A Rose In Red

by John Sieger

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These songs came in a rush fall of 2010. That's not unusual, they're either jumping out at you or you're busy with other stuff. What was unusual is that were all written in a tiny room off the garage that is most often used for less elevated purposes. Even stranger was the way they transcended their humble place of birth. Not sure what any of them mean, I was feeling my way into new territory and I'm not a torn-from-my-diary kind of writer — I got quite enough confession in during my years at catholic school. I do know that there is a feel I'm going for when I write and if that connects, I'm happy and a little amazed. Where do these things come from? The river... when it's flowing.

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released 14 February 2013

John Sieger all by his lonsesome, played, sang and mixed.
Recorded at room w/a VU
Mastered by Chris Hanson at Midcoast Music and a lovely job he did!

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John Sieger Milwaukee, Wisconsin

John Sieger leads a great Midwestern band, Semi-Twang. He is a songwriter and a singer, but not a singer/songwriter. He also plays guitar. His songs have been recorded by over 20 artists, from Dwight Yoakam and Flaco Jimenez on the Americana side, to The BoDeans and Jerry Harrison over in the land of rock. He has collaborated with Michael Feldman on songs for as long as he can remember. ... more

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Track Name: Birmingham
Birmingham

What brought you to Birmingham?
What sent you away?
How'd you go from what you were
To what you are today?
To what you are today?

Love 'em and leave 'em
How you used to do
You let some girl with hazel eyes
Do the same to you
Do the same to you

What went wrong in Birmingham?
I heard you pulled out fast
You ain't the kind to cut and run
Leave someone a mess
Leave someone a mess


Birmingham Birmingham
Town got the best of you
Nobody knows where you ran
Nobody has a clue
Nobody has a clue


What went wrong in Birmingham?
I guess we'll never know
You ain't the kind to cut and run
It was just your turn to go
Just your turn to go
Your turn to go
ust your turn to go
Track Name: Broken Record Blues
Broken Record Blues

Broken record blues
Skippin' out of time
You just keep playin' playin' playin'
In my mind
Song about a girl
From long ago
Now where she's stayin' stayin' stayin'
I don't know

Broken record blues
Needle hits the crack
You keep on sayin' sayin' sayin'
She'll come back
But she never does
And she never will
But you keep prayin' prayin prayin'
For her still

Just like the weather that is up above
The sun won't rise and there is no more love

Broken record blues
Only tune you know
And you can never never never let it go
And it ain't quite right
And it ain't quite wrong
It's just the broken record blues
And it's your song
It's just the broken record blues
And it's your song

Just like the weather that is in your face
The sun won't rise on this forsaken place
Track Name: Storm Comin'
Storm Comin'

Walking with wife
On a warm summer night
Perfect night for ice cream
Or catchin' fireflies
She turns to me and then she says
Yeah... she turns to me and then she says
Honey look... over there
There's a great big golden crown up in the sky
Must be abut ten miles high
And I say... Oh yeah

I see those thunder heads
A hundred miles away
Sun touchin' down
At the end of the day...

Oh yeah

It's gonna blow and bluster
Just you wait and see
There'll be river
Runnin' down the street...

And it won't be long

No it won't be long

And I said
you'll be droppin' off to dreamland
when you hear that thunder crash
Right through your eyelids
You will see that lightnin' flash

And it won't be long

There's giants up there fightin'
And the Gods are throwin' lightnin'
They're scarin' all the creatures down below

And they all start hidin'
Even the people
Especially the people

And you hope that you are safe
Hiding in your hiding place
but your house is made of straw
And it just might blow away

Storm comin'
Storm comin'
There's a storm comin'

There's a storm comin'
Track Name: A Certain Light
A Certain Light

You're more than a lover
You're more than a friend
You stand in a certain light and
Your beauty never ends

Might've ended different
Might not've been so good
but you came through with every
Single thing you said you would

And I'm the lucky man
I guess I backed into something fine
You stand in a certain light
And I see the world shine

And how it might've ended
I won't entertain the thought
I had my net all set to catch
And I wind up getting caught

Don't know how I got here
All I know is I can't leave
You stand in a certain light
Finally something to believe

Could've turned the corner
And never seen your face
And wound up with somebody else
In a whole other kind of place

You're more than a lover
You're more than a friend
You stand in a certain light and
Your beauty never ends
Track Name: Do Unto Others
Do Unto Others

Don’t shoot the messenger
He’s only doin’ what he’s s’posed to do
Talk about the weather
but you can’t do much about it can you?
Try to be the person
That your mama hoped you would
Try to do the things
That your daddy said you should

Do unto others
I think they taught you that one in school
Some rules are golden
you break them and you’re nothing but a fool

Don’t shoot the sherriff
He’s got a wife and family at home
Don’t shoot your mouth off
You’re livin’ in a glass house throwin’ stones
And even when you’re thinkin’
Of nobody but yourself
Just try doin’ something
That might help somebody else

Do unto others
I think they taught you that one in school
Some rules are golden
You break them and you’re nothing but a fool

Don’t read the bible
If you think it makes you better than some
You might be lible
To try and change their thinking with a gun
Don’t let a preacher tell you who to hate
They ought to teach you that hate ain’t great

Do unto others
I think they taught you that one in school
Some rules are golden
You break them and you’re nothing but a fool
Do unto others
You know it’s only common sense
Some rules are golden
Break them at your own expense
Track Name: I'm Being Pulled
I'm Being Pulled

I'm being pulled
By something so strong
I'm being pulled
Right along
Like the last car on the train
I'll get there just the same
I'm being pulled
By something so strong
I'm being pulled
By something so strong

And love is the engine
I'm feeling no tension
Long as you're with me all along
Nothing can tail us
Delay or derail us
I'm being pulled
By something so strong
I'm being pulled
By something so strong

Tracks out before us
In a long perfect line
We'll just keep rolling along
No driving wheel
Just the way that we feel
I'm being pulled
By something so strong
I'm being pulled
By something so strong
Track Name: Just Like In A Song
Just Like In A Song

Mama says you're crazy
But your daddy says not so
Give the girl a chance
And she'll be fine you know
Rollin' in at midnight
Guess there's nothin' wrong with that
Might not know just where you been
But you know where it's at

Findin' a place where you belong
Just like in a song

Friends they worry 'bout you
Here's what they don't understand
To get where you don't want to be
You're gonna need a plan
Never had a roadmap
Every step is memorized
you got a compass in your soul
And magnets in your eyes

Findin' a place where you belong
Just like in a song

Ain't a drop of rain tha falls
That doesn't fall for you
The moon is tangled in the trees
Shinin' gold and blue
Stars on every corner
You can hear them whispering
Street signs they keep talking
But nobody's listenin'

Findin' a place where you belong
Just like in a song
Track Name: Let The Devil Take The Rest
Let The Devil Take The Rest

You can try not to fail
Dress for success
Stay out of jail
Do you worst or your best
And let the devil take the rest

Get an “E” for effort
Even when it’s efforless
Take your gold star home
Pin it on your chest
And let the devil take the rest

The world runs in a herd
They all run off the edge
There ain’t no bets to hedge
There ain’t no bets to hedge

You can always do more
And you can always do less
Stay up laste at night
Try to second guess
And let thst devil take the rest
And let the devil take the rest
Let the devil take the rest
Who used to be an angel
And let the devil...
Take the rest
Track Name: The River When It's Flowing
The River When It's Flowing

Don’t know where you been
Don’t know where you are
I don’t know where you’re goin’
Like to know what’s up
I’d like to help you but
There ain’t now way of knowin’
Yeah I’m the one who brought you here my friend
And I’m the one who’ll take you back again
Now let me tell you one thing never ends
The river when it's flowing
The river when it's flowing

There’s water in the sky
There’s water on the ground
You’re own reflection showing
And something passes by
The corner of your eye
The autumn winds are blowing
And nothing stays the same for very long
And if you think it does I think you’re wrong
Your life is passing by just like a song
The river when it's flowing
The river when it's flowing

I’ll be there when you call
I’ll be there in the fall
And in the winter when it’s snowing
Summer when it comes
I’ll be there less there’s someone
Else that you are knowing
And time is movin’ on it’s got to run
The world is in a race around the sun
And nothing stays the same except this one
The river when it's flowing
The river when it's flowin
The river when it's flowing
The river when it's flowing
Track Name: Short Order Girl
Short Order Girl

Short order girl
Little short on time
Short order girl
Your voice is deep
Like Kathleen Turner’s
Put some coffee
On the burner
And let it steep
Short order girl

Short order girl
Small town cafe
Short order girl
Everything you do say
Sounds smart and sassy
Even when you smoke
you still look classy
Short order girl

I’m gonna wait
Till you come down off your shift
I’d like to give you a lift

Short order girl
Hair up in a pile
Short order girl
crooked smile
Like Ellen Barkin’s
In this booth
I will be parkin
For a while
Short order girl
Track Name: Jesco White
Jesco White


The family graveyard
The company store
The tracks for the coal train
The places of the poor
The boss man to rush you
The dark mine to crush you
He just started dancin’
He didn’t know what for

Down in Boone County
They’re mean and they’re lazy
The family’s twisted
Life made ‘em that way
You can’t build a wall
To keep out the crazies
They’re in here already
Can’t drive them away

AndJ esco White’s dancin’
For everyone to see
Somebody is shakin’
The family tree

Your daddy your brothers
your sisters your mother
They’re long gone and buried
They showed ‘em what for
Life is a crap shoot
In your day’d tap shoes
you just started dancin’
You can’t stop for sure

Now Jesco White’s dancin’
For everyone to see
Somebody is shakin’
The family tree

The cells of your brain
The fumes still remainin’
From ten years of of sniffin’
The gas you were drainin’
Your heart it is lawless
But your rhythm is flawless
you just started dancin’
It helped ease the strain

Jesco White’s dancin’
For everyone to see
Somebody is shakin’
The family tree

Yeah Jesco White’s dancin’
For everyone to see
Somebody is shakin’
The family tree
Track Name: A Rose In Red
A Rose In Red

I wrote your name on my arm
So you see
I belong to you and you
Belong to me
A rose in red — your name in blue
Ink upon the skin to show within
My love for you
My love
My love

Band around my arm — a dancing girl
In a mini-skirt
Lightning and a skull — all from a book
Now this won’t hurt
One week’s pay — well maybe two
Ink upon the skin to show within
My love for you
My love
My love

Pictures that you trace and and can’t erase
A pen of steel
Needle to the skin it’s written
Just how I feel
A rose in red — your name in blue
Ink upon the skin to show within
My love for you
My love
My love