Stories Like Mine

by John Gill

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I made this album some time ago but, due to other stuff - y' know - other music business, life, keeping chickens etc. - I only just got round to releasing it properly...thanks for looking! Jg

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released October 22, 2016

John Gill: vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Phil Atkinson: keyboards, percussion, sequencing, bass guitar, electric guitar
Rob Gill / Chris Gill: Backing vocals on tracks 1,3,5,10
Gerry Kreibich: Accordion on track 3
All songs © J Gill except ‘Loves Rules’ by J Gill C Gill R Gill
Arranged, recorded, mixed and produced by John Gill and Phil Atkinson at UTS Studios Matlock
Sleeve design / photos : Steve Yates @ Xited

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John Gill Derby, UK

John first discovered the power of song-writing when he made the school bully cry with a song he wrote about a dying dog. Since then he has amassed an enviable catalogue of songs written for many and varied audiences including children. There are songs to make us laugh, think, to make our heart break or sing. And songs that just, simply, make you want to dance and sing into the early hours... ... more

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Track Name: Columbian Pilot
Columbian Pilot

I got a helmet, I got a gun
I got an order ‘shoot them if they run’
We work as a team but I’m all alone
Take me home
Take me home

This isn’t my country this isn’t my game
Men women and children ‘treat them all the same’
‘Shoot to kill no mercy shown’
Take me home
Take me home

Columbian pilot says “oh lucky you
From where I am floating
The world’s a perfect blue
Take me home
Take me home”

Man with a vision says he’s seen the light
And no one else has got it right
But he needs heroes to save the world
And we all know heroes get the girls

Swing the camera to the other side
Another man with a vision say’s he’s got it right
But he needs an army seems they’re all the same
Ain’t it all a crazy game?

Columbian pilot says “oh lucky you
From where I am floating
The world’s a perfect blue
Take me home
Take me home”
Track Name: Precipice
Precipice

Standing at the edge of the precipice
How come baby it's down to this?
Did it all start with one stolen kiss?
One step more and we're over

Standing at the edge of catastrophe
What in the world has come over me?
We both know that this just can't be
One step more and we're over

You close your eyes when I kiss your lips
I get a thrill to my fingertips
I hold on tight while my heartbeat skips
Oo oo-oo oo-oo oo-oo

I feel you trembling by my side
I get this tingling deep inside
We got feelings that we can't hide
One step more and we're over
Track Name: Last Cowboy The
The Last Cowboy

He shoots with his camera at the break of the day
Sees the world in a light that we never see
Then he's back in his pick-up and driving away
While Francesca turns and sighs in her sleep

Chorus
And dreams of the last cowboy
She holds him so close as the candles burn
And she longs for the last cowboy
But she knows he will never return

Just two specks of dust in the cosmos he said
God's in that chance in their eyes
And his every word is still clear in her head
Francesca holds on to his locket and cries

Chorus

And they spent their whole lives tumbling down
Down to this hot summer night
Down to this moment in an Iowa town
When their shadows collided and burst into light


She can still feel the touch of his hand in her hair
As they danced the night into day
And they both knew that soon he'd be gone from her
And their lives would go on in the same lonely way

Chorus
Still she dreams of the last cowboy……
Track Name: Snapdragon
Snapdragon

Softly in the morning while I am sleeping
She comes a-calling, calling on me
And she finds me smiling, what am I dreaming
She takes my hand, where is she leading
She bids me follow, down to the garden

The night is leaving, the chill is lifting
It's all so still, the trees are listening
They hear her tell me, tell me she loves me
And then I'm falling, I can feel I'm falling

Break

She shows me flowers crimson and purple
Wide mouths are open waiting for me
And I choose the darkest, give her the darkest

And then I'm falling, I can feel I'm falling
Though my eyes are seeing my heart is grieving
I know I'm sleeping and only dreaming
How come I awake with a flower in my hand?
Track Name: Loves Rules
Loves Rules

Verse 1
Pardon me for asking awkward questions
Pardon me for being a fool
You see I gotta get me a little understanding
Of loves rules

Verse 2

Somewhere in my childhood fairy tales
Somewhere in my misguided youth
It seems somehow I got me a misinterpretation
Of what love can do

Chorus 1

They never told me of the heartache
Nobody mentioned the pain
They never warned me of the danger of heartbreak

Verse 3

I know just what they mean about the shivers down your backbone
The thrill from your head to your shoes
All that flying high and yet nobody mentioned
Love can cripple you

Chorus 2

I wasn't expecting the heartache
Or quite prepared for the pain
Nobody warned me of the danger of heartbreak

Verse 1

Pardon me for asking awkward questions
Pardon me for being a fool
You see I gotta get me a little understanding
Of loves rules

Chorus 1

They never told me of the heartache
Nobody mentioned the pain
They never warned me of the danger of heartbreak
Track Name: Mortal Man
Mortal Man
1.
I dreamed that I saw a foot in the door
It was the Reaper oh don't let him in
Though I'd love to be strong he's been round for too long
He'll have me before I begin

2.
Old Bergundy Jack lay down on his back
Saw angels come down from the sky
His eyes were a-glow an’ he said I must go
I've gotta be learning to fly

1st chorus
Sometimes loves a curse sometimes it’s the worst
But I'm doing the best that I can
And if I fall short it's the Devil's fault
I'm only a mortal man

3.
Old Mexican Pete lay down in the street
The people they pitied him so
But he held up his hand and he cried out “shazam!”
It's the god-only way to go

2nd chorus
Some men dig for gold and sell off their souls
For me that was never enough
Here's what to put on my stone when I'm gone
‘He was nothing but lucky in love’

Repeat verse 1 (or optional verse below, not on recording)

Repeat 1st chorus

(New verse)
And so when I die I’ll spit in the eye
Of whatever comes over the hill
For die we all must “To bones and to dust!”
Will be the last words of John Gill
Track Name: Like A Railroad Train
Like A Railroad Train

The things we do to the ones we love
Sometimes don't bear thinking of
We screw ourselves and break a heart
Call us anything but smart

The telephone rings on the wall,
Tragedy in just one call
She said he loved her way too much
He couldn't live without her touch

She rolled her eyes and hugged her knees
She cried out someone help me please
I never thought I'd see such pain,
It ran straight through her like a railroad train
Like a railroad train

When heartbreak hits where do you go?
You're in a dream your legs say “no”
She's in the bedroom she's on the stair
Her friends can't keep a hold on her

Doctor Doctor help us please
She's all messed up she's on her knees
I never thought I'd see such pain,
It ran straight through her like a railroad train
Like a railroad train

Silent words upon her lips,
She's hanging on by her finger-tips
Her friends are calling from above
Baby “don't give up on love”

She rolled her eyes and hugged her knees
She cried out ” someone help me please!”
I never thought I'd see such pain,
It ran straight through her like a railroad train
Like a railroad train

Doctor doctor help us please
She's all messed up she's on her knees
I never thought I'd see such pain
It ran straight through her like a railroad train
Like a railroad train
Track Name: Stories Like Mine
Stories like mine

If I came to you now
And I still could smell him in your hair
If you answered my kiss with a frown
That would probably break me down

If I managed to say to you
The things I’ve been struggling to say
I afraid you might laugh in my face
I’m afraid you’d be scared away

There must be a million sad stories like mine
There must be a million people
Cry in their sleep like I do over you

If I made myself realise
I never had a chance from the start
If I made myself face the truth
That would probably break my heart

There must be a million sad stories like mine
There must be a million people
Cry in their sleep like I do over you

If I came to you now
And I still could smell him in your hair
If you answered my kiss with a frown
That would probably break me down

If I made myself realise
I never had a chance from the start
If I made myself face the truth
That would probably break my heart
Track Name: Lazy Day
Lazy Day

Takin’ it easy takin’ it slow
I got no appointments
No don’t rush me
Today I’m full o’ no go

A horse in a field outside my house
Just whispered to me
Told me to join him in a lazy day eating grass

So over the wall I’m climbing
Leaving it all
What a beautiful mood I’m in
My very good friend will show me the greenest end
‘Cause he says I’m looking too thin

Kicking my heels and tossin’ my head
Saying how do you do
To the flies on my forehead
Like that pal o’ mine said

So over the wall I’m climbing
Leaving it all
What a beautiful mood I’m in
My very good friend will show me the greenest end
‘Cause he says I’m looking too thin

Maybe I’m crazy but aint it a gas
Takin’ it easy
Ruminatin’ on a lazy day eating
Eating and sleeping
A lazy day eating grass
Track Name: It Is Better To Light A Candle (than curse the dark)
It Is Better To Light A Candle (than curse the dark)

In these days of darkness
Beyond the control of ordinary man
In these days of blindness
Keep your eyes open wide

In these days of madness
Watch out for the Lord
He’ll get you if you can

When all is said and done
When all is said and done

It is better to light a candle than curse the dark
Follow not your fear follow your heart

Don’t look over your shoulder
The old man told me
There’s a shadow in the sand

Choose a path with a heart
Keep your eyes open wide
Don’t look over your shoulder
Your fate is at hand

When all is said and done
When all is said and done

It is better to light a candle than curse the dark
Follow not your fear follow your heart
Track Name: Song For Phoebe
Song for Phoebe

Whenever I’m feeling lost
I know she will find me
All in good time she does
She always does

There’s really no need you see
For me to be lonely
She will keep me company

When there’s fog in the valley
I just climb a hill
Above the clouds
The morning’s misty shroud
Lies liquid at my feet

There’s really no friend I know
I ever could turn
I never could see the reason why

There’s really no need you see
For me to be lonely
She will keep me company

When there’s fog in the valley
I just climb a hill
Above the clouds
The morning’s misty shroud
Lies liquid at my feet

There’s really no friend I know
I ever could turn
I never could see the reason why
My favourite girl she rides the sky
Track Name: Superman
Superman

I’d like to think I was Superman
Giving all the world a hand
Oh what a superman I’d be

I’d like to think I was invisible
I’d be invincible
Invincivisible that’s me

Chorus
Oh but I’m very unextraordinary
And I’ll never be
Any of these things I dream about
When I’m alone and lights are out
I’m just me

I wish I was a Mr Universe
Defeating all the worst
People in the universe for free

I wish I was a multi-millionaire
Giving money everywhere
Saving a place up there for me

Rpt Chorus
Rpt verses 1 / 2
Rpt Chorus
Track Name: Wish You
Wish You

Cat stretched out half asleep
Purring loudly at my feet
You got fur to keep you warm
Can you spare me some

Big red fire burning bright
Real good stuff this anthracite
But anthracite’s not hot enough
What I need is love

Wish you were here with me
Sleepy head laid on my knee
‘Though I know this cannot be
I would be complete

Windy night looks in on me
Finds me dry but all at sea
Rain comes drumming at my door
Makes me miss you more

Wish you were here with me
Sleepy head laid on my knee
‘Though I know this cannot be
I would be complete

Looking for a place to hide
Milk bottles go rolling by
Dustbin lid goes and in the noise
Thought I heard your voice

Late night reveller pushing a bike
Staggers by too drunk to ride
Stops outside then passes on
Singing your favourite song

Wish you were here with me
Sleepy head laid on my knee
‘Though I know this cannot be
I would be complete