Audio

The Mighty Maxwells
Neil McCallion

Story

Breakaway is the first song on Slipping Away.  I had mixed feelings starting the album with two songs in which the narrator is a jerk.  But what the hell.  I like this song.

Lyrics

Breakaway

Words and music by Neil McCallion

 

I been wanting to breakaway but I know I'm gonna stay 

I been wanting to hide out but I know there ain't no way

Can't think about tomorrow, I ain't finished with today 

I been wanting to breakaway but I know I'm gonna stay

 

Baby talk about changes, well, she'll be the first to go 

Says that she is so tired and we got nothing to show

What can I tell her to make her go away 

I been wanting to breakaway but I know I'm gonna stay

 

Don't answer the telephone, get away from the door 

What ever they want, I ain't got it no more

Turn out the light and shut the shade

I can't stand to look at the mess that I've made

 

Got a reason for leaving, I could bust out that door

There ain't no hard feelings, you don't care anymore

Like I'd be doing you a favor if I'd just go away

I been wanting to breakaway but I know I'm gonna stay

 

 

Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells
Neil McCallion

Story

Allan sings this one from our Slippin' Away CD.  We did a slow blues version on our first album.  This features Danny Krieger playing that screamin' guitar.  Yeah, I'd like to claim it but anyone from Tucson would know.  Enjoy!

Lyrics

Old Shoes

Words and music by Neil McCallion

 

Old shoes brought me here

Them old shoes brought me here

To my little dulce buena, TV and a bottle of beer 

 

Them new shoes just don't fit

Them new shoes just don't fit 

And I do not like them, not one little bit

 

Countin' the jack in a Cadillac, they know when you're goin' in style

Or your pick up truck's run out of luck and you're walkin' that country mile

Bullets are flyin', mothers are cryin'

They know when you're layin' low

Bare feet may be more discreet but what you gonna do when it's cold?

 

Them old shoes been around the block

Them old shoes been around the block

They'll get you out the back door when there ain't no time for socks

 

Old shoes brought me here

Them old shoes brought me here

To my little dulce buena, TV and a bottle of beer

The Mighty Maxwells
09/20/2016
Neil McCallion

Story

Well, I like to include a country song or two on our albums and at our gigs.  Some of my favorite songwriters through the years have been country guys: Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and nowadays Hayes Carll.  This song was supposed to be kind of a "Six Days on the Road" from a waiting woman's point of view.  Don't know if it came out like that but...  Anyway, it mentions some of my favorites.  Lil' Bessie references The Band's Cripple Creek and is what the hard driving man has named his rig.  Some people I talk to don't get that.  Poor writing I suppose but it felt right to me.  Mickey G. Williams provides the pedal steel.  Hope ya'all like it.

Neil

Lyrics

 

Hard Driving Man

Words and Music by Neil McCallion

 

 

Waylon on the radio, singin’ soft and low

 

She got two fat steaks an’ a icebox full of beer

It’s been six long weeks since he pulled out of here

Hank was on the radio, when he called from El Paso

Said he’s makin’ good time alright,

Got his Lil’ Bessie wound up tight

Her hard drivin’ man comin’ home off the road tonight

 

Aunt Nadine did her hair and they giggled like little girls

Look like the fourth of July, all ablaze with ribbon and curls

“Crazy” on the radio, the lights are way down low

But the moon is big and bright

Shinin’ like a high beam headlight

Her hard drivin’ man comin’ home off the road tonight

 

She spends half her life a waitin’

The other half she’s waitin’ too

She waits to lay down in his arms again

The she waits until he leaves her blue

 

Mama’s got the baby and the telephone’s off the hook

Dogs are a barkin’ but she’s afraid to look

Waylon’s on the radio, singin’ soft and low

She’s just a waitin’ with all her might

Lil’ Bessie better do her right

Her hard drivin’ man comin home off the road tonight

Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells
2016
Neil McCallion

Story

So, this is a song I've had for a while.  Used to be called Primitive.  I hated that so I've fixed it up a little and here it is.  Tucson guitar legend Danny Kreiger plays slide guitar.  Yeah, he came over to my house one night with some dinky little amp and I don't know what kinda guitar and just played incredibly.  I hope you enjoy it.  

Neil

P. S.  I do believe Allan and Jack are at their funkiest.  

Lyrics

 

Make You wanna Scream

Words and music by Neil McCallion

 

Follow her down the hallway

Follow her to the street

Follow her to the butcher

Watch her buy some meat

Don’t it make you want to scream?

 

Ain’t no clever conversation

No philosophical debate

All the problems of the world

They just gonna have to wait

‘Cause she makes me want to scream

 

Ooh, them rags are kinda funky

And her hair’s a perfect mess

She says, boy, you ain’t my only one

But you the one I like the best, yes

 

All the dog’s are howling

Mister Moon is in the sky

Supper’s on the table

You can smell the cherry pie

Don’t it make you want to scream?

The Mighty Maxwells
09/20/2016
Neil McCallion

Story

Our drummer Allan (el voz) Bartlett sings this song.  Allan, the scourge of Facebook conservatives, is without doubt, the singer in the band.  I wrote this song just for him and he sings it great.

Neil

Lyrics

 

Good Thing

Words and Music by Neil McCallion

 

 

Gimme some of that good thing, baby

Gimme something I like

All your checks in the mail, baby

Ev’ry thing’s alright

I wanna stamp out anything that keeps you away from me

I’d be hangin’ from a cliff if it would set you free

 

Chorus;

Gimme some of that good thing, baby

Gimme some of that good thing

 

Gimme some of that good thing, baby

You can turn out the lights

‘Cause in your hour of darkness, baby

I’ll be burnin’ bright

I’ll lift it and I’ll carry it all the way to twenty-second street

Then, baby, I’ll come runnin’ home in my stocking feet, yeah

 

Chorus

 

Windows down, we’re singin’ loud with the songs on the radio

Going to a party for someone that you know

It’s gettin’ late but I can wait, you’re on your third or fourth one more beer

But don’t you worry, baby, I can get us home from here

 

Chorus

 

Ah, such a sweet thing, baby, got me something I like

Another day has passed away and ev’rything’s alright

I watch you sleepin’ peacefully, may all your dreams be sweet

Tomorrow you’ll be shinin’ on ev’ryone you meet, yeah

 

Choru

Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells
09/20/2016
Neil McCallion

Story

Here's a track off our new CD "Slippin' Away.  Duncan Stitt on organ.  Hope you like it.  Just realized as I was typing the lyrics that I'm seriously dating myself suggesting you could buy off a parking meter with a dime.

Neil

Lyrics

Parking Meter

 

So, you got yourself together since we been through

Thinkin' that he might just be the man for you

You're so happy, can't you see that I'm thrilled, you're so happy

Put another dime in the parking meter, baby

 

Why you talk about him when you come around here?

Thought you had it all figured out, my dear

Nothin' special, this ain't Saturday night, nothin' special

Put another dime in the parking meter, baby

 

Now you're in a hurry, you got ev'rything you need

Now you're gonna up and leave me here to bleed

It's so easy, like a walk in the park, it's so easy

Put another dime in the parking meter, baby

Neil McCallion and The Mighty Mighty Maxwells
Music and lyrics by Neil McCallion

Story

This is the oldest song I've written that I still do.  Wrote it in the year of our Lord, 1983, during my first year of teaching in Nogales, AZ.  Having Allan sing it breathes a little new life into it.  Sure can't remember what I was so pissed off about.

Lyrics

Neighborhood

Don't you look at me like I'm out of control

Baby, you got lazy and you lost all your soul. Maybe you're too desperate to get it back

Well, I saw you comin' from around the block

My doorbell rang just like a clock. Maybe it's just timing that you lack

Chorus: You been runnin' 'round the town with them boys from your old neighborhood

 

Well, I don't believe in scandal for the public's sake

Maybe if you told me that you made a mistake, I could bury my head in the sand

Or maybe, maybe, baby, I could take you away

Gettin' out of here would be okay, that is if you even give a damn 

Chorus

 

Don't you try and tell me that we're stuck in a sticky situation

As far as I can see nothin' could be so clear

Don't you try and get tough and resort to intimidation

I'll close the door and leave you standin' right here

 

Hope you been savin' up your money for a rainy day

I could talk to you but you got nothin' to say, baby, I can't pay your bills no more

I give up, I can't play you game, I've come and gone and you're still the same

Don't know what you're saving yourself for  Chorus

Neil McCallion and The Mighty Mighty Maxwells
Music and lyrics by Neil McCallion

Story

I sat on this song for ten years before I ever played it.  Just didn't think it would work but when I started playing with Allan and Jack it just seemed to come together.

Lyrics

When She Told Me

 When she told me that she loved me, she looked me in the eye

Yeah, she told me that she loved me, and she hardly ever lies

She said look me up if you are ever on my side of town

I won’t be waiting but you know that I’ll be around

 

I’m not saying I don’t like her, ‘cause I know that’s not true

I’m not saying she don’t move me, ‘cause she know that she do

She must know I could fall easily for her cheek and her charm

Forget my worries and bury myself in her arms

 

Maybe if I call her, I could just explain

Maybe if I called her, we could start again

I got my hand in my pocket, my eye on the telephone

Don’t know what I’d tell her, she prob’ly won’t even be home

 

 

Neil McCallion

Story

Well, I guess this is how I wrote it though we recorded a more souped up version to encourage dancing at our gigs.  And Allen sings it great.  But I wanted to write a cry in your beer country waltz.  I'd never written a waltz.  And this is what happened.

Neil

Lyrics

Dark End of the Bar

Words and music by Neil McCallion

 

I finish my work but I'm not going home

Where she laid her head I just can't be alone

But just 'round the corner 'neath the blue neon light

There's a little dark tavern, I go ev'ry night

Nobody knows you or cares who you are

You're just a shadow at the dark end of the bar

 

I guess I'm still new to this serious drink

I get by on God given talent, I think

Glasses of whiskey and bottles of beer

It must be love how they all disappear

And I wait for the dark clouds roll in from a far

And I fade away at the dark end of the bar

 

I hear 'em talk and I watch 'em play pool

Sometimes I just fall a sleep on my stool

But the bartender, he'll pray for my soul to keep

'Cause I take good care of him when I'm awake

And here's to you, darling, where ever you are

Here's from the shadows at the dark end of the bar

Here's to you, darling, from the dark end of the bar

Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells
09/20/2016
Neil McCallion

Story

Well, this is a song I wrote about having a kid.  Originally written for the child's mother to sing, I've reworked it a little so I can sing it myself.  Have to say I loved having a daughter, still do, but I wasn't so sure when I wrote this.

Neil

Lyrics

She don't understand, sometimes you gotta wait

She don't realize, there's times you're working late

It's just gimme, gimme gimme, she got to hold it in her hand

Gimme, gimme, gimme - is all she understands

Chorus

But you know I'll come a runnin', I'll always come a runnin'

Hold you in the morning, rock you in the night

Hang on, baby, you know I'll come a runnin'

 

Well, you know it ain't easy gettin' through the week

You know it ain't easy but I kiss you on the cheek

You're so sleepy, oh, sleepy.  You can close your eyes

Don't you worry, baby, we are gettin' by  Chorus

 

I ain't had no whiskey, I ain't had no wine

I have been so sober, for such a long time

My life is changin', oh, it's changin'.  I hope it's for the best

But what I wouldn't give for a little bit of rest  Chorus

The Mighty Maxwells
09/20/2016
Neil McCallion

Story

Another song off the new CD, "Slippin' Away".  Drummer Allan (el voz) Bartlett sings this one.  Actually wrote this song as a country waltz but we cranked it up a little hoping folks might dance.  We reprise the song as a waltz at the end of the album but you'll have to buy it to hear that.  Meanwhile, you best hang on.

Neil

Lyrics

Dark End of the Bar

 

I finish my work but I'm not going home

Where she laid her head, I just can't be alone

But just 'round the corner, 'neath the blue neon light

There's a little dark tavern, I go ev'ry night

Nobody knows you or cares who you are

You're just a shadow at the dark end of the bar

 

I guess I'm still new to this serious drink

I get by on God given talent, I think

Glasses of whiskey and bottles of beer

It must be love how they all disappear

And I wait for the dark clouds roll in from afar

And I fade away at the dark end of the bar

 

I hear 'em talk and I watch 'em play pool

Sometimes I just fall asleep on my stool

But the bartender, he'll pray for my soul to keep

"Cause I take good care of him when I'm awake

And here's to you, darling, wherever you are

Here's from the shadows at the dark end of the bar

Here's to you , darling, from the dark end of the bar