Jesus is for Losers

by Calamateur

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Here's what we wrote for the official press release:

"Jesus Is For Losers is the second full-length Calamateur album.

Calamateur is singer-songwriter / general-noise-maker Andrew Howie’s recording moniker. Based for the last few years in the Highlands of Scotland, Andrew has been recording and releasing his own music since 2000.

One look at the album’s track-listing and you'd be forgiven (no theological pun intended) for thinking it was simply an album of songs about Jesus (historically not the best career move for a singer, Dylan’s “Saved” and Cash’s “Gospel Road” spring to mind). Listen to the record though, and you’ll find a stunning collection of painfully honest songs exploring abandonment, failure, disillusionment and the need to question our inherited values.

Jesus is for Losers features five original Calamateur compositions – including a depiction of a one night stand with the alleged son of God – juxtaposed with covers of songs by American Music Club, Zwan, U2 and The Velvet Underground.

The album has had a slow-trickle release to members of Calamateur’s mailing list over the past few months. The final 3 tracks will be released on the 1st March.

A nine-page digital booklet and full artwork is included.

You can read more about the album as well track-by-track info on Calamateur’s blog here:

www.calamateur.wordpress.com/category/jesus-is-for-losers

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And here's what I wrote on my blog:

"Having been raised in a Christian home, and having decided myself to try to follow the teachings of Jesus, I have always had a fascination with songs about him, particularly those that have entered mainstream culture in some way.

I decided to attempt cover versions of a few of these songs and, when I added some re-workings of songs I myself had written about Jesus, I soon had an album’s worth of material.

Here are a couple of the reviews it got:

“The world needs mavericks like Calamateur….this latest offering is typically brimming with invention and considerable skill…it’s utterly engaging and heartfelt… 4/5.” – The List

“It would be too easy, given that Howie has chosen the tunes and arranged them himself, to suggest that his own material is better than that of Bono and American Music Club. But from the blatant pop of ‘Lonely Boy’ which combines gospel and football terrace chant, to the fantastic ‘Talitha K’, Howie himself constantly comes up trumps, putting the covers in the shade. They always say that the devil has the best tunes, but I’m not so sure.” – Is This Music?

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released March 9, 2009

All songs written, performed, engineered, produced and mixed by Andrew Howie except:

2 - written by Steve Taylor
4 - written by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
7 - written by Lou Reed
8 - written by Mark Eitzel
10 - traditional, based on the arrangement by Billy Corgan & Matt Sweeney
11 - written by U2

Keyboards on 1, 2, 5, 9 & 11 by Mark Hilditch. Drums on 5 & 7 and tambourine on 3 by Phil Moir. Violin on 8 by Hannah Clyne. Heartbeat on 11 by Peter Howie, aged minus 2 weeks.

Recorded at Autoclave Noiselab, Beauly.
Mastered by Iain Hutchison at Glo-Worm Studios, Glasgow

Thanks to Steve Lawson for the Roland U-8 and to Mark Jones for the PC. I wouldn’t have been able to make this album without your generosity. Thanks to Mark Hilditch, Phil Moir, Hannah Clyne, Al MacInnes and Iain Hutchison for helping out.

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Track Name: I Can Hear Her Breathing
I hope you can hear me
Recalling from memory
Al that you'd promised I'd be

And I can't understand you
But I hope I can trust you
I need you to follow me home
Track Name: Jesus is for Losers
If I was driven, driven ahead by some noble ideal
Who took the wheel?
If I was given, given a glimpse of some glorious road
When was it sold?
So caught up in the chase
I keep forgetting my place

Just as I am
I am stiff-necked and proud
Jesus is for losers
Why do I still play to the crowd?
Just as I am
Pass the compass, please
Jesus is for losers
I'm off about a hundred degrees

If I was groping
Groping around for some ladder to fame
I am ashamed
If I was hoping
Hoping respect would make a sturdy footstool
I am a fool
Bone-weary every climb
Blindsided every time

Just as I am
I am needy and dry
Jesus is for losers
The self-made need not apply
Just as I am
In a desert crawl
Lord, I'm so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall

And if you're certain
Certain your life is some cosmic mistake
Why do you shake?
And if you're certain
Certain that faith is some know-nothing mask
Why do you still ask?
They don't grade here on the curve
We both know what we deserve

Just as you are
Just a wretch like me
Jesus is for losers
Grace from the blood of a tree
Just as we are
At a total loss
Jesus is for losers
Broken at the foot of the cross
Just as I am
Pass the compass, please
Jesus is for losers
I'm off about a hundred degrees
Just as I am
In a desert crawl
Lord, I'm so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall
Track Name: Lonely Boy
Jesus I want to go home with you
To do all of the good things that you’re wanting me to do
Jesus you’re whispering in my ear
Every little good thing I’ve been dying to hear

Love me
Touch me
Preach to me
Jesus I’m coming too
Please me
Tease me
Jesus I’m just a lonely boy who’s looking for love too

Jesus I’ve never felt so good
Christ I’m gonna love you like I always thought I should
But Jesus you’re talking way too much
If you wanna have some fun you’ve got to have a little hush

Love me
Touch me
Heal me
Jesus I’m coming too
Please me
Tease me
Jesus I’m just a lonely boy who’s looking for love too

Looking for your love too

Jesus you’re beginning to get me down
Instead of giving me a smile you’ve got me carrying a frown
Jesus why don’t you want to get me high
I don’t want you listening to anyone else’s cry

Love me
Touch me
Teach me
Jesus I’m coming too
Please me
Tease me
Jesus I’m just a lonely boy who’s looking for love too
Jesus I’m just a lonely boy who’s looking for love too
Jesus the only thing I want is to be alone with you
Track Name: I Don't Know How to Love Him
I don't know how to love him
What to do, how to move him
I've been changed, yes really changed
In these past few days when I see myself
I seem like someone else

I don't know how to take this
I don't see why he moves me
He's a man, he's just a man
And I've had so many men before
In oh so many ways
He's just one more

Should I bring him down
Should I scream and shout
Should I speak of love
Let my feelings out
I never thought I'd come to this
What's it all about

Don't you think it's rather funny
I should be in this position
I'm the one who's always been
So calm, so cool, no lover's fool
Running every show
He scares me so

Yet, if he said he loved me
I'd be lost and I'd be frightened
I couldn't cope, just couldn't cope
I would turn my head, I would walk away
I wouldn't want to know
He scares me so
I want him so
I love him so
Track Name: Perfect Moment
I can’t believe that you’re letting us down at the moment we need you the most
Don’t your remember your promise you made a commitment not to give up the ghost

We gave up our lives and we trusted your words and we followed you everywhere
Even when you were ranting and making mistakes we all knew you could make things fair
And now you’re talking of leaving and turning your back on the hopes that we had for you
And these delusional fools think you’re something you’re not and that they are the chosen few

This was your perfect
This was your perfect moment
This was your perfect
This was your perfect moment
Now it’s been wasted
Now it’s your wasted moment
Now it’s your wasted
Now it’s your wasted moment

And I don’t want you
Yeah, I’ll say it before you do
You are not the truth

This was your perfect
This was your perfect moment
This was your perfect
This was your perfect moment
Now it’s been wasted
Now it’s your wasted moment
Now it’s your wasted
Now it’s your wasted moment

Now I see where you’re going I see what you’re thinking
I’ll help you along the way
Because the sooner you’re gone and the quicker it’s over and we can do things our way
Track Name: White Light Unknown
Your demands are downright unreasonable
I mean you’ve got to be kidding right
All this stuff about losing your life you’re insane
Get out of my way

I’ve seen great occurrences and I’ve seen miracles
and I always knew you were more than a friend
But now you tell me that it’s all gonna end
In three days you’ll be back again
Yeah right whatever

In the white light unknown
I like it in here
I don’t want to go home

You took us up your favourite hill
Confided all and showed us what you’d always promised us
Our fathers
I said why don’t we just pitch a tent
Talk about old times and never return to the world into which we were sent
And I’d like to forget

In the white light unknown
I like it in here
I don’t want to go home
But beneath the blackened stone
It’s cold outside and I don’t want to do this alone

How come I say the dumbest things at all the wrong times
Should shut my mouth and just enjoy the white light
While it lasts
A little glimpse of the past
And your government to come
Yeah seeing what you want being the only thing that’s done

In the white light unknown
I like it in here
I don’t want to go home
But beneath the blackened stone
It’s cold outside and I don’t want to do this alone

In the white light unknown
It’s time to take it all back home
Cause i don’t think you wanted things this way
And I want you back
And I want us to want you to stay
Track Name: Jesus
Jesus, help me find my proper place
Jesus, help me find my proper place
Help me in my weakness
'cause I'm falling out of grace
Jesus
Jesus
Track Name: Jesus' Hands
Well I'd like to hang out
But I can tell that you're not a drinking crowd
I got places to go, people to see
I got a thirst that would make the ocean proud

I'm walking in circles in a waiting room
For a welcome I don't feel in my soul
I watch the time pass, it pours in my glass
I drink it down, blood from a stone

Hey brother, hey sister
Can you see a crack form in the dam
For a loser, no one can touch him
He's out slipping through Jesus' hands

Looking for love in all the wrong places
The sidewalks and the sky
Looking for something that no one can give me
And no one can help me buy

Oh brother, oh sister
Don't you see a crack form in the dam
For a loser, no one can touch him
He's out slipping through Jesus' hands

I can't forget you
I won't forget you
Track Name: Talitha K
You've heard this story told before
You've heard this story told four times before
But here it is again for you
It's clear and simple, beautiful and true

I have a little girl I love
She fell asleep I thought it was more than it was
And I'd heard a story about a man
I thought if this is true then he is her last chance
I put her life in his hands

But I didn't know his name
I didn't know his name

I found him and I grabbed his hand
I found him and I hoped he'd understand
But just as we were about to go
He turned 'cause someone sick had touched his coat
And so I stood there waiting patiently
While he wasted time talking to this old lady
And then walked in a friend of mine he said
I'm sorry you might as well leave him behind
Not long ago your daughter died

But I didn't know his name
Still didn't know his name
I didn't know his name
Or why he followed me home

He said she's only sleeping
Soon everyone was leaving
And then all I heard him say
Was talitha k
Was talitha K
Was talitha K

Did I tell you his name
Did I tell you his name
Do you know his name
Or why he came
Track Name: Jesus, I
Jesus I have taken my cross
All to leave and follow thee
Jesus I have taken my cross
All to leave and follow thee

I am destitute, despised, forsaken
All to leave and follow thee
And follow thee

Man may trouble to distress me
To drive my heart to the cross
Yeah, man may trouble to distress me
To drive this heart to the cross

I am resolute, reviled, forsaken
All to leave and follow thee
And follow thee

Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
Reborn
Reborn
Reborn
Reborn

So perish every fond ambition
God and trouble are all I’ve known
Yet how rich is my condition
God and heaven are all my own
God and heaven are all my own
Track Name: Wake Up Dead Man
Jesus, Jesus help me
I'm alone in this world
And a fucked up world it is too
Tell me, tell me the story
The one about eternity
And the way it's all gonna be

Wake up, wake up dead man
Wake up, wake up dead man

Jesus, I'm waiting here boss
I know you're looking out for us
But maybe your hands aren't free
Your father, He made the world in seven
He's in charge of heaven
Would you put in a word in for me

Wake up, wake up dead man
Wake up, wake up dead man

Listen to your words they'll tell you what to do
Listen over the rhythm that's confusing you
Listen to the reed in the saxophone
Listen over the hum of the radio
Listen over sounds of blades in rotation
Listen through the traffic and circulation
Listen as hope and peace try to rhyme
Listen over marching bands playing out their time

Wake up, wake up dead man
Wake up, wake up dead man

Jesus, were you just around the corner
Did you think to try and warn her
Or are you working on something new
If there's an order in all of this disorder
Is it like a tape recorder
Can we rewind it just once more

Wake up, wake up dead man
Wake up, wake up dead man
Wake up, wake up dead man