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Three pairs of songs. Three pairs of tricks. Three pairs of bets.

Thrice A Pair is an EP that explores the new, bigger and more punk side of the Stolen Horses' music. The tunes are driven by the relentless Tzigan rhythm now featuring punk d-beats and a change from brushes to sticks on the drums.

We offer two original compositions that pay tribute to the gifted but troublesome horses themselves, as well as a groovy song that deals with taking risks in gambling and in life.

The old is bridged with the new by two covers. One of the flaming Tzigan traditional ‘Dark Eyes’, and the other of the monumental Motorhead classic ‘Ace of Spades’.

Two live tracks from the debut album round off the EP and pay homage to the birthplace and true home of the band, Railways Café, Centurion, South Africa.

Enjoy the music!


released May 23, 2018

Performed by Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses

Recorded live at Audio Nebula, Markon studios by Byron Muller, Johannesburg

Mixed and Mastered by Byron Muller at Audio Nebula, Markon studios, Johannesburg

Artwork by Ale and Cake Illustration




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: Dark Eyes
My darling dark eyes
Sweet burning eyes
Passionate splendid eyes
How I love you
How I fear you
When I’m near you
Verily I saw you at a sinister hour

I see you dark eyes
I see your flaming eyes
They emplore me into faraway lands
Where love reigns
Oh where peace reigns
Where there’s no suffering
Where war is forbidden
Track Name: These Are My Horses
They got a mind of their own, don’t you know

You can’t lose control, before you know it, there’ll be five foals

These are my horses
There ain’t no better steeds

I guarantee
There’s no way you can disagree
They’ll leave you in the dust, and ramble if they must
But you gotta set ‘em free!
Track Name: Double or Nothing
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
Track Name: Ace of Spades
If you like to gamble, I tell you I'm your man,
You win some, lose some, it's all the same to me,

The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say,

I don't share your greed, the only card I need is
The Ace Of Spades

Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil,
Going with the flow, it's all a game to me,

Seven or eleven, snake eyes watching you,

Double up or quit, double stake or split,
The Ace Of Spades (the ace of spades)

You know I'm born to lose, and gambling's for fools,
But that's the way I like it baby,
I don't wanna live forever,
And don't forget the joker!

Pushing up the ante, I know you gotta see me,
Read 'em and weep, the dead man's hand again,

I see it in your eyes, take one look and die,

The only thing you see, you know it's gonna be,
The Ace Of Spades
Track Name: Caravan (Live)
And stars above that shine so bright
The magic of their fading light
Shines upon our caravan

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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