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CHAPTER FOUR

Buster Blue Eyes

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Song Stories

In this series of Song Stories we’re taking you behind the scenes of each song.

Chapter IV – Family In The Carolinas is the fourth EP from our album Old Bones Odyssey

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Buster Blue Eyes

“Ev’rything about Buster was right there in his eyes,  you could look away but it was there”-Lyrics/Ellen Kaye

Ellen C Kaye – Lead Vocal
Ethan Fein – Guitar
Andrew Drelles – clarinet
Diane Monroe – Violin
Koa Ho – Upright bass
Zach Mullings – Drums, Congas
Jackie Presti – Backing Vocals
Soara-Joye Ross – Backing Vocals
© 2022 Ellen C Kaye and Ethan Fein. All rights reserved.

Blue music 
Blue storm 
Behind the camera’s glass eye
Life once removed 
Forever watches 
Blue eyed Buster 
Buster Blue Eyes 

Blue hurricane 
Blue cadence 
Camera eyes 
Blue eyes  
He played the clarinet 
An enchanter pulling blue snakes 
From the air 

Fingers like slender shoots 
Stars fell from his palms 
Ev’rything about Buster 
Was right there in his eyes 
You could look away but it was there

Blue mountains 
Blue trails
Mists that roll round the bend 
Hidden from sight 
Forever wanders
Blue eyed Buster 

Buster Blue Eyes 
Blue highway 
Blue heart 
Lost in a deep revery 
Smashed up and gone 
Forever drifting 
Blue eyed Buster 
Buster Blue Eyes 

Blue melody 
Blue essence 
Camera eyes 
Blue eyes 
He played the clarinet 
A magician blowing circles
Through the air 

Dreamers who hide inside 
Longing fills their souls
Ev’rything about Buster 
Was right there in his eyes 
You could look away but it was there

Blue music 
Blue death 
Behind the camera’s glass eye 
Life once removed 
Forever watches  
Blue eyed Buster 
Buster Blue Eyes

Ellen C Kaye – Lyrics
Ethan Fein – Music 
Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Bill Moss
Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Queens, New York
Ellen C Kaye, Ethan Fein, Bill Moss, Alan Joseph–Producers
Copyright (c) 2023
A Repair With Gold Production LLC SM

The Story

Buster Blue Eyes

“Blue music, blue storm, behind the camera’s glass eye, life once removed,
forever watches blue eyed Buster, Buster Blue Eyes”-Lyrics/Ellen Kaye

“Buster Blue Eyes” is about my mother’s brother George Ernest Burwell III. My Uncle Buster. He struggled with mental illness his whole life. I loved him. I first wrote about Buster in college. When I went to write this song I looked up that old short story and used my images from it to jump start this song. 

Excerpts from my original short story “Buster Blue Eyes”. Written around 1980.
“Clarinet.  Blue music. Camera.  Blue life. Buster started with a tune, a melody that moved slow, and easy.  He stood six-foot-two, lanky body with narrow shoulders and graceful hands.  His face was soft, a soft pale white.  His blue eyes were always a little further down the road, drifting upon unseen waters.  Iridescent flecks in a sea where strange fish dart.  Everything about Buster was right there in his eyes.  You could look away, but it was there.  Prone to smashing up as many cars as his father saw fit to give him. Buster liked jazz, he liked blues and his father liked General Motors.”

Buster Scrapbook
George Ernest Burwell Jr
Buster's father.
Buster Burwell
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Faith & Buster Burwell
circa early 1930's.
WWII - Burwell Family
circa 1940's.
Buster Burwell
WWII - Burwell Family
circa 1940's.
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George Ernest Burwell Sr, Geaorge Ernest Burwell Jr., George Ernest "Buster Burwell III
circa 1940's grandfather, father, son.
WWII - George Ernest Burwell Jr. & Buster Burwell
circa 1940's.
Lila Bell Pugh Burwell
circa 1920's Buster's grandmother. Ellen's great-grandmother.
George Ernest Burwell Sr.
circa late 1800's.
Alice Earnhardt Courtney Burwell
circa late 1800's. Buster's maternal grandmother. Ellen's great-grandmother.
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Ellen C Kaye

Ellen C Kaye

Singer/songwriter, producer, podcast maker, mom, born and bred in NYC. Night Club singer at heart.