Tell It To The Beer (Digital Download only)

by Gaz Brookfield

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1.
Limelight 03:12
I've shared lots of different stages with musicians of all ages I'm a footnote on the pages of their touring history And if they don't remember seeing or recall me even being On the poster well that's no surprise to me And I wouldn't even blame them and it's not good cause to hate them I'm not crass enough to name them here today But sometimes I often wonder if the shoe was on the other foot Would I have just behaved in the same way? I'm always one step left of limelight, tapping my foot on the side lines Loitering in small print at the bottom of the bill Always support and supported, get ignored and not applauded I'd get drunk but can't afford it so I will, just carry on I'm a man with just one choice, one old guitar, one croaky voice I use to make a lot of noise night after night And the people that I play with give me strength enough to stay with The idea I won't give without a fight See I've rubbed shoulder with the best, top of their game, above the rest And it's inspired me to invest all of my life In the pursuit of something higher, but I've yet to set the world on fire And I'm well aware I'm running our of time I'm always one step left of limelight, tapping my foot on the side lines Loitering in small print at the bottom of the bill Always support and supported, get ignored and not applauded I'd get drunk but can't afford it so I will, Oh yes I will, just carry on Oh yes I will, just carry on Oh yes I will You see I've always harbourd hope that I would one day play a show Where I could be in the right place at the right time But I know that's unrealistic, chances are I fuckin' missed it Disappointingly consistent is my life See I've played in lots of places, and I've met some famous faces Really put me through my paces on the stage But deep down I've always known they'll never take me on the road So I've leaned not to raise my hopes, just raise my game I'm always one step left of limelight, tapping my foot on the side lines Loitering in small print at the bottom of the bill Always support and supported, get ignored and not applauded I'd get drunk but can't afford it so I will, Oh yes i will, just carry on
2.
I've seen the circus man entertain the best he can But clowns are creepy and a bit weird (bring the beat back) I've seen the acrobats juggle fire and tame big cats But that strikes me as a strange thing to want to be good at I'd rather see a man in a bar Playing songs that he wrote on a beat up old guitar Don't care if sometimes he don't play it right Four chords and the truth, and I'll have a good night I've seen the football games, to me they're all the same One team wins, one loses, and next year they'll just play each other again, and again, and again I've seen films at the cinema, some good, some so bad I don't know what they are I tell you one thing, every time I went, I was over charged I'd rather see a girl in a bar Playing songs that she wrote on a beat up old guitar Don't care if sometimes she don't play it right Four chords and the truth, and by she's alright, she's alright, alright. I've seen too much TV, way more than what's good for me I don't know why because all I ever see is repeats, of Top Gear, and Come Dine With Me And after all I've seen, there's only one place I want to be On stage with nothing but my guitar between you and me I'd rather be that man in a bar Playing songs that I wrote on my beat up old guitar Hope you don't mind if sometimes I don't play it right Four chords and the truth...shit, I think I just played five But that's alright, that's alright, that's alright
3.
Sorry son you've got to go to school again today Coz if you don't get educated you will never find your way I know it doesn't seem it's worth it at the moment but it's true These are the best days of your life my boy, now, would I lie to you? So grab your lunch and text books, get your arse out of the door And I will drop you at the gates where I've dropped you a thousand times before Do your best to learn some lessons, have some fun and make some friends You've only got a few years left and you will thank me in the end I know it's hard, but don't cry, coz these things are sent to try I know you find it hard to see but you are always going to be the bigger man Thing is Dad, you never see what happens when you go I become the primary target for every bully that I know You always taught me that the best way to avoid a bully's fist Is to ignore them and they'll move along, but that's not true is it? So I accept my daily beating with a minimum of fuss And accept the fact that that's just how it goes for kids like us For the moderately intelligent, or slightly overweight The best years of your life might not be all that fucking great I know it's hard, but I won't cry, coz these things are sent to try But I find it hard to see how I am ever going to be the bigger man I never stood a chance did I? The over weight religious kid with four eyes Everything that they put me through Made me a bigger man that all of you Then one day two decades on I'm drinking in the pub And a guy that used to kick my arse at school just wanders up He tried to be all nice to me as if everything had changed I grabbed the fucker by the throat, and then carefully explained That a decade of sustained mental and physical abuse At the hands of him and all his friends has unsurprisingly produced A good deal of repressed resentment, and the tendency to snap No I don't want to be your friend, how could you ever have thought that? And I thought you were hard! So don't cry, coz these things are sent to try And that fear you're feeling now is no comparison to how You made me feel at school, but I won't stoop to being cruel No, I'll walk away in peace, because I'm always going to be the bigger man
4.
You're a difficult person to hate You build a rapport with my mates You make us believe you're a man to whom we can relate You're a difficult man to believe Broken threads in the web that you weave The cynic ingrained in me sees the next trick up your sleev Now I try to see some positivity in the people I meet in my life But you've just confirmed a harsh lesson to learn That instincts are not always right You're a difficult person to trust But sit over here if you must But our guard's collectively raised up between you and us You're a difficult person to like You seem the untrustworthy type You stole my friend's car, mandolin, money, laptop and pride I'm a positive man in a miserable land, benefit of the doubt's made me weak There's people out here who will feed on my fear, so no wonder I can't get to sleep And I have to believe that the people who need to believe in the good Far outnumber the rest, coz if they don't that's just depressing enough to be true Those people like you You're a difficult person to know, so I'll make my excuses and go What little faith I had in the human race is now blown
5.
Death Bed 03:49
A man once asked this question of me, "What do you believe?" I said "I don't believe in anything or anyone, but me" He said, "Aren't you scared of what will happen to you when you die?" I said, "I'm more afraid of never living life while I'm alive". And that man he looked me in the eye, convinced my soul was damned Unless I signed it over to a fairy tale man He said, "My boy I'll pray for you, I know you can be saved" I said, "Save your prayers for those who care, for me it is too late" I can't bare the thought of lying on my death bed with regrets Of places I've not ventured, people I have never met I want to live like every second is the last I will achieve And as long as I hurt no one then who cares what I believe? That man he talked for hours about the virtues of his faith And I could see the stony cold conviction on his face He fired every weapon in his armory of lies And some of it made sense to me, much to my surprise But I had to remind myself that he was well rehearsed At attempting to exploit fear by mis-quoting bible verse I know your game my friend, you target people when they're weak The vulnerable and disillusioned man falls at your feet If your beliefs bring comfort to your heart Then who am I to try and tear your world apart? I wish you well in your endevours and your life And I'll leave you to yours, if you leave me to mine It's not your place to impose religious law On the rest of us, like so many have before And it's equally not my place to say you're wrong I don't have to read your book, and you don't have to like this song I know my way of thinking should allow the courtesy For men like you to testify your faith to men like me But the difference that I see between belief, and having none Is a lack of faith has never waged a war with anyone I can't bare the thought of lying on my death bed with regrets Of places I've not ventured, people I have never met I want to live like every second is the last I will achieve And as long as I hurt no one then who cares what I, who cares what you, who cares what we believe?
6.
There's nothing new under the sun So naturally I am bound to become A cover of a copy of a rip off of a better man It's all been sung and said and played before A thousand times and probably thousands more My limited ability is always going to limit me again And I know sometimes I'm ripping off Frank, and that's OK I owe that man a debt of thanks, for how I play I've got my heroes and I know I'm not alone in this They've got their heroes too, so maybe we're all plagiarists If imitation is the highest form of flattery I'm gonna sound a little like the ones who influence me I'm listening to all my favourite songs I pick up my guitar and play along So when I write I'm always under influence of something or someone I'm trying hard to be original But I can only play so many chords And by the time it's written it's too late to realise what I have done And I know sometimes I'm ripping off Sam, and that's OK I owe that man a debt of thanks, for how I play I've got my heroes and I know I'm not alone in this They've got their heroes too, so maybe we're all plagiarists If imitation is the highest form of flattery I'm gonna sound a little like the ones who influence me
7.
Never dreamed I'd make it past 21 That was as far as I could imagine when I was young And by the time I got there I'd done my best To reduce the number of years that I had left And I can see with hindsight, that I was such a dick I'll spend the next ten years trying to make up for it See I've done my share of things that I shouldn't have done And I'd done most of them by the time I was 21 I never dreamed I'd make it past 25 Hit my quarter century, and somehow I'm still alive I spent the last 1460 days Repeating old mistakes in new and ridiculous ways And I've accomplished nothing, well, nothing of worth Unless you count being drunk an accomplishment And my reason for being is yet to arrive You'd think it'd show it's face by the time I was 25 I never dreamed I'd make it to 32 And if you're being honest nor did you I know enough by this point to know I don't know much at all I never learned my lessons but I keep on being taught more And I'm a poor imposter of the man I should be I never reached the heights I said I would achieve And I'm sorry darling, and that's the awful truth But I'm as amazed as you are, I got to 32
8.
I'll never be a wealthy man But I'll make as much as I can Spend the majority on rent and food And I'll spend whatever's left on booze No I'll never make a million pounds Dragging up old common ground Playing every song the same Hoping that I'll get away with it I'll never be an honest man Lying cheating all I can Not a word of truth be spoke I'm just another punchline lacking joke I'll never be a movie star I've got no acting skill or natural charm I've got no focus and no discipline You'll never see me on the silver screen But I'm a perfect example of how not to be And I'm a perfectly imperfect version of a man like me No I'll never be a famous guy And it's obvious the reasons why I'm not cool enough for skinny jeans And if I was I wouldn't want to be No I'll never get a record deal Coz I write songs about the way I feel Not just saccharine false platitudes Radio friendly fake and autotuned But I'm a perfect example of how not to be And I'm a perfectly imperfect version of a man like me I'll not amount to anything and no-one listens when I sing I'l not amount to anything I'll not amount to anything and no-one listens when I sing I'l not amount to anything I'll never be a man free from vice Collected far too many in my time No I will not be sober as a judge Coz I like the taste of whisky far to much I've always found it tricky to say "no" When certain things a re waved under my nose And I know it might be bad for me But life is short so it might as well be sweet But I'm a perfect example of how not to be And I'm a perfectly imperfect version of a man and a Perfect example of how not to be And I'm a perfectly imperfect version of a fucking idiot like me
9.
I'm a glass half empty kind of man I know it's hard for you to understand But everywhere I go I see the worst case scenario Coz I'm a glass half empty kind of man You're a glass half full up kind of girl And you inhabit an entirely different world You're everything I need, the marijuana to my speed You're a glass half full up kind of girl And I am sorry, but it seems you got the bad end of this deal Coz I'll always worry that the way I am might change the way you feel Coz I'm a glass half empty kind of man It's just the way I've always been, it's just the way I am The air above my head has a rain cloud there instead Coz I'm a glass half empty kind of man And I am sorry, but it seems you got the bad end of this deal Coz I'll always worry that the way I am might change the way you feel You see the good in everyone I could find a dark place on the surface of the sun You see the good in everything You're the perfect counter melody in every single sad song that I sing You're a glass half full up kind of girl One smile from you can change my world You're everything I need, the marijuana to my speed You're a glass half full up kind of girl And I am sorry, but it seems you got the bad end of this deal Coz I'll always worry that the way I am might change the way you feel The way I am might change the way you feel The way I am might change the way you feel
10.
We spent too long pretending that our band was gonna make it We never stood a chance but we just stood our ground and faked it Convinced the world would notice if we made a lot of noise There's a lot to be said for talentless, over-confident, skinny white boys Then reality took a bite out of our boyhood dream A wound we can't recover from, not completely, so it seems A final ditch attempt to make out fantasy come true But by then I knew it wouldn't, and I think you knew it too But now we know our place, we know our station And though we've never had a proper conversation You're my friend, and you're my brother I wouldn't trade the life we've led for any other We got ourselves a manager, and we played a lot of shows We even played in London, coz that's where everybody goes To be discovered as the next big thing but that's not fucking likely It really is all who you know, not how good at guitar you might be But we were never that good but that's not the point at least we tried And the best thing to come out of this is we're best friends 'til we die So digging in with thickened skin, I love the place I've got to I love my friends like family, I'd be pretty stupid not to And now we know our place, we know our station And though we've never had a proper conversation You're my friend, and you're my brother I wouldn't trade the life we've led for any other Now here we are a decade on and living miles apart And boyhood dreams are merely distant memories in the past It seems that life got in the way of our imaginations Maybe now we'll get around to having that conversation Even if we don't it doesn't matter coz we're still here We lived to tell the tale, so let's tell it to the beer We may not be the men we thought we'd be when we were twenty But we lived life without compromise and by god we lived it plenty And now we know our place, we know our station And though we've never had a proper occupation You're my friend, and you're my brother I wouldn't trade the life we've led for any other
11.
Four days have passed since we'd eaten the last Piece of food we had in the flat And ever since then it's been one week long bender And there's no obvious downside to that I've called in sick every day of this week And I think my boss hasn't a clue But he's known for ages I spend all my wages On extacy cocaine and booze Guess that's another job I'll lose So drink 'til you're under the table Smoke 'til your lungs are on fire Numb all the pain with some more of the same And pray next time you'll get even higher And everyone's leaving the party this evening With stories they'll never forget Of killer joint passes, and tripping out glasses And things they might later regret And when everyone's gone we're still carrying on Coz I hid some of mine from the rest Coz my friends become vultures, but that's just cocaine culture Makes selfish men out of the best And I'm no different from the rest So drink 'til you're under the table Smoke 'til your lungs are on fire Numb all the pain with some more of the same And pray next time you'll get even higher Are we getting too old for this now? Shouldn't we age with more grace? I know what your answer will be It's written all over that gurn on your face So drink 'til you're under the table Smoke 'til your lungs are on fire Numb all the pain with some more of the same And pray next time you'll get even higher Oh drink 'til you're under the table Smoke 'til your lungs are on fire Numb all the pain with some more of the same And pray next time you'll get even higher

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released June 8, 2012

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