Sugar Blue

In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes
On the cutting edge, stretches the boundaries of blues, infusing elements of jazz, funk and rock. "Bringing the blues tradition into the blast furnace of funky rock...crank it!"--DOWN BEAT

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All songs copyright Blue Savage Publishing, ASCAP, except as shown

Sugar Blue, Harmonicas and Vocals
Motoaki Makino, Guitar, Keyboards on In Your E...
All songs copyright Blue Savage Publishing, ASCAP, except as shown  

Sugar Blue, Harmonicas and Vocals
Motoaki Makino, Guitar, Keyboards on In Your Eyes
Herb Walker*, Guitar
Ken Hale, Keyboards on Listen Baby and Lip Service And Lies
Roosevelt Purifoy, Keyboards on Bottom Line and Little Red Rooster
Rob Amster* or Charles Hosch+, Bass
Nick Kitzos* or James Knowles+, Drums

WITH
(on Lip Service And Lies, Love's Sweet Secrets and Bottom Line)
Ed St. Peter and Carey Deadman, Trumpets
Jim Massoth, Trombone
Dan Johnson, Sax and Flute
Alejo Poveva, Percussion on In Your Eyes and LipService And Lies
Pinetop Perkins, Piano on Bluepine
Shawn Christopher, Leveeta "Squeaky" Mohannon and Darnell Rush,
Background Vocals on Love's Sweet Secrets and Listen Baby
Joyce "Peaches" Faison, Eibur Stepney Manuel and Jeff Morrow, Background Vocals on Lip Service And Lies
Oscar Brown III, Herb Walker and Motoaki Makino, Background Vocals on Bottom Line
Horns arranged by Carey Deadman

Produced by Sugar Blue, John Zwierzko, Ken Hale and Fred Breitberg
Recorded at Streeterville Studios and Thompson 900 Audio, Chicago, IL
Recorded and mixed by Fred Breitberg and John Zwierzko
Mastered by John Zwierzko with Sonic Solutions Digital Mastering System
Cover design by Matt Canzano
Photography by Joe Kovar
Painting by Mirella Halfar
CD label art by Matt Minde

 

I dedicate this album to Michele and Sarah Joyce -- there is no music without you; and to the memory of Sunnyland Slim and Selena. Say NO! to guns!

 

A very special thanks to Sarah, Johnny and Michelle. To my brother Magnus for his love and support, Bro Greg you know!

To Cecile Savage and Abeo, Stevie and The Woods.

To Peter Andre, Jimmy Slide, Herb Walker, Michael Silva, Jay Davenport, Hiram Bullock, Pascale, Neil, Char, Oscar Brown III, Vince "The Pooh" Agwada, Aaron Almon, Nick Tremulis -- comrades all!

Michele, Moto, Johnny, Kenny and Freddie -- couldn't have done it without you!

At Hohner: Brenda and Jack

At Shure: Jack

Licensed from King Record Co., Tokyo, Japan

Alligator Records wishes to thank Kiyoshi Nagata of King Records for making it all happen in the first place.

Sugar Blue is managed by:
Blue Savage Productions
(773) 342-4777; Fax (773) 342-4799

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Liner Notes

1. GUCCI GUCCI MAN
I got a Chicago health club body
I got an American Express gold card
I got a dent in my new Maserati
Lord, city living is hard.
My paycheck is in six figures
I got a condo on the mile
I got a yacht in Burnham Harbor
I dress in custom tailored style God knows, I'm here
I am your Gucci Gucci man
Don't you know, I am

I never fuss nor argue
I never raise my voice
I get on the phone and call my lawyer
Power is my drug of choice
I got a mojo made of solid gold
If I die and go to hell
I'll negotiate for my soul

Don't you know I'm here
I'm your Gucci Gucci man
Don't you know I am

 

2. BOTTOM LINE
It's the bottom line
It leads some people to a life of crime
You got so little, you have nothing to lose
You feel so bad, you can't sing the blues

It's a hard time on the bottom
They're gonna take it if you got it
Don't look to your uncle Sam
Believe me, baby, he don't give a damn

It's the bottom line
Somehow, some people, lord, never seem to find
You walk the streets with a gun in your hand
Feels just like Iraq or Vietnam

It's a hard time on the bottom
They're gonna take it if you got it
Don't look to your uncle Sam
Believe me, baby, he don't give a damn

Tell me baby, what you gonna do?
They're closing hospitals, closing schools
Using your tax money like fools
How long can we be their tools?

It's the bottom line
It drives some people out of their mind
Tell me what you're gonna do
Living out in the street and your children are hungry, too
You might have to sell your body

It's a hard time on the bottom
They're gonna take it if you got it
Don't look to your uncle Sam
He's got his own problems, man

Tell me, what you're gonna do?
They're closing hospitals, closing schools
Using your tax money like fools
How long can we be their tools?

 

3. IN YOUR EYES
In your eyes I see the ghost of lies I've told
In your eyes I see the light of love grow cold
In my heart I feel the weight of the pain you bear
In my soul I know I'm the one who put it there

Lovers more often are strangers
It's that way all of the time, don't you know?
In your eyes I see the shadow of sweet desire
In your arms I burn like a sheet of fire
In your arms that's the place I know I don't belong
In my mind we both know this can only be wrong

Lovers more often are strangers
It's that way all of the time, don't you know?

In my eyes you only see the lust
In your eyes you never gave me any trust
In my dreams I feel the pleasure we shared
In our lives it's become our worst nightmare

Lovers more often are strangers
It's that way all of the time, don't you know?

I work both night and day
I'll give every dime I made away
There is nothing I wouldn't do
The only thing I want is to make sweet love to you

(Return to beginning)

 

4. SHE
She is every man's woman and no man's friend
If you get too close, she'll get you in the end
She says she loves you but she don't care
She will leave you alone and heart broken in the depths of despair

Exorcise this demon in my soul
I've never met a lady with a heart so cold
Her secret weapon, she'll use on you
The way that I know is cause she got me too

Her dark desire fills the night with flames
My heart's on fire, I'll never be the same
She took my loneliness and left me pain
I got nobody but myself to blame

 

5. BLUEPINE
You know, baby, I hate to see you go (repeat)
I remember, baby, why you let me go

Tell me what you gonna do tonight
Just what you gonna do tonight

I'm gonna leave you, baby, just before you go
I got to do it that way, baby, I'll never, never know

I love you, baby
But, lord knows, it ain't no more

 

6. LIP SERVICE AND LIES
You tell the strongest people
The weakest lies
When a promise is broken
Love and friendship die
The promise you made
You don't seem to realize

Gave all I could give
Took all I could take
But the love that we share
Is not a mistake
We both have to live and lie
In the bed that we made

You told me you loved me
You know it's not right
Sometimes the things you do
You seem to do out of spite

 

7. WHIRLWIND
Your love is like a whirlwind
Damn near tore me down (repeat)

Ripped up my playhouse
And tore my foundations from the ground

I'm trapped in your love
Like a ship on a sea without a shore (repeat)

I love you
But I just can't take no more

You're like the lottery, baby
Every game I play, I lose (repeat)

You act like a woman
But you ain't nothing but the blues

 

8. LISTEN BABY
Listen baby
'Bout the way that I feel
Don't you know baby
That this feeling is real
I know if you go
I'll never find your equal anymore

Listen baby
I know I've done wrong
Baby girl my love is strong
I know if you stay
We are gonna make it some more days

But the tears in your eyes
Hide the pain deep inside
Like a shadow

I hear you baby
You've got something to say
Don't leave me baby
I've seen the light of day
I know if you go
I'll never find your equal anymore

But the tears in your eyes
Hide the pain deep inside your heart
Like a shadow

 

9. LOVE'S SWEET SECRETS
Love's sweet secrets
You got to watch out who you tell yours to
Or the one you love may be destroying you
Love's sweet secrets
The one you love is the one you need
Predatory love on your heart will feed
Baby, I gave you my all
You say you love me but you never call
You set me up for such a lonely fall

Love's sweet secrets
Like a fire raging through my soul
Love's sweet secrets
My love for you is beyond control
Love's sweet secrets
Like a spy in the house of love
You're all that I'm dreaming of

What more can I do
Girl, I live and die for you
What more can I do to prove it to you

What more can I do to prove my love is true
Look girl, don't you know it's you
That make me do the things I do

 

10. LITTLE RED ROOSTER
©Dixon, Hoochie Coochie Music BMI

 

"If anyone wants to keep creating, they have to be about change. Living is an adventure and a challenge." -- Miles Davis

 

 

Beauty
Lives
Under
Egregious
Suppression

 

"Yesterday bore today;
Let's not bore tomorrow!
It's time for change!"
-- Sugar Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Bringing the blues tradition into the blast furnace of funky rock...crank it!"
- DOWN BEAT



    Track Name Duration  
Play Preview 1 Gucci Gucci Man *
Author/Publisher:  Whiting, Andre & Walker
5:38
Play Preview 2 Bottom Line *
Author/Publisher:  Whiting & Andre
4:19
Play Preview 3 In Your Eyes +
Author/Publisher:  Whiting & Makino
6:43
Play Preview 4 She *
Author/Publisher:  Whiting, Agwada, Walker & Davenport
2:57
Play Preview 5 Bluepine
Author/Publisher:  Whiting & Perkins
6:12
Play Preview 6 Lip Service And Lies +
Author/Publisher:  Whiting & Makino
6:08
Play Preview 7 Whirlwind *
Author/Publisher:  Whiting, Makino, Aimon & Crews
4:52
Play Preview 8 Listen Baby *
Author/Publisher:  Whiting & Makino
4:37
Play Preview 9 Love's Sweet Secrets *
Author/Publisher:  Whiting & Andre
3:12
Play Preview 10 Little Red Rooster +
Author/Publisher:  Dixon, Hoochie Coochie Music, BMI
6:30
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