Today the World is Old

by Michael Coleman/Jacob Zimmerman

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released November 5, 2013

Michael Coleman-piano Jacob Zimmerman-alto sax
Recorded by Jay Pellicci @ Tiny Telephone, SF
Mixed and Mastered by Michael Coleman
Photo from 1954 of Michael's great aunt Jenny, grandma Dottie and grandpa Checko and uncle Peter in the baby carriage.

A Note from Jacob:

Michael Coleman and I first met in 2008. I had just moved to the Bay Area from Boston, and through the recommendation of a mutual friend we got together and played some tunes. We started playing together in a wide variety of contexts, and Michael quickly became one of my very closest friends and collaborators.

A few years later, as I was soon to move home to Seattle, I wanted to find a way to document our relationship up to that point. It seemed natural to come full circle and start exploring a set of old standards as a duo. Shortly after we started rehearsing, the tragic passing of legendary jazz drummer Paul Motian in November 2011 added another layer of meaning to this project.

For many of today’s jazz musicians, Paul Motian’s recordings of standards (esp. the On Broadway volumes) are by far the most compelling example of bringing early 20th century popular song into the modern age. In particular his interpretations of the Arlen masterpiece “Last Night When We Were Young” deeply inspired and challenged us. The perfect balance of being utterly unique and innovative, yet faithful and sincere. A profound way of saying, as the lyric goes, “today the world is old.”

This album is dedicated to the memory of Paul Motian.

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Track Name: In Love In Vain
It's only human for anyone to want to be in love
But who wants to be in love in vain?
At night you hang around the hall
And eat your heart out
And cry your eyes out
And rack your brains

You sit and wonder why anyone as wonderful as she
Should cause you such misery and pain
I thought that I would be in Heaven
But I'm only up a tree
'Cause it's just my luck to be in love in vain

You sit and wonder why anyone as wonderful as he
Should cause you such misery and pain
I thought that I would be in Heaven
But I'm only up a tree
'Cause it's just my luck to be in love in vain
Track Name: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
They used to tell me I was building a dream
And so I followed the mob
When there was earth to plow or guns to bear
I was always there, right on the job

They used to tell me I was building a dream
With peace and glory ahead
Why should I be standing in line
Just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, I made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it's done
Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once I built a tower up to the sun
Brick and rivet and lime
Once I built a tower, now it's done
Brother, can you spare a dime?


Once in khaki suits, gee, we looked swell
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell
And I was the kid with the drum

Say, don't you remember? They called me 'Al'
It was 'Al' all the time
Why don't you remember? I'm your pal
Say buddy, can you spare a dime?
Track Name: Big Stuff
So you cry
What's it about, baby?
You ask why
Blues had to go and pick you
So you go
Down to the shore, kid's stuff
Don't you know
There's honey in the store for you, big stuff
Let's take a ride on my gravy train
The door open wide

So you stare
Call it despair, baby
Don't you care
I'm on the square about you
Let's have a try
It maybe that you're my guy
Let's take a ride on my gravy train
The door open wide
Come in from out of the rain
Track Name: I'll Get By
I'll get by as long as I have you
Though there'll be rain and darkness too
I'll not complain, I'll see it through

Poverty may come to me, it's true
But what care I, say
I'll get by as long as I have you
Track Name: Last Night When We Were Young
Last night when we were young
Love was a star, a song unsung
Life was so new, so real so right
Ages ago last night

Today the world is old
You flew away and time grew cold
Where is that star that shone so bright
Ages ago last night?

To think that spring had depended
On merely this: a look, a kiss
To think that something so splendid
Could slip away in one little daybreak

So now, let's reminisce
And recollect the sighs and the kisses
The arms that clung

When we were young last night
Track Name: They Didn't Believe Me
And when I told them how beautiful you are,

They didn't believe me. They didn't believe me!

Your lips, your eyes, your cheeks, your hair,

Are in a class beyond compare,

You're the loviest girl that one could see!

And when I tell them,

And I cert'nly am goin' to tell them,

That I'm the man whose wife one day you'll be.

They'll never believe me. They'll never believe me.

That from this great big world you've chosen me!


And when I told them how wonderful you are,

They didn't believe me. They didn't believe me!

Your lips, your eyes, your curly hair,

Are in a class beyond compare,

You're the lovliest thing that one could see!

And when I tell them,

And I cert'nly am goin' to tell them,

That I'm the girl whose boy one day you'll be.

They'll never believe me. They'll never believe me.

That from this great big world you've chosen me!
Track Name: I'll Never Smile Again
I'll never smile again
Until I smile at you
I'll never laugh again
What good would it do
For tears would fill my eyes
My heart would realize
That our romance is through
I'll never love again
I'm so in love with you

I'll never thrill again
To somebody new
Within my heart
I know I will never start
To smile again
Until I smile at you
Within my heart
I know I will never start
To smile again
Until I smile at you
Track Name: So In Love
Strange, dear, but true, dear,
When I’m Close to you dear,
The stars fill the sky,
So in love with you am I.

Even Without you
My arms fold about you.
You know, darling, why,
So in love with you am I.

In love with the night mysterious
The night when you first were there
In love with my joy delirious
When I knew that you could care.

So taunt me and hurt me,
Deceive me, desert me,
I’m yours ‘til I die,
So in love,
So in love
So in love with you, my love, am I.