Alligator

Alligator

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Rock n Roll Jam Band....original material ranging from driving rock to two-beat to far flung flights of fancy. Four songwriters, Five Singers

Biography

Collectively we have over a century of combined live rockin chops, from dive bars to near stadium gigs. A wide range of influence from Mile Davs, to Phish, to Zeppelin, etc have created an eclectic mix that always finds a way to rock the house.

V. Don Bogut III - keyboards and vocals
Musical influences include Miles, Little Feat, Dead, Phish, The Band.
Experience includes twenty years of jam bands, jazz bands, and, at the onset, singing "You Are My Shunshine," poolside to a gaggle of blue-hair Jewesses, in Miami, at age four. Sailors cap included.

Jon Chazen - bass guitar and vocals
A late bloomer, Jon started playing bass at the age of 17 in the frozen tundra of his hometown of Buffalo. He has recorded with Mitch's Infydels, One & Twenty, Gooseflesh, and sixty-five. His influences include Dave Barry, Barry Manilow, Pink Floyd, Phish, and of course the Dead. His favorite vegetable is broccoli. Jon is also a member of Wig Jam.

Sam Mann - rhythm guitar and vocals
Playing guitar since 1978, influenced by Hank Williams, Beatles, Zeppelin, Paul Simon, Dead. Also plays bass and piano and writes songs. Grew up in musical family and tried Clarinet, Drums, French Horn, and Tuba.
Former bands: Tammany Hall, Green Eggs and Sam, Swahili River Bros, Left Exit, Muddy Creek.

Mike Stein - drums and vocals
A musician since five years old, and drummer since 1977, Mike has played in The Anywayz, StinkyPinky, The Noyes, Poppa Goulash, Honey Church,and most notably as a part timer in The Dharma Bums. Mike has always been a songwriter, and is an accomplished pianist, singer, and sound tech too. Breaking into the Jamband scene in 1997, he joined Mystery Train, whom he still performs with regularly. He was also with OSE, and then joined Alligator in early 2004. He is a Phish Head.

Jeff Tiedrich - lead guitar and vocals
Jeff took up the guitar in 1973 with the hopes that it would advance his popularity with those of the female persuasion. He expects this strategy will bear fruit any day now.

Stumpy - road manager
What can we say about Stumpy? Words alone cannot express the importance of the band's spirtual leader. Without Stumpy, there would be no Alligator. It's that simple.

Lyrics

Mighty Mississip

Written By: Donald Bogut

When I was a child, my papa would say
You gotta let black water roll your troubles away
You might stay poor
You might make it filthy rich
But that water keeps a rollin
and wont care which

I tell ya, time does fly
oh me oh my
Before I get much older
looking over my shoulder
Im gonna head on down
from my mountain top
Im gonna take a dip
in the mighty mississip

The truth of the matter comes apart at the seams
When they can look you in the eye
and still not tell you what they mean
Shallow rapids, deeper water running still
Your lover might be lying
but the river never will

I tell ya, time does fly
oh me oh my
Before I get much older
looking over my shoulder
Im gonna head on down
from my mountain top
Im gonna take a dip
in the mighty mississip

Stand and wave, still get caught in a rut
Comfort and familiar take you only so far
But if you're looking for a change
Ol' Mississippi will suffice
You're never gonna swin in the same river twice

I tell ya, time does fly
oh me oh my
Before I get much older
looking over my shoulder
Im gonna head on down
from my mountain top
Im gonna take a dip
in the mighty mississip

Im gonna take a dip
in the mighty mississip

Im gonna take a dip
in the mighty mississip

Im gonna take a dip
in the mighty mississip

FW

Written By: Donald Bogut

Hey now brother won’t you come and take a peak
At the new Americana Realpolitik
in the settling dust, it’s time to share the blame
for what the people doin in your name

Before you go makin your mind up for certain
Better take a good look at the chimp behind the curtain
Pullin at all the levers of fear and confusion
Just to keep you eyes focused on the smoke and illusion

They got the Prince of Peace a carryin a battle flag
Gunning for Liberals, Muslims, and boys in drag
For a Christian right so obsessed with sodomy
They don’t give a damn about billions in poverty

A PATRIOT act no patriot could ever sign
The army wants your number there’s No Child Left Behind
Trading pollution, calling it Clear Skies
Execute and torture in a Culture of Life

That is the game
That’s how they do
They know not shame
They fear the truth
That is the game
That’s how they do
Not in my name
Now how bout you?

Away across the seas over the shifting desert sands
We are waging war for petroleum
Telling me that we’re only there to spread democracy
Only after they couldn’t find the WMDs

Back at home a city is left to drown
By an agency of cronies fools and clowns
A national guard deployed so far from home
New Orleans poor die on rooftops all alone
That is the game
That’s how they do
They know not shame
They fear the truth
That is the game
That’s how they do
Not in my name
Now how bout you?
(Call and ansewer)

When soldiers fight without armor….FW
For a commander in chief without honor……FW
In a war of choice sold on lies…….FW
Black gold scorching the skies…………FW

When your lovers right to the pill……….FW
Means less than a pharmacists will………FW
And our daughters are condemned to cancer…..FW
Cuz abstinance is their only answer………FW

When science is screaming of warming…….FW
And power ingnores all the warnings………FW
As the polar caps melt to the sea……….FW
And they make a mockery of Green……..FW

When you liberties are trampled in fear….FW
And there’s no value left to hold dear……FW
And you’re wondering just what to do…..FW

GET OUT AND VOTE TILL YOUR BLUE

FW

Rebound

Written By: Don Bogut

You know I saw little suzie at the corner store
And her lovin man didn’t want her no more
Hey now suzie dahlin, what you wanna do
She said I wanna dance, boy, play at romance
And spend the night with you

Oh wont you stop right there
Don’t you put me in the middle
cuz you’re looking for a little
Or don’t you care,
Because the name of the game is just getting a little

You know I saw little suzie at the corner store
And her lovin man didn’t want her no more
Hey now suzie dahlin, what you wanna do
She said I wanna dance, boy, play at romance
And spend the night with

Oh wont you stop right there
Don’t you put me in the middle
cuz you’re looking for a little
Or don’t you care,
Because the name of the game is just getting a little

Sittin in the bar just the other night
Watch a lovin couple have a terrible fight
Drinks went flyin, she starts cryin
He ups and walks away
I didn’t turn around, I didn’t make a sound
She says ‘boy what you gotta say”

You know I’ll take you anywhere
That you want to go
Next time around
You can pass that ball to me girl
Cuz don’t you know I wont take it,
Take it on the rebound
it’s getting me down
On the rebound, round and round

Luvin always seems to come
A boucin round but never from
The center of the heart
Just once I’d like to get it straight
Without a hitch or hesitation
Gold right from the start

Don’t you know it’s the
rebound, and it’s getting me down
rebound, round and round

The woman Ive been lovin aint been lovin me
She locked her little heart and then she ate the key
I never thought that girl would up and do me oh so wrong
But when she went out the door just to go to the store
She kept on movin on

It’s enough to make you spin
The things you learn when those tables turn
You outside looking in
Looking in to getting just a little

On the rebound, and it’s getting me down
On the rebound, round and round

Sittin in the bar just the other night
Watch a lovin couple have a terrible fight
Drinks went flyin, she starts cryin
He ups and walks away
I didn’t turn around, I didn’t make a sound
She says ‘boy what you gotta say”

You know I’ll take you anywhere
That you want to go
Next time around
You can pass that ball to me girl
Cuz don’t you know I wont take it,
Take it on the rebound
it’s getting me down
On the rebound, round and round

Luvin always seems to come
A boucin round but never from
The center of the heart
Just once I’d like to get it straight
Without a hitch or hesitation
Gold right from the start

Don’t you know it’s the
rebound, and it’s getting me down
rebound, round and round

The woman Ive been lovin aint been lovin me
She locked her little heart and then she ate the key
I never thought that girl would up and do me oh so wrong
But when she went out the door just to go to the store
She kept on movin on

It’s enough to make you spin
The things you learn when those tables turn
You outside looking in
Looking in to getting just a little

On the rebound, and it’s getting me down
On the rebound, round and round
On the rebound, and it’s getting me down
On the rebound, round and round

Discography

huh? you can record this stuff?

Set List

Stone Pony, Asbury Park, All Original Set
Mighty Mississip; db
All Alone Now; sm
Carry Me Away From My Blues; jc
Something I Don't Want; ms
For The Life Of Me; jc
Never Another Line; db
Misty Moonlight; db
But A Bottle; sm
Edgar McDougal: jc

Jiggs Corner Music Saloon, Typical Mixed Set for a Bar
Set one:
The Shape I'm In;
Long Train Runnin'> Evil Ways;
After Midnight;
Why Don't We Do It In The Road;
And It Stoned Me;
Hard To Handle;
Mighty Mississip; (orig)
Viola Lee Blues;
Tangled Up In Blue

Set two:
Ophelia;
Possum;
Rebound; orig
One After 909;
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window > Carry Me Away From My Blues; orig
Can't Find My Way Home;
Show Biz Kids;
Bertha;
Comfortably Numb;
Blue Sky;
The Way You Do The Things You Do;
Werewolves Of London;
Scarlet Begonias