It's All Real Good (album)

by Phil Gammage

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It’s All Real Good is the new album from American roots and blues artist Phil Gammage. For this project, Phil found inspiration in such classic acoustic records as Johnny Cash’s American Recordings and the recordings of legendary blues artists such as John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Each song not only has Phil’s 1970 Gibson Heritage acoustic guitar at the center, but it also features the talents of great musicians like Kenny Margolis, Tony Mann, David Fleming, and Michele Butler. The main showcase of It’s All Real Good however, is Phil’s songwriting — all nine songs were penned by Gammage.

Recording sessions were produced by Tony Mann (The Star Spangles, Jayne County, The Hypno-Twists). Stand out tracks include “Dancing on Top of the World” — Phil’s tribute to the late great New York City music venue Windows on the World (on the top floor of the World Trade Center), “Hellcat Maggie” about the 19th century American folk legend, and the Roy Orbinson-esque “Let Love Begin”.

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released September 13, 2019

With Kenny Margolis (Willy DeVille, Cracker) on accordion; Tony Mann on percussion; David Fleming (PG-4) on harmonica; and vocalist Michele Butler. Recorded at 30 Below Studio in New York, NY. Engineered by Brent McLachian and Tony Mann. Mastered by Joe DiGiorgi at Headline Studios in Mamaroneck, NY.

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Phil Gammage New York, New York

NYC based singer-songwriter and sometimes guitar slinger whose new album is "It's All Real Good".

“Under wrought darkish Americana echoing Nick Cave’s fascinations minus the melodrama… might well make Phil this generation’s Hank Williams.”
~ Trouser Press

“He has the brooding intensity of a Johnny Cash circa Rick Rubin added to post-punk circa 1980 smarts.
~ Rock NYC Live & Recorded
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Track Name: It's All Real Good
My friend John he’s always on the make, a married woman is all it takes.
It’s all real good, yeah it’s all real good, it’s all real good but I just can’t get it straight.

John asked some guy to buy him a beer, got punched in the face and called a queer.

John’s got himself a big surprise, got caught in bed with the boss’s wife.

John likes to laugh about the fun he’s had, ripping off money from his girlfriend’s dad.

John says it’s time for him to hit the road, the good lord told him it’s time to go.
Track Name: Luck Don't Pass Us By
It’s a cold wind blowing clouds rolling in the sky
Hobos in the train yard starting a fire
A chill in the air of anger, it’s begun to intensify
Lady Luck, please don’t pass us by

In the center of the city I’ll be looking for you
Angry crowds getting ready to crucify
The days are getting shorter, nights are getting long
Lady Luck, please don’t pass us by

Brown leaves on the concrete, a patch of snow on the ground
The surge of marching people all around
Standing by the car I’ll be waiting for you
Together we’ll try to push on through
Lady Luck, please don’t pass us by
Don’t pass us by…
Track Name: Hellcat Maggie
I been lying low in the shadows hiding behind the locks.
Money I stole if she finds me I’ll be hung up behind the docks.

Hey hey don’t ever cross the wharf rats
Run if she ever finds you from the wrath of the hellcat.

I sleep all day in the cellar wake up to drink me my swill.
At night I creep up to Orange Street I go and get me my Phil

Now Maggie I knows if she finds me, she go and bite off my ear.
Then claw me up and hang me, that’s why I live in such fear.
Track Name: Dancing On Top of the World
It’s another night downtown and the joint is swinging hard
I can can hear Wynonie Harris on the jukebox at the bar

There’s old Sam in his zoo suit sporting his new wingtips
He’s tossing up girls in the air and catching them on his hips

I’m dancing on top of the world (3x)
Yes I am

Over there it’s Candy sporting her new tattoo
She’s looking good like you knew she would, she’s a viper through and through

It’s 3 am at Lee’s Supper Club and nothing’s going down
I’ll head on over to the Greatest Bar and see who’s still around.
Track Name: Naked in the Rain
Let it all hang out you’ve got nothing to lose
Let it all hang out quit feeling the blues
Now’s the time to take a chance come with me and let’s dance in the rain
Naked in the rain
Naked in the rain Naked in the rain

You know me well you know I wouldn’t lie
You know me well I couldn’t if I tried
So come on and feel romance
Come with me and let’s dance in the rain Naked in the rain Naked in the rain
Naked in the rain

Please take my hand and let’s step outside
Please take my hand and let’s go for a ride
Now’s the time to take a chance come with me and let’s dance in the rain
Naked in the rain
Track Name: Giveaway
When time draws near to leave this world
Gonna giveaway, giveaway, everything I have
All my laughter and all my tears
Gonna giveaway, giveaway, everything I have

Gather round my friends in a circle
Gonna giveaway, giveaway, everything I have
We’ll dance together down by the river

Going to wash myself and bathe in the river
Gonna giveaway, giveaway, everything I have
When no more is left I’ll be a free man.
Track Name: Wandering Stars
Wandering stars led me to this place.
Wandering stars led me to my fate

To be loved, be loved, be loved, by someone like you.

The road I’m on, there is no end.
The road I’m on, just looking for a friend.

Soon I must go but my journey is still clear
Soon I must go but tonight I’m still here.
Track Name: Let Love Begin
I’ve been waiting all my life for this moment to arrive
Now I’m ready, yes I’m ready to let love begin

All those bad times are in the past
Now I’ve found true love at last
And I’m ready, yes I’m ready to let love begin

Yes I’m ready for a new life
Without all of the sorrow and pain
Cause I’ve been hurt so many times
And I won’t let it happen again

Please take me in your arms
Show me that I belong
Cause I’m ready, yes I’m ready to let love begin

Yes I’m ready for a new life
To help me heal my headache
Cause I’ve been hurt so many times
And I’ve had all I can take

I’ve been waiting all my life for this moment to arrive
Now I’m ready, yes I’m ready to let love begin.
Track Name: The Second Time Around
Well jump into the fire, well that’s my desire
To be with you again like when we were more than friends
Everything is better the second time around

Well I know it’s not my place, well but when I see your face
It makes me feel like I was a fool back when I thought I was so cool

Well the time slips away, well it feels like yesterday
Those nights when I’m down walking by myself downtown.

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