Tod Moses

That Album

Story

If you are either old enough to have been listening to music back when vinyl LPs were the preferred media of the day, or are part of the new wave of vinyl record fans, then you know that one of the main attractions to this medium is the "Liner Notes", found as part of that packaging.  Many love to sit in front of the stereo and listen to the music while follow along with the lyrics, checking out the cover art, or learning more about the musicians.

This page is dedicated to trying to bring you that experience but even richer, with back stories about the songs and the ability to pick and chose which songs you want to listen to, in whatever order you please, without having to set the needle in just the right place on the record and the oft accompanying  jarring 'BOOM SCRAAATCH!' that goes with it. 

So sit back, put on your headphones, tune out the world, click "MP3 play whole song" and enjoy the ride.

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses

Story

Okay, guy question here... Have you ever been out to a club or maybe your local mall, and seen this girl? She's really good looking but then you notice that she has jet black hair, black lipstick, eye makeup and white-face like the old minstrels. Maybe that isn't a complete turnoff... I mean to each his own. But then as you watch her, you notice that despite being someplace where people are supposed be having a good time, she just sits there with this "pissed at the world" look on her face.  Then you think "hey that guy she is with, with all of the body piercings, that looks really bad-ass.... I know him.... he served me my burger the other day”. Well Honey... This song's for you... Lighten Up A Little Sweetie.

 

Lyrics

Bittersweet baby, won’t you come out to play

Bittersweet baby, won’t you come out to play

With your black lipstick on we’re gonna’ party till the break of day

 

With your black leather gown, no expression but a frown

You just don’t seem like the party type to me

And I don’t know if you noticed but your friend’s a little bogus

I saw him workin’ down the street at Mickey D’s

You look so awful needy, lighten up a little sweetie

Or that blank expression on your face may freeze

Now you’re showin’ them a hatchet with an attitude to match it

But you still look like a charmer to me

 

Bittersweet baby, won’t you come out tonight

Bittersweet baby, that ought to make it all right

With your black widow tat gonna’ start a little trouble tonight

 

Careful now –

A smile looks out of place on that melancholy face

Wouldn’t want your friends to see you have a good time

Though you’re lookin’ mighty fine with that trouble on your mind

While you sit there like a sad sack of a mime

I am thinking how much lighter this ole room could get much brighter

If you’d  crack a little grin just for a while

Three inch nails upon your fingers but your kisses they would linger

If you would shake a little lead off your behind

 

Bittersweet baby, won’t you come out tonight

Bittersweet baby, that ought to make it all right

With your black widow tat gonna’ start a little trouble tonight

Bittersweet baby, won’t you come out to play

Bittersweet baby, won’t you come out to play

Now you’re showin’ them a hatchet with an attitude to match it…

Three inch nails upon your fingers but your kisses they would linger…

With your black lipstick on we’re gonna’ party till the break of day

 

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses

Story

What would it sound like if Stevie Ray Vaughn met Joe Bonamassa on the way to see Booker T and the MG's? 

Well, here is our take on it.

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses

Story

This is really how the whole thing (That Album) got started. We started out as a cover band called

“Thirty Three & 1/3”. We decided that we wanted to do an album but that we needed more than just covers, so Tod set out to write a dance tune. Well, anybody that knows Tod, knows that his lyrics are not historically “dance tune” material. “It was kind of a songwriting exercise, and in the end I was so happy with it that it sort of spawned 8 more new songs, and the rest, as they say, is history”

Lyrics

Time to heat up the floor, kick up some dust

Forget about your week cause’ you know it’s a bust

Got to lay it down and look for your bliss

Been waitin’ all week for a moment like this

Time to cut loose and shake it on down

Come on out tonight and lets tear up the town.

 

Chorus:

Dance, dance, dance yourself a hole in the floor

Shake, shake, shake till you can’t take it no more.

Swing, swing, swing cause’ you know what’s in store

Ya got to, Dance, dance dance…      till there’s a hole in the floor

 

Whether it’s hot rock n roll or the rhythm n blues

Come on over baby you got nothin’ to lose

You want to shake it loose, want to get down

Got to find the place with the best tunes in town

And there’s some boys out back with some mighty fine stuff

But you won’t be needin’ that because the music’s enough               

 

There’s a party tonight and you know the place

You say you will not be there but I know that ain’t the case

Got on your dancin’ shoes and laced em’ up tight

Put em out on the floor cause you got to make it right

Burned out the souls and it’s down to your socks

Now I smell burnt flesh because this place rocks                                 

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Doc Pomis & Mort Shuman

Story

This tune was originally recorded by Elvis Presley. Tod found this one, believe it or not on MTV back in the 80s. There was a video of Rockpile (Nick Lowe, Dave Edmonds and Co) doing this live with Robert Plant fronting the vocals.  I guess it left a mark.

Lyrics

Well, I dated your big sister
And took her to a show
I went for some candy
Along came Jim Dandy
And they snuck right out of the door

Ev'ry time I see your sister
Well she's got somebody new
She's mean and she's evil
Like that old Boll Weevil
Guess I'll try my luck with you

Well, I used to pull your pigtails
And pinch your turned-up nose
But you been a growin'
And baby, it's been showin'
From your head down to your toes

CHORUS:
Little sister, don't you
Little sister, don't you
Little sister, don't you kiss me once or twice
Then say it's very nice and then you run
Little sister, don't you do what your big sister done

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses

Story

This song was sort of inspired by a combination of Billy Joel's “The Stranger” (we all have a face that we hide away forever, and we take them out and show ourselves when everyone has gone) and a bit of classic childrens literature. See if you can figure out which story.

Lyrics

Sun goes down behind me as it slides across your face

I see you brought a friend with you but I can't see her face

I wonder what she's thinking or what she has in mind

Walks across the room with you but just a step behind

Seems so independent, though she stays right be you

Something quite mysterious and yet I can see through

Your Silhouette

Looking in the mirror, a shadow from behind

Is it creeping up on me or have I lost my mind

Don't know if it's friend or foe or what it wants of me

Perhaps if I can learn from it, the other side I'll see

Is it just a friend of mine, like the one that followed Pete

And will he entertain you while he's keep watch on me

My Silhouette

Shouldn't I dig deeper to find the other side

Or keep it in the background and somehow try to hide

Can it really be that scary or is it just a friend

Can we ever know it till we take but the hand

That Silhouette

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses

Story

'Lie Down With Dogs' is a fun little morality play of a song. A hard rockin' electric blues tune, sort of in the vein of Jerry Reed or Tony Joe White but with more attitude... A Lot More!  “When you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas”

Lyrics

When I was a young boy… my papa told me son

Better watch who your trustin’… before the damage is done

It’s okay to pet that dog… but don’t you lay down

Cause’ when you wake up in the mornin’… you’ll be scratchin’ around

 

CHORUS:

Cause’ when you lie down with dogs… you wake up with flees

Better to be antisocial… than to wind up with a social disease

Walkin’ on the wrong side of the road

is bound to bring a young man to his knees

Cause’ when you lie down with dogs… you wake up with fleas.

There once was a fish who longed to make a big splash

Clean up the water and take out the trash

Made friends with a gator as a means to an ends

One thing that ole' fish forgot....

Gator ain't got no friends

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Eddie Curtis

Story

This is a Eddie (Memphis) Curtis tune, originally recorded by Ray Charles.  This one features lead guitarist Kit Creeger on the vocals, and along with Little Sister is part of the original live in the studio demos recorded as “33 1/3”.  These were live in the studio performances of the songs for as booking demos, with a few re-recorded vocal or solo tracks, once we decided to put them on the album.  Kit's and Tod's solo on this are from the original demos though.  One and Done.

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses & Kit Creeger

Story

Kit and Tod decided to sit down and write a song, in the style of the old jump tunes that have been a staple of the band since day one.  The result is really beyond fun.  It features Kit on guitars and Dalton Winslow on keys.  As for the subject matter; men are dogs... Nough' Said. 

Lyrics

I spend all day just a lyin'  in the shade

Like an old hound dog just collecting fleas

Not thinking passed the nose upon my face

So I am on my knees askin' darling please

Want you come take pity on little old me

 

Chorus:

I want a girl who's sweet as can be

I need a woman lookin' after me

I'm lost on my own baby can't you see that

I need a woman what's better than me

 

Night time come just a howlin at the moon

Like an old gray wolf on summer's eve

Not carin' at all that the mornin's commin' soon

But when the night gets cold and I need someone to hold

Won't you please come over and cuddle with me

 

I know that you be better suited to a man of wealth

But your stuck here with something that looks like it should be condemned by the board of health

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses

Story

A relationship between a man and a woman starts simply enough but is quickly entangled by the weeds of day to day life. Thankfully, love finds a way sometimes.

Lyrics

Come home from a hard day – felt the dirt down in

River looked refreshing – so I thought I'd jump on in 

Seemed a little murky - for such a pleasant day.

Things were getting' all growed up - but I jumped in anyway

I just wanted some refreshment to fill my need

Now I'm up to my armpits in seaweed.           

 

Now I'm caught up in the rushes baby – Tryin' to get up stream

Caught up in the rushes baby – and I think you know what I mean

 

Got our act together once - so we took it on the road

How were we to notice – it was such a heavy load

Traffic to the left of us – traffic to the right

Had to make that music – so we drove into the night

Things looked simpler when the trip had begun

No we've forgotten why we started or the way back home. And we're..

 

Caught up in the rushes baby – Tryin' to get back home

Caught up in the rushes baby – Can't do it on my own

Caught up in the rushes baby – Tryin' to get up stream

Caught up in the rushes baby – and I think you know what I mean

Ya Know? That Band
2011
Ya Know? That Band
Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses

Story

Another romp through the swamp but this time in more of a Country frame of mind.  A little bit of a Little Village on this one, along with Tod doing some more of the 'Reed-esque' chicken-pluckin'-finger-pickin' (say that five times fast and see if you don't get in trouble with the censors) .   Every boy wants a guitar and every momma rues the day she ordered it from the Sears Catalog.

Lyrics

Mama come into my room with a great big frown

Sayin’ whats-a-matta-you won’t you turn that shit down

I try to leave on the stand sittin over in the corner

But it just keeps callin’ to me so I don’t really wanta

Mama don’t understand and I don’t think she ever could

She says it’s only six strings

And a block of wood

 

Chorus:

Six strings and a block of wood

I try to walk away, but it ain't no good

Makes it hard to earn a living like I know I should

Cause it's more than six strings and a block of wood

 

 

The boss man say I don’t focus on my work

My girlfriend tells me that I’m nothing but a jerk

She comes over for some lovin’ but my heart isn’t in it

See I’m workin’ on this song and I gotta get it finished

She says I doubt it keeps you warm like a girlfriend could

Cause’ it’s only six strings

And a block of wood.

Ya Know? That Band
05/01/2011
Tod Moses

Story

The end song for a reason.  This Allman Brothers inspired song cuts straight at the heart of the popular culture.  Looks deep within the heart of darkness found in the anger and bitterness of men and tells us all it to “turn on your own little light, point it at the world and let it shine 

Lyrics

Sitting on a park bench in the middle of your mind

Wondering why the sun don’t ever shine here no more

Gazing at the colors in all the cleaver signs…

of all this fear and hatred of the times

 

Oil up the hinges, open up the lock upon your mind

Open up the window, look up to the sun and let it shine

 

Pickin' up the pieces of all your broken hearts

Wonderin' if you'll ever love again

Looking for a scapegoat to all your broken dreams

You’ll have to that sacrifice within

 

Loosen up the chains around your angry little heart and find the time...

To open up the window, look up to the sun and let is shine

 

Oil up the hinges, open up the lock upon your mind

Loosen up the chains around your angry little heart and find the time...

To turn on your own little light, point it at the world and let is shine