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“I’m Chasing The Moon”

Words and music by Andru Bemis
  1. I’m chasing the moon, I’m riding the line. Just trying to make up the time. I’m on my way back to you, I’m trying to get back to you. If you tell me not to ride this way again I don’t ever want to see the day. Pray the Lord my soul to keep my tires on the road. Till I see you with the sun in your eyes in the morning, I’ll follow the moon
  2. I’m chasing my heart, I don’t know where it’s gone. I know it won’t be long before it shows up at your door, I’ll find it at your door. If you tell me not to knock on your door again I don’t ever want to see the day. Pray the Lord my soul to keep, I’ll follow my heart

(vs.1)  B – Eb – E – B – E – B – Eb7 – Gm – C#7 – F#
B – Eb – E – B – E – C#7 – F– Eb7 – E – C#7 – F# – B

(vs.2)  B – Eb – E – B – E – B – Eb7 – Gm – C#7 – F#
B – Eb – E – B – E – C#7 – F# – B

“When You Get to Heaven”

Words and music by Andru Bemis

When I die, all I can say is I tried, I tried, I tried so hard. When I die, all I can say is I tried.

  1. When you get to heaven won’t you put a good word in for me? God knows I need all the help I can get. When you get your mansion, will you save a room for me, even though I ain’t there yet? Cause I’m on my way, every day I get a little bit closer to you, my friend. So when you get to heaven, will you put a good word in for me
  2. When you see Saint Peter please tell him that I’m on my way, even though I screw it up every day. When you see Saint Peter, please ask him to be easy on me; I’ve been the best man that I can be. Cause I’m on my way, every day I get a little bit closer to you, my friend. So when you see Saint Peter, please ask him to be easy on me

(chorus)  C – Bb – F — C – Bb – F

(verses)  F — A — Dm — Bb – Bbm – F  |  F — A — Dm — Bb – Bbm – F
A — Dm — Bb – Bb7 – F – C  |  F — Bb – C – F — Bb – C – F

“Beulah”

Words and music by Andru Bemis

Beulah won’t you please come home, Beulah won’t you please come home? I’ve been trying to get back to you for so long, Beulah won’t you please come home?

  1. Beulah, I don’t know what to do. Beulah, I just don’t know what to do. Everytime I turn around another war’s coming through. Beulah, I just don’t know what to do
  2. I ain’t got no place to call my own. A motherless child ain’t got no home. I’ve got sticks, I’ve got stones, got your blood in my bones, but I ain’t got no place to call my own
  3. I’ve gotta keep my mind on you, I just can’t take my mind off of you. If I ever lose my mind, you’ll know my heart ain’t true. Beulah, gotta keep my mind on you

Gm – F – Gm — F – Gm — F – Gm — F – Gm — F – Gm

(instrumental bridge)  Gm – Dm – Bb – Cm – Gm – F – Gm

“15,000 Miles & 30 Days”

Words and music by Andru Bemis

My love lives on the ocean, my love lives on the bay. As boats go by, does she hear them say, “fifteen thousand miles and thirty days?”

  1. I’ll spend my nights in the city, on the railroad every day. As trains roll by, their lonesome cry says, “your love lives fifteen thousand miles away”
  2. When I reach the ocean, when I find the bay, I’ll watch the boats as they pass by. Will I see my love in thirty days?

G — Bm — C – Cm – G — Bm — Am – C – D — G

“Singer” — album review by Phantom Tollbooth

Andru Bemis has very different career goals. He says he always wanted to be a hobo, but he found jumping off a train with three instruments and a box on CD ended up being a pretty good way to get himself arrested, so he did the next best thing-he bought 16,000 miles of train tickets and hits the rails. Is this guy a throwback or what? Interesting character.

Describe his music as folk or bluegrass-Bemis calls it po’folk. Arlo, Van Ronk, early Dylan weave in and out of his original material-but to pinpoint him is impossible. His songs are deceptively simple with an earthy, intimate feel.

The instrumental opener, “Kibbie,” has a distinct train sound to it-as do many of this songs-with a pushing, chugging rhythm driving us into Bemis’ wild array of characters like Ivah and Beulah. Quite inventive musically, he uses a sewing machine (a Singer) as a rhythm instrument.

“I’m Chasing the Moon” and “Pilgrim” sum up the overall lyrical feel of the album. Always on the road, always looking for someone or something else. There is an overall sadness to the songs-kind of a lost-little-boy sensibility.

Only on the spiritual “Do Lord” do you get sense of hope, however he sings is as a question.

“Do Lord, do Lord, oh do you remember me?”

A ’30’s cowboy, ’60’s hippie or someone’s kid brother, Andru Bemis speaks to us with a familiarity that is addictive. — Bob Felberg; The Phantom Tollbooth