GONE

by Vinny Peculiar

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1.
Calm Me Down 03:14
Charms and qualms and false alarms go off in my head Lazy days and songs of praise oh the things that we said In safer seats there came defeats and now the object is dead Think I’ll spend another day right here in my bed to Calm me down Don’t calm me down Help me keep my feet on the groundToils and spoils and baby oils the wheel in good time Manuscripts in starts and fits all fail to combine The tender hooks the unread books we squeal with the swine It takes one to know one but all in good time So calm me down Don’t calm me down Help me keep my feet on the ground Don’t calm me down… Do you prefer to close your eyes When you’re taken by surprise When the facts are all laid bare we’re neither her nor there We’re neither here nor there Romeo and Juliet are taking the piss Happiness was something they were happy to miss When it’s time to say goodbye she gives you one last kiss But don’t you expect me to believe all of this will calm me downHelp me keep my feet on the ground Don’t calm me down Help me….
2.
The chalice it was poisoned Bitter taste left in her mouth She’s a girl from incognito And she’s heading way down southIn a B reg Ford Sierra 200 cigarettes A bottle of tequila And a head full of regrets What are you running from where are you going to and how do you know when you get there? He left work at the usual time and he stopped off for a drink He stayed there until closing time but it wasn’t long enough time to think He caught the taxi to the house and as he walked inside He saw a note upon the mantle piece and something inside him died What are you running from where are you going to and how do you now when you get there? At the motel service station she let my imagination run away with me By cutting up the Polaroid’s she reaffirms and so avoids reality And the writer clicks his heels he knows exactly how she feels when no one else can see Now the apples here are not all bad and some taste kind of sweet And then a girl from out of no where comes a walking down your street And it could be Pamela Anderson and it could be Norma Jean And it could be Thelma Braithwaite from a likely lads dreamWhat are you running from where are you going to and how do you know when you get there
3.
Jeremy is faith healer alternative what’ that? A couple of shots of his magical drops at the touch of a pixie hat And Madeline is a believer direct action express 26 nights up a tree having fights with a law that’s seeking redress Now the law is seeking redress And the sad eyed mules of men say when and they carry no remorse In a couple of weeks those impossible freaks will be backing a different horse.. Now Geraldine was a technician they say she was one of the best She used to head up transmission on the old grey whistle testAnd Peter is a producer of big name west end plays He doesn’t know what to do with all the money he makes nowadays And the sad eyed mules of men say when and they carry no remorse In a couple of weeks those impossible freaks will be backing a different horse..
4.
She’s got one shoe on and the other shoe off Here come the waves crashing into the And it’s not for the money and it’s not for the show But I sure miss those routines we used to know And from a tiny room fall the tears of a clown I got two left feet in Beatle town A man can lose himself A man can lose himself In time When I’m with my baby my heart misses beats I hear children playing in meadows and streets When you hide in the shadows it only gets worse I take a hold of your hand and I finish the hurt You knock me down with a feather I’m out of my head Forgive all the wicked things I ever said A man can lose himself A man can lose himself A man can lose himself In time The gentle movement of breathing plays a trick on the light Then it’s falling asleep and kissing goodnight Here we go gathering memories so fast I want these moments forever to last I tell you one more joke on the telephone line In exactly a week from now things will be fine A man can lose himself A man can lose himself A man can lose himself In time Lose himself In time
5.
Someone 03:25
Someone waiting on someone else’s corner some way down the road Someone sneaking into someone else’s bedroom and shooting their load Some working up a sweat down the garden where the roses grow Someone working up a pardon before letting go Someone that I know Someone that can’t say noSomeone shouting at someone else’s lover you make me sick Someone talking to some else’s mother that guys a dick Someone eating at someone else’s table my how it tastes so good Saying grace and feeling so unworthy like they should Someone that I know Someone who can’t say no Oh no it’s you again I thought I’d made myself quite clear Don’t you ever learn won't you ever learn the rules of engagement are clear… Someone that I know Someone who can’t say no
6.
Blood Honey 02:43
It’s in the blood honey What will be will be It’s in the blood honey Take it from me We come together amen Holy Ghost sacred cow Time and time again We should know better by now A slow transition into darkness See the evil eye that winks The fatal powers of attraction to the heart Oh how it sinks It’s in the blood honey What will be will be It’s in the blood honey Take it from me There is no spiritual reason And I’ve abandoned every prayer I take one day at a time I lose myself there And I’ve been cursing Dr Zimmerman For a cure that that will be final But my memory is fading and My hands are all a tremble I could meet you at the Pier head I’m too scared to leave the house I’ve been hanging from a thread I’ve been watching the danger mouse Once I was walking over mountains Through some ever open gate I was drinking at the fountains Now you bury me in hate It’s in the blood honey What will be will be It’s in the blood honey Take it from me
7.
Shrinemaker 03:51
Said he was a shrine maker Name in lights picture in the paper Said he had friends worth knowing And how I had to keep it going I was in love at the time living in clover I believed every line too soon it was over So if you see him tell him tell him to give me a call Things are different now I have learned how to fall I could use something special to get over the wall Said he was a shrine maker A living legend a mover and a shaker Like a fool I kept on believing It was just myself I was deceiving I was in love at the time I was living in clover I believed every line but soon it was over So if you see him tell him I’ve not given up It was a slip of the tongue a run of bad luck Still I need someone special to get me unstuck If you see him tell him it’s alright for some I’m not one to complain what’s done is done I’m still playing the game that can never be won Now don’t you hate your shrine maker…
8.
Stop and think Bide your time Put it down To experience What was once A perfect moment Has lost all its significance Some get left behind Some get led astray Some get out of hand When it doesn’t go their way Some profess to care Some aspire to loveAnd some they just leave everything to Jesus and the Angel up above You can bite your tongue Pinch yourself Who cares any way? It’s just another unreadable book on the shelf Kingdom come Thy will be done If you really want me Then here I am, here I am... Some get left behind Some get led astray Some get out of hand When it doesn’t go their way Some profess to care Some aspire to love And some they just leave everything to Jesus and the Angel up above
9.
Like a piggy in the middle To be slaughtered come what may Still you cannot solve the riddle Maybe you’re better off that way Still you told it to the doctor There was no one else to tell And he says he understands But he cannot make you well It’s a family affair You have to repair Don’t you But having taken what for There isn’t much more you can do She won’t undo the puzzle Was it for better or for worse? Like a fighter in a muzzle Like a writer out of verse The pain goes and then the rainbows But now it’s coming back again And you’re somewhere in the past You’ve just no idea when? It’s a family affair… And she told it to your mother And she wrote the whole thing down In a letter to your lover Now they spread the word around Like a piggy in the middle Getting slaughtered come what may You’ll never solve the riddle Could be you’re better of that way Hey diddle diddle The piggy in the middle is you it’s you it’s you….
10.
Shadow Box 03:17
I live in a shadow box it’s got little rooms I got little room I’ll wait till the penny drops I hope it’s soon Maybe I’ll outgrow it like my mother always said Maybe I’ll just wait awhile until I knock it on the head I’m frightened to admit it loathed to accept my fate Like a million other would bees I cannot bare the wait I live in a shadow box and it isn’t cold why do I feel cold? I still watch top of the pops where the freaks are sold Maybe I’ll outgrow it like my lover always said Maybe all these things only exist inside my head I couldn’t live without them they’re like daggers to a wife And if the wounds are self inflicted that’s the story of my life The story of my life…
11.
Gentle Life 03:34
The gentle life pours over me like summer rain The flowers rot across the western borderline The sweeper brushes past me Once he was my friend To sit and wait anticipate Is this the very end? Defeat defined by common sense Enduring soul? Ambition fades like memory Where is the goal? Where searching stops and boats come And when your numbers up To settle down and bare and grin and wish the world good luck The gentle life falls over me like summer rain
12.
Guitar Star 03:54
Angel without wings It’s only wood and strings Holier than though Are you still playing now? Solo up on high You made the young men cry Incredible divine But from another time I see you posters hanging there The room feels bare Take them down we’d never dare It was not your fault The trial comes to a halt She’s never coming back Delay sustain attack You watched over us then Sad hippy guardian Until we lost our way I could never really play I see your posters hanging there And the room feels bare Take them down we wouldn’t dare Guitar star My guitar star…
13.
Time for Bed 03:08
A is for the apple B is for the ball C is for the crucifix hung upon the wall D is for the distance E for the effect F it lasts forever G is as good as it will getH is for the heroin I is for an eye J is for the jugular and K is keen to die L is for the loves M is for the mind N is just for nobody O can only find P is like a parachute Q is always queer R is on the radio where the S’s sneer T is in temptation U is underground V is for the Velvets behind a wall of soundW won't trouble you with exerts one by one Why don’t you do yourself a favour and be GONE Cut off your ties Quit while you’re ahead Remember what Zeberdee said"Time for Bed"
14.
I see the angels sleep walking in heaven I see the demons straight talking out of hell I see the pathways but they’re far too human I see the witches’ searching for a spell But in an instant everything is different A second splits and falls apart And the very notion of resistance Dies in the distance In the name of art Star sign Jupiter’s mine Everything will turn out fine Life’s a little song and dance routine Star sign Jupiter’s fine Everything will come in time Oh what a peculiar dream… Well there are those who make the beds of others While the others sleep around the clock There are sisters and little brothers And they’re currently in a state of shock But it won’t be long before it’s over It won’t be long before it’s through And the verdict is always open ended for the ones that did no longer do But it won’t be before it’s over Too many gods aim for the sun Still we’ll be fighting in our little corner To busy getting lost Over what cannot be won…
15.
There’s music in the muscle a six pack ribs and cheese The history of the skateboard the convenience of deep freeze When play power was the poison nobody could take That nonsense hippy bullshit anyone can fake The guitar pop fan’s older than you think Still waiting on the brink for something that might change And he is pissed at the chances that he missed At the girl he should have kissed back in the good old days The early train down memory lane is so hard to get off He takes a stroll round every stop but he can’t see much The soft rock documentaries sort out his pigeon holes They’re just like common colds but more contagious The guitar pop fans bolder than you think In a shirt of mellow pink he really ought to change He slaps his writs and he makes a little list Of the bands he once dismissed as they come back to centre stage But there’s nothing more to peace and love just a poster and a ticket stub Were they ever really good enough to sound Like nothing that had gone before or will again for evermore In time you know these things all come around So come around… Still the tedium of the medium is not enough for some And for him it’s never done it keeps on burning And the children are grown up now and the wife is long since gone To some place she was always coming from The guitar pop fan smoulders at the sink does the dishes takes a drink Cause some things never change And he is pissed and he wants to do the twist With the girl he should have kissed back in the good old days

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GONE was recorded between 1995-97 at Pearl Studios Clarence Street Liverpool; opening track Calm Me Down was recorded in the Pearl Studios Eight Track on London Road and 'The Ballad of Vinny Peculiar' was also recorded at Pearl on London Road in the Sixteen Track Studio. It came out in April 1998 to some welcome critical acclaim gaining a rave review in The Observer from features music writer Sam Taylor. Its exclusively available once again here some twenty three years later...hope you enjoy x

'An inspired debut' Sam Taylor, The Observer

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released February 16, 2021

Alan Wilkes - Main vocal, b/vs, guitars, keys,
Nick Robinson, Bass, b/vs
Neil Carter, Drums, percussion, b/vs
Colin Beckett, Drums on Calm Me Down, Piggy in the Middle

Produced by Rob Ferrier for Bughouse Records UK

Artwork/Image by Paul Cliff

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Vinny Peculiar Worcester, UK

Vinny Peculiar variously described as – ‘An under sung national treasure’ [UNCUT Magazine 2014] – a warm hearted Morrissey [Q Magazine 2014] and the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough [Irish Times 2014]. THE ROOT MULL AFFECT is a compilation -
‘The missing link between Jarvis Cocker and poet Roger McGough and some of the wittiest lyrics this side of Wreckless Eric’ IRISH TIMES
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