30-Minute Music Hour

S10 E1 | FULL EPISODE

Michael Perry and the Long Beds

Roughneck renaissance man Michael Perry steps away from the computer keyboard and straps on his guitar for a set of original Americana songs with his trusty Long Beds.

AIRED: December 08, 2018 | 0:28:29
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TRANSCRIPT

♪ ♪

[gentle guitar and piano country music]

- It's the "30 Minute Music Hour."

I'm Andy Moore.

From Chippewa County, Wisconsin,

it's Michael Perry and the Long Beds.

[cheers and applause]

["Could Be You"]

[uptempo country folk music]

- ♪ Waterboys and Medicine Bow ♪

♪ Daddy told me not to go ♪

♪ Carbon County 402 ♪

♪ Reservation blues ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Posers, pimps and prostitutes ♪

♪ 20/20 in a nudie suit ♪

♪ White boy loves his olive girl ♪

♪ Whirly, whirly girl ♪

[electric guitar flourish]

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ It could be you ♪

[uptempo country folk music]

♪ Devil's teeth in turpentine ♪

♪ Revelations over time ♪

♪ Run all night and I made the line ♪

♪ I'm way behind ♪

[piano flourish]

♪ June bug dying on a screen ♪

♪ Evidence of things unseen ♪

♪ Drop your money in a jar ♪

♪ If you get that far ♪

[piano flourish]

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ It could be you ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Searching for a higher plane ♪

♪ Settle in and spread the blame ♪

♪ Cut the check and sign your name ♪

♪ It's all the same ♪

[electric guitar solo]

[electric guitar solo]

[applause]

♪ Silly girl with a crystal ball ♪

♪ She keeps one foot propped on the wall ♪

♪ She gives as good as she gets, yeh ♪

♪ It ain't over yet ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Rockets in Chugwater Flats ♪

♪ Dry bones where the dreamer sat ♪

♪ Jesus in a cowboy hat ♪

♪ I ain't buyin that ♪

[uptempo guitar and piano country folk music]

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ It could be you ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Could be me, it could be you ♪

♪ Could be me, it could be you ♪

♪ Could be me, could be you ♪

♪ It could be you ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Two, three, four, hep ♪

[last notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

[soft piano meloldy]

[applause]

["Golden in the Morning"]

[soft piano melody continues]

[soft guitar melody joins in]

♪ She is golden ♪

♪ In the morning ♪

♪ She is sleeping ♪

♪ In the sun ♪

[slightly louder guitar melody]

♪ I am just a ♪

♪ 'nother rough boy ♪

♪ I am my father's ♪

♪ Footloose son ♪

[slow, soft guitar and piano country folk music]

♪ I am moving ♪

♪ To the window ♪

♪ I am standing ♪

♪ At the edge of day ♪

♪ ♪

♪ And I am listening ♪

♪ To her breathing ♪

♪ This little life ♪

[soft piano flourish]

♪ Passing by ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Well I can hear her ♪

♪ In the next room ♪

♪ The little noises ♪

♪ Of the everyday ♪

♪ ♪

♪ She will find me ♪

♪ When she finds me ♪

♪ Love me down ♪

♪ Drift away ♪

♪ ♪

♪ I am staring ♪

♪ In the mirror ♪

♪ At a man ♪

♪ Bound to die ♪

♪ ♪

♪ And I am listening ♪

♪ For her heartbeat ♪

♪ This little life ♪

♪ This little life ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Last night some bloodstruck coyote ♪

♪ Froze me with his killing song ♪

♪ I stared at the stars ♪

♪ Like the Ancient Ones ♪

♪ The circle ♪

♪ Rolls along ♪

[slow, soft guitar and piano country folk music]

♪ I will stand here ♪

♪ Right beside you ♪

♪ I will hold you ♪

♪ In the dark ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Put your shoulder ♪

♪ To my shoulder ♪

♪ Put your hands ♪

♪ Across my heart ♪

♪ ♪

[ending piano notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

Thanks so much for coming to see us here.

This next song --

I was a bachelor for 39 years

and this show is too short to get into all the reasons why.

But at one point, I met a Wisconsin farm girl

who had spent some time in Central America

studying shamanism.

Eventually, I married her.

This song, every time we sing it, is for my wife.

["Shaman Girl"]

[soft melody on guitar]

♪ Shaman girl on the sidewalk ♪

♪ With your baby at your side ♪

♪ Could you love a man in blue jeans ♪

♪ Tattered shirt and a cluttered mind ♪

♪ Bottom line ♪

♪ Given time ♪

♪ We'll be fine ♪

[electric guitar flourish]

♪ I am staring at the canyon ♪

♪ I am bringing you to mind ♪

♪ I am looking for an answer ♪

♪ I see rocks and sky and time ♪

♪ And I find ♪

♪ As the raven flies ♪

♪ So do I ♪

[gentle country folk music]

♪ Heyyyyyy Baby ♪

♪ I am straight 3/4 time ♪

♪ Heyyyyyy Baby ♪

♪ I can be deaf, dumb and blind ♪

♪ But I fly ♪

♪ High, I fly ♪

♪ High, I fly ♪

♪ A true line ♪

♪ ♪

♪ I walk the line ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Boatman, can you read the river ♪

♪ I hear rapids round the bend ♪

[electric guitar flourish]

♪ Steady hand on the tiller ♪

♪ A little luck and a little dread ♪

♪ Vows are said ♪

♪ Now I lay my head ♪

♪ On the wedding bed ♪

[electric guitar flourish]

♪ Should I grow to be an old man ♪

♪ Chasing echoes of your heart ♪

♪ I close my eyes and see us walking ♪

♪ In New Orleans after dark ♪

♪ You and me ♪

♪ Cheek to cheek ♪

♪ New Orleans ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Heyyyyyy Baby ♪

♪ I am straight 3/4 time ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Heyyyyyy Baby ♪

♪ I can be deaf, dumb and blind ♪

♪ But I fly ♪

♪ High, I fly ♪

♪ High, I fly ♪

♪ A true line ♪

♪ ♪

♪ I walk the line ♪

[piano solo]

♪ ♪

[piano solo]

♪ ♪

♪ Heyyyyyy Baby ♪

♪ I am straight 3/4 time ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Heyyy Ayyyy Baby ♪

♪ I can be deaf, dumb and blind ♪

♪ But I fly ♪

♪ High, I fly ♪

♪ High, I fly ♪

♪ A true line ♪

♪ ♪

♪ I walk the line ♪

[electric guitar flourish]

♪ Shaman girl is on my doorstep ♪

♪ With her baby at her side ♪

♪ She is thinking she could love me ♪

♪ My tattered shirt, my cluttered mind ♪

♪ Bottom line ♪

♪ Given time ♪

♪ We'll be fine ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thanks a lot.

A big thank you to Wisconsin Public Television

for letting us play our music on the TV.

Pretty exciting, isn't it?

- Piano player: Big time.

- Yeah, no, we're real glad to be here.

We appreciate it.

We've been spending a little time in the studio

putting together a new album.

Should be out sometime in the next future.

[audience laughs]

I feel confident saying that.

- Piano player: That's a good estimate.

- I think so.

- Piano player: It's good to have deadlines.

- Gotta a couple of new songs on there.

And we want to do one of the new ones for ya right now.

- Piano player: One, two. A one, two, three.

["Underlined"]

[uptempo country folk music]

♪ Sittin' up late in the Super 8 ♪

♪ Readin' that note you stuffed in my boot by the door ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Like you was goin' to war ♪

♪ Edge of the bed just a hangin' my head ♪

♪ Mainlinin' poison straight from your pen to my heart ♪

♪ ♪

♪ And the deadliest part ♪

♪ Every little word ♪

♪ Every little word ♪

♪ Every little word ♪

♪ Underlined ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Runnin' these memories like a rosary ♪

♪ Cake in the freezer, dress in a box, weddin' ring ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Perfect little things ♪

♪ Gideon's Bible, Revelation 13 ♪

♪ You ripped up our vows and you stuck 'em between the two beasts ♪

[electric guitar flouish]

♪ It was a hell of a read ♪

♪ Every little word ♪

♪ Every little word ♪

♪ Every little word ♪

♪ Underlined ♪

♪ Tracked you to the airport ♪

♪ Runnin' like a man possessed ♪

♪ Rolled up to the Park 'n' Fly ♪

♪ Hell, this ain't over yet ♪

♪ It ain't over yet ♪

[uptempo country folk music]

[electric guitar solo]

[uptempo guitar and piano country folk music]

♪ ♪

♪ 13th floor of the parking garage ♪

♪ Standing at the railing like women and children first ♪

♪ The plane ♪

♪ Peels away from the Earth ♪

♪ Contrails in the sky ♪

♪ Contrails in the sky ♪

♪ Contrails in the sky, goodbye ♪

♪ Underlined ♪

♪ Every word you wrote ♪

♪ Every word you spoke ♪

♪ Contrails in the sky, goodbye ♪

♪ Underlined ♪

♪ ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

[applause]

Thanks a bunch.

When you play

these fancy Wisconsin Public Television gigs,

as we call it in the biz,

you get to have your own drink

in your own "30 Minute Music Hour" drink receptacle.

Aahh.

- Bass player: Point my toward the camera.

- Billy: Do we have to give 'em back?

[audience laughs]

- No, you don't have to give 'em back back Billy.

- Billy: Oh boy.

- Specially not after you laid your lips on it.

[audience laughs]

Honestly, it's all yours.

We sure appreciate having the opportunity to play.

We're gonna send you down the road here

with a song that I wrote back when I was a bachelor.

I was washing dishes.

Things must have been pretty dire if I was washing dishes.

I must have been down to that point

where I was eatin' Cheerios out of the Bundt cake pan.

Chasing that last little Cheerio around the milk moat.

Anyway, I was doing dishes

and I was listening to a Waylon Jenning's song

and as soon as I got done with the dishes,

which only took about five hours, then I wrote this song.

["After Waymore's Blues"]

[uptempo country folk music]

[base guitar joins in]

♪ ♪

♪ Rolled out of bed this morning ♪

♪ Gave myself the evil eye ♪

♪ I rolled out of bed this morning ♪

♪ Gave myself the evil eye ♪

♪ You're a whole, lotta too much woman ♪

♪ I'm just another guy ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Well, it sure is hot for August ♪

♪ Hotter than you thought it'd be ♪

♪ It sure is hot for August ♪

♪ Hotter than you dreamed it'd be ♪

♪ You best put some distance ♪

♪ Between you and me ♪

♪ Well, I bet you'd like to know ♪

♪ How I came to be this way ♪

♪ Wouldn't you just love to know ♪

♪ How I came to be this way ♪

♪ It's one part blame my mama ♪

♪ Two parts blame the man who got away ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Well, a black cat don't mean nothin' ♪

♪ But that black dog will run you down ♪

♪ That old black cat don't mean nothin' ♪

♪ That black dog will run you down ♪

♪ I can hear 'em out there moanin' ♪

♪ On the darker side of town ♪

♪ So won't you choose me out a tombstone ♪

♪ Tell that man how to spell my name ♪

♪ Won't you choose me out a tombstone ♪

♪ Tell old Billy how to carve her name ♪

[chuckling]

♪ No matter if the chisel slips, slips, slips, slips ♪

♪ Hell, I'll be gone just the same ♪

♪ And that's one part blame my mama ♪

♪ Two parts blame the man who got away ♪

♪ That's one part blame my mama ♪

♪ Two parts blame the man who got away ♪

[electric guitar solo]

[electric guitar solo]

[cheers and applause]

Mary Cutrufello, everybody.

♪ ♪

♪ Well, a man on the television ♪

♪ Says an angel has got my back, yeah ♪

♪ That old man on the television ♪

♪ Says an angel has got my back, right! ♪

♪ Last time I seen that angel ♪

[guitar is strummed notes fade]

[piano flourish]

[music fades to quiet... then starts up with singing]

♪ He was off the pace and he was fading fast ♪

♪ That's one part blame my momma ♪

♪ Two parts blame the man who got away ♪

♪ That's one part blame my mama ♪

♪ Two parts blame the man who got away ♪

♪ That's one part blame my mama ♪

♪ Two parts blame the man who got away ♪

♪ Got away ♪

♪ Got away ♪

♪ Got awaaaaay ♪

[piano flourish]

[piano and guitar music sounds like song is ending]

[piano playing slows and almost stops]

[guitars join in, becoming louder and faster]

[band is jamming playing country folk music]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[music getting louder and more intense]

♪ ♪

[electric guitar solo]

♪ ♪

[electric guitar riffing]

- Billy: (shouting) One, two, three, four!

[band riffing ending notes]

[cheers and applause ]

Thank you to the Long Beds, everybody.

Thank you to Mary Cutrufello.

Thank you Wisconsin Public Television

and "30 Minute Music Hour."

We're glad to be here.

[cheers and applause]

See ya later.

[cheers and applause]

[one last electric guitar note]

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