The Obvious Rock

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"

Back in Portland after my first tour of Europe I again hooked up with Cory Burden and Stan Becraft and started working on new material. I also enlisted the services of Portland's most sought after engineer, Billy Triplett. The new material was taking shape through live shows and preproduction rehearsals. When we received our first advance we rented some recording equipment and got to work in a friend's warehouse. What we wanted to accomplish by doing this instead of using a conventional studio was to have more time and a more relaxed atmosphere. But we had nothing but problems with the equipment. Or maybe it was the two guys running the equipment - I don't know. Maybe as the producer I could have been more focused.

I remember toward the end of the sessions having this toothache so bad that I was starting to hallucinate. I was overdubbing the solo at the end of "The Obvious Rock" and there were people in the booth with worried faces and someone kept asking me if I was okay. "Yeah I'm okay, just roll the freaking tape!" I got the take and an hour later I had my tooth pulled. I like this record - don't get me wrong. There's some snappy little numbers on it, but making it was like pulling teeth.

I found every possible way I could to sabotage myself on this one kids. This is not the album you want to take home to your mother. The deadline for delivering the masters had arrived and I didn't have the killer follow-up album. The record company? They didn't know what to think of it. If I had it to do over again? Well, I would start by heeding the words of the old studio master: "He who drinks in the studio uses too much reverb". But I didn't want to seem flaky so I released the master tapes at the agreed upon time and hoped that no one noticed. Turned out to be a big mistake.

Speaking of big mistakes, I got married in December of '93.

-Big Monti

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released April 28, 1994

Produced by Billy Triplett, Monti Amundson and Cory Burden
Mixed and mastered by Billy Triplett at Studio 58 and Falcon studios in Portland, Oregon
Photo by David Wilds

Monti Amundson - guitars and vocals
Cory Burden - drums and vocals
Stan Becraft - bass
Andy Strange - bass on tracks 3,5,7

All songs written by Monti Amundson except:
Miss Ann - R. Penniman/E. Johnson, Venice Music BMI
Trouble Boys - B. Murry,Geoff& Eddie Music Co. BMI
Route 66 - B. Troupe, London Town Music/ BH Morris & Co.
My Baby She Left Me - E. Harrington,Copyright Control

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Track Name: The Obvious Rock
The Obvious Rock

Come on honey let’s have a ball
We all die tomorrow or never at all
Come on baby let’s paint the town
I’m so far gone I may never come down

Jesus I’m down on my knees
If you can hear my prayers please
Find the obvious rock and leave the backdoor keys

Come on honey just give it a roll
All this talk about tomorrow has taken its toll
Come on baby let’s wake up the dead
I’m going to go straight out of my head
Track Name: Lonely
Lonely

You talk about lonely and you’re callin’ out my name
The depth to which I’ve suffered girl has even brought me fame
Mention words like heartbreak and you’re calling up a storm
‘Cause I’ve been nothin’ but lonely since the day that I was born

Aint nothin’ but lonely
Aint nothin’ but lonely
Aint nothin’ but lo-one

You talk about lonely like a treatable disease
You want to be my doctor and you only aim to please
The patient he is leery, you see he’s been in love before
And he’s been nothin’ but lonely since the day that he was born

You talk about lonely and you sing my song
I don’t know how it happened, I don’t know what went wrong
I only know that heartbreak are the colors I have worn
‘Cause I’ve been nothin’ but lonely since the day that I was born
Track Name: Win For Losin'
Win For Losin’

Rain is falling
Into my life
My plane is stalling
It’s a long way down

A storm is blowing
Into my face
My engines glowing
It’s about to blow

If I could win for losin’
I would accept the prize
Think I’ll just sit right down and cry

My wheels are sinking
Into the earth
I can’t help thinking
I have been here before

A storm is blowing
Into my eyes
The ravels are unwinding
I am down on my knees

Rain is falling
Into my life
I hear you calling
But I can’t go home
Track Name: When It Comes to Love
When It Comes To Love

When it comes to love some need a crutch
I like the girls who smoke and drink too much
Never worry about the way they look
And out on the floor they sure do cook
When it comes to love
When it comes to love

When it comes to love they really got the touch
When it comes to love they really got the touch
When it comes to love they really got the touch
When it comes to love

I like the girls who cuss and swear
They rock n roll and they just don’t care
Don’t need whiskey to make ‘em mean
Just a little bit o’ nitro with some gasoline
When it comes to love
When it comes to love

When it comes to love I don’t need a sign
They rock for me – I know they’re mine
Never disappoint ‘em or leave ‘em undone
I keep on firing like a Gatling gun
Track Name: Miss Ann
Miss Ann

Oh Miss Ann
You know you're doing something no one can
I said yeah Miss Ann
You know you're doing something no one can
You got me believing and deceiving
Driving poor me insane

I want to hear Miss Ann
I want to hear her call my name
I want to hear Miss Ann
I want to hear her call my name
'Cause she can't call it loud
Calls so sweet and plain

If you think I'm going to let her free
How wrong can Miss Ann be
If she thinks I'm going to let her be
How wrong can Miss Ann be
'Cause I love you Miss Ann
And that's the way it's going to be
Track Name: Trouble Boys
Trouble Boys

Trouble boys came in
They must have been out
Fighting and a raving
It wasn't long before they moved in to pick up
The girls we brought to the dance at the night spot
It wasn't tame
So I had to move fast to get my baby back
From the trouble boys

Twenty five guys from the east side of the city
Want a hell raising in the, the neighborhood
One of 'em walked up
And started dancing with my girl who was crying
'Cause I didn't stop him
All I could say to my baby was a honey
This man is bigger than the both of us

He's a trouble boy
And there's trouble boys all around me
No one likes gettin' sand kicked in the face
I don't want to stand face to face
With the trouble boys
Yeah the trouble boys

I thought to myself it's time to make a move
I breathed my last sigh and started to groove
With my baby who was still dancin' with the other guy
By the look in her eyes I was a martyr
She knew I was dead 'cause no one cuts in
On a trouble boy

Twenty five gorillas all around me
I was shakin' like a leaf on a, an autumn tree
Well the leader came up and he grabbed my hand
He shook it like a brother didn't break it like I thought he said
Good job buddy you're the only one who stood up to the trouble boys
Track Name: Drive All Night
Drive All Night

My life desire is motor-driven
And I don't care if I run you down
It's just fine the way that I'm living
'Cause I'm the baddest motor in town

I'll give you G's in second gear
Now say the words I wanna hear
Won't you tell me
You wanna drive all night
Drive drive all night
Leave it all behind just to have your love tonight

I'm eight lives through my nine lives baby
And I'm still sittin' in the driver's seat
Come on take a chance now baby
We'll take a spin down danger street

My life desire is motor-driven
I'll pass you by like you was standing still
Tonight we party with the unforgiven
If that don't save you baby nothing will
Track Name: Route 66
Route 66

Well if you ever chance to motor west
Lord take my way, highway that's the best
Get your kicks on route 66

Well it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than two thousand miles all the way
Get your kicks on route 66

Well it goes through St. Louis, down through Missouri
Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty
You'll see Amarillo and Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona don't forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino

If you get hip to this kind of tip
Lord take my way, highway that's the best
Get your kicks on route 66
Track Name: My Baby She Left me
My Baby She Left Me

Well my baby she left me 'cause I wouldn't lay my guitar down
My baby she left me 'cause I wouldn't lay my guitar down
Well ever since you left babe I been gettin' around

Well people come to see me say Monti I love your bluesy sound
People come to see me say Monti I love your bluesy sound
Ever since you left babe I been gettin' around

Well it's a long way to Texas long way to Arkansas
It's a long way to Texas long way to Arkansas
Ever since you left I been gettin' along
Track Name: King's New Clothes
King’s New Clothes

Last time I looked
I seemed okay
Still pissed off
Had much to say

Don’t think much
Has changed at all
Our backs are still
Against the wall

As long as I have all ten toes
Time for me can not be froze
Don’t think I could be so cold as to find myself
In the King’s new clothes
(Don’t need my fortune told
To know that time can not be froze
Don’t think I could be so cold as to find myself
In the king’s new clothes)

Last time I looked
I felt just fine
Every day I breathe
The world is mine

That don’t mean
I’m in control
That I don’t burn
Down in my soul

Last time I looked
My heart still beat
I still can’t stay
Put in my seat

For those who feel
Their time has passed
Your mind’s locked up
In a body cast