One of the best tracks EVER by The BEAT FARMERS.
'Make it last' from the album 'The Pursuit of Happiness'.
Written and sung by Joey Harris.
Couldn't find it on YouTube, although someone put up a great LIVE-version of the song!
My introduction to The Beat Farmers came through our former Bootleg-bassplayer Gerald ( he put me on to Matthew Sweet, too, amongst others).
I remember one night in the early days of Bootleg back around 1989/1990 in his studentlike appartment in downtown Zwolle, where he showed me the sleeve of this Buffalo-thing he had recently bought at a secondhand record shop. It caught my attention right away. Flipping the cover over i saw that they played a version of Johnny Cash' "Big River" too, as final track on the B-side. Figuring that a band covering Cash could not be too wrong, i insisted on listening to it. SOME VERSION that was. It knocked me out completely. As did the rest of the album. In april of 1991 i finally found my own vinyl-copy of the album. Been a FARMER ever since !!! Thanks Gerald!
Around that time, in the early 1990s, i succeeded in laying my hands on the vinyl version of 'Glad 'n' Greasy', 'Tales of the New West' and 'Van Go' too.
My innersleeve to 'Van Go' even got signed by all of the members of the Jesse Dayton Band after sharing some Beat Farmers music along with Jerry Reed LIVE backstage at my Country Club and Steakhouse 'Witte Paarden' where they performed on my invitation during their 2001/2002 tour or so. More details on that can be found on my website on the subpage 'stories' through:
Later came the CDs of : 'Loud, Plowed and Live', 'Poor and famous' and 'Tales of the new west', with the latter being the digital version of the album together with the 'Glad 'n' Greasy'-album.
With our band BOOTLEG (est.1989) i always wanted to do some Farmer-stuff. It's only recent that we finally picked some up (more to come). Since a few weeks we are trying to make 'Hollywood Hills' our own song. Sounds great, even without harmonica! As soon as i have any recording of any rehearsal of it, i'll share it with you. So far, in BOOTLEG-history we only played the BeatFarmers-version of the Neil Young song 'Powderfinger' (roughly with the setting from 1991-1997 or so)
(The Doc, march 2011)
LYRICS to "MAKE IT LAST" (Written by Joey Harris):
Oh baby, i think it's time (D) (Bm)
Time for us, time for us to cross that line (D) (Bm)
Cause when ya feelin', when ya feelin'you been had (D) (Bm)
Don't ya let it, don't ya let it get ya sad
Cause there's a time for you to be forgiven
(G) (C) (D)
Turn the other cheek and brush that pain away (G) (C)
There's just no use in tryin' to get even
(G) (C) (A)
Girl, i think it's time to walk away
I think it's time, to be thinkin'
of other towns, movin' on.
Cause we've been down, we been down for so long now
And there's no place, there's no place to go but out.
Out on the road where the semi's howl
Baby, hitch a ride on somethin' movin' fast
Where the rain and wind don't blow so cold
We could build a life and make it last
Love and peace and hope to all of you.