The Striped Mare

by Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses

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She’s wild, she’s untameable and she’s striped. She’s a booted-up punk zebra girl, and she's packing one heavy bite.

The Striped Mare is an EP that wrangles in the best parts of the first three years in the Stolen Horses. Digging deeper into the unique mix of gypsy music, jazz and punk, the Stolen Horses expand to include Trombone, Accordion and Keys.

Three original tunes are offered to provide inspiration for rebellion, harmony and the Hepcat dictionary of phrases in ‘Punk Gitan’, ‘Barrelhouse Blip’ and the single ‘Let There Be Rhythm’. The classic swing tune ‘Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen’ is arranged in the most groovy of manners for a band of punky ponies, and the horses take a wild crack at covering the legendary metal songs ‘The Trooper’ (Iron Maiden) and ‘Duality’ (Slipknot).

They say you can’t escape your roots in the end, and the Stolen Horses show us how those roots connect with the branches in the most interesting of ways.

Enjoy the music y’all!

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released April 3, 2019

Performed by Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses
Recorded live, mixed and mastered at KvD studios, Johannesburg
Artwork by Ivy at Greater Than Myopia Illustration (greaterthanmyopia.com).

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Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses Pretoria, South Africa

Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses bring a new light to Gypsy Jazz that incorporates the classic blend of European gypsy melodies and 1930’s Swing, with a modern attitude rooted in Hard Bop Jazz and Rock ‘n Roll.

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Track Name: Punk Gitan
Punk’s not dead
Rock’s not dead
Jazz ain’t dead baby
The money bastards can try
But they’ll never win
You pat me on the back,
Say “leave it alone”,
you say that “things have changed”
Well you ain’t seen nothing yet
Hammer or blade? Take your pick!
My weapon fires tritone bullets

Hacking and slashing
Swinging and smashing
Tearing and swearing
On your mother’s grave

Umhlobo lwabantu (Tzigano!)
Abahambe bezula (Tzigano!)
Emazweni (Tzigano!)
Only two fingers to poke out your eyes

Dark horse, you know who you are
Broken bones are just a scar
Your heart’s on fire, and it's burning true
Flames lick the wounds, pulling apart and pushing through
Your back's against the wall, keep standing tall
Pay no mind to those who'd have you fall!
They’ll be dead before they’ve died,
Your fingers will bleed to fuel tzigano inside

Umhlobo lwabantu (Tzigano!)
Abahambe bezula (Tzigano!)
Emazweni (Tzigano!)
Only two fingers to poke out your eyes

He’s the Punk Gitan
Track Name: Barrelhouse Blip
Don’t drop your lip, don’t abandon the ship
Stick around baby, see the barrelhouse blip
Folks have been talking, they saying it’s a mezz
Those folks guarantee it’ll knocks ya dead

Those cats will frisk your whiskers,
until they pipin’ hot,
and when they take off you’ll have a ball,
You’re gonna blow your top

Don’t bust your conk, the jam is hot
The joint is jumping, your drapes is shot
Grab your main queen, and move your frame
Get hip to the jive and re-wire your brain

You know those armstrongs, will blow your mind
And that dirty, rusty doghouse, will make your kisser shine
The skins are swingin’, the strings are hot
The muggin’s heavy, what else you got? Bebop?
Track Name: Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen
Of all the gals that I've known, and I've known some
Until I first met you I was lonesome
And when you came in sight, dear, my heart grew light, dear
And this old world seemed new to me
Now you're really swell, I have to admit
That you deserve expressions that really fit you
And so I've wracked my brain, hoping to explain
All these things you do to me

Bei mir bist du schön
Please let me explain
Bei mir bist du schön it means you're grand
Bei mir bist du schön
You know, again I'll explain
It means you're the fairest in the land

I could say "bella, bella"
Even "sehr wünderbar"
Each landuage only helps me tell you
darling how grand I think you are

I've tried to explain, Bei mir bist du schön
So kiss me darling and say you'll understand

Well you've heard it all before
but let me try to explain
Bei mir bist do schön it means you're grand
it's such an old refrain, yet I should explain
It means I'm begging for your hand

I could say "bella, bella"
Even "sehr wünderbar"
Each language only helps me tell how grand you are

I've tried to explain, Bei mir bist du schön
So kiss me and say you'll understand
Track Name: Duality
I push my fingers into my eyes
It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache
But it's made of all the things I have to take
Jesus, it never ends, it works it's way inside
If the pain goes on

I have screamed until my veins collapsed
I've waited last, my time's elapsed
Now all I do is live with so much fate
I've wished for this, I've bitched at that
I've left behind this little fact:
You cannot kill what you did not create
I've gotta say what I've gotta say
And then I swear I'll go away
But I can't promise you'll enjoy the noise
I guess I'll save the best for last
My future seems like one big past
You're left with me 'cause you left me no choice

I push my fingers into my eyes
It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache
If the pain goes on, I'm not gonna make it!

Pull me back together
Or separate the skin from bone
Leave me all the pieces, and then you can leave me alone
Tell me the reality is better than dream
But I found out the hard way,
Nothing is what it seems!

I push my fingers into my eyes
It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache
But it's made of all the things I have to take
Jesus, it never ends, it works it's way inside
If the pain goes on, I'm not gonna make it!
Track Name: The Trooper
You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand there's no turning back
The bugle sounds as the charge begins
But on this battlefield no one wins
The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
As you plunge into a certain death

The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
The mighty roar of the Russian guns
And as we race towards human wall
The screams of pain as my comrades fall
We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
And as the Russians fire another round
We get so near yet so far away
We won't live to fight another day

We get so close near enough to fight
When a Russian gets me in his sights
He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
A burst of rounds takes my horse below
And as I lay there gazing at the sky
My body's numb and my throat is dry
And as I lay forgotten and alone
Without a tear I draw my parting groan
Track Name: Double or Nothing (Live at Aardklop 2018)
To be shooting craps
Or laying cards
Is of no concern
to me

My only concern
Is whether or not
its double or nothing

Its full house
or no house at all
place your bets darling
or fold and withdraw

Coz when I roll out
Nobody can bowl out
its double or nothing

If you must play
Then you must know
The rules of this house
To keep your stories tall
Load your craps
Stuff your sleeves
And hide your cards from me

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