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Judgment Day Rag

from Ticket to Fly by Mike Lawson & Friends



Written in 1989. The third song on this album that originally appeared with a different arrangement on the Underground cassette release, this time produced exactly how Lawson heard it in his head, through the capable and amazing talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Fred Bogert complete with dangling clarinet. The name of the album comes from the lyrics of the song.


Well don't do me like that girl, don't call me a fool
Baby don't forget about the golden rule
You got something to say don't speak out of turn
If you do that again you got a lesson to learn

I been ten hard days, I been ten hard nights
Got nothing to say so just turn out the lights
Well I'm so damned tired, just let me rest my head
Baby can I climb into your big brass bed?

Aw come on darlin...

Tomorrow morning just forget my name
Do that for me baby, and I will do the same
You can go your way and I'll go mine
Now if you do that for it would be just fine

I been traveling so hard along the edge of the moon
Little did I know that I'd be back so soon
When tomorrow morning comes I will be high in the sky
I got not ticket but I love to fly

I got nothing here to give to you
Ain't got not reason for the things I do
But if you want it baby better take a stand
You'll get your blessing when you've lent your hand

Well now if you wanna join me on this ride to the sun
Well you listen baby and I'll show you how it's done
You got to give to get, lose to win, look to find your way
Don't think you're getting out of judgment day

Tomorrow morning if you still feel the same
Then you'll have a reason to forget my name
You can go your way and I'll go mine
Now If you do that for me baby it would be just fine


from Ticket to Fly, released May 19, 1998


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Mike Lawson has, over 30 years, recorded and/or performed together with Merl Saunders, Vince Welnick, Vassar Clements, Pete Sears, Gary Talley, John McEuen, Bob Welch, Dennis Robbins, Joe Louis Walker, Jorma Kaukonen, Phil Keaggy, Jack Casady, Scott Guberman, Dianne Davidson, Noah Wall, Tyra Juliette, Bill Vitt, Rob Wasserman, Michael Cleveland, Phil Madeira, and a host of other amazing friends. ... more

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