All Are One

from No Straight Lines by Bill Gable

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about

This lyric was inspired by Rumi. One of the reasons for his endurance and popularity over the centuries is no doubt his playfulness, while at this same time remaining incredibly provocative.

We obviously are all one. In my own humble and playful way I wrote this as a challenge to Islamic fundamentalism, to any fundamentalism, for that matter. To shorten the already-long song to make it suitable for the record, I unfortunately needed to remove perhaps my favorite verse, which I plan on putting back in when playing extended versions live:

If it’s my time I’ve had my say
I’ve had my fill of music already
so take me now oh and by the way
do you know the changes to Rock Steady?

There could be no more repressive or misplaced impulse than one to forbid music. I'd put Aretha up against the Taliban any day. She'd get them grooving.

lyrics

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

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from No Straight Lines, released April 14, 2015
Bill Gable – Vocals, guitar, guitarra, piano
Dmitris Mahlis – Oud
Chris Bleth – Zurnas
Jimmy Haslip – Fretless bass
Arturo Solar – Trumpet
Greg Ellis – Katak, ashiko, darbuka, kharkharba, nagar, shaker, tambourine
Jimmy Haslip, Leon Ware, Arturo Solar, Carole Rowley – Background vocals

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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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