Bad Hard Town

Son Roberts

Record Details

Released:
2019
Genre:
Blues

The Song that Took Two Fords to Get It on the Road!

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Bad Hard Town

Son Roberts, John Crosbie, Brett MacMillan
© 2018 Gate Productions Inc. SOCAN

Son Roberts – Vocals
Brett MacMillan – Guitar
Bob “Omar” Tunnoch – Bass
Duncan McBain – Drums
Zachary Forbes – Sax
Scott Bannister – Trumpet
Donny Hopper – Bone
Sergio Faluotico – Assorted Percussion and Whistles
Gail Roberts and Kate Roberts – BG Singers

Recorded at the Meatlocker
Toronto, Canada

Producer/Engineer Brett McMillan

Toronto the Good, this vibrant, welcoming and extraordinarily diverse and tolerant city, is getting rougher and tougher. Poverty and wealth, police and politics are all mixing in toxic measures. It’s not pretty in a lot of places. Sure, the economy bangs along – but at what cost to those of us who love living here. Can’t run to the 905 to hideout, either. Trouble be everywhere. So, it’s all hands on deck!

This track began during Rob Ford’s blisteringly pungent term as mayor. I put it away after he passed on and we moved on. But a lot of people didn’t. So now he’s back! At Queen’s Park of all places! And his name is Doug.

This track is the child of many parents. A mix of young players, with little pedigree in the Blues or New Orleans’ 2nd line grooves, who came to the song along with season vets Omar Tunnoch (bass) and Duncan “GO Train” McBain (drums).

Producer Brett Macmillan (on guitar, too) was up to the challenge when I tossed the demo at him. He wrangled the sweet and sassy sounds of Kate Roberts and Gail Roberts, the rough and ready Hogtown Horns (Scott Bannister, Zack Forbes and Donny Hopper) along with the percussive persuasion of Sergio Faluotico into a daring and fancy-dancy tune! Party on Toronto! The reckoning can wait a little longer.

Bad Hard Town

(Wayne S. Roberts, John Crosbie)

Lyrics

Verse

I hear that rocket, just rumbling by

Groanin’ and grindin’ along

Down the line, well da boyz
are on the chase,

Somebody’s crazy,
they gonna use a gun.

Chorus

Cuz we’re livin’ in a bad hard town

Yeah, we’re living in a bad hard town

Well the boyz are on the loose

And the people take a bruisin’

We’re living in a bad hard town

Verse

Streets are locked, can’t find no key

Seems that’s the story bein’ told

I hear people’s voices all breaking’

Fists up and all shakin’

Sound like that lie’s getting old

Chorus

Cuz we’re livin’ in a bad hard town

Yeah, we’re living in a bad hard town

Well the boss is on the pipe

And the rot is getting’ ripe

We’re living in a bad hard town

Bridge

If you think I could be wrong,

you could right

But I think we like to dance,

takin’ our chance

We hope the music don’t end tonight

We hope the music don’t end tonight

 

Verse

I go out, to the places I know

I keep seein’ what I’m seein’

I see that the people know the deal

They know the fake from the real

Streets where we walkin’
getting mean

 

Chorus x 2

Cuz we’re livin’ in a bad hard town

Yeah, we’re living in a bad hard town

Well the boss is on the loose
and the people getting’ goosed

We’re living in a bad hard town

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