Early Jerling

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“He’s got the literate humor
and eclectic taste of Lyle Lovett yet a
skewed vision all his own.” – Request Magazine

“With his highly regarded debut album On Top Of Fool’s Hill, Michael
Jerling proclaimed himself the most dependably interesting and
musically skillful troubador in this area. Blue Heartland is
stronger.” – Daily Gazette, Schenectady

Early Jerling is a CD reissue of the strongest tracks from Jerling’s
first two self-released LPs, On Top of Fool’s Hill (1981) and Blue
Heartland, (1989) plus two previously unreleased tracks: “North
Country Jukebox” and “Hotel DeVille.”
Jerling moves among rockabilly, folk, blues, country and roadhouse
rock styles. Arrangements range from simple acoustic settings to full
band, from romantic songs of youth such as “Riverboat Rag” and the
whimsical “Kitchen Two-Step” to hard-hitting portraits of racial
tensions (“Drivin’ Willie Home”) and the Vietnam War Memorial, “Long
Black Wall,” to angry rockers like “Stupid” and “Hotel DeVille.”
Musicians include Peter Ostroushko, John Kribs and Victor Sanders.

‘Sick abed,
two chairs,’ Grandma said, ‘I think it’s settlin’ in my chest.
A terrible cold, the girl’s out of control, I can hardly get a minute’s rest.
I had about enough of your back-talkin’ to me, I saw Mrs. Malone in
town – she said you’re runnin’ around with that Lutheran boy, it’s a
scandal that we’ll never live down, you’re on top of fool’s hill,
young lady’

1. Here We Go Again
2. On Top of Fool’s Hill
3. Riverboat Rag
4. Kitchen Two-Step
5. Drivin’ Willy Home
6. Factory Town
7. North Country Jukebox
8. Roadhouse
9. Blue Heartland
10. Stupid
11. Jimmy and Jerry Lee
12. Water Street
13. Long Black Wall
14. The Only One
15. Hotel DeVille

On Top of Fool’s Hill c1980
Michael Jerling

Sick-abed-two-chairs Grandma said
I think it’s settlin’ in my chest
A terrible cold, the girl’s out of control
I can never get a minute’s rest

I’ve had about enough of your back-talkin’ to me
I saw Mrs. Malone in town
She said you’re runnin’ around with that Lutheran boy
It’s a scandal that we’ll never live down

You’re on top of fool’s hill young lady
On top of fool’s hill someday
You’re on top of fool’s hill
And someday you’re gonna fall down, down, down
You’re gonna fall

Grandpa’s quiet he puffs on his pipe
Would you talk some sense to the girl
But she’s gone on the run with a screen door slam
The dogs and the chickens in a whirl

(Chorus)

An old truck kicks up a rooster tail
Down a dusty gravel road
Flat cornfields and the summer sky
It’s more than the eye can hold

Sick-abed-two-chairs Grandma said
I think it’s settling in my chest
A terrible cold the girl’s out of control
I can never get as minute’s rest

She’s down at creek in the cottonwood grove
Where the gypsies camped last June
Where she dreams her dream on the evening star
And the mountains of the moon

(Chorus)

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