The Blues Now and Then Again

by Kathleen Martin

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Here is a fresh blues mini-album featuring my newest blues from now, as well as back then songs again, all newly remastered [except a bonus version of (Haunted) House of the Rising Sun when you purchase the album]. As always, thank you so much for giving a listen. ♥


released September 17, 2015

All tracks arranged, performed, recorded and produced by Kathleen Martin in her living room "studio."



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Kathleen Martin New Albany, Indiana

For music fans who think outside the boxy confines of genre labels, find here my original work arranged for and performed on a variety of instruments for sounds ranging from sweet to sassy and reedy to brassy; from lofty to lowdown and soulful to hoedown; from serious to silly and urban to hillbilly. I urge you to click on my production notes/lyrics before or as you push play. ☼♥ ... more

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Track Name: Busier-than-thou Blues
[Full Chorus]
I've got the biz-biz-biz-biz-biz
And it really brings me down now
How come [Why does] everybody think(s) that he's
The busiest person [The only busy dude] around [in town]?

They say you want somethin' done
You got to ask a busy man.
You can't be what you claim then,
'Cause you won't and rarely can.

[Partial Chorus]

If you cannot spare the time, girl,
To return what you are given,
You take up space in this world
But you sure ain't truly livin'.

[Full Chorus]

You keep takin' from the kitty,
But you ain't no playful pup.
Get all your ducks in order now,
'Cause it's time to ante up.

[Partial Chorus]

When pleased by someone's kindness
It makes you seem a fool
If clueless they'd be pleased by yours
That's called the Golden Rule.

[Instrumental Break]

Now a one-way street will take its toll
And become a cul de sac.
You're headed for a dead end
Unless you route some back.

[Full Chorus]

The door here it swings both ways
Get and give's what it's about
Push and pull it all to your side
Bound to bang you on the way out.

[Full Chorus]
Track Name: Fixin'
Well, I woke up this mornin’
Wondrin’ what had I seen?
I threw back the blanket
Recallin’ that I had dreamed
I’d been boundin’ and a-skippin’
Over oceans and forests of trees.

I shiver in the shower now
And figure I’m fixin’ to live.
Cold water washes closed eyes
That see how I’m fixin’ to live
And wondrin’ on the right way
To deliver (to deliver) and give.

So I step out my back door,
For I’m fixin’ to be free (to be free).
I look toward the sunrise
Beyond an old (an old) oak tree.
It’s shinin’ on a new day,
A wide world of possibilities.

[K.A. Martin, February 2013]