A Thesis on the Ballad

by Jack Hues and the Quartet

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Composed by:
Kelvin Corcoran - Poems
Jack Hues - Music

2015 Free Range Recordings - FRR001

Artwork designed by Anna Fewster

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released October 29, 2015

Jack Hues - Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sam Bailey - Piano, EBow Piano
Rutledge Turnlund - Bass
Liran Donin - Bass
Angelo Misterioso - Drums, Shaker

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Jack Hues (guitar, voice)

Sam Bailey (piano)

Liran Donin (double bass)

Rutledge Turnlund (double bass)

Mark Holub (drums)

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Track Name: Barbara Allen
Are you singing from the other place unbearable
though you would not have the girl
look away in Scarlet Town with her killer beauty.

From that room when I was young
I saw the light lie low under a sky of blue hills
after the houses where I walked but was blind.

I think this song may be locked in the brain
even at death, it sounds out as cells close
- Oh Barbara Allen what have you done to me.
Track Name: An Expanse of Water
The water is wide I can't get o'er
possessed at every stroke the great
aching distance between us
across which I would row, swim or ski.

If the waves break in common measure
fish in the sea you know how I feel
when she walked to the water lay down
and spoke her underwater words to me.
Track Name: The Truth
'The Seven Sisters was a true song. It happened back yonder in Mutton Hollow. I was there myself. Somebody got killed over the girl. I was there soon after it happened.'
Track Name: Psychopaths
Edward and Lord Randall want nothing from you
your part is to fall into the ditch of absent motive
evil and misery exist: you cannot rhyme them out.

Edward and Lord Randall want nothing from you
the greenwood mulch is stuffed rich with corpses
my love lies unalone beneath the sweet birdy trees.

Edward, Lord Randall and the Demon Lover
run in the blood at the singing of the edge of the world
and you will never win those shining hills again.
Track Name: Class War and Sex War
We shall all be made to pay one day
lying on the snowy bed of silk
to fiddle music in the wood unceasing.

Red and grinning Little Musgrave returns
arm in arm with Lamkin, a blood-dark night
away boys to Ireland and the Hebrides.

To the roots of narrative in rock, ice and fire
before the saga of riches crashed
where the mind might lodge at zero.

Out of a shining sea of its own telling
we shall all be made to pay one day
hear the dogs bark and the footfall at the door.
Track Name: And So
If anyone should ask you
do you know who wrote this song?
It was I and I sing it all day long.

It came from the dark dark earth
and all those lives of beasts and men
go doubling in the wood at night.

Those figures still unstill
ford the black river rolling
and the vocal bird calls - here here here