The Longest Street In America

by JOHN COMMON

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A followup to 1999's excellent Collecting Empties, Rainville's second CD is another impressive showcase for songwriter John Common, who's emerged as Colorado's most authentic heartland-style rocker. Now playing as a four-piece with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Ian Hlatky, Rainville displays a growth and dexterity on The Longest Street in America, dipping even more into the disparate styles the band braved in the studio three years ago. -- Westword

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released July 1, 2002

RAINVILLE
THE LONGEST STREET IN AMERICA
Copyright 2002. All rights reserved.

All songs by John Common (BMI).

Produced by Rainville
Engineered by Ian Hlatky
Recorded at Woodshed Studios
Mixed by Bill Thomas at Rav’en Studios
Mastered by Airshow Mastering
Art direction and design by John Common

John Common
vocals, guitars, piano, organ, guitjo,glassware, iron pipe,

Ian Hlatky
guitars, piano, vocals, organ, iron pipe

Steve Richards
drums, percussion, vocals

Matt Sumner
electric bass, upright bass, vocals

Also
Bret Billings – Pedal Steel on ‘Let Me Come Back Home’
Paul Childs – Guitar on ‘Wrong Way’
John Horan – Harmonica on ‘Wasted Away’, ‘How ‘Bout You’ and ‘Let Me Come Back Home’
Paul Ewald - Trumpet on ‘Get In The Car And Drive’
John Jacobucci - Trombone on ‘Get In The Car And Drive’
Satchi – Vocals on ‘Wasted Away’

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Track Name: How 'Bout You
HOW 'BOUT YOU
written by john common

hey baby
this must be your day
I got a feeling 'bout the 3 dog
and I think we've got it made
I've got my lucky rock
I hold it in my hand
all we need's a little green
to take us to the promised land

my mother was a gypsy
my father was a king
I was born in mississippi
near new orleans
I grew up in the fields
cuttin' cane all day
it didn't take too many summers
before I hopped a train

it's a trifecta moon
I'm feeling lucky…
how 'bout you?

I feel a streak comin'
it's coming like a train
it calls me like my mama
by my christian name
you could live a hundred years
and never feel like this
I got the hand of god upon me
and I know that I can't miss

when the dog comes in
we won't scream and shout
play it cool up at the window
let him pay us out
we can live like kings
throw money to the wind
then go back to the track
and do it all over again

it's a trifecta moon
I'm feeling lucky…
how 'bout you?
how 'bout you?
I just need a little green
how 'bout you?
I'm gonna take us to the promised land
I'm gonna take us to the promised land
come on baby
Track Name: Emma
EMMA
written by john common

emma I know you're out there
somewhere down the road
probably waiting tables
and doing what you're told
emma I'm coming for you
hope I get there soon
gonna take you away from
everything that makes you blue
makes you blue

emma when I get there
I'll walk in kind of slow
you might not recognize me
as someone who you know
I'll sit down at your table
and watch you for a while
we could drink some coffee
and talk about those long, lonely miles
lonely miles

conversation
conversation

how did you get here
why'd you disappear
I didn't volunteer
to be your souvenir

I guess you left for a reason
I guess I'll leave it too
even though you're miles away
I'll always carry you
I'll guess I'll just keep waiting
for this to go away
but baby in the meantime
I hope that you're okay
you're okay

conversation
conversation

how did you get here
why'd you disappear
I didn't volunteer
to be your souvenir
Track Name: Road Between Two Towns
ROAD BETWEEN TWO TOWNS
written by john common


that girl behind the bar
she's a lump of stone
when she tells the boys
to all go home
she's wears it beautifully
that permanent frown
and I'm wondering
what would it take
to melt her down?

I grab my coat
and pay my tab
she's behind the bar
counting cash
her eyes are dark
and her hair is brown
and I'm wondering
what it'd be like
to see it down

I walk out
and get in my car
and drive on back
to the way things are
and I see the lights
of my home town
and I'm driving
through the snow
with my window down
Track Name: Five Dollar Shower
FIVE DOLLAR SHOWER
written by john common

tulsa tonight was a helluva sight
but I'm sure as hell glad we're leavin'
the crowd was just fine and the bar towed the line
they kept the booze flowin' all evenin'
but we played 'til two, gotta drive 'til noon
and that'll leave a man smellin' kinda sour
gotta find a little truck stop, buy a cold sixpack
and take a long five dollar shower

now we eat when we can and sleep in the van
unless somebody got himself a honey
we got some new songs and it won't be long
till a label gonna give us lots of money
we'll have hundred dollar suits and big shiny boots
and we'll always smell pretty like a flower
but until that day we're gonna save, save
and take a long five dollar shower

five dollar shower, it comes with a towel
they make you pay up front 'cause you smell so foul
travel size soap and plenty of room makes you feel like a million buckers…
when you shower with a stop full of truckers

now there may come a day when we stop and say
this band aint never gonna far
cause I've been told that when a man gets old
he gets tired of beatin' on his… guitar
but I'll tell you this, if we every quit
don't you dare call us cowards
cause the road makes you tough and when you smell rough
you take a long five dollar shower

five dollar shower, it comes with a towel
they make you pay up front 'cause you smell so foul
travel size soap and plenty of room makes you feel like a million buckers…
when you shower with a stop full of truckers
Track Name: She Scared Me
SHE SCARED ME
written by john common

she plays the clarinet
in all my dreams
now, now I know
just what, what that means
she was the one
the one
I should have held onto

oh I used to hold her
when the rain fell down
all the things I should have told her
but I never made a sound

by now, now you know
she's found another man
didn't take her too long
to make some other plans
yeh, she was the one
the one
I should have held onto

oh I used to hold her
when the rain fell down
all the things I should have told her
but I never made a sound
Track Name: Real Man
REAL MAN
written by john common

all I ever write are blues songs
'cause all I ever feel is bad
and one too many blues songs
is turning this good boy bad
I'm a real man
I'm a real, a real bad man

sometimes you can't find a reason
to kick yourself out of bed
I feel like it's open season
on all the happy thoughts in your head
I'm a real man
I'm a real, a real bad man

I said I needed you to save me
but you knew that I was telling a lie
I'm not sure if I'm even worth saving
but it's be fun just to watch you try
it's time for us to kiss this good love
I'm a real man
I'm a real, a real bad man
Track Name: Wrong Way
WRONG WAY
written by john common

they tried to calm me down
umpteen times and now I've
showed up here at your house
in a stolen car. I guess it's true
I got all the wild blood
all the bad blood from uncle jim
you're just like him
my momma always said…

I gotta find my own way
even if it's the wrong way
and who knows, maybe one day
I'll find my way back to you

the sun is going down
I'm miles from home and all alone
I got the radio loud
but something's wrong… I guess it's true
I was the rough one
the tough one who made you try
too many times
but that's all gone

I gotta find my own way
even if it's the wrong way
and who knows, maybe one day
I'll find my way back to you
I'm chasing something
maybe it's really nothing
but if I don't find out
I'll never find my way back to you

and if I make it through
years from now I'll roll through town
walk up to you,
smile and say…
I was the needy one
the seedy one who made you cry
every single time
but now I'm back

I gotta find my own way
even if it's the wrong way
and who knows, maybe one day
I'll find my way back to you
I'm chasing something
maybe it's really nothing
but if I don't find out
I'll never find my way back to you
Track Name: Can't Hide
CAN'T HIDE
written by john common

have I ever showed you
have you ever thought to ask
did you every wonder or worry
about the things in my past

sometimes, you catch me thinking
I'm far away
standing in the middle of the kitchen
with a strange look on my face
I should do a better job
I shouldn't lock you out
I'm gonna swing the doors wide open
and let you walk around

I can't hide from you
I don’t try anymore
I'm an awful liar
and I hate closed doors
besides it makes me tired
I can't hide from you
(I don’t want to)

I want to take you to memphis, texas
to a little bar I know
I want to take you to flowers, mississippi
when the cotton blows like snow
I want to take you to pensacola
all the way back home
introduce you to my brothers
show them why I'm not alone

I can't hide from you
I don’t try anymore
I'm an awful liar
and I hate closed doors
besides it makes me tired
I can't hide from you
(I don’t want to)

sometimes, early in the morning
I watch you sleep
lying there just like an angel
and it makes me think
I should do a better job
I shouldn't lock you out
I'm gonna swing the doors wide open
and let you walk around

I can't hide from you
I don’t try anymore
I'm an awful liar
and I hate closed doors
besides it makes me tired
I can't hide from you
(I don’t want to)
Track Name: Let Me Come Back Home
LET ME COME BACK HOME
written by john common

one of these days when I'm sad and blue
I'm gonna find my way right back to you
I'm gonna call you up on the telephone
and say baby let me come back home
let me come back home

I was out drinking with a bunch of the guys
and when I called you up it was no surprise
I'm begging baby with my baritone
let me come back home
let me come back home

we've done it before
so what makes this new
you walked out the door
and I've done it too
it's broken and sad
so just let it be
but who's going to love you…
who's going to know you like me

I know it's been about a year and a half
since we were together and had a couple of laughs
but I learned a few things and I've changed my tone
let me come back home

I swear to God if you take me back
I'll tow the line and I'll stay on track
I've done it enough, I don't want to roam
baby let me come back home
baby let me come back home
baby let me come back home
Track Name: Wasted Away
WASTED AWAY
written by john common

I'm about to start missing you, I can tell
last night's heaven turned into hell
I was out with a bunch of my friends
that's always how the story begins
I got that old feeling… I'm afraid that it's here to stay

wasted away, listening to records that we used to play
wasted away, I've been drinking all through the day
I'd be better off dead… better off dead

every unlucky girl that I meet, I compare to you
I know that's truly unfair, but it's true
all the hours I've wasted today
thinking of things that you used to say
I got that old feeling… I'm afraid that it's here to stay

well it's 2 am and I'm drunk on the kitchen floor
and my dog looks at me and walks out 'cause he's seen it before
I dial your number and wait
for you to pick up and tell me it's way too late
I've got that old feeling... I'm afraid that it's hear to stay

wasted away, listening to records that we used to play
wasted away, I've been drinking all through the day
I'd be better off dead… better off dead
Track Name: Get In The Car And Drive
GET IN THE CAR AND DRIVE
written by john common

I've been feeling bad
I've been sleeping late
everything everything every little thing we had
has gone away
it's late at night
there's no reason to stay
let's get in the car and drive

get in the car and drive
get in the car and drive
I don't know why but I feel alive
when we get in the car and drive

we could leave right now
and say screw the rent
let 'em sell let 'em sell let 'em sell our stuff
for whatever they can get
we've been talking about it
for far too long
we gotta get in the car and drive

we've been dreaming of driving
way out in the dirt
come over here baby
now don't be a flirt
I just cashed my paycheck
it's here in my shirt
you can call all your friends from the road

well it takes some guts
to leave what you know
and if we think if we think if we think too much
we just might never go
it's a big ole world
and there's plenty of road
so let's get in the car and drive

get in the car and drive
get in the car and drive
I don't know why but I feel alive
when we get in the car and drive