Too Much Month at the End of the Money

Players

George Stephen Kelly: Vocal
Motor City Josh.: Guitars
Kevin Tubbs: Hammond Organ
Ryland Kelly: Bass
Antonio Johnson: Drums
DeSean Jones: Tenor Sax
John Douglas: Trumpet
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Behind the Song

I was at a blues jam at the Blue Goose, a popular blues spot north of Detroit (St. Clair Shores if you must know), where I ran into Jon Johnson, local blues drummer for The Alligators. 
Jon had played on my cover of the Albert King classic, Cadillac Assembly Line. He looked especially worn out that night, and during a break I asked him why. He told me about the other two jobs he had besides playing music… 

I said, “Why do you work so much?” 
He said, “There’s too much month at the end of the money.” 
I know a song title when I hear one. 

DeSean Jones killed it on the tenor sax, as he always does, and DeSean
and John Douglas made up those cool licks on the outro on the spot. 

Antonio Johnson and Ryland Kelly brought the James Brown funk.

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Too Much Month At The End Of The Money 

​Saw my friend Jon, that’s his real name, looking tired and beat 
Said he was working two jobs, trying to make ends meet 
Burned the candle at both ends until the wick was gone 
Didn’t have nobody else to depend on 
Jon told his wife, “I hate to tell you honey 
There’s too much month at the end of the money.” 

He said, "Car payments, mortgage, cable, Internet 
Smart phones, insurance, credit cards got me in debt 
Trying to make a living in this disappearing middle class 
All I can say is American dream, my ass 
I wish I was kidding, but it just ain’t funny 
There’s too much month at the end of the money. 

"'Keep your nose to the grindstone,' that's what they told me 
I’m about to cross the line called poverty 
I may just have to declare bankruptcy 
There's too much month at the end of the money." 

He said, "There's gotta be more than one way to skin this cat 
Just what it might be, well I don’t know that 
Everything the kids want costs an arm and a leg 
Feel like I’m sitting on a financial powder keg 
I did the math and I’m no dummy 
There's too much month at the end of the money." 
There’s too much month at the end of the money 
I thought there was supposed to be an economic recovery 
All I know, it hasn't trickled down to me 
There’s too much month at the end of the money 
There’s too much month at the end of the money 

©George S. Kelly  2015, Ace Sleeve Music BMI

George & DeSean Jones

George & DeSean Jones

Josh & George

Josh & George

Ryland Kelly

Ryland Kelly

Antonio Johnson

Antonio Johnson

Kevin Tubbs

Kevin Tubbs

John Douglas

John Douglas