Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog The Official Brother Lou Blog Mon, 21 May 2012 15:47:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5 Brother Lou News June, July and August 2012 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=108 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=108#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 15:47:54 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=108 Continue reading ]]> hello there,

Brother Lou has new shows to announce

Wednesday: 5/23/2012 @ 8PM @ Epicure Café Fairfax VA US

I will be playing along With Chatham Street, Jean Bayou, as well as others at Ron Goad’s  songwriter showcase. This is a hip, funky,  quirky café on Lee Highway in Fairfax.

Friday: 6/1/2012 @ 6:00 PM @ Epworth Camp PMN Summer Weekend High Falls, NY,  this will be my 1st people’s music network event.   I am looking forward to a music filled weekend, as well as meeting some new friends.

Saturday: 6/9/2012 @ 1:00 PM @ Country Creek Winery X treme Folk Scene Telford, PA, US        Right outside of Philadelphia we will be celebrating extreme folk!  the music begins Friday night and goes on through Sunday afternoon. I will be playing on Saturday afternoon. It should be fun and worth the trip to Philadelphia!                                                                                                                             Wednesday: 6/27/2012 @ 9:00 PM @ Epicure Cafe Fairfax, VA US                                        A group of more than a dozen songwriters will be playing the songs of uncle Bob! or as you may call him Bob Dylan.

Sunday: 7/15/2012 @ 4:00 PM @ The Frederick Coffee Company Frederick, MD, US   My long weekend in Frederick Maryland will conclude with 2 shows. One on Sunday afternoon at the Frederick coffee company. This will be my 2nd appearance at this songwriter showcase.

Monday: 7/16/2012 @ 8:00 PM @ Brewer’s Alley Restaurant Frederick, US

And then the next night again in Frederick Maryland as a part of a different songwriter showcase. This will be my 3rd appearance at Brewers alley!
Friday:  7/20/2012  @ 9 p.m. @ Fireflies in Alexandria, VA               This is one of my favorite venues in the area as they have great food and Julie a great crowd.

Wednesday: 7/25/2012 @ 8:00 PM @ Epicure Cafe Fairfax, VA, US                                    Brother Lou back at the epicure for a headlining show!
Monday: 8/6/2012 @ 8:00 PM @ Brewer’s Alley Restaurant Frederick, US
And then back to Brewers alley for my 4th appearance at the songwriter showcase.

So it will be a busy summer, but I am looking forward to seeing some of you out there! Enjoy the rest of your spring and all of your summer!

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News for January – March 2012 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=103 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=103#comments Sat, 17 Mar 2012 15:01:09 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=103 Continue reading ]]> Brother Lou has been busy so far  in 2012.  Among my gigs  gigs  in the past month or so  was an in the round concert  at Picker’s Supply in Fredericksburg Virginia, where I  shared the stage with  Mike Dougherty,   Gene Mills and Gayla Mills and Brady Earnhardt.   I was able to play 6 songs and actually walked away with some CD sales and a little bit of pocket money. In this day and age a monumental success!

However, the highlight of my mini tour, which took me through Maryland up to New York City was a featured spot at the world-famous club, The Bitter End where I was able to play a half-hour set of original songs to a full room among which included my lovely wife, some old friends from high school, some good friends from New Jersey, and some relatives from Long Island and West Chester. It was one of those nights that made me think” oh yeah, that’s why I do this!”

Currently I am finishing up some writing and getting ready to record my 3rd full-length CD, of course I am wondering if CDs will still be around by the time I’m finished. I hope to include some works by other artists on the CD including my ukulele version of U2′s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.  Wouldn’t  it be cool to get sued by U2? I will keep you posted as the album progresses, and with new performances I will be announcing soon. Stay thirsty my friends.

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When You Lose At Love http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=95 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=95#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:00:31 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=95 Continue reading ]]> Welcome back my friend
I can see where you’ve been
Out getting wounded by love again
You opened your heart
So wide it consumed you
Love, played you like a punk
Love was just passing through

When you lose at love there’s this funny little club
You find you belong to but want no part of

That thousand yard stare
Looking for what isn’t there
Looking to feel that way again, anything to not feel this way
She left me for the coast
She found someone new
But California could not hold her and neither could you

When you lose at love there is this funny little club
You find you belong to and want no part of

My love sick friend, I’ve been where you’ve been
Don’t make such a big deal about it
Life goes on with or without it
In time all hearts mend
You’ll ante up your heart again

Copyright Brother Lou 2009

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Wasted Time http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=93 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=93#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:00:07 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=93 Continue reading ]]> You believe what you want to baby
But you break me up
When you say you’ll save me
Your talk sounds cheaper daily
Imperious and proud and empty

You’re just wasted words
And waste time
Decorating that grave of mine

You preach doom all day
But the day rolls by
Like a lonely cloud
In a clear blue sky
That disappears and leaves you dry
No evidence and no alibi

For all your wasted words
And wasted time
Decorating that grave of mine

Antagonists control the wind
From the Holy Land
To the Vatican
From Faith to Faith,
From sin to sin
In a game no one can win

You’re just wasted words
And wasted time,
Decorating that grave of mine

I’m a big bang baby,
I’m born again
Life is too short
To play pretend
Let the devil make
Room for one more
When he sees the things
You use god for
When I pray
I pray you get to heaven
And they say
“No way go back try again”

Every penny you take
From the poor
Every kid you take
Behind closed doors
A suicide a holy war
Blame the freaks
And the gays and the poor
All the things
You use god for
All the things
You use god for

In all of your wasted time
Decorating that grave of mine

And when I pray
I pray you get to heaven
And they say,
“No way go back and try again”

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Trampled Heart http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=91 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=91#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:59:48 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=91 Continue reading ]]> Anyone can play the fool
Only love could be this cruel
You made me think our love was true
Fool me one time shame on you
Heaven came and heaven went
Still I could have been content

As just another trampled heart
But the way you come back
To love me again
Just another trampled heart
Then you take it all back and say
Let’s just stay friends
Then you run back to him again

I dwell on the past to pass the time
Before you left me numb and blind
Now you say you’ve come to your senses
Like a siren song to my defenses
Fool me two times, shame on me
I should have cut loose
Turned and run free

As just another trampled heart
If I were able in someway
To summon my will
Just another trampled heart
Make me forget my pain
And make time stand still
While you’re setting me up
For the kill again

It could have been just,
If you would have been just……

Each time he sends you away
You tell me that
You’re back to stay

With this trampled heart
The way you get back
Inside my head
Just another trampled heart
The way you raise me
Up from the dead
Set me up
For the kill again
Just another trampled heart
The way that you say
You could love me again
Just another trampled heart
Then you take it all back and say
Let’s just stay friends
But, baby we were never friends
Just another trampled heart
You leave and then come back
And then walk out again
Just another trampled heart
You’re saying goodbye
As if this is the end
So, until we meet again
When, when?
When you’re just another
Trampled heart

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Tonight http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=89 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=89#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:59:25 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=89 Continue reading ]]> The sun should have
Been up by now
But I still can’t sleep
I’ve been up counting
Mountain ranges
Covered in lost sheep
I’ve been up trying
Not to think about
Everything we’ve lost
Dollars and Democracy
Star-crossed
This land belongs
To giants now
That, dwarf the Philistine
That rock you’ve got is about
As much use as a protest sign

Tonight more than days before
We need your human touch
‘Cause other than to each other
We don’t count for much

Mother Nature she ties tough knots
When you try to hold her down
The sulfur sky is falling
The rainbows are grey and brown
Liberty put down her torch
For to thumb a ride
And Justice can’t hold on no more
She’s fallen to one side

Tonight more than days before
We need your human touch
Accounting crunched the numbers
And we cost too much

They blamed Tricky Dick
They blamed Trickle Down
The Texans, the Farmer
And Slick Bill
But say nothing of the fat cows
Still grazing on the hill
That’s business as usual
And it’s no surprise to me
I was born long after
It was still cool to believe
Perhaps I’m even lucky
I’m not stuck with some memory
Of what hope felt like
Before November 1963

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Through the Wind http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=87 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=87#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:59:07 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=87 Continue reading ]]> You can search the whole world over
Or try to start the new world order
You can fall to your knees for a dollar
But, I’m pretty sure it ain’t worth the bother
And the sun breathes through the wind

You can try to fill what’s missing
By lining up a few religions
Put them in a big competition
Print up tickets and charge admission

But the wisest words I never get sick of
Love is all you need is love
So find what you’ve got then be a giver
Let them keep that bag of silver

And the sun breathes through the wind
And my world feels whole again
May our little kingdom have no end
I’m back in the arms of my love and my friend

You can feed me to the lions cause
I won’t live by your weird myths and laws
Some people want to start a riot
When they push their god and you don’t buy it
And the sun breathes through the wind

But when my days are over and done
Whether or not there’s a heaven
I’m gunna know I tried to give you
Something simple, heartfelt and true

And if someday you’re filled with sorrow
This melody you can borrow
Take it with you and lend it freely
May it help you like it helped me

Copyright Brother Lou 2009

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This Song http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=85 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=85#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:58:37 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=85 Continue reading ]]> There’s no use in complaining, there’s no sense in pretending
Something starts off somewhere and then it needs an ending
So last night, she done me wrong

If I took the time to think about why that woman left me
I could come up with a reason for each day since she met me
Each day I didn’t notice what I wasn’t doing it for her
I’d play my guitar but my songs only bored her
So last night, she done me wrong
She got herself a new man and I, I got this song

I guess she got tired of me never listening to her
I’d tune her out and turn up Hank or Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard

Now I’m alone again but that’s only how it seems
I got my guitar and my radio and all my crazy dreams
I ain’t lonesome, I ain’t lovesick, I ain’t got swinging doors
I ain’t crying in big river wondering what she left me for
She was right to do me wrong
I left her a long time ago, chasing this song

I’d tell her to go on to bed and I’ll be there in a little while
Then I’d go listen to Dylan, David Allen Coe, Hammel on Trial

This song ain’t about hard feeling or trying to turn the tables.
There is no message to be learned, there’s no moral, this ain’t a fable
There’s no use in complaining there’s no sense in pretending
This song started way back there and now it needs an ending
So tonight when she does me wrong
Kiss her once for me and tell her thanks for the song

Copyright Brother Lou 2009

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The Hungry Girl http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=83 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=83#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:58:12 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=83 Continue reading ]]> This world can wear you thin with each long lonely day
Sometimes a smile can go a long way
Now I’m not saying I bring joy everywhere I go
But when I see a neighbor outrside I smile and wave hello
But I’m telling you to be careful
I’m telling you because it’s true
Some people out there are so starved for attention
They will take a bite, hold on tight
And never let go of you

She’s big, she’s loud she’s the hungry girl
The starvinest girl in the whole damn world
You were nice to her one time, and now you find
She’s been hungry so long that she’s out of her mind
Don’t let your eyes make that fateful connection
Don’t let her develop a taste for your affection
Now ten times a day she needs a new favor
There ain’t nothing as heavy as an upstairs neighbor
When she’s the hungry girl

She’ll leave a note on your car, e-mail you and more
Is there any way she can get a ride to the store
You pretend you’re not home she’s like Kool Aid through the door
She’s too big to miss and too loud to ignore
(She’s too big to miss and too loud to ignore)

She’s big and loud she’s a hungry girl
Starvinest girl in the whole damn world
She’s gunna chase you down to your very last breath
She won’t stop ‘til she’s full, and she’s always starving to death
Now I have no doubt she needs something to fill her
But what she needs I ain’t ever gunna give her
I’m packed tight like a sardine hiding under my bed
I can’t sleep at night she ate all the dreams in my head
I lie awake in a cold sweat and shiver
I pray to the lord that I will be delivered
From the Hungry girl

Now you might think I’m exaggerating
I’m being mean and telling stories that aren’t true
All I can say is wait for the day
Someone hungry takes a bite out of you.

Brother Lou copyright 2009

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The Devil in Me http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=81 http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=81#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:57:38 +0000 Brother Lou http://brotherlou.com/blog/?p=81 Continue reading ]]> Something stirring in me since the day I was born
Dancing like a fire and keeping me warm
I look the world in the eye then lie through my teeth
But don’t lay blame, it’s the devil in me

Lord, you know this has been coming for a while
Lately, I waste your time and you cramp my style
But I will give credit where credit is due
I wouldn’t know the devil so well if not for you

So, thank you Lord for the Devil in Me
Your ways are truly a mystery
I once was blind, now I see
I want to thank you Lord for the Devil in Me
I want to thank you Lord for the Devil

I prayed to you Lord for money and fun
Seems like everybody round here but me got some
So now, I make my own luck and damn the rest to hell
If you won’t give me what I want then it’s just as well

Well, you could have made it easy but you made it round
I did one thing wrong you spit me out of town
You take candy from a kid, like I take fruit from a tree
Then you act surprised I’ve got is the Devil in me

I want to thank you Lord for the Devil in Me
Your ways are truly a mystery
I once was blind, now I see
I want to thank you Lord for the Devil in Me
I want to thank you Lord for the Devil

I know he’s slippery and bad as sin
But I never feel guilty or sorry for him
He just do what he do and he be who he be
Then he say, “What the hell else did you expect from me?”

I know he’s mean, he’s downright abusive
But at least he’s here, you’re nothing but allusive
I called and called for you but he came running to me
Thank you lord, for the devil

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