The Jersey Sessions

by JJ Gilmour

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The Jersey Sessions were recorded at Sounds Workshop in Jersey, Channel Islands by Deimos Valerkou between 1999 and 2006.

Deimos the masterful engineer has a great ear so we decided that If I was going to get interest from any labels at that time we'd need evidence of what I was writing, so we set to recording my demo ideas. We started off with just recording a couple of tunes and then it snowballed. I was annoying D constantly to get studio time to put more and more down till we finally had about thirty five songs.

It was during those years that I started working with a French label & German label Edel and went to New York City to record my first solo album sunnyside P.A.L. I was working with great guys like Dan Wise (Scissor Sisters, Joan Osbourne) who produced the record and Grammy Award winner Michael Brauer (The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, John Mayer) who mixed it. Michael loved the vocal effect so much on one of the Jersey Sessions demos that he had me telephone Deimos from NYC to find out HOW he'd got that effect... How's that for a feather in your cap Deimos?

Whilst listening back to some of these early recordings and also after Deimos helped me once again this time by mastering the songs I decided to release them.

I hope you enjoy 'The Jersey Sessions' as much as we did recording them. Some days we never did any recording we just talked and talked. Good days Deimos... Good days. Thank you. LUV LUV LUV JJ x

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released December 12, 2014

Recorded & mixed By Deimos Valerkou
Mastered by Graeme Duffin www.foundrymusiclab.co.uk
Sleeve Design Karl Parsons
JJ Gilmour: Vocals: Acoustic Guitars, Harmonica
Deimos Valerkou: Programming, Keyboards
Kris Watts : Piano, Keyboards, Electric Guitar
James Angus: Bagpipes (All About Me)
Andy Wilkinson: Acoustic guitar solo (Holy Moses)
Conrad Byrne: Banjo (All about me)

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JJ Gilmour is a Scottish singer songwriter based in Glasgow. Now firmly established as a international solo artist, JJ started life as the front man with Celtic rockers The Silencers. visit www.jjgilmour.com for all JJ's latest news and information

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Track Name: Imaginary Friend
She came all the way from nowhere cause she didn't want a civil war
she battles with her memory she really is a rose with thorns
tries to put her mind at ease, make sense of what's going on
says she doesn't get much rest, tries to put you to the test
then turns the situation on it's head

Imaginary friend, Imaginary friend, imagining no end
cause you're my imaginary friend

Every penny is a prisoner she could have had a heart of gold
but life can be a funny thing seems to have turned her heart to stone
rainy days and summer winds might blow your blues away
and maybe put your mind at rest, take all that weight from off your chest
you'll tear yourself into an early grave

Imaginary friend, Imaginary friend, imagining no end
cause you're my imaginary friend, that's right

C'mon bring it down

And All this talk of war just gets me down, All this talk of war just gets me down, and all this talk of war just gets me down, All this talk of war just gets me down.

Imaginary friend, Imaginary friend, imagining no end, imaginary friend, imaginary friend, imagining no end
cause you're my imaginary friend, that's right
Track Name: The Bitter End
Lonely boat lost at sea
no-one there's expecting me tonight, tonight
there's a raging wind but i'll lie low
i got no place else to go tonight, tonight
i'll stake till the morning till there's cause there's no-one else in sight
i'll ignore the eagles warning as she takes her soulful flight
I will try not to bend till the bitter end

I got friends at home and family
but i've gone too far to rescue me tonight, tonight
and the silver moon up in the sky
just eliminates my every lie tonight, tonight
and i'll stay out on the water, i got salt to wash my sins
and the mother snd the daughter have been stirring up the wind
i will try not to bend till the bitter end

and when the time is over i will reach out to the sea
i'll let the waves comes flowing over me

what is wrong and which is right
i don't think i know tonight, tonight
but the race is over no-one cares
all i got's my lonely prayers tonight, tonight
and i know not what's in store for me
i hope mercy's gentle hand
lay's me down with all it's purity
in deep water with the sand
i will try not to bend till the bitter end, i will try not to bend till the bitter end, i will try not to bend till the bitter end
Track Name: All About Me
I never understood what made you happy man
I wondered why you never came around
Well it’s time to put your foot down, hold your head up high
Come into town, loose the frown
Oh my
There’s a carnival on Broadway till the summer ends
I got tickets anytime you wanna go
But if coming up too quickly is giving you the bends
Baby I got time, to stand in line, for friends
Meet me on the corner when the lights are going down
I’ll show you all the places you can play
While away the hours
There is never any other reason why the sun is out today
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
I am standing with my suitcase and my camera
I got pictures of Las Vegas in my mind
Are you coming to the station or will you stay at home
Baby I don’t mind, that’s just fine, I’ll go alone
Meet me on the edge of town we’ll drive until we see
A place that we can stop and settle down
Just rree your mind today
There is never any other reason why the sun is today
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
It’s all about me, It’s all about me, It’s all about me
all about me, cause it’s all about me
hee hee
Alright
Track Name: Holy Moses
Holy moses what's going
i'm so right that i can't do anything wrong
hold my wings now see me try
spread my wings wings and see me fly
yeah yeah
i've outgrown these old school shoes
hand me over my walking boots
wish me luck now wave goodbye
wipe that tear from off your eye

so who becomes right, who do we know
wh's got the time to show
somebody said you better tonight
i can't begin

(french lyrics' i can't spell my french friend sorry)

yeah yeah

Holy moses what's going
i'm so right that i can't do anything wrong, i can't do anything wrong, i can't do anything wrong, i can't do anything wrong, i can't do anything i can't do anything wrong, holy moses, holy moses, holy moses, holy moses, holy moses, holy moses
Track Name: This Could Be Love
So you walk on holy water, and you dance beneath the stars
Did the devil take your daughter, to a city filled with cars?
You should see me here in Cleveland; I’ll be in the hall of fame
This could be love? This could be love?

There’s a TV in the basement, cathode ray tube make me smile
But the chaos and displacement, made me run a million miles
You should see me here in Vegas, throwing money down the well
This could be love? This could be love?

This could be love, love, love but not as we know it
It’s a different kinda thing, a funny way to show
It’s just a funny way to show it

Don’t you give yourself to anyone, throw your life out on the line
Then you think that you should save yourself
But you just ran out of time
You should see me here in Hollywood; I’ll be shining like the stars

This could be love, love, love but not as we know it
It’s a different kinda thing, a funny way to show it
Love, love, love but not as we know it
It’s a different kinda thing, a funny way to show it
Love, love, love but not as we know it
It’s a different kinda thing, a funny way to show it
A funny way to show it, a funny way to show it, a funny way to show it

So you walk on holy water
Track Name: Blame
Where d'you drop the anchor, when you're lost at sea
when you look for answers, you can always find me
when you se a city, falling to the ground
when the lights go out in tinsel town

cause i am the rock under the sea
i am the plague, i'm the disease
i am the monster under your bed, i'll creep inside your head

when you see a fighter, move in for the kill
when the rope get tighter and blood starts to spill
when you see a mother, falling to her knees
when the words you here are the screaming please

cause i am the rock under the sea
i am the plague, i'm the disease
i am the monster under your bed, i'll creep inside your?

when there's no turning back, and there's no holding on
the city's alight and the hope is all gone

cause i am the rock under the sea
i am the plague, i'm the disease
i am the monster under your bed,
i am the demons inside your head
i'll take it all, all of the shame
i am the one to blame

where d'you drop the anchor, when you're lost at sea
Track Name: In My Mind
you brought flowers to me before
before the war of words was ever known
i walked in circles to the door
i knew that everything was lost, but still i had my fingers crossed

and oh in my mind, i can drift back in time
in my mind

i saw your face out in a crowd
i knew that we were much to young for doubts
that same old fear is coming around
you'd think that after all these years
i'd learn to work it out

and oh in my mind, i can drift back in time
in my mind, in my mind
in my mind i am fine, and i am fine in my mind

you brought flowers to me today
the windows of the world are rearranged
but i'm not sure how long you'll stay
so i'll be lying in the sun thinking of the good you've done
but oh in my mind, i can drift back in time
oh oh
Track Name: Buy Now
Buy now you won't regret it
buy now you'll never forget it
don't be left out in the cold
buy now before they're all sold

buy now don't you dwell on it
buy now just for the hell of it
cause as sure as the stars are up in the sky
you should buy buy buy

and when you're bottom of the shelf
you can't see nothing else and you're dreaming of the top
once you've paid the world your dues
you've got nothing left to loose, you should start before you stop

buy now trade fair in a world we seek
but how how desperate are the meek
we can be all as one, one for all, all for one

buy now it's the sale of the century
by now we should know how it's meant to be
dig in deep, save your should,
buy now, buy now, buy now, everything must go
da da da da......
Track Name: Angel In The Art
So long angel, we must never part
in a world of strangers, rearranges, they can break your heart
hold your horses, where you running to
in a world of dangers, where the strangers are the friends you knew

how many chances fall at your feet
when the road your'e walking is a dead end street
how many chancers stand in your way
leave them all out the way

hello morning, can you bring the sun
to a world of darkness and of sadness, brighten everyone
goodbye old friend, i'll remember you
in the sound of laughing and in crying, i have walked there with you

how many chances fall at your feet
when the road your'e walking is a dead end street
how many chancers stand in your way
move them all out today, all out today.
Track Name: Superstar
Oh my superstar, you set my heart on fire
my minds a trance, the magic of your dance
and you command, to follow you to desert sands
and as i reach inside your should
i see your grace and spirit soar
oh dance for me my desert rose

oh my superstar, you set the night
mon belle amour? (more french!!! help)
i'm in your spell, and where it leads no-ne can tell
you reach inside and touch my soul
and when you dance my spirit soars

'bellydance superstars'

i'm in your spell, and where it leads no-ne can tell
and as I reach inside my soul, i wanna see your spirit soar
oh dance for me my desert rose, oh dance for me my desert rose, oh dance for me my desert rose, oh dance for me my desert rose, oh dance for me my desert rose
Track Name: Hallelujah
You can't keep your eyes open, you can't go to sleep
you don't wanna see the world cause it's dragging you too deep
you focus on the pictures that play inside your head
it's all a bit to much for you and you wish you were dead

try singing hallelujah singing it out loud,
singing hallelujah with the angels looking down
singing hallelujah with the saints

you think that you're a sinner, christ you know it hurts like hell
you wanna be like all the rest, but that can hurt as well
maybe love has got the answers, say you wanna settle down
be a lover and a dancer you can turn this whole thing round

try singing hallelujah singing it out loud,
singing hallelujah with the angels looking down
singing hallelujah with the saints, with the saints, with the saints

so hush my little baby, cause your mamas standing by
when you feel the hurt inside, all you have to do is cry
and find yourself a star and name after you
cause when the cryings over you'll know what to do

try singing hallelujah singing it out loud,
singing hallelujah with the angels looking down
singing hallelujah with the saints,
when the saints go marching on, when the saints
Track Name: Dancing Shoes
Dancing shoes, I’m gonna wear my dancing shoes
I’m gonna dance right up next to you
In my dancing shoes

Loving you, I spent a long time loving you
Been cheating and lying just to be with you
In my dancing shoes

Chorus

Now I’m finding out what this dancing’s all about
I’ll take a step if you take two
I’m stepping out in my shoes tonight
I’ll be down on the floor before the night is through

In my dancing shoes, there’s no denying I’m a prisoner to you
You hold the crown there’s no winning with you
In my dancing shoes

Holy Moses what’s going on?
I’m out of time with this song
My oh my just let me be, let me be, let me be
Oh Let me be, let me be, let me be

Repeat chorus

In my dancing shoes, I’m trying to wear out my dancing shoes
I’m getting to old for the rhythm and the booze
In my dancing, 2, 3, 4, shoes