Brother Lou

Brother Lou

 Vienna, Virginia, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Brother Lou is an Award Winning singer/songwriter and performer. Two of his songs were featured in the award winning documentary, "Anytown USA." His 2nd CD, " The Devil In Me" spent 14 weeks on the Alternate Route's Americana chart during the summer of 2011. He records and gigs in the DC area.

Biography

Brother Lou is an Award Winning singer/songwriter and performer. Two of his songs were featured in the award winning documentary, "Anytown USA."

He is currently recording his 3rd full-length CD, while promoting his 2nd CD," The Devil In Me,"which spent 14 weeks on the Alternate Roots Top 66 Americana Airplay Chart, playing shows up and down the East Coast

In 2009 he received awards for his songs 'Hey Jesus' and Nothing in the Sky, from the Independent Songwriter's Society.

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And a Top 20 award from the Unisong Social/Politcal Songwriting Contest.

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The Austin Songwriters Group Annual Spring Song Contest - Non-ASG Members - First Song w/ASG Membership Hey Jesus --Selected as Finalist 2008

He is a little Leonard Cohen and a little Howlin' Wolf and a little Hammel on Trial.

-His latest CD, The Devil In Me, spent 14 weeks on the Alternate Route’s Americana Music international radio chart.
-His song, I Go Down, was a winner in the American songwriter magazine lyric contest for the months of May and June, 2011.

-His song, Hey Jesus, was the winner of the Great American song contest, 2010 for Folk and acoustic music.
-His song Tonight was nominated as a finalist in the ‘Song of the Year’ contest, sponsored by VH1, in 2009.
-Two of his songs are featured in the award-winning documentary “Anytown, USA”.


Lyrics

All The Colors Of You

Written By: Brother Lou

All the Colors of You

I can recall staring into your realms of light
And I knew who I wanted to be and what I had to do

Pale-white skin and auburn hair, pink perfect lips, eyes green and blue
Who wouldn’t want all of the colors of you?

I can recall staring straight into your realms of light

Once upon a time there was green and blue there was me and you before the others
Once upon a time I was tripped up and blinded by all of your colors

I did not believe that it would go this far, I did not believe that you’d take it so hard
And leave me here holding the weight that it takes to break two hearts

Once upon a time there was green and blue there was me and you before the others
Once upon a time I was tripped up and blinded by all of your colors

Pale-white skin and silk black hair, red robust lips and eyes painted blue
Who wouldn’t want all the colors of you?
Hot red desire and green jealousy, pale regret and bruised black and blue
Who could forget all the colors of you?

Do you realize, I just closed my eyes
And I still got the colors of you
All of the colors of you

Can't Make You Shine Anymore

Written By: Brother Lou

Can't Make You Shine Anymore

I wonder what you’re waiting for
The tide always turns in time
The days are dark, the night’s a chore
And I can’t make you shine anymore

An accidental glimpse, a faint hint from your lips
Then you pull it from me like a matador

I want to get it on but you just get bored
I can’t make you shine anymore
Our love leaves you sad and it leaves me sore
I can’t make you shine anymore

When you beam from love who are you dreaming of
You used to light up like that for me before

Now, baby takes the bed and I take the floor
I can’t make you shine anymore
In this afterglow we both endure
I can’t make you shine anymore

I don’t know which I hate more
The lies you tell or the one's I’m paying for
Between karma and a woman scorned
You’ll open up those bomb-bay doors
Drop the big one end this war
Nuke my heart like I did yours

I can’t make you shine anymore I can’t make you shine anymore

Brother Lou Copyright 2009

This Song

Written By: Brother Lou

This Song

There’s no use in complaining, there’s no sense in pretending
Something starts off somewhere and then it needs an ending
So last night, she done me wrong

If I took the time to think about why that woman left me
I could come up with a reason for each day since she met me
Each day I didn’t notice what I wasn’t doing it for her
I’d play my guitar but my songs only bored her
So last night, she done me wrong
She got herself a new man and I, I got this song

I guess she got tired of me never listening to her
I’d tune her out and turn up Hank or Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard

Now I’m alone again but that’s only how it seems
I got my guitar and my radio and all my crazy dreams
I ain’t lonesome, I ain’t lovesick, I ain’t got swinging doors
I ain’t crying in big river wondering what she left me for
She was right to do me wrong
I left her a long time ago, chasing this song

I’d tell her to go on to bed and I’ll be there in a little while
Then I’d go listen to Dylan, David Allen Coe, Hammel on Trial

This song ain’t about hard feeling or trying to turn the tables.
There is no message to be learned, there’s no moral, this ain’t a fable
There’s no use in complaining there’s no sense in pretending
This song started way back there and now it needs an ending
So tonight when she does me wrong
Kiss her once for me and tell her thanks for the song

Copyright Brother Lou 2009

The Hungry Girl

Written By: Brother Lou

The Hungry Girl

This world can wear you thin with each long lonely day
Sometimes a smile can go a long way
Now I’m not saying I bring joy everywhere I go
But when I see a neighbor outrside I smile and wave hello
But I’m telling you to be careful
I’m telling you because it’s true
Some people out there are so starved for attention
They will take a bite, hold on tight
And never let go of you

She’s big, she’s loud she’s the hungry girl
The starvinest girl in the whole damn world
You were nice to her one time, and now you find
She’s been hungry so long that she’s out of her mind
Don’t let your eyes make that fateful connection
Don’t let her develop a taste for your affection
Now ten times a day she needs a new favor
There ain’t nothing as heavy as an upstairs neighbor
When she’s the hungry girl

She’ll leave a note on your car, e-mail you and more
Is there any way she can get a ride to the store
You pretend you’re not home she’s like Kool Aid through the door
She’s too big to miss and too loud to ignore
(She’s too big to miss and too loud to ignore)

She’s big and loud she’s a hungry girl
Starvinest girl in the whole damn world
She’s gunna chase you down to your very last breath
She won’t stop ‘til she’s full, and she’s always starving to death
Now I have no doubt she needs something to fill her
But what she needs I ain’t ever gunna give her
I’m packed tight like a sardine hiding under my bed
I can’t sleep at night she ate all the dreams in my head
I lie awake in a cold sweat and shiver
I pray to the lord that I will be delivered
From the Hungry girl

Now you might think I’m exaggerating
I’m being mean and telling stories that aren’t true
All I can say is wait for the day
Someone hungry takes a bite out of you.

Brother Lou copyright 2009

Through The Wind

Written By: Brother Lou

Through the Wind

You can search the whole world over
Or try to start the new world order
You can fall to your knees for a dollar
But, I’m pretty sure it ain’t worth the bother
And the sun breathes through the wind

You can try to fill what’s missing
By lining up a few religions
Put them in a big competition
Print up tickets and charge admission

But the wisest words I never get sick of
Love is all you need is love
So find what you’ve got then be a giver
Let them keep that bag of silver

And the sun breathes through the wind
And my world feels whole again
May our little kingdom have no end
I’m back in the arms of my love and my friend

You can feed me to the lions cause
I won’t live by your weird myths and laws
Some people want to start a riot
When they push their god and you don’t buy it
And the sun breathes through the wind

But when my days are over and done
Whether or not there’s a heaven
I’m gunna know I tried to give you
Something simple, heartfelt and true

And if someday you’re filled with sorrow
This melody you can borrow
Take it with you and lend it freely
May it help you like it helped me

The Devil In Me

Written By: Brother Lou

The Devil in Me

Something stirring in me since the day I was born
Dancing like a fire and keeping me warm
I look the world in the eye then lie through my teeth
But don’t lay blame, it’s the devil in me

Lord, you know this has been coming for a while
Lately, I waste your time and you cramp my style
But I will give credit where credit is due
I wouldn’t know the devil so well if not for you

So, thank you Lord for the Devil in Me
Your ways are truly a mystery
I once was blind, now I see
I want to thank you Lord for the Devil in Me
I want to thank you Lord for the Devil

I prayed to you Lord for money and fun
Seems like everybody round here but me got some
So now, I make my own luck and damn the rest to hell
If you won’t give me what I want then it’s just as well

Well, you could have made it easy but you made it round
I did one thing wrong you spit me out of town
You take candy from a kid, like I take fruit from a tree
Then you act surprised I’ve got is the Devil in me

I want to thank you Lord for the Devil in Me
Your ways are truly a mystery
I once was blind, now I see
I want to thank you Lord for the Devil in Me
I want to thank you Lord for the Devil

I know he’s slippery and bad as sin
But I never feel guilty or sorry for him
He just do what he do and he be who he be
Then he say, “What the hell else did you expect from me?”

I know he’s mean, he’s downright abusive
But at least he’s here, you’re nothing but allusive
I called and called for you but he came running to me
Thank you lord, for the devil

I Go Down

Written By: Brother Lou

I GO DOWN

I go down, down in the valley
I go down, when the day is done
I go down, I’ve been so low
But I’m back with the rising sun

You’re the rock on which I land
But you see through me to my heart’s desires
I will not stand here and say “I’ve done no wrong”
And make us both out to be liars

I go down, and let it all hang out
I go down to a world of sin
I’ve been so low
But I find my way back to you again

Me and baby had the best-laid plans
But then I go and do the things I do
Forgive me darling if I hurt you
I’ll try harder next time to be true

I go down, I chase these demons
I go down, down to the abyss
I go down to where there is nothing
And when I’m there, there is nothing that I miss

I go down, down in the valley
I go down, where dreams will fall
I go down, I’ve been so low
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll make it back at all
Yes I wonder if you wouldn’t be better off

Dancin' Shoes

Written By: Brother Lou

Dancin’ Shoes

Let’s set the world on fire, put on your dancin’ shoes
If the morning makes me out a liar what did we lose
Nothing else you ever do will take you higher
You’re gunna be a star, go set the world on fire

Let’s set the world on fire, let’s go and paint the town
From The Towers down to Tel Aviv to The Underground
We’re gunna make them see things our way
Congratulations child, today’s the day

I will lead you from this wilderness;
I wouldn’t tempt you with a lie
Set fire to the earth and live forever in the sky

Let’s set the world on fire, come on get up off your knees
The blood of young martyrs is what feeds this tree
Now that the verses have taken hold
Fill your heart with heaven and feel it explode

You’re finally heading home, everybody will rejoice
When you look at it you’ll realize you never had a choice

Let’s set the world on fire, put on your dancin’ shoes
When you’re all alone and empty like there’s nothing to lose
I canl fill you with this dark desire
You’re gunna be a star, let’s set the world on fire
Everybody will remember set the world on fire
You’re gunna live for ever, set the world on fire
You’re gunna live for ever

Nothing In The Sky

Written By: Brother Lou

Nothing in the Sky

A --- INTRO

D
Are you still confused,
A
It’s your innocence that’s gone
C
The day they drew back curtain
G E
You realized you’re all alone
D
Like people when they jump
A
Like people trying to fly
C G E A
Before they hit the ground they cry out To nothing in the sky
D
I was sitting on a beach
A
By the airport in Lauderdale
C
Nothing was taking off or landing
G E
The air was thick and stale
D
So I turned my head around
A
A bird was sitting on a line
C G E A
It looked like he was wondering Why there was nothing in the sky
D
There ain’t nothing in the sky
A
There ain’t nothing in the sky
Bm C#m D A
Just a cool, calm, shade of blue Staring me back in the eye
D
And no one’s walking on the water
A
No one’s coming back after they die
C G
Now, no matter how that long I live
E A
I won’t forget and I can’t forgive
C G E A

D
Self proclaimed holy men
A
Two days later on t.v.
C
Said “This country had it comin’
G E
The good Lord’s trying to make us see”
D
Those words echo in my head
A
As I walk past the dandelion
C G E A
It holds my smile for me Just like the sky
D
There ain’t nothing in the sky
A
There ain’t nothing in the sky
Bm C#m D A
Just a cool, calm, shade of blue Staring me back in the eye
D
And no one’s walking on the water
A
No one’s coming back after they die
C G
Now, no matter how that long I live
E A
I won’t forget and I can’t forgive

D C#m
For a moment it felt like peace had come
B#m A
I’d pay the devil now to get me some

D C#m
For a moment it felt like peace had come
B#m A
I’d pay the devil now to get me some



D
In the name of Mohammed
A
Abraham and Jesus too
C
There’s no such thing as crazy
G E
It’s what god wants from you
D
So they will kill until there’s nothing left
A
But the echo of a lie
C G
Nothing but the truth
E A
Nothing in the sky…

There ain’t nothing in the sky
A
There ain’t nothing in the sky
Bm C#m D A
Just a cool, calm, shade of blue Staring me back in the eye
D
And no one’s walking on the water
A
No one’s coming back after they die
C G
Now, no matter how that long I live
E A
I won’t forget and I can’t forgive
C G
No matter how that long I live
E A
I won’t forget and I can’t forgive

D C#m
For a moment it felt like peace had come
B#m A
Now praise the lord and pass the gun

D C#m
For a moment it felt like peace had come
B#m A
I’d pay the devil now to get me some

Hey Jesus

Written By: Brother Lou

Hey Jesus

Hey Jesus won’t you help me
To open up my heart
I want to love my neighbor
But my neighbor wants no part
I’m just a target market
To that dollar grubbing hound
He don’t give a damn about me
When my money ain’t around
His hand is in my pocket
He’s laying guilt and shame
He makes me start to doubt you
And he does it in your name
I would love to love my neighbor
But, my neighbor wants no part
He couldn’t feel love
If you nailed it through his heart

Hey Jesus won’t you help me
To turn the other cheek
I shoot daggers at the bastards
Every time they speak
My ears are catching fire
When they start twisting what you said
Take you out of context
And turn you on your head
Now I haven’t read that good ‘ole book
In 10 or 20 years
But I can’t recall you saying
You hate single mom’s and queers
I’d turn the other cheek
But I can’t ignore the lies
They couldn’t see love
If you nailed it through their eyes.

I was flipping through the channels
When a woman on the screen
Preaching hard and breathing heavy
She was white, cut and clean
Selling after-life insurance
To the poor and to the meek
She said, “Give me all you’ve got
I’ll lend you Jesus for a week”
J.C. I’m not like you
And not sure I’d want to be
Give up my life
So Paula White could get rich off of me?
She can trade in your temple
Like no one in the land
But she couldn’t feel love
If you nailed it through her hands

Hey Jesus I’m in hell
Where the hell are you?
All I see are Kennedy, Falwell
And Robertson too
And their fundamental minions
Who follow them around
The flames climb higher
Broken glass is on the ground
They say the bible is their blueprint
When it fits in with their plan
I can’t tell Berlin from Mississippi
From Afghanistan
They use you to exclude
They use you to divide
If you see a Christian coming
Christ you’d better run and hide
Jesus let me in
I’m pounding on your door
With the God they’ve conjured up
What do we need the devil for?

This Song

Written By: Brother Lou

This Song

There’s no use in complaining, there’s no sense in pretending
Something starts off somewhere and then it needs an ending
So last night, she done me wrong

If I took the time to think about why that woman left me
I could come up with a reason for each day since she met me
Each day I didn’t notice what I wasn’t doing it for her
I’d play my guitar but my songs only bored her
So last night, she done me wrong
She got herself a new man and I, I got this song

I guess she got tired of me never listening to her
I’d tune her out and turn up Hank or Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard

Now I’m alone again but that’s only how it seems
I got my guitar and my radio and all my crazy dreams
I ain’t lonesome, I ain’t lovesick, I ain’t got swinging doors
I ain’t crying in big river wondering what she left me for
She was right to do me wrong
I left her a long time ago, chasing this song

I’d tell her to go on to bed and I’ll be there in a little while
Then I’d go listen to Dylan, David Allen Coe, Hammel on Trial

This song ain’t about hard feeling or trying to turn the tables.
There is no message to be learned, there’s no moral, this ain’t a fable
There’s no use in complaining there’s no sense in pretending
This song started way back there and now it needs an ending
So tonight when she does me wrong
Kiss her once for me and tell her thanks for the song.

I'm Gunna Rise Again

Written By: Brother Lou

I'm Gunna Rise Again

Then he said to me and I quote
I’m gunna rise again
A hungry growl down in his throat
I’m gunna rise again

I’m gunna rise

In the alley behind the parking lot
I’m gunna rise again
Give me everything you’ve got
I’m gunna rise again

The sweat was heavy on my brow
Good lord don’t you fail me now

I can’t deny this monkey on my back it’s big enough for the world to see
I can’t deny this monkey on my back, it’s big enough to carry me (bury me)

You’ve taken all you’re gunna steal
Find someone else to make your deal

You can walk away but this ain’t the end, he said
I’m gunna rise again
Sooner or later you’re gunna need a friend
Then I’ll rise again, I’m gunna rise

I can’t deny this monkey on my back it’s big enough for the world to see
I can’t deny this monkey on my back, it’s big enough to carry me (bury me)

And I can’t forget the last thing that he said
And lately baby, I could use a friend

Rain

Written By: Brother Lou

Rain

It feels like November again
You can tell by the
Blow hard wind
Hail to the fundraiser
And his twin
Democrat; Republican
They talk and talk and
Confuse everything
They tell you not to vote
Is some kind of sin
Then the guy with
The most votes
Doesn’t even win
Grab the wheel and
Give it a spin
Round and round
Until November again

On opposite sides
Of a broad and beaten path
It’s nickel and dime
With faces so straight
It’s almost a laugh
It’s nickel and dime
Responses rehearsed
And choreographed
They shimmy and shake
Until you forget what you asked
Don’t look for answers
Near a campaign

Rain, copper coins
Hit the ground
Like rain
A sewer fills
Like a heart will
With pain
And it’s coming down

A heart that is so covetous
Guided by greed
And fear and lust
A shark smells blood
Like you smell trust
Saints and whores
Deny you in disgust
Make numbers dance
Deceive, adjust
Have reports recount
The results they must
Skip town while it all goes bust
Leave a child behind
Choking in the dust
Of a heart that is so covetous

You slither past
My best defense
It’s nickel and dime
You undercut
My confidence
It’s nickel and dime
And you’d swear
None of this makes sense
Until you add
The dollars and cents
And watch them wave
Good luck
From the back of a train

Rain, copper coins
Hit the ground
Like rain
A sewer fills
Like a heart will
With pain
And it’s coming down

Don’t take your
Right to vote for granted
You’re lucky to have it
In the land of the free
Don’t take your right
To choose your better half
For granted
Not everyone gets it
In the land of the free
Don’t take your right
To good health for granted
It’s an arm and a leg
In the land of the free
Don’t take your right
To work hard for granted
Job after job after job overseas
Don’t take your
Guitar for granted
Don’t pawn it to pay
For a better TV
Don’t take your throat for granted

There’s a meeting inside
You’d best keep it down
We don’t want to hear another sound
Or see you again
In this part of town
Shut up and love it
Or leave right now
We’re gunna make sure
There are no cameras around
When we break out gas
Shields, batons and hounds
Round you up
And put you in the pound
Push your face
Straight into the ground
Be sure there will be
No cameras around

It’s just business
Free trade business
It’s nickel and dime
It’s big bank business
It’s none of your business
It’s nickel and dime
It’s in your best interest
To stay out of our business,
We’re gunna give you the business
But baby, it’s just business
What part of money talks
Do you need me to explain?

Rain, copper coins
Hit the ground
Like rain
A sewer fills
Like a heart will with pain
And it’s coming down

Discography

As Good As You Want 2008 (re release 2010)

The Devil In Me 2011

Set List

A mix of mostly original songs and acoustic folk (John Prine, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash).