Rosalee Motor Revival

Rosalee Motor Revival

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"Rosalee Motor Revival emerged in 2006 with its charming brand of indie folk. Building upon influences such as Belle & Sebastian and Elliott Smith, lead singer John Watkins spins intimate tales about friendship, loss, addiction, and resolution." Culley Smith/River Cities Reader

Biography

Rosalee Motor Revival plays bubble gum tunes so sweet you'd think they'd rot your teeth, that is, if you didn't listen to what was being sung. Watkins's songs' subject matter has always been laid out on the table making for heavy times, heavy times, but his plucky topics of meth addiction, suicide, dead parents and HIV seems to meet Dunlap, Showalter and Wagler's ambient, melodic and often times quirky instrumentation somewhere in the middle. The result is smart pop. The band's name is a memorial to Watkins's mother Rosalee who died of complications from bypass surgery in February of 2000. "She was my biggest fan", says Watkins of his mother, Rosalee. Rosalee Motor Revival released their first record, Tablespoon in the Spring of 2006 which was named one of the top local releases of 2006 by The River Cities Reader. 2007 will see the spring release of an EP entitled Chicken Coop, a compilation of demo songs and live performances and a full length album in late fall. The band makes their music from the small Mississippi River town, Muscatine, Iowa. They are currently performing in and around the Midwest.

Lyrics

Music is her Boyfriend

Written By: John Watkins

She wakes up alone aside from the song
That she went to bed with last night
Funny how still her favorite song
Can sound so good and new in the morning

She drives up the hill in her cold car
And buys some two percent for her coffee
She drives up the hill with her costars
The late Elliot Smith and the Beach Boys

She wakes up alone aside from the phone
And the pillow both beneath her head
Its more of a thrill to wake up alone
Than to have to cater to a bf’s whim

She drives up the hill in here cold car
Off to work at the women’s shelter
To a secret locale with her costars
Sebastian, Belle and Jesus and the Mary Chain

Life is full of rude surprises
Death, Divorce and suckie prizes
Hometown groomed discriminators
And unworthy procreators

She wakes up alone now everyday
She split on good terms with the father
Of her two boys to beautiful boys
She’s grooming them to be a butterfly

She climbs up the chart on the billboards
With her new number one ‘Happy Friday’
Will she ever know she’s my costar
If I were straight I’d wanna be her boyfriend
She climbs up the chart on the billboards
A Mother T for hearts without a sleeve
Will she ever know she’s my costar
If I were straight I’d wanna be her boyfriend
But I can’t compete when music has her heart

1984

Written By: John Watkins

1984 we had TV heads
Soda pop shirts for King of Pop kids
We were satellites spinning round the bar
Moving on up
Living in a subdivision
If I’m not here in the morning
Or even late afternoon
I’ll be out cutting out corners
Just to get myself back to you

Took up the floor boards
And the kitchen tile
The indoor and outdoor carpet
In the indoor and outdoor room
Everywhere you ever walked on
In this funny sitcom house
When it was still Emmy winning
Before the kids grew up and out
If I’m not here in the morning
Or even late afternoon
I’ll be out cutting out corners
Just to get myself back to you

Junk Heart

Written By: John Watkins

Who’s little junk heart was found racing like a Buick
And who’s tattered wheels soon spiraled like a swallow
And what idle fool ran shouting from his doorstep
“I’m ready to love again”

Well here I am baby
Carburetor clean and good
Here I am honey
No cinder block beneath my foot
And there aint no water that could rust my hood
Ever since you said that you loved me

Who’s little hatch back on crack cleaned up like a limo
And who’s broken nerve was soon a white walled will
And what idle fool ran shouting from his door step
“I’m ready to love again”

Well here I am baby
Carburetor clean and good
Here I am honey
No cinder block beneath my foot
And there aint no water that could rust my hood
Ever since you said that you loved me

Now a million miles are over in a minute
In chance and chicken you know I’m always winning
There’s nothing sweeter than you at shotgun station
And your name next to mine on my registration

Remember me duder least that was broken was my heart
Here I am duder a greater sum of all my parts
And there aint no other that could jump my start
Ever since you said that you loved me.

Discography

Tablespoon-2006
Chicken Coop-2007

Set List

Music is her boyfriend
Tablespoon
Beards Grown Down Over Our Throats
1984
China Boat
Making Lists
Spectacular(cover of Quiet Bears)
Canary Love
Funeral Song
Rosalee Fae
I found the Hate
Boys in the Bed
Hello to no More
Romorev
Seven Springs Road
Motherless Son
Savage Beast(Burnt Ends cover)
Ballad for Tomtamtu
Honey Song
Pipe Cleaner Tree