Silhouettes and Pirouettes Vol 1

by Alex Vann

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James Orotayo Some people write songs for a living and others share their lives through song. Alex Vann definitely fits into this second category. Like all good artists his songs live best when performed live and this album includes examples of this. The digital version also comes with artwork for each track, and provides extra depth to the lyrics he sings. Favorite track: Return to New Street.
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First Volume in the Silhouettes and Pirouettes set.

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released November 5, 2012

All songs written by Alex Vann, except 'Two Worlds', written by Alex Vann and Gary O'Dowd.
Alex Vann: all vocals and guitars, piano, keyboards, drum programming.

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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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Track Name: I Will Be The Air
I Will Be The Air
Alex Vann June 2010

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
Track Name: Parallel Roads
Parallel Roads

Across the valley of Glen Roy comes the pathway of the ancients
Perfection in perspective - the etching of all time
The ageless living sculpture before the great landslide
A journey from the distance to the promised land

To keep a constant distance
From all we do not know
We all move together
But we’re traveling on Parallel Roads

Between the inner fight for freedom and the primal scream of life
There’s a chance of new beginnings in the land where lands collide
From the safety of the borders to the shores of Lock Sheil
I’m standing staring northwards to the promised land

Ch (repeat)
Inst
Ch
Track Name: Let It Rain
LET IT RAIN

Verse One
I can’t turn my tap off - I can’t stop the flood
The ground beneath me shudders - The ground on which I stood
I can’t close my window - The pane is too much for me
The eyes with which I watch the world
Can no longer see

Pre Chorus
The strings that used to hold me up
Have lost their grip on me
I try to stand on my two feet
Now they can’t support me

Chorus Let It Rain
Let It Rain (and fill my soul)
Let It Rain
Let It Rain (and fill this hole)

VERSE
I can’t turn my lights off - I’m frightened that I’ll fall
I fear for my reflection - My mirrors face the wall

Pre Chorus
The strings that used to hold me up
Have lost their grip on me
I try to stand on my two legs
But they can’t support me

Chorus (repeat)
I can’t turn my tap off - I can’t stop the flood
The ground beneath me shudders -The ground on which we stood

Let It Rain Let It Rain Let It Rain (Rain) Let It Rain and fill this soul
Chorus (double)
Let it Rain and fill my soul
Track Name: Return to New Street
RETURN TO NEW STREET

No one ever looks up in this town - Am I the only one who can see
The Angels and Gargoyles in this town - I’m sure that they’re staring at me
I’ll hold my head as I walk through the crowds you’ll see my lips move as I shout out aloud:

Return to New Street Return to New Street Return to New Street Let me hear you cry: Return to New Street

The beggars the buskers the preachers - they all want a piece of my soul
I try to ignore the Big Issue but deep down I know there for God’s grace I go
The pigeons and statues watch the world going by and deep in this city did I hear someone cry:

Return to New Street Return to New Street Return to New Street Let me hear you cry: Return to New Street

Your briefcase, your suitcase your sad face your backpack is weighing you down But you have escaped from the Rat race at least till the next day comes ‘round.
Your mobile phones and your laptop computers - the Walkman brigade a chorus line of commuters

Return to New Street Return to New Street Return to New Street Let me hear you cry: Return to New Street

BRIDGE
This place never sleeps, no this place never sleeps darling - when you’re lying n your bed you’ve got the big dirty city in head

Instrumental

Pilgrims in Levis and trainers pay homage to McDonalds again as I stand alone at the station I leave the pigeons and the stations and gargoyles and angels and i’ll have to fly to make the next train in time but her clock’s always five minutes faster than mine

Return to New Street Return to New Street Return to New Street Let me hear you cry: Return to New Street
Return to New Street Return to New Street Return to New Street Let me hear you cry: Return to New Street
Return to New Street Return to New Street Return to New Street Let me hear you cry: Return to New Street
Track Name: Mrs. Cartwright's Still Alive
Mrs. Cartwright’s Still Alive Alex Vann

55 years is how long they were together
Eternity is how long they’ll be apart
She was 17 when they married in ‘40
He was born in ‘22

He remembers Normandy, she remembers the sink
He remembers cheap beer, she remembers cleaning up the stink

Her father said it wouldn’t last
Her mother only cried
THe love died 20 years ago, but Mrs. Cartwright
Mrs. Cartwright’s still alive

It wasn’t always easy getting by with no money
A pittence maketh man she would say
He’d hit the bottle and she’d hide the bruises
“Speak when you’re spoken to” he’d say

She gave him children, and he broke her heart
She longed for her freedom, he knew they’d never be apart

Her father said it wouldn’t last,
Her mother only cried
The love died twenty years ago, but Mrs. Cartwright,
Mrs. Cartwright’s still alive

He’d smash her face and then beg for forgiveness
She’d always do what was ‘right’
She was 21 going on 40,
With a husband like that it’s no surprise

He broke down in tears, she stroked his fair skin
He spoke of ending it, but she never would give in

Her father said it wouldn’t last
Her mother only cried
THe old boy died years ago, but Mrs. Cartwright,
Mrs. Cartwright’s still alive

55 years is the age of her eldest
Though they haven’t met in 53
The neighbours all say ‘What a shame she’s no family’
But the kids in the street call her “Gran”
Track Name: Lost and Found
Lost and Found

I’m not a saint
And I’m not afraid
I’m just a man who’s lost his way

I’m not a star
And I’m not well-healed
I’m just a man who’s trying to feel

And everyone knows
That inner knowledge grows
Like a flower, growing stronger everyday

I’m not a sage
I just do what I can
I’m not the man you think I am

And everyone knows
That inner knowledge grows
Like a flower, growing stronger everyday

I’m not a saint
And I’m not afraid
I’m just a man who’s found his way
Track Name: My Loneliness
My Loneliness

Alex Vann 2001
(on piano)

My loneliness, it surrounds me like and old friend
My emptiness, it fills me, like the memory of a kiss

What you gonna say, when the wind blows me away?
What you gonna do when you get lost too?
What you gonna say, when the wind blows me away?
What you gonna do when you get lost too?

Piano riff

My thoughtlessness, astounds me like a raindrop in the wind
My hopelessness deserts me like the memory of a dream

What you gonna say, when the wind blows me away?
What you gonna do when you get lost too?
What you gonna say, when the wind blows me away?
What you gonna do when you get lost too?

Cornet /piano solo

My loneliness, it deserts me
My loneliness, it deserts me

What you gonna say, when the wind blows me away?
What you gonna do when you get lost too?
What you gonna say, when the wind blows me away?
What you gonna do when you get lost too, get lost too?

Cornet /piano outro
Track Name: Together
Together Alex Vann (first song written 1985 age 15)

Try not to think of the past
but of the good things that will happen to you
And if you feel like a laugh
think of all the laughs we used to have
together – nothing can tear us apart

Try not to think of time now
But of the good things that have happened to you
And if you want to laugh
Just close your eyes and think of yesterday
Together – we can make it again together

When I think of all the bad times we had
You know it really makes me quite sad
To think that our love could have lived together

Try not to think of time now
But of the good things that will happen to you
And if you want my advice
Think of all the things we used to do
Together – we can make it again
Together

When I think of all the good times we had
You know it really makes me laugh
To think that we could both be Together

Try not to think of the past
But of the good things that have happened to you
And if you feel like a laugh
Close up your eyes and think of yesterday
Together – we can make it again
Together, Together , together
Track Name: The Man Inside
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
ow - 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 hide
The Man Inside
Track Name: Two Worlds
Two Worlds Alex Vann & Gary O’Dowd October 2009

CHORUS
We live in two worlds
A hearing world and the Deaf World
There is an open door that we can go between

VERSE 1
When I look back, I can see
That growing up I was so lonely
I can’t hear your words but I see your body move

VERSE 2
I read your lips when I see your face
Relationships rarely taking place
I want to speak my mind but I don’t know how

PRE CHORUS
I never knew what my hands could do
Now I communicate in a new way, so I’m thanking you

CHORUS
We live in two worlds
A hearing world and the Deaf World
There is an open door that we can go between

VERSE 3
The barriers, they come falling down
My battle’s won, when I look around
You are the same as me and I’m not alone

VERSE 4
I’m a citizen from a different land
With a little luck you will understand
There’s no need to shout, you can learn my language

PRE CHORUS
I never knew what your hands could do
Now you communicate in a new way, so I’m thanking you

CHORUS
We live in two worlds
A hearing world and the Deaf World
There is an open door that we can go between

PRE CHORUS
I never knew what our hands could do
Now we communicate in a new way, so I’m loving you

CHORUS
We live in two worlds
A hearing world and the Deaf World
There is an open door that we can go between

PRE CHORUS
I never knew what my heart could do
Now we communicate in a new way, so I’m loving you
Track Name: Mary
MARY Alex Vann


Mary is drawing again, her garden is so very dark
She once danced in sunshine, an angel - but now
Only silhouettes pirouette in her heart

Mary is sleeping again - she can dream the big bad world away
Her mind gives her freedom to drink from the well
But her mind is a prison - she’s locked in a cell

Mary is singing again a tune she knows no-one will know
Her song gives her courage to help mend her heart,
But the damage is so deep, She wouldn’t know where to start

And Mary is crying again
Her dreams take her back to the past
And all the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Mary’s heart back together again

SOLO

And Mary is laughing again, the child with the smile in her eyes
She smiles in the sunshine- she smiles in the rain
She smiles when her dreams take her back there again

And Mary is dancing again, her garden is so very dark
And all the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Mary’s smile back together
And all the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Mary’s mind back together
And all the king’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Mary’s HEART back together again

No, no, no, no, no (together again)
no, no ,no ,no ,no ,no ,no (together again)