Time the Teacher

by Jerry David DeCicca

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Time the teacher Time the teacher Time the teacher Time the teacher From Mission Valley to Cypress Creek From the cave doors to the waterfall’s feet I found meaning in your kiss Made it home for supper Before the night shook its fist Time the teacher Time the teacher Time the teacher Time the teacher No compass along these hills of clay No guru where the fossils lay I took heed of my listening ear And heard your loving voice calling me back near Time the teacher Time the teacher Time the teacher Time the teacher
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03:21
Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon, watermelon Pink as a sunset, green as a garden You know you’re down to the rind When you see green and white Don’t give it to the garbage man Put it in the compost can I like mine with all the seeds Spit ‘em out and make babies Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon, watermelon Reminds me of your smiling face, put another piece on my plate, please Eat it in the summer time Or let it ferment into wine Mix it in a Hairy Buffalo Slushies, jelly, or tacos More feminine than honeydew It’s a vegetable and a fruit Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon, watermelon
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04:07
Moved to the land of the double-wides Where guns and God and geckos go side by side The hippies and the heathens duck for cover Tecate on the front porch with my lover The Guadalupe and Comal run together Living life on Nature’s lazy river Lazy river I didn’t pack my troubles, but I buried my past Bought some new flip-flops and a wide-brimmed straw hat The turtles and tourists swim like brothers The ducks and the drunks get into trouble Chilling out in September’s Indian Summer As the sun sets on Nature’s lazy river Lazy river
4.
Grandma wanted that needle and ink At 73, she’d had time to think Gave 300 dollars to an artist named Kat Walked out the door with hummingbird on her back Grandma’s tattoo Yellow and blue Grandma’s tattoo Wrinkled and true Grandma’s tattoo Grandma’s tattoo She showed it off after church on Sunday The family didn’t know what to say So surprised, kept asking her why She just smiled and flapped her arms like she could fly Grandma’s tattoo Yellow and blue Grandma’s tattoo Wrinkled and true Grandma’s tattoo Grandma’s tattoo
5.
The light bulb in the kitchen Been burned out for a week But I guess it doesn’t matter much Cause I ain’t got the stomach to eat They should have burned this whole town down With the flood of ‘89 But then I would’ve never known your body Under the light of the Exxon sign I heard the news that you died In a wreck out on 506 Sometime in the dawn of the night Into the guardrail you slid Well, it’s been almost 20 years Since your letter said goodbye Never thought then you’d give this sad boy Another reason to dry his eyes And it makes me happy To think about our time And the way you taught me To kiss a love goodbye I can still taste salt on your skin And cheap beer on your breath I still see the neon Pegasus Red wings so iridescent The way your thigh felt in my hand The way my hand felt on your thigh It was the summer we spent together So free and young and high And it makes me happy To think about our time And the way you taught me To kiss a love goodbye
6.
Mustang Island, October sky Baby white caps chilling my mind Sand in my guitar, salt in the air Sleeping on beaches without a care Mustang Island, Gulf Coast breeze The echo of horses from history I can still hear ‘em, hooves on the sand The waves of Infinity washing over the land We’re building castles that last forever As our minds take pictures where Mother Nature gave the most Mustang Island, you’re a lover and a ghost Mustang Island, palmetto planes Whooping cranes in the South Texas rain Oil rigs twinkling like dying stars The only reminder that beauty can scar
7.
I saw the vandals Tagging on a Tuesday night On the south side of Sagamore Street While I was at a stop sign While I was stopped at a stop sign That’s when I came around to thinking And put down my paper and pen And I took a step inside of myself With an imaginary spray can And painted On the walls of my heart On the walls of my heart On the walls of my heart Graffiti on my heart As I looked over my canvas Of messy moments in time I spelled your name over my cardiac muscle Under an anarchy sign An anarchy sign My heart was bruised and battered From years of self-abuse Cigarettes and much, much worse But I found a healthy part for you And I painted On the walls of my heart On the walls of my heart On the walls of my heart Your name on my heart
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03:06
Woodpecker, tap-tapping on the tree Woodpecker, so high I cannot see Woodpecker, like a feathered lumberjack Woodpecker, you’re gonna break your back Chiseling for nuts and bugs While calling out for someone to love Woodpecker, living in the Bastrop pines Woodpecker, like a drummer in perfect time Woodpecker, I’m below you in my tent Woodpecker, I wonder where you went In the mist of the dawn I can still hear the rhythm of your song And nobody feels alone Nobody feels alone Nobody feels alone
9.
I didn’t go outside today But I could hear the birds in the sunshine sing and play And with a paper and pen, I wrote a letter to a friend And I didn’t go outside today Outside my window I can see The jasmine in the shadow of the Catalpa tree And with a cup of green tea, I daydream Eternity And I didn’t go outside today
10.
If you believe in the Wiggy-Wiggy You get to go to the Other Side If you believe in the Wiggy-Wiggy You get to go to the Other Side If you believe in the Wiggy-Wiggy You get to go to the Other Side The Other Side, the Other Side If you swim across the river You get to go to the Other Side If you swim across the river You get to go to the Other Side If you swim across the river You get to go to the Other Side The Other Side, the Other Side If you eat your Brussels sprouts You get to go to the Other Side If you eat your Brussels sprouts You get to go to the Other Side If you eat your Brussels sprouts You get to go to the Other Side The Other Side, the Other Side If you believe in the Wiggy-Wiggy You get to go to the Other Side If you believe in the Wiggy-Wiggy You get to go to the Other Side If you believe in the Wiggy-Wiggy You get to go to the Other Side The Other Side, the Other Side

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“Jerry David DeCicca’s Time the Teacher engages with the big, timeless subjects we expect to find in poetry—love, place and the ghosts of place, loss, memory—but it’s also full of the delicious particulars of a particular life, from ‘watermelon/ pink as a sunset’ to a neon Pegasus sign. Textured with piano, horns, even some gospel choir, the songs relaxed and soulful; they pan wide in narrative mode but also come in for the lyric close-up. What strikes me most about Time the Teacher is how dialed in DeCicca is to pleasure, and how that pleasure translates to the listener. This album feels true. I believe, again and again, every word.”

—Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones


Jerry David DeCicca’s second solo album, Time the Teacher, resides in the Texas Hill Country where dance halls and cedar post fences are as naturally occurring as a river or a cavern. But the fiddles and acoustic guitars of this terrain’s Godfathers, like Jerry Jeff Walker and Townes Van Zandt, has been replaced by saxophones, piano, trumpet, and soulful backing singers.

Produced by Jeb Loy Nichols and Benedic Lamdin (Nostalgia 77) in London, DeCicca recorded his vocals with Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, White Stripes) in Austin, Texas between bites of BBQ. Nichols met DeCicca when he was a 20 year old working in a used record store in Ohio, while touring his Lover’s Knot album. Years later, in 2007, they collaborated on producing the final recordings of Larry Jon Wilson. Time the Teacher is the hymn and highlight of their 20 year friendship.

DeCicca is the former leader of The Black Swans. His 2014 solo debut, Understanding Land, was a collection of home recordings featuring Will Oldam, Kelley Deal, and Spooner Oldham. He is also the producer of outsider songwriter albums by Ed Askew (Tin Angel), Chris Gantry (Drag City), and Will Beeley (Tompkins Square). He works in social services and lives in the rural town of Bulverde, Texas.

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released February 9, 2018

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Jerry David DeCicca Bulverde, Texas

JDD is a singer/songwriter living in the Texas Hill Country.

He is also the producer of outsider songwriter albums by Ed Askew (Tin Angel), Larry Jon Wilson (w/ Jeb Loy Nichols), Chris Gantry (Drag City), Will Beeley (Tompkins Square), and an unreleased album by Bob Martin (Midwest Farm Disaster).

He makes his living working in social services and lives in the rural town of Bulverde, Texas.
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