Ribbit Rhythms

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"Ribbit Rhythms" is the third studio album from Minneapolis, Minnesota based roots rock & rollers, The Fattenin' Frogs.

"Ribbit Rhythms" is 11 original songs and one cover of our hero, Howlin' Wolf, that tell of the ups and downs, the ebbs and flows, and the beginnings and endings of life - songs of love and lost love, of finding your own path and realizing your own mortality. Every time we perform one of our songs, we feel the song in that moment and give it energy to make it LIVE. You won't ever feel that you got a "stamped out" version of any of these songs. They are meant first and foremost to entertain you, but also to remind you to enjoy life's journey no matter what roads it leads you down.

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released October 10, 2015

All songs written by The Fattenin' Frogs except #3 by Howlin' Wolf

Amanda White: vocals, kazoo
Mark Larson: drums, vocals
Danielle Scofield: vocals
Paul DeLong: bass guitar, guitar, piano, vocals
Michael Lloyd: guitar, piano, organ, accordion, vocals
Chris Holm: vocals, guitar, harmonica
Berek Awend: organ
Amanda Awend: vocals

Recorded and mixed at Pearl Studio, Minneapolis by Zachary Hollander
Mastered at Magneto Mastering, Minneapolis by Dave Gardner

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Track Name: P-A-U-L
Tunin' up my rockets gonna paint em red
Gotta slick clean get-up and I'm making my bed
Well she rolled right past in a little tiny bug
Gonna paint this town, gonna cut some rug

Yeah, I'm P
and I'm A
U...L...
P-A-U-L Paul, that's all!

Happen to be jivin' and she looked my way
I asked her maybe if she's gonna stay
Well I just couldn't shake her looking classy and hip
Well we jumped in my rocket and off we dipped

Yeah, I'm P
and I'm A
I'm U...L...
P-A-U-L, that's all!

(Hey there Dani)
(Hey Mandi)
(Have you seen that Paul?)
(Who, that Paul?)
(Oh yeah, that Paul! Well I think...I think he's the cutest of em all!)

Look at him go, so fast and fly
Look at him go, my oh my
Grease in his hair, gleam in his eye
He's P-A-U-L, Paul that's why

This daddy-o's fast, he likes to push and pull
Gonna show ya little mama what it's like to roll
Well I waited all day just to play in your house
Well I'll be the cat and you be the mouse
You're a fine miss dandy, won't you take my hand
Gonna sizzle like bacon in a frying pan

Yeah, I'm P
and I'm A
I'm U...L...
P-A-U-L, Paul that's all!

Well, I'm P
and I'm A
I'm U...L...
P-A-U-L, Paul that's all!
Track Name: Baby, Baby, Baby
Baby, baby, baby (I saw you pretty baby)
Oh, baby, baby baby (Can't shake you pretty baby)
B-b-b-baby, baby, baby (Hope there's no other baby, baby)
B-b-b-baby, baby, baby (Want to make you my baby)
Oh, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby!
Ooh, Baby, baby, baby (I wanna know ya, baby)
Oh, baby, baby, baby (I wanna show ya, baby)
B-b-b baby, baby baby (All those things that I know, babe)
B-b-b baby, baby baby (Let's take it nice and slow, babe)
Oh, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby!
If you love me tenderly, I will love you endlessly
We'll make sweat with our intensity and I'll be begging you not to leave
Wo-aah! Mm, Baby!
Ooh, baby, baby baby (Just want you 'round me, baby)
Oh, baby, baby, baby (Take you on the town, baby)
B-b-b-baby, baby, baby (And show you all around, babe)
B-b-b-baby, baby, baby (Pretend there's no one around, babe)
Oh, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby!
If you love me tenderly, I will love you endlessly
We'll make sweat with our intensity and you'll be begging me not to leave
(Woo!)
Ooh, baby, baby, baby (Oh, let me know, baby)
Oh, baby, baby, baby (Is it yes or no babe?)
B-b-b-baby, baby, baby (Because I adore ya, baby)
B-b-b-baby, baby, baby (Take my hand; let's go, babe)
Oh, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Ba-by, Babe! Wo-aah! Ooh, Baby!
Track Name: I Asked For Water (She Brought Me Gasoline)
I asked for water, She brought me gasoline
I asked for water, She brought me gasoline
That's the troublist woman I ever seen

Tell me baby, when are you comin' home
Tell me baby, when are you comin' home
You know I love you pretty baby, you've been gone too long

Church bells tollin', hearse comes driving slow
Church bells tollin', hearse comes driving slow
I hope my baby, don't leave me no more
Track Name: Movin' On
Goodbye my sweet baby
Goodbye my sweet baby

Baby cut my chains (I’m moving on, movin’ on)
Though you cry, cry, cry (I’m moving on, movin’ on)
Can’t change my mind, babe (I’m moving on, movin’ on)
I’m on the road again (I’m moving on)

Goodbye my sweet baby
Goodbye my sweet baby

Can’t tie me down (I’m moving on, movin’ on)
In your heart strings (I’m moving on, movin’ on)
You want diamond rings (I’m moving on, movin’ on)
But I ain’t your clown (I’m moving on, movin’ on)

Goodbye my sweet baby
(Oh don’t you go now, please don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, my sweet baby)
Goodbye my sweet baby
(Oh don’t you go now, please don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, my sweet baby)

And she said...
Oh don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, my sweet baby
Oh don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, my sweet baby
Oh don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, my sweet baby
Oh don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, oh don’t you go now, my sweet baby
Track Name: Hard Man
Mama died when he was young
Raised by nice folk that had no money
Left the old world at the age of nineteen
Tried to catch the Titanic, didn’t have the green

He was a hard man
He walked a hard road
He was a hard man
Life could never break him down

Caught a bout of diphtheria on the sea
Laid him up a month drinking Boston tea
Back on his feet and hit the road
Found himself a fellow travelling soul

He was a hard man
He walked a hard road
He was a hard man
Life could never break him down

Headed North, past Hudson Bay
Fishing for a living just to make their way
Sold the body, ate the heads
For two years all they had to keep them fed

He was a hard man
He walked a hard road
He was a hard man
Life could never break him down

In his footsteps came a younger brother
But flipped a canoe in the freezing water
Uncle Sam picked off the floor
Back over the sea he went to fight the war

He was a hard man
He walked a hard road
He was a hard man
Life could never break him down

Minnesota was his promised land
Found him a wife and 40 acres to plant
Cleared the fields with his bare fists
A tired old horse, and a bunch of grit

He was a hard man
He walked a hard road
He was a hard man
Life could never break him down

Sent four sons to fight the second world war
Just two came back to American shores
But if ever tears did he cry
Wasn’t a sight for other people’s eyes

He was a hard man
He walked a hard road
He was a hard man
Life could never break him down

He was a stern fellow and he liked his drink
Drove his children off into the wind
But times were hard and they understood
He was doing the best he could

He was a hard man
He walked a hard road
He was a hard man
Life could never break him down

I barely knew the man before he died
But he gave me his name and I wear it with pride
And this old harmonica he used to play
Reminds me of from where I came

He was a hard man
He walked a hard road
He was a hard man
Life could never break him down
Track Name: Deedle
Whenever you're around me, I just can't seem to get it out
So many feelings that I want to scream and shout
Yeah, I think about you every single-y night, ev'ry day
Wish I could finally find the words that'll make you stay

I love you I want you I need you for good
I love you I want you I need you for good

I want you, I need you, I love you for good
I love you, I want you, I need you for good

I just can't seem to find the words to say
How I feel about you each and every single-y day
So I bottle up these f-f-feelings I have inside, till I find a way to hide my f-f-foolish pride

I love you I want you I need you for good
I love you I want you I need you for good
Track Name: Oceans
Woke up this morning
Feeling fine
Lazy ocean waves have calmed my worried mind
Broke down and hungry
But I ain’t cryin’
I got no honey babe, but finally got the time
A lost but happy castaway (early in the mornin, early in the mornin’ early in the mornin we can go)
If you ain’t got no one, no one to pay

Hoist up the anchors
And set the sails
I’m headed nowhere but I’m loving every day
You see me coming
My smiling face
Can’t use your heavy heart to put me in my place
This world ain’t got you tied down in chains (early in the mornin, early in the mornin’ early in the mornin we can go)
If you want to escape, I’ll show the way

Early in the mornin, early in the mornin’ early in the mornin we can go
Early in the mornin, early in the mornin’ early in the mornin we can go
Early in the mornin, early in the mornin’ early in the mornin we can go
Early in the mornin, early in the mornin’ early in the mornin we can go
Track Name: Misery
No north or south nor east or west
The roads of my past never led to my happiness

Wyoming, Minnesota, California, Georgia, Kansas, Vermont, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Alabama, New York, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Louisiana, Missouri

Where I'm headed, honey, I can't tell
And if I did, you know it wouldn't bid you no well

Wyoming, Minnesota, California, Georgia, Kansas, Vermont, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Alabama, New York, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Louisiana, Missouri

Don't need no crossroads, the Devil's everywhere
Lovers, sinners, forsakers: beware
Gonna leave this town 'cause I'm hearin' hell hounds
The howlin' and the growlin' through those ragged teeth, those perro negros are soon behind me
Don't you know that you will surely die, if you look into their eyes twice?
Hell hath fury, out of here in a hurry
Gotta go, almost lost my toe!
Leaving this town or is it a state?
One thing's for sure no time to hesitate

You won't find me just confusion to be found
I'm leaving by plane, train, or walking, greyhound

Wyoming, Minnesota, California, Georgia, Kansas, Vermont, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Alabama, New York, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Louisiana, Missouri

Whoo!
Track Name: Delta Man
Just a young boy been hangin’ round
Those southern juke joints where the guitars sound
Well you met the devil on the crossroads they say
When you came back round boy but you could play
But a whiskey bottle and a poisoned drop
Well they took you out before you reached the top

I was
Born under a bad sign
Born under a bad sign
Born under a bad sign
Well look out mama cause I was born to die

Just a happy go lucky child
In the Mississippi summer running wild
Well you got too fresh with the grocer’s wife
Men come round and they took your life
Mama she brought you back Chicago way
And to feed the fire she put you on display

I was
Born under a bad sign
Born under a bad sign
Born under a bad sign
Well look out mama cause I was born to die

Born a proud man in a backwards state
Doing all you can to change your brothers’ fate
But the man don’t like it when you stir the pot
And he took you out with a rifle shot
30 years you waited in your grave
For the hand of justice finally make him pay

I was
Born under a bad sign
Born under a bad sign
Born under a bad sign
Well look out mama cause I was born to die
Track Name: Swingin' Door
It's hard to accept, what we can't refuse
In this lovers' war baby, we both lose
I don't wanna stay, and watch it decay
Just have to work up the nerve to say

Let it lie, let it lie
Let it swing, let it swing, let it swing closed
Baby, just let the door swing closed

Let's not look to the future, our love's better in the past
Going through all these motions, knowing it won't last
You know in my dreams, you I no longer find
Rather be alone than next to you at night

Let it lie, let it lie
Let it swing, let it swing, let it swing closed
Baby, just let the door swing closed

You used to drive me crazy, now I'm just goin' insane
I think I found another baby, just the other day
I hate to break, your little heart
But I think it's right we spent some time apart

Let it lie, let it lie
Let it swing, let it swing, let it swing closed
Baby, just let the door swing closed

Held the door, rather see it closing
Held the door, leaving you behind
Held the door, rather see it closing
Held the door, leaving you behind
Held the door
Held the door
Held the door
Held the door
Held the door
Track Name: Where Have You Been
Baby, where have you been?
I've been searching and it's near days end
Seems my trouble won't be over until I hold you again
Oh, where have you been?

Lord knows, I know you need to roam
But I was hoping that would lead you back home
I just hear your words over and over and over and over
Baby, tell me this ain't over

I'll search every crowd and I'll keep throwing your name around
I'll start pounding doors down
Baby, I just need you around

Search all day and I search all night
Where have you been?
Track Name: Ride On Instead
Eighteen years on this old farm
The world outside is calling
And if stay just one more day
My roots just might start growing

I’m gonna ride on
Gonna ride on
Sorry father, mother, sister, and brother, gonna ride on instead

Five long years been workin' here
World under my feet turning
So much to do before I lose my youth
And get too tired of running

I’m gonna ride on
Gonna ride on
All my best to you my dears, gonna ride on instead

Girl you been so nice and kind
But I just can't settle my ramblin' mind
Hate to see you cry but comes a time
For me to be on my way

I’m gonna ride on
Gonna ride on
Sorry babe, know you want me to stay, gonna ride on instead

I see that clock hanging on the wall
The hands just keep on spinning
Spinning like a wheel, they're driving me
Toward the gates of the great divine

I’m gonna ride on
Gonna ride on
Goodbye father, mother, sister, and brother, gonna ride on instead

Ain't no more in this world to do
And no sense in waiting, waiting
Know I'm gonna miss you and I didn't quit you
I'll see you on the other side

I’m gonna ride on
Gonna ride on
Sorry father, mother, sister, and brother, gonna ride on instead

Gonna keep on riding
Keep on riding
Sorry father, brother, sister, mother, gonna ride on instead