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First Taste is Free

by Louie Fleck

Here are 11 original songs by Louie Fleck in a Reggae based blend that includes Folk, Rock and other worldly sounds and textures. Following the vocal songs are 10 instrumental versions for your dining, scoring and listening pleasure.
Genre: Reggae: Reggae rock
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2. Watch Out
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3. Down Facing Dog
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4. All About You
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5. Job Today
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6. What Crazy People Do
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7. First Taste Is Free
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8. Countless Tears
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9. Donkey Dance
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10. Except for the Tears
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11. Where to Find Me
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12. Watching
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13. Facing
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14. Knowing
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15. Working
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16. Doing
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17. Tasting
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18. Counting
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19. Dancing
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20. Finding
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
What is this? I’ve been writing songs since, in my twenties, I lived in a fifth floor walk-up in the West Village. There were all the usual influences: Beatles, Dylan, Kinks, Grateful Dead and even musical theater. I played some instinctual version of rock music in several bands. One day, after purchasing a bunch of LPs from a guy on the street for next to nothing, I discovered the most amazing record: Bunny Wailer Sings The Wailers. A revelation had been delivered to me. Despite the appearance of simplicity, the music was disciplined and organized and even a two or three chord groove could be inspirational! I tried to learn about Reggae and bought every record I could afford. I sat down and figured out chord changes and bass lines. I struggled with the notion of how a white Jew from the Upper West Side could write Reggae songs. Hearing bands like UB40 and Sublime made me feel like I had permission to simply write the songs and play them in my interpretation of a Reggae style.

All songs and music by Louie Fleck © 2012 all rights reserved
Recorded, mixed and produced by Louie Fleck in NYC
Mastering: Alan Douches, West West Side Music
Original Art: Erica Harris
For bonus tracks and more: LouieFleck.com

Many thanks to those who have encouraged me, especially:
Laury Webb, Marcia Davis, Simone Gordon, Anton Bernard, Andrea Goode, Maggie Roche, Paul Brantley, Cornell Marshall, Earl Appleton, Paul Vlachos, Linley McKenzie, Kevin Williams, Jason Kessler, Andrew Van Dusen, Sharon Lehner, Shannon Holman, Amanda Barrett, June Reich, Joseph Bradshaw, Julia Ignatenko, Donna Brodie, Trish Clark, Marisa Butler, Jesse Dowell & Richard, Sandy Imhoff, Family: Joe, Bela, Abby, Sascha, Erin, Cole, Gianluca and Mom.

In Memoriam: Ellen Page Wilson and Maura Robinson


Listen (4:32)

Listen, I am asking you to listen
It is starting to be clear
I am asking you to listen
Something I want you to hear

Listen, (over here) I am asking you to listen
I will not tell you what to play
I am asking you to listen
Would not change you anyway

The wind passes through the trees,
and the mist begins to freeze
While the sun burns silently away
When words refuse to do,
what I wanted for them to
Could there be another way to say listen?

I am asking you to listen
Can not help, but it is true
What could mean so much to me
and be not a thing to you?
What could be so much to me
and be not a thing to you?


Watch Out (3:07)
drums: Cornell Marshall, keys: Earl Appleton

Most pills are bitter, too few of them sweet
Watch out, it could happen to you
Wake up one day, find you’re living in the street
Watch out, it could happen to you

If you’re well you get sick, then you’re sick for a spell
Watch out, it could happen to you
When you’re calling for heaven, but, you end up with Hell
Watch out, it could happen to you

Watch out, watch out, there’s a lot of it about
Don’t be fooled or alarmed
Prepare, prepare and always be aware
Some are cursed while others are charmed

Some days blessed, but, many are not
Watch out, it could happen to you
You can hope for the best, better plan for the worst
Watch out, it could happen to you

If you’re a one eyed king in the land of the blind
Watch out, it could happen to you
Keep your mind on your money and your money on your mind
Watch out, it could happen to you

Some are Demapublican, some are Republicrat
Watch out, it could happen to you
They supply you with lies and leave you there flat
Watch out, it could happen to you

Prepare, prepare and always be aware
It’s never too early to start
Watch out, watch out, there’s a fever in the air
Seductively breaking your heart

When the bank account says you are suddenly broke
Watch out, it could happen to you
Do you feel like the victim of a very cruel joke?
Watch out, it could happen to you
Watch out, it could happen to you
Watch out, it could happen to you
Watch out, it could happen to you


Down Facing Dog (3:57) cello: Paul Brantley

I'll be your down facing dog, you are room and I am floor
I'll be your down facing dog, I am wall, you are door
I'll be your down facing dog, my fingers push away
I'll be your down facing dog, a waiting for his day

Now I'm rolling like a ball and then swimming on dry land
I am flapping like a seal, I await your next command

I'll be your down facing dog, you don’t pet me like you should
I'll be your down facing dog, and it could be very good. (rise)

I must rise once again and struggle with the fears
Let you lead me on the path, you are wise beyond your years
(yes you are, dog is facing down)

So what can I do now (what can I do?) to connect with you somehow?
Is this another dream or am I awake? Is there another class I need to take?

I'll be your down facing dog, I thought I knew the score
I'll be your down facing dog, I am tears on the shore

You are queen and I am pawn, I am dark and you are dawn
I am push and you are pull, I am empty, you are full
You are right and I am wrong, I am weak, you are so strong
I am sky and you are sea, is there a place for me?

I'll be your down facing dog, strange and yet so true,
I'll be your down facing dog, but I guess you always knew
I'll be your down facing dog, but, I can only go so low
I'll be your down facing dog, oh, please don't let me go

Down facing dog, Down facing dog, Down facing dog…
Down facing dog, Down facing dog, Down facing dog…

It’s All About You (4:10)

It’s all about you, and so, lonely and blue is the life I know
The teardrops flow, it’s got to be true, it’s not about me, it’s all about you.
It’s all about you, and so, I haven’t a clue, hello?
Wherever I go, it’s got to be true, so now I know, it’s all about you

Is it truth or daring? I want to know where I’m going to land
In this game I’m despairing, about as much as I can stand
I’ve been the monkey in the middle, I’ve seen my face on the floor
I hear a sizzle on the griddle, what are we playing for? (chorus)

When I give you my heart, you gotta throw it right back
We spend a lifetime apart (away), until you launch an attack
They said I had the potential, to be the fool you despise
The future may be confidential, but it surely won’t be a surprise (chorus)

I’ve been your Rock, Paper Scissors, Cat’s Cradle, Bad Egg, Four Square
I’ve been a Sleeping Lion, thrown from a Musical Chair
Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Kick The Can to the Blind Man’s Bluff
And if I fail to be your flunky, will Simon say enough is enough? (chorus)


Someone's Gonna Lose Their Job Today (3:49)

Ever since that accident, when the first car flipped the track
Everyman is for himself, you know, you really got to watch your back
Now we all got mouths to feed and plenty bills to pay
And if you think you seen enough, well, I heard somebody say

Someone's gonna lose their job today
Someone's gonna lose their job, you see
Someone's gonna lose their job today
Someone else, ‘cause it can't be me, no it can't be me.

Next time you hear that whistle blow, a grown man's gonna cry
Everybody's gonna turn away, no one ever says goodbye
It comes down to the dollars, I know you know what I mean
They would-a sent us home, long time ago,
if they could-a found a cheaper machine (chorus)

Don't you know I'd rather be wrong?
Do you think that you are immune?
Before long if you want to be strong
You better learn that union tune
(I do it all for you)

Someone ought to speak up, about the way they run this place
Anyone down in a coal mine, gonna come up with a dirty face
But look here comes the foreman, saying I should give him a lift
I can keep my big mouth shut, sure I'll take an extra shift (chorus)


That's What Crazy People Do (5:15)

I take a walk with out a coat when it's fifteen below
Stand there on the street muttering to people I don't know
Give a greeting of “good morning” in the middle of the night
Wishing on a star and then, there are no stars in sight

Bring out the salt and shovel when there's no trace of snow
Unlock and lock the door again, twenty two times in a row
Rush off to Saint Marks Place for another Catcher In The Rye
Laugh out loud obscenely, perhaps I ought to cry

Say it hardly matters, oh no, when it comes to you, oh no
Admit that I'm in love, dear? Oh no, that's what crazy people do –

You might find me wearing Ray-Bans, while reading in the dark
Could even catch me fishing at the frozen fountain in the park
Or clipping words and pictures from a tattered magazine
Driving through the red light or waiting on the green

Say it hardly matters, oh no, you know I'm green and blue, oh no
Admit that I'm in love, dear? Oh no, that's what crazy people do

Two can play this cold game for all eternity
Win or lose, it's all the same eventually

I am known to complain about all my non-existent ills
Spend an evening at the fireplace, burning hundred dollar bills
Sleeping in the daytime and leaving on the light (of course)
When everything seems perfect I know it can't be right

I'll deny a million times, dear, oh no, as if it weren't true, oh no
Admit that I'm in love, dear? Oh no, that's what crazy people do
Say it hardly matters, oh no, when it comes to you, oh no
Admit that I’m in love dear, oh no, that’s what crazy people do
That’s what crazy people do, that’s what crazy people do

First Taste Is Free (4:39)

There’s a face is peering from a doorway, many souls have passed through before
Some were looking for answers, others searching for the cure
Up, up, up to the top of the mountain, or you could take the path down below
What, what, what you find here in the moment, you never want to let it go

Now I know how to chase the dragon, first taste is free (First taste is free)
Now I know what she meant by “One day you’ll see.” (First taste is free)

The holy man with his holy water, that joker hasn’t got a clue
Any prayer to anyone who might be up there will not have the desired effect on you
Go, go away, you’d be so much better off, but, I can’t take my own advice
Next stop: oblivion… you’re going back at any price

Now I know how to chase the dragon, first taste is free (First taste is free)
Now I know what she meant by “One day you’ll see.” (First taste is free)

I will be here forever, I will never leave
I will love you forever, this you must believe

Slow down the wheels of time, before the days turn into years
It all began in the weakest of moments and it ends in a rain of tears
I tried to paint a vision of the infinite living in a grain of dust
Until your heart is so damn empty, there’s no one you can trust (CH repeat)


Those Countless Tears (4:05)

You were the inspiration for a verse I wrote with hope
Despite the devastation, always thought that I could cope
The days are gone, the weeks dragged on, and the months turned into years
Your invoice was long since marked paid with all those countless tears

Those countless tears, I loved you like a friend
Those countless tears, they never seem to end
Those countless tears, will never let me be,
it’s a daily misery and you never seem to see

Stunning and impressive, you had me at hello
Passive and aggressive, you think by now I'd know
The best-laid plans of fools like me are crushed like grinding gears
The gift that keeps on giving, with all those countless tears

Those countless tears, when I hear you speak
Those countless tears, rolling down my cheek
Those countless tears, I can’t call your bluff,
I'm made of weaker stuff, now, isn't that enough?

You sneak into my dreams each night, when I need you the most
The morning rain it waits for me I’m reaching for a ghost

I wish one day you'll wake up and admit where we went wrong
I promise then I'll never write another lovesick song
We’ll come up with a game plan for our few remaining years
And leave it to some other souls to cry those countless tears

Those countless tears, I love you like a friend
Those countless tears, one day they have to end
Those countless tears, in love there is no shame,
Where there’s a burning flame, my number's still the same


Donkey Dance (4:50) drums: Cornell Marshall, keys: Earl Appleton

Doesn’t it make a pretty little picture?
A bunch of perverts and her alone
Now all we need is a man with a camera...
To call ‘em up later on the blackmail phone.

Off on a side road, far from the main drag
We’d be closed in a minute if they only knew
Keep your hands to yourself or we’ll cart you away
And you’ll never get to see what the world has come (down) to.

Without American dollars, you might as well leave
Use that door that you came through, if you want romance
Maybe someone, somewhere’s got a hidden agenda
But, everybody’s here to see the donkey dance
Dance. Dance little donkey

I’ve been working this dump for a long time
Every stinkin’ word that you heard is true
If you can’t take the worm, don’t drink from the bottle
Sure, I could get a shot of crystal meth for you.

You don’t need to look far, if you’re looking for trouble
Make sure you always pack an extra Jack or an Ace
Maybe this girl doesn’t play with a full deck
Have you ever seen such an innocent face? (1st chorus)
The windows in this room have been painted black
If the sun ever shines again, we’ll never know
One day she’ll be found on the floor of the bathroom
But for now, have a seat, let’s get on with the show

With traveler’s checks and credit cards, you might as well leave
A guy like you doesn’t stand a chance
Happy hour in the hotel lounge might be kind of nice
But, everybody’s here to see the donkey dance. (1st Chorus repeat)
Dance little donkey. Do you know how to samba?
Dance little donkey. Do you know how to conga? Dance

Except For The Tears

The better angels of my nature must have flown the coop
I can’t even act concerned, or jump through one more hoop
I don’t think (much) about what made me think we could get along
True love… true love is beautiful,
True love is so damn beautiful, but, I’ve been wrong

So watch and wait as the ending nears
Hold your breath while the smoke screen clears
Swear and vow, wipe your brow, don’t forget to take a bow
And it’s all over now, except for the tears…

Yes, I hardly ever notice, now, that you are even gone
And I never think about you, when the lights are on
The thin file of our good times should’ve been carbon dated
Your opinion of your powers might be slightly overrated (Chorus)

I hear that you’ve been busy with your numerous affairs
And what have I been up to? Ask some one who really cares

There’s still a bit to figure out, but, I’m open to suggestions
That “crazy bitch theory” didn’t answer all my questions
You left me with a stack of bills, but really that I didn’t mind
But, it’s hard to see what’s become of me… someone must be blind

Your promise was worthless, that’s why it appears
Bouncing around like a check that never clears
You were right, go fly a kite, have a good life and good night
And it’s all over now, except for the tears

From your crumby little room, filled with souvenirs
The curse of knowledge never disappears…
I’ll keep the seconds, you can have the years
And it’s all over now, except for the tears
And it’s all over now, except for the tears
And it’s all over now…

You Know Where To Find Me (3:57)

You know where to find me
You know where to find me
You know where to find me, girl
I'll be with you when you want me to
You know where to find me

Some people search for a guiding light
I’d like to make it through one more night
Some people don't know what they've really got...
Until it slips away, until it slips away

You know where to find me
You know where to find me
You know where to find me, girl
I would trust in you if you could be true
You know where to find me

Everybody's got hopes and dreams
But never the same ones it seems
Like we could ever get what we really want
Before it slips away, before it slips away

It wasn't so long ago I felt your touch
But now it seems as though I am asking too much...

I will always want the best for you
May your happiness last a thousand years
What need is there to weep over parts of life?
The whole of it… calls for tears (Seneca)

You know where to find me
You know where to find me
You know where to find me, girl
I'll be right here when you reappear
You know where to find me


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