Ameraucana

by Kurt Fortmeyer

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Six songs from the upcoming CD.

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released June 27, 2016

Recorded by Pat Lassiter at River Front Recording in Madison, Tennessee
Produced by Pat Lassiter and Kurt Fortmeyer
Executive Producer: Red Wigglers

Kurt Fortmeyer - lead vocal, harmonica
Tim Galloway - acoustic, electric, and baritone guitars, mandolin, banjo
Mike Holmes - piano, organ
Pat Lassiter - bass
Will Ellis - drums, tambourine
Kathy Hussey - backing vocals
Dan Schaefer - backing vocals

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Joe Caverlee - mandolin, fiddles, backing vocals
Kevin Post - pedal steel

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Track Name: The Heart Of A Hobo
THE HEART OF A HOBO
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Billy Phillips)
He gave up the way of the whiskey
He’d had no more wanting for the wine
He never rode the rails but he’d heard all those tall tales
And he’s walked down lonesome highways in his mind singing

Silver and gold have I none
And yes Jesus loves me this I know
He’d let the darkness go He was following the Son
God gave him the heart of a hobo

He offered solace to those who’d suffered sorrow
He’d lend a hand to those whose lives had jumped the track
Like the shirt that he was wearing his bread was made for sharing
He said that was just his way of giving back and he’d sing

Silver and gold have I none
And yes Jesus loves me this I know
He’d let the darkness go He was following the Son
God gave him the heart of a hobo

He’d talk about his failure and his falling
A homeless man and an organ donor card
How someone he never knew helped him make it through
And how he’d come to have that change of heart and he’d sing

Silver and gold have I none
And yes Jesus loves me this I know
He’d let the darkness go He was following the Son
God gave him the heart of a hobo
He’d let the darkness go He was following the Son
Because God gave him the heart of a hobo
God gave him the heart of a hobo
Track Name: All Fall Down
ALL FALL DOWN
(Kurt Fortmeyer)
Dad Zone Music ASCAP

Mud on my boots fear in my soul
Looking out for Charlie on the evening patrol
Heard he's been sighted three clicks to the west
Before morning gets here we'll be put to the test
I light up a cigarette there's incoming rounds
Ashes ashes all fall down

Sergeant's beside me his left hand is gone
He can't get a grip but he's trying to hang on
I've got my flak jacket my helmet's in place
Shrapnel is flying I don't want to lose face
Napalm fills this nightmare with a sizzling sound
Ashes ashes all fall down
Ashes ashes all fall down

Cries of the wounded are making me cringe
As I dig through my bag for another syringe
My hands are shaking as I look for the vein
The screaming will stop when the blood hits the brain
Cremate my memories cast them all around
Ashes ashes all fall down
Ashes ashes all fall down
All fall down
Track Name: What's Not To Love About That?
WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THAT?
(Kurt Fortmeyer/T.F. Biermann II)
Cardinal singing in a dogwood tree
Honeysuckle floating on a summer breeze
A hammock for two holding you and me
What’s not to love about that

Sunset colors painting the sky
Fireflies lighting up that look in your eye
We’ve had all day now baby we’ve got all night
What’s not to love about that

What’s not to love
What’s not to love
What’s not to love about that
Ooo-ooo it’s a beautiful feeling
We’ve got the real thing and
What’s not to love about that

Sunrise glistening off the morning dew
Wakes me up and I’m still holding you
Every day it still feels brand new
What’s not to love about that

What’s not to love
What’s not to love
What’s not to love about that
Ooo-ooo it’s a beautiful feeling
We’ve got the real thing and
What’s not to love about that

What’s not to love
What’s not to love
What’s not to love about that
Ooo-ooo it’s a beautiful feeling
We’ve got the real thing and
What’s not to love about that

What’s not to love
What’s not to love
What’s not to love about that
Ooo-ooo it’s a beautiful feeling
We’ve got the real thing and
What’s not to love about that

Ooo-ooo it’s a beautiful feeling
We’ve got the real thing and
What’s not to love about that
What’s not to love about
Track Name: Merle Go 'Round
Merle Go ‘Round
(Kurt Fortmeyer)
Dad Zone Music ASCAP

When I have a day like this that I want to forget
I turn to a good old friend someone I’ve never met
He might be a stranger but he knows the words to say
To put my mind at ease and to take my pain away

I need a little bit of Bakersfield when I start feeling down
California honkytonk is the best cure that I’ve found
12 inch long play vinyl has such a soothing sound
When life treats me like it did today that makes my Merle go ‘round

My soul comes alive when it’s baptized in misery and gin
And it helps my feelings break out from the prison they’ve been in
When my poor heart has lost its way so lovesick and alone
I let his records play and they sing me back home

I need a little bit of Bakersfield when I start feeling down
California honkytonk is the best cure that I’ve found
12 inch long play records have such a soothing sound
When life treats me like it did today that makes my Merle go ‘round

As I lay me down to sleep with a teardrop in my eye
Tonight “Swinging Doors” will be my lullaby

I need a little bit of Bakersfield when I start feeling down
California honkytonk is the best cure that I’ve found
12 inch long play records have such a soothing sound
When life treats me like it did today that makes my Merle go ‘round
When life treats me like it did today that makes my Merle go ‘round
Track Name: Can't Cut The Baby In Half
Can't Cut The Baby In Half
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Jan Buckingham)
Dad Zone Music ASCAP/Duck House Music BMI

We put the House For Sale sign out in the yard
Dividing our assets can’t be that hard
There’s nothing you gave me that I can’t give back
Except for some good times we had

Go clean out the pantry take what you want
We’ve got enough groceries for two restaurants
I’ll take the dog if you’ll keep the cat
But we can’t cut the baby in half

We both want to take him and make him our own
Forgetting about the love that we’ve known
But It all boils down to one simple fact
We can’t cut the baby in half

Peacefully sleeping that bundle of joy
Makes me wonder how we got to this point
Where I drive you crazy and you make me mad
But we can’t cut the baby in half

We should stop being stubborn ‘cause I have no doubt
If we both give in we can work this thing out
Part you and part me it can't be all bad
We can't cut the baby in half

We both want to take him and make him our own
Forgetting about all the love that we’ve known
But It all boils down to one simple fact
We can’t cut the baby in half
I'll take the sign from the yard if you'll go and unpack
We can't cut the baby in half
No we can't cut the baby in half
Track Name: Jesus Wouldn't Do It That Way
Jesus Wouldn't Do It That Way
(Kurt Fortmeyer)
Dad Zone Music ASCAP

To that pill-head on the radio calling women whores
Jesus wouldn't do it that way
And the politicians sending other people's kids to war
Jesus wouldn't do it that way
You'll help the rich get richer and the poor deeper in debt
Spread your venom like a virus on the internet
I am not a gambling man but I'm willing to bet
Jesus wouldn't do it that way

Jesus wouldn't do it that way
That's not what the Bible has to say
You can talk that talk but you sure don't walk that walk
Jesus wouldn't do it that way

You preach about forgiveness while harboring a grudge
Jesus wouldn't do it that way
Pronouncing condemnations as if you are fit to judge
Jesus wouldn't do it that way
You've already got more money than you'll ever need
But you'll let folks go hungry while you've got too much to eat
And your mouth is full of curses for the homeless on the street
Jesus wouldn't do it that way

Jesus wouldn't do it that way
That's not what the Bible has to say
You can talk that talk but you sure don't walk that walk
Jesus wouldn't do it that way

You hate Muslims, gays, and Mexicans, and wish they all were dead
You'd lie about your neighbor if it helps you get ahead
But don't cherry-pick your scriptures 'cause I know what he said
Jesus wouldn't do it that way

Jesus wouldn't do it that way
That's not what the Bible has to say
You can talk that talk but you sure don't walk that walk
Jesus wouldn't do it that way
Jesus wouldn't do it that way
My Jesus wouldn't do it that way