Rory Gallagher - A Million Miles Away - 1973

Rory Gallagher - A Million Miles Away - 1973



Tattoo is the fifth album released by Rory Gallagher. It demonstrated Gallagher's eclectic range of musical influences starting with the blues and adding elements from jazz, folk, and country.


Tattoo showcased the skill of Gallagher and his band across a number of genres from Delta and Chicago blues, the jazz-influenced "They Don't Make Them Like You Anymore" and blues-rock tracks such as "Tattoo'd Lady". According to his brother, Gallagher was in a "prolific and confident mood" when he recorded it. The album showcased Gallagher's writing ability resulting in several songs that would go on to become staples of his live act. "Tattoo'd Lady" reflects Gallagher's love for the fairground life and its similarities to life on the road. "Cradle Rock" was inspired by the happy coincidence that Gallagher "rocked literally all his life" having been born at the "Rock Hospital" in Ballyshannon, Ireland.[



Track listing

All songs composed by Rory Gallagher except where noted.


Side one


"Tattoo'd Lady" – 4:34

"Cradle Rock" – 6:15

"20:20 Vision" – 4:02

"They Don't Make Them Like You Anymore" – 4:05

"Livin' Like a Trucker" – 4:19



Side two


"Sleep on a Clothes Line" – 5:13

"Who's That Coming" – 7:09

"A Million Miles Away" – 6:55

"Admit It" – 4:19





Lyrics


This hotel bar is full of people,

The piano man is really laying it down,

The old bartender is as high as a steeple,

So why tonight should I wear a frown?


The joint is jumpin' all around me,

And my mood is really not in style,

Right now the blues flock to surround me,

But I'll break out after a while.


Yes I'm a million miles away,

I'm a million miles away,

I'm sailing like a driftwood,

On a windy bay,

On a windy bay.


I'm a million miles away,

I'm a million miles away,

But I'm sailing like a driftwood,

On a windy bay,

On a windy bay.


Why ask how I feel,

Well, how does it look to you?

I fell hook, line and sinker,

Lost my captain and my crew.


I'm standing on the landing,

There's no one there but me,

That's where you'll find me,

Looking out on the deep blue sea.


There's a song on the lips of everybody,

There's a smile all around the room,

There's conversation overflowing,

But I sit here with the blues.


This hotel bar has lost all its people,

The piano man has caught the last bus home,

The old bartender just collapsed in the corner,

Why I'm still here, I just don't know,

I don't know.


I'm a million miles away,

A million miles away,

I'm sailing like a driftwood on a windy bay,

On a windy bay.






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