Jewels

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


Song 6 off of our LP "Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise" is "Jewels". It was written on March 14, 15, 17, 21, and completed on March 25, 1995. The original title for the song was, "Someone's Strange Kitten". 9 lives in fur coats, jewelry in a drawer, excess is accessed through the holiest door. Sounds like an incantation Jimbo. Here is the original draft of "Jewels" :<br&>

Lyrics


Now she's gonna fall<br&> Now she's gonna crawl<br&> Now she's gonna call<br&>

I'm gonna leave though it's nice inside your zoo<br&> (Here's some cheese for the mice inside your zoo)<br&> (It's nice to leave, there are mice inside your zoo)<br&> I'm gonna breathe twice for all the fools<br&> Who wish me death<br&>

Now she's gonna scream<br&> Now she's gonna dream<br&> Moonbeam nightmare not allowed<br&>

Now she's gonna miss<br&> Now there'll be no kiss<br&> Now at last it's come to this<br&>

Someone's strange (and their strange)<br&> Kitten's in the flames<br&> She disappears to change<br&> Then reappears the same<br&>

So I'm gonna breathe blood into my jewels<br&> I'm gonna bleed twice for all the fools<br&> Who wish me death<br&>

You're not allowed to die<br&>

She disappears to change<br&> Hate no one<br&> Love no one<br&> Without loving anyone<br&>

Here are the final lyrics :<br&>

Now she's gonna fall<br&> Now she's gonna crawl<br&> Now she's gonna call<br&>

I'm gonna breathe blood into my jewels<br&> Gonna bleed twice for all the fools<br&> Who wish me death<br&>

Now she's gonna scream<br&> Now she's gonna dream<br&> Moonbeam nightmare not allowed<br&>

Now she's gonna miss<br&> Now there'll be no kiss<br&> Now at last it's come to this<br&>

Someone's strange kitten's in the flames<br&> She disappears to change<br&> Then reappears the same<br&>

So I'm gonna breathe blood into my jewels<br&> Gonna bleed twice for all the fools<br&> Who wish me death<br&>

You're not allowed to die<br&>

Notes


The chord progression for the verses is : G b / B / G b / B / D b minor / A b Major / D b Major / D b Major (E in bass) / D b Major. The chord progression for the chorus is : E b minor / E Major / B Major. The chord progression for the middle eight is : A Major / A Major (A b in bass) / A Major (D b in bass) / A Major (A b in bass) / G b Major / B Major / A Major / A b Major / G Major / G b Major / B Major / A Major / A b Major / G Major. Originally the song was written with different chords for the "You're not allowed to die" section. After the chords went down : G b Major / B Major / A Major / A b Major / G Major, they then went up : G b Major / B Major / A Major / B Major / C Major. When Will Corgan heard the song, he suggested we should take out the A Major / B Major / C Major progression and also that I should play the song slowed down in a picking style. The original faster rock version was recorded at home and played that way live. The A Major / B Major / C Major chords on the faster rock version provide tension and will personally blast you right out of your current atmosphere. Dennis' harpsichord touches on the "Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise" version bring Carnaby Street into play on this lilting ballad. It is easy to imagine yourself in the song, while rocking back and forth on a seesaw, provided you haven't outgrown that stage and phase.<br&>

Now she's gonna fall. I remember few things about school or childhood memories, but I do recall at an early age, a schoolmate of mine walking past my desk in class, at the earliest age I would be granted a desk and I remember distinctly tripping the girl and her falling down. I couldn't tell you if I tripped her because I liked her or didn't like her or if in my mind I had a good reason to. Here the same girl from my song "Stargirl" is falling in her usual manner. Now she's gonna crawl. Crawling on her hands and knees, heads, shoulders, knees and toes. Now she's gonna call. To make up for something, for the things aren't what they appear speech. I'm gonna breathe blood into my jewels. These are the family jewels on the physical body, we all love and adore. This gentleman sounds like a real stud, breathing blood into his jewels, how fortunate for the universe. Gonna bleed twice for all the fools, who wish me death. I am made aware by a friend, of another suitor, and so the idea is that it is going to take alot to take me down. Now she's gonna scream, now she's gonna dream. I know everyone dreams, recalling them is the trick. Of all the dreams I've ever had at bedtime, in that wild state we all partake in, I can't remember any off hand or on hand. Moonbeam nightmare not allowed. In all of my nightmares, they all end with someone about to get me and I'm trying to scream or notify someone, but I am unable to and when I finally snap out of it, come to, and wake up, I am still shook up, my heart is racing and I am asked if I am alright. Out of all the nightmares I've ever had, there is one that I have not forgotten, which inspired this lyric. In the nightmare, I am walking down steps and then around dark corners and I finally come to a coffin and I look at the face of the person in the coffin and it is mine. In dream analysis, this dream can be interpreted as change and new beginnings. Now she's gonna miss. Now she's gonna go from Mrs. to Miss. Now she's gonna be on her way to Mississippi. Now she's gonna miss me, miss me, now you're gonna kiss me. Now there'll be no kiss. Now that I am aware of the suitor. Now at last it's come to this. The crossroards. A decision. To decide. To cut off from all other possibilities. Someone's strange kitten's in the flames. Someone is strange. That is the suitor. Kitten's in the flames. Kitten sounds like a cool pet name, nickname from the 60's, which it was and I use it here again in the '90's. Kitten's in the flames. This references the fireplace again. She disappears to change, then reappears the same. She left the room to change clothes and came back with the same outfit on. So I'm gonna breathe blood into my jewels. For all those who are blessed with riches and fortunes, I find it an odd choice of acquisition to purchase jewelry with that freedom. The guy from The Villiage People was buried with all his jewels. A look what I bought with my money in life statement. For what? Look what I'm dangling on my body. Great. Now what? I passed up my 10 year high school reunion to go to see The Villiage People at The Milwaukee County Zoo. They were singing along to a 4 track tape machine and someone walked by and unplugged the 4 track tape machine and the music stopped in a Milli Vanilli moment. I'm gonna bleed twice for all the fools who wish me death. There is no such thing. That is why The Moody Blues never had any space between their tracks on their albums, it is one continuous journey. You're not allowed to die. I told the person this song is about, about my nightmare, and she said, "You're not allowed to die". I thought that a very touching thing to say, for as we know, kind words and yes even jewels are priceless.<br&>

The track "Jewels" contains acoustic guitar and vocals by myself and keyboards and backing vocals by Dennis.<br&>