Silhouettes and Pirouettes Vol​.​4

by Alex Vann

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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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Track Name: The Secret Of Light
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
Track Name: Smile
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
: )
Track Name: Another Place Another Time
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.
Track Name: Blow Me Down
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
Track Name: Shall I Pretend
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?
Track Name: Just Another Teenage Dream
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
Track Name: Who We Are
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
Track Name: Throw A Stone
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
Track Name: Candles and Wine
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
Track Name: A Better Me
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
Track Name: Can't See The Sun
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
Track Name: The Man Inside (full band version)
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
Track Name: I Will Be The Air (full band version)
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