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Blues Run the Game
Jackson C. Frank Lyrics


Catch a boat to England baby
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same

Send out for whiskey baby
Send out for gin
Me and room service honey
Me and room service babe
Me and room service
Well we're living a life of sin

When I'm not drinkin' baby
You are on my mind
When I'm not sleepin' honey
When I ain't sleepin' mama
When I'm not sleepin'
You know you'll find me crying

Try another city baby
Another town
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues come followin' down

Livin' is a gamble baby
Lovin's much the same
Wherever I have played
Whenever I've thrown them dice
Wherever I have played
The blues have run the game

Maybe tomorrow honey
Some place down the line
I'll wake up older
So much older mama
I'll wake up older
And I'll just stop all my trying

Catch a boat to England baby
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same

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Written by: Frank Carey Jackson

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Skunk 09

[Verse 1]
Catch a boat to England, baby
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same

[Verse 2]
Send out for whisky, baby
Send out for gin
Me and room service, honey
Me and room service, babe
Me and room service
Well, we're living a life of sin

[Verse 3]
When I'm not drinking, baby
You are on my mind
When I'm not sleeping, honey
When I ain't sleeping, mama
When I'm not sleeping
You know you'll find me crying

[Verse 4]
Try another city, baby
Another town
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues come following down


[Verse 5]
Living is a gamble, baby
Loving's much the same
Wherever I have played
Whenever I've thrown them dice
Wherever I have played
The blues have run the game

[Verse 6]
Maybe tomorrow, honey
Someplace down the line
I'll wake up older
So much older, mama
I'll wake up older
And I'll just stop all my tryin'

[Verse 1/Outro]
Catch a boat to England, baby
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same



Moondance

In 1954 when Jackson C. Frank was in elementary in New York a furnace explosion severely injured him and killed his fellow classmates that left him with over half of his body burnt. During Jackson's long recovery process at the hospital, his teacher Mr. Castelli thought it would be a good idea to give Jackson something to do while he healed so Castelli gave Jackson an acoustic guitar that would ultimately shape his life.


After years of a tedious recovery process Jackson had a strong passion for music and upon turning 21, a hefty insurance check (roughly $900,000 today) was ordered to Jackson for his inflicted injuries from the elementary school fire. With these new disposable funds and love for guitar it wasn't before long that Jackson was indeed catching a boat to England.


Before moving to England; Jackson befriended Paul Simon who would eventually produce and release Jackson C. Frank's self-titled debut album in 1965 while the two we're both living in London. Although he had success in England, Jackson felt it was time to move back to the United States as he was not mentally well and his insurance payout was running low. Upon his arrival back to the United States he was soon diagnosed with schizophrenia and protracted depression that prevented him from maintaining his career.

Later in life Frank struggled with poverty, depression and addiction until his death in 1999. His influence however remains forever unquestioned; with Nick Drake, Paul Simon, Sandy Denny and many more all indebted to his sparse, melancholic confessionals.



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ParmeJohn cheese

For those who dont know, Jackson c. Frank was diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression short after he produced his first album. because of this, he could not continue his music career and lead him to spend the rest of his life homeless. He later died in 1999 of pneumonia. He never achieved fame and became a forgotten classic. This is still my favorite song to this day. May he rest in peace.

Michael farrelly

@Rick Morrow that's how he started his music career from the payout of the accident. He then came to England.
I love this reminds of my little brother...

Ben Woodall

I just said goodbye to my best friend . He was far too young to go . Brother I will meet you on the flip side when it's time for my light to go out . This and the big rock candy mountain where the two songs he wanted played . Mis you bro X

Inko Infinity2

@Julie Schwab it's a glitch that sometimes happens on mobile, the phone thinks you are making a link to a website.But it isn't, just a period

Colin Bennett

@Aman Pandey yes, he only died 1999

Julie Schwab

@Pete graham your "then,you" link is not working for me. But I have already read about Jackson C. Frank's story and it is tragic. Can't figure out why the TV show "This Is Us" choose this song, but also can't figure out why I keep coming back to it. Maybe, it's relatable, I guess it's just that the Blues Run the Game.

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Gianna Cerra

Nothing against Simon and Garfunkel, they are a brilliant duo, but this original version is just so much more powerful

Mackie Lunkey

Simon and Garfunkel’s version felt pretty fast paced. Here, it’s slow, and in turn, more appropriate.

tsuobachi

I like them, but I don't like their cover of a single song better than the original version. You can't replace the pain in his voice.

Angus Macallan

Agreed. Bert Jansch does justice to this as well.

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