The Jazz Butcher


Susie leaned across the table in her coat
And said when she was young
There was fear and loathing driving all the things she did
Learning Latin in a high school in a foreign land
Hating the school teachers most of all
Guess no one told them that you shouldn't ever lie to kids

A girl has to have some breaks
When she was 18 Susie saw the Patti Smith Group on T.V.
And she told me that it changed what she wanted to be
Guess that's why we kept on coming back to each other
Over all these years now
And if you don't know what's so good about candy
Don't ask Susie or me

All these smart teenagers
Say "You just believe your own pubilicity"
But you have to live somewhere don't you see?
Now I'm falling prey to delusions
Stupid and young with all these confusions
People ask me the strangest questions
Such a faith in such an illusion
Meanwhile goodbye to all your friends
So sorry, but goodbye to all your friends

So why despise these simple virtues?
Moneyed eyes on simple virtues
But you can ride your own downtown train
You can play those records again and again
And they can't take that away from you Susie
They can't take that away from you
No they can't take that away from you Susie
They can't take that away from you

And everybody says that its all over now
You're just like Morris dancers anyhow
Oh but I do care
What I could I do but care
Ah and I do care
What I could I do but care

Found On

Buy These Records
Having ended up on Creation Records, which I took as a bit of a validation, I was keen to get as far away from all those "w" words that had followed my group around. The sessions were chaotic and funny. What disappoints me is that it came out sounding so SMOOTH and tidy. But I like Fishcotheque; I wish there more records as good as it.
[Fishcotheque cover thumbnail]
creation_records, Relativity Records
Edward's Closet
So you've got a CD player, have you? I've got a headache and an abiding dislike of expensive food crews in dumb baseball hats. I've been in Edward's Closet and he wasnt't in. "That JBC", they mutter at the bus-stop, "turned left at the light a Long Time Ago".
[Edward's Closet cover thumbnail]
creation_records CD
The Violent Years
Purchase Now
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[The Violent Years cover thumbnail]
Fire Records 4xCD

Live Stats

30 documented performances (click to explore)
1985 1 (JBC)
1987 1 (JBC)
1988 8 (JBC)
1989 1 (Pat Solo)
1992 16 (JBC)
1993 1 (Pat Solo)
2020 1 (Pat Solo)
2021 1 (Pat Solo)


2 Recorded Live Performances
1992-04-26 Cat's Cradle - Chapel Hill, USA
Credit: David Whittemore
1988-06-12 Odd Rock Cafe - Milwaukee, USA
Credit: Douglas Buege
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  • Just love this song
    johnrobinson[at] - John Robinson Yorkville, IL
    15Nov2020 7:01 PM (3 years 21 days ago)
    Can't tell you how much I appreciate the lyrics page on the website. The things I was saying/thinking wrong for years and years... sigh..

    wish there were even more linear notes to give us some insight on what's going on though...
  • Favorite JBC Song
    brad[at] - Brad Miller [at]-remove-Omaha, NE
    23Nov2010 6:23 PM (13 years 16 days ago)
    For me, the best song Pat has ever penned.