Heaven Bound (re​-​release)

by Mike 'Dr Blue'

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In Mike's words...
‘The musical themes will be familiar to blues fans; soul searching, lost love, distant trains, dusty roads and alcohol! Most of the album was written in India during a trip to visit family and to work at an orphanage in Kashmir. The already tense local political situation deteriorated almost as soon as we arrived, resulting in the imposition of curfews that kept us indoors a lot of the time.  
 
So, ‘Heaven Bound’ came to be- written during those long summer days punctuated by the sounds of rioting, gunfire and birdsong. It has been a labour of love, bringing together the songs I wrote that summer, along with my writing partner, Sameena Zehra, and some earlier favourites written a few years ago. It was engineered and co- produced by Paul Booth, whose musical talents I have come to know and respect from working with him on several other projects.'

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released February 1, 2017

Recorded at Fat Chance Studio C. Newham. London.

Engineer: Paul Booth.

Produced by Mike Mckeon and Paul Booth

Music: Mike Mckeon

Lyrics: Mike Mckeon & Sameena Zehra

Guitars, Lead Vocals and Harmonica: Mike Mckeon

Second Guitar: Paul Booth

Backing Vocals: Sameena Zehra

Triangle: Ernie Snodgrass

Album Artwork: Sameena Zehra

Album Photograph: Uday Singh

© MIKE MCKEON 2011

1. HEAR THE DEVIL CALLING
2. SUGAR IN YOUR COFFEE
3. DOSE OF THE BLUES
4. DOING GOOD BUSINESS
5. HEAVEN BOUND
6. BLACK COFFEE, DARK CHOCOLATE
7. WAKE ME UP
8. WHEELS KEEP TURNING
9. GETTING DRUNK
10.ROCKING CHAIR
11.LAST TRAIN HOME
12.PRIVATE EYE

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Mike 'Dr Blue' Hove, UK

Based in Hove, on the South Coast of England, Mike 'Dr Blue' has been a touring musician, both solo and with a band, for over 20 years. His first solo album (re-released here) 'Heaven Bound' was written in 2010. Currently, Mike is touring NZ Fringe in Wellington, and working on a new album, 'Silent Man', You can see a video for the title song here- www.youtube.com/watch?v=grZs_0ko0yo ... more

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Track Name: Black Coffee, Dark Chocolate
Light me a rolled Cuban
Pour me a glass of blend no. 8
(Repeat)
Give me a steaming black coffee and some dark chocolate

Give me your honey in the morning
Feed me some cold black grapes
(Repeat)
Give me a steaming black coffee and some dark chocolate

Give me your cherry red kisses
I want icing on my cake
Give me a steaming black coffee and some dark chocolate

Refrain
Black coffee, dark chocolate feeds my soul
(Repeat)
But the devil creeps up on me – he’s in the alcohol
Track Name: Rocking Chair
Refrain...
Oh that rocking chair is a creaking
And my mama’s a singing
I don’t want to sleep
I don’t want to sleep

I can still hear the creaking of my mama in her rocking chair
I can still hear the creaking of my mama in her rocking chair
And the sound of her singing from my spot at the head of the stairs

She would sing to herself by the light of a kitchen fire
She would sing to herself by the light of a kitchen fire
I ‘d hope she wouldn’t notice so I could stay up for a while

Refrain

My sister then would join me where I sat at the head of the stairs
My sister then would join me where I sat at the head of the stairs
We would sway to the singing and the rhythm of the old rocking chair

Remember Papa coming home and chas’n us back to our room
Remember Papa coming home and chas’n us back to our room
Blowin’ his harp to mamas singing by the light of the silvery moon

Refrain

I can still hear the creaking of my mama in her rocking chair
I can still hear the creaking of my mama in her rocking chair
And the sound of her singing when I sat at the head of the stairs

Refrain (x3)
Track Name: Heaven Bound
Save me a seat on a bus that’s heaven bound
(Repeat)
I’m so tired , I’m ready for heaven now

I’ve bought me a ticket on a bus that’s heaven bound
(Repeat)
I’m so tired of working I’m ready for heaven now

I’m caught in the path of a bus that’s heaven bound
(Repeat)
I’m so tired, I’m ready for heaven now

I’m caught in the light of a bus that’s heaven bound
(Repeat)
Now I’ve seen the light , I’m ready for heaven now

Repeat Verse 1
Track Name: Sugar in your Coffee
When I was a little bitty boy
I’d climb up on my papa’s knee
He’d make me laugh and shake me by the hips
And say these words to me
Take sugar in your coffee keep honey on your lips

Refrain...
Sugar in your coffee keep honey on your lips
(Repeat)

Well I grew up my daddy got old
He’d still say these words to me
Take my advice son you’ll never go wrong
Take this advice for free
Take sugar in your coffee keep honey on your lips

Refrain

Well I grew into a man and began to see
What these words might mean to me
I’m lying in the arms of my life
Stoking her hair and her hips
Taking sugar in my coffee and honey on my lips

Refrain

Well I know what my papa meant
When he said that sweetness is heaven sent
I’ll live my life using his philosophy
Keep life and lovin’ so sweet for me
Taking sugar in my coffee keeping honey on my lips

Refrain
Track Name: Hear the Devil Calling
I hear the devil calling
Baby he’s calling out my name
(Repeat)
I hear the devil calling
I’m keeping one step ahead of the game

He’s got my name and number
I can hear the devil call
(Repeat)
He’s got my name and number
I’m sitting here waiting for his call

The bottom of the bottle is just one sip away
The bottom of the bottle is just one lonely nip away
My spirits are running low-
Yeh baby I can hear the devil calling me
Track Name: Dose of the Blues
Call the doctor
Ring for a nurse
Burning up with a fever
Check my pulse

Refrain...
It aint like the measles
I don’t think it’s the flu
I’m sickening for something
I think I’ve got a dose the blues

Call an ambulance
Feel my head
Vision is blurring
Find me a hospital bed

Refrain

Shaking and sweating
Legs ache like hell
May need a surgeon
You never can tell

Refrain

Ears are buzzing
Stomach feels sick
Eyes are running
Feeling just like shit

Refrain
Track Name: Wheels Keep Turning
Humming this tune in my head
Long long way from my bed
As I’m driving along

Radio news I can hear
Says the road ahead is clear
As I’m driving along

Refrain...
The trees aint growing and the
Wheels keep turning

Its too hot even to sigh
The sun burns a hole in the sky
I’m driving along

Nothing at the side of the road
Scrub and telegraph poles
I’m driving along

Refrain:

Gas stations, and sand
The sun burns the back of my hand
I’m driving along

Chapels, Jesus and dirt
The sweat sticks my back to my shirt
I’m driving along

Refrain:

Truck stop coffee and steak
Two hours I exit this state
I’m driving along

There’s still no chance of rain
I’m still humming this rolling refrain
I’m driving along

Refrain
Track Name: Getting Drunk
Refrain...
Getting drunk oh getting drunk
Was never a problem for me
It’s the staying sober
That’s so hard to be

I’ll take a drink when the sun
Starts to fall from the sky
I never (never) ask myself why

Refrain

I’ll take a drink when the memory
Of the way used to be
Starts to haunt and torment me

Refrain

I’ll take just one more drink
And move on now
Leave you finally behind
I’ll get roaring drunk this last time
Before I get myself back in line
(That’s what I tell myself anyway)

Refrain
Track Name: Doing Good Business
Taxi cab cars
Know all the bars
Where the music is sound
I’ll be heaven bound

Refrain...
We’re doing good business
(Repeat)
When the sun goes down

Refrain

Sweet shop Sal
Be open in a while
Selling sugar and spice
She’s so naughty so nice

Refrain

Jimmy my man
Seeking honey round town
He’s a popular guy
Look at him out my oh my

Refrain
Track Name: Private Eye
Everybody’s looking- everybody searching
But nobody knows his real name
You’d better need his service you’d better not be playin’
Cos never treats his craft as a game
If you’re ever in trouble
Theft or deceit
He’ll hear about it from the word on the street

Refrain...
You might see his shadow from the corner of your eye
Or might hear someone from a street stall cry
He’s a private eye

With his pulled over his wrap around shades
With his coat collar turned to the sky
Keeping to the doorways out of the light
In the shadows he’s silent and sly
Making his movements like a big old cat
He knows whats happening he knows where its at

Refrain

He’s a cold cool cat when it comes to the girls
Its with him they want to be seen
He keeps ‘em coming with a promise ar a maybe
You should never be seen to be keen

Refrain

Down in the alley there’s the howl of a dog
And the sound of a shot fills the air
Clattering footsteps down by the bins
A coke bottle rolls down the stair

If you’re ever in trouble
Theft or deceit
He’ll hear about it from the word on the street
If you don’t see his shadow from the corner of your eye
You might hear someone from a street stall cry
He’s a private eye
Track Name: Wake Me Up
Wake me up before you go
Let me know when you are on your way
Feel your lips on my lips as you say goodbye
Wake me up just where I lie

You’ll miss me when you’re away
We grow stronger day by day
Feel my arms around you warmer than the sun
I can tell you you’re the only one

Let me know when you’re comin’ home
I’ll always be here when you return
Holding you so tightly when we say hello
Knowing you will never let me go.
Track Name: Last Train Home
I met a sweet woman ,
Brought light to my life
Now she’s gone away
Far out of sight

Refrain...
Now I’m standing on the platform
Waiting for the last train home

I keep looking and searching
Trying to find her face
Tiring of all this misery
And feeling out of place

Refrain

I ask myself
What did I do wrong
All I ever wanted
Was to fell that I belong

Refrain

I met a sweet woman,
Brought light to my life
Now she’s gone away
Far out of sight
I keep looking and searching
Trying to find her face
Tiring of all this misery
And feeling out of place
I ask myself
What did I do wrong
All I ever wanted
Was to fell that I belong

Refrain

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