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I Love My Jean


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Of a‚ the airts the wind can blaw I dearly like the west For there the bonnie Lassie lives The Lassie I love best There’s wild-woods grow, and rivers row And mony a hill between But day and night my fancy’s flight Is ever wi‚ my Jean I see her in the Dewy folwers I see her sweet and fair I hear her in the tunefu‚ birds I hear her charm the air There’s not a bonnie flower, that springs By a fountain, shaw, or green There’s not a bonnie bird that sings But minds me o‚ my Jean
Honey you were good for me but I can’t deny my need to be free grows I resigned myself to climb the stairs to your winning thighs and endless prayers alone My new-found confidence you hate, everything put down to fate Nothing less or more It’s a marathon and not a sprint That’s what we said before we quit Love should grow Should boast I feel I’m doing time With someone not on my side A mystery divide Brings me close To who I love the most A friend from the capital came to visit Will she comfort me or does she want to gossip Who knows? I’ll take these worries to the park I won’t come home until after dark Noone will know except you of course I’ll go swimming and ride a bike Maybe turn into someone that you’d like It’s a marathon and not a sprint That’s what we said before we quit Love should grow Should boast
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in June O my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly play’d in tune As fair art thou, my bonnie lass So deep in luve am I And I will love thee still, my Dear Till a, the seas gang dry Till a‚ the seas gang dry, my Dear And the rocks melt wi‚ the sun I will love thee still, my Dear While the sands o‚ life shall run And fare thee weel, my only Luve! And fare thee weel, a while! And I will come again, my Luve Tho‚ it were ten thousand mile!


Three new, excellent songs by the Glaswegians, honouring this time the work of poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), considered to be Scotland´s national poet. Tracyanne Campbell has put to music with her musical flair two of Burns‚ poems ("I love my Jean" and "A red, red rose"), and has completed the tracklist with a jangly, country-ish, melancholy-tinged song of her own, "Marathon not a sprint". The three songs share though the quintessential CAMERA OBSCURA sound, with Tracyanne´s beautiful voice unveiling the melodies over a background formed by pianos and acoustic guitars, an example of timeless, classic beauty.

The single is also a posthumous tribute to BBC DJ John Peel, who helped and befriended the band since their first single.


released February 21, 2005


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