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I rest my empty case
Can I declare that I don't have a clue
I'm tired of arguing when it's not as much at all
about me and you

It's time to take stock
Head for home and to dry out the dock
I'm all battered and bruised, we've got nothing to lose when it's always
The same every day

But it's not about the past
And it's not about today
Can we not look back at all

What will the new year bring
Just let me be a leaf in the wind
Our light's burning bright and still
I'm a little scared

I have nothing left to give
Carve it up, it all comes with
What will be will be
And I don't care
For dumb luck anymore

A spring in these swollen feet
A pocket square of tears
But this time it could be different
Wrap me, put on a bow and give me away

And so I close with tattered notes
There's no one left to persuade
When deep down they all know
The chairs in the room are about to change

And it's not about the past
And it's not about today
Can we not look back at all

What will the new year bring
Just let me be a leaf in the wind
Our light's burning bright and still
I'm a little scared

The lumberjacks have all gone home
The stepped on my Xmas gnome
They took away the pieces
And I don't care
For dumb luck anymore

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released December 6, 2019
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JOE ALGERI - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, 12 String Rickenbacker, tambourine (AUSTRALIA)

HERB EIMERMAN - bass, backing vocals (USA)

STEFAN JOHANSSON - drums (SWEDEN)

LARS BRUSELL - organ (SWEDEN)

ANDY J. PRINKKILÄ - electric guitars (FINLAND)


Written and Produced by Joe Algeri

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REVIEWS:

It feels like Christmas, today, as some of my favorite people put their annual musical presents under the tree.

Like Sofia Talvik, Australian rocker (and master of the Rickenbacker) Joe Algeri is an artist I discovered before finding The Fa or kicking things off at my own place. His annual Christmas treats cover a wide range of styles and subject matter but, most years, you wouldn't be wrong to say they remind you of The Byrds.

This year's offering from The JAC and The Christmas Crew is a little too on the button. I don't know what was in Joe's mind and this song could be a fit in any season. But, given the politics in this country for the last few years, "Broken Gnome" just hit me that way immediately.

I rest my empty case
Can I declare that I don't have a clue
I'm tired of arguing when it's not as much at all
about me and you

About, oh, five or six times a day now, I find myself asking or wondering if we can just stop fighting for a little while. It gets worse at the holidays when it ought to get better. And, like the protagonist of "Broken Gnome", we look forward with what should be hope but "I'm a little scared". And, when it's over (whether "it" is the holiday dinner, the season, or the country), nobody wins and all that's left is rubble.

The lumberjacks have all gone home
They stepped on my Xmas gnome
They took away the pieces
And I don't care
For dumb luck anymore

As I say, I don't know what was on Joe's mind. You could apply this song to almost any strained relationship. But it's a little too close to home this year. Personally, I'm ready for it to be over (and for y'all to admit that I'm right and you're wrong...yeah...it ain't ending any time soon).

Stubby's Stocking Stuffers (2019)

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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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