Tom and Jackie

by HayMarket Riot

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Triad-based band Haymarket Riot is putting its commitment to help the homeless into action with a new song, “Tom & Jackie,” a soulful duet based on Tom Garner and Jackie Shambley, a couple that has endured years of homelessness and housing insecurity. Singer/songwriter Charlotte Whitted penned the song on the heels of Haymarket Riot’s participation in The Healing Blues project, a collaboration of songwriters and homeless storytellers spearheaded by former Greensboro College art professor Ted Efremoff, assisted by Dave Fox, another professor, to benefit the Interactive Resource Center, and the successful release of the Healing Blues CD Vol. 1.

Musical partner Jon Epstein, founder of Haymarket Riot and bass player for the band, wanted to explore the issues of homelessness further and look for a way to directly make a difference beyond raising awareness. After laying bedding tracks with drummer Phil Holder and guitarist Jim O’Gara at Earthtones Studio in Greensboro last year, the song lay dormant while the musicians struggled to coordinate schedules to bring the song to fruition.

Finding support for the song’s recording through executive producer Brent Bristow, Owner of Salem Music, and securing the stellar singing talents of Chuck Johnson for the duet, HR went into the studio committed to the songs completion. Sound engineer Geoff Weber helped elicit the 70’s vibe Jon and Charlotte wanted in the final mix with acoustic 12-string and electric Rickenbacker guitars, but let the vocals drive the song.

100% OF ALL DONATIONS TO THIS BANDCAMP PAGE GO DIRECTLY TO TOM AND JACKIE TO HELP THEM CONTINUE TO WORK ON THEIR DREAM OF ONE DAY HAVING "THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD."

lyrics

Tom and Jackie
(Charlotte Whitted, Jim O'Gara, Jon Epstein)

V.1. Tom
Got a whole book in my head
Guaranteed to sell a million copies
Just need someone’s help to get it down
Invented a machine
In 50 years every home will have one
Just need someone’s help to draw it out
I’m thinking, thinking all the time
(Can’t stop) thinking, thinking all the time

Chorus:
Stay with me, sweet girl
Stay with me, sweet girl
With thirty-five hundred dollars
We could buy an RV
We could finally be free
To join the mobile homeless
Life would be good in the Hundred Acre Wood

v.2. Jackie
Hid my kids in Florida
But he finally tracked me down
Now there’s only one still talks to me
Stood by my brother
While he did time for murder 2
Now he’s working a job
but he turns his back to me
It’s not safe in the shelter
It’s not safe in the shelter

Chorus
Stay with me, sweet girl
(I can help you quiet your mind)
Stay with me, sweet girl
(I can help you quiet your mind)
For thirty-five hundred dollars
We could buy an RV
We could finally be free
To join the mobile homeless
Life would be good
in the Hundred Acre Wood

V.3. Tom and Jackie
One gnat, two gnats, easy to ignore
Ten gnats, a hundred gnats,
now we’ve got a swarm
A swarm can make you sit up
in your comfortable bed
Make you turn your head
And see
I’m thinking, thinking all the time
I can help you quiet your mind
It’s not safe in the shelter

credits

released April 7, 2017
HayMarket Riot is:
Jon Epstein: Bass, 6 and 12 string guitar
Charlotte Whitted: Vocals:
Charles D Johnson: Guitar and Vocals
Jim "Spider" O'Gara: Guitar
Phil Holder: Drums

To hear more HayMarket Riot, and download your favorites FREE:
soundcloud.com/haymarket-riot
(I die a Little and What's Inside (rom the Healing Blues v. 1 and Tom and Jackie are not downloadable from soundcloud.)

Tom and Jackie was recorded at Earthtones Recording Studios, Greensboro, NC and The Studio at Salem Music, Winston Salem, NC.
Produced by Jon Epstein
Engineered by: Benjy Johnson and Geoff Weber
Executive Producer: Brent Bristow

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