Barely Scrapin' By

by The Silvershakers

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Billy I've seen them live, fantastic! Fresh and exciting, powerful female vocal, rockabilly at its best. The past, present, all bend into the Silvershakers vortex. Favorite track: Stocking Seams.
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released June 30, 2016

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The Silvershakers Fayetteville, Arkansas

Rip-roarin’ n’ riotous female-led rockabilly, 50’s country, jump blues, and swingy lounge music that will leave you wanting more. Bring your dancin' shoes!

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Track Name: Vagabond
For a tramp, you’ve settled in real nice / Here at the motor inn / Pay by-the-week / Free towels n’ ice / We’re hunkerin’ down again / Though just a dingy rented room / It feels like home to me / Deep down, I know you’re passin’ through / But I choose to make-believe / You’re not a vagabond / But you’re a vagabond / I’ll blink and you’ll be gone / My darlin’ vagabond / Knew what I was gettin’ into / You live to run and hide / For a while, it was novel / Bein’ Bonnie to your Clyde / It’s tough to love a drifter / You make it so damned hard / You’re a user and a grifter / And you’re holdin’ all the cards / ‘Cause you’re a vagabond / Ne’er-do-well vagabond / I’ll blink and you’ll be gone / My darlin’ vagabond / But you’re still sleepin’ with your boots on / And your billfold’s under your head / Try not to let it make me feel bad / But what can I expect? / I’ve got a vagabond in my bed / I can hear you gettin’ quiet / The time is drawing near / You’re finished playin’ house with me / Now that the coast is clear / You know where I’ll be next time / I’m quite ashamed to say / I’m living with the hope in mind / That one day you might stay / But you’re a vagabond / A rotten vagabond / I’ll blink and you’ll be gone / My darlin’ vagabond / And now you’re rollin’ down the highway / You’re just like my momma said / I gave her hell each time she called you / A no-good derelict / But what can I expect? / I let a vagabond in my bed
Track Name: You Fickle Fool
You fickle fool / Why’d you tell me you’d always be mine? / Don’t be so cruel / Hesitatin’, delayin’, and changin’ your pretty mind / I’ve given you all the time in the world / And still you’re on the fence / Stop draggin’ your feet and puttin’ me off / You ain’t making no gull-dern sense / You fickle fool / You fickle fool / Why’d you tell her that we’re only friends? / Your lovin’s cruel / And ya don’t care that I’m / A-hangin’ in suspense / I’ve given you all the time that you need / Ain’t fair to make me wait / You better tell that girl I was first in line / And things are goin’ great / You fickle fool / You can’t decide / Who’ll look the best upon your arm / You can’t decide / Who’ll fall the hardest for your charm / You can’t decide / Because you know you have your pick / You can’t decide / And now you’re bein’ such a dick / Please excuse me for bein’ crude / But ya know I speak the truth / You can’t decide / You fickle fool / You fickle fool / Beware, lest you end up alone / Don’t be so cruel / I’m on your lap, and she’s on the telephone / Quit messin’ around and make up your mind / Won’t stop you if you go / You hem and you haw / It’s this one or that / Ya know you can’t have both / No, no, no / You fickle fool
Track Name: My Own Worst Enemy
I’m my own worst enemy / And you keep steppin’ in between / I’m my own worst enemy / She’s got me actin’ crazy-mean / Keep tryin’ to sell me on her finer points / But I don’t get the draw / Beggin’ me to give her / One more chance / Instead of a right hook to the jaw / You always seem to stick up for her / No matter what she say / Like you can’t see the misery / She cause me every single day / She turned me into a punching bag / And now you’re gonna take her side / She’s my own worst enemy / And you’re tryin’ to break up the fight / Listen, I know this woman well / And I’m aimin’ to give her hell / Though I was taught / To turn the other cheek / But you’ll defend her to the end / And even ask me to be her friend / But honey, she’s always gonna be / My own worst enemy / My own worst enemy / My own worst enemy / She got me actin’ crazy-mean / Why do ya let me be her punching bag? / See? You always take her side / She’s my own worst enemy / And you’re tryin’ to break up the fight / Well, you’ll defend her to the end / And even ask me to be her friend / But honey, she’s always gonna be / My own worst enemy / My own worst enemy / My own worst enemy
Track Name: Stocking Seams
I love my tattooed honey / With an anchor on his thigh / He looks all gruff and big / But he is really soft and shy / Gives me a cool wink and a nod / When he’s a-racin’ at the track / But he ain’t ashamed / To ride as passenger in my pink Cadillac / Bet he could lift an engine block / With nothing more than just a glance / But girls, he’s mighty tender / When he pulls me in to dance / You may think he’s trouble / Lucky Strikes n’ greasy jeans / At the pub or the garage / Appearin’ ominous and mean / But what you may not realize / Is that he’s very, very sweet / He’s even sweet enough / To fix my crooked stocking seams / My man, he straightens my stockin’ seams / My man, he straightens my stockin’ seams / Callouses be damned, / And he don’t care who’s there to see / My man, he straightens my stockin’ seams / Won’t even flinch / If someone dares to call him whipped / Won’t try to hide his love for me / His only care is that I’m spoiled and content / Even if that means / He has to get down on his knees / To Straighten / Straighten my stocking seams / My man, he straightens my stockin’ seams / My man, he straightens my stockin’ seams / Callouses be damned, / And he don’t care who’s there to see / My man, he straightens my stockin’ seams
Track Name: Barely Scrapin' By
Well, I don't like to glory / And your tears don't bring me joy / And I won't be dolin' out / An "I told you so," boy / That kind of thing's beneath me / Even though you made me cry / And I swear I didn't crack a smile / When I heard you're barely scrapin' by / B-b-b-barely scrapin' by / B-b-b-barely scrapin' by / B-b-b-babe, babe, babe / Oh, who am I kidding? / I cannot lie / I might've got a little tickled / To hear you're barely scrapin' by / Well, babe, I'm far from perfect / And I’ll never be a saint / But at least I was devoted / More often than ain't / You repaid me with a cheatin' heart / And a wanderin' eye / Still, I get no satisfaction / Knowin' that you're / just a-barely scrapin' by / B-b-b-barely scrapin' by / B-b-b-barely scrapin' by / B-b-b-babe, babe, babe / Oh, who am I kidding? / I cannot lie / I might've got a little tickled / to hear you're barely scrapin' by / I'd be inclined to have more sympathy / If you hadn’t been a-steppin' out on me / I heard she left you at the altar in July / And now you have no sugar-momma by your side / But I get no twisted sense of pleasure / Hearin’ that you’re barely scrapin’ by / They say you got evicted / And you had to move away / Guess that kind of thing will happen / When I ain't around to pay / You almost had that other girl / But then she got wise / Your friends all say you're pitiful / Now that you're just a-barely scrapin' by
Track Name: Restless
Uh well, I’m restless, restless \ Don’t know what to do \ Yes, I’m restless, restless \ Don’t know what to do \ You got me stuck in this kitchen \ And I’m tired of waitin’ on you \ Well, you knew when you met me \ I like to swill whiskey \ And kick up my heels now and then \ Been known to shoot out a streetlight \ And steal me some spotlight \ And don’t get me started on the men \ But you were quick to reassure me \ That your love could cure me \ Of needin’ to wander to and fro \ And though I love our happy home \ I’m just a pill unless I roam \ I’m just restless, and you’ve gotta let me go \ Yes, I’m restless, restless \ Can’t cage me like no bird \ Oh hon, I’m restless, restless \ Can’t cage me like no bird \ Like some well-behavin trophy \ That’s rarely seen and never heard \ I need more than just a girls’ night \ At that wine-n-paintin’ place \ If I could change my wild ways, I would \ I’d be under lock and key \ If you could have your way with me \ And I’m almost tempted \ ‘Cause the lovin’ is so good \ But babe, I’m restless, restless \ Tried that domestic life \ Oh yes, I’m restless, restless \ Tried that domestic life \ You’re lovin’ almost makes me wanna stay \ But I can’t be no one’s housewife
Track Name: What Makes Ya Tick?
What makes ya tick? / No need to hide / The good and the ba-a-ad / The how, what, n’ why-y-y / Don’t shut me out / Or make me read your mind / What makes ya tick? / Honey what’s inside? / What makes ya tick? / What floats your boat? / What revvs you up? / What gets your go-oa-oat? / What makes ya tick? / I only wish I knew / What makes you do those wild thangs ya do? / What makes ya tick? / Honey, it’s your turn / I’ve shown ya mi-i-ine / Now you can show me yours / Don’t go shroudin’ yourself in mystery / Your deepest, darkest thoughts are safe with me / The gears, they are a-spinnin’ / Behind your poker face / Plottin’ and a-schemin’ / Like you’ve got the only ace / A stranger and a pilgrim / Comin’ straight from outer space / What makes ya tick? / Ya better let me in / You know that fibbin’ by omission is still a sin / You crafty thing, I’ve got my eye on you / I’ve gotta know what makes a feller you / What makes ya tick? / I’m gonna find you out / I’ve got a way of makin’ fellers twist n’ shout / Don’t you forget, I’ve got my eye on you / I’ve gotta know what makes a feller you / I’ve gotta know what makes a feller you
Track Name: Rocker Deluxe
You’ve got them eating / From the palm of your hand / Each night you take the stage / With your rock & roll band / Rocker Deluxe / Rocker Divine / Comin’ here with your entourage / TCB and a-lookin’ so fi-i-ine. / Your pompadour’s perfect / Your voice is like gold / Would you be my front-man / To have and to hold? / Rocker Deluxe, / Rocker Divine / Comin’ here with your entourage / TCB and a- lookin’ so fi-ine / Rocker Deluxe, / Rocker Divine / Everyone wants a piece of you / But you can tell ‘em every piece is mine / Well, you don’t know me yet / But I’ve been fallin’ for you since your first set / Did you just glance at me? / And are you singin’ about what we could be? / Oooh, Rocker Deluxe / Rocker Deluxe, / Rocker Divine / Comin’ here with your entourage / TCB and a-lookin’ so fi-ine. / Rocker Deluxe, / Rocker Divine / Everyone wants a piece of you / But you can tell ‘em every piece is mine / Well, you don’t know me yet / But I’ve been writin’ my vows since your first set / How can I go on / If you don’t pull me on stage / for your next song? / Oooooh, Rocker Deluxe / Rocker Deluxe
Track Name: Baby, Don't Go
Well, it ain’t no secret / Momma likes her sauce / But I ain’t ashamed to say that / Baby, you’re the boss / You know, when I get to goin’ / I’m a freight train off the tracks / I’m a real spit-fire / If you try to hold me back / Baby, don’t go / Don’t walk out that door / Baby, don’t go / I won’t drink this fire water anymore / Don’t go; If you drive away / I’ll be all alone with this / Bottle of Buffalo Trace / Well, your friends are around / And we’re peelin’ them off of the floor / But I’m the one scolded / For drinkin’ a little smidge more / Yeah, it’s Saturday night / And I’m meanin’ to have me some fun / I’m just gettin’ started / Now you’re sayin’ I have to be done? / Baby, don’t go / Don’t walk out that door / Baby, don’t go / I won’t drink this fire water anymore / Don’t go; If you drive away / I’ll be all alone with this / Bottle of Buffalo Trace / My daddy ain’t here to chaperone, / My mommy can’t supervise / I don’t need you here to hold my hand / No, wait - I changed my mind! / Baby, don’t go / Don’t walk out that door / Baby, don’t go / I won’t drink this fire water anymore / Don’t go; If you drive away / I’ll be all alone with this / Bottle of Buffalo Trace / You got my make-up a runnin’ / I can only find one shoe / Now instead of sippin’ whiskey / I’m a-chasin’ after you / Well, the car door’s a-slammin / And I’m makin’ an awful big scene / Can’t a girl have some fun / Without you bein’ so mean? / Baby, don’t go / Don’t walk out that door / Baby, don’t go / I won’t drink this fire water anymore / Don’t go; If you drive away / I’ll be all alone with this / Bottle of Buffalo Trace / I’ll be all alone with this / Bottle of Buffalo Trace
Track Name: Hatchback
I heard them southern boys \ Braggin’ about their toys \ And how they’d play me for a fool \ Well, I know what Freud would say \ It ain’t just for haulin’ hay \ They’re compensatin’ for triflin’ little tools \ You know a jacked-up truck \ Won’t get you any luck \ Not with the kind of girls I know \ No matter what you say \ Good ol’ boy, there ain’t no way \ I’m climbin’ in the bed of your Silverado \ Well, gimme a fella with a hatchback \ Lay down the seats and they fold flat \ If it don’t fit, we’ve got a roof-rack \ Yeah, gimme a fella with a hatchback \ He rolled up to the light \ Big ol’ tires n’ Wranglers, tight \ Expectin’ me to flutter and a-swoon \ But I’ve got my eye upon \ That Gremlin over yon’ \ Reckon he’ll take me for a spin real soon \ You know a jacked-up truck \ Won’t get you any luck \ I’d rather ride low to the ground \ We’d snuggle up real nice \ An 8-track player and some fuzzy dice \ That Pinto’s good enough \ To take me all the way downtown \ Well, gimme a fella with a hatchback \ Lay down the seats and they fold flat \ If it don’t fit, we’ve got a roof-rack \ Yeah, gimme a fella with a hatchback \ Gimme a fella with a hatchback \ Lay down the seats and they fold flat \ If it don’t fit, we’ve got a roof-rack \ Yeah, gimme a fella with a hatchback \ You know a jacked-up truck \ Won’t get you any luck \ And I hear to tell that’s your goal \ You’re all hung up on size \ But I’ve got a thing for the kind of guy \ Who isn’t makin’ up for things \ With a rig that’s rollin’ coal \ Yeah, baby \ There ain‘t nothin’ wrong with that little Fiat \ Is that a Plymouth Champ? Mmmmmm…. \ Oldsmobile Firenza... \ Look at that cute lil’ VW Rabbit... \ Dodge Omni...Mercury Bobcat... \ Chevy Vega...Oh yeah! \ You know what they say about guys with small cars? \ They get good gas mileage
Track Name: Loose Cannon
She’s a loose cannon \ And she’s aimin’ right for you \ Fresh from a broken heart \ And she’s fittin’ to come unglued \ Look out, she’s been like this before \ You’ve fallen for a woman scorned \ Loose cannon, man \ She’s aimin’ right for you \ She’s a loose cannon \ ‘Cause he broke her heart in two \ She’s out to cause some pain \ And she doesn’t care to whom \ I’ve seen her get like this before \ If I were you, I’d hit the floor \ Look out, my man \ She’s aimin’ right for you \ Well, She’s a loose cannon (She’s a loose cannon) \ She’s a loose cannon (She’s a loose cannon) \ She’s a loose cannon \ I’m tellin’ you \ Well, She’s a loose cannon (She’s a loose cannon) \ She’s a loose cannon (She’s a loose cannon) \ Run faster, man \ She’s aimin’ right for you. \ Biff! Pow! Bang! Skiddly-oogie \ Fizzle-Pop-Bam-Boom \ Crack! Smash! Wham! Boogie-oogie \ What’s a fella to do \ When he’s unlucky, in the line of fire \ Strollin’ through and tripped her wire \ Take cover, man \ She’s aimin’ right for you \ Loose Cannon (Loose Cannon) \ Loose Cannon (Loose Cannon) \ Loose Cannon \ I’m warnin’ you \ Loose Cannon (Loose Cannon) \ Loose Cannon (Loose Cannon) \ Get down, my man \ She’s aimin’ right for you
Track Name: Eat My Brains
Oh baby, I don't mind \ That you ain't nothin' \ But skin and bone \ Oh feller, It's alright \ You're missin' digits \ And your guts are on the floor \ The way you follow me 'round \ All over town \ With a shuffle and a moan \ Oh, won't you come and eat my brains \ And make me your own? \ You've got a horde of zombies \ Trekkin' along beside you \ But none of them have grabbed \ My heart, my eyes, my spleen, just like you do \ The way you growl in my ear \ It fills me with fear \ But I like you, anyway \ Oh, infect me with your love \ And I’ll let ya eat my brains \ Oh, won't you eat my brains? \ Oh, won't you eat my brains? \ Oh, won't you eat my brains? \ Oh, won't you eat my brains? \ Uh well, you've gotten this close \ I ain't runnin' no more \ It was love at first sight \ When you busted down the door \ Best if I give up \ And fall out on the floor \ Oh, won't you eat my brains? \ Some say you're bad for me \ I'm just a piece of meat to you \ Why don't you taste and see? \ I'll cross my fingers \ What they say is true \ Well I was scared at the start \ To give you my heart \ Guess I won't need it, anyway \ Oh won't you be my zombie baby \ And I'll be your buffet \ Oh won't you eat my brains? \ Oh won't you eat my brains? \ Oh won't you eat my brains? \ Oh won't you eat my brains? \ I’ll be your midnight snack \ And your breakfast, too \ I don’t care what they say \ I ain’t got nothin’ to lose \ Bein’ un-dead \ Is lookin’ good on you \ Oh, won't you eat my brains?
Track Name: Tormented
Tormented \ This naggin’ feelin’ won’t leave me alone \ I beg and I plead for life to throw me a bone \ I keep tryin’ \ To get a little bit higher than the ground \ Ain’t no use \ The only way I see is down \ I’m tormented \ Tormented \ They say it only gets better from here \ But how would they know? \ It’s been one hell of a year \ And they’re lyin’ \ Can’t even see a little sunlight peekin’ through \ I’m still dancin’ in the dark \ And walkin’ the floor over you \ I’m tormented \ Trite little words \ Don’t mean a thing \ Now, I’m alone \ I’m achin’, can’t you see? \ I’m tormented \ This life ain’t got nothin’ good \ It ain’t turnin’ out \ Like I thought it would \ I’m tormented