A dramatic and mysterious track, with innovative weaving of samples through the tangled, dark riff. These murky aspects chime in with the song’s description of a Victorian rebel - a kind of Jack the Lad of popular mythology - that result in many great lines as the song progresses. The flip side of “Now My Heart Is Full”’s triumphant core, adding some required contrast to the album flow.
fine song,thats a few dramatic songs in the last few days,to have film dialogue running in the background is very original can anyone think of anyone else who has done this.production is a bit scratchy,voice is fine,whole song is 20 lines with no chorus.
9 slurred words/10 knowing.
Unique & genius track. Love the bouncing bassline, the wailing guitar sound throughout, & clever use of samples from 'We Are The Lambeth Boys'.
Wiki states: "The title may well be based upon Spring-heeled Jack, a semi-fantastical character from English folklore, alleged sightings and lurid press reports said to be able to make phenomenal leaps.", …their use of "may" renders the comment unconvincing to my mind.
To me the song's character seems to be along the lines of a cockney, chavvy 'Dagenham Dave', or 'Boy Racer'-type who previously held some form of reputation with the ladies, but is now older, & ultimately reflects "Oh, where did all the time go?"
Fabulous song, remember hearing it live at Sheffield in 95 , 3rd song into the set after an opening of Billy Budd and Have a Go Merchant. At that moment I thought this is the best start to a gig I have ever witnessed.