Neither Here Nor There

by Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses

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Neither Here Nor There is the horses' debut album complete with gypsy minor 6th chords, speedy guitar, wild violin, rasping saxophone and a handful of kazoo solos. We offer three original compositions dealing with horse thievery in german idioms, the reaper as a working class man and the hot and heavy 'Volcano'. A few old tunes are re-ignited and re-invigorated, along with Django's famous 'Minor Swing' re-envisioned, re-designed and set on fire for swingin' hard in gypsy jazzpunk style.

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released May 9, 2017

Performed by Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses

Recorded live in studio by Louise Eksteen at the Backline, Johannesburg

Mixed and Mastered by Louise Eksteen at the Backline, Johannesburg

Artwork by Jacinda Barker Photography and Video

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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: It Don't Mean A Thing
It don't mean a thing
If it ain't got that swing
It don't mean a thing
All you gotta do is sing

It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you got

It don't mean a thing
If it ain't got that swing
Track Name: Stealing Horses
Woman, you crossed my path on a dark, dark night
It's as if we'd met before, perhaps in another life?
You're eyes burned a fiery red, that I thought long lost
The same spark borne in me, had found a counterpart

Woman, you smell just like trouble to me
But nothing on this godless earth can stem my curiosity
I know you're poison, but baby I need a taste
I know your wild sort, but baby I need some pace

Then you said it to me
Those fateful words
Foreshadowing
Things to come

Baby we're stealing horses tonight!
Wunderbar!
Track Name: It Ain't Necessarily So
Well it ain't necessarily so
No it ain't necessarily so
The words that you're liable to read in the Bible
Well they ain't necessarily so

Li'l David was small but oh my (so small?)
Li'l David was small but oh my (oh my!)
He fought big Goliath who lay down and dieth
Li'l David he was small but oh my

Woooaaahhh
Wadoo, wadoo
Zim bam baddle-oo, zim bam boddle-ada
Hoodle ah da wa da, ski din do ski din dah dah
Scatty, scatty wah
yeah...

Now Jonah, he lived in de whale (what whale?)
I said Jonah, he lived in dat whale, (oh that whale)
So he made his home in that fish's abdomen
Jonah they say, he lived inside de whale

Well the other one they tell me is that
Li'l Moses was found in a stream
Li'l Moses was found in a stream
He floated on water until that Pharaoh's daughter
Well she says she fished him from that stream

Woooaaahhh
Wadoo, wadoo
Zim bam baddle-oo, zim bam boddle-ada
Hoodle ah da wa da, ski din do ski din dah dah
Scatty, scatty wah
yeah...

Well it ain't necessarily so
No it ain't necessarily so
They tell all the chillun
That the devil he's a villain (he's a villain)
But no! It ain't necessarily so my darling

Now I gotta stop y'all for a sceond because they say
To get into heaven
Don't snap for a seven
Live clean and don't have no faults
Oh I takes thats gospel
But whenever it's possible
With a grain of salt

Methus'lah lived nine hundred years
Methus'lah lived nine hundred years
But who calls that living
When no gal will give in to no man
Oh what's nine hundred years my darling?

So I'm preachin' this sermon to show
That It
Ain't nece-ain't nece
Ain't nece-ain't nece
Ain't necessarily so
Track Name: The Reaper's Got Kids To Feed Too
I sat by the wheels
Watched the world roll on by
People moving past
Not even a glance
As if staring into the sky

Such a peculiar scene
Saw a man there waiting for his dream
And then another was just standing there
Buying a cone of ice cream

And then it dawned on me
The world is what you see
Neither good nor bad
Nor here nor there
It's really a bit crazy

So when the reaper comes for you
Just say "Baby, how do you do?"
Don't run away, make his day
Coz he's got kids to feed too

When he slashes folks to pieces
He's thinking of his illegitimate nieces
How's he gonna feed them?
Coz you know the devil don't pay so well

Such a peculiar scene
Saw a man there waiting for his dream
And then another was just standing there
Buying a cone of ice cream

So let's spare a thought
For dear old Grim
Neither good nor bad
Nor here nor there
He's really a bit crazy

So when the reaper comes for you
Just say "Baby, how do you do?"
Don't run away, make his day
Coz he's got kids to feed too
Track Name: Caravan
Night
And stars above that shine so bright
The magic of their fading light
Shines upon our caravan

Sleep
Upon my shoulder as we creep
Across the sand so I may keep
The memory of our caravan

You are so exciting
You are so inviting
Resting in my arms
As I thrill to the magic charms

Of you
beside me here beneath the blue
My dream of love is coming true
Within our desert caravan

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