Last Train EP

by Alex Haynes & the Fever

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These six songs plumb the darker depths of rock'n'roll. A whistle-stop pilgrimage across musical state lines - from blues to country sung with a gospel singer’s intensity. Yet, beneath the groove and strut lies an unexpected, sobering introspection.

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released 17 January 2011

Alex Haynes - vocals, acoustic, electric, baritone and bass guitars, lap steel, Fender Rhodes, percussion and drums
Richard Coulson - piano & Fender Rhodes
Graham Godfrey - bass guitar
Lorne Stockman - harp
Ed Hopwood - drums
All songs written and produced by Alex Haynes
Art by Ann-Louise Schweitzer


‘...This reviewer’s album of the month comes in the shape of inspirational and off-the-wall blues by Alex Haynes and pals… once in the machine it’s very difficult to turn off the hypnosis… there is plenty to distract and engage. Strikingly original, this is neologism blues for those wishing to extend the boundary...’ - Blues Matters review


‘…he would persuade Captain Beefheart to come back from heaven…’ - MassiveTalent


‘…Skewed Blues: Out of the smoke… comes Alex Haynes, he’s got the blues in his soul and no desire to make it easy for you. That cigarettes and whiskey atmosphere is… effectively invoked. Following a path with undeniable authority…’ - Bluesbunny

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Alex Haynes & the Fever Hackney, UK

From a blues/folk background in the North, Haynes moved to the capital to play in a couple of bands before forming his band The Fever in late ‘06.

The Fever was a rotating cast, along the way the act evolved into a two-piece with Haynes performing alongside pianist and drummer Rich Coulson.

With a heavy blues influence on Haynes’ songwriting and an elemental simplicity the result is a rich brew.
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Track Name: I Wished I Had a Penny
I Wished I Had a Penny

Well I wished I had me a penny in my hand
Lord I wished I had me a penny in my hand
Well I wished I had me a Penny
Lord knows I ain’t never had that many
Now I wished I had me a penny in my hand

Well I wish I had me an angel by my side
Lord I wish I had me an angel by my side
Well I wish I had me an angel by my side
I would send him home to you
I would send him home to you

Well I wished I had me a big old case of good luck
Oh I wished I had me a big old case of good luck
Well I wished I had me a big old case of good luck
I’d drag it home for you, I would drag it home for you

Well I wished I had a penny in my hand
Lord I wished I had a penny in my hand
Well I wished I had me a Penny
Lord knows I ain’t never had that many now
I wished I had me a penny right here in my hand
Track Name: Shake 'Em On Down
Shake 'Em On Down

I heard your sister got the brains
Your Mother she kept the style
When Daddy paid off all your bills
That how you learned how to smile
If wit and charm they let you down
You’ve something else to pick you up
You said that life has shown you things
You don’t deserve so cut and run

Come on and shake for me,
Baby, shake ‘em on down
Come on and shake for me,
Baby, shake ‘em on down

Those other girls can say their stuff
But they would kill to move like you
It’s all been homegrown, moving fine
Could be your hotter than the sun
And while we’re at it, feel the heat
You’d make a dead man run
Now tell me was old Bogan right
About the end of her thumb?

Come on and shake for me,
Baby, shake ‘em on down
Come on and shake for me,
Baby, shake ‘em on down
Track Name: Last Train
Last Train

Could be the only one waiting for you
Could be the only one waiting for you
Could be the light at the end of the tunnel
Waiting like the last train
Waiting like the last train

I could be lost at sea amongst the waves
I could be rolling over in my grave
Or cast away on the face of the moon
You know I‘m gonna come through
Still I’m gonna come through

Well if I were the last train coming ‘round
Said if I were the last train coming ‘round
I’d say climb on board now climb on board
You know I‘m gonna come through
Still I‘m gonna come through
Track Name: Out On Saturday Night
Out On Saturday Night

Soon be Saturday night, with the girl that shines
She got the long blonde hair and a smile that knows
Well, the mirror says yes and my feet say go
Out on Saturday night, too soon come Sunday morn

I been working all week - like a moth to the flame
Well, so it goes, that’s how time slips away
Least I got Saturday night - keep my Mondays at bay

You make a boy feel proud girl
And pride don’t come cheap
Like a bird, a bird in the hand, girl
Like it’s sunny for a week

Would you walk along, would you stroll awhile?
While the weather is kind, we’ll walk along in style
My shoes are my only carriage, so if you ain’t tired
We could go on home - and meet the Sunday morn
Said, we could go on home
And meet the Sunday morning
Track Name: You Got a Mind to Use Your Shoes
You Got a Mind to Use Your Shoes

Used to run around with no cares
Well, none that was that strong
Now it’s changing like a major to minor
In the middle of a song

Too many bad pennies going ‘round
And you spent them all too soon
If you finding too much trouble
You got friends that you can use

Got a big ol’ case of the low down blues
Got a mind to use your shoes
If you find if too damn heavy
You got friends you can use

It’s like they kicked us off the mountain
Just as we began to climb
Maybe we shoulda left sooner
Maybe we lost track of time

Got a big ol’ case of the low down blues
Got a mind to use your shoes
If you find if too heavy
You got friends you can use

Got a big ol’ case of the low down blues
Got a mind to use your shoes
If you ever find if too damn heavy
You might have friends that you can use
Track Name: Crawl No More
Crawl No More

Feel like I been crawling
Said, I feel like I been crawling
Far too long
Don’t wanna crawl no more

I feel like I been crawling
Far too long
Far, far too long

I don’t wanna crawl no more
Help me, come on and help me now
I don’t wanna crawl no more

Yonder come a man
Breaking his back
Breaking his back now

Working so hard
See him crawling
I don’t wanna crawl no more