Drivin' Wheel

by Matt Minglewood

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released January 31, 2001

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Matt Minglewood Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Matt Minglewood Band is a musical hybrid, a four member band with one foot steeped in the musical roots of blues and country and the other knee-deep in rock.Their constant touring and high octane live show has earned them the well-deserved reputation of 'down to earth bearers of good will and good times'. ... more

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Track Name: How High is High Enough
How High is High Enough (Minglewood/MacDonald)

He was a boy from a steel town
He soon had a look in his eye
Not the look of a child but the wild look of fury
Like an animal caught in the wire

School was the streets of town
His lesson he learned with his fists
Not a mean man he just felt all-alone
Like a wolf on a hill in a mist

Fast cars, new friends and machismo
Drove him away from his past
Running from the law, running from himself
An outlaw who lived life to fast

Chorus
How high is high enough
How low can a body go
How deep before you know When you're having too much fun
Don't you know when you're on the run
And you're living under the gun
How high is high enough

When does a man know he is alone
Who does he see in the mirror
Where did he go wrong and could we have helped
Why does it feel he's here
Maybe some day we will learn from the past
From those who have gone on before
That way his life will not have been a waste
And the good won't die young anymore

Chorus
Track Name: Black Spruce River
Black Spruce River (Lennie Gallant)

Well, her letter came late, but late was better than never
She said she's finally reached the end of that man's tether
She said she's willing to run away and if I mean the things I say
Would I meet her tonight at the Black Spruce River

There's some people in town would like to know the reason
I've been hanging around here when there ain't no work this season
You can dress it up with lies but love can't be disguised
And the rumor mill still runs on the Black Spruce River

CHORUS
Oh, now darling darling everything's gonna be alright
Where the water runs wild and free, then I will hold you tight
Who's to say what's wrong or what is right
On the banks of the Black Spruce River

Well it's a rocky road that seems to wind forever
And its cold wind cuts threw this old coat of leather
But there's a fire that burns away, all fears of yesterday
And it warms me on my way to the Black Spruce River

CHORUS

I can see her car by the light of the half moon's cradle
By where the wooden bridge got washed away last April
I could see her behind the wheel
But there's something wrong with the windshield
And there's nothing moving but the cold, cold river

In a daze I walk with my headlight beam behind me
As I lift her lifeless body my tears did blind me
I never saw him taking aim
But I felt the searing pain
As we fell together in the Black Spruce River

CHORUS
Track Name: Somebody Help Me
Somebody Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson/Dixon)

Somebody help me I can't make it by myself
Somebody help me I can't make it by myself
If you don't help me baby
I've got to find somebody else

When I walk, you walk with me
When I walk, you walk with me
I'm in love with you baby
Can't you see

Bring my night shirt baby you put on your morning gown
Bring my night shirt baby you put on your morning gown
Come on over here little girl
And we'll get down

Repeat verse 1
Track Name: I Wanna Be Your Man
I Wanna Be Your Man (Matt Minglewood)

Walk with me, honey talk with me
Hold me tight, because it feels all right
Grab my hips, honey kiss my lips
Understand girl, I wanna be the only man in your world

Feels so good, when we walk in the woods
Feels so right, when we party all night
Can't you see, that you belong with me
Understand girl, I wanna be the only man in your world

Bridge

You'll never have to wonder about being loved
Never have to worry about being shoved
I'll never make you tow the line
I like a woman with her own mind

Hand in hand, you make me feel just like a lover man
Arm in arm, I'll never do you no harm
Cheek to cheek, girl you make me weak
Understand girl, I wanna be the only man in you world
Track Name: Darkest Shade of Blue
Darkest Shade of Blue (Matt Minglewood)


So early in the morning, four or five o'clock I do believe
Two bottles of whiskey, one pack of cigarettes and still no release
Well this darkness fell upon me when you said your love for me had died
Now my heart might drown in its own tears and there's no place for me to hide
From the Darkest Shade of Blue

Yes this is my house and I know it but something seems so strange
Everything is right where it should be but nothing seems the same
A shadow passes before me, I reached out in hopes of you
Such a cruel, cruel joke, it was only smoke
And of course the smoke was blue
The Darkest Shade of Blue

BRIDGE:

My eyes are blue, my heart is to
It just might not survive
In this lonely room in this house of gloom
The blues could bury me alive

I wish that blue was just a color
You might not hear me complain
But the blues is such a hurting thing
When it falls on you like a hard rain

I should get myself together
Go out and face the day
But I'm so afraid when the sunlight fades
I'll be right back here again in the Darkest Shade of Blue
Track Name: Comin' Back a King
Comin Back a King (Minglewood/Larocque)

I wasn't born down in the Delta
I never played with Muddy Waters
I play my blues louder
Than the purists think I oughta

I didn't come from Chicago
Never stood on the killing' floor
But I payed my dues in bar rooms
Had some blood upon the door
If I leave this earth tomorrow
I'll tell you all one thing
If I come back to this world lord
I'm comin' back a king

I spent some time in Memphis
And I hung around on Beale
I found out that those Memphis cats
They played with a ton of feel
I drove passed Graceland, I could not go inside
I had to leave old Elvis with some tiny speck of pride
If I leave this earth tomorrow I'll tell you all one thing
If I come back to this world lord
I'm comin' back a king

Chorus
Albert, Freddy and BB, they just seemed to understand
That the measure of the money, ain't the measure fo the man
Beach front condos, swimming pools,silver cloud rolls
Won't mean a thing if you can't get the soul
I wasn't raised in the cotton
Didn't miss too many meals
I heard young BB King sing
And found out how it feels

I didn't hock my old guitar
Never had to sell my soul
But travelled every twisted road
And I payed up every toll
So if I leave this earth tomorrow
I'll tell you all one thing
If I come back to this world lord
I'm comin' back a king

Chorus
Repeat chorus
Track Name: Cape Crusader
Cape Crusader (Minglewood/Larocque)


Well, I'm the Cape Crusader I ride at night
I drink a bit but that's all right
I'll never let you good folks down
When me and the boys come in to town

I hit the stage in my trademark hat
A black guitar man the house is fat
Well I wind em up and I let em spin
With the crossroad blues and the devil's grin

CHORUS
Well I've been across this great big land
Guitar case and a cookin band
Peddle to the medal always trying to pass
Running on empty but not out of gas
You can call me Matt, you can call me Roy
The Cape Crusader just a good old boy

Silver spurs hit a dirty stage
Some chic hollers out Matt I think you are all the rage
I'm 43 and I don't mind dying
Love you shoes honey, thanks for lying

CHORUS

Out on the road with a heavy load
Going down the track, I ain't comin back
Out on the highway gonna do this my way
Out on the street with a chance to meet
Somebody like Sally slippin through the alley
On the road again, on the road again

Repeat 1st verse

CHORUS
Track Name: Travelin' Man
Travelin' Man (Matt Minglewood)

That old highway down to Memphis late last night was a lonely time to kill
We just drove through Little Rock and you've only been on my mind since Nashville
As I lay my head down on the bed in the back I hear that turbo diesel whine
In my dreams you're kissing me as we cross the Texas line

We've got a show tonight in Dallas I think we hit the stage around midnight
I sure hope the band is cooking I want to leave those Texans feeling right
Then we head out for the West Coast they say that it's the best coast
But I don't think that's true but tonight it doesn't matter much
All I ever think about is you

CHORUS

So hold on darling don't let this dream die
I'm gonna love you long after all the oceans turn dry
With my heart in my hand I'll be standing at your door
Your traveling man will never leave you any more
Your traveling man has come to take you away

L.A. was a bust they never had much time for us
I guess they were busy with the O.J. show
I don't think too much about it now
Won't be long before we're back in the land of the snow
We've got two nights in San Francisco
Then it's off to Colorado; it's a good thing I was born to roam
It was colder up in Boulder but we got the warmest shoulder
Made these blues boys feel at home

Then its north by northwest to the land I know the best
North of the 49
Soon I'll be heading in your direction
Won't be long before you're in these arms of mine

CHORUS

That old highway down to Memphis late last night was a lonely time to kill
We just drove through Little Rock and you've only been on my mind since Nashville
Repeat last two lines
Track Name: Lost My Drivin' Wheel
Lost My Drivin' Wheel (D. Whiffen)

I just came up on a midnight special, how about that
My car broke down in Texas, stopped dead in her tracks
I just called to tell you that I want you
I want to tell you how I feel

Chorus

I feel like some old engine
Lost my drivin' wheel
Repeat chorus

I took my money on a night train north, what a terrible flight
But I made my promise to be there with you on Saturday night
I just called to tell you that I need you
I need to tell you how I feel

Chorus

You can't say much in a phone call baby, ah you know how it is
But there's one short little thing I've got to say girl, please listen to this
I called to tell you that I love you
I'd love to tell you how I feel

Chorus