Name of the Game

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On the advice of Jake Westermann (engineer/producer) I borrowed an e-bow (electronic bow) from North Avenue guitars and managed to get what Jake called "that Brian Eno sort of sustain" which is that fat synth sound in the chorus and third verse. I thought it was a great bit of producing and worked out really well.

The song is definitely about walking around Chicago, walking dogs and meeting the folks on the street. I've met an amazing array of characters during my four plus years walking dogs in Chicago.


To all you ne'er-do-wells and hopeful dreamers too
Standing in the shadows, with your owl tattoos
Cigarettes dangling like they're a part of you
I really think you're sexy, but I'm still judging you

I'm walking dogs for money and picking up all their shit
I used to think it was funny, but it's not over yet
And all you wild eyed hustlers and you street wise mothers
I'm apart of you too, because I've seen you suffer

That's the Name of the Game
The Name of the Game

I walk around all day, looking at trash and stuff
Thinking to myself, oh, I've had enough
So I bought a poem for a dollar from some black dude on the street
He said read it aloud, I feel so proud, can you buy me something to eat

That's the Name of the Game
The Name of the Game

I don't want to lay down no more
I don't want to lay down no more
Lay down no more, lay down no more, lay down no more.


from Lamplighter, released January 14, 2014
Justin Jahnke: guitars, vocals, songwriter
Mike Meske: bass, backing vocals
Rusty LaRue: piano, organ
Doug Gay: drums
Jake Westermann: soundcraft, etc.



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Midnite On Pearl Beach Chicago, Illinois

A 1981 El Camino rumbles down the side street, speakers busted, but still full of magic and life...Midnite On Pearl Beach emblazoned on the side.

Dark, dreamy, soulful rock-and-roll, spearheaded by Louisiana born, Chicago-resident Justin Jahnke, Midnight On Pearl Beach is Justin's take on psychedelic rock, trippy folk, and poppy rhythm and blues.
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