Silhouettes and Pirouettes Vol​.​4

by Alex Vann

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The Secret Of Light Alex Vann, July 2012 I believe there’s a light that shines in everyone I feel wonder in my heart I know that a time will come for us to shine We will find comfort in the dark Don’t cry my pretty one Don’t curse the rain See all that you have done Your light remains (play verse chords x 2 with low octave root in right hand) I hear silence in a crowded room I feel calm before a storm You’ve sailed to the corners of the world I say ‘there’s no place like home’ Don’t cry my pretty one Don’t curse the rain See all that you’ve become Your light remains M8 It’s not easy to let go – we just sit and curse the dark Some day you will know that the secret of light within Lies in your heart Piano solo (verse chords and melody) M8 repeat Faster tempo and major key: A E D A chords x2 then sing Let you go, Love will never let you go x 4 CH Fast chords again to fade
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Smile 04:17
SMILE : ) See the girl in the supermarket See her world and I want be part of it She don’t even know my name at all She don’t even know my name Smile – Don’t be CRAZY Smile – Don’t be CRUEL Smile – Don’t be CRAZY Watch her move to a different camera From my room I can almost touch her She don’t even know I’m here at all She don’t even know I’m here Smile – Don’t be CRAZY Smile – Don’t be CRUEL Smile – Don’t be CRAZY 6 o’clock and her day is over I got tapes to watch over and over She don’t even know I CARE at all She don’t even know I CARE Smile – Don’t be CRAZY Smile – Don’t be CRUEL Smile – Don’t be CRAZY Though Your Heart is aching -Though You’re feeling Down Though Your Heart is breaking– You know I’ll be around Though Your Heart is aching -Though You’re feeling Down Though Your Heart is breaking– You know I’ll be around I’ll be around, I’ll be around, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah So: SMILE YOU GOT TO SMILE WHY DON’T YOU SMILE? YOU GOT TO SMILE WHY DON’T YOU SMILE? YOU GOT TO SMILE WHY DON’T YOU SMILE? SMILE SMILE SMILE : )
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Another place, another time The sun will rise The tide will turn You and I Have so much to learn Some days we’ll laugh Some days we’ll cry There’s still a light That shines in your eyes CH And when you go searching for some meaning You can lose all sense of reason A man could lose himself in dreaming 1) Of the past 2) Of what will be And if you’re looking for some answers Don’t go looking any further than yourself We will build Our bridges wide A Fortress wall Behind which to hide We will play Our Pantomimes At the end of the day You’ve nowhere left to hide CH repeat Another Place Another Time I’ll be yours And you’ll be mine Instrumental then end.
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Blow Me Down 03:59
Blow Me Down Alex Vann I didn’t win the lottery this week, again But it comes as no surprise I didn’t write my numbers down And queue for hours, and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles again CH Blow me down, strike a light Tell me what’s on the box tonight Another crucifixion? - Let me see Stroll along, turn it up I want a drink from your magic cup I want to live forever can’t you see? I didn’t lose a stone in weight this morning, again But it comes as no surprise I couldn’t resist the lure of Messrs Cadbury and Mars And chips with salt and vinegar and fat and fat and fat and fat and.. CHORUS rpt M8 Your eyes, will blow me down Yes your eyes will blow me down and down and down and down and.. CHORUS rpt
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SHALL I PRETEND Verse One Shall I pretend that I am strong. Shall I pretend I can't be hurt? Shall I pretend to know no wrong - or shall I be me? Shall I pretend that I know you- Shall I pretend to understand? Shall I pretend to know the answers or shall I be me? Chorus: Shall I pretend that I know love Shall I pretend I feel like I belong Shall I pretend that I am free - or shall I be me? Verse Two Shall I pretend I believe in Jesus - Shall I pretend that I don’t Shall I pretend that I'm not scared - or shall I be me? Guitar Solo Verse Three Shall I pretend that I'm not here - Shall I pretend that I'm so deep Shall I pretend that I don’t care or shall I be me? Or shall I be me (shall I pretend?) Or shall I be me Or shall I be me, or shall I be me, or shall I pretend? Chorus: Shall I pretend that I know love - Shall I pretend I feel like I belong Shall I pretend that I am free - or shall I be me? Shall I pretend? Or shall I be me? Shall I pretend? Or shall I be me? Or shall I be me? Or shall I be me? Or shall I pretend? Or shall I be me?
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Just Another Teenage Dream Alex Vann and Liam O'Connell 2001, revised lyric Alex Vann 2013 Just another Teenage Dream I read it in a Magazine Floating in a Submarine but your ship sailed Yesterday You say that 1 and 1 is 2 but that’s never been enough for you You’re Stepping Out your Old Brown Shoe but you’ll Never Fade Away There’s so much more that is written in my mind So much more and its Getting so much Better all the time You’re looking like a Queen to me – and sounding like a Symphony You Dream a Little Dream of me – and go walking Right On By I’m Living In a Cardboard Box - Feeling like an Albatross A Stone that gathers too much moss - Like a Stranger On The Shore So much more that is written in my mind So much more and its getting so much better all the time Instru (v chords) (on piano - slower) I’m sweating in my overcoat, writing you a final note Where there’s Love there’s always hope But the song just Fades Away....(piano riff from Bohemian Rhapsody) Ba ba ba ba ba......(overlaid Beach Boys vocals) It’s Just Another Teenage Dream…….I read it in a magazine Just another Teenage Dream……I read it in a magazine And its Getting so much Better all the time
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Who We Are 04:50
WHO WE ARE Alex Vann 31.10. 2013 Here am I – learning how to fly Far away from all communication You and me, floating out to sea No one needs to know our destination (diff melody, same chords) PC#1 There’s a road ahead – you can take it if you dare Don’t look back don’t look for affirmation CH There’s a place for us to be making our own destiny / history There’s a time for us to keep the promises we made To ourselves we must be true and see things from a wider view Only when we look around / inside Will we see Who We Are. Time and tide, are always on my mind Won’t somebody stop this fascination? PC#2 There’s ticking clock, only you can make it stop Time is just another obfuscation CH repeat, then M8 Who are we – to say that we are free? When we know its just a foolish notion. And who are you, to do the things you do? Who am I to judge the situation? Here am I – forgetting how to cry Far away from all human emotion You and me, floating out to sea No one needs to know our destination No one needs to know our destination No one wants to know our destination
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THROW A STONE Alex Vann VERSE Man takes a rock, to build himself a wall He puts a barrier up, and lets nobody in at all Man makes a fire, so that he can burn Builds himself a big big gun, when will we ever learn? To…. CHORUS Throw a stone in the water Throw a stone and watch it sink Throw a stone in the water Throwing a stone might help more than you think VERSE Man invents the wheel, so that he can drive Digs himself a big long road – right through the countryside Man makes a chip, to build the Big Machine We no longer have to think, we no longer have to dream CHORUS repeat MIDDLE 8 We’ve got a knack, an uncanny little knack Of taking a positive and making it a negative We’ve got to try to put the balance back And turn our world around (solo) CHORUS x2 Throwing a stone might help more than you Throwing a stone might help more than you Throwing a stone might help more than you think Yeah Yeah Yeah
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CANDLES AND WINE Verse One He writes the words of a lonely man Copies a verse from a paperback He finds a rhyme that says it all Wraps up his feelings in a paper ball Finds a floral envelope and fills it with a wish Seals it with a kiss - like dreamers do Chorus Candles and wine, kisses and lies Wishes like ships that pass in the night Should never set sail on a stormy sea Why do these things never happen to me? Candles and wine, kisses and lies Verse Two She finds a note on her doormat She hates it when they spell her name like that And she hates floral envelopes and tacky words of love It’s her belief there‘s no such thing as ‘love’ Clumsy letters spell the words ‘Not known at this address’ She puts the letter in the bin what was he thinking of? Chorus Candles and wine, kisses and lies Wishes like ships that pass in the night Should never set sail on her stormy sea Why do these things always happen to me? Candles and wine, kisses and lies Instrumental Section Chorus (repeat, with 'why do these things keep on happenin' to me) Verse Three He writes the words of a lonely man copies a verse from a paperback, paperback Outro
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A Better Me 03:20
A Better Me VERSE 1 I’m running away from the pain in my life Straight to the arms of you I've opened my eyes to the situation I'm getting a wider view From ‘Redemption Avenue’ VERSE 2 I’m taking a chance on a new beginning ‘Cause you took a chance on me I’m spending my time on the things in my life ‘Cause they mean a lot to me Like friends and my family CHORUS You are the one – the one who will save me I’ll sing my song – about finding my destiny And finding a Better Me VERSE THREE I’m changing my view on the things that hurt me And I won’t let them get me down I’m seeing the world from a new perspective I’m no longer on the ground I’m turning my life around CHORUS – repeat M8 When this world gets you down – It’s hard to be strong It’s hard to be who you want to be Some people will put you down – be cruel and be cold But they don’t matter much to me Instrumental VERSE / CHORUS (double) Then, “I’m finding a better me, woo, woo woo woo, I’m finding a better me” I'm the man that I want to be
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CANT SEE THE SUN Verse One Joey got high on the 4th of December- A night he will never forget The world turned to plastic his body was glass And he hasn’t come down yet The word on the street is he can’t find no peace He can’t find no release from the pusher-man’s leash He swears blind he’s fine but the look in his eyes Says there’s more here than first meets the eye Chorus But he can’t see the sun, no he can’t see the sun Verse Two Joey got laid on his birthday last year He’s been thick with fear ever since then A clown in a circus his face like a mask Don’t ask him to drop the pretence Joey boy, life on a tightrope it aint no life at all Didn’t they tell you that in school? There’s no sense in nonsense, no woman no cry But he feels like he might fly Chorus But he can’t see the sun, no he can’t see the sun Middle 8 What are you doing man? You haven’t a clue The boys in the backroom, they’re all laughing at you-ou-ou-ou-ou OH NO. Guitar solo Verse Three The bounds of the Earth have lost their appeal Joey can’t tell what is dreams what is real Big ships are flying around and around Big fish are biting but they don’t make a sound Even in summer he’s feeling the cold The heat of the street it won’t help save his soul He swears blind he’s fine But the look in his eyes Says ‘There’s more here than first meets the eye’ Chorus But he can’t see the sun, no he can’t see the sun No he can’t see the sun, no he can’t see the sun oh no, oh no, oh no.. Words and Music by Alex Vann. 39 Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 9NA. Guild Member No: 00.7964
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THE MAN INSIDE Verse One How can I be so lonely when I know so many people How can I feel so lost when I know where I'm going Chorus Sometimes I laugh - - sometimes I cry But I know I can't hide the man inside Verse Two How can I fight temptation - when I run from every fight How can I find elation - when I don't know what I'm feeling Chorus Sometimes I frown - sometimes I smile but I know I can't hide the man inside Middle 8 And If I keep real quiet now - with this look upon my face I can go inside now and find a peaceful place Well we all have something that we like to hide And to keep me company - I've got the man inside yeah I've got the man inside - yeah I've got the man inside of me Instrumental Chorus Sometimes I laugh - sometimes I cry But I know I can't hide the man inside Sometimes I'm down- sometimes I'm high But I know I can't hide the man inside The Man Inside (I'm not gonna hide the Man Inside) I'm not gonna hide the man inside I'm not gonna hide The Man Inside I'm not gonna hide The Man Inside The Man Inside The Man Inside I'm not gonna hi..i...i..de, The Man Inside
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I Will Be The Air I know what I believe I believe what my eyes see I see the world is blind And it worries me But I will not be chained To a life that is not mine My mind will not be caged By the hands of time CHORUS When the rain comes pouring down I’ll lift you up to higher ground And keep you safe and dry beneath my wings I believe Talk to me, I’ll talk to you When the sun comes shining through Be my water and I will be the air That surrounds you And when the road is long And all my faith is gone I will stand and fight What I believe is wrong I hold my hands up high And fall down to my knees A bullet takes my cares away And I can’t breathe M8 I can see the light – can feel the might Of something stronger CHORUS (repeat) ..that surrounds you And all that you can see And all that you believe And everywhere you go And all that you can know Intrumental interlude : B B+F# B+A B+E CHORUS (repeat) Then overlapping vocal: Chorus lyric + ‘I will not be chained’ verse + I can see the light can feel the might… Then, ‘Talk to me’ chorus then, VERSE 1 repeat

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The fourth installment of the 'Silhouettes and Pirouettes' series. All original, 14 songs, with full production

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released May 24, 2014

Alex Vann: acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, bass guitar, ukulele, piano, drum and synth programming.
Carl Hodson: spanish classical guitar, vocal
Chelsea Wood: saxophone and vocal
Nick Chadd: drums
Martin Betts: bass guitar
Rich Smith: bass guitar
Olivia Vann: backing vocals
Pete Kent: electric guitar

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Alex Vann Wolverhampton, UK

Alex Vann is a Wolverhampton singer/songwriter with many years’ experience in bands and as a solo artist. He started writing songs at 15 and has a highly distinctive acoustic guitar style, impassioned vocals and is also an accomplished pianist.
He has a knack for writing catchy choruses and his music has been used on television, films and radio.
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