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I've performed this song live for a while with various groups of people, always with me playing the chords on the acoustic guitar, but when I went in to record it I had a very specific idea of what I wanted it to sound like: just bass, electric guitar, and drums, stripped down, smooth, and jazzy. The result is exactly what I was looking for. Full props to Jack Hanlon, Joe Auger, and Natalie Markward for making it work.

For the vocals, I knew that in order to get them to be as relaxed as I wanted them to be it would have to be the first song I sang of the day, and indeed the take we ended up using was the first take from Saturday September 17 -- when I sang it again for the second take I was already too wound up.

As far as the lyrics go, this was an attempt to write a song in the spirit of a Fats Waller or Louis Jordan song. I wrote a whole bunch of lyrics for it and ended up discarding most of them. I'm particularly pleased with the conceit of the second verse, which is that the essential relationship in the Garden of Eden wasn't between Adam and Eve, or the snake and Eve, but was instead between Eve and the apple. Make of that what you will!

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You make me feel just like the luckiest guy alive.
I've never felt this way before, or at most just once or twice.

You're a wonderful person, you've got right under my skin.
That's why it's true, I love only you
And you
And you.

I'm just like an apple hanging from a tree
I feel so nice, it's paradise, and you're my little Eve.

The way I feel about you, it's got to be an original sin.
You know it's true, I love only you
Just you
And you.

You know that I love you
Quite exclusively
So please be mine for the rest of time
and forget about the girls who love only me

I'm just like Romeo to your Juliet
We're in Act II, our love is true, and we ain't dead quite yet.

Ever since I met you, you put me in a spin.
That's why it's true, I'm in love with you.
If you don't love me then I'll be so blue -
Won't you make me coo and just say, "I do"?
'Cause you know it's true, I'm in love with you,
Just you
And you.

credits

from Circumstantial Evidence, released November 11, 2011
Jacob Haller: vocals
Natalie Markward: electric guitar
Jack Hanlon: double bass
Joe Auger: drums

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Jacob Haller Providence, Rhode Island

Jacob Haller has been a fixture of the Rhode Island music scene for ten years, and has been frequently featured in popular shows such as AS220's Empire Revue and Common Fence Point Music's annual Gathering of Fiddlers & Fishermen.

"Jacob Haller is not only a talented musician and songwriter, he's also a talented songwriter and musician."

-- Harper Johnson, Co-Host of The Blues Record podcast
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