Prove Me Wrong

by Big Monti Amundson

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OUT OF PRINT - Original material from this CD is available on the 4-CD set "The Songwriter"

I flew to Amsterdam on 9-9-99 with the intention of staying in Europe for a year or so. Boyd Small had started a new record company and they wanted me on their roster. As part of the deal I was given an entire month to record the CD. "Prove Me Wrong " is certainly the most consistent sounding record that I've made up to this point. I wasn't drinking and my voice was strong. There was a relaxed feeling throughout the entire process with solid performances all around.

But bookings were down. Blues and roots-rock had become a tough sell. My booking agency still managed to book me into some cool festivals but the club scene was pretty much dried up. I was still making good money when I did perform, but there were sometimes weeks between gigs.

I spent my off-time walking Amsterdam. Since my early twenties I've walked as an exercise and as a meditation. But I could not walk enough to fend off some of the deepest loneliness I have ever felt in my life. I could butcher a few languages by then and most everyone speaks a little English, but I missed the ability to be subtle or funny. I have a lot of friends in Amsterdam and I enjoy my life in Europe, but I began to feel like it was time to move on.

In October of 2000 I returned to Portland. I set out almost ten years earlier to have a better life and to enjoy myself, and I certainly have done that. But I failed to make my European success translate to an American record deal. What a' ya gonna do?

- Big Monti

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released February 14, 2000

Produced by Monti Amundson, Boyd Smal and Evert Kaatee
Recorded and mixed at Y-land Studio Amsterdam by Evert Kaatee
Photo by Ross Hamilton
Album design by Martin Drax

Monti Amundson - guitar and vocals
Boyd Small - drums and vocals
Jasper Mortier - bass
Kim Snelton - harp on tracks 6,7,8,11
Mischa Den Haring - guitar on tracks 6,7,9

All songs by written by Monti Amundson and/or Boyd Small except:
Needs More Baby - W. Dixon
Hey Now - Leigh/Monique
One Day Of The Week - Andy Strange

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Track Name: So Fine
So Fine

You say she doesn’t love me but I know what’s going on
You can’t be right and I know I can’t be wrong
‘Cause I’m her man
She’s the best in the land
You say I’m being had
Tell me she’s lying
Try to tell me that I should open my eyes
Saying that she’s bad, bad, bad
I say she’s fine
So fine

You say she’s going to use me but you better watch your tongue
You can’t be right and I know I can’t be wrong
“Cause I’m her man
She’s the best in the land
You say I’m being had
Tell me she’s lying
Try to tell me that I should open my eyes
Saying that she’s bad, bad, bad
I say she’s fine
So fine
Track Name: Prove Me Wrong
Prove Me Wrong

I talk about you all the time
How you’re special and they don’t know
How you got it going on
How I’ll never let you go
Then you show up falling down
And all that carrying on
How come when I’m talking you up
You show up to prove me wrong

Prove me wrong
How come when I’m talking you up
You gotta come along
And prove me wrong

I ran into a friend of yours
I didn’t like him right away
Man was talking out of turn
So I persuaded him to stay
Then you show up with your eyes all wide
Baby what’s going on
How come when I need you to prove me right
You show up to prove me wrong

Baby you know that I love you
Really got it bad
You’re the sweetest little thing
This boy ever had
But you gotta get it together
Baby you gotta get strong
’cause I’m tired of talking you up
Just to have you prove me wrong
Track Name: Calculatin' Woman Blues
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
Track Name: Standing Next to You
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
Track Name: Meg Darlin'
Meg Darlin’

Meg it’s so nice here just outside your head
Meg it’s no good anymore where you been

Meg darlin’ good to see you again
So cool about your 90 day pin
Life is good when you’re three months in
Bet you didn’t think so way back when

Meg used to read by the light in your head
Meg it’s no good any more where you been

Meg darlin’ good to see you again
You look good – not so thin
Way we was living honey such a sin
Bet you didn’t think so way back when
Bet you didn’t think so way back then

Meg used to read by the light in your head
Hang on every word that you said
It’s so good here just outside your head

Meg it’s so nice here just outside your head
Meg it’s no good anymore where you been

Meg darlin’ good to see you again
So cool about your 90 day pin
Life is good when you’re three months in
Bet you didn’t think so way back when
Bet you didn’t think so way back then

Meg used to read by the light in your head
Hang on every word that you said
It’s so good here just outside your head
Track Name: Needs More Baby
Needs More Baby

I got a needs more baby little girl sure is fine
I got a needs more baby little girl sure is fine
But we can’t get along she needs more all the time

She said she needs more weave up on her head
She needs more meat and she needs more bread
I got a needs more baby little girl sure is fine
Well we can’t get along she needs more all the time

I give her all I have you know she hurts my pride
She asks for more you know she’s still not satisfied
I got a needs more baby little girl sure is fine
But we can’t get along she needs more all the time

I been working hard I need to get my rest
Here she comes with her needs more mess
I got a needs more baby little girl sure is fine
But we can’t get along she needs more all the time

She needs more and more and more
She needs more and more and more
She needs more and more and more
She needs more and more and more
Well we can’t get along she needs more all the time
Track Name: Landlady Came By
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

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
Track Name: Strike That Match
Strike That Match

I asked you for a light you lit a cigarette for me
I need a ride you throw me your car keys
Wouldn’t give me just the time of day
You gave me a diamond watch on a silver tray

I can’t take too much
I can’t take too much
I can’t take too much
‘Cause I could take it all and there still wouldn’t be enough

You gave me a penthouse with a view
I said I’d spend the night with you
You made me breakfast in bed
I don’t want to lose my head

Strike a match
I need a light
I’m ready to smoke
I’m ready to burn all night

Strike a match
We got the time
Don’t check your watch
Yeah we got all night
Track Name: What's So Special 'bout Love
What’s So Special ‘Bout Love

What’s so special ‘bout love that you won’t give a little bit up
What’s so special ‘bout love that you won’t give a little bit up
I’ll be leaving in the morning
Won’t you fill my lovin’ cup

I guess you could say that I’ve been around
I’ve drank fine wine in old Paris town
I’ve been drunk on power - I’ve been brought low
I’ve lived six lifetimes - I’d give three to know
Baby where will this night end
I’ll be leaving in the morning
Let me be your lovin’ man

What’s so special “bout love that you won’t give a little bit up
What’s so special ‘bout love that you won’t give a little bit up
I’ll be leaving in the morning
Let me fill your lovin’ cup

What’s so special ‘bout love that you won’t give a little to me
Baby it’s so cold outside and it don’t have to be

I guess you could say I’m a worldly man
As much for love as because I can
It gives me pleasure to travel and roam
Sometimes with two – most times alone
Baby where will this night end
I’ll be leaving in the morning
Let me be your lovin’ man
Track Name: Hey Now
Hey Now

Did you ever wake up in the morning
About the break of day
Reach over and rub the pillow
Where your baby used to lay
Hey now
Hey now hey now
You feel so bad
You feel like a part of you is dying

Then you put on a cry
Like you never cried before
You cried so loud
You gave the blues to the neighbors next door
Hey now hey now
Hey now hey now
It makes you feel so bad
And you lay right down and die

I got the blues so bad
It hurt my feet to walking
I got the blues so bad
It hurts my tongue to talking
Hey now Hey now
Hey now hey now
It makes you feel so bad
That you lay right down and die

You cry lord, lord
Won’t you help me please
I know you can have mercy on everybody
Won’t you please send some down on me
Hey now hey now
Hey now hey now
It makes you feel so bad
That you lay right down and die
Track Name: One Day Of The Week
One Day Of The Week

One day of the week you seem to love me
One day of the week you seem to care
One day of the week when I go looking
One day of the week I find you there

One day of the week your heart is beating
One day of the week not all alone
One day of the week dirt cold shack
One day of the week like a rich man’s home

Might be Monday bring me coffee
Might be Tuesday breakfast in bed
One day of the week you bring me a pillow
Instead of this stone to ease my head

One day of the week you won’t see it coming
One day of the week might not be long
One day of the week six days running
One day of the week I find you gone