Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Now they wish they'd given Jack, more affection and respect : "Excerpt From A Global Icon Opera"




My knees, my legs are in a lot of pain as we wait for our first baby to make his first appearance any day now. Joint and nerve pressure, aaahhh! Things they don't tell you about in Yummy Mummy school...

Anyway, years ago, my friend
  • Cliff Malloy
  • who ran more than a few records stores in good ol Santa Rosa, California, turned me on to "Tomorrow" , a semi-obscure 1960s psychedelic rock band fronted by Keith West. Their most well known, eponymous titled album yielded a very interesting hit song, semi mini rock opera called, Excerpt from "A Teenage Opera" (also known as "Grocer Jack")
    It is whimsical, wonderful, sad with an authentic children's chorus.
    The song is referenced in Pete's "Keep Me Turning" off of his solo album, "Rough Mix" with Ronnie Lane. "Oh Jack are you ever comin' back? Will your operatic soul turn black?"
    First season, "In The Attic" fans will remember Pete talking about it once.



    This is the song I had in my head when I woke up today. It reminds me of Michael Jackson and his funeral which is due to start in about a half an hour. I truly believed he would have really enjoyed the song and the sentiment.


    Rest in peace Thriller.

    "Excerpt From A Teenage Opera"

    Count the days into years
    His fifty years brings many fears
    Yesterday's laughter turned to tears
    His arms and legs don't feel so strong
    His heart is weak, there's something wrong
    Opens windows in despair, tries to breathe in some fresh air
    His conscience cries: "get on your feet
    Without you, Jack, the town can't eat"

    Grocer Jack, grocer Jack, get off your back
    Go into town, don't let them down, oh no no
    Grocer Jack, grocer Jack, get off your back
    Go into town, don't let them down, oh no no

    The people that live in the town don't understand
    He's never been known to miss his round
    "It's ten-o'clock", the housewives yell
    "When Jack turns up we'll give him hell"
    Husbands moan at breakfast tables
    No milk, no eggs, no marmalade labels
    Mothers send their children out
    To Jack's house to scream and shout

    Grocer Jack, grocer Jack, get off your back
    Come into town, don't let us down, oh no no
    Grocer Jack, grocer Jack, get off your back
    Come into town, don't let us down, oh no no

    It's Tuesday morning bright and clear
    Lovely flowers decorate a marble square
    People cry and walk away and think about the fateful day
    Now they wish they'd given Jack more affection and respect
    The little children dressed in black
    Don't know what happened to old Jack

    Grocer Jack, grocer Jack, is it true what mummy says
    You won't come back, oh no no
    Grocer Jack, grocer Jack, is it true what mummy says
    You won't come back, oh no no
    Grocer Jack, grocer Jack, is it true what mummy says
    You won't come back, oh no no
    Grocer Jack, grocer Jack, is it true what mummy says
    You won't come back, oh no no ....



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    2 Comments:

    Blogger grace said...

    Hi Amanda,

    You sound like you are so ready to birth that baby!!

    Did you watch any of the service? I thought it was very done. It was very moving.

    It is sad that he had to leave this earth in order to get peace.

    11:28 PM  
    Blogger Amanda and SuperAmanda™ said...

    I watched all of it. I decided that I had to stop crying after Brooke Shields spoke but I lost it when his daughter Paris spoke. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen in my life.

    11:42 PM  

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