Cunning Folk

by Amy Kucharik

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1.
Prodigal Son 03:42
My grandma grew up in the Depression That woman knew that life is hard And whenever I'd complain that it just wasn't fair She'd tell me in Heaven's where I'd get my reward But Heaven seems like such a long way away, And you've got no guarantees -- it's just faith Well, here's what I say: Let's have some fun today, And enjoy our Earthly pleasures just in case I don't wanna wait for Heaven I don't care for angels, anyhow I don't wanna wait for Heaven I want my reward in the here and now I never cared much for that prodigal son, Runnin' around 'til the work got done Why save yourself for someone who will roam? C'mon and slay your fat calf for the girl here at home Now you can say that distance makes the heart grow fonder I say you're wastin' your time Why wait another day for her arms far away? I can keep you warm here in mine I don't wanna wait for Heaven I don't care for angels, anyhow I don't wanna wait for Heaven I want my reward in the here and now Now savin' for the future is a mighty wise thing But Babe, you're all work and no play I don't want your dime; just want your precious time And I could use some of it today Now you can say that patience is a virtue And that the meek shall inherit the Earth I can try to be meek... Lasts about a week Then I'm gonna ask for what I am worth I don't wanna wait for Heaven I don't care for angels, anyhow I don't wanna wait for Heaven I want my reward in the here and now Oh, I don't wanna wait, I don't wanna wait I ain't no angel anyhow I don't wanna wait for Heaven I want my reward right now
2.
Like a Boss 03:24
I see you're working late, you're really on the ball But I need some face time, not just a conference call I wanna show you my proposal; it is red hot: Come on and work me like a boss I'm sending you my memo, my intra-office mail... It's a synergistic strategy that's too good to fail I wanna show you my solution; it's in and out of the box: Come on and work me like a boss I've seen plenty other projects couldn't get off the ground But this one, you can really wrap your arms around My long-term assets are sure to appreciate If you have got the resources to allocate I'm a real team player, and I multitask All those action items on top of your desk I'll bring the PowerPoint; you bring the awesome sauce... Come on and work me like a boss My mission statement's easy to conceptualize It's win-win transaction we'll internalize It's ready to leverage, it's really turn-key And I'd suggest you get on top of it ASAP Let's move it forward, it's something you can get behind Let's take it to the next level and increase our piece of pie We'll drill down, and dig deep, and really make it pop! Come on and work me...
3.
Went out with another man last night He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know That other man knows how to treat me right He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know That other man kept me up 'til dawn He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know And I called him up when that man was gone He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know what I've been drinkin' How I've been sinkin', how I'm gasping for air He doesn't need to know who I've been kissin' Who I've been missin', don't know if he'd care I took a page out of his book He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know I plucked my heart back off his hook He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know Wrote my name on a bathroom stall He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know If you wanna have a good time then call He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know what I've been drinkin' How I've been sinkin', how I'm gasping for air He doesn't need to know who I've been kissin' Who I've been missin', don't know if he'd care I ripped his picture down off my wall He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know Pasted his face on a voodoo doll He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know That he'd love me, I said a prayer He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know Tied it all up with a lock of his hair He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know what I've been drinkin' How I've been sinkin', how I'm gasping for air He doesn't need to know who I've been kissin' Who I've been missin', don't know if he'd care I mixed him up his favorite drink He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know An old fashioned, with something special to help him sleep He doesn't need to know I took him out walkin' on the edge of the pier He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know And we toasted to his health, & good cheer He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know He doesn't need to know what he'll be drinkin' How he'll be sinkin'; he'll be gaspin' for air He doesn't need to know who I'll be kissin' Who I'll be missin'... Don't know if I'll care
4.
5.
Buzzards Bay 02:52
I met you drinking at the pub Talking casually of love Your hand fit inside my glove But I wouldn't join any club That would have me as a member You said that you could use a friend Cajoled me with your violin Got yourself under my skin Now you're headed out again To prove that I don't know your number We pick off the bones There's no use throwing stones I'm already almost gone Some birds look better when they're flying Saw you just the other day Driving down to Buzzard's Bay Didn't have a thing to say Predators in search of prey Why don't you call me when you're sober Left you standing in the rain Singing, bleeding, weather vane Didn't mean to cause you pain The season of our disdain And it's only September We pick off the bones There's no use throwing stones I'm already almost gone Some birds look better when they're flying Well goodbye baby it's all done You take the moon, I'll take the sun No wars lost and no wars won No rotting flesh no smoking gun Now we're just a little older We pick off the bones There's no use throwing stones I'm already almost gone Some birds look better when they're flying
6.
Stranger 05:56
You said you could kill me, Or leave me out there on the road I laughed at the joke But I shuddered right down to my bones If what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, My bones will be steel if I stay here much longer Growing stronger, and stronger and stronger every day Saw a man on the street I turned round 'cause I thought he was you My heart skipped a beat But he walked by, just like you would do What didn't kill us made us strangers We wrote the book while you ripped out the pages We are stranger, and stranger and stranger every day Used to hold me tight, look me in the eye We were the only two people alive Now you look away from the tears I cry Your eyes are empty and dry You were hungry, and smart, A wolf in your brand new clothes You devoured my heart Might as well have gone for the throat If what doesn't kill us makes us stranger, I'll become someone else from all of these changes Growing stranger, and stranger and stranger every day
7.
I walked barefoot in your broken glass Scratched your back with a strike-anywhere match Crazy little woman in a one-man show Played with snakes and charmed everybody you know Saying, you can't hurt me... You can't hurt me You can't hurt me anymore; I'm a strike-anywhere match You hang around with your empty cup Drink it down and we fill it up Say this time, you're getting clean But it tastes like wine and smells like gasoline And you say: You can't hurt me... You can't hurt me You can't hurt me anymore; I'm a strike-anywhere match Sometimes they'll blame you Sometimes they'll shame you For all that you do -- Do to yourself Didn't you want this Secretly want this Was it the devil's kiss Kissed in your sleep Doesn't the pain we cause Endlessly entertain us Or is it the sameness Drives us insane Well you say you've had a rocky patch But I think you finally met your match And now it's time you get your turn To light the fire and watch it burn You can't hurt me... You can't hurt me You can't hurt me anymore; I'm a strike-anywhere match
8.
The Snake 05:14
Mother said to always kill a snake So when I saw that copperhead, I took up my hoe and my rake Trapped his head and went in for the kill And as the blade came down, he said, "Do what thou will" Met a Buddha as I walked along His eyes were golden and he sang a funny song I said, "I think one of us has got to go" and as I took his life, he said, "Don't think, just know" Contender Out on a bender Don't try to stop her She's going clear Lead me to water Don't call the doctor I'm tryin' to conquer all of my fears Walked along a crevice in the road Went all the way down to hell if I know Met a truck with a devil at the wheel And as he ran me down, he said, "I do not like the way you deal" Contender Out on a bender Don't try to stop her She's going clear Lead me to water Don't call the doctor I'm tryin' to conquer all of my fears
9.
In songs of old, the lovers spoon Underneath a harvest moon Though they know all the while that the moon is subject to change Could be that fickle moon above Is a symbol of our fickle love So coming from me, this may sound mighty strange: I think you could be the one and only one for me, Assuming no-one better comes along I won't beg you to be true; I only want to be with you And sing my noncommittal love song Let's not say, "forever..." Let's just stay together (...indefinitely) We might be a pretty good match... And let's face it; I'm a catch So you'd better hurry up and reel me in I'm not looking for a ring; I'm really not the type to cling Just say you want me in your arms again I'm the type who'd never cramp your style Seems that someday soon, we could be walkin' down the aisle (But don't count on it) Listen up, I'm dropping hints: You could be my charming prince... And I should know from frogs; I've kissed my share Oh, darling, I think you're the best... At least, you're pretty good... I guess So find a way to show me that you care Let's not say, "forever..." Let's just stay together (...indefinitely). I think you could be the one and only one for me, Assuming no-one better comes along I won't beg you to be true; I only want to be with you And sing my noncommittal love song
10.
Clocks and bottles, pictures on the wall Got tired of waiting for you to call Called me a cab but it was too far away Don't wanna go just to go; don't wanna stay just to stay Grab the bottle, pour another drink Stare at the clock, give me time to think The clock is ticking, but we still don't know Don't wanna stay just to stay; don't wanna go just to go Smiling pictures of me and you All in time just make me blue I'm a fierce little lover and I pay my tab If you can't supply, call me that cab I want the top shelf quality You drain those bottles in quantity Our time is short; we can't take it slow Don't wanna stay just to stay; don't wanna go just to go Smiling pictures of me and you All in time just make me blue I'm a fierce little lover and I pay my tab If you can't supply, call me that cab The bottle's empty but I still can't stop Anticipating... one last drop If this is over, we've got hell to pay Don't wanna go just to go; don't wanna stay just to stay Smiling pictures of me and you All in time just make me blue I'm a fierce little lover and I pay my tab If you can't supply, call me that cab

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released July 11, 2014

All songs by Amy Kucharik (ASCAP) (C)(P)2014

Amy Kucharik - Vocals, ukulele, goat bells
Khrysti Smyth - Backing vocals
Randi Bernier - Trumpet
Tim Lewandowski - Trombone
Jeremy Valadez - Saxophone, clarinet
Michael Valdez - Piano, keyboards
Chris Sartori - Upright bass on 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10
Greg Toro - Upright bass on 1 & 8
George Woods - Guitars
Ariel Bernstein - Drums
Lang Zerner - Washboard
Ansel Barnum - Harmonica
Bethany Weiman - Cello
Amy Levine - Violin
Jake Bush - Accordion
Tim Mason - Voice of doom

Produced by George Woods
Engineered by Tom Bianchi & Ariel Bernstein
Mixed by Andrew Rumschlag
Mastered by Nick Zampiello & Rob Gonnella at New Alliance East
Photography by Devon Rowland
Art and design by Amy Kucharik
Associate Producer - Bob Colleary

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