Willie T & Doctor X

Hogs On Ice

by Willie T & Doctor X

Released June, 8, 2001
Wheel & Dheel Records
Released June, 8, 2001
Wheel & Dheel Records
Choodlin' rock/folk/blues duo with a rock & roll attitude and full-band production.
  • 03:15 Story Lyrics
    I Just Want My Baby Back

    words & music by willie t & doctor x

     

    i've been standin' on the corners, i've been sittin' in the bars

    i've been riding down the highways and byways in my car

    i've been trying to look so handsome, try to act so sharp

    i've been tryin' to win the women, but there's something in my heart

     

    oh, i, i just want my baby back

    i just want, i just want...my baby back

     

    i remember last vacation makin' love on the beach 

    when i try to call her she's completely out of reach

    now i wonder what she's doin', what's been on her mind

    does she ever think of me, can we have another time

     

    now i'm right back where i started when i first came into town

    i'm always feeling empty, keep my eyes on the ground

    there's so many pretty women, but they just don't seem much fun

    i always wind up dreamin' of that one and only one

     

    doctor x (lead vocals, harmonica)

    willie t (elec guitar, vocals)

    gary jenkins (bass, lead guitar)

    danny feist (drums)

    andy mendelson (keyboards)

  • 02:56 Story Lyrics
    All's Not Quiet at the Western Front

    Words and music by Willie T

    there's lots of action down on western avenue

    the band starts up the beat, they're right on cue

    outside in the shadows there's a deal going down

    easy money, lots of good stuff going 'round

     

    reggae blasting through my window right across the street

    restless natives on the corner

    rhythm pounding in my head, i cannot sleep

    might as well get dressed, go down and have a drink

     

    all's not quiet at the western front

    the band is blaring, rastas having fun

    find a sloe-eyed dancer, and fill my head with rum

    when the clock strikes two a.m., the night has just begun...

     

    night has just begun

    reggae playin' all night long

    rastaman, he sing the song

    gonna sing it all night long

    night has just begun...

     

    willie t. (vocals, acoustic and elec. guitars)

    doctor x (vocals, percussion)

    gary jenkins (bass, lead guitar, vocals)

    danny feist (drums)

    colleen macdonald (vocals)

    andy mendelson (keyboards)

  • 03:30 Story Lyrics
    Christine, You're the Queen 'o My Dreams

    words & music by willie t & doctor x

     

    maybelline was a very fine chick, nadine was a little too hip

    and i knew a girl named daisy, she almost drove me crazy

    and i knew a girl named sue, she knew exactly what to do

    but i'd throw them all away for that girl i met today

     

    christine, you're the queen of my dreams

    i think you know just what i mean

    come on, come alive, don't give me none of that hand jive

     

    well, i saw you walkin' and i heard you talkin'

    i said, oooh!,  that's what i need

    i wanna take you to the cocomo

    i wanna show you everything i know

     

    you're all sugar and spice, and everything nice

    i said baby, you're alright

    you got flash, you got class, and no scratches on your back

    i want to take you by my side

    i've been dreamin, i've been schemin', i've been tryin' and hopin'

    look out mama, i'm all through joking

     

    doctor x (lead vocals, harmonica)

    willie t. (elec. guitar, vocals)

    gary jenkins (bass, vocals)

    johnny shade (lead guitar)

    danny feist (drums)

    andy mendelson (piano)

  • 03:55 Story Lyrics
    The Shadow

    words & music by willie t & doctor x

     

    i wake up every morning, just about the break of day

    get over to my window, i look out, up, down, every which way

    cause every day i get a feelin something's creepin' up on me

    and it feels just like a shadow, filled with pain and misery

     

    once i had a sweet little woman, and we had real fine love

    just like heaven, people, just what dreams are made of

    then one day she caught sight of a little bit of you know what

    she saw the shadow in the distance, always hangin' around on me

    she said bye-bye, so long, thanks for the memories

     

    i used to be a fast driver

    tear up the road in my alpha romeo

    now i just drive at 55, 'cuz there's no one waitin' for me

    except that shadow in the distance, always bearin' down on me

     

    there's a shadow in the distance, always hangin' all around on me

    well, i always keep a little hope, and sometimes i pray

    one day the sun is gonna shine, and chase that shadow away

    and when that day comes, good God, i hope i'm not alone

     

    doctor x (lead vocals, percussion)

    willie t. (elec guitar, vocals)

    gary jenkins (bass)

    johnny shade (lead guitar

    danny feist (drums)

    andy mendelson (keyboards, 2nd lead guitar)

  • 03:11 Story Lyrics
    Running 'Round in Circles

    words & music by willie t

     

    you put up such resistance, well, baby it's all wrong

    you keep your perfect distance that keeps me hanging on

    and when i try to get free, you say, "baby, don't you go!"

    you swear you wouldn't use me, well, how am i to know?

    we're running 'round in circles

     

    you try to keep me wondering, you always sound so vague

    the words you choose are loaded, i can never get it straight

    i try to second-guess you, you've got me on the run

    and then i upset you, when you were having so much fun

     

    we're running 'round in circles

    trying to catch each other

    we're running 'round, running 'round,

    running 'round in circles...

    never catching up

     

    you'd never try to hurt me, babe, i know you're not that kind

    you never would desert me, but you might bleed me dry

    i cried out for love, ah, but you never were around

    you never picked me up, when i'd fall down

     

    we're running 'round in circles, 

    trying to catch each other

    we're running 'round, running 'round, 

    running 'round in circles...never catching up

    never catching up...running 'round in circles...

     

    willie t. (bass, lead vocals)

    jonathan shade (lead and acoustic guitars)

    doctor x (harmonica, percussion)

    sarah gates (elec. guitar)

    peter babke (drums)

    gary jenkins (vocals)

    colleen macdonald (vocals)

    andy mendelson (keyboards)

  • 03:37 Story Lyrics
    December 8th

    words & music by willie t © 1980

    wheel & dheel records • copyright © ℗ 2001

     

    in a hotel on the west side

    on a dark december night

    a man downstairs was waiting

    waiting 'til the time was right

    his hour had come

    he had nothing to say,

    but what came from the barrel of a gun

     

    an old black Rolls pulled up its nose

    the rider stepped outside

    the killer smiled, he turned and fired,

    five shots that split the night

    the dream was over

    he had death in his hand

    for a man that the whole world loved

     

    johnny, you finally got the peace you dreamed of

    so swift, so sudden, not quite like you planned

    just stepping out,

    you were looking to see what was all about

    shot down in your prime

    well, you gave us your song for the last time

     

    i hear you on the airwaves

    i can still hear your call

    i've heard The Word, and around the world,

    you're the Walrus for us all

    you seem so tall

    no bullet can kill you,

    your name lives on and on

     

    willie t (lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars)

    gary jenkins (bass, vocals)

    doctor x (harmonica, vocals)

    jonathan shade (lead guitar)

    danny feist (drums)

    colleen macdonald (vocals)

    andy mendelson (keyboards)

  • 04:32 Story Lyrics
    Pagan Dreams

     

     

  • 03:39 Story Lyrics
    The Action

    words & music by willie t & doctor x

     

    i'm working in boston, massachusetts

    you party in philly, pa

    i'm hopin and prayin' baby, 

    you'll be back the very next day

    you know the words just ask the question

     the answer's in the action

     

    i know, i know you got your reasons

     i got my reasons too

    do you think that you can see the darkness

    do you think that i can see the light

    you know the words just ask the question

    the answer's in the action

    the action, oooohhh baby, it's the action

     

    don't let the world come between us

    don't throw water on the flames of love

    i'm hopin and prayin' baby,

    we can be what we're dreamin' of

    you know the words just ask the question

    the answer's in the action

    the action, oooohhh baby, it's the action

     

    doctor x (lead vocals)

    willie t. (elec. guitar, vocals)

    gary jenkins (bass, vocals)

    johnny shade (lead guitar)

    danny feist (drums

  • 03:56 Story Lyrics
    Such A Tricky Word

    words & music by willie t

     

    sometimes i wonder what i am to you

    or what you want me to be

    i've tried so hard to be the one that you could run to

    but you only wanted to be free

    ruthie, i watched you suffer, seen you get kicked around

    knew there was nothing i could say

    that could smooth away the lines of age

    that distress and despair carved on you

     

    and i can't forgive this town for what its done to you

    and i can't forgive the way i had to pay

    for the crime of loving you, though our hearts were still true

    and how it drove you away

     

    and i need you now, but i know you can't give more

    than these few crumbs you throw my way

    i lap them up, i go beggin' for some more

    ah, but you just turn to me and say,

    "oh, babe i love you, but y'know i'm not in love"

    i never wanted it this way

    it's such a tricky word the way we use it

    but when you come around, y'know i always let you stay

     

    now you're lying there in bed with your red nightgown on

    you grab my hand and say goodnight

    i kiss your face, and then i turn out the light

    and though you're near, i feel so all alone

    and i lie awake each night, as you slumber in your dreams

    restless, confused, i toss and turn

    i want to touch you, think i should wake you

    but instead i just roll over, and i turn my head away

     

    and i need you now, but i know you can't give more

    than these few crumbs you throw my way

    i lap them up, i go beggin' for some more

    ah, but you just turn to me and say,

    "oh, babe i love you, but y'know i'm not in love"

    i never wanted it this way

    it's such a tricky word the way we use it

    but when you come around, come around...

    y'know i always...let you stay...

    it's such a tricky, tricky word

     

    willie t. (vocals, acoustic and elec., and lead guitars)

    doctor x (vocals, percussion)

    gary jenkins (bass, vocals)

    danny feist (drums)

    colleen macdonald (vocals)

    andy mendelson (keyboards)

NOTES
Willie T & Doctor X's "Hogs on Ice" album, an eclectic mix of rock, folk, and blues, rooted in musical influences that reach back to the 1970s, captures on disc the exuberant spirit and drive so typical of their live performances. They are joined here by some of the most talented performers in the Boston area. Willie T's passionate lyricism takes the listener tripping through the minefields of impossible relationships (check out "Such A Tricky Word"). He wrestles with the assassination of beloved rock troubadour John Lennon (December 8th), and paints a colorful picture of Cambridge nightlife on the poor side of town (All's Not Quiet at the Western Front). This serious side is wonderfully counterbalanced by Doctor X's dry wit and oh, so irreverent humor (try on "Pagan Dreams" for size!). "Christine, You're the Queen o' My Dreams", also sung by Doctor X, has a wholesome downtime bar-band feel, with its bluesy funk rhythm groove. On "The Action", his "pre-Satisfaction" Rolling Stones-like delivery drives like a train. Willie T's "Running 'Round in Circles" has the most commercial potential of the nine songs in this collection. Nashville take notice: In the right producer's hands, this song could well be a hit on the pop/country crossover charts.

Yes, these guys are hard to pigeonhole. Willie T & Doctor X make no attempt to be narrowly defined by the standard genre lingo that the major labels are so fond of squeezing artists into. This is really fun music that knows no bounds.