Rock 'n' Roll Sun

by Homeboy Steve

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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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Track Name: Rock 'n' Roll Sun
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
Track Name: I'll Find a Way
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
Track Name: At the Treehouse
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
Track Name: My Bones Will Remember
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
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Be Wanted
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
Track Name: December Roses
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
Track Name: I Don't Miss Summer
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
Track Name: Tomorrow's Girl
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
Track Name: Live it Down
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
Track Name: Better Off With the Blues
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