Almost Transparent Blues

by Wily Bo Walker

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1.
IN THIS OL’ WORLD WE’VE ALL GOTTA DO WHAT WE’VE ALL GOTTA DO HELP US GET THROUGH OH LORD! TO HELP US GET THROUGH WE ALL WANT PEACE WE ALL WANT HARMONY SURE WE ALL WANT ALL THOSE THINGS BUT I DIGRESS LET ME TELL YOU A BIT ABOUT ME… WELL I’M A CHATTAHOOCHEE COOCHEE MAN I’M DOING THE BEST I CAN TO KEEP OUR LOVE ROLLING ALONG AND I CAN FEEL THAT RIVER RISING DEEP WITHIN MY HEART THE RIVER, LORD THAT RIVER KEEP ROLLING ALONG I’M A CHATTAHOOCHEE COOCHEE MAN CHATTAHOOCHEE COOCHEE DARLING WHEN I CAN I’M GOING DOWN TO THE RIVER THE RIVER AND MY BAND SOLO WELL I CAN FEEL THAT RIVER RISING DEEP WITHIN MY HEART THAT RIVER, LORD THAT RIVER KEEPS ROLLING ALONG, ALONG, ALONG, ALONG, ALONG… KEEP ON ROLLING ON… WELL I CAN FEEL THAT RIVER RISING… YEH! THAT RIVER, LORD THAT RIVER KEEP ROLLING ALONG, ALONG, ALONG… WELL I’M A CHATTAHOOCHEE COOCHEE MAN CHATTAHOOCHEE COOCHEE DARLING WHEN I CAN I’M GOING DOWN TO THE RIVER THE RIVER AND MY BAND TO THE RIVER AND MY BAND TO THE RIVER AND MY BAND TO THE RIVER AND MY BAND…
2.
SOMEBODY LOAN ME A DIME I NEED TO CALL MY OLD TIME USED TO BE USED TO BE SOMEBODY LOAN ME A DIME I NEED TO CALL MY OLD TIME USED TO BE LITTLE GIRL’S BEEN GONE SO LONG YOU KNOW IT’S A’WORRYING ME HEY LORD, IT’S WORRYING WORRYING ME WELL I KNOW SHE’S A GOOD LITTLE GIRL BUT AT THAT TIME I JUST DID NOT UNDERSTAND I KNOW SHE’S A GOOD LITTLE GIRL BUT AT THAT TIME LORD I JUST DID NOT UNDERSTAND SOMEBODY LOAN ME A DIME YOU KNOW I NEED A HELPING HAND A HELPING HAND YOU KNOW I CRIED, LORD I CRIED JUST LIKE A BABY ALL NIGHT LONG…ALL NIGHT LONG LORD I CRIED JUST LIKE A BABY ALL NIGHT LONG OH ALL NIGHT LONG… SOMEBODY BETTER LOAN ME THAT DIME I NEED MY BABY I NEED MY BABY HERE AT HOME LORD I NEED MY BABY HERE AT HOME
3.
TELL ME YOUR SECRETS… TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS WELL IT SURE TURNED OUT LIKE SOME KIND OF SUMMER WHAT WITH THE HEAT AND THE WIND AND THE RAIN WE WERE LIVING IN THE DEEP SOUTH A PASSION BURNING IN OUR VEINS ONE NIGHT BABY SAYS SHE FEELS THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG HERE SHE FEEL A TERROR LIKE A HEARTBEAT DEEP INSIDE AND THEN BABY SAID SHE WOULD BABY SAYS SHE MIGHT JUST TAKE A LITTLE DRIVE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I WANNA KNOW WHERE BABY DON’T GO I WANNA KNOW I WANNA KNOW WHERE BABY DON’T GO WHERE GOES MY BABY? MY BABY TONIGHT? WHEN IT TURNED INTO THE COOL OF NOVEMBER I KIND OF KNEW I’D NEVER SEE HER AGAIN IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT WHEN YOU TURN OUT THE LIGHT I SWEAR I HEARD HER CALLING OUT MY NAME TODAY I HEARD THEY'D FOUND HER CHEVY BURIED HALFWAY DOWN IN THAT TAHOE MUD BUT IT WAS EMPTY INSIDE LIKE MY BABY’S EYES WHEN SHE TOOK TO DISAPPEAR OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I WANNA KNOW WHERE BABY DON’T GO I WANNA KNOW I WANNA KNOW WHERE BABY DON’T GO WHERE GOES MY BABY? MY BABY TONIGHT? AND I’VE BEEN DRIVING THROUGH THESE STREETS IN THE MOONLIGHT TRYING TO FIND A REASON WHY IT'LL TAKE A FOOL LIKE ME NOT TO REALISE I NEED MY BABY TONIGHT… © 2012 Wily Bo Walker. All Rights Reserved.
4.
NIGHT’S SO STILL AS DARKENING SKIES SHOW THUNDER STORMS ARE COMING RACING CLOUDS AND RAGING WINDS BRING A WARNING OF HAIL STONES DRUMMING COMING DOWN WITH A VENGEANCE REVENGE IS RISING UPON THIS ONE HORSE TOWN LIGHTNING STRIKES ACROSS THE SKY AND LIGHTS THE NIGHT AS THE NIGHTMARE SOUNDS THERE’S A STORM WARNING ON MY RADIO STORM WARNING LORD THIS TIME SHE’S GONNA BLOW HEAR THAT STORM WARNING ON MY RADIO STORM WARNING GONNA PACK MY THINGS AND GO… IT’S JUST A COUPLE OF ACRES OF DESERT SCRUB WE’VE BEEN SCRATCHING THE SOIL SINCE BEFORE THE WAR ME AND MY BABY NEVER THOUGHT TO TURN IT IN BUT IF THIS TWISTER TAKES ITS TOLL WE WON’T BE FARMING HERE NO MORE I HAD IT ON THE MARKET SINCE LORD KNOWS WHEN BUT NO-ONE’S GONNA BUY IN TORNADO LAND NO SUBSIDIES FOR DAMAGE NO INSURANCE FOR LOSS TOO PROUD, TOO DUMB TO WEIGH UP THE COST THERE’S A STORM WARNING ON MY RADIO STORM WARNING LORD THIS TIME SHE’S GONNA BLOW HEAR THAT STORM WARNING ON MY RADIO STORM WARNING GONNA PACK MY THINGS AND GO… SILENCE HANGS IN TORNADO LAND I GOT A TROUBLING MIND DEBRIS LYING ACROSS THE GROUND SOME THINGS YOU GOTTA KEEP WELL SOME YOU LEAVE THEM BEHIND SHE STANDS ON THE PORCH CRYING TEARS IN THE RAIN AND ALL HER PRETTY DREAMS ARE TORN I WONDER WHAT CAN SURVIVE WHEN ALL YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE IS SHOT TO PIECES IN THE HEAT OF THE STORM THERE’S A STORM WARNING ON MY RADIO STORM WARNING LORD THIS TIME SHE’S GONNA BLOW HEAR THAT STORM WARNING ON MY RADIO STORM WARNING GONNA PACK MY THINGS AND GO… © 2010 E D Brayshaw / Lesley Brayshaw. All Rights Reserved Extra Lyrics: Wily Bo Walker
5.
IN THIS TOWN TELEVISION SHUTS OFF AT TWO WHAT CAN A LONELY ROCK’N’ROLLER DO A BED SO BIG THE SHEETS ARE CLEAN YOUR GIRLFRIEND SAID YOU WERE JAMES DEAN A STYROFOAM ICE BUCKET FULL OF ICE COME UP TO MY MOTEL ROOM AND TREAT ME NICE I DON’T WANT TO MAKE NO LATE NIGHT NEW YORK CALLS I DON’T WANT TO STARE AT THESE UGLY GRASSMAT WALLS CHRONOLOGICALLY I KNOW YOU’RE YOUNG COS WHEN YOU KISSED ME IN THE CLUB YOU BIT MY TONGUE I’LL WRITE A SONG FOR YOU AND PUT IT ON MY NEXT LP COME UP TO MY MOTEL ROOM AND SLEEP WITH ME THERE’S A BIBLE IN THE DRAWER DON’T BE AFRAID I’LL PUT UP A SIGN TO WARN THE CLEAN UP MAID THERE’S LOTS OF SOAP AND LOTS OF TOWELS NEVER MIND THOSE DESK CLERK SCOWLS I’LL BUY YOU BREAKFAST AND THEY’LL THINK YOU’RE MY WIFE COME UP TO MY MOTEL ROOM AND SAVE MY LIFE…
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04:15
DID I FORGET TO TELL YOU I LOVE YOU I GUESS MY DRINKIN’ GOT IN THE WAY AND ALL THE STARS SHINING ABOVE YOU COULDN’T KEEP ME FROM LOSING MY WAY NOW I’M ALL BROKEN DOWN ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN I THOUGHT THAT WE WOULD HAVE ONE MORE DAY DID I FORGET TO TELL YOU I LOVE YOU I GUESS THE ANGELS WILL HEAR ME TODAY DID I FORGET TO TELL YOU I NEEDED YOU NEEDED YOU MORE WITH EACH PASSING DAY DID I FORGET TO SAY I BELIEVE IN YOU BELIEVE IN YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY WELL I’VE ALREADY GONE AND WROTE IT DOWN IN A SONG I HOPE THAT YOU WILL HEAR IT ONE DAY DID I FORGET TO TELL YOU I LOVE YOU WELL THOSE WERE THE WORDS THAT I WANTED TO SAY NOW I’M ALL BROKEN DOWN ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN I THOUGHT THAT WE WOULD HAVE ONE MORE DAY DID I FORGET TO TELL YOU I LOVE YOU… WELL THOSE WERE THE WORDS THAT I WANTED TO SAY GOODBYE BABY IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG, LONELY DAY SO LONG DARLING MAYBE, MAYBE ONE DAY… GOODBYE BABY ALL THE ANGELS WILL HEAR ME TODAY… SO LONG DARLING… GOODBYE BABE… © 2012 Wily Bo Walker. All Rights Reserved
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WELL, I LOVE YOU, BABY YOU KNOW THAT I DO I CAN’T BREAK AWAY NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO YOU GOT MY HEART IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND LORD, YOU KNOW THAT AIN’T NO WAY TO TREAT YOUR LOVIN MAN I’M A FOOL A FOOL A FOOL FOR YOUR LOVIN’ DARLING ALL THAT YOU DO AND ALL THAT YOU SAY MY FRIENDS THEY ALL ASK ME WHY I LET YOU TREAT ME THIS WAY YOU GOT MY HEART YOU GOT THE POWER FROM UP ABOVE YOU’VE GOT MY EVERYTHING NOW DARLING YOU GOT MY YOU GOT MY… LORD I’M A FOOL A FOOL A FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING DARLING LORD I’M A FOOL A FOOL A FOOL FOR YOU… NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU TREAT ME THIS WAY YOU GOT MY HEART YOU GOT MY LOVE… YOU GOT MY… LORD, IT TAKE A WOMAN LIKE YOU TO TAKE A MAN LIKE ME WE GOT SOMETHING BURNING BABY LORD, I CAN’T BREAK FREE YOU GOT MY HEART YOU GOT MY LOVE YOU GOT MY EVERYTHING NOW, DARLING YOU GOT MY YOU GOT MY… LORD I’M A FOOL A FOOL A FOOL FOR YOU LET ME TELL YOU… IT TAKE A WOMAN LIKE YOU TO TREAT A MAN LIKE ME THE WAY YOU DO THE WAY YOU DO OH LORD, I’M A FOOL FOR YOU… WE'VE GOT SOMETHING BURNING BABY I CAN’T BREAK FREE I’M A FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING, DARLING WHY CAN’T YOU SEE IT TAKE A WOMAN LIKE YOU TO TAKE A MAN LIKE ME THE WAY YOU DO THE WAY YOU DO OH LORD, I’M A FOOL FOR YOU I GOT SOMETHING BURNING BABY LORD, I CAN’T BREAK FREE I’M A FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING DARLING EVIDENTLY… © 2016 Stone McEwan. All Rights Reserved (Extra lyrics © 2016 Wily Bo Walker. All Rights Reserved)
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I’VE BEEN WALKING WITH THE DEVIL THE DEVIL BY MY SIDE WALKING WITH THE DEVIL THE DEVIL BY MY SIDE THAT DEVIL TOOK MY WOMAN ON A MIDNIGHT RIDE… THE DEVIL TOOK MY BABY THE DEVIL TOOK MY KNIFE THE DEVIL TOOK MY WOMAN AND TWISTED DEEP INSIDE I HEARD MY BABY SCREAMING SHE LOOKED ME IN THE EYE MY BABY SHE WAS SCREAMING SHE LOOKED ME IN THE EYE DON'T YOU LOVE ME BABY DON'T YOU LOVE ME CHILD… AND SHE SAID… ALL OF THE WORDS THAT SHE SAID THE DEVIL TOOK MY BABY AND A FEVER STARTED BURNING IN MY HEAD… I’VE BEEN WALKING WITH THE DEVIL THE DEVIL BY MY SIDE THE DEVIL TOOK MY WOMAN AND I SWEAR I LOST MY MIND YEAH… I’VE BEEN WALKING WITH THE DEVIL TALKING WITH THE DEVIL ALL NIGHT LONG ALL NIGHT LONG… © 2015 Wily Bo Walker. All Rights Reserved.
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THIS IS THE STORY OF JOHNNY AND LOUISE DOWN ON KENNEDY BOULEVARD COULD BE THE STORY OF YOU AND ME LOSING TRACK OF WHO WE BOTH ARE SOME HOLD ON TO DREAMS SOME HOLD ON TO THE FEAR THAT THEY’RE JUST GROWING OLD… LOUISE TURNS TO JOHNNY PUTS HER HAND INTO HIS WITH A SMILE THAT ONLY HE KNOWS SUCH A LONG WAY TO HEAVEN SUCH A LONG WAY HOME JOHNNY SAYS “LOUISE, I DON’T KNOW HOW FAR WE’VE COME DOWN THIS ROAD THIS TOWN DON’T HOLD THE SAME FASCINATION I DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY WE SHOULD GO” HE LOOKS ACROSS TO THE SUN SINKING DOWN IN THE SHIMMERING, SHIMMERING GOLD ‘I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY CALL A PLACE YOU CAN’T RETURN FROM… LORD… I DON’T WANT TO KNOW’ SUCH A LONG WAY TO HEAVEN SUCH A LONG WAY HOME TIRED AND ALONE AND A LONG WAY FROM HOME JOHNNY AND SWEET, SWEET LOUISE… PULLED THEIR HOPES OUT OF THE OCEAN HAND IN HAND IN THE SWEET SUMMER BREEZE SUCH A LONG WAY TO HEAVEN SUCH A LONG WAY HOME WHEN YOU’RE DOWN UPON YOUR LUCK YOU’RE LUCKY TO HAVE SOMEONE YOU CAN HOLD SUCH A LONG WAY FROM HEAVEN SUCH A LONG WAY FROM HOME… © 2012 Wily Bo Walker. All Rights Reserved.
10.
IF THIS IS THE LAST TIME I’LL SEE YOU YOU’D BETTER LEAVE SO MANY THINGS IN THIS OLD WORLD LEFT TO SEE I KNOW YOUR PLANS WELL THEY NO LONGER INCLUDE ME SPREAD YOUR WINGS, LITTLE ANGEL, FLY AWAY FROM ME… AND SAY GOODBYE SAY GOODBYE TO ME THESE AREN’T TEARS IN MY EYES I AIN’T LONELY TONIGHT JUST SAY GOODBYE TO ME THERE’S A MOON OVER INDIGO A WAVE ON THE DEEP BLUE SEA A DIAMOND SNAKE WRAPPED AROUND MY SOUL DEEP INSIDE OF ME YOU HAVE YOUR DREAMS I HAVE MY OWN PAIN TO RELIEVE SPREAD YOUR WINGS, LITTLE ANGEL, FLY AWAY FROM ME… AND SAY GOODBYE SAY GOODBYE TO ME THESE AREN’T TEARS IN MY EYES I AIN’T LONELY TONIGHT JUST SAY GOODBYE TO ME PAINT YOUR DREAMS CRIMSON COLOUR ALL YOUR MEMORIES SOMEDAY BABY CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THINK OF ME WITH THE MOON OVER INDIGO THIS IS THE WAY THINGS SHOULD BE SPREAD YOUR WINGS, LITTLE ANGEL, FLY AWAY FROM ME… AND SAY GOODBYE SAY GOODBYE TO ME THESE AREN’T TEARS IN MY EYES I AIN’T LONELY TONIGHT JUST SAY GOODBYE TO ME © 2015 Wily Bo Walker. All Rights Reserved.
11.
IT TOOK ME YEARS AT THE BOTTOM OF A BOTTLE WHEN YOU WALKED ON OUT TEN GODDAMN YEARS AT THE BOTTOM OF A BOTTLE WHEN YOU WALKED ON OUT YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING DIDN’T KNOW YOU WOULD BE SCREWING WITH MY MIND YOU’RE SO UNKIND LED ME RIGHT BACK DOWN THAT ROAD THAT ROAD SO LONG CLOSED AND THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL JUST WENT OUT WELL I THOUGHT YOU KNEW ME BUT YOU WOULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS TO ME, IF YOU DID I THOUGHT YOU KNEW ME BUT YOU WOULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS TO ME LORD IF YOU DID I PUT ALL THAT STUFF BEHIND ME NEVER THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD FIND ME BUT IT’S HERE OH LORD IT’S HERE THAT OLD FEELING’S BACK AGAIN WITH A WHOLE NEW CROWD OF FRIENDS AND THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL JUST WENT OUT IT JUST WENT OUT… WELL I THOUGHT YOU WERE MY FRIEND BUT ALL GOOD THINGS HAVE TO END THEN THEY DID YES THEY DID I DON’T WANT YOUR SYMPATHY I’M JUST GETTING BACK TO ME AND THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL JUST WENT OUT IT JUST WENT OUT… © 2014 Kareña K. All Rights Reserved Extra Lyrics: Wily Bo Walker

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In collating the songs for this album, Wily Bo worked with his regular band and collaborators alongside Grammy Award winning musicians, friends, artists and troubadours from both sides of the Atlantic

'Almost Transparent Blues' gives a glimpse, a taste, a sample of his music and is an exercise in the thespian arts of a songwriter, vocal master and storyteller par excellence!

Wily Bo Walker is one of a very few independent blues artists from the U.K. to be inducted in to the U.S. Blues Hall of Fame

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Wily Bo works across many styles and genres: Blues, Gospel, Soul, Classic R&B, Jazz, Rock, AAA and Americana

Includes bonus extended versions of 'Did I Forget' and 'Light At The End Of The Tunnel'

PRESS REVIEW:

"A Scotsman that’s a guitar slinging, growling blues rocker to the core who knows how to deliver the music from the true vine might have been born in the wrong place to play it as authentically as he does but you can bet you’ll never mistake him for a kilt wearing bag pipe player.

Alternately rocking, sinister and low down and dirty, one listen to this will make you feel like you were Butterfield the first time he walked in to the Checkerboard - but he didn’t see white boys that could tear it up like this.

Hot stuff throughout." Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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released June 29, 2018

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Wily Bo Walker London, UK

Wily Bo Walker is a Scottish artist & songwriter noted for his characterful vocals & swaggering 'live' performances

Inducted in to the U.S. Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist, Wily Bo adds his blues-infused style across the many genres of his work

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