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This song was also initially written by Todd Davis, which he and Lawson would also perform as a duo acoustically in the late 1980s, and it too was given some lyrical tweaks, and new arrangement musically, resulting in this collaboration. Davis sings backup vocals on it as well, and Jorma joins the rest of the friends for the guitar solos. Jorma and Mike both thought the title and character were funny for reason obvious to Jorma's fans.


Old Jack was a millionaire with gold chains and silver hair
He kept his money in a feather bed, nobody listened to him when he said.
"Someday I'm gonna buy this town, gonna make it something grand. I'm gonna take a stand now..."

Old Jack was a funny sort, nobody knew what he was waiting for
I think that something got into his head, he never listened when the people said,
"Hey Jack come on down from there so we don't have to climb the stairs. You gave us quite a scare now..."

Sit still, 'cuz he never will
Sit still, 'cuz he never will

Old Jack said it all the time, without a reason but with a rhyme
"Everybody got to make their way, I'm making mine, started yesterday. Gonna go to the moon sometime, plant a flag and call it mine."
I hope he's doing find now

Sit still, 'cuz he never will
Sit still, 'cuz he never will

Sit still, 'cuz he never will
Sit still, 'cuz he never will

Sit still

Words and Music by Davis/Lawson
Psychotronic Music - BMI


from Ticket to Fly, released May 19, 1998
Mike Lawson - Guitar, Vocals
Todd David - Backing Vocals
Jorma Kaukonen - Guitar
Fred Bogert - Keyboards
Harvey Benschvise - Bass
Zuma Mombasa - Percussion
Happy Levon - Drums


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Mike Lawson has, over 30 years, recorded and/or performed together with Merl Saunders, Vince Welnick, Vassar Clements, Pete Sears, Gary Talley, John McEuen, Bob Welch, Dennis Robbins, Joe Louis Walker, Jorma Kaukonen, Phil Keaggy, Jack Casady, Scott Guberman, Dianne Davidson, Noah Wall, Tyra Juliette, Bill Vitt, Rob Wasserman, Michael Cleveland, Phil Madeira, and a host of other amazing friends. ... more

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