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A collection of songs that I enjoy but wasn’t fortunate enough to write myself. In all likelihood this album will be the first of many. So listen as I ruin your favorite song by your favorite artist. Or, perfect your favorite song by your favorite artist. Depending on whose side you’re on.

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released June 1, 2010

Lead Vocals: Nicolas Jackson
Backing Musical Tracks: Internet MIDI and The James Taylor Band in the case of “That Lonesome Road”

Arranged and Mixed by Nicolas Jackson using Audacity, Sound Forge 9 and PistonSoft’s Direct MIDI to MP3 Converter

I used my Rockband 2 Mic. Isn’t that funny? I know you can tell but still. It’s just funny.

How Do You Sleep-John Lennon 1971
Your Mother Should Know-Lennon/McCartney 1967
All Apologies- Kurt Cobain 1993
I Dreamed a Dream-Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil (lyrics), and Herbert Kretzmer (translation) 1980
Hey You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away-Lennon/McCartney 1965
Everybody’s Talkin- Fred Neil 1966
Another Saturday Night-Sam Cooke 1963
Norwegian Wood-Lennon/McCartney 1965
Girl-Lennon/McCartney 1965
You Never Give Me Your Money-Lennon/McCartney 1969
Fly Away (New Lyrics for “One Sweet Dream”)-Nicolas Jackson 2010
Boulevard of Broken Dreams-Billie Joe Armstrong / Green Day 2004
That Lonesome Road- Don Grolnick, James Taylor-1981
What You Own- Jonathan Larson 1993
Leaving On a Jet Plane-John Denver 1966
Sitting on The Dock of The Bay-Otis Reading and Steve Cropper 1967

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Nicolas Jackson (The Catz) Chico, California

I am a one man band. I own a Rockband Microphone. I own a copy of MS Word. I own a copy of Sound Forge 9. I own a copy of Sam Broadcaster. I downloaded Audacity onto a computer that I also own. I have an internet connection and a set of headphones that I stole from my adopted brother. Put that and a few other bits together and you have something akin to music.

I am also a record label.
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Track Name: Mother's Day/Intro
So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise.
You better see right through your Mother’s eye’s….

Let’s all get up and dance to a song
That was a hit before your mother was born

Thou she was born in 1959
Me Mother should know
(Me Mother)
Me Mother should know

Sing it again

Let’s all get up and dance to a song
that was a hit before your Mother was born
Thou she was born a long long time ago
Your Mother should know, Your Mother should know
Track Name: Strawberry Fields Forever
Let me take you down,
'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real,
and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever.
Living is easy with eyes closed,
misunderstanding all you see.
It's getting hard to be someone,
but it all works out;
it doesn't matter much to me.
Let me take you down,
'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real,
and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever.
Always know, sometimes think it's me.
but you know, I know when it's a dream.
I think a "No," I mean a "Yes,"
but it's all wrong.
That is, I think I disagree.
Let me take you down,
'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real,
and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever.
No one I think is in my tree,
I mean, it must be high or low.
That is, you can't, you know, tune in,
but it's all right.
That is, I think it's not too bad.
Track Name: All Apologies
What else should I be?
All Apologies!
What else could I say?
Everyone is gay!

What else could I write?
I don’t have the right!
What else should I be?
All Apologies!

In the sun.
In the sun I feel as one.
In the sun.
In the sun!

I am married
Buried

I wish I was like you
Easily amused!
Find my nest of salt.
Everything’s my fault.

I’ll take all the blame.
Aqua seafoam shame!
Sunburn, freezer-burn

Choking on the ashes
Of her enemy

In the sun.
In the sun I feel as one.
In the sun.
In the sun!

I am Married!
Married!
Buried!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are

All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are

All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are

All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
All in all, is all we are
Track Name: I Dreamed A Dream
I dreamed a dream in days gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted
But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame
She slept a summer by my side
She filled my days with endless wonder
She took my childhood in her stride
But she was gone when autumn came
And still I dreamed she'd come to me
That we would live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed
Track Name: 5. Hey You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Here I Stand Head in Hand
Turn My face to the wall
If she’s gone I can’t go on
Feeling 2ft small

Everywhere people stare
Each and every day
I can see them laugh at me
And I hear them say

Hey you’ve to hide your love away
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away

How can I even try
I can never win
Hearing them seeing them
In the state I am in

How could she say to me
Love will find a way
Gather round all you clowns
Let me hear you say

Hey you’ve got to hide your love away
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away
Track Name: Everybody’s Talking
Everybody’s talking at me
I don’t hear a word there saying
Only the echoes of my mind

People stop and stare
I can’t see their faces
Only the shadows of eyes

I’m going where the sun keeps shinning
Through the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes
Backing off the northeast wind
Sailing on summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone
Track Name: Another Saturday Night
Another Saturday Night and I ain't got nobody,
I have some money ‘cause I just got paid.
How I wish I had someone to talk to,
I'm in an awful way.

I blew in town I week ago, I ain't seen a lotta girls since then.
If I could find ‘em I could get ‘em, but as yet I haven't met ‘em,
That's why I'm in the shape I'm in Ohh

Another Saturday Night and I ain't got nobody,
I have some money ‘cause I just got paid.
How I wish I had someone to talk to,
I'm in an awful way.

Another fella told me, he had a sister that looked so fine.
Instead of being my deliverance, she had a strong resemblance to a
Cat named Frankenstein Ohh

Another Saturday Night and I ain't got nobody,
I have some money ‘cause I just got paid.
How I wish I had someone to talk to,
I'm in an awful way.

It's hard for a fella, when he don't know his way around,
If I can't find me a honey to help me spend my money,
I'm gonna have to blow this town Ohh

Another Saturday Night and I ain't got nobody,
I have some money ‘cause I just got paid.
How I wish I had someone to talk to,
I'm in an awful way.
Track Name: Norwegian Wood
I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me
She showed me her room, isn't it good Norwegian Wood

She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere
So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair

I sat on her rug drinking her whine, biding my time.
We talked until 2, and then she said "It's time for bed"'

She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh.
I told her I didn't and crewed off to sleep in the bath

And when I awoke I was alone this bird had flown
So I lit her fire. Isn't it good Norwegian Wood
Track Name: Girl
Is there anyone going to listen to my story
all about the girl who came to stay

She's the kind of girl you want so much it makes you sorry
Still you don't regret a single day

Girl Girl

When I think of all the times I tried so hard to leave her
She will turn to me and start to cry.
And she promises the earth to me and I believe her
After all this time I don't know why

Girl Girl

She's the kind of girl who puts you down when friends are there you feel a fool
When she says she's looking good she act as if its understood
She's cool cool oohhhhhh

Girl Girl

Well she was told when she was younger that pain would lead to pleasure
Did she understand it when they said
That a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure. Will she still believe it when he's dead?

Girl Girl
Track Name: You Never Give Me Your Money
You never give me your money
you only give me you funny paper
And in the middle of negotiation you break down

I never give you my number
I only give you my situation
And in the middle of investigation I break down

Out of college money spent
See no future, pay no rent
All the money's gone, nowhere to go
Any jobber got the sack
Monday morning turning back
Yellow lorry slow, nowhere to go

But oh, that magic feeling
Nowhere to go
Oh, that magic feeling
nowhere to go
nowhere to go
Ah, Ooo, Ah, Ooo, Ah

Fly Away

One sweet dream….

Pick up the bag read a magazine
Soon I’ll fly away from here
Spool up the jets fly so far away

A 16 year dream
Comes True Today
Comes True Today
Comes True Today
Track Name: Boulevard of Broken Dreams
I walk a lonely road
the only one that I have ever known
don't know were it goes
but it's home to me and I walk alone

I walk this empty street
on the boulevard of broken dreams
where the city sleeps
and I’m the only one and I walk alone

I walk alone, I walk alone
I walk alone an' I walk a
My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
my shallow hearts the only thing that's beating
sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
til then I walk alone

Ah-ah ah-ah ah-ah ahhh
ah-ah ah-ah ah-ah

I'm walking down the line
that divides me somewhere in my mind
on the border line of the edge
and where I walk alone

Read between the lines what's
fucked up and everything's all right
check my vital signs to know I’m still alive
and I walk alone

I walk alone, I walk alone
I walk alone an I walk a
My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
my shallow hearts the only thing that's beating
sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
til then I walk alone

Ah-ah ah-ah ah-ah ahhh
ah-ah ah-ah ah-ah

I walk alone an' I walk a

I walk this empty street
on the boulevard of broken dreams
where the city sleeps
and I’m the only one and i walk a

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
my shallow hearts the only thing that's beating
sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
til then I walk alone
Track Name: That Lonesome Road
Walk down that lonesome road. All by yourself
Don't turn your head back over your shoulder
And only stop to rest yourself when the silver moon
Is shinning high above the tress.

If I had stopped to listen once or twice
I if I had closed my mouth and opened my eyes
If I had cooled my head and warmed my heart
I'd not be on this road tonight.

Carry on Carry on.
Never-mind feeling sorry for yourself
It doesn't ease you from your troubled mind

Walk down that lonesome road. All by yourself
Don't turn your head back over your shoulder
And only stop to rest yourself when the silver moon
Is shinning high above the tress.
Track Name: What You Own
MARK
Don't breathe too deep
Don't think all day
Dive into work
Drive the other way
That drip of hurt
That pint of shame
Goes away
Just play the game
You're living in America
At the end of the millenium
You're living in America
Leave your conscience at the tone
And when you're living in America
At the end of the millenium
You're what you own
ROGER
The filmmaker cannot see
MARK
And the songwriter cannot hear
ROGER
Yet I see Mimi everywhere
MARK
Angel's voice is in my ear
ROGER
Just tighten those shoulders
MARK
Just clench your jaw til you frown
ROGER
Just don't let go
BOTH
Or you may drown
You're living in America
At the end of the millenium
You're living in America
Where it's like the Twilight Zone
You're living in America
At the end of the millenium
You're what you own
So I own not a notion
I escape and ape content
I don't own emotion - I rent
MARK
What was it about that night
ROGER
What was it about that night
BOTH
Connection - In an isolating age
MARK
For once the shadows gave way to light
ROGER
For once the shadows gave way to light
BOTH
For once I didn't disengage
MARK
Angel - I hear you - I hear it
I see it - I see it
My film!
ROGER
Mimi I see you - I see it
I hear it - I hear it
My song!
MARK ROGER
Alexi - Mark One song - Glory
Call me a hypocrite Mimi
I need to finish my own film Your eyes
I quit!
BOTH
Dying in America
A the end of the millennium
We're dying in America
To come into our own
And when you're dying in America
At the end of the millennium
You're not alone
I'm not alone
I'm not alone
Track Name: Leaving On a Jet Plane
All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go
I’m standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’, it’s early morn
The taxi’s waiting, he’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome I could cry.

Chorus:
So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go.
I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
I don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go.

There’s so many times I’ve let you down
So many times I’ve played around
I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing
Every place I go, I think of you
Every song I sing, I sing for you
When I come back, I’ll wear your wedding ring.

(chorus)

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time let me kiss you
Then close your eyes, I’ll be on my way.
Dream about the days to come
When I won’t have to leave alone
About the times, I won’t have to say,

(chorus)
Track Name: Sitting on the Dock of The Bay
Sitting in the morning sun
I'll be sitting when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
And I watch 'em roll away again

[Refrain]
Sitting on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
I'm just sitting on the dock of the bay
Wasting time

I left my home in Georgia
Headed for the 'Frisco bay
'Cause I had nothin to live for
And look like nothing's gonna come my way

So I'm just...
[Refrain]

Look like nothing's gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can't do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I'll remain the same

Sittin here resting my bones
And this loneliness won't leave me alone
It's two thousand miles I roamed
Just to make this dock my home

Now, I'm just...