Rogue Escapades (album)

by Phil Gammage

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Uptown, downtown, all around Yeah I work and slave all day just to bring home some dough When the moneys all been spent I need just a little bit more But when the sun goes down I feel set free It brings out the night crawler in me Uptown, downtown, all around I go to my wardrobe and get dressed up in my threads Then in front of the mirror slick up the hair on head When I walk out the door I’m feeling fine I’m looking sharp in some mighty fine vines Uptown, downtown, all around My first stop is a joint called “Charlies” it’s my favorite place to go Then a drink at the “Five Spot” maybe a couple of more I’m steppin’ out to do a little dancing And if I’m lucky a little romancing Uptown, downtown, all around I’m in love with the city, I feel it’s energy flow through my veins You can keep your country living for me it’s just not the same I’m steppin’ out to do a little dancing And if I’m lucky a little romancing Uptown, downtown, all around
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Hollywood 05:08
I’m going out to the west coast gonna be a motion picture star With my talent and good looks you know I’m gonna go real far Be the stud of the studio, a real hot ticket don’t you know Gonna party down with Burton and Liz baby that’s the biz that’s the biz I’ll be lying in the sunshine in a place where it never rains With a gin and tonic to help relieve my pain In a movie with Betty Grable Best friend’s gonna be Clark Gable Gonna party down with Burton and Liz baby that’s the biz that’s the biz I’ll have a closet full of gabardine suits and very expensive clothes But my pride and joy gonna be my silver fox Rolls Got a poker game with Danny Kay Later on a date with Dorris Day When I take the stage to I accept my academy awards Errol Flynn will hand them to me and I will swallow hard I won’t think about how far I’ve come Just remember where I’m from
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I think we can make it just watch you’ll see I think we can make it please believe in me More than anything in the whole wide world we wanted to touch the sky Our love can get through anything we never will be denied I think we can make it so far, so fast I think we can make it our love’s got to last It’s gonna be a struggle every step of the way Nothing good come’s easy, not matter what people say I think we can make it Just watch you’ll see I think we can make it out of the darkness and into the light I think we can make it our love has climed new heights Give an inch we’ll take a mile just give us one more chance The flamingo birds are shouting lullibies in honor of our romance yea, yea, yea, yea, yea I think we can make it little girl
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Hey mister can you spare me a dime I’m so down on my luck Hey mister I’ve been doing time hit town on the back of a truck Ain’t got nobody to call my own Ain’t go nobody to call my own Can you please please help me where I can find some kicks Can you please please help I can’t lose gotta win I can’t lose gotta win Hey lady let’s go out tonight and have us some fun Hey lady the moon is full and the night is still young Ain’t got nobody to call my own Ain’t go nobody to call my own Can you please please show me where I can find some kicks Can you please please show me I can’t lose gotta win I can’t lose gotta win Maybe someday I’ll see the light and head on off to the stars Until that day I’ll keep moving on all the way to Mars.
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Baby left and ran into the night Was it something I said? We never used to fight Come back baby, let me love you again I can’t think straight now that she’s gone My whole life’s a mess everything’s gone wrong Come back baby, let me love you again Race with the wind Come back baby, let me love you again I hold that woman close in my dreams Then I wake up and it’s not like it seems Come back baby, let me love you again Let me open my eyes and see you at my door I’ll make things right just like they were before Come back baby, let me love you again
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Yeah I’m in love again I can feel it in my bones Yeah I’m in love again no more being alone I feel the sun shining down on me, no more cloudy days I’m so happy Na na na na na na I say na na na na na na Yeah I’m in love again you don’t know how good it feels Yeah I’m in love again this time it better be real It makes me glow to know that she is mine, I wanna be with her all the time Na na na na na na I say na na na na na na Love is good, love is bad, it makes you happy, makes you sad All I know is that I’m feeling like a thousand bucks Love is great, love is glad, it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had All I know is that I’m dancing with lady luck Yeah I’m in love again it seems like it’s been so long Yeah I’m in love again it’s too right to ever go wrong I feel the sun shining down on me, no more cloudy days I’m so happy
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Hazy streetlights took my woman downtown Hazy streetlights I’m alone and feeling down Five o’clock in the morning and the night’s fading into day She said she’d see me at six that’s one of her tricks I believed every word she said Can’t have no woman cheating on me I’ll get even just you see Hazy streetlights took my woman downtown Hazy streetlights she thinks she can two time me Hazy streetlights she’s nothing but a brazen hussy I’ve been up all night drinking and my angst has turned into rage She ain’t no saint that’s not my only complaint I believed every word she said Can’t have no woman cheating on me I’ll get even just you see Hazy streetlights took my woman downtown Hazy streetlights I’ll mix her favorite drink Hazy streetlights I love her that’s what she’ll think Then when she’s not looking I’ll pour a surprise in her glass I went and bought me some poison, it’s strong and it will last Can’t have no woman cheating on me I’ll get even just you see Hazy streetlights took my woman downtown Hazy streetlights
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Hey Bartender! Pour me one of those double shots, I’ve got too much to think about Hey Bartender! Mix me one on the rocks I’ll be right here till four o’clock Buy the bar another round We’re celebrating and slamming ‘em down No light weights allowed in here So pour the whisky, wine, and beer Hey Bartender! I’ll wait here and rest my mind, all I’ve got is a lot of time Hey Bartender! Give me a shot of your very best when I die I’ll take a rest Buy the bar another round We’re celebrating and slamming ‘em down No light weights allowed in here So pour the whisky, wine, and beer
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You’re a travelin’ gal with your microphone One day you’re here, the next day you’re gone Going back to St. Louie cause this time we’re through I followed you up to Chicago town Only problem was you weren’t around Going back to St. Louie cause this time we’re through You really tuned my engine you had me purring like a cat I turned around and you’d left me – where’s that at? where’s that at? Woke up this morning feeling sad and blue I loved you so much what can I do? Going back to St. Louie cause this time we’re through Going back to St. Louie I’ve had enough of you I hear you’re steppin’ out all over town Singing those songs with the jazzy sounds Going back to St. Louie cause this time we’re through Going back to St. Louie I’ve had enough of you
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I’m jumpin all night long well Catch a fire and ride us cause we’re moving on down Dig the Boogie Riders we tearing up the town I’m jumpin all night long well Dance in the the fire that that brought you feel the heat rising from the floor Come on Boogie Riders and we’re kicking down your door I’m jumpin all night long jumpin’ till dawn all night long well Let the flames lick your shoes that are moving with the beat Onward Boogie Riders keep turning up the heat I’m jumpin all night long jumpin’ till dawn all night long
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You can call her Sassy cause that’s her name being a free loving woman is her claim to fame When she see a man she grabs him quick cause Sassy sure knows how to get her kicks Rolling dice on the casino floor her eyes are peeled she’s looking to score If some rich daddy walks her way she sees a dollar sign cause it’s her payday Picking em up and laying em down She ain’t no hussy but she gets around Picking em up and laying em down She ain’t know hussy but she works the town Vegas, Frisco and Miami Beach she’s known all over as the sugar peach Now sassy here likes to try her luck, roll the dice and hucklebuck She’s a gal with a whole lot to show, she’ll give you a little but you’ll want more Come here fella feast on her a while cause what she’s got is gonna make you smile She dances close with her lustful man, shows him her moves as only she can Checks out his wallet and unless it’s thick she’ll dump that heel and move on quick You can call her Sassy cause that’s her name being a free loving woman is her claim to fame If some rich daddy walks her way she sees a dollar sign cause it’s her payday
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about

Riding the crest of the late 1990s swing music renaissance, The Scarlet Dukes emerged as the most original of the east coast neo-swing combos.

Featuring Phil Gammage's original songs played in their unique jump blues style, the band were regular performers at such premier live music venues as The Five Spot (Philadelphia), The Greatest Bar on Earth at Windows on the World (New York City), Leopard Lounge at Club Bene (South Amboy, NJ), and others.

Active during the years from 1998 to 2001, they recorded a five track self-titled EP, and one full-length album “Rogue Escapades” with all twelve of its songs being Gammage originals.

The group's song "In Love Again" was featured in a national Walmart commercial in 2008.

Available here is their album, along with the long-out-of-print EP (a Bandcamp bonus exclusive). The album was produced by the always brilliant Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, etc.).

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released October 10, 1999

Produced and engineered by Gordon Raphael. Recorded at The Transporter Raum, New York, NY in 1999.

Phil Gammage - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; David Croce - bass; Martin Blazy - drums; Jimmy Goodman - vibes; Ben McGuire - sax.

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Phil Gammage New York, New York

Songwriter, vocalist, and guitar slinger, Phil Gammage is a Texas-born artist who now resides in NYC. His new album, "From Nowhere to Somewhere", (Oct 22) is a robust collection of Americana songs as diverse and heart-felt as the genre itself. Twisting endless roads, and the folklore of 20th century America, the album draws inspiration from Phil’s life as a musician, historian, & fiction writer. ... more

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