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I Want To Be Alone (Dialogue)
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  • Jackson C. Frank
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In the realms of American folk music, few artists have been able to achieve the beauty that Jackson C. Frank captured on his one and only, self-titled, record in 1965.  Haunted by a fiery explosion at his elementary school which killed several of his classmates and left him with severe burns, Frank would go on to write and record some of the deepest, gorgeous acoustic music ever heard, before disappearing almost entirely after succumbing to mental instability and paralyzing anxiety.  He would record a handful more times later on in his life, however, most of it would not be released until a resurgence in interest in him occurred after his death.  If you’ve not checked out this record, I implore you to do so, it’s hard to find pieces of music filled with as much honesty, sadness, sweetness, and vulnerability as Frank puts into his.

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Lost 15 of his school friends in a fire, was severely burnt, lost his son to cystic fibrosis, lived on the streets alone drifting in and out of institutions, he lost everything, then just as he felt ready to come back for one last run he was shot in the eye and blinded. If pain can be used to create good music it explains why frank is the most soulful and meaningful artists of the last half a century.

You Never Wanted Me
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Jackson C Frank - You Never Wanted Me

Satu dari 10 lagu dalam album folk paling melankolis dan indah yaitu album debut Self-Titled (1965) yang sedihnya juga album terakhir Jackson C. Frank (March 2, 1943 - March 3, 1999). Dan kehidupan Jackson sama menyedihkannya seperti album itu. Life’s sure hard.

Wondering and waiting
My back against the wall
Not a word that passed between us
Comes to call
Just your shadow on the window
And your step on down the hall
You never wanted me babe
You never knew me at all

I haven’t any picture
To set before my eyes
Nothing to blame
When the blues start to rise
Just the memory of laughter
And the living out of lies
And if I could change my ways babe
You’d never have said goodbye

If you ever get the time baby
Please think on me
It’s a lock that can’t be broken
And there isn’t any key
And I’m only in your mind
Only you can set me free
You can’t hurt me anymore babe
And that isn’t hard to see

Someday someone will leave you
And I know you’ll feel the same
You’ll mark it down to memory
And the dream that never came
Well there are no answers given
When love is just a game
You never wanted me babe
And now I feel the same