No Straight Lines

by Bill Gable

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More than six years in the making, Bill Gable's new album "No Straight Lines" was written during travels to Spain, Portugal and Morocco and draws from musical and literary sources from that region.

The album features Gable on vocals, guitars and cello; Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group) and Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Bruce Hornsby) on basses; Larry Goldings (John Mayer, Curtis Stigers) on piano; Greg Ellis (Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussein) and Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder, Sergio Mendes) on percussion; Ethan Margolis (Inés Bacán, El Lebrijano) on flamenco guitar, cajon and palmas; and Manuel Gutierrez (Duquende, Luis Winsberg) on flamenco footwork.

With evocative uses of oud, ney and zurna throughout, the production is counter-balanced by two gorgeous string quartet arrangements by the Argentinians Jorge del Barrio (Dianne Reeves, Sheryl Crow) and Eduardo del Barrio (Caldera, Stan Getz). Last but not least, the project features backgrounds vocals by Motown legend Leon Ware and others.

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released April 14, 2015

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Bill Gable Los Angeles, California

BILL GABLE is an uncompromisingly original American singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist whose music spans the boundaries between pop, jazz and world music.

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Track Name: A Million Miles Away
I would not promise you
my complete devotion
deep and dependable
like some ocean
my heart so true
and my soul so open
kneeling before you
when I come to pray

but I’m a million miles
away from anything
at the edge of the world
with no one’s hand upon me
and anywhere a million miles away is where
I will always be

the truth never literal
nor with any meaning
the earth too elliptical
its axis leaning
only our dreams
are ever worth believing
pure and impractical
in the light of day

I’m a million miles
away from anything
at the edge of the world
with no one’s hand upon me
and anywhere a million miles away is where
I will always be

I would not promise you
where I’ll be tomorrow
where there’s a bird in the sky
I may have to follow
so hold me tonight
to forsake my sorrow
in the sweet of your hollow
where I come to lie

I’m a million miles
away from anything
at the edge of the world
with no one’s hand upon me
and anywhere a million miles away is where
I will always be
Track Name: I Threw Your Heart
infinite merciful mother
look at what I’ve done
how quickly one thing leads to another
once a thing’s begun
I knew where my knife was
before you could run
oh, no

I threw your heart in the water
I watched it spinning round and round
into the dark of the water
where it never will be found
now I sing my song for no one
for no one can console me

The moment I saw you together
we knew how this would end
I swore I would love you forever
I was happy to pretend
you always warned me my temper
would never be my friend
oh, no

high in a church there is always
darkness overhead
so what good is lighting a candle
when everything is said
there’s not a thing I believe in
without you in my bed
oh, no
Track Name: Where You Find It
when the sun is going down
like a choir on the edge of time
and the echoes fall across the sky
I cut across an open field
in the newly fallen snow
every footprint I see is my own
how big the world turned out to be
how far away it’s taken me
but wherever you lose it
that is where you’ll find it

everywhere the signs of fate
a red bird on an iron gate
and a yellow moon beyond the trees
in the house where I was born
where the hallway carpet still is worn
and the rain collects behind the eaves
so sure of everything I see
the very essence of simplicity
wherever you lose it
that is where you’ll find it

in the quiet hours at night
when the table has been cleared away
and my boots are drying by the fire
there isn’t anyone I’d rather be
and whatever road my destiny
is the only road that I desire
every cell inside me
spirit that fills my body
wherever you lose it
that is where you’ll find it
Track Name: Sustenance
beyond the sun
across the sea
I thought the world
belonged to me
and headed off undaunted
I ate too fast
I drank too much
stayed out too late
could never get enough
no passing feast
could ever fill me up
what it was I wanted was
sustenance

amphetamines
never picked me up
nor did bitter coffee
from a Dixie cup
ever enhance my living
I wasn’t saved
through innocence
nor through reason
nor through deliverance
I tried them all
and cast them out at once
promising but never giving
sustenance

so tell me why somehow the moon is never bright enough
and no one’s heavy load is ever light enough

the truth was never
true enough
and you were never
you enough
god knows what I wanted
I did the best
that I could do
it’s not for lack
of loving you
so many others
so much worse off than us
all that there was missing was
sustenance

I learned to breathe
I learned to crawl
I wanted more
I wanted to have it all
I never realized
As everybody must
That all that I was looking for was sustenance
Track Name: Came So Close
like a snake, my heart has split its skin
somewhere far away it blew
god knows why I let you in
I came so close to loving you

you’re not to blame, you were born too beautiful
it’s the only thing you ever knew
your soul so unscrutable
I came so close to loving you

I lit a fire in you
that you can’t deny
we both know you were terrified
by the wild ride we could have had together

but you ran home to your mansion on the hill
you had your gypsy fling
you nearly tore my heart in two
I came so close to loving you

can your man keep you satisfied?
can he ride the reins like I do?
can he cool your burning thighs?
I came so close to loving you

I lit a fire in you
that you can’t deny
we both know you were terrified
by the wild ride we could have had together

late last night, while you were sleeping
I hitched my stallion out of view
and stood beyond your doorstep weeping
I came so close to loving you
came so close, came so close
I came so close to loving you
Track Name: Born To Love You
Bill Gable – Vocals, guitars, guitarra, bass, percussion
Judd Miller – Kaval
Ethan Margolis – Cajon, palmas
Manuel Gutierrez – Flamenco footwork
Track Name: When The Tide Rolls In
nothing out of place
in a state of grace
awakened by the goose bumps on my skin
when the tide rolls in
when the tide rolls in

nothing on my mind
unaware of time
unattached to all that might have been
when the tide rolls in
when the tide rolls in

out beyond the breakers lies the mystery
coming in from far away across the sea
deep into a trance it will be sending me
to remind me time and time again

that everything today
must now be put away
so everything tomorrow may begin
when the tide rolls in
when the tide rolls in

waiting is an art
everything a part
awaking as the eddies start to spin
when the tide rolls in
when the tide rolls in
Track Name: No Straight Lines
today arrived just like any other day
utterly remarkable in every way
I wiped my eyes and beheld the sky above me
stars arrayed in a million designs
there were signs
that led me here
and lead to where I’m going
but there are
no straight lines

I used to be so sure of what it was I wanted
but I regained my senses eventually
I realized I’ll be on the very verge of beginning
every second the rest of my life
there were times
I’d have given anything
for any simple answer
but there are
no straight lines

today arrived and took me totally by surprise
with yesterday by no means over in my mind
I closed my eyes and imagined a field of clover
a shady riverbank where I could lie
the world is mine
to wander through
and to be discovered
where there are
no straight lines
Track Name: Road of Pain
down your road never been an ounce of rain
the rivers all run dry
and any man who falls for you
was born to cry

but I would be so very willing
to bear the stain
begging for all the misery you got to give to me
ready to walk your road of pain

there’s not a thing in the world that I can do
you’ve driven me insane
I’d crawl upon my knees for you
my soul inflamed

but I would be so very willing
to bear the stain
begging for all the misery you got to give to me
ready to walk your road of pain
not a soul could save me now
now that I’ve found your road of pain

down your road there’s a cross at every lane
where fools have met their fate
who gathered up too much momentum
and swerved too late

but I would be so very willing
to bear the stain
begging for all the misery you got to give to me
ready to walk your road of pain
Track Name: End of The Day
this is all I am
an ordinary man
humble in the face of life
at the end of the day
there will be no moment to pray
there will be no heaven or hell
in the wake of my surrender
the sun will rise above
and everyone I loved
will gather with their tale to tell
then everyone will go their separate way
without a soul having ever truly known me
at the end of the day

everybody sees
what they want to see
every sinner finds his god
at the end of the day
no one comes to show us the way
no one gives a nod or a hand
judgment isn’t rendered
bodies lie in state
overwhelmed by fate
nothing goes the way we planned
but isn’t that a meager price to pay
a simple man knows that nothing lasts forever
at the end of the day
at the end of the day
at the end of the day
Track Name: All Are One
I’ve heard the end has now begun
every man at last unmoving
and the color that my blood will run
you have pledged your whole life proving
all are one, all are one
all are one, all are one

in my home remove your shoes
I will set a place at my table
bring your instrument with you
we’ll make the sweetest music we’re able
all are one, all are one
all are one, all are one
all are one, all are one
all are one, all are one

there is room for everyone
and time to be forgiven
let’s dance until the morning comes
that’s the way to get to heaven

down to you is up to me
but neither of us any better
you believe what you believe
but we have got to live together
all are one, all are one
all are one, all are one
all are one, all are one
all are one, all are one