Flypaper Motel

by Jim Jackson

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Leonard Cohen meets Muddy Waters on the vast Canadian prairies. Up close guitars and lonesome harmonica caress these blues and ballads of love, joy, loss and nostalgia. The music you listen to driving the plains highways alone.

No added sugar.

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released December 19, 2018

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Track Name: I Left a Woman Waiting Blues
In days of quiet desperation where lovers fear the gaze of eyes
I left a woman hanging all her rag dolls out to dry

Don’t talk don’t speak she laughed at me, I know what you will say
I closed my eyes and crossed myself, and I walked away

In days of damned and dimming light where even hopes and dreams are chains
I left a woman grasping for the wagon’s wayward reins

As she sped off she cursed at me, and I felt she was sincere
When you find that rainbow’s end, drop a line my dear

In days of wine and crumbling stone where time waits on everyone
I found a woman casting all her poems to the sun

And now she’s gone so far away in years and in miles
I hope that she can hear me singing through these smiles
Track Name: I'll Be Loving You
I know my days may not be long
I know my heart may not be strong
I know my tongue may not be true
But I know that I’ll be loving you

I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you
I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you

I know my words speak a different truth
I know my face hides a different youth
I know my eyes have seen a different view
But I know that I’ll be loving you

I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you
I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you

I know the way to get back home
I know the words to sing your song
I know that you know all this, too
And you know that I’ll be loving you

I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you
I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you, I’ll be loving you
Track Name: My Dear
My dear, my dear
Call a name that was never mine
My dear, my dear
Ply me full with ten-dollar wine
Take me where the rivers flow, let the road reclaim its load
Tonight I’m staying here
My dear

My dear, my dear
From Valentine’s to New Year’s day
My dear, my dear
Every dirty main street washed away
Now I know the gypsy lied when she said the ocean hides
What’s revealed in every tear
My dear

At seventeen the sky was purple-blue
I parted my lip and I thought of you
And the smell of wine at suppertime

My dear, my dear
I’m rented out until you go
My dear, my dear
Who’ll come next well I don’t know
Driving around till dawn comes up with the remnants of a broken cup
Oh, I swear we’re getting near
My dear
Track Name: Long Time Gone
I’ve been to the city, and I’ve been on the farm
I’ve slept under the silver lights with a girl on every arm
And you were always close behind
In memory and in deed
A ghost without a touch
Desire without a need
But now I’m moving on
And I’ll be a long time gone

The jack has got my diamonds and the queen has got my shoes
And the king is in the ocean, making love to you
But I’m stuck here in the dust
In the bolts and in the blue
Not trying to write a rationale
For feeling like I do
I’ll be leaving come the dawn
And I’ll be a long time gone

The professor told me yesterday most things remain unseen
There’s silence in a Sunday, there’s a blue streak in the green
And I can have it all
I can live a better way
And all I’ve got to do
Is forget you for a day
Oh, but that just seems so wrong
So I’ll be a long time gone

There’s a woman by the river with a child on her hip
A rag curl in her dirty hair and smile along her lip
But I know she can’t be you
She’s someone with your face
Just like me a stranger
Rode up and took your place
And introductions take so long
So I’ll be a long time gone

So I’ll sing a song for Sarah and I’ll sing a song for Sue
I’ll sing a song for someone, maybe sing a song for you
And I’ll see you when the spring
Comes up from frozen ground
When the days again outnumber
The solitary sound
Of this hard luck song
Till then I’ll be a long time gone
Track Name: Thinking of You
Life and fate and light and love
That’s not what I’m thinking of
Storms and snow and driving rain
Shall not pass into my brain
When the heat of night comes on
I’m just waiting till the dawn turns blue
And thinking of you

I’m thinking of you
I’m thinking of you
Like I do, I’m thinking of you

Every thought I ever had
Every drop I ever bled
Every time I say my name
Every time I lay my shame
With everything that I’ve done wrong
And every time I sing this song, it’s true

I’m thinking of you
I’m thinking of you
Like I do, I’m thinking of you

There’s a time we’ll all be well
In the future I can tell
When every dream will be made flesh
And where we can get some rest
But till then, my honey love
You know what I’m thinking of, you do

I’m thinking of you
I’m thinking of you
Like I do, I’m thinking of you

Life and fate and light and love
That’s not what I’m thinking of
Storms and snow and driving rain
Shall not pass into my brain
When the heat of night comes on
I’m just waiting till the dawn turns blue
And thinking of you

I’m thinking of you
I’m thinking of you
Like I do, I’m thinking of you
Like I do, I’m thinking of you
Like I do, I’m thinking of you
Track Name: Unknown Traveler
She was just an unknown traveler
On prairie highways she laid her bones
And I could not unravel her
No, I could never bring her home

No saint to those above her
No savior to those unsaved
No lover to those who love her
No hero to the great enslaved

So if you meet her on these highways
Doff your hat but stay away
She’ll be coming my way
Coming home one happy day

She was just an unknown traveler
On these highways she laid her bones
And I could not unravel her
No, I could never take her home
Track Name: If I'm Not There by Morning
Your words were on his lips in a thin film of sweat
And past regret seemed heaven-sent
Saturday she was circling round the sun
And one by one, he watched the rains relent

A hand was still stretched out to smooth a passing wrinkle
Intermingled with his horse’s last dismay
Greenmen in the corner still counted on the hours
And falling towers were lost to receding day

In the towns that drew him here, she dealed out jacks or better
And your letter was lost to a bad hand
Come midnight the land was parching, armies marching
And names retreated back to sand

Two faces cast as one will always share an eye
That will not cry when its lip cannot kiss
Clocks were lazy to start the race, and in my face
I saw all the lines of his

Your perfume on my tongue, and a single promise of water
When I thought her eyes winked a warning
Two AM the wine was flowing free, you know where I’ll be
If I’m not there by morning
Track Name: Flypaper Motel
Flypaper motel
Stay an hour or stay the night
Oh, last gas before hell

If we’re not there just ring the bell
Look in the corner for the light
Oh, flypaper motel

Do your job and do it well
Never give up on the fight
Oh, last gas before hell

Flypaper motel
Last gas before hell
Oh, flypaper motel

We won’t ask, and you won’t tell
Do it wrong or do it right
Oh, flypaper motel

You can write a villanelle
Gas up and travel light
Oh, last gas before hell

I won’t give you the hard sell
You might not come but you just might
Oh, to flypaper motel
Oh, last gas before hell
Track Name: I Wrote a Song for You
My dear
There’s nothing that comes near
To what I long to hear
To bring you here my dear

It’s true
I wrote a song for you
Though you may not want me to
It’s all that I can do

Dear I’ll love you until the cows come home
Anywhere you roam
I will follow

My love
From somber shades of blue
To every motley hue
You know I will love you

Dear I’ll love you until the rooster crows
Whither thou goest I’ll be waiting

My love
From fiery shades of red
To every stranger’s bed
Remember what I said
Track Name: Picking Flowers
She said she sat there picking flowers
She said she sat that way for hours
Pulling grass up from the ground
As the blades fell all around
She said she sat there picking flowers

She said she’d sit that way till Christmas
Just until she starts to miss us
And if that moment never came
She’d always feel the same
She said she sat there picking flowers

So come here and I’ll show you
What it feels like just to know you
Though the world around us sours
And the heavy rain devours
We could sit here
We could sit here picking flowers

She said she sat there picking flowers
And she could sit that way for hours
Till the field was all but clear
And she made her way back here
She said she sat there picking flowers
She said she sat there picking flowers
She said she sat there picking flowers
She said she sat there picking flowers
Track Name: Daylight Go Down
Rest yourself, my dear companion
Rest yourself, my oldest friend
Rest yourself out where lonesome highways end
Lay down your head and sleep

And daylight go down
Daylight go down
Daylight go down
She needs to sleep

Day was long and filled with waiting
Day was long and filled with blue
Day was long out there on highway 22
Lay down my head and sleep

And daylight go down
Daylight go down
Daylight go down
I want to sleep

Morning came without a whisper
Morning came without a sigh
Morning came, and then morning passed us by
We’re much too tired to sleep

So daylight go down
Daylight go down
Daylight go down
Sing us to sleep
Track Name: Bottom of the Bottle Blues
Well, I’ve got the bottom of the bottle blues
I’ve got the bottom of the bottle blues
When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose
And I’ve got the bottom of the bottle blues

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