Do You Think?

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Lee Quick's first album is a rootsy ride through the wry side of folk and alt country - a lyrical, sharp-witted collection touching on a variety of styles eclectic enough to keep you thinking quick.

Recorded summer 2003 at Mike West's Ninth Ward Pickin' Parlor (no longer in existence) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lee Quick's first collection of original songs covers a wide range of Americana styles, from country pastiche (You Walked Out The Door) to folk sarcastic (Do You Think?) to authentic sentiment (If I Apologize). Cajun waltz, war protest, cabaret blues, and sexy bluegrass also make appearances.

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released February 3, 2004

© 2004 L. Quick (BMI)
All songs written by L. Quick except:
"If I Apologize" by L. Quick/A. Whitman (BMI)
"Just Another Lost Soul" by L. Quick/J. Quick (BMI)
"Folk U." by L. Quick/J. Quick (BMI)

Lee Quick: vocals, six & twelve-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar & electric bass (Bored To Hell)
Gina Forsyth: fiddle (Do You Think, If I Apologize, Michael and George)
Dave Stover: electric & acoustic bass
Matt Swiler: drums, percussion
Trevor Brooks: piano, Hammond organ
Mark Fowler: electric guitar (You Walked Out The Door, In This World)
Mike West: banjouki (Bored To Hell), electric guitar (Do You Think), banjo & mandolin (Folk U)

Produced by Mike West and Lee Quick
Recorded August–September 2003 at the Ninth Ward Pickin' Parlor, New Orleans, Louisiana

Photo credit ©2003 Donn Young

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Lee Quick Los Angeles, California

Lee Quick is a singer-songwriter-guitarist-Katrina refugee and ex-Army-bassoonist with a penchant for folk songs.

The Louisiana-born classically-trained musician delivers witty lyrics and crafted melodies in a variety of Americana styles, just quirky enough to stick in your head pretty quickly.

Lee's eclectic influences include the Beatles, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, and Lucinda Williams.
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Track Name: Do You Think?
What do you think
Why do you think
What do you think of a man in black?
Whatever hits you in the heart
Gets you down to the point
Guides you to the flash of light

What do you think
Why do you think
What do you think of a man in blue?
Whatever pops into your head
Gets ingrained in your brain
Makes you feel safe at nite
Why do you think what you think?

Don't think twice, don't pay no mind
Follow your bliss, don't second guess
Go with your gut, don't mind us
It's your life, you know what's right
[repeat]
Do you think?

What do you think
Why do you think
What do you think of a woman in red?
Whatever gets you thru the nite
Gets you off when you want
Frees you up and gets you high

What do you think
Why do you think
What do you think of a man in pink?
Whatever lines up in your sights
Gets you ready to fight
No matter who has to die
Why do you think what you think?

[repeat Chorus]
Track Name: Willow Tree Fall
Willow tree seed
Willow tree sprout
Willow tree dance and dream
Willow tree breathe
Willow tree shine
Willow tree grow up green

Willow tree sigh
Willow tree weep
Willow tree sweep the grass
Willow tree cry
Willow tree feel
Willow tree grow up fast

Ah...
Will it fall? Will a tree fall?

Icy wind is blowing
Shadow clouds are growing
Devil dust swirling all over the ground
If a tree falls with no one around
Will a tree make a sound?

Ah...
Will it fall? Will a tree fall?

Willow tree bend
Willow tree crack
Willow tree break and fall
Willow tree seed
Willow tree sprout
Willow tree grow up tall

Icy wind is blowing
Shadow clouds are growing
Devil dust swirling all over the ground
If a tree falls with no one around
Will a tree make a sound?

Ah...
Will it fall? Will a tree fall?
Will a tree grow? or fall
Track Name: Bored To Hell
(revised)

When he calls me 'just to talk'
He doesn’t seem to realize that he’s got nothing to say
When I see him the view is stunning, the conversation lame

His face is worth a thousand words but he can hardly speak
His mind could be concealed, or else there’s nothing to reveal
Yes, he’s picture-perfect but what’s wrong with this?
(This) guy bores me to hell

When I look into his eyes
I see pretty colors circling a spot of blackness inside
Why do I get the creepy feeling he has nothing to hide?

His face is worth a thousand words but he can hardly speak
His mind could be concealed, or else there’s nothing to reveal
Yes, he’s picture-perfect but what’s wrong with this?
(This) guy bores me to hell

What’s behind that door?
Same room, different number
I’ve seen it all before

Now it's time to check out
His skin-deep amenities are wasted on me
What good’s a pretty view in a place I don’t want to be?

His face is worth a thousand words but he can hardly speak
His mind could be concealed, or else there’s nothing to reveal
Yes, he’s picture-perfect but what’s wrong with this?
(This) guy bores me to hell
This guy bored me to hell
Track Name: If I Apologize
If I apologize, will you forgive?
If I say I'm sorry for the way that I've lived
Think of the good times when our love was new
I'm saying I'm sorry, I apologize to you

If I apologize, can we go on?
Please don't believe that our love is all gone
We had so much together, forgive me my sin
I'm saying I'm sorry, I need you back again

I know that I'm guilty, I'll take all the blame
And I'll try to do better, would you do the same?

If I should promise, will you agree?
That we'll stay together and you'll never leave
Let's try to forget all the pain we've been through
I'm saying I'm sorry, I apologize to you

I loved you much more than I ever knew
I'm saying I'm sorry, I apologize to you
Track Name: In This World
(revised)

He's a geographic mistake
With little hope of escape
And the plans that he made all flow down the drain
With the rest of the rain

He is known by one or two
Who don't mind a different view
But the jokes that he makes are a mystery to most
So he spends his time alone
And he lives in a world of his own

He eats, he sleeps, he works, and he plays
He creates his dreams, and he counts the days
He stares at the walls of the space he maintains
He has his place in this world

He could have stood apart
If he knew just how to start
All that he wants is a sense of success
All he gets is one day less
All he lacks is all that he wants

He eats, he sleeps, he works, and he plays
He creates his dreams, and he counts the days
He stares at the walls of the space he maintains
He has his place in this world

His room will greet no guests
So he veils his mind in rest
And day after day he climbs out of his bed
And he hears the words left unsaid
And he lives inside his head

He eats, he sleeps, he works, and he plays
He creates his dreams, and he counts the days
He stares at the walls of the space he maintains
He has no place in this world
Track Name: You Walked Out The Door
Well... long time no see, sure has been a while
Looks like you’re getting around in town while you flash that smile
And now you've got that look in your eyes again
It is a little tempting, but I remember when

(CHORUS)
You wore your clothes one time and threw ‘em all over the floor
You wore me out and then you came around for more
You whispered in my ear, I thought I knew what for
But then you packed your bags and added up your score
You tore out my heart, showed it to me, threw it on the floor, stepped on it, turned around and walked out the door

You rolled into my life in tight blue jeans
You proved a pretty face ain’t always what it seems
And though that slippery tongue knew just what to say
You showed off your good asset when you turned away

(repeat CHORUS)

I can’t be sure when a love comes knockin’
I can’t think straight when my heart is throbbin’
I can’t believe every smiling face
But I can put you back in your place

Well so long babe, I hope you have a time
Maybe you’ll gain a little wisdom down the line
And when that flashy smile goes by the wayside
Remember why there’s no one standing by your side

(repeat CHORUS)

Yeah, you tore out my heart, showed it to me, threw it on the floor, stepped on it, turned around – showed your best side – and walked out the door
Track Name: Just Another Lost Soul (War Song)
At the source of the river stands the source of our pain
He's a killer and no law will bind him
So gather your weapons and sail on upstream
'Cause it may take us all just to find him
And for those against killing him
Here's what I say

He is, after all, just another lost soul
Not that he isn't a bad one
And we must do our part to destroy his black heart
Assuming that he ever had one
But it's best for the rest of us
At least, for what's left of us
Like losing a finger to save your hand.

At the source of the river we planted our flag
And we slew that bad man, or we thought so
But who would have known
He had friends who threw stones
And a lesson would need to be taught, so
For those against killing them
What can I say?

They are, after all, just a thousand lost souls
He led them astray, now they're bad ones
And we must do our part to destroy their black hearts
Tho we can pretend that they had none
But it's best for the rest of us
At least, for what's left of us
Like losing an eye to save your face.

Then their villagers cried
"We have God on our side!"
Tho we knew for certain that we did
And with weapons in hand
Swore they'd make their last stand
Seems history will be repeated
And although we must kill them all
Still we will say

They are, after all, the uncounted lost souls
Not that they all will be bad ones
And we must do our part with a cold, calloused heart
Tho the legacy may be a sad one
But it's best for the rest of us
At least, for what's left of us
Like losing your soul to save your pride.
Track Name: Michael and George
If I earned the fortune of choice
And I could make only one wish
I'd spend my decision fulfilling my vision
And pass a good time with my friends

There's two guests whose presence I'd bless
To sit at my table and talk
George played a tune while Mike played the fool
Though their paths and mine haven't crossed

[chorus 1]
They've both been a-traveling
Enigmas unraveling
Scouting the landscape for the source of the soul
Their wisdom would fill me, I'd not ask for more
If I could have dinner with Michael and George

They've seen all, without and within
Everything ventured and gained
George dug the earth, Mike circled around it
Collecting a treasure unseen

[repeat chorus]

They'd tell me the meaning of life
I'd feast on the insight and wit
While George calmly muses, and Michael enthuses
I'd give thanks for friends I've just met

But one day, George left this world
Leaving the stories untold
George reached nirvana, and Mike's getting older
And I'm spinning visions no more

[chorus 3]
They're both done a-traveling
Enigmas unraveling
Scouting the landscape for the source of the soul
Their wisdom won't fill me, I won't get no more
I'll never have dinner with Michael and George

Now my wish is gone with the time
For all things must pass away
So I'll sit at my table, and look out my window
And search for a place beyond pain

[chorus 4]
Now I will go traveling
Enigmas unraveling
Scouting the landscape for the source of the soul
The wisdom will fill me, I won't need no more
Someday I'll have dinner with Michael and George
Track Name: Folk U.
Oh I am going to music college in the county seat someday
To gain a lot of knowledge ‘bout how to sing and how to play
The Folk University’s a name most folks have seen
Cause when I say “Folk U.” they understand just what I mean.

I’m going to Folk U
Until I’m satisfied
That I’m the best there is and no one does it quite like I do
I’m going to Folk U
Though it might take a while
I’ll come out with a smile
And I’ll hang up that old sheepskin on the wall when I’m through
I’m going to Folk U, Folk U, Folk U
Until I get it right.

This institute of higher learning gets a great deal of respect
Why just the thought of getting in there makes you hold your head erect
That’s why the Folk University’s the college of my choice
I’m going to Folk U until the whole world hears my voice.

[repeat chorus]

No matter how hard that it gets, I’ll just keep on keepin’ on
I know that I can make it in the end
There might be some dull professors that I’ll end up sleepin’ on
But with firm determination
And a lot of perspiration
I will reach my destination
And when I finish, I won’t need to pretend

And though the competition might be stiff, I’ll do much more than pass
I’ll take on the student body, be on top of my class
And the Folk University will be my claim to fame
Cause all the folks who went there always said they’re glad they came.

I’m going to Folk U
Until I’m satisfied
That I’m the best there is and no one does it quite like I do
I’m going to Folk U
Though it might take a while
I’ll come out with a smile
And I’ll hang up that old sheepskin on the wall when I’m through
I’m going to Folk U, Folk U, Folk U
And even if I have to practice thru the night
I'll get it right!
Track Name: Sky Blues
I’m feeling the blues
Though the sky is blue
I’m feeling pained
’Bout losing you

I’m feeling the blues
Though the sky is blue
The breeze blows warm
But I’m cold right through

Everything seems empty as can be to me
I’m unconfined, but I’m not free
I see you in the clouds up in the sky
They blow on by

What I need is you
Then I won’t feel blue

I’m feeling the blues
Though the sky is blue
My heart won’t smile
No matter what I do

Now where once were two, there’s only one alone
Two always meant a lot of fun
You can leave me but it’s plain to see
I’m stuck with me

What I need is you
Then I won’t feel blue
Then I won’t feel blue