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Bob Who and The Little Criminals tracks recorded from 2007 through 2017. In addition to final engineering, mixing and mastering, Bob Who (Robert Ben Mitchell) wrote all these songs, and provided vocals and rhythm guitar on all of the tracks. The Little Criminals, an assortment of musicians for hire, provided all other instrumentation.


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Track Name: Little Boy Blues
Little Boy Blues
01/27/11 - FtLd


My daddy-o he loves me so
And his little girl know it’s so
Because he never does
The things he says he’ll do

He shouts, he hits and he roars
And tells my mamma she’s a whore
But he does it all
Just to help me know

That although he sure likes to yell
And makes our lives a living hell
Deep down inside
He’s always smiling at me

Cause everything he does by day
Is to make sure that we can stay
Together and be happy
All the time

And every night he comes around
To play the games that make no sound
That no one else
Knows we ever do

Oh my daddy-o he loves me so
And his little girl knows it’s so
Because he never does
The things he says he’ll do

Now other children like to play
Outside by the light of day
But I am not
Allowed to leave our home

Though my mother shouts that I should
My daddy vows I never will
Until the day
That I am fully grown

Cause the world is fully run by fools
Who are so pitiful and cruel
They will hurt you in
Each and every way

And though deep down I wish I could
My daddy yells I never should
Play with those who lie
And who betray

But at night when we’re all alone
My daddy makes me cry and moan
And promise that
I’ll do everything he says

Oh my daddy-o he loves me so
And his little girl knows it’s so
Because he never does
The things he likes to say

And if others should ever ask
I just turn and give them my back
To prying eyes that have
No right or place

Our lives they are our own
And I promised and I swore
That I’d do anything
My loving daddy said

So no one should ever know
What goes on in our home sweet home
Cause they’re too dumb
And full of jealousy

Yet somehow word gets around
And in the end it all comes down
To what it is
That you want to believe

But I’ll never let them see
How my daddy played with me
And the places where I bruised
And where I bleed

Oh my daddy-o he loves me so
And his little girl knows it’s so
Because of all the things
He said and did to me

Yet now I am all alone
Cause bad men came to our home
And took my daddy off
In tears and shame

And although it could be hard
I never wanted us to part
Cause love is always
Full of hurt and pain

Now they say I’ll never see
My daddy smiling down on me
To use me
And abuse my like a toy

But there’s still just one mystery
That somehow got away from me
And I need to know
To share my daddy’s joy

If he said in all the world
That I’m his only little girl
Why does everyone else say
I’m a little boy

Oh my daddy-o he loves me so
And I know that I’ll see him no more
Cause of what my daddy really did to me
What was it that he wanted me to be
What happens next when I am...
Daddy


verse:
28.49.57 - 45.54.65
47.56.67 - 28.49.57 (all 2x)


chorus:
45.54.65 - 47.56.67 (2x)
28.36.47 - 49.57.68 - 47.56.67


copyright 2011 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Hey Joe
Hey Joe
05/23/11 - FtLd


Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down Louisian
The plantations of Alabam

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down to Love Canal
Three Mile Island and Monongah-l

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down Kent State too long
And protests at the conventions

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down to Vietnam
And the killing fields of Cambodians

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down to Wounded Knee
Walking with the Sioux of Lakota-ee

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down to Oklahoma City
And New York oh oh what a pity

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down to Gettysburg
The Titanic and the Hindenburg

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down to Attica
Alcatraz and McAlester

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away

Been down to Emmett Till
Matthew Shepard and old James Byrd

Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, where you gonna go
I’m a gonna go away
Hey Joe, oh where did you go
I went away


verse:
37.46.57 (E) - 32.44.54 (F#m)
17.55.63 (Glong) - 37.46.57 (E)


chorus:
35.44.55 (D) - Amf4 (C#m)
Amf2 (Bm) - 27.36.47 (A) (all 2x)


copyright 2011 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: I'll Be On My Way
I’ll Be On My Way
1993 - NMB

The meat is grinding in the store downstairs
The traffic’s piling up in the air
The prisoners line up wondering where
They’re going to
Hey how ‘bout you

And all the misery played out last night
Has disappeared with the morning light
And love is just the chance you’ll run into
Someone who
Is someone new

And I can’t tell you where the secrets lay
They’ve been swept into the ocean
They’ve been driven far away
And all your deeds are legend
Though your maps are in decay
Won’t you please give me direction
And I’ll be on my way
I’ll be on my way

And if I made a promise that I did not keep
To take you with me when I leave
Don’t argue with the one who takes your lead
It’s not fair
Oh don’t you care

Cause we’re growing up and sometimes getting down
Pick up your pieces and keep moving around
It’s not enough to say you knew me then
No not when
Once again it’s a living

And I can’t tell you where the secrets lay
They’ve been swept into the ocean
They’ve been driven far away
And all your deeds are legend
Though your maps are in decay
Won’t you please give me direction
And I’ll be on my way
I’ll be on my way

And god is turning out a million more each day
The devil just laughs because he loves to take away
And if their reasons don’t make no sense
It’s okay
It’s okay

So go ahead and leave your heart outside
Then lock your door and see if you can hide
From something that’s growing deep down inside
I just pray
Help me through another day

And I can’t tell you where the secrets lay
They’ve been swept into the ocean
They’ve been driven far away
And all your deeds are legend
Though your maps are in decay
Won’t you please give me direction
And I’ll be on my way
I’ll be on my way


verse:
C - 32.42 - Am
C - 32.42 - Am
C - 32.42 - Am
F - G


chorus:
F - G - C
32.42 - Am
F - G
32.42 - 21.32.62
F - G


copyright 1993 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: If I Were
If I Were
02/02/12 - FtLd


If I were Errol Flynn
I’d be swinging from a rope
Yeah I’d be swash-buckling
If I were Charlie Chaplin
I’d make you laugh, I’d make you cry
I’d make you think again

Yet somehow
Things seem so different today
Not like when Mickey Rooney said
Come on kids lets put on a play
But sometimes I just don’t know what to say
So won’t you please tell Katharine Hepburn
Everything will be okay

If I were the King and Queen of Spain
I could wave my hand and send you off
To discover anything
If I were Mahatma Gandhi
I could open up your heart
And make you really see

Yet somehow
Things seem so different today
Not like when Molly Brown turned around
To save who she could save
But sometimes I just don’t know what to say
So won’t you please tell Katharine Hepburn
Everything will be okay

If I were Rock Hudson
Living in a world without AIDS
And without sin
If I were Martin Luther King
Trying to help everyone
Share in the dream

Yet somehow
Things seem so different today
Not like when Micky Mantel’s bat
Took the Yankees all the way
But sometimes I just don’t know what to say
So won’t you please tell Katharine Hepburn
Everything will be okay



verse:
G - Amf2 (Bm) - Am7 - C (2x)


chorus:
35.45.53 - 45.55.63
35.47.57 - 23.35.45
35.45.53 - 45.55.63
36.45.54 - 33.42.53


copyright 2012 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Copper Penny (Living On The Edge)
Copper Penny (Living On The Edge)
09/10/85 - WPB


Copper penny and silver wine
Hold you breath and walk on by
There is no respect
When you’re living on the edge

City streets and sewer lines
Drive all night to find the time
For relief from the sledge
That’s hammering your head

Silver bullets and looking glass
See the knights as they charge past
Search the sky that’s overcast
To know what you regret

But if you think it is
Then I think it’s alright
Cause if you think it is
Then it must be alright

Ricochets and true romance
Grab your hat and circumstance
Try to be recalcitrant
To what’s between your eyes

Live it up and live it down
Your friends they come and go around
But I will be with you my love
Til the moment you decide

And when you leave you’ll linger on
In my mind and in this song
Until I rearrange your host
Of memories and lies

But if you think it is...

(break)

Happy days and longer nights
Feel the sweat, taste the bite
Circulate your mischief
That captivates your life

Hold my hand, feel my chest
Make commitments you’ll forget
And if the morning comes too quick
You can always recognize

There’s no way in and no way out
You live each moment with some doubt
Until you do negotiate
The terms by which you die

But if you think it is...

(repeat first verse)


verse:
52.32 - 52.31
G+21 - G
D+13 - D
42.23 - A7


chorus:
Eb3 - Eb5
52.32 - 52.31
(all 2x)


inter:
52.32 - 52.31
F#m - Glong
42.23 - 42.22


(bandana style)


copyright 1985 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Night Shift
Night Shift
03/14/14 - FtLd


Get off the night shift
Throw them dice slick
And tell me which way
Things go today

Shoe shine boy got hot tips
Stock market’s where it’s
All happening
Or at least that’s what they say

Cause I work the night shift
Throwing switch after switch
I keep things moving along their way

Yeah I work the night shift
Through all the darkness
And then I sleep away the rest of the day

Red lights blinking
Got me thinking that
There’s got to be a better way

Sun shine all the time
But never on my dime
Feels like I’m living in an early grave

Cause I work the night shift....

Mary says now
You ain’t been round
Since workin
At that factory

I say don’t wait up now
Cause it don’t matter any
How long I work
So long as it pays

Cause I work the night shift....

So get off the night shift
And tell that paper bo
I can’t roll them dice
No mo


verse:
35.44.55 - 37.46.57
47.57.65 - 47.58.68
35.44.55 - 37.46.57
47.57.65 - Glong


chorus:
Ef1 - Glong
47.57.65 - Glong
Ef1 - Glong
410.510.68 - 37.46.58


tune:
EADGBE to EADGCC


copyright 2014 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.
Track Name: Solo of Promulgade (instrumental)
Solo of Promulgade (instrumental)
2013 - FtLd


Amf1 - 22.33.44.54 - Ef3 - Ef5 (2-3x)

Ef7+39 - Ef5+37 - 23.44.52 - Ef2 (or 27.36.48.59)

212.412.510 - Ef5+37 - 27.36.48.59 - (Af10) - Af9


(rolling pick - 6x with faster change overs)


copyright 2013 Robert Ben Mitchell, all rights reserved.

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