City Jams

by Dr. Pants

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CITY JAMS was a songwriting challenge/project that David (fearless leader of Dr. Pants) took on in the summer of 2009. At the time he was on tour as guitarist for K.C. Clifford, and he decided to write a song that was inspired by/somehow connected to each city he visited on that tour. Nine songs were written and recorded (at "demo" quality), and originally given away for free to the band's mailing list. Now, they are being made available here for the dirt cheap price of $0.50 a piece, or $4.00 for all of them. Now that's a sweet deal. Oh yeah, and you can get "Columbus" for free.

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released September 4, 2009

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Track Name: It's Raining In Minneapolis
IT’S RAINING IN MINNEAPOLIS
IT’S RAINING, I WANNA GIVE MY BABY A KISS
WE STEPPED OFF THE BUS INTO THE TWIN CITIES
NOTHING TO DO BUT STAY INSIDE AND WRITE A DITTY
IT’S RAINING IN MINNEAPOLIS

IT’S RAINING IN ST. PAUL TODAY
THE PAVEMENT’S ALL WET AND THE SKY IS GREY
OUTSIDE IT’S REALLY DAMP SO WE’RE STUCK INDOORS
NOTHING TO DO BUT GET FUNKY ON THE DANCEFLOOR

IT’S RAINING IN MINNEAPOLIS
IT’S RAINING, SO GO AND GIVE YOUR BABY A KISS
OUTSIDE IT’S REALLY DAMP SO WE’RE STUCK INDOORS
NOTHING TO DO BUT BE BAREFOOT ON THE DANCEFLOOR
IT’S RAINING IN MINNEAPOLIS
IT’S RAINING IN ST. PAUL TODAY
Track Name: They Wanna Call You Willis
NEVER SAW THE SEARS TOWER
WHILE IT WAS THE SEARS TOWER
BECAUSE TODAY THEY CHANGED THE NAME
NOW I’VE SEEN THE SEARS TOWER
BUT IT’S NOT THE SEARS TOWER
AND I WANNA KNOW WHO’S TO BLAME

ONCE UPON A TIME YOU WERE THE WORLD’S TALLEST BUILDING
BUT NOW YOU’RE JUST LOAFING IN 4TH PLACE
THEY WANNA CALL YOU WILLIS BUT YOU’RE NO TODD BRIDGES
YOU’RE JUST A TOWER THAT WAS DESTINED TO LOSE THE RACE

NEVER SAW YOU GLEAMING
WHILE YOUR OFFICES WERE TEEMING
WITH THE FOLS THAT GOT THEIR PAY FROM ROEBUCK CO.
ALL I KNOW FROM SEARS
IS THAT IN MY 8TH GRADE YEAR
I GOT A BOOMBOX THERE WITH CD PLAYER IN TOW

LET’S GO TO SEARS AND
THEN TO THE TOWER
WE’LL BUY SOME TOOLS AND SOME SOUVENIRS
A HANDY, BRAND NEW RATCHET SET
A COMMEMORATIVE STATUETTE
OF A TOWER THAT USED TO BE CALLED SEARS
Track Name: Columbus
WE’RE ON OUR WAY TO A TOWN CALLED COLUMBUS UP IN OHIO
THE GPS TOLD US WHERE TO TURN, BUT IT TURNS OUT THE EXIT’S CLOSED
WE TRY TO FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE, BUT WE END UP IN THE SAME PLACE
WE’RE LATE FOR THE INTERVIEW BECAUSE OF BAD DIRECTIONS FROM SPACE

WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE
WE BELIEVE THAT WE’LL ARRIVE
SAMANTHA SAYS THAT WE CAN’T GO THAT WAY
BUT WE KNOW IT’S A BUNCH OF LIES

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WAS AN EXPLORER FROM AN ISLAND NEAR ITALY
HE SAID YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH ARABIA TO TRADE IN THE INDIES
THE QUEEN OF SPAIN LAID HER MONEY DOWN AND HE SET OFF ON HIS WAY
TURNS OUT HE WASN’T THAT SMART BUT DISCOVERED AMERICA ANYWAY

WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE
WE BELIEVE THAT WE’LL ARRIVE
TRUTH IS THE EARTH IS MUCH BIGGER
BUT COLUMBUS THOUGHT IT WAS A LIE

CHRIS COLUMBUS WAS A WRITER/DIRECTOR FROM OUT IN HOLLYWOOD
HE WROTE A SCRIPT AND HE CALLED IT “THE GOONIES” AND HE KNEW IT WAS REALLY GOOD
IT WAS ABOUT A BAND OF KIDS SEARCHING FOR A PIRATE SHIP
THE OLDER KIDS SAID, “HEY, IT’S TOO DANGEROUS” BUT THEY DIDN’T GIVE A RIP

WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE
WE BELIEVE THAT WE’LL ARRIVE
BRAND AND STEPH SAY WE’RE GONNA GET KILLED
BUT WE KNOW IT’S A BUNCH OF LIES

WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE
WE BELIEVE THAT WE’LL ARRIVE
ALL OUR PARENTS SAY WE’RE GONNA GET KILLED
BUT WE KNOW IT’S A BUNCH OF LIES

WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE
WE BELIEVE THAT WE’LL ARRIVE
THE FRATELLIS ARE GONNA TRY AND KILL US
BUT WE KNOW THAT WE’LL SURVIVE
Track Name: Rochester
IT’S IN THE WESTERN PART, TOWARDS THE LAKE
WHY DON’T YOU GO THERE FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE

ROCHESTER

IT WAS AN OPEN MIC, HOUSE OF JAMEZ
THE POVERTY RAT WITH AN IBANEZ

ROCHESTER
Track Name: Mount Peculiar
LAURA LIVES AND WRITES IN NYC
SHE GIVES A SONG AWAY EVERY MONTH FOR FREE
IT’S MORE THAN MOST CAN DO
SHE CAME AND SPLIT THE GIG WITH US
NOW SHE’S MONTPELIER EMERITUS

HEY LAURA, PLAY US A SONG
WE’RE UP NEXT, BUT DON’T GET ME WRONG
THE CROWD IS SMALL AND MY GIRL’S GETTING SILLIER
JUST A GIG IN MOUNT PECULIAR

ANNA CAME FROM MAINE BY WAY OF QUEBEC
IT SEEMS HER GPS WAS DERELICT
NO PASSPORT OR SMART ID
THE BOYS AT THE BORDER GET OUR “HOORAY”
THEY LET HER BACK THROUGH ANYWAY

HEY ANNA, LET US PLAY YOU A SONG
WE AGREE, IT’S BEEN WAY TOO LONG
SINCE WE’VE SEEN YOUR FACE FAMILIAR
THANKS FOR COMING TO MOUNT PECULIAR

KARL AND MARY CAME UP FROM PLAINFIELD
THEY HOST HOUSE CONCERTS AND THEY’RE THE REAL DEAL
YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT
IF YOU’RE LIVING IN VT
ON SATURDAY NIGHTS, IT’S THE PLACE TO BE

HEY KARL, LET US PLAY YOU A SONG
DO YOU HAVE A SHOW YOU WOULD PUT US ON?
WE HOPE TO COME BACK AND PLAY AGAIN NEAR YA
IT’S NOT OUR LAST GIG IN MOUNT PECULIAR

MOUNT PECULIAR
AKA MONTPELIER
Track Name: Mt. Airy Stomp
PUB FRIES
PUB FRIES
A BEER AND MY WIFE AND MY BROTHER AND
A BEER AND MY WIFE AND MY BROTHER AND
A BEER AND MY WIFE AND MY BROTHER AND
A BEER AND MY WIFE AND MY BROTHER AND
A BEER AND MY WIFE AND MY BROTHER AND
A BEER AND A
Track Name: Epic Mud
THERE’S A PEACE AND THERE’S A WAR THAT EXIST AT THE SAME TIME
THE PEACE IS ON THE OUTSIDE BUT THE CONFLICT IS ALL MINE
WE ARRIVE ALREADY FRAYED, LIKE THE END OF ROPE WE’RE ON
AND BY THE TIME THAT WE’RE DEPARTING, THE GRACE SEEMS TO BE GONE

THESE PEOPLE ALL KNOW WHO FRUVOUS WAS
FRIENDLY PEOPLE AS FRIENDLY DOES
BUT THEY CAN’T FIX THE BROKEN PARTS
THAT RECOIL AT THIS ROCKY START

WHAT’S A RENAISSANCE MAN TO DO
WHEN THERE’S NO NEW BIRTH THAT WILL RING TRUE?
WAITING FOR A LABOR TO PRODUCE
BUT IT FEELS MORE LIKE A BECKONING NOOSE
IN HILLSDALE, I WAIT FOR THE FLOOD
BUT I ONLY GET EPIC MUD

WE MIGHT PERFORM WITH FOCUS OR AT THE BUDGIEDOME
BUT I FEEL OVERTAKEN, AND A LITTLE BIT ALONE
WHEN I HEAR BRILLIANT INVENTION, I FEEL SO INSPIRED
BUT WHEN I REACH OUT THROUGH THE DARKNESS
THE MUD JUST MAKES ME TIRED

AND I DON’T WISH TO RUIN YOUR DAY
OR DISCREDIT THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT SAY
ABOUT OUR TIME TOGETHER THERE
IT’S ONLY MINE, THIS WEIRD DESPAIR

NOW THAT THE JOURNEY TO THIS SONG IS COMPLETE
I FIND MYSELF BEWILDERED BY THE GROUND ON WHICH WE MEET
IT’S JUST AS MUDDY AS MY MIND AND THE FARM OF WHICH I SING
MY SOLACE LIES WITHIN THE HOPE OF WHAT NEXT YEAR MIGHT BRING
Track Name: Farmville Dream/The Girls Will Rock
MONDAY AT WORK WE CAN’T EXPLAIN
OUR HEARTS’ BELONGING WE CAN’T SUSTAIN
FARMVILLE’S JUST A DREAM
ORANGE CUP, LINE DANCE, SERGE, BEAN BAG HOLE
GUITAR, HUGS, LOVE, TIE DYE YOUR SOUL
FARMVILLE’S JUST A DREAM

AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE BEATLES SAID ABOUT THE LOVE YOU MAKE
IN FARMVILLE THE EQUALITY WAS APPARENT
AND YOU KNOW WHAT PAUL STANLEY SAID ABOUT PLAYING HEAVY METAL
ALL THE GIRLS, THEY PROVED THAT HE WAS ERRANT

CUZ THE GIRLS ARE GONNA ROCK
THEY KNOW HOW TO DO IT
TIME TO TAKE IT TO THE STAGE
CUZ THE GIRLS ARE GONNA ROCK
THE LADIES WILL SEE TO IT
YOU WILL BREAK OUT OF YOUR CAGE

I WILL TAKE YOU HOME WITH ME AND KEEP YOU CLOSE AT HAND
SO I CAN STEP INSIDE WHAT NEVER FAILS
WON’T YOU ALL PLAY ROCK AND ROLL FOR ME ONE LAST TIME
SHOW EVERYONE THE FRUIT OF YOUR TRAVAILS

AND THE GIRLS WILL ROCK
Track Name: That Nashville B.S.
THERE’S A LOT OF B.S. UP IN NASHVILLE
AND MOST EVERYWHERE YOU GO
ABOUT WHAT CITY HAS THE BEST MUSIC
AND WHAT MAKES A REALLY GOOD SHOW
SO JUST REMEMBER WHEN YOU’RE TALKIN’ ‘BOUT
ALL THE TALENT IN YOUR TOWN
DON’T CLAIM A MONOPOLY
DON’T MARGINALIZE FOLKS LIKE ME
PERCEPTION AIN’T REALITY
DON’T SAY MY RECORD COULDN’T BE
ANYTHING BUT A TRAGEDY
JUST BECAUSE I AIN’T FROM WHERE YOU BE
I CALL B.S. ON YOUR FALLACY
GREAT MUSIC KNOWS NO GEOGRAPHY
IT ONLY KNOWS TO SET YOU FREE
SO LIVE AND LOVE ABUNDANTLY
WITH A SOUNDTRACK OF INTENSE BEAUTY
AND STOP BEING A SNOBBY LITTLE ASS