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Written by John Mellencamp

Save some time to dream
Save some time for yourself
Donít let your time slip away
Or be stolen by somebody else
Save some time for those you love
For theyíll remember what you gave
Save some time for the songs you sing
And the music that youíve made

Could it be that this is all there is?
Could it be thereís nothing more at all?
Save some time to dream
ĎCause your dream could save us all

Save some time for sorrow
Cause it will surely come your way
Prepare yourself for failure
It will give you strength some day
Try to keep your mind open
And accept your mistakes
Save some time for living
And always question your faith

Could it be that this is all there is?
Could it be thereís nothing more at all?
Save some time to dream
ĎCause your dream might save us all

Cast your eyes up to heaven
Oh what does that mean to you
Try not to be too judgmental
So others will not judge you
Save some time to think
Oh before you speak your mind
Many will not understand
And to them you must to be kind

Could it be that this is all there is?
Could it be thereís nothing more at all?
Save some time to dream
ĎCause your dream might save us all

Oh yeah
Your dream might save us all




Written by John Mellencamp

Well the West End now
The West End then
Went by the other day
Just to see my friend
His house was dark
His socks were thin
I told him letís get out the West End

For my whole life
Iíve lived down in the West End
But it sure has changed here
Since I was a kid
Itís worse now
Look what progress did
Someone lined their pockets
I donít know who that is

Well my old man slaved
Down here in the West End
He thought the future was bright
Way back then
But it beat him down
Till he had nothing to give
It broke his back
Took away his will to live

Now me
I donít think much of the West End
Ainít gonna end up
Like the old man did
ĎCause I got dreams and theyíre bigger than this
As far as Iím concerned
You can keep the West End

Well I guess down here
In the West End
Broken promises
Now and then
Itís not even fair
To think that they would
ĎCause the West End now
Ainít no damn good

Out there somewhere
You know thereís gotta be a place
Where a man can live
With a smile on his face
And every day something new begins
But it ainít down here
At the West End

Some day down here
In the West End
No one will remember
How the whole place began




Written by John Mellencamp

This time Iím leaviní
And I ainít-a kiddiní
Walkin out the door
For evermore
You see the devil
Heís right behind me
Whistling in my ear
Itís time to go
You know the devil
He thinks heís got me
But he ainít got me
No

Goiní to get my baby
She in Chicago
Wrapped up with some stranger
Every afternoon
She says I donít care
Nothiní about her
But I gotsta tell her
I still do
You know the devil
He thinks heís got her
But he ainít got her
No

I know Jesus
And I know the devil
Theyíre both inside of me
All the time
This ainít no picnic
That Iím liviní
Just a resting place
Before itís time to go
You see the devil
He thinks heís got me
But he ainít got me
No

You see the devil
He thinks heís got me
But he ainít got me
No
No, no, no, no, no

This time Iím leaviní
I aint a-kiddiní




Written by John Mellencamp

Itís not a graceful fall
From dreams to the truth
Thereís not a lotta hope here
If you got nothing to lose
When your visionís no good
When youíre flat on the ground
Yeah the futureís not bright
When youíre falling down

ĎCause Iím sick of life
Yeah itís easy to do
When everything so hard
Has been handed to you
Yeah Iím sick of life
ĎCause itís lost its fun
Iíll see you in the next world
If there is really one

Well Iím not falling up the ladder
Iím just putting in my days
My pockets are empty
And my aces wonít play
Yeah Iím moviní down the street
And Iím going nowhere
Itís not a graceful fall
When you donít care

ĎCause Iím sick of life
And itís easy to do
When everything so hard
Has been handed to you
ĎCause Iím sick of life
And itís lost its fun
Iíll see you in the next world
If there is really one
Yeah, Iím sick of life
ĎCause Iím falling down
Iíll see you in the next world
If youíre still around




Written by John Mellencamp

Give me twenty-five dollars
And drive me around downtown
Solve all my problems
Donít let me lose what Iíve found
Give me good loviní
And seal it with a kiss
Then drop me off where the musicís loud
But it wonít get no better than this

Take me to a party
Where Iím the only man
With fifty women waitiní on me
Who say they understand
Feed me milk and honey
Give me a story that Iíll never miss
Let me get one good nightís sleep
But it wonít get no better than this

Give me clear vision
And donít let me miss anything
Iíll take the bird that whistles
And the world on a string
Fill my fist full of money
In these troubled times
And let me share the water
With all, all of mankind

Give me back my youth
And donít let me waste it this time
Stand me up at the golden gates
At the front of the line
Let me lie in the sunshine
Covered in the morning mist
Then show me something I ainít never seen
But it wonít get no better than this




Written by John Mellencamp

Itís not my nature
To be nostalgic at all
I sat by the phone last night
Waiting for you to call
Itís been decades since I spoke to you
I just wanted to say
Iíve been thinking about you

Did you get my message
I left the other afternoon
Your young girlís voice said
Iíll call you back real soon
I bet thatís your daughter
She sounded like you used to
I just wanted to say
Iíve been thinking about you

So long ago
Those summer afternoons
I bet theyíve torn that playground down
Where I first met you

Donít mean no trouble
Donít want to bother you none
Ainít looking for nothing
Just wondering about you some
If you ainít got time
To return this call
I understand
That youíre busy and all
But thanks for the memories
When the world didnít seem so small
I just wanted to say
Iíve been thinking about you
About you
Thinking about you




Written by John Mellencamp

Well I heard the bells of freedom once
As I was coming down the road
Coming down the road
And I followed that echo wherever it would go
As I was coming down the road
But there always seemed to be trouble in my path
I found my hands tied behind my back
As I was coming down the road
Coming down the road

Well I heard the truth call my name
As I was coming down the road
Coming down the road
And I followed that voice to the valley below
As I was coming down the road
And it took me down a path where I was lost all the time
I found some truth but it could never be mine
As I was coming down the road
Coming down the road

And I saw myself for a second as I really am
As I was coming down the road
And I had to look away in disbelief I suppose
As I was coming down the road
I caught a glimpse of myself as others see me
And I wasnít the fella that I thought Iíd be
As I was coming down the road
Coming down the road

I saw you out my window
As you was walking alone
Coming down the road
And I raised my hand as if to say hello
As I was coming down the road
But you didnít wave back
You just walked on by
Alone by yourself
Till the day you die
And I guess the truth and freedom before us all are lies
Somewhere down the road
Somewhere down the road




Written by John Mellencamp

Well my wife she took off to Memphis
With some fella from our little town
My motherís at home up in Baltimore
And my daddy is down in the ground
It gets awfully cold here in the winter
Hot and humid in the summer time
I got laid off on account thereís no work for me
Now Iím in the unemployment line

No one cares about me
No one cares about me
No one cares about me at all
If I had to guess
Itís because Iím spotty at best
No one cares about me at all

Well my kids theyíve all scattered
Went lookiní for a better life
Lost one of my boys to the drug man
Itís the only time Iíve cried in my life
And I knew an old guy once
He was kind of my friend
But he smoked himself to death
And they buried him out at Riverview
Now Iím all that Iíve got left

No one cares about me
No one cares about me
No one cares about me at all
If I had to guess
Itís because Iím spotty at best
No one cares about me at all

Some day Iíll go look up my brother
He lives a few miles from here
Havenít talked to him in quite some time
I guess itís been six or seven years
Well he works out there at the cannery
And I think he makes a pretty good pay
His wife she never thought too much of me
So I just stayed away

No one cares about me
No one cares about me
No one cares about me at all
If I had to guess
Itís because Iím spotty at best
No one cares about me at all

Well itís hard to say what kind of fella I am
But most the time nothing goes my way
I must have done something pretty wrong
But I still think it will work out okay
There surely must be some angels around the bend
And theyíre trying to get to me
Iíll catch up with them pretty soon
But for now no one cares about me

No one cares about me
No one cares about me
No one cares about me at all
If I had to guess
Itís because Iím spotty at best
No one cares about me at all




Written by John Mellencamp

Letís suppose you lived over here
Letís suppose I lived right over there
Letís suppose we shared a kiss
On a night like this
Letís suppose we went too far
In the back seat of your car
Letís suppose we fell in love
Like two turtle doves
And letís suppose we got engaged
Underneath that olí Milky Way
And letís suppose we were complete
Wouldnít that be sweet
And letís suppose we found happiness
And built ourselves a nest
Letís supposed we had five kids
Like our grandparents did
And letís suppose our dreams came true
Just like theyíre supposed to do
And letís suppose we spent the rest of our lives together

But letís suppose sometimes weíd fight
When things werenít going right
Letís suppose you got tired of me
And our family
And letís suppose that we went broke
And we both just gave up hope
And letís suppose you left in a huff
Because you didnít love me enough
And letís supposed you found another man
And hit me in the head with a frying pan
And letís suppose I wound up dead
Underneath the bed
And what would happen to the kids
After all that we did
Letís suppose we both better just think it over

So I suppose itís just hello
And that itís time for us to go
We got a little ahead of ourselves
Like everybody else
Maybe some other time
I suppose thatíd be just fine
So until we meet again
I suppose weíre just friends
But remember what they say
ĎCause it happens every day
I believe in love at first sight
So there, I said it
Good night




Written by John Mellencamp

Donít forget about me
When youíre holding someone elseís hand
Remember we had dreams and plans
Donít forget about me

Donít forget about me
Please donít make me a used-to-be
Someone lost in your history
Donít forget about me

I know the thrill of love is waning
You canít see the pictures Iím painting
Of me and you together
From life to death to heaven

Donít forget about me
When you break your promises and lose our name
Iím still gonna love you just the same
Donít forget about me

I know the thrill of love is waning
You canít see the pictures Iím painting
Of me and you together
From life to death to heaven

Donít forget about me
When youíre holding someone elseís hand
Remember we had dreams and plans
Donít forget about me




Written by John Mellencamp

Well I ainít been baptized
I ainít got no church
No friend in Jesus
And what makes matters worse
Iíve lost myself
Into the dark
Scared and alone
With no love in my heart

Each day of sorrow
Brings me closer to goodbye
If I werenít so afraid
Iíd lay down and die

I guard it so closely
What I feel in my soul
And when I received love
I just let it go
And I called out for help
I found myself alone
Did I believe anything?
I donít know

Each day of sorrow
Brings me closer to goodbye
If I werenít so afraid
Iíd lay down and die

So all of you angels
Donít waste your words
Dog-gone my soul
I aintí no good

This life is too much trouble
For a fellow like me
If I had something to give you
Iíd give it to you for free

Each day of sorrow
Brings you closer to goodbye
If I werenít so afraid
Iíd lay down and die

Well I ainít been baptized
I ainít got no church



12.  Easter Eve

Written by John Mellencamp

Well me and my son of only fourteen
A finer young gentleman youíve never seen
We went out walking on Easter Eve
Just to pass some time together

Well he asked me some questions of things that Iíd done
But I kept it good natured, we were just having fun
And we talked about everything under the sun
And the Easter bells were chiming

So we walked for a while into a cafť we went
For we were hungry from the time weíd spent
We carried no malice or any contempt
And both our hearts were shining

Well we werenít there long before my kid said hey
Thereís a man over there and heís looking our way
Pay no attention I said to the lad
Letís just mind our own business this evening

Well the man approached said what are you staring at
And that if we didnít stop gawking heíd take us out back
And teach us some manners, it was simple as that
Keep your eyes to yourselves, you bastards

So I looked up and said why donít you just sit down
Youíre walking here, sir, on very thin ground
Thereís nobody gawking or looking around
And youíre alarming all of the patrons

Well I guess that I shouldnít have said that
ĎCause he raised his voice said get ready to scrap
And with that he gave my kidís head a snap
And said come and get what youíve got coming

Well my son stood up and hit him a lick
And I tried to stop him but it happened so quick
Then he smashed the manís head down in the deck
He was giving that fella a beating

But the man reached down pulled out a small gun
And he pointed it straight at the head of my son
But with a longneck bottle the kid slashed at his jaw
And the pistol fell down on the table

Well thank God the cops came and broke up the brawl
There was blood on the ceiling and blood on the wall
I said to my son you know you donít win Ďem all
This has sure been one hell of an evening

He said you know Dad I never even saw that gal
But I wasnít going to stand for him threatening us now
And I hope you forgive me for being so wild
Here on Easter Evening

Well they arrested us all and took us to jail
But ten minutes later we were all out on bail
And the wife of the man came up to my son
And said thank you young man for what you have done

You know my husband is jealous and very cruel
And whenever weíre out he always acts like a fool
And Iím gonna quit him now that they got him locked up
And I hope to hell that he will rot

Well me and my son of only fourteen
A finer young gentleman youíve never seen
We went out walking one Easter Eve
And left with that manís wife that evening




Written by John Mellencamp

She spends all our money
And then she tells me Iím too tight
She calls me Sunny
Cause she thinks that Iím so bright
She likes her love in the morning
I like it at night
Gee itís a clumsy olí world
Gee itís a clumsy olí world

She donít eat meat
But she smokes cigarettes
She remembers things
That Iím trying to forget
We both can hold a grudge
But she always forgives
Gee itís a clumsy olí world
Gee itís a clumsy olí world

Sometimes sheíll meet me half way
But then sheíll steal my half
Weíre always in each otherís way
And that just makes us laugh

She says she canít quit me
But she doesnít know why
She gets mean and hateful
But sheís the apple of my eye
We heart each other
With a love thatíll never die
Gee itís a clumsy olí world
Gee itís a clumsy olí world




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ALBUM DETAILS


Release Date: August 17, 2010 Rounder Records

ALBUM CREDITS:

Musicians:
John Mellencamp Ė Vocals And Acoustic Guitar
Andy York- Acoustic And Electric Guitars
Marc Ribot Ė Electric Guitar And Banjo
T Bone Burnett Ė Acoustic And Electric Guitars
David Roe Ė Bass
Jay Bellerose Ė Drums And Percussion
Miriam Sturm Ė Violin

Recorded In Savannah, Memphis, And San Antonio With 1 RCA 77 DX Microphone (Savannah & San Antonio) or 1 RCA 44 (Memphis)- Mono To An Ampex 601 ľĒ Reel To Reel.

1 Save Some Time To Dream (Memphis Sun Studio) 4:31
2 The West End (Memphis Sun Studio) 3:58
3 Right Behind Me (San Antonio, Room 404, Sheraton Gunter Hotel) 4:00
4 A Graceful Fall (Memphis Sun Studio) 3:20
5 No Better Than This (Memphis Sun Studio) 3:13
6 Thinking About You (Savannah First African Baptist Church) 3:28
7 Coming Down The Road (Memphis Sun Studio) 4:45
8 No One Cares About Me (Memphis Sun Studio) 6:11
9 Love At First Sight (Savannah First African Baptist Church) 4:37
10 Donít Forget About Me (Memphis Sun Studio) 3:14
11 Each Day Of Sorrow (Memphis Sun Studio) 2:36
12 Easter Eve (Memphis Sun Studio) 6:30
13 Clumsy Olí World (Savannah First African Baptist Church) 3:29

Produced By: T Bone Burnett
Mastering: Gavin Lurssen At Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA.
Engineers: Paul Mahern, Mike Piersante
Assistant Engineer: Emile Kelman , Scott Davis
Technical Engineer: Michael Stucker
Guitar Techs: Paul Ackling, Scott Davis
Photography: Front Cover Ė Elaine Mellencamp
Back Cover - Monique Gibson
Design by Rachael E. Sullivan
Art Direction: Scott Billington
Management: Hoffman Entertainment Inc

All Songs Written By John Mellencamp - Belmont Mall Publishing (ASCAP). All rights administered by EMI April Music, Inc.

UPC number 0-11661-3284-2-6
(P) and © 2010 John Mellencamp. Under exclusive license to Rounder Records. Manufactured and distributed by Concord Music Group, Inc., 100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. All rights reserved, etc.

Rounder Records will release No Better Than This, an album from John Mellencamp of all new original songs that was recorded at a variety of historically significant locations around the South. The album, set for release August 17, was produced by T Bone Burnett who earlier collaborated with Mellencamp on the much-lauded Life Death Love and Freedom. Time Magazine called it ďhis best in a decadeĒ and Rolling Stone ranked it #5 in its listing of the 50 best albums of the year.

No Better Than This was recorded over the course of a few break days afforded Mellencamp when he was on a tour of minor league ball parks last year, sharing the bill with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. The album was recorded on vintage equipment Ė a 55 year-old Ampex tape recorder with just one microphone -- in Savannah at the First African Baptist Church, in Memphis at Sun Studios and in San Antonio in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel.

Mellencamp wrote the thirteen songs included on the album during a thirteen-day span last spring. ďI was tightly focused,Ē he related, ďI got up every day and wrote and wrote and wrote.Ē The songs reflect various American traditions including blues, folk, western, gospel, rockabilly and country and address such themes as the need for hope, the nature of relationship and narratives that recount extraordinary occurrences in everyday life.

As far as the recording locations are concerned, they were chosen based on cultural and music history, each providing a sense of place for the respective sessions. About the experience, Mellencamp remarked, ďIt was absolutely the most fun Iíve ever had making a record in my life. It was about making music Ė organic music made by real musicians Ė thatís heartfelt and written from the best place it can come from.Ē

The First African Baptist Church is the first Black church in North America dating to pre-revolutionary times. The original congregation and ministry were slaves; the church, in fact, provided sanctuary to runaways before emancipation. Mellencamp, who has a residence in the area, has long been familiar with the church and the role it played in the Savannah community. He and his wife Elaine were baptized there before the sessions commenced.

While Sun Studios actually is a working recording facility, its equipment has been updated since the days of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis so Mellencampís team used the Ampex machine and established a makeshift recording booth in a construction shed in a vacant lot next door. Mellencamp and his musicians did, dutifully, arrange themselves on the studio floor in accordance with markings that had been laid down by Sam Phillips many years before for optimal presence.

Room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio is where Robert Johnson first recorded for Brunswick Records in November of 1936; Mellencampís version of Johnsonís ďStones In My Pass WayĒ was the first track on Trouble No More, an album of blues and folk songs released in 2003. The room has been carpeted in the intervening years so a hardwood floor was placed over the carpet to better approximate the ambience heard on Johnsonís records. Mellencamp sang facing the corner of the room that Johnson had almost 74 years earlier.

After the sessions were completed, Burnett took the mono tapes back to Los Angeles and mastered them, per Mellencamp, ďin a way that made them coherent.Ē Sequencing of the album was accomplished by Burnett in a moment that could be likened to an epiphany. Mellencamp was present when his producer recited the running order of all 13 songs in a moment of inspired spontaneity.

Following the release of No Better Than This, Mellencamp and his band will embark on a lengthy tour of theaters throughout North America that will get underway in October and continue into the late spring of 2011. These performance dates will include a showing of Itís About You, a film that Kurt Markus made during the album sessions and while Mellencamp was on tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. The concerts will showcase Mellencampís music in the context of a small group as well as discreet solo acoustic and full rock band segments, reflecting the range of approaches heard on the new album.

 

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