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Straight Up

by Ron Sunshine & Full Swing

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(chorus) There will never be enough for you I give you one and baby you want two I gave you money (mop mop) A taste of honey (mop mop) I gave you the key to my front door then I found you passed out on the kitchen floor (chorus) I cooked you a big steak (mop mop) A chocolate mousse cake (mop mop) Invited you over at a quarter to nine when you came at ten you drank all my wine (chorus) I took you to the movies (mop mop) you were dressed all groovy (mop mop) But when I went up to the popcorn stand You walked in the movie with another man (chorus) I took you to the ocean (mop mop) Covered you with lotion (mop mop) but when I came back from taking a swim (chorus) Bought you a new coat (mop mop) A cigarette speed boat (mop mop) Put those gold teeth in your mouth but when the weather turned cold you headed south There will never be enough for you Give you one and baby you want two
Mack Neal, Mack Neal, Don't steal my automobile I'll take you to a cafe and buy you a fine meal Jack, I gotta do some ridin' Soon we gotta come to a dividin' I don't wanna continue cause the sign says Salt Pork, West Virginia And that's where my baby lives, and I ain't goin' no further Yeah, don't you stop me now, I don't wanna commit no murder Mack Neal, Mack Neal, don't steal my wheel I'll buy you anything on the menu Cause boy, I gotta go to Salt Pork, West Virginia Salt Pork, Salt Pork Philadelphia (let me off, man, let me off) Washington (let me off, let me off, that's my stop) Alexandra (that's mine) Richmond Norfolk Bluefied (What?) Salt Pork, West Virginia
Too broke to go to movies Too young to go to bars The only place to be alone is riding in my car The cops have shut down Lovers' Lane Too dangerous they said The only time to kiss my girl Is when that light turns red
Red Light 02:32
I’m driving my baby home at night, a kiss should be coming soon the breeze blows through the window and the radio’s playing our favorite tune It’s almost twelve oclock and the streets are runnin smooth I’m hopin and prayin for a traffic jam so I can make my move Gimme that red light please don’t make me wait Red light you know it’s gettin kind of late Turn the corner on Broadway and lord what do i see a big round beautiful bright red light shining on my baby and me well we’re almost home but we’re still alone and i know my chance is almost gone, that’s why i’m hoping while the feeling’s right this red light lasts all night gimme that red light shining on my baby and me red light so I can keep her in my company interlude I looked into my baby’s eyes and she looked back into mine right then and there it was plain to see that we both had the same design. I thought I was in heaven , cause it felt just like a dream, but just when we fell into eachother’s arms that traffic light turned green red light keep on shining bright red light, so I can hold my baby tight Pulled myself together and started to make a right. I figured all my plans of love would have to wait til tomorrow night. Suddenly it began to rain and thunder over head. Lightning flashed and all over town the traffic lights turned red. Red light Hope you never turn to green, most beautiful red i’ve seen, red light. my favorite light for sure. now’s the time when green means stop and red means go go go
Is that the moon? That yellow sliver among the stars That makes me quiver Lips trembling, here below Is that the moon That looks so still and full that night I held you from the chill It wasn't so long ago Now I doze in my room with the shades drawn The light dusky all day to dawn Days were bright when they were ours But now you're gone And that moon, and my heart Just keep burning on Melt into waning glow I wander aimlessly in a daze and ask the deep night sky amazed Is that the moon?
Well I finally found a girl that's true And I'm the luckiest man alive You can talk and talk til your face turns blue But she won't believe your jive Yeah Moses said it on Sinai Don't you mess around with other men's wives You can try your luck on mine, Sly But she won't believe your jive She believes me when I tell her That I love her That I'm the happiest bee in the hive I don't worry about her messing with you, brother Cause she won't believe in your jive, Clive. There you go rapping with my gal I watch you strut and strive I just laugh cause she's mine all mine, pal. She Won't Believe in Your Jive.
Tidbits 03:47
Do You Know 03:39
Do you know That I leave your lipstick on my cheek Long after you kiss me goodbye Do you know that I have A worn out photograph taken in our very first July Do you know that I see your face in Clouds drifting by Do you know I hear your voice on the ocean breeze at night Do you know can you see that we were meant to be in love together, ain’t it so do you know Do you know that I see your face in Clouds drifting by Do you know I hear your voice on the ocean breeze at night Do you know can you see that we were meant to be in love together, ain’t it so do you know, do you know do you know that I love you my baby do you know
Undecided 04:53
I woke up this morning, my baby was gone Woke up this morning, my baby was gone I've been so bad, I'm all alone I ain't got nobody stayin' home with me I ain't got nobody stayin' home with me My baby she's gone, I'm in misery Well baby, I'm all alone Oh baby, I'm all alone I have no lovin' Since my baby's been gone Alright Oh, I'm all alone Oh baby, I'm all alone I had no lovin' Since my baby's been gone Oh baby, come on stay with me Oh baby, come on stay with me My baby she's gone, I'm in misery Oh baby, take a swing with me Oh baby, take a swing with me My baby she's gone, my baby she's gone


Where blues and jazz meets early R&B and gospel forming the roots of rock n roll. Featuring a duet with Madeleine Peyroux on "Lounging at the Waldorf."


released January 1, 1999

Ron Sunshine: lead vocals, harmonica, backing vocals
Andres Villamil: acoustic bass, backing vocals
Dan Hovey: guitar, backing vocals
Paul Tillotson: piano
Craig Dreyer: tenor sax
James Wormworth IV: drums, backing vocals


Madeleine Peyroux: co-lead vocal on "Waldorf"
Tim Ouimette: trumpet on "Is That the Moon," "Waldorf," and "Do You Know"
Ned Holder: trombone on "Is That the Moon"
Dale Kleps: clarinet and baritone sax on "Is That the Moon"
Bil Emmons: backing vocals on "Red Light"

Horns on "Is That the Moon" arranged by Tim Ouimette

Produced by Ron Sunshine and Bil Emmons
Recorded and Mixed by Bil Emmons
Recorded at Studio 900, NYC
Additional recording done at The Think Tank, No Comment, and World Studios
Cover Illustration by Steve Ellis
Design: Lydia Mann
Liner Notes: Lee Jeske

The bottom line is the music, and if any band swings harder, more naturally or with more genuine, unpretentious savoir faire than Ron Sunshine & Full Swing, I haven't heard it yet.

Move over Voodoo Daddy, now there's something hipper. Local swing fans, pat yourself on the back and say, "I've known about Ron Sunshine for years." For those only recently tuned into the revival, you're just in time to see Sunshine come full swing from the dirty days at Tramps to the sleek'n'chic dinner dancing joint, the Supper Club.
--Robin Rothman of THE VILLAGE VOICE (6/29/99)

One of the leaders in the millennium blues movement. Along with Robert Cray, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Blues Traveler, Sy Klopps Band, Ron Sunshine and Buddy Guy, Pete Special will be laying down the future of the classic American music in the years to come.

"Straight Up" is that rare breed of album--a disc that left me slack-jawed with wonder at its quality, integrity, and musicianship from start to finish. Ron Sunshine & Full Swing are a much needed breath of fresh air.
--Julio Diaz of Ink 19 (national, September 1999)

All in all, possibly the best album yet by a neo-swing band.
--Steve Holtje of CDNOW.COM (reviewing "Straight Up" by Ron Sunshine & Full Swing)

Finally something good to come out of the whole '98 Swing movement. ... If you really want to boogie in '99, pick up this disc of authentic Jump Blues. ... If you've got any taste in music, the next time someone plays "Zoot Suit Riot," you should blow their head off with a shotgun and then play this while their corpse rots--HIGHLY recommended.
--Cameron Davis of GRINDSTONE MAGAZINE (Spring 99 issue, reviewing "Straight Up")

Ron Sunshine is a star! Vegas doesn't know what it's missing.

Take Ron Sunshine & Full Swing, a New-York-based swing band. Sunshine's marquee tune, "Enough For You," is the most popular swing selection on the MP3.com site. "I think it's definitely helped quite a lot, especially with the younger people," Sunshine said. "I get thousands of emails from kids who say they heard our song on the Internet."
--Ron Harris of ASSOCIATED PRESS (story ran internationally)


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Ron Sunshine New York, New York

Singer, songwriter, harmonica player Ron Sunshine was born in Denver, moved to NYC in '81, and started paying music full time in '90. He has released six albums, toured internationally, and recorded &performed with the likes of Dr. John, The P-Funk Horns, Pinetop Perkins, Wilson Pickett, and many others. Ron & band continue to dazzle from NY to Los Angeles, Paris to Stockholm, Bermuda to Red Bank. ... more

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