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Bob Corley - Never Too Late

Never Too Late

Bob Corley

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

In Never Too Late, Bob Corley cuts right to the heart of things when he quills his lyrics, the very first track being a savage indictment of modern business practices, a protest song worthy of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs:

Corporations shut it down and moved to Mexico
To make a penny more
A penny saved, a penny earned
A penny for your thoughts
They caught the pennies
They don't count the cost
To make a penny more
Shut the mills, pave the fields, watch the profits soar
The hands that built this country can't find work any more

Then there's his paean to the Bush Krime Kartel Kaper of Katrina, a song that asks "Where, where's my government?" wrapped in the Christ's admonition about just exactly how we shall all be judged. That's not all, though. "On the Driver's Side" puts the kibosh on drunk driving:

When you dance with the bottle
When you take that ride
You take a chance with the devil, son
And he ain't on the driver's side

…and, after, continues on with a series of admonitions and reminiscences old and new, personal and social. Of course, there are issues and there are issues; that's why Corley eventually gets to the real problems like Why Can't Some People Change the Toilet Paper Roll?, a burning inquiry seconded only by Why Can't Men Lower the Damn Seat…er, a song that has yet to be written, but one I'm sure the ladies will urge on him.

Thus, not everything is a searing indictment or a fond hazy memory but also a grin and a wink, as Oktoberfest Blues tipsily reminds us, closing out an 11 track collection of folk and mello-rockin' musics. By the time it's done, it's like an odd meal: the bitter with the sweet, the lean with the fulsome, and the introspective with the smart-ass.

Track List:

  • A Penny More
  • When She's Here (Callie's Song)
  • A Southern Baptist in Amsterdam, 1971
  • Least Among You ('Cane of 05)
  • On the Driver's Side
  • Beach Time
  • That was Me, Back Then (Niko's Song)
  • Song Belgrade
  • Tiberias (Walk on Your Water)
  • Why Can't Some People Change the Toilet Paper Roll?
  • Oktobefest Blues
All songs written by Bob Corley.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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