a Jigsaw

a Jigsaw

 Coimbra, Coimbra, PRT
BandFolkBlues

a Jigsaw is a band that surrendered to the sound of folk, country and blues. Over the time they came to assume themselves as a multi-instrumentalist trio, surprising the audience with songs played with with a varied range of instruments.

Biography

Considered by the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles one of the bands to follow in 2012 and reviewed by the Dutch magazine Heaven Magazine as one of the most interesting and original Americana groups around the European continent, the Portuguese a Jigsaw has released in 2011 their latest album Drunken Sailors & Happy Pirates, the follow up to the hailed second album Like The Wolf (2009). Named after the Belgium band dEUS song “Jigsaw You”, this indie folk oriented band, often compared with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Tom Waits is made up of three multi-instrumentalists musicians. Joao Rui, Susana Ribeiro and Jorri.
In 2007 they released a concept album called Letters From The Boatman. A handful of guests, including some of the most prominent musicians of the Portuguese scene, took part of this project. The album climbed the charts on national radios, it was considered one of the best of the year and the band was also reviewed as one of the best live acts.
As to the second album, they decided to take matter into their own hands and gather some of the instruments they had met along the way. The result was a beautifully textured album with detailed arrangements. Like the Wolf is a return to the concept album format. The record has two mesmerizing duets with Arizona’s Becky Lee Walters and Joao Rui. Like The Wolf was considered by the European media as an “irresistible”, a “compulsory” and an “addictive” album. Many say it was the best album of the year 2009.
In February of 2010 they released the deluxe edition Like The Wolf Uncut and began their “Like The Wolf European Tour” that took them to 12 countries, such as France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Spain, etc. Still in 2010, the duet “Return to Me” featuring Becky Lee Walters received an honorable mention from the International Songwriting Competition (USA/2009) and of the Think Tank (Italy).
This amazing trio returned with their much anticipated third album “Drunken Sailors & Happy Pirates” released November of 2011. With the first edition sold out in less than two months and highlighted on the lists of best albums of 2011, they managed to create an historic gathering of both the national radios of Portugal and Spain (Antena 3 and Radio 3) around their music.
In February of 2012 they begin the European tour to promote their new album with the support of Radio 3 and Antena 3 as well of Ruta 66 and the prestigious Gibson Guitars.
This European Tour coincides with the second edition of Drunken Sailors & Happy Pirates throughout the rest of Europe. With the raving comments that this band is getting both as a studio band and as a mesmerizing live act, you will not want to lose sight of this trio.

Lyrics

Red Pony

Written By: a Jigsaw

Red Pony

There are men, begging to be free
Stranded there, against the door
If all of this is real, then the dream is over,
And I, oh my, I am a stranger to you

So what about the moon, it’s mine to steal
So what about the moon, it’s mine to steal, mine to steal, alright!

Red, Red Pony, stand out by my door
Red, Red Pony, stand outside my door, alright

Oh let’s just sing of the good old days
Let’s just bring them back
And hear them on hi-fi stereos

So what about the moon, it’s mine to steal
So what about the moon, it’s mine to steal, mine to steal,
Alright, boys!

Red, Red Pony, stand out by my door
Red, Red Pony, stand outside my door, alright

Return To Me

Written By: a Jigsaw

Return To me

My lover, you took me down to the valley
Where are you, my lover?
My killer, you took me down to the valley
You gave me a real good time
My brother, my sister

Return, Return
Return, Return, to me

Sister, this pain is real,
a stranger of which I know nothing Is out by my doorstep
He is my lover, my killer
He’s the breath beneath my wings
And the ropes around my ankles
He will take me down to the valley
Where my steps are unheard

Return, Return
Return, Return, to me

My hands up on the sky and my feet sinking in the sea
And that’s more, so much more than I can take too

Return, Return
Return, Return, to me

My Blood

Written By: a Jigsaw

The good lord's blood is in my veins,
but not his kindness, and surely not his mercy

I'm crawling under his shadow
well i'm lurking in the brightest light

My wings, I have set them free to past,
like my eyes gazing

Now that death knocks at my door
she can't even speak my name
Now that death knocks at my door
she can't even speak my name

The blood in my hands
The blood in my wings
The blood in my faith
The blood in my bullets

Well you're my blood, my blood
cold as fire, hard as rain
Well you're my blood, my blood
cold as fire, hard as rain

The blood in my hands
The blood in my wings
The blood in my hands
The blood in my wings

Well you're my blood, my blood
cold as fire, hard as rain
Well you're my blood, my blood
cold as fire, hard as rain

His Secret (With Becky Lee Walters)

Written By: a Jigsaw

Let me tell you the story of a man, whom you adore
Whose eyes are like pools of madness

His calculated stroll is measured
His steps seem free willed to the untrained eyes
Crawling out, crawling out beneath the veil of the night

But I am his secret babe and you
But I am his secret babe and you
You, you, You are his wife

So Let me tell you the story of a man, whom you adore,
Whose eyes are adorned with shades so dark

His calculated stroll is measured
His steps seem free willed to the untrained eyes

And it’s been so many years since you’ve kissed this floor
When I go away, you’ll come back for more

But I am his secret babe and you
But I am his secret babe and you
You, you, You are his wife

Your hands are tied to his words
Crawling out ‘neath the veil of the night
Standing tall, Standing tall
Like if the rain was his mother

His truth is a lie, but better than a truth
is a truthful lie with sparks of love
And it’s been so many years since you’ve kissed this floor
When I go away, you’ll come back for more
Alright!

God Was Sleeping

Written By: a Jigsaw: Joao Rui, Jorri, Susana Ribeiro

God Was Sleeping

Do you remember the day you got lost in the woods?
My dear, as night fell down you fell asleep against the trees
oh your feet so tender, crossing through the pines

underneath the leaves there are poems for your ankles
underneath the leaves there are poems of your ankles

you came here just to meet me
you came here just to meet me
and left while god was sleeping
the devil was on his way (yes he was)

I fell with knees to the floor, feeling the ground with my hands
I was looking for the pages of my book, torned apart

I held a candle to your face
so I could see if your heart had changed
then I turned to the road
and went on my way

you came here just to meet me
you came here just to meet me
and left while god was sleeping
the devil was on his way
(yes he was, he was on his way)

No More

Written By: a Jigsaw (João Rui, Jorri, Susana Ribeiro)

Not anymore do I remember the fleeting kiss of dawn
Breaking on my back like the new born rain
And no more do I sing of things better left untold
A friend of mine said when a window closes, one always finds a door
So I found the door to my house and I went inside
And I built myself a window there
When it was finally done, I carved my hands on the ledge
Stood there for a while and went away

My dear wife said “please don’t go”
My dear wife said “don’t take that road away from me”

But I went and she threw herself down the well
This well was so deep, when she hit rock bottom
I was already there, building myself a window
And when it was finally done, I carved my hands on the ledge...
Stood there for a while.
I felt the rain, falling just outside
No more will I dream of dreams better left asleep
No more will I dream of dreams better left asleep
A friend of mine said when a window closes, one always finds a door

The Strangest Friend

Written By: a Jigsaw (John Mercy, Susana Ribeiro, Jorri)

We’re all strangers here, there’s rust in our feet
From the lies we’ve been told
There’s a silence to every man, that knows more than he does

He’s the strangest friend that we could pray for.
He knows too much

Last night death stood by my door,
with a book in her hands, so I sat and read
a story to be heard, and a hymn to be sung
for all those with dust in their bones
Laugh if you will, cry if you must, this is not weakness it’s rust
So I turned to the holy book and I drank all I could
The silence within told me to stop, this could be the end of your hope,
so please,

Go hide, my love
With the days you’ve got left
And all the lies you’ve been told

You’ll never be free again.
But what a magnificent thought: to forget all you’ve read

And I’m the strangest friend in whom you should trust
While we wait for the end, I’ll tell you what I know of

a story to be heard, and a hymn to be sung for all those with dust in their bones
laugh if you will, cry if you must, this is not weakness it’s rust

If death stands by your door
With a book in her hands, pray you may forget

The story that you’ve heard, and the hymn that you’ve sung
for all those with dust in their bones
laugh if you will, cry if you must, this is not weakness it’s rust
for all those with dust in their bones
The story that you’ve heard, and the hymn that you’ve sung
laugh if you will, cry if you must, this is not weakness it’s rust

Discography

Drunken Sailors & Happy Pirates (Album, 2011, 2nd edition 2012);
Like The Wolf Uncut (Album, deluxe 2010);
Like The Wolf (Album, 2009) ;
Letters From The Boatman (Album, 2007);
From Underskin (Ep, 2004)

Set List

his secret
the trial
last waltz
crow covered tree
god was sleeping
rooftop joe
dreams & feathers
red pony
Lovely vessel
No More
my name is drake
even you
the strangest friend
devil on my trail
remember when

six blind days
i've been away for so long
crashing into the harbour