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

 

Hands and Mind

 

Lyrics

The sun sent out its silent rays

To pierce the West Moor gloom

Where tireless hands worked round the clock

In a single lonely room


A mind sparked and a mighty shadow

Touched the Great Lime Road

To stretch along the eternal path

On which history’s dreamers strode


Spinning cogs and whirring gears

Turned that wondrous mind

To speed-filled dreams where water steams

Through the mighty hands of time


Those hands were soon put to the task

Of burying a wife and child

But if the cottage lacked a woman’s touch

That mind was not beguiled


With the pain of loss weighing heavy

The hands toiled harder still

The one-roomed house became a 4-roomed home

While the mind refused to still


Spinning cogs and whirring gears

Turned that wondrous mind

To speed-filled dreams where water steams

Through the splintering cracks of time 


He took his son’s hands in his own

To birth a new sundial

On a block of wood the gnomon stood

Beneath a sun’s bright smile


Over a plaque to remind the world

From the cottage’s stone wall

What those hands and mind achieved and gave

For the benefit of all


Spinning cogs and whirring gears

Turned that wondrous mind

To speed-filled dreams where water steams

Through the drifting sands of time


Ambitious goals stirred and reeled

And spurred that glorious mind

To steam-fuelled schemes where invention streams

Throughout all space and time


(Gary Miller)


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Notes

Gary was commissioned by Northern Voices Community Projects to write 'Hands and Mind' for 'Follow The Sun', a book published to mark the bicentenary of the Stephen's sundial at Dial Cottage in Killingworth.

 

Currently Unreleased

 

Video Clips

Gary performing 'Hands and Mind'
at Whippet Records HQ, Belle Vue House, Ferryhill,
County Durham, England, on 2nd March 2017.