Addison Ellis

Addison Ellis

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter having played solo and backed up artists on guitar and vocals with several Independent Artist cuts.

Biography

As a solo acoustic performer Addison has opened for Keb' Mo', David Wilcox, Joan Baez, Uncle Tupelo, Steppenwolf, John Hammond, The Little River Band, Leon Russell, Roger McGuinn, David Alan Coe, br549 and more... For two years (November '95-January '98) Addison played acoustic guitar and sang back-up vocals for Mila Mason's (Atlantic Records) road band nation-wide tour. Among their performances were Prime Time Country and The Grand Ole Opry.

Prior to that (for six years) he performed as a solo acoustic act playing college bars and fraternity/sorority parties in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.

Lyrics

Boys Will Be Men

Written By: Addison Ellis

Ever since he saw his first episode of the black and white Superman
He had dreams and visions and fantasies and his heart had even bigger plans
He made a cape out of an old red t-shirt his daddy wore in the steel mill
And he'd fly around the backyard savin' all the trees from the terrible forces of evil

It was a Tuesday morning in the summertime when the sheriff's car pulled up
And he flew fast and landed by the sheriff's door and said I hope you have plenty of cuffs
But that sheriff was not bringing news that he ever thought he'd hear
And when he saw his mama cryin' he hugged her and he said Mama have no fear

The Monday after they put his Daddy in that hole in the ground
He put on his cape, hopped on his bike and rode it into town
He asked Old Man Johnson at the hardware store if he could use a helpin' hand
And Old Man Johnson said why certainly son you seem like fine young man

So after school on weekdays and Sundays after Church
He stocked the shelves and swept the floors and learned about Pine and Oak and Birch
On Fridays after dinner he'd sneak into his mama's room
and put his wad of cash on her dresser next to her wedding ring and her old perfume

It's a rise to the occasion
A calling from within
It's a loyalty persuasion
Passed down through souls of kin
When times turn hard and things get bad
Hearts get broke and life turns sad
Duty, strength and bravery kick in and
Boys will be men

He turned eighteen last Summer and he still had hero dreams
He chose freedom over college and enlisted in the Marines
And on a routine post one night-watch the enemy fired a round
He stepped in front of a comrade and somewhere a cape fell to the ground

They wrote about him in the papers and talked about him on TV
Some sent flowers to his bedside Some said Prayers even in the streets
At a ceremony in Washington he was awarded a Silver Star
And he humbly shook the General's hand and said Just doin' my part

It's a rise to the occasion
A calling from within
It's a loyalty persuasion
Passed down through souls of kin
When times turn hard and things get bad
Hearts get broke and life turns sad
Duty, strength and bravery kick in and
Boys will be men

Words and Music by Addison Ellis
Copyright”2006

Donkey Tonk

Written By: Addison Ellis

I got a mule named her Hank
She plows an acre an hour on a carrot a tank
Put 'er in a harness and hook 'er to a hitch
She'll pull an oak tree stump or plow a fifty-yard ditch
I work 'er all week sun-up to sun-down
So on Friday nights I ride her in to town

C) We belly up to the bar she orders grain
I get a beer and a Jack and we talk about 'er mane
She likes to two-step with the tall dark bronc
I love to see 'er gettin' wild at the donkey tonk

One Friday night we were juke-box pickin'
When a cowboy had the nerve to call me chicken
Well Hank spun around with a Mr. Ed grin
And kicked the livin' daylights out of that dude's shin
We hee’d and we hawed at the cowboy limpin' out
And I gave Hank a big hug and then bought another round

C)

Br) In a tavern full of mares and long stud stares
there's hoofin' on the bar and smoochin' in the chairs
every farmer sings along to the mare haggard songs
ain't no better time than at the donkey tonk

C)

Words and Music by Addison Ellis
Copyright”2006

Discography

Still doing the occasional solo-acoustic gig, Addison's primary focus has been on tunesmithing. He has had songs recorded by independent artists: Irish crooner Darren Holden (of River Dance) on Darren's Live and Learn CD, 3 on Kim Parent's When Love Was Just A Word CD, Marcia Ramirez' Compromise CD, Texan Zane Lewis' CD This Town, David James' CD Eisenhower High, Rollie Stevens' CD on Big Diehl Records, The Title Track on B.J. Cooper's CD Broken Heart Express and Melissa Gayle's CD in addition to Addison's 1995 release of the CD If There Were No Guitars(Out of print).

Set List

Pretty much only doing originals now and occasionally some side-man gigs.