This Perfect Day

by Bill Gable

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“This Perfect Day” was recorded over an 8-month period in 1990-1991. Co-produced by Bill Gable and Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes), the album features Gable on vocals, guitars and keyboards; Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group) on bass, Tom Brechtlein (Rickie Lee Jones, Leonard Cohen) on drums; Luis Conte (Madonna, Eric Clapton) and Alex Acuna (Weather Report, U2) on percussion; Bob Sheppard (Steely Dan, Lyle Mays) on flute; and Dino Saluzzi on bandoneon. The album incorporates distinctive arrangements by Stephen Barber (Joe Zawinul, David Byrne) and Bill Ginn (Leonard Cohen, Carole King) and a wide range of eclectic elements and musical styles.

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released December 8, 2003

Produced by Bill Gable & Roscoe Beck
Engineered and Mixed by Dan Garcia & Steven Strassman
Additional mixing and post-production by Rich Breen
Mastered by Doug Sax
Design and Art Direction by Jack and Laurent Durieux for Milk Graphics

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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: Center Of My Universe
hot star
you read about
shine on me
or do without
we all seem to need some miracle
or we can’t face the day
I’m making you the center of my universe
I’ll look at you that way

new guru
like a perfect flower
there’s a genius born
nearly every hour
with the power to keep believing
and to keep the world at bay
I’m making you the center of my universe
I’m making you that way

this poem
like a gypsy’s heart
makes love to you
but is still naïve
it only hopes to be meaningful
beyond what words can say
I’m making you the center of my universe
and I’ll look at you that way
Track Name: There Isn't A Thing
this morning I was here when the sun come up
lying in my bed being wide awake
when suddenly the birds all began to sing
it hit me like a ton of real life
put a smile back on my weary face
and all at once I finally realized
there isn't a thing
there isn't a thing in the world
that people can't overcome

people say the world's in dire straits
I see it all with my own two eyes
but I can see the dawn of a brighter day
there isn't any heart that cannot be touched
there isn't any world that cannot be saved
there isn't any choice that cannot be made
there isn't a thing
there isn't a thing in the world
that people can't overcome
there isn't a thing in the world
that people can't overcome

not a hat full of rain
not a heart full of pain
not a hole in the sky
not a reason to die
not a moment to lose
if we hold this life dear
for the children
whose future I fear

there isn't any heart that could not be touched
there isn't any life that could not be saved
there isn't any world that could not be made
that's why I got to say
there isn't a thing in the world
that people can't overcome
there isn't a thing in the world
that people can't overcome
Track Name: Why It Kills Us To Compromise
there was no word of warning
it hit him one morning
he was still in the prime of his life
he took to his bed
with a terrible feeling
while the doctors were rushed to his side
some kind of voodoo curse
some dark aboriginal spell
too malignant to ever reverse
too abstract for the power of science to quell
they huddled around him
with pills and prescriptions
they filled up his head with advice
but they left him no cure
for the things he was seeing
that kept him awake every night

there isn’t a medicine made
to put back the fire in your eyes
nobody knows why it kills us to compromise

is it chemical, spiritual
emotional, material
the dye that we use on our hair
the creamer in coffee
that lowers our resistance
to something unseen in the air
how can the soul stand up
subjected to all this disease
from the day we drop dead on the street
to the prickly rash we develop
on the soles of our feet
no talking in tongues
no laying on of hands
no soaking the body in ice
can ever replenish
the vitamins lacking
that keeps us on edge all our lives

there isn’t a medicine made
to put back the fire in your eyes
nobody knows why it kills us to compromise
Track Name: Never Put Down Your Horn
the phase of the moon is new
and all the women are fully adorned
today be happy
and place an offering by your door
the sky above your head is blue
but if you stumble you could fall
when trouble surrounds you
never put down your horn

when the rains have come and gone
and the liquor has been made from your share of the corn
give thanks for everything
and place an offering by your door
but when the beast is in its den
if you’re the one they choose to draw him out
on this night be hopeful
never put down your horn
Track Name: A Fisherman's Life
when the world is sleeping
I’m already up and leaving
throwing my net out over the sea
a fisherman’s life for me

when I get back every evening
first there comes the cleaning
and on every one I do my very best
a fisherman’s life for me

for me, for me
as happy as a man can be
for me, for me
a fisherman’s life for me

the only ones worth keeping
are speckled and fight with feeling
take these home and throw away the rest
a fisherman’s life for me

I may not be a man of breeding
but I know that I like my eating
and I like to eat what I like to eat best

a fisherman’s life for me
for me, for me
as happy as a man can be
for me, for me
a fisherman’s life for me

no matter what kind of weather
the very best in the school run deep
so cover your hook with plenty of meat
a fisherman’s life for me

for me, for me
as happy as a man can be
for me, for me
a fisherman’s life for me
Track Name: Why The Caged Bird Sings
sunlight comes streaming through my window
somewhere out there in the world
there’s a place for me
pretty boy on a plastic swing
don’t it make you wonder
why the caged bird sings?

songlines across the blue horizon
following the setting sun
was my destiny
I dream I fly on silver wings
don’t it make you wonder
why the caged bird sings?

does he sing from hunger
does he sing for company
does he sing from happiness
or just to break monotony

lately I’ve left the door stand open
thinking any fool would fly
if you sent him free
don’t he know
outside it’s spring?
don’t it make you wonder
why the caged bird sings?
Track Name: Eyes Of A Child
the world was my mother’s laughter
awakened to the rocking sound
the next step, the one that I’m after
each new day learning to stand on the ground
in a world that’s constantly spinning
every step on the edge of beginning

rose, rose, where’d you get your red
what comes first, lightning or thunder?
how does it feel to dream under water?
miracles everywhere, perpetual wonder
if only to see again with the eyes of a child

shining sea that holds the world upside down
the thing that has my reflection
the best thing there is to be found
one by one the shapes I see through the clouds
every slumber slowly awaking
every day the world in the making

rose, rose, where’d you get your red
what comes first, lightning or thunder?
how does it feel to dream under water?
miracles everywhere, perpetual wonder
if only to see again with the eyes of a child

the world was my mother’s laughter
awaking to the rocking sound
the next step, the one that I’m after

rose, rose, where’d you get your red
what comes first, lightning or thunder?
how does it feel to dream under water?
miracles everywhere, perpetual wonder
if only to see again with the eyes of a child
Track Name: My Ballerina
a panda bear
or lilypads
or something that could be
so easily destroyed
your fragile beauty
like a china doll
in my rough hands
or an ever lingering phrase of Claude Debussy
tireless and timeless
my love for you

on your toes
never falter, ballerina
we’ll take this life by storm
no matter how it goes
never altering
my ballerina

a swirling ring
of pirouettes
like the morning light
Monet captured on his canvas
each stroke perfected
the promise of
a simple man
to always be here
to see you land protected
we all lose our balance
so easily

on your toes
never falter, ballerina
we’ll take this life by storm
no matter how it goes
never altering
my ballerina
Track Name: Out This Open Window
someday this will all come back to me
from far away, buckling my knees
the memory of this perfect day
suspended in limbo
summer leaves underneath a frozen pond
each of us never feeling we belong
what is it that keeps the simple truth
so hard to believe
impossible to count upon?
all my cares go out this open window
throwing everything I know out this open window

last night after making love to you
I lay here staring at the sky
and everything I ever thought I knew
flooded my memory
somewhere far away it carried me
to a place beyond all resistance
what is there a man could ever need
to bring him peace of mind
beyond this existence?
all my cares go out this open window
throwing everything I know out this open window