One More Highway

by Bob Menzies

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Black Widow Spider created March 9 2012 Bob Menzies Bouncy, lively BPM 180 Key of D Acoustic Guitar –Tambourine in Chorus Intro DDDD DDDD GGGG GGGG DDDD DDDD 1, 2, 123…then Intro…1234, 1234, 1234, 1234, 1234, 1234, 1234, 1234…start Verse 1 D G She wore tan high heel boots that came above her knees D DMaj7 She had Egyptian jewelry, an air of mystery D G I asked her one day where you going all the time? D Whoa, whoa whoa she said DMaj7 D I’ll get out of your way, if you’ll get out of mine Chorus G D Black widow spider, got a hard game to play G D Black widow spider, got a hard game to play G D Black widow spider, got a hard game to play DMaj7 D Got a hard game to play Right into verse 2 Verse 2 All the cowboys loved her when she walked up the line I got the impression that she loved a good time She thought I was too serious when I told her it was time Whoa, whoa whoa she said I’ll get out of your way, if you get out of mine Musical bridge 1234 Verse 3 What’s the matter with true love or am I just being naïve She knew more than I did about getting up to leave I wanted to get to know her and take a little time Whoa, whoa whoa she said I’ll get out of your way if you get out of mine Right into Chorus Chorus Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Got a hard game to play Verse 4 Well it wasn’t too long she got married had a couple of kids I couldn’t believe that she’d do that to me oh but she did I gotta tell you brother I’m on the verge of committing a crime Whoa, whoa whoa she said I’ll get out of your way if you get out of mine Verse 5 When I was much younger than I am today I followed my instincts wherever they lay No matter what happens I keep pushing on the line Whoa, whoa whoa she said I’ll get out of your way if you get out of mine Chorus Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Got a hard game to play Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Black widow spider, got a hard game to play Got a hard game to play Outro
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Riders of the Purple Sage Words and music by Bob Menzies We run the field in Bakersfield, jump in through the open door Dressed in calico to New Mexico on a dirty dusty floor Past the state line we get hard to find we know we made a score This train ride is a private line we don’t need no more We’re the Riders of the Purple Sage We’re the Rustlers of Pecos County We’re the Spirit of the Border, we are the New Order And we’re here to the Very Last Man You can try to catch me if you can Chase me through this dusty land I’m listening to the call of the Canyon And we’ll be here to the Very Last Man Jumping off is swell hear the Mission bell half of a good night’s sleep Gets you to the sermon, beans are burning thinkin we earned our keep Now we’re rolling on down to El Paso town we getting in here pretty deep The border agents are locking up everyone that they see We’re the Riders of the Purple Sage We’re the Rustlers of Pecos County We’re the Spirit of the Border, We’re the New Order And we’re here to the Very Last Man You can try to catch me if you can Chase me through this dusty land I’m listening to the call of the Canyon We’ll be here to the Very Last Man Rubber hits the road in Mobile we’re told it’s Alabama after all You’re hair is too long you’re singin a song you know you’re in for a fall A long hard night in a cell too tight now here comes the morning judge We’re runnin real fast we’re not meant to last, the Macon highway’s for us We’re the Riders of the Purple Sage We’re the Rustlers of Pecos County We’re the Spirit of the Border, We’re the New Order And we’re here to the Very Last Man You can try to catch me if you can You can chase me through this dusty land I’m listening to the call of the Canyon We’ll be here …to the Very Last Man I’m listening to the call of the Canyon We’ll be here …to the very last, the Very Last Man Na Na Na Na Na; Na Na Na Na Na Na; Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na; Na Na Na Na Na Na; Na Na Na Na Na …Na
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Lucinda Night Words and music by Bob Menzies created December 9 2011 BPM 118 Blues in E. Set in East LA Intro – Electric Organ – A E B7 E Verse 1 E I used to know a girl on the north side of town A E Made me feel all funny turned me upside down A E Teased me in the morning loved me up all night B7 E She was a young girl name of Lucinda Night Chorus A E Hey Lucinda where will you be tonight A E Hey Lucinda make me feel all right A E Lucinda come and hold me tight B7 Lucinda I love you, I love you Lucinda Night Verse 2 She said I been to Manila I been to Hong Kong I wasn’t that friendly but I learned to get along I met Crazy Jack in Fresno and he taught me this song When I get going I’ll be a long time gone Instrumental – 4 bars A E B7 E Verse 3 I met her in the valley with Benny and Jon Said she was a friend of James T. Washington I liked her quite a bit but there was something goin’ on She had a strange contusion made her face all wrong Verse 4 She said you better get it started son you ain’t got long There could be something better comin’ along But you ain’t the only Jack of Clubs singing this song And when I get going I’ll be a long time gone Chorus Hey Lucinda where will you be tonight Hey Lucinda make me feel all right Lucinda come and hold me tight Lucinda I love you, I love you Lucinda Night Instrumental – 4 bars A E B7 E Verse 5 I’m feeling kinda weak, but I’ll soon get strong Been sitting here all night trying to write this song Sometimes I wonder where a man like me belongs I’ll be a long time going, but a whole longer time gone Chorus Hey Lucinda where will you be tonight Hey Lucinda make me feel all right Lucinda come and hold me tight Lucinda I love you, I love you Lucinda Night Outro – based on Chorus  
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End of the Line BPM 116 1, 2…1,2,3,4 Intro - 4 Bars D F#m G A7 Verse 1 D F#minor When I first saw you from across the room G A7 I thought I knew you from somewhere D F#minor There was something about the way you smiled G A 7 The way you touched your hair D F#minor G A7 You probably think that this is just a line, one you’ve heard before D F#minor G A7 Maybe it is but it made you smile, who could ask for anything more? Chorus 1 G D/A D G Let’s talk about the end of time there’s no one here will mind D G D/A Tell me what you’re thinking about and what you came to find G A D Bm You can tell me about your past crimes and I’ll tell you about mine D G D/A D Hey, we’re only here at the beginning of the end of the line D F#minor G A7 Verse 2 There’s a green parrot outside the door, sawdust on the floor And there’ll be no sniveling in here at all, no crying at the door I am happy to make your acquaintance, I am happy to buy you a beer And I gotta admit, I like your style, you seem to have no fear Verse 3 Ahh, the famous people are no longer here, old Tattie left long ago And Tennessee’s gone back up north, on to another show I believe that we’re five minutes away from a brand new crime And maybe we’re just ten minutes away from a really, really good time Chorus 2 G A D G Let’s talk about the end of time there’s no one here will mind D G A Tell me what you’re thinking about and what you came to find G A D G You can tell me about your past crimes and I’ll tell you about mine D G A D Hey, we’re only here at the beginning of the end of the line Instrumental bridge – G A D/A D G D D/A A Verse 4 She said you really know how to keep on talking when silence would be ok But I really like the sound of your voice, not so much what you say And you look like someone I could get to know in a sexual way (so I guess I might stay) So why don’t we just get together, we’re almost at the end of the day So let’s talk about the end of time there’s no one here will mind Tell me what you’re thinking about and what you came to find You can tell me about all of your past crimes I’ll tell you about mine We’re only here at the beginning of the end of the line (down here) Chorus repeats musically for outro and fades  
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One More Highway words and music by Bob Menzies created October 1, 2011 BPM 108 Intro G Bm Am G G Em C D7 Country Rock Verse 1 G BM Am G Well the morning has come upon us and freedom is a drug G Em Am D7 You can’t let it go when you’ve tasted it once G Em Am D7 It’s time for us to forget about all the things that we don’t know G Em C D G So come on with me now we are headed out, we got one more highway to go Riff Chorus C G One more highway to go, little darling’ D G One more highway to go C G One more highway to go, little darling” D C G Then we’re goin’ home Riff 4 bars Verse 2 There’s nothing like cheap wine to help you leave it all behind Some rollin tobacco and a free train ride We’ll only be young for a minute or so Then we’ll watch it go But for you and me it’s time to leave, we got one more highway to go riff Chorus One more highway to go, little darling’ One more highway to go One more highway to go, little darling’ Then we’re goin’ home Instrumental based on first 2 lines of verse G BM Am G G Em C D7 Verse 3 They can lock you up Janey; they can treat you like lice But I promise you, you’ll have the last laugh for the rest of your life So it’s goodbye now I do declare We got different places to go Well I’m guessing that we both still have one more highway to go Chorus One more highway to go, little darling’ One more highway to go One more highway to go, little darling’ Then we’re goin’ home Chorus One more highway to go, little darling’ One more highway to go One more highway to go, little darling’ Then we’re goin’ home  
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Totally Wrong Side of Town words and music created by Bob Menzies May 1, 2012, changed Sep 18, Oct 1 BPM 120 – Time 4:20 12 Bar Blues in D Minor…Violin and acoustic guitar only East LA – Blues in an Odetta Style – guitar drives it – creates an edge –This is the LA with Helicopters over your apartment while Crosby Stills Nash and Young are singing let Your Freak Flag Fly Intro Dm Gm Dm Am Dm Verse 1 Dm It’s just you and me kid, and it’s gonna get tense Gm There’s buckets of blood all over that fence Dm Better get out quick I see something there Am Dm Am Dm Coming round the corner coming up the stairs Verse 2 Long black arms and a broken nose Where it came from nobody knows Lots of crazy stuff about to go down We stumbled into the wrong side of town Am Dm Verse 3 There’s crazy Linda and her lifelong friend The Japanese Ambassador, with pockets of yen He’s got something up his sleeve but she don’t mind That sleeve holds a blade about ten inches wide Am Dm Verse 4 Gonna use it on salmon or maybe a pimp He loves to cook but he ain’t no wimp Think I’ll follow them both I won’t make a sound When we cross the line to …the wrong side of town Am Dm Chorus Gm Dm Hey Momma, I’ve seen it before, there’s no turning back when you walk through that door Gm Hey Hey Hey Hey Momma , don’t put me down, Am Dm Am Dm There’s a bad kind of voodoo…on the wrong side of town Verse 5 When I was a kid I remember it well Everybody’d laugh each time I fell I got back up each and every time One day you can be sure I got mine Verse 6 I pummeled and I punched and I kicked and I screamed Like I’s in the middle of a crazy ass dream It’s all coming back as I watch it go down We just turned a corner to the wrong side of town Verse 7 Just as I thought it’s my brother in there All cracked up and smoked out, no hint of fear He’s got some kind of weapon and he’s ready to go He got nothing left and nowhere to go Verse 8 What could I do, I ran Linda by While her friend the ambassador pulled on the knife Now the ambassador and brother Jim have both gone down I’ll probably have to stay here on the wrong side of town. Chorus Hey Momma, I’ve seen it before There’s no turning back when you walk through that door Hey Hey Hey Hey Momma , don’t put me down There’s a wild kind of voodoo…on the wrong side of town 4 Bars - Gm Dm Am Dm Verse 9 I could tell you how much I loved that brother of mine But after a while it’s just another line I got a story but so do you The only difference is mine is true Verse 10 O Mother of Christ, it’s finally here Can you save me one more time can’t you hear They’re headin our way for cryin out loud A bad turn has took you to the wrong side of town Chorus Outro – ends on A7 
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Can’t Be Saved By Love BPM 152 Intro D Dm A7 D Verse 1 D Dm A7 G A7 Shadows stalk my lonely room, ghosts advance through darkened gloom D B7 EM7 A7 You left me here way too soon, misery fits me like a glove D Dm A7 G A7 All I know is what I see, and what I see discomforts me D B7 What will be will surely be EM7 A7 D Dm A7 D Can’t be saved by love Chorus G A Can’t be saved by love alone D G By staring at a darkened phone D G You can’t get blood from a stone Em 7 A7 Can’t be saved by love Can’t be saved by love alone You need to move some heavy stones It’s just hard work to build a home Em 7 A7 D DM A7 D Can’t be saved by love Solo based on Verse Verse 2 I had your love then threw it out I found pleasure all about But every day was like a drought Now you’re all I can think about If I could do it all again Cause less grief unto my friends But nothing changes in the end Can’t be saved by love Repeat Chorus Bridge Bm A There’s a suitcase packed in the corner of the room, there’s a bus ticket on the bed Bm A There’s a goodbye song on the radio, a tune playing in my head Repeat Verse 2 I had your love then threw it out I found pleasure all about But every day was like a drought Now you’re all I can think about If I could do it all again Cause less grief unto my friends But nothing changes in the end Can’t be saved by love Chorus Can’t be saved by love alone By staring at a darkened phone You can’t get blood from a stone Can’t be saved by love Can’t be saved by love alone You need to move some heavy stones It’s just hard work to build a home Can’t be saved by love Can’t be saved by love Outro
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A Hundred with the Rest … created October 2, 2011 last revised March 31 2012 BPM 113 Capo on 2nd Fret (sounds in D) Intro C Em Am F C G C Lively intro with a cymbal crash, moderate tempo -goes right into Verse 1 after the drum fill Verse 1 C Em Am Come to me my lover, tell me why you hurry so F C G7 C Come closer and listen, you don’t need to go C Em Am There’s a message I come to give you, get you ready for the coast F C G7 C If you look to the horizon, you will see a Pale Horse F C G7 C Verse 2 I do not know my beauty, why you came into my life I still find it a privilege to see the scars from your knife There were things within your life I could not begin to guess One day with you was better than a hundred with the rest (goes right into chorus) Chorus C G F C A hundred with the rest, a hundred with the rest F C G7 C One day with you was better than, a hundred with the rest C Em Am F C G7 C Verse 3 (Quietly) C Em Am And all the crazy wanderers who are laughing at the rain F C G7 C The dispossessed, the repossessed, they’re all coming back again C Em Am I have a message for them come and see me when you can F C G7 C I want to be in your fair camp, when the stranger comes again F C G7 C Verse 4 C Em Am I tried my best to help you but I was only helping myself You deserved much better than me but I was the only one left I signed the papers for you, it was worth it I must confess One day with you was better than a hundred with the rest Chorus C G F C A hundred with the rest, a hundred with the rest F C G7 C One day with you was better than, a hundred with the rest Outro C G F C F C G C 
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G Am San Francisco is down the way C G I hope we make it by night Am I’ve been waiting for this day C G I can see it in sight Golden Gate Bridge is orange and bright The color makes me feel fine Into the city we seek out the light Haight-Ashbury’s on fire Chorus 2 G Am Summer of love, Winter of rain C G Peace turned to power, And back again Am We’re all confused, Someone changed the game C G Summer of love, Winter of rain G Am I said…Summer of love, Winter of rain C G Peace turned to power, And back again Music 8 bars based on chorus Verse 2 Oakland is where the action is at A crash pad where we can all stay There’s no rent to pay cause it’s a rent strike So find a mattress to lay Hell’s Angels and Panthers, the SDS We’re all here no room for the rest Somehow the speed has replaced it all Everybody’s on edge Chorus 2 Summer of love, Winter of rain Peace turned to power, And back again When somebody dies, It changes the game Summer of Love, Winter of Rain I said…Summer of love, Winter of rain Peace turned to power, And back again D G Let’s go to LA D G It’s time to move on D G Let’s go to LA D G Put the music, put it on Instrumental 8 Bars - G Am C G Summer of love; Winter of rain Peace turned to power; And back again We’re all confused, somebody changed the game Summer of Love, Winter of Rain Summer of Love ; Winter of Rain Somebody dies, it changes the game I said Summer of love; Winter of rain Peace turned to power; And back again
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Wishing Well 03:54
Wishing Well Last song on the album – smooth easy country rock BPM 110 R-write July July 17, 2012 One, Two, Three, Four then Intro (8 Bars) Am G AmG G EM AM D Verse 1 – 8 Bars G Em She was the queen of her village the toast of each eye Am D7 She made the birds sing and the violins cry G Em She was first to leave home, first to break the spell Am D G What the future would hold none could foretell Verse 2 – 8 Bars She met him in the mission, it was time to try To say goodbye, to all the tears cried No past just the future, it’s a beautiful thing Even he did not know what the future would bring Am G – 2 Bars Chorus G Em Who took it from her you can ask and be told Am D7 Who made this young girl turn suddenly old G Em She’s been seen throwing coins, since the darkness fell C D G Who turned out the lights at the Old Wishing Well Am G – 2 Bars Intrumental based on Chorus Verse 3 They were baptized in booze and christened in smoke It’s a wonder that today they can enjoy a good joke When the day came they could strike back The damage was done there was no turning back Am G Verse 4 Now there’s time to reflect on the meaning of it all Where does it go wrong, when we’re in free fall But still she can hold her head up high She still is the queen in anyone’s eye Am G Chorus Who took it from her you can ask and be told Who made this young girl turn suddenly old She’s been seen throwing coins, since the darkness fell Who turned out the lights at the Old Wishing Well Am G Chorus Who took it from her you can ask and be told Who made this young girl turn suddenly old She’s been seen throwing coins, since the darkness fell Who turned out the lights at the Old Wishing Well Instrumental Outro 2 times through the Chorus then fade out

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"BOB MENZIES – One More Highway
Bob Menzies has become one of my new favourite singer-songwriters. I realize it’s a tired old phrase and describes a million different musicians out there, but Bob harkens back to some of our long-lost musical heroes: the troubadours, the storytellers, the minstrels." Jaimie Vernon,Jaimie “Captain CanCon” Vernon has been president of the on again/off-again Bullseye Records of Canada since 1985

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Bob Menzies Toronto, Ontario

Bob Menzies is a Canadian folk-rock, alt-country singer-songwriter originally from Montreal and now living in Sooke, a small oceanside town on Vancouver Island’s south coast. He has recorded 5 albums of original music previously and his newest recording is the 2018 EP IN THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS. ... more

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