Jack & Faye 1 2

Jack & Faye pseudoalbum cover

Recorded: 1995–1996 3
Label: unreleased

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Liner notes


Table of contents

  1. Raid on Entebbe
  2. Adair
  3. An Inscription at Salonae
  4. There Will Always Be an Ireland

Raid on Entebbe 4 5 6 7

On the shores of a lake named after a late queen of England 8
I heard new rumors of war
The sun was a red ball up in the summer sky
I saw my sister standing in the doorway

She had that look on her face that reminded me of you
The reports were coming hourly and the sky was blue
They were shifting the power again
They always do this when I come home

I tucked my shirt in though I don't know why
Shielded my eyes from the light up in the sky
'Cause it was shining, blazing 9 like a highway flare
In the incredibly, impossibly dry air

I heard my mother call my sister to the kitchen again
And thought that everything was heading straight down the drain
They positioned themselves in strategic locations
I was beginning to lose my patience

If you'll just put your hand in mine
We're gonna leave all our troubles behind

Adair 10

I got my eye on the scar
That runs clear from your temple to your jawline
You'll tell me about all your thoughts right this minute
Then I will tell you mine

'Cause I got the wind in my hair
And I'm far away from where I used to be
But I got all my attention fixed on you
And you're flashing that smile at me

With the midwestern sky burning above us
We lean up against the car
I want to tell you what the sky has done to me
I want you to tell me who we are

'Cause I see you raising the water to your lips
It's the blazing dead center of July
And I got all my hopes hung on your one gorgeous promise
And you got the sunlight dancing on your eyes

And I got the wind in my hair
And I'm far away from where I used to be
But I got all my attention fixed on you
And you're just where you said you'd be
Just where you said you'd be

An Inscription at Salonae 11

There was a guy up on the hill
With a trumpet to his lips
I mean to tell you he knew how to blow that thing

There were women dressed in purple
Banging on their tambourines
And hammering on cymbals

It was not that long ago
When we gathered in the valley below
I loved you more than I loved my own life
I was falling to pieces

There was a young man on the altar
You saw me poised above him
I saw you watching me

There were singers, there were dancers
There was glittering gold
Spring breaking out gradually

It was not that long ago
But the memory's kind of dying out, you know
Like a flower caught in the overgrowth
Falling, falling to pieces

There Will Always Be an Ireland

Cold northern wind
And your young arm
Against my face
Soft and warm

There will always be an Ireland
There will always be an Ireland

Silent hour
Worthless words
View of some foreign city from the high window
Strange black birds

There will always be an Ireland
There will always be an Ireland

What we did
The things we said
Your hand resting
On my head

There will always be an Ireland
There will always be an Ireland
There will always be an Ireland
There will always be an Ireland


Thanks to Caliclimber, whose Flickr pages remain a true delight, but who notably in this case did not merely archive but actually designed the album art. Which is not really the album art. But you probably read that already.

  1. Jack & Faye, Nall, retrieved September 17, 2017.


  1. Jack & Faye was almost lost to history:

    acowkickedme: I do believe I remember John saying (in some bootleg) that he had left the original copy of the EP in a taxi cab in New York.

    acowkickedme: Anyone know if this is true?

    Yeah this is true. January '96, in NY to play at the Knitting Factory (1st KF gig for me ever) and deliver the DAT to the guy who was gonna release it. It must have fallen out of my backpack or something. Fortunately Bob Durkee had made & kept a backup.

    There is a frequently-promulgated fan theory that the name Jack & Faye is related to the film Chinatown, which starred Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, but I have found no evidence to support this.

    Mountain Goats forums, Jack and Faye, October 26, 2007, retrieved September 17, 2017. 

  2. The official cover art for Jack & Faye mentioned below has never surfaced. John explains:

    I saw the cover art that was commissioned for the release at one point. but I don't have it, I never had it. it was by this guy though: http://www.lastgasp.com/d/22549/

    I assume the guy who was going to release the 7" still has it but it's unlikely that I'll ever have it, so it's lost.

    The artist mentioned is Seth, the famed comics author and illustrator.

    The cover art frequently associated with the album — and used here — is by Caliclimber, may he live forever. As excellent as it is, it was never officially part of the album release.

    Mountain Goats forums, Jack & faye 7", artwork and details, April 11, 2008, retrieved September 17, 2017. See also Brownie's, New York, April 12, 1998. 

  3. Jack & Faye was never released. John made it available on Nall's website in 2001 with the following comment:

    Jack and Faye was to have been a 7" containing the final recordings by the Mountain Goats of the Sweden/Nine Black Poppies/Nothing for Juice era. There were multiple delays. At one point there was finished artwork. Then there were more delays. Eventually history staked its claim on these recordings and it was almost as though they never even existed at all. Well: here they are, finally, in the mp3 format. Just grab them and they are yours, free of charge. If enough people show interest in obtaining some sort of cover art and liner notes for the Jack and Faye single, this site will eventually provide a "cover" which you'll be able download and print out, either for cassette or CD-R. Express your interest in this possibility by writing to nall@themountaingoats.net.

    The songs themselves were recorded in December of 1995 and January of 1996 in Chicago, Illinois and San Dimas, California. John and Rachel considered them some of their best work and were especially fond of "Raid on Entebbe." Time has given them a somewhat melancholy air. We hope you enjoy them.

    The songs remain available for download there.

    Nall, Jack & Faye, new info..., retrieved September 17, 2017. 

  4. Raid on Entebbe is part of the informal series of alternate versions. Although it itself is not part of the informal series of cover songs, the live version released on the Yoyo a Go Go 1997 compilation contained a rendition of Joni Mitchell's song A Case of You, which is part of that series. 

  5. A live version of Raid on Entebbe was released on the Yoyo a Go Go 1997 compilation. The song was essentially identical except for the inclusion of an a capella version of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You at the beginning of the track. 

  6. As mentioned in the footnotes above, John sings the first two verses of Joni Mitchell's acclaimed 1971 hit A Case of You at the beginning of the live version released on the Yoyo a Go Go 1997 compilation:

    Just before our love got lost, you said
    I am as constant as the northern star, and I said
    Constantly in darkness
    Where's that at
    If you want me I'll be down at the bar

    On the back of a cartoon coaster
    By the blue TV screen light
    I drew a map of Canada
    Oh, Canada
    With your face sketched on it twice

    These lines are the same as in the original with the exception of some minor grammatical changes; similarly, there are no substantial changes to the lyrics of Raid on Entebbe except the one noted below. The song was originally released on Mitchell's album Blue. She had recently gone through a significant breakup with musician Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young). Speaking about the album generally, she said:

    The Blue album, there's hardly a dishonest note in the vocals. At that period of my life, I had no personal defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn't pretend in my life to be strong. Or to be happy. But the advantage of it in the music was that there were no defenses there either.

    Crowe, Cameron (1979). Joni Mitchell Defends Herself. Rolling Stone, July 26. Retrieved September 18, 2017.

    O'Hagan, Sean (2014). Joni Mitchell: the sophistication of her music sets her apart from her peers — even Dylan. The Guardian. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 

  7. Entebbe is a city in Uganda, formerly the capital of Uganda before independence. Situated near Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, Entebbe is home to Entebbe International Airport, Uganda's largest airport.

    Operation Entebbe was a commando operation executed by the Israeli Defence Forces in Entebbe International Airport on July 4, 1976. On June 27, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — External Operations and the German Revolutionary Cells hijacked an Air France plane headed from Tel Aviv to Paris, landing it in Entebbe. The hijackers were welcomed by then-dictator of Uganda, Idi Amin, who supported their aims. The non-Israeli, non-Jewish passengers were released via a flight to Paris; the remainder and crew were held as hostages. The aim of the hijackers was the release of 53 Palestinian prisoners and 5 million dollars, threatening the hostages with death. The hijacking was not sanctioned by the Palestine Liberation Organization; the PFLP-EO is an unaffiliated organization.

    The raid succeeded in rescuing 102 of the remaining 106 hostages, 2 being accidentally killed by the commandos, 1 accidentally killed by the hijackers, and 1 being left in Uganda as she was in the hospital at the time, who ultimately was murdered by Idi Amin's forces. Amin ordered the murder of hundreds of Kenyans in retaliation, as Kenya assisted Israel with the raid. The raid was widely celebrated by European, Israeli, and American media, although it raised controversy in the United Nations given its violation of the sovereignty of a UN state and the possibility of a diplomatic resolution.

    A film depicting the raid, called Raid on Entebbe and starring Charles Bronson, was produced by NBC in 1977. 

  8. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and third-largest freshwater lake in the world. part of the African Great Lakes, Lake Victoria is 209 miles long and 160 miles wide at its extremes. Entebbe sits on a small peninsula into the lake on its northwestern shore. 

  9. Sung as, "'Cause they were shining, shifting like a highway flare" on the Yoyo a Go Go 1997 live recording

  10. Adair is an Old English surname and the name of many possible places

  11. Salona was an ancient Roman city located in modern-day Croatia, today known as Solin. It was the capital city of the region for hundreds of years. An abundance of inscriptions are present throughout the city's ruins, the majority with regard to burial. The thousands of inscriptions from Salona, many from the city's necropolises, are outnumbered only by Rome and Pompeii. Its original people, the Illyrians, abandoned the city between 631 and 639.

    Ivanišević, Dora (2016). Epitaphic culture and social history in late antique Salona (ca. 250 – 500 CE). Doctoral dissertation, Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest.

    Schrunk, Ivancica (2012). Salona (Solin, Croatia). The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, 1st edition, 6020 – 6021.