The Jazz Butcher Lyrics Sweetwater


Vielly got her miracle
And Church is looking suave beside his flowers.
celebrated Downey Mildew guitarist Charlie. c.f. She's On Drugs

And Pete could learn to love it here
The buffet doesn't close for hours.

I rode here in the front seat with the window down.
And I can't hear a single thing that anyone says
'Coz it's all in my face and it's all too beautiful.


Oh sweet water sometimes it feels like ancient Rome
Oh sweet water I can't believe we're home.

Staring at the cats behind the ironwork and looking for a dine
There are problems in this world I know
But right now none of them are mine.

And Hoagy Carmichael never came here, Dave.
Havana cigars on the back seat and I wouldn't have it any other way.


At long last person or persons unknown
We don't have to be alone it doesn't have to be a circus.


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Inspired by and dedicated - in part - to the Sweetwater Springs Saloon in Los Osos, California, a splendid rockin' redneck shed, which we heartily recommend to all pompous English whiteboy groups trying to "crack the market Stateside". If you're going to play Nick Cave, sooner or later you're going to hurt yourself; far better to stand in a giant refrigerator with six bottles of Jaegermeister and your crew.

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21 documented performances (click to explore)
1993 5
3 (Pat Solo)
2 (JBC)
1994 3 (JBC)
1997 1 (Pat Solo)
2000 12 (JBC)


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The bar I am singing about was in Los Osos, California.
pat, NN1 17Oct2006 10:46 AM
Sweetwater location
I live in the area where the "Sweetwater" bar is located. Pat wrote this song about a night out at this particular watering hole which neither of us knew was a gay bar until 3 drinks into the evening...
it's on Broadway in Long Beach.
David James 12Oct2006 5:46 PM
Sweetwater is sweet
I've never been to the bar for which this song
is named, but I intend to one of these days.

I love the song's laid-back, cheerful mood
which stands in contrast to the rather somber
songs on the Waiting for the Love Bus LP.

The song also has a terrific arrangement with
a tinkly keyboard line which reminds me of
Brian Wilson and sunny California in general.
The song ends with synthesized heavenly
chorus that sounds a bit like that lovely hymn
on Brian Eno's Apollo Atmospheres CD.

I'd like to think that this was Pat's intention
when he put this one together.
Portland, Oregon USA 1Jun2003 6:10 PM