ELECTRIC EARL
Tra La La (1993)

Tra La La

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1. Tra La La [fast version]   (2:36)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
2. I Don't Want to Go   (3:40)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
3. How Many Words?   (3:06)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
4. I Don't Know What You Want Anymore   (3:07)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
5. Allison's Body   (3:41)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
6. The Man Who Knew Too Much   (3:03)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
7. The Difference Between Men & Women   (2:45)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
8. Baltimore Clipper   (2:40)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
9. Now We Begin   (2:30)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
10. Sleep [instrumental]   (1:10)   MP3 WMA RA
11. Tra La La [folk version]   (2:05)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
12. Baby Car   (2:10)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
13. What Do I Gotta Do?   (1:57)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
14. Chemical   (3:26)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
15. Give A Little Love   (2:17)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
16. All I Can Give Is Me [new recording]   (3:30)   MP3 WMA lyrics chords
17. Blood Money [solo version]   (4:11)   MP3 WMA lyrics chords
18. I Don't Want to Go (instrumental version)   (2:41)   MP3 WMA RA
BONUS TRACKS:
19. Music Made Him Do It [live version]   (4:04)   MP3 WMA lyrics chords
20. Love Is Where You Find It [live version]   (5:34)   MP3 WMA lyrics chords
21. Impractical People   (3:06)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
22. Music Made Him Do It [home demo]   (3:36)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords
23. Love Is Where You Find It [home demo]   (5:19)   MP3 WMA RA lyrics chords

Total time:   73:11


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CREDITS

# title musicians / singers
1. Tra La La [fast version] EARL: vocal, guitar
A song about writer's block. "Tra La La" was later given full-band treatment on Halftime (2000).
2. I Don't Want to Go EARL: vocal, guitar
This song was based on an article I read in the New York Times (1/15/1991) which said that one day the Mississippi River could change course and start going down the Atchafalaya River instead, which would flood southwest Louisiana and leave New Orleans dry. I've since learned that author John McPhee covered similar ground in his story Atchafalaya, which you can read in The New Yorker (2/23/1987).
3. How Many Words? EARL: vocal, guitar
A song about suicide. Kurt Cobain killed himself the following year, so whenever I'd perform this song I always had to point out that it's NOT about him. I think the line "inhale-exhale-inhale-exhale..." was inspired by a funny postcard I saw one time that said: "It's always the same thing every day - breathe, breathe, breathe."
4. I Don't Know What You Want Anymore EARL: vocal, guitar
5. Allison's Body EARL: vocal, guitar
6. The Man Who Knew Too Much EARL: vocal, guitar
7. The Difference Between Men & Women EARL: vocal, guitar
This song has its roots in an earlier effort called "Impractical People" (which appears on this CD as a bonus track). Where the first song covered a lot of territory superficially, this rewrite concentrates on just one element. The lyrics are sometimes misinterpreted as being misogynistic. The line "that's the traditional way" reveals that I was in fact painting a picture of existing social norms, which I then debunked in the final stanza.
8. Baltimore Clipper EARL: vocal, guitar
The Baltimore Clippers were a minor league hockey team that I followed when I was a kid. At that time, the NHL had only six teams, so their farm teams in the American Hockey League were rich with talent. At one time or another, many of hockey's greats played for the Clippers, including Jacques Plante, Doug Harvey, Jean Ratelle, and Gilles Villemure.
9. Now We Begin EARL: vocal, guitar
10. Sleep [instrumental] EARL: guitar
11. Tra La La [folk version] EARL: vocal, guitar
12. Baby Car EARL: vocal, guitar
A song about my 1986 Chevy Nova. That car finally bit the dust a few years ago.
13. What Do I Gotta Do? EARL: vocal, guitar
14. Chemical EARL: vocal, guitar
(tambourine added during mix)
15. Give A Little Love EARL: vocal, guitar
16. All I Can Give Is Me [new recording] EARL: vocal, guitar
The original version can be found on Time Bomb Kid (1981).
17. Blood Money [solo version] EARL: vocal, guitar
You can hear the earlier full-band version on Elvis Has Left the Building (1987).
18. I Don't Want to Go (instrumental version) EARL: guitar
19. Music Made Him Do It [live version] EARL: vocal, guitar
20. Love Is Where You Find It [live version] EARL: vocal, guitar
21. Impractical People EARL: vocal, guitar
The second verse of this song was the basis for "The Difference Between Men and Woman" (track #7 on this CD).
22. Music Made Him Do It [home demo] EARL: vocal, guitar
23. Love Is Where You Find It [home demo] EARL: vocal, guitar
Recorded live to 2-track. Engineered and mixed by Electric Earl.
Recording dates: 9/6/1991-12/14/1993 (track #1-18), 3/28/1990 (track #19-20), 9/6/1991 (track #21), 3/26/1990 (track #22-23)

NOTE: "Every Day Is A Christmas Day," which appeared after track 18 on the original cassette release, was omitted from the CD reissue in order to make room for additional bonus material. This song had already appeared on two previous albums - Dinosaurs (1986) and Secret Songs (1989) - and is still available on those collections.

The original cassette version of this album had track #1-10 on side one, and #11-18 (plus "Every Day Is A Christmas Day") on side two.

If you look closely at the cover art, you'll notice that periods were cleverly placed on the roadway lettering to commemorate the fact that I had moved from "LA." (Louisiana) to "L.A." (Los Angeles).

All words and music by Earl P. Reinhalter.


 




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