Continental Breakfast

by Big Monti Amundson

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1.
Man On The Floor Man on the floor Oh what a scene A couple more just like it If you know what I mean Man on the floor Like her in the past Swear up and down This will be the last Man on the floor There’s a man on the floor Man on the floor Wondering what he came here for Man on the floor Such words I’ve never heard A telling introduction For what has just occurred Man on the floor Oh what a shame No one walking here Will ever be the same Man on the floor Oh what a scene A hundred more just like it If you know what I mean Man on the floor Like her in the past Swear up and down This will be the last
2.
I See Trouble When she leaves a room A room lies in ruin So nonchalant I know what she’s doin’ When she smiles at me I see the gears turnin’ I may be slow But baby I’m learnin’ I see trouble When she calls my name I know that I’m through ‘cause I got no defense For what a woman can do When she talks about love She’ already plannin’ A little flower garden And a house to put a man in I see trouble Trouble for the rest of my life I see trouble Trouble for the rest of my life When she kisses my lips A man lies in ruin A logical progression When you know what you’re doin’ When she talks about love It’s already decided Who sleeps on what side And how the closets are divided I See trouble Trouble for the rest of my life I see trouble Trouble for the rest of my life She’s counting on me to have a one-track mind ‘cause she knows every man is the marrying kind
3.
Continental Breakfast I’ll have a continental breakfast In my usual chair A flower on the table At the booth of despair Waitress please don’t look like you care Might be more can I can bare I’ll have a continental breakfast For old time sake Equal parts coffee Tears and heartache Waitress please don’t make the mistake To set the table with a second plate I’ll have a continental breakfast And I’ll try to explain Why I’m through with love When I get on that plane Waitress please remove my name From that booth of regret and shame I’ll have a continental breakfast And never again Will I cry in my coffee ‘bout what might have been Waitress please forgive me for my sins I aint never coming back this way again I aint never coming back this way again I aint never coming back this way
4.
Cornbread Blues About what I said I hope that we’re okay I got a bit dramatic I got carried away I know baby what’s a worryin’ you But I aint tryin’ to put no moves on you It’s your cornbread baby I love your cornbread baby It’s your cornbread baby And baby that’s enough for me About what I said I hope we’re cool Otherwise I’m just the biggest fool Come on baby don’t you worry so You’re good but I sure could go For some of that cornbread baby I love your cornbread baby It’s your cornbread baby And baby that’s enough for me I’ll tell ya baby what I’d like to do Whip up some fixin’s in the kitchen with you Little sister you and me I’m thinkin’ ‘bout things that should never be About what I said I hope that we’re alright You know I cannot help it when I’m not so bright Come on baby don’t you worry none I’ve had plenty of lovers but I’d sure like some Of your cornbread baby I love your cornbread baby It’s your cornbread baby And baby that’s enough for me
5.
Cream In My Heart Well I guess that wraps things up or pretty close to Things didn’t quite turn out like they s’posed to Who could weather all that we been exposed to All I know is what I know right now Aint no cream in my heart Well I guess that wraps things up for us as lovers Things aint been real good underneath the covers Hell we can’t even be civil to one another All I know is what I know right Aint no cream in my heart Well I guess that wraps things up or pretty close to Things didn’t quite turn out like they s’posed to Aint no cream in my heart
6.
Oh Johnny Why I was talking with Johnny Walker ‘bout why I been so low How I aint got no one to love me No place to call my own How the devil conned my mama To spite her only son ‘cause she never will forgive me For things I aint never done Oh Johnny why Oh Johnny why Oh Johnny why Why do they treat me this way Me and Johnny was reminiscing ‘bout the way things used to be When I made love to my baby She said there aint nobody but me She said aint no way no body Could treat her like I do But I took her love for granted Now my baby is untrue I was talking with Johnny Walker He’s been my only friend He’ll stand by me forever At least until the end He calms me when I’m troubled He helps me carry on Everyday I need his courage ‘cause all of mine is gone
7.
Killin' Time 02:51
Killing Time It’s hard killing time with nickles and dimes Where will you go where will you dine It’s hard Hard killing time You feel so isolated and you got no peace of mind Killing time is breaking me down I’m down on Burnside in ol’ P-town I’m down Baby I’m down Well I tried to find your number But you could not be found Killing time is killing me slow Killing me slow baby what would you know It’s hard Hard killing time You feel so isolated and you get no peace of mind Killing time with cheap shots and beer Bought by a friend who’s loved me for years It’s hard Hard killing time It aint so complicated man I done it all my life
8.
What Was I Thinking What was I thinking when we first met What was I thinking when we first met Already got more trouble than a man can get What was I thinking The question begs asking again What was I thinking when I let you in What was I thinking when we first kissed What was I thinking when we first kissed ‘bout all the lovin’ I have missed What was I thinking The question begs asking again What was I thinking when I let you in What was I thinking baby Was I out of my mind Oh babe how could you treat me so unkind Come on baby what’s a man to do When he’s so in love with you What was I thinking when I held you tight What was I drinking made my head so light Thinking everything baby would be alright What was I thinking The question begs asking again What was I thinking when I let you in What was I thinking What was I thinking What was I thinking What was I thinking The question begs asking again What was I thinking when I let you in
9.
I Live A Good Life One that love I love don’t love me at all She just want a man who’s dark and tall I make the same mistake every now and again I haven’t had a clue since I don’t know when But I live a good life Yeah I live a good life My judgment aint so hot But like it or not I live a good life IRS is knockin’ at my door Gave ‘em all my money couple years before The postman confirms what I already knew The lights shut off tomorrow and the rent’s past due But I live a good life Yeah I live a good life When all’s said and done I’m the one having fun I live a good life Yeah I live a good life You know I live a good life I live a good life I live a good life Oh by the way have I told you today I live a good life People they admire the things that I have done They make a point to tell me that I’m the lucky one If one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor Sure got a lot to be thankful for ‘cause I live a good life Yeah I live a good life My judgment aint so hot But like it or not I live a good life
10.
Calculatin’ Woman Blues I believe I believe I will be strong I believe I believe I will be strong She’s a calculatin’ woman And she’s going to do me harm I Believe I believe I will be going I believe I believe I will be going She’s a calculatin’ woman And she’s going to do me harm She’s a calculatin’ woman From her head down to her toes She’s simply dominatin’ Everywhere she goes I believe I will be strong I’ve got to walk away from here Before my strength is gone I believe I believe I will be strong I believe I believe I will be strong She’s a calculatin’ woman And she’s going to do me harm
11.
Standing Next To You When I’m standing next to you It’s almost more than I can do Keep my hands to myself I know you love somebody else When you smile at me that way Any man would take my place Just to be in your light for a little while Look at me I’m a real hard case I believe Someday in time and space You and me We’ll have it all worked out And I’ll be the one you love (I’ll be the one you love) (I’ll be the one you love) When you’re standing oh so near The picture in my mind is clear I’ll keep the highlights to myself I know you love somebody else When you look at me that way Any man would take my place Just to be in your sights for a little while
12.
Landlady Came By Well the landlady came by the other night She said I know things been kind of tight But we can make things close to even right here tonight She said if you aint got the money You got to treat your landlady right I said hey landlady, what you want me to do She said I’ll be by at a quarter after two tonight Ooh! I said all right She said if you aint got the money You got to treat your landlady right Hey Big Monti let’s get it right You aint good lookin’ but you’re kinda bright I said all right baby – that’s me She said if you aint got the money You got to treat your landlady right Well the landlady left about a quarter to four Said she’ll be back for more tonight Ooh! I said all right If you aint got the money You got to treat your landlady right I said hey landlady what you want me to do She said let’s work on next month and next year too All right baby Ooh! That’s me She said if you aint got the money You got to treat your landlady right

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CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST is part of a 4-CD set called "The Songwriter" but is available separately as well.

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Within four hours of landing in Paris I started drinking again. Make of that what you will, but I assure the reader that it was a coincidence that it was five years to the day since I had last had a drink. It was June 17, 1992 and like so many times before, I was starting a new life.

The first time I traveled to Europe was with the Blubinos, a year earlier. We had been invited to perform at the Handzame Blues Festival in Belgium. At dinner our host opened a fairly expensive bottle of wine in our honer and we insulted him by refusing a drink.

This time I said yes, thank you. I wanted to mirror the Europeans in every way, to eat and drink in exact proportion. They seemed to know what they were doing. Everyone seemed to get more out of the simple things in life. I wanted some of that.

I wrote the title song "Continental Breakfast" on my second day in France. How cliche is that? I wasn't going to spend any more time worrying about tomorrow. I was going to have a life first and if it worked out that I could have a modest career as well, so be it.

The first nine songs on the CD "Continental Breakfast" are different versions of songs you can find on my other CDs but are previously unreleased. They feature the fine work of Portland A-listers Jimi Bott, Willy Barber and DK Stewart.

- Big Monti

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released October 13, 2009

All songs written and produced by Monti Amundson

Tracks 1 - 9 recorded and mixed by Steve Branson at buzz Klickenpop Mobile Digital Recording, Portland, Oregon

Tracks 10 - 12 recorded and mixed by Evert Kaatee at Yland Studio, Amsterdam.

Mastered by Ryan Foster at Freq Mastering, Portland, Oregon

Monti Amundson, guitar and vocals
Willy Barber, bass, tracks 1-9
Jimi Bott, drums tracks 1-9
DK Stewart, piano, tracks 4,7,9
Boyd Small, drums tracks 10-12
Jasper Mortier, bass, tracks 10-12
Mischa Den Haring, guitar, track 12
Kim Snelton, harp, track 12

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