Lemonade LIVE

by Mary Prankster

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From the Glass Eye magazine - Bowling Green, OH:

"This ten-track offering from Baltimore-bred rock and roll cutie pie Mary Prankster was recorded at the famed 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.. It is a testament to her resilience. Apparently, just before the tour began her bandmates ditched her and she somehow managed to put this crack band together at the last minute and not only pull off the tour, but record a damn good live album as well. It's a mix of mostly classic MP gems like "Mercyfuck" and "Irresponsible Woman" with three brand new tunes thrown into the mix, including "Stars" and the title track, "Lemonade". The lineup is a departure from Mary's usual rock band, incorporating accordion, double bass, and piano and Mary shelves her trademark Paul Reid Smith for an acoustic guitar. All told, this lends a much more rootsy, countrified feel to her normally sugary pop-rock sound. This is a great live document of an eminently lovable and talented rock goddess. It incorporates a lot of the songs and swagger that those of us in the know have come to appreciate about Mary, but also manages to reinvent those same aspects to give us a fresh look at an old favorite. " - Jay Harrington

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released January 1, 2004

Produced by Mary Prankster
Recorded May 10, 2003 at the 930 Club, Washington, DC
Live Recording by Robert Kirk
Mastered by Robert Kirk
Mixed and Mastered at Treehouse Mobile Recording Studio, Winston-Salem, NC

Mary Prankster - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Andy Mabe - Double Bass
Terry Klawth - Drums, Percussion
Cliff Retallick - Piano, Keyboard
Corn Mo - Accordion
Val Yumm - Backing Vocals
Lou Brutus - Additional Vocals
Mark Langa - Additional Accordion

Art Direction - Mary Prankster
Cover Art and Design - Christopher McCauley
Photo - John F. Johnston

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Lyrically merciless, genre-promiscuous Charm City cult hero with a fanbase of thinking men's men and fierce, god-like women. Sign up for the mailing list at maryprankster.com for info on new tunes and more...

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Track Name: Whistlestop (LIVE)
Came out to my show tonight
And brought your brand-new lover
Playin' nice and cool, you know
Not tryin' to blow your cover

You're clean as a whistle
But that don't make you fine
You think any game's a good one
Long as the trains run on time

Standing in the front row
Makin' sure that I could see
Pointin' at the set list
Sayin', "That one's about me."

Yeah, you're clean as a whistle
But that don't make you fine
You think any game's a good one
Long as the trains run on time

Some days you was red
And some days you was black
Some days you was Johnny
And some days you was Jack

Took the tickets at the door
In your conductor's hat
Told your buddies at the bar
"I had me some of that"

And now you're clean as a whistle
But that don't make you fine
You think any game's a good one
Long as the trains run on time

You're clean as a whistle
But that don't make you fine
You think any game's a good one
Long as the trains run on time
Track Name: Stars (LIVE)
Acres of hopeless spin out from the city
The traffic lights don't work to blink
Three generations of lead poison crazy
Too undernourished to think

Armchair messiahs
Too scared to drive through here
Somebody's got some
Explaining to do here

(Oh how they burn) Who put the stars in my eyes?
(Oh how they burn) Who put the stars in my eyes?
(Oh how they burn) How they burn

Don't sweat the grand, 'cause they lie on the stand
And it's only your word against his
Serving, protecting, extortion collecting
But try calling that what it is

Safe in a system
That pays by the hour
Who's gonna miss some
Abuses of power?

(Oh how they burn) Who put the stars in my eyes?
(Oh how they burn) Who put the stars in my eyes?
(Oh how they burn) How they burn

Out on the town tonight cursing my name
Or home alone wondering why
Searching in vain for a shoulder to blame
And hoping that you're not the guy

Losing to win
The survivors prevail
Here in the world
Of constructive betrayal

(Oh how they burn) You put the stars in my eyes
(Oh how they burn) You put the stars in my eyes
(Oh how they burn) How they burn
Track Name: Lemonade (LIVE)
I've had a bumper crop of lemons in my life
I've had a hurricane of citrus-flavored strife
But I got a half an hour, and a juicer, and a carving knife

I've seen the future and it looks like Lemonade
Yes, I've seen the future and it looks like Lemonade
Mix an ocean of a potion, make you wish you never stayed

I'm gonna sugar-coat the sour things I say
I'm gonna water down my wicked, worldly way
I'm gonna sell it by the roadside every sunny Summer day

I've seen the future and it looks like Lemonade
Yes, I've seen the future and it looks like Lemonade
Mix an ocean of a potion, make you wish you never stayed

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