I Shot A Man!

by Danny Ramirez

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Danny's first 1999 tape

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released June 25, 1999

Songs recorded at the Ramirez Recording Room in June and August 1998, and January and May 1999.

Used were a Yamaha MT100II 4-track cassette recorder, an acoustic guitar of Taiwanese origin, D'Addario strings (1.09 to 0.71 millimetres/.043 to .028 inches), Fender and Jim Dunlop picks, a Technics sx-KN3000 keyboard and a cheap microphone.

Mixed at unknown dates in June and August 1998, and January and June 1999 at the Ramirez Recording Room, using a 4-track Yamaha MT100II cassette recorder and a JVC KD-A2 cassette deck. Digitalized 5 February 2017, using 2 tracks of a 4-track Yamaha MT100II cassette recorder and Audacity.

Cover: letter from the Zodiac Killer to The San Francisco Chronicle newspapers, postmarked June 26, 1970.

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Danny Ramirez Leiden, Netherlands

Danny Ramirez is a singer-songwriter from the Netherlanda, who started June 2, 1998! He plays acoustic songs with lyrics about the darker side of the mind and mankind! Back With A Dungeon! is his first release since a 2012 online compilation Ramirez song! Over the years Danny released the 2016 download, a X-mas download EP, 3 full-length CD's, 7 tapes and 1 DVD, and was on 4 compilation albums! ... more

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Track Name: I'll Be Your Wipe-Out!
Chorus:
I´ll be your wipe-out
I'll wipe you from the face of the Earth
I´ll be your wipe-out
I'll make you curse the day of your birth

You surf around and don't realize one day
Spme tidal wave might take your life away
You only care if you are smoothly tanned
Which won't save you when
A pipeline becomes your end

Chorus


'Just like Freak Accident! this one deals with the risks one takes and with doing so betting with ones life. The lyrics tell of surfing the waves and the pipelines, and therefore musically it is a surf song. And quite an obscure one, with some great sax parts halfway the tune, a driving surfbeat, some raw acoustic rhythmguitars and a wild sea roaring throughout the entire song. ‘Nature is a strong force we cannot control’ is the overall message sounding through. It's the opening song of the I Shot A Man!-tape, but has never been done live.'
Track Name: To Murder When You're Loaded Is No Fun!
Well you got up in the morning
And you found her in a pool of blood
You couldn't remember what happened last night
After that 10th bottle of Scotch

Chorus:
To murder when you're loaded is no fun
You can't recall how you took
The life of your beloved one
The whole place is a bloody mess
But you were much too drunk
To enjoy the time you had


'This one is about a guy who killed his girlfriend when he was intoxicated. It’s one of the few songs written in a ‘you’-form instead of an ‘I’-form. That is because I think alcohol is being made to have fun with, and not to kill or even only injure others on. The song starts off with an acoustic solo, followed by a dramatic vocal part which tells of the bloody events of the night before, leading to the conclusion in the chorus. The middle section is inspired by or maybe stolen from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song Simple Man. In 2006 I discovered a rehearsal session from Summer 1998 where I play this riff and sing some words over it from the song Free Bird. So I knew that it was actually from Lynyrd Skynyrd, although I sung the Free Bird lyrics instead of those of Simple Man. To Murder! was first performed at a Ramirez concert on December 24, 1999, but afterwards rarely has been done live.'
Track Name: I'm Driving Home With My Sawed Off Next To Me!
I'm going home
To where my heart belongs
For much too long I've been traveling down the roads
Helping out each motorist in car trouble
Their families are still waiting
For them to return home

Chorus:
I'm driving home with my sawed off next to me
I'll rob a store when there's one on my way
I steal a car when I think that's (it's) necessary
And those who resist
With their blood they'll have to pay

It happened a couple o' times before
So ev'ry car that takes me home sticks with gore
I don't have time to clean 'em all from bloodstains
But at least I am a long way on my way

Chorus


'The classical mobile-killer-on-the-loose-theme is the basis for these lyrics. Because this seems to happen more often in the U.S. than elsewhere, the words are written around a country riff and a suitable pedal steel guitar melody. Several movies inspired me for this one. Like Kalifornia, From Dusk Till Dawn’s first half, Natural Born Killers and of course the classic love stories of Bonnie and Clyde, way back in the 1930s, and of Charlie Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate in the late 1950s. February 12, 2002, the title got changed to I'm Driving Home With My Shotgun Next To Me!, because this would be easier to understand when playing the song in a live setting. Of the I Shot A Man!-tape No Siesta! has been done at Ramirez gigs the most, but I'm Driving Home! takes the second spot -- albeit with a lot less performances. Although played in concert regularly especially in the early years, the song stills ends up on the set list every now and then (most recently on February 14 and 17, 2017), and also has been done twice during shows with an instrumental backing (August 13, 2009 and March 30, 2012).'
Track Name: Shit Happens, And Your Time Has Come!
So you thought to save some money on your trip
Well, it ain't a bad start
To hitchhike to some friends, make some fun
Well, you'll never get that far

Don't you really see the danger
Of just getting into the first car to stop
Soon I'll make you pretty goddamn well clear that
There are reasons enough

Chorus:
Shit happens, and your time has come
And don't you dare to scream or to run
Shit happens, and your time has come
It's you and me, some bullets and a gun

So you thought to live much longer than you'll do
Well, that's a shame for you
See, I never hit the road without plan
To make my dreams come tru

Here we leave the road and drive into the woods
You'll guess what happens next
Well, I only want to make sure that you will
Never hitchhike again

Chorus

Shit happens, and your time has come
I love to kill and this time you're the one
Shit happens, and your time has come
The sight of your bloody corpse
With your bloodstained clothes
And your lifeless eyes
With your open mouth
Screaming silent cries
To the skies above
A worthless body lies
In the mud
It turns me on


'This song reminds me of Johnny Cash. I really should have had his voice to give the song the finishing touch, but I only have my own which is recorded twice for this song. I had some trouble singing as low as was needed for it and I hid that with recording a higher pitched second lead vocals. The words warn for the dangers of putting oneself in a position in which one is at the mercy of a complete stranger, for example when hitchhiking. On the set list of about a dozen gigs from December 1999 until 2005 or 2006.'
Track Name: No Siesta Won't Save You!
I drug you with tequilas so you won't realize
That I poisoned your tortillas and you're about to die
Death needs no invitation, he comes 'round without warning
And when he knocks on your door, I'll gladly let him in

Chorus:
No siesta won't save you
In fact, it's the last nap you will do
You're dying by the food
Exclusively cooked for you
No siesta won't save you
In fact, it's the last nap you will do
You're dying at my feet
Full of poisoned meat

“Riva riva andale” is what you were used to say
But since you don't say nothing, this ain't your Lucky Day
You're coming to an end, just like this ditty does
So for the sake of sing alongs, the refrain is coming up

Chorus


'This is Ramirez goes Mexico and it’s always well received at my gigs, though the brilliant trumpets that introduce the song and return later on are absent in live situations where I use an acoustic guitar. While writing the song I had some trouble writing the lyrics but it’s all right as it is. No Siesta! is about poisoning a Mexican with tortillas. His favourite meal. And speaking of it I also am a great Mexican Food addict. When I recorded this song for Reload Your Gun! I slightly changed the arrangement. For some reason I’m not able to sing the original 1998-vocal melody of the refrain any longer, so I had to use a different guitar chord. Frankly there hasn’t really changed much, just half a note. No Siesta! was first heared live at Danny's first gig (April 2, 1999), and has been played at every show since.'