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Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do

Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do

Jacob T. Blackmore stood at the centre of the road
The dust from the Buick smarts him so he shifts his load
He could see that he was alone
Feeling that it was a tone cooler now than when he’d been in
Suitcase held in his sweating left hand
He needs his quick right free to shield his eyes from the sun
What had his clear Lady Mrs B said that morning
Before his irrational hitch east?
High may you be, may you prosper
May a fair wind blow on your cheek

Who was that mystery face that I dreamt or hallucinated last night?
Jacob has been wondering about her alright
He knew it wasn’t a fault seeing these things at all
It’s just that once in every so often you get someone who can see visions
Who could it be?
It’s just that once in every so often a bit of bleeding heart breaks to diamond
What is so frequently jet black anger is what we have longed
Ancestral voices from the insane
Why is Jacob’s mind totally flipped sideways again
Is it the cocaine?

Tired of wasting time his nose felt for another line
Jacob sought the powder white courtrooms of justice
There he knew he was alone
For his body made a groan
And all the people sitting round they were no good
They’d already been sold to poor dealers
What does it show when you’ve got this far and you can’t turn back
Keep your arch straight and your eye to the crack
Pay attention to what the wise earthworm says
You don’t lose wisdom if you ain’t got a head
Said the sparrow

As he sat on his pack rolling a joint in his lap
Jacob’s mind transcends the dusty road where he’s at
He could sense there was someone there
A voice that had got lost on the air
Someone saying ever so softly things that he just loved to hear
And you know what they say?
They say there’ll be other days
Days have come and days have changed and days will come again
Your body and your feelings will soar past you soon
I am that Martian from the Disney cartoon
And I want you to listen to me

There she sat thin beautiful detached
Her shining face and long dark hair were an eerie match
He could feel that she’d been calling him
Could it be real would she let him in
Something so infinitely wise smiled in her charming ice blue eyes
And she said
Ah it’s all right rest your worried head on my breasts tonight
You cannot have me I am not of human kind
But you show me what you want to find
And I’ll show you what you want to see

Jacob spent the night in Martian arms
Which opened inner seas of many calm colours and noises
He could feel her flesh was his own
Surely more people than that should have known
For the first time in his life a young hung-up hitcher became the hero of himself
And that’s important
Don’t be deceived by those who would tell you any thing
Deceived be don’t by that which is you is you is ain’t who
And while you’re wondering who young Jacob resembles
Spare a thought for us all we are ensemble

Whatever you are
Whatever you do
Do not worry
I am one too

Lyrics by Simon Miller.
Copyright ℗ 1984 Pok Songs/Explicit Music.

Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do

Music and lyrics by Simon Miller.

Copyright ℗ 1984 Pok Songs/Explicit Music.

This arrangement by Pok, Josh Reynes and Sven Stiglund.

Recorded and engineeered at Wud Records Studio One, Exeter, 2015-7.
Mixed and mastered at Wud Records Studio One, Europe, 2019.

Copyright © 2019 Wud Records.

Performers:
Pok the Bard – vocal, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, bass
Josh Reynes – keys, organ, piano
Sven Stiglund – drums

Fun Facts:

  • Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do was created in 1984 by Pok.
  • It is from Pok’s rock opera Chameleon and introduces us to the characters of Jacob T. Blackmore and Alice.
  • Originally the plan was for another musician to play the keyboard parts, but slowly it became apparent that was simply not going to happen.
  • The track was eventaully released using Josh’s original parts.
  • Two of the sounds he uses are from DSK Music – AcoustikKeyZ and ElektrikKeyZ.
  • DSK are well worth a visit! www.dskmusic.com
  • Those listeners with a more trained ear may notice the odd two-beat bar that occurs once in every verse.
  • If you follow the meter of the lyrics you will hear it quite clearly.
  • The whizzer whistle was something we found online in a video from the 1940s.
  • The sound was played over and over with a mic by the computer speaker and a long cable to the studio, very hi-tech.
  • The slide guitar is played on Marsha.
  • The finger-picked acoustic is a borrowed Ovation-style instrument, which was cherry red sunburst and rather pretty.
  • A transcript of the play Chameleon can be found here: https://pookofpok.blogspot.com/2008/02/chameleon.html

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