Jack n Jel

by Jack n Jel

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Jack n Jel is the creative project of Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart. However, this album is more than 'duo' - it's a place where ukuleles meet other instruments and musicians.

Many thanks to Robbie Long and his lizard-like hands, twiddling guitars, percussion, virtual knobs and sliders with aplomb.

We are blessed to have James Hill (legendary Canadian ukulele virtuoso) play on "Into My Arms", which also features the sublime lead vocals of Ruth McCrae.

Additional thanks to Sue Carson (fiddle), David Robertson (cello) and Penny Creighton (photography and graphics) who made valuable contributions.

Mark plays a Maton concert ukulele and a Makana Mele (a Hawaiian tenor ukulele made from perspex). Jane plays a Michael Legge concert ukulele and a Guitar Binh baritone ukulele.

We dedicate this album to our ukestras, friends and colleagues with whom we share a love of music and community.

www.jacknjel.com
www.thesumoftheparts.com.au

(c) 2016 Jack n Jel
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released September 8, 2016

Recorded, manipulated, mixed and mastered at Funky Lizard Studios, Newcastle, Australia. Feb-Jun 2016

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Jack n Jel Newcastle, Australia

Jack n Jel is the creative project of renowned Newcastle ukestra leaders Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart. Lots of ukulele, but also guitar, trumpet, banjo, piano, vocals, and collaborations with other artists including James Hill from Canada. Jack n Jel have toured in the US and Canada to much acclaim. ... more

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Track Name: Dance Hall Fireflies
He's a lean old man with a gentleman's hand
on the floor (the dance floor)
The other dancers sigh as he walks on by
oh he's smooth oh yeah how he moves

Oh how he glides and takes flight
Oh watch this Firefly shine bright

She's a woman of age that came off the stage
to settle down, in this tiny town
Her style & grace it aint common place
and she's no---body's fool

Oh how she glides and takes flight
Oh firefly shine bright

Oh the years have passed since they both have danced
On that floor,
Though they both are gone their glow lingers on in that hall,
it illuminates the floor

Oh how they glide and take flight
Ooh fireflies shine bright

In this hall tonight
Firefly delight
Illuminate the night
Oh fireflies shine bright
Track Name: Lucky Now
Verse 1
I don't remember were we wild and young
All that faded into memory
I feel like somebody I don't know
Are we really who we used to be
Am I really who I was

CHORUS
The lights will draw you in
And the dark will bring you down
And the night will break your heart
But only if you're lucky now

Verse 2
Waiting outside while you find your keys
Like bags of trash in the blackening snow
City of neon and toes that freeze
We've got nothing and nowhere to go
We've got nothing and nowhere
Track Name: Into My Arms
Verse 1
I don't believe in an interventionist God
But I know darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Oh, not to touch a hair on your head
Leave you as you are
If he felt he had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms

CHORUS
Into my arms, oh Lord
Into my arms, oh Lord
Into my arms, oh Lord
Into my arms

Verse 2
And I don't believe in the existence of angels
But looking at you I wonder if that's true
But if I did I would summon them together
And ask them to watch over you
And to each burn a candle for you
To make bright and clear your path
And to walk, like Christ, in grace and love
And guide you into my arms

CHORUS

Verse 3
But I believe in love
And I know that you do too
And I believe in some kind of path
That we can walk down, me and you
So keep your candles burning
And make her journey bright and pure
That she will keep returning
Always and evermore

CHORUS
Track Name: Step Up, Let Go
Verse 1
Woman, why look so defeated?
Has pain and grief, beaten you down in this life
why bury your hopes and aspirations
have you sacrificed it all, to be a good wife

CHORUS
Step up, we've done our time, now let it go
Stand up, the world awaits, all that we can


Brother, why such a hardened heart?
Scarred, 'til there was no softness there
Did you forget to show love and tenderness,
Why hide, how much you really care?

CHORUS

Bridge
We all walk our own journey
shape our lives from the Earth's own clay
we can chose our directions
or lose our selves on the way
Track Name: Warrnambool
Verse 1
I've been having fun with you
Cafes in town, beach at sundown
I can feel a bond with you
But I can't be sure if these feelings are true

CHORUS
But if I lay down my defences
I couldn't see a path to you
I am shackled to another
I could not be true to you

Verse 2
Push me pull me
Ring my soul
Lick your tongue round my breakfast bowl
Touch my fingers
Speak my name
Send me into octaves of icy shame

CHORUS

I'll see you
If you'll see me
But you must appreciate
I cannot be free
Musty sheets
In motel rooms
Soft smell of deceit
And lake full moons
Track Name: Why Don't You Do Right?
You had plenty money, 1922
You let other women make a fool of you
Why don't you do right, like some other men do
Get out of here and get me some money too

You're sittin' down and wonderin' what it's all about
You ain't got no money, they will put you out
Why don't you do right, like some other men do?
Get out of here and get me some money too

If you had prepared twenty years ago
You wouldn't be a-wanderin' now from door to door
Why don't you do right, like some other men do?
Get out of here and get me some money too

I fell for your jivin' and I took you in
Now all you got to offer me's a bottle of gin
Why don't you do right, like some other men do
Get out of here and get me some money too

Why don't you do right, like some other men do
Like some other men do
Track Name: Lost and Lonely Dad
My Dad lives up in Fingal Bay
My soul lives down in Glebe
My heart is lost somewhere within a torrid angry scream

Betraying locks of auburn hair
He strayed beyond the pale
My mother purged him long ago
But I can't forget his wail

But when's there time to forgive him?
When can I let forget?
And when's the time to beat the shit
Out of my lost and lonely lovely lovelorn Dad?

My strands of memory by the sea
Out there he's riding waves
I wish I were there dangling legs
Beside him as he strayed

Perhaps I could've headed off
That possibility
Or strangled her, that evil witch
No questions, vengefully

But I can't I can't
Forget forgive
I'm tortured up inside
I want to be the ship that shifts on
My own tossed turning tide

But when's there time to forgive him?
When can I let forget?
And when's the time to beat the shit
Out of my lost and lonely lovely lovelorn Dad?
Track Name: At Home Behind
When I go searching upon that mountain
What I am searching I will not find
Cause what I'm searching is what I'm leaving at home behind

When I go walking on through the forest
I will not find it beneath the pine
Cause what I'm searching is what I'm leaving at home behind

When I go swimming down in the river
I feel so cold when the water's fine
Cause what I'm searching is what I'm leaving at home behind

When I go climbing up into heaven
I hear the voices a distant cry
Cause what I'm searching is what I'm leaving at home behind
Track Name: Tread Softly
Oh my Dear, take refuge from your flight,
May your fears be at ease,
Oh my dear, sleep softly in the night,
May your dreams find some peace

Ease your mind from troubles and grief,
Take comfort, find relief,
May you find your way home

Oh my dear tread softly on your path,
You must find your way home

Run my dear, there are boys there who have guns,
who will kill to quieten their fears
Run my dear there are men who throw bombs,
that will rip your heart into tears

Flee away from troubles and grief,
Take comfort, find relief,
May find your way home

Oh my dear tread softly on your path,
May you find your way home
May you find your way home
You will find your new home
Track Name: Oft in the Stilly Night
Oft, in the stilly night,
Ere Slumber's chain has bound me,
Fond Memory brings the light
Of other days around me;
The smiles, the tears,
Of boyhood's years,
The words of love then spoken;
The eyes that shone,
Now dimm'd and gone,
The cheerful hearts now broken!
Thus, in the stilly night,
Ere Slumber's chain hath bound me,
Sad Memory brings the light
Of other days around me.