Plastic Jesus (with the Mojo Monkeys)

by REKTEEN

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Produced by Dwight Yoakum/LuCinda Williams bassist/producer Taras Prodaniuk. Get Low co-written by 4-time Grammy nominee Michael O'Hara. Well crafted songs, soulful rock/swamp/blues/folk.

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released November 4, 2011

The Mojo Monkeys - Billy Watts guitar, Dave Raven drums, Taras bass. Also Bruce Watson (now with Foreigner) guitar, Don Kirkpatrick (of Rod Stewart) guitar, Phil Parlapiano keys/mando/accordion/, and many other guest musicians.

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REKTEEN Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi

Americana AAA Medikull Records singer songwriter with gospel roots

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Track Name: Bang the Gong
IT WAS ANOTHER LONG COLD WINTER IN THE FALL OF '93
THERE WAS THE USUAL SAINTS AND SINNERS
THERE WAS YOU AND THERE WAS ME
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN HERE WHAT COULD GO SO WRONG
WHO'D OF THOUGHT WE'D GET SO NEAR TO THE PLACE WE DON'T BELONG

AND IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON
DEATH DEFYIN' MOTHERS CRYIN'
BANG THE GONG

IT WAS ANOTHER LONG HOT SUMMER THAT SPRING OF '94
PASSION CAME A KNOCKIN' LOOKED LIKE LOVE AT THE DOOR
IT CAN CERTAINLY HAPPEN HERE AND IT WON'T TAKE TOO LONG
LOVE'S A PATIENT SUITOR, LUST IS JUST A SONG

BUT IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON
DEATH DEFYIN' MOTHERS CRYIN'
BANG THE GONG

WELL THERE'S A REASON THAT WE STARTED IN HAZY LONDON FOG
AND THE DREAM THAT'S NOW DEPARTED LIES ADRIFT IN LA SMOG
OR IS IT JUST A SEASON WITH THE WINDS ABOUIT TO CHANGE
THERE'S A PART OF ME BELIEVIN AND A PART OF ME ESTRANGED

AND IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON
DEATH DEFYIN' MOTHERS CRYIN'
BANG THE GONG

IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON...
BANG THE GONG
Track Name: St. Louie
HE WAS BORN A BASTARD CHILD
HIS MAMA NAMED HIM WHILE SHE DIED
YOUR DADDY IS THIS GREAT CITY
LITTLE ST LOUIE

THEN ONE DAY AT THE RIVER BANK
THE MUDDY WATER SPOKE HIS NAME
SAID LOUIE FIND A WAY TO SAY
WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART

WELL AUSTIN'S GOT THOSE LONE STAR BLUES
AND NEW ORLEANS SHE GOT BLUES TOO
THERE'S BLUES IN MEMPHIS TENNESSEE
BUT ST LOUIE’S GOT MISERY

LONELY AS THE GATEWAY ARCH
BURDENED LIKE A LOADED BARGE
DARK AS THE MISSISSIPPI
HE SANG HIS MISERY

AND NO MATTER HOW THEY TRIED
THE WHOLE TOWN HURT WHO HEARD IT RIGHT
IT'S ONE THING TO HEAR BLUES YOU SEE
ANOTHER TO HEAR MISERY

WELL LOUIE PLAYED FOR THREE LONG YEARS
THEN LIKE MOST SAD TIMES DISAPPEARED
THE CITY CHEERED THE BROKEN SPELL
SAID PLAY YOUR MISERY IN HELL

BUT LOUIE NEVER SOLD HIS SOUL
AT ROBERT JOHNSON'S OLD CROSSROAD
YOU SEE THE DEVIL'S BAD BUT EVEN HE
DON'T WANNA HEAR THAT MISERY
Track Name: Firefly
I'm gonna shine in the sky like a firefly
so you can't miss me when you're walkin' by
You may be thinkin' bout somethin' but you'll see my little light
and when you reach out to grab me I just might put up a little fight

I'm gonna hover in the air like a hummin' bird
around your ruby red lips it's all I seen it's all I heard
I got a one track mind and I'm gonna get my fill
and when you close your eyes you're gonna get, you're gonna get a little thrill

I'm gonna shine in the sky
I'm gonna blink my little light
so you can't miss me like a firefly

I'm gonna get real fuzzy like a koala bear
Climb up in a tree act like I just don't care
about nothin' but this leaf I'm chewin on, and maybe a little bit about you
and when you stop and stare I'm gonna stare right back, now whatcha gonna do, baby

I'm gonna shine in the sky
I'm gonna blink my little light
so you can't miss me when you try walkin' by
I'm gonna shine in the sky like a firefly

You won't always know
just where I'm goin' cuz I'm not showin'
you the darkness between the lights
but you can always find me just like a firefly
Track Name: Someday
Your hangar’s hanging there
It just seems so unfair
You took your coat away
Will you bring it back some day

The table’s pretty bare
One plate and an empty chair
The food gets cold that way
Will you warm it up some day

Someday we will say what we used to say
Someday some day

The coffee maker holds
Your grounds and a little mold
Can’t get the courage up
To swallow that bitter cup

I still hold to the hope
You’ll throw your rescue rope
Cause I’m floating far away
Will you turn around some day

Someday we will say what we used to say
Someday we will play like we used to play
Someday I won’t hold on to yesterday
Someday some day

When we were arm and arm
And we were hand in hand
We had the finest thing
Between a woman and a man
Track Name: Champagne and Reefer
Bring it on up here now
Bring me champagne when I'm thirsty
I said bring me some reefer when I want to get high
When I'm a lonely bring that little woman set her right down here by my side
Well you know it shouldn't be no law in people that want to smoke a little dope
Well it's good for your head and it relax your body don't you know

Everytime I get high I lay my head down in my baby's breast
Well you know I lay down be quiet
Tryin' to get my rest
Well you know she done hug and she kiss me
said REKTEEN you're one man I love the best

Well I'm gonna get so high this mornin' I'm Gonna be high just a be sure as my name.
Y'know I'm gonna get so high it's going to be a cryin' shame.
Well you know I'm gonna stick with my reefer
I ain't gonna be messin' round with no cocaine
Track Name: One More Roll of the Dice
Did you ever see a poor man dance?
It's worse than livin' and hurts you more than dyin'
Did you ever see a poor man dance?
They tend to give it all they got 'cause
it's the only thing they have

Ever playin' a losin' hand
in some gin house poker game
I believe I hear my joker laugh
It was relief when I was winnin' but I was richer when I came

One more roll of the dice
Deal me just one more hand
I walked in the room a free rich man and single baby
that's all I understand

Did you ever feel kinda wild and wooly
Your world's on a string but you ain't got no pulley
Next you have trouble concentrating
The deal is down and your partner's waiting for the

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I'll sing you this verse then leave me alone
Don't call me up on no heartbreak telephone
What do I care who've you've gone to bed with
Why don't you get a rock to bust my head with
Track Name: Sun Came Down
It's like the sun came down
but it ain't around
and this ain't down
it's just like out of town
where everyone doesn't have to be
like the next big thing, or like me
It's like the sun came down

It's like the moon went out
But not somewhere you can't see
it's just somewhere out of reach
but it ain't gone, it's still around
but things got all fucked up
like my old man's '49 pickup truck
it's like the moon went out

It's like the stars that shine
took off a little time, to try and set things right
but took too long, to come back on
and what presents itself
is now the deepest, darkest, blackest night
it's like the stars won't shine
it's like the moon went out
yeah and things got all fucked up
like my old man's '49 Stude pickup truck
it's like the sun, it's like the sun
came down
Track Name: Get Low
How far will I go for my Lord
How far did he go for my soul
He carried that cross upon that hill so we could know
You gotta get low

You got to get low to save your soul
Can't do it with pride if you wanna rise
you gotta get low

Shadrach Meshach and Abednego
Were thrown in the furnace so hot it did glow
When Nebachadnezzar thought he'd made them die
His servant looked and saw four alive

Job had patience more than any man
He suffered and lost all that he had
When the skin worms began to eat his flesh
He said Father I'll never forget

How far would you go for my Jesus
to show him how much you care
Would you carry your cross and lay down your life
For people who stand there and stare

if you love him so your light's gonna show
if it's in your heart its there from the start
can't do it with pride if you wanna rise
you gotta get low
Track Name: Plastic Jesus
I don't care if it rains or freezes
'Long as I got my plastic Jesus
Sittin' on the dashboard of my car
Comes in colors pink and pleasant
Glows in the dark cause it's iridescent
Take it with you when you travel far

Plastic Jesus, Plastic Jesus
Riding on the dashboard of my car
Once His robe was snowy white
Now it ain't quite so bright
It's smoke stained cuz I like them cheap cigars

When I'm in a traffic jam He don't care if I say "damn"
I just let my road rage curses roll
Plastic Jesus he don't hear no cuz he's got a plastic ear
Whoever made him plastic saved my soul

Plastic Jesus, Plastic Jesus
Riding on the dashboard of my car
Got the sunshine on His back
which makes him peel, chip and crack
A little touchin up'll take him far

Now when things get a little hazy
And the coppers stop me cuz I'm drivin' crazy
They'll never find my bottle, though they ask
cuz Plastic Jesus shelters me
His plastic head screws off, you see
He's hollow, and I use Him for a flask

Plastic Jesus
Riding on the dashboard of my car
so ride with me I think you oughta
take a sip a holy water
Plastic Jesus doubles as a bar
my Plastic Jesus doubles as a bar
Track Name: Zion
Yes I am going to heaven
Lord I'm almost there
and if these wings should fail me
gonna have to meet me with another pair

Singing songs of Zion
Sing them songs
Sing those old songs of Zion
I sing oh my Lord

Yes, I am slippin' into glory
I'm slowly rockin' on
I never knew the day was coming so soon
until the night was past and gone

Singing songs of Zion
Singing songs of Zion
Sing them old songs of Zion
I sing oh my Lord
When I feel like cryin'
I sing them old songs
Sing them old songs of Zion
I sing oh my Lord

Yes I'm singing' songs of Zion
Everywhere I go
I never had no right to sing those songs
Now they're about the only ones I know