Devil On The Left Shoulder

by Dutch Courage

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You should smile at Chinese people when you pass them on the street Smile at Chinese people, 'cause they're people after all They're a long way from their homeland, and they miss their family and friends I'm sure that they get lonely, and aren't having too much fun I want you to smile at Chinese people You should smile at Chinese people You should smile at Chinese people 'cause you never know Someday you may go somewhere across the globe an be all alone I'm sure you smile at certain people 'cause they look so pretty and nice and smile at homely people, to lift their spirits up I want you to smile at Chinese people like you smile at blacks and whites It sure doesn't take much effort to show them your front teeth I want you to smile at Chinese people You should smile at Chinese people You should smile at Chinese people 'cause you never know Someday you may go somewhere across the globe an be all alone These Chinese people are bringing me down- all they do is frown sometimes I wish they weren't around this town at all Smile at Chinese people, I wish you would And be all alone
2.
Who do you blame? Is it the baker or the bread? Is it the living or the dead? Is it something you could name? Seventh heaven interrupted With tuning fork tones that tried to warn an infundibular wind had just formed outside our one-horse town It brang us Albrechtus let's make this long story short- Man, that was one twisted tornado We picked through the pieces of all we had lost and tried to glean What could this catastrophe mean? We were looking for a sign So we walked to the factory where my townsfolk all worked making spirographs In the rubble there was writ our epitaph of intersecting curves Insurance man came, said "We don't cover acts of God." Man, that was one twisted tornado I wanna get to the bottom of it with a spade of epistemology but I dig and I dig and all I get is a shovel-full of wind It brang us Albrechtus let's make this long story short- Man, that was one twisted tornado
3.
Well, it's strange seeing you here but I guess it's just where you are We should go out for dinner I know a Greek joint just down the street The baklava there is so sweet it makes your teeth hurt and I just got paid yesterday so this one is my treat You've got a whole world canned fart, dog food, and novelty erasers jangling round in your memory and they say you're bored They say you were raised by TV and don't always eat right If I close the door on you now you'll just go out like a fridge light Do you remember years ago? I lost my eye and they gave me a glass one I stuck it in my belly hole and chased you around the yard for hours shouting "I am going to get you!"
4.
This song is for Janey because she doesn't like my songs Says my rhymes are lazy and my sentences much too long Just to mess with her I'll drop the rhyme scheme just three lines in Well, let me ask this thorny little question Janey my old friend What's the meter you'd prefer I use to measure the way your heart beats when I hum in your ear? Empty beer cans rattle in the bed of my pickup truck Sounds like they're applauding me every time that I make a turn "Hey, look at me I get accolades!" for just remembering where Jane lives Modestly I tell them, "Thank you, thank you. You are much too kind and I'm sorry that you'll miss the final number" That's when I park the car and walk in her house Topple the coatrack Kick out the roommate Let loose the housecat and shout "Wake Up, Jane!"

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In the works for nearly a year, St. Louis-based Singer & Songwriter Andy Puechner (who performs under the name Dutch Courage) is releasing an EP-length tribute to the music of his friend Tom Behrendt on October 23rd. Tom was a talented Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist / D.I.Y. Recording Engineer from Milwaukee, WI who unexpectedly ended his life in October 2012. As Puechner states:

"I tried my best to choose songs that represented Tom’s catalog, songwriting, and sense of humor. I also strove to make the covers sonically different from the originals, as I know Tom would be completely bored with “straight-up” covers."

The Devil On The Left Shoulder E.P. releases 10/23. Download cards will be available at upcoming shows in St. Louis where Dutch Courage will be performing several of these songs. Proceeds from all sales will support AFSP.org's mission to prevent suicide.

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Many thanks to Mike Behrendt for allowing me to pursue this project, and to Paul Hancock for curating Tom’s digital archive.

All songs © Tom Behrendt

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released October 23, 2014

Mastered by Chris Harris @ Hook Echo Sound / Norman, OK.

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Dutch Courage St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis songwriter Andy Puechner grew up obsessed with music: playing his father’s rock albums in the family's rumpus- room, and making a racket playing bass in his High School punk bands.  His talent for melody convinced him to perform solo as Dutch Courage, garnering notice from outlets like the Riverfront Times & Shepherd Express.
He continues to write and record music in his STL City home.
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