Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag

by Tom Maxwell

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released November 2, 2015

Produced, engineered and mixed by Mike Napolitano at The Nappy Dugout, New Orleans, LA
Thom Canova engineered additional recordings at Overdub Lane, Durham, NC as well as in his basement
Mastered in The Kitchen by Brent Lambert
Art Direction by Torborg Davern, based on an illustration by Timothy Winkler

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Tom Maxwell New Orleans, Louisiana

I was in the Squirrel Nut Zippers and wrote the hit song "Hell," along with some other good ones. I'm a rhythm man. Shout like church.

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Track Name: Roll With It (featuring Ani DiFranco)
When the blues comes around and
tries to take my hand
I roll with it

If a wave knocks me down
I don't make a stand
I roll with it

It doesn't matter when you come to bat
that every swing is not a run
Just keep an eye on what is thrown at you
until the game is won

Live your life, love your friends
and do the best you can
and roll with it

Two in bush, one in hand
Count your blessings, man
and roll with it

Love the ride, ditch the plan
Take it like a man
and roll with it

It doesn't matter when you come to swim
that all your ducks are in a row
'Long as you're not afraid of diving in
just close your eyes - LET'S GO

Live your life, love your friends
and do the best you can
and roll with it
Track Name: Blow Wolf
Little pigs, little pigs let me in
(Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin!)
I'm gonna grab my bellows down off the shelf
'cos if you want something done you better do it yourself

I'm gonna blow your house down

The first little pig he made a house out of straw
(But that didn't stop old Wolf at all!)
The second little pig made a house out of wood
But doin' my best didn't do him no good

I'm gonna blow your house down

The third little pig made a house out of brick huh
(And the walls got to be about three feet thick)
I huff and I puff until I run out of breath
And it's no use working yourself to death

I'm gonna blow your house down
Track Name: Moonglow
Moonglow
leave the dishes in the sink to worry
got to hurry and go
It's time to walk the kids to school

How I wish that I could come along
and pass the heartbeat on the frozen sidewalk
But that's just big talk you know
You know?

Solo
is the way I walk around my city
It's such a pity to know
I'm only wearing out my shoes
But it's exercise exercise exercise exercise
that keeps me close to Moonglow

Moonglow
is a dancer when the train car's running
With those who come in
and go
Even though they'll never have a clue
And the colors that she sees alone
streaming in through the surrounding windows:
silver and rose
silver and rose
silver and rose
Track Name: Fading
Can't remember having closed my eyes
Different light is some surprise
Does it mean the break of day?
Or is it fading?

I don't mean to be upsetting you
Just tell me what you think is true
Tell me things are still the same
Or am I fading?
Fading?

My mamma said that everything must pass away
But her body stayed around after her mind had slipped away
Okay

Oh well I can't keep it straight
How can you dream when you are wide awake?
There's so many things I want to say
But not if I have to fade
Track Name: So High
It's so high you can't get over
It's so high you can't get over
Well you can call for your mother
but your mother can't do you no good
Oh well oh well

It's so low you can't get under
It's so low you can't get under
You can go to your father
but your father can't do you no good
Oh well oh well

It's so wide you can't get around
It's so wide you can't get around
Well you can hide behind your brother
but your brother can't do you no good
Oh well oh well
Track Name: The Skeleton Dance
Let's make our way when the sun goes down
to the old mill at the back of town
You can believe the place is lit up
and full of skeletons dancing

The Skeleton Dance gets under your skin
It don't matter 'bout the shape you're in
Just step out of your birthday suit
Wade in and dance with your lawyer

You can make clave with your finger bone
And play your ribs like a xylophone
Clack your teeth in time with the tune
and make with rolling your bumper

There is a time and a place for everything
A time to work and a time to sing
But don't wait until you tip over
to move your skeleton framework
Track Name: The Funky Knuckle (featuring Ani DiFranco)
Now here's a fable
'bout me and Abel
When we was strolling
through the town

I said, "Brother, I got you covered"
I took the Funky Knuckle
and I threw it down

That's how these things go
Someone steals the show
Someone else must leave the room
Funky Knuckle do
what you want to do
Antenna for the radio

As I went walking
with my boy Adam
I felt such feelings
I could not fathom
I took the Funky Knuckle
and I laid it down
I wrapped it right there
on his crown

That's how these things go
Someone steals the show
Someone else must leave the room
The Funky Knuckle do
what you wanna do
Antenna for the radio
Track Name: Jacob Marley
Brother Rabbit
went to market
Went to market
'cos the cupboard's bare
But all they sell is little scraps of plastic
So rabbit's back in bed

Sister Bluebird
joined the army
It ain't easy
but it's a steady job
Now they've shipped her off into a desert
but at least her kids are fed

Cousin Weasel
cleaned the coffers
and his offer
was a bailout plan
Never mind - he'll get what he's got comin'
Just do the best you can

Jacob Marley
in an alley
Jacob Marley
through a window pane
He appeared to talk about our business
But he won't come back again

And it's hard times
Yes - it's a hard time
when you're reaping what you didn't sow
Just remember, when you hit the bottom
that there's just one way to go
Track Name: One Row
You've got one oar to row
that's why it's breaking your bone
And one row to hoe
That's why you wake up alone

You are one rolling stone
rolling away from your home
But a one-noted song
is not meant for singing along

You are one rolling stone
rolling away from your home
But a one-noted song
is better than singing along