Floater Rising

by Gary Floater

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    The Tribute Album Sequel!

    9 more songs from singer/songwirter man Gary Floater

    1. That's What I'm Gonna Do
    2. Coach's Song
    3. Y'all Watch This
    4. Pull Over I Want to Eat That
    5. Sunburn Lake
    6. Americana Me
    7. Stories From the Old Bible
    8. High With Guy
    9. Yessir!
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1.
This old world can be confusing All the colors shapes and sounds Rules and regulations Plants and animals abound Sometimes it’s hard to know Just where a country boy belongs What a country boy should feel When he hears a country song I'm gonna kiss my kids and go to work Drive around in a truck like a big old jerk Punch the clock and then I'll drink a brew That's what I'm gonna do Must be nice to go to Starbucks Drink a Frappaccino tea Smell my Folgers in the morning light Folgers is good enough for me I'm gonna kiss my kids and go to work Drive around in a truck like a big old jerk Punch the clock and then I'll drink a brew- I come crawling in at 3 AM Breathin' on you when you're all tucked in Make sweet love for a minute or two That's what I'm gonna do Gonna kiss my kids and go to work Drive around in a truck like a big old jerk Punch the clown and then I'll drink a brew That's what I'm gonna do That's what I'm gonna do That's what I'm gonna do That's what I'm gonna do
2.
Coach's Song 03:12
Coach was standing alone With a wet megaphone In the pouring rain They thought he was insane He’s got his plumsmugglers on Singing a coach’s song Playbook in his hand Beneath the stadium stands It’s not a threat, it’s a fact We gotta win district back We gotta clean up our act It’s not a threat, it’s a fact Just look up on that wall The boys who won district before Those are the faces of winners That you see by the door Rainwater streams off his brim This town don’t believe in him Those boys had no fear Like a truck in winning gear It’s not a threat, it’s a fact We gotta win district back This time there’s no looking back It’s not a threat, it’s a fact They haven’t won a game But he’s got district dreams He tackled himself For the good of the team Over a glass of wine At the house with his wife To bring that trophy in He’d gladly give his life It’s not a threat, it’s a fact We gotta win district back This time there’s no looking back It’s not a threat, it’s a fact
3.
We were down at the quarry, having a hell of a time There was a hundred foot ditch, trucks parked by the edge in a line Jimmy jumped in his truck and he raised up a Shiner Bock He hollered out the window, truck tires spinning out over the rocks Y'all watch this, y’all watch me Them words are burned in my memory Y'all watch this, y’all watch me That truck caught fire like you rarely see Y'all watch this We were up on the spillway, though they said that the dam was closed We were taking in the view when Eddie took off his clothes He drank a chug of Mad Dog 20 then he raised up a rebel yell Eddie sure could whoop and holler, but he couldn't swim too well Y'all watch this, y’all watch me He wasn’t quite sure where the water'd be Y'all watch this We were south of Laredo, having a ball at that ol’ Boys Town Delbert couldn't speak good Spanish, that night he was throwing it down He really only knew two words, vato and odelay He yelled em as jumped onstage, pushed the donkey out of the way Y'all watch this, y’all watch me That donkey show wasn't meant to be Sometimes life don't match plans He's gonna need a doctorman Y'all watch this
4.
I really shouldn't, I'm stuffed You think I’ve had enough Eat 'til I shit pants Come on give me another chance I gotta take care of these hungry dreams Til I'm satisfied Pull over I want to eat that I want to eat it with country pride Cow, chicken, or pig Put it on a sign real big Til I'm full as a tick Well, I think I'm gonna be sick I gotta take care of these hungry dreams Til I'm satisfied Pull over I want to eat that I want to eat it with country pride Oh no you didn't, honky please Hands off that American cheese Country boy, country ham Chicken fried, hot damn! I gotta take care of these hungry dreams Til I'm satisfied Pull over I want to eat that I want to eat it with country pride Pull over I want to eat that I want to eat it with country pride
5.
Sunburn Lake 02:38
Summertime sunnyshine lake bum sunburnt assholes on a boat Jet ski out on a ski bob like a wet billy goat Out on Sunburn Lake, down on Shitface Dam My cutoff jorts are wet and I can’t remember who I am With my deep sea necklace shells that shine I feel like a native from an earlier time With a hat cut off at the top of my head I feel like a pirate and the pirate said Caribbean jerk chicken on my plate Out on Sunburn Lake Up on Jackass Creek, down on Shithead Dam When I’m out on Sunburn Lake with a catfish in my hand Sunblock on my nose, jet ski rides a wake Baby takes her top off out on Sunburn Lake With my deep sea necklace shells that shine I feel like a native from an earlier time With my hat cut off at the top of my head I feel like a pirate and the pirate said Caribbean jerk chicken on my plate Out on Sunburn Lake Up on Jackass Creek down on Shitface Dam Out on Sunburn Lake Summertime, sunnyshine lake bum sunburnt assholes on a boat
6.
Americana Me 01:46
I have got this guitar made of wood Don't you think this guitar sounds so good My roots are deep in this genre's music tree Americana me I wish my grandpa was still alive today On our front porch, Americana's what he'd play You know some things ain’t the way they used to be They can change, not Americana me This guitar made of wood and wire and steel Helps me get that Americana feel This genre is the perfect choice for me Americana me I have got this guitar made of wood Don't you think this guitar sounds so good Grandpa, you'd be so proud to see Americana me Americana me Americana me
7.
When I was just a young pup, barely 3 foot high My daddy'd drink some cool ones, and get a twinkle in his eye He'd start to telling stories from a Bible no one ever heard Some folks said he made it up- I believe every word He said there's an Old Bible, not the new one they've got out That his daddy told him stories from, and he never had a doubt He'd crack another cold one, tell stories never heard before He'd pretty much act it out, them old tales of the Lord He said dinosaurs tried to kill Jesus, but he fought em with his lightsaber T. Rex and Pterodactyle could not tear down the savior Listen to the stories daddy taught me well How Jesus fought the dinosaurs and sent them all to hell Then his spaceship took flight, he said he'd be back again He'd come back down to Georgia, and help Charlie Daniels win So I don't want to see your pictures of satanic giraffe I don't believe in fossils, they only make me laugh Listen to the stories my daddy taught me well How Jesus fought the dinosaurs and sent them all to hell
8.
I’m getting high with Guy Getting high with Guy Guy and I My, my, my Get so high I wrote a song with Guy Guy and I wrote a song That song is strong Me and Guy He said a hundred percent of the pie Belongs to Guy If this song should fly Getting high with Guy High, high, high
9.
Yessir! 01:48
As my favorite singer sang I yelled out a loud “yessir!” And he looked kind of startled, I guess I musta caused quite a stir I took a picture of myself watching him with a camera phone I bring So I won't forget the day I saw that ol’ boy see me watch him sing I pointed to my eyes with two fingers, then straight at his, his eyes how they shined He had his elevens showing - we were touching each other's mind I know we had a moment made us both feel a little less alone Seeing him, seeing me, yell at him, the greatest day I've ever known Willie, Waylon, Merle, and George played Branson - each sang a tender song Each time I hollered out “yessir,” they glared at me like I'd done something wrong But I saw Nelson watching Jennings watching Haggard as he was watching Jones Seeing them, seeing me, yell at them, the greatest day I've ever known

about

Through the fires of failure a tougher metal is forged.

And those failure fires have made Gary Floater into an incredibly hard headed man.

When the slick record executive in the suit handed Gary a new recording contract, Floater signed it – against legal advice – without reading it. Buried in the document was the worst deal in country music history- 10 albums in exchange for a four dollar advance and a 0% royalty for the artist.

Gary stole his lawyer’s pen, looked hard at the recordman, and said, “You go on ahead of me Satan, I’m right behind you.”

Only three records were eventually released on that ill-fated contract with Hyena Family Records: "Denim on Denim," "Soul Patch," and "You Had to Be There - Gary Floater Live." These albums hit markets in Sweden, Japan, and the state of Missouri in a famously uncoordinated release schedule.

The remaining Hyena Family recording projects were abandoned due to “quality control” concerns and "low sales", despite the fact that Gary had scratched out lyrics to hundreds of excellent songs, before an epic decade-long hangover prevented him from actually laying them down on tape.

When Gary’s artist friends came together in 2009 to make the tribute album, "A Hero Never Learns," may of these unrecorded "lost songs" were not considered, as Gary’s distinctive spelling and chronic laryngitis prevented anyone from knowing the lyrics.

As Gary himself was not willing or able to break away from his home shopping network addiction to help solve any of the lyrical mysteries, the songs were nearly lost to history.

Only through the efforts of legendary producer Flip Dickerson did a set of the songs reemerge. Flip led a team of redneck first graders who were finally able to translate the crayon scribble from one of Gary's Big Chief tablets into lyric sheets.

The lyrics in this particular tablet were apparently intended for an album called "The Devil’s Backpack" that never saw the light of day.

The resulting collection - of nine nearly lost Gary Floater songs - is remarkable as it shows a songwriterman getting back up on that gift horse and riding, with no doubts or reasonable caution, even as the stink of desperation blew across the deserts of his mind.

Flip Dickerson called up Puffy Dan Walters, who then phoned B.W. Akins, who called up Marvin Hopkins, who then contacted Roy Huffmeister over Myspace for another session. Now a second Gary Floater tribute album is in the can.

Floater Rising - the number 2 tribute album - drops April 1, 2011

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released April 1, 2011

All songs written by Gary Floater

Produced by Flip Dickerson
Recorded in Miami, Missouri at HitTown Studio

Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 sung by Brandon Wayne Akins
Tracks 2, 4, 6, and 8 sung by Puffy Dan Walters

Bass by Marvin Watkins
Drums by Roy Huffmeister
Guitars by Flip Dickerson

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