Ode to Java Joe

by Root Nine

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Tribute to the 2013 Boston Marathon - All proceeds from sales of the song will be donated to Boston's One Fund and www.teammr8.org.

Dedicated to the memories of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier and all others that were affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013.


Ode to Java Joe

Brief rendezvous
With Java Joe
Lights out in the garden
Where hall of famers grow

An incomplete journey
Postcard perfect; rooftop view
Tainted as, whirlybirds intrude

No Irish toasts; only disbelief served
No box scores; only sirens heard

In an instant an innocent calm, became a storm
In an instant ribbons of triumph now were torn
In an instant from stray threads a rope is born
In an instant

Amongst hoods of brownstone
Armed brethren camp
Where radio flyers rolled & painted swans swam

A citrus Slicker marks a time
When busy streets held no life
And the big apple embraced Caroline

No Irish toasts; only disbelief served
No box scores; only sirens heard

In an instant that was whole now broken
In an instant the unspeakable was spoken
In an instant once stray threads, now a tapestry woven
In an instant


released January 28, 2014
Music by Rick Schiffman
Lyrics by Lis Giusto

Rick Schiffman: Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Jeff Vetstein: Lead Vocals, Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Todd O'Neil: Drums, Percussion and backing vocals
Matt Barber: Bass
Michael Lee: Piano/Keyboards

Recorded at Elephant Music Studio, Arlington, MA
Engineer: Kenny Pappaconstantinou
Mastered at The Vault, NYC
Chief Mastering Engineer: Nathan James



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Root Nine Boston, Massachusetts

We're an indie rock band based out of Boston, MA. Our influences span a variety of genres: jam bands, alternative rock, jazz and funk are but a few. Ultimately we take our cues from whatever sounds good. Although many songs are driven by intricate guitar harmonies and improvisation, the emphasis is on crafting songs that have a complete sound. Our self-titled debut EP was released in October 2013. ... more

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