The Cowboy Junkies present

The Kennedy Suite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cowboy Junkies present

The Kennedy Suite

 

Latent Records 2013

latentrecordings.com/thekennedysuite

 

Reid was invited to record and perform on the Kennedy Suite. A collaborative work on the subject of JFK's assassination by school teacher turned songwriter Scott Garbe and presented by Cowboy Junkies. This eclectic opus features some of Canada's brightest stars: Sarah Harmer, Hawksley Workman, Skydiggers, Jason Collett, Lee Harvey Osmond, The Good Family and more. The record was long listed for the Polaris Music Prize.

 

Joined by Margo Timmins on haunting background vocals, Reid Jamieson performs the song TAKE HEART (Elbow Room), arguably the most moving of the songs, which is written from the perspective of a parade cop on that fateful day, one who is already having a tough day that is bound to get worse. (lyrics below)

 

 

 

 

The Kennedy Suite — V. Take Heart (Elbow Room) + 26 Seconds from The Kennedy Suite on Vimeo.

 

"Charged with protecting the President, a Dallas police officer reflects on the tragedies that he has recently experienced as he rides directly beside Jackie Kennedy in the Presidential motorcade." — Scott Garbe

(Includes footage from Reid Jamieson's stage performance on 22/11/13 at Toronto's Elgin Winter Garden Theatre (2 sold out nights). Immediately following is "26 Seconds", an audio collage by Scott Garbe and Doug Telfer based on the historic interview with Abraham Zapruder in the immediate aftermath of the assassination.)

 



 

ALL Words and Music by Scott Garbe SOCAN BMI

 

5. Take Heart (Elbow Room)
Performed by Reid Jamieson
Vocal and guitar: Reid Jamieson
Background Vocal: Margo Timmins
String arrangement: Henry Kucharzyk
Violin: Drew Jurecka
Cello: Amy Laing

 

 

This late in November,

everything seems out of kilter to me

Autumn doesn’t give hope

elbow room

 

In your pink Chanel you’re radiant

And your husband is the president

But your black car floats through Dallas

like a tomb

 

Take heart, take heart

 

I have a confession,

my wife died in November

Lost both the breasts that fed my

little girl

 

Sold everything to treat her,

but cancer proved the bigger spender

Left us broke and broken but

she’d say

 

Take heart, take heart, take heart,

for there are ways to shine without gold

 

There’s more I didn’t mention,

my daughter died in November

Of disappointment that she

wasn’t you

 

Nights I’d wake to find her weeping,

her Jackie hair-do slipping

Yearning for love from everyone

but me,

 

and I’d say

Take heart, take heart,

for there are ways to shine without gold

 

(and) Riding here beside you,

helps me fight off that nagging notion

That without my family my usefulness

is through

 

I couldn’t save my wife,

and I couldn’t save my daughter

But I may save myself if I can help

save you,

two

 

Take heart, take heart, take heart

Come on and give hope a little

elbow room

 

Elbow room, elbow room, mmm mmm

 

Right on Houston, left on Elm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.
Prologue: Origami Peace Corps Mischief Makers
Performed by The Screwed and Hawksley Workman
Vocal: Hawksley Workman
Background vocals: John Borra and Scott Garbe
Guitar: Steve Koch
Bass: John Borra
Drums: Cleave Anderson
Guitar solo: Michael Timmins

 

2.
Bullet for You
Performed by The Kennedy Suite Singers
Vocals: Ivy Mairi, John Timmins, Josh Finlayson, Scott Garbe, Andy Maize, Darcy Good
Clarinets and saxophones: Darcy Hepner
Organ: Joby Baker
Acoustic guitar: Michael Timmins
Bass: Alan Anton
Drums
and percussion: Peter Timmins

 

3.
Secret Spy Decoder Ring
Performed by Harlan Pepper
Vocal and bass: Thompson Wilson
Guitar and bg vocals: Dan Edmonds
Guitar: Jimmy Hayes
Drums and bg vocals: Marlon Nicoll

 

4. The Dallas Youth Auxiliary
Performed by Jessy Bell Smith
Vocals: Jessy Bell Smith
Vocal Arrangement: Jessy Bell Smith
Bass: Alan Anton
Drums: Peter Timmins
Acoustic guitar: Michael Timmins
High string guitar and ban
jo: Josh Finlayson
Tuba: Dave Clark

 

5. Take Heart (Elbow Room)
Performed by Reid Jamieson
Vocal and guitar: Reid Jamieson
Background Vocal: Margo Timmins
String arrangement: Henry Kucharzyk
Violin: Drew Jurecka
Cello: Amy Laing

 

6. 26 Seconds (Historical Audio Collage)

 

7. Parkland
Performed by Lee Harvey Osmond
Vocals: Tom Wilson
Acoustic guitar: Josh Finlayson
Bass: Alan Anton
Drums: Peter Timmins
Electric lead and rhythm guitar
: Michael Timmins
Background Vocals: Andy Maize

 

8. Disintegrating
Performed by Cowboy Junkies
Vocal: Margo Timmins
Bass: Alan Anton
Drums: Peter Timmins
Electric guitar: Michael Timmins
Electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards: Josh Finlayson
Background vocal: Andy Maize.
Violin: Drew Jurecka
Cello: Amy Laing
String Arrangement: Henry Kucharzyk

 

9. When Will I Be Mine? (Ruby, Ruby)
Performed by The Good Family
Vocal: Bruce Good
Background Vocals: Margaret and Darcy Good
Piano and Bass: Dallas Good
Guitar: Josh Finlayson

 

10. Senior Prom
Performed by Doug Paisley
Vocal: Doug Paisley
Bass: Alan Anton
Drums: Peter Timmins
Guitar: Josh Finlayson
Organ and Piano: Joby Baker
Flutes: Darcy Hepner

 

11.
The Truth About Us (The Ballad of Lee and Marina)
Peformed by: The Skydiggers
Vocal: Andy Maize
Electric guitar: Josh Finlayson
Acoustic guitar and guitar solo: Michael Timmins
Bass: Alan Anton
Drums and Percusion: Peter Timmins
Organ: Joby Baker

 

12.
Arlington
Performed by Jason Collett
Vocals: Jason Collett
Bass: Alan Anton
Ueillean Pipes and Border Pipes: Ross Griffiths
Keyboards: Josh Finlayson
Drums: Noel Webb
percussion: Peter Timmins

13.
Slipstream

Performed by Martin Tielli

 

14. Reliquary
Performed by The Potion Kings
Vocal: Nick Craine
Guitar: Kevin Breit
Bass: Jeff Bird
Drums: Randall Coryell
Percussion: Howie Southwood

15. Epilogue: White Man In Decline
Performed by Sarah Harmer
Vocal and Guitar: Sarah Harmer
Background Vocals: Andy Maize, John Timmins, Ivy Mairi and Darcy Good
Electric Guitar: Josh Finlayson