Bob Westfall & John Rogers: "The Perfect Afternoon" Live In Prince George (2019)

by Bob Westfall & John Rogers

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This Lo-Fi styled album was casually recorded live in the living room of John and Anne Rogers' Prince George home on the afternoon of Friday, August 2nd, 2019, using a Zoom H2 Handy Recorder. Bob sings the songs he wrote. John sings the songs he wrote. Jack the dog was overseer of production. John Rogers is also a talented wood and soapstone carver and an accomplished sailor. Thanks to Anne for shooting the cover photo. Thanks to Jaimen Shires for the help in post-production.

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released September 13, 2019

Bob Westfall - Yamaha acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals.
John Rogers - Larrivee acoustic guitar and vocals.
Anne - photographer.
Jack - moral support.

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Track Name: Tuesday
TUESDAY
Tuesday morning I’m looking for a ride
I need someplace I can go and hide
Alarm clock is always telling me what to do
Get up in the morning, put on my working shoes
And I walk, I toe the line
But it feels just like I’m doing time

On my way to work
I don’t know what I’ve seen
Pull into the parking lot
Wonder what I could have been
And I walk, I toe the line
But it feels just like I’m doing time

This road leads to nowhere
I feel I’m sinking fast
I hope maybe some day
I can call this all my past
And I walk, I toe the line
But it feels just like I’m doing time

I look down the road but I just don’t see the light
But I’ll hold on to my dreams and something might go right
And I walk, I toe the line
But it feels just like I’m doing time

The working day begins and the gears are moving fast
Eight hours it’s all over and another day goes past
On my drive back home, the lights are always red
Sometimes it’s hard to deal with all these thoughts in my head
And I walk, I toe the line
But it feels just like I’m doing time

(c) John Rogers
Track Name: Walking Down The Road
WALKING DOWN THE ROAD
I'm walking down the road
I'm walking down the road
Where I'm going, I don't know
I'm just walking down the road

Maybe I'll go to Mexico
Maybe I'll go to Idaho
It's pretty in June in Saskatoon
Way up through Alaska too

I'm walking down the road
I'm walking down the road
Where I'm going, I don't know
I'm just walking down the road

Guitars, harmonicas
Living the life I wanna, 'cause
9 to 5's monotonous
Traveling life is all or bust

Got no troubles, go no cares
I'm free and clear as mountain air
Life's a dream, if you dare
Close your eyes, it'll take you there

18-wheelers pass me by
Some stop to offer rides
Driver says, "Supposed to rain"
That's when I smile and say

I'm walking down the road
I'm walking down the road
Where I'm going, I don't know
I'm just walking down the road

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: My Bike
MY BIKE
When I was a young boy, I waited for the train
I stood on the platform in the sun or the rain
I knew my bike would soon arrive
I saw it in the window at the five and dime
Each morning I woke up too young to go to school
I walked down to the station and waited for the train

When I heard that horn blast, my heart would race
I knew my bike was here at last and I could go for a ride

Hey mister conductor, Is there a bike in your car?
You see I’ve been waiting here a while
He said, “I’m sorry son”, sometimes he called me by name
He said, “I looked at the other station young man, but your little red bike never came.”

When I heard that horn blast, my heart would race
I knew my bike was here at last and I could go for a ride

That train would chug away pulling on my dreams
Promises broken that’s just the way it seems
Now I don’t like to make a promise, don’t want to make a mistake
Most times can be relied on and sometimes got what it takes

When I heard that horn blast, my heart would race
I knew my bike was here at last and I could go for a ride

Now when I see a train, I remember those days
How I stood on the platform looking both ways
I can see the steam rise I hear the breaks squeal
Most off I remember the slamming of that door
Hey mister conductor, is there a bike in your car?
You see I’ve been waiting here a while
He said, “I’m sorry son”, sometimes he called me by name
“I looked at the other station young man but your little red bike never came.”

When I heard that horn blast, my heart would race
I knew my bike was here at last and I could go for a ride

(c) John Rogers
Track Name: Steel Rail Blues
STEEL RAIL BLUES
One of these days, I'm gonna ride that train
Just to see where it takes me
For lately I've been thinking that maybe
Anywhere's a better place to be

I'd send a letter to my baby
But I've been away too long
I'd be a fool to think she'd wait for me
I know she's done gone and moved on

It pains me so to picture her sleeping
Softly in the arms of another
Does she dream the dreams she dreamed with me
When I was her lover?

In my dreams her arms unfold before me
Open wide, willing, ready and waiting
To embrace me, and to take me
To her heart and console me
Keep me far from lonely

Them steel rails, they're crying
Calling out for me to ride 'em
Maybe that long, lonesome train
Will take me home again
Maybe that long, lonesome train
Will take me home again.

(c) Bob Westfall 2006
Track Name: Rubber Ball Blues
RUBBER BALL BLUES
Sometimes your life feels like a big rubber ball
And you don’t know which way to roll
It can carry you up or leave you flat on the ground
But don’t let your blues take you away

Don’t you believe it when they tell you those lies
Oh, can’t you see it when you look into my eyes?

You hear the phone ring, you shake as she picks up her end
‘Cause you really don’t know what to say
You hang up the phone and slowly walk away
Kick a stone down the road into the day

Don’t you believe it when they tell you those lies
Oh, can’t you see it when you look into my eyes?

So you feel like a carousel you spin round and you spin round
Never know when you’ll get your feet back down on the ground
You spin and you spin don’t know where you’re going or where you bin
Just want to pick up the pieces and walk on

Don’t you believe it when they tell you those lies
Oh, can’t you see it when you look into my eyes?

Sometimes your life feels like a big rubber ball
And you don’t know which way to roll
It can carry you up or leave you flat on the ground
But don’t let your blues take you away

Don’t you believe it when they tell you those lies
Oh, can’t you see it when you look into my eyes?

(c) John Rogers
Track Name: Two Moons Behind
TWO MOONS BEHIND
With a fist full of dollars I ride on alone
Through a desert of dust deserted like death
With eyes cold as stone
To a town on the outskirts of nowhere
Full of lust, lead, and guns
Where countless bottles of whisky await
A bandit on the run, freedom I have known
But will never know again
For they'll hang me if they catch me
Hang me high in the street
Cut me down, dig up the ground
Bury me six feet deep
'Cause I'm three days ahead
Of a man lying dead
And a star packing posse
Just two moons behind
Just two moons behind

(c) Bob Westfall 2010
Track Name: Tired Eyes
TIRED EYES
Lay down your tired eyes, forget your journey for a while
There’s a light on the horizon
Maybe tomorrow clears skies
Maybe tomorrow clear skies

Come the morning brings new fears
Sometimes the lights don’t show the way
Another wrinkle marks the years
But it’s just another day. Yeah it’s just another day

When the good times have all gone
There ain’t no way to get ‘em back
Sometimes you think they are the one
But like the last slips through the cracks
Like the last slips through the cracks

It’s time to wake and toe the line
Ain’t no one shows you the way
But maybe one more glass of wine
Will help you through another day
Will help you through another day

Standing there you’re all alone
Happens daily sunshine or rain
Thumb in the air, high heeled shoes
Who’s gonna help you with your blues?
Who’s gonna help you with your blues?

(c) John Rogers
Track Name: Lost In Austin
LOST IN AUSTIN
I'm lost in Austin
At the Chili Parlor Bar
Drinking Mad Dog margaritas
Looking for Guy Clark

There's salt on the rim
There's a lime at the bottom
They say the nachos'll kill ya
So I got 'em

I'm soaking up the scene
Just sittin' here
Watching a woman suck back
Lonestar beer

There's a fat man eating chili
With a tear in his eye
It takes more than a senorita
To make a Texican cry

Guess I'll pay my bill
Get up and go
Blow down south
To San Antonio

I'm lost in Austin
At the Chili Parlor Bar
Drinking Mad Dog Margaritas
Looking for Guy Clark

(c) Bob Westfall 2012
Track Name: Other Days
OTHER DAYS
I see the old man dancing
The rain is falling
His trousers are tattered
He don’t look my way
His eyes are empty
His thoughts are stolen

Won’t you please toss him a nickel for his coffee.

You see him dancing down on Young and Dundas
He’s collecting spare change from soft people
He plays his harp so softly
He don’t know what he’s playing

Won’t you please toss him a nickel for his coffee.

We sit in the hard rock café
French fries not eaten
We talk about Robert Plant’s guitar
Take some pictures
The old man is outside
All alone but he’s not lonely

Won’t you please toss him a nickel for his coffee.

His hands they shake until he drinks his beer
People think he’s crazy. He don’t drive a car
Ah, He’s only human. Who do they think they are?

Won’t you please toss him a nickel for his coffee.

The music stops.
The old man walks away
He’s got no place to go
No, he don’t pay hydro
But he’ll be back here tomorrow
Down on Young and Dundas

Won’t you please toss him a nickel for his coffee.

(c) John Rogers
Track Name: Smile While The Sun Shines
SMILE WHILE THE SUN SHINES
Smile while the sun shines
Tomorrow may rain
Love while the heart sings
While it knows no pain
Life is a dream, a finite aside
Someday it will be a flash
Before our eyes
So,
Smile while the sun shines
Tomorrow may rain
Love while the heart sings
While it knows no pain
Seeking beauty, seeking truth
Finding wisdom in the innocence of youth

Smile while the sun shines
Tomorrow may rain
Love while the heart sings
While it knows no pain

(c) Bob Westfall 2014
Track Name: Start The Car
START THE CAR
Early morning just past six
We’ll be there, skates and sticks
Seems like last week Bobby Skates
We chased that chair across the lake
Helmets bobbing on the players bench
Nervous parents, is my kid next?
Gate rattles open here comes the child
Skates on ice they’re running wild
Whistle blows, pucks in the net
Game’s all over. Time for hot chocolate
Start the car.

Days sneak by, turn to years
Sticks are slapping, the crowds all cheer
Down at the bar we’ll have a beer
See you all on the ice next year
I’ll sharpen your skates and start the car
Try to be wherever you are
It’s all a part of life’s big game
Sharpen the skates. Start the car.

(c) John Rogers
Track Name: Two Or Three Blues
2 OR 3 BLUES
If I run around with other pretty girls
If I untie their pretty little curls
It doesn't mean that I don't love you
It doesn't mean that I don't love you
It just means I wanna be free to have me two or three
It doesn't mean that I don't love you

If your buddy Steve sees me on the drive
If he tells you, tell him I say "hi"
It doesn't mean that I don't love you
It doesn't mean that I don't love you
It just means I wanna be free to have me two or three
It doesn't mean that I don't love you

Well, if you get mad and say you're gonna leave
That's alright with me, I've got some tricks up my sleeve
It doesn't mean that I don't love you
It doesn't mean that I don't love you
It just means I wanna be free to have me two or three
It doesn't mean that I don't love you

(c) Bob Westfall 2012
Track Name: It's All Along The Way
IT'S ALL ALONG THE WAY
I stand here, I watch the sky measure the years gone by
Was it today or yesterday
All my thoughts were gathered and they blew away
I stand at the crossroad and try to find my way
Try to find my way

It’s all along the way.

There’s a feeling stirring up in me
I try, but I cannot define
Could it be the reason God sent me here
Or am I just a piece of the puzzle
Under the carpet, and I try to find my way
Try to find my way

It’s all along the way.

Now the sun is sinking and the spirits come to pray
On the meek and mixed up minds
Of the ones who come to play so they can run away
They end up walking and they will be back another day
They will be back another day

It’s all along the way.

I try to explain but my thoughts are washed away
Like the gutter boats on a rainy day
The lights are dim, it’s cold and damp
But I’ll find my way. Got to find my way
I got to find my way. Oh oh oh
It’s all along the way.

(c) John Rogers

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