(Jack Of All Trades) Master Of None

by Brian Stone

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1.
Variety's the spice of life or so I have been told And I've made it my goal to try out loads before I'm old A bit of this and bit of that, it stops things going stale But getting to the pinnacle is all to no avail Cos perfection takes a lifetime of practiced dedication But for me that single path would just lead to stagnation So I like my life to have a little variation And the roads I travel will have many destinations I'm a Jack of all trades, master of none Tried my hand at many things but not excelled at one I'm a Jack of all trades, master of none And now I've changed my tune and I'll sing songs for everyone So now I'm trying piracy, but not on the high seas Tack back and forth across this land my audience to please And as I plunder good times and pillage vain applause You'll forgive me if I'm not the best, that is just because I'm a Jack of all trades, master of none Tried my hand at many things but not excelled at one I'm a Jack of all trades, master of none And now I've changed my tune and I'll sing songs for everyone
2.
I'm Not 04:39
I'm not a great song writer. Not Nick Parker after all I'm not gonna make it big. I'll never play Carnegie hall I'm not gonna write a pop song, it's not something I should do And I'm not gonna write a love song but this song's just for you I'm not a top flight football player or a manager at that I'm not likely to be Pope, well I could never wear that hat I'm not a wealthy banker or rich business tycoon I'm not gonna make a mint, but I will keep on writing tunes I'm not asking for a big house, a Jacuzzi and pool I'm not going on the x factor; I'd only look a fool I'm not gonna drive an Audi or a BMW I'm not ever gonna let you down 'cos all I have is you I'm not the kind to hide emotion I'm not afraid to cry I'm not a macho kind of guy I'm not a great magician. Would I want that? Not a lot! I'm not a lion tamer. It's the guts I haven't got I'm not gonna run away to sea, though it is probably overdue And I'm not even a real pirate but I feel it through and through I'm not a lumberjack or astronaut, or the Prince of Liechtenstein I'm not that guy who folds ends of loo rolls to a point all of the time I'm not good under pressure, I just get in a stew I'm not ever gonna let you down cos all I have is you I'm not a gambler I'm more circumspect, but I'm not settling for less I'm not gonna skip a chance at happiness I'm not passing up on opportunity I'm not gonna miss this deal I'm not about to hide the way I feel I'm not the greatest friend but I'll help mates if I can I'm not a grandpa or great uncle but I make stab at dad I'm not one of the immortals or a film star that's for sure I'm not the only one, I'm not the droid you're looking for I'm not a saint at all, I'm not a great philanthropist I'm not a sinner either, and I try to do my bit I'm not the life and soul, well maybe when I've had a few I'm not ever gonna let you down cos all I have is you I'm not a gambler I'm more circumspect, but I'm not settling for less I'm not gonna skip a chance at happiness I'm not passing up on opportunity I'm not gonna miss this deal I'm not about to hide the way I feel This song is nearly over, this yarn is nearly spun I wasn't gonna write a love song but it seems that's what I've done I'm not the best I know that and all these things I'm not But I'm not ever gonna let you down cos you're all that I have got Yes, all I have is you
3.
No Truck 04:32
Now Nobby was a navvy boy, sweat was all he knew Embankments, cuts, picks & shovels with him as he grew But when it came to spend his pay at the end of the working day The company knew how to get their way Yeah, the company knew how to get their way He said: all I want's a fair day's work for a fair day's pay To spend my wages as I want, not as the gaffers say Yeah, all I want's a fair day's graft. Is that so much to ask I'll have no truck your work's corrupt, these ways lie in the past You think we've left this all behind - you'd better think again Rights fought long and hard for - blood, sweat, tears and pain So working folk like us won't have to go through that again I'll have no truck with that I'll say to hell with that! No. We'll have no truck with that! They'll sell you all you need to work and it'll come from your own pay Just like the miners candles, way back in the days When you owed you soul to the tommy store so they would own you too You had no choice, you had no voice. There was nothing you could do. The year is 1831 and in the South Wales valleys practices like the Truck system, falling wages, rising prices and debt are bringing workers together to protest. "Caws y bara!" thousands cried as they marched, for the first time under the red flag. And in the siege that followed many hundreds would be injured or killed but one of the many seeds of trades unionism, socialism and justice were sown They've got us over a barrel But we won't take this lying down Nobby and his mates have raised the red flag of revolt There's no way back we'll lay siege to this town Together we can stand on solid ground Together we can built a better land Together! You think we've left this all behind - you'd better think again Rights fought long and hard for - blood, sweat, tears and pain So working folk like us won't have to go through that again I'll have no truck with that You think we've left this all behind - you'd better think again Rights fought long and hard for - blood, sweat, tears and pain So working folk like us won't have to go through that again I'll have no truck with that I say to hell with that! I'll have no truck with that No. We'll have no truck with that!
4.
Everywhere I go and everywhere I see Desperate people, on the move, fellow folk in need And what's the common factor, unites us in the street The truth is simple, plain to see. It's right there at your feet I say that all our words don't mean a thing They cover up our shame, our guilty feelings Action is what counts to make a stand The little things mean more than that And I intend to pay it back Maybe we can lend a helping hand And put a sock in it. It could be me or you Put a sock in it. That's the least that we can do That's the least that we can do Everything I've done and everything I've seen Exhausted, beaten, nearly drowned, the shirt stripped from our backs Exploitation, persecution, still the march goes on To safety and security somewhere along the track But are my words enough to mean a thing Do they just sustain those guilty feelings Our action's what it took to make a stand The little things are what we lack And in the end we'll pay it back All we want's a little helping hand So put a sock in it. It could be you or me Put a sock in it. That's the best that we can be That's the best that we can be Be the best that we can That's the best that we can be Be the best that we can Every journey tells a different tale Unique as fingerprints Carving out a long hard trail Not as the press depicts Can you imagine leaving home Familiarity Risk unknown lands, in strangers' hands For opportunity It's not so hard these words can mean a thing There is no need for shame or guilty feelings Our actions make us who we are, and we will make a stand The little things are right on track What we give will come right back With only just a little helping hand And put a sock in it. It could be me or you Put a sock in it. That's the least that we can do So put a sock in it. It could be you or me Put a sock in it. That's the best that we can be That's the best that we can be Be the best that we can be Be the best that we can be Be the best that we can be
5.
It's down to us. It's down to us. It's down to us. It's down to us Say what you like, the world's messed up There's people trying to kill - truth and love And the ones we have relied on for support Have let us down, left us to drown, without a second thought So who you gonna call in your hour of need Who is gonna stem this tide of hate and greed There's no-one left we are bereft of people on our side At the end of the day It is down to us; to fight this threat It's down to us; we'll defeat this yet It's down to us At the end of the day, it's down to us Sometimes it seems as if there is nowhere else to turn And all that we can do is sit and watch the world burn And though we know down deep inside we're all one family We're tricked through fear 'til we can't hear the song we all should be Cos in post-truth, alt-fact, trumped up world We need to stand together have our message told It's not the end, yeah we must send - a song of love and trust When the chips are down... It is down to us; to fight this threat It's down to us; we'll defeat this yet It's down to us When the chips are down, it's down to us It's down to us. It's down to us. It's down to us When you feel you're gonna fall (It's down to us) And there's no one left at all (It's down to us) And your back's against the wall (it's down to us) Who you gonna call It is down to us; to fight this threat It's down to us; we'll defeat this yet It's down to us. It's down to us So now we know what we must do it's down to you and me Stand as one under the sun in solidarity Not part of the problem, we're part of the solution Be the change you want to be, be part of the resolution Perhaps it won't be easy, perhaps we'll have to fight Perhaps there is a chance if we all unite If it comes to nought at least we fought as we knew we must Cos when all is said and done... It is down to us; to fight this threat It's down to us; we'll defeat this yet It's down to us. Cos at the end of the day There is only one way Hear what we say It is down to us!
6.
An old man sits upon the shore His mind roams free as he starts to explore The map of memories folded in his head Contemplates a life well led He said leave me here my time is done I won't be a burden to anyone I'll take my place among the rocks and stones Let the sand and the sea take my bones He said leave me here, I can't take this anymore Leave me by myself upon the shore To stay forever more beside the ebb and flow Oh let me go. Let me go He said these waves have crashed upon this shore For so many years before Any one of us was born and they'll go on every morn For millennia after we are gone Now his spirit flies o'er western shores Joins the eagle as it soars over hills and moors Then fades into the rocks as they form sand Ash to dust upon the strand He said leave me here, I can't take this anymore Leave me by myself upon the shore To stay forever more beside the ebb and flow Oh let me go. Let me go
7.
Give It Up 04:16
When I'm at the end and can't defend the life that I have led I give it up , give it up. See what lies ahead When I need a change and must exchange that legacy for love I give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead I said give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead Now's the time, I must unwind all this complexity And give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead Embrace the future with both hands. Seize opportunity Give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead I said give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead There comes a time when things must be improved on There comes a time we all have to move on There comes a time this all has to end There comes a time the old life is condemned Give it up, give it up. Put it all behind you Give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead Give it up, give it up. Put it all behind you Give it up, give it up. Live your dream instead The old ways gone, it won't be long. We could have a ball If we give it up , give it up. See what lies ahead New life beckons, what d'you reckon, should we chance it all And give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead I said give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead Give it up, give it up. Put it all behind you Give it up, give it up. See what lies ahead Give it up, give it up. Put it all behind you Give it up, give it up. Live your dream instead
8.
I've travelled round this great big world and there's one I've got to say, the one thing I have found The place I rest my head and the people that I met make me thankful I am able and it's great to be around And the journey's as important as the place I'm heading for Along the way, another day a new experience, new dawn Just like life it's not about the place you finish up It's how you get there, who you meet and what you do as you roll on I'm in this place I've never been Things I've never heard before and sights that I've never seen People I have yet to meet and things I've yet to do While I'm far from home The streets are unfamiliar but I was born to roam And I would like to stay a while if that's ok with you Cos I'm far from home. Far from home. Far from home So I'm on the road again But this time you are with me and I couldn't ask for more All adventures doubled, a companion 'til the end A whole wide world for us to explore And where it takes us no one knows we'll follow all the same Maybe we'll do some good along the way One thing's for sure, you know the score we only get one chance Before you travel home for good one day Once again we're in this place we've never been Things we've never heard before, sights that we've never seen More great folk to meet, and things we've yet to do While we are far from home The streets are unfamiliar but we were born to roam And if you will allow it then we'd love to spend some time with you Cos we're far from home. Far from home. Far from home Cos we're far from home. Far from home. Far from home Once again we're in this place where we have been To swap tales of what we've done before, meet all our friends again Sing and dance and laugh and joke, all the things we love to do While we're far from home The streets now seem familiar but we're still gonna roam We've had a ball and it's been great to spend this time with you While we're far from home. Far from home. Far from home While we're far from home. Far from home. Far from home. From home
9.
You were just a little girl as the mill race ran beneath When fate first lay its evil hand on you He was taken by the waters, and to an early grave There really was nothing you could do But the guilt lay like the waters bearing down on you Carried the pain, held in the tears Cared for sisters and for brothers, did the best you could But the burden was just so hard to bear Did she know? Did she know? When she said that did she know? Was it intuition? Did she know? Did she know? Could she was what come now, did she know? Then romance came and swept you up upon its heady breeze Carried you to places never dreamed But all too soon this spell was broken, no breath left to cry As life carried you on along its stream Did she know? Did she know? When she said that did she know? Was it intuition? Did she know? Did she know? Could she was what come now, did she know? Took all the pain, took all the tears. Moulded them into a force for good Took all the pain, took all the tears. Generations would thank you if they could Take all the pain, take all the tears. If you have to go you say it's been the best Take all the pain, take all the tears. You're moving on, laying the guilt to rest Did she know? Did she know? When she said that did she know? Was it intuition did she know, did she know Was it an admission? Was it a premonition? Could she was what come. Did she know? Could she was what come. Did she know?
10.
All the great songs have been sung, so this one's not as good As a lot of those that went before, I hope that's understood And the tune might sound familiar, and the chorus make you frown And think you've heard it once before but you can't quite pin it down No you just can't pin it down Cos some folk like to hear new songs while others don't complain If all they hear is Brown eyed Girl and Wonderwall again (and again and again and again) And then again for those who want originality I'm prepared to have a go but this is what I see Yes, this is what I see All the best songs have been written All the best tunes have been sung So this is what you're getting And it's probably already been done Yes probably already been done So I'll attempt original, try to be creative And if the juices don't flow freely you'll just have to live - with The fact the odd one ends up sounding oddly similar To a chord line or a melody you just heard in the car You know you get the idea, that All the best songs have been written All the best tunes have been sung So this is what we're stuck with And I've only just begun Yes, I've only just begun To sing a new song like an old song. This could be your song; your song all along I'll sing a new song like an old song. This could be your song; your song all along I'll sing my song, like an old song. Bap bap bada da I'll sing my song, like an old song. Bap bap bada da. Bap bada da! All the best songs have been written All the best tunes have been sung So won't you sing along Cos there's nothing new under the sun
11.
Sold Short 03:01
Promises pour from your lips To you it's just like falling from a log You've no intention to see through Hollow pledges you obscure by propaganda fog Recruit the liars and the cheats, the ones that you can goad The power of the gullible, the foaming xenophobes They'll rally to your cause. You'll ride to victory of a sort As you lead us morally bankrupt down the road that you have bought You've sold us short. With what you've wrought. For your own ends. You've sold us short. Hey! Divide and rule, the age old trick We fall for it every time Play into the hands of the power-crazed nut Who couldn't give a toss for you just wants his pockets lined Recruit the liars and the cheats, the ones that you can goad The power of the gullible, the foaming xenophobes They'll rally to your cause. You'll ride to victory of a sort As you lead us morally bankrupt down the road that you have bought You've sold us short. With what you've wrought. For your own ends. You've sold us short. Hey! All of this pretence is all for just one aim All of this pretence just for your own gain We'll seek you out we'll call you out. For the liar that you've been We won't be fooled again no we won't be taken in Recruit the liars and the cheats, the ones that you can goad The power of the gullible, the foaming xenophobes They'll rally to your cause. You'll ride to victory of a sort As you lead us morally bankrupt down the road that you have bought Yes this just reaps the harvest of the lies that we've been taught Another sad example of the web in which we're caught In the end you leave us as you always do sold short You've sold us short. With what you've wrought. For your own ends. You've sold us short.
12.
We set sail at the rising sun Heave me hearties! Woah-oh Woah-oh! A drink at each port, it was how it began Haul Away! Woah-oh-oh! The ship she was built of fine royal oak Heave me hearties! Woah-oh Woah-oh! With The Swan at her prow; such a splendid boat Haul Away! Woah-oh-oh! We sail away with the wind at our backs It's one for all and all for one Full steam ahead, there's no turning back There's a long way to go, so let's have another rum! Yeah, 3 2 1 let's have another rum Arr! The old man's beard's a red lion's mane Heave me hearties! Woah-oh Woah-oh! With a cold white heart, so cruel and insane Haul Away! Woah-oh-oh! The new mate, George, bore the old King's Arms Heave me hearties! Woah-oh Woah-oh! But now answers to the bell of our corsair firm Haul Away! Woah-oh-oh! We're sailing on with the wind at our backs And it's one for all and all for one Haul together, take in the slack It's all to play for, let's have another rum! 3 2 1 let's have another rum Arr! Down in one let's have another rum. Yeah, bottoms up! Let's have another... And it's Kraken for the old man, Mount Gay for the Mate Captain Morgans for the powder monkey The Lambs Navy we pillaged the quartermaster hid So it's Red Leg for the Boatswain and me Through the white horses we ploughed gamely on Heave me hearties! Woah-oh Woah-oh! With our angel to guide us. Any port in a storm! Haul Away! Woah-oh-oh! The skies cleared, the storm passed, we followed the stars Heave me hearties! Woah-oh Woah-oh! To anchor, safe harbour where we hit the bars! Drink up me hearties! Woah-oh-oh! We've sailed on home with the wind at our backs And it's one for all and all for one Drinking together, the tars and the jacks They've called last orders, let's have another rum! Yes we've sailed on home with the wind at our backs And it's one for all and all for one Drinking together, the tars and the jacks They've called last orders, let's have another rum! Yes that's last orders, let's have another rum! The voyage is done. It's time for one last rum Arr!!

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The debut album from Brian Stone.

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released October 13, 2018

Brian Stone: Guitars, keyboards, vocals
Joel Howe: Mandolin, Bass Guitar, drums, backing vocals
Stevie Simpson: Mandolins, backing vocals
Maty Tustian: Bodhran, backing vocals
Jonny Wallis: Vocals
Karen, Splatman, Tree, Jon W, Jon A, Laura, Chimp, Morgan, Nick, Lucy, Noz, Dave, Jez, Brian, Steve, Alan, Rob, Trudy, Tony & Archie (the dog): "Arrs"
All songs written by Brian Stone
Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Joel Howe of Black Market Studio, Warsop

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