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Tales from the Island

by Joe Bouchard

Are you a fan of classic Blue Oyster Cult? If you are a fan of them, or Blue Coupe, or The X Brothers or any of Joe's other projects over the years, you'll LOVE his new solo album "Tales from the Island". Order it today! Leave a comment. Thanks.
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1. 1000 Midnights
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2. The Pub That Never Closes
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3. Wild Lands
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4. Retro Rockstar
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5. Midnight in a River Town
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6. Motel Tropico
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7. Perpetrator
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8. Door to the River
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9. Your Dark Secrets
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10. Roadtrip
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11. Christopher Walken Is Walkin' Her Home
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12. Helluva Hoedown
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13. Katrina (Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts)
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14. Parole
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15. Heart of Wine
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
TALES FROM THE ISLAND Produced and Engineered by Joe Bouchard (one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult)
All instruments and vocals by Joe Bouchard, including lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar, organ, piano,
trumpet, banjo, mandolin, 12 string guitar, harmonica, percussion, drums and string parts, and lead and harmony vocals.

Hello, friends and fans. Thanks for taking an interest my latest solo album.

Super-massive thanks to my lifelong friend and neighbor to the north, John Elwood Cook. He wrote seven of the songs on this album. He is a brilliant artist, smart lyricist and fine musician. Many thanks to Richard Meltzer and the late Helen Wheels for inspired lyrics on two songs. I miss you Helen.

Photography by befoto.com Many thanks to Dean and Katie, awesome work!
Legal up and up: Jonathan Blank
Special thanks to Michael Cartellone for arrangement suggestions.

Visit my website WWW.JOEBOUCHARD.COM
Visit my YOUTUBE channel: HOTASTRO

Songs are copyrighted by their respective authors. All new material.

1. 1000 Midnights by John Elwood Cook
A thousand midnights
High sheriffs coming
It's dark inside
Deep inside your heart
There's a 1000 midnights

And we'll start right on this bottle
and we'll drink and we'll fight
Deep inside your heart
There's a 1000 midnights

Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
There's a 1000 midnights

Did you ever think of nothing when you're by yourself
And you're reciting your true life's story?
Did you ever wish that nothing came for someone else
When you're stumblin' up the path to glory?

And it's nothing when the day begins
And it's nothing when the day ends
And all your pain claims nothing
And all your pain gains nothing

And the Sisters of Mercy have exonerated you
For all the misery that you put me through
And you think you, and you think you got off light

But Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
There's a 1000 midnights

Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
There's a 1000 midnights

Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
There's a 1000 midnights

And we'll start right in this bottle
and we'll drink and we'll fight
Deep inside this bottle
There's a 1000 midnights

And the Sisters of Mercy have exonerated you
For all the misery that you put me through
And you think you, and you think you got off light

But Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
There's a 1000 midnights

Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
Deep inside your heart
There's a 1000 midnights

2. The Pub That Never Closes by Joe Bouchard
I was driving into town
I was running late
Feeling out of place
With too much on my plate.
Around the block was a late night bar
Where maybe I could get a drink.
It was a little past midnight
It’s later than you think.

Down by the Boardwalk
Under the neon light
Two lonely strangers
Meet in the night
Cash on delivery
A taste of something sweet.
It was a hot night in the city
It swept me off my feet.

All night long you'll sing this song
The party need not, fade at dawn
In the underbelly of this crusty town
There's a Pub that Never Closes
Wasting away my night in town
At a Pub that Never Closes
Oh no no!

I'm telling you friend
And I ain't blowing smoke
That bar never closes
And this ain't no joke
Twenty-four seven
Three sixty five
What ever that you do
Don't drink and drive!

3. Wild Lands by John Elwood Cook
There was something about her
A true love of mine
A true northern woman
We run out of time
And when it was over
We drifted apart
I headed out to the Wild Lands
Get her out of my heart.

And when it was over
We drifted apart
I headed out to the Wild Lands
Get her out of my heart.
She was a true northern woman.

I give thanks for the river
The moon and the stars
Thanks for the summer
For Venus and Mars.
I knew our summer was over
But I couldn't let go
I headed out to the Wild Lands
To get her out of my soul.
She was a true northern woman.

May the North Star guide you
Lead you home from above
You can't always be true to
The first one that you love
And when a rainy, rain night
Broke the chill with the sun
I headed out to the Wild Lands
when I realized what I'd done.
She was a true northern woman.

And there was something about her.

8. Retro Rockstar by Joe Bouchard
Sneaking off to a watering hole
Late on a Friday night
Down at the corner bar people say
That rock and roll will never die.
Don't know what you're doing here
A feeling you can’t describe.
These are the good old days my friend
You keep your dreams alive.

He was a retro Rock Star
Long retired his beat-up guitar
Sitting in with a local band
And jamming at the corner bar
Tonight you're back
In the spell of a Rock 'n' Roll star

The dead on the jukebox
Struck a bargain with the devil
A roomful of ghosts where the jam's loud
Put your pedal to the metal
A hundred bright colored lights
Rock the party at your favorite bar
The band kept jammin all night long
How lucky you are.

He was a retro Rock Star
Long retired his beat-up guitar
Sitting in with a local band
And jamming at the corner bar
Tonight you're back
In the spell of a Rock 'n' Roll star

They said he was crazy in his time
And he wasted more money
Than you can spend in a lifetime.
He and his partners in crime

He was a retro Rock Star
Long retired his beat up guitar
He was a retro Rock Star
Long retired his beat up guitar
He was a retro Rock Star
Long retired his beat up guitar
RETRO, RETRO, RETRO, RETRO!

5. Midnight in River Town by John Elwood Cook
I'd save myself if I could
I don't know what I should do for you
It's like I'm living in another country
You're just driving through

I'd save myself and be free
I don't know how I should be with you
It's like I found out I'm a late entry
And you already knew,
You already knew.

Midnight in a river town
& the stars fell down
& the river's blue
It's midnight in a river town and I'm still loving you
and I'm still loving you

It's midnight in a river town and I'm still loving you
and I'm still loving you

We walked down beside the water
We watched as the waves rolled in on our lives
Each one like the other until the river ran dry

I'd save myself and be free
but I don't know how I should be with you
It's like I'm living in another country
You're just driving through

It's midnight in a river town
& the stars fell down and the dreams fell through
Our dreams fell through
It's midnight in a river town and I'm still missing you,
I'm still missing you

A bridge stretched out to the water
We stepped off into the sky
When the bridge crossed over
We said our last goodbye

Midnight in a river town
The stars fell down
and I'm still wanting you
I'm still wanting you

It's midnight in a river town and I'm still loving you
I'm still loving you
It's midnight in a river town and I'm still loving you,
Loving you.

6. Perpetrator by John Elwood Cook
Avengers chase a killer through the streets
Against an open sky
High upon a ridge they meet
And sheets of bullets fly
Vengeance is complete the Killer dies
A Flatfoot keeps a beat and a mother cries

Perpetrator Here and beyond
Perpetrator See what you've done

She's a real looker ain't she She ain't bad
The way she walks and talks
And all the fun we've had
They never figured love
Could kill a man like you
A man with big strides
Conquering the avenue

Perpetrator Here and beyond
Perpetrator See what you've done

Well the cowboys are hiding in the rocks
Are all slinging lead
I suspected I've find you here
And I'm glad I did
When everything you hated to admit to
Is all coming true
And a man with big strides has finally got his due

Perpetrator Here and beyond
Perpetrator See what you've done
Perpetrator Here and beyond
Perpetrator See what you've done, done, done, done
Perpetrator
Perpetrator

7. Motel Tropico by Joe Bouchard
Sitting on a couch
I need a getaway
Such a cold and nasty winter
The west is looking great
There's a golden opportunity
Out in the promised land
You can ride along in our drive-a-way car
Or cruise in the Chevy van

Hey Babe, do you wanna go?
Down to the Motel Tropico
It's a rundown legend but a place to crash
Leave your past behind
Move up the line
Here's the chance of a lifetime.

Driving like madmen
All the way out to the coast
Dreams of fame as the next big thing
Searching for the pot of gold.
A quick trip to the diner
will move you on your way
To the studio to lay down tracks
We'll be working all night and day.

Hey Babe, do you wanna go?
Down to the Motel Tropico
It's a rundown legend but a place to crash
Leave your past behind
Move up the line
Here's the chance of a lifetime.

As the sun sets over the ocean
I'm bidding you farewell
Hope you had a pleasant stay
At the Tropico Motel

8. Your Dark Secrets by Helen Wheels and Joe Bouchard
Got desire
I gotta make you mine
Like a house on fire
'Bout to drive me wild
I lose my cool
I lose all track of time
When I'm with you
Oh, I go out of my mind

In your dark, dark secrets
In your sweet kiss
In your dark, dark secrets
In a world of our own . . . of our own.

When you touch me
How the world explodes
Spiders and snakes
How you struck my soul
Mixed so complete
Never to come undone
When I'm with you
Oh, I go out of my mind

In your dark, dark secrets
In your sweet kiss
In your dark, dark secrets
In a world of our own . . . of our own.

Deep inside I feel the truth
You belong to me I belong to you

Are you the devil? Or if I knew
I wouldn't care Because I must be too
You set me free and made it all come true
When you found me I found myself in you.

In your dark, dark secrets
In your sweet kiss
In your dark, dark secrets
In a world of our own . . . of our own.

9. Door to the River by Joe Bouchard
Trapped in this picture
Powerful magic beyond compare
He dreams of inspiration
Summer time out in the wild
Thrilling revelations
Exposing colors to the light of day
Caught the fury of the rushing river
The strokes betray then lead the way

Searching for a way to get out
Swirling round the edges
The master's brush
Intense emotions uncovered, exposed
Door to the River Door to the River

Dark pond murky and deep
A land of make-believe
Pink angels flying high
Under a threatening sky.

Searching for a way to get out
Swirling round the edges
The master's brush
Intense emotions uncovered, exposed
Door to the River Door to the River

10. Roadtrip by Joe Bouchard

CHORUS Are you coming?
Night is falling,
We'll get there by the dawn
Road Trip
Deep in your soul.
The road is calling.
We'll get there by the dawn
Road Trip

Six-pack in the cooler
And your brothers in the back
Packed with gear , don't leave it behind.
This ain't no Cadillac
Throw your hair back
You're hitting the road Jack
Tape deck blaring as simple as that.
Headhunters, Spacehog, Montrose rock

We'll drive straight through
Cruising to the dawn
Changing shifts as the night wears on
Ain't you glad you came along?
Your eyes are playing tricks
Hypnotized by the songs you hear,
Under a hazy starry sky
Drums are pounding a festive atmosphere.

B-movie dreams 'bout highway murders
And lost legends gone, gone, gone
Space and sound turned around
Shifting connections
And endless, restless, all night drives

11. Christopher Walken is Walkin' Her Home by John Elwood Cook
Hapless, bored and obsessive
She was a natural liar
She overheated herself
She started a fire
Pauses when you least expect them
Hanging on too long
Hapless, bored and obsessive
She was not all that strong

But now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home
Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

Talented, individualistic
She often misfired
She was lousy at lovin’
But she could still bring the fire
And she thought she could flourish
in a self-effacing world
But her credibility destructed
She hurled

Hapless, bored and obsessive
She was not all that strong
And now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home
Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home
Hapless, bored and obsessive
She was not all that strong
And now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

A fabled excentric
With tics and quirks
A roller coaster delivery
With kicks and jerks
A predilection for madness
Is kind of like a poem

And now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home
Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home
A predilection for madness
Is kind of like a poem

Now now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home
And now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

12. Helluva Hoedown by Joe Bouchard
INSTRUMENTAL

13. Katrina (Jesus Fixer of Broken Hearts) by John Elwood Cook
Up above New Orleans there was Jesus in the sky
Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts so don't cry
Up above new Orleans the President flew by
Gazing from his window, he just sighed.
Then looking south cross Pontchartrain something caught his eye
Heading for New Orleans it was Jesus in the sky
Heading for New Orleans it was Jesus in the sky
Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts So don't cry Don't Cry
Don't Don't Cry

Up above New Orleans Jesus looked down
Everything beneath him, broken or gone
Then looking North toward Pontchartrain where the silver fish died
Jesus saw the president He was waving goodbye
Goodbye to New Orleans And Jesus in the sky
Goodbye to New Orleans And Jesus in the sky
Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts
So Don't Cry Don't cry Don't Cry Don't Cry

May your prayers be answered , may you never be alone
May you never live to see a blue roof on your home
Miles and miles still vacant we know why
Pointing to the president it was Jesus in the sky
Pointing to the president it was Jesus in the sky
Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts
So Don't Cry Don't Cry Don't Cry

Up above New Orleans New Orleans it was Jesus in the sky
Up above New Orleans it was Jesus in the sky
Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts
So Don't Cry Don't cry Don't Cry Don't Cry

14. Parole by John Elwood Cook
What news do you bring?
What's that you're tellin' me?
You're tellin' me I should be more under control
What news do you bring?
Smells like a felony
Smells like a felony
And I'm on parole

Smells like a felony
And I'm on parole

What news do you bring?
What's that you're tellin' me?
You're tellin' me I should be more under control
What news do you bring?
Smells like a felony
Smells like a felony
And I'm on parole

Smells like a felony
And I'm on parole

What news do you bring?
Drivin' down from Baton Rouge
The storm kinda eats a hole in your soul.
What news do you bring?
She went down in the deluge
She went down in the deluge
And I lost control.

Smells like a felony
Smells like a felony
Smells like a felony
And I'm on parole

What news do you bring me?
I know you won't be staying all night
If I know you I know you'll be spoiling for a fight
What news do you bring
When the hapless bell tolls?

What news do you bring
When the hapless bell tolls?

Smells like a felony
Smells like a felony
Smells like a felony
And I'm on parole

Smells like a felony
And I'm on parole

Smells like a felony
And I'm on parole

15. Heart of Wine by Richard Meltzer and Joe Bouchard
Heart of Wine
You're so unkind
At playin' tricks
With my old mind
Heart of grain
In killin' rain
The years are gone but days remain
The years are gone but days remain

You dumped me out in New Orleans
I hitched a ride to Mourning Dove
I tracked you down in New York
And we renewed our love

You let me in and filled my cup
With some dumb brand of cheap vermouth
I wonder what was left for us
I knew it wasn't youth

If I was 25 again
In 6 years I'd be 31
Ridin' the rails to San Antone
Thinkin' it was fun

Once I was a college boy
With wisdom at my feet
My white collar, it faded blue
And I gave up my seat.



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Croutdog

Tales From The Island
Exceptional lyrics, depicting interesting stories with a multitude of expertly played instruments, and solid vocals...some blazing guitar riffs throughout...Unique and Original...

Ralph

Tales from the Island
This is a great album from a surprisingly under-rated artist. Anyone who thought he was just a "Retro Rockstar" bass-player should check out this multi-instrumental extravaganza!

Joe Bouchard has taken a bit of a gamble with this LP and given over half his track space to songs written by his neighbour John Elwood Cook, but it's a gamble that pays off big time. His songs are amongst the strongest (and maybe also the strangest) on the record.

Standout tracks for me are the laid-back "Perpetrator", the bleak, darkly ponderous "Your Dark Secrets", the sumptuous "Motel Tropico" and the enigmatic "Christopher Walken Is Walkin' Her Home"...

Check this disk out - you won't be sorry...