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Somewhere Near Alameda

by Doug Barnett

Introspective lyrics and interesting stories set to acoustic guitar music.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prayer for the Gulf Coast
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2. Two Wheel Cowboy
4:22 $0.99
3. Absent Father
4:51 $0.99
4. 6AM Southern Oregon
2:40 $0.99
5. The Cowboy Life
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6. An Old Song
2:56 $0.99
7. Dark Water (in the Holy Land)
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8. The Crowd
3:16 $0.99
9. Somewhere Near Alameda
3:34 $0.99
10. What Love Can Make
2:55 $0.99
11. Hey Come On
3:58 $0.99
12. Daisy
3:14 $0.99
13. Nuthin Happens
2:06 $0.99
14. A Quiet Moment
3:17 $0.99
15. Once Upon a Time
2:48 $0.99
16. Flowers by the Freeway
2:33 $0.99
17. Nothing left to say
2:54 $0.99
18. Theodore
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Album Notes
I finished this CD in 2005 but just got around to releasing it.
Here are the stories connected to the songs.

Prayer for the Gulf Coast --- I wrote this the day after hurricane Katrina ripped through the south. One television clip had an elderly lady being helped to a cot in the Astrodome. She looked at the cameraman and said ‘Take my advice boy, never get old’. All I could send to help was a song and a prayer.

Two Wheel Cowboy. --- I wanted to write a ‘biker tune’ for an artist who plays the yearly river run in Bullhead City Arizona. This sort of flowed out one day. It was a fun story to write and it has room for a sequel…

Absent Father. --- I hear so much about deadbeat dads, but I can’t believe they are all heartless jerks. I wondered what it would be like to regret the decision not to be in a child’s life except from the sideline. I wrote this while watching an old VHS tape of my stepson when he was 2 and imagining it was the only time I would ever see him.

Six Am Southern Oregon. --- I started writing cowboy themed songs for a while. I just love a good western. This is sort of the end of a ‘movie’ that played in my head one day. The antihero faces the law in a last stand that’s just a little depressing.

The Cowboy Life --- I have known several cowboys in my life. Its not a job, or even just a lifestyle. Its more of a calling. You can change your lifestyle or circumstances, but you always come back to your calling.

An Old Song. --- I started listening to a new band that was recommended by a friend. They seemed really mad at something. They were good but they looked horrible and it was getting depressing. So I decided to write one like they used to in my youth.

Dark Water. --- I was watching Oprah just after hurricane Katrina and fooling around on the guitar. This took about 3 minutes to write. Its the unhappy story of a flood victim waiting for help to arrive. Entirely a product of my imagination.

The Crowd. --- Some images of folks I've seen at the Victory Music open mic. The guy in the last verse is based on a local Seattle artist named Jim Nasom.

Somewhere Near Alameda. --- My grandmother lived in Alameda, California and I always liked the sound of the city name. I built a country "loved and lost" story around it.

What Love Can Make. --- Another love story for my wife.

Hey, Come On. --- The story of an old friend and how, through all the crap life tossed at him, he would still show up at my doorstep flat broke, then try to get me to hit the bar with him so we could drink and listen to live music. And yes it did work now and then.

Daisy --- Its a simple love song for my wife. One of my favorite kind of songs to write. Daisy is her nickname

Nuthin Happens. --- An alcoholic adventure of sorts. The punch line is lifted from the 3 stooges (I try to think but nuthin happens). The story is a complete fabrication even tho the Cattleman’s is a nice place in Prescott to have a steak and a beer or two...

A Quiet Moment --- Some days it’s all you need.

Once Upon a Time. --- Another love song for my wife.

Flowers by the Freeway. --- We’ve all seen the little white crosses that people place by the roads where one of their loved ones left this world. Some disappear after a few years. Consumed by vegetation or forgotten by those who once cared. So the question becomes – are they there for the dead, for the grieving, or for the strangers who wander by and stop to think?

Nothing Left to Say. --- When you don’t want someone to leave, a half a moment can be a lifetime. At least it feels like it to me.

Theodore (goodbye old friend). --- Ted was my best friend, side man, trusted confidant, biggest supporter and the best dog I ever met. He passed away in April of 2004 at the age of 15. He is sorely missed.



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