Fiesta Time

by John Voorhees

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Recorded soon after Hurricane Katrina in the practice room of a Gulfport, MS music store that shall remain completely nameless because they refused to let me sell the CD in the store when it was done. So there.

From the liner notes:

In the late 1970s, Fiesta Time was a popular Mexican restaurant and bar on Courthouse Road in Gulfport, MS. Then the owner died suddenly, his kids squabbled over ownership, and the nightspot closed and fell into disrepair.

The cheerful yellow and red sign greeted Courthouse Road traffic for decades with the promise of a fiesta somewhere inside the delapidated overgrown building. Hurricane Katrina finally destroyed the sign and ended the pretense in August 2005.

I hereby take responsibility for all the noises on this recording, except for the ones I didn’t put there.

- John Voorhees
August 2006

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released August 1, 2006

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Track Name: Little Shell
I never make it down to the record store
I don't know what all the kids are singing
I just sing what I sang before
And it makes me feel alright
I never turn on the MTV
Can't identify the rich and famous
They all look pretty sick to me
And it makes me feel alright

Here inside my little shell
I don't have to hear about all the things they're tryin' to tell me
Here inside my little shell
I think I get along pretty well

I never turn on the basketball
Keep forgetting 'bout the football season
Cuz I don't really watch sports at all
And it makes me feel alright
i never turn on the CNN
Sometimes look when someone else is watching
Whole world's goin' around the bend and ...
Well that doesn't make me feel alright but ...

Here inside my little shell
Don't even have to know about half the crap they're tryin' to sell me
Here inside my little shell
I think I get along pretty well

I'm still set on the internet
And I don't wanna shut it off just yet
Cuz I can still stay pretty out of touch and
Shut it off before I get too much

And I like to go to the movie show
I like to see the big Hobbit movie
They got them big furry Hobbit toes
And it makes me feel alright
But I don't wanna be no James Bond
Don't wanna be no Ben Kenobi
I kind of think I got it goin' on
And it makes me feel alright

Here inside my little shell
My cell phone's turned off right now
You'll have to wait until I turn it on again cuz
Here inside my little shell
I think I get along
Track Name: $19.99
Don't be fooled by imitations
This here's the genuine
You can quickly tell the difference
In the light this baby shines, oh how it shines
And you know that you can take it home
For only $19.99

Be the envy of your neighbors
And the idol of your friends
It's a wonder in the kitchen
And a marvel in the den, it's dynamic in the den
Go on and call the toll-free number
You know this chance won't come again

There's a man in Minnesota who didn't heed the call
And now he's in the hospital, it could happen to us all
But in the Carolinas there's a very happy pair
Put one on their porch and now they're multi-millionaires

It's described by ancient legend
From distant lands afar
You don't need a fancy holder
No, you can just keep it in a jar, a screw-top mason jar
And you will throw away your microwave, your golf clubs and your VCR

Well I could just go on for hours
But don't take it from me
You can read it in the paper
Or you can watch it on TV, right there on your TV
Cuz it's the end to all your problems
Satisfaction guaranteed
(Subject to a few minor conditions)

Like a circle in a circle, a wheel within a wheel
When something this good comes along you just have to close the deal
There's no end to the regret you're gonna feel if you say no
And the sooner that you buy it then the sooner I can go

But there's no need to hurry
I just know you'll wanna sign
Take a look at that upholstery
And the art deco design, what a beautiful design
And you know that you can take it home
For only $19.99
Track Name: Werewolf Night
A couple of vagabonds walking on a werewolf night
Taking a casual howl in the moonlight
Vinnie says to Judas
“I’d like to sharpen up my claws
Find someone tough to test my jaws”
A couple of predators walking on a werewolf night
Taking the measure of all the prey in sight
When Danny comes round the corner
They know he fills the bill
And they’ll tear him to pieces, they surely will

Chorus:
Singin’
You’d better watch out
And you’d better be wise
Cuz there’s a couple of werewolves
Looking to take you down to size
And you’d better watch out
And you’d better be smart
Cuz there’s a couple of werewolves
Looking to eat your foolish heart
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Oh yeah yeah yeah

A couple of fugitives running on a werewolf night
Been running ever since they took that last bite
Judas says to Vinnie
“This is what it’s all about
Living the good life and letting it all hang out”
A couple of carnivores running on a werewolf night
Looking for a place to start a bit of a dogfight
Before the sun rises
There’s so much they have to do
So many things to kill
So many bones to chew

Chorus:
Singin’
You’d better watch out
And you’d better be wise
Cuz there’s a couple of werewolves
Looking to take you down to size
And you’d better watch out
And you’d better be smart
Cuz there’s a couple of werewolves
Looking to tear your ass apart
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Oh yeah yeah yeah
On a werewolf night

Ah-oooo
Werewolves of (insert location here)
Ah-oooo
Track Name: Fiesta Time
It’s been a hard week at McAllister Savings and Loan
I’ve been working my processing fingers right down to the bone
But when I remember it’s Thursday, I stifle a grin
It’s Mexican Night at the bar at the Holiday Inn

I call up my wife and remind her we’re on for tonight
She has to work late at the store, but she’s ready alright
She’ll get home by 6 and she’ll throw on a dress and we’ll go
It’s the second best thing to a visit to old Me-hee-co

Chorus:
And may this fiesta wash all of our worries away
The blond senoritas and cheap margaritas
And bartender shouting “Ole!”
He’s wearing a tassled sombrero
And he’s very flamboyantly gay
And may this fiesta wash all of our worries away

The faded pinata is hung by the Michelob sign
And the stereo’s playing Herb Alpert in three-quarter time
The salsa and chips are as bueno as bueno can be
It’s hard to believe you get something this good just for free

We order a pitcher and maybe a taco or two
And my wife gets a little bit tipsy as she tends to do
We’ll soak up the mood for an hour or two, then we’ll go
It’s the second best thing to a visit to old Me-hee-co

Chorus:
And may this fiesta wash all of our worries away
The blond senoritas and cheap margaritas
And bartender shouting “Ole!”
The napkins say something in Spanish
I have no idea what they say
And may this fiesta wash all of our worries away

And tomorrow is Friday and we’ll be too tired to care
And we’ll sleep in on Saturday, wake up, the day’s hardly there
Then Sunday zips by and we’ll heave a deep sigh
And the week starts all over again
Until Mexican Night at the bar at the Holiday Inn

Chorus:
And may this fiesta wash all of our worries away
The blond senoritas and cheap margaritas
And bartender shouting “Ole!”
Maybe next time I’ll try the fajitas
Or even the chicken mole
And may this fiesta wash all of our worries
May this fiesta wash all of our worries
May this fiesta wash all of our worries away