Lyrics – Bus Depot Blues

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Bus Depot Blues   –  2014


1. Solitary Vacation With The Blues

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Everything was going fine
I had plenty of women and I loved my wine
But when the women get too fast and the wine is just booze
You’re close to a vacation with the blues

 I did not recognise when she got up to me
This was the woman, who would take good care of me
She was the one I did not want to loose
Now I’m taking a vacation with the blues

Chorus:
I’m heading out on my vacation
And it’s one I did not choose
My bags are packed
Tthere’s no turning back
From my solitary vacation with the blues

You need some Bad with the good to Educate
It’s a lesson I learned well, but I learned it too late
Now I’m looking out for my walking shoes
‘Cos I’m taking a vacation with the blues

Instrumental Break  Verse and Chorus

You need some Bad with the good to really Educate
It’s a lesson I learned well, but I learned it too late
Now I’m looking out for my walking shoes
‘Cos I’m taking a vacation with the blues

Chorus:
I’m heading out on my vacation
And it’s one I did not choose
My bags are packed
Tthere’s no turning back
From my solitary vacation with the blues

Now I look back it’s clear as day
I see so clearly where I lost my way
The destination on my ticket, was the very first clue
It said you’re taking a vacation with the blues

Coda

The destination on my ticket, was the very first clue
It said you’re taking a vacation with the blues
Taking a vacation with the blues
Taking a vacation with the blues

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2. Bus Depot

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Bus Depot, it was cold and damp
Even my shadow from that old gas lamp
Seems lonesome, with deep dark despair
I’d give anything to be   Anywhere else but there

One day she said, her love was true
Next day she said our loving days were through
She left me, with little more than my fare
And I’d give anything to be Anywhere else but there

I Look around, what do I see?
Lonesome man, he looks as sad as me
And he tells me, You know that life ain’t fair
I’d give anything to be Anywhere else but there

Chorus
You can Show me a road or a way or a track
I take one step forward and two steps back
There’s Nothing left in my life to save
Feels like I Already got one foot in the grave

There’s people crying, they moan and they wine
Sends a shiver, down my spine
As I wonder, is there anyone who cares
I’d give anything to be Anywhere else but there

Instrumental break

Chorus
You can show me a road or a way or a track
I take one step forward and two steps back
There’s nothing left in my life to save
Feels like I Already have one foot in the grave

Bus Depot, it was cold and damp
Even my shadow from that old gas lamp
Seems lonesome, deep dark despair
I’d give anything to be Anywhere else but there

I’d give anything to be Anywhere else but there
I’d give anything to be Anywhere else but there

© CastIronRecordings

 

3. Hard Times – 83

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

13-bar blues             Intro : verse

Man said show me your money, put it in my company
For every dollar you put in, I’ll give you forty three
When the company Crashed
He took all his cash
there was nothing left for me

They said, put a little money away, Save it for a rainy day
Then when you can work no more, that’s when it will pay
The depression grew near
The fund disappeared
I hung my head and prayed

The benefit man said I’ve done all I can, there’s no more I can do
I’ve given leaflets and telephone numbers, the rest is up to you
Better look out for yourself
No-one else
Will step up and pull you through

Instrumental Break

Man said take a good look, at my insurance policy
When you die this will take good care of your wife and family
Now I’m Eighty Four
It has no value no more
He says I should have died at Eighty Three

Instrumental Break

Life keeps getting harder, you know it’s killing me
Every little payment, is like a third degree
Like the man said
I’d be better off dead
Wish I had died at 83

Coda
Like the man said
I’d be better off dead
Wish I’d died at eighty three

© CastIronRecordings

 

4. Lady Luck

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Lady Luck, won’t you shine on me
Lady Luck, it’s my time you see.

Lady Luck, I’ve been down too long
Lady Luck, Let those blues be gone

Bridge
Where were you, when I needed you at my right hand
You were with, folks who never give a damn

INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

Lady Luck, Please send some my way
I know you will turn things round, one of theses fine days

Bridge
Why do you, leave me, when you’re setting out to roam
I pray the Lord, will deliver you unto my home

INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

Lady Luck, there’s a sign on my head
Read it soon, or you may find me dead

Lady luck, you my find me dead

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5. I’ll Take Care Of Mine

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

You may see me having a good time
You may say I tasted too much wine
But you take care of yours, and I’ll take care of mine

You hear the rumours they may be lies
You don’t know the truth you can only surmise
So you take care of yours, and I’ll take care of mine

You think I’m treating my woman unkind
You can only hear one side at a time
So you take care of yours, leave me to take care of mine

You don’t know what’s going on
So don’t put your face where your face don’t belong
A wise man once wrote it down in a song – he said it’s
Nobody’s business – but my own

You criticise what goes on in my home
But take a good look at what’s going on in your own
So you take care of yours, leave me to take care of mine

Instrumental Break

You criticise what goes on in my home
But take a good look at what’s going on in your own
So you take care of yours, leave me to take care of mine

You don’t know what’s going on
So don’t put your face where your face don’t belong
A wise man once wrote it down in a song – he said it’s
Nobody’s business – but my own

If you don’t like what someone’s doing well you hit them hard
Why don’t you take a good look in your own back yard
But you take care of yours, and I’ll take care of mine

                    You take care of yours, and I’ll take care of mine

© CastIronRecordings

 

6. That’s Alright

Arthur Crudup     Arr. John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

That’s all right, mama
That’s all right for you
That’s all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
‘Son, that gal your foolin’ with,
She ain’t no good for you’
But, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

I’m leaving town, baby
I’m leaving town for sure
Well, then you won’t be bothered with
Me hanging ’round your door
Well, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

Well, that’s all right, mama
That’s all right for you
That’s all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that’s all right, that’s all right
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

Well, that’s all right, that’s all right
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

 

7. Blues In My Life

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Blues in my life it is a major deal
It just won’t let me be
Every time I try to sleep I feel
The blues come over me

And now it seems I’ve lost my appetite
There’s no lemons in my tree
Show me a hot town on a Friday night
The blues come over me

I saw you coming but I didn’t see you leave
We see just what we want to see
The signs they were all there, but I chose not to believe
I guess that says more about me

Every time I try to do it right
You know it all goes wrong again
And if the sun is shining bright
The blues come down like pouring rain

I know why you came, but why did you go
Oh! It’s such a mystery
There is just one thing, I guess I’ll never know
How could you leave a man like me?

Instrumental break

I saw you coming but I didn’t see you leave
We see just what we want to see
The signs they were all there, but I chose not to believe
I guess that says more about me

And now it seems I’ve lost my appetite
There’s no lemons in my tree
Show me a hot town on a Friday night
The blues come over me
The blues come over me

© CastIronRecordings

 

 

8. Flood Water

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Flood water, rising on my home
Flood water, rising on my home
Getting higher and higher, since you been gone

Lucky star, won’t be shining tonight
My lucky star, he don’t shine so bright
Since you been gone, he’s staying out of sight

Storm drain, set to overflow
Storm drain, set to overflow
Since you’re gone, got no place to go

Music Break

Flood water, leaves me high alone
Flood water, would all be gone
If only you would come back to my home

Flotsam, brushing on my door
Flotsam, brushing on my door
Don’t think I can take this stuff no more

Music Break

Flood water, washing over me
Flood water, washing over me
Downing in my own misery

Flood water, rising on my home
Flood water, rising on my home
Getting higher and higher, since you been gone

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9. When You Need Them Most

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Every time I get to the end of the day
I remember when you went away
My life changed from top gear to reverse
Every bird was singing way too loud
Everywhere I looked there was a big dark cloud
And my life started goin’ from bad to worse

Friends I used to know go the other way
They said they’d really like to see me on another day
They don’t have the time for me right now
But it’s now that I need them most of all
But they don’t answer when I call
They always seem to know it’s me somehow.

Bridge.
When I was at the top of my game
They always wanted me around
Now when I need them to lift me up
All they do is let me down

One thing in life now is clear to me
Friends are not always what they seem to be
It’s when you need them most they let you down

Instrumental break

Friends I used to know go the other way
They said they’d really like to see me on another day
They don’t have the time for me right now
But it’s now that I need them most of all
But they don’t answer when I call
They always seem to know it’s me somehow.

Bridge.
When I was at the top of my game
They always wanted me around
Now when I need them to lift me up
All they do is let me down

One thing in life now is clear to me
Friends are not always what they seem to be
It’s when you need them most they let you down

It’s when you need them most they let you down

© CastIronRecordings

 

 

10. Bad Luck Rain

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

You’ve been round my house too long
You should know by now, you don’t belong
I’ve been fighting you, the best that I can
It’s time you took off to some foreign land

If you take one more piece of my cherry pie
I’ll hunt you down till the day that I die
And if you should empty my water jug first
I’ll hunt you down till I die of thirst

Bridge.
They call you dark cloud
Bringer of sorrow and pain
You’re the shadow of everything that ever went wrong
You’re the bringer, of bad luck rain

Bad luck rain,  Bad luck,  bad luck rain, bad luck, bad luck rain

Bad luck rain, you keep pouring on me
Let me take my turn why won’t you leave me be
If you were a living man
I’d cut you down right where you stand  Oh
Bad luck,  bad luck rain

Instrumental Break

Bridge.
They call you dark cloud
Bringer of sorrow and pain
You’re the shadow of everything that ever went wrong
You’re the bringer, of bad luck rain
Bad luck rain,  Bad luck,  bad luck rain, bad luck, bad luck rain

Bad luck rain, you keep pouring on me
Let me take my turn why won’t you leave me be
If you were a living man
I’d cut you down right where you stand  Oh
Bad luck,  bad luck rain, bad luck, bad luck rain

Bad luck,  bad luck rain, bad luck, bad luck rain
You’re my bad luck, my bad luck rain

© CastIronRecordings

 

 

11. Best I Can For You

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

You say that I don’t treat you right
But I’m working for you every day and every night
Doing the best I can for you

You accuse me of lying
You say I’m not even trying
But I’m doing the best I can for you

Why do you want so much more from me
You already got me down on my knees
Doing the best I can for you

Chorus:
There’s one thing I don’t understand
How you expect so much from just one man
I work so hard my hands are falling off
But that’s never good enough  for  you

Instrumental Break

Chorus:
There’s one thing I don’t understand
How you expect so much from just one man
I work so hard my hands are falling off
But that’s never good enough  for  you

You say I should be doing so much more
But I’m already lying flat our on the floor
Yes I’m doing the best I can for you

You accuse me of lying, you say I’m not even trying
But I’m doing the best I can for you
Doing the best I can for you
Doing the best I can for you

© CastIronRecordings

 

12. Not Until It’s Gone

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Ever since I left my home
Ever since I went out on my own
I don’t have a good gal of my own

I know I should have stayed behind
Now I know I should have stayed behind
Since you’re gone you’re all that’s on my mind

There’s one thing I wish I’d known
They told be but told them they were wrong
You don’t know what you got until it’s gone

CH   Not until it’s gone
Not until it’s gone
You don’t know what you got until it’s gone

Instrumental break

Thought I’d find a better place
Thought I’d go and find a better place
No matter where I look I only see your face

Now I know where I went wrong
Believe me now I know where I went wrong
You don’t know what you got until it’s gone

CH   Not Until it’s gone
Not until; it’s gone
You don’t know what you got until it’s gone

© CastIronRecordings