Live and Viperizin'

by The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

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Recorded live in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Spotted Cat Music Club, the Maison Frenchmen, and d.b.a. New Orleans.

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released April 30, 2017

Produced by the New Orleans Jazz Vipers
Recording and Artwork by Molly Reeves
Mixing by Joshua Gouzy


Joe Braun - Alto Sax, Vocals
Craig Klein - Trombone, Vocals
Oliver Bonie - Bari Sax, Clarinet, Vocals
Earl Bonie - Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Vocals
Molly Reeves - Guitar, Vocals
Joshua Gouzy - Acoustic Bass, Vocals

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The New Orleans Jazz Vipers New Orleans, Louisiana

For over eighteen years the New Orleans Jazz Vipers have been a favorite of swing dancers the world over. They are an Early Swing band with hard-driving acoustic rhythm, spirited New Orleans horns, and a punk sensibility. The Vipers' unique sound comes from the absence of the drum kit; the tenacious rhythm is driven soundly by the guitar and upright bass. ... more

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Track Name: It's Only a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
It's only a shanty
In old Shanty Town
The roof is so slanty it touches the ground.
But my tumbled down shack by an old railroad track,
Like a millionaire's mansion is calling me back.

I'd give up a palace if I were a king.
It's more than a palace, it's my everything.
There's a queen waiting there with a silvery crown
In a shanty in old Shanty Town.
Track Name: Save It Pretty Mama
Save it, pretty Mama,
Save it day by day;
Don't you dare give none away.
Oh, let it pile up, Mama,
And when you say,
I'll come around, dear.
Spend the day.

I've a brand of lovin'
Can't be beat;
My way of huggin'
Is sure a treat;
I know that we can agree,
So save it, pretty Mama,
Save it all for me!
Track Name: Viper Mad
just viper mad must have my fun
i'm never sad it can't be done
the people are talking but i don't care
i'm 21 far from done i've just begun

Wrap your chops round this stick of tea
blow this gage and get high with me
good tea is my weakness
I know it's bad
it sends me gate and I can't wait I'm viper mad
Track Name: Sweet Lorraine
I've just found joy
I'm as happy as a baby boy
With another brand new choo-choo toy
When I met my sweet Lorraine

She's got a pair of eyes
That are brighter than the summer sky
When you see them, you'll realize
Why I love my sweet Lorraine

Now when it's rainin', I don't miss the sun
Because it's in my baby's smile
And to think that I'm the lucky one
That will lead her down the aisle

Each night I pray
That no one will steal her heart away
I can't wait until that lucky day
When I marry sweet Lorraine
Track Name: My Blue Heaven
When whippoorwills call, evenin' is nigh
I hurry to my Blue Heaven
Look to the right, there's a little white light
It will lead you to my Blue Heaven

You'll see a smilin' face, a fireplace, a cozy room
Little nest that nestles where the roses bloom

Megan and me, and the baby makes three
We're happy in my, in my Blue Heaven
Track Name: The Joint is Jumpin'
They have a new expression along old Harlem way
That tells you when a party is ten times more than gay
To say that things are jumpin' leaves not a single doubt
That everthing is in full swing when you hear someone shout

The joint is jumpin'
It's really jumpin'
Come in, cats, and check your hats
I mean this joint is jumpin'

The piano's thumpin',
The dancers are bumpin',
This here spot is more than hot
In fact, the joint is jumpin'

Check your weapons at the door
Be sure to pay your quarter
Burn your leather on the floor
Grab anybody's daughter

The roof is rockin'
The neighbors knockin'
We're all bums when the wagon comes
I mean, this joint is jumpin'
Track Name: It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
Be sure it's true when you say I love you
It's a sin to tell a lie
Millions of hearts have been broken
Just because these words were spoken

I love you, yes I do, I love you
If you break my heart I'll die
So be sure it's true
When you say I love you
It's a sin to tell a lie

Be sure it's true when you say I love you
It's a sin to tell a lie
Millions of hearts have been broken
Just because these words were spoken

I love you, yes I do, I love you
If you break my heart I'll die
So be sure it's true
When you say I love you
It's a sin to tell a lie
Track Name: Swing that Music
My heart gives a chill
I feel such a thrill
My feet won't keep still
When they swing that music
Rythm like that puts me in a trance
Oh you can't blame me for wanting to dance

From what I understand
It must be just grand
To play in a band
When they swing that music
Oh I'm as happy as can be
When they swing that music for me
Track Name: S'Wonderful
'S wonderful! 'S marvelous
You should care for me
'S awful nice! 'S paradise
'S what I love to see

You've made my life so glamorous
You can't blame me for feeling amorous

Oh! 'S wonderful! 'S marvelous
That you should care for me
Track Name: Whinin' Boy
I'm the winin' boy, don't you deny my name
I'm the winin' boy, don't you deny my name
Deny my name

Well, I'm the winin' boy, don't you deny my name
Pick it up and shake it like sweet Stavin' Chain
Mm, the winin' boy, don't deny my name

Oh mama mama, mama look at Sis
Oh, mama mama, take a look at little Sis
Look at Sis

She's out there on the levee doin' the Double Twist
Mm, the winin' boy, don't you deny now my name
Track Name: Save the Bones for Henry Jones
Tonight we'll have a supper
We'll eat some food that's rare
And at the head of the table
I'll place brother Henry's chair
Invite all the local big dogs
We'll laugh and talk and eat
But we'll' save the bones for Henry Jones
‘cause Henry don't eat no meat

Today I'll go to market
and buy a lot of fish
That will thrill Brother Henry
Because that's his special dish
Get a large can of molasses
so we'll have something sweet
But save the bones for Henry Jones
'cause Henry don't eat no meat

Henry is not a drinker
he rarely takes a nip
He don't need a napkin
‘cause the things he eats don't drip

One day we had a banquet
It really was a bake
They started off with some short ribs
they finished off with a steak
But when the feat was over
brother henry just kept his seat
and we served the bones to Henry Jones
‘cause Henry don't eat no meat
Track Name: She's Funny That Way
I'm not much to look at, nothin' to see
Just glad I'm livin' and happy to be
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way

I can't save a dollar, ain't worth a cent
She'd never holler, she'd live in a tent
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way

Though she'd love to work and slave for me every day
She'd be so much better off if I went away

But why should I leave her, why should I go?
She'd be unhappy without me, I know
I got a woman, crazy for me
She's funny that way