This Blue Before

by Smiling Jack Smith

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1.
04:06
DEJA BLUES When I called home this evening A chill ran down my spine Something in the way you spoke Said you’re no longer mine It was a creepy kind of feeling I went all cold and empty through and through Now it feels like I’ve been here before This must be This must be the Deja Blues If I’d been paying attention It wouldn’t ‘a come as no surprise That you were disappearing Right before my very eyes But I wasn’t being watchful I didn’t have a goddam clue Now I know that I’ve been here before This must be This must be the Deja Blues Deja Blues, all over again I recognize the feeling But I can’t remember where or when Deja Blues, all over again
2.
DON’T YOU BREAK MY HEART AGAIN Oh, please Don’t You Break My Heart Again Oh, please Don’t You Break My Heart Again I got everything it takes I’ll do everything I can I need you Like tequila needs the salt and lime I need you Like tequila needs the salt and lime Let’s put the past behind us, baby We could try it one more time I want a chance to prove my love I’ll go dancin’ if that’s what you want Tell me I’m your one and only Don’t know what I’ll do if you don’t Oh, please Don’t You Break My Heart Again Oh, please Don’t You Break My Heart Again I need you for a lover, baby Just won’t settle for a friend
3.
04:18
ZOMBIE LOVE Don’t know what it is you do to make me feel so strange It’s like my will retreats somewhere deep down inside my brain A crazy kind of voodoo beat keeps churning in my heart I cannot find the place where reason ends and passion starts There’s no escaping, sweet release is all I’m dreaming of Zombie Love Zombie Love I cannot eat, I cannot sleep, I long to hear you talk My face is pale, my hands are cold, I stumble when I walk The hours pass, I sit and stare unblinking at the moon Somewhere in the distance voices chant a maddening tune I speak your name, my aching heart is trembling like a dove Zombie Love Zombie Love
4.
THE BLUES COMES BACK AGAIN I’ve got this sad but certain feeling, gonna spend this night alone I’ve got this sad but certain feeling, gonna spend this night alone ‘Cause the room is full of couples, I’m a long way from my home They say the blues is just a hurtin’ you get deep down inside They say the blues is just a hurtin’ you get deep down inside I say the blues is like a bloodhound, I got nowhere to hide First thing in the morning Last thing late at night The blues is just a one-way road Wiithout an end in sight Music is a comfort, whiskey dulls the pain But after everyone goes home The Blues Comes Back Again
5.
FOLLOW THE MONEY You been working so hard all of your lives Trying to get a piece of the pie And old mother church when you’re in a lurch Says there’s pie in the sky when you die They keep you working so hard Just to keep you off of the streets They got their fingers in every part of your lives From the air that you breathe to the food you eat Follow the money They got you all dressed up in your soldier suit Getting ready to ride the horse And the real big question never gets asked Just the where and the when Not the why, of course The boys with their toys in their three piece suits Got petroleum on their minds And with their pea brained, smart bomb, friendly fire I pity the fool who is next in line Follow the money Hungry eyes in the night time sky Selling their lives to survive It’s a sin, it’s a crime it’s the social clime It’s a dance for a dime, it’s the blinded eye Everybody’s got to make a living It’s just that here there ain’t nobody alive You can’t hide what you teach, you can talk you can preach But you don’t do a thing, you just watch them die Follow the money
6.
I FOUND THE BLUES AGAIN I was living the good life Things were going my way I forgot all the bad times I was king for a day Just when I thought I had all the answers Just when the future was plain That’s when it started to rain I Found The blues Again I Found The Blues Again I Found The Blues Again Guess it really never was gone It was right here all along I Found The Blues Again I Found The Blues Again Guess it really never was gone I Found The Blues Again The blues was an old friend He went away for a while I walked around in the sunshine Always wearing a smile But life can change in a heartbeat, brother Love can sting like a bee Take a lesson from me I Found The Blues Again I Found The Blues Again I Found The Blues Again Guess it really never was gone It was right here all along I Found The Blues Again I Found The Blues Again Guess it really never was gone I Found The Blues Again
7.
04:14
8.
04:40
SAVE MY LIFE Save My Life I’ve been waiting such a long time You could be The one to ease my troubled mind Smooth and slow Love is nothing like a straight line Save My Life I’ve been walking in the wilderness Your sweet smile Brings the promise of real happiness Just might be The end to all my lonliness No more sleepless nights No more broken dreams Open up your lovin’ arms And let me come on in Save My Life Be the moonlight in my winter sky Hold on tight Like an angel you could help me fly Feels so right Come on say you’re gonna Save My Life
9.
I COULD LIVE WITH THE BLUES I’ve always been a player, always on the stage Singing songs of pain and pleasure to make my daily wage People say that I’m a natural, we’ll just have to wait and see I Could Live With The Blues If the blues could live with me Most folks say they’d like to try it, that it’s not at all like work But every night at closing time there’s part of me that hurts The blues goes on forever, it just won’t let me be I Could Live With The Blues If the blues could live with me Like an old friend self-invited it’s the same recurring theme The blues awaits with open arms to complicate my dreams I’m a con who loves his prison, I don’t want to be free I Could Live With The Blues If the blues could live with me
10.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES ‘ROUND AGAIN As you walk down that lonesome highway As you walk down the road of life Reach out your hand and help your brother All that you give, you get back twice If there are times when you get weary Don’t be afraid to ask a friend We’re all a part of one big circle What Goes Around Comes ‘Round Again Don’t let your head fill up with worries Let all your fears just fade away Take your time, no need to hurry You are the master of your fate If you get down, don’t get discouraged Get on your feet and start again It’s not so hard if you believe it You’re not alone You’ve got a friend
11.
03:27
MEA CULPA Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa I’m guilty of loving you Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa I’m guilty of loving you I confess, I profess I’m guilty of loving you I have tried to be cool I have been such a fool Like a worm on the hook Open heart, insert foot You’re the one, that’s for sure I can’t wait anymore Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa I’m guilty of loving you Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa I’m guilty of loving you I confess, I profess I’m guilty of loving you Now I view with alarm Other eyes, other arms Idle hands - devil’s heart I was lost from the start I was wrong, you were right Night and day, day and night Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa I’m guilty of loving you Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa I’m guilty of loving you I confess, I profess I’m guilty of loving you
12.
I LOVE TO BE IN LOVE The mystery of love caught me as a child Everything about it simply drove me wild Like all the other kids I had a lot to learn And when you play with fire you’re gonna get burned Experience taught me to deal with the flame But one thing about me has never changed I Love To Be In Love I Love To Be In Love I just can’t get enough I Love To Be In Love Now that I’m older I try to be cool Calm and discreet, nobody’s fool Then all of a sudden walking down the street Love comes by and knocks me off my feet It’s not that I’m lonely or looking for strange It’s just that there’s somethings that never change I Love To Be In Love I Love To Be In Love I just can’t get enough I Love To Be In Love When my time comes, as to all it must, Of ashes to ashes and dust to dust I hope I’m remembered for songs that I’ve sung And not for the crazy things that I’ve done My epitaph’s simple, it’s clear and it’s plain ‘Cause one thing about me has never changed I Love To Be In Love I Love To Be In Love I just can’t get enough I Love To Be In Love
13.
THIS BLUE BEFORE Life is hard and then you die Love is hard and then you cry That’s the way the story goes That’s a song the whole world knows Can’t remember where I heard Love is such a lonesome word I never felt This Blue Before When you suddenly find that you’ve lost the thread You be trying it once again from the top But the woof and the warp of the weave don’t mesh And whatever the hell you do it always comes out stop The things that you’ve been trying to forgive and forget Get all tumbled up and tied in a knot And the more that you keep workin it the worse it seems to get Nothing is forgiven and nothing is forgot Life is hard and then you die Love is hard and then you cry That’s the way the story goes That’s a song the whole world knows Can’t remember where I heard Love is such a lonesome word I never felt This Blue Before Alternating victims, you’re the master of the word game Obsessionist collector hiding a broken heart To protect your innocence you try to pull a name change But a look behind the mask is where it’ll have to start Tears, fears, jeers, cheers, Puzzling the peace you take a defensive stance You know you can’t go home again, you roam again alone again An adolescent dreamer caught in a real romance Life is hard and then you die Love is hard and then you cry That’s the way the story goes That’s a song the whole world knows Can’t remember where I heard Love is such a lonesome word I never felt This Blue Before

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released December 20, 2006

Jack Smith-Guitar and Vocals
Dave Vidal-Lead Guitar
Miles Black-Piano, Clavinet and B3
Quique Villafañe-Drums
Ken Lister-Double Bass
Mike Herriot-Trumpet and Trombone
Monik Nordine-Baritone Sax
Phil Dwyer-Tenor Sax
Horn Arrangements by Pat Coleman
Orchestration by Phil Dwyer
Recorded at Rick Salt Studios, Nanaimo B.C.

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Smiling Jack Smith Madrid, Spain

Born in the States, lived in Canada for 20 years, this singer songwriter with a real affinity for roots and blues has been living in Spain for the last 22 years. He has released 7 CDs and played festivals and clubs on three continents.

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