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released January 17, 2014

All songs written by John Sule and Glenda Rogers and performed by Both Sides of the Line, who are: Phil Glassey, Paul Freeland, Ruth Wheeler, Glenda Rogers and John Sule. Also featuring Erica Stichbury on violin, Ralph Miller on trumpet and Elise Allen on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Phil Rogers, and mastered by Paul Sammes - Arthouse Media, Dunedin.

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Both Sides of the Line Dunedin, New Zealand

Both Sides of the Line's cd, Sideshow, is " a record chock full of slinky country tunes, built upon 21st Century ‘adult contemporary’ bones. Digging a little beneath the surface you will find cooing swing come-ons here (Magical Man), fleeting touches of Americana there (Macs General Store), rockabilly beats and soft rock tendencies throughout." (Ricardo Kerr, NZ Musician). ... more

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Track Name: Blind Spot
Blind Spot
(J.Sule and G.Rogers)

My mother said, “Leopards never change their spots”
My mother said, “Leopards never change their spots
And if spots don’t change on a leopard
Why would a man change for you?”
My mother said, “Watch that spotted leopard”
My mother said, “Don’t trust that spotted leopard
Cos if spots don’t change on a leopard
Why would that man change for you?”

Chorus
I didn’t trust my mother’s words
I knew you wouldn’t cause me hurt
I didn’t trust my mother’s words
- Instead I believed in you
Instead I believed in you.

My friends said, I gotta blind spot for you
My friends said, I gotta blind spot for you
“And if spots don’t change on a leopard
Why would he change for you?”
You promised me, you’d change your cheatin’ ways
You promised me, you’d change your cheatin’ ways
But if spots don’t change on a leopard
Why would you change for me?

Chorus

My mother said, “Leopards never change their spots”
My mother said, “Leopards never change their spots”
And if spots don’t change on a leopard
You’ll never change for me - (Chorus)

Chorus
Track Name: Carousel Cowboy
Carousel Cowboy
(John Sule and Glenda Rogers)

Dwayne’s a circus man, he runs the carousel
You’ll always see him there, working at the local fair

He dreams of open plains, and real horses with flowing manes
While life goes round and round, to the tune of the merry-go-round
(but he was)

Chorus
Born to ride those plains
Faster than a bullet train
Hero to those in need
Cowboy on his trusty steed, cowboy on his trusty steed


Day by day he prays, to ride those silver plains
But he does his job with care, for the folk who come to the fair

The Fortune-teller Jane said, Dwayne your luck will change
If you catch the south-bound train, and don’t you come back here again
(You were)

Chorus
Born to ride those plains
Faster than a bullet train
Hero to those in need
Cowboy on your trusty steed, cowboy on your trusty steed

Dwayne’s luck did change, when caught the south-bound train
And with him he took sweet Jane, to ride with him the plains
(They were)

Chorus
Born to ride those plains
Faster than a bullet train
Heroes to those in need
Cowboys on their trusty steeds, cowboys on their trusty steeds
Track Name: Magical Man
Magical Man
(J.Sule and G.Rogers)

Just whenever life’s a bit deficient
I look no further than the travelling magician
Magic fingers, magic in his kisses
His performance never really misses

Roll up right here
The magic will appear
Roll up right here

Disappearing and reappearing
The way he moves is really quite appealing
He’s on my doorstep at the midnight hour
You know he’s got that magnetic power

Roll up right here
The magic will appear
Right out of thin air

Chorus
Come and see the amazing magic man
I don’t understand
How he makes his magic
Is it sleight of hand
That makes him a magical man?

What is he conjuring now
With his consummate power?
This is the magical hour…

Chorus
Come and see the amazing magic man
I don’t understand
How he makes his magic
Is it sleight of hand
That makes him a magical man?

Come and see the amazing magic man
I don’t understand
How he makes his magic
Track Name: Mac's General Store
Mac’s General Store
(G. Rogers and J. Sule)

It stood in the town in pride of place
And carried an air of age-old grace
Everyone shopped at Mac’s General Store
Where you’d find all you need - and something more
Some blame it on the new-fangled mall
That caused Mac’s fortunes to take a fall
But some folk know the inside story
Of how that shop lost its former glory

You could buy anything in Mac’s General Store
But now no-one goes there – not anymore

That store was Mac’s for generations
But young John Mac brought alterations
He married a woman who found it a bore, said
“there’s more to life than - this general store!”
Kate wanted Mac to sell up and move
Nothing left now for the family to prove
In the big city, there’s wealth to be found
Mac disagreed and stood his own ground.

Some of us heard the rows late at night
But none had witnessed their last angry fight
All that we know is Kate disappeared
And Mac’s good name was doubted and smeared
He said she’d gone to live with another
And this was confirmed by his aging mother
The feeling amongst the folk living here
Was Kate hadn't left – she was holed up in there.

The store felt different when Kate had gone
Had an evil presence of something wrong
And under the mat was a faint red stain
That someone had scrubbed again and again
The facts were too scarce to point the finger
But none who shopped there would want to linger
Dust settled on the shelves of Mac’s store
And on the life that flourished before.

Chorus
Track Name: Venus
Venus
(G.Rogers and J. Sule)

Let me tell you what I saw today, it’ll really blow your mind away
I have to thank all my lucky stars – it’s not something that you see every day

Whatever, I’m watching TV
Do you really have to bother me?

Listen up to what I have to say, Venus passed across the sun today
It’s a red letter calendar day – I bet you wish that you’d seen the display

Whatever, I hear what you say
But can’t you see I’m busy today?

Chorus
I don’t think you hear (a word I’m saying)
I don’t think you care (your eyes are straying)
I don’t think you know (‘bout what is happening)
All around you in the universe today

The Romans named that planet for love, lucky Venus shining above
But you’re so wrapped up in your own little world, you’re missing love and the universe

Whatever, I hear what you say
But can’t you see I’m busy today?

Chorus
I don’t think you hear (a word I’m saying)
I don’t think you care (your eyes are straying)
I don’t think you know (‘bout what is happening)
All around you in the universe today …
Track Name: Eye to Eye
Eye to Eye
(J. Sule and G.Rogers)

Verse 1
When we agreed to get married - it was the last thing on which we agreed
Everything since has been a battle – to get the other person to concede

Chorus
We don’t always see eye to eye
But you know that we get by
We don’t always see eye to eye but we get by

Verse 2
The morning after we got married – we opened up a joint account
I was thinking we would share all our money – you were thinking of a different amount

Chorus
We don’t always see eye to eye
But you know that we get by
We don’t always see eye to eye but we get by

Ba da da da da Oo Oo

Verse 3
You won’t eat vegetarian and I don’t want to eat meat
You’re a raving anti-royalist while I think the Queen is quite sweet

Chorus
We don’t always see eye to eye
But you know that we get by
We don’t always see eye to eye but we get by

We don’t always see eye to eye
But you know that we get by
We don’t always see eye to eye but we get by

We don’t always see eye to eye but we get by

We don’t always see eye to eye but we get by

Outro
Ba da da da da Oo Oo…
Track Name: Coffee
The Coffee Song
(J. Sule and G.Rogers)

Life’s looking up, cos I gotta full cup
Of coffee in my hand
Life’s looking up, cos I gotta full cup
Of loving in my heart
I rolled out of bed with a thumping head
I just about couldn’t stand
But life’s looking up, cos I gotta full cup
Of loving to give me a start.

Bridge
The cup of life has always seemed half empty
But now I can see, with you by me, I got plenty

Chorus
Come along and fill me right up to the top – make it strong and very hot
Come along and fill me right up to the top – with all the sweet loving you got.

When things are getting hot in this coffee pot
Under pressure and too much strain
I just have to stop, and take a double shot
To calm my nerves again.
When I’m tired and sad and things are going bad
I’m just about ready to scream
A touch from my man gets me going again
You’re the other kind of strong caffeine.

Bridge, Chorus

I need a strong brew of loving you
Whenever I’m feeling flat
Cos there’s nothing so fine as a man of mine
Loving me hard right back
We are a blend guaranteed to send, us
Soaring to heaven and back
So give me beans and top it with cream
Cos I’m coming for another sack …
Track Name: Live close to me
Live Close to Me
(John Sule and Glenda Rogers)

Verse 1
I saw today the perfect house – Up the hill looking over the sea
I think you’d love this quaint little house – just up the road round the corner from me
There’s off-street parking and plenty of sun - The garden has growing some fine native trees
We’d sing our songs on the old wooden porch - Feet on the rails looking out to the sea.

Chorus
Won’t you come and live close to me (we could laugh and share cups of tea)
Won’t you come and sing songs with me (harmonising, guitars on our knees)
Won’t you come live, live close to me

Verse 2
The rooms face the sun thought it does cop the breeze – There’s space out the back for growing some greens
The kitchen needs work if you know what I mean – There’s a shed for Brett to fix his machines
I can see us now walking down to the sea – It’s not too far through the old cemetery
You’d fit right into this suburban dream – A slice of heaven for a minimal fee

Chorus
Won’t you come and live close to me (we could laugh and share cups of tea)
Won’t you come and sing songs with me (harmonising, guitars on our knees)
Won’t you come live, live close to me

We could live so happily – sipping cups of tea
We could sing in harmony –- Guitars on our knees]

Chorus
Won’t you come and live close to me (We could laugh and share cups of tea)
Won’t you come and sing songs with me (Harmonizing – guitars on our knees)
You’d fit right into this suburban dream (A slice of heaven for a minimal fee)
Won’t you come live, live close to me
Track Name: You like country
You Like Country
(John Sule and Glenda Rogers)

There’s no accounting for people’s tastes
One man’s treasure is another man’s waste
Talkin ’bout music I like a good beat
Others like the tune to flow real sweet

Bridge
What kind of music do you like to play?
What are the songs that you hear each day?
What kind of rhythm makes your body sway
What is the music that you love to play?

Chorus
You like country – I like soul
You like punk I like rock n roll
I’m into the blues wish that you were too
We should call the whole thing off
We should call the whole thing off


American Rock – or British Pop
Keep it all coming don’t allow it to stop
Jitterbug, Jive and cool Jazz Fusion
So many styles I find it confusing

Bridge
Chorus

Whatever you’re into – I’ll take the plunge
Bluegrass, gospel or Indie Rock Grunge
Try Rockabilly? Well what can I say?
Some find it silly – but that’s okay

Bridge
Chorus x2