Fiesta Time

by John Voorhees

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1.
Little Shell 02:52
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
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$19.99 03:26
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
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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
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The Odds 04:19
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Landmarks 04:56
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Fiesta Time 06:44
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

about

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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