Covers EP

by Cat Meat

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released December 22, 2014

Saunders Ferry Lane Written and composed by Dolores Whitehead and Tooley Janette. Originally performed by Sammi Smith.

Ballad of Spider John written, composed and originally performed by Willis Alan Ramsey

If Drinking Don't Kill Me written and composed by Harlan Sanders and Rick Beresford. Originally performed by George Jones.

Green River written, composed and originally performed by Waylon Jennings.

Phil Rogers: Vocals and Guitar
Ian Olney: Guitar, Banjo and Wizadry.
Louisa Wood: Violin, Piano and Backing Vocals
Barney Bodoano: Guitar, Dobro, Bass and Drums.
Shannon Beecher: Backing Vocals on Green River

Mixed, tweezed and polished by Ian Olney

Artwork by Barney Bodoano www.barneybodoano.com

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Cat Meat UK

Cat Meat Are:
Phil Rogers (Guitar and Vocals)
Ian Olney (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Electronics)
Louisa Wood (Violin, Piano, Backing Vocals)
Barney Bodoano (Guitar, Harmonica, Bass, Drums, Backing Vocals)

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Track Name: Saunders Ferry Lane
It's 66 and cloudy here this mornin'
I'll make a bet those clouds will turn to rain
The weather's rusted out the sign
And I almost missed the turn
That'll take me down to Saunders Ferry Lane

The creekin' boards of the empty dock
Are the only sounds I hear
The sign on the catfish stand says
"closed till spring"

Summer drown in the frozen lake
As the winter came to life
And nothing moves in Saunders Ferry Lane
Nothing moves in Saunders Ferry Lane

Raindrops mingle with the leaves
That tumble to the ground
As I find my way to the spot
Where we once lay

But the grass is dead
The life is gone
And the birds have flown away
It's awful cold in Saunders Ferry Lane
Awful cold in Saunders Ferry Lane
The gentle arms that held me
And made me want tomorrow now are, are gone

We found so much comfort
In the way we loved eachother
Then the angels came
As quietly as the dawn

Standing by the water
In an icy winter wind
I find no present comfort for my pain

No gentle arms to hold me now
I know there's nothin' worse
Than a day alone in Saunders Ferry Lane
A day alone in Saunders Ferry Lane

It's 32, and raining here this evening
I'll make a bet that rain will turn to snow
It's hard to see through the tears
And I almost missed the turn
The easy way from Saunders Ferry Lane
The easy way from Saunders Ferry Lane
Track Name: The Ballad of Spider John
Spider John is my name friends
I'm in between freights, and I sure would be obliged
If I could share your company.

I'm on my way to nowhere,
I been runnin' from my past.
Runnin' from the things I used to be.

Now I know my words sound strange to you
But if you'll wait till my song is sung and my story's told
You might come to understand
How I'm old and bent and devil sent
And runnin' out of time
When not long ago I held a royal flush in my hand.

I was a super market fool, I was a motorbank stool pigeon,
Robbing my hometown
I thought I'd lost the blues, yes, I thought I'd paid my dues
I thought I'd found the life to suit my style

But ol' Spider John
The robber man
Long, tall and handsome
Yes, ol' Spider John with the loaded hand
Taking ransom

Then one day I met Diamond Lil
She was the sweetest thing, I declare,
That the summer breeze ever blown my way
But Lily she had no idea of my illustrious occupation
She thought I was a saint, not a sinner gone astray
Spider he loved his lady so much
But would not confess his sins
For he knew if he did the lady would surely take her leave
But you know that word got around and Lily left town
And he never saw her again
Tossin' and turnin', causin' his heart to grieve

I was a super market fool, I was a motorbank stool pigeon,
Robbing my hometown
I thought I'd lost the blues, yes, I thought I'd paid my dues
I thought I'd found the life to suit my style

But ol' Spider John
The robber man
Long, tall and handsome
Yes, ol' Spider John with the loaded hand
Taking ransom

That is all my story
It's been these thirty years since I took to the road
Find my precious jewel one
If you see my Lily, won't you give her my regards
Tell her ol' Spider got tangled
In the black web that he spun

You can tell her that ol' Spider got tangled
In the black web that he spun
Track Name: If Drinking Don't Kill Me
The bars are all closed
It's four in the morning
Must have shut 'em all down
By the shape that I'm in
I lay my head on the wheel
And the horn it starts honking
The whole neighborhood knows
That I'm home drunk again

And if drinking don't kill me
Her memory will
I can't hold out much longer
The way that I feel
With the blood from my body
I could start my own still
And if drinking don't kill me
Her memory will

These old bones move slow
But so sure of their footsteps
As I trip on the floor
And lightly touch down
Lord it's been ten bottles
Since I tried to forget her
But the memory still lingers
Lying here on the ground

And if drinking don't kill me
Her memory will
I can't hold out much longer
The way that I feel
With the blood from my body
I could start my own still
And if drinking don't kill me
Her memory will
Track Name: Green River
Green River, I've come back to you do you remember me
Do you remember Molly with the soft blue eyes
I left here with a lot of dreams none of them came true
What I wanted was here waiting all the time.

Green River, did she come here every evening
Like the neighbors say she did so faithfully
Green River, has she's gone away forever
She just disappeared one day as she gave upon me.

Green River, if you see her won't you tell her I'll return
All I've brought her is myself and this little dream
Please tell her that I love her and my lesson I have learned
Green River, tell her please come back to me...