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I heard a piece of music called ‘Jealousy’ by Astor Piazzolla. How can anybody hear that piece without wanting to make music themselves? It made me want to try to evoke the same mood in a song. I was destined to fail in my attempt to write anything nearly as beautiful as Piazzolla’s piece, but nonetheless I like this song. It’s a good one to sit and play on my own; even though it seems like it might be quite miserable, performing it relaxes me. I try to inject some of the pulse of a Piazzolla tango into it.

The instrumental melody that forms the introduction and the middle section did have words at one point, but they over-complicated things and ruined the overall mood. Sometimes I whistle that part, perhaps as a little homage to ‘The Stranger’ by Billy Joel, but when I played it here I just opened my mouth and out came the ‘ladada’.


Joe Craig

Jealousy, I never thought you'd come for me
You hit me hard and can't you see
I'm only human and I tried
But I can't help thinking someone lied and maybe it was me.
Jealousy, I wish you would pity me
Times have changed and now I see
I'm not the lucky person I used to be
Now who will envy me?

Funny how everything seems different now
Things I had I'm not allowed
It's natural to be scared
Envy took everything I had and now I want my old life back
Jealousy, that screaming voice in Hell is me
People treat me silently
Now they turn away from what they just don't want to see
Who will envy me?

La, la, la...

Jealousy, I never thought you'd come for me
You hit me hard and can't you see
I'm only human and I tried
But I couldn't help it: someone lied and maybe it was me.
Set me free I don't deserve your sympathy
I brought it on myself you see
I belong to you now, Jelaousy
Who will envy me?
Who will envy me?


from The Songman & Me, vol 1, released December 15, 2010


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Joe Craig Islington, UK

"The Songman & Me, vol. 1 is a collection of beautifully crafted songs in the classic tradition of Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb and James Taylor. At the keyboard and with his intimate vocals, Joe Craig performs with a raw emotion that cuts to the heart of the characters and stories in the songs. He may be a virtuoso storyteller, but on this evidence, he's very much a gifted songman too." ... more

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