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Lyrics & Music: Pete Ryder

Pete wrote this song as a tribute to his dad Stan who was a jazz & blues fan. Nat Shapiro was jazz critic for the Manchester Evening News back in the late 60s, early 70s and he was a regular at the MSG Folk Club in Manchester where Pete performed and I hung around. Pete is a fine blues singer/ guitarist/ composer and I learned “Nat” not just because it’s a fabulous song, but it was watching Pete (and Stephan Grossman) that inspired me to take up the guitar way back then and I will forever be grateful to them both.

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Lyrics & Music: Pete Ryder

Lately I’ve been living with John Coltrane and Eddie Laing and what’s-his-name
You know the guy who plays the fiddle sounds like he’s a Mafia Don
Benny Goodman with Charlie Christian lime green suits and amplification
And a lick or two with dear old Teddy Bunn

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I’m just a live coward with dead heroes,
Living life in Nat Shapiro’s time, you know it ain’t no crime
For one white boy blow monkey blues serious jazz junkie
Living life in Nat Shapiro’s time.

Sometimes I lay down my blues in 16 bars sometimes 32s
Just slipping some passing chords along the way
But I promise that no new fashion’ll
Replace the boy with the two-tone National
When I wanna hear the Mississippi Delta sway

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And nowadays, I unplug my lead just a worn guitar is all I need
And a low-down quiet bar in my hometown
Thinking back to sweeter days, a rolled up sleeping mat and big fat J’s
And nights flogging turkey playing rags and watchin’ the sun go down

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So I’ll keep serving up that old T- bone,
Just to get me thru some stormy Mondays on my own
And a helping of Lonnie Johnson on the side
Tony Mattola, Carl Gretz and Mr Pete Ryder breezing along on the frets
And just for a minute taking me along for the ride.

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