If It Ain't This It's That

by Jeff Powers

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released January 31, 2014

Jeff Powers: 3-String Cigar Box Guitar, Vocal, Tambourine and Kick
Jeff Powers: Producer
Recorded at Bad Racket
Engineer: (Mix, Master): James Kananen

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Track Name: Dirt Road Blues/Beer And Whiskey Coffee And Cigarettes
Dirt Road Blues© Music Jeff Powers Instrumental
Beer and Whiskey Coffee and Cigarettes© music/lyrics Jeff Powers

Beer and whiskey coffee and cigarettes
That's all I do that's how I forget
Beer and whiskey coffee and cigarettes
That's all I do since my baby left me

Bars and night clubs all up and down the strip
That's all go to that's all I visit
Bars and night clubs all up and down the strip
That's all I do since my baby quit me

Lord please help me I didn't eat
Been on a liquid diet for many weeks
Lord please help me I didn't even sleep
Drivin' nails in my coffin since my baby quit me

I find myself cryin' in my own beer
I find myself drownin' in my own tears
Whores and nightclubs that's all I care
Walkin' the back streets and cryin' since my baby left me
Track Name: I Miss My Ball And Chain
I Miss My Ball and Chain© music/lyrics Jeff Powers

I woke up this morning and I looked around
You know what I found? My little girl left town
I woke up this morning and I looked around
Everything I tell you everything I say is true
(and) Everything I tell you everything I say is true

You know she felt like a ball and chain
Every time I turned around there she was again
You know she felt just like a ball and chain
Everything I tell you everything I say is true
(and) Everything I tell you everything I say is true

And now I miss my ball and chain
You know I miss that ball and chain

Every time I tried to get away
There she was right in my face
You know I tried...I tried to get away
Everything I tell you everything I say is true
(and) Everything I tell you everything I say is true

And now I miss my ball and chain
You know I miss that ball and chain
Track Name: Bad Bad Luck (Bad Luck Boogie)
Bad Bad Luck ( Bad Luck Boogie) music lyrics Jeff Powers

Bad bad luck
All my life
Feels I'm playin'
Against loaded dice

I'm going up
Gonna change my way
No more booze and women
Till my dyin' day

Hard hard work
All my life
Never been payed
A fair honest price

I'm going up
Gonna change my way
No more workin' blues
Till my dyin' day

Got no respect
All my life
Feels I'm fightin'
For my rights

I'm going up
Gonna change my way
Gonna fight like a dog
Till my dyin' day
Track Name: Cold Wind In Cleveland
Cold Wind in Cleveland© music/lyrics Jeff Powers

There's a cold wind in Cleveland baby, Chill ya right to the bone
There's a cold wind in Cleveland baby, Chill ya right to the bone
But I'd rather be out on the street
But I'd rather be out on the street
Than with my woman at home

I got a mean cruel woman, and I'm paying the price
I got a mean cruel woman, and I'm paying the price
She's so mean and cruel
She's so mean and cruel
She scares the night

I'd move down south, but the weather won't change my life
I'd move down south, but the weather won't change my life
And as long as she's around
And as long as she's around
It'll be as cold as ice
Track Name: Careful What You Wish For
Careful What You Wish For music/lyrics Jeff Powers

Careful what you wish for You know it might come true
Careful what you wish for You know it might come true
She might not be what She seems And you just might be a fool

I used to love you baby But you never had a kind word to say
I used to love you baby But you never had a kind word to say
I gave you a piece of heaven And you gave me hell to pay

Careful what you wish for You know it might come true
Careful what you wish for You know it might come true
She might not be what she seems And you just might be a fool

I was always good to you baby You know nice guys finish last
I was always good to you baby You know nice guys finish last
I gave you everything I had And you gave nothing back

Careful what you wish for You know it might come true
Careful what you wish for You know it might come true
She might not be what she seems And you just might be a fool

Careful what you wish for
Careful what you wish for
Careful what you wish for
Careful what you wish for
Careful what you wish for
You know it might come true
Track Name: Well I Wish
Well I Wish© Music/Lyrics Jeff Powers

Well I wish that I was Rich
Whoa Lord How happy I'd be
I'd have you woman
Chasin' after me
Chasin'after me
Oh well Oh well
Oh Well Oh well
Oh Well Oh well
Oh Well Oh well
Na na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na na

Well I wish I had a big car
Whoa Lord I'd go far
I'd have you woman
right in my arm
right in my arm
Oh well Oh well
Oh Well Oh well
Oh Well Oh well
Oh Well Oh well

Na na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na na

Well I wish I had a fine house
Whoa Lord I'd shout
I'd have you girl
Without a doubt
Oh Well Oh well
Oh Well Oh well
Oh well Oh well
Oh Well Oh well

Na na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na na
Track Name: Went Down To Mississippi
WENT DOWN TO MISSISSIPPI©2011 Aug24th Lyrics/Music Jeff Powers

Went down to Mississippi
To get me a Mojo hand
Went down to Mississippi
To get me a Mojo hand
But it don't work on you
Honey I just don't understand

I'm leaving you baby
I'm goin' back where I belong
I'm leaving you baby
I'm goin' back where I belong
Goin back to Cleveland baby
That's where I come from

I love every woman
But baby not like you
I love every woman
But baby not like you
Got them in the palm of my hand
But baby I can't get through to you

Went down to Mississippi
To get me a Mojo hand
Went down to Mississippi
To get me a Mojo hand
But it don't work on you
Honey I just don't understand
Track Name: Wild Child (The Ballad Of Brian Power)
Wild Child (The Ballad Of Brian Power) music/lyrics Jeff Powers

He was a son of a son of a bitch
He faked his life up until his death
Wild child schooled with a switch
Kicked round by a drunk Irish prick

Wild Child
He was a Rock n Roll
Wild Child
He stole the Devil's soul
Wild Child
He was king of the road
Wild Child
He was a real rolling stone

A 100 mile an hour out on the open road
No brakes in the car, and he was singing out loud
He-was-a-Helter Skelter, 56 Chevy out of control
Smokin' reefer man and-a gettin' stoned

Wild Child
He was a Rock n Roll
Wild Child
He stole the Devil's soul
Wild Child
He was king of the road
Wild Child
He was a real rolling stone

He pissed in the wind too many times
(Even) a cat only got nine lives
Holding up joints with pistols and knives
But you can't make a deal when it's your time to die

Wild Child
He was a Rock n Roll
Wild Child
He stole the Devil's soul
Wild Child
He was king of the road
Wild Child
He was a real rolling stone

He left his legacy crushed under his car
A true rebel without a cause
Crashed and burned like a real shooting star
You know they had to scrape him up off the hot hot tar

Wild Child
He was a Rock n Roll
Wild Child
The devil bought his soul
Wild Child
He was king of the road
Wild Child
He was a real rolling stone

Wild Child (repeat)
Track Name: Juke Joint Jam
Drivin' down cross the county line
Gonna drink Whisky n Rye
Drivin' down where it ain't dry
Ain't no preacher gonna run my life
Ain't no preacher gonna get me high

Juke Joint Jam
Hully Gully and a slow drag
Juke Joint Jam
Gonna barrel house with m' mojo hand
Gonna roll with the Voodoo band

Way out on a dirt road
In a shack called the Lonestar
In the night hear a black cat moan
Ain't no woman gonna steal my soul
Ain't no woman gonna get my dough

Juke Joint Jam
Hully Gully and a slow drag
Juke Joint Jam
Gonna barrel house with my mojo hand
Gonna roll with the Voodoo band

Tuck my knife strap a gun
Never know what might go down
Way past the settin' sun
Ain't no lawman gonna see me run
Ain't no lawman gonna beat me down

Juke joint jam
Hully Gully and a slow drag
Juke joint jam
Gonna barrel house with my mojo hand
Gonna roll with the Voodoo band

Juke joint jam
Hully Gully and a slow drag
Juke joint jam
Gonna barrel house with my mojo hand
Gonna roll with the Voodoo band
Juke joint jam 4Xs
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Track Name: If It Ain't This It's That
First you lose your jobl
Then you lose your girl
But when you lose your cool
The world turns on you
The world turns on you

If it ain't this it's that
Everything from can to can't
If it ain't this it's that
Keep your enemies close
To Friends don't turn your back

It's a cold cruel world
Never can be sure
Never know what to do
When the world turns on you
When the world turns on you

If it ain't this it's that
Everything from can to can't
If it ain't this it's that
Keep your enemies close
To Friends don't turn your back

You can be on top
Livin' high on the hog
But as soon as you lose
The world will turn on you
The world will turn on you

If it ain't this it's that
Everything from can to can't
If it ain't this it's that
Keep your enemies close
To Friends don't turn your back

If it ain't this it's that
Everything from can to can't
If it ain't this it's that
Keep your enemies close
To Friends don't turn your back
Track Name: Woke Up Lucky
Woke Up Lucky© music/lyrics Jeff Powers

Didn't know I'd be on this road
Ridin' with the devil for so long
With a matchbox for my cloths
Got me a long way to go

I woke up lucky
From a dream
Screamin' down the highway
Drinkin' gasoline

When my right hand itchin'
I get money you know
I won't start a scratchin'
Got one foot out the door

I woke up lucky
From a dream
Screamin' down the highway
Drinkin' gasoline

I woke up lucky
From a dream
Screamin' down the highway
Drinkin' gasoline

I Woke Up Lucky 4xs
Track Name: Head Over Heels In Love With You (First Time I Met The Blues)
Head Over Heels In Love With You (First Time I Met The Blues)© 2013 lyrics/music Jeff Powers

First time I met the blues was in a bar
I lit your cigarette and thought I was charming
First time I met the blues I was a fool
Head over heels in love with you

I thought I got lucky goin' home with you
Layin’ in bed without a clue
I thought I got lucky now I know the truth
My only luck was bad news

I'm a little bit smarter and a little more cool
My eyes wide open I see what you do
I'm a little bit wiser and not just a tool
I was head over heels in love with you