Devil May Care CD

Tinsley Ellis

Devil May Care CD


Features ten dynamic original compositions, ranging from intense roadhouse rocking to deep, simmering blues.  Tinsley is at the top of his game throughout, firing off emotionally-charged guitar solos and gruff, soulful vocals as if his life depended on it.  “Ellis unleashes the fury…a gunslinging guitarist with blistering chops and gritty vocals.”  —Living Blues 

 


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1. One Less Reason 5:11

ONE LESS REASON
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

Oh, I’m sorry pretty baby
For what went down that day
I told you she's nothin' to me
Lord, I don’t blame you for actin' that way
But it hurts so bad
To have to hear you tell me goodbye
Now I got one less reason
One less reason to cry

It wasn't no bed of roses
No fun to be around
The monkey was off our backs now
But the circus was still in town
I know it's no use
To beg you for another try
Oh, I got one less reason
One less reason to cry

I got one less reason
One less reason to cry
Oh, I’m free yes, I’m free
To go back out and play
I got eyes on a certain woman
I met her just the other day
Still, it hurts my soul
And if I told you, it'd be a lie
That there's one less reason
One less reason to cry
I got one less reason
One less reason to cry

2. Right Down The Drain 5:00
RIGHT DOWN THE DRAIN
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music) 

I ain’t got nobody
People, it's a crock of shame
I ain’t got nobody
People, it's a crock of shame
It's my own damn fault
Only got myself to blame

I had fame and money
Til that woman took it and ran
Oh, I had fame and money
Til that woman took it and ran
Shoulda seen it comin'
Like a dark cloud overhead
A bad woman and cocaine
It all went down the drain
Right down the drain

Well, I'm broke down and hungry
I got no place to stay
I'm broke down and hungry
I got no place to stay
I once was somebody
I felt like Superman
But that woman had other plans
I'm in a world of pain
'Cause it all went down the drain
Right down the drain
It all went down the drain
Right down the drain
3. Just Like Rain * 4:30

JUST LIKE RAIN
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

On a Sunday mornin'
No one else around
I was comin' to
Cause you were comin’ to town
It had been a minute
Since you darkened my door
It had ended bad
I need to settle the score
My turn to say sorry
That you weren’t to blame
Let my love wash over you just like rain

It’s the same ole story
Seen it time and time again
One more broken promise
Left you twisting in the wind
Let me do my duty
We can make a new start
Let love live forever
In our hearts
It may take a lifetime
Just to ease the pain
Let my love wash over you
Just like rain
Just like rain

4. Beat The Devil * 3:50

BEAT THE DEVIL
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

Twist of the knife
Cut me again
I know it just ain't right
It's got me all in
Said damned if I do
And damned if I don’t
The outcome is still the same
Tryin' to beat the devil
At his own game

Flyin' so high
Crashin' so hard
I won't live forever
I take it too far
So, it's damned if I do
Damned if I don't
The outcome is still the same
Tryin' to beat the devil
At his own game

My heart's a lonely place
Mind's a turbulent sea
Blottin' out the past
That devil won't let me be

Hittin' the lick
Won't buy me some more
They don't make enough you see
To quiet the storm
Said damned if I do
And damned if I don't
The outcome is still the same
Tryin' to beat the devil
At his own game
Tryin' to beat the devil
At his own game

5. Don't Bury Our Love 5:19

DON'T BURY OUR LOVE
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

You're buryin’ our love down in the clay
It's not gone but you're treatin' it that way
Certain there's somethin' wrong
But I don't have a cure
It’s not over
Don't bury our love

I shoulda noticed you were a million miles away
I reached out for you and you turned the other way
When I think of what we had and what we could have again
I still love you
Don't bury our love
Don't bury our love

Gone without a whisper
Now I feel like I could scream
How can you bury it this way?
Forever means forever
This ain't the dyin' time
So sad to watch our love fade to gray
Don’t bury our love

You're buryin' our love now it's covered up with snow
I tried to plead with you sayin' it's not dead you know
Like bare trees in the winter time, they come back before too long
It's not over
Stop buryin' our love
Stop buryin' our love
'Cause I still love you
Don't bury our love
Stop buryin' our love

6. Juju 5:02

JUJU
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

Something you got
Can't exactly see
Some kinda witchcraft
You put a spell on me
Can't turn it off now
I may never be the same
Turn a man into butter
Every time you speak my name

You sprinkle powder
All around my feet
So, I’ll follow you
Up every street
Oh, your wicked gaze
Entice every man it sees
Your private zombie
Oh, you got a hold on me

That juju you use
Brings out the devil in me
That juju you use
Oh, it's killin' me

Can't break away
I'm yours you see
You get your own way
And it’s the way it's gonna be
Whole lotta magic
In the way you shimmy and sway
You get what you want girl
Every time you look my way
Oh, you get what you want
Every time you look my way

That juju you use
Oh, it's hurtin' me so
That juju you use
Oh, it just won't let me go 

7. Step Up * 4:05

STEP UP
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

There's a storm out on the horizon headed your way
Lord, you don't want your happy home to get carried away
Someone's headed out door to door
To let everybody know
We only get one soul to save
Step up to higher ground
Step up to higher ground

There is only one sound we need to hear
It's the sound of a natural voice whisper in our ear
Reach out and you will know
And then it's your turn to show
A way out of the dark into the clear
Step up to higher ground
Step up to higher ground

They told me this mornin' things would change
Then we can walk together out of the rain
Sunlight will fill the sky
If we keep walkin' to the light
We ain't got till tomorrow
Or even tonight
Step up to higher ground
Step up to higher ground
Step up to higher ground
Step up to higher ground
Step up

8. One Last Ride 6:11
ONE LAST RIDE
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

I'm ridin' against the wind
To come see you again tomorrow
Tryin' to leave this all behind
Bury it in my mind in sorrow
Finally mustered up the nerve
To swallow all my pride
Same ole dream, one last ride

It ain't no use complainin'
About the way it all went down
But that's ok
Ain't no rear-view mirror
Gonna help me see
A brighter yesterday
It all went down so quickly
It left me mystified
Oh, I’m hopin'
One last ride
One last ride

Didn’t choose this way of life
This way of life chose me
Too late to walk away
Set in my own ways
It's plain to see
It'd be just like that time before
When we took off for Telluride
Wish you'd join me
One last ride
One last ride
Come on baby
One last ride
9. 28 Days 4:00

28 DAYS
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

28 days of torture
28 days abstained
28 days without it
Cold turkey's got me in pain
Became a dirty secret
And really got under my skin
28 days without you
About to do me in

Smoked a lot of reefer
Drank me a whole lotta wine
Up all night on powder and pills
Just to get you off of my mind
Nasty little habit
Turned into a lifetime of sin
28 days without you
About to do me in

28 days without you
28 days alone
How much longer till I’m over it?
I wanna see you but I won't
One more taste I’m right back
In the hell I was before
28 days without you
I still ain't done
28 days without your love

10. Slow Train To Hell 5:15

SLOW TRAIN TO HELL
By Tinsley Ellis (Heartfixer Music)

Sent a message to my baby
Wonderin' when she's comin’ home
Sent a message to my baby
Wonderin' when she's comin’ home
I been on a slow train to hell
Ever since my baby's been gone

Oh, I know she was unhappy
She told me ten thousand times
Now I drink both night and day away
Just to ease my troubled mind
Sent a message to my baby
Just to ask her when she's comin’ home
I been on a slow train to hell
Ever since my baby's been gone

Will I ever get my baby back?
I'm so high and it's near dawn
Will I ever get my baby back?
Lord I'm so high and it's now dawn
I been on a slow train to hell
Ever since my baby's been gone

Tinsley Ellis, Guitar and Vocals
Kevin McKendree, Organ and Piano
Steve Mackey, Bass
Lynn Williams, Drums and Percussion

* with Jim Hoke, Sax and Andrew Carney, Trumpet on Just Like RainBeat The Devil and Step Up

Produced by Tinsley Ellis and Kevin McKendree
Recorded and mixed by Kevin McKendree at The Rock House, Franklin, TN
Assistant Engineer: Yates McKendree
Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master Studios, Nashville, TN
Cover art by Steve Johannsen
Photo by Elaine Thomas Campbell
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec

In memory of William Tinsley "Trey" Ellis III

For booking and info visit www.tinsleyellis.com