Now That Truth Was Gone

by Smiling Jack Smith and David Gwynn

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released January 2, 2011

Smiling Jack Smith, voice and rhythm guitar
David Gwynn, lead guitar
Cover Photo, Michael Sloyer

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Smiling Jack and David Gwynn Madrid, Spain

Smiling Jack Smith and David Gwynn are two American-born musicians iiving in Spain, both made the move for love and found a place where music is loved by all.
Jack moved to Spain after living 20 years in Vancouver, Canada and has released 7 CDs in Spain. David is a multifaceted guitarist from California who has worked with some of the best known acts in Spain and has the Blues deep in his heart.
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Track Name: Free To Feel The Blues
I’ve heard it said the truth will set you free
Well, baby, since you told that truth to me
What I am is
Free To Feel The Blues
Free To Feel The Blues
I got nothing left to lose
All I am is
Free To Feel The Blues

I always knew that there would come a day
When you would smile and say those words to make me walk away
And now I’m
Free To Feel The Blues
Free To Feel The Blues
I got nothing left to lose
All I am is
Free To Feel The Blues

I hung around here hoping this would mend
But you don’t want me for a lover, you just want me for a friend
And now I’m
Free To Feel The Blues
Free To Feel The Blues
I got nothing left to lose
All I am is
Free To Feel The Blues

Don’t know where or when our love came off the track
But tho’ my head knows that it’s over, my heart still wants it back
And so I’m
Free To Feel The Blues
Yeah
Free To Feel The Blues
I got nothing left to lose
All I am is
Free To Feel The Blues
Track Name: Oh Mama
Oh Mama, it hurts me when you treat me bad
Oh Mama, you know it makes me feel so sad
I don't know why you got to do me so mean
You say you love me but that's not how it seems
Oh Mama, it hurts me when you treat me bad

I remember when our love was new
You were crazy 'bout me, I was crazy 'bout you
Whatever happened to that love so fine
If it don't come back I think I'll lose my mind

Oh Mama, it hurts me when you treat me bad
Oh Mama, you know it makes me feel so sad
I don't know why you got to do me so mean
You say you love me but that's not how it seems
Oh Mama, it hurts me when you treat me bad

Come on baby, give me one more chance
Is this love or is it just romance
Love has made me blind but I am not a fool
Pay attention to the golden rule

Oh Mama, it hurts me when you treat me bad
Oh Mama, you know it makes me feel so sad
I don't know why you got to do me so mean
You say you love me but that's not how it seems
Oh Mama, it hurts me when you treat me bad
Track Name: The Hawk
I see the dragonfly shadow in the dark of the night
The will-o’-the-wisp in the broad daylight
I see the opalescent shimmer on the wing of the bee
The barracuda smilin’ in the cold blue sea
Don’t try to get away
The Hawk’ll be a-watchin ya

I see the snake-scale pattern in the burnin’ sand
The wet fear shine on the assassin’s hand
I see the hesitation flicker in the eye of the liar
The all-consuming pleasure of the moth in the fire
Don’t try to get away
The Hawk’ll be a-watchin ya

Watchin’
The Hawk’ll be a-watchin ya
Watchin’
The Hawk’ll be a-watchin ya
In the cool of the day, in the heat of the night
Believe me when I say
That you’re always in sight
Don’t try to get away
The Hawk’ll be a-watchin ya
Track Name: I Got The Blues (But That's Alright)
I got the blues but that’s all right with me
I got the blues but that’s all right with me
It’s a small price to pay to come back to what I used to be

I got the blues but that won’t last for long
I got the blues but that won’t last for long
‘Cause I took all my troubles, and I wrote ‘em down in this here song

I got the blues but soon I’m gonna be just fine
I got the blues but soon I’m gonna be just fine
Got my eyes on the future and I’m leavin’ all my past behind

I got the blues but that’s all right
I got the blues but that’s all right
I got the blues but that’s all right
I got the blues but that’s all right
I got the blues but that’s all right with me
Track Name: King Of The World
I got to thinkin’ just the other night
If I was The King Of The World
I’d turn things round I’d do things right
If I was The King Of The World
I’d always be cool, I'd never be mean
I’d have the finest kingdom that was ever seen
And all the pretty girls’d wanna be my queen
If I was The King Of The World

All of the children would laugh and play
If I was The King Of The World
Nobody’d have to worry ‘bout the judgment day
If I was The King Of The World
There’d be food and clothes and schools for free
No more sickness and misery
And everybody’d know it was because of me
If I was The King Of The World

The ancient nations would all be one
If I was The King Of The World
No more wars and no more guns
If I was The King Of The World
An end to religion goodbye to the pope
Old man despair born again as hope
And everybody high on the king’s good dope
If I was The King Of The World
Track Name: Myspace Blues
Sometimes when I'm feelin’ lonely
Sometimes when I'm feelin’ blue
I take myself to your Myspace page
So I can feel close to you

I re-read all of your comments
Check out your photos too
I love to know what mood you're in
It makes me feel close to you

Now, I'm no cyber stalker
I could never cross that line
But I got to admit it
Every time I visit
I wish that you were mine....
Track Name: Mano A Mano
I love it when you touch me, love the way you make me feel
I love it when you touch me, love the way you make me feel
I know you’ll never leave me
‘Cause our union is so real

I can sense it in your fingers, soft as silk and strong as wood
I can sense it in your fingers, soft as silk and strong as wood
I’ve never known such closeness
Skin to bone and bone to blood

I don’t want no other lover, no one does me like you do
I don’t want no other lover, no one does me like you do
You know that I’ll be faithful,
You know that I’ll be true

You know just how much to hurt me, so I never have to scream
You know just how much to hurt me, so I never have to scream
You’re with me all through the day
You populate my dreams
Track Name: I'm Goin' Fishin'
The night is smooth and sultry
The moon’s a lemon slice
Time and tide will coincide
It might not happen twice

I’m Goin’ Fishin’
No more wishin’
I’m Goin’ Fishin’
Fishin’ tonight

For quiet contemplation
There’s nothing quite as nice
Your working day just fades away
It’s cheap at twice the price

I’m Goin’ Fishin’
No more wishin’
I’m Goin’ Fishin’
Fishin’ tonight

Some folks like their whiskey
Some like neon lights
But the moon and stars don’t shine in bars
I’ll take the sea tonight

I’m Goin’ Fishin’
No more wishin’
I’m Goin’ Fishin’
Fishin’ tonight

Sometimes the fish are biting
Sometimes they just won’t come
But if it’s your wish to catch a fish
You won’t catch none at home

I’m Goin’ Fishin’
No more wishin’
I’m Goin’ Fishin’
Fishin’ tonight
Track Name: Backscratcher
Let me be your Backscratcher baby
Let me be your Backscratcher baby
Young or old, poor or rich
I’m the one who can scratch your itch
Let me be your Backscratcher baby

Back in the 60s we all scratched a lot
Nighttime, daytime, every chance we got
Not like in the 50s when they thought scratchin’ was a sin
When two hippies started scratchin’ everybody jumped on in

Let me be your Backscratcher baby
Let me be your Backscratcher baby
North and east, south and west
When it comes to back scratchin’, baby, I’m the best
Let me be your Backscratcher baby

Now if the truth be known scratchin’s always been in vogue
But we waited for the Beatles to do it in the road
Now you can Dust your Broom with your Salty Dog call it anything you please
I’m gonna say backscratchin’, ‘cause that’s how it feels to me

Let me be your Backscratcher baby
Let me be your Backscratcher baby
Backscratchin’ make you feel so fine
I’ll scratch yours if you scratch mine
Let me be your Backscratcher baby
Track Name: Now That Truth Was Gone
I went down to the corner looking for the truth
I was hoping it would be there just like in my youth

But the corner was deserted ‘cept for lies and deceit
They said truth had had a bad year and decided to retreat

I asked them how was business and they told me it was fine
They said now that truth had gone away everyone was lyin’

So I went to see the preacher to tell him what I’d heard
He just smiled and shook his head, never said a mumblin’ word

I went to see the President looking’ for some luck
He slapped my back and shook my hand and gave me twenty bucks

I went back to my apartment and tried to write a song
But it all just seemed so trivial
Now That Truth Was Gone