THE PINSTRIPES / I

by The Pinstripes

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The Pinstripes / I is the newest album from Cincinnati Culture rockers, The Pinstripes. It's just what you've always dreamed of. Let it resonate.

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released February 3, 2012

PERFORMED BY:

CHRIS GRANNEN / Bass, Stick Bass
MATT KURSMARK / Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
LEONARDO MURCIA / Trombone, Vocals
BENJAMIN PITZ / Trumpet, Vocals
MIKE SARASON / Lead Vocals, Saxophone, Keys, Flute, Percussion
CASEY WEISSBUCH / Drums, Percussion, Vocals

FEATURING
ANTHONY ABBINANTI / Keys, Percussion, Melodica, Bari Saxophone
DIEDRICH JONES / Vocals on “Dollar Don’t Come” and “Money”

All songs recorded Summer 2010 at Dirty North Studios in Chicago, IL.

ENGINEERING & MIXING / Anthony Abbinanti
PRODUCER / Anthony Abbinanti & The Pinstripes
POST PRODUCTION / Chris Grannen
MASTERING / Dave Davis of the All Night Party
ALL SONGS © The Pinstripes 2012

CONTACT
www.thepinstripes.net
www.collectiveculture.net
thepinstripes@gmail.com

COVER ILLUSTRATION / Jen Mussari / jenmussari.com
LAYOUT & DESIGN / Matt Kursmark / mattkursmark.com

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Winners of the 07, 09 and 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band, and 2010 nominees for Best Live Act, The Pinstripes don’t merely play reggae and soul music — they inhabit the sound like it’s a ramshackle house that’s keeping them alive. ... more

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Track Name: Might Be Her Fool
LYRICS:
Well I was caught by the way she moved
And now I’m hanging on her every last breath
So when she asks, “Can I have this dance?”
How the hell can I say anything but yes?
I’ve seen her type before
She’s got all the right weaponry
But I swore I would have no more
This girl could be the death of me

Cause when she smiles
I’d do most anything for her
She’s got me stumbling
Trying to keep my cool
She might be up to something
I might be her fool (he might be playing the fool)

I was trapped when she moved her hips
I could feel her spell take over me
And it was written all over her lips
She said, “Why don’t you come home with me?"
Well I thought by now I’d know
Not to play with my own heart
But I just could not let go
She had me tripping from the start

Cause when she smiles...
Track Name: Alright Baby
LYRICS:

I know this girl from around the way
She knows how to get down
I know this girl from around the way
Said I love the way she gets down
She move, she move I love the way she move
She move, she move alright
She move, she move I love the way she move
It makes me feel alright

She want it all, feeling alright baby
She want it all feeling alright now
She want it all, feeling alright baby
She want it all feeling alright now

Well when she moves
I feel something deep inside my soul
And I love the way she gets down

She want it, she want it...
Track Name: Dollar (In Our Pocket)
LYRICS:

How long will we wait for an answer?
And how long must we wait to control our own destiny?
And how long has it been since you and me
Looked around and realized that freedom’s not free?

How many people must suffer
To put one dollar in our pocket?
How many people must die
Before we look in the mirror when choosing our target? How many people Must suffer
To put one dollar in our pocket?
How many will be gone
Until we don’t have to sing these songs?

So it seems we have come to an impasse
Past where we started
Fast approaching is the time
When a shot rings out and the river runs red
And no one really cares if you’re alive or dead
The people they suffer, oh how they do,
I see the children and mothers
Waiting and hoping
With nothing to do but cry
Track Name: Mother
Mother why would you cry?
I can see a tear in your eye
As it falls, it falls
So Mama, I make no excuses
When it comes down to it
It must be easy to see

I’m not the man, I’m not the man,
I’m not the man... that I could be
But you’ve got to understand
It’s so hard, mama it’s so hard,
Mama it’s so hard...when everything
Comes down on me

So father, oh father
Please sing me a song
Your melody stays with me
Though mother is gone
Sing a song, she’s gone

I’m not the man, I’m not the man,
I’m not the man... that I could be
But you’ve got to understand
It’s so hard mama it’s so hard
Mama it’s so hard... when everything
Comes down on me
But I know I can, I know I can,
I know I can, one day
I’m gonna make you oh so proud of me
Mama I’m going to bring it on home for you
Track Name: One Drop
The power in the system
Has got to change
The privilege in the system
We’ve got to rearrange
The One Drop rule was created to choose it
We take that one drop
And put it in our music
We put it in the riddim
And put it in the drum beat
It runs through our veins
But some say they don’t see
They don’t, they don’t say they see

So feel the one drop
Feel it in your blood
Now feel this one drop
So we can rise above
And feel the one drop
Feel it in your blood
So we can rise up

So why them care
Who was your great grandmother
You can’t steal our rights
We must walk as brothers and sisters
Of a great family
We’ve got to build it now
With U-N-I-T, And I’ll tell you Y
Because it’s been too long
The tides have changed
And we won’t carry on
We won’t, we won’t carry on
Track Name: Money
Wealth and possessions should never be your aim
Cause one day, they will be taken away
Wisdom and love, you must hold on to
Cause though you may share them
They belong to you now

Money, the government a take it
Money, the senators a waste it
Money, everybody chase it
Money, but I ain’t gonna make it

So everytime I’m thinking about
“Where does the money go?”
You could spend your whole life my friend
And never really know
That’s why I try to keep it off my mind
And things will surely be better in time...

Cause I’m always going to have my
Culture, the government can’t take
My time, a senator can’t waste it
My pride, impossible to break it
My love, is what I live to give is
My love
Track Name: The 1070 to 1963
LYRICS:

Que te da miedo?
En Tiempos de cambio
Siempre andan atrasados

Why, why are you so afraid?
Why, why do you choose to hate?
Is hate just a state of mind
Or do the minds of the state
Dictate the bottom line?
When we read it in the news
And we see it on tv,
Their faces look like you,
And their faces look like me
So I shall not remove

Amanezco con sueños
De un futuro
Sin gritos de niños alegres
Escucho el silencio de gente buena
Que se queda callada sin ayudar
Mi dolor es de ver
Que historia no cambia,
Jamás con los gritos
De estas palabras
Estas palabras
Escúchenos bien

Que te da miedo
En tiempos de cambio
Siempre andan atrasados
Track Name: I'll Be Waiting
You look so fine tonight
And I think I might desire
You to be my only one for a while
At least for a while
I said I hope I can keep you around yeah
But it seems that we’re always apart
I don’t want to make things oh so hard
And I know that you’ve got yours
Because I know you got to do
What you got to do
But just know that I’ll be waiting
Here for you

I’ll be waiting
I’ll be waiting, oh for you to just come on home
Dreaming about one more day with you
Seems like every time we talk we start anew
I just want you to know
I want you to know
That as sure as the moon does glow
So will I bring warmth unto your night
Though my star may not shine as bright
I will try to be your guiding light
I know you got to do
What you got to do
But just know that I’ll be waiting
Here for you

If you ever leave me out in the cold
Let it be known
I will let go
Track Name: The Wokkabout
Working all week for the rat race
Living check to check out of your suitcase
Seems shit don’t add up
can’t shake your blues away

I’ll show you what to do
Just leave it all behind
And loosen up your hips
Now do the Wokkabout!
Track Name: Do What You Want
LYRICS:

I knew what I had from the start
I thought it wouldn’t be so bad
If I just do my part
But believe me, believe me
Lord I have tried
But this feeling
I just can’t hide... so

Say what you want
Do what you want
Just don’t step out of time
Sing what you want
Play what you want
As long as it rhymes
Say what you want
Do what you want
Don’t you step out of time
Sing what you want
Play what you want
Just don’t take none of mine

I seen people running around
With their heads in the sand
Their feet up in the clouds
So now everything is upside down
For what is a tree if it ain’t got no roots?
And what is a vine, if it ain’t got no fruit?
And what is this world, if it ain’t got no truth?
But it don’t mean a goddamn thing
Cause I’ll never be holding the strings
Track Name: Give Some Love
LYRICS:

Man walks around
Wearing his hard face all through the city
Darkness abounds
So now there’s no welcome, no one shows pity
Thinks to himself,
“I must be the only one
Feeling so alone
And so unloved
I can barely breathe
With this weight choking down on me
Why don’t I just give up?”

So he wanders down to the corner
where he finds himself
A pretty young thing
So troubled is he that he can
Barely muster up
A feeble grin
She takes one look
And she knows his type
Shackled by their mind
And controlled by their lives in a prison
She said, “What you’re looking for just give it,”

Why don’t you give some love?

The pretty girl’s words stay on his mind
As he looks around for some kind of sign
He walks through broken streets
Sees people’s shattered dreams
As he wonders, “What has become of mine?”
Track Name: Water
LYRICS:

Though the water may pull you down
Say I, say I, you must refuse to drown

I’ve been made
To walk on dry land
My forefathers crossed the sea
Standing on sand
And rocky rivers
May turn into falls
But streams of conscience
Flow through us all

And I’ve been pulled
And washed away
Past the tall trees
And on through the spray
Guidance and mercy
Along the way
So we must still sing
For a new day

Son of the mourning,
Do not be discouraged
By the darkness of this night
For as true is the absence of light
So is your essence to shine bright