Gallery

by Jimmy Lee Morris

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“Early in 2017 I spent some time at Vi-Vid studio in Brighton with an acoustic guitar and mandolin where I laid down these eight new songs trying to keep it simple and spontaneous.

The album was performed, written and produced by myself whilst percussion, cajon and drums were provided by Javier Forero and octave guitar was played by Tim Kent. The album was recorded mixed and mastered by Simon Scardanelli.

The songs take you on adventures and travels via mandolins and night skies; campervans, press gangs and faith in the impossible; early mornings, being past caring and making fresh starts.

For those who like to categorise, you could say the album has a melodic folk pop vibe of early 70’s releases from the likes of Cat Stevens or Paul Simon with maybe a splash of Ray Davies mixed in. Thanks for listening hope you enjoy it.” - JLM

credits

released June 2, 2017

1. Mandolin Dreams - Jimmy Lee Morris - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass / Tim Kent - Octave Guitar / Javier Forero - Cajon, Percussion

2. 5 O’Clock in the Morning - Jimmy Lee Morris - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin

3. Take Me Home - Jimmy Lee Morris - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Tambourine / Tim Kent - Octave Guitar / Javier Forero - Cajon, Percussion

4. Gallery - Jimmy Lee Morris - Vocals, Guitar / Simon Scardanelli - Glockenspiel

5. Stargazing - Jimmy Lee Morris - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass / Tim Kent - Octave Guitar / Javier Forero - Cajon, Percussion

6. You and Me (Clinging to a Song) - Jimmy Lee Morris - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass / Tim Kent - Octave Guitar / Simon Scardanelli - Glockenspiel / Javier Forero - Cajon, Percussion

7. Not Looking Back - Jimmy Lee Morris - Vocals, Guitar

8. End of the Road (’69 Campervan) - Jimmy Lee Morris - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass / Javier Forero - Drums, Percussion

All songs by (Morris)
Produced by Jimmy Lee Morris
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Vi-Vid Studio, UK by Simon Scardanelli

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Singer songwriter and live performer creating songs about life and love

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Track Name: Mandolin Dreams
I bought a Hercules mandolin stand
It’s gonna come in handy when I’m part of a band
I bought Elixir 80/20 strings
Now all I need is the mandolin
So get me a vintage clean eight string mandolin
Just me and my vintage eight string mandolin
I hear that there’s a great life to be had
Busking the world living hand to mouth
I’m gonna get away and sing
As soon as I learn to play this thing
So get me a vintage clean eight string mandolin
Just me and my vintage eight string mandolin
I used to play a battered Takamine guitar
Had a hatful of hope, dream’t that I’d go far
But I’m still singing here in this bar
But I’m never gonna give in
Just get me and a vintage eight string mandolin
I think I’m finally gonna take my chance
To sail round the world or catch a ferry to France
It’s a good place to begin
It’s not so far to get home again
So get me a vintage clean eight string mandolin
Just me and my vintage eight string mandolin
Track Name: 5 O'Clock in the Morning
5 O’Clock is my mistress
She tells me when to rise
She is with me each morning
Wakes me when I’m tired
She wakes me when I’m tired
Let me sleep, let me sleep for just an hour more
Let me sleep, let me sleep if just for today
I can wait, I can wait for the morning light
Until then please let me lay
5am is my weakness
I’m so easily led
She steps lightly from darkness
To wake me from my bed
She wakes me from my bed
Let me sleep, let me sleep for just an hour more
Let me sleep, let me sleep if just for today
I can wait, I can wait for the morning light
Until then please let me lay
She gets inside of me
Lying so restlessly
Pushing me out to the dawn
Laying so jealously
All through the night with me
Then with the morning she’s gone
She’s gone
5 O’Clock in the morning
So familiar to me
Like a thief you come creeping in
And steal away with my dreams
You steal away my dreams
Track Name: Take Me Home
Well I worked me self hard in the rigging of your ship
As we sailed every ocean that’s known
And I slaved for my passage to pay for me trip
Just to earn me return to my home
Well I swabbed out the dark holds and scrubbed up your decks
And I longed for the day I’d be free
Oh the sight of the ocean is making me sick
Get me back to me home ‘cross the sea
Take me home, take me home
I’m begging ya please take me home
The life of a sailor is not one for me
Take me home, won’t ya please take me home
As I swig on me rum and go down for the night
And reflect upon what I’ve become
Just an unwilling shipmate with no land in sight
Dreaming of where I’ve come from
I remember that fair lass I left on the shore
Many months ago when we set sail
And I vow when I next hold her to me again
I will never be tempted to stray
Take me home, take me home
I’m begging ya please take me home
The life of a sailor is not one for me
Take me home, won’t ya please take me home
As we toss and we turn through this sea black as oil
As we sail ever onwards each day
Through the night’s full of storms and the day’s full of toil
God I wish there was some other way
Cos I’ve been round the world and I’ve seen all the sights
But there’s one place I still long to be
And God when I’m back on that dry land again
I will never return to the sea
Track Name: Gallery
My heart's not in this anymore
Spin on my heel and find the door
Things aren’t the way they used to be
I won’t play to this gallery
Get up and play another song
Try to engage with anyone
You play your part and then you leave
It doesn’t matter much to me
I’ve found myself a better love
Now all I had is not enough
A change is coming I can see
I won’t play to this gallery
Track Name: Stargazing
Stargazing and dream chasing
There’s something of the night
In each of us tonight
Cloud breaking and moon bathing
There’s magic in the light
The silver and the white
Clear skies, clear heart’s
And I gotta tell you that
In clear skies, clear hearts can fly
Dog biting and bar fighting
The effort of the day
Will move you on your way
Sun burning and the world turning
Another day is gone
Another night switched on
Clear skies, clear heart’s
And I gotta tell you that
In clear skies, clear hearts can fly
And I promise you the sun shining high
And I promise you a bright starlit sky
And I promise you that while I can
I gotta tell you that
In clear skies, clear hearts can fly
Track Name: You and Me (Clinging to a Song)
There is only you and me
Two lost souls clinging to a song
Stepping lightly through this minefield
Scared to move for putting a foot wrong
But every box has got a song in it’s wood
Don’t let them be misunderstood
There is only you and me
Two lost souls clinging to a song
Track Name: Not Looking Back
Look at me I’m far too old to care
Looking back won’t get you anywhere
Take a look at the good times that have gone and move on
Look at me looking forward not looking back
Look at me I’ve come too far to drop
Looking out for the next new place to stop
Keeping my eye’s firmly on the journey coming up
Look at me looking forward not looking back
Life can be extraordinary
Filled with satisfaction and regret
Funny how you find that every thing you want’s
Not always what you get
Track Name: End of the Road ('69 Campervan)
He was a vee dub, type 2, ’69, aircooled
Bay window, old style purple camper van
He had a dashboard flower garland, psychedelic panel cover
Sunshine, hand painted cooker in the back
We had 6 years together, it seemed to take forever
Slowly, rolling, carrying the load
But time goes fast and something’s never last
So we came to the end of the road
End of the road, you gotta let the good times roll
End of the road and when it’s time you have to let go
Breakdown, tow truck, won’t start, no spark
Aircooled Workshop, trying to make him go
Another handbrake seized on, hot wheel disc burn
Electric wire, engine fire, he really had to go
Oooh you gotta let the good time’s roll
Oooh you gotta let the good time’s go

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