Rick Younglove

Rick Younglove

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Rooted in American Folk and Blues with the propensity for limitless exploration of genres and styles. World weary and introspective lyrics slyly delivered with no need for spoon feeding the audience.

Biography

Rick Younglove was born in a barn in a swamp in Mississippi to a Mad Scientist and his Voodoo Practitioner mistress. His parents were often too wrapped up in their outsider lifestyles and each other to pay him a whole lot of mind. Mostly the child was raised by some chickens and a mule; until along came this crocodile. The croc told young Rick that he ought to move away form the barn in the swamp and set out to find his purpose in life.

So that’s just what he did, and at the age of eighteen he landed a job as a mind reader for the CIA. Things went well for him at the CIA up until about the time that they started bringing in these minds that had been published in languages that Rick couldn’t read. It wasn’t long before he packed up his belongings and headed back down to the delta were he got himself a little shack to live in near some woods. The only problem was it didn’t come with a bed or a couch. Honestly it could only have fit one or the other so Rick decided to get a couch that he could sleep on and use as a couch. The next only problem was money… he had none of it. Rick had heard folks tell of a man that would bargain with ya for anything you desired if you met him at a certain place at a certain time. So he headed on down to the crossroads around midnight and worked out a deal with the devil himself. The next morning Rick came home to the greatest couch a man had ever seen.

After a bit of time Rick grew bored with the couch, although it was a wonderful couch. He decided that he might like to learn to play the guitar, so he headed back down to meet with the Devil and ask him about guitar lessons. Having already traded his everlasting soul for the sofa in his shanty, Rick was forced to trade his Sofa for guitar lessons. He quit showing up after the second lesson; which to this day the Devil say’s “is a terrible shame”, “He could have been my greatest pupil.”

After his dealing with the Devil, Rick turned down another path and began to follow God. He kept close and steady in his walk with God until the day he realized that God was just out running some errands and not really leading him anywhere, so…

Rick took his guitar and the little bit of knowledge that he gained form the Devil and hitchhiked to Utah. It wasn’t long before he wound up at the peak of a lonely and desolate mountain, where he cam face to face with the Mormon devil. She seduced him and held him captive on the top of that infernal rock for many a fortnight until a stale breeze swept him on to greener pastures and eventually the city of Chicago.

In Chicago he became close friends with a turtle tamer and a shithouse rat, both of which got many a moments enjoyment out of the songs Rick would play for them and the stories he would tell. Eventually they were able to capture some of the essence of these songs and stories onto some recording equipment and release an album that somewhat related the tale of Rick Younglove.

Lyrics

Hit The Ground

Written By: Rick Younglove

Just one more drink before I put this bottle down
One more chance for me to see what I can drowned in here
I'm only dredging up this lake
every morning leaves me with a night full of mistakes

And I swore I would never let you down
Then I watched you hit the ground

Saying Goodbye wasn't that hard to do
It was the word that finally set me free of you

Though this was not a planned escape
It was an opportunity I knew I had to take

And I swore I would always be around
Then you watched me leaving town

Every new day brings me new trouble
my life fell to pieces like a jigsaw puzzle
I've been drinking so much that I'm seeing double
My Hi-Fi only plays the blues

You said "see ya later babe" but you're not coming back
It was wishful thinking, I should have counted the facts
And prayed for a miracle to hold it all together
but I watched it come unglued

I made Promises I knew I couldn't keep
I looked you in the eyes and lied straight through my teeth
when I swore I would never let you down
Then I watched you hit the ground

I hit rock bottom holding on to revenge
I was dangling by a thread out over the edge
The sunrise in the morning says it's time for bed but something tells me this ain't right

I carried my grief like a ball and chain
as i tried to escape a thousand miles away
But the further that I'd go
just the scenery changed
and something tells me this ain't life

I made promises I knew I couldn't keep
I looked you in the eyes and lied straight through my teeth
when I swore I would always be around
Then you watched me leaving town

Just one last drink before I throw this bottle out
One last chance for me to see what I have drowned in here
I'm through with dredging up this lake
I'm sick of waking up each morning to a lifetime of mistakes

And I swore that I'd never let you down
But now you're lying on the ground

The Last Thing I Ever Saw

Written By: Rick Younglove

Oh Say to me, that you'll calm me when I tremble
and I promise you I will be there If you fall
Because It's not like before, no this time it's for certain
That you'll be the one I am holding onto

I come home to you and you take away my worries
You make me forget all that I've wanted for

I try to be a man you can believe in
even on the days I don't believe in myself
but You make me strong, even when I'm weary
and those are the days that you're holding onto me

I come home to you and you take away my worries
You make me forget all that I've wanted for

Will you still love me when my mind becomes unraveled?
Or will an empty old man be the only thing you see?
Will you still believe in me the way that I've believed in you?
Will I still be the one that you're holding onto?

Cause I'll hold onto you when my bones are old and aching
There is nothing but the truth that lives inside of you

And when I'm dying will you stand there at my bedside?
So that you'll be the last thing I ever saw.

Discography

2006- No Place called Home (LP)
2008- Prey (LP)