Just Because It’s Over

Written by J. Beavis/S. Robin

Appears on “Post-Apocalyptic Love Songs ” LP, 2016. Personnel: Jimi Beavis – vocals; Chris Bancroft – guitar; Costas Constantinou – bass guitar; Scott Nosworthy – drums and percussion; Andrew Garton – horn arrangements, baritone saxophone; Lachlan McKenzie – trumpet; Alex Price – tenor saxophone; Peta Wilson – piano, organ. Chris Palmer and Kate Mackie – BV. Steve Robin – engineered/produced/mixed.

This hand that held yours tiny as rain – I hold it to the sun as she sleeps on

In the wake of the brandy song – Her skin a shimmering white

She breathes in where you used to – She breathes out trust and innocence

Her hair a sea of curls that wrap around my thumb – Almond eyes, scent of cinnamon

 

Just because you’re gone, doesn’t mean that you’re forgotten

Just because it is over, doesn’t mean that it was wrong

 

I won’t tell anyone what you told me, when you drank more wine than your weight

I won’t let anyone hold me, how you did that night by the gate

That was the day of Tom’s passing down and we’d all had a little too much to think

And after you’d made your announcement they called for a tune but I couldn’t sing

 

Just because you’re gone – Doesn’t mean that you’re forgotten

Just because it is over  – Doesn’t mean that it was wrong

 

I’ve had too mornings since then, cradling the head of the night before

Spent too many hours with a pen, writing your name but no more

I’ve loved more times than I remember, but none hold a candle to your letter

I’ve found a car that doesn’t need petrol… I’m leaving but I’m keeping that lock of your hair

 

 

Just because you’re gone – Doesn’t mean that you’re forgotten

Just because it is over  – Doesn’t mean that it was wrong

New Single and Tour: I Got What I Wanted (But I Lost What I Had)

My new single – quite pleased with this Motown-homage inspired by a Little Richard story!

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Inspired by a story in Greil Marcus’ “Mystery Train” book, about Little Richard. While appearing on the Dick Cavett Show Little Richard proclaimed he had written a book about his life entitled “He Got What He Wanted But He Lost What He Had”. This is my imagining of it, in attempted Motown style.

We recorded it at our new home in Plainland, regional Queensland between Brisbane and Toowoomba – The Barn Studio. It is an old barn my producer converted and it is lovely. We get to stay at a cottage right next to it and wake up to the country air!

Touring soon:

March 4 – Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane, Qld
March 6 – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
March 12 – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, NSW
March 13 – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
March 18 – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, Vic
March 19 – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, Vic

 

I Got What I Wanted (But I Lost What I Had)

Written by J. Beavis

Single, February 9, 2016
Song written by J. Beavis; engineered, produced and mixed by Steve Robin at The Barn Studio in Plainland, Queensland, Australia. Jimi Beavis – vocals; Scott Nosworthy – drums and percussion; Chris Bancroft – guitar; Costas Constantinou – bass guitar; Andrew Garton – baritone sax, horn arrangements; Lachlan McKenzie – trumpet; Alex Price – tenor sax; Peta Wilson – piano; Kate Mackie – backing vocals.

Well I used to go for weeks without food
Now my woman changes with my mood
I used to sweep the streets for cash
But now I never remember where I put my stash
Every Sunday was spent at church
And every other night we’d pray
Now I eat all my meals off a supermodel’s arse
I’m not going back to the old way.
I got what I wanted
But I lost what I had
Oh, I got what I wanted
Now I’m never going back.
I get drunk in public places
And I stumble and people stare
They ask themselves if that’s him
And they all ask me to sing

Well they all have certain expectations
But I’m me and I don’t have to meet them
What’s the point of getting to the top?
If you can’t look down, once in a while.

I got what I wanted
But I lost what I had
Oh, I got what I wanted
Now I’m never going back.
Now the royalty cheque’s my only friend
There’s too many broken hearts to mend
The mansion’s sold for the alimony
I can never go back, can’t you see?
I had those talents, I had to use them
Didn’t God give them to me for a reason?

I got what I wanted
But I lost what I had
Oh, I got what I wanted
Now I’m never going back.