Put Back Charlie

by aireene espiritu

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This Song 03:42
This Song music/lyrics by Aireene Espiritu. Copyright 2012. I got a song I want to sing And it’s full of people, places, and things It’s got my father and it’s got your name This song I want to sing This song I want to sing It’s about the blues how the blues got me If I pull the trigger, will it set me free? But I got too many songs to sing I got this song to sing I got this song to sing There’s nothing that I’d rather do Than sing this song, sing this song, sing this song for you It’s what I’m meant to do This song will make you laugh, will make you cry This song is for the dreamer who left everything behind This song it gives me reason to be good, to love, to live And for you this song I sing And for you this song I sing If you find yourself singing along Don’t listen to the voices that may say the notes are wrong You can laugh, you can yell, tell the whole wide world your cares And with you this song I’ll sing And with you this song I’ll sing I got a song I want to sing And it’s full of people, places, and things It’s got your story and it’s got your name This song I want to sing This song I want to sing
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Put Back Charlie music/lyrics Aireene Espiritu Heard a voice cryin’ in the wind. It was old friend, Charlie. He fell. He was, he was, he was the bestest jester of his time But he fell, he fell, he fell into a forgotten well. He fell, he fell, he fell into a deep dark well. Time to put back Charlie. Gather all the pieces. Put back Charlie, together again. All the king’s horses, calling all his men We got to put back Charlie, together... Heartbroken, heart-battered and heart-torn Charlie’s scattered on the bottomless floor He said please, please help, death makes fun of everyone All is gone, i just want to go home All is gone, i just want to go home Please help me to put back Charlie. Gather all the pieces Put back Charlie, together again. All the king’s horses, calling all his men We got to put back Charlie, together... Hang on, Charlie. Put him back, put him back Hold on, Charlie. Put him back, put him back All the kings horses, calling all his men We got to put back Charlie together again Please help me put back Charlie together again Oh, Charlie. Put back Charlie together, oh, Charlie again.
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Stagger Lee (I Killed Billy to Save Us All) Music and lyrics by Aireene Espiritu Trouble, trouble, trouble came to town His name was Stagger Lee Killed a man, killed a man, a-hmmmm Shot through the belly with a forty four Shot through the belly with a forty four Billy Lyons, didnʼt he deserve to die Billy Lyons, didnʼt he deserve to die He was the troubled one, one with the troubled mind Now Iʼm doinʼ, doinʼ, doinʼ my time Doinʼ, doinʼ, doinʼ my time Donʼt you know I killed Billy, killed him soʼs to save our lives Someone had to do it Christmas 1895, Billyʼs at the bar talkinʼ about killinʼ the whole town So much evil lurked the room, you see, I had to kill Billy Or Billy wouldʼve had to kill you. He wouldʼve killed you Ahooo, hoo hoo. Ahooo, hoo hoo Evidence, evidence tracked me down Evidence, evidence tracked me down Smoke from my pistol, stetson hat on the ground When you mark my grave make sure you let them know When you mark my grave make sure you let them know I killed Billy, I killed him soʼs to save us all I killed Billy, I killed him soʼs to save us all Yeah, he died for his sins Ahooo, hoo hoo. Ahooo, hoo hoo Copyright 2014 Aireene Espiritu Music
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BOOM & BUST music/lyrics Aireene Espiritu Buy now, pay later, said the bankers, brokers, speculators While the bull rules, put more money in the pot. The index to the riches, the bulging dollar eyes Noone wants to be left behind You see everybodyʼs ridinʼ on that good, good feeling Of a profit, a full pocket, the big win. They watched the ticker tapes go by, with their money on the margin The boom, the bust, we all fall down. Evangeline Adams, was a reader of the stars Saw the fall too late to save them all Word spread on the radio, the market will keep rising, keep rising, rising high. Everybodyʼs ridinʼ on that good, good feeling Of a profit, a full pocket, the big win. Fast forward decades later, they forgot about the past Now the past is cominʼ ʻround again. Buy now, pay later, said the buyers, loaners, money makers Confidence still high, sign right on the dotted line. The risk appraisers paid no mind, this ride they thought would never die. The boom, the bust and we all fall down. You see, everybodyʼs riding on that good, good feeling Of a profit, a full pocket, the big win. Well, the crooks still got away with greed. As we all fell to our knees. The boom, the bust and we all fall down. The boom, the bust and we all fall down. The boom, the bust and we all fall down.
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Bag Woman 03:56
Bag Woman - E Copyright 2013 lyrics/music by aireene espiritu Do you need a place, bag woman, bag woman, bag woman? Do you need a place, bag woman, bag woman, bag woman? Shelter, shelter underdog I take the heat, i take the cold When the waiting’s finally done, pray for me, pray for me Have you got some shoes, bag woman, bag woman, bag woman Have you got some shoes, bag woman, bag woman, bag woman Wander, wander, blackened feet Street sheets or a dirty deed No dark alley’s ever been good to me, i’m awake but i’m asleep, i’m awake but i’m asleep Do you need a friend, bag woman, bag woman, bag woman? Do you need a friend, bag woman, bag woman, bag woman? Tunnel, tunnel, lights I found I felt hearts as big as a house I heard the scroll call out my name, Say my name, say my name bag woman, bag woman, bag woman.
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FALLING FOR YOU music/lyrics Aireene Espiritu Iʼm skipping down the sidewalk, Iʼm hopping river banks Iʼm dancin through the heavy fallin rain And I could keep on rollin, I canʼt contain myself I think that Iʼm fallinʼ for you And Iʼll take all your good, Iʼll take all your bad Iʼll take everything in between Oh darlinʼ, darlinʼ say you feel the same I think that Iʼm fallinʼ, think that Iʼm fallinʼ I think that Iʼm fallinʼ for you ʼm on a roll, Iʼm on a roll, Iʼm on a roll for you Iʼm on a roll, Iʼm on a roll I think that Iʼm fallinʼ, think that Iʼm fallinʼ I think that Iʼm fallinʼ for you Now I canʼt believe my luck, but I do believe my heart My gut has never failed me so far Let the sun shine, let it set, Let the moon shine our bed. I think that Iʼm fallinʼ, think that Iʼm fallinʼ I think that Iʼm fallinʼ for you I think that Iʼm fallinʼ, think that Iʼm fallinʼ I think that Iʼm fallinʼ for you
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Only Rock & Roll music/lyrics by aireene Espiritu. Copyright 2012. The spell has not been broken, the haze still lingers on So I set out on the road, searching for the one who knows the cure From the desert of Las Vegas, I pass through Silver Lake The central coast is calling, ‘fore I hit my San Francisco bay The city used to be my lost and found. But when I reached my hometown, the shops changed all their names And the birds in every tree I pass, have new songs that they play Nothing ever really stays the same. And then I hear a band, they start to play... CHORUS It was only rock & roll, only rock and roll Only rock and roll, that brought me back Only rock and roll, only rock and roll Only rock and roll, that brought me back, brought me back. The wizards gave me potions. I must’ve tried them all But nothing could take away the gray, that loomed over my head I know what it takes to make it rain. And then I hear a band, they start to play... CHORUS It was only rock & roll, only rock and roll Only rock and roll, that brought me back Only rock and roll, only rock and roll Only rock and roll, that brought me back, brought me back.
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Truth 03:01
Truth music/lyrics by aireene Espiritu. Copyright 2014. Truth woke me early one morning and he asked me, “how do you feel?” Heart grabbed the chance to speak while Mind was still half asleep. Heart said, “Truth, i’ve been sad for awhile... Love’s done gone left me again. He would smile while he’s out on the streets But at home he would cry to be free.” and love’s becoming over love’s becoming gone love’s becoming o-o-over love’s becoming gone So heart tried to reason with mind Mind tried to reason with fear truth laid it out on the table love tried as hard as he could still love’s becoming over love’s becoming gone love’s becoming o-o-over love’s becoming gone
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Hooded Hoodlum Judged music/lyrics by aireene espiritu. Copyright 2014. Mean man, mean man comin’ for me I don’t know what I did But he’s aimin’ for me Well, well, well He’s watchin’ every move And he’s howlin’ howlin at the moon Trigger, trigger ready to pull Give the man a reason what he’s itchin’ to do Now, now, now Fast draw fire, run run run Been aimin’ since he got that gun Aimin’ since he got that gun Mmm Blame, blame, blame Blame, blame, blame Who’re you gonna judge Hooded hoodlum judge Yeah, fast draw fire run run run Been aimin’ since he got that gun Aimin’ since he got that gun One kid, one kid, one kid down You know he’s not the only one Hooded hoodlum judged Kid done no one no harm Shot through his youngblood heart Shot through his youngblood heart Thought he was a hero Thought he was havin’ fun Thought he was the right man for that job Thought he was savin’ the whole wide world From them hooded hoodlum punks Kid done no one no harm Shot through his youngblood heart Kid was hooded hoodlum judged Hooded hoodlum judged
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All Souls’ Day music/lyrics Aireene Espiritu copyright 2014 rise early this mornin’, our day has come this time we can’t be late we’ll rule the earth and sky today in celebration of All Souls’ Day and we’ll glide along the highways over the golden gate the canyons echo our voices across the oceans to see them again hello my brother, hello dear friends glad we could spend this time together i smell the flowers you placed on my grave and i smile when you mention my name and we’ll glide along the highways over the golden gate the canyons echo our voices across the oceans to see you again lover, lover how have you been? sure is nice to see you smile again a fresh new start, with sweet company and a brand new love to set you free yeah we’ll glide along the highways over the golden gate the canyons echo our voices across the oceans to see you again across the oceans to see you again
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Wide Open 03:12
Wide Open music/lyrics Aireene Espiritu goodbye mother, goodbye father packed my bags i'm ready to go gonna meet my babeh, at the barnyard station horses waitin', ready to go to the wide open, to the wide open   friends and neighbors gathered round us thank you for your good luck charms armed with purpose and your support stuffed our pockets full of hope to the wide open, to the wide open goodbye mother, goodbye father packed my bags i'm ready to go don't you worry, cuz in this journey all our dreams they will unfold we're gonna ride, we're gonna roam gonna find that golden brick road gonna rock, we're gonna roll... to the wide open, to the wide open we're gonna ride, we're gonna roam gonna find that golden brick road gonna rock, we're gonna roll... to the wide open, to the wide open yeah, to the wide open well, take it to the wide.... wide open, take it to the wide, take it to the wide open take it to the wide, take it to the wide, take it to the wide take it to the wide. Wide Open.

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PUT BACK CHARLIE
1. This Song (3:40)
2. Put Back Charlie (3:48)
3. Stagger Lee (I Killed Billy To Save Us All) (3:13)
4. Boom and Bust (3:12)
5. Bag Woman (3:57)
6. Falling for You (1:54)
7. Tell Me Why* (3:23)
8. Only Rock and Roll (4:02)
9. Truth (3:02)
10. There Is Something On Your Mind (4:10)
11. Hooded Hoodlum Judged (3:33)
12. All Souls’ Day (4:18)
13. Hard Times Come Again No More** (4:22)
14. Wide Open (featuring Tom Corbett) (3:13)

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released January 1, 2014

*Lyrics and Music by Mark Fosson, Big Otis Music, BMI and Ed Tree, Extra Measure Music, ASCAP

**Hard Times Come Again No More - Stephen Foster, public domain, recorded at Western Independent

Produced, recorded and mixed by Ed Tree at the Treehouse Studio, San Gabriel CA
Mastered by Marc DeSisto at Luke’s Room, Los Angeles CA
Art by Bill Crews


THE BAND (in alphabetical order)
Mike Anderson - bass on Hard Times Come Again No More
Donna Lynn Caskey - banjo on Boom and Bust
Tom Corbett - mandolin on Falling for You, Wide Open
Tiago Dias - electric bass on Put Back Charlie, Only Rock and Roll
Debra Dobkin - drums and percussion on Stagger Lee, This Song, Wide Open
Aireene Espiritu - vocals, tenor ukulele, guitar and whistling
Gary Ferguson - drums on Bag Woman, Put Back Charlie, There Is Something On Your Mind
Stephen Kallai - violin on Hard Times Come Again No More
Maurice Tani - vocals, guitar on Hard Times Come Again No More
Ed Tree - acoustic, electric and National guitars, Dano sitar, Dobro, bass, piano and harmonium


Boatloads of Thanks
To Ed Tree, for his care, creativity, wisdom, master guitar playing and sharp ears in the making of this album, even through harmonium tears. Dammit, Ed. To all the musicians who played and made the songs sound better than best. To Paul Olguin, whom I’m pretending is on the album. To these beloved folks who are my backbone and the reason I never get lost on the road: Ma & Manny, Rani, the Quevedo clan, Andy & Cathleen Genewick, Mark O’Leavey, Tanya Awabdy, Linda Rose, Guillermo Sandoval, Shawn Riley, Joan Passarelli, LZ Love. To all the supporters who pre-ordered the CD and helped with the speedy completion of this project with turbo boost from Bradford, Betsy, Eva and Axel Hammerschmidt, Sharon "Vivie" Hannah, Chris Nakashima, Greg Pattison, Guillermo Sandoval, Sandra Shuhert, Denyse Trepanier, Tony Ukena. To Eric and Cindy Canup, big supporters of musicians, who assigned the task of writing our own version of Stagger Lee for their SYLA Presents concert series which led to the recording of Stagger Lee (I Killed Billy To Save Us All). Hooded Hoodlum Judged is for Trayvon Martin.

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aireene espiritu Oakland, California

Aireene Espiritu plays a mix of stompin', swayin' and timeless Americana reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears. A Color-Coded Symphony is her latest project, a musical experience connecting the audience’s ethnic origins to rhythms of the world. ... more

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