Big Car - No Shoes

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Pete came up with the concept of a song that starts with a cut time groove that breaks into double time. Neil took that away and wrote a melody, chords and some lyrics. Pete and Neil worked ‘in the studio’ as it were to hammer out the drum and bass parts. Neil added some guitar, Hammond B3, and the vocals. Ken then came on board to add some percussion, and voila, we had a great sounding song just ready and waiting for an accomplished soloist to add the final touches.

Jem happened to be visiting Ken and Susie over Christmas, and had a Soprano Sax in his car, and of course we had Fhrodo ( see post below ) just itching to be played.

So Jem added the very tasty sax and piano parts.

Ken and Neil and Pete took the song back to the studio and started mixing and mastering. Ken called for some very appropriate adjustments, and there we were – a finished product.

lyrics

Big Car – No Shoes
©2012 Neil Porter

Big hat – no cattle
Big sky – but no rain
Nice horse – no saddle
Got a ticket – no plane
Nice wedding – wrong person
Cool Gibson – no blues
Best schools – no learning
Big car – no shoes

Bad war – losing battle
Big smile – you’re in pain
Big bucks – big hassle
Nice tune – but no fame
Nice wedding – wrong person
Cool Gibson – no blues
Best schools – no learning
Big car – no shoes

Big car – no shoes
Big car – no shoes

Good minders – bad manners
Fast rail – slow train
Low bar – flame fanners
Big head – no brain
Nice wedding – wrong person
Cool Gibson – no blues
Best schools – no learning
Big car – no shoes

Big car – no shoes
Big car – no shoes

credits

from PBGB JUKEBOX, released December 19, 2011
Pete – Concept, Drums
Neil - Writer, Vocals, Guitar, Hammond B3, Bass, Co-Producer and Engineer
Ken - Co-Producer and Percussion
Jem - Fabulous solo work on Fhrodo (our beautiful 1971 Fender Rhodes Piano) and Soprano Saxophone.

Recorded at The Shed and mixed/mastered at Jiguma Studio in Pambula Beach, NSW Australia

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