Think Positive!

by The Whisky Priests

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The Whisky Priests sixth and final studio album.


Media Reviews:

“After a succession of strong albums and a string of line-up changes, County Durham’s own diehard Geordie folk-rockers have taken a clever and largely effective side step, producing their most assured and confident album to date. Generally substituting brains for bluster, frontman and songwriter Gary Miller has matured into a writer of cleverly composed mini-epics, which, as well as offering a nod to their ‘pitmatic’ roots, also traces the path the band has walked since forming, close on fifteen years ago.

‘Think Positive!’ features a clutch of self-compositions rich in that rugged quality which has secured The Whisky Priests’ reputation, yet this time the grittiness has been finely gold-plated, with ‘part-time Priest’ Chuck Fleming adding delightfully melodious colour on piano, fiddle and mandolin – especially effective on the poignant ‘My Ship’ and in the punch-drunk swagger of Johnny Handle’s ‘Going To The Mine’.

The band displays an impressive Celtic subtlety on ‘Wherever You Go’, with flute adding more Celtic flavourings than previously noticeable on a Whisky Priests recording. Having said that, fans of the band’s fiery roots rock will not be disappointed, as opener ‘A Better Man Than You’ is as fine as – if not better than – anything they have come up with before. Some superbly delivered harmonies add a classy edge, and elsewhere they show a fine line in riff rock on the hugely infectious ‘The Man Who Sold His Town’. The killer blow comes via the social realism and satire of ‘Car Boot Sale’.

There’s quality here by the bucket-load, plus class and authority and a healthy dose of genuine style. ‘Think Positive!’ features The Whisky Priests at the peak of their form.”

Sean McGhee, ‘Rock ‘N’ Reel’, UK, Issue 30, Spring 1998.


“Perhaps the title’s something of a credo for Gary and Glenn Miller. More than a couple of times they’ve been dealt a lousy hand. Less driven individuals would have shut up shop long since, but not these two. Tenacity reaps its own rewards; besides which the Priests always listen to their fans first and bugger what anyone else thinks. The punters it is who run the motor.

Born of soul-searching, ‘Think Positive!’ is perhaps the most considered Priests album. For starters it was laid down in Scottish seclusion; this version sounds like a band and not the Millers with latest additions; it’s shot through with the exuberant but steady virtues of ex-JSD / Five Hand Reel worthy Chuck Fleming; and the vocals, less fraught and wild, go for harmonies. (Is this really the Priests?).

Why, the closing, sole trad. arr., ‘Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her’, recalls nothing less than Shane MacGowan’s brilliant ‘A Rainy Night In Soho’. Elsewhere they set Johnny Handle’s ‘Going To The Mine’ in a stately pit march. For their own stock they still draw heavily on tales of the ordinary and everyday but they’ve shot them through with great melodies and a rhythm section hot to trot. Celebrating failures, dreams, loves, quirks, characters and the best put down of a car boot sale you’ll ever wrap your lugs round.”

Simon Jones, ‘Folk Roots’, UK, July 1998.


“The Whisky Priests were formed in 1985 by brothers Gary and Glenn Miller from the North East of England, who were then mere teenagers with no professional musical experience, just one hell of a determination to succeed. Since those early days there has been some 40 changes in the band’s line-up and some long legal battles with the business side of music, like record companies.

To many artists it would have been disheartening but to the Miller brothers it was like pouring petrol on the fire of commitment and dedication. Today they have Yorkshire men Hugh Bradley and Andy Tong plus country music drummer Cozy Dixon in the line-up. When you here the music, nearly all original, it will say one thing loud and clear, this band does think positive because this is their 17th release since 1987.

Live performances have also brought excellent reviews and a large army of dedicated fans both home and abroad but no way do they fall into the pure country music category but I think this band is just one chart song away from success.

When you hear the music on the album I am certain you will detect strains of Celtic/Northumberland folk, American bluegrass, blues, roots and country that ‘The W.P.’s’ have coiffured to a style of their very own. Lyrically at times they had me thinking of them as new wave folky punk.
The ‘W.P.’s’ give themselves a great introduction to the listener. If you want to sample their great humour try ‘Car Boot Sale’ to an arrangement of the tune of ‘Blaydon Races’. Certainly an album I am only too pleased to add to my collection in the alternative side.”

‘Country Music News & Routes’, UK, Vol.14, No.12, October 1998.


“Another great batch of songs from the prolific pen of songsmith Gary Miller, who has the ability to draw on aspects of his own experience and adapt and develop these into strong story lines. Many of these new songs have a seemingly introspective and personal quality – songs such as ‘A Better Man Than You’, ‘Side By Side’, ‘My Ship’, ‘Song For Ewan’, ‘What I Could Have Been’ and ‘Wherever You Go’ – these are songs to identify with. Amongst the others are two all-time favourites – ‘Going To The Mine’ (Johnny Handle) and the shanty ‘Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her’; but my favourite is Gary’s lightweight and upbeat new 50 words per second version of ‘Blaydon Races’ – ‘Car Boot Sale’, which is nothing short of brilliant, and perfectly illustrates his gift for the words! I look forward to hearing a lot of singers attempting that one! In summary, another Whisky Priests album full of dreams, drama and drive, drive, drive – irresistible!”

Jenny Coxon, ‘Folk Buzz’, UK, Autumn/Winter 1998.


“Following a lengthy lay-off, brought about as a result of being badly beaten during a nightclub gang attack in Slovenia, compounded by Glenn Miller contracting pleurisy, as a result of overwork and stress, The Whisky Priests return with yet another line-up and more songs about life in England’s north east and beyond.

The quality of Gary Miller’s songwriting remains their greatest strength and, from this album, it would seem that his recent conversion to teetotalism has had a positive effect on the creative process. Songs like ‘Side By Side’, ‘My Ship’ and ‘Alice In Wonderland’ stand up to any number of comparisons, particularly to the atmosphere-laden version of Johnny Handle’s ‘Going To The Mine’, which is included here. A sense of fun creeps in with ‘Car Boot Sale’ being a quite hilarious look at one of Britain’s strangest pursuits.

Musically, ‘Think Positive!’ has a more traditional feel than we’ve come to expect and is, arguably, the band’s finest moment to date, with the Miller twins coaxing a fine performance from all involved.”


Dave Haslam, ‘Taplas’, UK.


“I am a big fan of The Whisky Priests, not only their music but their sheer tenacity and determination. This band has had over forty line-up changes since their inception but always there in the calm, in the eye of the maelstrom, have been the Miller brothers Gary and Glenn. With Gary being the main songwriter as well as vocalist/guitarist and Glenn on accordion, they are now joined by Hugh Bradley (mandola, mandolin, whistle, flute, electric guitar), Andy Tong (fretted and fretless bass) and Cozy Dixon (percussion). Chuck Fleming also made an appearance on violin, piano and mandolin.

This album has more depth to it than has been apparent with The Whisky Priests before. Prior to this their trademark has been rousing roots rock, but here even the more boisterous songs seem to have a more restrained element to it. That seems a little strange when you consider that this album was recorded basically live (no more than three takes a song) with a minimum of overdubs. Even though ‘What I Could Have Been’ fairly trots along there is the impression that in a sweaty hall the amps will be cranked up a little more and what is a bloody good song will be dragged kicking and screaming more into the classic. ‘Car Boot Sale’ is a comic number, which is nothing more or less than a ‘Blaydon Races’ for the 21st Century.

But out of the twelve songs and one instrumental there are two on which I would like to focus attention in particular. The first is ‘Alice In Wonderland’, which is a song about people attempting to take control of their lives, reaching for their dreams. It starts off as a fairly typical number with good mandolin/accordion work but as well as some wonderful fiddle parts what really lifts this is the vocals. There are some wonderful harmony vocals care of Hugh and Andy that are particularly effective. It is from this song that ‘Think Positive! Think confidence! Think I am in command!’ is taken. The other song is the longest on the album (only six minutes), which is ‘The Man Who Sold His Town’. What is effective about this is that for the first part there are no ‘folk elements’, with just a rock band format. It is only later during the instrumental part that these make an appearance, a radical departure to normal Priests material, which works extremely well indeed.

If you enjoy folk or roots rock then you must surely know The Whisky Priests. They are huge in Germany, where they are going to be shortly recording a live CD and Video, but they are also gigging over here and if you get the opportunity to see them, go along. I saw them a few years ago and they are one of the most powerful live experiences you can imagine, as they whip it into a folk roots frenzy. Sweaty and marvellous.”

Kevin Rowland, ‘Feedback’, UK, No.48, May 1998.


“New band, great attitude! The Priests have had a bit of bad luck over the last year. The last line up was a good solid back up for Glenn and Gary Miller, the brothers and main backbone of the band. For reasons which wouldn’t make interesting reading, they either call it a day, or move on, or… Anyway, despite several setbacks, the Millers have come shining through with this appropriately titled album. The album kicks off with ‘A Better Man Than You’, and rips through some cracking songs. As is often the case with Gary’s lyrics, there are some very poignant and atmospheric words that can be read on their own merit; ‘Alice In Wonderland’, ‘My Ship’ and the truly touching ‘What I Could Have Been’. Ironically, ‘Think Positive!’ does have some very downbeat vibes, and if the proof was in the pudding, then this is one hell of a dessert. All the songs show a good eye for gritty and earthy reality.”

Dave W. Hughes, ‘The Modern Dance’, UK, Internet version #11.


“Like the man said, there truly cannot be another band like The Whisky Priests, which is a good thing.

Here at BT Towers we are old friends of County Durham’s finest folk band and have followed the band through the 40-odd line-up changes, endless tours and myriad other challenges to the artistic process (including being beaten up in a Slovenian nightclub!).

Now they have their latest studio album out – their sixth – and they’re just getting better every time they do it.

The band are always at their most exciting on stage, where the power and passion that makes them so unique is at the fore.

But there is much to be gained from listening to ‘Think Positive!’ as well.
This 13-track collection is made up for the most part by new compositions by Gary Miller, one of the two brothers who have been the mainstay of the band throughout their dozen or so years, with Glenn, the other brother, penning one instrumental.

As has been noted on these pages before, Gary is a very gifted folk musician and songwriter, and this album gives the listener a chance to check out just how good he is.

Forget arran sweaters and fingers in the ear, this is folk music at its rawest, most passionate best; it is songs about the ordinary man and woman, about communities. It’s very good indeed.

Buy the album, and see the band live, get the best of both worlds.”

Richard Lewis, ‘Bury Times’ UK, 1st May 1998.


“‘Think Positive!’ is more than just an album title for The Whisky Priests, it is an attitude which has seen them triumph over everything from line-up changes to disengaging themselves from dodgy record deals. Their sense of positivity overrides everything and emerges victorious again. ‘Think Positive!’ sees them encrusting their North of England background with healthy dashes of 60’s pop and an express train rhythm section. The bluster and passion of yore is still intact but it is now blended with a more melodic strain, which incorporates elements of Celtic music in ‘Car Boot Sale’ and ‘Wherever You Go’, where Hugh Bradley’s flute emphasises the lilting melody and a beautifully restrained ‘Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her’.

Both Glenn and Gary Miller are at the core and their impassioned vocal and instrumental inputs captures the essence of The Whisky Priests with commanding works such as ‘A Better Man Than You’ and ‘Alice In Wonderland’. Powerfully energetic and totally committed, The Whisky Priests have created in ‘Think Positive!’ their masterpiece.”

John O’Regan, ‘J,O’R’, Eire.

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released May 1, 1998

Original CD liner notes:

'Think Positive!' was recorded and mixed 15th-26th January at Watercolour Music in the beautiful and inspirational location of Ardgour, Lochaber, in the Scottish Highlands. It was engineered by Nick Turner, man of 1000 voices (most of which sound like 'Boycey' from 'Only Fools And Horses'!) and produced by Nick and the band.

The Whisky Priests line-up on this recording:

Gary Miller – Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Miller – Accordion, Piano
Hugh Bradley – Mandola, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Whistle, Flute, Backing Vocals & Harmonies
Andrew Tong – Bass Guitar, Fretless Bass, Backing Vocals & Harmonies
Cozy Dixon – Drums, Percussion

‘Part-Time Priest’:
Chuck Fleming – Fiddle, Piano, Mandolin

In addition to the above, we all clapped, we all clapped, shouted, and made various noises where appropriate, with "Everything fifty-pence" courtesy of Chuck 'Bargain Bin' Fleming, while Booby rang his little bell on 'Car Boot Sale' and kept Andy's spirits up in his own special way (?!).

Jane fed us a couple of times and Chuck made a fine cheese omelette but Glenn cooked the lion's share of our meals for the duration of the session, although there were those among us who saw to it that there was precious little left for the poor old lion!

One morning, between and during takes, Kit Little snapped away at his camera and took the photos of us at the recording studio, which you see throughout this booklet, except for the odd one or two which Jane Miller took - Cheers!

And in case you thought it was all rock 'n' roll, we also managed to make time at the end of many a long hard day's recording session for what became an obligatory and highly enjoyable, if unsuccessful late-night UFO-spotting expedition among the rolling hills of Ardgour.

The design, layout and artwork was done by Keith Lawrence Palmer at 'The Creative Type'.


Track 14:
remixed by Nick Turner at Watercolour Music
Previously released on the Various Artists compilation album ‘Seka [“Sister”]’ (Twah!113/EFA61113-2 Twah! Records 1998)

Track 15:
Recorded at The Old Dairy Studio, York, 15th-17th September 1999
engineered & mixed by Phil Elliot
Previously released on the Various Artists compilation album ‘A Full Head of Steam’ (AFHOSCD001 Northern Sky Music 2000)


Original album ℗ & © 1998 Whippet Records
This Compilation ℗ & © 2016 Whippet Records

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The Whisky Priests (1985-2002) was founded by twin brothers, Gary & Glenn Miller (“the Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of Folk Music”). The band was internationally renowned for its energetic live shows, released a number of critically acclaimed albums, toured extensively and developed a worldwide cult following. ... more

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Track Name: A Better Man Than You
A BETTER MAN THAN YOU

He's a better man than you will ever be
His heart is a lion his soul is free
He exudes the greatest triumph with the purest dignity
He's a better man than you will ever be

His voice is louder than yours will ever be
He says more in a moment than your whole life can achieve
He captures people's lives and hearts with words of great beauty
In a louder voice than yours will ever be

And if through trouble he should falter
I will be there to break his fall
I will be his comfort, his shelter from the storm
I will be his flower among them all

He's a stronger man than you will ever be
Fighting with such passion for all that he believes
Against prejudice, injustice, deceit and apathy
He's a stronger man than you will ever be

And if he's prone to break my heart sometimes
I know that he still cares for me
For I know he hides a deeper sensibility
He's a better man than you will ever be

He's a nobler man than you will ever be
Giving so much of himself with a natural selfless ease
And should disaster strike, he will face it gallantly
He's a nobler man than you will ever be

And if you doubt the measure of this man
You need look no further than me
For I am his and I know he's the one for me
He's a better man than you will ever be

He's a better man than you will ever be
He's a better man than you will ever be

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Side By Side
SIDE BY SIDE

Mother close the curtains
Kiss me on the brow
Wish me "Good-night and God bless" before you go
Your eyes full of pride
For each little child
Where did it all go?
Where did it all go?

Blood on our noses
Blood on our knees
But flowing thicker than water in our veins
Fighting with each other
Then fighting for each other
Where did it all go?
Where did it all go?

Side by side we will fight
Belief our strength, truth our might
From despair our hope will rise
Stand or fall, side by side
Together we will survive

Instead of doubling our trouble
We can double our score
Turn our differences around
With a passion shared
Two is better than one
The battle still goes on
The battle still goes on

Side by side we will fight
Belief our strength, truth our might
From despair our hope will rise
Stand or fall, side by side
Together we will survive

Stand or fall, side by side
Together we will survive

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: My Ship
MY SHIP

I left my friends and my family behind
Sailing away on a fast-rolling tide
No thoughts of a future or what I might find
On a wave of destruction through the passage of time

Blinkered, unguided with sails to the wind
Through the eye of a storm I drew my ship in
No thought to all hands on this voyage of the damned
Desperately seeking an unreachable land

For the ocean is deep and destructive
In my pride I thought I could conquer its soul
But my ship is now wrecked; I sailed out of my depth
Sinking into a bottomless hole

So many ships passed this wreckage of mine
I spared barely a glimpse I had barely the time
Lost to indifference, tragic and blind
I claimed each discovery as no other's but mine

'Though my ship sailed on glorious seas
I never caught more than a soft-flowing breeze
The once bright harbour lights have now faded to dim
It's time for my ship to come in

For the ocean is deep and destructive
In my pride I thought I could conquer its soul
But I forsook all I had, I must have been mad
No longer shipshape, I'm alone

I left my friends and my family behind

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Alice In Wonderland
ALICE IN WONDERLAND

First she dries the dishes then she dries her eyes
'Though her tears could fill an ocean, her own river's running dry
She's moved to Dead End Street from Opportunity Rise
Where the spirits of dead dreams haunt the back lanes of her mind

Sometimes he shows affection in a way that makes her proud
But mostly he can't stand her; she's just a stupid cow
To one who doesn't love her or respect her anyhow
And cares nothing for their future just his own here and now

So come on now, get your head out of the sand
You're just like Alice dreaming of a wonderland
But yours could be reality if you just take a hand
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"

Time is a prison time is our own Hell
Time is the destroyer; it's the fire in which we burn
And on this one-way ticket, which offers no return
Time never heals is something you will learn

And as time slips away, it seems such a crime
To see one so young growing old before their time
Life offers too few chances don't let them pass you by
For perhaps the greatest crime is never to have tried

So come on now, get your head out of the sand
You're just like Alice dreaming of a wonderland
But yours could be reality if you just take a hand
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"

So come on now, get your head out of the sand
Don’t waste your whole life trapped in dreams of wonderland
The reality could be yours if you just make a stand
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Song For Ewan
SONG FOR EWAN

Hello precious one, so small and frail
May you grow to be strong and may your strength never fail
'Though you enter a world of sorrow and pain
May you find peace and may wisdom be your reign

Go forward with laughter and joy in your heart
Be positive in everything you do
Always believe in what you seek to achieve
And I will believe in you

This whole world is yours to paint and explore
May your colours be vibrant, may your canvas be broad
May each path you choose be sure and bold
May the secrets of the universe be yours to unfold

May your journey be exciting, may you reach for the stars
May all your dreams come true
Should you walk on Mars or through war-torn lands
May your aim always be true

The love I feel is deep and real
It's pouring down on you
My heart is on my sleeve for all to see
As I sing this song for you

But hush for now, may your life bring joy
And may you find happiness too
And when I am blessed with a child of my own
May he or she be beautiful like you

And when I am blessed with a child of my own
May he or she be beautiful like you

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: The Man Who Sold His Town
THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS TOWN

I stood and watched the last boat leaving here for the last time
Alone among my townsfolk without a tear in my eye
As the weeping sky took pity on the souls I'd left to bleed
For all life was my victim in my battle to succeed

Like a young tree seeking rich soil uprooting from a barren land
I went seeking greener pastures in the city far away
With profit as my master I returned with the gift of death
For one man's final chapter is another's opening page

I never shed a tear for my family torn apart
My proud father disowned me, my poor mother broke her heart
And my brother swore he'd kill me if I crossed his path again
When I turned my back on all I knew I left without a friend

So where do I go from here? Where does my life now stand?
Where are all the choices I once held at my command?
Now I've become the victim of this selfishness and greed
Heed this broken mind in the weak hands you now see

The brass band fading out of sight and out of sound at last
Blows a final farewell fanfare to my present and my past
And then I know that they have marched like ghosts across my grave
Lamenting something dead in me to which I can put no name (*)

I stood by my beliefs as they tore my town apart
No stranger to indifference with no sleeve to place my heart
But now I've come to realise just where my heart does lie
A traitor to my conscience as well as my own kind

Now I find there's no one else can clear the shadow from my name
No one else can share my sorrow or the burden of my shame
Or know my mental anguish or shoulder any of my blame
When guilt is the safety valve which so selfishly I claim

[* Additional verse not used on recording]

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Going To The Mine
GOING TO THE MINE

Into the smoky morning
And I'm trudging down the line
Past the dirty tanky engine
Going to the mine

Rows of pit folks' houses
Like regiments in time
Taste the gritty daylight
When you're going to the mine

Whistle of the buzzer
Time to rise and shine
How I long for Sunday
When I'm going to the mine

Falling snow around us
Turning into grime
Down the coaly track-way
When you're going to the mine

Flying birds and freedom
But I must serve me time
One day I'll be flying too
From going to the mine

Falling down the shaft
And I'm leaving the sun behind
Born to be a human mole
Going to the mine

Into the smoky morning
And I'm trudging down the line
Past the dirty tanky engine
Going to the mine

(Johnny Handle)

Copyright © Johnny Handle
Track Name: What I Could Have Been
WHAT I COULD HAVE BEEN

Here's to the glorious failure, here's to the great unknown
To another wasted burnt-out case, washed up and alone
The circus has departed leaving one more sad old clown
One more night goes by; one more drink goes down, down, down

In this small-minded town
You need the courage of your dreams
I never stopped believing I would make it to the top
With a single-minded tunnel vision no one else could stop

One day I rocked it with the best of them
Every backslapper come backstabber seemed to know me then
Maybe because I was ahead of my time or because I never compromised
All I'd sacrificed came to nothing in the end

Going, going, going, gone
Now all I've got left are my songs
My memories and my unfulfilled dreams
Of what I could have been

And how my workmates love my stories
Of rock 'n' rollers bound for glory
Now I'm bound for the building site
My leathers and good looks departed
For tatty jeans and a hairy arse

And how my sad mates love my stories
But it’s just a piss-head's faded glories
Now I'm bound for the bar again
As they laugh at me behind their pints
And mock me when I'm out of sight
(I never liked them that much anyway!)

Going, going, going gone
Now all I've got left is this song
The memories and the unfulfilled dreams
Of what I could have been

Now I hate this fucking business after all its done to me
But it’s in my blood now and for another crack at it I'd give anything
And 'though people say to me "It was never meant to be
So keep your feet still Geordie Hinny"
They'll never drive those bonnie dreams away

For I'll keep up the hope, I'll keep writing songs
'Though no-one might hear them to me they're so strong
They'll tell of my life and the things that I've seen
And serve to remind me of what I could have been

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Car Boot Sale
CAR BOOT SALE

I went to the car boot sale
At the racecourse one fine June
I had nothing else better to do
On a boring afternoon
There were cars and stalls and people obsessed
As far as the eye could see
But there wasn't a fucking horse in sight
At the sale of the century

Oh me lads, you should've seen them gannin'
Millin' around like flies 'round shite
With no real sense of plannin'
Hagglin' and fussin', hustlin' and bustlin'
In search of the Holy Grail
Some folks' rubbish is other folks' gold
At the car boot sale

There were people arriving while others were leaving
A lot of them pushing prams
I hope the ones that had just been bought
Were the unoccupied ones
Amidst the clamour you could hear a man cry
"Everything fifty pence!"
But you wouldn't have bothered to look in his box
If you had any sense

There were second-hand clocks and watches
With a history to tell
They might have been worth a fortune
If they told the time as well
Broken toys, torn books, scratched records
Electrical goods of every degree
Finding they don't work when you get home
Is your only guarantee

There was Mister Softee ice cream
Next to a burger van from Hell
In a cone or a tub with monkey's blood
Next to people with no sense of smell
I was trying to find one of those
Backward-facing baseball caps
'Cos no matter how hard I've looked
I've only seen forward ones in the shops

So if you're bored or depressed
With the National Lottery
Come along for a grand day out
With the shell-suit family
Grab a piece of the action
Of this latest national craze
Rogues by the score amid bargains galore
At your local car boot sale

Oh me lads, you should've seen them gannin'
Millin' around like flies round shite
With no real sense of plannin'
Hagglin' and fussin', hustlin' and bustlin'
In search of the Holy Grail
You might find it for a couple of quid
At the car boot sale

Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Wherever You Go
WHEREVER YOU GO

Tell me what you're thinking, open your heart
Let me into your world
Those magnificent mansions buried deep in your mind
Hold treasures so precious don't lock them inside

I can recall every moment we've shared
When we walked on the beach in the cool night air
When you taught me the names of the stars in the sky
And sparked an unending fire in my life

But time is precious and life is too short
One shot at happiness may be all that is ours
So grab it, treasure it, never let go
And keep it with you wherever you go
And I will be with you wherever you go

Don't hate me for taking up your precious time
Or spend it as though living's a crime
If I owned all your dreams I would give them to you
For I love you

But time is precious and life is too short
A gift we must learn to appreciate more
So grab it, treasure it, never let go
And keep it with you wherever you go
And I will be with you wherever you go

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Brothers In Arms Again
BROTHERS IN ARMS AGAIN

You came to me with cap in hand
While kid gloves were on mine
I worked all the hours God sent me
While you wasted my time
But my best was never good enough for you
I could never do right for doing wrong
And now you want me to apologise
For all the bad things that you've done

When one man digs for buried treasure
There's always another man standing close by
Waiting to step in to take the glory
Waiting to pluck out the other man's eyes
Its a fact of life those who stand idle
May find success when it isn't even theirs
While those who break their guts
And hearts while others profit
Find life doesn't always deal fair shares

So hold those feelings close to your heart
Keep those devils in
For when the saints go marching in
Who will count your sins
Or bang the bitter aching drum
You've hammered on in vain
While I must hang my head in shame
Until we are brothers in arms again

Some people might say that I'm bitter
To them I say "What do you know?"
I only know I'm feeling tired now
I only know I'm growing old
From propping up the deep dark tunnels
Of your crumbling mind
But 'though my mental back is broken
Mine will heal in time

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her
LEAVE HER JOHNNY, LEAVE HER

I thought I heard the old man say
Leave her Johnny leave her
It's a long hard pull to the next payday
And it's time for us to leave her

Leave her Johnny leave her
Leave her Johnny leave her
Now the voyage is done and the winds don't blow
And it's time for us to leave her

Oh the skipper was bad but the mate was worse
Leave her Johnny leave her
He'd blow you down with a spike and a curse
And it's time for us to leave her

It's pull you lubbers or you'll get no pay
Leave her Johnny leave her
Pull you lubbers and then belay
And it's time for us to leave her

(Trad. arr. The Whisky Priests)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Glenn Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Alice In Wonderland (Remix) [Digital Bonus Track]
ALICE IN WONDERLAND

First she dries the dishes then she dries her eyes
'Though her tears could fill an ocean, her own river's running dry
She's moved to Dead End Street from Opportunity Rise
Where the spirits of dead dreams haunt the back lanes of her mind

Sometimes he shows affection in a way that makes her proud
But mostly he can't stand her; she's just a stupid cow
To one who doesn't love her or respect her anyhow
And cares nothing for their future just his own here and now

So come on now, get your head out of the sand
You're just like Alice dreaming of a wonderland
But yours could be reality if you just take a hand
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"

Time is a prison time is our own Hell
Time is the destroyer; it's the fire in which we burn
And on this one-way ticket, which offers no return
Time never heals is something you will learn

And as time slips away, it seems such a crime
To see one so young growing old before their time
Life offers too few chances don't let them pass you by
For perhaps the greatest crime is never to have tried

So come on now, get your head out of the sand
You're just like Alice dreaming of a wonderland
But yours could be reality if you just take a hand
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"

So come on now, get your head out of the sand
Don’t waste your whole life trapped in dreams of wonderland
The reality could be yours if you just make a stand
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"
Think positive! Think confidence! Think, "I am in command!"

(Gary Miller)

Copyright © 1998 Gary Miller / Whippet Records
Track Name: Full Circle [Digital Bonus Track]
FULL CIRCLE

In the great days of steam
I was the toast of the town
My brand new paintwork gleamed
As people flocked from miles around
To see to touch to wave to cheer
A newborn child of engineers
And the hearts of my two thousand horses beat
To the rhythm of their tiny lives
I rolled and sped and hissed and with pride

An iron beast of burden
I tore through the veins and guts of the land
Supplying mineral wealth
Fed by a fireman’s lonely hand
With the passion of a thousand suns
My kisses scorched his bursting lungs
Like a lover’s heart my fires were stoked
By rough hands touched with tenderness
As I held him in my warm caress

I became a river supplying endless streams
To valleys and mountains red and gold and green
To fortune to fame to romance and to dreams
I was privy to their secrets and their schemes
As their lives touched me

And I fed the hungry engines of war
With the finest crop in England’s store
An ocean of tears drowned the platform roar
Through emotions never felt so deep before

I fell to the diesel age
Time and progress conquered me
Withdrawn and derelict
Nature laid cruel hands on me
She turned my once bright coat to rust
As my memory faded into dust
Some small affection I could claim
As a nest for lovebirds I became
Or a secret den for children’s games

Rescued and restored by loving hands
In my former glory I now stand
My paint gleams once more people flock again in awe
To celebrate to see to touch to talk
Of one reborn

(Gary Miller)