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ELLWOOD CITY
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1. Little Black Dress
2. Soul Man
3. Let's Go
4. River Of Love
5. Just Go Tango
6. Rocque Fantastique
7. Ellwood City
8. Love Me With The Light On
9. No Rest For The Wicked
10. Love Messiah
11. You Got My Body (You Don't Have My Soul)
12. Tuesday Morning
13. Just Go Tango - EXTENDED MIX
14. With This Ring

LINER NOTES


Little Black Dress
Words: Mark Avsec
Music: Avsec, Goll, Hoenes, Ierace, Valentine


Oh, I love how you look with your hair up in a bun
And your pretty white face
Got a tan from the sun
And your little black dress
Leaving nothing to guess
Hugging every soft curve
Love that black dress

And I hate any man who looks at you
I hate any man who lusts for you
I hate any man who loves you
It’s just the way that I am
I hate any man who looks at you
I hate any man who’s hard for you
I hate any man who loves you

It’s just the way that I am
I must be a bad man

In a little, little, little, little, little black dress
Zipper in the back, now your hair’s such a mess
Oh, girl, I must confess
All guys love the little black dress
So baby let’s dance
I just know that you’ll impress
‘Cause I know you’ll give good leg
In your little black dress

And I hate any man who looks at you
I hate any man who lusts for you
And I hate any man who loves you
It’s just the way that I am
I hate any man who looks at you
I hate any man who’s hard for you
I hate any man who loves you

It’s just the way that I am
I must be a bad man

So baby let’s dance
I just know that you’ll impress
‘Cause I know you’ll give good leg
In your little black dress

And I hate any man who looks at you
I hate any man who lusts for you
I hate any man who loves you
It’s just the way that I am
I hate any man who looks at you
I hate any man who’s hard for you
I hate any man who loves you

It’s just the way that I am
I must be a bad man

I love the little black dress (I must be a bad man)
I love the little black dress (I must be a bad man)
I love the little black dress

So, baby let’s dance
I just know that you’ll impress
‘Cause I know you give good leg
In your little black dress

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Soul Man
Words and Music:
David Porter, Isaac Hayes


I’m coming to you
On a dusty road
Good, good loving
I got a truck load
When you get it
You got something
So don’t you worry
‘Cause I’m coming

I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man

Got what I got
The hard way
And I’ll make it better
Each and every day
Honey don’t
Don’t you fret
‘Cause you ain’t seen nothing yet
I was brought up on a side street
I learned how to love before I could eat
I was educated from good stock
When I start loving, I can’t stop

I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man

Well, grab the rope
I’ll pull you in
Give you hope
And be your only boyfriend

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Let’s Go
Words: Mark Avsec
Music: Avsec, Goll, Hoenes, Ierace, Valentine


Do you feel like I lift your soul
Like you lift my soul
If so
Let’s go
Let’s go

Do you think that this time you know
I believe I know, if so
Let’s go
Let’s go

And we’re afraid
For you can’t count on me
And I can’t count on you, oh know
And love is here
It comes once in awhile
And the chance is now

Out beyond the darkest night
There is life, oh there is life
Let’s go
Let’s go

Music’s here and the time is right
Dance with me into the night
Go away
Come away

So jump on in
The water’s calling us to swim
Yes, come on in
The song’s calling us to sing
Come right on in
The river’s calling us to dance

I’d like to welcome you to Ellwood City

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River Of Love
Words and Music: Mark Avsec


Blistered and battered
Been blistered and battered by love
Baby I have learned
But the moonlight
God’s spotlight
My heart is pounding and even though I’ve been burned

The river of love
Winds through my senses
Flows through my heart
Drowns my defenses

Let’s sail away on the river of love

Tango, let’s tango
Move all the chairs because, baby, I’m ready to dance
The music
The twilight
One look in your eyes and I know that you want to take this chance

And the river of love
Winds through my senses
Flows through my heart
Drowns my defenses

Let’s sail away on the river of love

Let’s sail away
Monongahela
Allegheny
Ohio

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Just Go Tango
Words: Mark Avsec
Music: Avsec, Goll, Hoenes, Ierace, Valentine


Some dance to find a friend
Some dance to find themselves
Some dance to remember
Some dance to forget

Tango
Tango

There’s a dance for lovers
There’s a dance of kings
When you dance you suffer
Baby, would you suffer me?

Cuando el mundo le deprime
Cuando usted esta tan triste

Just go tango

Cuando el amore es ido
Si usted es tan solo

Just go tango

Miami in the moonlight
Hits me right ‘tween the eyes
Got you in my soul, babe
You feel me baby
You can’t deny
Yes, the dance for lovers
Yes, the dance of kings
‘Cause when you dance you suffer

Baby, could you suffer me?

Cuando su almo es negra
Y su corazon es frio

Just go tango

La musica es el amor
La musica es la vida

Just go tango

La musica es el amor
La musica es la vida

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Rocque Fantastique
Words: Mark Avsec
Music: Avsec, Goll, Hoenes, Ierace, Valentine


I work the line all day
Cha, cha, cha
Boss said “You gotta bill”
I said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
But by noon I feel like bolting
Cause my tool’s so hot it’s smoking
And it isn’t even lunchtime yet
So I try to think of something
Close to nothing, but yet something
But it’s nothing and it don’t do the trick
Then 3:00 O’Clock comes
And it’s so thick
Wanna see my baby
Wanna rock fantastic

Rocque Fantastique
Yeah, rock fantastic

Rocque Fantastique
She really rocks and rolls with me

I gotta really sweet baby
She’s at home and she’s a lady
And she knows how to keep me there
She got a way that she moves, and there’s nothing I can do
Except give it to her everywhere
She’s hot and she’s mine and she really needs a stick
And her beautiful house is built like brick
So I work all day cause I need to getta fix
Gotta rock with her, wanna rock fantastic

Rocque Fantastique
Yeah, rock fantastic
Rocque Fantastique
Yeah, she rocks that thing for me

Gotta get up in the morning, you know it comes without warning
That whistle she’s gonna blow
Gotta rise it up, gotta getta it up
Baby, you know I gotta go
You’re hot and you’re mine and you really need a stick
And your beautiful house is built like brick
But I’m late for work, so let’s make it quick
You want to rock with me, better rock fantastic

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Ellwood City
Words and Music: Mark Avsec


1983
You turned 17
We rode my Daddy’s car
To the edge of me
And the night was full of stars
We made love in the car
And we carved our love in a heart on the witness tree
And swore we’d raise our kids in Ellwood City

You went away to school
They all fell for you (like I knew they would)
You wrote that we were through
Nothing I could do
I knew I couldn’t give you
The life you wanted to live
I knew that you would die
Before you ever lived
If you stayed in Ellwood City

I heard you married him
Had his kids and moved away
But I’m still here and I’m still singing
It helps me ease the pain
I hope he’s been good to you
I heard you lost your smile

But the witness tree has withstood the test of time

Still stands up for you and me
In Ellwood City

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Love Me With The Light On
Words: Mark Avsec
Music: Avsec, Goll, Hoenes, Ierace, Foster


Babe, I know you’re alone
Dancing on your bed
You know your old man is flying
From LA to Long Island
So dance for me instead

And though you’re dancing in the darkness
I know you dig it ‘cause I’m watching

Even though you only touch me with the drapes drawn
Even though you never kiss me with your guard down
Even though you never love me with the light on me

The neighbors would not understand
The neighbors could not understand

Babe, I know you’re on fire
You’re burning with desire
You know my old heart is aching
This old ladder’s shaking
I can’t wait to come up for love

Too bad your man, he doesn’t kiss you
And when you leave, he’s gonna miss you

Even though you only touch me with the drapes drawn
Even though you never kiss me with your guard down
Even though you never love me with the light on me

The children would not understand

Darling, I miss you badly
You know I love you madly
There’s got to be a better way

Rip off the shades and curtains
Show the world that we’re certain
It’s time we greet the light of day

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No Rest For The Wicked
Words: Mark Avsec
Music: Avsec, Goll, Hoenes, Ierace, Valentine


I wear an “A” on my chest
And it won’t rub off
I’ve been beating my breast
But it won’t come off
I work all night in a smoky club
Spend all day eating wheat flag sludge

I really need to get some sleep
I really need to have some peace
I really need to get relief

No rest for the wicked tonight
So I pick up my ball and chain
And I go back to work again

I give you all my pay
What the governor don’t take
I wish that I could take a break
Whatever I did was a big mistake

No rest for the wicked tonight

I hang onto the hope we’ll see the promised land
Where there is sunshine, it makes everything look grand

I really need to get some sleep
I really need to have some peace
I really need to get relief

No rest for the wicked tonight

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Love Messiah
Words: Mark Avsec
Music: Avsec, Goll, Hoenes, Ierace, Valentine


I wake up, just another day
And you’re not here
I get up and I wash my face
You’re in the mirror
I see you in every girl
So I give her a whirl
But now I am so unfurled
I’m tired, sick and tired of one night stands

Day after day
Night after night
Save me, baby
Save me, love messiah

I’m so tired of
Looking for true love
Be my baby
Be my love messiah

I go down to punch the clock
Ruled by the dead hand of the past
I’m so numb I don’t feel the shock
As the empty minutes pass
I don’t feel that I feel enough
I wish I could feel your touch
But the weight, it’s just too much
And I’m tired of mediocrity

Day after day
Night after night
Save me, baby
Save me, love messiah

I’m so tired of
Looking for true love
Be my baby
Be my love messiah

I want to see what it is

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You Got My Body (You Don’t Have My Soul)
Words: Mark Avsec
Music: Avsec, Ierace, Valentine


I gotta work for your minimum wage
I gotta work for your minimum wage
I gotta work for your minimum wage
But do you have my soul?
No, no, no

I’m gonna shovel the shit for you
I’m gonna shovel the shit for you
I’m gonna shovel your shit for you
But do you have my soul?
No, no, no

You got my body, you want my soul
You got my body, but do you have my soul?
No, no, no

Boilermaker breakfast at 7:00 a.m.
Quittin’ time, we do it again
Numb the mind ‘til it has no voice
Work that line ‘cause we have no choice

You got my body, you want my soul
You got my body, but do you have my soul?
No, no, no

I walked into the factory
Foreman said, “you’re late again,”
Said, “One more time and you’ll be through.”
Then he looked me up and down, said
“Man, you really need this job because
You have nothing else you can do.”
I looked him in the eye, said
“Man, you must be high.
Who are you to tell me what you think I can do?
You’re gonna be here the rest of your life.
But I am through.”

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Tuesday Morning
Words and Music: Mark Avsec


Monday I washed all your clothes
You packed them in a case
You couldn’t get it closed
We laughed
And then
We lied down
We had a drink and then
We made love again
Until we slept

Tuesday morning
I shook you
September morning
The sky was blue
Tuesday morning
Then it changed
From bright to dark
From blue to grey
From innocence to wickedness
From confidence to suspicion

Tuesday morning
I kissed you
September morning
The sky was blue
Tuesday morning
It all changed
From bright to dark
From blue to grey
From innocence
To wickedness
From confidence
To suspicion

Tuesday morning
Tuesday morning
Tuesday morning

Tuesday morning
Tuesday morning
Tuesday morning

I miss you
We miss you

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With This Ring
Words and music by Mark Avsec
(Based on Pathetique Sonata, by Ludwig Van Beethoven)


With this ring
I take you as my own
With this yellow band of gold
Lover, I do
With these lips
I promise to be true
Kiss you, breathe you
Lover, I do
With this ring
I take you as my bride
Witness my sweet surrender
Lover, I do
I love you

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LINER NOTES

Little Black Dress (Lyrics by Mark Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, Hoenes, Goll, Valentine)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

Soul Man (David Porter, Isaac Hayes)
(Published by WB Music Corp., OBO Walden Music, Inc., Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP))

Let’s Go (Lyrics by Mark Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, Hoenes, Goll, Valentine)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

River Of Love (Lyrics and Music by Mark Avsec)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2004 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

Just Go Tango (Lyrics by Mark Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, Hoenes, Goll, Valentine)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

Rocque Fantastique (Lyrics by Mark Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, Hoenes, Goll, Valentine)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

Ellwood City (Lyrics and Music by Mark Avsec)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2004 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved

Love Me With The Light On (Lyrics by Mark Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, Hoenes, Goll, Foster)
(Published by Souler Music Co., Hoenesongs, and Don Iris Music (ASCAP)) © 2004 Souler Music Co, Hoenesongs, and Don Iris Music. All rights reserved.

No Rest For The Wicked (Lyrics by Mark Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, Hoenes, Goll, Valentine)
(Published by Souler Music Co (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

Love Messiah (Lyrics by Mark Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, Hoenes, Goll, Valentine)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

You Got My Body (You Don’Have My Soul) (Lyrics by Mark Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, and Valentine)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

Tuesday Morning (Lyrics and Music by Mark Avsec)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

Just Go Tango EXTENDED MIX (Lyrics by Avsec, Music by Avsec, Ierace, Hoenes, Goll, Valentine)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.

With This Ring (Words by Avsec, Music by Avsec, but based on Beethoven)
(Published by Souler Music Co. (ASCAP)) © 2006 Souler Music Co. All rights reserved.
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PRODUCED BY MARK AVSEC
ENGINEERED AND MIXED BY BILL KORECKY
RECORDED AND MIXED AT MARS RECORDING STUDIO
Mastered by Roger Lian at Masterdisk
Art Design: Marty Lee Hoenes


Management: Mike Belkin at Belkin Personal Management, 440.247.3988
Legal: Mark Avsec, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, 216.363.4151

Donnie Iris: Lead and background vocals, guitar on “Let’s Go” and “You Got My Body (You Don’t Have My Soul)”; Bass on “You Got My Body (You Don’t Have My Soul)” and “Tuesday Morning”; Acoustic and Electric Guitar on “Let’s Go”
Mark Avsec: Keyboards and vocals, pipe organ on end of “Soul Man” (recorded remotely at Cleveland State University’s Waetjen Auditorium)
Marty Lee Hoenes: Guitars
Paul Goll: Bass
Brice Foster: Drums on “River Of Love,” “Ellwood City,” and “Love Me (With The Light On)”
Kevin Valentine: Drums on all other tracks other than those that Brice Foster played on

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