pat mAcdonald

pat mAcdonald

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"He speaks with a searing harmonica, boot heels on the floorboards of a haunted car...Somewhere between his guitar, left heel and harp-mouthed vocals, north meets south, black meets white, devil meets angel." -EXOTIC UNDERGROUND

Biography

He pioneered roots-electronica, had a top-20 hit, and was nominated for a "Best New Artist" Grammy.

As a songwriter, He’s co-written with artists from Aerosmith to Zuccero, including half an album with Cher (Not.Com.mercial, 2000). His songs have been performed by artists from Billy Ray Cyrus to Oysterhead to Luciano Pavarotti, and have appeared in dozens of movies.

He recorded nine albums with Timbuk3, whose international hit, “The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” became the anti-anthem of a decade.

As a solo artist, MacDonald has toured extensively in Europe and the U.S. and released seven critically acclaimed albums.

His latest, “Troubadour of Stomp” (Broken Halo 2007) is described by ALLMUSIC GUIDE as: "Some kind of dark collision of metal and swamp blues ... This startlingly original album may not be for everyone, but it certainly establishes MacDonald as a true enigma.”

The Austin Chronicle says: “Troubadour is full of the good stuff - lowdown, swampy, sexy, menacing…He’s always had that dark silver way with words and predates the current one-man band trend by about 15 years.” -Margaret Moser

Since 2005, in his adopted hometown of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, he's hosted Steel Bridge Songfest, a festival of original music and song headlined four years running by legendary singer/songwriter Jackson Browne.

The song he and Browne co-wrote for Steel Bridge 2006 ("Steel Yourself") was included in the compilation “Steel Bridge Songs, Vol. 1”

In the age of sellout, MacDonald remains the antithesis of corporate rock. The high-dollar offers he continues to refuse from corporations like Ford and McDonald’s for the use of his songs in commercials total in the millions. (U.S. News and World Report, vol. 124, #20) http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/980525/archive_004000.htm

Lyrics

THE WISE GUY AND LUCKY

Written By: pat mAcdonald

The Wise Guy and Lucky
On a blind double date
Were set up with two sisters
Named Destiny and Fate
The first to move was Lucky
The Wise Guy was too late
He lusted after Destiny
But he ended up with Fate.

He whispered, “Lucky bastard,
You live up to your name!”
Said Lucky, “What’s the difference?
They’re both about the same.”
The Wise Guy said,
“Who you tryin to kid?
I knew that’s what you’d say!
You know as well as I do
Those two are night and day

“But if you like, I’ll tell you
You Lucky so-and-so
Why I would make a different choice
As if you don’t well know
Though Fate’s the easier, I’ve heard tell
What good is there to gain?
Though Destiny might challenge you
You know she’s worth the pain

“Though Destiny might lead you on
While Fate throws you a bone
She’ll show you her true colors
While Fate’s remain unknown
Though Destiny might bend your ear
Fate, she seldom talks
Just busts in unexpectedly
While Destiny, she knocks.

“And friend, that’s why
I’d rather try
To weather out a date
In misery with Destiny
Than wistfully with Fate
That’s why I say quite plainly:
If I had to choose a mate
I’d rather die by Destiny
Than live in the hands of Fate.”

The Wise Guy made his point so well
That Lucky would not budge
He held on tight to Destiny
While nothing but a grudge
Was held in his friend’s lustful grip,
His jealousy gone wild.
Lucky, he said not a word
Just shook his head and smiled.

(repeat first verse)

LOVE ME AT A DISTANCE

Written By: pat mAcdonald

Love me at a distance
Love me from afar
I’ll love you forever
Wherever you are
Love me at a distance
Though I can’t be there
It’s nice having someone
In the world somewhere

I’m wishing you everything
Money, love and fun
A girlfriend, a boyfriend
Though I’m not the one
Potential disappointment
Is a bird in the hand
Who’ll say what you wanna hear
Sing anything on demand

I’d rather be your long lost secret love
This mystery fits me like a glove
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me

I offer no resistance
No strain on your strength
Love me at a distance
I’ll love you at length

Love me like a planet
Cold and so far gone
Call me from Indiana
Play me like a song

Call me your long lost secret love
This mystery fits me like a glove
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me
Love the idea of me
And fuck the reality

Love me at a distance
Love me from afar
I’ll love you forever
Wherever you are
Love me at a distance
Though I can’t be there
It’s nice having someone
In the world somewhere
In the world somewhere
In the world somewhere

THE FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT, I GOTTA WEAR SHADES

Written By: pat mAcdonald

I study nuclear science
i love my classes
i got a crazy teacher
he wears dark glasses
things are goin great
and they're only gettin better
i'm doin alright
gettin good grades
the future's so bright
i gotta wear shades

i got a job waiton
for my graduation
fifty thou a year
will buy a lot of beer
things are goin great
and they're only gettin better
i'm doin alright
gettin good grades
the future's so bright
i gotta wear shades

I'm heavenly blessed
and worldly wise
i'm a peeping tom techie
with x-ray eyes
things are goin great
and they're only gettin better
i'm doin alright
gettin good grades
the future's so bright
i gotta wear shades
i gotta wear shades...

Discography

POST TIMBUK3:

Pat MacDonald Sleeps With His Guitar (Ark 21, 1997 LP); Begging Her Graces (Ulftone, 1999 LP); Degrees Of Gone (Ulftone, 2001 LP); Strange Love: PM Does DM (Ulftone, 2003 LP); In The Red Room (DarkPresents, 2004 LP); Troubadour of Stomp (Broken Halo, 2007 LP)

Set List

An ever-morphing mix of songs from seven solo CDs, new originals, and covers, including some from the "Strange Love:PM Does DM" Depeche Mode tribute; occasional Timbuk3 versions when the spirit moves.