Swingin' the Blues

by The Peter Hostage Situation

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Back To Boston by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage One early morning, so long ago I packed up and hit the road My baby and me, we disagreed She told me I had to go From city to city, town to town I lived the low life alone Then I got a call, she was forgiving all She pleaded "hang up and hurry home" I'm going back to Boston, I'm going back to Boston I'm going back to Boston, I'm going back to Boston my baby begged me "come back home" We had a fight one rainy night Her viewpoint i couldn't see She said that I was a selfish guy And all I thought about was me I said "that's fine, I just take what's mine And bother you no more" But I came to realize I must have been out of my mind The day I walked out and slammed that door I'm going back to Boston, I'm going back to Boston I'm going back to Boston, I'm going back to Boston my baby begged me "come back home" I went from Bridgeport to Biloxi, over to Baton Rouge To Birmingham to Beaumont up to Boise, too To Bizmark to Bowling Green, up to Buffalo Somehow she tracked me down in Baltimore So I quit my job working on the docks And paid my tab at the bar Took all I had, about fifty bucks But that won't get me too far No choice left but to walk or hitch-hike Standing out in the rain I got me a ride to the Mass turnpike And I'm almost back home again I'm going back to Boston, I'm going back to Boston I'm going back to Boston, I'm going back to Boston my baby begged me "come back home" Back to Boston my baby pleaded "come back home" Back to Boston my baby begged me "come back home"
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Wrap-Around Shades by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage Who's that girl strolling down the street Looking so cool, I think she's looking at me Now she's coming my way, I think I might just have it made But as I try to say "hi," she just keeps walking by The woman whose eyes are hiding behind those Wrap-around shades I Followed behind to find out what she's all about Is she window shopping, is she checking me out If we're playing cat and mouse, then it's me she's trying to evade Let me be the guy to remove her disguise The woman whose eyes are hiding behind those Wrap-around shades We should be walking together hand in hand and side by side We could be lovers forever gaze into each other's eyes Standing on the corner waiting for the light to change If I try to say hello, will she think that I'm strange I better think of something good to say, before my opportunity fades But the light changed to "walk," and I never did talk The woman whose eyes are hiding behind those Wrap-around shades Now she's crossing the street, headed for a sidewalk cafe She's meeting some guy, yeah it looks like a date To be in his place, everything I own I would trade But I'll just keep on going, without ever knowing The woman whose eyes are hiding behind those Wrap-around shades
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Small Talk 04:06
Small Talk by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage I smiled at you, you said "how do?" "Quite fine," said I, "Me too" was your reply Can't think of something to say, so we just make Small talk "Nice day, but hot." I say, "I'm not. Did we once meet?" "Not sure," said you, "Maybe" Can't think of something to say, so we just make Small talk We're making small talk, saying really nothing at all Small talk, in love I'm starting to fall With every word I'm more intrigued It might just lead to something big "Before you go, one thing to know Your name? take mine, let's meet again sometime" We'll think of something to say, 'til then we'll make Small talk
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Raggedy Ann 02:33
Raggedy Ann by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage Raggedy Ann, let me be your raggedy man Oh, Raggedy Ann, let me be your raggedy man I'll do whatever I can to make you understand How much I love you, Raggedy Ann Oh, what a doll, Annie you've got it all What a doll, Annie you've got it all I'll do whatever I can to make you understand How much I love you, Raggedy Ann Big brown eyes, curly auburn hair Rosy red cheeks, forgive if I stare Raggedy Ann, let me be your raggedy man Oh, Raggedy Ann, let me be your raggedy man I'll do whatever I can to make you understand How much I love you, Raggedy Ann
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The Rest of My Life by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage I don't want a little kiss I don't want one moment of bliss I don't want just to hold your hand I don't want to be a one night stand All I want is to be with you and to have you for my wife I want to love you, love you For the rest of my life I don't want anybody else I don't want to see you by yourself I don't want to go through my life on my own I don't want to spend another night alone All I want is to be with you and to have you for my wife I want to love you, love you For the rest of my life
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Everybody Was Hangin' Out by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage I went to a party late last night, everybody who was anybody was there A tiny little bungalow packed so tight, you had to fight just to get some air When I walked through the door I couldn't believe my eyes Cleopatra and Nefertitti cried out "surprise!" Julius Caesar passed me a bottle And I shared a drink with Plato and Aristotle Everybody was hangin' out, Everybody was hangin' out Everybody who was anybody was in that tiny house Everybody was hangin' out As I fought my way through the tight party crowd I recognized people I have never seen before from the back room, the music was getting loud I had to get back there to find out a little more The Count and Duke were banging the eighty-eights Ella was scattin' and Bing singin' bass Satchmo and Pres were tradin' fours While Fred and Ginger were cuttin' up the floor Everybody was hangin' out, Everybody was hangin' out Everybody who was anybody was in that tiny house Everybody was hangin' out The sun came up as the party wound down, Yeah it seemed like a good time to go Amazed by all the famous faces as I stepped through the crowd They were passed out everywhere on the floor There was Betty Grable and Clark Gable, Annie Oakley and Edgar Allen Poe That looks like Ghandi with Mata Hari, Pablo Picasso and Greta Garbo Pocohantas and Chief Crazy Horse, Leonardo and Michaelangelo Joan of Arc with Napoleon Bonaparte, Al Capone and Marilyn Monroe Everybody was hangin' out, Everybody was hangin' out Everybody who was anybody was in that tiny house Everybody was hangin' out
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Blue-Eyed Blonde by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage Man, she caught my eye Now she's stuck in my mind Though I don't know her name I love her just the same Yeah, she's one of a kind One look and I was hooked She turned my head and knocked me dead 'Til now I never knew what they were saying was true In those old love songs Then along came a blue-eyed blonde Everywhere I go I'm searching high and low I hope to see her there But she's not anywhere I'll find her yet I know One look and I was hooked She turned my head and knocked me dead 'Til now I never knew what they were saying was true In those old love songs Then along came a blue-eyed blonde
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That Train 04:26
That Train by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage That train used to stop at the station Twice daily, some days even four Bringing strangers, friends and relations But that train don't come around here no more That train must have been some sort of life-line This town was so alive before But that vein was cut, and this town slowly died 'Cause that train don't come around here no more Now there's trees and grass Growing through the railroad tracks There's rust on the rails and the trestle is falling down The station's in disrepair No one's left in the town to care 'Cause that train don't come around here no more That train has left this place a ghost town Some folks swear they still hear the whistle blow But everybody knows they've heard no sound 'Cause that train don't come around here no more Now there's trees and grass Growing through the railroad tracks There's rust on the rails and the trestle is falling down The station's in disrepair No one's left in the town to care 'Cause that train don't come around here no more That train used to stop at the station Twice daily, some days even four Bringing strangers, friends and relations But that train don't come around here no more
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The Blue Zone by Peter Hostage copyright 2004 Peter Hostage Welcome, welcome to the blue zone Oh you're welcome to the blue zone You know you've found yourself in the blue zone When you've got no one to love you, No one to call your own You're in the blue zone You wake up in the morning, and your baby's not sleeping there You go down stairs to look for her, but you can't find her anywhere You see her empty closet, nothing there but an old pair of pumps She packed up everything in the night and left you in the dumps Oh you're welcome to the blue zone You know you've found yourself in the blue zone When you've got no one to love you, No one to call your own You're in the blue zone You come home in the evening, and the house is dark and cold as stone You pour yourself a drink, and sit there all alone You can't eat and you can't sleep, so you stare at the T.V. all night long And you know you better not go anywhere 'Cause you might cause somebody some harm Oh you're welcome to the blue zone You know you've found yourself in the blue zone When you've got no one to love you, No one to call your own You're in the blue zone You call up your best friend to tell him about your plight He says he can't talk now, maybe tomorrow night But you hear her voice behind him whispering "who's that on the line?" Now the picture's getting clearer, you know the who, what, where and why Oh you're welcome to the blue zone You know you've found yourself in the blue zone When you've got no one to love you, No one to call your own You're in the blue zone

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The Peter Hostage Situation is a 9 piece swing and blues mini big band, featuring six horns and piano, bass and drums. Inspired by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, Swingin' the Blues is a collection of original swing blues written by Peter Hostage.
(The cd features one bonus track, Whammer Jammer, not available on line as digital download.)

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released April 1, 2004

Peter Hostage: vocals, piano organ, guitar and percussion
Paul Marcantonio: drums
Blake Newman: bass
Richard Gardzina: tenor sax
Sean Berry: tenor sax
Pat Loomis: alto sax
Jeff Hoyt: trumpet
Bobby Gallegos: trumpet
Russell Jewel: trombone

Written, arranged, recorded and produced by Peter Hostage
Mastered by Toby Mountain of Northeast Digital Recorders
Front and back cover photos: Erin Bennett
Band photo: Latrice Cooper

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