Jammin' in the B

by Deaf Steever

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An attempt at hip hop by someone who knows NOTHING about hip hop music. Hehe.

THE SAGA OF "JAMMIN' IN THE B"

Many moons ago, in 2006, my co-worker at the library was having problems with the Xerox machine. In her email, her exact words were "the paper's jammin' in the B" (the B section of the copier, that is). I reckoned that should be a hip hop tune.

Soon afterward (in 2007) I recorded an instrumental version, which had the exact same guitar riff and drum beat you hear here (it's been so long, I can't even remember the free drum software I snagged this beat from!) but was mostly just one long guitar solo. I always intended to write lyrics to it someday but never got around to it.

Flash forward to 2010. A co-worker (a different one) and I planned on making a new song, and I thought the music to "Jammin' in the B" might work. So I recorded another instrumental version, with no extended guitar solo. Nothing came of our collab, the co-worker moved to Vancouver, and I forgot about the track.

About a week ago, I re-discovered the aforementioned 2010 instrumental buried on my external hard drive. I thought, "Dagnammit, I'm finally gonna do this damn song!"

And so the saga comes to an end .... :P

The lyrics are a composite of many patrons I've dealt with at the library. As anyone who works at a public library knows, patrons can be quite eccentric in their interests.

A "JAMMIN' IN THE B" GLOSSARY FOR NON-WINNIPEGGERS

"Assiniboine Park Zoo" = Wpg's zoo

"Izzy Asper" = Late patriarch of the Asper family, one of Wpg's richest

"Shilo" = an army base in Manitoba, west of Wpg

"The Guess Who" = Arguably, the most successful Wpg band ever

"Mr. Martin" = A patron I used to deal with on a regular basis. He must have asked if we had an Izzy Asper biography a hundred times! We did NOT have one. He was so annoying. Hehe.

"The leg" = The Legislative Building, located in Wpg, where the Manitoba provincial gov't does its stuff

lyrics

I got Martin Luther
MLK, too
But no nothin’ about Assiniboine Park Zoo
No Izzy Asper
Ain’t got no bio
There ain’t a single volume work about Shilo
I ain’t got an inkling of a clue
Don’t know nothing about the Guess Who
Gotta get the paper
Out of that B jam
Pretty sure I’ll never give another good goddamn

Mr. Martin, can’t you see?
The situation’s jammin’ in the B
I’m sick, I’m tired of what you need
When all I see is jammin’ in the B (x2)

Jam jam jammin’ in the B
Jam j-jam, j-jammin in the B (x2)

Why are you talking to me?
Why won’t you go?
Your lips are moving, but you’re speakin’ in slo-mo
All you ever do
Is waste my time
Don’t care one bit about your Sprite Lime
You ain’t got compensatory edge
Don’t care about happenings at the Leg
Gotta get the paper
Out of that B jam
Pretty sure I’ll never give another good goddamn

Mr. Martin, can’t you see?
The situation’s jammin’ in the B
I’m sick, I’m tired of what you need
When all I see is jammin’ in the B (x2)

Jam jam jammin’ in the B
Jam j-jam, j-jammin in the B ....

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released July 15, 2017
Music/lyrics by S. Falk

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Deaf Steever Winnipeg, Manitoba

I try to come up with ideas and riffs that catch my ear, and then I piece 'em together until something (hopefully) slightly catchy and coherent emerges. I reckon that sums up my approach to songwriting. :-)

"Well, sir, I just make it sound like I think it ought to." - Mississippi John Hurt, when asked how he created his songs.

Cheers from Winnipeg, Canada, y'all! Go, Jets, go!!!
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