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


John's Jacobus (Inscription)



A careless corvid cut the air

A golden jacobus in its beak

As it flew over the water

Its grasp upon the coin grew weak

The jacobus then fell to earth

Where John Duck stood, his future bleak

It set his mind to such a fire

He would show that butchers’ clique

All the elements now in place

To raise him from a standing meek

John’s jacobus, that mighty coin

Would bring the fortune he did seek

(Gary Miller)

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Helen Temperley's accompanying illustration which inspired the lyrics [above].



Written as a spoken-word piece to an accompanying tune. Both the lyrics and tune were inspired by 'John's Jacoubus (A Tale of Durham's Dick Wittington)', an illustration by Helen Temperley, as part of the upcoming project 'The Butcher Baronet'in collaboration with Lone Pine Picturesabout the 17th Century Durham City historical figure John Duck.

Other songs and tunes from this project include : -

'The Beer Token'

'The Butcher Baronet'

'Ca' Hawkie'

'Cast Out'

'Cloak and Hood'


'Flesh and Bone'

'Fortune Weaver'

'Go Away!'

'Golden Journey: Through Air / Over Water / To Earth / On Fire'

'Here's to You, John Duck!'

'Hold on'

'My Butcher Boy'

'Now I Dream'

'Old Duck's Main'

'Old Duck's Rant'

'Shiny Thing'

'Top of the Hill'


Currently unreleased