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Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty


Background information
Birth name Gerald Rafferty
Born April 16, 1947
Born place Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died January 4, 2011
Death place Upton, Dorset, England
Genre(s) Progressive Rock
Years active 1972—2010
Label(s) London Records
United Artists Records
Associated acts The Humblebums
Stealers Wheel



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Gerry Rafferty Album


Another World (2000)
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French-speaking intro

oh yeah
yeah yeah all souls (in the wilderness)
yeah yeah all souls
yeah yeah all souls (in the wilderness)
yeah yeah all souls

Well I'm innocent 'til I'm proved guilty,
Yes I'm right 'til I'm proved wrong,
I don't need to prove my innocence,
Sometimes I'm weak, sometimes I'm strong.

Well I can't deny the feeling,
Yes I know, I'm in too deep
The only reason that I'm in this world,
Is to wake up from this sleep.

All souls in the wilderness,
All souls are in need
All souls in the wilderness,
All souls are in need.

In a world of no compassion,
You look around and see this stuff,
Sex, celebrity and fashion,
Sometimes I think I've had enough.

All souls in the wilderness,
All souls are in need
All souls in the wilderness,
All souls are in need.

All souls (in the wilderness)

You like to tell me I'm lost,
You never think twice,
You can't imagine the cost,
You look at me, you don't see that I'm paying the price.

All souls in the wilderness,
All souls that are in need
All souls in the wilderness,
All souls that are in need.

There's a light that shines around you,
You don't see it every day,
Well your life is short, it's by so quick,
And every day is Judgement Day.

All souls….
Yeah yeah all souls (in the wilderness), Yeah yeah all souls
Yeah yeah all souls (in the wilderness), Yeah yeah all souls
Yeah yeah all souls, Yeah yeah all souls
Yeah yeah all souls, Yeah yeah all souls

All souls in the wilderness (in the wilderness)
All souls in the wilderness
All souls in the wilderness

(oh yeah)

. . .


My girlfriend's in Albania, my ex-wife's in Tasmania,
And I'm in Transylvania with the vampires all around
My brother's in Saskatchewan, my sister's in Afghanistan
Still looking for the Promised Land, but the kingdom lies within.

My mother's still in vanity, I'm part of her insanity
My father died some years ago but I still pray for his soul.
Now everyone's a refugee on this planet Purgatory
We only find reality in the land of the chosen few.

I still get lost in wild imagination
I need to wake up to reality
I've had enough of identification
What can be done for a fool like me.

In the land
In the land
In the land of the chosen few

In the land
In the land
In the land of the chosen few

Love's gonna set me free.

I was dreaming of the Promised Land
Where people understand
Real love and harmony
I knew that I had found my way (my way) yeah (my way)

We were singing songs of innocence
And experience of love and harmony
And I knew that love was here to stay (real love) yeah (real love)
In the middle of a cool cool night
I woke up and I saw the light.

In the land (in the land)
In the land (in the land)
In the land of the chosen few (chosen few)

In the land (in the land)
In the land (in the land)
In the land of the chosen few

I still get lost in wild imagination
I need to wake up to reality
I've had enough of identification
What can be done for a fool like me.

[Fade]
In the land (in the land)
In the land (in the land)
In the land of the chosen few (chosen few)
I still get lost in wild imagination
I need to wake up to reality
I've had enough of identification
What can be done for a fool like me.

. . .


I walk along the street and wonder what to do
I'd like to ease the pain in my troubled brain
But as to how, I haven't a clue
Should I shout at the people who pass me by
Hey folks look at me, I'm no ordinary guy
I had a love and she swore she was mine
But she only loved me when the weather was fine.

My mind tells me what to do
Keep it to yourself, tell nobody else
Just how you loved her so, they don't want to know
Keep it to yourself.

On a subway train, I hide from the rain
And take a seat right next to the door
There's a man with a case and as I look at his face
I'm sure I've seen him someplace before
He looks up and I look down
And then we both look away
The train slows down and my head spins ‘round
It's like scene from a one-act play.

My mind tells me what to do
Keep it to yourself, tell nobody else
Just how you loved her so, they don't want to know
Keep it to yourself.

I feel much better when the sun has lost its glow
When the light of day is fading away
And there are shadows wherever I go
Yes the light is fading and I'm masquerading
As a poet with something to say
The inspiration's gone and I can't turn it on
It's been the same since she went away.

My mind tells me what to do
Keep it to yourself, tell nobody else
Just how you loved her so, they don't want to know
Keep it to yourself.

. . .


Sweet love
Sweet love
Sweet love

I'm in love with you baby
Why don't we take it all the way
I can see us flying, I can see us trying
To keep it all in a day

We'll live in the moment
I'll babysit you through the night
When we get this feeling
As the cold moon comes stealin' (I'll say)
Babe I want to get inside your skin
Girl I need your loving touch
I know that you can see the mood I'm in
Girl I want you oh so much
Baby baby I got news for you
I've been crying like a madman in a storm.

I will love you whenever this sweetness comes around
Love you every time you make this sound (yeah)
I will love you whenever this sweetness comes around.

I don't need any book of love
I can see that you're trying
I don't need any book of love
I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe
Yeah, that you make me feel so good
You make feel that Spring has sprung
We can make it together, yeah no matter the weather
I'll say, babe, I want to get inside your skin
Girl, I need your loving touch,
I know that you can see the mood I'm in
Girl I want you oh so much
Baby baby I got news for you
I've been crying like a madman in a storm

I will love you whenever this sweetness comes around
Love you every time you make this sound (yeah)
I will love you whenever this sweetness comes around.

[Fade]
Give me your sweet love baby
Give me your sweet love baby (sweet love)
Want to spend my life with you baby
Want to spend my life with you (sweet love)

. . .


Rafferty-Littman

[ ……………………. ]

Let's go, let's go, let's go down the catwalk

Hello Donatella, that's a beautiful dress
Che serata fantastica, everyone's impressed
You may not remember me, we've never met before
I was walking down the street when I saw this open door.

Lost in this feline world, I'm sinking like a stone
There must be somewhere here where we could be alone.

Whose house is it anyway ? Can you tell me the address ?
Whose house is it anyway ? Tell me who should I impress.

Did you see Bob Dylan ? He was singing for the pope
Seemed to me like their necks were stretched, both hanging from a rope
Now we've lost Sinatra, another mafia's son
What is this world coming too ? We're losing everyone.

Lost in this feline world, I'm sinking like a stone
There must be somewhere here where we could be alone.

Whose house is it anyway ? (whose house) Can you tell me the address ?
Whose house is it anyway ? (whose house) Tell me who should I impress ?

I never got an invitation, my name ain't on the list
(Whose house, whose house is it anyway ?) I can leave if you insist.

Doesn't matter where I go, I feel so far from home
I got no business being here alone, here alone, here alone.

There goes Quentin Tarantino, he's a young man in need
Still turning out all that stuff about Hollywood and greed
I just saw Madonna, she's the girl for me
Tell me, who's given their blessing to this sad reality ?

Lost in this feline world, I'm sinking like a stone
There must be somewhere here where we could be alone.

Whose house is it anyway ? (whose house) Can you tell me the address ?
Whose house is it anyway ? (whose house) Tell me who should I impress ?

I never got an invitation, my name ain't on the list
(Whose house, whose house is it anyway ?) I can leave if you insist.

[ ……………………. ]

Whose house is it anyway ? (whose house)
My name ain't on the list (whose house)
(Whose house)

. . .


She's so far away, yeah, she's in America
And the water is wide, I love you, my love
It's been so long now since we held one another
You're still a part of my dreams
You're so far away, remember each day
It's better this way (yeah)

Let's live in the now, forget about history
Now you know we can't live in the past, this is reality
Got no control over the things that happen
And all the hurt that love can bring
You're so far away, remember each day
It's better this way (yeah)

I remember all those times
We went sailing on the moon
And love came down to see us
Everywhere, yes everywhere.

Now it all seems so wrong, that we have to be apart
But tomorrow we'll walk in the sun, and I'll love you, my love
Together we can write a different story
That never comes to an end
You're so far away, remember each day
It's better this way.

You're so far away, remember each day
It's better this way (yeah)

You're so far away, remember each day
It's better this way (oh darlin' darlin' darlin' yeah)

[Fade]
It's better this way
It's better this way
Lov'es gonna grow, love's gonna grow, it's better this way

. . .


Money won't fix it, power won't fix it
Sex won't fix it, drugs won't fix it
Fame won't fix it, lies won't fix it
Your life won't fix it, nobody can fix it

This sleeping sickness is a very strange disease
You can't wake up until you're brought down to your knees

Time won't heal you, medicine won't heal you
Potions won't heal you, your doctor can't heal you
Your husband can't heal you, your wife can't heal you
Your friends can't heal you, nobody can heal you

You realise that you've been living in a dream
You see reality and wake up with a scream (Aaaaah!)

Science won't save you, religion won't save you
Art won't save you, I can't save you

Got your desires and you do just what you please
This sleeping sickness is a very strange disease
You can't wake up until you're brought down to your knees

Love can heal you, knowledge can heal you
Understanding can heal you, faith can heal you
Service can heal you, humility can heal you
Love can heal you, conscious love can heal you

Conscious love
Conscious love
Conscious love
Conscious love

Abraham and Moses
And the sweet Lord Jesus,
Blessed Mohammed,
Buddha, Krishna,
Gurdjieff, Ouspensky,
Socrates and Plato,
Rembrandt, Rilke,
Leonardo da Vinci,
Rumi, Hafiz,
And Ibn' Arabi,
Marcus Aurelius,
and Johann Sebastian Bach

[Fade]
Conscious love
Conscious love
Conscious love
Conscious love

. . .


Got to leave, got to go downtown
Got to see the man who won't beat around
He understands what we've got to do
And everything he says rings true.

Walking in this wilderness, wearing out my shoes
Staring at the living dead, peddling my blues
I might be in heaven or I might be in hell
I don't know which is which, sometimes you just can't tell.

Sweet surrender
Sweet surrender

I wake up every morning, I lie down every night
As long as I believe in love, I know it's gonna be alright.
I try to keep it simple, take it one day at a time
When I'm losing my direction, well that ain't no crime

Sweet surrender
Sweet surrender

But everytime we drift away into the magic of the night
You hold me close and I hear you say
Sweet surrender (surrender)

Living in the electronic world
Living in the molecular world
Living in the electronic world
Living in the molecular world

Check into hotels, checking out the street
Air-conditioned Cadillacs when I can't stand the heat
I just hit another road-block and I'm runnin' out of gas
I've got this white line fever, but I know that it won't last.

Sweet surrender
Sweet surrender

But everytime we drift away into the magic of the night
You hold me close and I hear you say
Sweet surrender (surrender)

Got to leave, got to go downtown
Got to see the man who won't beat around
He understands what we've got to do
And everything he says rings true.

Sweet sweet, sweet surrender
Sweet sweet, sweet surrender
Sweet sweet, sweet surrender
Sweet sweet, sweet surrender

[Fade]
(sweet sweet)
Living in the electronic world
Living in the molecular world

. . .


Rafferty

[ ………………………. ]

Information Superhighway, crawling out around the world
You go your way, I'll go my way, I'm living in a different world
So much useless information meant to stultify my mind
Stifles my imagination in this sea of humankind.

Tomorrow is another day but we are here tonight
Trust in our love and let it be.

Every time that I wake up, I drink the potion from the cup
And I awaken from this sleep
In the moment I can see, in the moment I am free
Every time that I wake up.

Cybernetic generation, all the little girls and boys
Virtual communication, playing with their little toys
Ritual without devotion, virtual reality
Sound and vision, no emotion, psycho babble apathy.

And now we're sitting in the sun, love comes out of the blue
Trust in our love and let it be.

Every time that I wake up, I drink the potion from the cup
And I awaken from this sleep
In the moment I can see, in the moment I am free
Every time that I wake up.

When I'm lost inside the beauty of a melody
A window opens and I know that's where I want to be
Like the sound of falling snow awakes the magic in my heart.

Driving through Nevada City, on my way to God knows where
This old town, it sure looks pretty, I just got to stop and stare
Lookin' at an old church steeple, it's got stories it could tell
In a world of sleeping people, no one ever hears the bell.

Tomorrow is another day but we are here tonight
Trust in our love and let it be.

Every time that I wake up, I drink the potion from the cup
And I awaken from this sleep
In the moment I can see, in the moment I am free
Every time that I wake up
Every time that I wake up
Every time that I wake up.

What (or who) is left out of the picture of the world we are in when the world itself is portrayed as if nothing but "pure cybernetic processes?". And what haunts this most powerful of late twentieth-century theoretical-fictions? The answer, according to Norbert Wiener, is the "evil" of chaos - the noise of disorganized forms and the entropic erosion of workable boundaries between subjects in communicative flux.
Information Superhighway crawling out around the world.

. . .


When Xavier and Honor were born
A special star shone in the sky
And their reason for being was clear
When they opened their eyes

And Matilda was lost in the spell
And John was adrift on the sea
With Xavier and Honor together
Just happy to be

In this world of make believe
There's so much that they can't conceive
As they lie......there sleeping

In this strange new wonderland
There's so much they can't understand
When they're crying.......

They will walk through the fields in the sun
And will gaze at the stars in the night
Their reason for being
Will always be seeing the light

When Xavier and Honor were born
When Xavier and Honor were born

. . .


You put something better
Inside of me
You put something better
Inside of me

I could look out the windows
Or stare at the wall
But really it didn't matter
No I just didn't care at all

Could be sitting by the water
& counting every stone
Cause nothing means nothing
When you're empty and on your own

You put something better
Inside of me
You put something better
Inside of me

Makes me so much stronger
I'm amazed at the change in me

Well I knew what I was doing
I was running away
Busy going nowhere
Just wasting the time of day
Walking down the road
Kicking up the stones

Nothing means nothing
When your empty and on your own

You put something better
Inside of me
You put something better
Inside of me

Makes me so much stronger
I'm amazed at the change in me

You put something better
Inside of me
You put something better
Inside of me

Makes me so much stronger
I'm amazed at the change in me

Another World version

I love you

You put something better inside of me
You put something better inside of me
It's making me so much stronger
I'm amazed at the change in me

(touch me with your heart of gold)

I could look out the window
Or stare at the wall
It really didn't matter
No I just didn't care at all

I could be sitting by the water
Counting every stone
Nothing means nothing
When you're empty and on your own (yeah but)

You put something better inside of me
You put something better inside of me
Making me so much stronger
I'm amazed at the change in me

(You give me something that I'd never known before)

Well I knew what I was doing
I was running away
Busy going nowhere (nowhere)
Wasting the time of day
Walking down the road (yes I was)
Kicking up the stones (stones)

Nothing means nothing (means nothing)
When your empty and on your own (yeah but)

You put something better inside of me
You put something better inside of me
Making me so much stronger
I'm amazed at the change in me

(You give me something that I'd never known before)

[Fade]
You put something better inside of me (put something better inside)
You put something better inside of me (put something better inside)
It's making me so much stronger
I'm amazed at the change in me
(and I love you)

Written by: Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty

. . .


Metanoia

I saw the light
I changed my world
I changed my heart

We sing a song of repentance
A song of joy
We sing a song of repentance
A song of joy

My father's mansion has many rooms
But we all live on the lowest floor
Don't even know there is light above
This understanding won't do no more

We sing a song of repentance
We sing a song of joy
We sing a song of repentance
We sing a song of joy

I was sitting on a barbed wire fence
Metanoia, it made no sense
How many times I should have cried to you
Now crying won't do no good

We sing a song of repentance
We sing a song of joy
We sing a song of repentance
We sing a song of joy

I saw the river, I've seen the door
I ruled the world, talked to the people
They didn't understand
They went walking, yeah they went walking

I saw (I saw the river) the light
I've seen the door
I changed (I ruled the world) my world
Talked to the people
I changed (they didn't understand) my heart
They went walking, yeah they went walking

Metanoia
Metanoia

Civilisations they come and go
From ancient Greece down to Mexico
The truth gets lost along the way
We're still dragging our feet in clay

[Fade]
We sing a song of repentance
We sing a song of joy
We sing a song of repentance
We sing a song of joy

Metanoia (metanoia)

. . .


We are not one
We are legion, we are many
A seed is sown in everyone (seed is sown in everyone)
A silent prayer that was given in compassion
We are the children of the sun
Oh sun sun, oh sun sun sun
We are the children of the sun
Oh sun sun, oh sun sun sun

Well, we were lost and alone in a desert so dry
Without a trace of water
So we prayed for the rain and we looked to the sky
But not a trace of water

Crying in the wilderness underneath the sun
The rainmaker came to wake up everyone
Sleeping, since time has begun
Crying out for water, water

Oh spirit of the world
Crying out for water
Oh spirit of the world
Crying out for water
Oh spirit of the world
Cries to someone
Cries to someone
Oh spirit of the world
Crying out for water (water, water, water)

[Fade]
We are not one
We are legion, we are many (crying out for water)
We are the children of the sun
Oh sun sun, oh sun sun sun

. . .


(recognise)(recognise)
If there's a reason on earth to believe in meAfter all those hard times we've been throughIf there's just one thing you can see in meI will give my love to youI will give my love to you
There's a star that shines bright on the two of usEven when we feel so far apartThere is something so real between the two of usI can see your loving heartI can see your loving heart (oh yeah)
Love is the answer, yes love is the keyThat opens the door to eternityLove is to be in the moment where we can be freeLove is the only reality.
If we ever should meet in another worldIf we both come in out of the coldIf we ever should meet in another lifeI will recognise your soulI will recognise your soul
(oh yes I will baby, recognise your soul yeah)
[Fade](I will recognise, recognise your soul)

The original version from Another World
If there's a reason on earth to believe in meAfter all of those times we've been throughIf there's just one thing left that you see in meI will give my love to youI will give my love to you
If the sun don't shine bright on the two of usNow that we're so far apartThere was something so real between the two of usI could see your loving heartI could see your loving heart (oh yeah)
Storm in the morning but still as the nightWe sever the moon that keeps cryingBetter to be in the moment or lost in the pastLike a rainbow that's shining upon me
If we ever should meet in another worldIf we both come in out of the coldIf we ever should meet in another lifeI will recognise your soulI will recognise your soul
(oh yes I would baby, recognise your soul yeah)
[Fade](I would recognise, recognise your soul)

. . .


Good night, Mrs. Grinch
We sure had a wonderful time
Thank you, Mrs. Grinch
You really helped me ease my mind

That was wonderful, Mr. Grinch
Thank you
You did a damn good job, Mr. Grinch
Thank you
Brrravo!
Brrravo!
(something Italian)

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