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"European Jewel" is a song written by Sterling Smith for his Jandek music project. The song was originally released on his debut album Ready For The House on August 31, 1978. The song was incomplete at its first release, and was listed as "European Jewel (Incomplete)" as the ninth track on the album. In Ready For The House the song just ends very abruptly. The rest of the song (literally) was released in Jandek's fourth album Chair Beside A Window as the second track. The rest of the song in Chair Beside A Window, was recorded in a different session. The song was sung in its entirety in Jandek's eighth album The Rocks Crumble in three versions, "European Jewel 613", "European Jewel II", and "European Jewel 501". The versions of the song as released in The Rocks Crumble are all just snippets of the lyrics all recorded in different sessions.

LyricsEdit

Original incomplete version (from Ready For The House)Edit

You sure are cool, a European jewel
I dig you most
A letter came, its not the same
The ink was blue
A relative stopped by to say he saw you, hey
A walkin' down a lonesome town
Some time ago
He said you had a mouth so bad
The lips were rotting off
You dropped a tear to end his fear
You seem quite well
It's a long time spell
I'm wondering where you got that infection
There's bugs in my brain
I can't feel any pain
Just a shaking sha—
[song ends abruptly]

The other half of the song (from Chair Beside A Window)Edit

There's bugs in my brain, I can't feel any pain
Just a shaking shake
Just a breaking break broke me today in the afternoon
No matter who you fool, it's a European jewel all in the sky

Versions from The Rocks CrumbleEdit

"European Jewel 613"Edit

You sure are cool, a European jewel
I dig you most
A letter came, it's not the same
The ink was blue
A relative stopped by to say he saw you, hey
A walkin' down a lonesome town
Some time ago
He said you had a mouth so bad
The lips were rotting off
You dropped a tear to end his fear
You seem quite well
It's a long time spell
I'm wonderin' well
You got an infection
There's bugs in my brain, I can’t feel any pain
Just a shaking shake
Just a breaking break
Broke me today in the afternoon
No matter who you fool
It's a European Jewel, aw, in disguise

"European Jewel II"Edit

You sure are cool, a European jewel
I dig you most
A letter came, it's not the same
The ink was blue
A relative stopped by to say he saw you, hey
A walkin' down a lonesome town
Some time ago
He said you had a mouth so bad
The lips were rotting off
You dropped a tear into his ear
You'll sing quite well

"European Jewel 501"Edit

You sure are cool, a European jewel
I dig you most
A letter came, it's not the same
The ink was blue
A relative stopped by to say he saw you, hey
A walkin' down a lonesome town
Some time ago
He said you had a mouth so bad
The lips were rotting off
You dropped a tear to end his fear
You seem quite well
It's a long time spell
I'm wonderin' well
You got an infection
There's bugs in my brain, I can’t feel any pain
Just a shaking shake
Just a breaking break
Broke me today in the afternoon
No matter who you fool
It's a European Jewel, aw, in disguise

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