Tra La La (1993)
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|1.||Tra La La [fast version] (2:36)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|2.||I Don't Want to Go (3:40)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|3.||How Many Words? (3:06)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|4.||I Don't Know What You Want Anymore (3:07)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|5.||Allison's Body (3:41)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|6.||The Man Who Knew Too Much (3:03)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|7.||The Difference Between Men & Women (2:45)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|8.||Baltimore Clipper (2:40)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|9.||Now We Begin (2:30)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|10.||Sleep [instrumental] (1:10)||MP3|
|11.||Tra La La [folk version] (2:05)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|12.||Baby Car (2:10)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|13.||What Do I Gotta Do? (1:57)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|15.||Give A Little Love (2:17)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|16.||All I Can Give Is Me [new recording] (3:30)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|17.||Blood Money [solo version] (4:11)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|18.||I Don't Want to Go (instrumental version) (2:41)||MP3|
|19.||Music Made Him Do It [live version] (4:04)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|20.||Love Is Where You Find It [live version] (5:34)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|21.||Impractical People (3:06)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|22.||Music Made Him Do It [home demo] (3:36)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|23.||Love Is Where You Find It [home demo] (5:19)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
Total time: 73:11
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|1.||Tra La La [fast version]||EARL: vocal, guitar
A song about writer's block. "Tra La La" was later given full-band treatment on Halftime (2000).
|2.||I Don't Want to Go||EARL: vocal, guitar
This song was based on an article I read in the New York Times (1/15/1991) which said that one day the Mississippi River could change course and start going down the Atchafalaya River instead, which would flood southwest Louisiana and leave New Orleans dry. I've since learned that author John McPhee covered similar ground in his story Atchafalaya, which you can read in The New Yorker (2/23/1987).
|3.||How Many Words?||EARL: vocal, guitar
A song about suicide. Kurt Cobain killed himself the following year, so whenever I'd perform this song I always had to point out that it's NOT about him. I think the line "inhale-exhale-inhale-exhale..." was inspired by a funny postcard I saw one time that said: "It's always the same thing every day - breathe, breathe, breathe."
|4.||I Don't Know What You Want Anymore||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|5.||Allison's Body||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|6.||The Man Who Knew Too Much||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|7.||The Difference Between Men & Women||EARL: vocal, guitar
This song has its roots in an earlier effort called "Impractical People" (which appears on this CD as a bonus track). Where the first song covered a lot of territory superficially, this rewrite concentrates on just one element. The lyrics are sometimes misinterpreted as being misogynistic. The line "that's the traditional way" reveals that I was in fact painting a picture of existing social norms, which I then debunked in the final stanza.
|8.||Baltimore Clipper||EARL: vocal, guitar
The Baltimore Clippers were a minor league hockey team that I followed when I was a kid. At that time, the NHL had only six teams, so their farm teams in the American Hockey League were rich with talent. At one time or another, many of hockey's greats played for the Clippers, including Jacques Plante, Doug Harvey, Jean Ratelle, and Gilles Villemure.
|9.||Now We Begin||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|10.||Sleep [instrumental]||EARL: guitar|
|11.||Tra La La [folk version]||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|12.||Baby Car||EARL: vocal, guitar
A song about my 1986 Chevy Nova, which I drove until 2007.
|13.||What Do I Gotta Do?||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|14.||Chemical||EARL: vocal, guitar
(tambourine added during mix)
|15.||Give A Little Love||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|16.||All I Can Give Is Me [new recording]||EARL: vocal, guitar
The original version can be found on Time Bomb Kid (1981).
|17.||Blood Money [solo version]||EARL: vocal, guitar
You can hear the earlier full-band version on Elvis Has Left the Building (1987).
|18.||I Don't Want to Go (instrumental version)||EARL: guitar|
|19.||Music Made Him Do It [live version]||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|20.||Love Is Where You Find It [live version]||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|21.||Impractical People||EARL: vocal, guitar
The second verse of this song was the basis for "The Difference Between Men and Woman" (track #7 on this CD).
|22.||Music Made Him Do It [home demo]||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|23.||Love Is Where You Find It [home demo]||EARL: vocal, guitar|
Recorded live to 2-track. Engineered and mixed by Electric Earl.
Recording dates: 9/6/1991-12/14/1993 (track #1-18), 3/28/1990 (track #19-20), 9/6/1991 (track #21), 3/26/1990 (track #22-23)
NOTE: "Every Day Is A Christmas Day," which appeared after track 18 on the original cassette release, was omitted from the CD reissue in order to make room for additional bonus material. This song had already appeared on two previous albums - Dinosaurs (1986) and Secret Songs (1989) - and is still available on those collections.
The original cassette version of this album had track #1-10 on side one, and #11-18 (plus "Every Day Is A Christmas Day") on side two.
If you look closely at the cover art, you'll notice that periods were cleverly placed on the roadway lettering to commemorate the fact that I had moved from "LA." (Louisiana) to "L.A." (Los Angeles).
All words and music by Earl P. Reinhalter.
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