10,000 Maniacs - Hey Jack Kerouac Lyrics

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Hey Jack Kerouac, I think of your mother and the tears she cried, she cried for none other than her little boy lost in our little world that hated and that dared to drag him down. Her little boy courageous who chose his words from mouths of babes got lost in the wood. Hip flask slinging madman, steaming cafe flirts, they all spoke through you.
Hey Jack, now for the tricky part, when you were the brightest star who were the shadows? Of the San Francisco beat boys you were the favorite. Now they sit and rattle their bones and think of their blood stoned days. You chose your words from mouths of babes got lost in the wood. The hip flask slinging madman, steaming cafe flirts, in Chinatown howling at night.
Allen baby, why so jaded? Have the boys all grown up and their beauty faded? Billy, what a saint they've made you, just like Mary down in Mexico on All Souls' Day.
You chose your words from mouths of babes got lost in the wood. Cool junk booting madmen, street minded girls in Harlem howling at night. What a tear stained shock of the world, you've gone away without saying goodbye.
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 What’s the Matter Here?
  • 2 Hey Jack Kerouac
  • 3 Like the Weather
  • 4 Cherry Tree
  • 5 The Painted Desert
  • 6 Don’t Talk
  • 7 Peace Train
  • 8 Gun Shy
  • 9 My Sister Rose
  • 10 A Campfire Song
  • 11 City of Angels
  • 12 Verdi Cries


  • Credits
    publisher: ©NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP
    writers: Natalie Merchant, Natalie A Merchant, Robert Buck
    album: Track 2 in album In My Tribe
    release date: 1987-7-7
    popularity : 89 users have visited this page.
    length: 3:27
    producer: Peter Asher
    drums: Jerome Augustyniak
    vocal: Natalie Merchant
    mixer: George Massenburg and Frank Wolf
    recorded by: George Massenburg
    electric bass guitar: Steven Gustafson
    keyboard: Dennis Drew
    additional engineer: Sharon Rice
    percussion: Jerome Augustyniak
    assistant engineer: Shep Lonsdale and Duane Seykora
    assistant producer: Edd Kolakowski
    pedal steel guitar & mandolin & guitars: Robert Buck
    composer: Robert Buck
    lyricist: Natalie Merchant
    Album Information
    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596073820
    script: Latin