Boots & Suits
Released March 12, 1998
While working on this album, Cowboy Boots & Bathin’ Suits, Jerry Jeff took a moment to reflect on the pieces that make up the mosaic of his 28th album:
COME AWAY TO BELIZE WITH ME (by Jerry Jeff Walker)
"I wanted to show the life of a day in San Pedro--all the stuff I like."
BAREFOOTIN’ (by Robert Parker)
"Everybody goes barefoot in Belize (at least in San Pedro). I mean everybody."
GRINGO IN BELIZE (by Dennis Wolf)
"Since I first got to San Pedro, Dennis Wolf has been very helpful. He is a real survivor in the Cayes, and he’s seen ‘em come and go."
CHAMPAGNE DON’T HURT ME BABY (by Eric Von Schmidt)
"I’ve sung this song for years at parties, and we decided to swing it!"
WANTED FOR LOVE (by Bob Livingston and Lane Bybee)
Captain Lane Bybee and Cosmic Bob made this up while flying around America. There are many wanted men (and women) in Belize."
BOATS TO BUILD (by Guy Clark)
"It would be hard to do an album about an island in the Caribbean, where the main mode of transportation is by boat, and not do this one."
SLOOP JOHN B.
(Traditional, arr. by Jerry Jeff Walker)
"Every young man dreams of going to sea and having great adventures, but their stories don’t always have happy endings."
RHYTHM OF THE RAIN (by John Gummoe)
"From the first time I hit the Caribbean, I have found that rain on a thatched roof and palm trees is the perfect afternoon nap soundtrack, and also the perfect accompaniment to reading a book or playing guitar."
FRED NEIL MEDLEY (by Fred Neil)
"This is a medley of Fred Neil songs--’The Dolphin,’ ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ and ‘Little Bit of Rain’-- all in the key of D. If anybody can express the feeling about tropical life in song, it’s Fred."
THE MOON IS STILL OVER HER SHOULDER (by Hugh Prestwood)
"The full moon in Belize is so big and so clear on the water. We’re closer to it there; it is magical."
COWBOY BOOTS & BATHIN’ SUITS (by Jerry Jeff Walker)
"I was watching some guests from Texas pack up and go home one morning; as I drank coffee, I wrote down how I knew they felt."
THOSE WERE THE DAYS (By Keith Sykes)
"This paints a pretty good picture of the late Sixties and early Seventies. These days will be those days too, some day."