Love The Life

by The Jackson Four

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From the scorching heat of 'Work Song' to the trance like Louisiana rhythms of the final track 'Congo Square', let The Jackson Four take you on a journey into the heart of what is the crossroads of Groove, Blues, Jazz and Swing.

The classic sound of the Hammond B3 is infused with the interplay of sax and soulful vocals, to form the band's individual characteristic sound, all underpinned by a foundation of rhythmic grooves from the drums and percussion to round out the quartet.

Taking their cue from blues and jazz greats, The Jackson Four also find hidden gems that maybe unfamiliar to many, mixing it all up into their own Groove, Blues, Jazz and Swing sound.

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released February 14, 2015

Produced and Engineered by Brendan O'Neill.
Artwork by Melinda Traves of Two Little Fish Graphic Design.
Photos Courtesy of Lee Koumarianos from Lil Pictures

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The Jackson Four Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Cool Groove Blues, Jazz and Swing Hammond B3 Quartet.

UK Blues Chart Top 20 in 2015.

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Track Name: Work Song
Work Song

Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Because they done convicted me of crime
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I committed crime Lord I needed
Crime of being hungry and poor
I left the grocery store man bleeding (breathing?)
When they caught me robbing his store
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I heard the judge say five years
On chain-gang you gonna go
I heard the judge say five years labor
I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"
Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

Gonna see my sweet honey bee
Gonna break this chain off to run
Gonna lay down somewhere shady
Lord I sure am hot in the sun
Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been Workin' and workin'
But I still got so terribly far to go
Been Workin' and workin'
But I still got so terribly far to go
Been Workin' and workin'
But I still got so terribly far to go
Track Name: Early in the Morning
Early in the Morning

Early in the morning and I can't get right
Had a little date with my baby last night

And it's early in the morning
I know it's early in the morning
Early in the morning
Hey, I ain't got nothin' but the blues

I went to all the places where we used to go
I went to her house but she don't live there no more

Well it's early in the morning
And I know it's early in the morning, yeah
Early in the morning, yeah
I ain't got nothin' but the blues

I went to her girlfriends house, but she was out
I knocked on her fathers door and he began to shout, "Get away from here boy"

Yes, early in the morning
I know it's early in the morning
Early in the morning, yeah
I ain't got nothin' but the blues

I went to Jenny Looses to get something to eat
The waiter looked at me and said, "Boy, you sure look beat"

Now it's early in the morning
I told 'em it was in the morning, now
Yeah, early in the morning
Yeah, I ain't got nothin' but the blues

I had a lot of money when I started out
Can't find my baby now my money run out, now

Yeah, early in the morning
Whoa, it's early in the morning
Yeah, early in the morning
Yeah, I ain't got nothin' but the blues

Yeah, early in the morning
I ain't got nothin' but the blues, now
Track Name: I Love The Life I Live
I Love the Life I Live

See you watching me like a hawk
I don't mind the way you talk
But if you touch me somethin's got to give
I life the life I love and I love the life I live

So if you see me and think I'm wrong
Don't worry 'bout me just let me go
My sweet life ain't nothing but a thrill
I life the life I love and I love the life I live

My diamond ring and my money too
Tomorrow night could belong to you
The girls move me at their will

I life the life I love and I love the life I live

I may bet a thousand on a bet this time
One minute later I can't cover your dime
Tomorrow night I might be over the hill
I just want you to know baby the way I feel

You see me walkin' as I pass you by
Don't talk about me 'cause I could be high
Just forgive me if you will
I life the life I love and I love the life I live
Track Name: I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town

I'm gonna move, way out on the outskirts of town
I'm gonna move, way out on the outskirts of town
Now that's why I don't want nobody
Ooh Lord, baby always hangin' around

I'm gonna tell you baby, we gonna move away from here
I don't want no ice man, I'm gon' buy me a Frigidaire
When I move, way out on the outskirts of town
Now that's why I don't want nobody
Ooh Lord, baby always hangin' around

I'm gon' bring my own groceries, bring them every day
That's gonna stop that grocery boy, I mean it keep him away
When I move, way out on the outskirts of town
Now that's why I don't want nobody
Ooh Lord, baby always hangin' around

It may seem funny, funny as it can be
But if my wife havin' a baby, I want 'em all to look just like me
When I move, way out on the outskirts of town
Now that's why I don't want nobody
Ooh Lord, baby always hangin' around
Track Name: I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water

Babe, we got to have little talk
I ought to pack up my things an walk
I know a dollar goes hand to hand
Before I let you, go from man to man
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

Work for you just like a Georgia mule
My friends laughed
They called me a fool
Your kisses as sweet as can be
But before I let you make a fool out of me
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

Love you baby but you won't be fair
You don't know how to be on the square
Have your fun baby if you must
But before I have a woman, I cannot trust
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log
Track Name: Congo Square
Congo Square

Well it might be superstition but some kind of somethin'
Goin' on down there
Well it might be superstition but some kind of somethin'
Goin' on down there
It's an old time tradition when they play their
Drums at night in Congo Square

You can hear 'em in the distance
As the old folks up the bayou say a prayer
You can hear 'em in the distance
As the old folks up the bayou say a prayer
That's when the voodoo people gather
And they play their drums at night in Congo Square
Voodoo People

My eyes were not believin'
What I seen there but I could not turn away
My eyes were not believin'
What I seen there but I could not turn away
They had that mojo in motion
And I seen 'em dance in trance with that snake
Snake dance

Well it might be superstition but some kind of somethin'
Goin' on down there
Well it might be superstition but some kind of somethin'
Goin' on down there
It's an old time tradition when they play their
Drums at night in Congo Square