It’s been an eventful week for Asbury’s top multi-instrumentailst, as selected by a voting class of his peers at the 2010 Asbury Music Awards, Joe Harvard, who had his prized lap-steel stolen, only to be returned Wednesday afternoon after it it was unearthed, as Harvard put it, “among a jungle of Boardwalk neo-hipsters.”
And finally, this morning, Harvard dropped his greatly anticipated tribute to the late, great, E-Street Band sax maestro and pillar of the Asbury Park music community, Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons.
“I stopped a waitress who was headed home from her shift at a boardwalk bar,” croons Harvard. “Said ‘Excuse me Ma’am, now what’s the new scam? / She said ‘it ain’t no joke, son / Today we lost a Big Man. / They should drape this whole damn town in black / There’s a Big Man down, and he ain’t comin’ back.”
The six-minute Shore-Funk epic has been dubbed “Big Man Down (Black Balloons)” and features Bobby Strange on acoustic guitar and, of course, Joe Harvard on everything else including, but not limited to, vocals, electric guitars, and bass.
According to Harvard, his latest release is merely the first version of the Clemons tribute. “Next time you hear it” wrote songsmith, “It will be different.”
Check out the sullen sonata below and get the lyrics here.