Rich Deans

Rich Deans

 Nutley, New Jersey, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Singer-songwriter Rich Deans has become a sought-after performer on the acoustic music scene, sharing stages with the likes of Susan Werner, Red Molly, Bill Staines, Rod MacDonald, The Greencards, Pat Wictor and numerous other local and national touring acts. Several artists have recorded cover versions of Rich’s songs and in recognition of Rich’s writing skills he was nominated for a 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Award (“Jammy”) as Best Male Songwriter.

Biography

Singer-songwriter Rich Deans has become a sought-after performer on the acoustic music scene, sharing stages with the likes of
Bill Staines, Rod MacDonald, The Greencards, George Wurzbach of Modern Man, Kate Jacobs, Pat Wictor, and numerous other local and national touring acts. Rich has performed at venues from New York’s late-lamented Bottom Line to the Bluebird Café in Nashville to Sweetwater’s in Mill Valley,California with many stops in between. Rich has also been a staff songwriter for ABC/Dunhill, Laurel Canyon Music, Dreena Publishing and Castle Hill Music. His song “Blue Eyes and White Lies”, written for Kim Carnes, was chosen by Billboard Magazine as album cut “pick hit” and his composition “Tiger on The Lawn” was recorded by Paul Cotton of the country-rock band POCO for his solo record. Recently, Pat Wictor included a beautiful cover version of Rich’s composition “Don’t Dig My Grave Too Deep” on his CD Waiting for the Water and Hope Machine have followed Pat’s lead by covering Rich’s song, “You Can Count On Me” on their most recent release March with great guest backing vocals by the ladies of Red Molly.

“Rich Deans…writes great songs.” John Platt, Host of WFUV’s City Folk Sunday Breakfast Show

“Rich Deans is an incredible songwriter.” Ron Olesko, Host of WFDU’s Traditions program

“Rich gave a great in-studio performance followed by an excellent opening set for Rod MacDonald at the University Café” Charlie Backfish, Host of WUSB’s Sunday Street show

“Rich Deans is a most fascinating songwriter, writing songs that are more like novellas set to haunting melodies of days past.”
Mike Agranoff, Minstrel Coffeehouse

“Your recent taping was one of our best shows ever! Great music and conversation.” Sandy Reilly, Cablevision’s “Horses Sing None of It!”

CONTACT: 973-235-1936 or Rich@www.RichDeans.com


Lyrics

Don't Dig My Grave Too Deep

Written By: Rich Deans

DON’T DIG MY GRAVE TOO DEEP

MY NAME IS LUCAS YOUNGER I WAS BORN IN THE COUNTY CLYH
IN THE WAR TO SAVE THE UNION I FOUGHT ON THE LOSING SIDE
WHEN THE BODIES FELL LIKE TIMBER
AND THE BLOOD FLOWED LIKE A STREAM
AND THE COUNTRY UNRAVELED LIKE A SEAM

NOW AS FAR AS I REMEMBER I HAVE NEVER HAD A CAUSE
TO TREAT ANY MAN UNJUSTLY OR TRAMPLE ANY LAW
BUT YOU CAN PUSH A MAN JUST SO FAR
BEFORE HE’LL TURN AND FIGHT
AND IT DOESN’T ALWAYS MATTER IF HE’S RIGHT

CHORUS

OOH, OOH PROMISE ME ONE THING
YOU WILL BURY ME UNDER GOD’S WING
IN CASE I CANNOT SLEEP
PLEASE DON’T DIG MY GRAVE TOO DEEP

IN A DEEP AND DARK DECEMBER WE WERE BARELY HALF-ALIVE
I REALLY DON’T REMEMBER HOW THE HALF OF US SURVIVED
MY BROTHER JOINED THE ARMY MY MOTHER JOINED THE DEAD
AND I JOINED UP WITH QUANTRILL INSTEAD

WE BURNED OUR WAY THROUGH KANSAS AND DOWN TO TENNESSEE
TAKING WHAT WE WANTED BUT NOT MORE THAN WE’D NEED
NOW I’VE BEEN CALLED AN OUTLAW BUT NEVER TO MY FACE
AND I WILL NOT BE LOOKED ON IN DISGRACE

CHORUS

MY NAME IS LUCAS YOUNGER I AM ALL OF TWENTY-FIVE
AND I KNOW I’M NOT EXPECTED TO LEAVE THIS ROOM ALIVE
BUT IF I SHOULD MEET THE DEVIL I WILL SPIT RIGHT IN HIS EYE
THE FIRST TIME I WAS TOO SCARED TO TRY

REPEAT CHORUS AND END

COPYRIGHT RICH DEANS
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China Blue

Written By: Rich Deans

CHINA BLUE

JENNY LEE LIVED DOWN BY THE POWER LINES
WHERE THE SPARKS TURN THE NIGHT SKY BLUE
SHE WAS FROM JAPAN, OR MAYBE VIETNAM
BUT EVERYBODY CALLED HER CHINA BLUE

ALL THE BOYS IN TOWN GAVE HER MONEY
TO DO THE THINGS THEIR GIRLFRIENDS WOULDN’T DO
I’M ASHAMED TO SAY, I TREATED HER THAT WAY
JUST SO I COULD SAY I’D BEEN THERE TOO.

CHORUS

BUT I STILL MISS CHINA BLUE
NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY IT BUT IT’S TRUE
WE TOOK HER HEART AND BROKE IT RIGHT IN TWO
AND I STILL MISS CHINA BLUE

ONE NIGHT WHEN I HAD BEEN WITH CHINA
SHE SAID WE CAN’T MEET THIS WAY AGAIN
I KNOW IT SOUNDS A LITTLE CRAZY
BUT I’M GONNA HAVE A BABY
AND A MOTHER SHOULDN’T MESS AROUND WITH MEN

THE DADDY IS A BOY FROM CARSON CITY
HIS HAIR IS BLONDE AND HIS BLOOD IS BLUE
BUT HE SAID HE REALLY LOVES ME
AND HE WANTS TO HAVE A BABY
AND I THINK THIS TIME ITS REALLY TRUE

BRIDGE

SO SHE GOT ON A GREYHOUND BUS
FOUND HER WAY TO SOME COUNTRY CLUB
WHERE SHE COULD MEET HER DREAM COME TRUE
BUT INSTEAD OF A WARM EMBRACE
HE LAUGHED RIGHT IN HER FACE
AND SAID WHO WOULD EVER LOVE A GIRL LIKE YOU

LAST THING I HEARD ABOUT JENNY LEE
WAS A PIECE ON THE LOCAL NEWS
SOMEWHERE OUT IN RENO, OUTSIDE SOME CASINO
THEY FOUND A GIRL CALLED CHINA BLUE

Music and lyrics – Rich Deans
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