Blues, Bourbon and Burritos

by The Federales

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released February 18, 2014

Ben Cook-Feltz: Drums and vocals
James Gould: Electric and baritone guitars
Ben Miller: Vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin
Andy Schuster: Upright bass
Karl Wahoske: Vocals, banjo and acoustic guitar
Mick "The Melodious Ghost" White: Pedal steel guitar
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Richard Kriehn: Fiddle on "Minnesota Man," "She's Mine," "Guitars and Grain Belt," "400 Miles Away," and "One Night Only"

All music by The Federales
All words by Ben Miller, except...
"Don't Say It" and "Minnesota Man" words by Karl Wahoske
"She's Mine" words by Wahoske and Miller

Recorded by Miles Hanson at Creation Audio, and by Noah Smith
Mixed and mastered by Miles Hanson

Illustration by Nicholas Straight
Design by Nicholas Straight, James Gould and Ben Miller

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The Federales Minneapolis, Minnesota

THE FEDERALES are an alt-country band that take a classic formula and modernize it. So, what do the songs sound like? They sound like heartache. They sound like a rowdy bar. They’re telling great stories. They sound uniquely like THE FEDERALES.

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Track Name: I Don't Wanna Go To Arkansas
When I was 23 years old
I spent three days in Arkansas in May
Now with the benefit of hindsight
There's only one thing I gotta say

I don't wanna go to Arkansas again
Too many strip malls and not enough sin
Too many Walmarts and not enough girls
But at least on the radio they still play Willie and Merle

Now I suppose I should be reasonable
I suppose I should be fair
I've found it's much worse in Kentucky where they yell
"Boy, you should cut that hair"

But, I don't wanna go to Arkansas again
Too many strip malls and not enough sin
Too many Walmarts and not enough girls
But at least on the radio they still play Willie and Merle

Well, all the nice people there
That's really the story I should tell
But it's hard to come home with real good stories
When you’re scared to leave your hotel

That's why I don't wanna go to Arkansas again
Too many strip malls and not enough sin
Too many Walmarts and not enough girls
But at least on the radio they still play Willie and Merle
Track Name: Minnesota Man
When I was 18 years old
I went a-runnin’ from the cold
I had to get away from the same, from the same
From the same old, same old
I packed my bags and hit the road
But now I’m back and there’s something I got to say

I’m a Minnesota Man, that just what I am
No amount of running could take that out of me.
So after years down in the South
It only makes me extra-proud
To say I’m a Minnesota Man

I’m not a native son
We moved here when I was one
A different state is where I was born, I was born
I was born in Illinois
I was my daddy’s pride and joy
Rambling in my blood but way deep down

Indiana’s been a second home to me
And the Rocky Mountain air sure feels fine
I love Chicago and all its busy streets
But the Twin Cities are the ones that feel like mine

I’m a Minnesota Man, that just what I am
No amount of running could take that out of me.
So after years down in the South
It only makes me extra-proud
To say I’m a Minnesota Man
Track Name: She's Mine
[Karl]
I just met a pretty girl last week
I'm convinced she's the one for me
Blue sky eyes, hair as dark as night
When I'm with her I'm feeling alright
We're stepping out on the town
I'm the only one she lets hang around

She's mine
She's all mine
I can't believe I found a woman so fine
I fell so fast, I feel so free
And I know in my heart
She only loves me

[Ben]
At a honky tonk on the other side of town
Feelin' like I couldn't get any closer to the ground
Just finishing up whiskey number three
A pretty thing walks up and says "the next one's on me"
Oh, how could I refuse
A smile straight from the devil and a pair of snakeskin cowboy boots

She's mine
She's all mine
I can't believe I found a woman so fine
I fell so fast, I feel so free
And I know in my heart
She only loves me

[Karl]
But now it's been two weeks and she won't return my call
[Ben]
And I'm starting to doubt she loves me at all
[Karl]
I saw her out last night and she looked away
[Ben]
My friends are all tellin' me she ain't worth the pain
[Karl]
Who was that I saw you out with last night?
[Ben]
And whose car did I see pulling into your drive?
[Both]
I'm sick of your scheming, I'm sick of your lies
I realize when I am being two-timed

[Karl] So goodbye
My dear, goodbye
I can't believe I bought all your lies
[Ben] I fell so fast, but now I'm free
And I know in my heart
She never loved me
Track Name: Don't Say It
There’s got to be more to say
Than how much it rained today
“How was your day, dear?”, There’s got to be more there
But I guess that’s why you won’t marry me

Don’t say it, please don’t say it
I don’t know if my heart can take it
There’s got to be more here than you said before, dear
But I don’t want to hear it today

We started out like all the rest
All future without any past
But as we made a history, our love stayed a mystery
And that’s why it faded out quick

Don’t say it, please don’t say it
I don’t know if my heart can take it
There’s got to be more here than you said before, dear
But I don’t want to hear it today

I guess this is all she wrote
The words get all caught in my throat
If we say goodbye now, it’s for the last time now
And our lives won’t ever touch

Don’t say it, please don’t say it
I don’t know if my heart can take it
There’s got to be more here than you said before, dear
But I don’t want to hear it today
Track Name: Guitars and Grain Belt
Summertime, the Fourth of July
I'll be headin' downtown
With a bunch of the guys
Ain't looking for trouble, ain't looking for a fight
We just want a little fun on a Saturday night
Somethin' that'll give us a little more to talk about
Somethin' that won't let us down and leave us all wantin'
Mister can you tell us where to find all that 'round here?

Pick up the tempo
Turn up the band
Put a tall, cold beer in my hand
Gimme guitars and a Grain Belt and a good time
Don't want to find myself too far Uptown
Just a friendly place where the music's loud
Gimme guitars and a Grain Belt and a good time

And later on, when the music’s died
And the crowd thins out
We'll head outside
Let our voices heal, say our goodbyes
Watch the cherry moon sink past the prairie skyline
One more night: successfully wasted
Summer's ripe, I can almost taste it
Eight more hours and we'll do it all again

Pick up the tempo
Turn up the band
Put a tall, cold beer in my hand
Gimme guitars and a Grain Belt and a good time
Don't want to find myself too far Uptown
Just a friendly place where the music's loud
Gimme guitars and a Grain Belt and a good time
Track Name: 400 Miles Away
Well I don't know why
You'd leave me here to cry
Left to spend all my days all alone
Yeah, on my own

I can't talk to you
Like you know that I used to
And if I said I don't miss you all the time
Well, I'd be lyin'

Now tell me to turn back
‘Cause I'm leavin' today
You can't tell me you don't want me there
Just 400 miles away

If we cross a couple lines
I'll be yours and you'll be mine
We can spend all our days right at home
Not so alone

And if you let me stay all night
I won't scratch and you won't bite
I'm tellin' you, distance goes by fast
And this won't last

Now tell me to turn back
‘Cause I'm leavin' today
You can't tell me you don't want me there
Just 400 miles away
Track Name: One Night Only
Hello there, Virginia
It's great to be in town
I just drove five hours down
Old Highway 39

I'll sing a few then I gotta go
So glad you could stick around
You can stay with me
But only for a night

In the morning when I'm leavin'
I'll be leavin' you behind
Don't buy me no postcards
Don’t look for mine

If I look to the east and see you
Standin' outside my door
I'll believe it
But only for a night

And I'll be down
You'll be down and out too
You'll be cursed
I'll be cursed without you
Yeah, I'll be cured
Then you’ll be gone and carefree
And when you drive to Austin
You'll go without me

In the morning when I'm leavin'
I'll be leavin' you behind
Don't buy me no postcards
Don’t look for mine
If I look to the east and see you
Standin' outside my door
I'll believe it
But only for a night
Track Name: Blues, Bourbon and Burritos
I sit here on this barstool every night and I drink
I drink to forget you, so I don't have to think
Of all those times I held you tight
You swore you never love another man
But now you're gone and all I have to hold is this whiskey in my hand

Gram Parsons is on the jukebox singing "you may be sweet and nice"
So I raise a toast to everyone whose true love left them with tears in their eyes
If I never see your face again, if I never make you mine
You can look me up on this barstool until the day I die

(Blues, bourbon and Burritos)
You're running through my mind tonight
(Blues, bourbon and Burritos)
They're making me feel alright

(Blues, bourbon and Burritos)
They're filling up this bar
(Blues, bourbon and Burritos)
But I'm just wondering where you are

(Blues, bourbon and Burritos)
I've been sitting here for too damn long
(Blues, bourbon and Burritos)
Aw, hell, just one more song

(Blues, bourbon and Burritos)
I've been sitting here for too damn long
(Blues, bourbon and Burritos)
Aw, hell, just one more song
Track Name: Under Your Gun
And I didn't call you from Atlanta
Even though I wanted to
And I stayed cool in Eugene, babe
I didn't trash that hotel room
And I wish I'd said "yes"
To another whiskey
Just another lonely weekend
That don't end with you and me

And, hey, I'm callin' your name
Through the pines and through the fields
And, hey, I'm under your gun
And underneath your wheels
Underneath your wheels

You tell me you're havin' a fine time
You're livin' like you should
Yeah, you shouldn't worry at all
I'm out here feelin' good
These curtains won't hide me for long
That morning light will cut on through
You'll wake up in your life
And I'll wake up thinkin' of you

And, hey, I'm callin' your name
Through the pines and through the fields
And, hey, I'm under your gun
And underneath your wheels
Underneath your wheels