Letters From The Boatman

by a Jigsaw

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released September 1, 2007

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a Jigsaw Coimbra, Portugal

In 2012 the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles wrote that a Jigsaw was a band to follow. In 2014, the specialized magazine that puts a Jigsaw together with names such as as Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, returns to warn their readers to not let this Portuguese duo out of their sight. 3 after the debut of their third album, Jorri and João Rui reveal their fourth studio Album “NO TRUE MAGIC”. ... more

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Track Name: Lion's Eyes Louder
Got a six string across my back - well I’m alone tonight
Feels like I’m riding on lie, well my heart said: beware of the flight
Got these timeless blues to sing well I’m alone again just by myself
‘cause
I’ve got a clock that just won’t strike
I have the feeling tonight that I am my own man
I’ve got a clock that just won’t strike
I have the feeling tonight that I am my own man
I‘ve got a fever inside of my head
I have the feeling tonight that I am my own
Man but you are the lion’s eyes
you are the lion’s eyes

hung around the same old tracks
– well I’m just right back where I started before
got these six string blues inside
well I’ve got my black coat all around me
I’ve got a feeling that just won’t shake
I am alone again just by myself

‘cause
I’ve got a clock that just won’t strike
I have the feeling tonight that I am my own man
I’ve got a clock that just won’t strike
I have the feeling tonight that I am my own man
I‘ve got a fever inside of my head
I have the feeling tonight that I am my own
Man you are the lion’s eyes
And you are the lion’s eyes

(Hum…) I’ve got a feeling that it just won’t change
I’ve got a feeling that it just won’t change
Track Name: The Waltz Of Fear
The waltz of fear waits for me
Her taste is old – her lips are enough
The woman inside hides from me
With dramas to love and lies to be told
Oh I’ll fall, but in truth your eyes won’t see the way,
The way I dance as I fall

my tired feet they know , this is the way the dance goes
my tired blood he said this is the way that we’ll flow
my tired eyes will say I’ve never been so close to something so pure

the flood will steal our steps
but our weakened limbs won’t show the grace of time

Oh we’ll fall, but in truth their eyes won’t see the way,
The way we dance as we fall

my tired feet they know , this is the way the dance goes
my tired blood he said this is the way that we’ll flow
my tired eyes will say I’ve never been so close to something so…

The waltz of fear waits for you
Her taste is old – her lips are enough
Track Name: You're The One I Want The Most
Lord, I’ve been waiting for you by the side of the road
And I’ve been unkind
Oh lord, I’ve been waiting for you by the side of the road
And I’ve been unkind

And the devil is out by my doorstep
He must have seen the fires I began
Or the smile I couldn’t hide – I think I turn him on

Of all that I see he shouts with his deepest voice
“You’re the one I want the most” – and he rises to the boat

And the trees outside they are a-moaning
That I’ve got a woman who will save my soul
And the trees outside they are a-moaning
That I’ve got a woman who will save my soul

And my future is coming to me
Gently whispering to my ear
“My hope – my all that I’ll be”
Well I’ve got a woman who loves me
Lord, I’ve been waiting for you by the side of the road
And I’ve been unkind

(Coins)
“This must do” he says, leaning violently against my face
Huh – you ain’t sinking this boat son – you’re coming with me

‘cause I’ve got a woman who loves me
Lord, I’ve been waiting for you by the side of the road
And I’ve been

And the trees outside they are a-moaning
That I’ve got a woman who will save my soul
And the trees outside they are a-moaning
That I’ve got a woman who will save me
Lord, I’ve been waiting for you by the side of the road
And I’ve been unkind
Oh lord, I’ve been waiting for you by the side of the road
And I’ve been unkind
Track Name: New Man Waiting
Lonely hiding oh babe I’m lonely and hiding from the devil’s

I’m grieving – my blood is on fire oh babe
I’m crawling under the shame
Of what I said
Of what I prayed
Blame me for the road that we chose oh babe
I’m bleeding, but the trust still remains
In what I said/ In what I prayed
In what I said
In what I prayed
Lonely hiding oh babe I’m lonely and hiding
Lonely hiding oh babe I’m lonely and hiding from the devil’s
I’ve been lonely babe / I’ve been lonely babe / I’ve been lonely
Track Name: Blame Me
Blame me for the wings that won't grow
Blame me for the desert we've become

my king has gone to hell, and I by his side

Blame me for the river gone dry
Blame me as the truth begins to fade

My king has gone to hell, and I by his side

Gone from home; again, from home
Well, damned be the wind that made you cry
My king has gone to hell…

Blame me for a god who won’t speak
Blame me for the words you can't hear
Blame me for the mercy I'll deny
Blame me you'll never know what I've done


My king has gone to hell,

And I by his side - oh man
I'm tired of sleep - oh god
And I by his side - oh man
My enemy is near and there's no-one to hear my side or follow me

Gone from home; again, from home
Well damned be the wind that made me cry
My king has gone to hell,
away From home again

I'm still the hopes and dreams of those who sleep
I'm still the life you wish you had kept
Damned be the wind that made me cry
My king, my king my king
Track Name: A River For A Wife
“I’ve got a river for a wife
And the soul of all mankind/
I’ve got a river for a wife”

“Hurry up” he screams, from the shivers of his boat
And he says “you’re the first who came smiling by the shore
With no coins and no love” – still he howls me:
“I’m telling you for the last time, I’m coming back again”

“And the soul of all mankind
I’ve got a river for a wife boy
And the soul of all mankind/
I’ve got a river for a wife”

“Step inside” he moans “you will never be so lonely
Like me you’ll wait closely by the open door
And hear the steps of time creeping gently to your side
Maybe then you’ll know why I scream it loud”

I’ve got a river for a wife boy
And the soul of all mankind
I’ve got a river for a wife
I’ve got a river for a wife boy
And the soul of all mankind/
I’ve got a river for a wife

I’ve got a river for a wife boy
And the soul of all mankind
I’ve got a river for a wife
Track Name: Letters From The Boatman
I’ve been losing the keys of my doors,
Well I’ve been forgetting the secrets
And the violin lingers like a bell
that won’t surrender to silence

Letters from the boatman that I have kept
Letters from the boatman that I have kept

The flood is covered with lies where I’ve laid
And the wind that fled with us
He will never dance with them
Oh my failure will be so grand

Letters from the boatman that I have kept
Letters from the boatman that I have kept
Track Name: Return From Winter
I’ll leave my home by the fall,
quiet as a mouse – no one will hear me go
But a crowd of faces gathered by the river
to see my hands fighting with the first waves


oh man I’ve changed with time
my fear
oh man I’ve changed with time
my silenced fears found their way
and no one here believes that I’m coming back home

I cried you my dream
I followed the light; the scent of your garden
I closed my eyes too

I left my hands dancing in the memories
Of the hills that stand
Choosing words like picking flowers in here
In the birth of my rage this way I’m not coming back dear

oh man I’ve changed with time
my fear
oh man I’ve changed with time
my silenced fears found their way
and no one here believes that I’m coming back home today

I’ll travel south
I’ll be my woman, I’ll my man
And love has no place in here

But the crowd still waits
But even the fish don’t believe in my return from winter

oh man I’ve changed with time
my fear
oh man I’ve changed with time
my silenced fears found their way
and no one here believes that I’m coming back home
Track Name: My Kindness
Pick it up, you ain’t my kind
The wind is burning in my soul

My kindness has been blind for all this time
But she’s been mine
I’ll take this fire through another road oh babe – one that’s mine

I’ll take off from home
And forget my past
So pick it up, you ain’t my kind
The wind is burning in my soul

I’ll take this fire through another road oh babe – one that’s mine
My kindness has been blind for all this time
But she’s been mine
I’ll take this fire through another road
Track Name: With My Voice
Lord, don’t you beg, I’m on fire
Lord, there’s a wind that just won’t break, by my side
Lord, I’ve been mending all your clouds,
I’m your storm tonight

Lord, don’t you beg, I’m on fire
Lord, there’s a stranger in my bed with my voice
Lord, I’ve been following your steps
with eyes closed and sore
Track Name: Life's Like A Riverboat
Life’s like a riverboat sailing out to nowhere

After all my hope is gone, I’m a client of this old man
But I’ll fight to the end of my days,
and when I go I’ll never be far from home ‘cause

Life’s like a riverboat sailing out to nowhere
I lost the keys of my hell and you found them back again
Life’s like a riverboat sailing out to nowhere

I lost my faith on angels and prayers
I’ve never seen the light and I’ve never been sure
That he’s waiting by the river – waiting for me
Oh babe, I’ll be dancing when he calls for me ‘cause

Life’s like a riverboat sailing out to nowhere

Lost it all on the roads that I crossed
with the angels that are walking around the room
with my eyes gazed on the stairs
-my lies are the best you’ll hear tonight ‘cause

Life’s like a riverboat sailing out to nowhere
I lost the keys of my hell and you found them back again
Life’s like a riverboat sailing out to nowhere

With my Voice
Lord, don’t you beg, I’m on fire
Lord, there’s a wind that just won’t break, by my side
Lord, I’ve been mending all your clouds,
I’m your storm tonight

Lord, don’t you beg, I’m on fire
Lord, there’s a stranger in my bed with my voice
Lord, I’ve been following your steps
with eyes closed and sore
Track Name: To Whom Shall I Give My Blood
The scarecrow host that you see has your blinded faith
You keep on waiting
Awake and smiling – well you’ll be the last to run

The spotlight is fading away – from me I guess; from you I guess

To whom shall I give my blood?
To whom shall I give my eyes?
‘cause I’ve seen too much of this life,
To whom shall I give my eyes?

The spotlight is fading away – from me I guess; from you I guess
Right…
Track Name: Of Those Who Know You're Right
I’m an empty theatre with all the grace missing
And when the wind betrays you, you’ll feel the same
Like those who sculpt their hearts of fire

This is the age of tender loss
And this is the age of tender pain
Of those who know you’re right

I’ve been blending with mirrors
And I’ve been sleeping with those trees
Like those who sculpt their hearts of fire

This is the age of tender loss
And this is the age of tender pain
Of those who know you’re right
Track Name: Leave If You Can
I heard my voice singing “tides be still”
I’m quitting this life tonight
You’re the last I’ll ever take
so leave if you can

Of all the dreams I had, none was this pure
So I’m leaving this ship tonight
And you’re the last I must take,
So take what you can