Sittin' on the Roof

by Ari Lantela

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This here is just a little set of songs i made for my family. Dedicated to my nieces Laana and Kaija.

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released February 1, 2016

Ari Lantela - Geetar, Vox, Suitcase, Foot Tambo, Mando, Cornet
Jasmin Frederickson - Vox on track 1 and 3
Natalie Ramsay - Vox on track 3
Cassidy Waring - Vox on track 7

Markus Jarvinen - Producer
Nic Frey - Artwork

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Ari Lantela Salmon Arm, British Columbia

A guitar, a suitcase and some original country blues. Ain't nothin too fancy.

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Track Name: This Rickety House
This rickety house
walls so torn
secrets fill rooms
with ghosts forlorn

Past may haunt
and carry great pain
Theres a thick heavy fog
thats surrounded by blame

This rickety house
needs some work
This rickety house
where ghosts lurk

Those lukewarm moonbeams, barely feed your soul
Dark shadows hover, stumbling to the shore
You long for the light, your heart to revive
Seek shelter by stars, until morning rise

Tears seep through
windows of the soul
walls stand strong
until emotions take toll

ghosts are set free
healing winds blow
floors are swept clean
time is on loan

Let healing begin, let it come from within
Let healing begin, let sunshine in
This rickety house has been fixed
This old house, this rickety house.
Track Name: Cornbread
Heat up the cast iron skillet
Time to make us some cornbread sons and daughters
Heat up the cast iron skillet
Time to make us some cornbread sons and daughters
Heat up the cast iron skillet
Time to make us some cornbread...
Cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, honey, milk and butter
Mix it all up and toss it into the skillet
Oven 450 for 25 minutes
Cool it sucka, then serve it to the children
Cool it sucka, then serve it to the children of the world

Heat up that cast iron skillet
Gonna make this batch of cornbread
Heat up that cast iron skillet
Gotta combine these ingredients
Cornmeal, baking powder, salt-eggs, honey, milk and butter
You know what I'm sayin?
Cornmeal, baking powder, salt-eggs, honey, milk and butter
Mix the wet stuff, dry stuff separately
Combine em in a big bowl, toss em in the skillet
Oven 450 for 25 minutes
Cool it for a little bit, toss em in a basket
Make sure to keep some warmth in so use a couple blankets...

Gotta make my way to that village
Even under these treacherous conditions,
Gotta feed all of them children
Little Jerry, Little Maude, Little Gary, Little Claude- can't forget little Claude
Under my watch these little ones ain't gonna starve...

It's nice to see those smiling faces
All the loved ones sweet embraces
It's time to retreat back to my cabin
Cause I can't stand... Civilization.
Track Name: The River is Calling Me
The river it's calling me-
andering through my veins
Traveling along the main arteries
Branching to a quiet place

We all just float on by

Feelin' all the urgency
It's hard to sit still, doesn't
Make sense to me until
I'm breathing through my gills

The river is calling me,
Screaming out my name.
Conjuring up old memories,
Some things don't ever change.

We all just float on by

Make the same old trek
Year in and year out
Never having no regrets
Except when foaming at the mouth

Reaching to the universe
In the grass we lie down
Staring at the mysterious
Sharing thoughts all around
We are the children of the wilderness
Lost in the loud
Returning to the origins
Once in awhile

The river is calling me,
Promising adventurous times,
Testing all of our abilities,
Making our characters shine.

we all just float on by.

The river is calling me-
andering through my soul.
Track Name: Green Truck Blues
Got the beat up old green truck blues
Bruised up legs and callused hands
Workin' my way to heaven
I'll be working til the day that I die
I wouldn't, have it, any other way oh my.

Workin my way to heaven
Got no boss givin' me direction
Won't let nobody, tell me what to do
Workin on whatever I choose

Got the beat up old green truck blues
Sun getting cut by the mountaintop
Been workin' all day in the shop
I'll be workin' til past midnight
I wouldn't ever want to have it, any other way oh my.

Some nights I dream
'bout-things I could be doin better
Then before first daylight
I'm up and out and goin to get her
Immerse yourself in something
and you'll go a little crazy
In order to take that first step,
already gotta be a little crazy

Got the beat up old green truck blues
Been used so much still got a solid frame
It's a miracle she even runs
After all that we been through
Still watchin' landscapes roll by
And I wouldn't ever want to have it, any other way oh my.

Workin my way to heaven
Got no boss givin' me direction
Won't let nobody, tell me what to do
Workin on whatever I choose
Track Name: Right Inside
I've lived my life, as I felt right
Maybe it's got something to do with my ma and pa
Ingrained in my head, from my first daylight
Can't hold anything inside that feels like it's wrong

I've got to admit, when it's all my fault
I've got to forgive, small as it may sound

People they change, with experience
Got to be open when opportunities unfold
If I stayed the same, I'd be on the fence
Regretting-the-choice that I didn't make when I become too old.

Still I've got to admit, when it's all my fault
I've got to forgive, even though it feels like I just want to shout

I've burst out in anger, become a stranger.
Blamed everybody else, become hazardous to my own health
Turned a blind eye, felt and fire inside and watched it die
And I've hung my head and cried...

And yet I've lived my life, as I felt right
It's got everything to do with family
And all of the values instilled inside of me

And so I've got to admit, when it's all my fault
I've got to forgive, even though it feels like I just want to shout
I've got to apologize, to feel right inside.
Track Name: Still got the Blues
Well I ain't got no worries no more
I still got the blues but I ain't got no worries
I still got the blues but I ain't got no worries
I still got the blues but I ain't got no worries no more

I've left my troubles at the door
I still got the blues but I've left my troubles
I still got the blues but I've left my troubles
I still got the blues but I've left my troubles at the door

I'm headed out to the west coast
I still got the blues but I'm heading out to
I still got the blues but I'm heading out to
I still got the blues but I'm heading out to the east coast

Gonna put on my traveling shoes
Cuz I'll never be rid of these blues
It's in my lungs just like the air we breathe
I'll never be rid of these blues...

I'll never be rid of these blues
But that's the way I'd rather it be
It's in my lungs just like the air we breathe
I'll never be rid of these blues

Ain't got no worries no more
I still got the blues but I ain't got no worries
I still got the blues but I ain't got no worries
I still got the blues but I ain't got no worries no more
Track Name: Sittin' on the Roof
There's a pair of girls, shoes pink and white
Blues stay away, awhile I wanna see you
Smiling with your eyes, wide awake at night
Time bypassing, outside climbing
Apple tree picking, noses underwater
Singin bath-tub, soaking in the soap
Pajama opera song, alpaca's at the farm
Hands making faces, silly young ladies

Not a day, goes by, when I don't think of you.
Your goof-ball smiles, and your hugs and kisses too.
I'll be gone for awhile, cause I've got some things to do.
I'll be thinking-about-the-next time, that we'll be sittin' on the roof.

A pair of young ladies, boyfriends maybe
Making out, I don't want to think about...

You can take your time, finding out your life
Workin on that ranch, makin' ponies prance
Garden in the back, farming ain't so bad
Singin' in a band, travel across the land
Computer program, circus elephants
electrician, veterinarian
Go to school maybe, don't forget family
By your side two four seven three six five
Not a day, goes by, when I don't think of you.
Your goof-ball smiles, and your hugs and kisses too.
I'll be gone for awhile, cause I've got some things to do.
I'll be thinking-about-the-next time, that we'll be sittin' on the roof.

Not a day, goes by, when you don't, cross my mind.
Your heart-warming smiles, keep me feelin' like a child.
I'll be gone for awhile, still some things I got to do.
I'll be thinking-about-the-next time, that we'll be sittin' on the roof.

I'll be thinking-about-the-next-time-that-we'll-be-sitting-and-drinking-juice, on the roof.