I See Things Differently

by The JAC

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______________________________________________ As long as I can hear a song There can be no wrong And you can pray for peace on earth I reckon things will never change There'll always be someone to blame And you can try to change the world I don't need your greeting card I don't need to be your superstar I'll accept you as you are But don't come down on me I see things differently Yes, I have point of view Just not like you But that doesn't mean we can't be one I reckon things will never change They'll always be the same Please don't make me change the world Please put down your political gun Turn off that stupid computer, let's go have some fun Say, tell me that you know That I'll never let you go I wish you merry Christmas anyway Say, say you'll never leave I promise I believe I wish you merry Christmas, whatever that means
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Going Down 02:50
______________________________________________ Block out the sun because I don't want you I'm gonna paint it black and then give back to you I'm going down And I wanna get fucked up at xmas time Wanna get fucked up at xmas time Go mute the bells because I don't want you Pack up your hate I'm going to post it back to you I'm going down And I wanna get fucked up at xmas time I wanna get fucked up at xmas time and I'm going down
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______________________________________________ We don't have to get up early to go to the airport We don't need to take a boat, train or drive And Just because we're staying home Doesn't mean we're all alone We can say Merry Xmas Around The World Let us take you around the world Merry Xmas Around The World We don't need any cash to show we care And it can still mean a lot even though we're not there And just because we're not around Doesn't mean you can't hear the sound The sound of Merry Xmas Around The World C'mon baby won't you shake and twirl Merry Xmas Around The World And just because we're not around Doesn't mean you can't feel the love When we say Merry Xmas Around The World
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______________________________________________ Baby we're not neurotic cos' that's something else We passed that miles ago in the wrong direction I'm going to take you to a dark place Then we're going to turn the light on and party party We're going to have, a psychotic summer Just you and me on a hypnotic bummer And we'll go on killing spree of kindness A fun filled nightmare in the sun Let's go cut some flowers we'll really cut 'em down We'll get our fill of emptiness, while we're upside down We're going to have, a psychotic summer Just you and me, a psychotic summer And we'll go on killing spree of kindness A fun filled nightmare in the sun Oh my God, we forgot about Christmas...
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______________________________________________ I don't want, I don't want Cold turkey for Christmas I'm just so spent I don't know what to do You came and you went And left me lying orange, black, purple and blue Nobody's singing carols tonight It's still too bright when I turn off the light Nobody's there when I pick up the phone You left me at the table all alone Till the very next day I don't want, I don't want Cold turkey for Christmas There's no new part There's no clever bend You came and you went And left me stranded, beginning, middle and end Nobody's singing carols tonight It's still too bright when I turn off the light Nobody's there when I pick up the phone You left me at the table all alone Till the very next day I don't want, I don't want Cold turkey for Christmas
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______________________________________________ Good-bye the best summer of my life We were meant to be, by accident or design The trip hope almost took a week I still can't find my sleep please write to me real soon 1965 is gonna be a great year I'm saving all my Crowns To make it for a Stockholm Christmas I'll coming back faster than the Bluebird Yes all my friends have heard That I'll be gone for Stockholm Christmas Yes you and Scandinavia is the plan It's better than Vietnam I won't even miss my Holden I'm gonna give your Hepstars record back Cos' I've worn out the tracks that remind me of you 1965 is gonna be a great year I'm saving all my Crowns To make it for a Stockholm Christmas I'll be coming back faster than the Bluebird Yes all my friends have heard That I'll be gone for Stockholm Christmas So I've missed the Beatles while I was away But they'll be here to stay I'd rather be with you I'll promise I'll be back
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______________________________________________ It's the most beautiful night I'm trying to find my way in the dark This distance between us seems to grow every year I'm looking for your star I'm looking for your star I don't need your gold Frankincense & myrrh I just need to see you I just want to be with you This Christmas time It's the most beautiful night In a land far, far away Let us give thanks to God A beautiful child is born today I'm looking for your star I'm looking for your star I don't need your gold Frankincense & myrrh I just need to see you I just want to be with you This Xmas time No mistletoe, holly or fir I just need to see you I just want to be with you This Christmas time Sleep, sleep baby, sleep Sleep my sweet Jesus
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______________________________________________ I'd come running home from school just for you In my mind we would play in my room Things you do when you're 9 Santa all I Want is Cindy Brady Re-runs have become DVDs And I see things differently There's new games to play in my room Santa all I want is Cindy Brady What were doing with Bobby in Tiger's House Was the kiss in the script In eposide 45 of season 2 Hmm, you must be older now Santa something's wrong I'm losing my mind The voices in my head want Cindy Brady It's strange now I'm 32 I'm thinking that Ginger's too old now Man I could have done her so bad Santa help me find Cindy Brady Hmm, you must be older now Santa something's wrong I'm losing my mind The voices in my head want Cindy Brady You can play the bass in my band If you let me be your leading man Merry Xmas Sherwood Schwartz
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______________________________________________ I’ve been awake for 3 days Yes I’m back to my old ways I can’t help myself when you’re not around I am criminal And you’re a solider Are we staring at the same stars tonight You have no fear I'm the Lion Man Far too numb to kill the light Are we staring at the same stars tonight Are you dreaming to be clean Do feel the same for me In a land so far away Will you have to kill a soul today Do you have the will on Christmas day You’ve got a war on the ground There’s a war in my head It’s Xmas time and we both could be dead. Will you return And will I survive Will all the stars just fall from the sky You have no fear I’m the lion man Far too numb to kill the light Are we staring at the same stars tonight You’ve got a war on the ground There’s a war in my head It’s Xmas time and we both could be dead. Will you return And will I survive Will all the stars just fall from the sky I’ve been awake for 3 days In a dream I would say You’re my hero baby – Merry Christmas Are we staring at the same stars tonight
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______________________________________________ Mr Bell has a long white beard It's been growing for 33 years Since the day that he arrived At Yallingup with Bonza Bob He got a job milking cows He found his love on the swell Then he said I ain't ever moving on Mrs Gray was the teacher's name She called him up one December day Mr Bell can you bring your boots At 3pm for the end of school The children noticed right away Some had seen him down the bay They knew he had a surfboard not a sleigh There he goes, here comes surfin' santa Everybody knows, we call him surfin' santa And now the children want him every year On boxing day they go watch him down the bay
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______________________________________________ I can’t believe we’re so far away And it’s just me and you It doesn’t feel quite like December It’s all strange and new And I wonder if Santa Makes It down I can’t believe the autumn browns In the heavy sun Invites to barbecues When the cricket’s down And I wonder if Santa Makes It down To Australia - isn’t it far way To Australia - won’t he melt on the way I can’t believe we’re down on the beach Pouring on sunscreen Making frosty out of the sand I want to go home And I wonder if Santa Makes It down To Australia - isn’t it far way To Australia
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______________________________________________ It was a long time ago And it almost seems funny when I remember it now But I was just a kid and that day killed Christmas for me The day I saw Santa with a gun Mummy I want a drink and some chocolate Can we go into 711 I promise to be good for the rest of the day Oh yippie I see Santa coming in Oh mum can I go and talk to him Santa starts to scream that he wants Some cigarettes and all of the money Then I see that Santa's got a gun This is scaring me to death Santa shouldn't be like that I saw Santa wIth a gun I'm never ask him for anything ever again I saw Santa with a gun I hope he never comes around to our house T'was the night before Christmas Now I'm scared again Oh mummy can I sleep with you and dad I don't want him to come again I hope that Christmas never comes again I saw Santa wIth a gun I'm never ask him for anything ever again I saw Santa with a gun I never want to see him again
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______________________________________________ It's Christmas time and I'm here all alone With my computer and my Cool Edit Pro I'm hope that Santa brings me a bass guitar I hope that Santa makes me a star Merry Christmas yeah yeah Merry Christmas yeah yeah How do we turn off the drum machine
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______________________________________________ I don't need to see your name in brighter lights I just wanna hear your songs in people's hearts I'd rather listen to Jesus than to Wilco I'd rather go back to Jail if I see the Eagles reform again You could teach a cat or two about rock n' roll You can smoke the bluegrass anytime I wish I could see you this christmas I'd love to spend some time with you and yours Wishing you a very merry christmas I hope the new year always brings to you your just rewards The bass in my rig's in overdrive I don't need those little pills to help me fly You're the one that always guides me home And if we ever get to meet I won't have a single question about Gram I wish I could see you this christmas I'd love to spend some time with you and yours Are we thinking about the same question Who are these city boys playing vegetarian country?
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______________________________________________ I can feel it in the air the scent of December And I'll be coming home keener than ever before And nothing changes here and that's how I like it to be Just to blow away the dust on teenage memories Then I look across the road To where your bedroom used to be Are you also coming home Coming home to me Come on over we'll go down to the basement And we'll play the same old records that we used to play I still don't care if you have a boyfriend And all those other things I still don't want to know I see your bedroom light on And I'm too scared to come on over Then I see your shilohette and I don't know how to feel Should I blow away the dust on teenage memories Then I look across again And see you walking over Now I can't help smiling because You're coming over to me Come on down, you remember the basement And we'll play the same old records that we used to play I still don't care if you have a boyfriend And all those other things I still don't want to know

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Serious, nice, warm, funny, meant to be funny, not funny at all or just odd.

"I See Things Differently" is a compilation of various (vaguely) Christmas themed songs that have been released annually over the past decade. More than any festive message or specfic statement, these tracks simply chronicle my misadventures in DIY home recording plus the more eccentric and offbeat offerings that would set the blueprint for the JAC album, "Faux Pas".

Many thanks to various friends who have come along for the ride over years. Check out the individual song pages for lyrics and more info about each track.

Whatever you do or don't believe in, all the best to you and yours for the festive season.

Cheers,
Joe
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Aigeri has long taken a less travelled approach to the Christmas carol which is beautifully summed up when compiled together on the full-length I See Things Differently.

The JAC go on a world tour much like Mr Claus and f ind themselves in Stockholm in 1965, have a Psychotic Summer where Christmas is hardly mentioned and celebrate celebrity during a Chris Hillman Christmas. Merry Christmas (Around The World) is not the tune that Hi-5 trot out every year at the Myer Music Bowl, but it is a fine slice of catchy pop in its own right.

There is no doubt that The JAC see things differently as they take Santa for a surf, see him with a firearm and even find time to ponder Cindy Brady for Christmas. There is no doubt it's not your average festive fare. And when Algeri draws on some Jesus & Mary Chain sounds for Going Down, you now that he extends himself over Christmas more than the rest of us.

At the end of the day it is a Christmas compilation and we all know how fucking horrible they can be, but Algeri avoids the tedium with a batch of likeable pop songs to brighten even the most arduous yuletide gathering .
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Singer-multi-instrumentalist Joe Algeri has been recording Christmas songs for over 10 years, and he's collected some of his favorites on I See Things Differently. Now known as The JAC, he has an obvious love of 1960s pop as well as an offbeat sense of humor. The JAC not only takes a different view of Christmas than most people, he offers an alternative perspective on nearly every track.
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Now there’s nothing wrong with traditional Christmas tunes, but let’s be honest, such constant airplay can become rather boring after a fashion. Well, have no fear, as I See Things Differently: Greatest Xmas Hits Vol.1: 2001-2012 (Egomaniac Music) is the perfect alternative to stock-and-trade holiday music.

The majority of songs here were recorded by the JAC, which is actually a vehicle for the universally admired Australian based singer/songwriter Joe Algeri, while the equally revered Britannicas and Green Beetles contribute a tune a piece.

Real-deal pop music, bursting at the britches with herds of heavy hooks and squads of sparkling harmonies, is what the bulk of these instantly infectious songs are scripted of. The lyrics are colorful and clever, which arrives as no shock, since Joe has always proudly cited Ray Davies as a prime influence.

So that stated, snappy sounding songs, bearing further shades of the Who, the Sneetches and Teenage Fan Club, mated with smart and sassy prose makes for a gripping listen.
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The JAC kindly bestow a Christmas gift upon us to help us get into the spirit of the season. These 15 tracks of seasonal joy don't follow your usual stylings of Christmas songs (as the title suggests) and may not be suitable for your Granny, who likes to sway away to Cliff's "Mistletoe and Wine" or some other piece of dirge that gets rammed down our throats at this time of year, this is a refreshing take on seasonal songs that won't drive you mad. Light the fire, throw on a yule log, stoke it up with all those old Christmas best of's albums and play The Jac loud!
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Joe Algeri (Jack & the Beanstalk, The Britannicas) is a songwriter/producer from Perth, Western Australia who is also know as The JAC. He’s got an off beat sense of humor and an instinct for great rock and roll. Listen to the highlights “Merry Christmas (round the world)” and the surf-syled “Psychotic Psummer.” Lots of great music here, its even better than his recent Faux Pas album. The bittersweet humor of “Santa All I Want (Is Cindy Brady) ” and “Computer Xmas” are also sure to impress. It also includes tracks from his other bands, The Britannicas and Green Beetles.

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released December 1, 2012

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Joe with a bunch of friends from around the world.

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Egomaniac Music Perth, Australia

Egomaniac Music is the home for Joe Algeri and related musical interests. Joe is a songwriter and producer from Perth, Western Australia now known as the JAC. He is also a member of The Jangle Band, The Outryders (AUST) and the Britannicas (AUST/SWE/USA). ... more

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