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

 

My 'Life'

 

Lyrics

This is the life of Jonathan Martin, written by himself;
A finer book you'll never read, nor sit upon your shelf:
Please forgive the grammar, of this illiterate man;
For I aim to bring you closer to God's glory, if I can.

My life is here, for all to see;
Printed in ink, for all to read:
Fine copperplate engravings I include;
To illustrate the glory I've accrued.

I've one for the master,
One for the dame,
One for each little lad,
And one for the lame:
Fourteen thousand copies
I have sold to date;
Grab a copy while you can,
Before it is too late.

I tramp the fair lands
Of Darlington, York and Leeds;
Spreading forth the bounty
Of God's holy seeds.

You will notice me, if by you I should pass;
For just like our Saviour, I ride upon an ass:
My sealskin cape is lined outside with fur;
I wonder why you people mock and stare.

So come all you tramps and hawker lads,
Come all you bounders and you cads;
Come each and all, you ladies and you gents;
I present my ‘Life’, for the small sum of sixpence.

I've one for the master,
One for the dame,
One for each little lad,
And one for the lame:
Fourteen thousand copies
I have sold to date;
Grab a copy while you can,
Before it is too late.

And now to close,
I've one final thought to send;
I pray my wanderings and sorrows
Are now at an end.

(Gary Miller)


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Background Text

Following his escape from the asylum, Jonathan Martin initially returned to working as a tanner for three months at Boroughbridge. During this time, one night in September 1821, he had a premonition of his wife Martha in bed “all in a gore of blood”. A few days later he received a letter confirming she had died of breast cancer on that very night.

Early in 1822, he moved to Darlington, where he worked yet again as a tanner, joined the Methodists and began preaching in earnest.

1825 saw the printing and publishing of the first edition of Jonathan’s autobiography, ‘Life’. It was a small and very poorly printed pamphlet of fifty-six pages with an estimated five thousand copies. A much larger “Second Edition, considerably improved”, consisting of eighty double-columned pages featuring major additional text and three copperplate engravings, was printed the following year. A final third edition of five thousand copies was printed in 1828. By the end of that year, when he still had a few copies of the third edition in hand, he had sold fourteen thousand copies in total. He travelled throughout the north of England preaching and hawking his book, causing much disturbance and curiosity.

 

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