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The Jazz Butcher Lyrics Harlan
Harlan
2 documented performances (click to explore)
1995 1 (JBC)
2003 1 (Pat Solo)
Found On
Condition Blue .. Unconditional
The Butcher Says..
30 second sampler

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
Time's a-wasting
So now I've got no mouth but I'm still screaming

Chorus:

And Harlan
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.

Chorus

Jefty is the boy next door
And Jefty is five
The same as he was in 1954

huh?

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
Infinitely slowly
The pain is rarified and tainted to our special needs
Always
Cause I can't live with myself if living's without you

Chorus

Oh there must be millions like us
Millions
Outside

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.

The Butcher Says..
Ellison, of course.
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  • Harlan
    tictok[at]-remove-comcast.net - Mark Owens Grand Rapids, Michigan
    30Jul2014 7:11 AM (2 years 236 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.
  • Harlan
    gexley[at]-remove-comcast.net - Ginger Exley, Boston USA
    9Jun2013 11:41 PM (3 years 286 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.
  • Harlan
    krawczyk.mark[at]-remove-gmail.com - Mark (Baltimore, MD...or points thereabout)
    16Jun2010 1:22 PM (6 years 281 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.
  • Harlan
    h2ofuego[at]-remove-yahoo.com - James Duval
    28Feb2009 6:28 PM (8 years 24 days ago)
    Harlan live from Mallorca 96' reunion show is one of the most beautiful renditions I've heard of any song ever!!
  • long time
    mdiwan[at]-remove-shaw.ca - Dwight Calgary Canada
    4Mar2005 7:10 PM (12 years 21 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.