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

 

Bold as Brass

 

Lyrics

Sat in your uniform looking real class
Striking a pose as bold as brass
You played a mean cornet in a military band
The finest sound in all of the land

The girls all adored you; it was always a lark
When the band came to play in Battersea Park
Polished and smart, a mighty fine gang
All for one, one for all, when the instruments sang

So blow on your cornet, blow it loud and proud
When the band would strike up, what a heavenly sound

An old photograph in sepia tones
Shows all of the boys in impeccable rows
Trombones and euphoniums, marching snares and bass drum
Cornets and tuba and a shield proudly won

So blow on your cornet, blow it loud and proud
When the band would strike up, what a heavenly sound


As the call went out, “there’s a war to be won”
Rifles and bayonets replaced cornets and drums
Down on the platform there was not a dry eye


As they wished you luck as they waved you goodbye

An artillery officer astride a fine mount
Twice gassed ’midst the carnage, still not out for the count
But no longer to blow so bold on your brass
With your lungs constricted by the harsh mustard gas

So blow on your cornet, blow it loud and proud
When the band would strike up, what a heavenly sound
And though sweet music fades, its memory flows
Are you playing in Heaven now God only knows?
As the angels sing when your cornet blows
I’ll be blowing your trumpet wherever I go


(Gary Miller)


© 2010 Whippet Records

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Notes

Commissioned for 'Reflections on War', a community arts project and exhibition at York Art Gallery for York Museums Trust.


Inspired by writings by and conversations with Susan Elizabeth Elliot and based on the true story of her Grandfather Archibald Frederick Harold Mill (1890-1985), who played cornet in a military band in Battersea prior to the outbreak of the First World War. When war was declared, he signed on at Woolwich Barracks and was sent to France as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery. He fought at Ypres and suffered two attacks of mustard gas.

 
 
 

Releases (on Whippet Records unless otherwise stated)

Publications

 


Reflections on War

York Art Gallery


 

Video Clips

'Bold as Brass' Official Promotional Video
Produced and Directed by award-winning film-maker Ethan Race.

Gary performing 'Bold as Brass'
live at the Boulanger, Tübingen on 2nd May 2010,

on tour with longtime collaborator, poet and friend Keith Armstrong.

 

Gary introducing and performing 'Bold as Brass'
live at Neckartenzlingen Gymnasium on 4th May 2010,

on tour with longtime collaborator, poet and friend Keith Armstrong.

Gary performing 'Bold as Brass'
live at Cafe Heureka, Vienna on 20th July 2010.

 

Gary introducing and performing 'Bold as Brass'
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 introducing and performing 'Bold as Brass'
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 performing 'Bold as Brass'
live in the Dickens Room at Haren Library on 1st October 2010,
on tour with longtime collaborator, poet and friend Keith Armstrong.