Jerry Velona

Looking for Lewis and Clark

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Jerry Velona
2014-04-06
Sid Griffin composer

Story

I've always loved this song so decided to cover it. I enlisted the talents of two of my favorite musicians: Billy Loosigian on guitar and Richard Gates on bass. We recorded it at Woolly Mammoth studios in Waltham, MA with David Minehan engineering.

I've always loved this song and decided to cover it. I felt I needed to change a few lines in the lyric so I contacted Sid Griffin who wrote the tune while leading his band The Long Ryders.  Sid really liked our version and was very complementary and supportive. He didn't have a problem with me using the revised lyrics. Needless to say I was thrilled and flattered. He He's based in London now and has his own band called the Coal Porters.  About our version of his song Sid says:

"Jerry Velona once again proves his musical worth is a balls-to-the-wall cover version of the Long Ryders’ ‘Looking For Lewis & Clark’, a pounding yet melodic take which begs the question: where are the great and fearless leaders of the present day? Velona’s committed vocal and approach to the lyric may not provide a complete set of answers but oh Mercy, they frame the question so very, very well.”

Jerry Velona - vocals and drums

David Minehan - backing vocals

Billy Loosigian - guitars

Richard Gates - bass

Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Studios in Waltham, MA.  Engineered and mixed by David Minehan

Mastered by Bill Bromfield, Clockwise Records, Nashville

Lyrics

I thought I saw some diplomat hawking secret plans in the park

I thought I saw some citizen walking through a minefield late after dark

In a world of love where it burns like Nero

You bounce a fat check and they call you a hero

In a world of love where it burns like Nero

You bounce a check and you’re called a hero

Looking for Lewis and Clark

 

I was standing alone in the Public Garden

I was thinking about the late Tim Hardin

Well when Tim got to heaven he was on the lam

From a kind of world he didn’t understand

No one gave Tim reason to believe

So he just packed his bags to leave

Looking for Lewis and Clark

He was looking for Lewis and Clark

He was looking for Lewis and Clark

 

I thought I saw my government running away with my heart

I thought I heard the national anthem sung badly at Fenway Park

In his tangled web does the master deceive

Only himself while the rest of us grieve

Looking for Lewis and Clark

Looking for Lewis and Clark

Looking for Lewis and Clark

 

I said Louie Louie Louie Louie Lou

 

Looking for Lewis and Clark