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Take Me

by Cliff Henricksen Band

New compositions of rock and roll, blues and mainline pop; "American Rock&Soul"; expertly played and spectacularly recorded using unconventional recording and performance techniques on a great-sounding sound stage (see Album Notes) .
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1. Take Me as I Am
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2. Awful Johnny
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3. Changed Your Mind
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4. Wonderful
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5. Harder Rain
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6. Just a Heartbeat Away
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7. When I Come Home At Night
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8. River of Darkness
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9. What Do You Want Me to Do
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10. River Of Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album was recorded very differently from most: The basic music track was recorded all at once on a live music sound state using a pair of wide-set microphones at the front sides of the stage area. Instruments and part of the drum kit were amplified using Bose L1 Model 1's. This recorded to a single stereo track. Background vocals and instruments overdubs were recorded over the same setup, to stereo. Lead vocals were recorded using a good condenser microphone to a mono track. Mixing therefore involved mixing one stereo audio track, one stereo ensemble vocal track, one stereo solo instrument track and a mono lead vocal track. It was all mixed using Sonar6 Producer. Because we didn't start recording until we got a simply stunning live-stage and recorded sound, inspiration was gigantic for a best performance. If it sounded fabulous to us as artists, we knew it was the same for the recording. The downside of this was there would be no mixing of instruments. Stereo mix was how we played it and heard it. Simply stated, we had to be a good musical team, all playing together. No "monitor bubble" and no ego. We played for the song. We soon warmed to the fact that the recorded sound was very close to what we heard onstage. It was really fun and really exciting. The net result is a mix that has a natural ambience for all tracks. We used only two mics and so we had that sonic advantage of simplicity. They fit together naturally, so mixing was very simple and very pleasant, almost just a balancing of levels. There's a much more detailed description of this on the www.cliffhenricksen.com website.

About the songs themselves (Cliff speaking here):

Take Me - This is about getting on stage and being (hoping to be) accepted by an audience. So what...

Awful Johnny - A “Johnny” is that (awful, dreadful) cotton thing, with some idiotic happy-bunny (or whatever) print one it, that they put on you in the hospital when you are admitted. It wraps around front and has a big open section in the back, where your butt sticks out and all. It’s probably the most unattractive piece of clothing you can wear. I wrote it after visiting my mother in the hospital, noting how bad it makes everyone look, to which she heartily agreed.

What Do You Want Me To Do? - This is a true story about musical colleague and long-time friend, drummer Peter Premo. We were in this band together. He called me one day to tell me he couldn’t make a rehearsal, because he had been held up at gunpoint at the “Store 24” (a local “7-11”-type convenience store) and was forced to drive to some house in Worcester where he was held prisoner in the basement. They had guns. They said “don’t try to escape or we’ll kill you”. But they all conspicuously (idiotically) left the building and Pete raced out, called the police from a neighbor's phone and eventually recovered everything they tried to fence, including his drum kit. I think the little weasels got arrested too.

Wonderful - Ah, the power of Love. Think others write about this particular subject? Aside from this, this is one of my faves on the album. Tom Yates' solo (on a Taylor acoustic) is also wonderful.

River of Darkness - This is about the non-stop stream of negativity flowing so strongly in the world today; in thought, in the media, in personal and business relationships, and so on. This was originally a straigh-up 12/8 boogie and Tom Yates turned it into this really cool Jamaican vibe.

Changed Your Mind - This is a sort-of spoof on vacuous love-songs; a tragic comedy. Like, this big deal: I love you but, then again, no I really don’t; I changed my mind. It’s actually a bit of a joke, but nevertheless a very gospel-like musical piece, nice juicy chord structure and very dynamic, going from full-band and all voices to a very quiet, tinkly piano and voice section (this occurs in the church, at the wedding ceremony, in the classic “is there anyone here that doesn’t think this couple should be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace…” scene. Tom Beier put this one over the fence with his drumming.

When I Come Home at Night - There was a time in my life when I was traveling a lot for business, in particular to Europe (Albertville Winter Games actually), and it really bothered me to be away from home so much. This song is about a sort-of nightmare I had, coming home to unfamiliar surroundings, a wife who forgot who I was and a dark locked home. I love how Gary plays on this and the growl of that Ned Steinberger-designed bass is unmistakeable.

Just A Heartbeat Away - Another road-inspire thought. I love the harmonies, Tom Beier singing the high parts.

Harder Rain - We once lived in Seattle and this is simply a song about the rain there and thoughts about going somewhere else, where the sun might be shining.

River of Life - No explanation needed. Figure this one out yourself.


Lyrics to "Take Me"

Take Me As I Am
© Clifford A Henricksen 1997


See me now, walking the razor-line, threading the needle’s-eye
This inspiration, straight from the waters, not going to tell a lie
I’ve been working on a tender touch, watch it fly tonight
I saved the best, shined up the rest, made it right

Take Me, standing here up on my own
Take Me, I do the best I can
Take Me, all I ever want is you to
Take Me now, take me as I am

Help me now, I need a little hand, I need some understanding
Just a little, love and affection, nothing too demanding
I’ve been reaching ever deeper now, down into the heartline
See me now, hear me now, I think it’s time

Take Me, doing all I want to do
Take Me, doing the best I can
Take Me, all I ever want is you to
Take Me now, take me as I am



Awful Johnny
© Clifford A Henricksen 2004

Now here comes Johnny
Cover you like a really really bad suit
Better put on the good-foot honey ‘cause you
Look about as pretty as a combat-boot
Johnny gonna uglify your dignity baby
Everybody’s gonna look at you
Awful Johnny, it ain’t funny what you do

Now we know Johnny
Come around like a bad misfortune
Like the last piece of hand-me-down that you
Sell at the backyard auction
Johnny gonna woop you with a ugly-stick baby
Then he put you in a ugly-stew
Awful Johnny

Now Awful Johnny
Sticking you out the back like a butt-show
Sticking you out the side like a side-show
Showing you everywhere you don’t want to show
People rubbernecking at your situation
Like a monkey in the Franklin Zoo
Awful Johnny, it ain’t funny what you do


Changed Your Mind
© 1995 Clifford A, Henricksen

There was heaven in your smile when you said those tender words of love
So convincing, for a while, now I don’t know what you're thinking of
Disillusioned, can't believe, I could be so blind

(Chorus)
You said you love me but you changed your mind
It's so confusing and it's so unkind
I'm blindsided by that same old line
You said you love me but you changed your mind

I bought you diamonds, and a condo too, stretched my credit like a rubber duck
And a jet vacation, in a Honoloo, how could I predict a change of luck?
When you called me from Paree, I should have read the sign

You said you love me but you changed your mind
It's so confusing and it's so unkind
I'm blindsided by that same old line
You said you love me but you changed your mind

You said you always want to be my squeeze
Hook, line and sinker, I was on my knees
I never doubted such a love so fine
You said you love me, said you love me
Said you love me, but you changed your mind

I could hear those, wedding bells and I heard that preacher ask me if I do
He turned to ask you much the same and you said "Honey, who are you talking to?
I ain't marching down the aisle, I ain't the marrying kind!"



(Chorus)
You said you love me but you changed your mind
It's so confusing and it's so unkind
I'm blindsided by that same old line
You said you love me but you changed your mind


Wonderful
(C) 1996 Clifford A, Henricksen

I've seen it in my own life, oh it's like a miracle
See it all around you, it's not complicated
Heal any misery, make a baby wonder
Hit you like a lightning and thunder

(chorus)
It's love, make you feel wonderful
Love, makes you feel so fine
Even in the darkest night, the darkest night
It’s love, gonna make it shine

If you stop and think about it, it's so simple
You don't have to read about it, it just comes to you
(Like a sweet breeze)
Keeps the big wheel turning, keeps the home fires burning
Soothe any lover's yearning

(chorus)


Just let it roll on, it's so easy
And let it find a way to set you free


Harder Rain
(C) 1993 Clifford A, Henricksen

Harder rain, harder rain is gonna come
Harder raiu, harder rain is gonna come
So long I can't remember, when my sunshine come and gone

Harder rain, like the teardrops in my eye
Harder rain, like the teardrops in my eye
I'm leaving tonight on a Greyhound, won't be back until July

I look outside my window, the sky is turning grey
I know a harder rain is gonnna hit this town today
Harder rain, harder rain is gonna come
So long I can't remember, when my sunshine come and gone

I might be down in Rio or some Caribbean town
I'm going miles from anywhere the rain is falling down
Harder rain harder rain is gonna come
So long I can't remember when my sunshine come and gone


Just A Heartbeat Away
© Clifford A Henricksen 1998

Oh my love, now have you been crying?
Even when you’re all alone, I’ll never be far
I could be over the sea, or right by your side

I’m
Just a heartbeat away, just a heartbeat away
My love is just a heartbeat away

All my love, is right by your side
Every day I’m not around and every night
If you need someone to talk to
Just close your eyes

I’m
Just a heartbeat away, just a heartbeat away
My love is just a heartbeat away


When I Come Home at Night
(C) 1995 Clifford A, Henricksen

When I come home at night, when I come home at night
You got the light down low
You got the jam on the door
You got the lock on tight
When I come home at night

I’ve been away so long, I’ve been away so long
Here in the neighborhood
There’s something just no good
There’s somthing just ain’t right
When I come home at night

I heard you whisper low, way back behind the door:
“What did you come here for?”
I think it’s plain to see
You’re not expecting me
There’s something just ain’t right
When I come home at night


River of Darkness
© Clifford A Henricksen 1997

Down in the city, out in the countryside
Nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide
Don’t get me started ‘bout it
I get upset about it
When I just think about it
Do you? Do you?

Oh, I (been to the mountains), Oh, I (been to the sea)
And I (can tell you something that is bothering me)
Look all around you, I know you’ll find
that the (river of darkness’) just a sign of the times
(Yeah, yeah)

Lying and treason, out in the street, they got the…
Hell on the airwaves, you feeling the heat?
Sing, baby, sing about it
Talk baby talk about it
Think baby think about it
Do you? Do you?

Oh, I (been to the mountains), and I (been to the sea)
O, I (can tell you something that’s been bothering me)
Look all around you, I know you’ll find
that the (river of darkness’) just a sign of the times

(Sign of the times), oh I know it’s true
(River of darkness) making a (fool of you)
(Ocean of sorrow, mountain of pain)
Winds of distruction calling your name
(Yeah, yeah)

Oh why, oh why…

What Do You Want Me To Do?
(C) 1993 Clifford A, Henricksen

Well, you told me, just drive me out of town
And you told me, this ain't no mess around
My piece is built for pain
It shoots a ball and chain
Tombstone bullets rain, it's so hard hard hard

(chorus)
What do you want me to do?
What do you want me to do?
I'm doing the best I can do
I'm doing what you told me


Well, you told me, I got to watch myself
And you told me, Don't watch nobody else
Don't look into my eyes
Don't check out my disguise
Don't try to recognize, it's so hard hard hard

(chorus)

Oh, you told me, you're just a prisoner
And you told me, dont try to run from here
You disappeared it seems
Except inside my dreams
NIghtmares and crazy scenes, it's so hard hard hard

(chorus)


The River of Life
(C) 1991 Clifford A, Henricksen

River of love, river of dreams
We drink your sweet water, cool in your streams
Cleanse all our sorrow, fill up our soul
We rock on the waters and roll
On the river of life

You heard about the old man, the Hudson and the Rio Grande
The mighty Mississippi, that slow Talahassee
I'll tell you about a river, so big and so wide
You never touch the bottom, never see the riverside
I'm talking about the river, the river of life

Don't need a life preserver, 'cause everybody knows the swim
Everybody's floating fine, the water's perfect, why don't you come on in?
You're rocking and you're rolling and you think you're going down
But don't you worry cause that river never lets you drown
Sailing on the river, on the river of life

River of love, river of dreams
We drink your sweet water, cool in your streams
Cleanse all our sorrow, fill up our soul
We rock on the waters and roll
On the river of life

They sing about the Sewanee, they sing about the folks back home
They sing about the lazy lazy, they sing about the lucky old sun
They sing about the love and then they sing about the pain
They sing about the wind and then they sing about the rain
They're just singing about the river, about the river of life

Uh hah huh hah huh hah-hah
M-mm hmm hmm hmm h’ huh…




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