Broken Places

by Uncle Flatty

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In November of 2011, after a harrowing trip across unplowed Vermont dirt roads, the four members of Connecticut based Uncle Flatty found themselves stuck on the side of a mountain in a remote studio, snowed in and left with little to do but play music. The resulting 3 days of uninterrupted writing, reflection, and collaboration produced their sophomore album “Broken Places” slated for release in May 2012. While haunting pedal steel and minimal guitar work on “Broken Places” call to mind desolate shadowlands of lost love and found misery, the same instruments, when realigned with the southwestern roots of Americana and backed with a steady shuffle and back beat, evoke the warmth and comfort found in stories of whimsical folly and hopeful romance.
Formed in 2005, Uncle Flatty spent several years building a repertoire of original music before performing as a part of New England’s growing Americana scene. By 2009, the band had enough material to record their first album “Sad Songs and Wildflowers.” Blending traditional Americana fiddle, mandolin and vocal harmonies with a solid alt-country rock feel and attitude, the album met with positive support and rotation on college and internet radio throughout the northeast. Though founding member Paul “Uncle Flatty” Robertson passed away in 2010, the band continued to play and found renewed enthusiasm with the addition of Eric O’Hara whose pedal steel and lead guitar work brought a new depth and expression to the band’s growing catalog.
The 2012 release of “Broken Places” finds Uncle Flatty touring New England throughout the summer and fall to promote the album and continue supporting the regional Americana scene that they have helped build from New London, CT to Windsor, Vermont and beyond.

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released May 19, 2012

Desmond McCaffrey – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
James Gannotti – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Eric O’Hara – Pedal Steel Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Rick D’Elia – Drums

Produced by- Colin McCaffrey

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Track Name: Papa Dio
Oh no, little Papa Dio
Why does the wind blow when the sun go down
Oh no, little Papa Dio
Why does the wind blow when the sun go down
I tell you empty head, I got a heavy load
I'm gonna get up and head out on the road,
I said a Oh no, little Papa Dio
Why does the wind blow when the sun go down

Sittin' at a red light, revving bout 6k
Ridin' that clutch hard, gonna blow that rod away
Head on downtown, south Louisiana
Find me a Creole girl, make my day alright
I tell you empty head, I got a heavy load
I'm gonna get up and head out on the road, Yeah
I said a Oh no, little Papa Dio
Why does the wind blow when the sun go down
I said a Oh no, little Papa Dio
Why does the wind blow when the sun go down

I tell you empty head, I got a heavy load
I'm gonna get up and head out on the road, Yeah
I said a Oh no, little Papa Dio
Why does the wind blow when the sun go down

Sittin muddy water, up to my eyes
Wonderin' how I got here, a girl who looks so fine
Somethin' bout a berm and a two lane black top
And a little red sign, no you don't wanna stop
Well I tell you empty head, I got a heavy load
I'm gonna get up and head out on the road, Yeah
I said a Oh no, little Papa Dio
Why does the wind blow when the sun go down
I said a Oh no, little Papa Dio
Why does the wind blow when the sun go down
Tell me why does the wind blow, when the sun go down
Track Name: Justifier
You justify my vengeance
You bring me to the ground
Terrify my innocence
Tear my ego down
You expedite my anger
Ramify my brain

And the good man lives
And the bad man dies
And the girl falls for the one she left behind
And the band plays on.............

Couldn't find my innocence
Cause I lost it on the road
14 pills of medicine
You're an old man and a goat
So the lawyers redefine you
Cause their paid to lay the blame

And the good man lives
And the bad man dies
And the girl falls for the one she left behind
And the band plays on......

Can you find me
Can you find me on the cross
Nailed up there by everything
Torn down to be lost

Could my life be a penitent's
Should my victim be the pain
Can I give you back what you've taken away

You justify my vengeance
You justify my pain
You justify my vengeance
You justifier
Track Name: Allie
What makes you think I can't live without you
I'd rather spend my nights alone
What makes you think I'd lay down and die

I couldn't sleep without layin beside you
Feelin your warm golden hair on my chest
But I'd awake to the same old mess

Ohhh, heartless liven go on and leave me alone
Ohhh, Big ole river c'mon take me back home

I never dreamed I'd be livin without you
Missin that warm sweet flush on my face
But in the end we were one disgrace

You slid on back like a snake in the evening
Wrapping yourself and your charms round my neck
Times you left I would beg you back

Ohhh, heartless livin go on and leave me alone
Ohhh, Big ole river c'mon take me back home


Ohhh, heartless liven go on and leave me alone
Ohhh, Big ole river c'mon take me back home

I prayed to gods of my understanding
Searched for gurus in your place
And even now I can crave your taste

Fill up my body with wheat and water
Take all the bounty this good earth will give
I only got one more life to live

Ohhh, Big ole river c'mon take me back home
Ohhh, Big ole river c'mon take me back home
Track Name: Poor House
Well I was born the poor House
And the old man said to me
Boy you'll live in this poor house
'Til the age of sixty-three

Well the nurse major told me
Boy you won't be president
You'll be an outlaw whilst in trouble
And so down that road I went

Because I'm bad
Baddest man I know
Yes I'm bad
Baddest man I know

Met my first girlfriend
At the age of seventeen
With her skirt down at her ankle's
And her boots up to her knee's

Picked her up around midnight
Dropped her off at 2am
Was the last time I ever
Had to please that girl again

Because I'm bad
Baddest man I know
Yes I'm bad
Baddest man I know

Well I'm back in this poor house
At the age 63
With a poor boy in the backyard
And a girl down at my knee's

Well I tell the girl to bring me
Whiskey, water, beer & wine
I will live in this poor house
Until the day I die

Because I'm bad
Baddest man I know
Yes I'm bad
Baddest man I know
Track Name: Shadowlands of Dixie
You called me down to the carnival, stand there in the rain

Your cigarettes all broken wet, you ran away again

At the cemetery grass dewy wet, afraid but not alone

The cold stone on your new blue jeans, hovering o'er my home

If I rescue you will you rescue me, this is what I heard

If I rescue you, you will rescue me, these the spoken words

Don't erase my name
Don't erase my name
Don't erase Don't erase my name
The candle burned to its blackest wick, your head lay in your hands
I reached across the great divide and this is what I saw
You standing there on the asphalt black, a halo o'er your head
I rolled my eyes for one last goodbye, you turned away again

If I rescue you will you rescue me, this is what I heard

If I rescue you, you will rescue me, these the spoken words


It'll be easier in the morning

It'll be easier in the day

It'll be easier when the sun comes and dries your tears away
Track Name: Broken Places
I wanna tell you this worlds not revolvin'
Round your pretty Face and your broken smile
I've been learning not to say what's on my mind
So tonight, I'll hold you for awhile
The Angels picked up all the pieces
And laid them on the floor for me to see
So I mixed them up with glue and washed them down with holy water
I'm just fixin broken places in your heart
I'm just fixin broken places in your heart

That broken down boy has gone and left you twisted
I reached for my whip then I put it back again
I can't manage all the anger but I do sometimes
So Tonight I'll leave on the fire

The Angels picked up all the pieces
And laid them on the floor for me to see
So I mixed them up with glue and washed them down with holy water
I'm just fixin broken places in your heart
I'm just fixin broken places in your heart

The Angels picked up all the pieces
And laid them on the floor for me to see
So I mixed them up with glue and washed them down with holy water
I'm just fixin broken places in your heart
I'm just fixin broken places in your heart

Tomorrow must come or we live from here in darkness
I can't promise the sun but my hands are always here
To hold my little girls in this crazy world
Put on some Hank and dance with me awhile

The Angels picked up all the pieces
And laid them on the floor for me to see
So I mixed them up with glue and washed them down with holy water

I'm just fixin broken places in your heart
I'm just fixin broken places in your heart
Track Name: Ninth Ward Shuffle
Burn it down Obadiah
This shotgun shack is keepin' you down
And I'm comin' around
Put down the jambalaya
With flood and flame we'll purify
Bake up some humble pie

Ain't got time for revolution
Ain't had luck with the common man
All I know is we got to do it while we can
So get up Obadiah, and burn it like a man
Obadiah, Obadiah burn it like a man


Never got what I prayed for
But now you're speaking in my ear
With a gospel of fear

I've made my surrender
Your justice rendered in my hand
Strike up the band

Ain't got time for revolution
Ain't had luck with the common man
All I know is we got to do it while we can
So wake up Obadiah, and burn it like a man
Obadiah, Obadiah burn it like a man

Burn it down burn it down now
Burn it down burn it down now........

Burn it down Obadiah
Your time has come I'm callin' you
The spirit cometh through

Strike the match to the fire
In righteousness release the pain
And we'll do it again

Ain't got time for revolution
Ain't had luck with the common man
All I know is we got to do it while we can
So wake up Obadiah, and burn it like a man
Obadiah, Obadiah burn it like a man

Obadiah, Obadiah burn it like a man
Obadiah, Obadiah burn it like a man
Track Name: Virginia
Bad times and memories, and goodtimes in the back
Sadness always follows me whenever you don't come back
I ain't been this lonely, since she took my booze away
I'm hopin' and prayin' good lord that she brings it back someday
Oh sweet Virginia how could you get so cold
I guess I'll go on knowin' together we ain't growin' old
Oil's Still on the back steps, chevy's still up on the blocks
Cold nights still worry me, cause I ain't got no socks
That old hound dog keeps on barkin' 9:00 am at that front door
I ain't got the heart to tell him you ain't comin' back
Oh sweet Virginia how could you get so cold
I'll spend my life just knowin' together we ain't growin' old

Last night I heard them coyotes at the full moon moon as she rose
And I guess I'm feelin similar as I lay here all alone
Oh my baby doll, sweet baby doll why did you go away
I'll take it all back every second just tell me oh what did I say
Oh sweet Virginia how did you grow so cold
I'll spend my life just knowin' together we ain't growin' old
Track Name: Lay Me Down
Got a little postcard from the girl next door
said she don't wanna see me no more
posted one back the very next day saying baby won't you come along down here see things my way

her papa done told me "boy, she done messed up bad"
told him she's the best thing that i ever had
he said "son someday you gonna go real far if they don't take you down, down, down now now now"

Come on baby won't you lay me down
Come on mama lay it on down
Come on mama lay me down
Come on down, down now now now

Got a painted picture of her on my arm
carried her around the world ya know I kept her from harm
I put it down in ink most permanently
Lest they take me down to the bottom of the deep blue sea

Come on baby won't you lay me on down
Come on darlin won't you lay me down
Come on mama lay me on down
Come on down, down now now now

She drank the water I drank the wine
Begged for mercy she kept on tryin'
She gave up the water and I gave up the wine
And she's still running, yeah runnin' hard

Comin' off the big boat, make my way up town
Try'n to find a woman that just can't be found
Climbin' up the back porch glass dust on the floor
I guess they took her down, down now now now now

Come on baby won't you lay me down
Come on mama won't you lay me down
Come on darlin' lay it on down
Come on down, down now now now