Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ballad of Sadie and Jewel

Most of these songs were recorded during a fitful month or two while I was living in Shreveport LA and working at my first day job as editor of LOADSTAR Magazine. I lived in half of a duplex about five minutes from work and could sing and play as loud as I wanted at any time of the day or night with no one to disturb but my cat, Guyito. I was three years removed from my days of playing in public but I still had some licks and a reasonably strong voice. That was twenty years ago. I am really glad I recorded all of my songs back then.

Written: Pierce Street, El Paso TX, spring 1969

Inspired by an actual event in Knees’ life, this song has more salacious double intendres than any other tune in the Calhoon portfolio. It also has a chord pattern stolen from Blood, Sweat and Tears’ Spinning Wheel and a great guitar-driven rhythm. Sadie’s was the name of a notorious brothel/bar in Farmington in the 50s but Knees was never fortunate enough to go there.

Last Thursday night I was shootin some pool
When my friend Willie say “Hey man!
I do believe I see Sadie and Jewel.”
We racked up our balls an we ran.

We knew them girls was just our style
An they knew we was theirs
I’d last seen Sadie at a ten body pile
An Jewel didn’t mind splittin hairs.

I say “Hi Sadie.” Sadie say “Hi.”
Willie say “Hey Jewel, come on.”
Hopped in my Nash feelin high an dry
Bought us a case an we was gone.

Drinkin an a-drivin Sadie’s shiftin my gears
An Jewel’s givin Willie the gas
Ain’t nothin better than drinkin some beers
An lovin up a nubile lass.


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