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Boz Scaggs
Atlantic Records

August 1969

Track List:

1. I'm Easy
2. I'll Be Long Gone
3. Another Day (Another Letter)
4. Now You're Gone
5. Finding Her
6. Look What I Got
7. Waiting for a Train
8. Loan Me a Dime
9. Sweet Release 


Produced by Boz Scaggs, Jann Wenner & Marlin Greene
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Recorders

Recording engineer: Marlin Greene

Cover & backliner photos: Elaine Mayes

Inside liner photos: Stephen Paley

Album design: Robert Kingsbury

Re-mixed by Tom Perry
Sound City, Los Angeles, CA
October 1977


Musicians:

Boz - vocals and guitar
Duane Allman - dobro and slide
Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson - guitars
Barry Beckett - keyboards
David Hood - bass
Roger Hawkins - drums
Al Lester - fiddle
On I'm Easy the horn section is:
Charles Chalmers - tenor sax
Floyd Newman - baritone sax
Ben Cauley - trumpet
On all the other selections the horn section consists of Gene "Bowlegs" Miller - trumpet and trombone
Joe Arnold - tenor sax
James Mitchell - baritone sax

Jeannie Greene, Donna Thatcher, Mary Holiday - Background vocals (except "Now You're Gone"). On "I'll Be Long Gone," they are joined by Tracy Nelson, Irma Routen, and Joyce Dunn who provide the vocal background on "Now You're Gone."

Releases:
Year     Type     Label                Catalog #
1990     CD     Atlantic            SD-19166-2
1993     CD     Atlantic            7567815452
2001     CD     WEA Intrnl           2923
2005     CD     Atlantic    
2008     LP     Friday Music     219003
2009     LP     Friday Music     FRM 9003

1. I'm Easy

I'M EASY
(B. Scaggs / B. Beckett)
(Thanks for your help, Pam, Eddie, Andre)

So you've got my number
So you've pinned me down
Yes you've grasped my meaning
And you've been around

Well I'm easy
Hey, I'm simple like a fool
Yes I'm easy baby
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Here we go

I'll take it slow, I'll ask for more
Leave you with no doubt
And what you feel hey, hey it's for real
What it's all about

'Cause I'm easy
Hey I'm simple like a fool

Yes I'm easy baby
Hey hey hey hey hey hey, yeah

Get it, get it, get it, yeah

So you've heard my story
Yes you heard my tale
It's all inside hey hey, it's alright
C'mon watch me clean your jail

'Cause I'm easy
Yeah, I'm simple like a fool
Oh yes I am

Yes I'm easy baby
Hey hey hey hey hey hey, yeah

Here we go - look out

ABC Q XYZ easy like 123
Yes little girl it don't mean nothin'
'Cept what you mean to me

'Cause I'm easy baby
Simple like a fool, whoa, yeah
I'm plain as can be
It's easy to see that I'm easy, uear

Hey hey hey yeah yeah yeah

Well I'm easy baby
And I'm simple
Yes I'm simple
I'm so easy baby

Understand
You gotta understand
Take it easy baby
Have a little mercy
Have 'little mercy baby...

Understand

It'll be easy baby

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2. I'll Be Long Gone

(B. Scaggs)

I'll be long gone
By the time you make up your mind
Gotta make my own way
'Round the kinda misery I find

I'll send you my Best
Of Regards,
And the rest,
I leave up to your own sense of time

Yes, I'm gonna get up
And make my life shine
I'm gonna get up
And make my life shine
I've made up my mind
To make my life shine

I'll be high flyin'
By the time you come 'round to me
Today's a new day
Different from tomorrow, you'll see

Good luck with your past
But it wasn't built to last
Oh, it might take you differently

I'm gonna get up
And make my life shine
I'm gonna get up
And make my life shine
I've made up my mind
To make my life shine

Good luck with your past
But it wasn't built to last
Oh, it might take you differently

I'm gonna get up
And make my life shine
I'm gonna get up
And make my life shine

I've made up my mind
yeah yeah yeah...

I'm gonna get up and make my life shine...

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3. Another Day (Another Letter)

(B. Scaggs)

Another day, another letter
Would bring me closer to your side
Another walk along the river
Another need be satisfied

Unto another, you bring this trust
And with each footstep, a doubt you remove
And it will follow, as follow it must
No love is pretended, no love need you prove

And once again you will try to replace
All the love we have lost
None of the worries will equal the cost
Of a heart made of iron or of stone

Into another's arms, you trust
And with each footstep, a doubt you remove
And it will follow, as follow it must
No love is pretended, no love need you prove

Another day, another letter
Would bring me closer to your side

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4. Now You're Gone

(B. Scaggs)

Lying there beside you, in the dark I could not see
Past the light you had set there for me
Oh that night had it's meaning
And the flame shook your room
From the walls to the beating of my heart

But now you're gone, and I won't worry anymore
Yes now you're gone, and I won't worry anymore

Oh your sighs screamed with loneliness
Your eyes traced broken dreams
And your touch held a warning of goodbye
Oh many's the times I've reached for you
More's the times I've failed
I'm the reason, I'm the cause of it all

But now you're gone, and I won't worry any more

Why, you begged me, must we stay here?
But to wait a better end
Than the silence this dimming light foretells

Why the future, why the past
Why this moment's cold retreat
How do I know there's no relief you can bring

And I was lost I could not answer
No I could not shed a tear
To the ghost of a love that could have been

Well I see them all just coming
And I know that they're all gone
But as you're near I won't worry anymore

And now you're gone, and I worry anymore
Yes you're gone, and I won't worry anymore

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5. Finding Her

(B. Scaggs)

Finding her there in my doorway
I bid her come in and sit down
Here beside my bare wall

Alright then for awhile
And even a smile
'Neath her dark eyes did slip
'Cross a cheek to her lip

But try to be brief
For I'm here on relief
I've but moments to stay
And my time, I must watch

Alright then for a moment
Just tell me your name
And let me look into your young, proud eyes

My eyes are but your sins
My glory your wine
My visions your footsteps, dear boy
And I fled

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6. Look What I Got

(C. Chalmers / D Rhodes)

Go ahead and ask me
You know that I don't lie
But I've found another woman who's caught my eye

Well, I wasn't lookin' for someone new
But then you weren't around when I needed you

So look what I've got to come home to
She don't mistreat me like you used to do
Just look what I've got to come home to
If you treated me right, I'd be comin' home to you

You never did nothin' to make me stay
Now you wanna know why you throw'd me away
I'll give you a reason, it's easy to see
When I was around you didn't have time for me

Look what I've got to come home to
She don't mistreat me like you used to do
Just look what I've got to come home to
If you treated me right, I'd be comin' home to you

Yeah, look what I've got
Take a look what I've got
Look what I've got to come home to

It's too late now for you and me
To be the same as we used to be
You've had your chance, we've tried to make it again
But now you walked out, and she's walked in

So look what I've got to come home to
You never loved me like this little girl tries to do
Look what I've got to come home to
If you treated me right I'd be comin' home to you

Hey, look what I've got
Look what I've got
Take a look what I've got
Look what I've got
Take a look what I've got myself
Look what I've got
Take a look at myself...

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7. Waiting For A Train

(Jimmie Rodgers)

"Jimmy Johnson - one of the guitarists - came up to me in the studio with this single. And he'd been a Jimmie Rodgers freak for years, a real follower of Jimmie Rodgers, and he just brought this song along. And he was so sweet. He's really modest, and he was very shy about telling me about it. He said real quiet, "I really love your songs and I love what we're doing, man," and he was really apologetic while he was saying this, and he went on, "I really think it would be a gas to do it, just like it is on the record, I think your voice is great for this song". I mean, it was all his idea to do it. And we got hold of this cat at the barber shop to play his fiddle and Duane had his dobros, and everybody got right into it." - Boz Scaggs

All around the water tank
Waiting for a train
A thousand miles away from home
Sleeping in the rain

I walked up to a brakeman
To give him a line of talk
He says, "If you've got the money
I'll see that you don't walk."

I haven't got a nickel
Not a penny can I show
"Get off, get off, you railroad bum!"
He slammed the boxcar door

Yodel-ay-eee, ay-eee, yodel ay-eee

He put me off in Texas
A State I dearly love
The wide open spaces all around me
The moon and stars up above

Nobody seems to want me
Or lend me a helping hand
I'm on my way from 'Frisco
I'm goin' to Dixieland

Though my pocketbook is empty
And my heart is full of pain
I'm a thousand miles away from home
Just waiting for a train

Yodel-ay-eee, ay-eee, yodel-ay-eee

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8. Loan Me A Dime

(Fenton Robinson)

Somebody loan me a dime
I need to call my old time used to be
Somebody loan me a dime
I need to call my old time used to be

Little girl's been gone so long
You know it's worrying me
Hey it's worrying, worrying me

I know she's a good girl
But at that time I just didn't understand
I know she's a good girl
But at that time I just didn't understand
Oh no I didn't

Somebody loan me a dime
You know I need.. I need a helping hand

Ohhhh, she's a good girl
But at that time I just didn't understand
Ohhh, I know she's a good girl
But at that time I just could not understand
Oh no

Somebody better loan me that dime
To ease my worried worried mind
Now I cry, I just cry
Just like a baby all night long
You know I cry, I just cry
Just like a baby all night long
Somebody better loan me that dime
I need my baby
I need my baby here at home
oooh, yeah

RECORDING OF LMAD -

"Loan Me A Dime was a song that I had heard Elvin Bishop and his band doing with a singer called Jo Baker; I didn't know who it was by or any of the words. So I called Jo in San Francisco and she was able to give me some words, although as she didn't know them all and I had to add some of my own.

As things turned out at the very end of the sessions we had a small amount of time left and everyone who'd been involved were all there. Now it was very difficult to get everyone in the studio at one time because Muscle Shoals wasn't very big. We had the horns out in the corridor, I was singing in the rest room next to the soda machine, and Duane was enclosed with his amplifier in a kind of broom closet in the middle.

We just started to run it through for one take to make sure that everyone knew where they were going, and then because time was running out, went for one final take. The energy that was in the room was just fantastic; Roger Hawkins on the drums really got into the thing, changing up the tempo several times, and the sax player just came up with this riff that the others fell into. And of course Duane's playing was just out of sight." - Boz Scaggs  (Guitarist magazine 2001)

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9. Sweet Release

(B. Scaggs / B. Beckett)

I was born
On a side road far from here
While the town was burnin'
Out my dark window

I was crowned
With a cage of cold barbed-wire
And my bottle
I keep with me
Even 'til now

Curse my pain
Curse the sunrise every dawn
Whoa, yeah
Oh, those sidewalks ran me ragged
Yeah, those cracks my only guide

Long for midnight
Long for darkness, sweet release
Beg the alleys
For your endless time to cease

Screaming blackbird on my shoulder
Mark my nearness to his youth, oh
Left my senses reeling
As he cried, "I understand you"

Try the handle
Try the doorway, try the path
Try to enter, to enter
And to find some solace there
Whoa, there

In this clearing
You'll find nothing but a song
Give it breath, give it sunshine
And with you it will belong, oh long

It will whisper
It will stir a gentle breeze
It's hands are your hands
They will take you where you please
If you please

Will you choose to be gentle
It's just your life whatever you feel
Are we blind for a reason
Or is it just to make it real, oh real

Show me jewels
Give me seashells for my ears
Tell your neighbors, oh
And forgive them for their fears

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