'Merican Woman & Other Tales

by The Swearengens

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Bucky If a fusion of Dwight Yoakam and Sturgill Simpson sounds appetizing, The Swearengens is for you. Classic alt-country rock n' roll with a traditional country base. Great stuff. Check the entire discography. Favorite track: Long Lonely Winter.
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released June 26, 2015

Performed by:
Fredd Luongo: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
Soren Godbersen: Electric Guitar
Kirsten Ballweg: Bass
Jeff Baars: Drums

Special guest performances by:
Robert Lee Mitchell: Piano
Jay Kardong: Pedal Steel
Ron Weinstein: Organ
Johnny Sangster: Organ
Nicole Fallat, Joy Mills, Tom Parker: Backing Vocals

Mixed by Johnny Sangster at Crackle & Pop
Engineered by Terry Mattson at Blackdog Studio
Backing vocals recorded by Corey Knafelz
Vocals on "Long Lonely Winter" recorded by Corey Knafelz
Organ on "Nobody But You" recorded by Johnny Sangster
Organ on "Bended Knee" recorded by Robert Lee Mitchell
Piano recorded by Robert Lee Mitchell
Pedal Steel recorded by Jay Kardong
Produced by Fredd Luongo

All songs written by Fredd Luongo / Shuksan Publishing (ASCAP)



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The Swearengens Seattle, Washington

From epic road songs to tear-stained tales of heartache, from Texas-style rockers to dark-humored murder ballads, The Swearengens cover a lot of musical and emotional territory in their twisted attempt at reviving the glory days alt-country of Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, Dwight Yoakam, Uncle Tupelo, and Steve Earle. ... more


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Track Name: American Woman (Take My Freedom Away)
I think it's time for me to settle down
Raise me a family out in some little town
With an American Woman, one who treats me right
Well, American Woman, where can I find one tonight?

Cause I don't want no LA queen
I want something real, if you know what I mean
I want 'Merican Woman, who knows her wrong from right
Well, American Woman, I think I'm seeing the light

A honky tonk angel who sings like a bird
Tells me loving things that I never heard
Born and bred in the US of A
American Woman, take my freedom away

I like a woman who wants to laugh and get drunk
And I don't mind a little junk in the trunk
If you're 'Merican Woman and you can dance all night
Well, American Woman, where can I see you tonight?

And I don't want no Paris dame
Cause after a while, they all sound the same
I want 'Merican Woman, a girl who knows how to fight
Well, American Woman, I think I'm seeing the light
Track Name: Nobody But You
Early one morning I was laying in bed
Felt like a freight train running over my head
As I awoke, what else could I do?
I had to get out there and I had to find you
Oh, the hard way. Yes, I learn things the hard way

Walking alone in the drizzling rain
Found my way to passenger train
Down at the station, that's when you appeared
Somehow you knew it, that I needed you near
So you found me. Yeah, baby, you found me

And you said, don't wanna love nobody but you

All of my life, I've turned love away
Said I'll be going, instead of I'll stay
But everything's different now that you come along
I'm doing it right this time, I won't get it wrong
Cause I found you. Yeah, baby, I found you

And I said, don't wanna love nobody but you
Track Name: Long Lonely Winter
Passing through Brownsfield, western Texas
Stopping for the night in Santa Fe
Something 'bout the moonlight in the desert
Can cut right through your life so many ways
By the time I reach the waters of the Northwest
I'll let the rain come wash these tears away

Gonna be a long lonely winter
Where the sun don't shine or light the day
And you keep on pretending
That there's nothing standing in your way

They call this road the Million Dollar Highway
The mountains there will take your breath away
You're daydreaming 'bout a waitress in Durango
And the smile that she gave you as she waved
So you drive on through the night to get to Salt Lake
Where the sunrise can't break through the frozen haze

Well, I'm thinking 'bout the time we spent in Austin
Running through the reasons I should've stayed
But lonely is a feeling so familiar
And all my life I've carried 'round its weight
The snowfall of Snoqualmie hits my windshield
And the echoes of your love just fade away
Track Name: Bended Knee
I came upon a long forgotten quarry
Where the limestone was filled with memories
At the edge I heard a song, it said you were sorry
For what had become of you and me

I found myself in a freefall to the sea
To the lighthouse, I called out "Baby, please"
But you closed the door, as I washed ashore
And so I return on bended knee

You know I wonder if you're lonesome tonight
I wonder a lot of things. Mostly, how we ever drifted apart
But last night the ghost of Elvis came to visit me
And he said, "Freddy, I can see how much you love her
And I can see how much you care
So sing this song and she'll come back to you."

But I found a path I thought would lead to you
Through brambles and darkness of the trees
I heard your laughter, but it was just a dream
And so I return on bended knee