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released February 22, 2001

I HATE EVERYTHING BUT YOU - The Shelley Winters Project (Windjam). David Minehan (producer/Woolly Mammoth Sound - w/ Dave Westner, engineer). Nigel Grover (kit), David Berndt (guitar, vocals), David Featherman (bass, vocals), Meredith Cooper (violin, vocals), Berlin (keys, vocals). Also: Matt Dodson (kit), Marnie Hall (violin, vocals), Bruce Hall (horn), Chris Barrett (horn), Paula Kelly (tambourine), Detective Joe Cheever (pipes), Jane Pitrelli (keys), Tim Obetz (pedal steel), Sue Gedutis (sax), Frisbay (bone), Morgan McKee (keys), Dave Westner (chair), David Minehan (slide) + cast of thousands.

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Rick Berlin (now playing w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND) Jamaica Plain

A giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting + strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s. He continues to make music w/ intelligence + integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Waits + Cohen ... more

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Track Name: Bad Day
Bad Day

A bad day
a fever
got heartburn + a hangover
the crush of tiny feet
in my insane
asylum brain
what’s the
point you
ask there
isn’t
anything concrete
I’m blind but I can see
it’s over you + me
+ I’m
on my way
back
to you

Shit brown
bottle
in a paper bag
w/ the cap off
starin’ like a Siamese cat
blow my brains out
rub the stains out
Freaked out, jealous
pissed off
loyal
cornered like a padded cell
I’m blind but I can see
it’s over you + me
+ I’m
on my way
back
to you


There’s clouds + pain
Hard truth, hard rain
I race my car ‘cross town
Window’s wide open
+ the radio’s real loud
+ I’m
on my way
back
to you
He’s blue
but he acts
like a clown
to you
Track Name: Breaking Down In The Dark
BREAKING DOWN IN THE DARK

Sometimes she sits alone at the bar
+ she drinks to her Mama,
‘You got colds hands, darlin’ and a warm heart
But honey, it’ll take ya nowhere
that’s the easy part
When yr so damn pretty, baby
+ much too smart
+ what I’m trying to tell ya
what I mean to say
is the same damn thing happened to your Mama
every single day

Snow falls outside, she thinks it smells like Cancer
her make up’s all wrong, her hair’s a disaster
and the band begins to rock it down
but they’re way too loud
and the kid up there he’s handsome,
but he acts so proud
but she don’t really care
+ then again she does
she’s learned that life ain’t fair
and passion turns to rust
cuz she’s breakin down in the dark

Hey Bartender, pour me another beer
I know I’ve had too many, that’s why I’m here
don’t ask for my number
and don’ you say I’m cute
You know I’ll bite yr head off
You make me wanna puke
I got my reputation, and the language that I use
+ I ain’t some crazy lady for you to stupidly
abuse
+ I’m breakin down
in the dark

She’s so beautful
she scares us away.
Track Name: Xmas Face
Christmas Face

I could tell you
Everything
hurt yr feelings, make yr day
hang myself in the same old way
or
I could say
have a real fine day
I miss you, baby, there’s no one else
work is boring, don’t be jealous

When I put on my Christmas face
It’s so sincere there’s nothing fake
Hey, what’s the Real Truth, anyway?

Should I see
in yr eyes
something scary, something sad
ya need me, baby, don’t be mad
cuz
we will laugh
and chase those blues
away

When I put on my Christmas face
It’s so sincere there’s nothing fake
Hey, what’s the Real Truth, anyway?

If I don’t
say anything
this time...?

When I put on my Christmas face
It’s so sincere there’s nothing fake
Track Name: Nice Butt (Not To Nice)
Nice, But Not Too Nice

You screwd it up you took the rap
extremes r what turnd people on
you push too hard youd blow the scene out
of the water off the beam
Midway is a better way
When going all the way’s too far to go

Half a cup of coffee
Half a glass of beer
Half the time I’m with you
I wish you’d disappear
Half a box of chocolate
Half a shot of Jack
Half an case of this good time
Makes me want you back
Oh baby but

But nice but not too nice
Be clean but still smell good
Be hot but not too hungry
Keep yr motor runnin

Yr Dad he is a vodka man
+ Momma’s on yr back
You get a job + smile a lot
Got outa town ain’t goin back
Midway is a better way
When going all the way’s too far to go

Half a hit of XTC
Half a pack of smokes
Half a pint of ice cream
‘S nuf to make you choke
Be careful what you wish for
You know it might come true
They say the art of less is more
Is the guru thing to do
When the guru is you
Track Name: Only One Of You
Only One Of You

There is only
There is only
One of you
in this world

A most peculiar walk
Yr body when yr lost in thought
The gesture of yr hands
Emotion in yr voice
Yr eyebrows when something’s funny
+ you don't get it

There is only
There is only
One of you
in this world

Are you crazy or are you sane?
Is it you or is it all in my brain?
The heart is like a doorway
If only I could see
Myself the way you see me
in yr world

There is only
There is only
One of you
in this world

They say that without fear
everyone is free
Just hold the hand of a little boy
when yr crossing the street

There is only
There is only
One of you
in this world
One of you
in this world
One of you
Track Name: I'm Tired & I'm Drunk
Tired

I’m tired
+ I’m drunk
out of ideas, baby
+ I’m sunk

you must carry on
for the two of us, my friend
you light the Light
+ go broke for us again

you cover my back
when the arrows fly
we are unstoppable

years of putting out
songs of testament

but it’s our stage now
+ it’s our time now

but I’m tired
+ I’m drunk
out of ideas, baby
+ I’m sunk

you must carry on
for the two of us, my friend
light the Light
+ go broke for us again

our dreams are so insane
like a band without a name

but it’s our stage now
it’s our time now

well I’m tired
+ I’m drunk
out of ideas, baby
+ I’m sunk
you will carry on
for the two of us, my friend
light the Light
+ go broke for us again

I’m tired
I’m tired
I’m tired
Track Name: May I Have This Dance?
May I THIS DANCE?

You are so good looking that I think you might be sad
& so smart with words that I think you could be lost
& so good at kissing that I think you might be
missing someone
& so calm in the storm
so cool
You might be way off course

You know so many people that I think you don't know anyone
& you laugh so hard that I think you're gonna cry
You have so many plans, but you get nothing done
& when you tell the Truth it's
just another lie
You don't know the reason why

Cuz all I ever do is look for anything that's wrong
But I love you, baby you can hear it in every song
take a chance with me
try this dance with me,
the night is young,
the night is young,
May I have this dance?
the night is young...

You pretend to know the answers, but you don't have a clue
Your room is clean, but your life's a total wreck
Your body's tight & your clothes are hip
but you don't make love
with anyone,
unless you're drunk,
& now you’re feeling less & less

Cuz all I ever do is look for anything that's wrong
But I love you, baby you can hear it in every song
take a chance with me
try this dance with me,
the night is young,
the night is young,
May I have this dance?
Track Name: (You Make Me Feel Like) Somebody
(You Make Me Feel) Like Somebody

i wish that you were here right now
cuz you make me feel like somebody

life is war
+ i know we're all insecure
but i feel so strange tonight
tryin' t make sense
put up a fight

C

when i look in the mirror
i sometimes hate what i see
face so filled with fear + loss
staring like a spaceman
back at me

C

when i'm with you
i'm almost cool
my eyes say something +
my hands can talk
my heart is deep
+ ain't nothin'
i think i'm smart

C
Track Name: Don't Know What I'd Do (Without You)
Don't Know What I'd Do

Last thought
in my head
Last phrase
'for I got to bed
I send out to you
What else is new?
Cliche notwithstanding

They say 'bout love
You can expect to fall
But in your case, baby
in spite of all
It's always
a three point landing

Don't know what I'd do
I don't know what I'd do
without you

A wise old poet
he once said
Unless you love somebody
nothing makes sense
It's hard to admit
when you need someone
who knows you.

Don't know what I'd do
I don't know what I'd do
without you
Track Name: Hamlet
HAMLET

My Hamlet killed himself last night
My Prince Hal, he jumped from the tower
My Romeo, wherefore art thou?

When you gotta get up
early in the morning
and you feel like shit
and you can't believe it
and your best friend jumped
from the roof of his house
and you're miles away
and you can't remember
what he wrote on the walls
of the room you slept in
teenage years flushed
down the toilet
a 3-story leap in the acid night
and you promised we'd be
in love forever

and you feel so helpless
and all those lessons that you learned
are useless
and you don't trust anyone no more
and you trust yourself
least of all

One look in his eyes
and the world made sense
the jokes between us and the people we hated
that kind of laughter like a battering ram
broke down the walls
and you danced like a fruitcake
high on a joint
from a previous lifetime
teenage years flushed
down the toilet
a 3-story leap in the acid night
and you promised we'd be
in love forever

and you feel so helpless
and all those lessons that you learned
are useless
and you don't trust anyone no more
and you trust yourself
least of all

My Hamlet killed hisself last night
My Prince Hal, he jumped from the tower
My Romeo, wherefore art thou?
Track Name: Let's Get Outa Here (Before It Rains)
Before It Rains

I’m sorry
Don’t want to hurt you
I know I did
Can’t take it back
I love you
I need a cigarette
don’t go anywhere
without me, oh
Nothing real has changed
Nothing true has gone
but I’m sorry
Today turned out this way
I’d fix it if I could
Remember
Can’t you see?
There’s really no one out there
like you + me
I’m sorry
Let’s get outa here
before it rains
before it rains