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...Somewhat of a concept album. The idea was, we would only write rockers. From that came the title, "Motor City Maiden", which was taken from a co-write of ours a couple of years back called, "Sky City". You are free to interpret the songs anyway you like, but, let it be known that the Maiden (whomever she may be), was kept in mind throughout the writing of the record, and at least one of the songs is written from her perspective. May the hopes and dreams of the MCM fill a warm and fuzzy place in your rock 'n roll hearts.


released September 12, 2017

All tracks performed by Jason Davis and Charles Shoemake

w/special guests Cadence Davis on sax (track 2) and
backing vocals by Lindsay Coffield Shoemake (track 4)

Produced by the freds
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by JED from 1/11-6/13 (tracking on Sundays, overdubs and mixing through the week), 2017
Cover concept and design by the freds

Cover photo: 1963 Ringling Bros. Elephant

~Thanks to all and to all a good thanks~


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THE FREDS North Carolina

THE FREDS are: Jason Davis, Jesse Meyers, and Charles Shoemake
New LP, Four o'clock Flowers coming this Christmas '19!
'Heavens for Betsy', produced by THE FREDS, mixed by Michael Lowdermilk & JED All other songs prduced by the freds, recorded and mixed by JED, except "Blowin' Out My Mind", recorded by Charles Shoemake
'Same Old Haunts" mastered by Chris Church & Matt Lutton
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And I keep cracking up
at every failed attempt
Sifting through the garbage of gifts
Left but not for dead
Starving when I'm fed
Dreaming of a future in bed

Chorus: If you do this right for me
I can do it right for you
If you get it wrong for me
It'll be gone for good, you see

Should I get lost?
Standing oblique
Should I get lost?
Into the bleak

Some say that it's free
But if you're asking me
You pay for everything you see
and I don't want to mean that much
But I have to in a way
Are you buying everything I say?


Lose your taste for broken hearts
It's the only way to swallow
Oh yeah
It all keeps adding up
Condescending looks
Cocktails and the arrogant hooks
and I still keep cracking up
Staring at the smoking gun
Admitting to the world it was fun

Now I found you
Nowhere I found
You now nowhere, I have found
Racin' with the wind
Open road
I got the pedal to the flo'
Radio on Rock 'n Roll
I can feel the speakers pumpin'
Give it gas, give me somethin'
Make it fast, get it thumpin'
Can you hear me?
Chorus: Motor City Maiden on the side of the road
Motor City Maiden don't know which way to go
Tried to break her mind and make her finally decide
Motor City Maiden jump on in for a ride
Smilin' with the face of a man that's been possessed
I'm feelin' like I can't lose, a baller voted best dressed
I'm runnin' with the bulls in a China shop
A rogue cruise
I'm divin' in a pool filled with coke
And some cold blooze
Repeat 1st verse
Can you hear me?
Hear me
I want to stay nice, I've spent alot of time
On the dead end streets, in my favorite world
Sinners to the table
Time to reclaim that pile of gold
Taking what you want is just another way of losing your control
Send her down the river
If you're so concerned about her soul
Wading, in drowning waters, 'cause she's lost the will to row

Chorus: Remember, that we all control the ban
Forever, we lay up inside the hand
Evil, delusions of the grand
Blinded, by the blonde upon the head
The blue eyes of the dead

Beating every Pilgrim
Cast your net upon, where the buffalo roam
Feeding upon some carcass in a world you'll never own
Bleeding every seedling, believing every lie that you've ever been told
Impeding, keeps repeating, will the people ever grow


Repeat 1st
I wanna get it straight, before it's too late
I don't want to wait
On the dead end streets of an alternate world

Crumbling, crooked chimneys
Leaving every child with a lump of coal
Marching, are you sleeping?
Time to wake your bones
Track Name: M's LAMENT
Waisted all my life waiting on dying
If I'd have known I'd be living this long
Would've kept on trying
Would've kept on trying

Chorus: It's too late
For me to go home
It's too late
For me to stay
It's too late
It's too late

Bet it all on black but I came up red
Never gave jack what the good book said
But I kept on trying
Yeah, I kept on trying


Brought in on myself and I blame my pride
Lost, alone, despair, nearly
Took my mind

Chorus 2X
It's too late
I really need to stop it, before I go and rot it
Got to listen to my conscience and say, I'm taking everything to the grave
But then here comes the trouble and action's wanna double
Make you want to reconsider your ways, sometimes you've got to look up and say
That I could never take you down
I can only turn around

Now it's time to rock it
It shouldn't be so shocking
Everyone is bustin' out of their jeans
Does it make you want to jump up and scream?
Wow, you should've seen it, but you were busy being such a critic labeling it obscene
While all the kids were busy being their dreams

I can never take you out
I can only twist and shout, shout

All my fears wear out, right before the dawn
All my dreams come out, right before the dawn
All my fears fade on, right before the dawn
All my dreams come on, right before the dawn
(lyrics start around 1:35)
(random moans, sirens...)
Donald, Donald, Donald
Watcha' gonna do?
Yeah (more random moans, sirens, inaudible grumbling)
I wanna tell ya 'bout a little story
(more inaudible grumbling)
You know I do boy, You know I do boy
I wanna, hee, heee, heee
For you...
She got her pants on backwards
She wore a 2lb suitcase
Wrapped around her neck
She got a gold face
Wrapped around her neck (atche bah, de ah, deitcha dojo)
She got a small breath
Wrapped around her face
She got a chain link fence
She got two dog sits
She got a foul mouth
She talk shit
Why you come around shit
She rolled it up and fold it
Track Name: WALK IT OFF
Premonition that I might get killed, I better walk it off
Kind of frightening whey you're standing still
I better walk it off
I mind my P's and I mind my Q's
Very boring, so I put on my shoes and I walk it off
Walk it off
My condition is becoming well known
I better walk it off
Keeps me wishing that I still was alone, I better walk it off
Gave me nothing, so I could not refuse
Should've know it was to good to be true
Walk it off
Walk it off
Now the pressure found you, redefining issue
Searching for an orphan
Surfing my endorphins
Flipping off a dolphin
Finding out what matters

I ran my heart up one hell of a bill, I better walk it off
Very sexy, 'cause I know you're for real, I better walk it off
It's always something, but it's never the same
Keeps you guessing, like some old tidal wave

Walk it off
Walk it off
Walk it off
Walk it off
Can you drive me to draw?
Dueling on the lawn
Betting on the gong, forgetting it was wrong
Can you walk me to the door?
'Cause I forgot my way
It opens when I go, as if I had to say
And so far they are strategically in place to set me off
It's such a hard pill to swallow

Chorus: And I know, that you've been there
'Cause I caught a whiff off the atmosphere
And I know it's unfair
'Cause I got caught up in your atmosphere
Whoa, whoa, woe, oh...

Can you sell me on the song?
Too late to be to long
While you're barking on the phone?
I'm purring well at home
And so far, they are maniacally obsessed to set me off
It's such a cheap thrill to borrow
And I know, it's unfair, but I got caught up in your atmosphere
And if the enemy is your friend, well shake his hand, shake his hand
If the enemy's in your bed, turn your head now, turn your head

Through the cellar door
Words they often creep
Praise to the heavens above
Fear of the fire so deep
Prayers go unanswered
Never, said a thief
Pining for the rapture
With howling disbelief

Chorus: Can you stand for love?
Will you stand for love?
What do you stand for, love?
What would you stand for, love?

Jars of ancient marmalade are rotting on the shelves
Dust and gloom have given in
And settled amongst themselves
Fragrant blossom flowers
Wretched stench of war
This I cannot fathom
Beyond the cellar door

Praise to the heavens
Praise to the heavens
Praise to the heavens above

Executing every step, I'm coming down
She prefers me in blue, and I prefer the brown
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should
And you should know this by now

Resuscitating every dummy that should be cloud
She prefers me in black, and I prefer a shroud
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should
And you should know this by now

Got to lay it on the line
Got to lay it on the line
Forever in a mink coat
'Til the weather makes a soar throat

Due to conditions I can't ramble on enough to say
She refers me to a shrink, and I defer I'm OK
Just because I could doesn't mean a thing
And you should know this by now
So should, I but anyhow

Got to lay it on the line
Before we lose all of our, shine

before the fur of actions burrow the nerve of a man less hollow
Like me

Lead me to the back room
You can worry me some
Just leave me in the bedroom
And trouble me none
Trouble me none
Trouble me none
I was driven by Karma, when it all crashed and burned
I was dead on arrival, I guess you live and you learn

Chorus: It was a bad, a very bad situation
It was a bad, a very bad situation
But I got on

I sorta new it was coming, I had a feeling she might
'cause when the day comes together
It often crumbles at night


If you want to get by, move on with your life
If you want to get high, stay strong, it's all right
It's your life

I was missing the present, 'cause I was wrapped in the past
Over staying my welcome, 'cause I know the future won't last

If you want to get by, move on with your life
If you want to get high, stay strong, it's all right
It's your life
It's your life
Track Name: IN YOURS
Chorus: Bow down to that crown, you get me further, you do
Bow down to that crown, you get me hard when I want you to
current on the attitudes

Don't worry about the runaways
They're only looking for somewhere to stay
Strap yourself into some laugh that lasts
It's all about the get away, if you let it fade out fast
Take your time on something that has past
It's all about the get away, if you let it out to chance

So tell me how you weren't raised
Well hidden in your own maze
Bow your head if you don't have much to say
It's all about the get away
If you want to pray, too long
Find your life and serve it until it's through
It's all about the get away, if you let it fade out true

Found my love in myself
And I found my heart in yours
Found my love in myself, and I found my heart in yours
In yours
Track Name: DIRT POOR
Ain't got no money
Ain't got no shame
Pipes are leaking, brakes are squeaking, every day's the same

Chorus: 'Cause I'm dirt poor
Yeah I am dirt poor

Livin' for a 40
Waitin' for the 1st
Hangin' out with Shorty
It's only gettin' worse...


Step on in to see me, no need to make a fuss
Say you don't believe me, I'm livin' on a bus

Repeat 1st vs