The Obvious Rock

by Big Monti Amundson

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1.
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
2.
Lonely 02:59
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Miss Ann (free) 03:24
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
6.
Trouble Boys (free) 03:08
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
7.
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
8.
Route 66 (free) 04:03
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
9.
My Baby She Left me (free) 04:01
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
10.
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

about

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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credits

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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