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What Good Is Money

by Sam Pointer

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1.
Shoes Away 03:51
Shoes Away (words and music by Sam Pointer) I’ve been traveling a long time Searching for to find my home Town after town made me welcome But every time I had to roam That’s how I know that something was driving me onwards Every night, good people, and every day That’s how I know that something had a hold on me Well I finally found a place where I could stay And I threw my shoes away Checked out the towns in the mountains Saw the cities by the sea It’s hard to say what was missing But I knew somewhere was missing me That’s how I know that something was driving me onwards Every night, good people, and every day That’s how I know that something had a hold on me Well I finally found a place where I could stay I finally found a place where I could stay And I threw my shoes away So I was traveling for so long Floating like a honeybee But only when I stopped searching I turned around and it found me That’s how I know that something was driving me onwards Every night, good people, and every day That’s how I know that something had a hold on me Well I finally found a place where I could stay I finally found a place where I could stay I finally found a place where I could stay And I threw my shoes away I threw my shoes away Threw ‘em away I threw my shoes away Copyright 2020 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
2.
What Good Is Money (words and music by Sam Pointer) I got a nickel if you got a dime We can get together and have a good time Get out your money, spread it around ‘Cause what good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down Rich man worried ‘bout income tax So much money that he can’t relax Me, I worry when I’m in the black It burns a hole in my pocket I got a nickel if you got a dime We can get together and have a good time Get out your money, spread it around ‘Cause what good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down I don’t worry ‘bout saving dough Broke my piggy bank years ago There’s no telling how much I owe It burns a hole in my pocket I got a nickel if you got a dime We can get together and have a good time Get out your money, spread it around ‘Cause what good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down Don’t you worry ‘bout limited means Friday‘s coming and the eagle screams What you need is something long and green It burns a hole in my pocket I got a nickel if you got a dime We can get together and have a good time Get out your money, spread it around ‘Cause what good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money, what good is money now What good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money if you don’t lay it down now What good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money, money, money, money, money What good is money if you don’t lay it down What good is money What good is money if you don’t lay it down Copyright 1992 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
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Devil's Work 03:42
Devil’s Work (words and music by Sam Pointer) You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay Don’t it get you through Till the end of the day When it comes down to it Wouldn’t you say You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay There’s a man in Mississippi with a government job Plays the horses on the side He’s got a 20 year mortgage And they take it out of his hide He’s got his feet up on the desk, he’s smoking a cigar He’s just a paper pushing bureaucrat You know he wants the secretary But his boss takes care of that You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay Don’t it get you through Till the end of the day When it comes down to it Wouldn’t you say You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay There’s a gal in Carolina with an easy smile She makes a living stripping down for men She says it ain’t no picnic But it ain’t no sin She reads the National Enquirer and the TV Guide She got them at the grocery store When she wins the lottery She ain’t gonna work no more You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay Don’t it get you through Till the end of the day When it comes down to it Wouldn’t you say You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay There’s a guy in California plays a mean guitar He‘s got two of every noise around He’s got an axe in every color and a lonesome highway sound He’s got a Top 40 ditty and a girl in every city And a closet full of fancy clothes You know he’s going in tomorrow Getting surgery on his nose You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay Don’t it get you through Till the end of the day When it comes down to it Wouldn’t you say You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay Don’t it get you through Till the end of the day When it comes down to it Wouldn’t you say You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay Ah, wouldn’t you say You do the devil’s work You get the devil’s pay Copyright 2020 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
4.
Winds of December (words and music by Sam Pointer) When the walls caved in this morning On the house of my regard I didn’t even get a warning I didn’t know it could be so hard Maybe tomorrow Maybe today The winds of December Will blow my troubles away When I felt the pavement crumble Beneath the feet that lead me astray With more a stagger than a stumble In more a free fall than a sway Maybe tomorrow Maybe today The winds of December Will blow my troubles away Away Away When the sun bursts through the storm clouds And the wreckage is cast aside I will rise above the fallout And on the good winds I will ride Maybe tomorrow Maybe today The winds of December Will blow my troubles away Maybe tomorrow (maybe now) Maybe today The winds of December Will blow my troubles away (Away) the winds of December (Away) gonna blow my blues away (Away) the winds of December (Away) gonna blow my troubles so far away (Away) the winds of December (Away) gonna blow my blues away (Away) the winds of December (Away) they’re gonna blow my blues away Copyright 2020 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
5.
All I Got Is Gone (words and music by Sam Pointer) All I got is gone away Don't know why she couldn't stay It's gonna be a lonely day ‘Cause all I got is gone She's the only girl for me Don't know why I couldn't see That she would wreck my world for me Now all I got is gone All I got is gone away Don't know why she couldn't stay It's gonna be a lonely day ‘Cause all I got is gone Every day I wonder why That sweet woman said goodbye All I do is sit and cry ‘Cause all I got is gone All I got is gone away Don't know why she couldn't stay It's gonna be a lonely day ‘Cause all I got is gone I don't know just who's to blame But I will never be the same Brother, it's a cryin’ shame That all I got is gone All I got is gone away Don't know why she couldn't stay It's gonna be a lonely day ‘Cause all I got is gone All I got is gone away Don't know why she couldn't stay It's gonna be a lonely day ‘Cause all I got is gone Copyright 2020 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
6.
Why Pierce That (words and music by Sam Pointer) People been piercing their ears a long long time Seems like they can all still hear just fine But some things are more precious than your lobes Why you want to mess with one of those Why pierce that Ain’t you gonna use it Why you abuse it Why pierce that I don’t mind a ring in your nose ‘Cause if you rip that open, that’s how it goes Even your navel, now that ain’t no big thing But some accidents might do much more than sting Why pierce that Ain’t you gonna use it Why you abuse it Why pierce that Some things just don’t need to be improved So don’t even talk to me about a tattoo So you can puncture what you will More power to you But use some common sense A little dab’ll do you Man or woman, boy or girl, Remember you only get one pearl So let it shine on all the world It started out just fine Why pierce that Ain’t you gonna use it Why you abuse it Why pierce that Oh, why pierce that Ain’t you gonna use it Why you abuse it Why pierce that Remember where it’s at Why pierce that Copyright 2020 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
7.
Lonesome 04:22
Lonesome (words and music by Eric Beattie and Sam Pointer) When I was lonesome You were there, there for me When I was lonesome you were there When I was broken You were there, there for me When I was broken you were there How could you fade away Reasons come to me When it was summer You were there, there with me When it was summer you were there When it was golden You were there, there with me When it was golden you were there How could you fade away Reasons come to me If you were lonesome I'd be there, there for you If you were lonesome I'd be there If you were broken I'd be there, there for you If you were broken I'd be there How could you fade away Reasons come to me How could you fade away Reasons come to me Copyright 2007 Hemo Creations Music (BMI)/Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.
8.
Melina 05:15
Melina (words and music by Sam Pointer) Melina, she stole my watch and chain Lord, that woman, she drove me out in the rain I don’t know why she want to treat me that way But I know as long as she wants me to, I’ll stay Melina, she saw right through my heart Lord, that woman, she tore the poor thing apart I don’t know why she want to treat me that way But I know as long as she wants me to, I’ll stay Melina, she’s cold to me at night Lord, she turns her back when she turns out the light I don’t know why she want to treat me that way But I know as long as she wants me to I’ll stay Melina, she don’t know right from wrong Lord, she’d leave her lovin’ man, leave me for a song I don’t know why she want to treat me that way But I know as long as she wants me to, I’ll stay Yes I know as long as she wants me to, I'll stay Copyright 2020 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.
9.
Hard to Slow Down words and music by Sam Pointer Well, I got the feeling and it damn near killed me I was feeling righteous till I lost my mind Fifty-dollar bill down a whiskey drainpipe Left me at the end of my line Down, down, it's hard to slow down Once you get a move on, it’s hard to put the brakes on Down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you start it’s hard to slow down Met a sharp-dressed woman, like to drive me crazy Ended up a-dancing up a real good time Four-day whirlwind, wake up to find us Barrelling to hear the bells chime Down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you get a move on, it’s hard to put the brakes on Down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you start it’s hard to slow down It’s like a runaway train A hurricane rain The kind of thing that’s out of control It’s like a dog gone mad A habit gone bad You feel it take a bite of your soul Has it gotten too late to say it’s too early Want to take an exit but you’re in the fast lane Try to talk reason but she talks tuxedo How to stop a runaway train Down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you get a move on, it’s hard to put the brakes on Down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you start it’s hard to slow down It’s like a runaway train A hurricane rain The kind of thing that’s out of control It’s like a dog gone mad A habit gone bad You feel it take a bite of your soul Had a heart-to-heart, I said I wasn’t ready Can’t we hold the bells and build something strong She laughed, took my hand, breathed a sigh of relief Said it was your idea all along She said Down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you get a move on, it’s hard to put the brakes on Down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you start it’s hard to slow down Down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you get a move on, it’s hard to put the brakes on Down, down, down, it’s hard to slow down Once you start it’s hard To break it off is hard Once you start it’s hard to slow down Copyright 2020 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
10.
What Good Is Money (Reprise) (words and music by Sam Pointer) What good is money What good is money Money Spread it around Money Lay it down Money What good is money Just Get together Get together Get together Get together and have a good time Money What good is money Get together Get together, spread it around Get together Get together, lay it down Money Money I got money You got money We got money But what good is money If you don’t lay it down Money Money Money Get together Get together and have a good time Get together Get together and have a good time Copyright 2020 Red Mountain Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

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Discover the debut solo album by Birmingham-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sam Pointer. It's a lively roots-rock tapestry, woven from threads of jam rock, bluegrass, rockabilly, Caribbean, Celtic, and blues. Sam produced it and played most of the instruments, plus is joined by stellar guests.

“... catchy, rollicking numbers... Pointer’s guitar playing shines... a singular debut statement."
- Jake May, Relix Magazine (March 2021 issue)

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released January 15, 2021

Sam Pointer – lead & backing vocals, electric/acoustic/slide guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, ukulele, keyboards, percussion
Mark Lanter – drums
Red Redling – piano (Devil‘s Work, Why Pierce That)
Eddie Hartness – congas & percussion (What Good Is Money)
Gary Wheat – tenor saxophone (Melina)

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Sam Pointer Birmingham, Alabama

Sam Pointer is a captivating singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham, AL. His Americana sound draws inspiration from rock, pop, bluegrass, blues, folk, and more. He is also an in-demand sideman, and has several releases with a side project, the San Francisco-based original folk-rock trio Hitchhiking Honeymoon. ... more

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