LongShot Deal

by Bob Frey

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"LongShot Deal" is the 4th solo album by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Bob Frey. On this record, Bob is joined by some of the Twin Cities finest musicians, including Mark Joseph (the Big Wu) on guitar, Kevin Gastonguay (New Sound Underground) on organ / piano, Natalie Fine (More Than Lights) on harmony vocals, Rachel Felicia Calvert on violin, and special guest Marc Conklin on guitar. Bob's typically strong lyrics and beautiful melodies are tastefully supported here by this stellar crew in this stunning release.

"... If you mix insightful and intelligent songwriting with unique and soothing vocals, you will get a good snapshot of Bob Frey... This is a little bit on the folk side of things but has an attitude and great musicianship that differentiates LongShot Deal from your standard folk performers...
Smart songwriting is what Bob Frey is all about. These are not songs as much as they are poems set to music. They are incredibly tangible and all of them tell a great story or require some thought or introspection...
This isn’t just a collection of folk songs, rather a collection of anecdotes or short stories. Set to music, this release is a keeper and one i will play over and over."
-Harry Kaplan, TwangriLa

"Bob Frey's Longshot Deal presents a significant entry into the literature of American folk music. The deceptive ease with which the songs approach the difficulties of our times, personal and public, acts as a gift. The sound here, filled out by tasteful guitar, organ and violin, gracefully holds space for the vulnerability of the writing. Taken as  whole, Longshot Deal is a perceptive documentation of engagement with adult life. The songs lead us into the emotional territory that much contemporary folk music doesn't risk—we come back wiser and more openhearted."
—Spout Press


released January 18, 2017

Bob Frey - guitar, vocals, harmonica
Corey Hess - bass, drums
Kevin Gastonguay - organ, piano
Mark Joseph - lead guitars
Rachel Felicia Calvert - violin
Natalie Fine - harmony vocals
Marc Conklin - lead guitar on "Every Single Turn"


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Bob Frey Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bob Frey is a longtime devotee to the art of writing and performing songs. His unique and memorable voice immediately engages his audience, the perfect vehicle for his wry, intelligent lyrics.
On each of these albums, Bob shows himself to be a versatile writer, his simple folk melodies forming a sound and solid base for his poetic observations and stories. He is the brother of author James Frey.
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Track Name: Freedom On the Ledges
Summer's end is coming soon, I can feel it in the Wind
Blowing gently 'cross the Water, now, I find myself again
In a house inside the northern Woods my parents built when they were young
They're older now and, I am, too, and I wonder where it's gone
I'm all alone again
It's someplace that I never thought I'd be
I'm feeling stoned again
It's a place that's quite familiar to me
I've got no one to talk to even though I've got some friends
There's no way that I can say how much I'm broken and I'm bent
Can't stop the rain...
But, they're not to blame

Daniel was an artist, he made his living with his hands
He liked his bourbon and his cigarettes, he loved his music and his friends
Daniel was a friend of mine, he was loyal like the Sun
Setting gently 'neath the Western shore, now, like another day he's done
Now, it's been too long
Since I sat and drank with him and we said goodbye
I think he knew it, too...
Though, he told me that it wouldn't be the last time
That I saw him, "Shit," he said, "I'm gonna make it to the Woods"
"We'll shoot some pool and drink until the dawn" and I know he would've
If he could've...
But, he couldn't...

And, now, sometimes I can't help feeling like I'm losing everything
Daniel would've said "Hey, it's not that way"
"Quit writing all them words of woe and play a song that makes me smile"
He always kind of lived his life that way

There's freedom on the ledges, Babe, and you can always find some room
Step outside the edges in your time
On the backroads of your yesteryears you just might find some truth
The kind you can take with you down the line
Track Name: LongShot Deal
Hey, hey Darling, my head's on fire
I feel like something's gonna happen soon
And, I've been waiting to see you for a little while
Now, I don't know what to do
If I could turn it around on my own, don't you think
That I would do the same for you?
It's a long, long way, and a longshot deal
But, that ain't nothing new...

Hey, hey Lover, it's cold outside
But, inside it's colder still
I've got a room with a window and a backdoor plan
I've got a number and I've got the will
I know you're traveling now, and it kind of seems far
But, you could always find me still
It's a long, long way, and a longshot deal
But, you're still beautiful

Hey, hey Friends, looks like I'm calling again
I'm worn out on my sleeve
I called it right from the start, I played it straight from the heart
I took a runner on a longshot deal
And, it ain't no surprise, you know I've always been lucky
Now, I'm just looking for some time to steal
It's a long, long way, I bet it all today
On a longshot deal

Hey, hey Lover, it ain't nothing tragic
No more drastic than a second thought
And, I've been easy to read for a long time now
Some kind of steady, ain't that what you bought?
I ain't going nowhere, I've got nowhere I'm longing to be
'Cept wherever you are, that's wherever I'll be
It's a longshot deal, Baby, You and Me
I bet it all today
On a longshot deal, Baby, You and Me
It's a long, long way, and a longshot deal
Baby, You and Me
Track Name: We Used To Look Like That
I see 'em sitting at a table, they're right in front of me
Her chin is on his shoulder, he's got his hand upon her knee
I came to hear the band begin and, maybe, find some company
But, as I sit and watch this scene unfold, I'm attacked by memory

I can see desire burning as she stares into his eyes
And, though he tries to play it cool, I know he feels the same inside
I remember countless barrooms, countless tables where we sat
And, I wonder did we used to look like that?
Yeah, I wonder did we used to look like that?

You never told me, Darling, when it all began to fade
But, I don't forget the friends we had and the plans that we all made
We don't talk that much no more, I wonder did we let them down?
And, i wish that I could tell them, Darling, why you're not around anymore...

I'm driving down the avenue, and right in front of me
I see a couple in a car, I see him slam the steering wheel
It looks like she is crying and it looks like he is mad
And, I wonder did we used to look like that?
Well, I suppose it's true we used to look like that

I still don't know what happened
It still feels so incomplete
When we met and when you left, both times
You knocked me off my feet
And, I suppose you were unsatisfied, but I'm trying to understand
How we ever let ourselves end up like that
'Cause I never thought that we could look like that
But, I suppose it's true we used to look like that
Track Name: Every Single Turn
You are the one I would've wanted
The one I would've longed for from afar
But, you wouldn't have even noticed me back in them days
'Cause it was older dudes and cigarettes and cars
Now, every time I hear them old songs
From pop radio of our early teenage years
I feel the yearning of a young kid
In the backseat waiting for the chance to steer

You spent them years in Minnesota
I lived in Cleveland so far away
I think it's just as well back then I didn't know you
See, I think I probably would've been afraid

To say much to you as your beauty blossomed
And, with it, all the confidence that came
And, I know I would've noticed you at every single turn
Wondering if you even knew my name

I think it's funny how the passing time can be a friend
See, that ain't how I tend to view it, usually
But, if it wasn't for the passing days and the passing years
You surely wouldn't be sitting here with me
I hear them songs, they make me think of younger days
Days I wish I could've spent with you
Some would say that things just have a way of working out
I'd say that if you're lucky then they do
Then, suddenly one fine Spring day I found you
Always believed when I was ready that you would come
Then the miles and years between us disappeared so easily
We gave each other someplace to stop running
You are the Beauty that I dreamed of
You are the one I won't let go
You are the Lover of my lifetime
You are the Friend I've always known

Since the days I would've been afraid to show myself to you
Pent up and frustrated all the same
But, I know I would've noticed you at every single turn
Wondering if you even knew my name
Track Name: A Small Stage
He ain't ever played the big stage, Darling
'Cept for maybe a couple of times
But, you can find him on a small stage, Darling
Guess he's a small stage kind of guy

The songs he sings, they will not make you move your feet
Ain't no one dancing 'cross that floor
Just a crew of regulars and a bunch of empty seats
There ain't no lines outside that door

He ain't ever played the big stage, Darling
But, It ain't like he hasn't tried
You can find him on a small stage, Darling
A pint of beer and a tip jar to the side

Ain't nobody ever said that he was the "latest thing"
Quite likely no one ever will
But, unlike most every "latest thing" that's come and gone
He's up there singing for you still

He ain't ever played the big stage, Darling
Hell, he ain't even got a band
But, you can find him on a small stage, Darling
All alone with just a guitar in his hand

Sometimes he wonders why he does it anymore
But, he still gets nervous before every show
Then it all makes sense once he starts singing that first song
It's something he learned many years ago

He ain't ever played the big stage, Darling
But, what's a big stage anyhow?
There's something truthful 'bout a small stage, Darling
And a falling tree will always make a sound
Nowhere to hide up on that small stage, Darling
Yeah, a falling tree still always makes a sound
Track Name: 15th Love Song
He was still just a Kid with a pen in his pocket
She was a Beauty just back from the Orient
And, all kinds of mystery and stories behind her
The Kid always believed he was destined to find her

Old red brick buildings lining century streets
Dappled light from the Sun shining down thru the trees
In the curio shops, filled with treasures and songs
She said she'd stay for a while, but she never said how long
They kissed in the basement, she talked about politics
He played her some Dylan, said he never got tired of it
And, all of the best things she said for no reason
Like "Let go of Anger" and "Don't hate the Season"
And, "Why really hate anything?" and "Remember your Mother"
"It's brave to be truthful" and "Just consider the other..."
"Jealousy's poison, just consider the other..."

'Neath the trashpaper news and the gathering flies
The flash of a tragedy before the eyes
Never lacks for attention, at least at the start
But, quickly forgotten, 'less you're playing a part in it
Or, got something to say and the time for to say it
If you ain't got the time ain't that something to think about, Darling
If you really don't care ain't that something to consider, Dear

There's a house on the corner with nobody in it
The neighbors walk by and they wonder what happened
To the people inside and there's a crack in the window
It lets in the wind and the rain and the snow
And the Summertime bells from a distant cathedral
Everything looks a little bit different when somebody needs you
Yeah, your whole world can change all at once when somebody needs you

There's always a Kid with a crush on a Girl
Everything looks a little bit different from inside your world
When somebody needs you...
Track Name: Best of Luck
So, you say you want something new
I guess you think you're quite original
I think you're clever, but wasted, too
And, I don't know if you're forgettable
You search for something you think will last
You tell me minutes go by so fast
I say it's all in the way you use 'em

Writers sing, singers act, and actors write
Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference
Now, you stand here after all this time
And make me question all my confidence
You know I never had all that much
I only trust in what I can touch
And, a couple things I know are real

I see you on the street
You've got your pencil and your black beret
It's not so often that we meet
And, you don't realize there isn't much to say
You always played the safest bet
But, it ain't got you nowhere yet
Saving pennies thru a hurricane
Track Name: Mishaps & Mistakes
You were used to being looked at, Darling, I could see that it was true
As I'm sitting here, across from you, inside this room, I'm looking, too
I am not shy, Baby, I'm looking, too

What'd you learn from him I ask you, you say "Everything and Nothing"
I say, "Darling, I wish that you could hear me now"
Hear me now, hear me now, hear me now
Yeah, just once again somehow

But, no matter if you hear 'em, I will own these words I sing
They mean just what I want 'em to, y'know, they might mean anything
And, maybe, i am not the player that I want to be, but, I dig the one I am
I am, I am, I am, yes, I dig the one I am...

I wish you Patience and the Time to learn it, Darling
I wish you Time, I wish you Time, I wish you Time

Maybe, finally I'm the singer that you wanted me to be
But, if I have slept in weeks, my Dear, it comes as news to me
Yeah, if I have slept at all, Dear, I must be just too tired to see
I'm too tired to see... I must be just too tired to see...

I thank you for allowing me my mishaps and mistakes
I should've been home early, Darling, now it's getting really late
I know it's late, it's late, it's late
Yes, it's getting really late

I take comfort in some places that I shouldn't, Dear
But, I could always take comfort in you

If we only get one Season, shouldn't we try to be extreme
Least something to remember 'stead of something short of dreaming
Like a hidden Saint among Us, Lazarus without a bed
Is it a Fable or a Deal dancing visions in your head?
But, I will love you Here instead...

If you always feel outnumbered, Babe, ain't it hard to get some rest
And, if you're scared of being forgotten that ain't some sin you must confess
When I think of where we're headed, Darling, it's always to the West
Always to the West, into the Sun, always to the West

So, now I'm fighting 'gainst the darkness, Darling, searching for the light
I'm fighting 'gainst the darkness, Darling, searching for the light
I'm always fighting 'gainst the darkness, I'm just trying to get it right...
Track Name: Snake Oil
"Snake Oil, Snake Oil come and get you some!"
"Snake Oil, Snake Oil 'cause I got a bunch!"
"Snake Oil, Snake Oil step right up!"
"Snake Oil, Snake Oil all you need's a gulp"
"You can mix it with the whiskey in your coffee cup!"

The oil's been around for a thousand years
Handed down from the pharaohs and the ancient seers
Yeah, it's been around forever, it's heaven sent
They used to sell it from the wagons and the circus tents
Now, it's late-nite television, strip malls, and the internet
Yeah, you can get it from me on t.v. or the internet

Roots and herbs from a foreign land
Make the blind man see, make the lame man stand
Make the coward brave, a boy a man
It used to be you couldn't, but, now you can
With some honey and some oil taken straight from the serpent's gland
Yeah, some honey and some oil taken straight from the serpent's gland

I never had the inkling for medical school
Too many numbers and too many rules
But, I've got my intuition, I've got a hunch
I could fix whatever's hurting with a little punch
I've got the oil from the serpent, Darling, and the magic touch
I've got the oil from the serpent, Darling, and the magic touch

I moves around a little, moves around a lot
I never stay in any single place too long
So, get it while I got it 'cause I'm leaving town
It seems like somebody from somewhere always follow me around
IRS, FDA, FBI or the lawyers for the AMA
CBS, CIA, I'm just trying to help the people, but it's getting harder everyday
Track Name: American Kid
Sleeping in on Sunday mornings as the neighbors went to church
And, the countdown on the AM radio
I guess I made the confirmation, but, it didn't mean much to me
Just a temporary place I had to go
At the retreat, she was older, but, she was nothing like a Saint
Though, I still remember everything she did
So, Condemn me, or Forsake me, Criticize me, or Embrace me
I was just an American Kid

Drinking beers outside the bars, after closing time was called
We were not ambitious, we had no place else to be
We were young, the Summer long, the cops they were not hard to dodge
And, I played guitar 'neath her sister's balcony
I sang my songs like no one else could, but, I don't think she even cared
Though, my blood dripped off of every word I said
So, Condemn me, or Forsake me, Criticize me, or Embrace me
I was just an American Kid

So, I wandered for a while, left everything I knew behind
Everyone except the Trusted and the True
I cast my fate into the Northern Wind, I did not know where I might land
I took a chance, Babe, but I was counting upon you
If I told you that I always do my best would you believe me?
Or, would you leave me wandering where I stand?
So, Condemn me, or Forsake me, Criticize me, or Embrace me
I am just an American Kid

Even looking backward, Dear, you know the view ain't always clear
Though, it's plain to see I made some big mistakes
If I could do it all again, you know, my Love, I can't pretend
I'd know what to give back and what I'd try to take
But, there ain't nothing black or white, Dear, though there are things worth fighting for
And, if pressed to choose, I can only hope I would
Condemn me, or Forsake me, Criticize me or Embrace me
'Cause I am just an American Kid

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