Songs From the Fridge

by James Jewell

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1.
Knucklehead 03:46
Knucklehead Once I knew a boy named Knucklehead He had a leaky roof and a lumpy bed When Knucklehead grew into a man He bought himself a sofa and a ceiling fan Knucklehead was a liberated man He loved his sofa and his ceiling fan He said I like to live but life is hard I love the swing set in your backyard Knucklehead moved from town to town Used his legs for to get around Said why waste gas when there’s time to burn I learned what I can and canned what I learn Knucklehead went to the city of love Got a little pushed and he gave a little shove When it was time to leave he said it’s just as well They wouldn’t let me ring the Liberty Bell Knucklehead found a question mark He asked is that a politician or a great white shark If he gives me a cigar, I’ll give him fire Are you the news reporter or just a good liar Knucklehead said there’s a lotta folk dying Loved ones sitting by the bed side crying He said life is short and the body fragile Just yesterday I was young and agile Knucklehead said I can’t wait to see The good Lord coming through the clouds for me On that day, I’ll hear God’s voice Now I lay awake and wonder if I made the right choice
2.
Far Away Across the Sea You and me crossed an ocean All the way to a city of light But in this world of trouble Sometimes heaven just doesn’t seem right When I go out in this city So many faces are so long And then I get discouraged Thinking everything has gone wrong Oh but you, oh but you, but you You are here When your job dosn't take you elsewhere And it's you for me Far away across the sea You are here When your job doesn't take you elsewhere And it’s you for me, far away, all the way Across the sea I go out to that fancy big street Looking at the new fashion trends That just makes me homesick Missing all my back home friends So I climb up to the high cathedral And pray underneath the dome But then I say goodbye Jesus Because I know soon you’d be getting home Because you, because you, because you You are here When your job doesn’t take you elsewhere It's you and me, far away across the sea You are here When your job doesn't take you elsewhere And it’s you and me, far away, all the way Across the sea
3.
Plane 03:28
Plane There once was a man Who was flying his plane He had smoked his last cigarette And he was drinking champagne He couldn’t figure it out He didn’t know what was wrong And with a straight look across the front of his face He went flying along Then he picked up a book And he flipped through the pages It had been quite a while Since he had looked at his gauges And he didn’t know much But he thought he was right He was joining the spirts and the stars in the heavens As he flew into the night And he flew into the night And he flew through the sky And the stars filled his sight And he was ready to die And he couldn’t feel young And he didn’t feel old And the wind stung the wings of his plane And his cockpit grew cold And we were down on the ground And he was up in the sky And he looked like a shooting star When we saw him go by And we had one another And he was up there alone And the wind stung the cheeks of our face And where he flew was unknown But he flew into the night And he flew through the sky And the stars filled his sight And he was ready to die And he didn’t know much But he thought he was right He was joining the spirits And the stars in the heavens As he flew into the night
4.
The Ant and Superman An ant is a beautiful creature I saw one on a westbound train His luggage filled a freight car It had to be loaded with a crane He had suit of black shining armor And his antenna reached to the sky And when he pulled out of the station The crowd let out a cry Anything’s possible Just don’t set your sights too high Anything’s possible Pull back your arrows and let ‘em fly Superman was a philosophy teacher He could bend all the big ideas He fell in love with a front row freshman By the name of Sofia The dean called him into his office And banged him upon his head But that did not hurt Superman This is all he said Anything’s possible Just don’t set your sights too high Anything’s possible Pull back your arrows and let ‘em fly
5.
Flower 01:11
Flower I was a flower And I was eating elementary school lunch It was my first memory Don’t dip your bread in the sauce I was a flower But the principal was walking around He wouldn’t let us get a glimpse of the stars This is a classroom not a playground anyway I was a flower And I didn’t have a thought I could think I didn’t have any reasons to blink I didn’t have any eyes I was a flower
6.
Another Day 01:58
Another Day It's another day And there's some coffee in the kitchen And the cat is at the door And the sun is making geometric shapes upon the floor It’s another day It's another day And I'm gonna ask the sky which way I should go Exploring with my mama on this planet here below It’s another day It’s another day Like a landscape painting It’s another day Built for the meek and the mild It’s another day And your one good God’s creation It’s another day But we keep stumbling, fumbling Crumbling and tumbling Like a little child It's another day So better watch what you are saying And don't decide too fast Because tomorrow is another day And it looks Yeah it looks Like we just might last
7.
Nina 00:50
Nina Nina plays Ave Maria Nina plays Ave Maria And makes a little mistake She makes a little mistake
8.
You’re Nice You’re nice and you’re nice Chocolate curly hair I wish I was a pair Of gloves that you could wear ‘Cause you’re nice And you’re sweet and you’re sweet Like molasses and like cane Poured into my open brain Stuck there you will remain Because you’re sweet And you’re fine and you’re fine And if you will be mine Today and for all time I’ll be a window you can shine Through me But you’re mad and you’re mad As a hatter to be with me So please join me for a cup of tea Join me for a cup of tea Around four Around forever
9.
Grandmother’s Garden When things are cool And I’ve got some time I go to a place that I know will be fine The air’s filled with salt And nothing is hard It’s down in north harbor In my grandmother’s backyard Me and the German We plant for her there She yells through the screen door What to plant and where She says don’t plant ’em too close boys They really grow quick And in a few weeks time They’ll be some roses to pick In the garden is a beautiful place When spring has sprung I plant two lips on its face It’s five miles from the mainland But only one block from the sea You know that that garden Is much older then me So I guess I’ll go down there now And I’ll take the time I gotta stop working And come off the dime I charge for construction and that’s the way it’s always gonna be My grandma’s begonias I plant them for free Chorus Now you know that the garden It dies once a year But I know that my grandma Will always be there
10.
Spider 03:16
Spider There’s a spider sitting on my window ledge But the wind blows that spider off of the edge The spider throws a rope up just in time Now the spider’s hanging on by a thin, thin line There’s spider hanging on off my window ledge But the wind blows the spider line from the edge Spider goes flying out in the air Now I can’t find the spider now anywhere Spider, spider I’m gonna tell you true Spider, spider I’m just like you Spider, spider I’m gonna tell you right I’m hanging on a thin, thin line tonight Spider, spider can you tell me this Did the mighty wind blow you to eternal bliss Spider, spider can you tell me true Where does the wind blow us when our time is due
11.
People that We Travel With Yesterday I was in Rome Sleeping on a wooden floor There where action figures everywhere And doormen at the doors The Upper West Side had not changed It was still the same old scene But but my friends down in the seaport They were still living in between In between the mighty buildings That came crashing to the ground In between people that they travel with When they were riding town to town Back home when we was pirates Full of love and full of trust Riding our junk cars around As they slowly turned to rust I can't remember changes To the facts or to the dream But I guess then, just like now We were still living in between So you people on the highways, Airports, buses and the trains Don't forget the things we lost And keep hope for things to gain And if you find that time Has somehow washed you clean Then reach out to the one Who is still living in between
12.
Hello 01:50
Hello Hello beautiful, goodbye blues Let’s spend some time searching for something to lose Goodbye rainy day, hello sun Thank goodness that yesterday’s dead Life has begun Hello beautiful, goodbye blues With our heads in the sand we can turn off the news Goodbye rainy day, hello sun Let’s pretend that the bills have been paid The work has been done Hello beautiful, goodbye blues You take your clothes off and I’ll hit the snooze Goodbye rainy day, hello sun Thank goodness that yesterday’s gone and life has begun

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Songs:
1.Knucklehead
2.Far Away Across the Sea
3.Grandmother’s Garden
4.Plane
5.The Ant and Superman
6.Flower
7.You’re Nice
8.Nina
9.Hello Beautiful
10.People That We Travel With
11.Spider
12.Another Day

Produced by James and Kara Jewell
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Steven Forward
Recorded at Human Studios in Les Frigos in Paris

Songs from the Fridge is great. I listened to the whole record twice and it sounds awesome pre-mastered and all. James has such a great unique thing going on and it keeps getting better. Bits of Polecat and Prine, but the main thing is how he uses his voice; it's pure and wildly unpredictable. Great recordings.
- Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner


Songs from the Fridge was recorded at Human Studios in an artist squat called Les Frigos (the Fridge) in Paris. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Steven Forward. Forward has engineered records for Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Gary Numan, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Squeeze, John Watts and more. It’s a simple and pure solo record with Paul Niehaus on pedal steel guitar (Iron and Wine, Calexico and Lambchop), Caroline Glory on cello (winner of the 1st Prize Cello Soloist - City of Paris) and others.

Les Frigos was a refrigerated railway depot built in 1921 in Paris 13th arrondissement, The Fridges were abandoned in 1971 and became artist squats in 1980. All songs written and preformed by James H Jewell copyright 2017 www.jamesjewell.com ©James H Jewell, 2017, all rights reserved / all titles copyright control

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released December 11, 2017

Heidi Faust, Vocals on Knucklehead (Worms/Chic Peas)

Simon Cloquet-Lafolly, Piano on Nina (Human Studios)

David Harborfield, Bass Guitar on Plane

Caroline Glory, Cello on Grandmother’s Garden (l’Orchestre de Paris et Violoncelle Solo à l’Opéra-Comique de Paris )

Dana Thompson, Vocals on The Ant and Superman (Washington's Teeth)

Paul Niehaus, Pedal Steel Guitar on The Ant and Superman

Joel Henry, Banjo on Your Nice
(recorded at Amoeba Audio, thanks Bruce Siekman)

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James Jewell Paris, France

It all started with a call from Hollywood and it has no end. It is just like all things. Alabama Chrome is a story. It's long, beautiful, and strange story. A man blown around by events that are out of his control and beyond all understanding.

Lives collide.
People live and die.
Dogs give guidance.
Belly dancers keep watch and very little music is created.
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