Credits

Singing and playing by CG
Jez Smith played piano on "You Lift Me Up".
Songs written by CG, published by Gregsongs, administered by BMG Rights Management, UK     
Recorded and mixed at Gregsonics, Saddleworth, UK by CG
Piano on "You Lift Me Up" recorded at home by Jez Smith
Produced by Clive Gregson
Mastered by Andy Seward
Design by Amelia Sanders
Photographs by Sara Porter

Thanks

Paul Adshead, All at BMG, Lorraine Carpenter, Missy Feeley, Ged Green, Andy Murray, Stuart Palmer,
All at John Pearse Strings, Sara Porter, Amelia Sanders, Andy Seward, John Stirling

Special Thanks

Jez Smith
Tracks

01: The Dawning Of The Day
02: Can't Keep From Crying
03: Lay Beside Me, Keep Me Warm
04: Call Me
05: No One Else
06: A Man Like Me
07: Birthday Song
08: Part Of My Past
09: All Of You
10: Two Birds With One Stone
11: When Summer Comes Around
12: Easy
13: You Lift Me Up
Lyrics

THE DAWNING OF THE DAY

You're on my mind as the sun comes up at the dawning of the day,
I think of you every waking hour to pass the time away,
You're each and every harmony, you're all the notes I play,
You're on my mind as the sun comes up at the dawning of the day...

I can't recall just how we met, you've always been around,
Head screwed on, no regrets, both feet on the ground,
No-one else even makes believe they hear a word I say,
You're on my mind as the sun comes up at the dawning of the day...

And every time I fall from grace, you scrape me off the ground,
You shake your head, roll your eyes, stand me up and dust me down,
Heaven help me should I ever really go astray,
You're on my mind as the sun comes up at the dawning of the day,
At the dawning of the day,
The dawning of the day...

CAN’T KEEP FROM CRYING

Summer night slips away,
Another dawn, another day,
There’s no face at my window, there’s no key in my door,
But there’s an aching in my heart that was never there before…

Lovers fight, lovers part,
It’s been that way from the start,
There’s no face at my window, there’s no key in my door,
But there’s an aching in my heart that was never there before…

I can’t keep from crying, I keep on crying over you,
I can’t keep from crying, I keep on crying over you…

I can’t eat and I can’t sleep,
All I do is sit and weep,
There’s no face at my window, there’s no key in my door,
But there’s an aching in my heart that was never there before…

I can’t keep from crying, I keep on crying over you,
I can’t keep from crying, I keep on crying over you,
I can’t keep from crying, I keep on crying over you,
I can’t keep from crying, I keep on crying over you…

LAY BESIDE ME, KEEP ME WARM

Spring in my step,
Summer in my heart,
Paying no attention to the passing storms,
Autumn in the air,
Winter in my bones,
Lay beside me, keep me warm…

Many are the years,
Many more the miles,
Oh so many nights, and just as many mornings,
I’ll take many more,
As long as you will still,
Lay beside me, keep me warm…

And every time it rains,
It’s only heaven crying,
Sad because we haven’t reached Saint Peter’s gates yet…
      
There’s time enough for that,
Right now, we’re right here,
Lay beside me, keep me warm…

And every time it rains,
It’s only heaven crying,
Sad because we haven’t reached Saint Peter’s gates yet…

Spring in my step,
Summer in my heart,
Paying no attention to the passing storms,
Autumn in the air,
Winter in my bones,
Lay beside me, keep me warm,
Lay beside me, keep me warm…

CALL ME

I know that we’re not working,
Any fool can see,
You’re all wrapped up in yourself,
And I’m obsessed with me…

I don’t have any answers,
Nothing’s making sense,
You’re already moving on,
While I sit on the fence…

So cry if you have to, leave if you must,
Turn your back on this old town, kick up a little dust,
There’s a great big world right out there, as far as I can see,
But if you’re ever broken… call me…

Cos I won’t be going anywhere,
I’m rooted to this spot,
And though it’s neither here nor there,
I can’t be what I’m not…

So cry if you have to, leave if you must,
Turn your back on this old town, kick up a little dust,
There’s a great big world right out there, as far as I can see,
But if you’re ever broken… call me, call me, you can call me, yeah…
Call me…

NO ONE ELSE

When midnight calls, I answer back,
I won’t be denied,
When heartache pulls, I take up the slack,
And keep it all inside…

I hope you won’t mind if I sit down,
Just for a little while,
If you’d be so kind as to hear me out,
You might just crack a smile…

You radiate,
You raise my pulse,
You rock my world like no one else…

My memory’s not what it was,
So I don’t quite recall,
Why you picked me up, was it because,
I just had to fall?..

You radiate,
You raise my pulse,
You rock my world like no one else…

You radiate,
You raise my pulse,
You rock my world like no one else,
No one else,
Like no one else,
You rock my world like no one else…

A MAN LIKE ME

If I ever call your number,
And forget just what I meant to say to you,
Then drone on for an hour,
Well, that’s just something a man like me might do…

There’s a world of stuff between us,
Those things that mean ‘bout everything to you,
If I trash them all to pieces,
Well, that’s just something a man like me might do…
              
Well, I can make excuses till I’m blue in the face,
Apologise in all sincerity,
You can blow a fuse, say something has to change,  
But you will still be you, I’ll still be me…

If I ever for one moment,
Forget the crap that I have put you through,
Or worse still, pretend it never happened,
Well, that’s just something a man like me might do…

Well, there’s nothing worse than feeling that a lover’s let you down,
And there’s not a single thing that you can do,
When I scrape you off the ceiling, set your feet back on the ground,
I will still be me, you’ll still be you…

Well, I know I’m nothing special,
But when I get it right, I am good for you,
When I screw up, please forgive me,
That’s just something a man like me might do,
That’s just something a man like me might do,
Well, that’s just something a man like me might do…

BIRTHDAY SONG

I’m lost for words whenever I see you,
You only have to ask, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do,
You’re my missing part, it was written in the stars,
I’m lost for words whenever I see you…

My head’s in a whirl whenever you call my name,
Time stands still, nothing will ever be the same,
I was lost in song until you came along,
My head’s in a whirl whenever you call my name, call my name…

This world is full of joy, this world is full of pain,
I’ve had my share of both, and I guess I will again,
As long as you are here, I need have no fears,
This world is full of joy, this world is full of pain,
This world is full of joy, this world is full of pain, full of pain…

PART OF MY PAST

When I look into your eyes, I can see that I don't interest you at all,
When you ring me up, I listen to your voice and wonder why you called,
And every time you walk away, I can't help but think this is the last,
Time I see your face and from here on out you'll be part of my past...

Why did I never tell you without you I am only half a man,
Will it make the slightest difference if I tell you now while I still can,
And if I don't seize this moment, will I forever be typecast,
As the man who stood by helpless while you became part of my past...

Baby you know making up is not so hard to do,
All it takes is one of us to change to someone new,
But change for us comes gradually,
Right now we need something fast,                
So won't you change your mind and stay before,
You’re part of my past...

Baby you know making up is not so hard to do,
All it takes is one of us to change to someone new,
But change for us comes gradually,
Right now we need something fast,                
So won't you change your mind and stay before,
You’re part of my past,
Yeah, won't you change your mind and stay before,
You’re part of my past...

ALL OF YOU

My thoughts are all of you,
My words are far and few,
Though I may never speak my mind,
My thoughts are all of you...

The copper coloured clouds,
Obscure the Dublin moon,
I'm pushing through the Dublin crowds,
My thoughts are all of you...

We never said goodbye,
We bid a fond adieu,
Until I next see your sweet face,
My thoughts are all of you,
My thoughts are all of you,
My thoughts are all of you....

TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE

Two birds with one stone,
Feathers all around,
Now we're both alone,
Broken on the ground,
Children make mistakes,
We're both fully grown,
Older hearts still break,
Two birds with one stone...

Two birds with one stone,
Oh, our aim was true,
You outnumbered me,
I surrounded you,
When the smoke had cleared,
All we had was gone,
We'd both disappeared,
Two birds with one stone...

All I ever dreamed of,
Was growing old with you,
But those who never fell to earth,
Never ever flew...

Two birds with one stone,
Time is passing by,
I can't start again,
I don't even want to try,
I can't face the highs and lows,
I'd rather be alone,
Older hearts still break,
Two birds with one stone,
Older hearts still break,
Two birds with one stone...

WHEN SUMMER COMES AROUND

When summer comes around with her hair piled on her head,
Eyes of emerald green, lips of burning red,
When summer comes around with her fingernails bright blue,
That's when I begin to think of you...

When summer comes around, I always seem to find,
There's something in the air, love's not far behind,  
When summer comes around and everything feels new,
That's when I begin to think of you...

I'm a fish out of water,
I'm a ship lost at sea,
I'm a lamb to the slaughter,
Whenever you aren't here with me...

When summer comes around I roll back into bed,
Turn out all the lights, pull the sheets over my head,
When summer comes around, I dream the whole day through,
And all I ever dream about is you,
All I ever dream about is you...

EASY

If everything were easy, what would we do?
Man thrives on struggle his whole life through,
We always seem happy to watch things unwind,
If everything were easy, you’d still be mine…

If everything were easy, love would make sense,
No one would think of us in the past tense,
To mess up is human, forgiveness divine,
If everything were easy, you’d still be mine…

We both know life is a farce,
We both know life is a joke,
We laugh as all of the dreams that we have,
Suddenly go up in smoke…

If everything were easy, we’d work this out,
A foregone conclusion would not be in doubt,
We hang in the air like clothes on the line,
If everything were easy, you’d still be mine,
You’d still be mine…

YOU LIFT ME UP

I had nothing in my pockets, lost the shirt from off my back,
Everything I owned I could carry in a sack,
They said I was a low life but I’ve never been that good,
Don’t think I’d want to even if I could…

My world was what I made it from down here on my knees,
My life is mine to do with exactly as I please,
I’ve always been a loser, my own worst enemy,
Heaven knows what you see in me…

But you, you lift me up,
Yeah you, you lift me up…

We get a one way ticket, destiny unknown,
We set out on that journey, sometimes we’re so alone,
Now you’re my soul companion, you never let me stray,
You’re there with me each step of the way…

And you, you lift me up,
Yeah you, you lift me up,
Yeah you, you lift me up, yeah, yeah,
Yeah you, you lift me up, you lift me up…
Musings on the subject of love, an endless rollercoaster ride. Hold on tight!

THE DAWNING OF THE DAY

Yang. I had Don Williams in mind when I started this one... but it finished up as something of a homage to
Paul McCartney. Hofner bass, Martin D-28, Epiphone Texan, Epiphone Casino. Go figure...

CAN'T KEEP FROM CRYING

Yin.

LAY BESIDE ME, KEEP ME WARM

Yang

CALL ME

Yin.

NO ONE ELSE

Yang. "I won't be denied"... that line took me straight to Neil Young. Martin D-28, Gretsch Tennessean,
Fender Precision, Wurlitzer 200A. Classics all...

A MAN LIKE ME

Yin.

BIRTHDAY SONG

Yang. I wrote this on my birthday, hence the title. My birthday is January 4th, same every year. I like books,
CDs, chocolates etc. I'm easy to find...

PART OF MY PAST

Yin.

ALL OF YOU

Yang.

TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE

Yin.

WHEN SUMMER COMES AROUND

Yang.

EASY

Yin.

YOU LIFT ME UP

Yang. Jez Smith on piano. Proper musician... turned out we share a great admiration for Larry Knechtel,
who I  occasionally worked with back in Nashville. Wonderful musician, lovely bloke. I sent Jez my demo of
this song  and suggested he go for the full "Trouble Over Bridgewater" approach in homage to Larry, who,
of course, played piano on the original Simon & Garfunkel track. I hope you'll agree that Jez did a stellar job...
It's Only Love (2020-08)