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

 

Four Bare Walls

 

Lyrics

Four bare walls, I am not mad;
Four bare walls, my world.
The Lord will save me, have no doubt;
The Lord will find a way.

I’m on fire, I seethe with rage,
Against those who put me here:
I will see them burn;
I have faith; I have no fear.

In and out, in and out;
West Auckland, Gateshead, Bethlem:
From four bare walls, to four bare walls;
From freedom into bedlam.

God grant me just swift freedom,
God grant me wings to fly;
A phoenix from the ashes,
That smoulder in my eye.

Four bare walls, teaching me,
All your rules of Hell:
You will fall, and I will rise,
From my prison cell.

In and out, in and out;
West Auckland, Gateshead, Bethlem:
From four bare walls, to four bare walls;
From freedom into bedlam.

Four bare walls, four bare walls;
From freedom into bedlam.

Four bare walls, to four bare walls;
From freedom into bedlam.

You can chain me,
You can inflame me;
But you will never break me:
I will escape;
Again!

(Gary Miller)


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Background Text

Following mistreatment at West Auckland asylum, Jonathan Martin was transferred to the public asylum in Gateshead, where his treatment was much improved. He managed to escape from Gateshead asylum in June 1820, but was soon recaptured. On being returned, his reception at Gateshead was most unpleasant, leading to perhaps the most depressing period in his life, though he never gave up hope.

"Let my readers picture to themselves what a rational man must feel to find himself shut up for life in a madhouse, among madmen, and subject to the same treatment as if himself were insane: to have irons riveted on his legs, and his windows doubly barred: and, to make assurance doubly sure, the walls of his prison raised so high that any attempt to get over them would be certain destruction. Let them look at this, I say, and they will not wonder if a man so situate should be ready to despair: and become indeed all that his enemies wished him to be. However, praise the Lord, I kept from despair." (Jonathan Martin, from his autobiography)

 
 

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