Barrel O Monkeys

by Andrew Winton

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The first Andrew Winton solo album! Very rootsy, raw, and featuring award winning songs that set his solo career on track. Andrew has lots of fun on this album playing plenty of dobro, acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukelele, drums & percussion, as well as the usual lead and backing vocals. Also features Bob Thomson on upright bass, Emma White on cello, and Karen Winton on backing vocals.

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released December 1, 2003

All songs written by Andrew Winton, with the exception of Say Darlin' Say (cover of Billy Connolly arranged traditional tune) and Denomination Blues (Washington Phillips)
Andrew Winton: Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, drums, percussion, ukelele
Karen Winton: Backing vocals; lead vocal on Icarus
Bob Thomson: Double bass
Emma White: Cello
Engineered and mixed by Dave Parry at In The Room Studio
Mastered by James Hewgill
Album artwork by Eddie Robless at Adopt Design

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Andrew Winton Perth, Australia

Multi award-winning songwriter and lap slide specialist Andrew Winton is known for his on-stage warmth, humour, and stellar musicianship. He is also recognised for his diverse musical styles with influences ranging through blues/roots to jazz. Andrew has toured extensively, and was named the Australian Songwriter of the Year 2012 by the Australian Songwriter’s Association in conjunction with APRA. ... more

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Track Name: Right Lane Driver
RIGHT LANE DRIVER

Writhing through the freeway it’s a heated afternoon
Swerving rather blindly P76 saloon
He drives so slowly, so meek and lowly
And I bet he does it all day

Slow you down, drive you round the bend
Right lane driver
Run them down, they’ll be back again

Messing with her hair she wanders through the lanes
Lipstick rear vision she powders her facial veins
A transformation in transportation
And I bet she does it all day

Slow you down, drive you round the bend
Right lane driver
Run them down, they’ll be back again
Right lane driver
Roundabout, scream and shout at them
Right lane driver
Slow you down, drive you round the bend

Caravan jam, a pram on a smoking bus
Driving’s a pleasure, brings hatred in all of us
Automobile in peace

Chorus

Another multinova makeover (right lane driver)
Your wife pulled over in a green range rover (right lane driver)
Motor coma now I’m boiling over (right lane driver)
Track Name: Mercy
MERCY

If you saw the sun fall down
If you felt the sky close round
If everything that ever meant a thing to me was found untrue
If I landed on your shore
Captive by your first world law
If everything that ever meant a thing to me was found untrue

Mercy for the slave for the free
Mercy pulls against all you see
Mercy

When I play the cruelest games
Rising from my deepest shame
When I lay a final blame on you
The judgement of a selfish child
A leader that was worth the while
Hear the holy fools who whisper to the raging storm for you

Mercy for the proud and the shamed
Mercy promises that never came
Mercy for the fool and the wise
Mercy mercy mercy

Some can navigate the chart
Dark waters of the human heart
Somehow north will always stay true
Mercy for the land and sea
Mercy for what used to be
Mercy for you and me

Mercy
Track Name: Make Your Bed A Single
MAKE YOUR BED A SINGLE

We were so happy for such a long time
So understanding so patient and kind
I get the feeling you don’t want me around
I get the feeling I’m dragging the ground

I saw you talking to some other man
A conversation I could not understand
Think I am tired of your cruel little games
I know it’s time for a change

Well I love you but you shut me out
You don’t even know what I’m crying about
Tried to tell you but you shut me down
Better make your bed a single ‘coz I won’t be found

You killed my goldfish while I was away
Water restrictions said you had to obey
Found my iguana down RSPCA
If I saw that ranger would he take you today
You cheat at scrabble and monopoly
And say my family don’t play properly
Start throwing glasses and cheap pottery
You know I cannot stand this no more

Well I love you but you shut me out
You don’t even know what I’m crying about
Tried to tell you but you shut me down
Better make your bed a single ‘coz I won’t be found

The marriage therapists are running a mile
Adult relationship is just not your style
I’m gonna leave you just one of these days
If you weren’t that lotto winner I would mean what I say

Well I love you but you shut me out
You don’t even know what I’m crying about
Tried to tell you but you shut me down
Better make your bed a single ‘coz I won’t be found
Track Name: Fatty Ham Bone
FATTY HAM BONE

You gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty ham bone
You gotta get the rhythmn of
Gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty ham bone
You gotta get the rhythmn of
You gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty hambone

When they see me coming heading for the floor
Half price deal on a four course meal but I wish I’d ordered more

You gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty ham bone
You gotta get the rhythmn of
Gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty ham bone
You gotta get the rhythmn of
You gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty hambone

My wife and children they left me years ago
The weekly budget couldn’t fit me in so they said I had to go

You gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty ham bone
You gotta get the rhythmn of
Gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty ham bone
You gotta get the rhythmn of
You gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty hambone

Yes I love dancing it’s become my prize
A little restaurant with a little dance floor no matter what your size
You got a two-for-one and a smorgasboard and I think I’ll take the chance
To find a little girl to pay for me and then I gotta teach her to dance

You gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty ham bone
You gotta get the rhythmn of
Gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty ham bone
You gotta get the rhythmn of
You gotta get the rhythmn of the fatty hambone
Track Name: Coming To Life
COMING TO LIFE

And I was filled with light in the middle of the day
And I was fueled by spite later the same way
Strange how you could live your life like someone else’s dream
Sailing magnetic north heard and yet unseen

And the way I am coming
And the way I’ve arrived
It’s the way I am coming to life

Being so sure of your character part
On a small familiar stage
When a still small voice said now eat those lines
Simply act your age
Were you taught to climb like everyone else
Just a race to the clouds
But a slow walk down has brought me life
More than I’m allowed

And the way I am coming
And the way I’ve arrived
It’s the way I am coming
It’s the way

Wait for the moments the platforms of perception
Caves in the rain
You’ll feel the tide just a whisper of the wisdom
Slowly coming to life

And the way I am coming
And the way I’ve arrived
It’s the way I am coming
It’s the way
Track Name: Things Ain't Getting Better For You
THINGS AIN'T GETTING BETTER FOR YOU

It was early in the morning under doona I was stalling
I could feel the seconds falling to a dismal day
Same old repetition in the daily competition
Just to keep my same position in the same old way
I could see myself complaining through the traffic and the raining
And the hours of rowing training for my five year old
When I woke up in a furnace with my long dead Uncle Earnest
Saying ‘Welcome to hell’ and he started to sing...

Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Things ain’t getting better for you things ain’t getting better for me

A demon known as Steven he was welcoming the heathen
Said fill in this form and leave it on the counter here
I’ll take your bags and dump ‘em ‘coz you like it or you lump ‘em
You won’t ever need a sumpthin’ sonny while you’re here
Everyone feels weird when they’re suddenly bum-steered
It’s a shame that truck careered through your middle lane
But I have your file that’s recent and your uncle says you’re decent
So if you simply take a seat I’ll see what is to blame

Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Things ain’t getting better for you things ain’t getting better for me

After waiting ages reading New Idea pages
I was summoned to the cages at the front of the line
Where a Seventh Day Adventist said she used to be a dentist
Said computer’s made an error for the umpteenth time
We’re really very sorry ‘bout the death under the lorry
But you’re never s’posed to come down here to hell at all
And you’re gonna have to stay the ticket is one way
I do not want to sound like Mrs Know-It-All but....

Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Things ain’t getting better for you things ain’t getting better for me

After fourteen ages rehabilitation stages
They had processed all my papers sent me back to life
On the operating table learnt my pulse had become stable
I was ready willing able for another try
It was a power failure the machine and all regalia
Sent me back to South Australia if you know what I mean
As soon as I saw Steven he was giggling and wheezing
Said that he was only teasing but he wanted to scream

Ah

Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Ah things ain’t getting better for you
Things ain’t getting better for you things ain’t getting better for me
Track Name: Icarus
ICARUS

You remind me of a loving gesture spoken
And you remind me of a little treasure broken
If you could only see the things you are doing to me
Then I’d remind you of reactionary token

Wings near the sun are falling down
But we never stop flying
Icarus dreaming of clowning around
There’s no denying

People drown in seas that never appealed to me
And now that I can see these youthful eyes I’m shedding
So good luck to you my friend
These years aren’t lost in the scheme of things
When life goes round the bend
Your enemy was your closest friend

Yeah yeah yeah

Chorus