John Gilmour Smith Lyrics

Start at the beginning and tell me the truth

Start at the beginning and tell me the truth

Disclaimer
I’ve been known to offend the thickest skinned of men
Sometimes my mouth works faster than my brain
I’d get into a fight believing I was right
But all I’d win were bruises for my pain
But maybe if you get to know me better
You’d realise I’m really not that bad
Now highlights from my life are showing clearly on my face
Time’s passing by so let’s say goodbye
I didn’t plan to tell a lie
I didn’t mean to make you cry
But if we’re all said & done
I can admit that I was wrong & now I’m sorry

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Just Enough Rope To Hang Myself
You don’t call me when you’re lonely
You don’t text me when you’re down
You don’t ask me where I’ve been when I get home
You don’t give me ultimatums
You don’t give me the third degree
You give me just enough rope to hang myself
You don’t wake me while I’m sleeping
You don’t teach me right from wrong
You don’t judge me on mistakes when I was young
You never leave me to the lions
You never leave me anymore
You give me just enough rope to hang myself
And if you want me I’ll be on the corner of 5th Avenue tonight
And you and me, we can build new empires a thousand stories high
Then tear them down if you decide
Cause you give me just enough rope to hang myself

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Singer In A Rock & Roll Band
Ordinary people, listen to me
I’ve got a list of impending disasters you need to see
You’re stupid & you can’t be trusted
To work it all out by yourself
So give me your attention and I’ll keep you all right
I hang out with gurus & medicine men
And class ex-presidents as personal friends
I look like a god up here on the stage
A face full of chemicals hiding my age
I’m a poet, I’m Jesus, I’m a leather clad sage
Listen to me, I’m the singer in a rock & roll band
Nobody people, for your own sake
Focus on the words that I say & not the money I make
I’m desperate to be on this new year’s honours list
I get out the country for tax purposes
And every four years I’ll come back and tell you how it should go down
Don’t listen to tales about a young girl I kissed
She swore she was eighteen and I was probably pissed
I’ll swear I found god if it makes me look fuller
I’ll say that I’m gay if it makes me look cooler
I’ll swear I read Kafka if it makes me look smarter
I’ll punch paparazzi if it makes me look harder
You stand to attention to hear what I say
As I fly bits of clothing first class from LA
I feel like a fraud up here on the stage
A bored millionaire trying to muster some rage
I’m a poet, I’m Jesus, I’m a leather clad sage
Listen to me, I’m the singer in a rock & roll band

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Cold
If love is a fire, why are we chilled to the core?
Our bedroom is frozen, the energy falls through the floor
Each word is loaded, intention cuts like a knife
With this realisation we’re here for the rest of our lives
It just leaves me cold
This guilt is a new thing
A permanent ache in my head
You’re always there like a ghost lying under my bed
Today is a new day, maybe I’ll go with the flow
But it’s dragging me down and I can’t see it letting me go
Now I’m cold, cold, reckless and bold
All of the pain in my heart’s taken hold of my life
And the magic is gone from my eyes
Now I’m cold, cold, broken and sold
Bitterness grips me and hate takes control of my heart
And the fire is gone from my life, leaving me cold
You hold the high ground
I hold the blame in my hand
You look for answers
I bury my head in the sand
So I’ll find a new place and fill it with doubt and regret
But this is as close to sorry as you’re going to get
Now I’m cold, cold, reckless and bold
All of the pain in my heart’s taken hold of my life
And the magic is gone from my eyes
Now I’m cold, cold, broken and sold
I’m down on my knees and I’m out of control here tonight
And the fire is gone from my life, leaving me cold

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Start At The Beginning…
Fragments from a conversation
System set to overload
Broken parts of information
Memory set to explode
Guilty since my eyes first opened
Sinners leave my sleep disturbed
The architect of every moment
I’m responsible for every word
The latest lies update the program
New beginnings end the same
A victim of my own condition
Look inside and let me take the blame
Continuously searching for a way to try to function
In a disappointing world
Feel I’ve lost all my connection
And my faith in human nature hits an all time low
But its ok, I don’t mind, I could go if it’s my time
But there’s still some people that I love and I can’t leave them behind
In a final bid for freedom I’m a prisoner on the roof
Start at the beginning and tell me the truth
Silence in the courtroom will the jury find me guilty of the crimes that I commit
I’m a liar, I’m a cheat, but I’m glorious in defeat here now
But its ok, I don’t mind, even if I die tonight
But there’s still unfinished business and I’m trying to get it right
In this final bid for freedom I’m a prisoner on the roof
Start at the beginning and tell me the truth

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I Am The System
I am the god inside your soul
The moral compass you enrol
I regulate and I control
I’m the clock that ticks beside your bed
Inexorably to your death
I’ll be your last waking breath
I am the system
If questions occupy your mind
Take two of these and you’ll be fine
Get back on the production line
The afterlife rewards the brave
We’ll put the detail on your grave
Our genuine white-collar slave
I am the system
I am the god inside your soul
The moral compass you enrol
I regulate and I control
I’m up to date and virus free
Hand your thoughts over to me
I’ll reboot while you’re asleep
I am the system

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The Last Patriot
His only son died in a battlefield abroad
For a failing system and an imaginary god
Friends and neighbours stand outside and applaud
He doesn’t want them there
It won’t bring him back today
His wife, she left him on a sunny afternoon
He lights a candle for a love that left too soon
For all he cares he could be living on the moon
It’s not his country now, he doesn’t feel it anymore
He gave his youth for something he believed
But all he feels is cheated and deceived
He draws the curtains and prepares for the night
Would the last patriot to leave the room please turn off the light
They talk of freedom
But in truth it’s just a name
As jet fighters introduce the football game
They kill one enemy and find someone else to blame
He’s seen it all before
He’s not buying it today
They say his name is carved in history
But now the truth has left him on his knees
He draws the weapon and prepares for the fight
Would the last patriot to leave the room please turn off the light
For twenty years he flew a flag above the door
He tears it down now, he doesn’t need it anymore
He sails for one last time miles out from the shore
Would the last patriot to leave the room please turn off the light

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The Astronaut
I’m losing track of time
Spinning round in orbit
Could be a day, could be a month
Just staring down at earth
It looks peaceful from up here but it’s chaos down below
You’re killing each other and why you just don’t know
So ill check out and take care of myself
Now I can’t breathe, maybe it’s better if I leave
But I’m not coming down, there’s nothing on the ground can make this better
I am the astronaut
I leave Andromeda behind and come home for the weekend
Time to hang out with my family, take a present to my wife
But they’re beating up the neighbours and there’s riots in the streets
And the watchmen of our nation, they all admit defeat
So I’m checking out of here and flying straight back to the stars
Broken families one in four
Food that kills five a day
I’m running out of air
Market research, dumbing down
Missing children, tidal waves
I’m running out of air
Shark attacks and deficits
Stress disorder, gods of war
I’m running out of air

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…And Tell Me The Truth
One more time around the houses
I know you’ve heard it all before
Never turns out like we planned it
We can’t accept it anymore
One more time together just for luck
Pray to god our numbers might come up
We took it at face value without proof
Think it’s time for us to tell the truth
This time I’ll start to tell you the truth
No more lies

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Changing Of The Guard
So our world was at your mercy
But you just led us to the brink
God forbid that we ask questions or maybe think
Leasing souls out to the devil
Flying flags as our reward
Smoke and mirrors hide the venom in every word
If we close our minds and shut our mouths
All the fields are ours to plough
Work will keep the lion chained and barred
Now I know this path is hard
But this time next year
We’ll see a changing of the guard
If we wake up in the morning
We’ll storm the gates and climb the walls
We’ll set fire to your kingdoms and hallowed halls
If the stars align and we are free
You’ll be begging on your knees
But mercy’s not the nature of the scarred
Now I know this path is hard but this time next year
We’ll see a changing of the guard

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What We Deserve
Drop me off at the station
Leave me northward bound
I’m checking out of society before it all comes crumbling down
I’ll watch the revolution
On my analogue TV
What if we just kick the screen in?
Maybe we can all be free
No threat of information I’ve heard it before
Now the weight of my frustration is left at the door
If you’re reading the signs then get up off the floor
Now if this is the end then we get
We get what we deserve
If you’ve listened to the warnings
Then you might join me on the train
Can you function without facebook?
Can you handle all the rain?
I’ve packed a few mementos
Just some reminders of my life
A gift from my mother
And a picture of my wife
Sit back, just relax
Watch tv and forget about the facts
Don’t panic as the debt begins to mount
You’ll hear about it on your twitter account
You’ve been sleeping for so long
All the friends you had are gone
And none of your family are picking up the phone
Now the cash machine is spitting nothing out
But a kick in the teeth and a sense of doubt
And pretty soon you’re fighting in the streets
And you’re kicking down your neighbour’s door
Cos he’s got food and you’ve got nothing more
Is it time to ask yourself how did it come to this?

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San Diego
We’re going to San Diego
It’s not very far
We’ll pack up some clothes and jump in the car and just drive
Way out west until we reach the ocean
We’re going to San Diego
They tell me that it’s warm
It’d be nice to see the sunshine and get out of the storm for a while
But everybody tells me that I’m crazy
They don’t know what I know, do they?
Everybody tells me that I’m lazy
But I’m just tired of being a working man
Now I’ve got a plan and I’m going to get there as fast as I can
Now this impossible dream is feeling pretty possible now
We’re going to San Diego
We won’t stop halfway
There’s nothing in Yuma
We’ll get on our way and keep driving
And everybody tells us that that we’re crazy
But they don’t understand the way we feel
Everybody says we’re kinda lazy
But all we want to do is feel alive
So let’s leave tonight
We’ll be there by morning to see the sun rise
Now this impossible dream is feeling pretty possible
It’s looking kinda probable
Almost undeniable
This impossible dream is feeling pretty possible now

 

The story we've been sold

The Story we've been sold

THE STORY WE'VE BEEN SOLD
All join hands at the end of the line
Wonder what’s going to change this time
Repeat the past or break the mould
It’s just a story we’ve been told, a story we’ve been sold

TV’s here, going to change my face
Change our clothes, we can change our face
The body’s warm but the heart is cold
It’s just a story we’ve been told, a story we’ve been sold

Block out the horrors so you never see
Hungry faces on a plasma screen
Pray to God but the line’s on hold
It’s just a story we’ve been told, a story we’ve been sold

Meet up here at the end of the line
You stand your ground and I’ll stand mine
Ditch your shares and buy some gold
It’s just a story we’ve been told, a story we’ve been sold

There’s a missile pointed at your city
A celebrity dies, what a pity
There’s a bomb on a plane that’s going to kill you
A summer blockbusters is going to thrill you
There’s a rapist at your window
There’s a murderer at your door
They’ll sue you if they hurt themselves 
Slipping on your floor
There’s no cash left in the Royal Mint
The banks are empty, the lawyers are skint
We’re all going to die of a new disease
The whole damn system’s on its knees
Are you scared enough?

Pull the sheets around your head, forget your job, let’s stay in bed
I can talk and you can listen, I’m a man on a mission
You can love the things I hate, what you thinks’ ugly I thinks’ great
Maybe we can make the choice to try and hear though all the noise

Let’s move in another direction...
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IF I WAS GOD
If I was God I’d burn your flags right to the ground
And send an army of angels to tear your cities down
I’d keep a place in heaven for the crimes you can’t resist
If I was God I’d finally admit I don’t exist

I’d send a plague of locust round to someone I don’t like
Organise a heart attack in the middle of the night
Arrange a bunch of worshippers to kneel and pray to me
Send some floods and pestilence to those that don’t agree

I’ll blame it on the devil if it doesn’t go to plan
Convince them that they’ll burn in hell if they dare to take a stand
I’ll make their souls immortal when they finally run aground
And charge their loved ones fortunes just to stick them in the ground

I am heaven, I am love
I am hope from up above
I am reason, I am thought
I am everything you’re not

I’ll make a sin of living just to keep you wracked with guilt
And you can only visit me in a house I never built

If I was God I’d burn your flags right to the ground
And send an army of angels to tear your cities down
I’d keep a place in heaven for the crimes you can’t resist
If I was God I’d finally admit I don’t exist
If I was truly the saviour from the skies I would appear
If I was God I’d finally confess I was never here
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SMILE
I wish I was a fly on your bedroom wall
So I can see what you’re like when I’m not around
All the people that come and go in your life
And the things that make you happy

But you make me nervous
Cause you cut into my heart
And I have to admit

What I love about you the most
Is no matter how low you go
And no matter how bad this is
You smile through it

I wish I could fall apart sometimes
So you could put me back together
And the phone never rings anymore
Now I’ve got nothing to say to anyone

In a cold and screwed up world
You do the work of seven stars
And I have to admit

What I love about you the most
Is no matter how low you go
And no matter how far we fall
You smile through it

No matter how bad this is
And no matter how low we are
And no matter what words I say
You smile through it
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THE POLITICS OF LIFE
Take all of your energy and leave it at the door
Now you’ve joined the system you won’t need it anymore
Take all of the thoughts you have, give them to another
Don’t you stop to question cause you heard it from your mother

Put down all those books, boy, there’s nothing for you there
If the TV doesn’t get you we’ll put something in the air
Ditch all of that stuff you’ve learned, it won’t do any good
We’ll zap it with a micro-chip or the bullshit in your food

Do you blame yourself of everybody else for your life?

Get yourself some real estate, the devil’s moving in
Get yourself a wedding ring and let the games begin
Your name is on your number plate, you must be someone cool
Your credit card’s rejected and your kids are skipping school
God is in a pinstripe suit, you’re feeding on the lies
Now your thoughts are shaped by all the politics of life
You are just a victim of the politics of life

Drop the God squad and politicians,
Ban the lies in the 1st editions
Make a space inside your head for something more than stuff
Ask yourself ‘Am I really free?’
Ask yourself ‘Is it just me?’
All join hands at the end of the line

Drop me off, second stop, just passed Jupiter
Open up the doors and I’ll make my way from there
A new start for you and me, in our humanology
The universe in love with us tonight
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NOBODY PEOPLE
Picked up my paper today
Can’t read the words for the pictures inside
They’ve all got nothing to say
So I go with the flow
And I try not to mind
But it’s eating me up inside
And we all fall into line

Here’s to you and me and the guy next door
Nobody people
To the old man and his wife on the second floor
Nobody People
To your father, your mother, your best friend and your brother
We’re nobody people
Living here right now

Switched off my TV today
I’m fine with reality, I don’t need anymore
I find old records to play
And turn out the lights
But it’s hard not to mind
Cause we’re treated like everybody’s blind
So we fall back into line

And these words belong to me and not someone on TV
With a famous face and false smile
Who’s not living here right now
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UNTETHERED
Get up at five, drive the car, home at six, same thing everyday
He never says a word about it
Wake up the kids, drive to school, home again, nothing gets in the way
You never hear her complain
Don’t talk out loud, get a job, get a wife, sign on the dotted line
He doesn’t have the strength to fight it
In separate beds, separate rooms, separate lives, a distant memory
It seems so long ago

I’m untethered, not bound to anything, not bound to anyone
But you

Don’t leave the house, lock the door, close your mind, never trust anyone
The devil takes a seat beside you
Believe in God, watch TV, tell the truth, put it on your credit card
And we never hear you complain
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WOULDN’T GET OUT OF BED (FOR ANYONE BUT YOU)
Hey now, close the door, you might have what I’m looking for
I’ll pay for what I take, don’t want nothing I can’t break
Your kiss is like another placebo
Another smokescreen trying to buy you time
And your touch is like the scrape of a needle
Still I wouldn’t get out of bed
Not for anyone but you

Lie down, try to hide, a supernova burns outside
Don’t look, close your eyes, we made a movie of your life
Every scratch on my back tells a story
I thought I read your name in the heroin lines
Now your taste for the dramatic is so boring
Still I wouldn’t get out of bed
Not for anyone but you

I only get up when you’re my window
I only get up when you’re my door
And if this world conspires against us 
Then I might not get up anymore
No, I wouldn’t get out of bed for anyone but you

She said I’m just a human bomb scare, you drive me out my mind
Always jumping to conclusions like you do
Your attention span is shocking, you’re so easily bored
Always getting so aggressive like you do
I guess it’s just because you love, I guess it’s just because you care
But I wouldn’t trust myself with anyone but you
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THOUSAND DAYS
Tell my daughter not to cry
When she goes to school I’ll be there by her side
Tell my mother I’ll be ok
Promise that I’ll call her everyday

Try to smile, I’ll take a photograph of you tonight
I’ll see you in a thousand days
For a while I’ve got to finish someone else’s fight
I’ll see you in a thousand days

There’s a bomb going off outside
I’ll keep my head down when I’m out tonight
I lost another good friend today
But I’m coming home, not matter what you say

I don’t mind cause you’re waiting for me right at home
I’ll see you in a thousand days
I’ll be fine, I’ve got your photograph to keep me warm
I’ll see you in a thousand days

For all I care this could be anywhere, there’s sand in my eyes and there’s dirt in my hair
But all I want to do is get back home to you
There’s a man in a suit tells me who to shoot and I’m so confused that I can’t compute
So I pull the trigger one time, two times, three times
Suddenly I’m on the ground, I can see the sky but I can’t hear a sound
The only thought inside my head is you
But in spite of my situation I can still use imagination
And I’m home, home, home with you

It was quiet when we moved outside
He was waiting for me with the devil in his eyes
I’m so sorry that I let you down
You never guess your time is coming round

Please don’t cry, I’ll be waiting on the other side
I’ll see you in a thousand days
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GET OVER IT
Is the path of your life written in today’s paper?
Is the love of your life marked on the palm of your hand?
You won’t need a map wherever you roam
The stars are your guide and they’ll lead you back home to the place
Where we all come from

Energies come together again, pack our things and we’ll put them on eBay
Jump away on the very next plane, let our love define our meaning

God left here a hundred million years ago
You’d think he’d leave a postcard maybe just to let us know
That there’s no such thing as heaven, there’s no such thing as hell
And if you really lived in one could you even tell
Cause it’s hard enough down here
We’re struggling just to get by
We could fly if we could get over it

There’s too much confusion
It’s just an illusion
We need to get over it

Could you live in a house with someone that doesn’t love you?
Just to stay living in the manner you’re accustomed to
Drinking over priced coffee with your over made up friend
Will keep you in this living hell and you’ll stay there until the end
Just to drive a car that makes all your friends go ‘Wow’
You’d leave now if you could get over it

If we could get over it I could be your secret and you could be mine
We’d get together if we could get over it
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THE DEVILS BEST FRIEND
This world’s on a pathway straight right down to hell
I’m going to jump on the wagon and head that way myself
At least the demons down here have some stories they can tell
I’m protected now I’m the devils best friend

This pact that I made won’t stop me from getting old
But at least I’m immune to the story we’ve been sold
And I get to covet your wife, won’t do anything that I’m told
I’m a made man now I’m the devils best friend

This evil is getting me higher
I’m going to walk into heaven and shave off Gods beard while he sleeps

This fake watch I bought at the market is no proof
And this cheap polyester suit I wear hides the truth
And this old shitty rust heap I drive just throws you off the scent
I’m protected, I’m the devils best friend
I’m a made man, I’m the devils best friend
Now I’m almost the top guy, I’m the devils best friend
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