Neither Here Nor There

by Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses

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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
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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!
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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
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Swing 48 03:58
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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
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Minor Swing 03:13
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Caravan 04:48
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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Volcano 04:28
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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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