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Ernesto and Delilah (featuring Rebecca Jenkins)

by Kevin Breit

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Ernesto 03:46
Dance with Delilah I heard the mission bell blues today it rang so clear I couldn't turn away I went looking for you Looking for you You're a brother, you're a kindred soul we keep on fighting like it's world war four Forget it baby Let's just forget it Dance with Delilah Let's burn the clippings from the treasure chest smoke takes the words up to the west of the valley west of the valley Here's a picture when we were in school the girl you loved, yeah i loved her too I'm sorry I'm so sorry Dance with Delilah Keep the money keep the real estate Go back to bed and sleep in late I'm heading out tomorrow heading out tomorrow You were the favourite of the shipwrecked crew when the going went tough we looked to you To get us off the island off the island Dance with Delilah
Murderous Dimitri seven silver buttons running down your back oh lord, oh lord i can't think of that cause i'm picking tobacco and there is no sun jake legged boss man tells me when i'm done Blowin' cold wind fanning the embers trying to keep a good fire alive county line after county line i drive blind behind the wheel dear friend amphetamine bringing out the best in me murderous Dimitri dances with the trembling hands pass me over like the winds across the sands
From the Flood let's move up from the flood ' 'cause the river's still raging let's move up from the flood where every sinner is set free let's move up from the flood there's a home for you and me let's move up from the flood,from the flood well your brother has bad blood he'll go down in infamy well your brother has bad blood lock him up and lose the key well your brother has bad blood watch your back he guns for me well your brother has bad blood, has bad blood I can't give you much here's an orange I peeled for you I can't give you much here's a lace for your shoe I can't give you much the song I share is true I can't give you much, give you much the river's long gone let's go home to the valley the river's long gone it drained to the sea the river's long gone there's no more what used to be the river's long gone, long gone
CALVARY BLUES Henry Marx came alone brought with him a marxophone he said take it a while it's sure to cure your ills I said my baby busted her heart so bad she cried every tear she's had she's got herself a rainbow of pills Henry Marx he shut the door left a case on the floor I went after him but he was long gone a note said play to your hearts content you'll wonder where the hours went play these 3 chords all night long G D E child CHORUS: I'm sorry for the pain that i cause you we're here with the Calvary Blues the world's gone crazy what else can we do? We're here with the Calvary Blues Henry Marx doesn't pick up the phone I left a message after the tone come back Henry, tell what to do She jumped outta bed, put her hands in the air she said God Almighty there's a fire in here she kicked down the door she's gone like yesterdays news I picked up the box with the mighty strings symphony slam of three chord rings lay your weary bones and sing G D E child CHORUS
Ghosts Of California I told my lover, I said to her in kind She deserved better, leave them tears behind Free to do anything, now it's your turn see the world in all it's rags ,see it in it's fur here's to you my cherry bomb, here's to you my queen we went well together like two fools up on the screen Get yourself a dandy who's nothing like me an elusive man of mystery, kind king of intrigue Ghosts of California Ghosts of what I can afford you Ghosts of California If you love somebody then let them go whoever said that doesn't fucking know a dusty, old cliche wades in the hours of yearning thirsty, hearted lover sees no sign of her returning my mind is ticking from the red blood vine raindrops on the metal roof drum out a second line Steve McQueen, the father, the one I never knew stands amongst the shadows in the room I laid with you Ghosts of California Ghosts of what I can afford you Ghosts of California Wing walker baby on the Ghost of California she's eyeing the flyer from the Rose of Pretoria the great Ethel Dare and the Michigan horizon she don't give a damn she don't give a reason for no safety line no parachute and no net to catch her there is no past there is no future I see her body bathing naked in a porcelain tub I shudder to remember I lift my head up Ghosts of California
Alberta Hunter I did it to myself should take it on the chin there's hardship everywhere I've been so cold oh mercy a little fire won't do dreaming of a Mississippi hot afternoon I spent my money and sold my car all i have is this guitar E is flat and B is too singing Alberta Blues Alberta Blues Numbskull Freddy had a quick, cash plan (he said) no need to worry you're going to be a rich man but the law got wise and shut it down Freddy's bird sang but my bird flew south six month stand in a prairie jail her perfumed letter came in the mail she's headed east she's gotta cut loose to try and shake Alberta Blues Alberta Blues Greyhound milk run crawling east to a Halifax skyline where she waits for me she said it hasn't been easy her hearts split in two and she's crying Alberta Blues Alberta Blues
Foolish Kind 05:47
Foolish Kind Jesus shook when the elevator died between the 10th and 11th floor he could here is Maria crying somewhere from the corridor he dreams a shiny sun and a deep blue sea and a parade winding down a hill there's jolts and sputters and grinding steel but the lift delivers him still foolish kind foolish kind cry from the darkness so no one can see you foolish kind foolish kind cry from the wilderness so no one can hear you Maria, she dangles one leg from a fire escape edge she takes a long draw from a cigarette silence is a privilege rodeo radio is tuned in loud her spell has broken down she rises and crawls into her bedroom window and remembers that he is gone, gone, gone CHORUS She's on the line to Carolina thinking of going home she used to call herself his little marionette now she's tangled to the bone
Rang A Lang 03:37
RANG A LANG THE ANGELS SANG and so it goes, the post was closed I didn't get your letter tell me did you curse my soul? or tell me did you love me whole? we toss and we turn, we freeze and we burn easy gets so harder lone star off the interstate is just another light far away the city's gone ghost town it's not pretty since you've been gone and I keep to myself, there is nobody else Rang a lang the angels sang, it's over honey it's funny how the money goes the wolves are in the shadows howling' at a paper moon hold the hope they're leaving soon we're ripped and torn, we're sad and worn we can't thread another needle we tiptoe around the holes we've made but we can fall I'm not afraid Gabriel drag his rusty horn he can't remember what he used it for he thinks to himself, he's been put on the shelf Rang a lang the angels sang it's over I'll show you when we row the boat ashore there can be a Hallelujah let the rain hammer down on a world that wants to drown Sold my soul not for coal nor gold but to keep you warm take you in from the cold I think to myself is there nobody else? Rang a lang the angels sang it's over
Come On Home 04:46
Come On Home Put a bid on a chicken bone eaten by a queen in France Got a line on a dictaphone used before the market crashed A suped-up five speed riding bull, a poker-faced cockatoo a cellar full of wine-dandelion a prize fighting kangaroo Vile after vile from the river Nile from a late night tv show 30 dirty rusty monkeys, wind them up and watch them go Come on Home ,Come on Home I've got so much too give you Come on Home Come on Home, Come on Home i'm so lost without you Come on Home Diamond studded pacifier, Aerosol pool room scent day glow painted bowling pins with faces of presidents Lethal weapon jewelry tucked in a Gucci purse hanging bags of rosaries in a thunder bolt hearts A shoe box filled with lucky rabbit feet a bomb shelter low on rent a two year supply of rusty canned mean a suit of leatherette
Cut Me Down 04:11
Cut Me down to Nothing The egg had broke the scheme had hatched a man lay bloody on his back so grandiose, so adios amigo she called it quick and she called it good she was right about the boys in the neighbourhood she said, lay down low and you will be forgotten But i beat my chest and i cursed the gods and i band together brothers of a different blood and i saw the world as a place of glorious torment Cut me down to nothing strip away the blues tell me about the goodness that i may learn from you Strange fruit rolls from Lady Day you kind of look like her in a certain way so i bought you a white gardenia i hurt so many and i loved so few before i'd tell my confessors what was really true i'd strike a match and watch the church fall to ashes Cut me down to nothing strip away the blues tell me about the goodness that i may learn from you


"Then's there's the rather other-worldly sensation caused by listening to two albums of mandolin music. I doubt Breit is bold enough to suggest he's invented new folk music, so I'll do it for him."

Bob Mersereau the top 100 Canadian Singles

"Typically adventurous and compelling stuff."
Kerry Doole New Canadian Music.ca

"This collection is truly like a paired couple, interwoven and distinct. Within the music are all the nuances of romance, passion and interrelationship of two real people sharing a life together. It’s really quite amazing."

Eric Peterson, Rust Magazine

".. the mandolin orchestration finds its niche in the service of great songs and singing."
Kristin Cavoukian, Exclaim Magazine

"But there is much to savour here, in both the performing and writing of these two sets of songs."
Lonesome Highway


released April 14, 2015


*Mandolins: Sarah Corteur, Bradley Chaput, Mel Johnson, Candice Sandino, Keith Dooley, Vincent Tallon

Mandolas: Peter Galkin, Mario Sandino, Susan Hartwick, Ron Litton

Mandocellos: Robert Noonan, Cory Delisle, Ron Litton

Double Bass; Russell Boswell

Percussion: Howie Southwood

special guests: Cyro Baptista : Percussion
Gregoire Maret: Harmonica


Vocals: Kevin Breit and Rebecca Jenkins

*Upper York Mandolin Quartet: Kevin Breit

Bass: Russell Boswell

Percussion: Davide DiRenzo

*Produced by Thomas Dooley III
recorded by *Robert Everland at Everland Sound
'Ernesto' was mixed by *Robert Everland
mastered by Philip Victor Bova at Bova Sound , Ottawa
'Delilah' was mixed and mastered by David Travers Smith at Found Sound, Toronto
Original Art by Ryan Price
Design by Nick Craine

*DISCLAIMER-Kevin is The Upper York Mandolin Orchestra, Thomas Dooley iii, Ernesto Ciari, Robert Everland.


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Kevin Breit Toronto, Ontario

Kevin Breit is writing about himself as you read this. What is going through his head? Scary third person ramblings. This site contains my solo recordings mostly and some are joint projects. I had my eyes closed and opened while my head was down and up. This is the universal thread through my career. ... more

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