Conquers the World

by Back Up Jackson

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The debut album from NJ ska-fusion powerhouse, Back Up Jackson! Combining third-wave ska roots with various musical influences, this album features twelve unique, well-crafted original songs you're sure to remember. Pick it up, pick it up.

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released November 27, 2005

Chris Butkowski -- Guitar
Jay Butkowski -- Lead Singer, Alto Sax
Reggie Dizon -- Keyboards, Back-Up Vocals
Dayv Frost -- Bass Guitar, Vocals
Greg Grispart -- Tenor Sax
Rob Nelson -- Trumpet
Dave Rattner -- Trombone

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Robbie LaFalce -- Drums
Jonathan Tischio -- Drums

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Back Up Jackson New Jersey

Jersey Ska band Back Up Jackson was formed in the winter of 2001 and has played colleges and clubs, bars and backyards, bringing their mix of high-energy virtuosity and eclectic influences to audiences in Central Jersey and beyond. The band blends elements of third-wave ska, jazz, blues, R&B, rock, and punk to create a sound all their own. ... more

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Track Name: Jesse and Jaime (Story of a Small-Town Romance)
Jesse arrives, the usual two-hour drive
To see the girl he loves
Did something feel wrong, a long-distance love song
She let him go
Can't even remember the reasons she gave
Interrupted by tears they were so hard to say
All he could do was give all that remained
And just walk away
So his Jaime couldn't see him cry

It's tough to admit a feeling could disappear
Concealed by clouds of fear
But finding it true, she realized he's
Jumping through rings just to get her to smile
He's trying so hard it's frustrating the hell
Out of him and me both and I think I want out
So all I can do is give all that remains
And just say goodbye
Just hope Jesse doesn't start to cry

Oh, it's always the same old story
Boy meets girl, but eventually
The whirlwind dies down
The drama of life in a small suburban town

Jesse's moved on, and Jaime still thinks of the one
She let get away
But in Jesse's heart, relieved at a brand new start
The heartache fades
No turning back now, it's all in the past
The beginning was true and we swore it would last
Ignoring your heart can last only so long
Then pretending love just isn't enough

Oh, it's always the same old story
Boy meets girl, but eventually
The whirlwind dies down
In every backyard of a small suburban town

Cupid yanked the arrow right out of your ass
And just like a dream it was gone in a flash
But to see your enamored an emotional clamour
Is not the most glamorous sight to remind us that

Oh, it's always the same old story
Boy meets girl, but eventually
The whirlwind dies down
That's how romance goes in a small suburban town
Track Name: LyricShock
I've heard this song played on the radio now
Near the top of the charts, and I think that somehow
That hidden inside it subliminally
Is a message that stirs some reaction in me

And when it's on I've got to turn the volume up to ten
And then it's over and I hope that I might hear it again

I can't hear those words
And I'll sing them wrong
But that melody
Will always make me try my best to sing along

Although the station says my song's overplayed
I requested it twenty-eight times just today
And though each time it sounds the same as before
I still have no idea what they're mumbling for

And when it's on I've got to turn the volume up to ten
And then it's over and I hope that I might hear it again

I can't hear those words
And I'll sing them wrong
But that melody
Will always make me try my best to sing along

Well I gave in and bought the tape yesterday
On the jacket inside it explains what they say
Although I scan it through perpetually
All the lyrics are scribbled illegibly

And when it's on I've got to turn the volume up to ten
And when it's over I rewind the tape and blast it again

I can't hear those words
And I'll sing them wrong
But that melody
Will always make me try my best to sing...

I can't hear those words
And I'll sing them wrong
But that melody
Will always make me try my best to sing along.
Track Name: Except Doreen
Memories of a quiet girl with long red hair
sketching things in front of me
in high school chemistry
She seemed so lovely as she dreamed away
but never had a word to say
why don't you talk to me, Doreen?

Our teachers thought that there was something wrong
imagination racing with a song
she couldn't sing (couldn't sing)
But there was something sad behind her smile
She couldn't be some imbecile
But why won't she just talk to me, she would
Except Doreen, she was always the exception to the rule
Except Doreen, was she from the shallow end of the genetic pool
Did silence always compromise
A magic world seen through her eyes
That no one understood except Doreen?

Football games with cheerleaders and marching bands
students, moms and screaming fans
she cried beneath the stands
Everyone was gone and I found her there alone
I asked her why don't you go home
She had nowhere to go, Doreen
Nights the darkened high school was her home
through each classroom she would roam
a locker full of clothes (long ago)
Her family journeyed far away one night
Then screaming brakes and blinding lights
The morning came, and no one walked away

Except Doreen, she was always the exception to the rule
Except Doreen, a lonely shadow in the hallways of the school
And somehow no one realized
Another world seen through her eyes
That no one could have known except Doreen

and me, the / secrets she re / vealed I never / would have dreamed but
she just couldn't / be alone a / nother day we / walked away that
night from under / neath the stands with / one another / hand in hand back
home to her new / family I / swore she'd always / have a friend in me

Except Doreen, she was always the exception to the rule
Except Doreen, a loving genius masked behind a silent fool
While everyone watched from the wings
She went on to do wondrous things
That no one could believe except Doreen...

and me, the / secrets she re / vealed I never / would have dreamed come
home to your new / family I / swore she'd always / have a friend in me.
Track Name: Philadelphia del Noche
Every storefront has an iron curtain
Dealers already lurkin'
Almost everybody's inside
Welcome to the city that always sleeps
Which kinda gives me the creeps
because it's only 6:45

What happened to the night life?
Why is Dunkin' Donuts closed
The streets are grey and blah
but somewhere you'll find ska...
Yeah you can usually find ska

Steam belching up from the pavement
With just a hint of spearmint
that I probably shouldn't inhale
Stepped at the Blarney Stone to pick up a round
But down the street there's the sound
of a truly horrible band

It's just the same two chords
Attracting hordes of screaming fans
I might not understand
But one thing's for sure...
I'm never gonna tune again

Tuesday it's like a ghost town but
Friday we're playin at the Pontiac and
everything's alright, breathe life into the night
Come in check out our show
You've got nowhere else to go
you're in for a surprise, we probably won't suck

Get a Philadelphiatic education
and you'll find the locations
where the music plays every night
It really seemed like there was nothing to do
Walking around after 2, But then again...

Where else can you buy cheesesteaks
Twenty-Four hours a day
So let's brave the streets together
And go in search of ska...
Yeah you can usually find ska

Tuesday it's like a ghost town but
Friday we're playin at the Pontiac and
everything's alright, breathe life into the night
Come in check out our show
You've got nowhere else to go
you're in for a surprise, we probably won't suck
Track Name: What About Me?
life hasn't always been fair to you
makes me want to take care of you / always be there for you
but there's something there you must have missed
because I wasn't the one you kissed

so you say you want a guy like me
and you wish that he was more like me
just a little less demanding
with a little understanding
and you wish you had a guy like me
well what about me?

you've fallen in love with a dream
wake up smell the asshole / he isn't as nice as he seems
doesn't respect you he's playin around
and you still can't bear to leave

so you say you want a guy like me
and you wish that he was more like me
wish the situation had swept us
but we might as well forget us
and you wish you had a guy like me
well what about me?
Track Name: That's Okay
Get out the tissues, cause I've got some issues
Forgive & forget but the second one hasn't happened yet
I'm wonderin' still today why I'd never let you get away
Alone and confused I lit the wrong end of her fuse
You're getting your way and there's nothing to say but "that's okay"

I never knew why, but I just had to be a guy
With nothing going through my head as I let the dumb words fly
But it's lucky for me I never got your sympathy
So I'll go away and there's nothing to say but "that's okay"

I'd tell all my friends as if the story never ends
They'll always lend a willing ear but don't say what I want to hear
Where did she go? Say does anybody know
At least they will say that I'm not gay and "that's okay"

That flying around had me sure to hit the ground
A flaming dash up to the crash that shook the world when I came down
But I couldn't see that it was all because of me
I tried to delay my emotions at play... nothing to say

It's almost a year, and the world is pretty clear
Haven't seen you since our fated first and last dance dear
But guess who not you found a chance at love that's new
I'm getting my way as of today, and "that's okay"

So I was wrong and I dragged it out too long
But it's damn far in the past and pretty safe to write a song
So here we go, though I know I've got no right to complain
Yeah, I'm a pig but we need gigs, and "that's okay"
Track Name: Unbound
I woke up in the morning, didn't heed the horoscope's warning,
That the day wouldn't be very great; I was already late,
For my 9:00 a.m. class in biology.
What a tragedy, I don't even take biology.
I was walking in a haze, trying to get through the maze
Of the day when a friend told me of a place I should head in a haste.
A place where help could be found.

When you're feeling down,
The world's kicked you around
You're feeling so low,
You can't get up off the ground.
There's a place you can go,
Where answers can be found.
Go online, and get

Unbound, with me (with me)
We're going to see the things we'll see.
On the internet is where you'll find,
Your life, your voice, your world,
Your peace of mind.
And you'll see )and you'll see)
This magazine's got everything.
When the answers you're looking for just can't be found
Come and get Unbound.

I went to the site, everything turned out cool
I learned to relax, I did well in school
If you could only see the changes brought out in me,
When I say it's the best you'd be sure to agree.
Arts and Leisure, Features,
Op Ed, Business, Health, Lifestyles,
If you got a question, they got answers in their files,
It's the best source for information around.

When you're feeling down,
The world's kicked you around
You're feeling so low,
You can't get up off the ground.
There's a place you can go,
Where answers can be found.
Go online, and get

Unbound, with me (with me)
We're going to see the things we'll see.
On the internet is where you'll find,
Your life, your voice, your world,
Your peace of mind.
And you'll see (and you'll see)
This magazine's got everything.
When the answers you're looking for just can't be found
Come and get Unbound.

Your life, your voice, your world, come get Unbound.
Track Name: Game
Why did you hurt me? And why do I even try?
Don't want to die without love in my life?
Why does it hurt so much to see that girl go?
Why does it hurt me so.

I fell to the ground, when I needed someone around
And I remember you staring down at me, as I screamed

I'm not a game, don't play with me.
I'm human just like you, but can't you see.
I have a heart, I have a soul.
Why did you hurt me so...
Why did I try to play your game?

I try and try just to find me the only one
But all she ever wants is a little fun.
Now this one's over and all in the past.
I knew it wouldn't last.

I fell to the ground, when I needed someone around
And I remember you staring down at me, as I screamed

I'm not a game, don't play with me.
I'm human just like you, but can't you see.
I have a heart, I have a soul.
We'll both lose in the end...
To show that love is not a game.

I'm not a game, don't play with me.
I'm human just like you, but can't you see.
Why I'm having trouble letting go
It makes no difference now
I guess that's how it's supposed to be...
Track Name: Superheroes
I have a glow you cannot see...
a heart as big as the moon, as warm as bathwater!
We're superheroes, men!
We don't have time to be charming!
The boots of evil were made for walkin'!
We're watching the big picture, friend.
We know the score!
We're a public service, not glamour-boys!
We are a justice sandwich!

Now... who wants to be a superhero?

When I was just a little boy
I'd watch my cartoons on TV
Nothing would bring me greater joy
Than thinking of what I'd want to be
Days of innocence long-gone
Comic books have gone away
But with my head up in the clouds
I'd be the guy who saves the day

Come with me, we'll be superheroes!
Fighting crime all the time
Standing ten feet tall when you're five-foot-nine
I wanna be a superhero
Come on babe, give us a chance
Wearing underwear on the outside of our pants

Faster than a speeding bullet
More powerful than a train
I could fly high up in the air
Without the use of a plane
All my dreams would come true
You could come and do it too
If you think you can
Be the Wonder-Woman to my Superman

Come with me, we'll be superheroes!
Fighting crime all the time
Standing ten feet tall when you're five-foot-nine
I wanna be a superhero
Come on babe, give us a chance
Wearing underwear on the outside of our pants

Come with me, we'll be superheroes!
Think of all the fun that it could be
When you come out and be a superhero with me
Come with me, we'll be superheroes!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Come with me we'll be super...
Wearing underwear on the outside of our pants!

Come heroes. Our work here is done.
Track Name: Red Bank, NJ
I walk these crowded streets of this crowded town,
Looking for a face I won't see.
I know it ended a long time ago,
So I roam... These cold and oh so lonely streets.

There's the Starbucks that we went to, to get café lattes,
The Diner that we ate at, so many times,
Ghosts of fallen friends are all around me,
There's a Red Bank of memories in my mind.
There's a Red Bank of memories in my mind.

I know it won't do any good anymore.
And I know that I've said it once before.
I'm sorry.
But I'm going back there again.

Going back, I'm going back to Red Bank.
Going back, I'm going back to Red Bank.
Walking all alone, going back to Red Bank,
I'm chilled to the bone, going back to Red Bank.
It's true what they say, you can never go home again.

Mr. Pizza-Slice, on Monmouth, has the best Italian hot dogs,
But when I walk past, nothing's stayed the same.
Passers-by, people going to say goodbye.
Something I learned, people and places change.
Something I learned, people and places change.

I know that time goes on and on,
And your friends are all long gone.
Alone in a crowd, you scream out loud.
But you can never go back again.

Going back, I'm going back to Red Bank.
Going back, I'm going back to Red Bank.
Walking all alone, going back to Red Bank,
I'm chilled to the bone, going back to Red Bank.
It's true what they say, you can never go home again.

Go, Go, Go, Going back to Red Bank
It's true what they say, you can never go home again.
Track Name: Candle in the City
It was a summer night in 2003,
All the lights went out in NYC,
With electricity gone,
Nothing plugged in will turn on.
Let's just enjoy each other's company.

Pop the cork on a bottle of wine.
In the darkness, girl, you're still looking fine.
Strike up a miniature flame,
Nothing looks quite the same
In candlelight, all the shadows come alive.

Light a candle in the city tonight.
Everything is gonna be alright.
So just hold me close and darlin' hold me tight,
We'll be fi-ine by candlelight.

Found some batteries to power up the radio.
There's no need to go fast, girl, let's just take it slow.
We got all night,
So let's just do this right.
Babe, there's nowhere else to go.

Sensuality's starting to take its hold.
Apartment's lit up in shades of orange and gold.
Under satin sheets,
We can provide our own heat.
Through radio static, Marvin's singing with soul.

I've been really tryin' baby.
Tryin' to hold back these feelings, for so-oo long.
And if you feel, like I feel Sugar.
Come on, Ohhh come on.
Let's get it on, (Ahhh, baby baby),
Let's get it on.
Let's get it on (Baby I need ya),
Let's get it on.

Light a candle in the city tonight.
Everything is gonna be alright.
So just hold me close and darlin' hold me tight,
We'll be fi-ine by candlelight.

We lay in bed, consumed in each other's afterglow
And the batteries have burned up in the radio.
The candlelight's faded,
And libidos are sated,
But the lights come back and you're ready to go.

But I jumped up, and I said baby please wait,
Why don't you just spend the night, because it's kind of late?
So I flipped the light switch
And some more candles got lit,
And I think that night I found my soulmate.

Light a candle in the city tonight.
Everything is gonna be alright.
So just hold me close and darlin' hold me tight,
We'll be fi-ine by candlelight.
Track Name: Do It All Over Again
Get up in the morning, get out of bed,
Take a cold shower, leave the house unfed,
Is that any way to start my day?
Out the front door and to my car,
Take a few steps, don't get real far,
It's Saturday, and I don't have to work today.
Money's kind of cool,
But today I'll be lying in bed til noon.
I won't do anything today.
But come Monday...
Do it all over again.

Whoa, do it all over again.

Get home from work Monday
There's a message on my machine, it's from Darlene.
She's my ex-girlfriend, will it ever end?
She wants to know how I've been,
She's been thinking a lot about us again,
She wants to see, if she could see me.
When we broke it off,
I swore I wouldn't be drawn back in
like light draws in a moth.
Now I'm asking myself, why do I even try?
With a wink of her eye...
Do it all over again.

Whoa, do it all over again.

In the morning I put on my same shirt and shoes
(no shirt, no shoes, no service)
And I'm asking myself, when will I do something new
(oi, oi, oi)
I won't be truly happy until then,
But until that day comes...
Do it all over again.

Whoa, do it all over again.

Get home from work Tuesday,
I'm tired as hell if you couldn't tell,
I went out last night, with Darlene, alright?
She says that things will be better now
And I gotta say I still have my doubts.
She wants to be more than friends.
She wants to get back together again.
But I'm through with her,
I'm never going back, gonna find myself another girl.
Things might be different, come Wednesday,
But as far as I'm concerned today...
Do it all over again.

Whoa, do it all over again.