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This album was started as a way to honor songwriters of the golden era of Rock-n-Roll, all the way up until now, who have realized that the I-vi-IV-V, and other simple chord progressions were the best way to relate good times in the music while allowing a more complexed meaning to the lyrics. As the great George Jones once said, "When you're happy you enjoy the music. But, when you're sad, you understand the lyrics." That my friends, is what this album is all about. Enjoy.

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released December 24, 2015

James Nelson; Vocals, Guitars, Keys
Shaaron Schuemaker; Bass, Vocals
John Frazer; Drums, Vocals, Harmonica
Gary Peck; Horns on All Revved Up
Ken New; Saxophone on All Revved Up
Amanda Nelson; Vocals on Hard For Me To Move
Dejon Wells; Engineering and Production Assistance

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Capt James Nelson / aka James Nelson and the Studebakers San Diego, California

Hi, I am James A Nelson. I have been writing songs since I was 13. I have produced a few bands over the years, and have worked in many genres. I hope you enjoy the real depth behind these tunes. Enjoy!

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Track Name: One 6 Four 5
I’m up late at night, and I’m trying to write,
while in my ear I hear a Beach Boys’ song
Then you look that way at me as you say to me,
“Please, baby, don’t be up too long.”

And when I look into your eyes
A realization comes to light
That the sweetest melodies seem to be in a One 6 Four 5

By my own confession that chord progression,
can really be an obsession of mine
And until the day I stray away,
I guess that they will be just fine

From Buddy Holly to Maroon Five
Four little chords make our music thrive
And the sweetest melodies seem to be in a One 6 Four 5

There will be a day not too far away
when we will all sit and reminisce
We’ll take our minds to a simpler time
when all of this seemed to make some sense

You’d agree with me if Rock-n-Roll
Lives and breathes with you in your soul
That the sweetest melodies seem to be in a One 6 Four 5
Track Name: Gonna Take Me A Ride
I’m going nowhere that I can’t get to by bike
I’m going nowhere that I can’t get to by bike
So I am leaving, gonna take me a ride
I’m going nowhere that I can’t get to by bike

I’m going nowhere that I can’t get to by bike
I’m going nowhere that I can’t get to by bike
And if I hurry, I can get there by night
I’m going nowhere that I can’t get to by bike

Baby, I’ve got to get out of sight
But don’t worry, I’ll be back tonight
Maybe by then, I will be alright
But ‘til then, I’m gonna take a ride

I’m going nowhere that I can’t get to by bike
I’m going nowhere that I can’t get to by bike
So I am leaving, gonna take me a ride
Yes I am leaving, I’m gonna take me a ride
Track Name: 1972
It was a beautiful day October ‘72
When I first, I first met you
A new kind of love like I hardly knew
For a little girl from 1972

Not long ‘til you became a friend of mine
And this has stood the test of time
Little sister I've loved you
Ever since 1972

You know your dreams
Aren't so far away
Getting closer everyday
So I say

Keep your sights up to the sky
Stand proud with your head up high
There’s no need for you to be blue
You know I’ve loved you since 1972
Track Name: Midnight By Candlelight
The kids are all gone
We’ve got the place to ourselves
What a time we could have
All alone for a change
How did we arrange that?

“Nevermind the details,” she said
As she put on something nice
Then she drew the blinds
While I poured the wine
And we were spending midnight by candlelight

Midnight By Candlelight

A stack of records on the RCA
Some good old Sam Cooke tunes
A little Beach Boys in there too
She looked at me, and I at her
And, well we knew just what to do

We talked awhile not about school
Or of work or about the kids’ grades
Not about bills or stressful things
We shared our true love ways
And we were spending midnight by candlelight

Midnight By Candlelight

Not like this is a new thing
It’s just been awhile
Just her and I
All alone for the night
Time to get things right

Midnight By Candlelight
Track Name: Don't Walk Away Angry
Baby now we’ve had our moments in between some really good times
And I know we still love each other even during our harshest fights
So next time I’m all uptight, and my tongue runs astray
Don’t walk away angry, just walk away

Sometimes we drag it on, to try and let our feelings out
And I know I need your love, so let me say I’m sorry now
When I get you at wits end, and my ego comes to play
Don’t walk away angry, just walk away
Track Name: Who Should I Be
Why should I see contingencies for what they say they can be?
Why should I run the rat-race and be what they want me to be?
Why should I learn to live a life of someone else’s dream?
Why should I ever be anything other than me?

Who should I be?

Why should I only believe in the things that I can see?
Why should I take in bread and wine to prove that He’s in me?
Why should I live my life well outside of my own dreams?
Why should I ever be anything other than me?

Who should I be?
Track Name: We Are The Lucky Ones
Friend or foe
Predator or prey
If we come away unscathed
We are the lucky ones

When it comes undone
What will we save
Nothing will matter then
We are the lucky ones


Don't try to change me; It's not my game
A small player on the stage; If by any other name
I never wanted anything from you; But just your love

Time will tell
If we'll be saved
The gates will open wide
We are the lucky ones

We are free
To call His name
If we only wish to be
We are the lucky ones

Don’t think you owe me; I’m not the one
Another lost soul; Out on my own
I never wanted anything from you; But just your love

Friend or foe; predator or prey
Only time will tell if we’ll be saved
I never wanted anything from you; But just your love
We are the lucky ones
Track Name: Somedays
Somedays… Somedays

Somedays I can’t wash the world off my skin
Somedays I wish I could fast forward to the end
Somedays I look outside for what should be found within

Somedays, somedays

Somedays I want to spend the whole day in bed
Somedays I wish I could hush the sounds in my head
Somedays I try to cry but comes out laughing instead

Somedays, somedays

Have you ever found yourself feeling this way?
I’m so glad that somedays don’t happen everyday
But just somedays

Somedays I feel alone and singing the blues
Somedays I get myself all hung up over you
Somedays I feel like dancing right out of my shoes

Somedays, somedays
Track Name: All Revved Up
I’m a street machine but my chasis’ clean
(All revved up and ready to go now)
I can purr real nice and roar real mean
(All revved up and ready to go now)

Take me out; take me to a show
I’m all revved up and ready to go

I’m all cleaned up and glaring to shine
(All revved up and ready to go now)
A turbo charger that will blow your mind
(All revved up and ready to go now)

Take me out; get me on the strip
I’m all revved up and ready to rip

So drive me
Sax Solo

Don’t waste me away in a parking lot
(All revved up and ready to go now)
I wanna go where the party’s hot
(All revved up and ready to go now)

My tank is full and there’s a four on the floor
I’m all revved up and ready to roar

So drive me
Track Name: Sweet Melodies
My baby sings sweet melodies
My baby sings sweet, sweet melodies
For when I hear sweet melodies
I wanna bring in sweet harmonies
Track Name: Hard For Me To Move
I look out my window, and what do I see?
I can see the future looking back at me

And it’s hard, (so hard)
Hard for me to move
Yes, it’s hard (so hard)
So hard for me to move

I hear all the people, and I hear their phones ring
I see all of their faces as they look back at me

And it’s hard, (so hard)
Hard for me to move
Yes, it’s hard (so hard)
So hard for me to move

It’s been such a long time since I’ve had the strength
It seems like so long ago when this wouldn’t be a thing
And now it’s hard

I looked at this moment, and to my surprise
Four horsemen were burning through me with their eyes

And it’s hard, (so hard)
Hard for me to move
Yes, it’s hard (so hard)
So hard for me to move
Track Name: Shake Your Shaka
There’s a new old dance and it goes like this
Spread your pinky and your thumb away from your fist (and)

Shake your Shaka - Shake your Shaka - Shake your Shaka
Baby shake your Shaka for me

It’s a crazy little dance in the So Cal style
Gonna make you move, sure to make you smile

Shake your Shaka - Shake your Shaka - Shake your Shaka
Baby shake your Shaka for me

It may bring peace and love, or induce a truce
But to most of us it just means “Hang Loose”

Shake your Shaka - Shake your Shaka - Shake your Shaka
Baby shake your Shaka for me
Track Name: Sweet Memories
Maybe someday, darling, you will see you were meant for me
On that day I’ll take your hand,
and we will let our hearts run free
And then we will hear
The words of love for years
These sweet memories of you and me keeps our love alive

There’s a magic place
where all of our dreams will come true
That is when you will know that I am the only one for you
And when we close our eyes
Our dreams will come alive
These sweet memories of you and me keeps our love alive

So let me repeat how my love for you continues on
And let me write this down now in a simple little song
I promised you as my wife
Every moment of my life
These sweet memories of you and me keeps our love alive
Track Name: Show Me The Way
If it’s not my calling, why is it calling me?
Ooh woo ooh ahh I just wanna be free… with freedom to be me

Once my heart was so young and pure
Then I gave my love to her

Now I’m lost in the world today
Someone please show me the way
Show me the way

I don’t mean to be mean
I would never wish to be so cruel
Mama take me to your heart
Lead me into the other side of truth

I don’t mean to be this way
I’ve fallen down and left my heart astray
My mind is shackled in these chains
And nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

Now I’m lost in the world today
Someone please show me the way
Show me the way
Track Name: Parked At The Beach
Searching for something for far too long
Searching for something that has long since gone
And I realize now that it’s out of my reach
Yeah, I’ve lost my key while
I was parked at the beach

Remembering back to once in my youth
Remembering back to what I thought was the truth
When I realized this was no way to be
And well then, yes, once again
I was parked at the beach

And I just don’t know where this poor boy would ever go
Who’s gonna want me with my soul so out of reach
And my body torn apart, stripped away from my art
All the while my heart is parked at the beach

Looking for someone without a doubt
Looking for someone is what I’m all about
Gotta lot to learn if you’re willing to teach
And take in this poor boy
Who’s been parked at the beach