Jack's Super 8 (2017 album)

by Paul Sprawl

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about

Jack's Super 8 is a serial narrative told in songs.

credits

released May 1, 2017

Paul: songwriting, arrangements, guitars, vocals, harmonicas, keyboards, virtual percussion, engineering
Leralee: vocals
John Trudell: words
William Whittle: words
Various contributers: Percussion loops (I'll post their names soon)

This recording was done entirely at Lucky Hand Studio.

This activity is made possible by an Artist Grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation.

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Track Name: Jack's Super 8
Cutting through the dark
It's a beam of light
Casting moving pictures on the wall
In the night

~chorus~
Jack hears the clickety-clack
'cause he's sitting in the back
By the projector
Watching Super 8
movies that he made

He bought a little store in this town of ten thou
But there's not much demand for
Super 8 projectors and cameras now
So he sells them through the Net all over the Earth
And he doesn't care what Alpine, TX thinks they're worth

~chorus~
Jack hears the clickety-clack
'cause he's sitting in the back
By the projector
Watching Super 8
movies that he made

On the weekends he shows his movies there in the store
Not many come by, they don't know what they're good for
He's got the self-service coffee, thrift store couches
and the folding chairs
But there's never more than a handful of people there

~chorus~
Jack hears the clickety-clack
'cause he's sitting in the back
By the projector
Watching Super 8
movies that he made

It's not the latest thing. It's not popular at all
It's not a slick Hollywood show. It's not a shopping mall
But those capitalist jerks can't keep
Jack from his work or his sleep

~chorus~
Jack hears the clickety-clack
'cause he's sitting in the back
By the projector
Watching Super 8
movies that he made
Track Name: Local Movie Show
Sam and Gene are students at Sul Ross University
And the highlight of the week is a Friday night
Every Friday night, Sam and Gene head out to the local movie show
At Jack's Super 8 store

Yeah they go (6x)
They go to the local movie show

Not a corporate cineplex
It's not digital
It's just Super 8
Every Friday night

Super 8 filmmakers from all over the world
they mail copies of their movies
to screening rooms like Jack's
Yes they do

Yeah they go
Sam and Gene
Yeah they go
Yeah they go
They go to the local movie show

~ John Trudell documentary movie

We cannot out fight them
There may be times to fight
but we cannot out fight them
because they invented that kind of death
We can out think them and we can out live them
but every provocation through history
since they invented that kind of death
every provocation has been to get us at some point
to try to out fight them
So to me, it's like, no
The reality is we've got to outthink them

And if we look at some of the little things about it
We're surrounded in a reality where you have
to get permission to think
That's called chain of command
See, so if you really, really think about it
the guerrilla warrior of the future
is going to be the one that thinks
because in their legions you know
they don't have permission to think
See, only a few get to think
See this starts to equalize out the numbers
alright?

Documentary, Pixellation
Non-narrative and the narrative too

No it's not about nostalgia
It's not a lo-fi or retro fetish
It's just a different format
A real world kind of thing

And they go
Yeah they go
Well they go
Yeah they go
Yes they go
Yes I know
Yes I know they go to the local movie show
They go to the local move show

~ John Trudell documentary...

We will influence the evolution
If we use our intelligence as clearly and coherently as we can
as often as we can
The the evolutionary future will be
more clear and coherent for us
Track Name: Sam's Song
Broken into pieces
Scattered all around
I been broken into pieces
Scattered on the ground

Lost without my own plan
But I won't let myself be found

I know I've got a reason
A reason to be here
I know I've got my own reason
Reason to be here

I can feel it deep inside me
What it is ain't exactly clear

So I'll just keep on walking
Up and down this road
I'll just keep on walking
Up and down this road

What it will be eventually
When it comes to me
I'm sure I'll know

I been hiding in the playground
I been hiding in the school
I been hiding on the job
I been acting like their fool

I know I've got my own mind
And I don't have to play by their rules

I been broken into pieces
Scattered all around
Broken into pieces
Scattered on the ground
Track Name: Thriving in the Cracks
Jack is a North American refugee of the spirit from Berkeley, CA
Maybe you still think of it as a bastion of free thinking and imagination,
incubator of vanguard political and creative movements as it was
a few decades ago

It's no longer that way here, there, or anywhere in the USA

Wipe that residual impression from your mind
It's all the belly of the beast now
Spirits eaten to feed the monster
Minds so stuffed full of fear
they can not think coherently, clearly

Jack bought this little store in Alpine, in Big Bend
He's learning to thrive in the cracks
Anyway, Jack likes it better here
He's getting away with being a small scale obscure filmmaker
without engaging much in the spirit-killing competition
for crumbs back in blood sucker central
back in zombie central