Don't Tell the Band Album

Artist(s): Widespread Panic

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Tracklist

Little Lilly

length: 5:08
writer: John Bell, Domingo S. Ortiz, Dave Schools, Michael Houser, Todd Nance, John Hermann

Lilly likes Beatles songs
The words are off, but they don't feel that wrong
She came in through the bedroom window like a blue girl
Like a blue girl, like a blue girl

Never has to try too hard
Her whispered words could mend broken hearts
Her sundress shines through a hurricane
Making all boys squeal like swine before her

Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see
Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see

Round and round and round she goes
Like a sweetheart's girls at the movie show
Lilly leans back in the very last row
The lights go low, the show goes on

Even schoolgirls like her way
Oh, marry the preacher, you'd make a little angel someday
Silent as a child when the first snows fall
Perfect player in anyone's own little world

Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see
Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see

Round and round the taxi goes
Like Shirley's curlies at the movie shows
Lilly leans back in the very last row
And the lights go low, the show goes on

Lilly likes Beatles songs
The words are off, but they don't feel that wrong
She came in through the bedroom window like a blue girl
Like a blue girl, like a blue girl

Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see
Hey, Little Lilly,
Don't believe everything you see
Hey, Little Lilly,
It's only real if you believe
It's only real if you believe
It's only real if you believe

Give

length: 3:30
writer: John Bell, Domingo S. Ortiz, Todd Nance, Michael Houser, Dave Schools, John Hermann
Rain kept pourin' down
We had places to be
No funnin' around
Curiosities
There were plenty for our heads
You were somethin' to see
Do you remember what he said

I know it may sound funny but
How dare you show up on time
I can hear you been hidin' in the closet
I think we better give before we
Take our lives

Jokers blowin' around
Ten-minutemen
Wasn't nowhere to be found
Curiosities
There were plenty for our head
You were listen' to me
Do you remember what he said

I know it may sound funny but
How dare you show up on time
I can hear you laughin' in the closet
I think we better give before we
Take our lives

I know it may sound funny but
How dare you show up on time
I can hear you laughin' in the closet
I think we better give before we
Take our lives

Wasn't slowing down
Fillin' all our needs
Circus comin' to town
Generosities
There were plenty for our heads
We were something to see
Remember what he said

I know it may sound funny but
How dare you show up on time
I can hear you hidin' in the closet
I think we better give before he
Take our life

He said he's in it for the money but
I guess there's truth in lies
'Cause it's your favorite charity
I think we better give before we
Take our lives

Imitation Leather Shoes

length: 4:15
writer: Todd Nance, Dave Schools, Michael Houser, Domingo S. Ortiz, John Bell, John Hermann
My little brother is an insect
He likes to crawl around his room
His mother shudders at the sight of him
His pappy is a businessman

Every move he makes is torture
He cannot speak words anymore
Our sister likes to flip him on his back
And watch little brother squirm

I really like the way you look in
Your imitation leather shoes
And I don't want to fake it anymore

He took a trip to California
Strung out on Hollywood and Vine
The Tinsel-Towners came from miles around
That little bugger felt at home

I really like the way you look in
Your imitation leather shoes
And I don't want to fake it anymore

My brother paints a pretty picture
These things are bad as these things get
Like dreaming 'bout the Mona Lisa
And waking up in ruby red

I really like the way you look in
Your imitation leather shoes
And I don't want to fake it anymore

I really like the way you look in
Your imitation leather shoes
And I don't want to fake it anymore
Anymore
Anymore
Anymore

This Part of Town

length: 5:21
writer: John Bell, Todd Nance, Dave Schools, Domingo S. Ortiz, Michael Houser, John Hermann
I was walkin' the other day with my head down,
When I met a man who had his hand out.
So I gave him, gave him a dollar,
But as I walked away I heard him call out,

"Tell me Brother, can you see the sun
From where you're standin' now?
I've been up and I've been down,
But I've never been to this part of town."

So I started thinkin' 'bout, this world we live in,
And about how far I've got my hand in.
Sometimes it seems that all we have, we have taken,
But maybe next time, won't be the forsaken.

Tell me Brother, can you see the sun
From where you're standin' now?
I've been up and I've been down,
But I've never been to this part of town.

So I went to see my girl, told her about my day.
She said, "Life can be that way.
But don't give up, don't give up, no,
'Cause where there is love, there is hope."

Tell me Brother, can you see the sun
From where you're standin' now?
I've been up and I've been down,
But I've never been here before.

Tell me Brother, can you see the sun
From where you're standin' now?
I've been up and I've been down,
But I've never been to this part of town.

Sometimes

length: 3:33
composer: Ed Crawford
lyricist: Ed Crawford
Like a locomotive wheel
Feelings real as steel
Hearts are just bound to break
Well, I'm off and on my way
Rolling night and day
Highway's callin' my name

You know sometimes
Maybe always
You know sometimes
I'll be there

Well, I wish that I could say
Wish I could stay
But now April's turning to May
If you see me in a while
Thank you for that smile
Talking 'bout an old friend

You know sometimes
Maybe always
You know sometimes
I'll be there

Like a locomotive wheel
Feelings real as steel
Hearts are just bound to break
Well, I'm off and on my way
Rolling night and day
Highway's callin' my name
When you hear this highway song
I guess that's where it's goin'
Talking 'bout an old friend

You know sometimes
Almost always
You know sometimes
I'll be there

You know sometimes
Maybe always
You know always
I'll be there

Thought Sausage

length: 4:40
writer: John Bell, Todd Nance, Domingo S. Ortiz, Michael Houser, Dave Schools, John Hermann
Thought sausage fallen through your head
Bits and pieces hanging in the shed
Churnin' out links on the other side
Cut 'em up again and stir it in the sauce, stir it in the sauce

Mama's gumbo, silky fine
Papa's birthday, takin' up time
Tight little secret from my mama's side,
Use a little secret and stir it in the sauce, stir it in the sauce, stir it

Mama said "back out the kitchen 'til I'm good and ready
Stuff ain't ready yet!"

Mama's gumbo, bubblin' time,
Aw, little baby, sittin' to the side
Matter of the spatter just makin' him cry
Swipe a little drop of it and stir it in the sauce, stir it in the sauce

Thought sausage smokin' in the shed
Tickle in the kitchen just losin' that head
Laughin' out loud at supper time
One more taste and stir it in the sauce, stir it in the sauce, stir it

Mama said "get out the kitchen, daddy, 'til I'm good and ready
This stuff ain't ready yet!"

Mama said "get out the kitchen, daddy, 'til I'm good and ready
Just come and get it!"

Mama said "come on in this kitchen, daddy, 'cause I'm good and ready
Come on and get it!"

Down

length: 3:53
writer: Todd Nance, Michael Houser, Dave Schools, Domingo S. Ortiz, John Bell, John Hermann
Take along some of your favorite things
'Cause you're gonna need 'em
Wait right here
Wait 'til I come back around
You and I will go
We'll just sit and watch it all go down
Down Down

I was fakin'
While you waited for change to come
I lied when I said I couldn't stay here anymore
When you and I just can't seem to get along
You and I both know
We'll just wait until it all calms down
Down Down
Down Down
Down Down

Careful of the things you want to say
'Cause you're gonna mean 'em
Break my pride
My backbone is feelin' strong
You and I both know
What we hold would never pull it down
Down Down
Down Down
Down Down

Take along some of your favorite things
'Cause you're gonna need 'em

Big Wooly Mammoth/Tears of a Woman

length: 6:46
writer: John Bell, Michael Houser, Domingo S. Ortiz, Todd Nance, Dave Schools, John Hermann
Like a Big Woolly Mammoth
You gotta wear that coat
Like his big brother Joseph
Yeah, walkin' in the desert sand
Like a dough boy in the trenches
You gotta lay down low
Like a Big Woolly Mammoth
You gotta wear that coat

You ain't got time to worry 'bout mass extinction
Just try and get along with the human beings
Big Wooly Mammoth gonna wear that coat
In the middle of the summertime

You got a woman in the city
She got a brand new coat
Sometimes I feel like an evolutionary reject
Yeah, livin' in a high-tech world
Like a cool armadillo
You gotta lay down low
Like the Big Woolly Mammoth
You gotta wear that coat

You ain't got time to worry 'bout mass extinction
Just try and get along with the human beings
Big Wooly Mammoth gonna wear that coat
In the middle of the summertime

Another ice age is comin'
You better wear your coat
Somebody throw me a fire
So we can burn this city down
Like a dough boy in the trenches
You gotta lay down low
Like the Big Woolly Mammoth
You gotta wear that coat

Everybody needs some weapons of mass destruction
Gonna kill you with a virus or a dose of radiation
Like a Big Wooly Mammoth gonna wear that coat
In the middle of the summertime

Casa del Grillo

length: 6:31
writer: Dave Schools, Domingo S. Ortiz, Michael Houser, Todd Nance, John Bell, John Hermann
Listen to the song de los grillos
Breathe deeply as many sounds become one sound
Suelta el aliento
Descansa quieto esperando

All souls come into the Casa del Grillo
By the sound the silence begins a song again
Suelta el aliento
Descansa quieto esperando

Recuerdo todo los que amas
Sobre la Tierra y no sobre la Tierra
Así también se hasta con los que amas
Angeles y seres que esperan serlo

Recuerdo todo los que amas
Sobre la Tierra y no sobre la Tierra
Así también se hasta con los que amas
Angels and angels waiting to be

All souls come into the Casa del Grillo
In the song the silence begins a sound again
Listen to the song de los grillos
Breathe deeply as many songs become one
Suelta el aliento
Descansa quieto esperando

Recuerdo todo los que amas
Sobre la Tierra y no sobre la Tierra
Así también se hasta con los que amas
Angeles y seres que esperan serlo

Recuerdo todo los que amas
Sobre la Tierra y no sobre la Tierra
Respira hondo, siente a los
Angels and angels waiting to be
Gracias, grillos

Old Joe

length: 3:51
writer: John Bell, Domingo S. Ortiz, Dave Schools, Michael Houser, Todd Nance, John Hermann
Well, Old Joe, he moves slow
He likes to look at things and paint pictures on his radio
He says they make the songs look better.

One day, Joe met a girl
Sweet breathing thing
Dancin' naked, nudey, in the winter snow
Underneath her dozen sweaters

And someday, somewhere
Some things get hit by lighting
And some things just don't
Hope we live long and lucky

At least one things for sure
Or maybe it isn't.
No matter where we are
It's this life that we're livin' in

At least one things for sure
Or maybe it isn't.
No matter where we are
It's this life that we're livin' in

And someday, somewhere
Some things get hit by lighting
And some things just don't
Hope we live long and lucky

Action Man

length: 4:31
writer: Todd Nance, Michael Houser, Dave Schools, Domingo S. Ortiz, John Bell, John Hermann
Willie said "he was the mostest horse"
A ??? desert mama's boy
Running in first, neither crowned nor cursed
He tears away like a child takes his toy

Side by side, souls of kind, different world
Hearts of gold, limbs of steel, Man-Of-War

Oh, place your bets boys, get up, get in time
Burn the bolts, you ain't seen nothin' yet
Maybe back at that old Kentucky home
That it was luck, he'll catch him if he can

Fire inside, blaze of glory, space in time
Heart of gold, limbs of steel, Man-Of-War

Oh, Saratoga
Ooo, play your favorite
Odds are more than one hundred
Oh, Willie said
Ooo, Saratoga

Nowhere, nowhere to run
??? gonna take the highest prize
We're hardly funnin' now, little children
He's workin' it now, never, never look back

Fire inside, blaze of glory, space in time
Heart of gold, limbs of steel, Man-Of-War

Side by side, souls of kind, different world
Hearts of gold, limbs of steel, Man-Of-War

Don't Tell the Band

length: 4:12
writer: Michael Houser, Domingo S. Ortiz, John Bell, Todd Nance, Dave Schools, John Hermann
As a boy I had a gig with a travelin' show
Way back in '63
We did a little pickin' for the soldier boys
Of General Bobby Lee

But when we got to Pennsylvania,
I knew there'd be a change
We caught up with some boys from Georgia
And I heard one of them say

Don't tell the band
The devil's on his way
Don't tell the band
Just let the music play

Later on I had a job pouring gin and rum
On the grand queen of the sea
We set out on our first transatlantic voyage
Headed for New York City

But when I felt that lady shudder
I knew there'd be a change
I saw the captain grab the first mate
And I thought I heard him say

Don't tell the band
The devil's on his way
Don't tell the band
Just let the music play
Just let the music play

In the Restaurant at the End of the Universe
In the year 3010
I was listenin' to the Good Old Interstellar Boys
Playin' "Let It Be" again

But when I heard the trumpet sounding
I knew there'd be a change
A prophet wearin' robes appeared before us
And he looked at me and said

Don't tell the band
The devil's on his way
Don't tell the band
Just let the music play

Don't tell the band
The devil's on his way
Don't tell the band
Just let the music play
Just let the music play
Just let the music play