Jack Casually

by Peter Hazen

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Jack Casually is one of my alternative personalities, or alter-egos. He has too much time on his hands, and he is trying to work through some of his feelings. Jack wrote these songs, not me. Any resemblance to real persons alive or dead is purely coincidental.

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released November 24, 2009

Thank you to Loren Feinstein for throwing Forest Fest and recording half of these tracks. Thanks to Alec Scherrie for recording "Ski Chalet" and "Superhero", and for giving me so much encouragement.

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Peter Hazen Portland, Maine

Keeper of stories and songs. Blues, rock & folk in the American tradition. Sprouted & grown in New York State, hardened through many lake-effect winters, tempered by several season on the Maine coast, dazzled by the brilliance of nature & the cultures of man, amidst the dizzying phantasmagorical spectacle of life, Peter Hazen cannot help but burst into song! ... more

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Track Name: Ski Chalet
When you reach my ski chalet
I'll be covered in champagne
and we'll wash it off by dancing in the rain
When you reach my ski chalet
I'll be climbing on the fire escape
We'll drink our cares away and pretend that there's no pain

I'll make the perfect night for you
with a candle-lit dinner in the moonlight too
feed you shrimp and lobster stew
what better way to lose the blues?

We can pass the day in the mountains far away
Don't you want to stay in my ski chalet?

When you call me don't be shy
Say the word and you can fly
I'll send for you by plane to my castle in the sky
When you reach my ski chalet
I be covered with champagne
and we'll wash it off by dancing in the rain
(solo/interlude)
We can spend the day in my mountain hide-away
Don't you want to stay in my ski chalet?

Come retreat to stay and rest
put my hospitality to the test
if you're not happy, at least you'll be impressed
(When you reach my ski chalet, I'll be covered with champagne...)

I've got lots of money, honey
but won't you show me honey that my money just can't by (x2)

When I leave you don't be sad
Be glad for the fun times that we've had
(And once again the bill goes to mom and dad)
And after all, being lonely ain't that bad
Track Name: Take The Elevator
patiently i wait for you
it's getting late, i concentrate on digital pictures of you
take some more to email me
take some now i want to see the way you look right now

better yet come and visit me,
finally we can meet, outside the computer
why dontcha come over, why dontcha come over,
come on lets seal the deal

patiently i wait for you
it's getting late, i concentrate on digital pictures of you

drop my name at the front door
take the elevator to the 69th floor
that's where i live, oh what a view
i could share the view with you

you look around, you've never seen such a place
i grab your hand and touch your face....
let me get my camera
i want to take some pictures of you

when we met online
i never knew you'd be so fine
have some wine to unwind
and waste some time with me

patiently i undress you
caress you oh so gently the way you want me to
catch your breath, i'm nervous too
carefully you take me in
oh so slowly the way you want me to
don't worry i cry sometimes too
oh what a view

(i'm so much younger, you're so much older
beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder
you're so much older, i'm so much younger
your will is weak but mine is stronger)

patiently i wait for you
it's getting late, i concentrate on digital pictures of you
Track Name: Tomato
My love is like a tomato
You tried to pick my while I was still green
I told to wait for a while
You said you didn't know what I mean

Green means stop, red means go
I just needed time to grow

You've got to nurture the ways of nature
Tend to the garden made by the creator
We were here before - we can come back later
patience rewards the waiter

My love is like a ripe tomato
My heart has now turned to red
But now that I'm ripe for the picking
I find nobody in my bed
Track Name: Diamonds
Diamonds round her neck and on her chandelier
the doorman hollers up to tell her that i'm here
in the 80s we thought we'd all be rich forever
20 years later i can't say we know much better

imploringly bored she feeds her face with grapes
in her mind she deliberately debates
which dress would look better on TV
should the paparazzi press be out tonight

and i wonder if she's bored with me
it seems like she's bored with everything
and i realize that its me
that's bored with this whole situation

(my luxurious life is like creative constipation)

pearls round her neck and pearls in her eyes
her detachment and disdain are thinly disguised
i wonder what's behind her lack of surprise
my discontent has grown distinctly crystallized
like coal taking the shape of a diamond

diamonds round her neck and on her chandelier
she wears me casually like i'm not even here
my discontent has grown distinctly crystallized
like a coal taking the shape of a diamond
Track Name: Superhero
V:
I’ve read about you in the papers
You’re the one who always comes to save us
You're the face for the forces of good
You can do the things that I wish I could

I’ve seen you battle big big monsters
I’ve seen you put the pinch on cops and robbers
I’ve seen you save the weeping babes
I’ve seen you divert disasters and tidal waves

C:
Coz you’re a superhero, battling evil to the end
I wish I was a superhero, so I could bring my baby back again

You can see through me with your x-ray eyes
You’re master of illusion and disguise
You make all the super-villains mad
You have the powers that I wish I had
It seems you’re up to any task
So there’ a little favor I’d like to ask

Superhero, as I watch you flying up and above
I call to you superhero, can you save my love
Can you save our love?
Superhero, what about me?
Can you help me Superhero, can you bring my baby back to me?
my heart is aching can you set me free?

B:
You move so fast you can dodge bullets and bombs
in the face of death you're completely calm
You come from a far away galaxy
There must be something you can teach to me

Superhero, I see you flying up and above
Tell me, Superhero, can you save our love?
Superhero, I see you flying up and away
But Superhero, can you bring my baby back to me
Can you bring her here to stay?
Track Name: Love During Wartime
I can't stop thinking about you, baby
never mind the mess we're in
even though the situation looks grim
somehow you always make me forget
no matter what goes on outside our door
as long as you're here with me, I need nothing more

I keep on thinking about you, baby
never mind the global news
the bombs have been dropped and the bridges are out
the smoke is still far away, so enjoy the view
when the well runs dry we'll have to move
we'll make a run for it and hope no one is in pursuit

oh, don't you cry
even though you know we'll never make it out alive
take my hand and be strong
and into the hills we will run...

take my hand and run away with me
we've got one chance to make it safely
we'll sell our stuff and sneak off in the night
before long we'll be gone for good
no one will know we're in the woods
and get from town to town on mountain bikes

I keep on thinking about you, baby
I hope you come home soon
not that I don't know you can take care of yourself
but on these dangerous streets i'd never be too sure
even though we have to fight to survive
you and i keep a secret that keeps us alive

oh, come home soon
we can escape by the light of the moon
we'll leave it all behind
we'll start over again like it was all brand new
oh, please, be my wife
even though you know we'll never make it out alive
oh no, don't you cry
we'll go together and never have to say goodbye
Track Name: Private Helicopter
The thrill of the rushing sound
as I step onto my launch pad
This one is the Big One
In the Pilot's seat
of my private helicopter ~ climb aboard!
and make yourself at home

CHORUS:
My body feels so strange
As our vessel leaves the ground
Take a look around
From up here the buildings look so small
and you can't see the people at all

I've never met someone
who made me quite so curious as you
the things you say are so astute
As the world falls down
We have a private seat to watch it from
Oh, I never want to come back down!

This may be the end
where we fly into the sun
set
And if we never land
I don't mind if I can die holding your hand

My body feels so strange
as our vessels leave the ground
take a look around
from up here our bodies look so small
from up here everything looks so small

as the world falls down
as the world falls down
Track Name: Outbound
Everyday I drive away from everything I’ve ever known
Everyday I keep the past at bay, and look for a new home
Want something to call my own

Every day I wonder if I should have stayed
Every day the dice are rolled, and I pick which cards to play
Everyday I wonder if I came back what would you say
Everyday I wonder why and how it got to be this way

I see the truth behind your stare
Even when I see you you’re not there
I see the truth behind your eyes
it's only the soul that never lies

Everyday I try to find the words with which to pray
Everyday I’m more determined to make it my own way
I think I’ll make it (if the world doesn't end)

Everyday I wonder if I should have stayed
Everyday the dice are rolled, and I choose which cards to play
Every day I wonder if I came back what would you say
Everyday I wonder why and how it got to be this way

So I sing:
Outbound, I’ve got to get away
Everything will be all right
Outbound, nothing more to say
but I’ll dream of you tonight

Every day is a sad display of the dying days of Rome
Everyday I lay my cards out and try to read my fate
Everyday I wonder if we've said all there is to say
everyday the colors fade and grow a little gray