Live at Nells

by Bouche

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This is a live recording of our show on Sunday 1st March 2015, playing at Nell's Jazz and Blues in West Kensington, supporting Van Morrison.

It's currently the only recording that we've released - so it's very special indeed. We'll be recording over the summer and will release a full album in the spring 2016, so until then, enjoy!


released March 9, 2015

Leander Lyons on electric guitar, Joe Sharp on trumpet/piccolo trumpet/flugelhorn/backing vocals, and Rebekah Bouche on double bass and vocals. All songs written by Rebekah Bouche.
These tracks were mixed and mastered by Alastair Caplin ( at No.14 Bacon Street (the best live music venue in London, by the way. But shhh don't tell anyone.)
Rebekah did the album and track artwork.



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Bouche is the music of songwriter, double bass player and singer Rebekah Bouche, accompanied by trumpet/flugelhorn and electric guitar. The songs are a kind of "blue-jazz hymnal"; the honesty and rawness of the blues, with melodic salutes to early jazz and a sense of pathos and drama that nods in the direction of 19th century hymns and british folk. ... more

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Track Name: Je M'accuse Blues
It was late in the day
It was late in the day
and everybody makes mistakes, but I still did a bad thing.

I had too much to drink
I was so high I could not think
and the moon was winking his shimmering shink, I did a bad thing.

And the dogs were howling the je m'accuse blues.
Stumbling home I kept on losing my shoes,
I ain't got no excuse, mea maxima culpa.

I had nowhere to go
I had nowhere to go, and nobody could know, that I did a bad thing.

And the dogs were howling...

I got lost down a dark back street,
found a doorway, crawled in, curled up and fell asleep
to be awoken by the smell of a man and the sound of his booted feet,
I ran, and ran until I could not breathe

And the dogs were howling...
Track Name: Christmas Eve
When I was a little girl I dreamt of being in love,
now I dream that it is enough
to have friends and not be alone.

When I was just growing up I thought that life it was good,
now I just wish the world would
disappear while I'm still alive.

But when I feel blue,
and I don't know what to do,
I just smile to myself and I say

Life is very long,
and your opinions mostly wrong,
and you will hurt everyone who you're close to,
and Jesus only loves you, Jesus only loves you,
Jesus only loves you, 'cause he has to.

Christmas Eve not long ago I walked alone through the snow,
til a citrus celestial glow drew me in to a house of god.

The priest, he said "Now take a seat, and tell me what's on your mind,
and I will repay you in kind", so I spoke,
and when I had unburdened my thoughts,

he poured us both some wine,
and he raised his glass to mine,
and with a smile and a wink he said,

"Life is very long, and your opinions mostly wrong,
and you will hurt everyone who you're close to,
and Jesus only loves you, Jesus only loves you,
Jesus only loves you, 'cause he has to."
Track Name: The Storm
It started in a teacup (as storms are wont to do),
spread out around the house and as it moved it grew,
feeding on shame
and the things you'd have to change to be the same as anyone,
the same as everyone.

This happened once before in a house that was too small.
When last I passed it by I stole a look over the wall,
and now wild flowers line the drive - but they too will die in time - and
the cracks across the glass remind us of how hard we tried

to be a family, believing ever after could end happily.
But not the house stands empty
and the dream has left me
and I could concede to be angry but I don't want to lose more love.
No I don't want to lose more love.

There's thunderbolts and lightning now,
just as far as you can see.
Shoot your bullets to the sky but don't you point that thing at me;
I'm not the woman who you lost
or the money that it costs to be the same as anyone,
the same as everyone.

There's a light beneath my skin - it was not you who stitched it in - but
you saw me coming long before I saw your shaking pen,
as you wrote down the name: 'Ancient Tree and Sacred Chain'
It's just a name, like anyone,
the same as everyone

So don't tie it to your wrist, or tattoo it on your fist.
You can't possess all that you say or make it true by power of faith.

Just like water touching water,
just like rain on a lake
I don't want a kneeling man.
Track Name: If I Were Queen
The first time I tried think I made someone cry,
picking apples on the way home from school.
We all lied to be cool, but that was just cruel
still, it makes more sense to me now.

And the secret we kept - from that day when we wept
through the night, so sorry for ourselves
- it hangs round my neck, so I can't forget
at least it makes more sense to me now.

I was taught to be good by the book and the wood,
I believe there is right and there's wrong.
Still, I long for a life where I laugh before I cry,
Can you find that by singing a song?

Oh just to know, there is not too much further to go.

Now the house is all empty, the troubles are plenty
my friends are all out in the sun.
They tell me I've become but a memory - sounds to me like 'Run!'
- leaving's all I know how to do now.