Gary Miller Songs

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

 

I Can and I Will

 

Lyrics

There’s wind in the chimney there’s broth in the pan

I remember the days when Kate and me ran

“Let’s race the moon as fast as we can”

I said “I can and I will”


Counting the letters through the laughter and fights

Reading away in the fading light

Hoping I could make it all right

I said “I can and I will”


The word ‘impossible’ is the colour of black

I can and I will and I’ll never look back

Like a flame of gold I will burst down the track

Because I can and I will


Carrying the grey hen, carrying the shame

An illegitimate child bruised by self-blame

But I’ll rise above and take my name

I said ‘I can and I will’


Savings my pennies not taking the tram

It’s a long way to walk but who gives a damn

I’d rather walk than be an also-ran

Because I can and I will


The word ‘impossible’ is the colour of black

I can and I will and I’ll never look back

Like a flame of gold I will burst down the track

Because I can and I will


Four beautiful eggs failing to hatch

From such loss and such pain I could never detach

But I will banish depression off of my patch

Because I can and will


They fried my brain, they scrambled my mind

Leaving nothing but panic behind

But I will gain strength from what I can find

Because I can and I will


The word ‘impossible’ is the colour of black

I can and I will and I’ll never look back

Like a flame of gold I will burst down the track

Because I can and I will


Reading poetry and fairy tales

A prince will come to take me away

To make me a lady if I show him the way

I said ‘I can and I will’


I’ll put my experiences down on the page

And my characters will all inhabit a stage

Of love and loss and laughter and rage

Because I can and I will


The word ‘impossible’ is the colour of black

I can and I will and I’ll never look back

Like a flame of gold I will burst down the track

Because I can and I will


I can and I will



(Gary Miller)


© 2019 Whippet Records

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Illustration by Helen Temperley (Winkin Bitsy Illustration© 2019

 

Notes

This song, written in honour of author Catherine Cookson, is part of the 'Northern Grit' project.


Other songs from 'Northern Grit' include: 'A Dream of Joseph Skipsey''Ballad of Mary Cotton', 'Blücher''Hands and Mind', 'It Will Be All Right', 'Show Me''Unlocked Gate'.

 

Currently unreleased

 

Video Clips

Gary performing 'I Can and I Will'
live at Whippet HQ, Ferryhill, England on 7th April 2019.