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ZAP Music presents: SONGS

Jezebel and the Infidel

Featuring Lisa Edmondson with Jessie Lee Houllier and solos by Gilles Erhart and Romain Bly.

I wrote this song specifically for my former ZONGO AMBASSADORS colleague, the brilliant and dramatic Jamaican performer Lisa Edmondson with her Talking Drum. The idea behind the song is that the shooter James Earl Ray has a dark angel sitting on his shoulder as he prepares his rifle for what will be the shot that brings down Martin Luther King. This dramatic situation allows the audience to be in the mind of the assassin himself as he gears up to set in motion his deadly intentions. Musically, the pulsing riff in the Bass guitar pushes the song forward while the jazzy chords of the piano put us into a Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" groove. The solos of Gilles Erhart and Romain Bly in this performance are simply beautiful, and Lisa's interpretation of the coda starting with "I hear the chapel bell ring" is world class.


NARRATION : On the evening of April 3rd, 1968, Dr. King  gave what was to be his last sermon at Mason Temple  in Memphis, Tennessee. He was shot in the head while standing on the balcony of the Loraine Hotel on April 4th, 1968.

Jezebel and the Infidel

T’is Jezebel and the Infidel
 
We’re sitting and we’re watching and waiting
 
for the Fare Thee Well (sardonic laugh)
 
With a devil spell the future we foretell
 
Tomorrow’s papers will show the photos
 
of the Lorraine Motel
 
A little lullaby before you hear a cry
 
People gonna know what we did until the day they die
 
 
So I stand and I watch as Mr. Jimmy Ray
 
pulls out his rifle on the Judgement Day
 
And he gets on his knees but it sure ain’t to pray
 
He just hides in the weeds...
 
And he begins to wait, Yes we begin to wait.
 
 
Piano and Trumpet solos

T’is Jezebel and the Infidel
 
Sitting, watching, waiting and stalking
 
at the Lorraine Motel
 
 
So I stand and I watch as Mr. Jimmy Ray
 
pulls out his rifle on the Judgement Day
 
And he gets on his knees but it sure ain’t to pray
 
He just hides in the weeds...
 
Yes we begin to wait.
 
We’re gonna shoot him down, we’re gonna make him pay
 
Shut his mouth stop the things that he say
 
We’re gonna watch him die, spit on his grave
 
He’s gotta know it now ...that there’s a price to pay
 
We gonna make him pay.
 
 
Hush now don’tcha make a sound
 
Hush now... Hush.... Hush...
 
We hear the chapel bell ring
 
It don’t mean a thing
 
Just wait a minute longer....
 
Soon you’ll squeeze the trigger...
 
Gonna kill that...King NOW!
 
(Silence, then a blood curdling scream, followed by
a percussion solo and the song “Long Live The King”).