Can't Go Back

by Mari Mack

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This album was crafted with much love and despite many challenges over a longer period of time than I ever could have imagined and would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of many people, most especially, Arne Frager.
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released July 8, 2010

1. Can’t Go Back (Tamburo, Sabra)

Drums: Alan Hertz
Bass: Kai Eckhart
Keyboards: Eric Levy
Guitar: Basil Sabra

Monophonics Horns:
Trumpet: Ryan Scott
Tenor Sax: Alex Baky

Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA on September 26th, 2006
Assistant Engineer: Robert Gatley

2. Birthday Suit (Clarke)

Livin' Like Kings:
Drums: Rob “RJ” Franco
Bass: Arne Frager
Keys: Eric Levy
Guitar: Pat Duffey
Saxes: Doug Rowan
Trumpet: Cecil Kirkpatrick
Trombone: Mike Rinta
Vocal: Mari Mack

Acoustic Guitar: Freddy Clarke

Horns Arranged by Doug Rowan
Arranged by Eric Levy & Arne Frager
Recorded at “Hertz So Good” Studios, San Rafael, CA on November 19, 2009
Engineer: Alan Hertz
Producer: Arne Frager

3. Georgie ( Tamburo, Levy ) :

Drums: Alan Hertz
Bass: Kai Eckhart
Keyboards: Eric Levy
Guitar: Vernon “Ice” Black

Monophonics Horns:
Trumpet: Ryan Scott
Tenor Sax: Alex Bacula

Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA on May 1st, 2007
Engineer/Producer: Arne Frager
Assistant Engineer: Chris Cheney


4. Sometime (Tamburo, Sabra)
Drums: Alan Hertz
Bass: Kai Eckhart
Keyboards: Eric Levy
Guitar: Basil Sabra

Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA on September 26th, 2006
Assistant Engineer: Robert Gatley

5. Can’t Get Next to You (Strong, Whitfield)

Drums: Hank Guaglianone
Bass: Erik Scott
Organ: Chris "Hambone" Cameron
Guitar: Phil Miller
Guitar: Dan Pritzker
Vocal: Mari Mack
Additional Vocals:
Shawn Christopher
Paris DeLane
Sam Hogan
Michael Scott

Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA on June 2nd 2004
Assistant Engineer: Robert Gatley

6. Crosscut Saw (Ford)

Drums: Hank Guaglianone
Bass: Erik Scott
Organ: Hambone
Guitar: Phil Miller
Guitar: Dan Pritzker

Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA on June 2nd 2004
Assistant Engineer: Robert Gatley


7. You Got Me Hummin’ ( Hayes, Porter )
Recorded in Studio B at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA on December 2nd, 2003

Drums: Ernest “Boom” Carter
Piano: Mike Duke
Organ: John Lee Sanders
Bass: Erik Scott
Guitar: Dan Pritzker
Baritone: Doug Rowan
Tenor: Scott Peterson
Trombone: Mike Rinta
Trumpet: Bill Theurer
Vocal: Mari Mack

Horns Arranged by Doug Rowan
Assistant Engineer: Enrique Gonzalez Muller
Engineer/Producer: Arne Frager

8. When Something is Wrong With My Baby (Hayes, Porter)

Drums: Ernest “Boom” Carter
Piano: Mike Duke
Organ: John Lee Sanders
Bass: Erik Scott
Guitar: Dan Pritzker
Baritone Saxophone: Doug Rowan
Tenor Saxophone: Scott Peterson
Trombone: Mike Rinta
Trumpet: Bill Theurer
Vocal: Mari Mack

Horns Arranged by Doug Rowan
Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA on December 2nd, 2003
Assistant Engineer: Enrique Gonzalez Muller
Engineer/Producer: Arne Frager

9. My Brother's Smile (Tamburo, Thomas)

Guitar: Pat Duffey
Vocal: Mari Mack

Recorded at Nightforest Studio, Inverness, CA on July 26th, 2009
Engineer: John Neff
Producer: Arne Frager

art: Black Lace Fractal by ~KainApophysis
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photo: jaclyn burton-lessard

All Tracks Mastered by John Cuniberti

In addition to the kind and talented folks listed above, special thanks go out to Andrew Fried, Michael LeValley, Myron Mu, Rebel (for the tissues), Mario Previti, Alexa Schlittgen, Janice Stevenson, Angela Strehli, Mike Sult, Katrina Thomas, Lonnie "Showtime" Walter, Mom, Lisa, Toni.

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Track Name: Can't Go Back
Lyrics:
Driving down the road with that man of mine
When he started to give me a really hard time
Told me about some girl that he recently met
He had already started up with her
when we weren’t done yet
When he said to me “ I can’t go back”
I felt as if I’d have a heart attack
I told him – what makes you think you can put an dend
To something you never had the backbone to begin

“Can’t go back to where you never been”
Can’t get out before you come in
Won’t shoot straight ‘til you been around
Got to get lost before you can be found
Won’t know good ‘til you had bad
You can’t lose what you never had

Well, I parked the car and as we went upstairs
I realized that he’d never care
So, I took a good long look at what I was givin’ up
And I figured that it didn’t amount to much
So I packed my things, trying not to cry
Never even looked over my shoulder to say g’bye

“Can’t go back to where you never been”
Can’t get out before you come in
Won’t shoot straight ‘til you been around
Got to get lost before you can be found
Won’t know good ‘til you had bad
You can’t lose what you never had
Track Name: Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings - Birthday Suit
Lyrics:
i wanna see you in your birthday suit
all your friends say it's so damn cute
i bet that we could start an institute
come on and show us your birthday suit

i bet you've got some pretty private parts
i wanna see exactly where they start
i bet that we could make a whole lotta loot
come on and show us your birthday suit

you're always ironing the wrinkles out
but everybody knows without a doubt
there really isn't any substitute
out of the closet with your birthday suit

you can't get to heaven with your clothes on
even though many people try
you can't get to heaven with your clothes on
now everybody knows why

i wanna see you in your birthday suit.......
Track Name: Georgie
Lyrics:
Been more than a bit distracted
At the news going on round the world
try my best not to get too over reacted
When the red white and blues get unfurled

Why keep looking across for the answers
Side to side, to when it’s time to move on?
Do you choose not to know what direction the dance is
When we’re telling you the Right is wrong?

Chorus:

Aw Georgie – why’d you have to go and be so mean?
Don’t you know, that the sun has the power
To wash the purpose for this madness clean?

Verse:

See no reason for reason, when killing is in season
Just because you’re too headstrong
While we plant the seeds that will fill the needs
Cause it’s been going on for much too long

Green is more than the money in your wallet
It’s a crude crude way of life
Don’t you think when you point that rocket
Your hittin a mother a sister a wife?

Chorus:
Aw Georgie – why’d you have to go and be so mean?
Don’t you know, don’t you know,
That what shines from above has the power
To wash the purpose for your madness clean?
Track Name: Sometime
Sometimes I feel so empty inside
Like a vessel no one can fill
Alone in this world
In the dark, cold and still
With nowhere to hide

Cause I’ve seen this place before
Wall and windows locks and doors

Sometime sometime
Will you give me some time
When we can walk maybe talk
And just be together
For some time Sometime

Sometimes it feels so empty in here
Like nobody knows my name
Unaware of my place
On the edge lost and lame With nothing to fear

Always something in the way
Left with so much more to say…

Sometime sometimes
Will you give me sometime
When we can walk maybe talk
And just be together
Sometime
Track Name: My Brother's Smile
My brother’s smile
Come walkin’ through the doorway
in a tight black t-shirt and a pair of jeans

My brother’s smile
In the habit of appearin’ halfway through
sippin' one of Mr.Cardy’s egg creams

As he finds his way down Union to Prospect street
A skip in his stride, light on his feet
In the middle of doin’ nothing
Ah - so good to see

My brother’s smile
lighten up the darkest of my days
My brother’s smile
cheer me up in oh, so many ways
I don’t know about you
But I don’t know what I would do
without my brother’s smile

At twenty two
No one’s really sure ‘bout what he did
mixing liquor and pills and messin’ with a gun

And that .22
was enough to make a mess of that kid
We prayed that he’d make it
but the damage had been done

We made our way down Union to Prospect street
Grandma’s head hung down, Pop was draggin’ his feet
Sorrow came on so sudden
To think I would never see

My brother’s smile
to lighten up the darkest of my days
My brother’s smile
to cheer me up in oh so many ways
And I’ve got to tell you true
I don’t know what I’m gonna do
without my brother’s smile.

Bridge:

And with almost twenty years gone by
A friend let go of a long held secret as he started to cry,
“Cant hold this in any longer -- I think it’s time you got to meet your brother’s daughter”

I watched her walk down Union to Prospect Street
The light in her eyes made my heart skip a beat
I stood there staring in wonder
My mind flooded with memories (of)

My brother’s smile
to lighten up the darkest of my days
My brother’s smile
to cheer me up in oh so many ways
My brother’s smile
would lighten up the darkest of my days
My brother’s smile
could cheer me up in oh so many ways

Now I can’t believe I’m sitting here
Across the table from my brother’s smile

No I can’t believe I’m sitting here
Across the table from my brother’s smile