Rockhound – Lady of the Lake

I’ve been wanting to showcase friends who are musicians on my blog since I started it last month and heard this song recently and thought it’d make a great first run for this segment. After all, that’s what it’s all about — finding new musicians and sharing their talent and vision with the rest of the world. So, here goes.

Elmer Hartman (like, you don’t get a better name than that, right?) writes music and performs with his band, Rockhound, around his hometown in Salem, Utah. He has a true musician’s heart and loves all genres of music. He has a classically trained ear and plays the violin, viola, piano, drums, lead and bass guitar, you name it. I think I even saw a pretty funny video of him playing a kazoo once. I mean, that’s a totally underrated instrument, in my opinion. And super all-American just like Rockhound’s sound. I’m so lucky that Elmer shares his songs with me from time to time and I wanted to share one with you.

Lady of the Lake is about a guy who fell in love with his bike. More specifically, a 1953 Pan/Shovel Harley, so that’s a pretty reasonable thing to understand falling in love with. But he sacrifices it for his wife’s dream of having a pool. Soon after he sells her, the marriage crumbles and he’s left pining, not for his wife, but for “the best woman” that he ever did have: His bike.

This song has a steady rock sound, including a nice little bridge punctuated by some grooving drum beats that get your head moving and some really sweet Petty-like guitar work around the two minute mark. And I think he nailed the layered vocals on this track. I totally dig it.

This is a great song to listen to when you’re drinking that beer and thinking about selling your motorcycle so that your wife can have a pool. (Don’t do it.)

Lyrics:

I sold my bike so my wife could have a pool
And now I’m feeling bad, I’m feeling like a fool
Cause now I ain’t got a wife, a pool or a bike
I haven’t found another one I like
But I’ll keep on trying
And I’ll keep on crying.

She was the Lady of the Lake, a real heartbreaker
You have to be a big man if you think you can take her
A suicide shift and a rigid frame,
Once you had a ride you’ll never be the same
But the Lady of the Lake
Rode away with my heart.

A shovel head, a pan in the oven,
Little stroker and a lot of good lovin’
When I saw her at the bar,
It was love at first sight
She was sitting outside,
Gleaming in the moonlight

I don’t know what come over me
When I sold my Panhead ’53
But if you see her, bring her back
Give him all the money
I’ll pay you back
Whatever it takes
For the Lady of the Lake.

Some other guy is swimming in my pool
Kissing my wife and making me the fool
As I remember, she was good in bed,
But the best woman that I ever did have
Was the Lady of the Lake
Oh, the Lady of the Lake.

With a shovel head, a pan in the oven,
Little stroker and a lot of good lovin’
When I saw her at the bar,
It was love at first sight
She was sitting outside,
Gleaming in the moonlight.

I don’t know what come over me
When I sold my Panhead ’53
But if you see her, bring her back
Give him all the money
I’ll pay you back
Whatever it takes
For the Lady of the Lake.

Whatever it takes
For the Lady of the Lake.
I said, whatever it takes
Lady of the Lake

Song and Lyrics written by Elmer Hartman.

Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by TJ Billmire at Killpop Studios. Performance Credits: Vocals by Elmer Hartman, Guitar by Elmer Hartman, Bass by Kris Hartman, Drums by TJ Billmire.

 

 

 

 

 

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