Song of the Day #1,633: ‘How Long Must I Wait For You’ – Joe Jackson

joe_jackson_jumpin_jiveFifteen years before swing music hit mainstream pop culture through bands such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Joe Jackson put out his own album of swing covers called Jumpin’ Jive.

Jumpin’ Jive was Jacksin’s fourth album and it was released just three years after his debut. It was followed a year later (in 1982) by Night and Day, his most successful record (which featured ‘Steppin’ Out’ and ‘Breaking Us in Two’).

If this blog entry is reading more like an encyclopedia than a critique, that’s because I’ve never listened to Jumpin’ Jive all the way through. As much as I appreciate the execution, I’m just not a big fan of swing music. Maybe it would be different if I heard this on the dance floor, but as casual listening it’s just not my bag.

You told me you would me at the station gate
For our honeymoon excursion
You told me you would me at the station gate
But I got a different version
Train number one is gone
Train number two is gone
Train number three is been gone
How long must I wait for you?
Train number four is gone
Train number five is gone
Train number six is been gone
How long must I wait for you?

I got my tickets and a reservation set for two
Luggage waiting on the track
But I got no use for reservations without you
I got to give the tickets back
Cause train number one is back
Train number two is back
Train number three is been back
How long must I wait for you?

You told me you would me at the station gate
For our honeymoon excursion
You told me you would me at the station gate
But I got a different version
Train number one is gone
Train number two is gone
Train number three is been gone
How long must I wait for you?
Train number four is gone
Train number five is gone
Train number six is been gone
How long must I wait for you?

I got the tickets and a reservation set for two
Luggage waiting on the track
But I got no use for reservations without you
I got to give the tickets back
Cause train number one is back
Train number two is back
Train number three is been back
How long must I wait for you?
How long, baby
How long, baby
How long, how long . . .
How long must I wait for you?


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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,633: ‘How Long Must I Wait For You’ – Joe Jackson

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not sure swing is my “bag” either, but I really do dig this album.

  2. simon says:

    Might not be your bag, but worth it for the drum solo alone.

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