The Vegabonds

The Vegabonds

 Auburn, Alabama, USA
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The Vegabonds are a mix of rock, jam, and soul, with a six-piece constantly challenging each other. Influences stemming from Zeppelin to Kings of Leon to My Morning Jacket. With a new rock sound, The Vegabonds are trying their own shot at a musical revolution.

Biography


The Vegabonds formed in Auburn, AL during February of 2009, a combination of two bands and two new comers, and haven't stopped playing since. Influenced mostly by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Gov't Mule, Kings of Leon and My Morning Jacket, they liked their sound, and immediately started working on their first full album.

A mix of different musical interests laid the groundwork for the debut entitled, "Dear Revolution". The album was released in the summer of 2010, with rave reviews stemming from local writers, all the way up to regional and national recognition with reviews in magazines like Alabama Arts and (the New York based) Relix Magazine. The Vegabonds toured the Southeast non-stop in 2010 playing well over 100 shows promoting “Dear Revolution”. The notable stops on this year’s tour included: appearances on TV with Talk of Alabama Morning Talk Show in Birmingham, AL, and also public and satellite radio with Rick and Bubba in the Morning.

In June, The Vegabonds were invited to play at the 2010 Alex City JazzFest alongside Honey Island Swamp Band, and Hill Country Revue. After the release of “Dear Revolution” in the summer of 2010 the IAIRA ranked two songs from “Dear Revolution” on the International Independent Artist charts. The song Shaky Hands hit #1, and the song The Wanderer also ranked in the top 100 at #88. In the Fall of 2010, The Vegabonds were honored to be featured in Relix Magazine, capturing a CD review, full page ad, and a spot on the compilation CD that came with the issue.

In 2011, The Vegabonds were featured in Relix Magazine after the song 'Shaky Hands' won the Relix JamOff. That marked the second song the band had featured in Relix from the debut album. The band also opened for Gregg Allman and Friends at Sunfest in West Palm Beach, FL, along with other acts like Blues Traveler, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Tea Leaf Green, and many others. Their sophomore album is set to be released in January 2012. The 11-track LP will be entitled "Southern Sons." The band will also be on a European tour January and February 2012. The band set out to create a new sound, that sound being The Vegabonds' and their 'New Southern Rock.'

Lyrics

Ballad of the Movers and Shakers

Written By: The Vegabonds

My baby wears a black dress in the mornin' time
And she wears no shoes when she walks
And she like, and she like, and she likes the style I wear
And she loves to hear me talk
We can stay up all night long
And never say a thing
Oh, but when I ask her greatest fear
She says I never wanna wear no wedding ring
And she likes the way I move
And she digs the way I shake
And were groovin' when Im swinging my hair
Moving my feet to the beat we make
And I love it when she breaks
That girls she'll break your heart
Now everybody know she don't like to sleep at night
Girl got the blackest curtains yeah, so she can sleep all day
And my baby, no, she don't like to fuss or fight
She said it ain't never helped nobody no way
And she likes the way I move
And she digs the way I shake
And were groovin' when Im swinging my hair
Moving my feet to the beat we make
And I love it when she breaks
That girl she'll break your heart
Twist...
They said she gonna break your heart
And I told em' let her tear it apart
Cause I dance like there's something to prove
That's when she whispered in my ear
I like the way you move
She breakin'
I'm takin'
That girl she'll break your heart
Little lady gonna break your heart

Shaky Hands

Written By: The Vegabonds

V1- Baby let me be your passion, let me be all you need
Reach your hands out and heal me, roll me in your love
Sweet lady I’m beggin you please
I really wanna be on your side, lady will you stand on mine
Write your name in the mirror, draw a little clearer
And cross it with your bright line, yea cross it with your bright line

(Chorus)- I said baby, you got something that I think will go good with me
So lady don’t you worry, we’ll walk on down this road
We’ll be afraid, but not alone, cause the fire’s in our bones
But please, don’t let your hands shake

V2- I can see your skin through the darkness, I can feel your lips on mine
I wanna feel the rythum of your heart, you know just how to start me
So buckle up and take a ride, we’re gonna take a ride outta here

(Chours)- Well don’t you know baby
You got something that I think’ll go good with me
I said baby (5x), oh you got what I need, just what I need
So lady don’t you worry, we’ll walk on down this road
We’ll be alone, but not afraid, the fire’s in our bones
But please, don’t let your hands shake
I said please (3x), keep your shaky hands still

(Chorus/Ending)- Aint nobody have to tell me
That baby you got something that I think’ll go good with me
Yea baby(8x), you got what I need, just what I need
So baby let me be your passion, let me be all you need
Reach your hands out and heal me, roll me in your love
Sweet lady I’m beggin you please, don’t let your hands shake

Streetlight Gypsy

Written By: The Vegabonds

V1- I see you dancing in my streetlight baby, see you groovin’ with me
I wanna lay you down in the moonlight lady, wanna be your fantasy
I said pack your bags in a hurry now darlin’, pack up all of your things
We’re gonna get the hell outta this town baby, gonna leave this world with me

(Chorus)- You’re my (repeat), Streetlight (repeat), Gypsy,
You’re my Streetlight Gypsy (2x), yea yea yea

V2- I wanna throw all my inhibitions to the wind, I wanna make these car wheels spin
I wanna pull you close, I wanna hold you tight, you got me under your spell tonight

(Chorus)- You’re my (repeat), Streetlight (repeat), Gypsy
You’re my Streetlight Gypsy, now everybody get down

(Bridge)- I see this girl out in my street she said baby I wanna dance with you
I see you dancing in my streetlight, she said lord don’t you know its true
I said you’re my, streetlight, gypsy, you’re my streetlight gypsy
Its true
(Ending)-I see you dancing in my streetlight, I see you dancing in my view
I see you dancing in my streetlight, baby its me and you (4x)

Brandee

Written By: The Vegabonds

Cryin' on the phone again tonight
But you called my number for a different reason this time
See I gotta gotta gotta little treason on my mind
Now can you tell me why is there tears in your eyes
Brandee dry your eyes
Every little things gonna be just alright
Brandee dry your eyes
Cause sit with me and I'll make it just fine
Now it's been a little while since we spoke
Where have you been, how you doin', how's your folks
I hear it through the grapevine that you've got a surprise
Can you tell me why is there tears in your eyes
Brandee dry your eyes
Every little things gonna be just alright
Brandee dry your eyes
Can lay with me and I'll make it just fine
Your runnin' fast from where you came
People talkin' and they sayin' that girls life will never ever be the same
Well I tell you
Don't you know I'm here to tell you not to worry
Cause everythings gonna be okay for you Brandee

Pick Me Up Mary

Written By: The Vegabonds

V1- Mary was the tallest girl in her class, and they said someday she’ll burn
Mary and her friends got a new address, and they wait patiently for they’re turn

(Chorus)- Come and pick me up Mary, oh I need you girl
She said I’ll help you but just not today
Come and pick me up Mary, oh come help me babe
She said lets save it for a rainy day

V2- He said I need me someone to talk to, she said well call on me for a change
Don’t you know that I’ll listen to all of your problems
Then she said that she’ll let him just float away, so float on, float on

(Chorus)- And pick me up Mary, oh I need you girl
She said I’ll help you, but just not today
Come and pick me up Mary, oh come help me baby
She said lets save it for rainy day

(bridge)- The storm comes rolling in
I hate to call on your services again
She said Ill be there for you baby
And let all your doubts and fears and cares and dreams float away
With me Mary

(Chorus/Ending)- So come and pick me up Mary
She smiled and said
Hey well aint it the perfect day
Come and pick me up Mary
She said well sit down beside me son
And lets enjoy this rain today….pick me up mary (2x)

Dear Revolution

Written By: The Vegabonds

V1- Walking by myself just before the night
I’m seein’ signs, one to my left, and four to my right
They’re tellin’ me stop, but I always seem to go
And I’ll tell you my friends, well I’ll see you down the road
We’re singing hip, hip, hip horray
For your side and my side today (2x)

V2- You see the water rising up in the streets
Children playin’ and they’re carryin’ beats
Well this town it aint my town no more
I got to leave before they lock and they shut my door
You got me singing hip, hip, hip horray
For your side and my side today
Singing hip (7x) horray, for your side and my side today, today

(Bridge)- So grab your flag and grab your jeans
This is the revolution speaking follow me (2x)
Singing bye bye baby leave it all behind (4x)

V3- You see the water rising up in them streets
Children playin’ and they’re carryin’ beats
So won’t you carry them on

(Ending)- You better carry them on, carry em on (3x)
Tell me where you left the beats, I gotta go there
Carry em on, carry em on, and start up the Revolution (2x)

The Wanderer

Written By: The Vegabonds

V1- I see the people just passing by
I’m frozen, yes well I’m paralyzed
Come save me, come save me
Your not awake, but your not asleep
The tear are freezing on your two bare feet
Come save me, come save me

(Chorus)- Will she stay, or will she go
She’s got a ticket to a rock-n-roll show
Will she stay, or will she go

V2- Like a vagabond I walk all of these dark streets to find you
Come save me, won’t you come save me
She’ll sing all the sad songs, and she’ll make it along
I guess the rumors they had to be true
Won’t you come save me, won’t you come save me

(Chorus)- same as chorus 1

V3- Like a Vegabond, I walk all of these dark streets to find you
So come save, won’t you come save me

(Chorus)- same (2x)

We'd Escape

Written By: The Vegabonds

V1- Let all noise fade away
Count your blessings in your life today
Did you ever need to know my name
When you told me we’d escape…can you tell me now

V2- Let the sea take you on down
Breathe and let the waves crash all around
Tell me did you ever need to know my name
When you told me we’d escape

(Chorus 1)- you had me running home, cause I know your blue
Running home, just to sit right down and talk to you
Running home, cause I heard your blue
And I wanna be with you, with you

V3- you came, you saw, and you stayed
So lets heat it up, and bring it back down, just to feel the same
Now you never ever knew my name
Still you told me we’d escape

(Breakdown)- These days, you got me feelin’ blue
But some days, I’m flyin’ on high with you
These days, you got me feelin’ so so blue
But some days, well I’m flyin’ on high with you

(Chorus 2)- She said we’d escape, and I believed her
She told me we’d escape, she did enough just to be a deceiver
She said we’d escape, I should have never believed her
She promised we’d escape, and she had me running, running home
Cause I know your blue
Running home, just sit myself down and talk to you
Running home, cause I heard your blue
And I wanna be with you, with you, I gotta gotta be with you

(Ending)- I want to be with you, I got to be near you
I want to be with you, can can I get near you
She told me we’d escape (4x)

Georgia Fire

Written By: The Vegabonds

Something of a buzz, connection through a wire. If its alright by you, I think I'll stop by for the fire...and see whats going on.

We danced all night, we cried and prayed, for the good times they wont die. Found out wood burns and laughter fades, if I told you I know then I lied.

The rolling hills and green trees fade into summers chill and spirits free. The midnight sirens wailing raid brought a flood of tears over me. The exit signs were burning bright as I made my way for the door. As I ran into the night, I heard the chorus of flames screamin...I want some more.

Its time to take your bow, the final curtain goes down. She was the center of our minds, she was the heart of this town...now she's gone. She's gone away where the...

The rolling hills and green trees fade into summers chill and spirits free. The midnight sirens wailing raid brought a flood of tears over me. The exit signs were burning bright as I made my way for the door. As I ran into the night, I heard the chorus of flames screamin...I want some more.

Red ashes burnin', music's in the air. We'll sing together, just not here....Georgia Fire! Its burnin' where the..

The rolling hills and green trees fade into summers chill and spirits free. The midnight sirens wailing raid brought a flood of tears over me. The exit signs were burning bright as I made my way for the door. As I ran into the night, I heard the chorus of flames screamin...I want some more.

Discography


"Magnolia Sessions" - (September 2009) - 4-track LP (Live in Studio)

"Dear Revolution" - (June 2010) - 12-track LP
--Singles: Ballad of the Movers and Shakers, Shaky Hands, The Wanderer,

"Southern Sons" - (January 2012) - 11-track LP
--Singles: Georgia Fire, American Eyes, City With A Passion

Radio Airplay - The Vegabonds are played throughout the world, mostly through independent radio stations.

Set List

Originals:
Ballad of the Movers and Shakers
Brandee
Dorothy Gayle
Dizzy Love Blues
We'd Escape
Shaky Hands>Drop D Jam
Pick Me Up Mary
Streetlight Gypsy
The Wanderer
Dear Revolution
The Preacher
Alongside Mr. Hyde
The Border
Georgia Fire
Rooftop Surfin' In The Dead of Night
Since You've Been Free
American Eyes
Spongecake (A-Jam)
Conscious Fog
The Blind Man
City With A Passion
Carnival Man
The Joy We Have Found

Covers:
CCR- Heard It Through The Grapvine
MGMT-Kids
Widespread Panic- Climb To Safety
My Morning Jacket- Highly Suspicious
My Morning Jacket- One Big Holiday
The Black Crowes- I Aint Hidin'
Joe Cocker- Feelin' Alright
MGMT- Electric Feel
Widespread Panic- Tall Boy
Kings of Leon- Fans
Gov't Mule- Lola Leave Your Light on
The Black Crowes- Jealous Again
Led Zeppelin- When The Levee Breaks
Pink Floyd- Have A Cigar
Allman Brothers Band- Black Hearted Woman
Led Zeppelin- Hey Hey
Jimi Hendrix- All Along the Watchtower
Kings of Leon- Use Some