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No one can tell you how to live, how to love, how to learn, how to work, how to grieve, or how to be saved. This album contains every best gospel, jazz, soul, and blues song about letting go. Listen to the stories in this songs. Embrace your freedom. Go on; get yourself "Released."

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released December 10, 2014

Jan Marie: vocals
Scott Aruda: trumpet
Rusty Scott: piano, Hammond B3 organ
Phil McGowan: drums
Justin Meyer: bass

Recorded live at Boston Swing Central on April 25, 2014

Recorded, mixed, and engineered by Tom Bianchi
Produced and arranged by Jan Marie

Album cover by Jan Marie
Banner photo by Andrew Takes Photos, andrewtakesphotos.com

Infinite gratitudes to our Kickstarter backers, without whom none of this could have been realized, and to all those whose cheers can be heard on this record, which fueled the very performance you hear immortalized in these songs.

Dedicated to my grandpa, Peter Schiraldi, with whom I sang my first professional gig at the age of 7 (and who, now in his eighties, continues to play more gigs than I do).

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Track Name: Polly Wolly Doodle
Oh I went down South for to see my Sal
Play polly wolly doodle all the day

My Sally is a spunky gal

Play polly wolly doodle all the day

Oh my Sal she is a maiden fair
Play polly wolly doodle all the day
With laughing eyes and curly hair
Play polly wolly doodle all the day

Fare thee well
, Fare thee well

Fare thee well my fairy fey

For I'm going to Louisiana
for to see my Susyanna

Play polly wolly doodle all the day

Oh the woodpecker pecks til he gets his fill
Sing polly wolly doodle all the day
But the woodpecker pays cause it’s on his bill
For playin’ polly wolly doodle all the day

Oh I feed my hogs with molasses jam
Singin polly wolly doodle all the day
So they should be sweeter than they really am
Singin polly wolly doodle all the day

Fare thee well
, Fare thee well

Fare thee well my fairy fey

For I'm going to Louisiana
for to see my Susyanna

Play polly wolly doodle all the day
Track Name: Ain't Nobody's Business
There ain't nothin' I can do
Or nothin' I can say
That folks don't criticize
But I'm going to do
Just as I want to anyway

If I should take a notion, to jump into the ocean
Ain't nobody's business if I do
If I go to church on Sunday, then cabaret all day Monday
Ain't nobody's business if I do

If my man ain't got no money and I say, "Take all of mine, honey"
Ain't nobody's business if I do
If I give him my last nickel and it leaves me in a pickle
Ain't nobody's business if I do

Well, I'd rather my man would quit me, than for him to quit me
Ain't nobody's business if I do
I swear I won't call no copper, if I'm beat up by my papa
Ain't nobody's business if I do, nobody's business
Nobody's business if I do
Track Name: Mama Goose Cut Loose
Here they come a strollin Jack & Jill
Soon they’ll be a rolling down that little hill, ‘cause
Fetchin’ pails of water don’t pay their bills, no
Now that Mama Goose cut loose

There was an old woman livin’ in a shoe
Got her food stamps every week to cook her 15 children stew
The kiddies now can’t get their fill, ‘cause mama cut the welfare bill
What more could that Mama Goose do?

Mama, Mama, Mama Goose cut loose
Mama, Mama, Mama Goose cut loose

Poor old Humpty Dumpty’s skin so eggshell thin
Fell off a wall and the whole king’s army couldn’t put him back together again
When he went to file his paperwork, the doctors all their heads they shook
‘Cause Mama… cut the Medicare too

Mama, Mama, Mama Goose cut loose
Mama, Mama, Mama Goose cut loose

There they goe a strollin Jack & Jill
Then they went a rolling down that little hill, ‘cause
Fetchin’ pails of water don’t pay their bills, no
Now that Mama Goose cut loose
Track Name: Down By The Riverside
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Ain't gonna study war no more

I ain't gonna study war no more

I'm gonna lay down my heavy load
Down by the riverside
Gonna lay down my heavy load
Down by the riverside
Ain't gonna study war no more

I ain't gonna study war no more
Track Name: Wade In The Water
Wade in the water
Wade in the water, Children
Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water

Who's that young girl dressed in red?
Wade in the water
Must be the children that Moses led
God's gonna trouble the eater

Wade in the water
Wade in the water, Children
Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water

Who's that young girl dressed in white?
Wade in the water
Must be the children of the Israelites
God's gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water
Wade in the water, Children
Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water
Track Name: I Been Workin' On The Railroad
I been working on the railroad
All the live-long day
I been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away
Can't you hear the whistle blowing,
"Rise up so early in the morn"
Can't you hear the captain shouting,
"Dinah, blow your horn!"

Dinah, won't you blow,
Dinah, won't you blow,
Dinah, won't you blow your horn?
Track Name: Everybody Loves My Baby
Everybody loves my baby
But my baby don't love nobody but me
Everybody wants my baby
But my baby don't want nobody but me
It's clear to see

He is my sweet patootie
And I am his lovin' woman
Knows how to do his duty
Loves me like no other can

That's why everybody wants my baby
But my baby don't want nobody but me
Track Name: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home

I looked over Jordan, and I what did I see
Coming for to carry me home?
A band of angels coming after me
Coming for to carry me home

If you get there before I do
Coming for to carry me home
Tell all my friends I coming too
Coming for to carry me home
Track Name: Saint James Infirmary
I went down to St James Infirmary
Saw my baby there
She was stretched out on a long white table
So sweet, so cold so fair

The I went down to Old Joe's Barroom
On the corner by the square
Business was going as usual
The usual crowd was there

Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
She can search this whole wide world over
She won't ever find another sweet man like me

When I die, bury me
In my Stetson hat
Put a 20 dollar watchpiece on my gold chain;
So the boys'll know I died standin' pat

Get 16 gamblers
Coal black to pull that cart
Better make my old dear hurse
A mother=lovin' work of art

Now that you've heard my story
Let's have another round of booze
And if anyone should ask me
I got the Saint James Infirmary Blues
Track Name: Amazing Grace
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see

Was grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace, my fears relieved
How blessed did that grace appear
The hour I first believed