Steven Courtney + the Suitcase Musicians- LIVE & in Concert!

by Steven Courtney + the Suitcase Musicians

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about

When I was a kid… I loved "live" albums. It was fun to hear the difference between a studio version and a live version of a familiar song. I'd usually pretend that I was performing with the band as I listened. One night I'd pretend to be the piano player the next night I might be the drummer. I imagined we traveled and every show was in another town performing to a new crowd.

I hope you get lost in this music and that it finds a warm happy place in your heart. I'm so happy when I perform with the Suitcase Musicians. They are my friends… my musical family. They are fun to travel with and they make me laugh. A lot!

So, we kick off the show with the tune Million Smiles To Go. We play it a bit faster than the album version but the track explodes with the carnival rock sound as Fred "Toots" McNaughton blasts out notes on his trumpet and Judy "Toe Jam" Lehman swings on the trombone.

Everyone is having a blast as we roll into Great Day To Be Alive. Kelly "Mumbles" Good pumps out the chords on piano while she sings along too. She sings and plays so sweet on Walk In Love.

Before long we're jumping and jamming to 42 Monkeys and Mark "Levis" DeRose gets funky on the electric bass. Ooh, ah…ooh ooh ah!

Big Old Jeb, Strange Old Cat and Happy Go Lucky Shoes lets the crowd sing-a-long and swing a bit as well. I love to hear Doug "Fernadez" Walton wail on the electric guitar at the end of Big Old Jeb.

Bag of Dreams is my song for you. I hope you dream a dream or two…every now and then a dream comes true. So many of mine did. : )

By the time we get to the Dance Party it looks like everyone in the crowd is saying yes to my question… Will You Be My Friend? I totally love how the band explodes into a major jam after the call and response vocal section. I shout out.. "Come on let's rock and roll!" and Fred echoes "Come on let's rock and roll!" and the next thing you know, we're a little rocking band…everyones jumping up and down, the horns are blaring, I'm banging on my drums as we all celebrate love and family.

That's what this music and the Suitcase Musicians are all about… it's all about the love.

Well, I hope you love this "live" album as much as I loved live albums when I was a kid.

Love be with you…'til we meet again.

SC


Recorded live in concert this album is a collection of concert favorites from the bands 2012 concert dates.

Produced by Steven Courtney for Sun Hill Records

Set List

Million Smiles To Go
Great Day To Be Alive
Walk In Love
42 Monkeys
Big Old Jeb
Strange Old Cat
Happy Go Lucky Shoes
Steven the Pirate
My Potatoes
Bag of Dreams
Will You Be My Friend? (the Dance Party)
I Wanna Go Home

credits

released 11 April 2013
Steven Courtney + The Suitcase Musicians

Doug "Fernadez" Walton- electric guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
Kelly "Mumbles" Good- piano, backing vocals
Fred "Toots" McNaughton- trumpet, ukulele, percussion, backing vocals
Judy "Toe Jam" Lehman- trombone,ukulele,guitar,banjo,glockenspiel
Mark "Levis" DeRose- bass
Steven Courtney- drums, guitar, harmonica, lead vocals, rock-n-roll carnival circus ring leader

Official Band Sponsor- Menchey Music
www.mencheymusic.com

Album design my Mark DeRose
Album mixed at Folktowne Studio-Manheim,PA

Visit www.stevencourtney.com for more concert and booking info

Twitter: steventhepirate

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Steven-Courtney/146073862148793?ref=hl

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Steven Courtney + the Suitcase Musicians Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Steven Courtney + the Suitcase Musicians are finding new audiences everyday.
* 2011 Parents Choice Award winner- “Million Smiles To Go” album
* Seven time winner of the Children’s Music Web Award
* Winner of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award – Best Original Television Series for Children

For more info visit: www.stevencourtney.com
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Track Name: Million Smiles To Go
Walk with me for a while down the street
Say hello, hello!
Hello to the people that you meet
Make a new memory today whoa oh!
We've got a million smiles to go

Here we go!

Run with me on the beach through the sand
Swimming in the waves don't be afraid hold my hand
Make a new memory today whoa oh!
We've got a million smiles to go

Let's roll!

Fly with me through the clouds on a plane
Ride with me along the rails on this train

Soaring free as the wind through the sky
We'll paint the clouds with love and laughter as we fly
Make a new memory today whoa oh!
We've got a million smiles to go
Sing it with us!
We've got a million smiles to go
One more time
A million smiles to go
Let's roll!
Track Name: Great Day To Be Alive
It's a great day to be alive
It's a great day to be alive
I feel like a train running down the track
I feel like bird flying in the sky
I feel like a shark cutting through the sea
It's a great day to be alive

Everybody up on your feet
C'mon!
You gotta stomp those feet to the beat
Oh yeah!
Wave your arms all around singing oh, oh oh!
Spin in a circle you're gonna sit back down

It's a great day to be alive
It's a great day to be alive
I feel like a train running down the track
I feel like bird flying in the sky
I feel like a shark cutting through the sea
It's a great day to be alive

Here we go!
Everybody up on your feet
C'mon!
Clap those hands to the beat
Oh yeah!
Wave your arms all around singing oh, oh oh!
Spin in a circle you're gonna sit back down… dow-how-hown!
Track Name: Walk In Love
Walk in love
Everyday
In the things you do and say
Solid as a rock
Gentle like a dove
Walk in love
Walk in love

Walk in love
Everywhere
Plant the seeds showing you care
Solid as a rock
Gentle like a dove
Walk in love
Walk in love

Walk in love
All the time
Over mountains you will climb
Solid as a rock
Gentle like a dove
Walk in love
Walk in love

Walk in love
Be that friend
Hold your head up high through thick and thin
Solid as a rock
Gentle like a dove
Walk in love
Walk in love
Track Name: 42 Monkeys
42 monkeys tried to steal my mom!
They tried to take her to the monkey prom
Dad said "no!" sticking out his chin
42 monkeys looked around again

42 monkeys tried to steal my bike
They told me to take a long, long hike
Joey said "no!" pulling at their tails
42 monkeys, 2 boys, who fails?

They said- ooh, ahh,ooh ooh ahh!

42 monkeys tried to steal my brain
Thought they'd leave it out in the rain
Momma said "no!" with a frightful shout
42 monkeys…they are bumming out

They said- ooh, ahh,ooh ooh ahh!

42 monkeys tried to steal my bike!
They tried to steal my brain!
They tried to steal my mom!

42 monkeys tried to steal my bench
They loosened those bolts with a monkey wrench!
When I roared "no!" they trembled in fear
42 monkeys all disappear

42 monkeys all disappear
42 monkeys they're out of here
42 monkeys all disappear
42 monkeys they're out of here
42 monkeys all disappear they're out of here!

They said- ooh, ahh,ooh ooh ahh!
Track Name: Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb's got a light on!

Well, he could light the room with a friendly smile
You could see it shine for a country mile
Like a rooster crowing early in the morn
Shine shine since the day he was born
Big Old Jeb's got a light on!

Oh, Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb's got a light on!

Well... he fell in love with a gal named Pearl
She was from Pennsylvania down near East Earl
They married in a church, the middle of May
Honeymooned on a boat and they sailed away
Big Old Jeb's got a light on!

Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb's got a light on! OhhHHH!

You know you know...Well the years went by for Jeb and Pearl
Eight strong boys and seven pretty girls
Do the math honey that's an even fifteen
What more can I say?
You know what I mean?
Big Old Jeb's got a light on!

Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb
Big Old Jeb's got a light on! OhhHHH!

Let yer little light shine on!
Track Name: Strange Old Cat
I'm gonna tell you about a strange old cat
I'm gonna tell you about a strange old cat
He never caught a mouse he would not chase no rat!

Now catnip that's a whole different thing
Now catnip that's a whole different thing
That could make that strange old cat really sing

Yes he said…
I heard him say

Meow, meow meow, meow mow mow meow!

That strange old cat would not drink cream
That strange old cat would not drink cream
He only drank cool water from the stream

I'm gonna tell you about a strange old cat
I'm gonna tell you about a strange old cat
He never caught a mouse he would not chase no rat!

no no…he liked to play

I heard him say
Meow, meow meow, meow mow mow meow!

That strange old cat walked with style
That strange old cat walked with style
I saw him chase away a crocodile
A crocodile, dile dile he played!!!

That's the story of the strange old cat!!
Track Name: Happy Go Lucky Shoes
Well, did I hear you say you're feeling sorta bad
Did I hear you say you're feeling kinda sad
I tell you what, what you gotta do…
Take a little walk in your Happy Go Lucky Shoes


Well, did I hear you say you're friend is feeling bad
Did I hear you say you're friend is lonely they're feeling kinda sad
I tell you what, what you gotta do…
Give your friend a pair of Happy Go Lucky Shoes

Happy Go Lucky Shoes
Happy Go Lucky Shoes
I'm gonna be happy
That's my attitude
In my Happy Go Lucky Shoes

Well, did I hear you say you're feeling better now
yeah, did I hear you say you're feeling good and how!
I tell you what, what you gotta do…
Keep walking through life in your Happy Go Lucky Shoes

Happy Go Lucky Shoes
Happy Go Lucky Shoes
I'm gonna be happy
That's my attitude
In my Happy Go Lucky Shoes

Detroit, Chicago or LA
I'm wearing 'em every day
My Happy Go Lucky Shoes
My Happy Go Lucky Shoes
Track Name: Steven the Pirate
Steven the Pirate
He was a lot like Robin Hood
He'd borrowed from the rich and he'd lend to the poor
For a pirate… that's pretty good

Steven the Pirate
He gave a way gold, drink and grain
He sailed across the water
From Italy to Spain

Singing- Na, na,na,na, na HEY!

One night Steven was sleeping
In his cabin down below
When the Mean Pirate came aboard
To steal the goodness of Steven's soul

Steven's crew was tied up
They made Steven walk the plank
And that Mean Pirate he just laughed
When Steven's body sank…

He went-Down Na, na,na,na, na HEY!

Steven held his breath
As his body did slowly sink
He had no time to waste
Or the ocean he would drink

The Mean Pirate ordered
He said.. "Bring the anchor in!"
But little did they realize
Steven was sitting at the other end!

Singing- bluh, bluh,bluh bluh bluh Hey!

Steven freed his crew
From that prison down below
He said "let's go up and swab the deck of that Mean Pirate fellow!"

The imaginary sword fight was wild!
Overboard pirates flew
Soon Steven the Pirate
He was up against you know who!

Singing- Na, na,na,na, na HEY!

Everybody watched
As the Mean Pirate… he ran away
Steven's crew just smiled
For they had won the pirates day!

Singing- Na, na,na,na, na HEY!
Track Name: My Potatoes
(Steven )
Tell me have you seen my potatoes?
Tell me have you seen my potatoes?
I had 'em in the kitchen with my red tomatoes…


(Kelly)
I don't see 'em in the barn
(Doug)
I been busy spinning yard
(Kelly)
Ain't seen 'em since Sunday morn
(Doug)
I was in the field picking corn

(Steven)
Yeah… right!
(Doug)
I was!
(Steven)
Humph!
Tell me have you seen my potatoes?
Tell me have you seen my potatoes?
I had 'em in the kitchen with my red tomatoes…

(Doug)
Don't ask me I play guitar
(Kelly)
Don't look in my cookie jar
(Doug)
I ain't got nothing new to say
(Kelly)
Don't think I ate 'em yesterday?

(Steven)
Ah, hahahha! OK?
(Doug)
I ain't got yo potatoes!
(Steven)
Hmmm!
Tell me have you seen my potatoes?
Tell me have you seen my potatoes?
I had 'em in the kitchen with my red tomatoes…
Yes, I had 'em in the kitchen with my red tomatoes…
Honey, I had 'em in the kitchen with my red tomatoes…

(Doug and Kelly)
I ain't got yo potatoes!
I ain't got yo potatoes!
I ain't got yo potatoes!
Don't think I ate yo potatoes!

(Steven)
Ahhhhhhhhhh, hahahha! There it is?
Track Name: Bag of Dreams
I found a bag of dreams
Filled with many things
Dreams of peace and joy
Dreams for every girl and boy
Mmmhmm.

Yes, I found a bag of dreams
Filled with many things
Dreams of love and home
Dreams where cowboys roam
Mmmhmm.

Yes, you can hold it forever
It's good to have a bag of dreams
Yes, you can hold it forever
It's good to have a dream or two
Every now and then a dream comes true

Yes, I found a bag of dreams
Filled with many things
Dreams of people free
Dreams liberty
Mmmhmm.

Yes, I found a bag of dreams
Filled with many things
Dreams of wrong made right
Dreams of love in flight
Mmmhmm.

Yes, you can hold it forever
It's good to have a bag of dreams
Yes, you can hold it forever
It's good to have a dream or two
Every now and then a dream comes true

Well, it's no insubstantial thing
Dreams won't die if the dreamer dreams
It's more than a fantasy
Dreams can lead to what you will be
Oh!
Wooo…

Yes, you can hold it forever
It's good to have a bag of dreams
Yes, you can hold it forever
It's good to have a dream or two
Every now and then a dream comes true

Sing it with us!
Track Name: Will You Be My Friend? (the Dance Party)
Everybody, everybody everybody everybody dance!

Hey I wanna ask you
Will you be my friend?
Will you my partner?
Through thick and through thin?

Here's why… cuz'
I can help you
You can help me
I'll say it again..
Will you be my friend?

A good friend is someone
Someone who will care
Life is so much fun
When a good friend is there

Ah yeah… cuz'
I can help you
You can help me
I'll say it again..
Will you be my friend?

A good friend listen to the words you say
A good will tell ya… "you're going the wrong way!"

I can help you
You can help me
I can help you
You can help me
I can help you
You can help me
I'll say it again..
Will you be my friend?
I'll say it again..
Will you be my friend?
Track Name: I Wanna Go Home
Well, I travel from town to town
Making music with my friends
Now the time has come to head home
Once again

I wanna go home
I wanna go home
I wanna go
I wanna go
I wanna go home

Well, I sang on the big old stage
Pennsylvania to Michigan
Now the time has come
To head home once again

I wanna go home
I wanna go home
I wanna go
I wanna go
I wanna go home

Well the time has finally come
To say goodnight my friends
Yes, now the time has come
To head home once again
Time to go home…
Goodnight
Singing…
I wanna go home
I wanna go home
I wanna go
I wanna go
I wanna go home
Steve and Fred wanna go home!
I wanna go
I wanna go
I wanna go home
Toe Jam wants to go home!
I wanna go
I wanna go
I wanna go home
Mumbles wants to go home!
I wanna go
I wanna go
I wanna go home
Doug and Mark wanna go home
I wanna go
I wanna go
I wanna go home
HOME!