Wore Out My Welcome

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Wore Out My Welcome came about as I heard John Hiatt mention on stage that he may have wore out his welcome at a particular venue (in a humorous way). I took that idea and created a story around it centered on characters based in my adopted state of Arizona.

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Raised in Black Canyon City
By my ma and sisters three
Married my childhood sweetheart
Meant to start a family
Instead I joined the army
To protect our way of life
While I was playing soldier boy
A man done stole my wife

I wore out my welcome, I wore out my clothes
I wore out the feelings from my head to my toes
Some say that there are better days ahead before I'm done
In the meantime nurse this whiskey in a bar in Winkelman

Now I'm working the night shift
Selling gasoline and beer
Today is just like yesterday
Tomorrow looming near
I can't take back the things I've done
Just step ahead in time
Try to keep my feet on solid ground
This lonely life of mine

Now I am an old man
I've seen folks come and go
Somehow I am still alive
My family's all below
The grass ain't getting greener
On this side of the hill
As I rest my feet 'til my next shift
Got a few years in me still

I wore out my welcome, I wore out my clothes
I wore out the feelings from my head to my toes
Some say that there are better days ahead before I'm done
In the meantime nurse this whiskey in a bar in Winkelman

credits

from Dreams Are Strange, released March 29, 2016
Gary Mackender - accordion, drums, vocals
Joe Fanning - acoustic guitar
Karl Hoffmann - bass
Heather Hardy - violin

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The Carnivaleros Tucson, Arizona

The Carnivaleros' music has always been difficult to define - they combine moody Eastern European motifs, western movie themes with strains of Zydeco rhythms, Tex-Mex polkas, waltzes and swing to create a stew of Desert Bayou Music.

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