The Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker

The Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker

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Liner Notes: 

I'm home but it seems I've taken a bit of country back with me. @crisp1's lyrics are amazing. That was fun.

This is also the first time I've recorded myself playing banjo; one I traded my mandolin for today.

Doug: Man, I love this. I get so used to being pleasantly surprised by all the things musicians do with my lyrics that it ends up being a pleasant surprise all over again when a musician comes up with something similar to what I was hearing in my head. Which is the case here. I dig the banjo and the whole vibe and the vocal is great, too. Glad you asked to do this one, Justin!

Lyrics: 

The butcher doesn’t live upstairs no more
The butcher doesn’t live upstairs no more
The madness made his profits drop
So he had to close up shop
The butcher doesn’t live upstairs no more

The baker doesn’t live upstairs no more
The baker doesn’t live upstairs no more
The rising cost of yeast was fatal
Now there’s no bread on our table
The baker doesn’t live upstairs no more

It’s harder all the time for this village to survive
Folks are losing faith that the good times will arrive
Not long ago we’d hedge our bets
Now we’re on the edge of debt
Don’t know how we’re gonna stay alive

The candlestick maker’s doing just fine
The candlestick maker’s doing just fine
Since the wicked won the night
Candles are our source of light
The candlestick maker’s doing just fine



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Saltyjohn's picture

Fab, love it. Simple fun lyric, cool singing and music.

Robyn Mackenzie's picture

That banjo is perfect and I adore that tremolo guitar. You've got a really nice blend of sounds here. The lyrics are haunting and your vocal performance really does them justice.

fresh spotless youth's picture

This is sweet! That's a great vocal and a super melodic treat all around. It's quite the cautionary tale about our current era of winner-take-all capitalism. Reminds me of some of Wendell Berry's work where he's talking about what it takes to make a village. Superb song in every respect

ductapeguy's picture

Wow, this is Roots music with a capital R. I love how you turned the nursery rhyme into a modern fable. The production is lush and classic. Are you sure this wasn't an outtake some songs from the big pink?

cleanshoes's picture

I don't hear NEARLY enough banjo here. This is really good--I almost nabbed these lyrics myself, but I'm glad you got them instead. A really satisfying blend of folk and blues, with great vocal delivery.

wacha's picture

Hot damn, this is an amazing collaboration! I love the smokey, jazzy almost blue grass feel to the verses and then you give us a bit of a change with the chorus. Very nice use of repetition in the lyrics, it's very effective. Seriously, great job to both of you! I want to be in the club where this is being played.

ayeahmur's picture

Ah dude, that little hanging blue chord on "Don't know how we're going to stay alive" is a total peach. Overall, a lovely country blues roll. The vocal is great, the banjo works so well, and the lyric is a really nice take on the classic nursery rhyme. Grand wee song, and that hanging chord in the middle is a gem.