Internationally-acclaimed Songwriter,
Performer and Recording Artist
from County Durham, England

Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

 

Albatross and Endurance

 

Lyrics

"Proceed" in spite of war they said as fate lifted its lid

We were damned if we didn't, we were damned if we did


Ernest brave and purposeful was our guiding light

Audacious, bold, romantic, doubtless and forthright


Our ship we loved above all else, it seemed too high a price

To see her crushed and dying, lying trapped in the ice


Then the albatross came down on us as we struggled to break free

And cursed the day we ever fought that cruel sea


She's going boys; she's going, she’s going, going gone

But Endurance sails forever, in glory and in song


The albatross wheeled overhead though the wind was biting strong

Mocking us for venturing where we did not belong


Then the albatross clung to me as I stood upon the deck

Burning with a ball and chain, cruel wings wrapped round my neck


We're going boys; we're going, we’re going, going gone

But Endurance sails forever, in glory and in song


Our photographs and diaries capture every last detail

Of every failure and success since the day we first set sail


How will history judge us when the memory is revived

Of the odds stacked up against us and how we survived?


Give me a star to steer by and a high mountain to climb

Build me a home that's safe and warm where I can bide


My time has not yet come and I've no radio or song

My zither banjo's broken; I'm going, going gone


We're going boys; we're going; but I'm still going strong

So lift up your hearts now in glory and in song


We're going boys; we're going, we’re going, going gone

But Endurance sails forever, in glory and in song


Yes, Endurance sails forever, in glory and in song


(Gary Miller)

© 2003 Whippet Records

Copyright Control MCPS/PRS

 

Currently Unreleased

 

Video Clips

Gary introducing and performing
'Albatross and Endurance' and 'One Soldiers Thoughts' (cut)
live at the 100 Club, London on 18th August 2010, 

as part of a series of UK shows with legendary Australian duo Mick Thomas (award-winning singer/songwriter) & Michael Barclay (both of 'Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing' and formerly of 'Weddings Parties Anything')
The show also featured Phil 'Swill' Odgers (of 'The Men They Couldn't Hang').

Gary introducing and performing 'Albatross and Endurance'
live at Katie Fitzgerald's, Stourbridge on 17th August 2010, 

as part of a series of UK shows with legendary Australian duo Mick Thomas (award-winning singer/songwriter) & Michael Barclay (both of 'Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing' and formerly of 'Weddings Parties Anything').

 

Gary Miller & Ralf Weihrauch performing 'Albatross and Endurance'
live at Mata Hari, Stuttgart, on 23rd October 2005.