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As I watched the stars tonight
My vision black and white
I was thinking 'bout the days gone by
Don't want to sound too sentimental
With words all ornamental
All my life I've tried to simplify
I know I'm on extended time
And these years have been sublime
Mostly wouldn't change a thing
Got some life in me yet
Might even get out of debt
If there's a party tell me what I should bring

Well mighty dang soon
Under the next full moon
Gonna count my blessings
While I play this tune
Time to give it all back
Hope it doesn't go to my head
While I'm above the dirt
Make sure no one gets hurt
I won't worry or fret
On that you can bet
Time to sing my hallelujahs
And be thankful for the life that I've led

Now I'm 65
Damn I'm still alive
I can't believe I've lasted all of these years
The stories I could tell
Would crack the Liberty Bell
Just hope I haven't left a trail of tears
We all could write a book
Just got to think of a hook
Could be our American Dream
But in the morning when I wake up
Have my coffee and an eggcup
I'll get back to my habitual scheme


from Waiting For the Big One, released October 16, 2020
Gary Mackender: Lead Vocals, Drums, Accordion, Organ
Karl Hoffmann: Bass, Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Billy Yates: Electric Guitar
Katherine Byrnes: Harmony Vocals


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The Carnivaleros Tucson, Arizona

My songs contain elements of blues, tango, zydeco, cajun, country, rock, and yes, polka (of course!). I see my songs as mini- movies, novellas put to music. If you are one of Those About To Rock or a firm traditionalist, my music is not for you. “A guaranteed party starter that hails from Tucson but extends its sonic tendrils to New Orleans and Beyond.” – Fred Mills, Blurt Online, 2018 ... more

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