Wake Up, You're Rockin'! EP

by Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen

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released July 23, 2018

Mighty Joe Castro / lead vocals, guitar
h00v3r / doghouse bass, backing vocals
Dallas / drums
Michael Stingle / guitar, backing vocals

Recorded at Cambridge Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA
May 4-6, 2018
Engineered by JIm Salamone and Todd Mecaughey

Mixed/mastered at Cambridge Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA
June 11th and June 13th by Jim Salamone.

all songs by Joe Castro Brevoort
copyright ©2018 mightyjoetunes. BMI
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Band photo by David Norbut

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Track Name: Wake Up, You're Rockin'!
Wake Up You’re Rocking!
music/lyrics by Joe Castro (©2018 mightyjoetunes)

the other night I dozed off watchin’ television
I slipped into a rock and roll nocturnal emission
my hips started movin' to the primal drum beat pound
and I howled like a dog harmonizing with that sound
‘cause when the sandman starts swinging there just ain’t no stoppin’
hey man hey man wake up man - you’re rockin!

wasn’t quite sleepwalkin, more a musical possession
like a marionette, no controlling my obsession
started cutting up the rug, that dog house bass was thumping
all the cats lost they their minds, the entire joint was jumping
placed my ear to the stage I couldn’t help my eaves droppin’
hey man hey man wake up man - you’re rockin!

fresh out of prison, Leroy danced with Peggy Sue
Screaming Jay whispered to me “I put a spell on you...”
met Billy Lee Riley and he went on and on
about rock and rolling flying saucers down at Area 51

stopped to catch a breath, cast an eyeball across the floor
saw Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and even’ Scotty Moore
Gene and Eddie dropped by, Janis Martin as well
she started singing Bang Bang, I feel under her spell
Johnny Burnette’s all alone, in the corner shadow boxin’
hey man hey man wake up man - you’re rockin!

the band kept rocking, the entire place was pumping
an alarm started ringing, everybody took off running
I awoke from my trance, my sheets drenched in sweat
it was one of those dreams man you never forget
now I can’t stop grooving when that alarm clocks tick-tockin’
hey man hey man wake up man - you’re rockin!
Track Name: Easy Living
Easy Living
music/lyrics by Joe Castro (©2018 mightyjoetunes)

the road goes on so long as things keep changing
with the passing of time - that’s the tragedy of aging
bills and photographs are all that remain
when you’ve got noting left to loose, then you’ve got nothing left to gain

but this ain’t easy living
you gotta stay strong to box with Father Time
nothing easy about living
staying out of the grave is always an uphill climb

my knees are weak, and my hair’s been grayin’
the lines in my face are a map of the paths that I’ve taken
it’s not the years, no, but the mileage I’m told
the good might die young but, hell, only the strong grow old

but this ain’t easy living
you gotta stay strong to box with Father Time
nothing easy about living
staying out of the grave is always an uphill climb

the past is an anchor that’ll tie you down
just be sure you can pick that weight up when that storm blows back around

but this ain’t easy living
growing old is just a victimless crime
nothing easy about living
staying out of the grave is always an uphill climb
Track Name: Everybody Tells Her That
Everybody Tells Her That
music/lyrics by Joe Castro (©2013 mightyjoetunes)

packing tape can’t suffocate his voice from memories
nor chase his ghost away from this room she never leaves
but it’s not a home - it’s part museum and part shrine
a roadblock is all he’s left behind

and everybody tells her that, she’s gotta move on

sun faded photographs from golden summer days
boxes of letters from a devoted fiance
recall a time when nothing could bring her to her knees
and grief was only make believe

and everybody tells her that, she’s gotta move on

but in her prime she used to dance along the cracks of broken dreams
so dangerous yet ever so serene

objects of veneration honor all regrets
from one night in Riverside, she swears she caused the wreck
and like twin paper lanterns abandoned to the rain
her eyes just never shine the same

and everybody tells her that, she’s gotta move on
Track Name: Don't Forget About Me
Don’t Forget About Me
music/lyrics by Joe Castro (©2018 mightyjoetunes)

don’t forget about me when the time comes to leave
you know you don’t owe me anything at all
one day you’ll see the measure of my loyalty
when the good times aren’t too shameful to recall

nothing left to hold you to the promises of those who
flaunted you like a well worn accessory
and it would be too naive, to think the good times would never cease
without you, they’re just an empty luxury

so when it’s time to go your way or there’s nothing left to say
cause your body language already said it all
don’t forget about me when the time comes to leave
just bow and take your final curtain call

I drizzled admiration at your every invitation
my dedication’s been fatally sincere
but if destiny pulls us on toward opposite horizons
Please let me be your souvenir

how tragic would it be if someday you mysteriously
evaporated from my memory
but please rest assured, you’ll be remembered as so much more
then some everlasting acquaintance in custody

all those days I let you win although my patience was paper thin
and our nights were drenched in sweat and alcohol
so don’t forget about me when the time comes to leave
you know you don’t owe me anything at all

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