All The Wrong Places

by Duncan Gillies

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This is a small collection of tracks I have recorded with the help of Angel Joseph Gordon.

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released April 28, 2013

All Songs Duncan Gillies.

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The Stick Figure Saints Auckland, New Zealand

My name is Duncan Gillies and I have written these songs. I have recorded them in a home studio set-up and have been helped along the way by multi-instrumentalist Angel Joseph Gordon. The tracks were mixed and mastered by Nick Taylor at Sosol Sound and Lance Powell. ... more

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Track Name: At The End Of Time
Don’t ask, you don’t get
But I ain’t finished asking yet
Long time, but I can wait
Whatever happens put it down to fate
Count the seconds, watch them fly
Never get them back once they’ve passed you by
Count my blessings, count my crimes
Add them all up at the end of time

Cold wind, warm breeze
Watch it all unwind in the sycamore trees
Summers vanish without a trace
Winter’s always waiting to take its place
Count the days one by one
Someone will keep counting when your days are done
Count my blessings, count my crimes
Add them all up at the end of time

Paint a picture, black and white
Never quite the same in a different light
Build a fire, flame and smoke
Never too hot till you stand too close
Count the days, count the nights
Count the fires burning bright
Count my blessings, count my crimes
Add them all up at the end of time

Take this book and pass it round
Spread the message from town to town
The road is long but the way is clear
If you arrive first I’ll see you there

Search for strength, long for love
Gonna put my faith in the powers above
High hopes, high stakes
Hope God listens to he who waits
Count the beads on this chain
When I’ve finished counting I’m gonna to start again
Count my blessings, count my crimes
Add them all up at the end of time

Always running, always trying
Doing what we can to stay ahead of time
Time to sleep, time to work
Gotta keep fighting for your pile of dirt
Count the years, watch them pass
Only lesson learned is that it all can’t last
Count my blessings, count my crimes
Add them all up at the end of time
Track Name: Come And Take My Hand
My cards are on the table
I’ve got nothing up my sleeve
Thought I was on to something big
But didn’t know who to believe
I always thought I’d go down fighting
Now I’m back where I began
Now I’m reaching out to you girl
Won’t you come and take my hand

If Hell’s for the unholy
And Heaven’s for the forgiven
It makes this long and lonely life
That much harder for the living
God knows I’ve made mistakes
Things are quite the way we planned
Now I’m reaching out to you girl
Won’t you come and take my hand

Known exactly what I wanted
Known just what I had to say
But then sat alone in silence
Watched it all just slip away
Prisoner of my indecision
Seems it’s always been that way
You know I’ve wasted so much time
I just can’t wait another day

I tried so hard but in the end
I didn’t know where to begin
It seems with every breath I take
I shed another layer of skin
Not expecting any answers
I just hope you understand’
Now I’m reaching out to you girl
Won’t you come and take my hand

Known exactly what I wanted
Known just what I had to say
But then sat alone in silence
Watched it all just slip away
Prisoner of my indecision
Seems it’s always been that way
You know I’ve wasted so much time
I just can’t wait another day

My cards are on the table
I’ve got nothing up my sleeve
Thought I was on to something big
But didn’t know who to believe
I always thought I’d go down fighting
Now I’m back where I began
Now I’m reaching out to you girl
Won’t you come and take my hand
Track Name: Cardboard Castles
Cardboard castles and sticks and stones
I’m beating my drum with a dead man’s bones
The captain set sail on a sea of stones
Said nobody sleeps till the dead man moans

Bad luck boys and a crab apple crow
Evil wind blowing, half moon hanging low
Picture in my pocket of a girl I used to know
Heading out into the waters where the dead men go

It’s a cold dark place where nobody has a friend
And if I make it home alive I’ll never leave that girl again

Six days at sea sailing in a straight line
Wind began to howl and the waves began to climb
Captain he cracked, drank himself blind
Singing songs about the dead men and the life he left behind

Seasick sailors and a bottle full of flame
Wind screaming like a siren in apocalypse rain
The captain’s overboard, the vicar’s insane
And I’m saying my prayers in that pretty girl’s name

When you’re hanging on to life it seems the fight will never end
But if I make it home alive I’ll never leave that girl again

It’s water for the weak, a word for the wise
A penny for your thoughts and a dollar for your lies
I longed for a life between a perfumed pair of thighs
To drift off to sleep to a pretty girl’s sighs

The sinner can’t be saved no matter how he tries
The saint’s fate’s sealed, it’s written in the skies
The sailor’s lost at sea among the dead man’s cries
I lost my heart in that pretty girl’s eyes

I told her I’d be back, I just didn’t tell her when
And if I make it home alive I’ll never leave that girl again

Seems I’ve travelled so far from my maker’s guiding hand
How I ended up alone I don’t completely understand
Am I just a passing thought in some grand majestic plan
Another drifting soul a thousand miles from land

I could say I’m not scared, I could try to pretend
But if I make it home alive I’ll never leave that girl again
Track Name: It's Raining Outside
It’s raining outside
I’m watching people on the street
They make the world go round
People listen when they speak
It seems to get ahead in life
You gotta make a lot of noise
But I can’t even remember
The sound of my own voice

I didn’t mean to be so long
Turned around and you were gone

The world goes rushing by
This train it slows but never stops
And once you get on board boy
There’s no chance of getting off
The people stand and wave
As we go from town to town
But what passes slowly by one day
Can return to cut you down

I didn’t mean to be so long
Turned around and you were gone

And if I don’t get back by tomorrow night
There’s no telling if I’ll get back at all
Because I’ve been following a fading light
And now there’s almost no light at all

I remember sitting in a church
Safe by my father’s side
A cold kingdom carved in stone
While the fires raged outside
I remember sitting in the church
Felt God’s presence in the air
And as the world goes rushing by
I wonder if he was even there

I didn’t mean to be so long
Turned around and you were gone

Well these winding roads they wind back
To the place I once called home
Where the walls are caving in
And the garden’s overgrown
I used to think these winding roads
They led to paradise itself
Till I followed them one day
And they took me some place else

I didn’t mean to be so long
Turned around and you were gone
Track Name: I Found God In All The Wrong Places
I was looking for a reason
I was looking for an answer
I was trying to draw a line
Between Capricorn and Cancer
I was searching for a sign
In the firmament above
Waiting for a star
To guide me to his love

But I found God in all the wrong places
Cheap Champagne and pretty girls’ faces
I can’t say for sure if I know what God’s grace is
But I found God in all the wrong places

I went to church on Sunday
And I knelt and prayed
I begged for forgiveness
And for my soul to save
I confessed all my sins
Though I enjoyed them at the time
And I tried to think pure thoughts
When they turned the water into wine

But I found God in all the wrong places
Heavy metal music and high-speed chases
I can’t say for sure if I know what God’s grace is
But I found God in all the wrong places

I beat my chest three times
And I held my head in shame
I nailed myself upon a cross
To try to feel his pain
I starved myself and hid in caves
Till I was not much more than bones
I walked out in the desert
Made myself a bed of stones

But I found God in all the wrong places
Peak-hour traffic and empty parking spaces
I can’t say for sure if I know what God’s grace is
But I found God in all the wrong places

Well I tried to read the Bible
But it was all interpretation
I tried to talk to God
But it was a one-way conversation
I hoped that he’d reveal himself
And lead me into the light
Till I walked away in darkness
Thinking he’s not the revealing type

But I found God in all the wrong places
Late night card games, a pair of queens and three aces
I can’t say for sure if I know what God’s grace is
But I found God in all the wrong places