Box Guitar

by Chris Monti

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Upterrlainarluta (Always Getting Ready) -Chris Monti Well, look at you You’re such a mess You’d better find yourself a better method Talking shit All the time And the truth is buried Not so far below Well, every morning is the same routine Choosing to believe What the Rasta Man told you You wish you could Settle down and work Find yourself a job Where you could do some good You’d better find yourself another road to ride Get out of the shotgun seat and get behind the wheel Leave your companions on the roadside Turn off the air conditioner Open the window The world to hear The wind to feel You smoke a joint And spin the radio dial You’re looking for something But you don’t know what Conversation Is the same old thing We’ll become good And famous tomorrow You tell me once you met Some Indians But you don’t recall Anything they said You tell me you’re thinking about Moving to Tokyo But given the situation there You’ll move to San Francisco instead You’d better find yourself another walk to walk The way you’re headed, the end is always in view You’re a smart guy but you just talk talk Always getting ready But what are you going to do? Well, someday Some time in the future All of your stars Will align perfectly You will turn Your life around Without any effort At all Now if somebody Told you this There is no way You would ever believe it So why do you tell yourself What you know to be completely Bullshit? You’d better find yourself another road to ride Get out of the shotgun seat and get behind the wheel Leave your companions on the roadside Turn off the air conditioner Open the window The world to hear The wind to feel
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Chris’s Drunken Hiccups -Trad. American, Arranged by Chris Monti I’ve played cards in England, I’ve gambled in Spain Going back to Rhode Island for to play my last game Jack of diamonds, jack of diamonds I’ve known you from old You’ve robbed my poor pockets of silver and gold If the river way whiskey and I was a duck I’d swim to the bottom for to never come up But the river’s not whiskey and I ain’t no duck I’ll just play these drunken hiccups and trust to my luck My shoes are all torn up my toes are stickin out I’m gonna get some corn whiskey, I’m goin up the spout I’ll beat on the table I’ll make the glass ring Brandy more brandy more brandy to bring Gonna eat when I’m hungry, gonna drink when I’m dry Get to feeling much better, I gonna sprout wings and fly Jack of diamonds, jack of diamonds I’ve known you from old You’ve robbed my poor pockets of silver and gold
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Donna Di Luce -Chris Monti (English translation) I am a foolish man, I do not understand how anything works, I will never build anything useful, I write my words in the air. I was a man beset by demons, I was a man who wandered the dark, I am a man who stumbled and fell, Who reached out his hand and opened his heart My Family, thank you mom and dad. My Family, thank you for teaching me well I have learned to sing for my supper, I have learned to play the guitar from my heart, I have learned to be quiet and listen I try to use peaceful words I am a man full of love, I am a man full of caring, I am a man full of light, I am a man who will help you My Friends and enemies, thank you from my heart, My friends and enemies, I’m glad to spend my life with you. I am in love with the woman of light, She brings joy to my world, I am in love with the woman Lucinda, She makes me glad to be alive, Lucinda, Lucinda, woman of light, Lucinda, Lucinda she is the light of my world,
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Not My Culture -Chris Monti This is not my culture but I use it anyway These are not my rhythms but I use them anyway This is not my guitar but I use it anyway And the plectrum I have borrowed but I use it anyway My mind is like a sponge, my soul is like a mirror My heart is like a cup, my body is a tool I don’t make a lot of money but I have a lot of luck I have no proper residence but friends take me in I live to hear the music of the wind in the trees And I wonder what that sounds like in your home town Music moves quickly around the world these days and we listen to what we like If you take time to dig you will find something superb I’m a man of many tastes and if I hear something I like I’ll ask you to teach it to me and I’ll learn it best I can When I put pen to paper and pick up my guitar I may use some of your music, I may use some of your culture I may use some of your rhythm, but I will do it with respect If someone asks me where I learned it, I’ll speak well of my teacher If you think I am a thief, my list of victims is long From the river of my teachers, I barter for a cup With lots of training and some luck, I might vanish in the air And let the great wind take me up, and carry me across the sky But though I am alight and though I am aloft, I know I am just a small cloud carrying a little rain This is not my culture but I use it anyway These are not my rhythms but I use them anyway This is not my guitar but I use it anyway And the plectrum I have borrowed but I use it anyway I know I am just a small cloud carrying a little rain
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Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Seth Manchester
and Keith Souza at Machines With Magnets, Pawtucket RI.

Thanks to Seth for being so patient and helpful in the studio. Thanks to Vincent Fraioli and Willa Van Nostrand for assistance in Italian pronunciation. Thanks to Dr L. J. Churchmont for her good sense and advice. Thanks to my folks for being so supportive. Thanks to all who contributed to the Kickstarter that made this record possible.

Thanks to Jake Haller for giving me permision to record "Circumstantial Evidence". Thanks to Greg Burgess for giving me permission to record "Leave That Drinking Along".

“Sagebrush” was written with my old Blue Toad Flax bandmates Dick Nudenberg and Ryan Ridgely. “Chris' Drunken Hiccups” is a traditional tune arranged by me.

Remember to be good to your Ma and your sisters.

-Chris
Sept 2015
Providence, RI

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released September 11, 2015

Chris Monti: vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Keith Souza and Seth Manchester
with interference from Chris Monti

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Chris Monti Somerville, Massachusetts

Chris Monti is a singer/songwriter whose original songs are influenced by Rock + Roll, Country-Blues and Old-Time Fiddle Music as well as music from West Africa, Egypt, India and South America.
Chris has played with country-blues great Paul Geremia and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Chris has a puppet show called "The Yankee Peddler", and a dance band Big Biscuit. .
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