The Jazz Butcher


International caller on my line;
Tomorrow's just another distance.
Put in a call to a friend of mine
Just to say hello
What if there were angels?
Oh, sometimes i swear that I can see them there:

Making jokes and wearing black
And speaking English just like me;
Bright and kind and young and good,
So come on, you,
I know that we could still be that way.
What do you say?

It's two a.m. and I'm feeling fine,
Staying up late with these men of mine.
I've seen the angels and the things they do and every one
Just makes me think of you.
So come on.

Making jokes and wearing black
And wearing black and wearing black
And they're right and good and wearing black
And just like you
Always on my mind.
Just the whole time.

I can see them.
Here they come now.
There's thousands of them.
They're bearing you up.
They're holding you up.
I want to hold you in my arms.

Found On

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Distressed Gentlefolk
We were deeply confused young men when we made this record. Max, Jones and I had all been drinking dangerously for over a year now. Generally, we had it down in concert. In just about every other department, however, we were coming to bits, individually and collectively, and to me this record actually shows the morbid state of things at the time.
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glass_records, BigTime Records
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Glass Records 12"
One of the better Creation-era compilations. Canadian release.
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Western Family
For loonie completists only, for sure, though, if you listen through the muck, you'll see that we did our bit.
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creation_records CD
Draining The Glass
Glass Records era compilation.
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Fire Records
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BigTime 7er
The Wasted Years
Featuring ‘Bath Of Bacon’, ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, ‘Sex And Travel’ and ‘Distressed Gentlefolk’.
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Fire Records 4xCD
Dr Cholmondley Repents: A​-​sides, B​-​Sides and Seasides
Four CD box set gathering A-sides, the would-be hits along with B-sides, tangential 12-inch tracks (the C-sides), and an excellent session for Los Angeles radio station KCRW from 1989.

Includes over a dozen indie chart hits including ‘Southern Mark Smith’, ‘Girl Go’, ‘The Human Jungle’, ‘16 Years’ plus a host of truly eclectic Butcher tunes from his early Glass recordings through his time at Creation.

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Pat Says

The Butcher Says..
Written on the morning that news broke about Reagan's bombing of Tripoli.
This is still one of my favourites. I wrote it in 1986 (the day they bombed Tripoli, in fact) about things that would only come to pass three years later. Or something. Oh God, I never make any sense when I start to talk about this tune. The lyrics just showed up, like automatic writing or something. I love it anyway, and I hope you love it too. Source: Unconditional liner notes

Live Stats

114 documented performances (click to explore)
1985 1 (JBC)
1986 7 (JBC)
1987 23
1 (Pat Solo)
22 (JBC)
1988 9 (JBC)
1989 15
5 (Pat Solo)
10 (JBC)
1990 7 (JBC)
1991 3 (JBC)
1992 19 (JBC)
1993 8
4 (Pat Solo)
4 (JBC)
1994 3 (JBC)
1995 1 (JBC)
1997 2 (JBC)
1998 1 (JBC)
1999 7
1 (Pat Solo)
6 (JBC)
2005 1 (Pat Solo)
2009 2 (JBC)
2011 1 (Pat Solo)
2020 1 (Pat Solo)
2021 1 (Pat Solo)
2 (Tribute)


Official Video
7 Recorded Live Performances
2021-11-27 The Dublin Castle - London, England
Credit: pfjones70
2021-11-27 The Dublin Castle - London, England
Credit: Ozmosis UK
1989-11-06 J.C. Dobbs - Philadelphia, USA
Credit: Brian Kelly
1997-09-19 Bob & Anne's Wedding - Seattle, USA
Credit: David Whittemore
1992-05-09 El Mocambo - Toronto, Canada
Credit: David Whittemore
1989-11-28 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, Canada West Coast '89 Cassette
1988-06-12 Odd Rock Cafe - Milwaukee, USA
Credit: Douglas Buege