Moonshine and the Harness

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"Scuse me miss, for me askin' you this, but who may your good man be? Sugar, I know I'm a funny looking fella, ooooh but if I clean up, won't you spend a little time with me?"

Moonshine started as a piece of poetry, perhaps 15 years ago. It speaks to an old love, now long gone.

Why 'Angry Chimp Moonshine'? Well, in my Indonesia days, the liquor available was pretty rough stuff, and so when taking a swig of some local brew it would make you wince and bare your teeth like an angry chimp, hence the name.

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Sometimes I’m moved to poetry
Sometimes I just forget
You know I aspire to great things
I haven’t got there yet
I know this is the real thing
Still I’m rehearsing my lines
Of what I should have said to you
Back there in the good times

Well I tried to let go
I know you already did
But you just keep cropping up in my mind somewhere

Let’s keep it simple
I did you wrong
Now I keep a vigil
And I pray it won’t be long

Here comes the man, the man of the moment
Don't try to hold him back
Can't keep a good man down

She caught me drinking her moonshine
And yes it was true
The bottle was still at my lips
So how could I deny the drips
Still trickling down my chin?
I told her what held me back
How one day the harness snapped
Yes I confessed
Stood there in my vest
With a four day beard
Clutching her bottle of angry chimp moonshine

Well I tried to let go
I know you already did
But you just keep cropping up in my mind somewhere

Let’s keep it simple
I did you wrong
And now I keep a vigil
And I pray it won’t be long

Here comes the man, the man of the moment
Don't try to hold him back
Can't keep a good man down

I know your patience has worn dangerously thin
But everything I'm telling you is genuine
No I'm not fooling you around

credits

from Moonshine EP, track released January 13, 2012
Lyrics by Peter Madams and James Culling, with lyrical refrain by Lightnin' Hopkins; Music by Zim Grady. Angry chimp on moonshine bottle courtesy of Richard Carter (www.flickr.com/photos/gruts/) under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/)

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Peter Madams - Vocals, Guitars and Harmonica; James Culling - Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Drum Programming; John McManus - Bass Guitar

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