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A STORMY NIGHT IN A PLACE CALLED HOME" and "TAKE YOUR JAM OFF THE TABLE" 964,444 views•1 Mar 2020

A STORMY NIGHT IN A PLACE CALLED HOME" and "TAKE YOUR JAM OFF THE TABLE"
964,444 views•1 Mar 2020
William Milne
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I'm going through a stack of tapes, and I pulled these two songs off one of them. This would have been the first time I sang the songs... just finishing writing them at the time. I betray a little intoxication the way I say "Belladonna" in A STORMY NIGHT IN A PLACE CALLED HOME. (a little?)
These songs are raw, right off the press years ago. In the song TAKE YOUR JAM OFF THE TABLE/ And your foreign marmalade;/Take it all if you are able/ And lay it in a lonesome grave... There's some good writing in it. The tempo changes in "Stormy Night" are a piss-off. But we do what we can when we can. These songs are not throw-aways. So I'm preserving them here.................In fact, these 2 songs might be among the best I've ever written. Don't
let the fact that they were recorded in a closet fool you.
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Take your jam off the table
And your foreign marmalade
Take it all if you are able
And lay it in a lonesome grave

Lay there those pictures of your boyfriend
The ones you used to save
The pictures of your boyfriend
And the faces that he made
(alt. You don't need 'em anymore)

Take your eyes off the sunset
That screams into the night
Take your mind off those cigarettes
You smoke with all your might

I left my door wide open
One night into the rain
I thought I could close it long ago
But I've never been the same

Your eyes are young and lovely

Your rivers are shining blue  (through)
Lately I've heard the stories
They've been telling on you
None of them are true
None of them are true
They're not stories of you

What the priests in the churches
        didn't tell you
And the headlines in the smoke
Among rumours of gossip and war
From minds that have lost their hope

There's a place that's for you
On that further shore
You can end your lonesome journey
       to the truth
Right by your kitchen door

Take your jam off the table
Keep it set for two
Set a light in your window
I'll wait there for you.

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