Third Culture Kid

by Jack James

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1.
03:26
And we just pretend We just got out a bend Foaming at the mouth And we're headed south Red Rover, Red Rover Join the other side You can be mollified Look at your childhood friends Look how they make pretend Red Rover, Red Rover
2.
Crowd the bus stop in the rain Sing a song to keep the cold away Travis comes in handy here Flooded streets are rivers with blocked drains Try to fall, miss the ground Everything is on the cards And everything is on the table too Hey look I know just what to do I play the bedroom but I play the kitchen too I keep it down, close to the ground Try not to fall, neighbours think I'm loud One by one by one, feel nothing [oh my...] Day and night they fall and rise Every time I fall I miss the ground Daydream till the sun goes down Tell me what is my absurd reprise? Try to fall, miss the ground One by one by one, feel nothing [oh my god] Eternally we fall and rise Every time I fall I miss the ground Daydream I rise when I'm found Tell me what is my absurd reprise?
3.
04:25
Restless are we now that we've bought some rest Burned at both ends, well the middle was best And I know it's true, and I learned it from you All this knowledge, forget what you say Myriad memories I can't store away Tried to drown all my sorrows, they learned how to swim All these bad situations I find myself in We smoke cigars then you're dropped off at war I fight at home but I don't know what for All this knowledge, can't follow your train Myriad memories I can't store away, away Tried to drown all my sorrows, they learned how to swim All these bad situations I find myself in
4.
Send the boys on out to get me I can't find my way home The roads look different in the night Time of death is unknown Send the girls on in to help them They can't do it alone Send the clowns in while you're at it Time of death is unknown Who are you all at my bedside? I just want to go home Sing a song I've long forgotten Time of death is unknown
5.
The kids are at the porch Reminds me how I was before Their faces open wide They're looking like they might, again They're looking underneath Wonder if they'll have the reach Discover my gift horse's teeth They were never ours to keep, I know And so you had a son Everyone else was having one Make a hobby of your house Everybody has their doubts, you know? As the waves lap on your cheek Enjoy your day out on the beach As she stares into the abyss Another thing for her to miss, I know...
6.
03:30
Who'll ever find the rose Who'll ever find the rose, man He takes a chance And by god, there's a man Sam has only friends This does not make sense Trace fibers of a rope Nail scratches on the throat It's quite a dance And by god, there's a man Sigh from your mouth I don't mind, let's have an early night Who'll ever find the rose Who'll ever find the rose, man
7.
Far alone Run away from home And you say you want more But you love the core On the train from New York Just shy of Chicago Left at the fork Drop down the floor Stare for yards Thousand as times as far And his chest weighs him down A long coat to drown Why don't they get back From your dad's heart attack While the night is young Let's tie both our tongues
8.
My dog sits nice on the floor This I try to ignore My dog likes sitting at home Staying in with a bone My dog sits nice on the floor My dog takes the colour away His darkness can't be escaped My black dog is always there He sits at me and he stares And helps me remember My dog sits nice on the floor And helps me remember
9.
02:55
Sean Grady died last week And he called out for his mum Yeah he called for his dead mum Sean lived to 94 Last ten years spent bored Man, he looked so fucking bored Meanwhile I sit on the floor Acting so superior With my shit songs, wanna hear some more? I face up towards the roof Jumping through meaningless hoops Like a hamster on a loop And don't go listening to what you want Afraid of desire And everyone is someone till they're not Evade the high flyer
10.
Maybe it's not what it seems Fake smile, mimic the head lean 'Cause you're a third culture kid Don't know what you did Drive down that strange divide Find out now what it was Dive down to the root cause Over the rise, where I find it's waiting for you Shoulders of giants, that I'm tying over the noose Over again I know you wander the maze The stroll turns into a stray for days And where has it went? This straight arrow's bent Drive down that strange divide
11.
Had a dream last night we were hanging out We were going to rent a car and drive I knocked you for six: "No one gives a shit" Was my advice to keep you sane and alive I have walked straight into Look what I've walked into I have walked straight into Before I was born and after I'm gone I don't really exist much at all Tried to learn something about everything And nothing about anyone
12.
Oh no, not this again... I was by your bedside Where I was by your wife's side You looked so damn young But you were already gone I would have came quickly If I knew you were so sickly You looked so damn young And your heart was beating strong Oh no, not this again... I went to the gate Where the ballerina flowers wait I looked up for your wave As the car rolled away Oh no, not this again...

about

Webster’s dictionary defines “music” as “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity”. And boy-howdy does Jack James enjoy making that there “music”.

Third Culture Kid is James’ 7th album in 8 years, continuing a harder rocking folk sound that began on “Letters of Last Resort” while taking his songwriting in new and unexpected paths. This includes intermittently ditching the whole folk part, with a result that walks a fine line between Elliott Smith’s XO album and Silver Jews’ Tanglewood Numbers.

The creative evolution on this album is all over the writing rather than merely the instruments used. The previously defined “temporal relationships” between the “tones” is played with a lot. Guitars are given long bridge sections to build organically. Gift Horse's Teeth hints at a backing band for minutes before feinting. Sean Grady feels like the most immediately catchy single, with a hook & guitar sound straight out of the Billy Corgan playbook.

Third Culture Kid is a term for someone raised in an environment which is very different to their parent’s environment. Wikipedia lists Barack Obama as the first example and only example I’ve ever heard of. So I guess, in many ways, that makes Jack James the Obama of folk music.

But who is Jack James?

Webster’s dictionary defines “Jack James” as “The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary. Did you mean "Jackhammer"?

Urgh, thanks Obama.


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Released: 9th October 2017
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

All songs written and recorded by Jack James

Jack James – Vocals, instruments
Gavin Crawford – Drums


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“From Neil Young... by way of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, to Arab Strap, without the charming vulgarity.” - The Herald


"Sounding more like a Scottish Leonard Cohen than ever" - Scots Whay Hae


"Jack James may be doomed" - The List

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released October 9, 2017

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Jack James Glasgow

Rangy songwriter.

“From Neil Young... by way of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, to Arab Strap, without the charming vulgarity”
-The Herald

"Sounding more like a Scottish Leonard Cohen than ever"
-Scots Whay Hae

"Jack James may be doomed"
-The List
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