Too Late to Pray

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A country singer’s last ride. 

Bye Bye Rainman

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It’s been 44 years since I last played with The Rusty Dusty Brothers, a country-rock band from Sydney. We had good times playing around the city in a range of venues including The Bondi Lifesaver, French’s and many others. 
To cut a long story short, a year or so ago, the idea of doing a “reunion album” was raised, and Rainman is the first completed track for that album. 
Interestingly, this ticks off a few “firsts” for me, most notably: my first vocal with the band and; the first song of mine that RDB has played. 
This band is made up of 4/6 of the original personnel in the first two incarnations of the band plus Roger’s family (Penny and Jordy) and Mike Watkins from Virginia in the US, with whom I’ve done quite a bit of online recording over the past 15 years. 
I’m very pleased with how Roger has produced the song, and look forward to being involved with many more.

lyrics

Bye Bye Rainman 
©2019 Neil Porter  

Rainman crossing the street last night 
Looking to the left, leaning to the right 
Big truck coming at the speed of light 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days? 

Rainman getting on a big jet plane 
Airforce One take him home again 
Jet comes down in a ball of flame 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days? 

Pleading with Her Majesty 
Wishful thinking it may be 
Slip something into his royal tea 
Bye bye Rainman 

Mirror mirror 
What do you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
Deep in thought 
Far away 
Can Rainman last for another day? 
Lost in a dream 
So you say? 
Lost as lost in a Rainman way 
What’s the cost of the Rainman days?

credits

from Temporarily Jiggy, released April 18, 2019 
NEIL PORTER lead vocal. acoustic guitar, bass guitar 
JOE CANNON backing vocals 
JED HUDSON mandolin 
J.D. ILOTT pedal steel 
MIKE WATKINS drums 
PENNY DAVIES backing vocals 
ROGER ILOTT Fender Telecaster, acoustic guitar, backing vocals 

Written by Neil Porter, Produced by Roger Ilott 
Photo by Brian Funnell

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Daddy’s Drinking Alone

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Daddy’s drinking alone

Daddy’s drinking alone

He’s got a hole he’s pouring us down

As he’s drinking alone

 

Daddy thinks he’s alone

Oh, he thinks he’s alone

On this road he’s crawling along, crawling

Dragging us along …

 

Daddy’s not alone

No, he’s never alone

He’s got a head full of spirits and ghosts

Oh Lord, he’s not alone

 

Where Daddy goes

Oh where Daddy goes

When it’s late, when it’s cold, where does he go?

Nobody knows …

 

Daddy’s dying alone

Daddy’s dying alone

Daddy’s dying to be left alone

Beneath a quiet headstone

 

Daddy’s drinking alone

He’s gonna drink us all gone

One day there’ll be no one home

Just Daddy drinking alone …

 

Drinking alone alone … 

 

Coward Sinn

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I posted this last week but took it down the next day after some fine critiquing by Daugrin and Charlie.

 

I punched up the bass, re-recorded the slide guitar, added a second acoustic rhythm track, and then thoroughly remixed the whole kit n’ kaboodle.

 

I have dispensed with the extensive liner notes. After all, some folks will be offended at this song no matter what I say or how carefully I say it. (Hey… it’s who they are!)

 

Anyway, I hope a few of you good folk can enjoy this for what it is: an over-the-top post-mortem roast!

 

Be well all, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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