No Asterisks

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"No Asterisks" is the first collection recorded by the current 6-piece WHOA!TIGER lineup. We've picked a different release approach this time, and have decided to start recording the songs before the entire collection is written, and to release them along the way as they get finished, continuing until we decide the album is done. ;-)

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released October 3, 2015

WHOA!TIGER is:
Jack Barkley - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Gregg Jones - guitar
Erik Nelson - drums, vocals
Eric Tullis - bass
Terry Valde - keyboards
Eric Wood - percussion, vocals

Production Information:
"Harp In Pocket"/"Century Road" - Recorded April 25-26, 2015 at The Hit Department, Indianapolis, IN. Engineered and mixed by Scott Rainey.

"None More Black"/"Days Gone Bye" - Recorded June 27-28, 2015 at The Hit Department, Indianapolis, IN. Engineered and mixed by Scott Rainey.

“Shadows”/“Bitter” - Recorded March 13/20 and April 3, 2016 at The Hit Department, Indianapolis, IN. Engineered and mixed by Scott Rainey.

All songs written by WHOA!TIGER, except:
“Bitter”, written by WHOA!TIGER and Dan Janke.

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WHOA!TIGER Indianapolis, Indiana

We're WHOA!TIGER, and we've been busy in the central Indiana original music scene since 2008.

Any fan of gutsy rock-n-roll and storytelling lyrics should find plenty to like in WHOA!TIGER. Inspired by the classic album-oriented bands of the 70's, we write contemporary original rock music, with a decidedly old soul.

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Track Name: Harp In Pocket
HARP IN POCKET

Well it's a snap shot, a perfect picture
Of this red hot lovin' we share
Until you sling shot right back to your other man
Sweet-talking me like you care

You try to tell me that it's all part of livin' free
That don't seem fair to me, I just can't let that be
You've got to tell me that it's one way or the other

But that don't sit with what you want from me
Well I ain't no in between, just like a movie scene
You leave me standing on the corner in the rain

You never know when good love will leave you broken

That's why you always remember
The one you always regret
That's why you always got a song that makes it better
You never know, that's why you always got a blues harp in your pocket

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Just like a dog's tail, which end’s wagging which
You've got your big-selling list of demands
When you know damn well that there's at least two sides to everything
And pushing me don't change where I stand

I sit and hear the conversation from a distance,
"You gotta think like this, don't listen to that,
It's just a big lie, listen to the facts, man.
I know it's true 'cause it was on my TV screen."

That kind of talk, it makes you sound a little crazy
My mind don't wrap that way, I just can't live each day
Believing life is part of some big dream

You never know when bad blood will leave you stranded

That's why you're always reliving
The words you never forget
That's why you always tell it louder to the next guy
You never know, that's why you always got a blues harp in your pocket

That's why you're always forgiving
That's why the chords always change
That's why the stage is for the one who's gonna sing it right
That's why you never hesitate to rearrange

That's why it always reminds you
That it's the best that you get
That's why it always seems so little when it happens
You never know, that's why you always got a blues harp in your pocket
Track Name: Days Gone Bye
DAYS GONE BYE

Anytime since you went away
That I start my day
Without you on my mind,
I catch myself and I drift away
I go back to that day
When I was left behind.

Did you think when you said goodbye
And rose into the sky
That it would be alright?
Or did you know that our time was done
As the setting sun
Surrendered to the night?

You never notice 'til you're in it
A lifetime passes in a minute
A breath away from eternity
Your hopes and dreams before your eyes
Like fleeting memories as time flies
All them days gone by

Twenty years have come and gone
I try to carry on
That’s why I wrote this song
I feel the shadows, they are growing long
Like spectral fears they’re drawn
My peace of mind has gone

You never notice 'til you're in it
A lifetime passes in a minute
A breath away from eternity
Your hopes and dreams before your eyes
Like fleeting memories as time flies
All them days gone by

I look to the Stars
When I need inspiration
I can feel you among them
Shining on

How can anybody
Say this is forever?
One day I will see you
(And) we'll take up
Right where we left off

You never notice 'til you're in it
Our time on earth has got a limit
When it’s gone, it’s gone
Love one another like you mean it
Love endures – I know, I’ve seen it
Don’t let days go by

Love one another like you mean it
Love endures – I know, I’ve seen it
Say good-bye to days gone bye
Track Name: None More Black
NONE MORE BLACK

That feeling you get just before it begins
The season of intensity where nobody wins

Same old message from a different face this time
But our eyes stay fixed upon the show
Try to wade through this sea of information
Avoid manipulation, make it something I should know

Concieved from a dream you think I should fight for
But I believe that the prophecy you offer me
Fails to address why this mess was here to begin with

It’s just your version of some push-and-pull romance
You kiss me as you tighten up your grip around my throat
Make me feel like it’s all for my protection
And then laugh at my objection to the history we wrote

And then it all fell out from the bottom
Man, those guys forgot everything we taught ‘em
All that time we spent when we fought ‘em
Ends up it was their own people that caught ‘em from the inside
Yeah, hit ‘em with a blind side
Makes you choose a real side when they take away your fine ride
There ain’t none more black than a promise taken back
That never had a real chance anyway, that’s just the game that we play

Revealing a dream that’s replayed in my head
But the final scene, it never seems to give me
Any answers I need, it all seems to bleed me

But I can see the colors, and I know I see the light
All the rest is what we need to get us through
Getting used to being thoroughly confused
Our emotions being used to ignite another fuse

And then it came down to what really mattered
Took us past all that silly chitter-chatter
Look around, fat cats getting fatter
Seems high time we took matters in our own hands
Not merely stage hands
Don’t need to be no grand stand to help us know just what we got planned
Cause there ain’t none more black than losing from a kick-back
Gonna try for another day, that’s just the game we play

Well I don’t care what you’re thinking that’ll make it all go away
I don’t seem to find no peace of mind from the pieces I hear each day
One thing I know is you don’t let go of the way you know it’s gotta be
There ain’t none more black than turning your back on me
There ain’t none more black than turning your back on anyone you see
There ain’t none more black, now don’t you turn your back on me
Track Name: Century Road
CENTURY ROAD

I guess the drive didn’t take too long, ain’t been back since I was real young
This old house still looks about the same
Just down the road lived my best friend, don’t think i’ll see him again
‘Cause he took off for fortune and fame
It’s where we lived for adventure, a time when dreams didn’t end
I’ve got the scars to remind me, where we learned how to mend

A kid’s life ain’t what it once was, it’s hard to fight the good cause
‘Cause there’s so much mean, and it won’t go away
Say what you want, but don’t touch me, I may not win, but they’ll all see
That I ain’t afraid of what you’re throwing my way
It’s where I grew ten feet taller, where being just a boy came to end
I’ve got the scars to remind me, where we learned to defend

Believe in what it tells you, how everything deserves a little more
What takes us there together, remember falls that we took before
Winding through the countryside, I’m not even thinking ‘bout the next turn
And the passage is worn down from all the heavy loads
Been carried by the feet here before us
That walked here on Century Road

We drove around till the sun went down, ‘cause that’s the best time to fool around
We’ll pull off where there’s noone at all
First time for both of us here, little nervous, little bit of fear
We fumbled through it and the thrill of it all
It’s where we lost inhibitions, when we first became friends
I’ve got the scars to remind me, where we learned to pretend

Believe in what it tells you, how everything deserves a little more
It takes us there together, remember falls that we took before
Winding through the countryside, I’m not even fearing the next turn
And the traveler is worn down, but it’s not such a heavy load
Where you find you’re not the first or the last one
To venture down Century Road

Now make good time for coming days, stick around to walk the next mile
Look back when you need to, look ahead, it clears you for awhile
Winding through the countryside, we’re not afraid of the next turn
When it’s all said and done, and the story’s set to be told
We know every page is different at the end
But we all got there on Century Road
…Century Road
Track Name: Shadows
SHADOWS

Look up, it’s different once you’ve been there
It’s not what you thought you’d find
Time’s up, and I’ve got no resolution
I’m not looking at the steps I leave behind

I’ve seen many mornings be gone before they’re due
When the night falls, I’m left with nothing new

So I’m told, it’s seldom worth the effort
I’m not sold on such a visionary line
I walk away from what appears to be a shadow behind me
I know it’s there from a light that I can’t see

I move in deliberate motion, and I’ve been on uneven ground
You’ve held my hand with this notion that I’d come around
We never thought to question what made us turn and hide
Another shadow coming from another side

It keeps my interest while it seems to keep me a little high
I don’t seek answers, I’m not asking why

I cry when the spirit moves me,
And I laugh when it goes my way
I scream like a child when I get excited
I’ll share when I’m having a good run
And I’ll steal when the game ain’t fair
I’ll take on the dark that comes with the night
My shadow’s still there.

It won’t mean a thing in the morning
It won’t make for hallowed ground
We’re just lucky we still get invited
Don’t even try to remember
What it was that tripped you before
Just to take on a different light
My shadow keeps moving

So look up, now that you’re quite familiar
It seems to be an extraordinary time
Don’t walk away from shadows, don’t let them track you down
They don’t mean a thing when you’re not around
Track Name: Bitter
BITTER

I slip just a little and I flip to your side
And I trip all the information from this ride
I’m winning this battle and I’m sinning just to get by
I’m beginning to see double, no one tells me why

Desperate measures, desperate times
Frantic messages the story leaves behind
Feast or famine, no middle ground
Too many happenings to turn us all around

I know you’ve been lying just trying to keep a straight face
In my mind I keep a tally of everyone and everyone’s place
If you fall from graces the road back is all uphill
Every single step you take is one less bitter pill

Bitter living, bitter soul
Bitter reminders, they take their toll
Strength in numbers see you through
Sole survivor, you just make do

There’s no time like the present
There’s no time like our past
Got no time for forgetting
No, the time we got has got to last

So be remembered with what you say
Don’t go unnoticed, no not today
Make it your problem, that’ll make it real
Live your life how you feel