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Jalal

by Ian Evans

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During the 2021 Covid lockdown I read the Varjak Paw books to my son. I loved them so much that I wrote two songs about them. One was Raised in Captivity (about the difficulty of communicating with someone you love) and the other was this one - A big epic about Jalal the cat sensei/guru. I have lots of ideas for a Varjak Paw musical or soundtrack.

lyrics

Lyrics
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Jalal is a light there in the past
Miaow. Advice there in the wilderness
My son don’t believe the stories
What you are is not your pedigree
Privilege is all they call dignity
Go to her and be the best that you can be

Well he’s a cat
Look around you
A true heart ringing the bell will astound you
And he’s a cat.
How bout that?
A living thing with a heart
In Sally Bones’ chapel tower
And he’s a cat.
How bout that?
A bag of bones with a heart
On Sally Bones’ Rippers turf
We climb now

Jalal, ‘orrible and bash street cats
All friends are called. The time has come to step up to it
True love, even for the torn half dead
Rallying round at the birth of Jess
True friends needed me to climb the wall
So I climbed it and that is all

And he’s a cat… in what zone?
Mesopotamian guards made of stone
And you’re a cat
How about that?
A bag of bones with a heart
In Sally Bones’ chapel tower
And you’re a cat
How about that?
A bag of bones with a heart
In Sally Bones’ chapel tower
Around here

Holly, oh don’t you make me cry
I’m as unsure as any other guy
But you’re hurt as well
Oh don’t pass me by

And he’s a cat
Look around you
Your love ringing the bell will astound you
And he’s a cat
How about that?
A living thing with a heart
In Sally Bones’ chapel tower
And he’s a cat
How about that?
The barrier has come down
We’ve been close for some time
Around here

credits

released December 1, 2022
Credits
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Miaow by Raven. Everything else by Ian Evans:

Electric guitars
Bass guitar
Fretless bass guitar
Ukulele
Drum pads
Wind chimes
Singing

Cover model: Raven (playing the part of the young Jalal). By coincidence, the song was finished on her first birthday.

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Pop/experimental/rock musician and songwriter from London

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