A Little Bit Crazy

by Vinny's Last Ride

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A Little Bit Crazy is both classic and classy and yes, a wee bit crazy; twelve carefully crafted songs, intensely performed and meticulously recorded and mastered. This is vintage rock and power pop at its best! Grab your beer and your sweetheart and head for the dance floor. Vinny wants to party! Rock-n-roll!

Originally tracked by Keith Stein & Rolf Hennemann at Mushroom Studios, and Bart Gurr & Leon Portelance at Bullfrog Recording Studios in Vancouver, Canada, each song has been converted from analog and digitally restored by Mr. Toad's in San Francisco, USA, then mixed and re-mixed by producer Leon Portelance and engineer Isha Erskine in their respective California studios, and finally mastered by Adam Nunn & Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios, London, England.

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released 31 March 2013
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Produced by Leon Portelance



VINNY'S LAST RIDE-

Sean "Julio" Vance - lead vocals & guitar

Byron Gunderson - vocals & guitar

Leon Portelance - guitars, piano, synth, bass, percussion, MIDI programming



with special friends-

Drums - Ian Armour 1 & 3, Geof Eyre 4 & 5, Marc La France 6 & 7, Don Powrie 13, Doug Stokes 2 & 9, Daryle Warkentin 8, 10, 11 & 12

Bass - Donny Cummings 4 & 5, Dave Quarterman 1 & 3, Joel Wade 6 & 7

Piano & Synth: Hermann Fhrum 6 & 7

Rhythm Guitar - John Roles 3

Lead Guitar - Konrad Breuers 2, 8, 10, 11, 12 & 13, Brian McCloud 3 & 7, Art Nesbit-Jones 1, Brent Shindel 4 & 5, Bret Wade 6 & 7

Cello - Dianne Berthelsdorf 5

Sax - Ross Barrett 1 & 3

Trumpets - Steve Yogi 1, 8 & 13

Lead Vocals - Billy Cowsill 13, Lana Polson 7, Margo Pepper 11

Harmony Vocals - Dave's daughter 1



Tracking Engineers: Bart Gurr, Rolf Hennemann, Leon Portelance, Keith Stein

Mixing Engineers: Isha Erskine, Leon Portelance

Mastering Engineers: Adam Nunn, Alex Wharton

Recorded at Bullfrog Recording Studios and Mushroom Studios, Vancouver, BC Canada

Digital transferring & restoration: Mr. Toad's, San Francisco, CA USA

Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London, England



All songs lyrics & music written by Leon Portelance except "When I Need You" and "Love Gets in the Way," lyrics by Leon Portelance & music by Leon Portelance and Sean Vance

All songs copyright © 2012 Kaatza Music (SOCAN) & Ⓟ 2012 Songbird Records



In loving memory of Lana Polson and Brenda Gunderson.

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Vinny's Last Ride Sonora, California

In 1964, a young Leon Portelance and Sean Vance saw something amazing on the Ed Sullivan Show: The Beatles. They were amazing! And all those girls screaming for them. The two lads knew then what they wanted to be when they grew up. They bugged their parents for guitars and by 1969 had hooked up with Byron Gunderson to form a rock band. They have played together off and on ever since. ... more

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Track Name: The Assassin
THE ASSASSIN

The assassin is in town
You know he will not fail
There's no use in running around
He'll follow your every trail
You'd better say your prayers
And kiss yourself goodbye
He's itching for the kill
And ten thousand dollar bills

CHORUS:
You're money for the hit man
Money for the hit man
Just money for the hit man
The assassin is in town

You thought you had it made
'Till you gave yourself away
The debt you haven't paid
Is payable today
His sites are in focus
His finger's on the trigger
He's got you in his eye

CHORUS

He's got your screaming, "murder!"
but nobody's gonna hear
You can't run on any further
He caught you in the clear
When he takes out a contract
He always gets his man
If you wear the kiss of death
You're money for the hit man

A rich man, a poor man
A pimp or a king
The assassin guns 'em down
From London and Paris
To the USA
The Assassin gets around

CHORUS
Track Name: When I Need You
WHEN I NEED YOU

I don't want to change you
Or smother you with love
I just want to know that you're my friend
And I don't want to hurt you
Or drown you in my words
I just want to know that you're my friend
When I need you
And I, your friend
When you need me

If you're down and lonely
In need of a friend
I'll be there with you
To the very end
And If I'm feeling troubled
Sorry or confused
I know on you I can depend
When I need you
And I, your friend
When you need me

I don't want to change you
Or smother you with love
I just want to know that you're my friend
And I don't want to own you
Or try to cramp your style
I just want to know that you're my friend
When I need you
And I, your friend
When you need me

Ahh, when I need you . . .
Track Name: Let Me Be! (Alone)
LET ME BE! (ALONE)

I can still remember
back in my mind
times I thought would never end
You and me together baby
walking in the warm sunshine
You said,
"Don't ever leave me
"Don't ever leave me
"Don't you ever say goodbye"

Sitting by the fire
the night took us higher
loving you beneath the stars
You made me so happy girl
every day that you were mine
I said,
"Don't ever leave me
"Don't ever leave me
"Don't you ever say goodbye"

Now won't you let me be alone my friend
Now won't you let me be alone
I'd like to tell you how it feels my friend
but it really drags me down
You know it really drags me down

I can still remember
back in my mind
a love I thought would never die
You and me we were happy then
baby let's do it again
You said,
"Don't ever leave me
"Don't ever leave me
"Don't you ever say goodbye"

Do you know how it feels to be a fool
and what it means to learn the hardest lessons well?
Do you know what it's like to be betrayed
and how it hurts to lose the only one that you've loved?

Now won't you let me be alone my friend
Now won't you let me be alone
I'd like to tell you how it feels my friend
but it really drags me down
You know it really drags me down
Drags me down
Drags me down!
Track Name: Afraid of Loving You
AFRAID OF LOVING YOU

It's not easy being close to you
We both know our love is wrong
I can't hide behind these lies too long
I feel so empty when you're gone
Sometime I just can't take it
Sometimes I just can't make it
Sometimes I can't help
but be afraid of loving you

If you want me to, I'll stay the night
Wake me gently when you rise
I know a love like ours can have no ties
I can see it in your eyes
But sometimes I just can't fake it
Sometimes I just can't shake it
Sometimes I can't help
but be afraid of loving you
so afraid of loving you

In the morning lying next to you
I wish I did not have to go
But someone else is waiting and you know
That she must never, never know
But sometimes I just can't take it
Sometimes I just can't make it
Sometimes I can't help
but be afraid of loving you
so afraid of loving you
afraid of loving you
Track Name: She Left in a Hurry
SHE LEFT IN A HURRY

She left in a hurry
There wasn't time to say goodbye
or left to make another try
so she slipped into the night
But I can't believe she gone
the friend we knew so long
the singer of my songs
when we were younger

What was the reason?
It's sad to think that no one knows
some things a person never shows
when you keep it all inside
Still I can't believe she's gone
the friend we loved so long
the singer of my songs
when we were younger
Oh, when we were young
When we were young

No, I can't believe she's gone
the friend we loved so long
the singer of my songs
when we were young
Track Name: Omega (This is the Night!)
OMEGA (THIS IS THE NIGHT!)

Here we are honey
you know I can't believe it's true
So let's get it on and finish
what we came here to do
We'll listen to the radio
they're playing all the songs we know
This is the night for you and me!

Whatever you're doing to me
it makes me feel alright
No need to hurry though, baby
we've got all night
Let's have another cigarette
we've hardly even started yet
This is the night for you and me!

Omega, omega, this is the night!

Move a little closer now
you know the time has come
For us to make it together
and be like one
You know that with the rising sun
I'll have to leave you here and run
This is the night for you and me!
Track Name: Sing Me a Love Song
SING ME A LOVE SONG

In this world we live in
some people stop and give in
but I keep hanging on it seems
I've got my dreams
still got my dreams

So I still keep on going
even though my pain is showing
I just can't run away and hide
I've got my pride
still got my pride

CHORUS
So sing, sing me a love song
sing it loud and sing it clear
But don't sing me a sad song
'cause I know I'll start to cry

Everywhere I turn
a lesson to be learned
yet live can seem to be in vain
I've got my pain
still got my pain

CHORUS
Track Name: The Open Door
THE OPEN DOOR

You don't have to be a genius
to figure out when you've been had
And I don't need your confession
to figure out that you've been bad
There's the open door, now go
I'd rather be alone
Then to live with you here like a stranger

You don't have to be a soldier
to turn a love into a war
And I'm not much for conversation
but we don't talk anymore
There's the open door, now go
I'd rather be alone
Then to live with you here like a stranger
Now the time has come, please go
and find another home
All the love that we had is gone
Yes, it's gone!

You don't have to be a doctor
There's no cure for these lies
And I can tell by your condition
that you've been out with other guys
There's the open door, now go
I'd rather be alone
Then to live with you here like a stranger
Now the time has come, please go
and find another home
All the love that we had is gone
Yes, it's gone!
Track Name: A Little Bit Crazy
A LITTLE BIT CRAZY

Just some mixed up kids
moving in the wrong direction
Everything we did
was it just for fun, for fun?
A little bit crazy
A little bit crazy

Trying to make the scene
putting on your best complexion
Living in a dream
just to pass the time, the time
Sleep in late
the job can wait

CHORUS:
Go tell the world
I ready for it
I can't wait no more
Go tell the world
I've been reborn
and I
I can't wait
no more
A little bit crazy
A little bit crazy

Waiting by the phone
must have got a bad connection
Now you're on your own
what's a boy to do, to do?
A little bit crazy
A little bit crazy

So you're on the make
for pretty girls with no objections
Have what you can take
money buys the rest
Place your bets
with no regrets

CHORUS

A little bit crazy . . .
Track Name: Love Gets in the Way
LOVE GETS IN THE WAY

I am a dreamer
sometimes a schemer
Most of what I do
is just for fun
But when I
don't mean to be funny
The words come out wrong
and she laughs

Oouu, the heart of a fool

CHORUS
Too young to remember
Too old to forget
When love gets in the way

A clown or a loser
she says I amuse her
The truth she tries to hide
behind her smile
And when I
don't mean to be funny
She knows the joke's on me
and she laug

Oouu, the heart of a fool

CHORUS

When love gets in the way . . .
Track Name: Visions
VISIONS

You tell me you're a man of reason
You don't believe in God
You put your faith in scientific odds
You're full of explanations
Short on love
You found a universal formula
But in the quiet of the night
when you turn out the light
Do you lay and wonder if it's right?

Some things your mother told you
The rest you learned in school
Be careful you don't break the golden rule
You don't want to be a failure
so you'll have to play their games
And if you're wrong you never, never take the blame
But in the silence of a dream
when you look at what you've been
Does it ever make you want to scream?
Ah, visions there . . .

Some people laugh about them
While other people cry a lot and wish they'd go away
Those visions
Haunting you
Turning all your dreams to revelations

Life keeps you so busy
You don't have time for friends
It all comes down to money in the end
But when the grave is covered
the words will read above:
"He found a universal formula"
Track Name: Twenty Years Ago Today (A tribute to John Lennon)
TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY (A TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON)

A Monday night
the New York City lights
were glowing
Then a man
his victim close at hand
came calling, crawling
I heard it on the news
It took me by surprise
The whole world cried
Gentle like a dove
you filled our hearts with love
that helped to keep us
going and growing

Sing along
an old familiar song
is playing
About a boy
who showed the world the joy
of living and giving
It ended all so soon
I can't help feeling bad
feeling sad
The words your wrote
filled our lives with hope
that helped to keep us
going and growing
Going, growing

Now he's gone
but the dream will carry on
forever, together
Ou, la la la, ou la la la
Ou la la la, ou la la la
Life goes on
A simple theme:
you gave us all a dream
that helped to keep us
going and growing
Going and growing
Going, yeah glowing . . .