SASSAFRASS!

by Tami Neilson

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released June 1, 2018

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"Tami Neilson—whose voice is equal parts Patsy Cline, Mavis Staples and Etta James—is a reminder of the soul-shattering effect of the human voice at the height of its powers" - Maclean's

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Track Name: Stay Outta My Business
STAY OUTTA MY BUSINESS
T Neilson/ J Neilson

V1
Your head is shakin’, your mouth is frownin’
Your tongue’s a-waggin’ all over town and
Your eyes are judging, your elbows nudging
All the poison that you spread with each nasty word you’ve said

CH
Stay outta my business
Stay outta my business, leave it alone
The only business you got is your own

V2
Did you do that all by yourself girl
It’s not that good you might need my help girl
Without your star hitched up to my wagon
Girl you’re never gonna make it, no, your ass gonna be draggin’

CH

BRIDGE
Damned if I do and damned if I don’t
You want me play your game, but I won’t
You’re only happy causing trouble and strife
But I’m too busy with my damn good without you in it life

V3
A woman stay home to raise the babies
‘Must be nice to do nothing, must be lazy’
And so she go out to make the money
‘How can you leave your babies, you’re a bad, bad Mommy’
Track Name: Bananas
BANANAS
T Neilson/J Neilson

V1
Here in the jungle, girl you gotta rumble
They don’t want your melons or your peaches or pears
Bananas here, bananas there, seems it’s nothing but bananas everywhere

V2
Too outspoken like a record that’s broken
Just wishin and hopin’ for your day to come
Off you run, go have fun, leave it to the big boys to get the job done

CH
It’s bananas, it’s the crazy talk
Buzz her brain with the electric shock
Burst your bubble now pop, pop, pop
This is a big boys game
It’s bananas she want equal pay just for working all night and day
Give your head a shake, girl, no way
It’s bananas, bananas, bananas

V3
It’ll leave you reeling when you hit the glass ceiling
Watch your pretty head, take my advice
Best think twice, just play nice, keep those big ambitions of yours on ice
Track Name: Diamond Ring
Diamond Ring
T Neilson

V1
Hit the button, elevator going up
A black leather shoe jams the door before it shuts
Big teeth talkin’ all the way to my floor
Asks for my number, I push past him out the door
Don’t need the pain that lovin’ brings
Don’t want no other man’s diamond ring

V2
I’m down at the church, singing Hymn 23
Sweet salvation from the pain you left me
Pinstriped suit asks to sit in your chair
I say it’s taken, even though you ain’t there
Don’t need the pain that lovin’ brings
Don’t want no other man’s diamond ring

CH
If there’s a table for one, then I'm gonna take it
Won’t hand over my heart for some fool break it
Don’t need the pain that lovin’ brings
Ain’t gonna wear no other man’s diamond ring

VS3
Still got your name on my mail
Got your memory on my tail
I got your ring here on my right hand
What I ain’t got is time for no other man
Don’t need that pain that lovin’ brings
Don’t want no other man’s diamond ring
Track Name: A Woman's Pain
A Woman's Pain
T Neilson

V1
Daddy’s Mama was a child of the nation
Raised on a white man’s little reservation
Three girls, one more in the belly of her Mama
Robbed by death giving life to her daughter

V2
Baby grew up fast, yeah she was a fast one
One half child, the other half woman
Shotgun wedding ‘fore the baby arrived
Man run off, left a child to raise a child

CH
Partake of pleasure and reap the shame
The hand that holds the power assigns the blame
And this old world turns on a woman’s pain

V3
Throw me a bone and I’ll make you a woman
God said to Adam in the Garden of Eden
The moment her lips touched forbidden fruit
He said I’ll curse you with pain and a man will rule you
Track Name: Devil In a Dress
Devil in a Dress
T Neilson/J Neilson

V1
White smoke curling from her lips
Ruby red cherry on her fingertips
Tight skirt wiggle when she walks
Curses like a sailor every time she talks

CH
She’s a devil or an angel, sweet
Heart of innocence or villainy
One-dimensional fantasy
Here to curse or bless
A damsel in distress
Or just a devil in a dress

V2
Ten Hail Marys from her lips
Rosary running though her fingertips
White linen rustle when she walks
Blessings on the children every time she talks

CH

V3
White smoke curling from her lips
Rosary running through her fingertips
Tight skirt wiggle when she walks
Blessings on the children every time she talks
Track Name: One Thought of You
One Thought of You
R Neilson/T Neilson

With just one thought of you
To get me through the night
I dream the sweetest dreams
But it seems all those dreams
End with daylight

Down the halls our shadows dance
Stars uncross our star-crossed romance
One more final chance
To whisper all the things I should’ve said, this time

Just one thought of you
And I can face the dark
Each moonlight tryst
And midnight kiss
From those lips I’ve missed
Til again we part

And now goodbye
Until tonight, my Darling
I’ll be killing time with just one thought of you
Track Name: Miss Jones
MISS JONES
T Neilson

V1
Big mouth, talkin sass
Shinin with her big brass
Haters they can kiss her ass
Before the door hits it
Drop the mic, don’t care
Bring the fire everywhere
Tell her no, don’t you dare
The girl is gonna get it
Get it, get it, yeah, alright

V2
Swingin’ skirt, feet jumpin’
Man, that Woman sure is something
Gets your blood pumpin’
Damn the girl can sing
100 nights and days
The Queen and Kings play
Tearing up every stage
A hurricane on legs
Look out, look out, yeah, alright

CH
Miss Jones, Miss Jones
Ain’t no one above ya Miss Jones
Miss Jones, Miss Jones
Oh how I love ya Miss Jones

V3
Genuine, real deal
Girl has always kept it real
Don’t ya know she’s still here
Can’t ya hear her sing
Heavens yes, Hell no
This ain’t Mama’s last show
Teachin angels, don’t you know
To get up off their thangs
Get up, get up, yeah, alright
Track Name: Smoking Gun
Smoking Gun
T Neilson/J Neilson

V1
Skeletons rattle inside
Dark and dirty closets ‘neath the Hollywood sign
Paid up their ransom in flesh
To the Piper with the power to destroy or bless

V2
Well, there’s a predator creepin’ in the pool
The King of the Casting Couch where he rules
Golden boy has started to crack
Squirming like a worm under our magnifying glass

CH
Well you can run, boy, but you can’t hide
The judgment day has finally come
For the man who holds the smoking gun

Bang bang goes the smoking gun
Track Name: Kitty Cat
Kitty Cat
T Neilson

V1
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat
Where’s your Mama at
What you doing out all alone
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat don’t you want a pat
And if you like it can I take you home

CH
She might wave her tail in your direction
Show you a little bit of love and affection
Lick and purr and give you a scratch
But that don’t mean that she’s your Kitty Cat

V2
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat
Let me pay for that
Don’t you say no and make me pout
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat
Don’t be a silly brat
One little kiss ain’t gonna put you out

CH

V3
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat
Don’t tell me to scat
I ain’t leaving til I get my way
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat
Don’t want my coat and hat
I bought you dinner, now I’m here to stay
Track Name: Manitoba Sunrise at Motel 6
Manitoba Sunrise at Motel 6
T Neilson

V1
8000 miles from home, I just looked it up
This ain’t my bed, my TV or my coffee cup
Silence fills my head like the snow hits the ground
A line of pillows next to me that never make a sound

CH
O lonesome prairie wind
Won’t you blow me home again
To the love I left behind
That never leaves my mind
My head is dark and my heart feels sick
A Manitoba sunrise at another Motel 6

V2
A Western Star rolls by, someplace it needs to be
Watch the taillights leave for miles, is that how you watch me
I’m asleep, you’re awake, I’m awake, you’re asleep
Don’t matter night or day
In my broken heart you beat
Track Name: Good Man
Good Man
T Neilson

V1
I don’t hear you
And by now I should hear you
Even when you don’t say a word
You don’t see me
Sometimes you don’t see me
The way I wish you would

But you know I’ll always choose you
If there’s a choice to be made
I’d be a damn fool to lose you and lose my way

CH
‘Cause you’re a good man
And a good man don’t just come along every day
A good, good man, my love, my sweetest friend
It’s always you I’m gonna come back to
My, my, my good man

V2
I know I’m not easy
But getting things easy
Was never quite your style
And I love you like nobody else baby
The good and the hard times, they’re just the same thing
When I got you by my side

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