Now's The Time
Charlie Parker Lyrics


Why don't you come over 'bout a quarter to nine
Bring all of your fam'ly and I will bring mine
If I should bring my brothers, and you bring the others
Then I can sing a song like Jeru, just for you

Just for all the lovely people that you see in the road
We'll sing them a song in Jeruvian mode
If I can have a pref'rence, I'll even make ref'rence
To why you write a song like Jeru, just for you
Then if you'd be kind enough to tell me why you
write these extended bridges
can it be romance that always
haunts me in my reverie?

So why not come on over 'bout a quarter to eight
If you can come early I'll never be late
And now you're all invited, I hope you're delighted
To sing a little song like Jeru, just for you
just for me too

Gather around, tale to be told
Maybe it's new, maybe it's old, listen my friend

Blowin' away, doin' alright
Plain' all day, workin' all night, listen again

Movin' along, coverin' ground
Singin' the song, lovin' the sound, listen and then

blow together birds of a feather
Out playin' the blues and "I Got Rhythm"
All at once a moment came without a warning
Got so hot we had to cool it

Go for glory, tell you the story
Out payin' our dues until we found we were
assisting at an unexpected borning
'twas the birth of the Cool

So now I can tell you why I'm always
Trying to tell you, listen, come with me,
New York, and we're together in my reverie

So why don't you come over 'bout a quarter to two
Forget all the others, just me and just you
And while we're versifying
We'd better start trying
To write another song just for me
Just for you, one more Jeru

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing
Written by: Parker, Charlie

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

James Matlock

I can't believe 43 people on YouTube actually gave this a thumbs-down (?)
This is pure genius; spun on a 12 bar blues form.
Within such a simple musical form and with only three instruments
It evokes a musical beauty that transcends time and space.
Charlie Parker - sax
Curley Russell - bass
Max Roach - drums
Please correct me if I have the personnel wrong.
There was a musician's strike in NTC in 1945 and it was difficult to find any documentation; but Curley and Max played on similar recordings Bird made in 1945. So I'm hazarding a guess it was them.



All comments from YouTube:

obnob

First heard Bird as a teenager and at first didn't understand what I was listening to. He took my musical head apart and slowly reassembled it. Still digging it 60 odd years later.

Ole Birger Pedersen

@Frenchie I never heard him live, but he was still alive when I srarted playing jazz. I was born in 1939.

Frenchie

@Bumelant dude might be dead now. But yeah, he probably heard him during when he was still alive, but not necessarily live.

Bumelant

Were you actually there? Did you see Bird live?

Marco Wilchisky

I usually refuse giving such general statements... and nobody has ever heard ALL the musicians in the world... but Charlie has to be one of the best, if not THE greatest musician of the 20th century. Revolutionary. Fresh to this very day.

lastknowngood0

@Paul Stratford Dearsley Miles said Jazz can be described in four words:
LOUIS ARMSTRONG CHARLIE PARKER.

Jackson Manning

What's the difference between this and billie's bounce solo

Alpha Andromeda

@Weed an' Wine you can also have a Messiah. Let Armstrong be the Prophet and Charlie the Messiah. (For anyone looking for musical genius hyperbole this should amply suffice :)

Weed an' Wine

@Paul Stratford Dearsley you can have more than one prophet!

extane gautham

greatest jazz musician for sure.

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