Whateverly Brothers

by The Whateverly Brothers

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about

The Whateverly Brothers are Jono Manson and George ‘Breakfast’ Bacon. They met in the early 1980s and have been firm friends ever since. At that time, Jono’s band, the Worms, were one of the most exciting R&B/funk bands playing regularly in NYC. George was new in town and immediately became a fan. When George started his own band, the Corn Flakes, Jono was sufficiently impressed to kindly offer to help record the band. Over the next few years, Jono produced several sessions for George, with the Corn Flakes and with Mumbo Gumbo (the acoustic band George formed with Joe Flood). When the Worms’ bass player, the inimitable Jerry Dugger, needed some time off, Jono asked George to fill his shoes, which George happily did for several months until Jerry’s return. And then there was the Dogs! Evolving from a number of late night jam sessions, the Dogs were literally a supergroup culled from the cream of NYC local heroes. The extraordinary and sadly missed Howie Wyeth on drums and sometimes piano, Jono on guitar and vocals, Neil Thomas on keyboards and accordion and vocals, Kevin Trainor on guitar and vocals (Neil and Kevin were the lynchpins of the uniquely wonderful Surreal McCoys), Joe Flood on guitar, fiddle and vocals, and George on bass, mandolin and vocals. Their one album is testament to their being arguably the most intriguing outfit to emerge from that whole scene. When George found himself back in England Jono and he continued to stay in touch and Jono has since included several of George’s songs on his wonderful albums. In 1999 they hooked up in Italy and did some writing and playing together. Then, in January 2001, Jono joined George in Copenhagen and the two performed nightly for a month in a downtown club. They also collaborated on a batch of new songs and come February, their gig being over, they hired some equipment and in an apartment on the outskirts of town, with their friend Soren Dyhr engineering, recorded “Global Toast”. Since then they have conspired to hang out at least a couple of times a year, in England, Italy, or Santa Fe, writing songs and making a handful of appearances.
This is their second album. 10 new songs and as bonus tracks, the entire first album! …22 tracks, all reared free range and organically in the hills of New Mexico…these songs will aid digestion, rid you of depression, reduce stress, combat heart disease, cure baldness, bring a twinkle to your eye and put a spring in your step….so toss out that old rancid snake oil, put one of these on the turntable, and let the musical elixir weave its magic…

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released January 1, 2008

Jono Manson gtrs & vocals
George Breakfast gtr, mandolin, bass, harmonica & vocals
tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18 & 19 written by George copyright Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
track 16 written by Jono copyright Magic Request Music(BMI)
tracks 2, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 20, 21 & 22 written by George & Jono
track 3 written by George & Darren Wiseman
track 6 written by Jono & Bruce Donnola
first 10 tracks recorded in George's apartment and at Jux Tap in Sarzana, Italy, and mixed in The Kitchen Sink in Chupadero NM, USA.
tracks 11 - 22 recorded by Soren Dyhr in an apartment near Kobenhavn, Denmark, and mixed at Medio Media, Rio en Medio, NM, USA

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Track Name: when all else fails
I don’t mind being alone
for a good a part of the day
theres plenty to do, plenty to think about
staying out of harms way
but when the evening shadows fall
a shiver runs through my bones
and I want to be with the one I love
I don’t want to be alone

when all else fails
we can try a little love
hugging and kissing, reminiscing
we can try a little love
when all else fails
we can try a little love
holding hands and understanding
we can try a little love

you may say, that’s easy to say
easier said than done
but I’ve found loves the other way round
and the best way to get things done
and once you do it, before you know it
you’re gonna want to do it again
and aint that the greatest thing about it
it appeals to everyone

when all else fails……..

its been said that loves a curse
a terrible price to pay
it don’t get better, it only gets worse
and it never goes away
but I know love itself needs love
attention and tender care
and I believe if you do it right
you’ve got nothing to fear

when all else fails….

words & music by George Bacon ã2003
Track Name: when the sun comes out over Ireland
for the very first time on a grey summers day
I came to these shores not planning to stay
through drizzle and mist I found my way
and each darling detail stole my heart away

I wandered and marvelled at beauty so rare
from the shape of the hills to the toss of her hair
and just when it all seemed beyond compare
the sun came out over Ireland

so I’ll write it and sing it lest I forget
the ancient stone walls along fields soft and wet
for there are no words for the feeling I get
when the sun comes out over Ireland

from Belfast City down to Skibereen
rolling across this patchwork of green
the most heavenly sight that I’ve ever seen
is the sun coming out over Ireland

and in this brave new century
might no longer makes right and all people are free
that’s the way we pray it will be
when the sun comes out over Ireland

so I’ll write it and sing it and if you’ll join in
we’ll carry it with us through thick and through thin
this song of hope that comes from within
when the sun comes out over Ireland

words & music by George Bacon & Jono Manson
copyright 2005
Magic Request Music(BMI)/Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
Track Name: like a child
was a taxi cab day
all yellow and green
bought a bottle of Beaujolais
set out for New Orleans
walked over bridges
across the great rivers
innocence a uniform
a package to deliver

like a child, wide eyed in wonder
cries every time it hurts
like a child, I cant help but wonder
do you miss me
like I miss you

it may not be so foolish
to a fool
because he’s the first one
to ignore the golden rule
follow his instincts
stay away from school
be the person that he is
instead of being cool

like a child….

was only yesterday
they were together
making love in an empty filed
talking about the weather
who knows why
it had to end
no particular reason
it seemed important then

like a child….


words & music by George Bacon & Darren Wiseman ã2003
Track Name: here tonight
oh how I wish
you were here tonight, here tonight
its dark and its cold
and I’m scared tonight, scared tonight
give me a place and a
moment of time and lie
here in my arms
here tonight, here tonight
with me

but something is wrong
you are far away, far away
I’m singing this song
but you’re so far away, far away
if I could touch you and
tell you how much would you
run to my arms
here tonight, here tonight
with me

in deepest sleep I find no comfort
nor will my spirit makes it way
above this pain out of this prison
beyond the breaking of the day

I dream of your skin
next to mine, next to mine
and heartbeat within
next to mine, next to mine
only with you am I
truly alive and I
want you right now
here tonight, here tonight
with me

words & music by George Bacon & Jono Manson
copyright Cottage Pie Music(BMI)/Magic Request Music(BMI)
Track Name: I prefer to walk
you can fly around the world
faster than the speed of sound
I prefer to keep my feet on
solid ground
I prefer to walk
I prefer to walk
I aint in no hurry
I prefer to walk

you can get a little restless
shift from foot to foot
running on the spot
never did anyone any good
I prefer to walk
I prefer to walk
I aint going nowhere
I prefer to walk

my friends are kind
they offer me a ride
pull up in a big black shiny car
saying wont you step inside
I prefer to walk…..

you can get a little queasy
riding in a car
waiting on a train
or propping up a bar
I prefer to walk…..

words & music by George Bacon ã2004
Track Name: darling
I am a soul too few
all of the time its true
I want to be with you
darling
I’ll sing from the highest place
recall your lightness and grace
you I cannot replace
darling…darling

I do believe
what passes between us
is all there is
darling

I know I’ve been unfair
made it hard to believe I care
but I always have I swear
darling
if I could hold you now
I’d make it right somehow
do all I can I vow
darling…darling

I’ve tried to stay away
time passes but the feeling stays
day after lonely day
darling
day after lonely day
darling

words & music by George Bacon & Jono Manson
copyright 2004
Magic Request Music(BMI)/Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
Track Name: I never want to be your ex
I never want to be your ex
consigned to days of yore
someone you once saw something in
that you don’t see no more

I couldn’t bear to toss and turn
while you’re off with someone new
and me become your used to be man
a fool that you once knew

I never wanna be your ex
someone with whom you used to have sex
who got swept aside when you cleared the decks
I never want to be your ex

I never want to be your ex
the object of your scorn
join the ill fated company
of tenderness outworn

so I prefer to do without
the pleasure of your thrall
that way when you’re not around
I wont miss you at all

I never want…..

I never want to say goodbye
strike out on my own
I want to be in love forever
and never have to be alone

so I’m not going to be that person
who takes what he can get
a piece of meat, when you needed a treat
the one whose name you forget

I never want…..

words & music by George Bacon copyright 2003
Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
Track Name: ponytail
ponytail

that first time
I was about eleven
across the aisle
and back two rows
just but a boy
pondering heaven
and blond hair pulled
through a velvet bow

and a flick of her ponytail….

so each week
I would stare at her
do anything
to catch her eye
she must have known
but she never let on
just walked away
with her nose held high

and a flick of her ponytail….

hair gathered, and held in a bow
bobbing along, wherever she goes
I became a fool for a ponytail…..

a few years on
and wouldn’t you know it
a radiant beauty
caught my eye
sitting pretty
legs hitched on a barstool
looked at me
with a wink and a smile

and a flick of her ponytail….

so we started talking
and years later
we’re still talking
and carrying on
I love her so
sometimes I hate her
but she turns her head
and such thoughts are gone

with a flick of her ponytail….

hair gathered, and held in a bow
bobbing along, wherever she goes
I remain a fool for a ponytail…..


words & music by George Bacon copyright 2004
Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
Track Name: gaslight
meet me on down at the gaslight
a table for two by the fireside
make the most of this sweet night
in these hours before dawn
meet me on down at the gaslight
we don’t have to set the world right
raise a glass to the good life
for tomorrow we’ll be gone

when trials and sorrow weigh you down
and what we long for cannot be found
like the songs that we used to play
all our days have slipped away

still there’s much to revel in
stare down doom with a crazy grin
there’s no getting over life
you just live it with all your might

meet me on down………….

the open road is calling you
how I’d love to go with you
but that my friend can never be
so for tonight have this one on me

meet me on down ………….

words & music by George Bacon & Jono Manson
copyright 2004
Magic Request Music(BMI)/Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
Track Name: will there be love
you circle round the dance floor
you’re hoping for the best
you know you shouldn’t ask for more
let nature do the rest
will there be love………

you never felt this way before
you never will again
you want to but you’re so afraid
you wonder if you can
will there be love….
will there be love….

will there be love…..
will there be love…..

and as the moments tumble on
the days turn into years
all burnt down to ashes
the haze of passion clears
will there be love…..
will there be love…..

will there be love…..
will there be love…..


the bride and groom make their vows
and walk away as one
with so much faith in each other
and the life they’ve just begun
will there be love…..
will there be love…..


words & music by George Bacon & Jono Manson
copyright 2004
Magic Request Music(BMI)/Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
Track Name: in the arms of only you
far across the ocean wide
so the story’s often told
there’s a land of peace and quiet
where time is still and love is bold

if you tread that holy ground
each instant remains new
the closest yet that I have found
is in the arms of only you

holding you close to me
kissing me the way you do
yeah tonight I long to be
in the arms of only you
in the arms of only you

since I first beheld your face
calmly regarding me
you have never left that place
deep inside the heart of me

you are with me all day long
no matter what I do
and I know where I belong
in the arms of only you

holding you………..

like a play without a script
like a song without a tune
like a day without the sun
I am nothing without you

so now as the sun goes down
and the work’s no longer new
my body longs to rest awhile
in the arms of only you

holding you…………..

words & music by George Bacon copyright 2001
Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
Track Name: keep my mouth shut
keep my mouth shut

mmm….mmm….mmm….mmm

if I want to get along I gotta to keep my mouth shut
every time I open it, I put my big foot in it
and sink my teeth into whatever there is left of it
if I’m to get along I gotta to keep my mouth shut

mmm..mmmm..keep my mouth shut
mmm..mmmm..keep my mouth shut

but something always happens, my mouth falls open
my tongue starts wagging, my head begins shaking
there’s stuff inside that’s got to come out
was it something I ate, we’re about to find out

if I want to get along….

mmmm…

the sounds of the jungle mingle with mine
I scream and I yelp and I wail and I whine
starts with a whisper, ends in a shout
all kinds of noises fall out of my mouth

if I want to get along…

mmmm……….

words & music by George Bacon & Jono Manson
copyright 2004
Magic Request Music(BMI)/Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
Track Name: miles away
sometimes I wake up in a dream
the prettiest face I’ve ever seen
wise and serene
smiling right at me
then I dream I’m wide awake
each part of me quivers and shakes
and every corner of my mind is clear
I finally stop wondering why I’m here

miles away….
excuse me, I was miles away….

you sip your drink and your voice gets brittle
you start spraying me with doggerel and spittle
trying to tell me about someone I don’t know
from a place I’m never going to go
I know you love me that I can feel
you sure deserve a better deal
you’ve done everything you can more
I wonder what it is you’re waiting for

while I’m….miles away…
excuse me, I was miles away….


I try to stay in the here and now
keep my mind from wandering somehow
pay attention to whats going on
one slip and I’m gone
I want to focus on what I’m doing
the birds are singing, the cows are mooing
clouds are drifting, the wind is blowing
I start to stop…then I keep on going

till I’m…..miles away
excuse me, I was miles away….


words & music by George Bacon copyright 2003