Jim's Bike

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    A four panel Gatefold wallet which includes a 12 page full colour bookelt with all the lyrics and some great live photos of the band

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"Jim's Bike" a true story, one of the Barleyshakes most popular songs, Alan wrote this after hearing about an old man's plight when his 65 year old bike was stolen in Rockhampton, through the recording of the song and the help of ABC Radio, Jim's Bike was returned, and the thief was apprehended by the Rockhampton Police force, true story! Jim is 91 years of age.


Words and Music Alan Kelly and the Barleyshakes

Jim we’re gonna get your bike back.
The blue bike that brought you love.
We know it’s got white mudguards,
You dirty thievin’ slugs.
You better ride it like you stole it,
Because we won’t be far behind.
We’ve got Jimmy on our minds.

Jim Radel’s a push biker,
He straddles a lamb wool seat.
At 91 years old,
The nicest bloke you’d ever meet.
The day he bought his bicycle, 65 years ago.
Was the day he met his true love don’t you know.

It was a sunny day in Springtime,
The day he bought his bike.
He rode it to the local dance, it was a turning point in life.
That very night he swore his heart to his one true love.
And he promised her his crossbar and his love.

If you do have information that might help us solve this case
Call the good police of Rockhampton anytime night or day
It’s a bright blue Stadium bicycle is what we seek to find
This bike is one of a kind.


from Irishtown, released April 5, 2019
Words and Music Alan Kelly and the Barleyshakes


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The Barleyshakes are a highly evolved Celtic organism in being for 20 years since they formed in Dublin sometime in 1994. They’ve won the Queensland Music Award for World music and performed in over 20 countries to date.

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