A Blessing & A Curse

by Jef Knight

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High energy, sparklingly fun. guitar-driven, classic-style, pop-rock. This is my 18th studio album. Something for everyone - wicked guitars, solid drums and bass, big, lush classic rock arrangements. It's classic radio-rock for the 21st century. You're gonna love it!

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released January 20, 2019

Written, Performed and Produced by Jef Knight

Recorded at:
The Temple of Digital Gratification Studio,
Secret Location, Canada

Music & Lyrics © 1980 - 2013 Jef Knight
These Recordings © 2019 Art For Your Ears

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Jef Knight is one of Canada's finest musicians and songwriters, playing all the intruments on this album.

A Blessing & A Curse is his 18th studio release.

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Track Name: The Heart Wants What it Wants
The Heart Wants What It Wants
© 2013 Jef Knight

This song is for you, my friend
So let your lovers go
There's an ocean in your heart
The passing tide you'll know

With the west wind in your face,
You heart begins to race...

And you'll feel the hope inside your thoughts
cuz the heart wants what it wants
For this life the battle's fought
When the heart wants what it wants

You're safe inside my arms;
I'll wear no crown of thorns

And I'll abide while the angels dance
cuz the heart wants what it wants
From that first enraptured glance
The heart wants what it wants

Heaven awaits
Eternity a dream away
Heaven can wait
It's calling me but not today

So I'll abide while the angels dance
cuz the heart wants what it wants
From the first to final glance
The heart wants what it wants

Life and all that's real will end
and we'll all be together
Love is all that's real my friend
and we'll all sing together...

I'll abide while the angels dance
Cuz the heart wants what it wants
From that first enraptured glance
The heart wants what it wants
Track Name: She Thinks I'm Cool
She Thinks I'm Cool
© 2005 Jef Knight

She's got stars in her eyes, a vegan life and a new tattoo
She's got a sexy walk in hemp sandals
She says leather is cruel
She's got a serious side that will kick your ass
And she knows it too
She's got a smilin' face and a love embrace
And she thinks I'm cool

Ya, She thinks I'm cool

She's got a simple way that she sees things
But she's nobody's fool
Likes peace 'n love 'n the Greatful Dead
And likes breakin' rules
She's got alternative style
She's an audiophille
And when the needle hits the groove
She'll be jammin along with the boy next door
Cuz she thinks he's cool

Ya, She thinks I'm cool

Flowers in your hair
Incense in the air
Sunny days and the record plays
Our favorite song,
And Jackson played "Stay Just a Little Bit Longer"

Ya, She thinks I'm cool
Track Name: All I Wanna Do
All I Wanna Do
© 2013 Jef Knight

Night falls softly, your eyes float like heaven,
Your gaze drifts off into the evening
What you seek, is what you will find
In the end we're all searching for meaning

So let's dance, take a chance, take your time
Look in your heart
Then into my eyes

All I wanna do is give you my love

Shadows playing as candle light flickers away
And the mood over-takes us
What you feel, is something you're hoping to find
As this evening remakes us

So let's dance, take a chance, take your time
Feel your heart beating next to mine

All I wanna do is give you my love
Track Name: A Kiss
A Kiss
© 1996 Jef Knight

I met you on a Sunday I was playing my guitar
Wednesday night you waved at me when I drove by in my car
Friday night we had a chat and you told me I'm okay
So I got up all my nerve to ask you out on Saturday

I knew right then I was a passionist
But I never thought it would be like this

Until you gave me a kiss
In the dark that night
[just a little kiss]
It felt so nice
[you gave me a kiss]
It taste like wine
[you gave me a kiss]
I'm gonna make you mine

You gave me a kiss

Sunday morning came around and I woke up in dream-land
I walked you home to your house
and you let me hold your hand
We looked up in the sky and thought we saw a UFO
Then you held me in your arms
like you didn't wanna let me go

I knew right then you were a passionist
But I never thought it would be like this

CHORUS

And I will
Be there when your old
And I will
Keep you safe from the cold
And I will
Give you someone to hold
Forever, passionately

I knew right then that you were a passionist
but I never thought it could be like this
Until you gave me
A Kiss
Track Name: Living Inside a Song
Living Inside a Song
© 2013 Jef Knight

All i get for my efforts is pain and miz-er-y
Drowning all my suffering washing over me
Tell me by my bootstraps, pull up by myself
Knuckles bare from fighting, for somebody else

She said:
"Meet me at the courthouse
Bring some witnesses
You can wear a car-na-tion
I'll will wear a fine white dress"

CHORUS
From now on
We'll live inside a song
From now on
And we'll dance

Years'n tears,n joy an' livin out our lives
Set aside your hammer enjoy the the countryside
Beg no explanation love is well defined
Seek no consolation just enjoy the ride

She said:
"Meet me in the garden
Bring your summer wine
I will wear my old blue jeans
By the evening fire"

CHORUS

There's a feeling that you on-ly get
When your heart can love...with no regret

CHORUS
From now on
We'll live inside a song
From now on
We'll live forever in this song

and we'll laugh...and we'll sing...and we'll dance
Track Name: Motionless
Motionless
© 2005 Jef Knight

Your tender heart beats silently
In time with hopes eternal drum
Will you get to dance to it
Like lovers in a high school gym
Before they turn the lights on?

Or will your first and final step
Lead you on to heavens gate
Will you always be the pawn
When life could be a lover's song
It just seems such a cryin' shame

That you stand there
Motionless
Afraid to move at all
Till you come runnin' back
To me

Come on and have a drink on me
Sit down and ease your troubled mind
Yesterday was always yours
Young enough to have no cares
Old enough to do the time

So take a moment now
Pondering your heart's desire
Till the love that you once knew
And the pain you're going though
Turns you silence into fire

CHORUS

You used to think the race was won
By the swift, the smart, the strong
Some hearts are like a starters gun
In a race that you don't be-long

So take a moment now
Pondering your heart's desire
Till the pain you're going through
And the love that you once know
Turns your silence into fire

Just don't you stand there
Motionless
Afraid to move at all
Till you come runnin' back
To me
Track Name: Overdrive
Overdrive
© 2013 Jef Knight

I was young and full of life
Had no cares, had to roam
You were my easy goin' wife
And the highway was our home.

Music playin' on the radio
The nights were long, the beer was cold
It was summertime and we were twenty-nine
It was summertime and we were in our prime.

CHORUS
The night is on our side
So Honey let's go for a ride
We'll put the top down tonight
And put it in overdrive


In your eyes a burning fire
Like summer sun on gleamin' chrome
All you'll see is our tail lights
And we're gone.

Andh I will drive this steel horse down
Piston poundin', engine screamin',
Smoke and rubber on the ground

All you'll see is a steak of light as we pass
Blink and miss it 'cuz we're goin' way too fast

CHORUS

And when you like this
Nothin' can compare
Music on the radio
Wind blowin' through your hair
Said, "Honey, put the hammer down!"
Cus there's no one else in sight
*Passed a cop up on the hill
And blew the doors off her
Like she was standing still*

And we put it in Overdrive
Track Name: Under the Stars and Dreaming
Under the stars and dreaming
© 2013 Jef Knight

All your summer's true
All your heart's desire
Every thing you do
Sets my heart on fire
Love, is all I have to give
Life, is for us to live
Here I go into the Fire

CHORUS
On meadow grass we lay
Silently gaze at the moon
Under the stars and dreaming with you


Your Saint Chris around my neck
For a line drawn in the sand
True patriot love
In all thy Son's command
Life is all I have to give
Love is for those who live
Here I go into the fire

CHORUS
On the desert sand I lay
Silence cutting through
Under the stars and dreaming about you


I believed them when they said that peace
Is what we're fighting for
I've seen the battle rage
And heard the rockets roar
I felt a rush of heat
And a sense of some remorse
And as I fall upon the floor
The last thing I remember is that meadow and her

CHORUS
On this battlefield I lay
Silent peace renew
Under the stars and dreaming of you
Track Name: The Way
This is The Way
© 2003 Jef Knight

By a lake there's a house on a street with no sidewalks
Where my baby's strollin' round
Over to the neighbor's house
There's some music floating on the breeze
Stroll across the lawn, see what's goin' on

Me an' the boys are playin' some jam guitar
An' celebrate the day with a little a "Whiskey in The Jar"
Fire up the grill, spark up a smile

I'll get excited by the sound when the guitar's singin'
And I won't be frightened by the silence ringin' in my ears

Chorus
This is The Way we live to be
In a world where music's king
This is the way we love to be
In a world where guitars ring


Made her think about the concerts that she's seen
Yesterday she loved the Lou and Iggy
Bowie, Stones and the New York scene
But like that dream of love you had last night
The time as come for you to embrace the thing that you've denied

I'll get excited by the sound when the guitar's singin'
And I won't be frightened by the silence ringin' in my ears

Chorus
This is The Way we live to be
In a world where music's king
This is the way we love to be
In a world where guitars ring

This Is the Way
Track Name: Let There Be Light
Let There Be Light
© 1981 Jef Knight

Running down the road I wonder
Where I'm going, am I chasing thunder
Twilight's mystery has broken
In the moonlight we've awoken
To a song a world away
Somewhere we belong

And then we love as if on fire
And sing a chorus of desire
Till lightning strikes a chord devine and music
Plays forever and for everyone
Like healing water pouring down
On our life, our love, our home
A wonder has begun

CHORUS
Let there be light
Let the music play
Sing your song
In your own way
Love me one more time
Make me feel this way
Let there be light
Let the music play

And then we love as if on fire
And sing a chorus of desire
Till lightning strikes a chord devine and music plays
Forever and for everyone
Like healing water pouring down
On our life, our love alone
A wonder has begun

CHORUS
Let there be light
Let the music play
Sing your song
In your own way
Love me one more time
Make me feel this way
Let there be light
Let the music play

Let There Be Light

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