Precious (Definitive Edition)

by James Jamieson

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I miss you not around and frankly I find that hard to take I hope that you found what you were looking for So many people cried on the day your music died And you know I for one well I had a tear in my eye Mother and son grow together so symbiotic Cage in cage poor psychotic you And day by day what you had you know was fantastic But the only thing that was left was the pain coursing through your veins It’s too hard to laugh for fear of crying, you know There’s so little time to live for fear of dying Look at all you achieved in thirty-nine years You had so much still to give so much laughter and tears But you threw it all away on that January day Why Billy why, why Billy The maverick gypsy boy too large in life for a place like Dundee Across the silver Tay your destiny lay And you could have made the great you know you were really something All along you lived your life your own way You were the dandy and the poet and the popstar You were the maverick gypsy madman and the charmer You were the showman Mr Flamboyant lost in glamour You were a mother’s boy who couldn’t live without her without her Why Billy why, why Billy
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The circumstantial evidence of this relationship Dictates that we can never be together In other’s eyes we live our lives in our own secret way But if you feel as I feel count the hours down count the hours down till Friday For as long as we can do this I’ll walk a secret life with you For as long as we can do this I’ll walk a secret life secret life with you To alleviate all our frustrations I’ve made a Smith reservation In a cheap hotel that lies just off the motorway You know it serves the purpose I can meet you there at twelve If you anticipate a problem send a silent text a silent text to warn me These things we do because we can spend our secret life in a trash can I despise all the deceit and lies just to satisfy ourselves this way Constant guilt it’s killing me I can’t think straight these days Living on the edge playing stupid games with people’s lives Feeling sorry for your husband and sympathising with my wife In this crazy secret life starring you under starry skies It’s almost six o’clock now and its time for us to leave Our bodies spent from all life’s pleasures that we crave for It’s hard to see a future perhaps in ten years time When we can be together living in normality in normality forever
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My mother cried the day I told her And my father had a tear in his eye At seventeen I became a Kitchener boy To fight the enemy to do or die And the band played Tipperary as we marched away I’d signed my name upon the line for the Front Line And the Kings Country My best mate Joe said we’d be heroes But now I look around and see heroes none All tired and scared cold wet and hungry Fearing for their lives and the German guns And in my heart I don’t feel hatred for the enemy But I’ll follow Haig’s orders as a soldier Of the Kings Country The first of July nineteen sixteen In flooded trenches by the River Somme I’ve had a smoke and drank a cup of tea I’m so damn scared now I’m feeling numb We’ve had the orders to advance into no man’s territory Over the top into the onslaught of the German artillery And I know we’ll all fall like lemmings heading for the sea To be mown down like wheatshief in Autumn For the Kings Country My mother cried the day they told her
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Without You 04:46
I read your letters yesterday, we used to have so much to say Now it seems we never talk at all The picture hanging on the wall, your coat still standing in the hall Memories of you linger on in this empty house Since the day you went away, these things you should know That I can’t stop thinking about you, and I can’t stop wasting all my days You know I built up my whole life around you And my heart is getting deeper down these days Yes my heart is getting deeper down these days Without you around, without you It's hard to say what I should to you, I could write you a letter but I know I won't Funny thing is I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't I could say so many things to you, sing you all these lies so convincing and true I can't stand that I hurt you so much and it's hurting me too I feel empty inside myself for what I did to you And I can’t stop thinking about you, and I can’t stop wasting all my days You know I built up my whole life around you And my heart is getting deeper down these days Yes my heart is getting deeper down these days Without you around, without you And the clock ticks away the hours and the hours turn to days I contemplate this situation in many ways And if I'm being true to myself in the eyes of someone else And this chapter of my life has come and gone So why do I find it so damn hard to move on Since the day you chose to leave, you should know That I can’t stop thinking about you, and I can’t stop wasting all my days You know I built up my whole life around you And my heart is getting deeper down these days Yes my heart is getting deeper down these days Without you around, without you
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Driving a long a road I know so well Suddenly something’s wrong here, I sense something’s very wrong here I take my eyes off the road and I turn my head Look over there behind you, now I see all the signs behind you Skylines full of cranes, we cannot see the chains And if we cannot see, how will we break free A flash of the sun distracts me and I have to drive But my thoughts are no longer here, my thoughts are no longer clear Everything changes these days hour by hour Without a care for nature, everything’s based on pleasure Skylines full of cranes, we cannot see the chains And if we cannot see, how will we break free Skylines full of cranes, we cannot see the chains And if we cannot see, how will we break free Look over there behind you, now I see all the signs behind you Suddenly something’s wrong here, I sense something’s very wrong here Skylines full of cranes, we cannot see the chains And if we cannot see, how will we break free Everything changes these days hour by hour Without a care for nature, everything’s based on pleasure
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As Father and Son, without asking, your creation, you were the one Learn to love me as I am, I need you, and I’ll give you, everything I can Every time I talk with you, it ultimately ends in tears Its hard to take advice as a boy of 7 years Put yourself in my shoes, and picture my life how I live I have more questions than the answers you’re prepared to give This is me, I’m trying to be, the son who makes You proud please try to understand where I’m coming from Try to remember On the inside, I’m still a boy, time lets me grow Perhaps just a simple case of getting older and wiser Dad picture the scene, Bully Boy is, chasing me, and I’m trying to break free It wasn’t me who started all this, he pushed me, and he kicked me, and he called me Geek And every time I try and talk with you, you tell me I should stand my ground Face up to these demons, fight, and watch them run And every time you say you’ll lend me an ear It ultimately ends in tears You never sympathise with my worries my inner fears
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Time of Ours 03:01
Listening to the rain fall outside, gives me a feeling that I like It makes me feel so good and so warm, The way I feel with you tonight I’ve been told that a passion shows in your eyes sometimes I know because I’ve seen it in you Life’s mysteries starting now can you feel it You know what I mean It’s when I’m with you now I can feel your heart beating even faster now I should know the way this story goes Could write a book upon the subject Passion and pain, love is a game, And this scene has lost it’s magic And she says I’m sorry, it has to be this way Remember happier times, and I said Don’t you want this time, this time of ours to last forever Well tell me don’t you don’t you Don’t you want this time, this time of ours to last forever Well tell me don’t you don’t you Don’t you want this time, to last forever In my mind I can see things are looking down on me And in my mind I should know when you said it’s time to go Those promises you gave to me you never should have spoken You built up all my hopes and dreams then left them lying broken In my heart my broken heart
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Precious 03:49
For all that we know, these could be precious moments Who am I to argue with moments like these Garnished with care, with love and affection With love and emotion, too scared to release Those things were precious to me, all those things that we said All those times that we spent, well I can’t forget about it I should have tried to give you, much more than you gave me I wish I’d almost dared, to really care So close to being perfect, yet light years apart So hard now to realise, just what we had at the start So precious to me, but did you feel that way too? We had the world me and you, looking back to our halcyon days Thinking back to our wonderful ways - when we were great And now that I know, these were precious moments Too blind to notice, too wrapped up to see And now I’m alone, I’m left here just standing No more love and emotion, nothing left to release Those things were precious to me, all those things that we said All those times that we spent, well I can’t forget about it So precious to me, but did you feel that way too? We had the world me and you, looking back to our halcyon days Thinking back to our wonderful ways - when we were great
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Fairytales 04:45
It’s an uneasy life being a jealous man Things I do outnumber things I can So insecure yet could be so strong A restricted life eats at my confidence Opinions force a defensive stance I want to break out and escape all this I’ll turn every corner in this maze of emotion I’ll swim against tidal waves of our bad feelings You walked away from me surrendering what held with me To another’s security that’s how you left me You walked away from me changes to our destinies Walk separate paths for eternity Is that what you want for you and for me Sometimes I wish that I am with you Sometimes I wish that you are there And I could spend my life just wishing And casting heartfelt magic spells But only wishes come true in fairytales Mementos lie upon the shelf, Looking rather pretty while gathering dust Such sad reminders of better days Your moves have drive me insane Now I’m always in a crazy state of mind I can’t disguise it gets me down
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In my life I try, to be the best I can be I’ll provide for you and keep you safe You’re the reason I feel the way I feel It seems like yesterday, when you came into this world You took a breath your first taste of air And a baby blue eyed stare taking in everywhere So welcome to this world I’m your father pleased to meet you I’ll try to give you everything the way you give to me And for that I thank you You are the reason I find, a smile upon my face Laugh and cry make me feel complete You made me find a love I never knew I had In this mixed up world, dog eat dog each day You’re the one thing that makes perfect sense If we could all only try to live with some of your innocence Because I saw you run before you walk And I heard you laugh before you talk The changes I see bring about so many changes in me And I held you tight when you were scared You came to me when you felt no-one cared And I knoe this world is now a better place To have you right here beside me To have you right here beside me
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TMWStW 03:07
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This wonderous world in which we live Is screaming out it’s heart to give The atmosphere a second chance Before we choke the breath from it The sun is burning harder than It did when man first began To burn away protective layers Exposing all to cancer scares Tell me what have we done Black the sun, what have we done And we all seem concerned But all we say and do is laddie-da And the seasons don’t exist no more Where sunny winters are the norm And freezing fog and snow filled skies Are hitting us in mid-July High temperatures and greenhouse gas Are melting ice caps pretty fast Reducing land and very soon We’ll all be moving to the moon
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about

Tracks 1-10 Original 2005 Edition
Tracks 11-18 Bonus Tracks from 2008 Edition
Tracks 19-26 Bonus Tracks from 2014 Definitive Edition

Here are the original 2005 sleevenotes

The origins of this album can be traced back to the bleak winter months of Feb 2003, when me and my old cohort Dave Reilly a.k.a. Cloudland Blue Quartet, decided to perform at Out Of The Bedroom (OOTB), an open mic session for songwriters based in Edinburgh (check out www.outofthebedroom.co.uk for more details). At the time of performing, I basically had 2 songs to my name, 'Precious' and 'Time of Ours', both of which feature on this album.

In order to make up the 3 song set needed for my 15 minute slot, I borrowed one of Dave's songs 'One More Chance' (thanks Dave !!!). Indeed, the song 'Precious' was the first song I actually played live at OOTB, and as such, it holds special memories for me. It seemed appropriate then to name this album after that song.

Further visits to OOTB, both in the role of performer and listener, gave me the appetite to write more of my own material. I finally had enough songs to perform a 35 minute set at Acoustica in July 2004.

I had planned to enhance the live line-up by using my mate Jim Park on percussion, but due to his commitments on the comedy circuit, he was unable to play on the planned date, so Dave programmed bass and drum patterns to give the songs a bit of 'oomph' in Jim’s absence. You can still hear the original patterns on tracks 1/2/4/7/9/10 on this album.

Before setting out to record these songs, I decided to get myself appropriate home recording gear. This resulted in a bit of an e-bay frenzy, where I purchased Guitar Tracks Pro Version 2.0 (music software) (£41), a Behringer Eurorak MX602A mix desk (£35), and a 'cheap' Electret SM900 condenser mic.(£29). I already had my own laptop computer and an Alesis reverb unit. I then spent a couple of months recording at home with the last song for the album, 'On The Inside' being finished off in January 2005.

The real driving force behind this album coming to fruition has been Dave, without whom, etc, etc. OK, I fully admit that the recordings are riddled with mistakes, but hey, at least it gives you an idea of my songs!!!

Finally, I would like to thank you, for taking time to listen to my album. Please feel free to recommend it to your friends. This album can be purchased via the Crispycat website at www.crispycat.co.uk, at which I can also be contacted if you wish. Your feedback would be most welcome.

Happy Listening - James Jamieson February 2005

Dedicated to Suzy, Madison & Conrad


2008 Edition
In 2008, "Precious" was re-released with eight bonus tracks, documenting Jamie's work in the time since the original release.

Please note that, on the original 2005 and 2008 Releases, there was a very small amount of cross-fading between tracks which has been left intact on this version. To replicate the album, the best method is to download the tracks and burn them to CD with no gaps between them.

2014 Edition
This new 2014 edition is made available following Jamie's untimely passing on 21 March 2014. Added to the 2005 and 2008 tracks are a further eight bonus tracks taken from the recording of the concert Jamie played with David Reilly of Cloudland Blue Quartet on 14 July 2005 - which you can read about here : crispycat-recordings.blogspot.co.uk/2005/07/cbq-live-rare-occurence-these-days.html -

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released April 5, 2014

2005 Original Version
1. Why Billy Why
2. Trash Can Secrets
3. King’s Country
4. Without You*
5. Skylines Full Of Cranes**
6. On The Inside***
7. Time Of Ours
8. Yesterday Man
9. Precious
10. Fairytales
Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitars, Mandolins, Violins, Keyboards and Percussion by James Jamieson
Additional Programming by David Reilly on 1, 2, 4, 7, 9 and 10
All songs by James Jamieson except 4 by James Jamieson/David Reilly; 5 by David Reilly
Recorded at Conrad Studio and Crispycat Studio, July, October, November, December 2004 & January 2005
©2004James Jamieson except *©2004 James Jamieson/David Reilly,**©2003 David Reilly, ***©2005 James Jamieson

2008 Version Bonus Tracks
11. Welcome to this World (CBQ Mix)
12. M.E. Calling Me
13. The Morning After
14. Ribbons of Pride
15. Yesterday Man ’08
16. The First Line
17. TMWStW*
18. Welcome to this World (JJ Mix)
All Instruments and Voices by James Jamieson
Except 11, additional backing vocals by David Reilly
All songs by James Jamieson except 17 by DB
2008 Bonus tracks recorded at Conrad Studio 2005-2008
©2005-2008 James Jamieson except *©1971 DB

2014 Definitive Version Bonus Tracks
19. Why Billy Why
20. Welcome to my World
21. The King's Country
22. The Eco Song
23. Skylines Full of Cranes
24. Fairytales
25. Trash Can Secrets
26. Half a Lifetime Away
Acoustic Guitars and Vocals by James Jamieson and David Reilly
19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25 written by James Jamieson
23, 26 written by David Reilly
2014 Bonus tracks recorded Live at the Roxy, 14 July 2005
©2003 David Reilly 23
©2004 James Jamieson 19, 21, 24, 25
©2004 David Reilly 26
©2005 James Jamieson 20, 22

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