August 2012 Featured Musician Jackson Browne

Vengeancia (Updated 2016 – removed photos) “Jackson Browne was born in Germany. His father, Clyde Jack Browne, worked for the US Army. His mother’s name is Beatrice Amanda Dahl. Jackson’s musical career began in the late 1960s….” “Oh people, look around you, The signs are everywhere. You’ve left it for somebody other than you To be the one to care…” Rock Me on the Water More about Jackson Browne

“He played with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band before they released their first album, played with Tim Buckley, who introduced him to Nico. On Nico’s first album “Chelsea Girls” are three songs (co-)written by JB. His first own record was released in 1972. From the very beginning, he played with some of the best and famous musicians, among those are David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, David Lindley, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt. Jackson was part of “Artists United against Apartheid” and “Musicians United for Save Energy (MUSE)” (No Nukes).”

“Everybody I talk to is ready to leave with the light of the morning They’ve seen the end comin’ down long enough to believe they’ve heard their last warning Standing alone, each has his own ticket in his hand. But as the evening descends I sit thinkin’ about everyman.” For Everyman, Jackson Browne

On the afternoon of December 1st, 2011, Jackson Browne and Dawes played an acoustic set in solidarity with the occupiers at Liberty Square. Prior to his set, Browne announced that “We’re here to express our solidarity and stand with the occupiers.” And the river opens for the righteous….Someday…

“I was walking with my brother And he wondered what’s on my mind, I said what I believe in my soul Ain’t what I see with my eyes And we can’t turn our backs this time…..”

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“I’ve been waiting for something to happen- For a week or a month or a year – With the blood in the ink of the headlines – And the sound of the crowd in my ear – You might ask what it takes to remember – When you know that you’ve seen it before – Where a government lies to a people – And a country is drifting to war – And there’s a shadow on the faces – Of the men who send the guns – To the wars that are fought in places – Where their business interest runs….. They sell us the president the same way they sell us our clothes and our cars….” from Lives in the Balance, by Jackson Browne.

From Wikipedia: “Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has written and recorded several notable songs throughout his career including “These Days”, “The Pretender”, “Running On Empty”, “Lawyers in Love”, “Doctor My Eyes”, “Take It Easy”, “For a Rocker”, and “Somebody’s Baby”. In 2004, he was both inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.” More.

The Pretender by Jackson Browne

I’m going to rent myself a house
In the shade of the freeway
I’m going to pack my lunch in the morning
And go to work each day
And when the evening rolls around
I’ll go on home and lay my body down
And when the morning light comes streaming in
I’ll get up and do it again
Amen
Say it again
Amen

I want to know what became of the changes
We waited for love to bring
Were they only the fitful dreams
Of some greater awakening
I’ve been aware of the time going by
They say in the end it’s the wink of an eye
And when the morning light comes streaming in
You’ll get up and do it again
Amen

Caught between the longing for love
And the struggle for the legal tender
Where the sirens sing and the church bells ring
And the junk man pounds his fender
Where the veterans dream of the fight
Fast asleep at the traffic light
And the children solemnly wait
For the ice cream vendor
Out into the cool of the evening
Strolls the pretender
He knows that all his hopes and dreams
Begin and end there

Ah the laughter of the lovers
As they run through the night
Leaving nothing for the others
But to choose off and fight
And tear at the world with all their might
While the ships bearing their dreams
Sail out of sight

I’m going to find myself a girl
Who can show me what laughter means
And we’ll fill in the missing colors
In each other’s paint-by-number dreams
And then we’ll put out dark glasses on
And we’ll make love until our strength is gone
And when the morning light comes streaming in
We’ll get up and do it again
Get it up again

I’m going to be a happy idiot
And struggle for the legal tender
Where the ads take aim and lay their claim
To the heart and the soul of the spender
And believe in whatever may lie
In those things that money can buy
Thought true love could have been a contender
Are you there?
Say a prayer for the pretender
Who started out so young and strong
Only to surrender

 

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