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Shake Hands, Kiss Babies, & Take Names

by The Governors

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Gather round little children Let’s all hold hands And the rivers will wash back to our feet All the heroes and the villains Well they gonna cancel their plans When they find out that we got plans to meet And the rivers will wash our feet Well they say give what you can They say live how you want They say that love is dead these days Well we say we got better plans We say NO ITS NOT And if we can’t see it through then we’ll have to sing through this haze. And the rivers will wash our feet We’ll sleep on the shores We’ll count the stars I hope someone brings a canoe All the heroes and the whores They’ll bring their guitars And if we can’t see it, well then we’ll have to sing it through And the rivers will wash our feet
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Someone blow the dust off of this ol’ horn Blow it like papa did back with the dinosaurs Blow it like the wind, blow it like time and love Blow it so it cracks the windows and slams all the doors shut Someone blow the dust off of this ol’ horn Blow it like papa did back with the dinosaurs Blow it so it shakes me and quakes me to my bones Blow it on a sailboat and send me right back home Someone blow the dust off of this ol’ horn Blow it like papa did back with the dinosaurs Blow it so those autumn leaves will burn Come on someone blow the dust off of this ol’ horn
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Where did the sun go? Here come the rain clouds. I hope you’re not outside!
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I’m getting rid of my phone I ain’t take letters anymore If you wanna find me Look for the tree with the golden leaves And baby you’ll find what you’re looking for Just a stone throw from the horse trail Just a holler from my window If you’re ever wondering Look for the tree with the golden leaves And baby you’ll know what you need to know I’m getting rid of my name And all the pictures on the door If you ever miss me Look for the tree with the golden leaves And baby you won’t miss me anymore
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What It Is 04:47
I’m gonna put my hands into the soil And see what these years of pillows can get Listen to the trees whisper the ways of the ancient east And baby maybe this heartbreak I’ll forget I’m gonna pack up all my old boxes I’m gonna sell all my shirts away Break all the dishes and those stupid old religious wishes And baby maybe I’ll be happy some day In the end a goodbye is just what it is I’m gonna break off all of my toes I’m gonna learn my lessons from the ground Forget all the names and the pictures in their perfect frames Of all the picture perfect little towns I’m gonna buy a brand new hat And sail back to your shores one day Then you’ll know that I loved you but darling I had to go And baby maybe till then things will be okay In the end a goodbye is just what it is
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Winter is coming on It’s a cold I swear I could die So I’m sorry but I must be getting gone Yes my darling to the south I must fly It’s the not knowing of everything that’s so beautiful And I won’t leave until my belly’s full I just want to stay here right now cause you’re so beautiful And I won’t leave until my heart is full The leaves have left their branches The squirrels have left their woodland homes So I must make my handshakes Yes my darling to the south I must roam It’s the not knowing of everything that’s so beautiful And I won’t leave until my belly’s full I just want to stay here right now cause you’re so beautiful And I won’t leave until my heart is full
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Small 06:00
I wish I was small Buried in piles of fall We could be bad but we could never do wrong On days like this I wish I was small
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Back to TX 02:10
If I’m down, if I’m bleeding Send me packing back to Texas If I should stop my reading Send me packing back to Texas Where the water’s clear and I can hear The fish singing through If I’m bleeding send me packing back to Texas If I’m hurt, if I’m needing Send me packing back to Texas If I can’t shake this feeling Send me packing back to Texas Where mother’s milk and windowsills Will take the pain away If I’m needing send me packing back to Texas When my back breaks, when my bones dry Send me packing back to Texas When with my fathers I lie Send me packing back to Texas Where the earth will know just where I go And what I’m supposed to do When my bones dry send me packing back to Texas If I’m needing send me packing back to Texas
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Why Do? 06:18
Why do I always think of you with the razor to my face? A bloody mess and I am off to work Or the cold of outer space Why do I always think of you when I lay my bones to sleep? Maybe share a dance or a drink in a dream with you But honey that ain’t nothing I can keep Why do I always think of you while passing empty benches in the park? I’m so blue, well you are too This cold winter’s proof that we’re apart How do you pull a rug from under a weight this bad? Why do I always fall to pieces at the mention of your name? Even with the strongest glue I never end back the same Why do I always think of you when the cold cold wind blows? Well hell maybe your shoulders can feel it too But baby I just don’t know Why do I always think of you when you’re such a distant memory? If you knew that I thought of you I’d hide away, I wouldn’t let you see How do you pull a rug from under a weight this bad?
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Bony Elbows 04:16
Little baby say to me goodnight Honey baby say to me goodnight Kiss me on the cheek and tuck me in tight Spark a fire to warm my toes Honey spark that fire just to warm my toes Straighten out my knees and warm my bony elbows You know you’re the one You know it’s gotta be you baby Little baby will you be true? Honey baby how will I know if you’ll be true? Let me know its you, it’s no one else, no baby it’s you
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Hawaii 01:51
I’m ready for Hawaii I’m ready for Kentucky
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Friends! Relatives, Forefathers, Ladies and Gentlemen… Are you down on your luck? Are you looking for a miracle product to save you from your modern day ailments? Look no further, here it is: Sal’s Beard Cream! When we rise we say good morning When we sleep we sleep all day Sometimes some things come without warning Sometimes some things get in the way Please don’t leave the light on
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Look at all my trials and tribulations Sinking in a gentle pool of wine Don’t disturb me now, I can see the answers Until this evening is this morning life is fine Always thought that I’d be an apostle Knew that I could make it if I tried Then when retire we can write the gospel And they’ll all talk about us when we die Look at all my trials and tribulations Sinking in a gentle pool of wine What’s that in the bread? It’s gone to my head Until this evening is this morning life is fine ^adapted from Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and Andrew LLoyd Webber
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'Shake Hands...' is a rare, tour-only album, now newly mastered and widely released for the 1st time!

Proceeds from 12/4-12/10 will benefit NYC Nightlife United's 'Emergency Relief Fund to Save NYC Nightlife Cultural Spaces' // "Ensuring that they survive the COVID-19 pandemic closures and reopen as a stronger, healthier, and more creative community."

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released December 4, 2020

Recorded live by Emeen Zarookian at Uncle Max’s Cave, Brooklyn, NY on January 5, 2008. Mixed and remastered by Emeen Zarookian at Spirit Kid Sound, Los Angeles, CA.

All music written and performed by The Governors except, “The Last Supper,” adapted from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Guest vocals on “Sal’s Beard Cream” by Emeen Zarookian, Daniel Park, Jamie Boyda, Andrew McPherson, and Lizzy Benbow.

The Governors:
Gabe Rothschild - acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica
Max Goransson - guitar, vocals, harmonica
Sal Garro - drums, vocals, tambourine

Released by Stereoactive Media [SAM003]

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The Governors Brooklyn, New York

Joining forces in early 2007, Brooklyn-based comrades The Governors are known for performing communal foot-stomping, hand- clapping, sing-a-longs with help from the people of our great nation. Governors Max Goransson and Sal Garro, also of the Brooklyn band Quiet Loudly, bring their late 60s psychedelia and soulful blues to meet with Governor Gabe Rothschild’s rag-tag country Texas-rooted styling. ... more

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