Well I've been bouncing off the walls
Cause that was all I had to work with at the time
I had nothing to say
I got a message from a friend
He keeps his number in the phone book
But I don't use it
I got nothing to say
We never ever spoke
But I listen what he tells me
Ooh I wonder what he'd tell me
I know I've got to think accurately
He doesn't suffer fools
So now I've got no mouth but I'm still screaming
Harlan says we're not alone
But I'm still waiting
With all these rags
By my telephone
There's a mad old boy in a Batman baseball cap down at the intersection
Waiting till the cavalry arrives
Like every day had its own meaning
Everyone would have its colour
So did numbers...
What the hell, it's only our lives.
Jefty is the boy next door
And Jefty is five
The same as he was in 1954huh?
A boy and his dog
Alone against tomorrow
Alone against tomorrow
People could lose their grip
And deep below the Earth
In caves the size of Africa
The pain is rarified and tainted to our special needs
Cause I can't live with myself if living's without you
Oh there must be millions like us
You know all about it...
And I'm standing here
While you know all about it
You know all about it
There's one more thing, girl:
It's so tough knowing where you are...
It's so tough knowing where you are
And I just don't seem to get out that much these days.
I want to hold you in my arms.
Source: Unconditional liner notes
"I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream"
"A Boy And His Dog"
"Alone Against Tomorrow"
It's what I call a T-Rex Letter. You know, where fans of a group write a letter about that group, quoting all their song titles? One of those. In an introduction to one of his collections, Mr. Ellison writes that he tells these stories to tell people that "You Are Not Alone"... because we're ALL IN THE SHIT TOGETHER! What a dude!
(He does, incidentally, keep his number in the L.A. phone book. That line is true. So, I should warn you, is the one about his not suffering fools. He is an impatient man, and should not be approached for quotable quotes on the subject of the JBC by those who could do without being told to... uh... go someplace else.
Source: Pat Letter: 1994-09-13
tictok[at]-remove-comcast.net - Mark Owens Grand Rapids, Michigan
30Jul2014 7:11 AM (2 years 270 days ago)
Though I had not heard of The Jazz Butcher before, I bought the CD because of the track entitled "Harlan" (Harlan Ellison). Why? I wanted to add it to my Little Ellison Wonderland collection of my long time friend
Harlan Ellison's work (and those things that are creatively connected to Harlan, such as art and music). Was I happy? Yes, I was indeed happy.
gexley[at]-remove-comcast.net - Ginger Exley, Boston USA
9Jun2013 11:41 PM (3 years 321 days ago)
Hi, I'd just like you to know that I actually had the opportunity to meet Harlan Ellison about ten years ago at a writing workshop, and I gave him my copy of Condition Blue, so he could hear the awesome song written about him. After that I could not find the album again for awhile. Recently I found it to be available again and I have been enjoying it as much as I used to, and "Harlan" is still my favorite.
krawczyk.mark[at]-remove-gmail.com - Mark (Baltimore, MD...or points thereabout)
16Jun2010 1:22 PM (6 years 315 days ago)
Harlan is my favorite Jazz Butcher song.
It's just damn beautiful, uplifting, and heartbreaking all at once.
Thanks for writing and recording this song. Really. Thank you.
h2ofuego[at]-remove-yahoo.com - James Duval
28Feb2009 6:28 PM (8 years 58 days ago)
Harlan live from Mallorca 96' reunion show is one of the most beautiful renditions I've heard of any song ever!!
mdiwan[at]-remove-shaw.ca - Dwight Calgary Canada
4Mar2005 7:10 PM (12 years 55 days ago)
Iím sitting and ripping some of my cherished butcher collection for my ipod. Harlan, sweetest song I had heard in awhile as memory recalls when I first got the cd. I Had the opportunity to see pat and the boys do it live in Winnipeg during the subsequent tour...spot on performance -it was a great show.