Let's Have Friends Around For Dinner

by Andrew London

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    Third album with basic trio of Andrew London (guitar), Kirsten London (bass) and Nils Olsen (reeds) joined by Wayne Mason (keyboard), James Tait Jamieson (sax & melodica) and Nigel Patterson (trumpet).

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Songs about corporate arrogance, road rage, lost love, ageing, playing boring background gigs, coffee, and the futility of a career in jazz.

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released January 31, 2016

All songs by Andrew London except Dancing With Your Ghost, lyrics by Lindsay Rabbitt, music by Andrew London; and Would You Like To Play The Guitar, lyrics by Pat Donohue and music by Jimmy van Heusen. Recorded at Matrix Digital Studios in Wellington, New Zealand; engineered, mixed and mastered by Phil Adams and Blair MacDonald. Artwork by Gerad Taylor (taylorgraphics.co.nz), photography Jeremy Fleming.

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Andrew London New Zealand

New Zealand singer/songwriter of mainly (but not exclusively) satirical original songs in a mainly (but not exclusively) 1940s swing genre.

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Track Name: Speed Up at The Overtaking Lane
I like to drive, on a sunny Sunday afternoon
get out there for an easy ride, lookin’ around at the countryside
I’m cool, in the zone today, truckin’ along doing 80 ks
just slow on down if I’m in your way
never mind that line behind, get closer all the time
slow down Jack, gotta hold ‘em back ,till I see the passing sign

Speed up - at the overtaking lane,
step on the gas, don’t let ‘em by, gotta keep ahead of the other guy
Speed up - at the overtaking lane
put the pedal down, top gear at last, look at everybody going by so fast,
speed up, speed up......then

Slow down, at the other end
slide on back down through the gears, do 75 again
say what? say what you say? I don’t know why that crazy fool
behind me can’t keep his cool
Hang on now, there’s another sign, for a passing lane ahead
there’s a lotta room, it’s a double lane, and the blood rush to my head

Ah... see... I told you so
you overtake at a hundred & forty, no surprise that you got caught
he gotcha - but he didn’t get me....and if you’d’a just hung in behind
that traffic cop woulda drove on by

but wait on now, there’s another sign, for a passing lane ahead
there’s a lotta room, it’s a double lane, and the blood rush to my head

Speed Up.....
Track Name: Let's Have Friends Around For Dinner
Let's have friends around for dinner, it's ages since we did
show off our renovations, and our high-achieving kids
perhaps we'll get Samantha, to play the violin
and have George recite soliloquies from one of those nice Shakespearian plays he's in.

Let’s have friends around for dinner, open something nice
perhaps that pinot noir from Central you got Sam to sign
remember how we had to chase him down and ask him twice
We’ll talk holiday destinations and play our world CDs
like the one we stole from that obscure and starving gypsy band we found in Greece, or was it Nice

Lets have friends around for dinner, open up our home
let everybody know we’re Party Central there’s no point in being hip and fascinating on our own

Let’s have friends around for dinner, select them carefully
perhaps that couple from the yacht club, I see she drives a Porsche, and he’s director of a finance company
they’re just back from Honolulu, they’re not short of a bob
She says avoiding penniless investors has become a full time job

Let’s have friends around for dinner, share some joie de vie
we can always use that story about your Mother being ill if we encounter unexpected incompatibility
cos they might not be from Auckland, so we’ll be sympathetic but aloof
make out that we’re concerned about our housing prices climbing through the roof.
Track Name: I Never Been To Texas
Well it might not be too clever and it might not be too smart
but I try to make my living playing songs on this guitar
Travel round the country, livin’ barely mouth to hand
make just enough to feed my band

I play jazz & blues & country music, sometimes rock ‘n’roll
I’ll play anything they ask for, cos it’s all good for your soul
but a funny thing I noticed, that I think it’s fair to say to say
is all the places that I sing about are in the USA...

But I never been to Texas, nor to San Francisco Bay
& I never done Route 66, Chicago to L.A.
I don’t get the blues in Baton Rouge, nor Memphis, Tennessee
& Alabama’s no sweet home for me

& I never take the ‘A’ Train up to Harlem or to Queens
never played a rag on 12th street nor a house in New Orleans
I don’t set my watch to Tulsa time, & Georgia’s never on my mind
& I never met the Rose of San Antone

But I like to play this music every time I get the chance
and I don‘t care if they wanna drink or talk or fight or dance
if there’s a western swing band up in Heaven, ‘less I’m wrong
when they play them songs about Texas, they gonna let me sing along

so I won’t go back to Massachusetts, Maryland nor Maine
I don’t know the way to San Jose, nor Amarillo same
there’s lots of pretty girls in Arizona, so I’m told, but
by the time time I get to Phoenix, I’ll be way too old

and I won’t be going to Jackson, I’m not Mississippi bound
& I’m not going to Carolina, in my mind or on the ground
& they say the lights are always bright on Broadway, but I find
I’m never in that New York state of mind.....
Track Name: Gettin' Old and Gettin' Tired
Gettin' old & gettin' tired leaves a lot to be desired
things I used to do I can't do now
the girls I used to squeeze have all got artificial knees
and chance'd be a fine thing anyhow

I used to like to dance but it's become a game of chance
a gamble with the laws of gravity
gettin' down is really hip, but it's become a one way trip
Gettin' Old & Gettin'Tired is killing me

Gettin' Old & Gettin'Tired leaves me very uninspired
my mind is like the land that time forgot
I retain with clarity events of 1953
but can't be sure I’m wearing underwear or not

the Autumn leaves are falling, I hear Waikanae a-calling
they'll be bringing out my pills at half past three
I get peculiar aches and pains and my foot hurts when it rains
getting old & getting tired is killing me

Gettin' Old & Gettin' tired leaves a lot to be desired
things I used to do I can't do now
The tank is down to half but I suppose you gotta laugh
cos chance'd be a fine thing anyhow

I never like to moan, at least my teeth are all my own,
I put them in a glass to keep them clean
Gettin' old & gettin' tired leaves a lot to be desired
gettin' old & gettin' tired is killing me
Gettin' Old & Gettin'Tired is killing me
Track Name: Don't You Know Who I Am?
I wear a suit. that never hung on any rack
I had it made don’t it suit me well
I wear a tie, and some black Italian shoes
made outta calfskin, come on down & have a smell

and when I talk, I talk of market opportunities
of stocks and shares and iron mines , and redefining bottom lines

I know, just what to say and what to do, and where to stand so I can move on up the queue
I don’t need you to like me or to ask me out to tea, but I do require your R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?

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Hey do I know you, come on , you’ve got about a minute
just keep talking while I look around the room
I wear a smile, I stick it on at breakfast
and I keep it up until late afternoon

and when I talk, I talk of market opportunities
of bulls and bears and iron mines , and redefining bottom lines

I know, just what to say and what to do, and where to stand so I can move on up the queue
I’m the cheese and I’m the ham, hey I’m one important man, and I’d ask you what your name is but I just don’t give a damn

Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?

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I wear a suit. that never hung on any rack
I had it made, and don’t it suit me well?

I wear a smile, I was issued by the company
you see my CEO has one as well