Unglued

by Big Monti Amundson

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about

DOMESTIC RELEASE OUT OF PRINT
Re-released as "I See Trouble" by Continental Records

In the late 80's and well into the 90's Dan Sause ran a business called "Locals Only" in Portland, Oregon that sold CDs and records by local musicians. I used to hang out there and talk shop. One day Dan says to me "Monti, what would it take for you to record an 'Unplugged' CD?" I thought about it for a minute and said "I don't know, $1500 or so." Dan wrote me out a check and I booked two days at Gung Ho, a recording studio in Eugene, Oregon. All the tracks were recorded live, including vocals. It was the smoothest recording session ever, where every track seemed effortless in it's execution. Trust me - that doesn't happen very often.

There wasn't much going on in P-town at that time so I moved to Los Angeles to see if I could shake things up a little. I've always been out of step with the L.A. shuffle. What's a no-nonsense guy doing in a place like L.A. anyway? Trying to get a record deal, that's what. But after a year of rejection letters and hangovers, I moved back to Portland. I got some money together and recorded a couple more acoustic tracks and made "Unglued" a stronger album. I hadn't initially wanted to shop this record in Europe because I didn't think it would fly over there. Fortunately I am a much better guitar player than I am a psychic because the newly renamed album was a hit in Europe.

-Big Monti

credits

released June 21, 1995

Produced by Monti Amundson
Mixed and Mastered by Bill Barnett at Gung Ho Studios
Photo by David Wilds

Monti Amundson - acoustic guitar and vocals
Johnny Wilmont - bass
Chuck Boom - bass on "I See Trouble"
Cory Burden - drums

All songs written by Monti Amundson except:
Looking Back - Johnny Guitar Watson, BMI
King Bee - J. Moore, BMI
You Win I Lose - P. Clifton, BMI
I'm Good - Collins/Lee, Leric Music, BMI
Worried About My Baby - C. Burnett, BMI

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Track Name: Lesson Or Two
Lesson Or Two

Everyday I got the blues
Put on some coffee and tie my shoes
Read the paper and make my bed
Then I go straight out of my head

I’m a rock n roller baby don’t you know
People come to see me I really stop the show
When it comes to loving you
Baby maybe I could use a lesson or two

Out the door and down the street
Moving to the big rock beat
There’s no work that I want to do
Baby maybe I got a bad attitude

I’m a rock n roller baby can’t you see
Everybody wanna party with me
When it comes to loving you
Baby maybe I could use a lesson or two

Come on baby I’m trying to explain
Rock n roll just drive me insane
There’s no work that I wanna do
Baby maybe I got a bad attitude

I love you baby and that aint no lie
I never mean to make you cry
But I won’t lay down my guitar
‘till my name;s in lights baby I’m a star

I’m a rock n roller baby don’t you know
People come to see me I really stop the show
When it comes to loving you
Baby maybe I could use a lesson or two
Track Name: Oh Johnny Why
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
Track Name: Looking Back
Looking Back

As I was walking down the street
A pretty girl did I meet
She was looking oh so sweet
Just an angel from her head down to her feet

I was looking back to see if she was looking back to see if I was looking back at her

She had a head of golden hair
I'm going to follow everywhere
She was looking oh so good
Like them young girls should

She had such a beautiful smile
I wanna walk with her awhile
She was looking oh so good
Like them young girls should
Track Name: I See Trouble
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
Track Name: King Bee
King Bee

I'm a king bee baby
Buzzing all around your hive
I'm a king bee
Buzzing all around your hive
We can make sweet honey baby
If you just let me come inside

I'm young and able
I go all night long
I'm young and able
I go all night long
If you hear me buzzing baby
Something going on
Track Name: You Win I Lose
You Win I lose

Your love for me
It used to be strong
I caught you with another man
In our home
I tried to believe in you
And love you everyday
You let me down baby
In a great big way
I got news for you
Baby I'm through with you

You win
I lose
Nothing more for me to say
You win
I lose
Nothing more for me to say
Well you let me down baby
In a great big way
Track Name: Broke Down Car
Broke Down Car

Out on the highway in a broke down car
Feel like a bug in someones killing jar
Aint nothin’ for miles it’s too far to walk
Stuck between a hard place and a rock

Bye-bye
I told my baby Bye-bye
Bye-bye pretty baby
It’s my time to die

Out on the highway a broke down man
Feel like an egg in a frying pan
Took the road for granted was my only crime
Now old nine lives aint got no time

Bye-bye
I told my baby bye-bye
Bye-bye pretty baby
It’s my time to die

Out on the highway a broke down soul
Fool throwin’ dice lost it all in a roll
I can think of places I would rather be
I hope my baby comes looking for me

Drive by
I hope my baby drives by
Drive by pretty baby
It’s my time to die

Drive by
Baby please drive by
Drive by
Drive by pretty baby
It’s my time to die
Track Name: Continental Breakfast
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
Track Name: Female Dictionary
Female Dictionary

If I tell you that I love you
You call that a lie
And out comes the bible
Make me testify
All I said was I love you girl
Well you’re scary
Keeps me wary
Of the female dictionary

If I say you’re looking good
You call that an evil mind
If I’m nice to you honey
You call that something to hide
Well I’ll just be damned girl
‘cause you’re scary
Keeps me wary
Of the female dictionary

If I leave you baby
You call that running away
But if you call this love
Than I’m crazy to stay
Well I may be crazy
‘cause you’re scary
Keeps me wary
Of the female dictionary
Track Name: I'm Good
I'm Good

I'm good
Baby I'm good
Yeah I'm good
Baby I'm good
I'm so good
I got to knock on wood

Well the one that I'm loving
She's long and tall
She want my loving
She get it all
I'm good
Baby I'm good
I'm so good
I got to knock on wood

I'm good in the morning
And I'm good at night
Good in the evening
When the sun is shining bright
I'm good
Yeah I'm good
I'm so good
I got to knock on wood
Track Name: Worried About my Baby
Worried About My Baby

Early here baby what you trying to do
Trying to love me and another man too

I'm worried about you baby
I'm worried about you baby
I'm worried about you baby
And you better be worried about me

Come here baby sit on my knee
I got something to tell you been worrying me

I'm going to say this one time and I'll say no more
Next time I tell you I'm going to let you go
Track Name: Drinkin' Woman Blues
Drinkin' Woman Blues

You broke my heart
Baby just too many times
You broke my heart
Baby just too many times
Drinking all that bad whiskey
Gin and rum and wine

Today you say you're quiting
Tomorrow you say you're not
Today you say you're quiting
Tomorrow you say you're not
If you don't stop that drinking baby
I swear you're going to blow your top

Yeah drinking woman
You stay drunk all the time
Yeah drinking woman
You stay drunk all the time
You keep me so worried baby
I swear I'm going to lose my mind
Track Name: I Live a Good Life
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