I Love My Jean

by CAMERA OBSCURA

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Three new, excellent songs by the Glaswegians, honouring this time the work of poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), considered to be Scotland´s national poet. Tracyanne Campbell has put to music with her musical flair two of Burns‚ poems ("I love my Jean" and "A red, red rose"), and has completed the tracklist with a jangly, country-ish, melancholy-tinged song of her own, "Marathon not a sprint". The three songs share though the quintessential CAMERA OBSCURA sound, with Tracyanne´s beautiful voice unveiling the melodies over a background formed by pianos and acoustic guitars, an example of timeless, classic beauty.

The single is also a posthumous tribute to BBC DJ John Peel, who helped and befriended the band since their first single.

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released February 21, 2005

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Track Name: I Love My Jean
Of a‚ the airts the wind can blaw
I dearly like the west
For there the bonnie Lassie lives
The Lassie I love best
There’s wild-woods grow, and rivers row
And mony a hill between
But day and night my fancy’s flight
Is ever wi‚ my Jean

I see her in the Dewy folwers
I see her sweet and fair
I hear her in the tunefu‚ birds
I hear her charm the air
There’s not a bonnie flower, that springs
By a fountain, shaw, or green
There’s not a bonnie bird that sings
But minds me o‚ my Jean
Track Name: Marathon Not A Spring
Honey you were good for me but I can’t deny my need to be free grows
I resigned myself to climb the stairs to your
winning thighs and endless prayers alone
My new-found confidence you hate, everything put down to fate
Nothing less or more
It’s a marathon and not a sprint
That’s what we said before we quit
Love should grow
Should boast

I feel I’m doing time
With someone not on my side
A mystery divide
Brings me close
To who I love the most

A friend from the capital came to visit
Will she comfort me or does she want to gossip
Who knows?
I’ll take these worries to the park
I won’t come home until after dark
Noone will know except you of course
I’ll go swimming and ride a bike
Maybe turn into someone that you’d like
It’s a marathon and not a sprint
That’s what we said before we quit
Love should grow
Should boast
Track Name: A Red, Red Rose
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass
So deep in luve am I
And I will love thee still, my Dear
Till a, the seas gang dry

Till a‚ the seas gang dry, my Dear
And the rocks melt wi‚ the sun
I will love thee still, my Dear
While the sands o‚ life shall run

And fare thee weel, my only Luve!
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve
Tho‚ it were ten thousand mile!