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Table Of Content (31 songs, 29 soundclips)

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20/20 Vision
A Million Miles Away
Bad Penny
Calling Card
Continental Op
Country Mile
Crest Of A Wave
Daughter Of The Everglades
* Doing Time
* Don't Start Me Talkin'
* Failsafe Day
Hell Cat
* I Ain't No Saint
I Fall Apart
In Your Town
Jackknife Beat
* Kickback City

Laundromat
* Loanshark Blues
Moonchild
Morning Sun
Philby
Pistol Slapper Blues
Race The Breeze
* Road To Hell
* Seven Days
* Shadow Play
Slumming Angel
* Smear Campaign
Tattoo'd Lady
The Devil Made Me Do It
Walk On Hot Coals

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A Million Miles Away

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by
recording of 1973
from
Irish Tour '74 (Capitol 13130), copyright notice

This hotel bar is full of people, the piano man is really laying it down
The old bartender is a high as a steeple, so why tonight should I wear a frown? (Yes, I'm a...)

Million miles away, I'm a million miles away
I'm sailing like a driftwood on a windy bay

Why ask how I feel how does it look to you?
I feel hook, line and sinker, I lost my captain and my crew
I'm standing on the landing, there's no one there but me
That's where you'll find me, looking out on the deep blue sea

This hotel bar is full of people, the piano man is really laying it down
The old bartender is a high as steeple, so why tonight should I wear a frown?

The joint is jumping all around me and my mood is really not in style
Right now the blues want to surround me but I'll break out after a while

Well, I'm a million miles away, I'm a million miles away
I'm sailing like a driftwood on a windy bay

Why ask how I feel, well, how does it look to you?
I feel hook line and sinker, I lost my captain and my crew
I'm standing on the landing and there's no one there but me
That's where you'll find me, looking out on the deep blue see

There's a song on the lips of everybody, there's a smile all around the room
There's conversation overflowing, so why must I sit here in the gloom?

This hotel bar lost all its people, the piano man has caught the last bus home
The old bartender is asleep in the corner, so why must I still be here, I don't know

Well, I'm a million miles away, I'm a million miles away
I'm sailing like a driftwood on a windy bay

 

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Bad Penny

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1979

from Top Priority (Capitol 13081, Demon 123), copyright notice

Well, like a bad penny you have turned up again
You're in my sights, there's a mist on my lens
I think you know how it was when I tripped and fell
Well, you double-dealed me, baby and I broke like a shell

Like a bad penny you've sure lost the glow
But I'm out of reach, your smile's sure gone cold
Well, it can't ever be like it was then
Well, don't you fool with me, baby
Don't you mess with my plans

Some stormy nights, your memory haunts me, you won't go away
Well, like a bad penny you have turned up in the change
Try to fit into the picture, you can't get inside the frame
I think you know I'm still sore, but I'm on the mend
Times sure have changed, it won't happen again

Well, like a bad penny spins around and around
Well, you won't know what's gone wrong when it all falls down
You got to learn from now on to stop playing games
You ought to keep on moving, you got to spin on your way

Some lonely nights, I hear you calling
Won't you go away?

Well, like a bad penny you have turned up again
You're in my sights, there's a mist on my lens
I think you know how it was when I tripped and fell
Well, you double-dealed me, baby, I cracked like a shell

 

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Calling Card

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by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1976

from Calling Card (Capitol 13131, Castle ESM374) & The BBC Sessions (99649), copyright notice

Well the rain ain't fussy 'bout where it lands
It'll find you hiding no matter where you stand
It's gonna rain brother and it's gonna rain hard
When the blues come calling with his calling card

It ain't too funny when you'd rather die
Ain't no pleasure when that girl don't reply
To your lovesick letter that you wrote in tears
About feeling so bad for a million years

Watch out brother, be alert
Whatever you do, don't show that hurt, don't show that hurt

It ain't so funny when you'd rather die
Ain't no pleasure when that girl don't reply
To your love-sick letter that you wrote in tears
About feeling so bad for a million years

I've been so subjected, I've been so distresses
Come back baby, to clean up this mess, clean up this mess

It ain't too funny when you'd rather die
Ain't no pleasure when that girl don't reply
To your lovesick letter that you wrote in tears
About feeling so bad for a million years

Well the rain ain't fussy 'bout where it falls
It rains on one just like it rains on all
But when it falls brother, it's gonna rain hard
When the blues come calling with his calling card

Watch out brother, be alert
Whatever you do, don't show that hurt, don't show that hurt

 

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Continental Op

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

There's a body in the bay
The cops are taking it away
They said this case was closed
It only shows that you never know

So who are they going to get when the trouble's got to stop
Here's my card I'm the continental op

Jane Doe in the bay, now that's exhibit "A"
Bloodstains on the dress, of the millionaires
But I saw you leaving town, I'm gonna have to track you down
You've slipped through the web and you might have dodged the feds
But who are they going to get when you've outfoxed the cops
Here's my number I'm the continental op

I'm the continental op
Call the agency, we never close
First consultation is free
Check my reputation, check my pose
But first you ought to check my fee

There's a menace on the streets, offering infants' sweets
Don't give this man a ride, lock your car from the inside
He's suspect No. 1, but I guess his race is run
He left a set of prints, he's not so smart as he thinks

'Cause who are they gonna get when you've outfoxed the cops
Here's my card I'm the continental op

'Cause who are they gonna get when you've outfoxed the cops
Here's my badge I'm the continental op

 

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Country Mile

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1976

from Calling Card (Capitol 13131, Castle ESM374) & The BBC Sessions (99649), copyright notice

Well I was born on the side of a road
A gap in the hedge
Did you hear what I said?
Born in a house with no slates
But I wouldn't switch
I didn't have a stitch
Always been out on a limb
I've been hard to mend
Like a kick in the shins

You'll only see me smile
When I eat up a country mile

Born on the green light, a mission to move
Something to prove, an itch in my shoes
I heard then wail of a train
From a burnin' stack and I jumped on the back
Well the engineer threw the switch
And it got to my brain, I've never been the same

You'll only see me smile
When I eat up a country mile

Gotta make tracks, gotta raise the dust
Grease my heels
Out race the bus
Don't blink your eyes
Or you won't see me again

Born a spoke of the wheel
Not a part of the set and I'm running yet
I ran before I could walk
The price of the fare was hardly ever there
Saw an eight wheeler move
And I couldn't choose
I just had to cruise

You'll only see me smile
When I eat up a country mile

Well I was born on the side of a road
A gap in the hedge
Did you hear what I said
Born in a house with no slates
But I wouldn't switch
I didn't have a stitch
Always been out on a limb
I've been hard to mend
Like a kick in the shins

You'll only see me smile
When I eat up a country mile

Gotta make tracks, gotta raise the dust
Grease my heels
Out race the bus
Don't blink your eyes
Or you won't see me again

 

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Crest Of A Wave

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1971

from Deuce (BMG International 60102) & The BBC Sessions (99649), copyright notice

Well you can ride on the crest of a wave if that's where you want to be
But does the look on your face mean you're really feeling happy
Or do you feel like you're standing on a wooden leg
Or a poor man much to proud to beg
Or a page from a book that can't be read at all

Well you can see by the way that they are talking
That it's time for you to pick up your grip and start walking
'Cause they want to see your long ... legs flying
Go to the place where the earth meets the sky and
don't turn around and wave goodbye at all

They won't be satisfied, till you're out of their sight
But I wonder how will you feel
With a deck of cards and you're not around to deal
You're not around to deal , yeah

They won't be satisfied, till you're out of their sight
But I wonder how will you feel
With a deck of cards and you're not around to deal
You're not around to deal , yeah

You can say it's a lie, a joke that you are living
But you know one thing they don't,
You won't give in
'Cause you're like a cat chasin' its tail makes a million circles
But you're gonna fail
Sometimes you just don't understand

 

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Daughter Of The Everglades


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 19

from The BBC Sessions (99649), copyright notice

Were you were raised by the river
Down in the low, low land
Where the air is dark and sinister
In the night there's no safe place to stand

In the reeds there are eyes that peek
Voices I can't understand
Flamingos flying endlessly
Into the silent sky

Daughter of the everglades
You never made it clear
Child of the river
If you wanted to be here
Daughter of the everglades
I never saw your tears

Well you looked like your mama
Before you walked, you swam
Learned to make that snake tail stew
From your daddy
Crazy talking fisherman

In this place there is no law
The river makes all the rules
What they are, I found out
When I came to look for you

Daughter of the everglades
Why did you bring me here?
Daughter of the everglades
My love has turned to fear
Daughter of the everglades
Let me feel you near

Well you laughed in the city
But I knew after a year
That you'd cry in the city
I should not have brought you here
So far from the bayou
Down in the low, low land
Don't know why you left me
But now I think I understand

 

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Doing Time

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by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

I'm breaking rocks and I'm doing time
She's on the streets with a friend of mine
I drove the car I took the fall
I walk the cell at night I cry ‘til dawn
At night I cry ‘til dawn
The days are long but time will pass
I'm breaking out I soon will get my change

I'm in my cell it's ten by nine
She's living it up on champagne and wine
I took the rap I have to smile
Time drags by but I'll get loose after a while
Get loose after a while
Deep in the night just like a child

I walk the cell my mind is running wild

I'm going numb from too much waiting
Until my dying day
I'll suffocate from too much hating
There'll be hell to pay

I'm gonna rot from too much waiting
'Til my dying day
My soul is bruised my heart is shaking
There'll be hell to pay

I'm digging ditches I'm breaking stones
Sewing mailbags it ain't no fun
Bread and water my life is complete
Hold my breath ‘til I'm back out on the streets
Back out on the streets

Revenge is sweet or so they say
Just watch your steps I'm breaking out today
Revenge is sweet or so they say
Just watch your steps I'm breaking out today

 

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Don't Start Me Talking

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

Well I'm going down the road
Stop in Fanny Mays
Gonna tell Fanny what I heard her boyfriend say

Don't start me talkin'
I'll tell everything I know
I'm gonna break up this signifyin'
'Cause somebody's got go

Jack gave his wife two dollars
To go downtown to get some market
Gets out on the street
Ol' George stops her
He knocked her down
And blackened her eye
She gets back home and tells her husband a lie

Don't start me talkin'
I'll tell everything I know
I'm gonna break up this signifyin'
'Cause somebody's got go

She borrowed some money
To go to the beauty shop
She honked his horn
She beegan to start
Said take me bay ‘round the block
I'm going to the beauty shop
To have my hair socked

Don't start me talkin'
I'll tell everything I know
I'm gonna break up this signifyin'
'Cause somebody's got go

 

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Failsafe Day

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

What I see just takes the heart from me
It's all okay they keep telling me
Somehow it feels like failsave day
You know it's almost failsave day

It's not the time now don't go sad on me
Yeah we can run the illusion is free
Let's not just throw this change away
You know it's almost failsave day

And deep inside I hear that something
Like a silent scream
And in the night I hear that rumbling
Keep on hoping that it's just a dream

Wish there was some time to buy or steal
'Cause there's this stranger in the air I breathe
Deep down it feels like failsave day
They're gonna fade us all away

Deep inside I hear that something
Like a silent scream
The voice inside just tells me one thing
Keep on hoping that it's just a dream

What I see just chrills the heart in me
It's all okay but they're not fooling me
You know it's almost failsave day
Somehow it feels like failsave day
You know it's almost failsave day
They're gonna fade it all away

 

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Hell Cat

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1979

from Top Priority (Demon 123), copyright notice

Well there's a hellcat, loose cat, hear it wail
It can stop you down the street, you cannot get away
Well it's gonna get to you, got the demon power
You got to run, run, brother you know your soul's on fire
You got to run, run, brother you know your soul's on fire

Well there's a strange, strange feeling chilling your hands
A shadow in your doorway, freeze you where you stand
You play your dice with the devil, now it's much too late
Well don't you know you got a hellcat on your trail
Well don't you know you got a hellcat on your trail

The sound that haunts you from the dark will dawn
Don't go away no more when the morning comes
There's a step on the stairs, a storm in your sails
That you know you got a hellcat by the tail
Yeah, you've done and got a hellcat on your trail

Oh yeah

Well there's a hellcat, loose cat, hear it moan
Stalking your shadow all night long
It's the darkest feeling this side of hell
Well don't you know you got a hellcat by the tail
You know you've got a hellcat by the tail
Well hellcat
Well hellcat
Well hellcat
Well hellcat

 

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I Ain't No Saint

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

I ain't no saint I can't turn the other cheek
I ain't no saint Can't turn the other cheek
But you can cool my temper by the words I hear you speak

I'll tell you straight from the shoulder
Tell you straight from the hip
If I'm falling over, she makes the pieces fit
If I get arrested or in som legal twist
She talks to the judge and gets the case dismissed

I ain't no saint won't make it through the pearly gates
I feel alright down here, Lord I think heaven's gonna have to wait

She don't tell me how to make a living

Don't lock her love up with a key
If I'm down my head is spinning

Don't call a doctor or a priest

I ain't no saint won't toe the party line
I ain't no saint I won't toe the party line
But you get my nomination every single time

I'll tell you straight from the shoulder
Straiht from the hip
Believe the tallest stories if I hear it from your lips
Don't need to worry about the crazy shape I'm in
This tender magic surely gives me a thrill

I ain't no saint
Won't make it through the pearly gates
I feel allright down here lord
I think heaven's gonna have to wait

 

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I Fall Apart

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1971

from Rory Gallagher (Atlantic 33368), copyright notice

Like a cat that's playing with a ball of twine that you call my heart
Oh but baby is it so hard to tell the two apart
and so slowly you unwind it 'til I fall apart

I don't mind waiting for your love for of time
I've got plenty of rain or shine
Please bring out your love make it shine like the stars above

Like a cat that's playing with a ball of twine that you call my heart
Oh, but baby is it so hard to tell the two apart
and so slowly you unwind it 'til I fall apart

I'm only living for the hour that I see your face
When that happens I don't wanna be no other place
'Til the end of time you'll be on my mind

I don't mind waiting for your love,
for of time I've got plenty of
Rain or shine please bring out your love,
make it shine like the stars above

I'm only living for the moment that I hear your voice
Oh, I'm waiting
I don't have any choice and the day is long
So won't you come where you should be

Like a cat that's playing with a ball of twine that you call my heart
Oh baby, is it so hard to tell the two apart
and so slowly you unwind it 'til I fall apart

 

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In Your Town

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1971

from Deuce (BMG International 60102) & The BBC Sessions (99649)

Look out baby, your man is back in town
Look out baby, your man is back in town
Look out baby, I won't stand no messin'`round

The first man I wanna see is the Chief Police,
bring that man right over here
I wanna speak (?) my peace
I wanna 'cause no trouble, no fuzz, no fight,
but you look out man, you know this is Saturday night

The second man I wanna see is the old fire chief,
bring that man right over here
Stand him right in front of me
I wanna cause no trouble, no fuzz, no fight
see this match, I might set this place alight
So look out...

The third man I wanna see is the old D.A.,
he was the man who sent me away
Twenty two years, twenty three days, twenty four minutes
I was locked away

You come along baby, ask me where I've been,
up-the-river-holiday (?), up in Sing Sing
One cold floor, four bare walls,
that's all they gave me, nothing else at all
Sing Sing, Sing Sing, Sing Sing,
when I came out I could not feel a thing...

Now I'm back in your town,
in your town, in your town, in your town...

 

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Jackknife Beat

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1976

from Calling Card (Capitol 13131, Castle ESM374) & The BBC Sessions (99649), copyright notice

Shake it baby, before it shakes you
Get it baby and let it take you
Where you want it to

Don't you maybe
That just won't do
You say I'm crazy
But this music's got me feelin' good

I know it's fever
I don't need a cure
You're the doctor
I'm your patient that's for sure
I'm your patient that's for sure

Hear it baby
Sneaking on through
You'll know it baby
When that music gets inside your shoes

It's too late baby, what do you do
Hear it baby
Hear it baby
Sneaking on through
You'll know it baby
When that music gets inside your shoes
You know it's creeping up on you

Scat

We got that Jackknife beat
A killer of a back beat
Sounds like an ice truck
Rolling down a back street

Yeah, we got the whole thing going like a pneumatic drill
The guitar man's playing like he's fit to kill, oh yeah

We got that Jackknife beat
A killer of a back beat
Siphon off the syrup
Let it take a back seat
What's cooking in the kitchen has boiled to the brim
What's brewing in the basement
Is bound to over spill, oh yeah

Shake it baby, before it shakes you
Get it baby and let it take you
Where you want it to

Don't you maybe
That just won't do
You say I'm crazy
But this music's got me feelin' good

Got a fever
I don't need a cure
You're the doctor
I'm your patient that's for sure
I'm your patient that's for sure

 

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Kickback City

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

They say this town will kill you
They say this town ain't got no soul
This town could take a childs smile
And turn it into stone
But don't you think I know that
This town has cut me to the bone
Trouble crawling up your back
Fear just eats your soul

You say this town will eat you up
You say this town ain't got no heart
You try to learn all your lines
And you try to play the part
With all this double dealing
I tell you brother you get smart
Here in kickback city
You're lost before you start

People in subways look nearly half dazed to me
Renting tomorrow investing in sorrow no belief

Faces in sidestreets hiding like angels for grace
Selling you sorrow renting tomorrow you're out of place

They say this town will kill you
They say this town ain't got no soul
They'll set you up and pull the stitch
Till you unravelled on the floor
But I won't let it beat me
Though trouble's knocking in my door
Somehow it's just your smile
That keeps me coming back for more
Here in kickback city
Feel I'm going down slow
Here in kickback city
Feel I'm going down slow

 

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Laundromat

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1971

from Rory Gallagher (Atlantic 33368), copyright notice

What do you think of that?
I'm sleeping down at the laundromat
If you should pass by be sure to drop my bag
Come 'round and meet my friends
They'll be there with me right through to the end
Right through to the end
Right through to the end

What do you think of that?
I'm sleeping down at the laundromat
If you should pass you should drop my bag

But I don't have no clothes to clean,
to put inside the machine
It was the craziest place I've ever been

Oh, come around and meet my friends
They'll be there with me right through to the end

Say I told you so
Maybe bad times come and go
You don't know that right now but then you'll never know

What do you think of that
I'm on the street like an old stray cat
If you should look for me you'd know exactly where to go

Oh, come around and meet my friends
They'll be there with me, with me to the end

What do you think of that
I'm sleeping down at the laundromat
If you should pass by drop right in

But I have no clothes to clean
To put inside the machine
It was the craziest place I've ever been

Oh, come around and meet my friends
They'll be there with me right through to the end

 

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Loanshark Blues

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

Give me til Monday, that's only a day or two
Give me til Monday, that's only a day or two
I'll pay you back with interest, if it's the last thing that I do yeah
I'll pay you back with interest, if it's the last thing that I do yeah

Give me til Monday, that's only a day away
Give me til Monday, that's only a day away
I'm down on my knees, Ive got one foot in the grave
I'm down on my knees, I ve got one foot in the grave

I've got the Loanshark Blues I've got the Loanshark Blues
Give me an offer I can't refuse

My wife needs shoes my kids must eat feel so cold, I can't feel my feet
Can't get my hands on one thin dime gonna turn to a life of crime
No work here, so I walk the street sign on the door, feel I'm beat
I known you run Pier 15 you got a grip on all my dreams

I got the Loanshark Blues the Loanshark Blues
Give me an offer I can't refuse

Give me til Monday, that s only a day or two
Give me til Monday, that's only a day or two
I'll pay you back with interest, if it's the last thing that I do
I'll pay you back with interest, if it s the last thing that I do

I got the Loanshark blues the Loanshark Blues
Give me an offer I can't refuse

The roofs got holes, see the sky can't get straight and I have tried
I'm in your debt, I'm well aware I'll break the law ‘cause I don't care
Living on a knife edge I have been but I'm to though to just give in
Moving on down with the longshore men on the docks we're locked out again

I got the Loanshark Blues the Loanshark Blues
Give me an offer I can't refuse

I got the Loanshark Blues the Loanshark Blues
Give me an offer I can't refuse

 

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Moonchild

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1976

from Calling Card (Capitol 13131, Castle ESM374), copyright notice

You are a moonchild and pretty soon child
I've got a feeling that
I've gonna make you smile forever

If I can
Just give me a sign,
and I show you my grain

You are a blue child forever true child you
Know that I tried to scrape the skies blue forever

If I can
Just give me a sign,
and I show you my grain

Tell me why, you look so sad
Time slips by like trace of sand

Just put your future in my hand
Tell me why you look so sad

You are a moonchild and pretty soon child
I've got a feeling that
I've gonna make you smile forever

 

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Morning Sun


by
recording of 1970

from On the Boards (Atco 3322), copyright notice

Looks like the morning sun that's come to play outside my window
Another night has gone, if something's changed then it does not show
She looks like the morning sun but you must re member
She's as cold as December, I can't remember what I've done

Looks like the morning sun that's come to play outside my window
Another night has gone if something's changed then it does not show
She shines so brightly and make your two eyes blink
But you know she can't be found when the sun begins to sink

She looks like the morning sun but you must remember
She's as cold as December, I can't remember what I've done
Looks like the morning sun that's come to play outside my window
[...] of the night [...], if something's changed then it does not show

 

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Philby

soundclip


by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1979

from Top Priority (Capitol 13081, Demon 123), copyright notice

Now ain't it strange that I feel like Philby, there's a stranger in my soul
I'm lost in transit in a lonesome city, I can't come in from the cold
I'm deep in action on a secret mission, contact's broken down
Time drags by, I'm above suspicion, there's a voice on the telephone

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Well it sure is dark in this clockwork city, contact's never gonna show
I've got a code which can't be broken, my eyes never seem to close
Well, I'm standing here in the silent city, shadows falling down
I'm disconnected but I don't need pity, the night's gonna burn on slow

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Now ain't it funny that I feel like Philby, a stranger on a foreign shore
I've got my plans and I must move quickly, there's a knock upon the door
Still in transit and I'm close to danger, my cover can't be blown,
It's getting strange and it's getting crazy, tell me, what is going on?

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Four o'clock and nothing's moving, six o'clock and the daylight's stirring
Morning comes, must be moving on
All night long my mind's been burning, makes me feel such a long, long way from home, home

Now ain't it strange that I feel like Philby, there's a stranger in my soul
I'm lost in transit in a lonesome city, I can't come in from the cold

 

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Pistol Slapper Blues

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by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 1972

from Live in Europe/Stage Struck (Capitol 13082), copyright notice

Know my dog anywhere I hear him bark
Well I know my rider if I see her in the dark

Well I'd know my dog anywhere I hear him bark
Well, I'd know my rider if I see her in the dark

Ain't it cold for you, mother when you say you don't love me?
Well that's alright woman, you gonna need my help someday

You didn't say you didn't love me, when you were stretched out across my bed
You're drinkin' moonshine whisky and talking all outta your head

Ain't but two kinda people in this world that I can't stand
That's a lying woman and a cheatin', knockin' man1

Well, I feel like slapping my pistol in your face
I'm gonna let the graveyard be your resting place

Well I'd know my dog anywhere I hear him bark
Well, I'd know my rider if I see her in the dark

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Note 1: knockin' man, Doug O. Padgett was wondering, as I do now as well, what "knockin'" in this context means?. Is it just an error in the transcription and if so what is the correct word? Or, is the transcription correct? In any case if you have suggestions or info on this little mystery please mail me, thanks!.

 

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Race The Breeze

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by Rory Gallagher
recording of 19

from The BBC Sessions (99649), copyright notice

Well that sounds like the night train, blowin' its stack
Spreading its wings on homeward track
Arrived here this morning, won't be here for long
As fast as a shooting star, that's' what them eight wheels are for

Come on baby lets jump aboard
It's a mean piece of transport baby
You know that's no joke

On board the aging gamble smiles as he peels
The seal off a new deck, then he quietly deals
Hands round the table from the bottom he slips three
Watch yourself if you play this game the fastest card game on wheels
Come on, won't you be there when it leaves
Can't you hear them talkin' about it together we could race the breeze

It shines out a light, in the darkest night
To make us feel alright
To make us feel alright
I've prayed every night
That you will wanna go there too
Come on darlin', let's go

Night is over as the dawn begins to crack
Sounds like a hen hatching in a chicken shack
Late last night I think I heard a lonely cry
Heard the blind owl howling in a moonless sky
Come on

Won't you be there when it leaves
Can't ya hear me talkin'
Together we could race the breeze

Old engine driver never stepped on the ground
Got no degree in geography but he's been around
Knows all the back lines, eyes can hardly see
Don't tell this man to slow down
'Cause he don't know what you mean
Come on

Won't you be there when it leaves
Can't you hear me talkin baby
Together we can race the breeze

It shines out a light, in the darkest night
To make us feel alright
To make us feel alright
I've prayed every night
That you will wanna go there too
Alright

Well that sounds like the night train, blowin' its stack
Spreading its wheels on homeward track
Arrived here this morning, won't be here for long
As fast as a shooting star, that's' what them eight wheels are for

Won't you be there when it leaves
Can't you hear me talkin' baby
Together we can race the breeze

Can't you hear me talkin' baby
Together we can race the breeze

Can't you hear me talkin' baby
Together we can race the breeze

 

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Road To Hell

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by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

Soft-soaped on the road to hell
So many times I tripped and fell
No changes left the sky is falling down on me

One step from the demons' fire can't stop the train
The flames get higher too late to save me
The wall is coming down on me

Broken wishes and broken dreams
Close to the edge I cut it lean
No regrets the angels gonna cry on me

Push the tempo push the time
No excusus not this time
No way out the ground is opening up on me

Can you feel the beat
Coming from the street
Pour rain down on me

They try to keep me on a long thin chain
Thanks but no thanks just the same
You saw it coming the devil has got the jump on me

Lost soul on the road to hell
Wind up the motor and ring the bell
No stopping now pain is coming down on me

Straight time on the road to hell
No mercy time at the wishing well
No turning back angels going to cry for me

 

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Seven Days

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by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

Seven days of thunder eight days of rain
The feeling that I'm under
Is like a ball'n chain, like a ball'n chain

Just round the corner I know a store
Gonna trade in my razor and bay a 44
And I'll come knocking knocking door to door
The feeling in my head is like all out war
All out war third world war

And if they catch me and put me in the chair
You can sit beside me there's plenty room to spare
You are the reason I am in tis fix will you cry for me
When they throw that switch throw that switch

This time they'll lock me up for sure
Throw away the key when they slam the door

City to city town to town
Seven days running
Will they track me down
Will they track me down

 

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Shadow Play

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by Rory Gallagher
recording of probably 1972

from various albums listed here, copyright notice

In the flinty light, it's midnight, and stars collide
Shadows run, in full flight, to run, seek and hide
I'm still not sure what part I play,
in this shadow play, this shadow play

In the half light, on this mad night, I hear a voice in time
Well, I look back, see a half-smile, then it's gone from sight
Won't you tell me how I can find my way?
In this shadow play, this shadow play
In this shadow play, this shadow play

Sounds come crashing, and I hear laughing
All those lights just blaze away
I feel a little strange inside
A little bit of Jekyll, a little Mr. Hyde

Sounds come crashing, can I hear laughing?
All those lights just blaze away
I feel a little strange inside
A little Dr. Jekyll, a little Mr. Hyde

Thoughts run wild, free as a child, into the night
Across the screen a thin beam, of magic light
Things they just don't look the same
In this shadow play, this shadow play
Shadow play, shadow play
I can't run away from this shadow play
Shadow play, shadow play

 

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Slumming Angel

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by
recording of 1988

from Fresh Evidence (Capitol 13070), copyright notice

You're like a Slumming Angel, lost on the wrong side of town
Just want to see the pictures, tell your man, "Turn down the sound"
You're acting wise but aren't you afraid, 'round here you might get blown away
Like a Slumming Angel, lost on the wrong side of town

Slumming Angel, lost on the wrong side of the tracks
I saw you ask the poor kid, to take the time to show you back
Don't burn your wings, flying too high
Around here you just might end up dying
Like a Slumming Angel, lost on the wrong side of town
Slumming Angel, don't you know your way around?

Straight out of heaven, don't you know where you stand?
Take off those rose-colored glasses, this is no wonderland

You're like a Slumming Angel, lost on the wrong side of the tracks
Saw you ask the poor boy, to take the time to show you back
Go home to your daddy, where you ought to go
Things have changed around here, don't you know

You're like a Slumming Angel, lost on the wrong side of town
Slumming Angel, let me show you around

 

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Smear Campaign

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by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1988

from Defender (Capitol 13071), copyright notice

The dirty tricks department is working overtime
Trying to stop the candidate from getting this time
The wheels are now in motion all the traps are set
Under this commotion will he walk into this mess

The state's intoxicated they're at the staarting gate
He may never make it to the planned TV debate
He can't fight off the big bucks of the old brigade
He's gotta watch his step in this smear campaign

They called a snap election in the summer heat
This town is reeling backwards
Like a drunk man on the streets

Feed those lies
Bend those minds at any price
Foul or air
As long as he's not there
Election time

Don't believe the papers it's not anybody's race
He's not a rank beginner it's not a children's game
He may get the nomination if he breaks through the chain
Or they'll shoot him down on Main street in this smear campaign

Just watch the party faithful fuel the dream machine
They've fudged up all the issues eat that scandal sheet
The dirty tricks department is nearly half insane
Trying to stop the candidate with a smear camaign

 

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Tattoo'd Lady

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by
recording of 1973
from
Irish Tour '74 (Capitol 13130), copyright notice

Tattoo'd Lady, bearded baby they're my family
When I was lonely something told me where I could always be

Well I spent my youth under canvas roof as I roamed from town to town
I'm not fooling when I say I got no schoolin', never like the class bell sound
From inside the caravan I hear the fairground band, sounding good as they can be
You know I can't be found
But if you look around, tomorrow we'll be gone by dawn

Now hear it on the loud speaker say, the fire eater is a real fine sight to see
You know he's a death cheater, some kind of central heater, be sure to save a seat for me
Let me tell you 'bout wicked Sadie, she's no baby,
the law came and tried to close her sideshow down
But soon she had the D.A. cheering, the police chief wearing her garter for a crown

 

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The Devil Made Me Do It

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by Rory Gallagher
recording of 1982

from Jinx (Demon 126), copyright notice

Well, the devil made me do it, do it, do it
The devil made me trip and fall
The devil drove me to it, to it, to it
Till I had no chance at all

What did I do that was so bad, to go and get myself arrested?
Just hit town to have some fun, but I ended up in the trash can
There I was in the witness stand, my eyes turned towards the jury
Trying to recall what went wrong last night, but it won't come right back to me

Well, the devil made me do it, do it, do it
The devil made me trip and fall
The devil drove me to it, to it, to it
Till I had no chance at all

The lawyer said, "Son, won't you plead the fifth, and don't speak unless requested"
Using all the words at his command, his skills were sorely tested
Then, to my complete surprise, they went and called a hostile witness
The devil himself, well he took the stand and that's where my case rested

Well, the devil made me do it, do it, do it
The devil made me trip and fall
The devil drove me to it, to it, to it
Till I had no chance at all

What did I do that was so bad, to go and get myself arrested?
Well, I was just in town to have some fun, but I ended up in the trash can
There I was in the witness box, my eyes turned towards the jury
Trying to recall what went wrong last night, but it won't come back to me

Well, the devil made me do it, do it, do it
The devil made me trip and fall
The devil drove me to it, to it, to it
Till I had no chance at all

Well, the devil made me do it, do it, do it
The devil made me trip and fall
The devil drove me to it, to it, to it
Till I had no chance at all

Well, the devil drove me to it, to it, to it
The devil made me trip and fall
The devil drove me to it, to it, to it
Till I had no chance at all, till I had no chance at all
Till I had no mind at all

 

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Walk On Hot Coals

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by
recording of 1973
from
Irish Tour '74 (Capitol 13130), copyright notice

Well I lost my shirt in a card game in which I never had a chance
Well I lost my shirt in a card game at which I never had a chance
The deck was marked, the game was rigged, you could not tell at a glance

Well I lost my job at the weekend...

Well I walk on hot coals sleep on a bed of nails
Walk on thin ice, skate on razor blades
Got my little girl beside me, no matter what else fails

Well I spent it all down at the racetrack...
Gonna throw away my lucky penny...

Well I walk on hot coals sleep on a bed of nails
Walk on thin ice, skate on razor blades
Got my little girl beside me, no matter what else fails

 

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Page last updated on:
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