The Carpet Beggars - The Carpet Beggars

by Tony Mentzer

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released January 1, 2002

Ray “Beave” Smegal – rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals
Tony Mentzer – bass, keyboard, vocals
Matthew Anderson – lead guitar
Dan Sebastian – drums
Jim Dudash - organ

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Tony Mentzer Sharon, Pennsylvania

Singer, songwriter, multi-instumentalist, Tony Mentzer, a native of West Middlesex, PA, was a founding member of regionally successful rock band, The Infidels, before leaving in 1985. It was around this time that Tony began to experiment with the wonders of home 4-track recording and though the equipment has changed over the years, the mission has remained the same. And its a secret mission. ... more

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Track Name: El Chapo
EL CHAPO (Smegal)

This here’s a song for you my friend
Down in the fields of Mexico
You died there by el Chapo’s hand
Over a seed you wouldn’t grow

Yeah I swear to you
You did not die in vain
Yeah el Chapo I swear
You’ll share their pain
I can promise you the same

This here’s a song for you my friend
Out on patrol on the Rio Grande
You died there in a gun battle
Over the contents of a van

Chorus

This here’s a song for you my friend
Down in the ghetto on the corner
You died there in a drive-by
Yeah they said you turned informer

Yeah I swear to you
You did not die in vain
Yeah el Chapo I swear
You’ll share their pain
‘Cause I’m the man
Who put them in their graves
El Chapo, I swear
You’ll share their pain
Boy, i promise you the same
Track Name: One Foot In The Graveyard
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVEYARD (Sailor/Mentzer)

Wandering’ through the shadows
Like a ghost who’s lost his way
The sheriff’s on his trail now
Looks like there’s hell to pay
Looks like there’s hell to pay

He’s got one foot in the graveyard
Looks like there’s hell to pay

She took his best friend’s hand now
And in her bed they lay
He nearly lost his mind then
Upon his wedding day
Upon his wedding day

He’s got one foot in the graveyard
Upon his wedding day

The torture’s almost over
With this horse between his knees
A shot rings out and darkness falls
He’s swinging’ in the breeze
He’s swinging’ in the breeze

He’ll soon be in the graveyard
But now he’s swinging’ in the breeze
Track Name: Pool Hall Thieves
POOL HALL THIEVES (Smegal)

I stand here upon this alter of neon
With this three-piece choir and preach
To an ex-con congregation of harlots,
Hustlers, drunkards, and pool-hall thieves
And a haze of Marlboro incense
Hangs over the bar-stool pews
And a lipstick stain-glass chandelier
Shakes from my rust-belt blues
Up here I’m in church,
This guitar is my steeple
You’re a raggedy-ass bunch
But hell, you’re still my people

If you ain’t got nothin’
Sometimes that nothin’ feels
Like you have it all
When you’re lyin’ in the gutter
Down here in the gutter my friend
You got nowhere left to fall
And I quote the prophet’s ways
Of Guthrie and Dylan
And I try to recall the footsteps
Of Jennings, Cash, and Williams
Up here I’m in church,
This guitar is my steeple
You’re a raggedy-ass bunch
But hell, you’re still my people

I stand here upon this pulpit of neon
With a three-piece choir and preach
To an ex-con congregation of harlots,
Hustlers, drunkards, and pool-hall thieves
Track Name: Garbage Truck
GARBAGE TRUCK (mentzer)

It’s 5am, there ain’t no sun
You’re high again with no one
Don’t you know, that’s no fun
Look out man, here it comes

Comin’ down the road to pick
you up (3x)
Garbage truck

You know it’s time to set you free
I see the lights comin’ through the trees
Hurry up if you please
Gonna put you in a squeeze
Track Name: Destiny
DESTINY (Smegal)

Well I got me a letter just the other day
From a girl I know down Florida way
She stole my heart when she stole away
I couldn’t believe what she had to say
She said, “I’m sorry that I took so long to write
I’m settled in now and doin’ just fine
Times have been tough and money’s been tight
But it ain’t worth havin’ if it ain’t worth a fight”

And I think about you more than I should
And that short time we had was mighty good
What could have been between you and me
And the front of her car said “destiny”
I guess I’ll have to wait and see

As long as I’ve known her she had a man
And I had a girl, it was her best friend
We both felt somethin’ we just couldn’t fight
So before she left we had just one night
Well her pretty little smile and her short brown hair
Into her pretty brown eyes I couldn’t help but stare
That little tramp stamp on the small of her back
She fucked me so damned hard it nearly gave me a heart attack

And I think about you more than I should
And that short time we had was mighty good
What could have been between you and me
And the front of her car said “destiny”
I guess I’ll have to wait and see

Well I got up and wrote me a song today
For a girl I know down Florida way
She stole my heart when she stole away
I hope she likes what I had to say
Track Name: Oscar's Island
OSCAR’S ISLAND (Sailor/Mentzer)

Hanging out on Water Street
Looking for some pocket change
But his case is lookin’ empty
And the sky is getting strange

Goin’ down to Oscar’s Island
Gotta ring the bell
Goin’ down to Oscar’s Island
Gotta ring the bell

State Street’s lookin’ bleary now
But he ain’t goin’ anywhere
Gotta get home to his corner yeah
There’s tragic in the air

Chorus
Solo

Rust grows on the clapper now
The leaves are pilin’ up
The Indian’s chewin’ Juicy Fruit
And we can’t seem to get enough

Chorus
Chorus
Outro
Track Name: Down On You
DOWN ON YOU (Smegal)

This old town here’s full of steel mills
Most shut down long ago
And they’re rusty old reminders
Of better years before
Work here’s hard to come by
My factory’s been slow
So I sell some pills just to pay my bills
But I still don’t feel that what I’m doin’ is wrong

My woman up and left me
For a richer younger guy
And I probably could have stopped her
But I didn’t even try
‘Cause I didn’t really love her
But a man still has his pride
They disappeared, it’s goin’ on three years
I have no fear, just my alibi

Well a man’s got to do
What a man has got to do
I stand by my actions
And decisions that I choose
A man’s got to do
What a man has got to do
You can bet your ass if you cross my path
I’ll bring this whole damned world
Down on you

Now I’m a few years older
And none the wiser, just the same
I’ve sinned a hundred times over
And still I feel no shame
But I ain’t prayin’ for forgiveness
I stole these boots I’m in
You can make your bet I’ll have no regret
When my maker says my time’s at hand