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It all started out back in ’39.
Took the hillbilly highway up from the mines.
From Wheeling West Virginia to the assembly line.

Just a shit-kicker greaser at St. Andrew’s High.
Caught pitching pennies on a Friday night.
Landed like a Comet, lighting Cody High.

Working every night till he hit the wall.
Sleeping off the damage down in study hall
Lighting up a Lucky Strike and kicking back some alcohol.

Then a local girl up and caught his eye.
Had her head in a book, and a gl;eam in her eye.
He said to himself… it’s time to do or die.

Taught me how to be a man.
Lucky enough to call him dad.
The best man I met was the first.

Taught me how to be a man.
Lucky enough to call him dad.
The best man I met was the first.

So he called her up for a week or two.
They hit Edgewater and the Suzie Q.
Took his ’57 Chevy for a race or two.

Then he went downtown and signed on the line.
They gave him a rifle and he got in line.
Got a ticket to the “Paris Island Hilton” had a hell of a time.

Then he came back home to marry that girl.
Got a job for the company that drives the world (GM).
Nine months later had his first… and it was a girl.

From Machine Repair to Committee Man
He got through the strike the best that he can
Add two more babies… the boy became a man.


Waving to the kiddies in the window sill
In a little ol’ cottage out in Irish Hills.
Putting food on the table and paying all the bills.

Put ‘em all through college now he’s taking it slow.
With some old time hockey down at the Joe.
Pulls a couple of shifts at the Park and Go.

Taught me how to be a man.
Lucky enough to call him dad.
The best man I met was the first.

Taught me how to be a man.
Lucky enough to call him dad.
The best man I met was the first.

Now it’s Princess Grace and it’s Little John
Picking strawberries out on the lawn
Calling out for Simo
And growing big and strong.

Been a hell of a ride from the old neighborhood
Been a hell of a life cause he lived it good
Got a lot more miles
Revving under that hood.

Taught me how to be a man.
Lucky enough to call him dad.
The best man I met was the first.

Taught me how to be a man.
Lucky enough to call him dad.
The best man I met was the first.

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from Everything That Rises, track released April 7, 2012

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Trick Shooter Social Club Chicago, Illinois

The Trick Shooter Social Club is a place tucked just behind the beat. It’s a belief in the power of story and the sublime hip sway of a well placed middle eight. It’s cat gut, and pick guards and nods across the stage when it's time to go to the bridge. It’s acoustic, electric and reverent to its heroes. It’s artists, gypsies, showmen and shaman trying to get it right. It’s an invitation–to join. ... more

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