Gary Miller Songs

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

 

For The Last Time

 

Lyrics

Old Man Willow bowed his head for the last time
Old Man Willow bowed his head for the last time
He laid his burden down to grow wild upon the ground
Old Man Willow bowed his head for the last time

My mother closed her eyes for the last time
My mother closed her eyes for the last time
She gave all that she had so the world would feel less bad
Then my mother closed her eyes for the last time

I held my father’s hand for the last time
I held my father’s hand for the last time
He smiled proudly at each son and with a final breath was gone
I held my father’s hand for the last time

Nothing lasts forever
There are moments that shine
Everything is born to live then die

I have been a fool for the last time
I have been a fool for the last time
The gaslight flickered out and freed me of self-doubt
I have been a fool for the last time

The last star burnt its fuel for the last time
The last star burnt its fuel for the last time
Its final spark was done then the Universe was gone
The last star burnt its fuel for the last time

Nothing lasts forever
Everything has its time
To radiate, to celebrate, to shine

Old Man Willow bowed his head for the last time


(Gary Miller)


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Notes

In February 2021, our beloved willow tree in the garden at Belle Vue House (a.k.a. Whippet Records HQ) came crashing down. Sad though it was at the time, it seemed to be all for the best. No person, cat or wild creature was harmed and the whole of the garden and outside of the house suddenly opened to a vista of glorious sunlight, space and new possibilities. Could this be signifying the end of one era and the start of a new one?

Helen and me each agreed to the challenge of coming up with a song that encapsulated the event. What began as my attempt quickly (almost instantaneously - it was written in all of about 10 minutes, one of those songs that just seems to "roll off the pen"!) developed into this song.
 

Currently unreleased

 

Videos

Gary performing 'For The Last Time'
sat on the remains of the old willow tree, in the garden
at Whippet Records HQ, Belle Vue House, Ferryhill,
County Durham, England, on 28th June 2021.