Mississippi Shakedown

Mississippi Shakedown

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

"Mississippi Shakedown" is a Band with a minimum of FUSS and a maximum of EFFECT. A 4-piece unit led by Blues Rock charged SLIDE GUITAR, with a “Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus” attitude! With influence from the Deep South, these guys have heart. This band was not created to play in a restaurant

Biography

Mississippi Shakedown exist, due to the interest of Alligator Records U.S., the world’s leading Blues Record Label … they liked our songs!!!

Jeff Cripps (guitar/vocals) has produced many Australian Blues Bands/Artists who have recorded some of Jeff's original songs and Bruce Iglauer, Mr Alligator said he liked them....so Jeff thought, well, I'll record a few more.

He did, there was a C.D. and of course with every C.D. you must have a band.

Jeff called 3 of his closest mates and so was born MISSISSIPPI SHAKEDOWN..!!!

Misipi has played many of the major Blues Festivals all over Australia, Goulburn, Thredbo, Launceston,Forth Valley, Perth Blues Club, Newcastle.

We've just finalized our 4th C.D. to be called "I Don't Know What I'd Do Without You But I Sure Would Like To Find Out" and we're in negotiations with Austraila's No.1 Blues label "Black Market Records" for it's release..!!!... so that's 4 C.D.'s....we're serious about this...!!!!

Jeff's writing could be described as a bit "satirical" with lines like...

I started with nothing and got most of it left

I haven't got a hold of the bottle, the bottle's got a hold of me

There ain't no need to worry 'cause things ain't gonna work out no how

How can I be thirsty when i had so much to drink last night

Hard work never hurt nobody but I don't wanna take the chance

Due to Misipi being on several "compilation" CD's, our CD's are currently being played in: Spain, France, Croatia, Hawaii, Germany, U.S., Bosnia, Denmark.

Mississippi Shakedown is truly a party machine … or to quote …

“A groove platform for UPLIFTING, WITTY & DAMNED CATCHY SONGS, with unforgettable choruses that you will curse, after singing them in your sleep for a month …!!!

“Mississippi Shakedown is a ONE OF A KIND …”

The Band takes no prisoners on our journey to Shakedown an audience … Once seen, never forgotten, once heard always loved…!!!

Lyrics

Right Here Right Now

Written By: Jeff Cripps

1--

Don't want to hang around till the early afternoon

I'm sick and tired of waitin' cause I want it real soon

Sittin' around here is just a waste of my day

(Well) it's all about me and what I have to say

Ch)..

I want what I want and I want it right now

Right here right now, right here right now, right here right now

I want what I want and I want it right now

2--

Well I me my is all I want to care about

Who I really love, is for you to figure out

I don't care who's right or wrong, as long as I can get my way

(Well) it's all about me and what I have to say

3--

I tell you that the world it revolves around me

You just don't get it, why can't you see

I need to have everything goin' my way

Well it's all about me and what I have to say

Saturday night

Written By: Jeff Cripps

Saturday Night

Ch)-- I can't wait, for Saturday Night (x2)
When it comes around, well I feel alright

V1)-- Monday, I don't feel so good
Tuesday, I didn't think I would
Wednesday, just one day
Thursday, out of the way
Friday, it's almost, it's been a week it seems like a year

V2)-- Monday, you know how I feel
Tuesday, it's hard to conceal
Wednesday, it's such a shame
Thursday, always the same
Friday, it's almost, it's been a week it seems like a year

talkin To My baby

Written By: Jeff Cripps

Talkin' To My Baby

V 1)-- Well I've been talkin' to my baby, she don't hear a single word (x2)
Well interruptions in the morning , interjections in the Evenin'
I've been talkin' to my baby

V 2)- Well I've Talkin' to my baby, she don't listen what I say(x2)
Well interruptions in the morning , interjections in the Evenin'
I've been talkin' to my baby

Ch) Well I've Talkin' to my baby (x4)
Well interruptions in the morning , interjections in the Evenin'
I've been talkin' to my baby

V3)-- Well I've been Talkin' to my baby, she hears nothin' what i say (x2)
Well interupions in the morning , interjections in the Evenin
I've been talkin' to my baby

The Blues Lives Here

Written By: Jeff Cripps/Anni Piper

The Blues Lives Here

1-- Welcome to my home,walk right in,the Blues lives here (x2)

Send help,please send help to a helpless man

Send help, I've done all that I can

2-- Welcome to my life, sit right down, the Blues lives here (x2)

Send help,please send help to a helpless man

Send help, I've done that you command

M8- As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be

Trouble without end A-A-Amen

3-- Welcome to my world, step right up, the Blues lives here (x2)

Send help,please send help to a fallen man

Send help, well I've fallen all I can

She's What The Blues Looks Like

Written By: Jeff Cripps

She's What The Blues Looks Like

1-- I've got you're picture in my wallet, that reminds me of hell
I wear a ring on my finger, to remind me as well
So goodbye so long, don't wait up late
It won't be me that walks through that gate
I found out the hard way, she's what the Blues looks like (x2)

2-- We got 5 little children, none of them look like me
You say can I come too, every time I try to leave

I Haven't Got A Hold Of The Bottle The Bottle's Got A Hold Of Me

Written By: Jeff Cripps

I Haven't Got a Hold of The Bottle

(The Bottle's Got A Hold Of Me)

CH) I haven’t got a hold of the bottle

The bottle’s got a hold of me

I can’t seem to get into the spirit

The spirit keeps getting into me.

I wake up to the touch of Margarita

And go to bed with Jack from Tennessee

I haven’t got a hold of the bottle

The bottle’s got a hold of me

Verse 1)

I won’t tell you no lies, no half beaten alibis

About the troubles of a man, with a ten year drinkin’ plan

Invest your money on the bar, but it won’t get you very far

Every dollar that I saved, bloody Mary just took away.

Verse 2)

I tell you what I hate,it’s overrated being straight

When my back’s against the wall, I’ll drink anything at all

I tried being sober, 1 drink then it’s over,

Well I don’t drink any more, but I confess

I don't drink any less

Mississippi Minor

Written By: Jeff Cripps

Instrumental

How can I be Thirsty When I Had So Much To Drink Last Night

Written By: jeff cripps/ ian dittman

HOW CAN I BE THIRSTY

1-- I've waited half my life for the end of the week to appear
Thank God its Friday night time to go out and drink me some beer
One turns to two, two turns to three
Its time to switch to bourbon
Cause its gettin late you see
Now it's Saturday mornin' and I don't feel right

How can i be thirsty, i had so much to drink last nite

2-- Feelin pretty up so I'm gonna put a few more down
Don't need no directions gonna get myself lost and found
Grab the keys shut the door I won't be back today
I work real hard, so now its time to play
Now it's Saturday mornin' and I don't feel right

How can i be thirsty, i had so much to drink last nite

3-- Now there's a whole lot of last night that I really don't recall
I lost all my keys, wound up sleepin in the hall
It might have been the whisky could have been the gin
I've only got myself to blame for the shape I'm in

Now it's Saturday mornin' and I don't feel right

How can i be thirsty, i had so much to drink last nite

4-- Got a mouth like a birdcage it even hurts to comb my hair
I’m feelin so dehydrated, a little worse for wear and tear
Now it's Saturday mornin' and I don't feel right

How can i be thirsty, i had so much to drink last nite

mean and evil

Written By: jeff cripps

MEAN and EVIL

1-- I wonder who is kissing her tonight
I wonder why she don't treat me right
She treats me like a leper, she treats me like a fool
I'm quotin' Elvis, "don't treat me cruel"

2-- I feel like I'm in Texas and I'm running out of room
I'm buying liquor but I own my own saloon
Stand on top of Everest and I say
You won't even turn and look my way

CH--Because your so mean and evil, you put the devil out of work (x2)
You're every man's nightmare, hell dressed up in a skirt

3-- You tell me to listen when you talk the talk
I'm tellin you baby, I'm about to walk the walk
My love for you will last like snow on the desert sand,
I love you like a woman, but I fear you like a man

One Door Shuts Another Door Slams

Written By: Jeff Cripps

One Door Shuts, Another Door Slams

V1) I have a hard time gettin' up in the morning'
Have a bad tryin' to go to sleep late at night
I'm over and I'm underpaid
A dollar short and I'm one day late

Ch) The one thing in life you gotta to understand
One door shuts and another door slams (x2)

V2) That light you see at the end of the tunnel
Just might be a train gotta wait and see
First to arrive the last to leave
I've got second thoughts about a third degree

I Don't Know What I'd Do Without You But I Sure Would Like To Find Out

Written By: Jeff Cripps

I Don't Know what I'd Do With Out You

(but I sure would like to find out)

1-- She burnt down my house just to keep herself warm

She needed pocket money so she sold our first born

I'm sick + tired of hearin' don't treat her like I oughta

Just to prove (a) the point she gave away our baby Daughter

Ch) I don't know what I'd do with out you but I sure would like to find out (x2)

2-- I picked her up because I liked what she was puttin' down

I met her in the country man she sure can go to town

When we started goin' out it was just like a dream

Until I found she was rootin' for the other team

Ch)

M8) The only time he told the truth was when he said that he was lying

the only time I saw him happy was when I was crying

3-- I'll see you in Hell I hope you get there first

I'm kinda Lookin forward can't get no worse

Ch)

I Am My Fathers Son

Written By: Jeff Cripps

I Am My Fathers Son
Ch) I am my fathers son (x2)

I have become what I have become

Because I am my fathers son

( No more shall I be shown

Now that my father has gone)

V1) A guiding hand to get me through my troubles

He always had some time to spend with me

Every day I try to be just like him

I did not fall very far from the tree

V2) He was someone that I could look up to

The closest friend that I have ever known

But way back then, when I was still a rebel

It was "wait till you Father gets home"

Discography

C.D.-1..Mississippi Shakedown

C.D.-2 Right Here Right Now

C.D.-3 The Blues Lives Here

C.D.-4 I Don't Know What I'd Do Without You But I Sure Would Like To Find Out

Bar Promotions Blues Compilation Vols 4 + 5 + 6 + 7

Black Market Music (Aust) Blues + Roots Sampler 2009

Set List

"Mississippi Shakedown" play mainly originals, with a "smattering" of covers....but when they do a cover, it's not just filling in time let me tell you.!!!!

No-one seems to mind about the lack of covers strangely enough.....which is pleasing and makes us realize, we're taking care of Business with our "Mississippi Shakedown"Originals..

Very pleasing