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July 5th, 2003
Cambridge, MA “Club Passim” Early Show
Soundchecks:
Darryl Purpose: Koreatown; Red (Dave Carter Cover)
Ellis Paul: The Weight (The Band Cover) – with alternate lyrics!

Opener set by Darryl Purpose:
Singer-Songwriter Heaven
(Story about his life)
Halfway Home
Mr. Schwinn
Koreatown Intro
Koreatown
(Story about how he met Ellis/Cowrote with Ellis)
I Lost A Day To The Rain

Ellis’ Set:
(Christopher Williams was on drums the whole set)
The Only Way
3,000 Miles
(story about his house and the 1776 architecture)
(new song) Ready To Go
Maria’s Beautiful Mess
(more discussion about his house and how he found an 18th century dump!)
The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down (with sounded so great with Christopher on drums)
If You Break Down (with intro about how everyone thought he was David Gray when it aired on “Ed”)
The Speed Of Trees (with intro about Big Sur California and Lori B)
God’s Promise (with Christopher Williams on wind box)
Here She Is (with a new arrangement! He extends the last line of each verse to make it more comical/sweet)
Martyr’s Lounge (unplugged)
(intro story about how he wrote the next song with Slaid Cleaves and the idea of how the song came about)
She Was
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key (Woody Guthrie Cover)
The Ballad of Chris McCandless (unplugged – with Christopher on wind box)
Sweet Mistakes (unplugged)

Encore:
(story about when Darryl and him lived together)
When We Begin

Highlights:
-Ellis said he forgot the lyrics to “The Weight”
-A baby started crying in the middle of ‘I Lost A Day To The Rain’ and Darryl was like “It’s the one that Ellis wrote that made him cry, right? We were alright until then”.
-Ellis’ puppy is outside in the back and he mentions Zuzu several times throughout the course of the evening
-This may have been the first time he played “Ready To Go”
-Ellis is wearing his cowboy hat for this show to ‘break it in’ before he travels out to the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
-Christopher Williams slips over his drumkit trying to join Ellis out in the audience during “Martyr’s Lounge”. He eventually gets there just in time for the chorus.
-Ellis makes a crack about Christopher’s wind box right before “The Ballad of Chris McCandless” and then breaks out into part of “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd! The actual part he sang was: “It’s like thunder/It’s like lightning/The way you love me is frightening”. SO hilarious!

July 5th, 2003
Cambridge, MA “Club Passim” Late Show

(I had requested for Darryl Purpose to sing Bryant Street but he never got around to it. I also requested Ellis Paul sing ‘Citizen Of The World’)

Opener set by Darryl Purpose:
Colorado (based upon the story about the forest ranger who burned her love letters from her ex and created the largest forest fire ever)
(story about how he met Dave Carter and they became friends)
Red (Dave Carter Cover)
California
Late for Dinner (by request)
(Story about how he met Ellis/Cowrote with Ellis)
I Lost A Day To The Rain (with Ellis on backup)

Encore:
Mr. Schwinn

Ellis’ Set:
(Christopher Williams was on drums the whole set)
The Only Way
3,000 Miles
(story about his house and the 1776 architecture)
(new song) Ready To Go
(more discussion about his house and how he found an 18th century dump!)
Words
(long story about all his past 4th of July experiences and one memorable one when he was 14 about his grandparents farmhouse and how it burned down during a family reunion)
The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down
(he tells this funny story about the actual episode of “Ed” here and how Hollywood the plot was. He said the rest of the country was sad because “Ed” was caving into a relationship and his mother was so happy because her son was on the show! Then he adds on the part about how the credits go by so fast and everyone thinks David Gray wrote/sang):
If You Break Down
The Speed Of Trees (with intro about Big Sur California and Lori B)
God’s Promise (with Christopher Williams on wind box)
Martyr’s Lounge (unplugged)
Citizen Of The World (unplugged)
The Ballad of Chris McCandless (unplugged)

Encore:
(intro story about how he wrote the next song with Slaid Cleaves and the idea of how the song came about)
She Was


Highlights:
-Ellis’ background on “I Lost A Day To The Rain” was SO great!
-I loved when Ellis rambled on about his 4th of July experiences! It was so friggin’ amazing and didn’t feel rehearsed like a lot of his stories often do.
-Christopher Williams is so talented and I love the drum arrangement to “The Speed of Trees”
-Ellis breaks a string on “Citizen Of The World” and incorporates it into the song
-I can’t believe he did a whole show without doing “Maria’s Beautiful Mess”! There is hope yet!

July 6th, 2003
Great Barrington, MA “Club Helsinki”

(I missed the soundcheck because I was off toodling around town; there was no opener)

Set One:
The Only Way
Ready To Go
(Ellis admits it’s first time in Great Barrington and talks a bit about the town and the club)
Words
(story about his house and the 1776 architecture)
3,000 Miles (the arrangement that’s less inviting for people to sing along with, people don’t)
(intro story about how he wrote the next song with Slaid Cleaves and the idea of how the song came about)
She Was
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key (Woody Guthrie Cover)
National Anthem Story
The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down
(tells a shorter/more rehearsed version of his most memorable 4th of July)
If You Breakdown (with intro about how everyone thought he was David Gray when it aired on “Ed”)

Set Two:
Maria’s Beautiful Mess
(he has a discussion with a girl who is from New York and how much she loves him)
Here She Is (with a new arrangement! He extends the last line of each verse to make it more comical/sweet)
(more discussion about his house and how he found an 18th century dump!)
Martyr’s Lounge (unplugged)
Citizen Of The World (unplugged)
Sweet Mistakes (unplugged)
The Speed Of Trees (unplugged – with intro about Big Sur and Lori B)
God’s Promise (unplugged)
The Ballad of Chris McCandless (unplugged)

Encore:
Give In, Give Up (unplugged)


Highlights:
-Ellis admits he’s still working on “Ready To Go” so it might not always sound like the riffs in “Give In, Give Up”.
-The waitresses kept slipping in and out of the audience and Ellis kept making cracks at them.
-I got my friend to shout out a request for “Citizen Of The World”, someone else requested “Martyr’s Lounge”
-Ellis also talks about the story of the guy who hit a dove with the ball he pitched during “National Anthem Story”. He speaks of how much the reran it on ESPN and how he could’ve been that guy!
-Ellis cracks a joke about how much the broken glass motif that “Helsinki” has reminds him of all the broken glass he found in the 18th century dump he has at home.
-I hated how the audience setup was split so when Ellis was unplugged, there were things he mentioned that I couldn’t tell exactly what he was saying. I mean, I got the gist but only because I’ve been to so many shows. My friend Jessica was unable to hear a lot!

some setlists for the shows I went to in July + some of the highlights
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