Jaeger & Reid

 
 

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Close My Eyes

Words and music by Judi Jaeger ©2016

 

This song is intended to capture the difficulty and longing of long distance love affairs. Inspired by a comment made by a friend of Judi’s at music camp, it is an example of the many places that inspiration for songwriting can come from.

 

Your words across the sky, a voice on a thin phone line.

I use my imagination while I mark the time.

I’m staring at your photo from last July.

But, staring doesn’t seem to work so I’ll just try

 

And, close my eyes and fly to you in dreams 

I’ll close my eyes and fly

 

Maybe I can hear the sound that beats inside your chest.

And, find that perfect rhythm that let’s you love me best.

I’m singing still the song we sang when you said goodbye

But singing doesn’t seem to help so I’ll just try

 

Chorus

 

How can absence makes the heart grow fonder when our love’s already great.

And I surely don’t know how much longer I can wait before this heart might break

and, crying doesn’t seem to help so I’ll just try

 

Chorus

 

Close my eyes, Close my eyes, 

Close my eyes and fly. fly. fly.

 

 


 

 

The Times They are a-Changin'

Words and music by Bob Dylan, ©1963, Special Rider Music

 

A popular song written by Bob Dylan. We have an ongoing conversation about what is folk music. We talk about it, we read about it, we watch videos of songs and we have been watching documentaries, including one called “Festival” about the Newport Folk Festival in the 1960s. Watching that film, Judi was struck by the powerful performance of Mary Travers in Peter, Paul and Mary. They sang this song, and we were inspired by how on point it still is.

 

Come gather ‘round people wherever you roam

And admit that the waters around you have grown

And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth saving

Then you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin’

 

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen

And keep your eyes wide the chance won't come again

And don't speak too soon for the wheel's still in spin

And there's no telling who that it's naming

For the loser now will be later to win

Cause the times they are a-changin'

 

Come senators, congressmen please heed the call

Don't stand in the doorway don't block up the hall

For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled

There's a battle outside and it’s raging

It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin'

 

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land

And don't criticize what you can't understand

Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command

Your old road is rapidly aging

Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin'

 

The line it is drawn the curse it is cast

The slow one now will later be fast

As the present now will later be past

The order is rapidly fading

And the first one now will later be last

For the times they are a-changin'

Come gather round people wherever you roam

 

 


 

 

Barry’s Song

Words and music by Bob Reid ©1978,2016

 

When Bob was a teenager, in the late 60’s, he was making decisions concerning  the draft. As part of his education he spent some time in a church in Whittier, California talking to people who had gone there to seek sanctuary as deserters from the armed services. He met a young deserter there named Barry. He had enlisted in the Marine Corps after getting drunk, and he experienced the brutality of being in the service. Bob helped him to get into Canada and there he stayed. In 1977 President Carter pardoned the draft dodgers. He did NOT pardon the deserters. Bob wrote this song as a reminder about the man he met.

 

I think tonight of my sweet Louisiana

As the winter snows come creeping from the North

The sun is barely peeking up over the horizon 

As I watch Vancouver’s tides shift back and forth

 

Now, my mama came to see me back last summer

And, she said “things back home were really ‘bout the same”

The freeway’s coming through the swamplands that I hunted

Carrie Ann just went and changed her name

 

She said a lot of folks were asking how I’s doing

Then she stopped and said “well, really, just a few”

And some think I’m a coward and some think I’m a fool

A couple wish that their boys were here too

Instead of laying in the graveyard by the school

 

It hasn’t been too easy giving up a home

Though the people that I meet are warm and kind

I just can’t help missing that golden Delta moon

And, wishing folks just weren’t so goddamn blind

 

And some think I’m a coward and some think I’m a fool

A couple wish that their boys were here too

Instead of laying in the graveyard by the school

 

Still, all in all I wouldn’t change my mind

I’m just wishing folks weren’t so goddamn blind

I’m just wishing folks weren’t so goddamn blind

 


 

Lay Me Down Easy

Words and music by Kate Wolf, ©1974, BMG Bumblebee OBO Another Sundown Publishing 

 

This was one of the first songs we sang together and where we realized the power of our harmony blend. Bob knew Kate and played with her in the 1970s. Kate died too young in 1987. She left a legacy of songs and a large dedicated following.

 

Sitting in the sunshine trying to sing the blues away

Not knowing where they came from or how long they will stay

Picking out a little tune I never heard before

And, wishing you were here at my door

 

Lay me down easy

Lay me down easy in my mind

Cuz, Babe I’ve got the blues and there’s something you can do

You can lay me down easy in my mind

In my mind

 

Babe, you know how it is when you wake up feeling old

And, you wonder if you’re doing what you should

Everyone around you can’t read what’s on your mind

And, they might not want to if they could

 

Chorus

 

The seasons of my life go drifting through the days

I’ve seen bitter winters come and go

Here I am in sunny times not feeling like I could

And, wondering when those winds will start to blow

Chorus X2

 

 


 

 

Both Sides Now

Words and music by Joni Mitchell, ©1967, Sony/ATV Tunes LLC OBO Crazy Crow Music

 

Growing up in Canada, Judi heard a lot of Joni Mitchell (her father’s favorite singer). We learned this song for Ellen, whose husband invited us to play a house concert on her birthday for just the two of them (Ellen was going through chemotherapy for cancer and couldn’t go out in public). He sent us a list of artists that she loved. Joni was one of them. We love this song, too. 

 

Bows and flows of angel hair

And ice cream castles in the air

Feather canyons everywhere

I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun

They rain and snow on everyone

So many things I would have done

But clouds got in my way

 

I've looked at clouds from both sides now

From up and down and still somehow

It's cloud illusions I recall

I really don't know clouds at all

 

Moons and Junes and ferris wheels 

The dizzy dancing way you feel

When every fairy tale comes real 

I've looked at love that way

But now it's just another show 

You leave them laughing when you go

And if you care, don't let them know 

Don't give yourself away

 

I've looked at love from both sides now 

From give and take and still somehow

It's love's illusions I recall

I really don't know love at all

 

Tears and fears and feeling proud, 

To say "I love you" right out loud

Dreams and schemes and circus crowds 

I've looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange 

They shake their heads, they say I've changed

Well something's lost, but something's gained 

In living every day.

 

I've looked at life from both sides now

From win and lose and still somehow

It's life's illusions I recall

I really don't know life at all

At all

 


 

Oh What A Morning

Words and music  by Bob Reid ©2011

 

Bob’s father was a record store owner and gospel music promoter, who put on large concerts with many gospel artists in large venues. Often, they would all be onstage singing together. It was powerful, but Bob had a different relationship with religion. So, he wrote his own “gospel” song. 

 

Chorus 1:

Oh what a morning

Oh what a morning

On the horizon

Into the mystery

I’m on my way

 

Chorus 2:

Oh what a morning, what a beautiful morning

Oh what a morning what a beautiful day

Don’t know what lies on beyond the horizon

Into the mystery I’m on my way

 

All through this dark night we have been singing

Adding our voices to the grand harmony

Now we watch as the wheel is creating another beginning

A sweet invitation to be what we can be

 

Chorus

 

Come feast your eyes the sun paints the horizon

colors our world, the sky, the mountains, the beach

As we gaze out at that far-off line that knows no arrival

Like the person that we hope to be it’s just out of our reach

 

Chorus

 

The clock on the wall has hands that never stop moving

And we will never know how much time we can spend

Time after all, among all, is our only possession

How we spend it determines what we will have in the end

 

Chorus

 

Big wheels are turning around we dance through the seasons

We are dancing towards morning and we are dancing away

As we roll through the heavens I wonder what is the reason?

But I know that it’s right here in each note that we play. 

 

Chorus 2x

 


 

Together

Words and music by Judi Jaeger ©2015

 

Given a challenge in a songwriting class at music camp to write a “list song”, and adapting a new guitar picking pattern to her ukulele, Judi composed this upbeat love song.

 

A hook and an eye, a needle and thread

A tapestry with history hung above your bed

A notebook with words, a pencil and lead

Poetry with mystery written in your head

 

Your kiss, my lips, your hands, my hips

Ooooooo

My kiss, your lips, my hands, your hips.

Ooooooo

 

A house and its roof, the stairs to the door

Windowpanes and painted walls are shelter from the storm  

The fire and the heat, your feet on the floor

Knowing you are here, I’m not alone anymore

 

Chorus

 

One can’t be without the other.

Like a pair of mourning doves.

Like you and I they go together

Together in love.

 

Chorus

 


 

 

From Way Up Here

Words by Malvina Reynolds/Music by Pete Seeger, ©1964, Abigail Publishing

 

Malvina Reynolds gave the lyric to Pete Seeger to set to music. Pete and Bob were friends for years. Bob’s mom, Betty Reid Soskin, used to play concerts with Malvina in the 1960s. This song is still apt. 

 

From way up here the earth looks very small

It’s just a little ball of rock and sea and sand

No bigger than my hand

 

From way up here the earth looks very small

They shouldn’t fight at all down there upon that little sphere

 

Their time is short, a life is just a day

You’d think they’d find a way

You’d think they’d get along

And fill their sunlit days with song

 

From way up here the earth looks very small

It’s just a little ball so small, so beautiful and clear

 

Their time is short, a life is just a day

Must be a better way

To use the time that runs

Among the distant suns

 

From way up here the earth is very small

It’s just a little ball so small, so beautiful and dear

From way up here

 


 

Greedy Crime

Words and music by Judi Jaeger © 2007

 

This is the first song Judi wrote. An expression of the grief she carried about her mother’s dementia and early death. We offer it in the hopes that it may comfort others who have had to deal with such pain.

 

It was an ordinary life

She was a regular wife

Made lemon pie for my father

Mmmm hmm

 

She wasn’t cool, not much glamour

Didn’t marry for love, it had to find her

That’s how the girl became my mother

She loved me, my sister and brother

 

Chorus:

Call the police it’s a greedy crime

Call the police it’s stealin’ her mind

Call the police it’s takin’ her time

Call the police it’s a greedy crime

 

What was ordinary and plain

Was mine just the same.

She could sing me to sleep like no other.

Mmm, my mother.

 

Gone are those days and who is she?

My mother who sang in the dark to me

Clouds on her face, nerves all a jangle

Stolen from us by plaques and tangles

 

Chorus

 

Questions fall from fill my lips

If she doesn’t know me do i still exist?

Clouds on her face, nerves all a jangle

Stolen from us by plaques and tangles

 

Chorus

 

Hooo oo hoo hoo ooo

 


 

 

From the Heart

Words and music by Bob Reid © 1995

 

 A reminder that our life is our greatest creative act. 

 

Life is a song to be sung from the heart

Listen closely and you’ll hear it singing

Let’s join our voices together and let it come

From the Heart

 

There will be times when you will sing alone

There will be times when you’ll join in the chorus

Feel what happens when everyone joins in the song

From the Heart

 

You’ve got to sing it yourself

It can’t be sung by anyone else

 

Some songs are short, while some others are long

What really matters is that you are singing

Fill the world with the music that you have to give

From the Heart

 

Whether you’re singing solo, or duet.

You have to fashion your own precious melody

Taking turns trying to find the right harmony comes

From the Heart

 

You’ve got to sing it yourself

It can’t be sung by anyone

 

When your singing has come to an end

When it seems that you’ve run out of verses

Hope that the others who heard you remember you sang

From the Heart

 

Life is a song to be sung from the heart

Listen closely and you’ll hear it singing

Let’s join our voices together and let it come

 

From the heart let it come
From the heart let it come

 


 

 

Love Caught Her
Words and music by Judi Jaeger © 2010

 

Written in support of Community Overcoming Relionship Abuse (CORA), an organization in San Mateo County combatting domestic violence.

 

Rose finished packing her boxes, a shiny red clip in her hair
Slipping that ring from her finger, she left that gold circle there 
Closing the door behind her, she shook off the shadow of pain
Staring into empty tomorrows was better than feeling the shame

 

Her days rolled away like thunder, she counted each one as it closed
Then she counted her dreams like the dollars she'd need to get where she wanted to go 
Up the hill to her one room walk-up, she wished for some tenderness
Believing that she deserved better, she jumped into life's abyss

 

That's when love caught her, she was falling like water
Love caught her, protected and taught her
Love caught her and gently set her down

 

 

When she met him it was raining, she had come to the edge of her life
He gave her his umbrella and she tumbled into his blue eyes 
Now she's unpacking those boxes, finally feeling at ease
'Cause she broke that circle forever when she had the courage to leave

 

Chorus

 

Now she's doubled her treasure, wrapped in the arms of a man who holds the tiniest fingers of their newborn baby girl's hand. And, once again....

 

Chorus

 

Love caught her and turned her life around.

 

 

Imagine

Words and music by John Lennon/Yoko Ono, ©1971, Downtown DMP Songs OBO Lenono Music

 

Judi suggested this song. Bob initially balked at such an iconic song, but after hearing Judi’s version agreed it was a great addition to our repertoire.

 

Imagine there's no heaven

It's easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people living for today

 

Imagine there's no countries

It isn't hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

 

You may say I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one

I hope some day you'll join us

And the world will be as one

 

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you

 

You may say I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one

I hope some day you'll join us

And the world will be as one

And the world will be as one.