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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


On A Wing And A Prayer (1992)
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One night, you'll stand again in the spotlightAnd everything will be alrightAnd you'll wake up from this dark night of the soul.
You started out in rock ‘n' rollYou had music deep in your soulNow you don't cut it like you used to doLooks like time has caught up on you.
You've given up, you've settled downNo more riding on the money-go-roundA quiet life and a room with a viewLooks like time's caught up on you.
Holes in your pockets, holes in your shoesHoles in your day dreams that never came trueSo many years but so little to showNobody told you -- you reap what you sow.
The way you talk -- makes me sadI still remember all the good times we hadRight now you're twisted and bitter and blueLooks like time's caught up on you.
How many times did I hear you sayForget tomorrow -- just live for todayYou've burned some bridges, yeah -- that much is trueLooks like time's caught up on you.
You've got some demons still driving you onThey wonder where all the good times have goneNobody calls you, now nobody daresNobody wants to ‘cos nobody cares.
Another night, another placeAnother limbo where you've fallen from graceNo, you don't cut it like you used to doLooks like time's caught up on you.
It's caught up on youIt's caught up on youIt's caught up on youIt's caught up on you
One night -- you'll stand again in the spotlightAnd everything will be all rightAnd you'll wake up from this dark night of the soul.
One night -- you'll spread your wings and you'll take flightAnd everything will be all rightAnd you'll wake up from this dark night of the soul.
One night -- you'll stand again in the spotlightAnd everything will be all rightAnd you'll wake up from this dark night of the soul.

Drums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakElectric Guitars: Hugh BurnsAcoustic Guitar: Gerry RaffertyPedal Steel Guitar: B.J. ColeSaxophone: Mel CollinsLead Vocals: Gerry RaffertyBacking Vocals: Nicky Moore / Joe Egan / Julian Littman / Melanie Harrold / Liane Carroll / Gerry Rafferty

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Back in my school days acting the fool boysOne and one and one made threeAnd the man said come and cut yourself a piece of the big time.
Armour-clad forces riding trojan horsesNever made sense to meI didn't wanna be a part of the great debate on moonshine.
‘Stop, pay the price', they said to me, ‘take this advice:You're out of your head'Stop, hold the ‘phone -- this has to be cut to the boneToo bad -- I see redI see red. I see red.
She slips and stumbles, twists and she tumblesShe always lands on her feetAnd she keeps her face turned to the far horizon.
Won't you come this way -- won't you go my wayHer rhythm doesn't miss a beatShe's just doin' everything she can to keep surviving.
‘Stop, pay the price', she said to me, ‘take this advice:You're out of your head'Stop, hold the ‘phone -- this has to be cut to the boneToo bad -- I see red.I see red. I see red. Yeah.
Now who wants a riot -- people should be quietDon't we give ‘em good TVYou can learn to love a lifetime of distraction.
You've got nothin' on the inside, nothin' on the outsideAll the way from A to BI can live without that kind of satisfaction.
‘Stop, pay the price', she said to me, ‘take this advice:You're out of your head'Stop, hold the ‘phone -- this has to be cut to the boneToo bad -- I see redI see red. I see red. I see red. Yeah.
(fade and repeat)I see redI see redYou make me see redYes I see redI see redI see red.

Written By: Jim RaffertyPublished By: Hit & Run MusicDrums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakGuitars: Hugh BurnsSoprano Sax: Mel CollinsLead Vocals: Gerry RaffertyBacking Vocals: Nicky Moore / Joe Egan / Julian Littman / Melanie Harrold / Liane Carroll / Gerry Rafferty

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I love you so much, but you're leaving todaySomehow we've lost touch -- I can't make you stayYou say I'll get by, but it's my head on the blockIt's easy to talk -- so easy to talk.
What did I do wrong, tell me what was my crimeI've loved you so long, now my neck's on the lineYou pass judgement on me while I stand in the dockIt's easy to talk -- so easy to talk.
When we were living in the city of a million dreamsYou were telling me that love is never what it seemsYeah, you walked into my life and now I must surrender.
So you go with him and say I'm to blameI know I can't win while you feel no shameFor every vow that you break and every word that you mockIt's easy to talk -- so easy to talk.
When we were living in the city of a million dreamsYou were telling me that love is never what it seemsYeah, you walked into my life and now I must surrender.
God holds out His hand, why suffer the gloomOf a renegade heart in some lonely roomOur lives slip away with each tick of the clockIt's easy to talk -- so easy to talk.

Drums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakBottleneck Guitar: Bryn HaworthPedal Steel Guitar: B.J. ColeAcoustic Guitar: Gerry RaffertyBass Guitar: Mo FosterLead Vocals: Gerry RaffertyBacking Vocals: Nicky Moore / Joe Egan / Julian Littman / Melanie Harrold / Liane Carroll / Gerry Rafferty

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Nothing is touched, I still want you so muchThe feeling's so strong yeah -- but I could be wrongA love affair ends, and now we're just friendsThe real thing is gone yeah -- but I could be wrong.
In the morning when I wake up and it's a sunny dayAll my troubles seem to fly awayThen I remember, and it's down and down I go.
I watch the rising of the moonDarkness always comes too soonWhen the night comes fallingIt's down and down I go.
Now I can see you don't need meYou'll get along yeah -- but I could be wrong.
Day and night I've been soul searchin' in a stormy seaAll your tears washin' over meWhen the truth comes callin', it's down and down I go.
I was dreamin' of the night we metSo many moments that I can't forgetWhen the night comes fallin', it's down and down I go.
Now it appears I've cried all my tearsThe sadness is gone yeah -- but I could be wrongNothing is touched, I still want you so muchThe feeling's so strong yeah -- but I could be wrong.
Time goes by and a love affair endsHearts run dry and now we're just friendsThe real thing is gone, we'll sing you a songBut I could be wrong.

Drums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakRhythm Guitar: Hugh BurnsLead Guitar: Hugh BurnsAcoustic Guitar: Gerry RaffertyLead Vocals: Gerry RaffertyBacking Vocals: Nicky Moore / Joe Egan / Julian Littman / Melanie Harrold / Liane Carroll / Gerry Rafferty

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Don't speak of my heart, it hurts too much -- hurts to touchI'm writing the book each and every dayTake a look at my face, I still need -- I still bleedI've been running on empty since you went away.
The spirit world looks down on usSad that we're apartSo please don't speak of my heart.
Whenever we talk she says hang on -- just hang onMeanwhile I'm drowning in the pouring rainAnd each time we meet there's a sad farewell -- sad farewellShe tells me someday I'm gonna love again.
The way that she walked out on meStill tears me apartSo please don't speak of my heart.
Every day's an endless maze of dreams that fade and dieNo one believed we were saying ‘Goodbye'And every night I think of you I'm still left wondering whyI can't believe that we're saying goodbye.
And when I wake up in the morningAnd wonder where I'm going toIt all came without a warningWhat's a man supposed to do?
Don't let your heart break downDon't let your heart break down.
Don't speak of my heart, it hurts too much -- it hurts to touchI'm writing the book each and every dayTake a look at my face, I still need -- I still bleedI've been running on empty since you went away.
The spirit world looks down on us,Sad that we're apartDon't wanna talk about it -- don't make me think about itSo please don't speak of my heart.

Written By: Gerry Rafferty and Jim RaffertyDrums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakBass Guitar: Mo FosterElectric Guitar: Hugh BurnsHigh String Guitar: Gerry RaffertyStrings/Bassoon Arrangement: Andrew JackmanLead Vocals: Gerry RaffertyBacking Vocals: Nicky Moore / Joe Egan / Julian Littman / Melanie Harrold / Liane Carroll / Gerry Rafferty

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Toussaint

Get out of my life woman, you don't love me no more
Get out of my life woman, you don't love me no more
Get out of my life woman, you don't love me no more.

Get out of my eyes teardrops, I gotta see my way around
Get out of my eyes teardrops, I gotta see my way around
Get out of my life heartache, I got heartaches by the pound, these days.

Walk on, walk on, walk on, walk on
Walk on.

Get off my ladder woman, I gotta climb up to the top
Get off my ladder woman, I gotta climb up to the top
Get off my ladder woman, you know that I can't stop, no no no.

I can't stop, I can't stop, I can't stop, I can't stop.

Get out of my life woman, I gotta be moving on
Get out of my life woman, I gotta be moving on, oh
Get out of my life woman, it's so long.

Bye bye, bye bye, so long
Bye bye, bye bye, so long
It's so long, it's so long.

Twenty long years little darlin' that I spent with you
Twenty long years little darlin' that we shared a home
Twenty long years little darlin', now I'm black and blue
Twenty long years, now I'm back in my home.

Bye bye, so long
Bye bye, so long
Bye bye, so long.

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Ev'ry night's a lonely night since you went awayBut you come back to haunt my memoryI lie awake and think of you and how it used to beOh my love don't give up on me.
The symbol of the moon above and living without youI can't stand this cold realityYou alone can make me whole, our love was meant to beOh my love don't give up on me.
In the dying embers of the midnight hourAll these things brought me miseryIn the dying embers of the midnight hourOh my love don't give up on me.
When you left I know I lost the better part of meBut I can't blame my troubled historyYou and I were innocent, our love was meant to beOh my love don't give up on me.
In the dying embers of the midnight hourAll these things brought me miseryIn the dying embers of the midnight hourOh my love don't give up on me.
Jesus came into this world so all men may be foundIn the soul of all humanityEv'ry time I stumble on the road to CalvaryOh my love don't give up on me.
In the dying embers of the midnight hourAll these things brought me miseryIn the dying embers of the midnight hourOh my love don't give up on meOh my love don't give up on meMy sweet Lord don't give up on me.
(fade)Oh my love don't give up on me

Drums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakBottleneck Guitar: Bryn HaworthMandolins: Bryn HaworthBass Guitar: Mo FosterAcoustic Guitars: Gerry RaffertyLead Vocals: Gerry RaffertyBacking Vocals: Nicky Moore / Joe Egan / Julian Littman / Melanie Harrold / Liane Carroll / Jim Rafferty / Gerry Rafferty

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When life gets toughWhen this old road gets roughWhat happens to me and youWhat do we do -- we hang on.
When you confessYour life is in a messAnd only you can muddle throughWhat do you do -- you hang on.
Love is blind, love is kindWhat do you do when it leaves you behindLike yesterday's papers -- like yesterday's news.
You don't wanna be all by yourselfYou don't wanna be left on the shelfWhen you're feeling small and tired of it all.
Those lonely daysThose sad and lonely daysLeft sad and blue without a clueWhat do you do -- you hang on.
Love is real -- love can healWhat do you do when the love that you feelTurns out to be one dream that never came true.
You imagined it was so much moreNow you're stranded on another shoreAnd you don't expect to resurrect.
A love gone wrongA love that was so strongLeft sad and blue without a clueWhat do you do -- you hang on.

Drums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakElectric Guitar: Hugh BurnsBass Guitar: Mo FosterAcoustic Guitar: Gerry RaffertyBottleneck Guitar: Bryn HaworthSaxophones: Mel CollinsLead Vocals: Gerry RaffertyBacking Vocals: Nicky Moore / Joe Egan / Julian Littman / Gerry Rafferty

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So long ago when our love was newAnd the dreams that lovers dream still cast a spellWhen we made love we were together more than we knewAnd we gazed down deep into the wishing well.
Every day was a sunny dayRain seems constant nowI can remember times when your love and affectionTurned my world around.
We separate like rain in a stormAnd the wind blows all our words of love awayWhen we first met you were so loving, you were so warmNow we meet like strangers on a lost highway.
Our love story was meant to beAll those days gone downI can remember times when your love and affectionTurned my world around.
In deep blue, old and newDistant voices call to youAlchemy, mercuryNow you're free, and you can be who you want to beI know that you will grow now we're apartTalk to me when you're all at seaI will keep songs for you here in my heart.
So long ago when our love was newAnd the dreams that lovers dream still cast a spellWhen we made love we were together more than we knewAnd we gazed down deep into the wishing well.
Every day was a sunny dayRain seems constant nowI can remember times when your love and affectionTurned my world around.

Drums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakLead Guitar: Hugh BurnsBass Guitar: Mo FosterAcoustic Guitar: Gerry RaffertyStrings, Oboe, and Horn Arranged By: Andrew JackmanVocals: Gerry Rafferty

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On the day you left I didn't knowWhich way to turn -- which way to goI felt so bad -- I cursed the day that I was born.
And even now I just can't standTo think of you with another manBut does he know, does he really knowWhat he's taken on?
I searched my soul, I wracked my brainAt times I thought I'd go insaneAnd every night I lay awake until the dawn.
Yes I was lost, I was confusedBut he's the one who's being usedYeah does he know, does he really knowWhat he's taken on?
Now he might think he's got your loveAnd that it came from God aboveThrew you a line -- he sowed the seedsHe sees your beauty but I know your needs.
He believes that you're sincereWhen you say love ain't living hereYeah does he know -- does he really knowWhat he's taken on?
Now he might think he's got your loveAnd that it came from God aboveIs he so blind that he can't seeYou'll leave him like you left me.
You sailed away all by yourselfAnd I was left here on the shelfI never thought I'd say these wordsBut I'm glad you're gone.
Yeah he's found truth -- certaintyResolution, veracityBut does he know -- does he really knowWhat he's taken on?
Well does he know? Well does he know?Well does he know? Well does he know?No no no no no!

Drums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakElectric Guitar: Jerry DonahueRhythm Guitars: Hugh BurnsBass Guitar: Mo FosterBottleneck Guitar: Bryn HaworthSaxophone: Mel CollinsLead Vocals: Gerry RaffertyBacking Vocals: Nicky Moore / Joe Egan / Julian Littman / Gerry Rafferty

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Love comes with a new expressionAnd the sentimental moon shines in our eyesLove grows with each new impressionLike an elemental tune that never dies.
But all too soon arrives the dawningAnd I awaken to the light of loveThe kind of love I want to share with you everydayWe make a promise on this night of loveLet's say a prayer that it might all come true.
Love comes like a revelationAnd it changes everything that we can seeLove comes with new inspirationAnd it show us everything that we can be.
But all too soon arrives the dawningAnd I awaken to the light of loveThe kind of love I want to share with you everydayWe make a promise on this night of loveLet's say a prayer that it might all come true.
How many times have you been lostAnd even now you count the costOf saying all those last goodbyesSomething's come alive on this new morningYou're looking at one more day.
Love comes with a new expressionAnd the sentimental moon shines in our eyesLove grows with each new impressionLike an elemental tune that never dies.
But all too soon arrives the dawningAnd I awaken to the light of loveThe kind of love I want to share with you everydayWe'll make a promise on this night of loveLet's say a prayer that it might all come true ... everyday.

Written By: Gerry Rafferty and Jim RaffertyDrums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakElectric Guitar: Hugh BurnsBass Guitar: Mo FosterStrings, Cor Anglais, and Brass Arranged By: Andrew JackmanVocals: Gerry Rafferty

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You get a thunderbolt from out of the blueAnd it changes everything about the life you knewYes the storm breaks and your heart achesAnd then life goes on.
When a long time love just disappearsYou need someone new to help you through those impatient yearsAnd those sad days, all those mad daysWhile your life goes on.
You know it's over but you can't let goIt's not easy when it comes to saying all those last goodbyesIn that moment when your dreams lie scattered in the dustYou find something you can trustLove comes to meet you like a brand new dayLove comes to you all along the way.
You're walking down the street but you're lost in spaceAnd the future comes to meet you and you like its faceFrom a blue note comes a new noteAnd your life goes on.
You don't need miracles to point the wayWhen you know that love is still the reason to believeIn that moment when you know you might have given upSomeone fills your lovin' cupAnd lies beside you ‘til the break of dayLove comes to you all along the way.
A million stars shine in the darkest nightFrom across the universe there comes eternal lightFrom this blue world to a new worldSomewhere life goes on.
Life goes on...Life goes on...

Drums/Percussion: Arran AhmunKeyboards: Pavel RosakProgramming: Pavel RosakGuitars: Hugh BurnsBass (on chorus): Mo FosterSaxophones: Mel CollinsStrings Arranged By: Andrew JackmanVocals: Gerry Rafferty

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