing, kicking back and swinging at the treehouse We're picking and singing, kicking back and swinging at the treehouse
4.
When I can no more see your face at the door or no longer hear you call my name anymore or listen to the breeze dancing with the leaves When the grass has lost it's splendor When I can no more stand Or go running back to you Or hold your hand and feel you hold me too When the fire that was so bright is smothered by the night and loses it's last ember When I'm gone, my bones will remember When I'm gone, my bones will remember When I'm gone, my bones will remember remember you There'll be no more sleepless nights no more empty days no more stupid fights When I push you away When I can no more roam I'll be like a hero going coming home When I at last surrender When I'm gone, my bones will remember When I'm gone, my bones will remember When I'm gone, my bones will remember remember you At the end of my years I'll quit this vale of tears Regrets will be few But not of loving you When the stone is laid that no man can roll away And I take that final ride you'll still be by my side When I'm gone, my bones will remember When I'm gone, my bones will remember When I'm gone, my bones will remember remember you
5.
He's been watching her from the back of class too shy a little lad to speak to the little lass She passes him a note, all the kids start to hoot He can't hear them cause she wrote I think you're cute I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody it's true I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody but you He's up early she's already on her way they'll both be working two jobs again today Time together's something they don't have enough of it's a lucky thing for them that they're so in love I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody it's true I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody but you Baby cries and daddy gets poked in the ribs Rubs his eyes and shuffles over to the crib he smiles cause she has mommy's dimpled chin baby stops her crying and smiles back at him I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody it's true I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody but you Two people on the porch stifle a little yawn Things are quiet now that the all kids are gone On the radio they say that it might snow He turns to tell her something, but she already knows I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody it's true I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody but you I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody it's true I don't wanna be wanted by anybody anybody but you
6.
When it's winter in your heart and no friend can be found and no love can take root in the frozen ground Days are short and lonely nights seem an eternity Ploughing through the icy fields you may see December roses covered with snow bow their heads when the cold winds blow love knows no season never too late or too soon In my mind it's summertime when December roses bloom Spring's the time for new love that trembles at the day Summer's is a carefree love that promises to stay Autumn's is a faithless love without a word it's gone but winter's love waits patiently where it's been all along December roses covered with snow bow their heads when the cold winds blow love knows no season never too late or too soon In my mind it's summertime when December roses bloom Our time passes quickly then it's gone for good The roads we're on don't always lead where we thought they would When the storms are howling and you stagger around half blind Nestled in a quiet spot you will find December roses covered with snow bow their heads when the cold winds blow love knows no season never too late or too soon In my mind it's summertime when December roses bloom love knows no season never too late or too soon In my mind it's summertime when December roses bloom
7.
On a Friday last July we skipped along the shore and kissed behind the dunes By Sunday night you were already bored distant as the moon sand between your toes white stuff on your nose A melody that goes out of tune I don't miss summer I'm glad it's gone Don't miss cryin' all night long Don't miss the sunshine and skies of blue I don't miss summer and I don't miss you Do you remember me, your little surfer boy and the waves that dragged me down Now in September you're trying to avoid my gaze when I'm around Like a seashell in your hand or your fading tan the feeling's lost and can't be found I don't miss summer I'm glad it's gone Don't miss cryin' all night long Don't miss the sunshine and skies of blue I don't miss summer and I don't miss you When harbor lights glistened in your starry eyes I shouldn't have listened to your stories and your lies and now that time has passed do you give a little laugh when you call me an old friend Do you still have a crumpled photograph of that steamy lost weekend and who's to say next Memorial Day I won't get carried away all over again I don't miss summer I'm glad it's gone Don't miss cryin' all night long Don't miss the sunshine and skies of blue I don't miss summer and I don't miss you
8.
This man looks for a woman to be the answer to his prayers Whose beauty makes the angels up in heaven stop and stare With time he grows accustomed, and though her loveliness remains What he once saw as beautiful, now he sees as plain This man looks for a woman to throw diamonds at his feet Cover him in gold and feed his conceit The treasure grows heavy on his weary back the jewels turn to glass and the gold turns black He'll be gone with the tide Something deep inside him is never satisfied He won't find another anywhere in this world to compare with tomorrow's girl This man looks for a woman because he wants a home A place to lay his head where he won't feel alone But his pillow is a rock and one day she wakes to find that the house is empty and the front door's open wide He'll be gone with the tide Something deep inside him is never satisfied He won't find another anywhere in this world to compare with tomorrow's girl Tomorrow's girl is waiting At the end of a restless night but in the grey of each new day she fades from sight This man looks for a woman to be a mother to his son raise him as a prince, heir to his kingdom When the boy is grown his only legacy is to chase his father's shadow and his mother's misery He'll be gone with the tide Something deep inside him is never satisfied He won't find another anywhere in this world to compare with tomorrow's girl
9.
Live it Down 03:29
You and I were quite a pair Didn't know better and didn't care about such things as right or wrong didn't plan on living long We spent magic nights in smoky bars with twinkling lights Then recriminations came and you decided I'm to blame I guess I won't be hanging around mmm hanging around You won't be seeing me 'round town mmm hanging around You and I were living it up but now you won't let me live it down Rock n roll and cheap red wine It was never closing time Faces lit by neon glow Promises made, spoken low It's easy as A-B-C we were in love, L-U-V we shared the same apple under the tree so what makes you better than me I guess I won't be hanging around mmm hanging around You won't be seeing me 'round town mmm hanging around You and I were living it up but now you won't let me live it down I'm not sorry 'bout for things we've done I'm not sorry that I'm on the run Big red sun sinking low Tells me it's time to go I guess I won't be hanging around mmm hanging around You won't be seeing me 'round town mmm hanging around You and I were living it up but now you won't let me live it down We were living it up but now you won't let me live it down Yeah we were living it up but now you won't let me live it down won't let me live it down won't let me live it down won't let me live it down
10.
The papers may say that I've got it okay But let me tell you the news believe it or not, you don't want what I've got you'd be better off with the blues You may contemplate the swing in my gait and wish that you were in my shoes take care where you tread you might find instead you'd be better off with the blues We all have our ups and downs with burdens of our own your's could grow by leaps and bounds if you think it's greener on your next door neighbor's lawn You think it's a snap this all just fell in my lap and that I haven't paid my dues but the ledger is clear, the cost has been dear you'd be better off with the blues We all have our ups and downs with burdens of our own your's could grow by leaps and bounds if you think it's greener on your next door neighbor's lawn you might embrace a change of pace and think that you've got nothing to lose be careful or you might get what you wish for you'd be better off with the blues

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released May 14, 2014

Homeboy Steve-guitars, vocals
Neil Thomas-accordion, piano
Skip Ward-bass
Bruce Martin-organ, drums, percussion
Kenny Soule-drums
Drina Seay-harmony vocals

Basic tracks 1, 4, 7, 9
recorded at House of Soule, Queens NYC
additional recording at
Mon Bijou
MeadowLarkMusic

All songs ©Stephen B Antonakos
except "Live It Down"
©Stephen B Antonakos & Drina Seay

Produced by Stephen B Antonakos
homeboysteve.com

Many thanks to the musicians who played on this record and to:
Mom & Dad, Tim Heap, Tom Curiano, Linda Hill, Joe Flood, Tim Carroll, Mark Horn, Robbie Fulks, Dann Baker, Bruce Hathaway, Tom Meltzer, Paul Foglino, Lucid Culture, Karen Hudson, Laurie Olinder, Jim Toia, Monica Passin
and Susie

cover photo by Pierre Jelenc
inside photo by Kristin Callahan

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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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