Songs of Future Past

by Sabertooth Swing

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1.
Frankie and Johnny were sweethearts, My, how they did love, They swore to be true to each other, Just as true as those stars above, Yes, he was her man, But he was doing her wrong! Oh, Frankie went down to that ballroom, To fetch her a little glass of gin, And she said to that friendly bartender, "Has my loving Johnny been in?" She said: "Yes, I've seen your man, I think he may be doing you wrong". (Trumpet solo) Frankie peaked over that transom, And, there, to her great surprise, Yes, she saw her lover boy Johnny, He was making love to miss Nellie Bly Yes she seen her man, He sure was doing her wrong! Oh so Frankie lifted up her kimono, And she pulled out her trusted '44. She shot him one (hit) Twice (hit) (hit) Three times (hit) (hit) (hit) He felt on that ballroom floor, Yes, she shot her man, 'cause he was doing her wrong! (Saxophone solo) Well, Johnny said: "Turn me over, sweetheart, But turn me over, darling, real slow, And, please, don't you touch my wounds inside, 'Cause my heart's 'bout to overflow! Yes you shot your man, But I've been doing you wrong!" Oh, people this story ain't got no moral, This story sure ain't got no end, This story's just got to show you, That there ain't always good between a women and men. Yes, she killed her man, 'Cause he was doing her wrong!
2.
Blue Skies 04:55
Blue skies, Smiling at me, Nothing but blue skies, Do I see. Bluebirds, Are singing their songs, Nothing but bluebirds, Here, from now on! I never saw the sun shining so bright, Never thought things could be going so right, Noticing the days hurrying by, When you're in love, my how they fly! (Those) blue days, All of them gone, Nothing but blue skies, From now on. (Trombone solo) (Saxophone solo) (Trumpet solo) I never saw the sun shining so bright, I never saw things could be going right When you're noticing the days hurrying by, When you're in love, my how they fly (Them) blue days, All of them gone, Nothing but blue skies, From now on.
3.
How much do I love you? I'll tell you no lie How deep is the ocean? How high is the sky? How many times a day Do I dream of you? How many roses are Sprinkled with dew? How far would I travel To be where you are? How far is the distance From here to a star? And if you ever left me, How much would I cry? How deep is the ocean? How high is the sky? (Piano solo) (Trombone solo) How far would I travel To be where you are? How far is the distance From here to a star? And if I ever lost you, How much would I cry? How deep is the ocean? How high is the sky?
4.
I don't go to church on a Sunday, Don't get on my knees to pray. I've never memorized a single book of that bible, I got my own special way. But, still, I know Jesus loves me And maybe just a little bit more. When I drop down to my knees every Sunday At miss Zerelda Lee's candy store. Yes, it's got to be a chocolate Jesus That makes me feel good inside. Only a chocolate Jesus Can keep me satisfied! (Trombone solo) (Trumpet solo) Don't give me no Abba Zabba Don't try to sell me no Almond Joy. There's only one thing better That is suitable for this, here, boy! It's the only thing that can fill me up. It's better than whole cup of gold. You see, only a chocolate Jesus Can satisfy my soul. Oh, when the weather gets rough, You're drinking whiskey in the shade. It's best to wrap your savior up in cellophane. He'll flows like a big muddy but that's okay, You can pour him over ice cream or a nice parfait. It's got to be a chocolate Jesus That makes me feel satisfied. You see, only a chocolate Jesus, Can fill me me up inside! So, get yourself a chocolate Jesus, He'll wipe away all of your sings, You gotta get a chocolate Jesus, Just open up and let him all in.
5.
Lawn Boy 03:39
Throughout the night, When there's no direct light, And a thin veil of clouds Keeps the stars out of sight, I can smell the colors Outside on my lawn. The moist green organic That my feet tread upon. And the black oleander Surrounded by blues. I get so overwhelmed By olfactory hues. (Trumpet solo) (Saxophone solo) I get so overwhelmed By olfactory hues. (x2)
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about

The seeds for Songs of Future Past were planted after a show a couple of years ago, when the New Orleans band Sabertooth Swing found themselves playing a dance in a local juke joint.

It was a late, sweaty night. The band had paired up with a noted local blues act, and for the occasion had prepared a setlist of slower tunes. This particular set was a little more blue than usual, with a distinct air of melancholy and wanderlust. A couple of songs in, the band knew this was going to be an especially memorable night.

After the fact, an album of this material felt inevitable. Additionally, the band saw it as an opportunity to explore the possibility of applying a more classic touch to some of their favorite modern repertoire.

Eventually, the COVID pandemic gave the album its finishing touch. The title evokes time-travel gone wrong - it takes place in a universe that is neither the past, the future, nor the present. Everything feels different, and yet still familiar; eerie, but still very appealing…

credits

released September 4, 2020

Sabertooth Swing:
Acoustic Bass – Spike Perkins
Drums – Robert Montgomery
Guitar – Romain Beauxis
Saxophone, Clarinet – Alex Canales
Trombone – Chris Butcher
Vocals, Trumpet – Dan Ruch

Producers: Romain Beauxis, Chris Butcher
Mixing and recording: Chris Butcher
Mastering: Bruce Barielle
Artwork: Eden Chubb

Special Guests:
Seth Bailing: Saxophone, track #1
Ryan Hanseler: Piano, track #2

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Sabertooth Swing New Orleans, Louisiana

Born and bred in New Orleans, Sabertooth Swing traces its origins within the local dance community. Their music embraces a foot-taping energy supported by serious musicianship. Sabertooth Swing excels at bringing a fun experience and enhancing it with musical overtones that enrich their sound with beautiful jazz idioms that can be either be a source of exciting dancing or serious listening. ... more

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