The Salted Caramel Sinner

by Sam Russell & the Harborrats

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“The Salted Caramel Sinner” is the third release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible project, an ongoing series of 8 albums with 8 songs apiece inspired by" The Odyssey" and James Joyce's "Ulysses." With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, he albums together tell one big story of love stumbled upon then lost and found over and over again, with different characters “portrayed” by Sam and his fellow Harborrat singers.

"The Salted Caramel Sinner" features epic arrangements and grand orchestrations to match the wide range of emotion and subject on display by Sam and company.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com

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released November 10, 2009

all songs by Sam Russell except 5 and 8 by Sam Russell (lyrics/music) & Sean Lambrecht (music)

#6 featuring "Panthers" by Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Leroy Bach. Published by Words Ampersand Music (BMI)/Jorgenstormusic (ASCAP)/Poeyfarre Songs (BMI)/Pear Blossom Music (BMI)/Come Here With That Music (ASCAP). Administered by Bug Music.
"I Want it That Way" by Andreas Carlsson & Max Martin. Published by: Universal Music-Z Tunes OBO Grantsville Publishing LTD. Administered by: The Harry Fox Agency
"I Want it That Way" by Andrea Carlsson/Max Martin

lead vocals-Sam Russell, Kate Noson, Allison Noel, Michael Spaly, Shelby Earl, James Apollo

backing vocals-Nathan Wade, Scott Andrew, Clay Ballard, Joan Dirska, Chris Mulally, Andrea Yoshida, Ken Nottingham, Rachel Ferguson, Kjell Anderson Dave Forrestor

guitar-Sam Russell, Michael Spaly, Ian Rodney, Justin Roeser, James Apollo

keys-Micah Hulscher, Joan Dirska, Allison Noel, James Apollo, Andrew Blakehall ("My Pink Booth" only), Sean Lambrecht ("My Pink Booth" only)

bass-Schuyler Jones, Ken Nottingham, Russ Fuller ("My Pink Booth" only), Sean Fairchild ("Empty Classrooms" only)

percussion-Isaac Chirino, Dave Forrestor, Dennis Jolin, Daniel Hunt

strings-(violins)-Kjell Anderson, Michael Spaly
(viola)-Andrea Yoshida, (cello)-John Simpson ("Artificial Chocolate" only)

accordion-James Apollo, Michael Duncan, Clay Ballard ("Panthers Medley" only)

flute-Allison Noel

trumpet, trombone-Karl Benitz ("Abercrombie Girl" only)

produced by Sam Russell
recorded at
-Egg Studios, Conrad Uno-engineer
-Crackle & Pop, Johnny Sangster-engineer
-Chroma Studios (RIP)-Brad Zeffren, Nick Narny-engineers
-Electrokitty Studios-Johnny Sangster, engineer

mixed by Johnny Sangster at Electrokitty Studios and Avast! Recording Co.
except Track 5 mixed by Conrad Uno at Egg Studios

mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI mastering

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Sam Russell preaches the gospel of heartbreak and decadence via The Blue Moon Bible, a series of 8 albums showcasing a wide variety of 1950's & 60's-inspired rock n' roll. Doo-wop, garage-rock, folk, soul and everything inbetween soundtrack the search to find divinity in love, as sung by a failed Christian and his fellow heathens. ... more

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Track Name: Salted Caramel Shake (featuring Kate Noson)
some things never seem to go right when they’re done
for the very first time
but if you work hard and try to get better
to the very top you can climb

from magazines you’ll learn all the ways certain things ought to be done
but when the moment finally arrives a fear is there you can’t outrun
:
all the years you’ve waited so patient
for the one to make your heart go numb
and take you to the top of the mountain
here it comes here it comes here it comes

and this is what it’s like and this is how it feels
if this is what it’s like, is this how it should feel
oh darling let me know how you want it go
if this is what it’s like and this is how it feels

people always want to talk about
what they heard about what went wrong
how could they know, who would have told a secret that
only two were supposed to hold

pressure inside builds to exploding
it could burst out with just one touch
as revenge for a promise now broken
that you wanted kept so much

and this is what it’s like and this is how it feels
if this is what it’s like, is this how it should feel
oh darling let me know how you want it go
if this is what it’s like and this is how it feels

I’m listening and I hear an engine outside passing by
it moves so slowly and never stops at red lights

many times I’ve broke down and cried
when I realized how they all lied
and that love will never be true
and each time won’t feel brand new

and maybe some things sometimes go right
even on the very first try
but if they do they’ll never get better
time after time and night after night

and this is what it’s like and this is how it feels
if this is what it’s like, is this how it should feel
oh darling let me know how you want it go
if this is what it’s like and this is how it feels

don’t hurt me one more time...
Track Name: Abercrombie Girl (featuring Allison Tulloss, Shelby Earl, Kate Noson, James Apollo & Michael Spaly)
you wake up in the morning, ready to start working
you slip on your worn-out shoes and wait
all day long to see her, you dream of being with her
but at night, you’re on your lonely way

into your apartment where you’ll turn on the TV
pretty soon it’s only her you’re watching on the screen and

your feet start tapping
your toes start laughing
your stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
and all the day long
you’ll give in and play along
because you’re stuck on the Abercrombie Girl

it started off so gently, you swore that you wouldn’t be
in deep always wishing she was there
you thought that she was cute so you asked her out one night
and had fun til she asked you in

then you went upstairs and took a look around
and something deep inside said “we got to get out now!” but

your feet start tapping
your toes start laughing
your stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
and all the day long
you’ll give in and play along
because you’re stuck on the Abercrombie Girl

wipe those thoughts out of your mind child
if you know what’s good for you
and now it’s time to step right up now
and take whatever the teller gives to you.

cause your feet start tapping
your toes start laughing
your stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
and all the day long
you’ll give in and play along
because you’re stuck on the Abercrombie Girl..

and any gift you’ll ever buy her
well she’ll take it right on back
and exchange it for a brand name
and a color completely different cause

your feet start tapping
your toes start laughing
your stuck on the Abercrombie Girl
and all the day long
you’ll give in and play along
because you’re stuck on the Abercrombie Gir
Track Name: The Legend of Christopher Moon (featuring Michael Spaly & Shelby Earl)
well let me tell you about Mister Christopher Moon
he goes out at night armed with a bowl and spoon
seeing what soup can be found
served up all around the town
the one and only Mister Christopher Moon

well Mister Moon rides himself around
he lifts his wheels right on off the ground

and there might be a woman there
whether or not,
he don’t care
the one and only Mister Christopher Moon

he'd say
“C’mon and be my bomp-ba-bom
c’mon and be my shoo-bop-shoo-bop
c’mon and be my rima-lima-ding-dong
come on and be me blue blue blue blue moon

well Mister Moon come into town with a girl
he left with one more after leaving her
came back had the first once more
then he just went back and forth
the one and only Mister Christopher Moon

well Mister Moon loves the little girls
the little girls in and out of his world
all the little girls the hang around
do the frog and hang upside down
all for the love of Mister Christopher Moon, he’d say

“C’mon and be my bomp-ba-bom
c’mon and be my shoo-bop-shoo-bop
c’mon and be my rima-lima-ding-dong
come on and be me blue blue blue blue moon
blue blue moon, blue blue moon...”

well Mister Moon went south to take a chance
he went down there for a real-life romance
and he fell down and high she stayed, left him on the Texas floor to lay
the only and only Mister Christopher Moon

I’d go out searching for Christopher Moon
in every two-bit rundowntown saloon
Diana would say,”I don’t know..
how that boy he comes or goes, tell me
what’ll we do with Mister Christopher Moon?” he’d say..

“C’mon and be my bomp-ba-bom
c’mon and be my shoo-bop-shoo-bop
c’mon and be my rima-lima-ding-dong
come on and be me blue blue blue blue moon”

well Mister Moon tried to settle down
keep on his finger a lucky ring he found
swearing this time it’ll last, them days of heartbreak in the past
the one and only Mister Christopher Moon

well on my left arm I got me a tattoo
bop-shoo-wop, bop-bop shoo-wop
a tattoo of a cheese filled cartoon moon
bop-shoo-bop, bop-bop-shoo-wop
people say “What’s that ‘bout?”
I just say “Hey c’mon now...
let me tell ya ‘bout Mister Christopher Moon”
Track Name: Artificial Chocolate
My legs were turning yellow, the sahde of Easter hay
cracked on a barn floor, unable to move
and I was trying to find my way by digging through the clay
to find the kind that created me and you
I said ‘baby put down that guitar, I’ll keep you warm don’t fall apart
I’ll turn this cold beach into a high noon lawn
and I’ll put on my blue dress, we’ll hit the road as travelers blessed
venture to Bellingham and beyond’
because everything you say when you look at me that way
is like a heavy rock thrown into a small pond
tonight I want to see where all the spotlights in the sky are coming from
feel your breath to make my body hum
and shouldn’t we be seeing leaves by now, seeing the leaves change back to brown
is this a trick to have a summer before fall?
cause summer goes by so fast, you’ll think to yourself as leaves go past
‘haven’t I been through this before, haven’t I been through this before’

(coming down hard)
on artificial chocolate
(coming down hard)
where to land you’ll wonder where
coming down hard
in a neverending summer baby
roll of the bones is racing through the air

and what have I been doing all this time but waiting to follow through
pack it up and go back to New York?
pouring all my energy into someone with I should not be
finding a reason to put back in the cork
and you turn me around from that direction that I’ve found
so I can’t see ir or where trust should be stored
and you’re always keeping score and making love a chore
wearing a purple heart for a forgotten war”

(coming down hard)
on artificial chocolate
(coming down hard)
where to land you’ll wonder where
coming down hard
in a neverending summer baby
roll of the bones is racing through the air

they’ll say "Diana you’re so thin when I come back home again
you don’t take care of yourself, let your family instead"
so I eat and gain the weight cause you know I always hate
to disappoint so I give in to the dread”

and I could feel the magic gone, I knew something had gone wrong
from the moment when it first appeared
you know the first time that we kissed, you said you were scared but I missed
what I saw as confidence you felt as fear
and I know that something broke inside when you were a kid and still called Josh
some bullies pushed you and some courage then got lost
and now you promise all the pearls you found with me to other girls
and me leaving now has to make up the cost
cause I can’t be around to repair everything fucked up in there
you have to be alone to figure out what’s wrong
even though you worship me, it’s safe baby to need
a lover to cover what you haven’t yet let bleed
and shouldn’t we be seeing leaves by now, seeing the leaves change back to brown
is this a trick to have a summer before fall
cause summer goes by so fast you think to yourself as leaves go past
haven’t I been though this before, haven’t I been through this before

(coming down hard)
on artificial chocolate
(coming down hard)
it’s OK not to be scared
coming down hard
in a neverending summer baby
roll of the bones is racing through the air
Track Name: Waiting on the Waffle
well the nighttime comes I don’t what to do
I get alone and I just think of you
I started to worry a long time ago
about everything I didn’t know
I was waiting, I was waiting

Sean and Chris were my best friends
all the way from that summer on to its end
taking in sights we could not believe
to roll back the tongue and choke all the cheese
we were waiting, we were waiting

we were waiting
we were waiting
:
for that one perfect creature to come right along
and give it all up for a joke and a song
how else to go about I never saw
I was waiting on the waffle to pop right up, I was waiting
I was waiting

I’ve been waiting on the waffle to come around
I’ve been waiting on the waffle to fall right down
I’ve been waiting on the waffle to pop right up
I’ve been waiting on the waffle to come

if I had some jam I’d get me a jar
and bury it deep down in my backyard
dream all day of that sticky sweet
at home at night waiting for me
yeah waiting, waiting
yeah waiting, waiting

to be whatever fruit I might be thinking of
a peach apple cherry banana or plum
taken it straight off the back of the truck
where I’m hangin’ around and pushin’ my luck and waiting
I’ve been waiting yeah waiting

yeah I’ve been waiting on the waffle to come around
I’ve been waiting on the waffle to fall right down
I’ve been waiting on the waffle to pop right up
I’ve been waiting on the waffle to come

when I think of the chances I had, I get lost
I stop dreaming of you and start paying cost
the sight of you standing there waiting to touch
by all of the rest is right nowblocked
and I’m waiting, waiting

for that one perfect creature to come right along
and give it all up for a joke and a song
how else to go about I never saw
I been waiting on the waffle to pop right up I been

I been waiting on the waffle to come around
I been waiting on the waffle to fall right down
I been waiting on the waffle to pop right up
I been waiting on the waffle to come
Track Name: Panthers Medley: Panthers/I Want it That Way (featuring Kate Noson & Allison Tulloss)
temper is a package, pulling at it’s bow
darling, disasters help you grow
panthers build their plots to bury
daughters leave their dads to marry

hide with me in the weeds
I’m proving death again

temper is the warp speed of red flashes
all the bells ringing God forbid
did I catch you in the flashes?
did I catch you in the flashes?

hide with me in the weeds
I’m prooving death again

you are my fire, my one desire
believe me when I say
that I want it that way

but we are two world far apart
and I can’t reach down into your heart
when you say
that I want it that way

tell me why
ain’t nothing but a heartache
tell me why
ain’t nothing but a mistake
tell me why
I never want to hear you say
that I want it that way

am I your fire, your one desire
and I know that it’s too late
but I want it that way

tell me why
ain’t nothing but a heartache
tell me why
ain’t nothing but a mistake
tell me why
I never want to hear you say
that I want it that way

now I can see that we’ve fallen apart from the way that it used to be
no matter the distance I want you to know that deep down inside of me
I’m proving death, proving death, proving death...
Track Name: Yearbook Photo (August 7, 2000)
GINA MARIE RETURNS TO KENOSHA HARBOR

well the breath always slides right out of my reach
leaving a crash by itself to teach
of a way to circle back to the home
that was just left for first time to roam

all of those girls were just fantasies
impossible unreachable destinies
only after your wreck did one come along
to be who we’ve dreamed of since we were young

when your body came back from oversea
I knew that true love wasn’t promised to me
the summer taunting below and above
never telling which one instead Ishould love

but Gina all I do to help now
is ask the angels to tell me how
to free your ears from the daily attack
of hearing us beg to someway somehow have you back

when I look at you now my eyes always fall
on a face caught in motion that can’t recall
how it felt to look up and be so amazed
needlessly shy, pointlessly afraid

of ever crossing dividing line
believing all legend implied
now ever since I just take stance
of a teenager waiting to take chance

and Gina I know that I have to let go
but it’s like it was then, me passing so slow
waiting and watching for the ascent
the selfishness in heart needing to prevent

when we get to heaven we’ll walk down the streets paved with gold
when we get to heaven I know we won’t ever have to grow old
when we get to heaven we’ll stand on the top of the sun
when we get to heaven away from dark fields we will run

into tunnels towards our earned escape
into realm where the limits must lose their shape
conquering whole distance of infinite space
while the weight from our souls is finally erased

along with all the anger that you had to leave
any reason offered up we refused to believe
didn’t he know all of us would be following you
the emptiness inside destroying us too

your absence and presence fight to fill room
but neither of them can purge all the gloom
that anchors us wherever we stand or we lay
until we can forgive by ourside here you’ll stay

when we get to heaven we’ll walk down the streets paved with gold
when we get to heaven oh no we won’t ever have to grow old
when we get to heaven we’ll stand on the top of the sun
when we get to heaven away from dark fields we will run

every shade now is drawn
to keep out the coming dawn
in dreams she just might return
and ask why I’m slow to learn
to be brave while I’m awake
but all that’s left is all she didn’t take

and all the regret takes over again
I think of all out loud I said
over and over I kept asking why
why I couldn’t make one final try

in the depths of her eyes I search
for the leaving bird’s lift-off perch
she says that I could stay
but I have to be on my way

and let the speed slow to halt once again
let movement be still around the bend
let the silence retear every mend
let the aching commence to begin

well I’ll see her crying but I won’t trust my eyes
I’ve got to look down and let those tears slide
I’ve got to let go by letting this prayer go unsent
so you’ll journey to paradise for you meant

and Gina when fog leaves the harbor you’ll rise
over those rolling waves to meet parting skies
opening to just then reveal the way
ihat ladder of light you’ll climb up while here I’ll stay

but you know I, I’ll come flying up there myself someday
a bag in my hand of the fortune I’ll make
I’ll open to let out cold harbor air
on top of the bed that from these years you’ll stare
at us offering trace of a kiss
to tell you the things that we will all miss
in your arms we’ll fall begging you as we cry
to never again tell us goodbye

when we get to heaven we’ll walk down the streets paved with gold
when we get to heaven oh no we won’t ever have to grow old
when we get to heaven we’ll stand on the top of the sun
when we get to heaven away from dark fields we will run
Track Name: My Pink Booth
you thought that I was something special
one little look gave it away
I always watched in amazement
the one that I wanted being replaced

and I know that I acted like a child
couldn’t peel shell off the egg
the trouble came in remembering
a moment while another was taking place

then I’d bring back every word you said
consider gospel what should have been dead but

only in the shelter of my pink booth
could I confess at all in my pink booth
and fill every corner of my pink booth
to make the curtain fall in my pink booth

I didn’t take all I wanted
but I didn’t stop wanting all I could take
only when I was abandoned
I decided to do to another the same

after begging for penance on the floor
spilling my same sin over and over

trembling in the brightness of my pink booth
a light always providing in my pink booth
and funneling fulfillment in my pink booth
til we’re safe and secure in my pink booth

my pink booth little by little is crumbling down
I must go in one last time to empty out
knowing just one more opening is all I get
to hide away and truly repent

but i don’t want to let go of what I want
and miss all the juices I know will haunt
and think it’s not too late to right a wrong
even as alarms keep going off

and they’ll ring in the walls of my pink booth
going ding-dong-ding in my pink booth
the clanging here to stay in my pink booth
so I’ll sink all the way in my pink booth

where the milkman sings in my pink booth
and the half-wing wrings in my pink booth
on the throne sits the king of my pink booth
Mama don’t take away my pink booth
Mama don’t take away my pink booth