Jorma Kaukonen

Quah (1974)

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1. Genesis - 4:19 (Jorma Kaukonen)
2. I'll Be All Right - 3:08 (Tradizionale, arrang. Rev. Gary Davis)
3. Song For The North Star - 2:52 (Jorma Kaukonen)
4. I'll Let You Know Before I Leave - 2:17 (Jorma Kaukonen) (Strum.)
5. Flying Clouds - 4:07 (Jorma Kaukonen)
6. Another Man Done Gone - 2:54 (Ruby Pickens Tart, Vera Hall)
7. I Am The Light Of This World - 3:46 (Rev. Gary Davis)
8. Police Dog Blues - 3:45 (Blind Arthur Blake)
9. Blue Prelude - 4:05 (Gordon Jenkins)
10. Sweet Hawaiian Sunshine - 2:42 (Tom Hobson)
11. Hamar Promenade - 4:34 (Jorma Kaukonen)

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Genesis

   

The time has come for us to pause
And think of living as it was
Into the future we must cross (must cross)
And I'd like to go with you
And I'd like to go with you

You say I'm harder than a wall
A marble shaft about to fall
I love you dearer than them all (them all)
So let me stay with you
So let me stay with you

And as we walked into the day
Skies of blue had turned to grey
I might have not been clear to say (to say)
I never looked away
I never looked away

And though I'm feeling you inside
My life is rolling with the tide
I'd like to see it be an open ride
along with you
Going along with you

The time we borrowed from ourselves
Can't stay within a vaulted well
And living turns into a lender's well
So let me come with you
And let me come with you

And when we came out into view
And there I found myself with you
And breathing felt like something new
Along with you
Going along with you

   

I'll Be All Right

   

Iíll be all right
Iíll be all right someday
Deep in my hearth I do believe
If trouble come I donít pain no mind
Iíll be all right I do believe

 

If trouble come I donít pain no mind
Iíll be all right someday
Iíll be all right I do believe

 

(A traditional religious song, used as a base also for the very well known Pete Seeger's song "We Shall Overcome". Lyrics transcribed by Alberto Truffi)

Song For The North Star

   

They gave me money to find the sky
And I took it with no question
Didn't even ask them why

 

But days are open
And skies are free
And the time it took to learn that
Didn't leave its chains on me

 

I lived in shadow
Way from the sun.
And the tremblin' in my  mind
Kept my heart and body on the run

 

Then freedom called us
Called out our names
And the beckon of the highway
Saw through all our useless games

 

The love we wanted
Was lost in lies
And the chance that slipped on by me
Like the flashin' sorrow in her eyes

 

Chorus:
Then we took the rise together
For the first time in our lives
Feeling just like one suspended
Then we said time won't  keep our strife

 

Our time is open
For us to see
And our freedom schemes are open
like the seagulls soaring at the sea

 

And our freedom schemes are open
like the seagulls soaring at the sea

 
   

Flying Clouds

 

 

Say thereís gonna be some sailing
On the morning tide
The breakers clear your ears
The oceanís here
To take you on a ride  

 

Building houses made of paper
Living for the day
That one way ride
On gravel slides
Begins to fade away    

 

Iím singing everybody knows itís true
The way I feel Ďbout you
Got no mind for wasting time
Feeling like I do      

 

Now I feel like only smiling
And living by your side
Our course is clear
We see it here
Thereís no more lonesome rides  

 

Heading for our destination
The past is out of sight
Yours eyes in mine
Their fires entwine
Weíve finally seen the light   

 

Iím singing everybody knows itís true
The way I feel Ďbout you
Got no mind for wasting time
Feeling like I do             

 

Heading for the sunshine country
Going with the wind
The love we know
Canít help but grow
As life comes rolling in
As life comes rolling in

 

 

 

Another Man Done Gone

   

Another man done gone
Another man done gone
Another man done gone
Down from the county farm
Another man done gone.

 

I didn't know his name
I didn't know his name
I didn't know his name
Another man done gone.

 

He had a long chain on
He had a long chain on
He had a long chain on
Another man done gone

 

They set the dogs on him
They set the dogs on him
They set the dogs on him
They torn limb from limb
Another man done gone.

 

They killed another man
They killed another man
They killed another man
Another man done gone

 

Johnny Cash Lyrics:

Another man done gone (another man done gone)
Another man done gone another man done gone another man done gone
Another man done gone (another man done gone
Another man done gone another man done gone)

He had a long chain on (he had a long chain on
He had a long chain on he had a long chain on)
They hung him in a tree they hung him in a tree
They let his children see they let his children see
(When he was hangin' dead) when he was hangin' dead
The captain turn his head the captain turn his head

He's from the county farm (he's from the county farm
He's from the county farm he's from the county farm)
I didn't know his name (I didn't know his name
I didn't know his name I didn't know his name)

Another man done gone another man done gone another man done gone
Another man done gone (another man done gone
Another man done gone another man done gone)
Another man done gone another man done gone another man done gone

They did him just the same
Another man done gone.

He killed another man
He killed another man
He killed another man
From the county farm
Another man done gone.

Another man done gone
Another man done gone
Another man done gone
From the county farm
Another man done gone.

They set the dogs on him
They set the dogs on him
They set the dogs on him
Torn limb from limb
Another man done gone.
 

I Am the Light of This World

 

 

Just as long as Iím in this world I am the light of this world
Just as long as Iím in this world I am the light of this world
Just as long as Iím in this world I am the light of this world
Just as long as Iím in this world I am the light of this world
Oh you donít believe in Jesus and not a word he said
When he come way on down to Lazarus grave and raise him from the dead.

Just as long as Iím in this world I am the light of this world
Just as long as Iím in this world I am the light of this world
Just as long as Iím in this world I am the light of this world
Just as long as Iím in this world I am the light of this world
Iíve got fiery fingers and Iíve got fiery hands
And when I get up in heaven gonna join in that fiery band

Prayer is the key to heaven and faith unlocks the door
Thatís why god give me the key to carry wherever I go

I know I got religion I know I ainít ashamed
For the holy ghost is my witness, and the angels done signed my name

Didnít they take John the baptist and put him in a kettle of oil
God got in there with him and they tell me the oil didnít burn

 

 

Police Dog Blues

 

 

All my life I've been a traveling man
Said, all my life I've been a traveling man
Staying alone and doing the best I can

I shipped my trunks down to Tennessee
I shipped my trunks down to Tennessee
Hard to tell about a man like me

I met a gal I couldn't get her off my mind
Well, I met a gal I couldn't get her off my mind
She passed me up said she didn't like my kind
I'm afraid to bark around her house at night
I'm afraid to bark around her house at night
Got a police dog that's craving for a fight

His name is Rambler and when he gets the chance
His name is Rambler and when he gets the chance
He leaves his mark on everybody's pants

I guess I'll travel, now I guess I'll let her be
I guess I'll travel, now I guess I'll let her be
Before she sicks that police dog on me

 

Blue Prelude

Nina Simone's Lyrics:

Let me sigh, let me cry when Iím blue
Let me go away from this lonely town (lonesome)
Wonít be long till my sun will be blue
Cos I know Iím on my last go round. (And I know ...)
All the love I could steal, beg or borrow
Wouldnít heal all the pain in my soul.  (...all of this pain ...)

What is love? Only a prelude to sorrow
With a heartbreak ahead for your goal
Here I go - now you know why Iím leaving.
I got the blues. What can I lose? Goodbye! 

What is love? only a prelude to sorrow
With a heartbreak ahead for your goal
Here I go - now you know why Iím leaving.
I got the blues. What can I lose? Goodbye!

(Tom Hobson version is slightly different)

Hamar Promenade

Weíre gonna keep on moving now
Bower in one place
We're gonna make time for sleeping on  (Weíve gotta make time by sleeping on ?)
At a faster pace

CHORUS
Weíll keep spinning and canít wait
Find me influence to their doorway
Listen if you hesitate
When weíve got wings of steel will fly
Pass the home of the shadow mountain
To the poor with (my fiery?) eyes

Pushing on faster till we can push no more
Weíre down the ally of hope today
And in tomorrowís door

CHORUS
Weíll keep spinning and canít wait
Find me influence to their doorway
Listen if you hesitate
When weíve got wings of steel will fly
Pass the home of the shadow mountain
To the poor with (my fiery?) eyes

(Transcription by M&M based on tabs available on the net, to be verified)

Notes

   

In the same year 1974 in which the Jefferson Airplane closed their activity as group, Grace Slick proposed her ambitious work Manhole, the guitarist of the band Jorma Kaukonen recorded a wonderful solo work, completely acoustic, unplugged, as we can say now, together with a musician and a friend, interested as him in tradition and blues.

An album very far from the directions choosen by his former partners, that he wouldn't join in their new spatial adventures.

He will start a new itinerary, together with his bassist Jack Casady, with his new goup Hot Tuna.

About Tom Hobson and Margareta Kaukonen we reproduce in the followings the brief notes, written by Pete Rain, previously present on the guitarist's web site.

ęBack in the folk music days (early 60s) in San Francisco, when Jorma would back a young Janis Joplin on guitar in coffeehouse gigs, Tom Hobson was a fellow folk musician who had both a house available to congregate in, and a wife who made good coffee, so many musicians would inevitably wind up at the Hobsons' house for jam sessions. Jorma said that Hobson was a fairly prolific writer but had never recorded any of his material, so when this album project came about (around the time of Jorma and Jack permanently leaving the Airplane), Tom was invited to do some songs with him. Jorma describes Hobson as being "thin as a rail", a chain smoker, and having "about one lung". He left us by way of a brain aneurism. An old friend of Tom's named Eric Van der Wyk (banjo player for Ragged But Right) has put up a site in honor of Tom: http://tomhobson.com
Some of Margareta Kaukonen's works are on display at a coffee shop called Donkey's in Athens, Ohio, not far from where Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen currently reside. Margareta actually gave Vanessa all of her works to do with as she pleased, sometime before she died in 1997. Vanessa resurrected some of these and had them put on display. (This info comes from the personal musings of Jorma at the jormakaukonen.com website.) The original artwork for "Quah" hangs on the wall in the library of the Fur Peace Ranch.Ľ

See also: Jefferson Airplane's complete discography  
   

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 Personnel and credits

 

Jorma Kaukonen: acoustic guitar and voice
Tom Hobson: acoustic guitar and voice (tracks 9 & 10)
Other musicians: Gene Tortora (dobro); Nathan Rubin, Thomas Halpin, Daniel Kobialka, Carl Pederson, Eva Karasik, Anne Kish, Mischa Myers (violin); Nancy Ellis, Miriam Dye, Mary Jo Ahlborn, Thomas Heimberg (viola); Melinda Ross (cello); Arthur Krebiel French horn).

Production: Jack Casady
Engineering: Pat "Maurice" Ieraci

Cover: Margareta Kaukonen

Internal photos: Jim Marshall
Strings arrangement and direction: Tom Salisbury
Recorded at Wally Heider's, San Francisco, CA.

Album data: GRUNT Records - 1974 - BXL 1-0209 - Patent 1974 RCA - BMG Entertainment

 

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